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  • 29-Jun-2020 16:42 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    With the commencement of a new financial year, it brings with it important changes and new rates which will apply from 1 July 2020.

    NEW! High Income Threshold (HIT)

    With the HIT:

    • it increases to $153,600
    • it impacts:

    (a) who can make a claim for unfair dismissal (for those not covered by a Modern Award or to whom an enterprise agreement does not apply)

    (b) the maximum amount of compensation payable in an unfair dismissal claim

    (c) those on a 'guarantee of annual earnings' (a Modern Award does not apply to an employee whenever this guarantee is in place provided it continues to meet the relevant legislative requirements)

    NEW! Modern Award Increases

    With Modern Awards (including enterprise awards):

    • minimum wages increase by 1.75%
    • the date when this increase takes effect differs between the Modern Awards depending upon which group each falls into:

    (a) for Group 1 Modern Awards, the increase takes effect from the start of the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2020

    (b) for Group 2 Modern Awards, the increase takes effect from the start of the first full pay period on or after 1 November 2020

    (c) for Group 3 Modern Awards, the increase takes effect from the start of the first full pay period on or after 1 February 2021

    • absorption of wage increases into over-award payments remain permissible (subject to the terms of the relevant employment agreement and what other amounts are being absorbed into any annualised wage)
    • increases to the minimum wages of junior workers, apprentices, trainees, piece workers and employees on the supported wage system will occur
    • expense-related allowances in Modern Awards will increase as set out in the Modern Award (eg, by the applicable CPI index figure)
    • annualised wage arrangements will need to be reviewed to ensure they can still properly absorb/include all relevant minimum Modern Award amounts and that they continue to meet technical notification and reconciliation requirements introduced into several updated Modern Awards

    NEW! National Minimum Wage (NMW)

    With the NMW:

    • this is applicable to employees to whom neither a Modern Award or enterprise agreement applies
    • the NMW increases to become $753.80 per week or $19.84 per hour
    • the increase takes effect from the start of the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2020 (unlike the staggered increase applying to the Modern Awards)
    • in addition:

    (a) special NMW rates apply to employees with disabilities, junior employees, apprentices, and those on training arrangements

    (b) the minimum casual loading remains unchanged at 25%

    NEW! Impact on Enterprise Agreements

    With enterprise agreements:

    • they must always meet or exceed the minimum wage of:

    (a) the relevant Modern Award (ie, the Modern Award that would have applied had the enterprise agreement not been in existence)

    (b) the NMW (ie, where a Modern Award would not apply even if the enterprise agreement was not in existence)

    • thus, pay rates in enterprise agreements may need to be increased (even if the enterprise agreement has its own wage increase regime)

    NEW! The Sting

    Be mindful that wage increases may have flow-on effects such as increasing:

    • the value of leave loading, penalty rates, overtime and superannuation contributions
    • the value of accrued leave entitlements
    • the cost of wage related expenses such as payroll tax and workers compensation premiums

    NEW! Redundancy

    The tax-free component of a genuine redundancy payment increases to be:

    • a base amount of $10,989
    • an additional amount of $5,496 for each completed year of service

    NEW! Superannuation Contributions Base

    With superannuation:

    • the maximum superannuation contribution base increases to $57,090 per quarter ($228,360 per annum)
    • an employer is not required to make superannuation contributions on behalf of employees on earnings in excess of that maximum contribution base

    REMINDER! Annualised Wage Arrangements

    As the annualised wage arrangements in several Modern Awards have changed, it is critical that employers:

    • check whether the applicable Modern Award(s) contain such a clause
    • ensure they comply with the terms of the annualised wage clause
    • adjust relevant clauses within the employee’s employment agreement (by consent) and any template employment agreements in order to meet the new requirements

    REMINDER! 2020 Modern Awards

    Employers need to:

    • ensure they are using the correct (and current) version of the applicable Modern Award(s) as, over time, the 2010 editions have been replaced by 2020 versions
    • adjust relevant clauses within the employee’s employment agreement (by consent) and any template employment agreements in order to meet any new or varied Modern Award provisions

    More Information

    With the industrial landscape constantly changing and the interaction between various sources of rights and obligations often complex, please contact Matthews Folbigg Lawyers if you require any legal advice or assistance in respect of your workplace.

    Stewart Gough


    T 02 9806 7483  |  M 0458 586 444

    Peter Doughman

    Senior Associate

    T 02 9806 7412  |  M 0404 020 409

    Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation. This article is provided to readers for their general information and on a complimentary basis. It contains a brief summary only and should not be relied upon or used as a definitive or complete statement of the relevant law.  

