Hospitality Award: what you need to know

Employers must pay hospitality workers their wage and other entitlements within 7 days of termination under changes made to the Hospitality Industry (General Award).  Modern Awards are important documents that outline the conditions of employment for both employers and employees to follow. They cover entitlements including pay rates, working hours, allowances and penalty rates. These awards […]

Case Study #4 – Kate (NDIS)

Meet Kate*  Kate is a finance and accounting manager for an NGO that provides care for people with intellectual disabilities. It has been around for decades and has created a strong community. The NGO strives to give their clients opportunities to live their lives independently and to have the option to work while also receiving care […]

NDIS: dealing with the complexity of NDIS payroll

Since the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the disability services industry has been met with several challenges due to changes made to the nature of the work, workforce operations and payroll. Here are 5 challenges faced by disability services providers and how to deal with them. Photo by Nathan Anderson on Unsplash 1. […]

Annual Leave: Common mistakes for public holiday payroll

Leave entitlements are complicated enough on their own, but what happens when you throw public holidays into the mix? It is not uncommon for employers to get penalised or caught in legal problems due to oversight in employees’ rights. We have come up with a list of common mistakes when it comes to handling payrolls during […]

Tax Planning Opportunities from COVID-19 Federal Budget Measures

The COVID-19 Federal Budget announced on 6 October 2020 has given way to new measures that can create tax planning opportunities for businesses. This includes new loss carry back rules and temporary 100% instant depreciating asset write off. Photo by De an Sun on Unsplash Loss Carry Back Rules The new loss carry back rules […]

To-do: Christmas shutdown procedure for businesses

With Christmas right around the corner, you and your team are probably preparing for the holiday shutdown period and settling your annual leave.  That being said, the process is not as simple as closing your doors and turning off your lights, although those are definitely things you should do and not take lightly! Here is a […]

5 tips for preparing payroll during the Christmas period

The payroll procedure during the Christmas period is a little trickier than usual. But not to worry – these few tips should be able to get you sorted. Photo by Jonathan Borba on Unsplash 1. Get a plan going It’s always best to sort out administrative issues ahead of time, especially when heading into holiday […]

Landmark Federal Court ruling decides that casual workers are entitled to paid leave

In a landmark ruling, the Federal Court decided that Robert Rossato, a casual mining worker employed by labour-hire firm WorkPac was entitled to paid leave. The decision could significantly affect payroll costs for many businesses. The judgement of the case decided that Rossato was entitled to annual, sick and carer’s leave. The reason for this […]

Case Study #3 – Sally (Beauty Salon)

Beauty does not require pain. Meet Sally*. The owner of a beauty salon, Sally enjoys the art of accentuating one’s feminine beauty. She relishes in the creativity behind the process of beautifying her clients. More importantly, she believes that helping other people look their best is her vocation. Sally considers herself extremely fortunate to run a […]

Case Study #2 – Bob (Builder)

BOB THE BUILDER Here’s the story of Bob* the builder. Bob is one of our favourite stories that we feel embody how PAQ intends to save the world through bookkeeping. Your average man with a vision and a love for building things, Bob decided to work on a start up of his own. Eventually, with some […]