The new P&C Award (Parents and Citizens Associations Award State 2016) was released late afternoon Wednesday, 31st August 2016.
The Award will be effective from Thursday, 1st September 2016.
A copy of the new Award has been sent out to all P&C Members.
New pay rates sheets are in the process of being developed, we will get these out to you as soon as possible.
CMS will be conducting educational seminars and webinars over the next couple of months and we will notify you once these are finalised.
Please do not hesitate to conduct us if you have any questions regarding the new Award.
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".
We hope you enjoy.
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.
Training and Accreditation
Every bookkeeper should have some sort of formal bookkeeping 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.
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 a great bookkeeper. A great bookkeeper will do more than just get you over the line with your compliance.
This is what to look for in a Great Bookkeeper:-
If you need assistance finding a bookkeeper contact CMS today, our qualified bookkeepers are ready and eager to help you.
All members for which CMS provides payroll services are already SuperStream compliant.
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.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how we can help you.
The Financial Statements of every association must be audited every financial year to ensure that their books and records are being kept in accordance with all relevant legislation AND ALSO to ensure that the accounts are complete and represent a true and fair view of the financial position of the association.
REMEMBER: Audited financial statements must be presented at your Annual General Meeting. If there is no audit report there can be no AGM!
The following is a list of things to do before you give your accounts to the auditor that will help ensure your audit goes quickly and smoothly:
A good auditor will not only ensure that your financial statements are correct but will also review the accounting systems you have in place to identify potential weaknesses as well as opportunities to enhance them. The auditor should provide a letter "Management Letter" detailing such matters.
The auditor should also be speaking to at least one member of the committee as well as any administration or bookkeeping staff about the activities and results of the association during the year. This is a very important part of the audit process to mitigate the risk of fraud.
If you have any issues or concerns with your audit our audit staff can help. We can be contacted on 07 3852 5177 and have extensive experience in audits of all kinds of community associations.
Changes have been made to the way some food and drinks are classified under Smart Choices to align more closely with the National Healthy School Canteens Guidelines and the Australian Dietary Guidelines. These changes are reflected in the 2016 Smart Choices Ready Reckoner.