The ATO has published a brochure to assist those in the building and construction industry when preparing their tax return which we have uploaded to the Society of Construction Law website here.
For those working in allied profession the ATO has also work-related expenses guides for many professions including: engineers, tradespeople and lawyers.
For more information, or to download the guides available for other specific occupations, visit www.ato.gov.au/occupation20.
The Government is enhancing the Boosting Cash Flow for Employers measure it announced on 12 March 2020. The Government is providing up to $100,000 to eligible small and medium-sized businesses, and not for-profits (NFPs) that employ people, with a minimum payment of $20,000. These payments are intended to help businesses and NFPs with their cash flow so they can keep operating, pay their rent, electricity and other bills and retain staff.
Small and medium-sized business entities with aggregated annual turnover under $50 million and that employ workers are eligible. NFPs, including charities, with aggregated annual turnover under $50 million and that employ workers will now also be eligible. This will support employment at a time where NFPs are facing increasing demand for services.
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The Victorian Bar has provided the attached information on Government and other financial measures that may apply.
SoCLA has received communication from NSW Treasury and NSW Infrastructure regarding the impact of COVID 19 measures on the construction of NSW Government infrastructure.
We will continue to advise members of any developments we receive regarding the impact on the building and construction industry of Government measures in response to COVID 19.
On 4 March 2020, the Building and Development Certifiers Regulation 2020 (the Regulation) was finalised and published on the NSW legislation website. The Regulation has been developed to support the Building and Development Certifiers Act 2018 (the Act), which was passed by Parliament on 24 October 2018.
The purpose of the Regulation is to set out the requirements for the registration of registered certifiers including classes, qualifications, experience and knowledge, to provide Code of Conduct standards, to establish contract requirements for certification work and to create a new accreditation framework. It also contains applicable fees and penalties.
The Act and Regulation will both commence on 1 July 2020. Upon commencement, the Act and Regulation will replace the Building Professionals Act 2005 and the Building Professionals Regulation 2007.
Members in Melbourne may be interested to attend the Resolution Institute seminar "Modernisation of Resolution Institute Arbitration Rules: What you need to know?" presented by Toby Shnookal QC on Monday 16 March 2020 at 5:30 pm at Baker McKenzie, Melbourne. More information and booking details are available on this flyer.
Members may be interested in considering scholarships of up to $5,000 for current and aspiring female leaders being offered by Women & Leadership Australia
Scholarships of $2,000 to $5,000 are currently available to women to help support their participation in a range of career building leadership development programs.
The initiative is providing a wide range of women with scholarships to support their growth and development. The scholarships assist with participation in one of three flagship development programs. The programs provide highly collaborative learning environments uniquely tailored to the needs of female leaders.
Expressions of Interest
Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form here prior to Friday, March 20, 2020.
Our latest "Let's Connect" submission is by Keith Keown "Mine Modification Works in Australia - Achieving Value for Money" .
Members can download the document from our Resources section.
Members may be interested in attending The Warren Centre's Fire Safety Engineering Conference - Building Confidence through the Professionalism of Fire Safety Engineering - at The University of Sydney Business School on Tuesday 4 February 2020.
SoCLA members will receive a 30% discount. Details of the discount code have been emailed to members or contact us for more information.
Tickets and more information are available here.