• 22/06/2019 2:10 PM | Anonymous

    Cash, wallet, money

    Undeclared cash-in-hand payments to employees and contractors will no longer be eligible for a tax deduction, the ATO has warned, as part of a crackdown on undeclared earnings.

    The new rule was unveiled as part of the 2018–19 federal budget. It will take effect for all payments made from 1 July this year, for income tax returns lodged for the 2019–20 financial year and beyond.

    According to the ATO, the new rule aims to level the playing field where businesses pay workers in cash to avoid PAYG withholding obligations, and where contractors do not provide an ABN or withhold any tax and cash payments they receive.

    ATO assistant commissioner Peter Holt said in a statement that the removal of tax deductions for cash payments is just one way it is tackling the black economy.

    “It’s fairly straight-forward: do the right thing and you can claim a deduction. Deliberately do the wrong thing and you’ll miss out on a deduction and risk being penalised,” he said.

    “The Black Economy Taskforce estimates that the black economy is costing the community as much as $50 billion, which is approximately 3 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP). This is money that the community is missing out on for vital public services like schools and roads.

    “Businesses that operate in the black economy are undercutting competitors and gaining a competitive advantage by not competing on an even footing.”

    Mr Holt also warned that employers not complying with PAYG withholding requirements can be penalised.

    He noted that cash is “a legitimate way of doing business, and we recognise that some industries do tend to take more cash than others”, but that it is often being used to avoid paying tax and superannuation.

    “When cash is used to deliberately hide income to avoid paying the correct amount of tax or superannuation, it’s not only unfair, it’s illegal,” Mr Holt said.

    Honest mistakes won’t be impacted

    The removal of the tax deduction will not apply to innocent errors, where an employer accidentally classifies an employee as a contractor if they are provided with an ABN.

    “Our objective is to support small business to help them get it right,” Mr Holt said.

    “But anyone caught deliberately doing the wrong thing will lose their deduction.”

    According to Mr Holt, employers that voluntarily disclose that they have not met withholding requirements before the ATO takes any form of compliance action will still be eligible for the deductions, and may also be entitled to penalty reductions.

  • 17/06/2019 4:28 PM | Anonymous

    The SHCCI Board have now reviewed and updated the plan for the chamber. The diagram below is a snap shot of the chambers strategic direction which is how featured on the home page of the SHCCI Web Site.

    If you would like to comment on the plan please email Steven Horton at 

  • 17/06/2019 4:24 PM | Anonymous




    The Illawarra Business Chamber (IBC) will be looking for payroll tax relief and greater investment in infrastructure to connect the region in the detail released tomorrow in the NSW Government’s first budget since the March election.

    “Amid slowing growth, a workforce shortage and tough trading conditions, the state government should fast-track its promised payroll tax cuts for areas outside of Sydney and must deliver major infrastructure upgrades to stimulate growth and open up opportunities for our regional economy,” said IBC Executive Director, Adam Zarth.

    “The Chamber has asked government to immediately lift the payroll tax threshold to $1 million for businesses in regional areas, including the Wollongong LGA in its Pre-Budget Submission,” Mr Zarth said.

    “At a minimum we expect the threshold to be lifted to $900,000, as already committed to in the previous term of government.”

    “The Chamber has also called for the establishment of an Infrastructure Coordination Authority, guided by a private sector board, which would help ensure the efficient delivery of infrastructure, advise on contracting and monitor performance. Projects like the South West Illawarra Rail Link, which have clearly demonstrated a cost-benefit ratio of more than 1 – in this case, 1.13 on a conservative discount rate by the University of Wollongong’s SMART Infrastructure Facility – need to receive more prominence by government in consideration for funding sources like Restart NSW.”

    The Chamber is also looking for government to introduce practical strategies to get young people skilled and into the workplace.

    “We are calling on the government to deliver 20,000 school based apprenticeships and traineeships over the next four years and ensure the skills developed both in school and training are relevant and aligned to industry,”

    “Importantly for our region, we hope the Budget will fund the continuation of Illawarra YES (Youth Employment Strategy) – a successful program that has secured 84 jobs since inception and assisted businesses address skills gaps in the transport, cabinet making, disability and aged care sectors.” Mr Zarth said.