  • 29-Jun-2020 10:12 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Australia and the world have been profoundly affected over the past few months. A rare pandemic of scale and impact not experienced for a generation is likely to trigger a global recession far worse than the Global Financial Crisis. This is a crisis like none before it, and there remains uncertainty as to its further impact on human lives and livelihoods. Over the months ahead, as countries navigate the health and economic crisis, organisations will emerge from hibernation and be faced with the task of powering back up.

    Organisations and leaders have an opportunity during this recovery period to go beyond just getting back to normal. It is Deloitte's belief that leading organisations will seize the opportunity that this crisis has presented to reinvent their business and create new sources of advantage in what will inevitably be a ‘new normal’.

    What should leaders consider in shaping a new path for their organisation? How can they reinvent for the future and position themselves to create meaningful and measurable impact in the ‘new normal’?

    Reinvent to thrive helps to equip business leaders questions to consider as they prepare their organisations for the ‘new normal’.

    Learn more

  • 29-Jun-2020 10:05 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Applications for a new Service NSW Small Business Recovery Grant will open on 1 July 2020. 

    The grant will provide eligible small businesses with up to $3,000 in funding to help them recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Click here for further details.

  • 29-Jun-2020 09:58 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    NSW small and medium exporters will benefit from almost $13 million in support programs aimed at growing exports and supporting the regions, including a $10,000 Exporter Assistance Grant.

    The $10,000 Export Assistance Grant will be available for up to 1,000 export ready or export capable NSW businesses, helping them access new markets or re-enter old ones where business has ceased. Grants will be provided on a matched funding basis.

    Find out more here

  • 29-Jun-2020 09:39 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Construction has begun on the Campbelltown Billabong Parklands, a game changing new water recreation and tourist attraction in the heart of the city.

    Mayor George Brticevic, Senator for Western Sydney Marise Payne and NSW Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres turned the first sod to mark the start of construction on the $18.75 million project today.

    The project has been funded through the Western Sydney City Deal Liveability Fund and is expected to be complete by June 2022.

    “I’m delighted to see the start of what is a momentous project for our community and will provide the many families that live in Campbelltown with a place to gather, have fun and create many amazing memories,” Mayor George Brticevic said.

    “This is a unique attraction for our city that will not only benefit our local residents but also drive tourism from across the region into our city centre,” Cr Brticevic said.

    “Throughout the extensive consultation process, we heard how excited our community is for this project and we’ve put special attention into features like the main billabong pool which really captured the imagination of our residents,” he said.

    The design of the parklands strongly reflects indigenous themes and responds to the landscape and scenery of the nearby Dharawal National Park and Georges River.

    “The Campbelltown Billabong Parklands will pay homage to more than 60,000 years of Aboriginal history through the Dharawal people in our area and is representative of a billabong’s place in indigenous culture as an important place for gathering,” he said.

    The final design for the Campbelltown Billabong Parklands incorporates a variety of water experiences, open turf areas, pavilion buildings with change facilities and a café, picnic settings and seating, meandering pathways, shade structures, natural tree cover, and garden bed areas with native plants.

    It is located on a 4ha site at the corner of The Parkway and Moore-Oxley Bypass, Bradbury.

    The facility is anticipated to attract up to 500,000 visitors annually once opened. The centrepiece of the attraction will be the approximately 1600m2 main billabong pool which is supplemented by a smaller children’s pool, cascades and streams and a zero-depth splash play area.

    These interconnected recreational water experiences have been designed to reflect the local natural riverine environment and will cater safely for all ages and abilities.

    The project is expected to create about 80 construction jobs and more than 20 full-time jobs to support the ongoing maintenance and day to day operations of the Billabong Parklands.

  • 29-Jun-2020 09:34 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    There’s no doubt that COVID-19 has led us to do a lot of things very differently, including your business’s strategic tax planning and financial reporting.

    With easy to follow sections, William Buck's practical guide will help you to:

    • Appropriately treat the unique transactions brought about by the Government economic response measures
    • Strategically work through year end issues to achieve a positive tax outcome
    • Ensure your financial reports are compliant, useful and accurate.

    Download your guide here.

  • 24-Jun-2020 14:53 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Have you been thinking about refreshing your skills? Perhaps you'd like to learn a new set of skills? Well, now is the perfect time.

