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BSCAA National Newsletter – August 2019

To download the full newsletter please click here: BSCAA National Newsletter August 2019

President’s Report

Welcome to the August 2019 Newsletter. 

It has been a busy July and I am certain August will be no different.

The BSCAA National Board will be holding their 2019-2021 strategy meeting on 30th August in Brisbane, prior to their general meeting in September.  Our BSCAA Vice President, Debbie Delimitros attended the CAF pre-certification meeting in July and we will also have a few BSCAA  National representatives attending the CAF AGM in Sydney on 14th August.

I am excited to see the States have been busy preparing for their AustralianSuper Excellence Awards, which is an excellent opportunity to showcase your wonderful staff and your business.  It is certainly one of my favourite times of the year.

This month’s newsletter certainly holds a signification amount of information for business owners including inside details of what is going on in the other states. 

I have highlighted a few hot topics and encourage you to take a well-deserved 10 minute tea break to read the newsletter in its entirety.

  • Businesses providing cleaning or courier services will need to complete a Taxable payments annual report (TPAR) and the first one is due to the ATO by 28 August 2019. 
  • Nominations and registrations are open for both NSW and Queensland Excellence Awards.  Victoria’s awards will be held in October and nominations will open shortly. Western Australia Excellence Awards are scheduled for 31 October. 
  • Western Australia’s State Executive have been involved in finalising the ethical Framework for Contracting and is being released through various government departments within WA. 
  • Tasmania have a new President and Vice President.
  • Queensland has a new secretariat and have made some changes to their membership options. 
  • Victoria introduced a new portable long service scheme on 1 July 2019 and businesses who employ workers in roles covered by the scheme must register.
  • South Australia have introduced Labour Hire Licenses and all providers operating in SA must be licensed by 1 November 2019.
  • Some recent additions to the WeComply website include checklists and information about ISO changes to Safety Management Awareness
  • Safe Work Australia is working on the “Workplace Exposure Standards for airborne contaminants” and will be releasing draft evaluation reports and recommendations for chemicals for public comment throughout 2019-2020. 
  • AustralianSuper have provided an article on the difference to your super balance by using an Industry Super Fund vs a Retail Super Fund. 

Please feel free to email us if you have any concerns or issues you would like BSCAA National to be aware of.

We value you as a member and your association with the BSCAA.

Kind regards,

Kim Puxty – BSCAA National President
national@bscaa.com
1800 312 970

WeComply

We Comply is a free service to BSCAA members and contains a full suite of Human Resources and Workplace Health and Safety Policies, Work Method Statements and Procedure templates. For more details visit https://bscaa.com/national/wecomply/ 

The following documents have recently been added to WeComply:

Forms / Checklists

Cleaners Room Checklist
Office Safety Audit Checklist
Safety Audit Checklist

ISO 45001 Safety Management Awareness

Please see the attached ISO 45001 Safety Management Awareness Presentation.

This presentation is aimed at OHS personnel who are required to update safety systems in place with the new international standard.

If you are certified to AS 4801, you have approximately 12 months to move to this standard before AS 4801 becomes obsolete.

ISO 45001- 2018

If you have forgotten your WeComply password please contact your state’s BSCAA Office. 

 

New South Wales – bscaansw@bscaa.com

  • BSCAA NSW will be hosting their annual AustralianSuper Excellence Awards on the evening of Friday 11 October 2019 at the Swissotel, Sydney. 
  • This year they are mixing things up and have planned a cocktail evening full of great food, fabulous entertainment and dancing!. Register your team early, you don’t want to miss out!
    Click here to register.
  • Nominate for the Excellence Awards Now!    Click here to submit
    For detailed instructions on how to nominate please view here
    Nominations have been extended, now closing Wednesday 14 August

South Australia – bscaasa@bscaa.com

  • Labour Hire Licence
    Consumer and Business Services (CBS) has recommenced accepting applications for labour hire licences.
    All labour hire providers operating in SA must : lodge their application by 31 August 2019 be licensed by 1 November 2019.
    Further exemptions to the licensing scheme have been added and are outlined here.
    If you have already applied for a labour hire licence see the labour hire update on the CBS website.
    From 1 November 2019 if you provide labour hire services without being licensed, or engage an unlicensed labour hire provider, penalties may apply.

Western Australia – admin@cleaningcouncilwa.com.au

  • The WA Excellence Awards are being scheduled for 31 October 2019.
  • The State Executive have been involved in finalising the ethical Framework for Contracting with the Department of Finance. We hope this assists with providing an environment that avoids sham contracting. This framework is being released through the various departments and agencies within WA.

Tasmania – bscaatas@bscaa.com

  • Matthew Collings has been elected as Tasmanian president and Jason Rigby elected as vice president following the resignation from David Webb. We would like to thank David for his work as President.
  • With the help of Fair Work, a letter was sent to cleaners working at over 40 sites highlighting what their entitlements are and explaining what sham contracting is.

