Welcome to My Special Members’ Only Blog

I have launched this blog as a tool to communicate quickly and easily to you, our member every day. It is new to me, so as I learn more about how to put more things up, I will. I will be putting something up almost every day, so visit every day to see what is new. As a added convenience to APAN members when I do a new post it is sent automatically to your email address.

As an APAN member you can be registered on the blog so you can also leave comments on what I write. I would welcome and encourage you to contact apj@apanetwork.com to activate your blog registration.

Remember networking needs communication.

Warmest Regards

Tina Viney CEO

Although care has been taken to accurately present the information in this Blog, this information is intended only as a general guide. Before acting on this information we suggest you also seek specific advice from a relevant professional.

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MOST IMPORTANT INDUSTRY EVENT OF THE YEAR!

APAN AESTHETICS CONFERENCE | MELBOURNE

SUNDAY 18 OCTOBER | PULLMAN Melbourne Albert Park

 girl running sm‘THIS IS IT’

The shift is happening

IT’s RAPID, IT’s FAST, IT’s MOVING

Stop thinking about it!

DO IT!

 Have you noticed a level of unrest currently in the industry? There is definitely a shift happening to the whole concept of aesthetics!

The industry is diversifying with areas of specialisation gaining greater momentum. SKIN AND AGE MANAGEMENT as well as COSMETIC TATTOOING are now recognised as the biggest growth areas that are driven by constantly growing consumer demand and fast becoming the central focus of practitioners who wish to further their knowledge and education to be recognised as specialists in these areas.

These emerging changes are redefining aesthetic practices and creating a blur between dermal therapist and cosmetic medicine. New technologies, more advanced skincare formulations and advanced techniques delivered through correctly skilled and educated practitioners are now able to offer results that are more advanced, longer-lasting and more inclusive of health and wellness – not just skin or facial appearance.

However, these new levels of treatment outcomes also bring with them several RISKS that are now being investigated by regulators throughout various State and Federal jurisdictions. Learn how you can contribute to preventing Australian becoming over-regulated and how to protect several of your practices becoming “medical only”.

APAN is at the forefront of these developments. We are delighted to announce that on the 18th October, 2015 at APAN’s Aesthetics Conference in Melbourne, we will be delivering an amazing program that will unveil many of these challenges, the risks as well as the opportunities they bring.

You will gain insight into specific, obvious and subtle changes that are happening that will redefine our industry. You will gain knowledge on:

  • The New Marketing language – hear the new marketing message defined. Learn how to update your narrative using language and messages you should adopt to reflect what consumer are now seeking.
  • Gain specific inside industry knowledge and identify new directions to fast-track your success.
  • Learn the disciplines that are redefining the industry – what are they and how to avoid common errors in implementing them incorrectly.
  • Learn about the regulatory changes current and future – how to contribute to a more fare regulatory landscape and best prepare for them.

These and more topics will be addressed at the upcoming conference.

APAN is recognised both by Federal and State governments as the peek industry body representing this new emerging specialised area of aesthetics. They are swift in recognising the changes that are happening and passionate in helping business best prepare appropriately for their future growth.

APAN is also highly committed and skilled in working closely with Local, State and Federal governments by defining industry needs and putting forward appropriate standards that will best protect and service the aesthetics industry as a credible, professional industry.

The quality of the content presented at this conference will be authoritative and unrivalled by any other event. Experts will share powerful information that you can immediately put to practice on your return to your business.

In just one day this event will allow you to access first-hand important industry intelligence and give you the strategies on how to revolutionise your future.

Participate in this dynamic conference as it promises to stimulate, energise and transform you both on a professional and business level.

This is one event you can’t afford to miss!

The Cornerstone to SUCCESS
EDUCATION | BEST PRACTICE | HIGHER STANDARDS | INTEGRITY

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TAX WRITE-OFF COULD BENEFIT YOUR BUSINESS

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Dear Valued members

The announcement on budget night from Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey of an impending tax write off has won many friends in the business community.  The announcement indicated that smaller entities would be able to immediately write off individual business expenses costing less than $20,000 spent before July 1, 2017.  You can apply this tax break to as many purchases as you like. So you could spend $3000 on a new printer, $12,000 on a new car for the business and $15,000 on a new fixtures and fittings and you’d be able to immediately write them off.

