Eat Pray Love

After too many years of not going anywhere significant for longer than a day trip, in March I travelled to Sydney for four days. I’m not such a good airplane passenger (and no, it’s not about falling out of the sky) and I’m not great out of my comfort zone, but somehow I negotiated the horrors of Sydney Airport and all that walking with 25 years of arthritis plus being in very unfamiliar places. In the ensuing days, while catching up with old friends, I also survived the shock of  how much Sydney has changed in 17 years.

Being a regular glutton for punishment, I’m planning to repeat the experience in just over a week. This time, for a little longer. I’ll be in Sydney to eat, pray, love, and I’ll be back at the end of June. Well, maybe just one or two of the three eat, pray love things, but I’m not saying which. I’m gliding into the unknown, but hopefully not into an abyss. Not sure what the universe has planned for me, but I plan on having some rest, relaxation, and fun.

There’s no internet broadband where I’m staying in Western Sydney, but I will have limited 4G access (via tethering devices to my iPhone), and I’ll have better access where there’s TelstraAir in the shopping centres, if I can get to them. I know, who doesn’t have broadband these days? Where I’m staying, my friends don’t have it.

I won’t have transport in Sydney as far as I know so I’m not sure how any of that is going to work yet.

I will still be doing a little work, most notably payrolls on Mondays and Thursdays (have I ever let you down?), while Gabi will be taking care of other work tasks in my office, but only where she’s been given specific permission by you to access your Xero file.

Many of you know my daughter Gabi from her growing up in Byron Bay. For those of you who don’t know, Gabi is a qualified beauty therapist and was a retail fashion management guru for many years. She’s also a 3rd generation bookkeeper, having learned from me,  from studying and from having a bookkeeping job over the last few years in large Southport-based group of entities. It’s in our heritage! I started learning from my late father when I was a teen, and my biological mother was an accountant.

Gabi also eats details for breakfast.

Holiday Payroll Request

I would very much appreciate it if you could prepare your payrolls and have them to me by midday, please.

I’m only planning one shot at processing on payroll days while I’m on holiday because I won’t have the opportunity to keep checking for your payroll information.

I’m happy to be contacted by phone, email and SMS if you have any issues. If I don’t answer my phone, please do leave a message and I’ll contact you ASAP.



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Minimum Wage Increase

The national minimum wage increases by 2.5% from 1st July, 2015.

This increase applies to employees who aren’t covered by an award or agreement and also applies to juniors, trainees, apprentices, employees with a disability and to piece rates. Most employees are covered by a modern award. Check FairWork Award Finder if in doubt

The new national minimum wage will be $656.90 per week or $17.29 per hour.

FairWork says you can’t get two separate pay rates for the one pay period. Therefore, if a wage increase applies to an employee on the 1st of July then it covers the first full pay period after that date.

In other words, if they are being paid for a fortnight that covers one week in June and one week in July, the employer needs to pay at the old rate for the fortnight straddling June and July, and to apply the wage increase from the first full pay period commencing after the 1st of July.

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Payroll Payment Summaries

It’s fast approaching June 30th and End of Year reporting for Payroll.

Xero Payment Summary Screen

Xero Payment Summary Screen

Every employee must be sent a Payment Summary (Group Certificate) by 15th July. Then by mid-August, these need to be reported to the ATO.

Both processes can be done in Xero, but before that’s done (usually I will complete for you), please ensure that your employee’s details are up-to-date.

Once Payment Summaries are published for each employee and emailed to them (or printed and mailed), the required electronic reporting can be done to the ATO through Xero.

If I process your payroll, I will ensure both processes are done by the due dates.

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Xero Adding an Employee – The Basics

Having information at hand when you add an employee to Xero can save you a lot of time. Decide beforehand if you’re going email payslips, instigate Auto Super via Xero, allow employees access to their records and so on. Good planning can save time and  money.

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Details Tab of Xero Employee Record

What you’ll need includes (but isn’t limited to) the following:

  • Tax File Number Declaration
  • Super Choice Form
  • Phone Number
  • Email Address
  • Bank Details for EFT Payments
  • Emergency Information, which can be added as a note (last tab of Employee record)
  • Start Date
  • Employment Type (Full/Part Time, Casual)
  • Classification*

The more information you can enter, the better.

Think about handing out an employment pack that includes all the legal forms that need to be filled in before an employee starts work, along with forms for other information like bank account, emergency information and so on.

*Classification – Employees under an award scheme will be covered by a modern award classification. If you record a classification, it will be included on the payslips.



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