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Qld State School Teachers Wage Increase Decision

The Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced that the Qld State School Teachers will receive a 2.5% increase over a 3 year agreement with the Government.

 

If your current Kindergarten Enterprise Agreement is aligned with the Qld State School Teachers wage increase the increase to pass on will be 2.5%.

 

You will need to check your agreement what date the increase comes into effect.

 

Pay rates are available, please contact CMS.

 

If you would like to discuss this further, please do not hesitate to contact Catherine Norris on 07 3852 5177 or catherinen@cmsolutions.org.au

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04-Aug-2016
Grant Writing 101 Seminar

We would like to thank all of you that attended our Grant Writing 101 Seminar yesterday, 26 July 2016 at the Kedron Wavell RSL. It was a huge success and we hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did. We would also like to thank our guest presenter Jocelyn Ashcroft from Canteens.com.au, you always do an incredible job!

 

Thank you all for your wonderful feedback and remember if you have any further questions you would like answered be sure to send them through to info@cmsolutions.org.au or call us on 1300 007 110.

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27-Jul-2016
CMS Payment Summaries Guide

To ensure that you are ready to get your employees' payment summaries out by the 14 July 2016, CMS have created a webinar to assist you with this process. Click on the below link to view our "Guide to preparing your employees' payment summaries".

 

CMS Payment Summaries Guide

 

We hope you enjoy.

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30-Jun-2016
Federal Minimum Wage Increase Decision

The Fair Work Commission Minimum Wage Panel has handed down their decision today to deliver a 2.4% increase to the Federal Minimum Wage and the Modern Awards.  

 

The federal minimum weekly wage will increase to $672.70 per week ($17.70) per hour) from 1 July 2016.

 

All modern award base rates will increase by 2.4% from 1 July 2016. Weekly wages will be rounded to the nearest 10 cents.

 

Pay rate sheets will be sent shortly to all members after the Fair Work Commission has handed down their final determinations and then they will also be available on the website.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact CMS should you require any further information or would like assistance in applying the increase. 

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31-May-2016
4 Yearly Review of Modern Awards - Annual Leave

The Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission handed down their decision to vary a number of modern awards in relation to various aspects of paid annual leave.  This has been part of the 4 yearly review of modern awards.

 
In June and September 2015, the Fair Work Commission determined 4 different model terms to be inserted in to various modern awards, they are:-

  • Cashing out of annual leave;

  • Electronic funds transfer and paid annual leave;

  • Granting annual leave in advance; and

  • Excessive annual leave.

 
Fair Work Commission have re-drafted these model terms in plain language.
 
A majority of CMS members will only be affected by three of the model terms:-

  • Cashing out of annual leave;

  • Granting annual leave in advance, and

  • Excessive annual leave.

 
The following is the list of modern awards that CMS members operate under and will have these three model terms inserted in the very near future.

  • Amusement, Events and Recreation Award 2010

  • Children’s Services Award 2010

  • Clerks – Private Sector Award 2010

  • Educational Services (Schools) General Staff Award 2010

  • Fast Food Industry Award 2010

  • Fitness Industry Award 2010

  • General Retail Industry Award 2010

  • Health Professionals and Support Services Award 2010

  • Labour Market Assistance Industry Award 2010

  • Passenger Vehicle Transportation Award 2010

  • Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010

  • Supported Employment Services Award 2010

  • Waste Management Award 2010

 
Fair Work Commission will release draft determinations, various parties will have 7 days to provide comment.  Once finalised the Fair Work Commission will vary each of the awards effected.
 
CMS will advise our members when the final determinations and modern awards have been updated.

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30-May-2016
What to look for in a bookkeeper?

It is not hard to find a Bookkeeper, but it is hard to find a good one!
 
So how do you know if your bookkeeper is good?

  • Training and Accreditation
    Every bookkeeper should have some sort of formal bookkeeper or accounting training and preferably be a registered BAS Agent. A registered BAS agent means that the Tax Practitioners Board are satisfied that the bookkeeper has the required skills, qualifications and a minimum amount of experience to correctly account for GST and prepare your BAS according to legislation.

 

  • Experience
    The less experienced and less qualified bookkeeper will usually be cheaper.But judging bookkeepers by price is fraught with danger.If you’re simply comparing hourly rates, a highly experienced bookkeeper will always seem more expensive. This is not true because most experienced bookkeepers will also work significantly faster and smarter than someone who has less experience.

