Navigating Payroll? We can help keep you up to date on changes this year, including new rules for casuals.
Minimum Wage Increase – 1 July 2021
The national minimum wage increases on 1 July by 2.5% to $20.33 per hour (or $772.60 per week).
The minimum wage increase applies to employees if an award or national minimum wage defines their pay rate.
This year, the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has implemented minimum wage increases to awards in a staggered approach. Most awards increase on 1 July; however, the Retail Award will increase from 1 September, and a few awards will increase on 1 November.
For full details of award increases, visit Fair Work Ombudsman Annual Wage Review 2021.
Changes to Casual Employment
The Fair Work Act has been amended to include a Casual Employment Information Statement (CEIS), a formal definition of casual employment, and a pathway for casual employees to become permanent employees. Employers must now provide the CEIS to all casual workers upon starting with the employer, along with the National Employment Standards and Fair Work Information Statement. Visit the FWO Casual Employment Information Statement webpage for details and to download the form for your employees. For more information about casual employment definition and the options for becoming a permanent employee, visit FWO Changes to Casual Employment to check if you have to offer permanent positions to your employees.
Superannuation Increase from 1 July 2021
The superannuation guarantee statutory rate increases to 10% from 1 July. Your payroll software should automatically capture the changes, but check the rate is correct when you do your first pay runs in July. Review any agreements or annualised salary arrangements you have with employees that may be inclusive of superannuation.
Single Touch Payroll Finalisation
Remember that this year you need to finalise all STP data by 14 July.
Employers with a mixture of employees and closely held payees have until 30 September 2021 to make the declaration.
Small employers (fewer than 19 employees) that only pay closely held payees have until the payee’s income tax return due date.
The start of the financial year is the best time to review your payroll setup, policies and costs. Talk to us if you need to implement payroll policies, review payroll costs or update your casual worker details.