The incentive is designed to encourage small businesses to  spend now rather than in the medium term, to stimulate growth of smaller entities. But it’s worth understanding the finer points of the new depreciation rules before going out and buying new items for your business.

What this means to salons and clinics is if they were anticipating purchasing any equipment this may be the best time to purchase them before the end of the financial year.

Whatever you purchase our recommendation is that you look at how these purchases can help you grow your business and make you more money rather than luxury items that may not contribute to business growth.

Additionally, it is also worth noting that company tax rates are also dropping from 30 per cent to 28.5 per cent from July 1 cent for those entities with an aggregated turnover of under $2 million. Entities that are run in non-company tax structures will also receive tax relief.

So it makes sense to maximise tax deductions and minimise income in the 2015 financial year, when tax will be paid at the higher rate. This involves bringing necessary expenditure forward, and deferring income to the 2016 tax year where possible, taking into account your cash flow position.

While this proposed tax write off was officially presented by Joe Hockey on budget night it has not been officially passed, so before you decide to go on a spending spree we suggest to draw this to the attention of your accountant and get his or her advice on the matter. However, if this tax write off is passed then we recommend you use this information to your financial advantage.

Keeping you up-to-date.

 

 

 

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY

Mother's Day Concept-- Purple tulips with card on white backgrouAs I was getting ready to leave the office tonight I thought of all the wonderful women in our APAN Community of Practice.  Many of you are working mother’s trying to raise a family while contributing towards a better life for them.

No doubt with Mother’s Day coming up you will also be busy in your salons and clinics taking are of other mothers who will look forward to your special touch and care.

But what about you? Who will take care of you?

For all that its worth I want to express to you my love and appreciation and let you know that my thoughts and best wishes are with you.

For all you lovely mums, my wish is that you will be spoilt this Mother’s Day by your family and loved one because you deserve it.

May you have a wonderful day and thank you so much for being part of our

APAN Professional Family.

Warmest Wishes

Tina Viney

APAN – CEO/President

 

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ATTRACT NEW CLIENTS WITH EASE SEMINAR

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APAN is please to announce that there is a FREE SEMINAR conduction in Brisbane conducted by BE EMPOWERED ACADEMY. If you are in the region please take advantage of this opportunity as it will be fantastic.Today is the LAST day that you can register for my ‘Attract New Clients With Ease’ workshop in BRISBANE (15th April 2015). Click HERE to register or type http://attractnewclients.com.au/intro-workshopIf you want to attract more clients and paying less for your marketing you need to know magnetic marketing techniques I have successfully used and refined for my 7-figure business.

Here’s what you’ll discover:

  • The 3-keys for creating a sustainable and successful referral system any business can implement and automate
  • How to answer the question ‘what do you do?’ in a way that is simple, fun and attracts people to your message
  • Why 97% of your potential customers don’t know about you and what you can do about it

>>Get the details and register here<<

p.s. This training will NOT be shared as a recording. Be sure to register to get all the great information.

Click Here To Register

IMPORTANT – If you haven’t already done so, please make sure you add my e-mail address to your address book or approve me as a sender right now. Otherwise, you may not get all my lesson announcements. If no images show up in this e-mail, you may also have to approve images for my e-mail address.
 This is a free email service for small business owners. PLEASE DO NOT UNSUBSCRIBE TO THIS E-MAIL. While this email may not be of interest, the next one may be just what you need. Once unsubscribe you are OFF our list and will not receive cutting edge marketing information or your paid program updates. But if you must go, simply click the link below:
 Be Empowered Academy Pty Ltd
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ANOTHER GOVERNMENT FUNDED OPPORTUNITY FOR BUSINESSES

APAN in conjunction with the INDUSTRY SKILLS FUND is offering businesses the opportunity to gain government funding to complete and gained government-approved qualifications to businesses who meet with a specific Merit Criteria. Successful applicants can secure up to 75% of the training costs and this is not VET FEE Help where you have to return the money – it is not a loan that needs to be returned.

If you want to grow your business you need to move with the times and introduce new technologies. However these devices also bring risks for which you need to protect yourself against. Qualifications will not only give you great skills and knowledge, but also recognition. Currently we are in the final stages of regulations being drafted for IPL and Laser. Regulations will require that all operators have as a mandatory requirement, formal qualifications.

