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  • 01-Jul-2014 15:52 | Deleted user

    The $8.3 billion North West Rail Link has reached its most important milestone yet, with a preferred operator selected to run the new rapid transit service. 

    The Northwest Rapid Transit consortium – made up of MTR Corporation (Australia), John Holland, Leighton Contractors, UGL Rail Services and Plenary Group – has been selected to deliver the project’s operations contract.

    The contract includes building the eight brand new railway stations, delivering 4,000 commuter car parking spaces, and supplying Sydney’s new generation, fully-automated rapid transit trains. We will work with the consortium to further negotiate and finalise this multi-billion-dollar contract, which is expected to be awarded later this year.

    The first Tunnel Boring Machine (named ‘Elizabeth’ by a local student after colonial icon Elizabeth Rouse) is now on its way to Australia from France via China and will be in the ground by October. The second machine is due by the end of this year.

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  • 27-Jun-2014 09:09 | Deleted user

    The Bankstown Local Business Awards are an inspirational celebration of some of the finest businesses in Bankstown. 

    The awards are highly respected within the local community. In the past, the retail and service business sectors servicing the Bankstown community have benefited through the awards process.

    As part of the 2014 Bankstown Local Business Awards, self nomination catergories are being offered to recognise businesses achieving excellence in other fields, namely:

    • Export
    • Innovation
    • Sustainability

    The awards are open to all Bankstown businesses.  Entrants nominate themselves in one or more categories simply by completing the entry form.  Click here to download your Bankstown Local Business Awards Entry Form.

    Entries close Wednesday 9 July 2014.  For further information please contact: or phone (02) 8577 5060 or phone (02) 9707 9227

  • 26-Jun-2014 13:54 | Deleted user

    We are excited to announce the launch of our Norwest Networking Series which will be coming up in August. 

    If you would like to get involved and help shape the content of these events, profile your business and even have a speaking slot then please register your interest here.

  • 25-Jun-2014 17:13 | Deleted user

    As many would be aware, further to this year’s Federal Budget, from 1 July 2015 the Government is proposing to:

    • reduce the company tax rate from 30% to 28.5%; and
    • introduce the paid parental leave (PPL) levy on “large” companies.  

    What may not have been considered to date are the potential impacts of these changes to shareholder value. From a shareholder perspective, a change in tax rate could result in franking credits getting trapped in the company and ultimately result in an increase in the overall taxation paid by shareholders on company profits. To maximize shareholder value it is important that dividend distribution policies and capital management policies be reviewed.

    At this stage, there is limited detail available on these proposals, and the Government will need to navigate its way through the new Senate taking its place from 1 July 2014. Notwithstanding those uncertainties, there are a number of matters that should be considered.

    Whilst the policy and legislative detail is not settled, if there are no transitional imputation measures, a portion of the franking credit balance as at 30 June 2015, which has been generated at a tax rate of 30%, may be “trapped” in the company’s franking account. As is demonstrated in the below example, from a shareholder’s point of view, this will result in a lower after tax cash dividend.

    Assume $100 of pre-tax profits derived prior to 30 June 2015 and subject to 30% tax

    Pre-tax profits


    Company tax


    After tax profits


    Franking credits


    Individual: top rate





    Dividend Paid

    Prior to 30 June 2015

    Dividend Paid

    After 30 June 2015

    Maximum franking credit

    = $70 x (30/70) = $30

    = $70 x (28.5/71.5) = $27.9

    Trapped franking credits



    Grossed up assessable






    Cash (net of tax) after distribution to shareholder


    Super Fund


    Super Fund









    Effective tax on underlying

    profits after distribution to shareholder










    Based on the above, in respect of a dividend paid after 1 July 2015 from profits arising before that date:

    • Approximately 7% of the franking credits (2.1/30) get trapped within the company. Whilst these could be distributed if the company has other “untaxed profits”, this will result in an additional cash cost to the company if paid as a cash dividend

    • The effective tax rate on the underlying profits rises above the shareholder’s marginal rate, as a result of some of the tax paid credits remaining trapped within the company. The net cash amount in the hands of the shareholders is reduced.