    It is no mystery that there is going to be a lot of uncertainty for the next 6-12 months. The impact of COVID-19 has been felt globally with people having to adjust most aspects of their lives. From not being able to visit loved ones, to not being able to dine at your favourite restaurants, to literally having to dodge people on the street, our lives have changed unequivocally. One space where we feel it most? The workplace.

    Professionals across the world working in full time, contract and casual positions have experienced the devastating effects of being made redundant, having their hours cut or experienced a significant pay reduction. With unprecedented scenarios emerging daily, how do you remain 'relevant'? By upskilling and reskilling.

    First, we must explore the difference between upskilling & reskilling. To upskill is to update our current knowledge whereas too reskill is to learn new things.

    Now, let's explore why now is the perfect time to upskill & reskill...

    1. Reskilling & Upskilling can be done easier then ever via remote learning

    Thanks to companies like Zoom, GoToMeeting, GoogleHangouts etc, learning remotely has become uncomplicated. Attending virtual sessions combined with online self paced learning is an effective way of gaining new skills & updating existing ones. Virtual classrooms also allow you to upskill & reskill employees regardless of their location. Employees can work together in small breakout “rooms”, take surveys and polls, watch videos and more.

    ISM is offering a range of courses virtually, contact us on 1300 200 705 to find out more.

    2. Government funding

    Government funding is available for a range of different courses throughout the nation. Do your research and find out what you are eligible for and how you can make the most out of funding.

    Smart & Skilled funding is available for some courses in New South Wales. Also, check out the information on your eligibility for Traineeships.

    Read our recent blog on How To Benefit From Funding To Upskill Workers Over 45.

    3. Maintain your productivity

    In a time where things may be quieter, putting your focus on growing your skills, will keep your productivity levels high. It can also help us find new ways of working more effectively, whether we are working form our home or the office.

    Upskilling & reskilling delivers not only new and renewed skills but also renews enthusiasm and in-turn, productivity. By obtaining more skills under your belt, you will be able to take on more tasks and roles that you never would have previously accomplished before.

    4. Stand out & expand your range of offerings

    Continued education gives you the opportunity to enhance your value in the workplace. In a time where the future is so uncertain, to be able to diversify and expand your offerings by reskilling & upskilling, you are giving yourself the opportunity to stand out from the crowd.

    ISM have over 25 years experience working with finance & business professionals. We would love to help you grow your business and your career.

    If you would like to find out more, ISM recently hosted a webinar on 3 Steps to upskill & reskill your staff and how you can benefit from government funding to do so! Watch the webinar here.

  • 23-Jun-2020 11:35 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Would you like to experience the thrill and beauty of country Australia in your 4WD or AWD while supporting people with disability?

    Join the Drive4Life 2020 Tour - but hurry, there are only 10 places left!

    Northcott is a dynamic and innovative not-for-profit organisation that provides support and services to more than 14,000 people with disability, their families and carers across NSW and the ACT.

    For 15 years Drive 4 Life, a non-profit fundraising organisation, has supported Northcott through its scenic “tag-along” 4 wheel drive event, which has raised over $830,000. Now, they want you to come and join the adventure, but you will need to be quick as there are only ten spots left.

    Participate in this "tag-along" four wheel drive tour and see parts of Australia that are off the beaten track and not on the "shopping list" of many peoples four wheel drive itineraries. Tours are open to both novice and experienced 4WD enthusiasts and are tailored to those who have either not had the opportunity to be expertly guided when driving off-road, or who do not have the experience to navigate the areas that Drive 4 Life visits.

    This year is the Iconic Outback Hotel Tour which will take you from:

    Broken Hill to Broken Hill, via Flinders Ranges, Maree, Mungerannie, Birdsville, Innamincka, Cameron Corner, Tibooburra and Silverton.

    This tour is open to both 4WD and AWD vehicles. Please see the website for full requirements.

    The tour will start and finish in Broken Hill. The tour will commence with registration, introductions and a pre-trip briefing at 3.30 pm on Saturday 26 September 2020 and end on the afternoon of Saturday 3 October 2020. Drive 4 Life will host a dinner for all participants in Broken Hill on the Saturday evening.

    Please visit the Drive 4 Life website: for full tour information and booking forms or contact:

    Annette Sneyd  l  Community Fundraising and Projects Co-ordinator


    P: 1300 378 243


  • 22-Jun-2020 13:51 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Blacktown City Council is very pleased to announce its continued collaboration with the Australian Racing Drivers’ Club and their development of a multifaceted multi-stakeholder Innovation, Technology, Racing, Education and Advanced Manufacturing precinct at its Sydney Motorsport Park Eastern Creek headquarters. Headlining the precinct will be the high-profile Motorsport Australia Centre of Excellence.