 
Sometimes you may find that your current bookkeeper rates are cheap, BUT they may take 16 hours to do the work, when a more experienced and higher priced bookkeeper may only take 6 hours to do the exact same work.


What you need is great bookkeeper. A great bookkeeper will do more than just get you over the line with your compliance.
 
This is what you look for in a Great Bookkeeper:-
 

  1. Great bookkeepers understand your process
    They will take their time to really understand your business and how you operate so they can make sure that the processes are as simple and efficient as possible, and nothing is missed or duplicated.They will be able to streamline areas that will benefit your organisation.

 

  1. Great bookkeepers ask questions
    It is a sign of a great bookkeeper if they ask questions rather than guess.You want them to do this to ensure they are correctly allocated your transactions.

 

  1. Great bookkeepers know what they don’t know
    They know what is legally within their scope. (E.g. BAS agents are not permitted to give any income tax advice), but they are not afraid to say “I don’t know” and will contact the accountant for advice

 

  1. Great bookkeepers do their homework
    A great bookkeeper will be up to date on what is happening in the bookkeeping, accounting and technology world.Your bookkeeper should be explaining to you and encouraging you to use technology to save money and time.

 

  1. Great bookkeepers are people you can trust
    The client needs to be able to trust their bookkeeper.The financial information the bookkeeper is privy to is confidential and it is expected that they are completely honest and are maintaining your financials to highest standards required.

 

If you need assistance finding a bookkeeper contact CMS today, our qualified bookkeepers are ready and eager to help you.

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24-May-2016
SuperStream Deadline is Looming!

Small businesses have less than 2 months remaining to become SuperStream ready before the 30 June deadline.


All members for which CMS provides payroll services are already SuperStream compliant.


As of 30 June 2016, ALL employers will need to use SuperStream when paying super. If you are not already paying super using SuperStream it's important you get started soon.

REMINDER: Employers with over 20 employees should have been compliant since 30 June 2015 and employers with 19 employees or less must be compliant by the 30 June 2016.

SuperStream is the standardisation of how employers make super contributions on behalf of their employees. Employers send all super payments and employee information electronically in a standard format, via a clearing house instead of sending multiple payments to the various super funds of employees.

The ATO provides a free clearing house service for SuperStream lodgements.

By taking action now, employers can use the coming months to set up SuperStream. This will ensure things are running smoothly and you will be able to avoid any last minute stress as the 30 June deadline approaches.

Visit the ATO website and view a short video on how to get started.
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10-May-2016
Not Now, Not Ever Campaign

The Queensland Government is implementing the Not Now, Not Ever campaign to raise community awareness and encourage community participation during Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month in May. Visit the website to find out how you can get involved.

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27-Apr-2016
Create awareness in the workplace

Thursday, 28th April 2016 is Workers Memorial Day and World Day for Safety and Health at Work. A day to remember those lost to work related injury or illness and to take action to prevent future workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths.

Visit the website to find out how to get involved.

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26-Apr-2016
Committee Obligations

Why is it important for the Committees to understand their obligations?

 

Recently Community Management Solutions were informed of another circumstance of fraud in one of our non-profit parent committee run organisations.

 

This case involved a bookkeeper who took advantage of the volunteer nature of the parent committee. The bookkeeper restricted accessed and advised members of the committee that everything was correct and just needed to be signed off.

 

When the parent committee asked questions the bookkeeper would become agitated and defensive. After the bookkeepers resignation the committee identified that the bookkeeper was paying themselves more hours then was approved and found records of concerns raised by auditors.

 

Parent committees have a hard job, they are often working elsewhere whilst trying to manage a non-profit business. What we need to remember is that the roles of parent committee members are very important and we need to be vigilant.

 

It is not always just fraud that is an error of concern for our members. Running a business is complex and we should not think ourselves immune to human error.

 

To protect your organisation:

  • Do make sure you know what you are signing;
  • Do ask for any paper work that you have not seen;
  • Do seek assistance if you are concerned;
  • Do follow up with your auditor;
  • Don’t be placid and ignore any of your concerns;
  • Don’t follow along without thinking critically; and
  • Don’t be scared to ask questions.

 

CMS are familiar with the challenges that our members face and have thus developed our financial health check. Contact CMS today on 07 3852 5177 or email info@cmsolutions.org.au to find out how we can help you.

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14-Mar-2016