Help Wanted

Domestic Payroll is seeking admin, accounts & office help to get through the manic end of financial year.

This position starts in May, continuing at least till August with ongoing but sporadic work after this period. This would be a perfect job for a student or someone looking for a bit of extra income.

Ideally you would be based in Sydney and have the capacity to work from home.

If you would like further details or just send in your resume ( please don’t ring) contact

Ainslie Asquith at

Court ruling against casual employee status

The Federal Court of Australia on 16 August 2018, ruling has granted a terminated casual worker annual leave entitlements.

The Court found a truck driver employed under a labour hire arrangement as a casual, was not a casual under employment law, because of his regular and continuous pattern of work over the 2.5 years of employment and as such should have been entitled to annual leave entitlements.

Further information can be found AMMA website

Get set for a 3.3% increase to the minimum wage

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.

Backpacker tax starts Jan 1

New tax rates will apply from 1 January 2017     

From 1 January 2017 tax rates are changing for working holiday makers who hold 417 and 462 visas. These rates are known as working holiday maker tax rates.

What you need to do

If you employ a working holiday maker who is in Australia on a 417 or 462 visa, you:

›            must register with with the ATO to withhold at the working holiday maker tax rate

›             visit to check your worker has a 417 or 462 visa using the Visa Entitlement Verification Online service

›             must withhold tax at  15% on income up to $37,000 and apply foreign resident tax rates on income over $37,000.

What happens next

The working holiday tax rates only apply to income earned from 1 January 2017.

If you currently employ working holiday makers you’ll need to issue two payment summaries this year:

›            one for the period to 31 December 2016

›             a second for any period to 30 June 2017.For more information  go to the ATO website


Working With Children Checks

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.

Continue reading Working With Children Checks

Child Care Benefit Update

Source:  Dept of Education & Training
Date: Tuesday 21 June 2016

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.