    The Australian Racing Drivers’ Club (ARDC) has managed and operated Sydney Motorsport Park since 1996. Over the past decade, the ARDC’s venue masterplan has driven a $45 million capital investment programme with valuable co-investment by the NSW Government. This has provided significant improvements to key infrastructure, the physical racing circuit and allowed for a landmark permanent circuit lighting project to proceed this year.

    The new precinct will be home to variety of motorsport organisations and associations, race teams, auto manufacturers, educators and industry innovators. The ARDC’s plan is to capitalise on learnings from the UK’s Silverstone Circuit and adjoining University Technical College and Silverstone Innovation Precinct. A key learning from Silverstone was that a place-based model takes full advantage of utilising clusters of like-minded businesses, facilities and educational facilities to accelerate innovation.

    Blacktown City Council is also helping the ARDC engage with the tertiary education sector in forming an educational/technical component to the precinct. Council is also facilitating links with NSW and Australian Government agencies to raise the profile of advanced manufacturing opportunities at the Park.

    The ARDC envisions Sydney Motorsport Park acting as a bookend with the western Sydney Aerotropolis, forming a major logistics and technology corridor, between these two centres.

    Blacktown City Council looks forward to building off the successful 2019 Advanced Manufacturing Symposium and co-hosting with the ARDC future technology events at the Park in the year ahead.

  • 22-Jun-2020 13:44 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Western Sydney Parklands and Parramatta Park Trusts and their consultants have scooped a record six gongs at this year’s 2020 AILA NSW Landscape Architecture Awards.

    The awards acknowledged 33 projects over 14 categories in a virtual ceremony celebrating leading projects of all sizes across regional and metropolitan New South Wales. In the NSW Awards, Western Sydney Parklands and Parramatta Park Trusts and their consultants won:

    Award of Excellence:

    • Play Spaces – Paperbark Playground with Phillips Marler
    • Parks and Open Space – Shale Hills Dog Park with Tyrell Studio
    • Land Management – Your Parramatta Park 2030
    • Cultural Heritage – Your Parramatta Park 2030

    Landscape Architecture:

    • Cultural Heritage – Mays Hill Masterplan with Tyrell Studio
    • Landscape Planning – Horsley Park Urban Farming Masterplan with Group GSA

    The Award of Excellence is given to the work judged as most significant for landscape architecture in each category.

    Western Sydney Parklands Executive Director Suellen Fitzgerald said the awards are testimony to the hard work of the Parklands staff and consultants.

    “It’s an honour to have the hard work of our staff and consultants so comprehensively recognised,” Ms Fitzgerald said.

    “We are committing to offering innovation and design excellence for the community across our parks, playgrounds and facilities. For this to be publicly recognised at these prominent awards is a rewarding acknowledgment and fantastic celebration of landscape architecture.”

    The Parks and Open Space Award of Excellence went to Tyrrell Studio for the Shale Hills Dogs Park, in collaboration with Western Sydney Parklands.

    Shale Hills Dog Park in Western Sydney Parklands opened earlier this year offering five hectares of open space and state-of-the art dog agility, training facilities and a sensory garden.

    AILA judges said the bold design sets a new benchmark for dog parks in Australia and praised the extensive on-site community consultation “elevating the humble dog park from a low budget affair to an iconic piece of landscape architecture”.

    The Plan of Management and Conservation Management Plan, Your Parramatta Park 2030, won two Awards of Excellence in the Land Management and Cultural Heritage categories.

    The Plan sets goals for the next decade to ensure the Park remains protected and preserved for current and future generations.

    The Plan’s vision for Parramatta Park is a place for community and celebration in the green heart of the River City. The vision includes long-term goals for the Park as a space where people can be healthy and active and embrace the site’s rich heritage.

    AILA judges said the Plan successfully integrates a culturally significant 85-hectare landscape spanning Cumberland Plain Woodland, the Parramatta River, open grasslands, sporting fields and heritage structures – ‘no easy task’.

    “The Parramatta Park 2030 Plan is a rare breed of documentation - informative, educative, practical and accessible,” judges said.

    “Deserving of an Award of Excellence the jury found the joint plans to be an easily digestible guide for park users in the ongoing care and development of a much loved and important city green space.”

    The four Awards of Excellence for Paperbark Playground, Shale Hills Dog Park and Your Parramatta Park 2030 will enter the AILA National Awards held later this year.


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