PREPARE FOR THE FUTURE AND SAFEGUARD YOUR RIGHT TO PRACTICE THROUGH GOVERNMENT-APPROVED QUALIFICATIONS

The three qualifications that will be made available through this project are:

1. SIB70110 Vocational Graduate Certificate in IPL and Laser Hair Reduction

This qualification is in Hair reduction only. If you completed this last year through the
National Workforce Development Fund you may wish to consider taking on one of the following units.

2. NAT10038 Graduate Certificate in Cosmetic Laser and Light Therapies

This qualification covers skin rejuvenation, vascular, pigmentation as well as tattoo removal.
It is the only government-approved qualification to cover all these areas and in particular, tattoo removal. For Queensland operators it includes the two licenses you will need before you can practice as well as 270 face-to-face training which will be all inclusive in the cost.

3. The SIB50210 Diploma of Salon Management

This qualification will equip you to gain the skills and knowledge to select and manage staff with greater confidence, determine the business’s direction and systematically and efficiently plan the growth of your business in a more detailed manner. This qualification will give you solid grounding in management skills, marketing and financial management that will allow you to be a more qualified and confident and efficient leader/manager in your own right.

Applicants must meet with the Merit Criteria that also includes, to be a registered business with an ABN and registered for GST and be able to state how the proposed training can benefit their business to undertake new growth opportunities.

If you would like to be included in this submission please complete the following Application form and return it to APAN as soon as possible. We are putting a submission in by the 27th March and a further submission by the 20th April. We only have 125 positions available so please give this your urgent attention.

APPLY TODAY!

If you require further information please phone APAN and speak to Tina Viney

07 55930 360 or email info@apanetwork to receive an APPLICATION FORM.

Please include your full name and phone number.

Another way that APAN is serving the aesthetics industry.

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ATO releases 2014-15 tax tables

The ATO is updating its tax tables to help businesses work out their obligations to employees this tax time.

From 1 July 2014 businesses should use the ATO’s new tax tables to calculate how much to withhold from payments to their employees.

Key changes

This year’s tax tables include the following key changes:
*  The increase to Medicare Levy from 1.5 to 2 per cent

*  The introduction of the Temporary Budget Repair Levy for employees earning more than $3,461 per week ($180,000 per year).

Employers

Employers should remember to:
*  Use the new tax tables from 1 July 2014 to calculate how much to withhold from payments to employees
*  Withhold 49 per cent of any payment made to an employee if they have not provided their tax file number
*  Withhold 49 per cent from any payment made to a business which supplies goods or services and does not quote their Australian business number.

Employers also need to provide employees with a payment summary, covering payments made to employees in the 2013-14 financial year, no later than 14 July 2014 and lodge a PAYG payment summary annual report no later than 14 August 2014. It is important to provide all employees with payment summaries, even if no tax was withheld.

Employers with AUSkeys can lodge their payment summary annual report quickly and easily via the Business PortalExternal Link https://bp.ato.gov.au/

Employers affected by these changes and need the updated tax tables should visit ato.gov.au/taxtables or call the ATO on 1300 720 092.

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3% increase to minimum wages from 1st July 2014

Attention all employers, please not that from 1 July 2014, the national minimum wage in Australia will increase by 3%.

You’ll need to apply the wage increase for your employees from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 July.

The increase only applies to employees that get their pay rates from:

  • the national minimum wage
  • a modern award
  • a registered agreement (in some cases).

If you are unsure how to work out your employees’ pay, visit the Fair Work Ombudsman External link website or if you are an APAN Member send us the following details and we will forward them to our lawyers for a written response to you.  You will need to give us:

*  Your full name

*  Business name and State it is in

*  Clarify if you are a sole trader or a Pty Ltd

*  Employees age

*  Employees qualification level

*  Employment status e.g. casual, part time or full time

*  Will they be employed after 7pm and will they be employed Saturdays or Sundays?

We should be able to get back with a written response to you within 24 hours.

If you would like to conduct your own research the fillowing link has a wealth of information and is worth checking out http://www.business.gov.au/BusinessTopics/employingpeople/pages/default.aspx

All financial members, please note that if you have further queries please feel free to contact the APAN office for assistance Ph: 07 5593 0360 – we are here to help.

 

 

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HELPFUL TIPS FOR YOUR UPCOMING TAX RETURN

Throughout the past 12 months we have made members and the industry aware that the Tax Office is planning to systematically and strategically audit the Hair and Beauty industry this year.
It is therefore prudent that you carefully consider whether your records are up-to-date to ensure you are fully compliant with your tax obligations.