Queensland – bscaaqld@bscaa.com

  • Secretariat
    We would like to introduce Christina Hull as the new BSCAA Queensland Secretariat from 1st August. Christina has many years experience working with Boards and Industry advocates, and looks forward to meeting members and industry contacts at the upcoming BSCAA Queensland Excellence Awards.
  • New Monthly Payment Option  
    BSCAA Queensland have now introduced monthly membership payment options
  • We also now have a Sole Trader membership category. If you are aware of anyone that may benefit from having access to the BSCAA Queensland membership benefits, let them know today.
  • Are you ready for TPAR? 
    The first Taxable payments annual report (TPAR) for businesses providing cleaning or courier services is due by 28 August 2019. The report is for payments made to contractors between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019. Contractors can include subcontractors or consultants. Further details below or here: Cleaners and Couriers – lodging your first TPAR

  • Nominations Now Open
    BSCAA Qld AustralianSuper Excellence Awards
     will be held on FRIDAY 1st November 2019 at the Victoria Golf Club in the Marquee – 2019 will be bigger and brighter, join us in celebrating our best asset “our cleaners”, enjoy live music – The Wild Card Trio, MC – David ‘Luttsy’ Lutterall radio announcer, open bar and plenty of food. 
  • BSCAA Qld’s AustralianSuper contact is John Simpson, please do not hesitate to contact him if you have any super queries, jsimpson@australiansuper.com or 1300 300 273.  AustralianSuper is the preferred Superannuation fund for the Building Service Industry. To find out when the next Business Briefing is taking place please visit https://www.australiansuper.com/campaigns/business-briefing

 

Victoriabscaavic@bscaa.com

  • Long Service Benefits Portability Regulations 2019

The Department of Premier and Cabinet have advised, the Governor in Council has approved the Long Service Benefits Portability Regulations 2019. The Regulations will support the Long Service Benefits Portability Act 2018 and should be read in conjunction with that Act. Both the Act and Regulations come into operation on 1 July 2019.

The Long Service Benefits Portability Regulations 2019 can be found here.

The Long Service Benefits Portability Act 2018 can be found here

How this impacts our members?

Portable long service will enable Victorian workers in community services, contract cleaning and security to start accruing long service benefits.   A Board and CEO that report to the Minister for Finance govern the Portable Long Service Benefits Authority.

The Board will:

    • set the levy to be paid be employers and contract workers
    • manage risks
    • advise the Minister on arrangements with similar schemes across Australia

The employer levy was determined by the Governing Board on 9 May 2019 as follows:

    • 65% for community services
    • 80% for contract cleaning
    • 80% for security

An audit and risk committee and finance committee will provide support and advice.  As further information is made available BSCAA will ensure our members are informed.

For more information visit https://www.vic.gov.au/about-portable-long-service-authority.

  • The 2019 BSCAA VIC AustralianSuper Industry Excellence Awards will be held in October and Award Nominations will open shortly.

Industry News

Workplace Relations update from Workplace Advisory Group

The Federal Government starts making noises about IR Reform

The Morrison Government has started making some noises about what it intends to do in reforming the laws around industrial relations. Those noises are made with considerable political caution. So far it’s all been about industry/employer groups being the engine room for suggestions of change.

The political advantage in getting industry to suggest change rather than the government is that blame can be laid upon industry in the event the changes are unpopular. One of the big problems with Work Choices was that it could be clearly seen as John Howard’s baby so when the public turned against Work Choices they turned against Howard at the same time.

To read more of Mark Diamond’s blog , click here.

The Super Unions are coming!

One of the criticisms levelled at the former Workplace Relations Minister Craig Laundy (who has now left politics) is that he did not do enough to prevent the merger of the CFMEU and the MUA (now known as the CFMMEU). This was a bit tough on Craig because the law did not permit any real grounds to stop the merger which is why the courts waved it through. Suggesting that as the Minister Craig could somehow throw magic dust and stop the merger was, frankly, ridiculous.

To read more of Mark Diamond’s blog , click here.

Fair Work Ombudsman

The 122 industry and occupation modern awards have been updated and published on the Fair Work Commission website.

In addition, the 33 modern enterprise and State reference public sector modern awards have also been updated and published on the Fair Work Commission’s website.

The awards have been varied to reflect the increases in wages and allowances as a result of the Annual Wage Review 2018–19 decision [2019] FWCFB 3500 as well as changes to the National Training Wage schedule and Supported Wage System schedule where applicable. Modern awards update – allowances

Further to the Modern awards update notice sent on 24 June 2019, the allowances sheets relating to all 122 industry and occupational modern awards have been updated to reflect the allowances operative from 1 July 2019.

