Employgroup Blog

Changes to NSW & TAS Payroll Tax

07 / 8 / 2015

2016 is a leap year and due to this the NSW and TAS Payroll Tax monthly thresholds have changed, although the annual threshold will remain unchanged from last year. There have been a delays from Payroll Tax Australia (which typically is used as the reference point) in the publication of the new monthly thresholds.  

Queen's Long Weekend

05 / 6 / 2015

Double demerit points are enforced before the Queen’s Birthday weekend from Friday, June 5 to Monday, June 8.  

Increase of 2.5% to the national minimum wage

02 / 6 / 2015

The Fair Work Commission's Minimum Wage Panel today increased all Modern Award minimum wage rates and the Federal Minimum Wage by only 2.5%. CPI is currently running at 1.3% and wage growth of 2.3%.

From the first pay period commencing on or after 1 July 2015, the national minimum wage will increase to $656.90 per week, or $17.29 per hour.

Business groups proposed an increase of between 0.9% and 1.6% or $5.77 to $10.27 a week. The ACTU had asked for a 4.2% increase and an additional increase to superannuation rates.

What this means for you

Modern Awards

Employees on Modern Award rates will need to have those rates increase in line with the decision.

Annualised Salaries and Individual Flexibility Agreements

Employees on Individual Flexibility Agreements, will need to have their rates reviewed to ensure employees remain "better off overall" when compared to the new Modern Award rates.

Enterprise Agreements

Enterprise Agreement minimum base rates need to be reviewed to ensure that they remain at least equal to the new Modern Award rates.


Many Modern Award allowances are expressed as a percentage of the "standard rate". These allowances will therefore need increase in line with the increase in the standard rate.