    In addition, after the commencement of the PPL on 1 July 2015, there may be further trapped franking credits on an annual basis for large companies.

    In order to maximise returns to shareholders via dividend payments, companies should actively monitor government policy in this area. Companies should also actively plan ahead to forecast their future franking balances to determine the potential scale of trapped franking credits (as at 30 June 2015), and consider alternative dividend and capital management policies.

    Kamlee Coorey Tax Partner Deloitte (02)9840 7030

  • 25-Jun-2014 16:33 | Deleted user


    There is no doubt at all that there is a time and place for both competitive and exclusive recruitment. With costs becoming more and more of a concern though, perhaps it’s time to reconsider the competitive recruitment model in favour of engaging agencies exclusively.

    Anyone looking at an online job board would be overjoyed at the number of job advertised; the reality though is that a lot of these jobs are the same job being advertised by multiple agencies.  Great for the job board, but incredibly frustrating for the applicant!

    Going down the exclusive path will save the hiring company time and money. Competitive recruitment fees are higher because a lot of hours are spent working on roles that will be filled by other agencies or internally. Exclusive roles are generally charged at much lower fees as the recruiter know they will be getting paid for the work they do.

    In light of this it can be argued that the competitive recruitment model is not only inefficient and expensive, but that it often results in a frustrating experience for all parties.

    Pros of Exclusive assignments:

    • Costs to the hiring firm are reduced as agencies will offer a far lower fee/rate for exclusive work.
    • The consultant will have more time to dedicate to searching and working their networks to ensure a higher quality of candidates.
    • It allows time to perform head hunts to passive job seekers and people in their network that are not actively looking for work but who are interested in “the right opportunity”.
    • Exclusivity also allows the recruiter to better screen candidates and to fully brief them on the opportunity, meaning you the client will waste less time with inappropriate or unprepared candidates.
    • The role also doesn’t become general knowledge to be “kicked around” the market by multiple agents desperate to find a speedy resolution. This often leads to miscommunication about the firm, salary and nature of the opportunity not to mention potentially damaging your brand.

    Pros of competitive model:

    • Competitive recruitment can lead to greater variety and choice in candidate selection, but it will also lead to duplicated resumes and often lots of lower quality candidates.
    • Avoids putting all your faith in one recruiter (spreading your risk, especially if you are dealing with a non-specialist agency or a recruiter you don’t know).
    • It gives you the chance to “try” agencies before committing to them.

    As previously stated, there is definitely a place for competitive recruitment but if you have a relationship with your recruiter and you trust them to find you the right person, then it’s certainly worth your while to ask them for exclusivity.

    To discuss any of your recruitment needs whether exclusive or competitive, please contact IPA on 02 9220 6900.

    Further information can also be found on our website or you can follow us on LinkedIn   


  • 25-Jun-2014 16:19 | Deleted user



    As with most new calendar or financial years, there is movement in the industrial relations landscape.

    The purpose of the below is to provide you with the key dates for 2014 (some past and others upcoming) and to succinctly set out suggested action items to assist you with identifying what changes you may need to make in your workplace:

    1 January 2014

    (1)          new bullying laws commenced – action items include:

    ·                    be familiar with how the new bullying laws operate and who they apply to

    ·                    prepare/update existing bullying policies and complaints procedures to be consistent with the legislation

    ·                    refer to guides on bullying provided by Safe Work Australia

    ·                    as necessary update and amend references to bullying in other policies (such as WHS policies)

    ·                    train management staff on the new laws

    ·                    implement policies with staff and keep evidence of receipt of the policies/attendance at information sessions explaining these policies

    (2)          other changes:

    ·                    altered union right of entry provisions

    ·                    new rules relating to consultation about changes to rosters and working hours

    ·                    consent arbitration for general protections (adverse action) and unlawful termination claims

    action items include:

    ·                     be familiar with the new requirements including checking the consultation requirements in the relevant Modern Award