Here are some helpful tips sent to us by the TAXATION OFFICE:

End of financial year a good time to get your business in order
The end of the financial year is a great opportunity to give your small business a health check to make sure you’re on top of all your obligations and responsibilities.

That’s the message from the ATO’s Steve Vesperman who says there’s a range of online information, tools and other software to not only make the check worthwhile, but also as painless as possible.
“Our online assistance is available 24/7 to fit your schedule and we’ve provided access to some key products we offer via the ATO app for smart phones and tablets, so you can get some of the work done when time permits no matter where you are.”

Steve says make sure you lodge and pay on time to avoid penalties.
“We advise you to, where possible, keep GST you collect separate from your business account, so you don’t have payment problems when your BAS payment is due.

“But if you can’t pay or lodge on time for any reason, don’t be afraid to contact us.

“We’re as keen as you are for your business to succeed and we have an enormous amount of experience and expertise to help you get back on track.

“Always lodge your BAS on time, even if you have nothing to report and we encourage you to leave paper shuffling behind by lodging your BAS and other reporting online.

“We’ve got a small business portal and our ECI software to make this as easy as possible.”

Steve says to make sure you report capital gains from the sale or disposal of shares or property.

“There are some concessions such as the Capital Gains Tax (CGT) discount and the small business CGT concessions, that can reduce the gain, so make sure you keep good records so you can get it right.”
He advises taking time to ensure all your records are in order.
“It’ll help your tax agent prepare your tax return, by providing details of your business income and expenditure and make sure you claim all the appropriate deductions and entitlements.”

When it comes to your employees, Steve says you must provide them with payment summaries (previously called “group certificates”) no later than 14 July so they can complete their tax returns, even if you were not required to withhold tax from their pay. These payments must also be included in your pay as you go (PAYG) payment summary annual report.

“And remember, legislation increasing Super Guarantee to 9.5% (from 9.25%) has been passed and is due to apply from 1 July. There’s a range of information on our website about what people need to do.”

Steve also has a timely reminder to those in the building and construction industry.

“We are focusing on payments to contractors as part of our compliance program so we will be taking a close look at your Taxable payments annual report which is due by 21 July.

“As well as their name and address, you need to report each contractor’s ABN, gross amount paid for the financial year and the total GST.”

For more information on any end-of-financial-year tax issues go to ato.gov.au/smallbusiness or talk to your registered tax agent.

Small Business EOFY FaceBook posts
If you operate a small business, the ATO is reminding you that you must provide your employees with their annual payment summary no later than 14 July even if you were not required to withhold any tax. For more details go to ato.gov.au/smallbusiness
Do you operate a small business that employs contractors? The ATO is reminding you that you need to complete and lodge your Taxable payment annual report no later than 21 July. It must include the contractor’s name, address and ABN as well as the gross amount paid for the financial year and the total GST. For more details go to ato.gov.au/smallbusiness.

Small Business EOFY Twitter
Do you run a small business? ATO says make sure you provide employees with payment summaries by 14 July.
Does your small business employ contractors? ATO says your Taxable payments annual report is due by 21 July.

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GET YOUR HOLIDAY PAY CORRECT AS EASTER APPROACHES

We have had several calls from members wanting to ensure they get their Holiday Pay correctly for the coming Easter break and as the Fair Work Ombudsman is urging employers to check penalty rates and other legal obligations in the lead up to the Easter long weekend we trust the information below will assist you to get it right.

With two long weekends over the next week and multiple public holidays, small business owners need to figure out their legal obligations quickly.

Victoria

In Victoria Good Friday is a restricted trading day and on this day only exempt shops are permitted to open.

Businesses with 20 or fewer staff employed in the shop on a restricted trading day are allowed to open, as are businesses with fewer than 100 employees at any time during the seven days prior to Good Friday.

Other exemptions include chemists, petrol stations, restaurants, cafes, takeaway outlets, service providers and hire outlets like video stores.

For businesses which are allowed to open they should ensure any staff who are entitled to public holiday penalty rates are paid the appropriate rate.

Easter Saturday and Easter Monday are also considered public holidays, so penalty rates will also apply on those days for some businesses.

New South Wales

In New South Wales all four days are considered a public holiday.