    Media Contact:  James Newton (0417 135 858)

    Source:  NSWBC 2019/20 NSW Budget Submission

  • 05/06/2019 10:39 AM | Anonymous

    Join the food waste fight!

    Food businesses in NSW throw away around 30% of their food. As well as the impact on our environment, that is a lot of money going in the bin!

    You can be a part of the solution! RDA Southern Inland, in partnership with Southern Region Business Enterprise Centre, are hosting a Food Waste Webinar to explore the issue of food waste, look at some businesses who have successfully reduced their food waste and introduce our free program, Your Business is Food.

    Register here

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  • 13/05/2019 11:45 AM | Anonymous

    SH Safety Network Meeting - May 2019

    16th May 2019, 8am - Focus: Assessing risks in your workplace

    Location: IOH Southern Highlands - Suite 1, 22 Drapers Road, Braemar

    Register HERE or call 02 4620 7244

    Safety Network Meeting Agenda

    This meeting will focus on assessing risks in the workplace - identifying, how to manage, and the best practice in completing risk assessments.
    This will be an informal style of networking, with flexibility to contribute ideas and experiences, or ask questions, in a relaxed environment.

    Please forward this to your network or anyone in your organisation who is interested in safety in the workplace.

    SH Safety Network Aims

    Local business people fostering networking opportunities to promote positive change in WHS culture. Providing information and a relaxed environment to network about safety.

    Interested in Safety in Southern Highlands? Join our network on 

  • 13/05/2019 11:17 AM | Anonymous

    The chamber has been provided with a link to interviews of 3 of the 6 candidates in the federal seat of Whitlam undertaken by Zoe Brain from Z GEN FM our local youth radio station.

    The interviews are currently playing on 92.5 FM up until election night and are also available for streaming in the below link:

    These interviews are very interesting and give an insight into what the youth of our area are thinking and the answers provided give an insight into how our candidates react to this thinking.

  • 03/05/2019 1:32 PM | Anonymous

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    The ingredients are prepped, organisers have added some extra ‘spice’ to this year’s recipe and the oven timer is set – it’s just 30 days until Pie Time 2019 is ready to be served up piping hot to all visitors to the NSW Southern Highlands.

    “Pie Time is 30 days and 100s of ways to enjoy pies in the Southern Highlands,” said Steve Rosa, Group Manager Tourism and Economic Development, Destination Southern Highlands, or the ‘Pie Man’ as he is affectionately known.

    “In one month from today the Southern Highlands truly becomes the Southern Pie-lands for this celebration of the great Australian pie, with many delicious pie themed events, festivals, tours and activities throughout the entire month of June,” Steve continued.

    Steve went on to say that with just one month to go, the team at Destination Southern Highlands has been most impressed with the range and quality of brand-new Pie Time experiences offered up by the local tourism industry for visitors to enjoy.

    “We’ve got everything from the new Ned Kelly hero pie at Heatherbrae’s Pies, to flying high with a pie at Illawarra Fly Tree Top Adventures. There’s pies in the sky with star gazing at Cuttaway Hill Wines and the Southern PieLander – a special Cockatoo Run Pie theme train trip from Sydney to Robertson and Moss Vale,” Steve explained.

    “June is the time for the great pie takeover in the Southern Pielands!” Steve concluded.

    Pie Time runs from 1-30 June in the Southern Highlands of NSW. For more information on Pie Time visit

    Our added ‘spice’ – what’s new for Pie Time 2019:

    Past Times & Pies at Fairground Follies – a rare peek at antique mechanical and musical attractions matched with a pie themed morning tea at Fairground Follies in Bowral. Listen to the happiest music on earth with a hot sweet pie and drink. Saturday 1st and 15th June.  10.30am – 12noon. 

    Pie in the Sky @ Cuttaway Hill Wines Exeter - star gazing, pinot, pies and fires at Cuttaway Hill Wines in Exeter. Saturday 15th June 5.30 – 9.30pm

    Fly High with a Pie @ Illawarra Fly Tree Top Adventures – Fly high on a zipline and dine with a pie during June.

    Southern PieLander – Special Cockatoo Run Pie theme Train trip from Sydney to Robertson & Moss Vale return – date TBC.