    ·                    considering the advantages and disadvantages of consent arbitration in the Fair Work Commission for general protection and unlawful termination claims

    (3)          4 yearly review of Modern Awards commenced – action items include:

    ·                    make submissions as part of the review (if you wish)

    ·                    consistently check the Fair Work Commission website for information (the review is expected to be completed mid 2015)

    12 March 2014

    (4)          new privacy laws commenced – action items include:

    ·                    be familiar with how the new privacy laws operate and who they apply to

    ·                    prepare/update existing privacy policies to be consistent with the legislation

    ·                    check you know how "employee records" are dealt with

    ·                    update staff, customers and suppliers as necessary (including in respect of terms of trade and credit applications)

    1 July 2014

    (5)          the redundancy tax free component increases to $9,514 and $4,758 for each completed year of service – action items include:

    ·                     make sure all redundancies comply with Taxation Ruling 2009/2

    ·                     make sure all redundancies meet the requirements to satisfy the exception to a valid unfair dismissal claim (in addition to any other possible exception)

    (6)          the compulsory superannuation rate increases to 9.5% - action items include:

    ·                    implement the change with payroll

    ·                    consider whether you factor this into salary review considerations

    (7)       increase to the high income threshold to $133,000 – action items include:

    ·                    knowing employees not covered by a Modern Award or to whom an enterprise agreement does not apply must earn less than this amount to bring a valid unfair dismissal claim

    ·                    knowing the maximum compensation payable in an unfair dismissal claim is the lesser of 26 weeks' pay or half of the high income threshold

    ·                    ensuring the annual rate of the guarantee of annual earnings for those with a Guarantee of Annual Earnings continues to exceed this amount

    ·                    knowing not all aspects of an employee's remuneration counts towards working out if this amount is breached (both for unfair dismissal and Guarantee of Annual Earnings purposes)

    (8)       remuneration changes:

    ·                    Modern Award wage increase by 3% (as and from the first full pay period after 1 July 2014) – this extends to junior employees, employees to whom training arrangements apply and employees with a disability and to the operation of piece rates through the operation of methods applying to same

    ·                    Modern Award allowances increase (by reference to the relevant CPI group mentioned in the relevant Modern Award)

    ·                    National Minimum Wage increases to $640.90 per week ($16.87 per hour) – applicable to those not covered by a Modern Award or to whom an enterprise agreement does not apply

    ·                    casual loading is increased to 25% - applicable to those not covered by a Modern Award or to whom an enterprise agreement does not apply

    ·                    end of transitional wage, loading and penalty rate adjustments under Modern Awards

    action items include:

    ·                    check whether you can absorb increases under the terms of the Modern Award (absorption clause) or the terms of the employment agreement (set-off clause)

    ·                    ensure all payments meet the minimum wage requirements

    31 December 2014

    (9)       transitional redundancy provisions under Modern Awards end – action items include:

    ·                    making an employee redundant as and from 1 January 2015 may require a lesser amount of redundancy pay to be paid than doing so before that date

    (10)     transitional accident pay provisions under Modern Awards end – action items include:

    ·                    work out if this applies to any injured employees and make necessary pay adjustments as and from 1 January 2015


    That is a snapshot of the current landscape – as with all changes, the finer detail always needs to be considered including in conjunction with your particular workplace situation.

    If you do have any questions, please feel free to speak with or email a member of our Workplace Solutions team headed up by:

    Stewart Gough – Director

    Fay Calderone – Director

  • 25-Jun-2014 15:52 | Deleted user

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    To take up this special offer please call 02 9689 3333.

    This great value offer is valid Monday to Fridays from 6:00pm – 9:00pm until 31st August 2014.

  • 25-Jun-2014 12:29 | Deleted user

    Buy any new, demo or used car before 30 September 2014 from Lander Toyota and you’ll get a chance at winning a share of $30,000! $10,000 a month is up for grabs! Plus, if you purchase over 50% of the vehicle purchase price, you will receive 1 additional entry into the draw!

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