Business Update November 2023

Welcome to our Business Update Australia’s unfair contract terms rules have changed: Here’s what you need to know Unfair contract terms in standard form consumer or small business contracts are now illegal after new laws took effect on 9 November 2023.  Businesses are encouraged to review their standard form contracts and remove or amend any unfair contract terms while contracting parties should consider whether they are protected under the reforms.…  Read more

New Fair Work Rules for Christmas Shutdowns

With the holiday season almost upon us, now is the time for employers to ensure they are complying with the new rules that were introduced this year around Christmas shutdowns. According to the Fair Work Ombudsman, a ‘shutdown’ or ‘close down’ is when a business temporarily closes during a specific period. The reasons may be that it is not viable for the business to operate during this period because it…  Read more

Business Update

Why Aussies are ditching cash New data by Reserve Bank of Australia has revealed that the number of Australians paying by cash has more than halved since 2019. Of the people who held cash in their wallet in 2022, the most important reason for doing so was for emergency transactions. Why Tasmania’s economy is beating the rest of the country Tasmania’s economy is still leading the nation but NSW is…  Read more

Business Update – May 2023

Welcome to our Business Update stay in the know with some recent news updates relevant to business and the economy. First Aussie social media platform for business owners launched A new social media platform, called ‘Business Connect’, has been launched in Australia. It is designed specifically for business owners, allowing them to connect with other business owners, share ideas, and access resources. It also provides a platform for businesses to…  Read more

Paid Parental Leave to be Extended to 26 Weeks by 2026

In an effort to close the gender pay gap, increase women’s workforce participation, and provide families with more flexibility during their children’s formative years, the Paid Parental Leave (PPL) system will be increased from 18 weeks to 26 weeks over the course of the next four years. There are currently two payments available to families under the Paid Parental Leave Scheme: Parental Leave Pay: For primary carer. Eligible employees receive up to…  Read more

Our CEO/Founder Martine Hoosen elected to Fellow with The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers

We are thrilled to announce that our CEO and Founder Martine Hoosen was  elected to Fellow status with The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB). This prestigious recognition is a testament to Martine’s dedication and hard work within the Bookkeeping Profession. Martine has said “It’s such a privilege to be part of such a respected community of professionals and I’m looking forward to continuing to contribute to the growth and success…  Read more

Amended Fair Work Act to Include a Range of New Workplace Laws

Amended Fair Work Act to Include a Range of New Workplace Laws On the 6th of December 2022, the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Secure Jobs, Better Pay) Act 2022 (Cth) (Act) received Royal Assent and became law. Some of the changes have already come into effect, whilst others will be rolled out over the next 12 months. Employers should start planning and preparing for the impact of these significant reforms. See…  Read more

Business Update March

Welcome back to our Business Update Changes to home-based business expenses Businesses operating from home can claim business-use expenses, including occupancy expenses and running expenses. They can now use the revised fixed rate method of 67 cents per hour for the 2022-23 income year. Find out more here. Get ready for STP Phase 2 Single Touch Payroll has been expanded with the introduction of STP Phase 2, which requires employers…  Read more

Techniques to Improve Workplace Productivity

The success of any business, large or small, depends largely on nurturing an efficient, productive workplace. And that includes those workplaces who have adopted flexible working arrangements. While improving employee productivity should  always be a priority when the ultimate goal is a sustainable and profitable business, the process is easier said than done. Below are some effective methods of managing a productive, happy workplace while increasing output. Establish Accountability Productivity…  Read more

7 ways your trades business can market its services

When you go into business as a tradie, your focus is often on performing your trade to the best of your ability – as it should be. With time, the quality of your work will speak for itself, which is the most valuable testimonial of all. However, any tradie accountant or bookkeeper will tell you there’s more to it these days. While your good reputation preceding you is undoubtedly essential,…  Read more

IS IT TIME TO HIRE? The 6 Biggest Mistakes I Made When Growing My Team

After 22+ years in business I still find recruiting new team members to be one of the most challenging tasks. So much rides on having a productive, skilled and harmonious workforce, and I feel the pressure every time I step into recruitment mode. However, over the years I have fine-tuned my recruitment process and turned something that I used to find incredibly stressful into something that I can now approach with more clarity and confidence. I admit, this…  Read more

Business News

Welcome back to our Business Update! Some good news for energy prices After recent record-busting increases in electricity costs, some good news is on the horizon – energy prices will lower over 2023 and 2024 once an expected drop in wholesale prices reaches consumers. Rent is coming down in one region According to SQM Research, rents in Australia are rising at rates not seen in over 30 years, with Sydney…  Read more

February Business Workshops

Our February Business Workshop Listings are below: Understanding Cash Flow, Profits and Budgets (ONLINE WORKSHOP) Thursday, 9 February 2023 10am – 12pm Introduction to GST and BAS reporting (ONLINE WORKSHOP) Thursday, 23 February 2023 10am – 12pm Pricing Work to Make a Profit City of Cockburn – FACE TO FACE session Success Library Conference Room First Floor – Cockburn Health & Community 11 Wentworth Parade Success, WA 6164 Tuesday,…  Read more

Why a New-Year Reset is So Important

Have you carved out some down-time over the break? I make a point of taking a step back over the festive period to allow myself time to re-calibrate. When I head back into the office, I whip out the business plan with fresh eyes, and run through a high level health-check of key areas of my business, including: ➡ objectives and strategic direction ➡ my team ➡ my systems and…  Read more

Paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave

10 Days of Paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave Each Year If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or The Law Has Changed As an update, the Fair Work Amendment (Paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave) Bill 2022 has now passed in both houses and received Royal Assent on the 9th of November 2022. The amending Act…  Read more

Business Update December 2022

Welcome back to our Business Update ABS data shows that payroll jobs are up, and the labour market is still tight Payroll jobs increased by 0.7 per cent in the month to November 12, indicating tightness in the labour market and disruptions from people being sick and the impact of significant weather events. Reserve Bank sceptically launches new program to explore digital currency The Reserve Bank has started a pilot…  Read more

Enjoying a stress-free holiday

As a small business owner it’s important to take time away from work. But worrying about whether staff are meeting deadlines and suppliers are happy translates to more stress and less time enjoying your holiday. With a little staff communication and planning beforehand, you needn’t worry that your business won’t be able to cope in your absence. If you really can’t switch off from work mode or something urgent pops…  Read more

Let’s Get Real About Capacity & Burnout

I wanted to share some insight into one of the reasons that I started Bookwiz Academy. Over the 22 years I have spent in the industry – working, training, mentoring and advocating, I keep seeing the same thing…  Strong, intelligent, and capable business owners struggling to keep their head above water, wondering if they’ve bitten off more than they could chew, floundering to find balance between work and in life,…  Read more

Australian Directors ID – The Deadline is 30th November!

There’s a very important deadline coming up on 30th November. The ATO is urging those who haven’t yet applied for their director identification number (Director ID) to do so ASAP. The consequences for neglecting this task are severe. What is a director ID? The director ID is a mandatory 15-digit identification number given to a director who has verified their identity with the ATO. Once you have it, that is…  Read more

Business Update – October 2022

Welcome back to our Business Update. A budget that is “resilient” but not “fancy” The Albanese government released its first budget this week, with promises that it will be well-funded, but not excessive. It’s expected that this budget will lay the groundwork for bigger changes next year. $21bn in government spending to be slashed After an audit of all departments, the Labor government says it has identified ways to cut…  Read more

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