    Sweety Pie & Bubbles Trail - the perfect match of local sparkling wines and pies, throughout Pie Time.

    Hero Pies by local bakers – Ned Kelly at Heatherbrae’s Pies (one of many hero pies available.

    From Moo to You – Cow Pies @ the Moss Vale Sales Yards – Tour of Sales Yard with cattle sales viewing followed by a Meat Pie & Coffee/Tea - every Wednesday morning at 10am in June.

    Saucy Painting – Pie, Pinot and Pie Sauce painting events at Glass Café Mittagong – 4th and 18th June from 6-8.30pm.

    Bonfire & Pie Night @ Farm Club Australia - Saturday 8th June.

    Wine Bluffs – Pie & Pinot Show @ Southern Highlands Winery – two actors present a send-up of two wine buffs with pies and pinot. Friday 28th and Saturday 29th June (evening show) and an afternoon show on Saturday 29th June. 

     Our staple ingredients – Pie Time favourites:

    PieFest - NEW dates – Saturday 29th and Sunday 30 June at Bong Bong Picnic Racecourse in Bowral. PieFest is the celebration and signature event of Pie Time this June in the Southern Highlands. The two-day festival will showcase everything that there is to love about PIES, with market stalls, pie cooking demonstrations, children’s activities, family fun and more. There will be stacks of pies, plus wine, beer, cider and spirits from the Southern Highlands and further afield.  

    NSW/ACT Best Pie Competition, Dinner & Winner Pie Showcase at Mittagong RSL 29th May – 2nd June. Although the competition is not a public event during the judging days, it is THE event that will provide the best pies in the Southern Highlands and beyond. And the public can view all the competition pies at the Mittagong RSL on Sunday 2nd June, after which the winning pies can be tasted and purchased at PieFest on 29-30 June.  Entering the competition is open to everyone who produces pies in the Southern Highlands and beyond, bakers, pie makers, chefs, cooks, and home bakers are all eligible to enter this great competition.  Categories include red meat, white meat, sweet, savoury, apprentice and community.

    Pie Cycle Tours

    Pie & Pinot Trail

    Pie themed tours

    Pie Trike Tours.

    Pie demonstrations and cooking classes.

    Dine with a Pie - sample the region’s signature pies, available only for the month  of June from over 50 hotels, cafes, cellar doors and restaurants

    Pie Teas

    Pie Drives – a Meals on Wheels and charity pie drive fundraiser event.

    Pie Trail – explore and sample locally made hero pies from over 30 local pie outlets.

    Pie-Cations – stay a night or few in the Southern Highlands during Pie Time in June

     For more information on Pie Time visit



  • 01/05/2019 12:16 PM | Anonymous

    NSW Business Chamber

    Call us on 13 26 96

    Employing people? It’s your job to calculate pay rates, overtime, leave entitlements and more. But it’s complex. ​

    The devil is in 250,000 words 

    Compliance is wrapped up in 122 modern awards and 960 sections of the Fair Work Act, with a  grand total of 250,000 words. Is it any wonder that employers are making mistakes? 

    Even the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) concedes that modern awards are tough to interpret. 

    "There is no question they [awards] are complicated ... small businesses struggle with it."

    FWO Sandra Parker, as reported in the Sydney Morning Herald (16 November, 2018).

    Anonymous tip-offs have increased by 44%

    Over 15,000 anonymous employee complaints were made to the FWO in 2017-18, while a total of $29.6 million was recovered for over 13,000 workers. It pays to be proactive.

    Workplace Update Seminars: your compliance 'health check'

    In our workplace update seminar, award-winning law firm, Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors (ABLA) will present the essential, ‘need-to-know’ workplace update. Expert presenters will deliver practical tips for compliance in your business.

    Thursday 16th May
    Sage Hotel Wollongong


    Topics include

    • New provisions in the National Employment Standards impacting all employers

    • Casual employment and casual conversion obligations
    • Incoming Single Touch Payroll
    • Work health & safety

    About the experts

    Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors is a wholly owned subsidiary of NSW Business Chamber.

    As a mission-based business, the workplace relations team within ABLA represents thousands of businesses every year - and only businesses. Recognised as market leaders, the law firm has garnered multiple industry awards. 



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