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04-Mar-2015



Message from the Manager

Small and medium businesses in the Darwin, Palmerston and Litchfield Local Government Areas (LGA’s) will benefit from a new program being implemented in the region.

Recently, the Federal Minister for Small Business, Bruce Billson, announced that the Darwin Business Enterprise Centre was successful in winning a contract to deliver the Australian Business Advisory Service (ASBAS) program for the next three years across the region.

This Commonwealth Government funding will increase the capacity of the BEC to deliver additional advisory services to small business in the areas of financial analysis, business development, team and management development, and implementation of digital capabilities.

This is great news for the BEC and the small businesses in the Darwin region. The program will be of enormous benefit as it will complement and significantly supplement the business advisory services currently being offered by the BEC funded by NT Government’s Department of Business, particularly with the range of specialist services that we will be able to bring to these areas.

The assessment process for the program was a very competitive one indeed and it is pleasing to be selected given there were some 350 competitive applications from around Australia.

Once we get the contract documents bedded down I will provide more detail on the types of ASBAS services we will be able to provide.

Jack Hughes
jack@becnt.com.au


BEC SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOPS

Looking to start a new business or expand your existing business in 2015?

The BEC is all about supporting individuals with sound practical advice from start up to business growth in the early years. 

Our Small Business Workshops provide an introduction to five specific and important areas of business including business structures and tax, marketing and bookkeeping. Best of all the workshops are FREE! 

Darwin

Venue: BEC Darwin, 20 Catterthun Street, Winnellie (Lower Level)
30 March – 1 April 2015, 27 - 29 April 2015

Palmerston

Venue: Quest, 18 The Boulevard Palmerston
Dates: 9-11 March 2015

Katherine

Venue: Katherine Training Centre, 19 Second Street Katherine
Dates: 23-24 April 2015

Bookings are essential phone 1800 229 500 or register online.

PAYROLL & SUPER

From July 2016, the Australian Taxation Office's (ATO) Single Touch Payroll system will be available for you to report on tax and super for your employees. To help make the transition easier for business, the ATO would like to hear your views.

A Single Touch Payroll discussion paper has been released, and you're invited to have your say on issues such as:

  • how to move businesses over to the new system
  • how to reduce the costs of putting the new system in place
  • what impacts the Single Touch Payroll will have on your business (e.g. how will making employee payments, such as pay as you go withholding (PAYG) and super, at the same time you pay employee wages impact your business's cash flow balance)?

To read the discussion paper and submit your feedback, head to the ATO's Let's talk website.

Submissions close 6 March 2015.

CLAIM WEBSITE COSTS BACK

If you have a business website, or are planning to set one up, you can claim a number of your website costs back as a tax deduction.

Some of the costs you may be eligible to claim for include:
  • buying server hardware
  • buying or developing software
  • website hosting fees.

You can even claim running costs, such as website hosting fees, straight away.

When you can claim your set-up costs can change depending on when you start (or started) trading.

If you’ve already started trade, any set-up costs you’ve made prior to starting are deductible over five years.

A number of set-up costs after the start of trade are also deductible:

  • Amounts under $1,000 are deductible straight away.
  • Amounts over $1,000 are deductible over four years.
Check out the examples the Tax Office has put together of the  types of claims you can make and to discover what other business deductions you might be able to claim.

NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION CODE 2015

For the first time, the National Construction Code (NCC) is now free to download. The online edition will cover the 2015 version of the NCC, which will come into effect on 1 May 2015.

The NCC provides the minimum necessary requirements for safety, health, amenity and sustainability in the design and construction of new buildings (and new building work in existing buildings) throughout Australia.The NCC was developed to incorporate all on-site construction requirements into a single code. It covers the Building Code of Australia and Plumbing Code of Australia and is managed by the ABCB.

