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Best Practice Workplace Guides for Small Business

The Fair Work Ombudsman's best practice guides aim to help small businesses and employees with a range of workplace issues. By adopting best practice initiatives, employers and employees can achieve happier, fairer and more productive workplaces. Each guide has a checklist to help achieve best practice.

Best Practice Workplace Guides

Updating your business profile details with AUSTRAC

You need to keep your business profile details up to date because:

  • It is a legal requirement to update your details within 14 days of any change, and
  • The new industry contribution charges for 2014–15 are expected to be calculated at the end of February 2015. If your business profile details are not up to date when the levy is calculated, you may be incorrectly invoiced.

To update your business details:

  • Log into AUSTRAC Online and check your business details.
  • Update your details using the AUSTRAC business profile form.
  • Important: The business profile form was recently updated to collect new information for the calculation of the industry contribution for 2014–15. Depending on your business circumstances, you may need to provide new information about your earnings, particularly if you are a foreign company or a subsidiary of a foreign company.
  • If you are required to declare your earnings, please ensure you use your latest published annual accounts. Refer also to the Calculating Earnings Fact Sheet on the AUSTRAC website.

Please call the AUSTRAC Contact Centre if you need assistance.
Email: help_desk@austrac.gov.au
Phone: 1300 021 037.
For information about AUSTRAC Online visit the AUSTRAC website.

Landmark deal with Telstra paves way for faster NBN rollout

The revised definitive agreements between the two companies will see NBN Co progressively take ownership of elements of Telstra’s copper and Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) networks in those parts of the country where it represents the fastest and most cost effective way to deliver fast broadband to families and businesses.

The progressive transfer of the copper and HFC assets to NBN Co involves no overall additional cost to the taxpayer.

As indicated in the company’s December 2013 Strategic Review, it is estimated that the move to a multi-technology mix NBN will enable the NBN to be built at the least cost to taxpayers and be completed at least four years sooner than under the previous fibre-to-the-premises plan. Read More

5 tips on public holidays and penalty rates

These 5 tips will make sure you get public holidays and penalty rates right the first time. Use the online calculator PayCheck Plus to work out minimum wages, penalty rates, overtime & allowances

Cash in Transit Industry Inquiry Interim Report

The interim report on the Cash in Transit Industry Inquiry has been released for comment.

The report prepared by Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal outlines issues raised by submissions to the proposed Road Safety Remuneration Orders (RSROs), including safe remuneration systems, training and qualifications, vehicle standards and personal protective equipment.

Submissions on the interim report are due by 30 January 2015. View report

AUSTRAC Industry Contribution Consultation

A discussion paper on the proposed model for the AUSTRAC Industry Contribution has been released for public comment.

The AUSTRAC Industry Contribution will replace the AUSTRAC Supervisory Levy from 2014-15, as announced in the Federal Budget on 13 May 2014.

The discussion paper outlines the proposed model for the AUSTRAC Industry Contribution. It includes examples of how the contribution might be calculated for a range of entities.

Feedback is invited from stakeholders.

• Information about how to make a submission is available on the AUSTRAC website.
• The discussion paper is open for public consultation until 25 July 2014.

For further information, please contact the AUSTRAC Help Desk at help_desk@austrac.gov.au or call 1300 021 037 or go to the AUSTRAC website.

Safe Work Australia Cash in Transit Code of Practice

The General guide for managing cash-in-transit security risks provides information for persons conducting a business or undertaking on how to manage cash-in-transit security risks, usually involving armoured or non-armoured vehicle operations. Read more

Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal inquiry into the Cash in Transit industry

The Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) is an independent, national tribunal that has functions relating to the road transport industry. On 9 July 2014, it announced the commencement of an inquiry into the Cash in Transit industry, as part of its second annual work program.

The RSRT has invited interested parties to make submissions on issues, incentives, pressures or practices affecting safety and fairness in the Cash in Transit industry that may be improved by a road safety remuneration order covering relevant employee and/or contractor road transport drivers, their employers or hirers, and participants in the supply chain in relation to those drivers.

Written submissions are due by Monday, 25 August 2014.     RSRT Cash in Transit Inquiry

AUSTRAC Industry Contribution Consultation

A discussion paper on the proposed model for the AUSTRAC Industry Contribution has been released for public comment.

The AUSTRAC Industry Contribution will replace the AUSTRAC Supervisory Levy from 2014-15, as announced in the Federal Budget on 13 May 2014.

The discussion paper outlines the proposed model for the AUSTRAC Industry Contribution. It includes examples of how the contribution might be calculated for a range of entities.

Feedback is invited from stakeholders.

• Information about how to make a submission is available on the AUSTRAC website.
• The discussion paper is open for public consultation until 25 July 2014.

For further information, please contact the AUSTRAC Help Desk at help_desk@austrac.gov.au or call 1300 021 037 or go to the AUSTRAC website.

Annual Wage Review Decision 2013 -14

Fair Work Australia has announced that from 1 July, 2014 the national minimum wage will increase by 3%.

SPAAL will notify members once Fair Work Australia has amended the security industry awards with the new pay schedules.

The Employer Super Contribution will also increase to 9.50% from 1 July 2014.

Visit SPAAL’s Workplace Relations page for links to Security Industry Awards, Fair Work Australia and SPAAL workplace relations advisers.