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April 2011

Youth Allowance Changes

From the 1st January 2012 it is expected that the government will change the definition of an independent for Youth allowance purposes. This may result in the definition being changed back to a child earning $20,000 over an 18 month period to be deemed independent and therefore not be tested based on their parents income.

Potential Youth Allowance recipients in anticipation of this change should be ensuring they are “PAID” for work done during the 2011 financial year, to assist their claim for independence on the 1st January 2012, when the independent rules are anticipated to be changed.

If you have any queries in relation to these changes, please contact your Client Manager to discuss.

 March 2011
Locust Insecticide Rebate Scheme 

The Victorian Government is providing a 100 percent rebate on the purchase of chemicals used for the treatment of locusts by eligible private landholders in areas expected to be worst affected by locusts in spring - summer 2010. The Government is partnering with landholders to reduce the threat of locust incursion.

 Click here to access the VIC Rebate form and
 more detailed information.


Temporary Residents claiming their Superannuation 

Temporary residents who work in Australia and have superannuation contributions paid by their employer can claim their super once they leave Australia and their visa has expired, or been cancelled. This payment is called a departing Australia superannuation payment (DASP).

For more information read the Working temporarily in Australia booklet.


Contractor v's Employees

If you employ contractors this is a must read!

A recent decision by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT)
should serve as a warning for any employer who employs independent contractors. Please click here to read more.

The ATO have an Employee/Contractor Online Decision Tool. Just answer each questions and at the end it will advise if your worker is an Employee or a Contractor. To access the tool click on one of the options below;

For Building and Construction workers click here.
For all other workers click here.


JAN 2010 Paid Parental Leave Scheme Starts
                 Payment Arrangements & Deferrals Extended
DEC 2010 Small Business Superannuation Clearing house
 SEP 2010  Employees v's Contractors - Do you know the difference
DEC 2009 Don't invite the Tax Man to your Christmas Party

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