NCC 2015 will only be available online and the ABCB will no longer produce hard copy versions of the code. To get your free online copy you will need to register on the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) website

DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS EVENTS CALENDAR

FREE Workshop: Developing an Effective Website
Location: Darwin
Date: Thursday 5 March 2015

FREE Workshop: Pricing, Costing and Quoting
Location: Alice Springs
Date: Wednesday 18 March

FREE Workshop: Work Health and Safety
Location: Nhulunbuy
Date: Tuesday 24 March

Register onlinetoday!

ACCC RELEASES SMALL BUSINESS IN FOCUS REPORT

The ACCC has today released its latest Small business in focus report. The report highlights the ACCC’s work in the small business sector between 1 July and 31 December 2014.

Information covered in the report includes:

  • Over 7,000 people contacted the ACCC in last six months with a small business or franchising related complaint or enquiry.
  • Misleading conduct and false representations remained the most widely reported small business issue over the six-month period.
  • False billing scams continue to be the most common scam targeting small businesses, with losses of $105,000 reported to the ACCC.

To find out more and view the report visit the ACCC website.

RESOLVING WORKPLACE DISPUTES

The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) offers free, confidential and voluntary mediation for workplace disputes.

In the last two years, accredited FWO mediators have assisted employers and employees to reach an agreement in almost 11,000 cases.

To find out more about FWO's mediation service watch their recently released two-part video series.

Experiencing a different type of business dispute? Visit Dispute Supportto find the most appropriate low cost service to help you resolve your dispute.

ACCC ANNOUNCES UPDATED COMPLIANCE AND ENFORCEMENT PRIORITIES

The ACCC has released its Compliance and Enforcement Policy for 2015.

The ACCC cannot pursue all the complaints it receives about the conduct of traders or businesses. While all complaints are carefully considered, the ACCC’s role is to focus on those circumstances that will, or have the potential to, harm the competitive process or result in widespread consumer detriment.

The Compliance and Enforcement Policy lists matters that the ACCC gives enforcement priority to. Listed priorities of particular relevance to small business include:

  • conduct resulting in significant consumer (including small business) detriment
  • unconscionable conduct, particularly involving large national companies or traders, which impacts on consumers or small businesses, and
  • conduct in concentrated markets which impacts on small business consumers or suppliers.

In addition, the ACCC is currently prioritising work in the following areas of particular relevance to small business:

  • truth in advertising, particular where misleading claims are made by large businesses with the potential to result in significant consumer detriment, or where the conduct is likely to become widespread if the ACCC does not intervene
  • ensuring compliance with new or amended industry codes of conduct, including the Franchising Code and the proposed Food and Grocery Code.

To view the policy and order a copy online visit the ACCC website.

CHANGES TO FUEL TAX CREDIT RATES

If you use fuel for your business activities, you may be able to claim a credit for the tax you pay on that fuel. The amount you can claim varies depending on the type of fuel, its use and your business.

The fuel tax credit rates are indexed twice per year in line with the consumer price index. It last increased on 2 February 2015. The easiest way to make sure you are using the correct rate is to use the ATO's Fuel tax credit calculator.

For more information on fuel tax credits for business visit the ATO website.

FAMILY BUSINESS IN 2015

Family Business Australia has refreshed their Diagnostic Tool to help family businesses assess their capabilities and identify gaps.

Family Business Australia has refreshed their Diagnostic Tool to help family businesses assess their capabilities and identify gaps.

They tailor professional development experiences for family businesses throughout the year. For example webinars, conferences, networking lunches, Directors Course and their popular Conversation Series.

Visit www.fambiz.org.aufor more information.

IMPROVING ONLINE SERVICES

The Government is setting up a Digital Transformation Office to improve digital service delivery and better meet your individual and business needs.

It will use technology to make services simpler, clearer and faster.

One of the new Office's first priorities will be to make sure you no longer have to complete separate log on processes for each government service.

For more information visit the Minister for Communications website.

QUICK LINKS FOR SMALL BUSINESS

It can be difficult to find the information you need for your small business.

The Small Business Commissioner has a blog post which lists the key small business pages from various Australian Government websites.

Bookmark this pageto help you find the information you need now and in the future.

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