In NSW businesses are restricted from trading on Good Friday and Easter Sunday (as well as ANZAC day later that week prior to 1pm).

Like Victoria, some businesses are exempt including small shop retailers, exempt shop retailers, if the business trades within the Sydney Trading Precinct, if you are the holder of a hotel licence, if the business is located within one of the nominated local government areas and if the business has an existing exemption to trade. Check this website for details:

http://www.industrialrelations.nsw.gov.au/oirwww/Industries_and_Awards/Retail_industry.page

Special provisions also apply to liquor stores.

Queensland

Like Victoria, Queensland considers Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Monday public holidays.

Only exempt shops are permitted to trade on Good Friday and only certain areas are permitted to trade on Easter Sunday.

A full list of exempt business are available through this website: http://www.justice.qld.gov.au/fair-and-safe-work/industrial-relations/trading-hours/exempt-shops

Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory

Neither of Australia’s territories regulate shop trading hours, however Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Monday are considered public holidays.

South Australia

South Australia’s trading conditions are complex compared to other states. There are different conditions depending on which shopping district the store is located in, and there are also a variety of exempt stores.

South Australia considers Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Monday public holidays.

Some products are also banned from sale on public holidays such as boats and motor vehicles.

For a full list of the conditions, visit the http://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/consumerprotection/content/Consumers/Retail_Trading_Hours.html website.

Western Australia

In Western Australia Good Friday and Easter Monday are public holidays. On Good Friday stores must be closed, unless the business is exempt.

On Easter Monday trading hours are restricted to 11am to 5pm.

Similar to South Australia, the trading conditions are complicated and vary depending on different shopping precincts.

More information about the trading conditions is available from this website http://www.safework.sa.gov.au/show_page.jsp?id=4711#.U00W76K5FK9

Tasmania

In Tasmania, Good Friday and Easter Monday are considered public holidays.

Trading hours are generally unrestricted, however it’s worth noting Easter Tuesday is a restricted public holiday in certain awards and agreements, meaning in some sectors penalty rates may apply on the Tuesday following the Easter holiday.

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FIVE ATO TIPS TO HELP YOUR BUSINESS

We’ve been talking to the ATO to bring you their tips to help your business become more productive, efficient and profitable in 2014.
Here are five tips they recommend:

1. LIGHTEN UP YOUR TAX DEBT LOAD

The top tax tip from the ATO is if you’re in a tight spot and worried about a tax debt, let them know. They will work with you to figure out a solution together. You can call them on 13 28 66 between 8am and 6pm weekdays, or download the new ATO app to find out how they can help. Watch this 1 minute video for tips on Managing your tax debt, or, watch the recent webcast with David Koch, where he talks to the ATO and some successful small businesses about the healthy habits that can help you manage your cash flow and avoid debt altogether!

2. GIVE YOUR BUSINESS A HEALTH CHECK

It’s a good idea to regularly check that your systems and records are in order to avoid mistakes on your BAS. If you still keep paper records, the ATO suggests that you consider leaving paper behind and shift to electronic records.
You can also use the ATO’s business viability assessment tool to help assess the financial performance of your business.

3. KEEP UP-TO-DATE WITH SUPER CHANGES

We all know that there have been lots of changes to super in the last couple of years, including the introduction of a new data and e-commerce standard that will let you send super contributions to all funds in one electronic format. The ATO advises that businesses with 20 or more employees have until 1 July 2014 to adopt the standard and businesses with 19 or fewer employees have until 1 July 2015. You can keep up to date with all things super via the Small business assist tool at www.sba.ato.gov.au

4. GET YOUR GST RIGHT

If your business’s current or projected GST turnover is $75,000 or more for any 12-month period, you must register for GST within 21 days. The ATO also recommends that you keep the GST you collect separate from your business account, and don’t forget that you have to keep your receipts for five years. Watch this 1 minute video for tips on Getting your GST right.

5. TRY SMALL BUSINESS ASSIST

In 2013, the ATO released Small business assist, an online service which provides easy access to information for both new and established businesses. You simply type in a question and it provides tailored information from a range of websites. If you’re looking for tax information, give it a go at www.sba.ato.gov.au

And finally, don’t be afraid of the ATO. (This is our tip, but we’re sure the ATO would agree. They’re as keen as you to see your business succeed, so seek their assistance and draw on their expertise.)

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