How will the Federal Budget affect you?

During this year’s Federal Budget announcement Treasurer Josh Frydenberg stated“Australia is back!”. The Budget proposes positive changes to superannuation, an extensionof the low and middle income tax offsets and a boost to aged care services. SummaryWe’ve summarised some of the key points from the Budget below but, remember, these are subject tothe passing of legislation:•…

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Staying cyber safe this year

With the increased activity online – be it due to working from home, home schooling, or simply because we have found a great availability of engaging and interesting content and streaming services, we are online a lot more and need to consider if we are adhering to safe cyber practices at home. This means having…

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The financial impact of a furry friend

There are over 29 million pets in Australia with approximately 61% of households owning one of these 29 million pets. Of that 61%, most are dog owners at 40%, followed by cat owners at 27%. In 2019, over 60% of dog and cat owners considered their pet as a member of their family1[1] – which…

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Less for longer: Extension of JobSeeker and JobKeeper Payments

On 21 July 2020 the Government announced a range of proposals to the JobKeeper and JobSeeker Payments as existing arrangements are set to expire in late September 2020. Certain tax concessions to assist businesses were also extended and have been legislated. We have summarised each of these changes below. JobKeeper Payment extended The JobKeeper Payment…

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Make technology work for you

Are you a new technology pioneer, or a proud ‘technophobe’? Wherever you sit on the digital spectrum, the transformative power of technology is undeniable. What’s important is how you harness it. From energy to communications, cars to apps and beyond, there are a myriad of ways that technology can help you simplify your life, save…

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Top Tips……Looking for Work in a Competitive Job Market

Michelle Walker from Katz Recruitment writes that looking for work during the current crisis can be stressful. Just like any challenging situation in life, one must take control and action to reach a successful outcome. Here are some tips that will help you advance your career and help while looking for work: 1. Stay Positive –…

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The Government’s JobKeeper Payment Explained

On 30 March 2020, the Federal Government announced the introduction of the JobKeeper Payment. The payment is a wage subsidy paid by the Government to businesses significantly impacted by the Coronavirus. This will allow employers to continue paying their employees whether they are able to work or not. The Government will provide $1,500 per fortnight…

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The Government’s stimulus package in response to the Coronavirus

In response to the economic impact of the Coronavirus, the Government has announced a number of initiatives to help individuals and businesses at this uncertain time. The changes include accessing some of your super if you’re in financial stress, tax concessions for small businesses and changes to social security benefits. Below is an overview of…

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New Year, New Job – What’s your resolutions?

New year is a great time for making lifestyle changes, however, for resolutions affecting your financial health, there’s often no better time to look at your financial health than when starting a new job. Along with changes to your daily routine, a new job can help you put in place positive changes for your finances…

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Prune, adapt and budget: Managing the rising cost of living

If you’re organised with your finances, the high cost of living doesn’t have to mean diminished savings. The increasing cost of goods and services – from food and housing to transport and utilities – is a reality most Australians have to face every day. Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows that living…

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