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March Newsletter, 2021

What a busy three months it has been and now lockdown for greater Brisbane again!

Easter break is fast approaching and with a whopping FOUR public holidays in the coming months, be sure to contact our Employment Relations team to check what payments your employees are entitled to, and your obligations as an employer.

The CMSolutions office will be closed the Following Days:
  • Good Friday - 2 April 2021
  • Easter Monday - 5 April 2021
  • Anzac Day Holiday - 26 April 2021
  • Labour Day - 3 May 2021
To everyone celebrating Easter, enjoy your holiday! to everyone else; enjoy your multiple holidays!

Enjoy our second edition for the year, Happy Reading.

CMSolutions: Your trusted partner, providing the safety net in the tough times and peace of mind at all times.

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For those who were eligible for the January - March 2021 JobKeeper, the JobKeeper Payments ceased on JobKeeper Fortnight 26 (Fortnight of 14th - 28th March 2021). Employees must have paid on or before 28th March 2021.
Membership renewal 2021

Renewal welcome back letters have been issued!

To ensure you are taking advantage of all the resources available, make sure you check out our Renewal page here

Don't forget to update your contacts details too!
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TFN scam alert – warn your clients

The ATO is receiving increasing reports of people losing money to automated phone scams. These scammers will tell the recipient their tax file number (TFN) has been suspended due to illegal activity. They will then ask them to pay a fine to release it or transfer funds into a holding account to protect it from further misuse. The ATO is advising to look out for this scam and to contact the ATO if they are ever unsure whether an ATO interaction is genuine.

Advice from our Finance Team

It is important the Committee Executive takes time to review any of the issues or comments raised by your auditor either in the audit report or in the accompanying management letter.
Rather than taking these comments as criticisms use them as opportunities to improve your organisation. These observations are a great tool for strengthening your finance systems while also ensuring that your financial reports are accurate and relevant.

Read more here.
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Important Action Item:

Check the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has your Organisation's correct bank details and updated contact details in regard to your BAS/IAS incase you need to talk to the ATO.
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MyGovID and RAM

myGovID and Relationship Authorisation Manager (RAM) has replaced AUSkey as from the end of March 2020.

This provides you and your Community Organisation a new, secure and simple way to access government online services, and are required to access certain stimulus packages
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NGS Super’s ambitious target – Carbon neutral by 2030

NGS Super has set an ambitious target — to create a carbon neutral investment portfolio by 2030. The Fund has always been committed to a sustainable future, and believes that responding to the very real threats of climate change is a responsibility for us all.
NGS’s Chief Investment Officer, Ben Squires, said:
“We acknowledge that pursuing a carbon neutral target date of 2030 is ambitious, but our target is the next step in integrating responsible investment for better returns for our members.”
NGS Super is all about brighter futures — for members first and foremost, but also for the planet we all share.
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You can also contact our helpline on 1300 133 177 Monday to Friday, 8am – 8pm (AEST/AEDT).

For Incorporated Associations Only (not P&Cs)

Annual returns need to be lodged within one month of Annual General Meeting of an Incorporated Association to the Office of Fair Trading Qld. The office of Fair Trading sends out the form just after the end of your financial year.

If you are unsure of the process, or have more questions, please contact the Office of Fair Trading.
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Handover Checklist for Outgoing Executives

CMSolutions would like to welcome all the new committee members to their respective organisations throughout Queensland. CMSolutions would firstly like to acknowledge the awesome job that is undertaken by committee members. We hope by now that you have had an effective and efficient handover from the previous committee which is so vital in the continuation of running your business.

Can we ask that you make sure as part of that handover, that the Treasurer receives a digital and hardcopy record of both the up to date and back up records of your financial transactions, and a copy of your last audited financials, and also an electronic back up of all the personnel files for those staff that are employed by the organisation.

CMSolutions are here to assist new committee members in their new roles. CMSolutions provides governance training, assistance with personnel issues, services relating to bookkeeping, payroll or auditing, and is able to help you as you transition to your tenure as committee members in your respective organisation. We look forward to working with you during the course of 2021.

Use our Handover Checklist

If you need assistance with your handover contact the CMSolutions team on 07 3852 5177 or 1300 007 110.

EAPs and Support Resources

CMSolutions are advocates for Mental Health and have partnered with Acacia EAP to ensure our members can access a service to support their staff during this time.

An Employment Assistance Program (EAP) is a confidential counselling service offered to employees by their employer to help them deal with personal or work related issues in a positive way. An EAP involves short-term counselling to assist you in overcoming life's challenges and return you to a better state of emotional well-being.

For more information, call 1300 364 273 and mention you are a CMSolutions Member.

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