AuSAE Member Update from CEO, Toni Brearley
I hope you enjoyed your Easter long weekend and are continuing to keep well and safe.
A slightly late update this week, but still focused on information and resources to assist you to navigate your association and your members during this time.
The ATO have released comprehensive information regarding the administration of the JobKeeper payment this week. What you need to know:
- Eligibility requirements that have previously been communicated remain the same, however there is further explanation how a reduction in turnover can be evidenced including the provision for the Taxation Commissioner to extend an ‘alternative test’ if your organisation falls outside the standard “turnover tests”
- Applications open on April 20 via the ATO website
- Prior to submitting an application, you are required to have all eligible employees complete and sign a JobKeeper employee nomination process which can be found on the ATO website
- Employers wanting JobKeeper payments to start from the fortnight commencing 30 March must apply by April 26.
- Continue to pay at least $1500 to each eligible employee per JobKeeper fortnight (the first fortnight being 30 March – 12 April).
- The first payments are due to be released in the first week of May.
I encourage you to visit the ATO website for the full and current details of how to apply and access these important payments.
AuSAE member the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) have developed a Job Keeper Payment Employer Guide to assist. Our thanks to ACCI for their continued advocacy for small business and their support of the Association sector.
AuSAE Legal partner Mills Oakley have provided a comprehensive summary of all stimulus and regulatory supports available for business, including not-for-profits which can be found here
Beyond Blue have a dedicated national mental health support service related to the coronavirus outbreak. The new service will offer free information, counselling, and referrals online and via phone. Access to resources and support services can be found here
AuSAE Webinar Series – Strengthening Associations - We have been overwhelmed with the participation in our new webinar series and are pleased to provide you with practical and timely information to help you navigate these uncertain times.
This week we hosted a bumper session focusing on Association communication strategy with thanks to Felicity Zadro and Debbie Bradley from Zadro Agency for their insights and advice.
Next week (April 22) we are focusing on technology and looking at how Associations are using mobile platforms to keep communities intact and informed. To register for this session, click here
The Strengthening Associations webinar series is complimentary for AuSAE members and we will soon be releasing information on how you can access all AuSAE webinar recordings through your AuSAE member login. To find out more about the series and upcoming topics please click here.
AuSAE Book Club – We were excited to launch our AuSAE book club this week as a unique way to continue learning and staying connected during the next few months. Our first book to kick off the series is “The Forever Transaction” by Robbie Kellman Baxter and we will host a live Q&A with Robbie on Friday 1 May. To register your interest and purchase your book click through to our Book Club page.
Thank you so much for your time again this week as we strive to support you and your association now and into the future.
Please reach out to myself or any of the team if we can be of assistance in any way.
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