Rates decision to hurt local economyCalculator

Business SA responded to this week’s decision by the Reserve Bank Board to maintain official interest rates at 4.25 per cent.

Business SA Chief Executive Officer, Peter Vaughan, said that further action on interest rates is required by the Reserve Bank.

“We believe there was a strong case to cut interest rates and this decision by the Reserve Bank will maintain the pressure on businesses and consumers throughout the local economy,” Mr Vaughan said.

“The two interest rate cuts before Christmas provided some relief, however it has been evident that further action is required to assist the many industry sectors that remain under strain.

“Recent economic data, including inflation, building approvals and subdued retail trade, have indicated the need for a reduction in interest rates.”

Hutt St Centre’s “Share Your Pay This Leap Day” for the homelessHutt Street

Share Your Pay This Leap Day is a one in four year opportunity to share one hour, one day or part of your extra day's salary on Wednesday 29th of February 2012 to support Hutt Street Centre so they can continue to rebuild the lives of those who are homeless in Adelaide.

The Hutt Street Centre’s CEO Ian Cox says the leap day initiative is an easy way for people to get involved at any level.

“Even a small contribution can assist us in providing the most basic of human needs for people who are homeless,” Ian says.

“Over the last few months, we’ve seen a lot more families who are experiencing homelessness. Through the support of the South Australian community, we’re aiming to provide emergency assistance to over 250 families.”

Donations can be made directly via the Hutt Street Centre website. Donations are secure and tax deductible.

Aurecon opens office at Roxby DownsOpen Sign

Global engineering, management and specialist technical services group Aurecon is pleased to announce that in early 2012, it will establish a permanent office at Roxby Downs, South Australia.

Aurecon has demonstrated its support for South Australia’s mid-North region with a permanent presence for more than 15 years. The Roxby Downs office will work in tandem with the established offices in Adelaide and Port Augusta to provide greater geographic coverage and client focus to the region.

“There is enormous development proposed in this region of South Australia, such as the proposed expansion of BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam mining operations. The decision to open an office at Roxby Downs reflects Aurecon’s desire to support this and other development work, by increasing our local presence to strengthen our project delivery capability,” said David Fairweather, Aurecon’s Office Manager for South Australia.

CDAA achieves Certified Partner status with Google AdWordsComputers

Australian Certified Digital Agency, CDAA Pty Ltd is proud to announce that it has earned recognition as a Google AdWords Certified Partner. CDAA is one of only four companies in Adelaide to earn this status, demonstrating its strong position in the paid search advertising market.

To achieve the status of Google AdWords Certified Partner, CDAA Digital Marketing experts successfully passed a rigorous set of AdWords exams. This confirms its ability to deliver professional Pay-per-click management services through utilising the array of online marketing and analytical tools that Google provides. The certification also demonstrates that the agency has successfully satisfied Google’s strict requirements for account age and ongoing managed spending.

“CDAA is excited and proud to be recognised as a Google AdWords Certified Partner,” said CDAA’s Business Development Manager, Mark Stanton. “Our clients have enjoyed a measurable ROI through the delivery of our Google AdWords management service for some time however this certification verifies our skills with recognition directly from Google.”

Corporate Tables Promotion at the Adelaide Casino

Read about the Adelaide Casino’s Corporate Tables Promotion.

457 update: New Processing Location for South Australian Caseload Stamp

Applications relating to the 457 visa program linked to sponsors based in South Australia will be processed by the Sydney 457 Centre of Excellence from 5 December 2011.

Applications lodged up to 4 December 2011 will continue to be processed by the Melbourne 457 Centre of Excellence.

As a sponsoring business, you may contact Audrey Ng, Team Leader, on 02 8862 6456 or audrey.ng@immi.gov.au regarding enquiries in relation to applications lodged on or after 5 December 2011.

If you require further information about the 457 program in general, you may also contact the Industry and Regional Outreach Officer of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship in South Australia, Mr Jan Schmortte on 0434 076 437 or jan.schmortte@immi.gov.au.

General information sheetDesk

Business SA is pleased to bring you its annual General Information Sheet for 2012 and the 2012 Calendar. The General Information Sheet can help you plan for the next year with a list of all the important dates for all States and Territories, including:

  • Public holidays and school term dates
  • Construction industry closedown dates
  • Construction industry public holidays and rostered days off
  • Daylight savings changeover dates.


The Calendar collates all of these important dates for South Australia only and displays them on one convenient page. Business SA reminds members that the Taxation Information Sheet 2011 - 2012 and the Key Lodgement Taxation Dates for 2011-2012 are also available. They contain a range of dates, amounts and other useful data such as:

  • Activity Statement, Fringe Benefits Tax, Pay as You Go Withholding dates
  • Flood Levy rates
  • Payroll Tax thresholds and rates
  • Superannuation Guarantee Levy and Contribution Concessional Limits.

Available only to Business SA members, you will need to login to the website to view the information sheets.

For assistance, contact the Business Advisory Centre on 08 8300 0101.

Transitional provisions for the Social Community Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 – Are you ready?

Transitional provisions in the Social Community Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 are due to commence from 1 February 2012.

While employers in other industries have grappled with transitional provisions over the last 18 months, those in the Social and Community Services sector have been somewhat shielded from the full extent of Modern Award complexity due to the delayed introduction of transitional provisions in this Award.

The transitional provisions allow for changes in rates of pay, penalties and loadings to be phased in over a period of time, and Business SA has  a wealth of experience in assisting employers with the complex calculations involved. We can help you to get ready for 1 February 2012 by providing:

  • a detailed understanding of the process and implications of transitional provisions;
  • the calculated rates of pay, penalties and loadings applicable from 1 February 2012;
  • additional options which will accommodate the next phase of transitional provisions effective from 1 July 2012;
  • an understanding of the impact on your staff as well as ways to manage that impact;
  • assistance in communicating the changes to your staff; and
  • ongoing support as required through the implementation of transitional provisions.

We can also work with you to develop rosters and workplace practices which are compliant with the Modern Award, taking into account the needs of your service and the provisions of the Modern Award.

In short, our consultants can provide as little or as much assistance to you as you prepare for 1 February 2012. For more information on how the Business SA Consulting team can assist, please call 8300 0103. 

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