Over the last week, we have been, like you are, keeping a keen eye on the advice being handed down by government agencies, especially in relation to childcare, school closures and healthcare.
There is no denying it, these are uncertain times and official advice is changing rapidly regarding our way of life. As it stands, all businesses are preparing to adhere to the new shut down regulations except for essential services. We have been receiving a number of questions pertaining to nanny services being considered essential.
The Fair Work Commission has announced a 3.3% increase to minimum wages. The increase will apply from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 July 2017.
The new national minimum wage will be $18.29 per hour for a permanent employee 21 year and over and $22.86 for a casual employee. This applies to all domestic staff employed through a WPN or ABN everywhere but WA.
In WA, as at 1st July 2016 ( no increase has been released yet) its $18.23 for a permanent and $21.88 casual employee.
Date: 9th November 2016
A Working with Children Check is mandatory in Australia and early childhood providers must fulfil the requirements of the state/territory they are employed in. Reputable babysitting agencies will have policies in place to ensure employees undergo WWCCs and background checks – which protect both the children in care and the agency from future issues.
The Child Care Subsidy builds on the Productivity Commission’s recommendations and will make the system simpler, more affordable, more flexible and more accessible for families.
From July 2018, the Child Care Subsidy will replace the Child Care Benefit and the Child Care Rebate with a single, means-tested payment to better support families with access to affordable child care.
Family eligibility for the Child Care Subsidy will be subject to a three-step activity test, more closely aligning the hours of subsidised care with the hours of work, training, study or other recognised activity undertaken, and providing for up to 100 hours of subsidy per fortnight.
Families earning $65,710^ or less will receive a subsidy of 85 per cent of the actual fee paid (up to an hourly fee cap). For family incomes above $65,710^, the subsidy tapers down to 20 per cent when family income reaches $340,000^ or more.
Families on incomes below $65,710^ a year will be able to access 24 hours of subsidised care per fortnight without having to meet the activity test.
More information to support families and services to adapt to the new system will be available before the changes come into effect in July 2018.
The Fair Work Commission has announced a 2.4% increase to minimum wages. The increase will apply from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 July 2016.
The new national minimum wage will be $17.70 per hour for a permanent employee 21 year and over and $22.13 for a casual employee. This applies to all domestic staff employed through a WPN or ABN everywhere but WA.
In WA, as at 1st July 2015 ( no increase has been released yet) its $17.89 for a permanent and $21.47 casual employee.