The updated allowances sheets can be accessed via the allowances clause in the relevant modern award from the modern awards list on the Fair Work Commission’s website.

Australian Taxation Office

The Taxable Payments Reporting System (TPRS) strengthens detection of those gaining an unfair advantage by not reporting or under-reporting their income, protecting the majority of people who are doing the right thing. 

The TPRS now applies to businesses providing cleaning or courier services that will need to complete a Taxable payments annual report (TPAR) if they have an Australian business number (ABN), and make any payments to contractors for cleaning or courier services they provide on a business’s behalf.

This applies even if cleaning or courier services are only part of a business’s activities.

This new report for businesses providing cleaning or courier services applies from 1 July 2018, with the first TPAR due by 28 August 2019.

For more detailed information, visit www.ato.gov.au/tpar.

Safe work Australia

Safe Work Australia is evaluating the Workplace Exposure Standards for airborne contaminants to ensure they are based on the highest quality, contemporary evidence and supported by a rigorous scientific approach.

Draft evaluation reports and recommendations for each chemical will be made available for public comment throughout 2019-2020.

The anticipated schedule for public comment is now available on Safe Work Australia’s website.

The next scheduled release is 30 August 2019 and will contain draft evaluation reports and recommendations for acetaldehyde to benzoyl chloride.

In the News

Tasmania school cleaners take industrial action
Two schools in the state’s north-west closed due to health concerns relating to the work bans.

Nilfisk opens new head office
The new site features a 2500 square metre warehouse, workshop and open plan office space.

Superannuation

Why ‘Retail’ or ‘Industry’ matters when it comes to super funds.

Sponsored by AustralianSuper

Did you know that, on average over the 15 years up to 30 June 2018, the average retail super fund returned around $47,000 less to their members than the average industry super fund1?

Although most Australians are either with an industry or retail super fund, many are unaware of the differences between them and what it means for your super balance.

First thing first – what are the main differences?
Industry Super Funds return profits to members, not shareholders – a feature that can lead to a higher net benefit. That’s your overall super position after both investment earnings and fees are taken into account.

Retail Super Funds are run by financial institutions (such as banks) and wealth management companies where profits can be returned to shareholders and not members. Also, a financial adviser who recommends a retail fund to their client can receive a commission.

So what does this mean for my super balance?
The net benefit graph below shows how AustralianSuper compared to the average super fund and the average retail fund over the past 15 years. The totals show what a member would have had after 15 years, in addition to their $50,000 starting balance and employer contributions, assuming they started with a $50,000 annual salary2.

Looking to review your super fund?

If you’re looking to review which super fund you’re with, and would like a more detailed comparison of performance between the various funds, visit australiansuper.com/compare-us

1industrysuper.com/compare/retail-super-funds
2Investment returns are not guaranteed. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future returns.
**Investment returns are not guaranteed. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future returns.

Comparisons are modelled by SuperRatings, commissioned by AustralianSuper. Modelled outcome shows the average difference in ‘net benefit’, a measure of investment earnings after fees and taxes have been taken out. The results compare AustralianSuper’s Balanced option and the main balanced options of funds tracked by SuperRatings that have comparable options and a 3 (321 funds), 10 (173 funds) and 15 (111 funds) year performance history, taking into account historical earnings and fees – excluding contribution, entry, exit, insurance and additional adviser fees. Outcomes vary between individual funds. Net benefit modelling results presented are as at 30 June 2018 using historical data during the comparison period to this date. No adjustments have been made to the figures to take into account the effect of inflation on purchasing power since this time. See Assumptions for more details about modelling calculations and assumptions.

Note: From 30th March 2019 the AustralianSuper Administration fee increased from $1.50 to $2.25 per week or by $39 per year, which is not reflected in these figures.

This information may be general financial advice which doesn’t take into account your personal objectives, situation or needs. Before making a decision about AustralianSuper, you should think about your financial requirements and refer to the relevant Product Disclosure Statement. AustralianSuper Pty Ltd ABN 94 006 457 987, AFSL 233788, Trustee of AustralianSuper ABN 65 714 394 898

AustralianSuper is the preferred Superannuation fund for the Building Service Industry. To find out when the next Business Briefing is taking place please click here!

Do you need help with comparing super funds, meeting superannuation obligations and running education seminars? Or would you like to join AustralianSuper’s free clearinghouse?

Please call 1300 300 273 or contact your state representative directly –

National/VIC/NSW/TAS: Steve Collins, scollins@australiansuper.com
QLD: John Simpson, jsimpson@australiansuper.com
SA/NT: Gary Bridle, gbridle@australiansuper.com
WA: Jo Naquesage, JNaquesage@australiansuper.com 

AustralianSuper has been partnered with BSCAA for over 13 years and support multiple cleaning and property management businesses and their staff.