New Financial Year Changes

A reminder of legislative and compliance changes that have come into effect from 1 July 2018.

Minimum wage increases

A new minimum wage is now in effect starting from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2018. The new hourly minimum wage is $18.93 per hour, up from $18.29 – a 3.5 per cent increase. The base rates of pay in modern awards will also increase. Employers must ensure that they check the new wage rates that apply to their business and take action immediately.

High income threshold

The high income threshold in unfair dismissal cases will increase to $145,400 per annum. The previous threshold was $142,000 per annum for dismissals that took place on or after 30 June 2017. The compensation limit will be $72,700 for dismissals occurring on or after 1 July 2018.

Changes to penalty rates for some awards

From 1 July 2018, Sunday penalty rates for workers in the Fast Food, Hospitality, Pharmacy and Retail awards changed, following a Fair Work Commission decision made last year. The rate cuts are between 10 to 15 per cent, depending on the award.

Tax

Online retailers are now required to register for GST on sales of low-value imports of physical goods imported by consumers. Businesses that meet the $75,000 registration threshold will need to take action now to review their business systems to ensure that they comply. They will need to:

  • register for GST;
  • charge GST on sales of low value imported goods (unless they are GST-free); and
  • lodge returns to the ATO.

These businesses may be merchants who sell goods, electronic distribution platform operators or re-deliverers.

Also, the 32.5 per cent income tax rate increased to $90,000 from $87,000 as of 1 July 2018.

If you have any questions about these changes, contact your Harris Black team member today.

The information in this blog is intended only to provide a general overview and has not been prepared with a view to any particular situation or set of circumstances. It is not intended to be comprehensive nor does it constitute advice. While we attempt to ensure the information is current and accurate we do not guarantee its currency and accuracy. You should seek professional advice before acting or relying on any of the information in this blog as it may not be appropriate for your individual circumstances.

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