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There's a lot of fantastic helpful information out there and we endeavor to point you in the right direction as much as we can. Here are some well known websites that may provide you with some answers. If you can't find what you're looking for or you're unsure about something, don't hesitate to give us a call or send us an email. We will aim to get back to you within 24hours.
Health and Safety
Health and Safety Harmonisation in Australia
In 2008 a formal commitment was made between the Commonwealth, States and Territories to move towards a harmonised uniformed and consistent approach to Health and Safety law and regulation. Whilst each state and territory would remain responsible for governing health and safety within their borders, the aim was to make the law and regulation of each state essentially the same with some minor exceptions.
As at September 2013, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory had enacted harmonised WHS acts and regulations.
It is expected that Western Australia will also come on board around the beginning of 2014. However, for the moment that state's WHS laws and regulations are governed by the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1984.
For the time being it appears that Victoria has no plan to enact new harmonised WHS legislation and is happy to remain operating under the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004.
Important WHS links
Keep up to date with your Workplace Health & Safety requirements, codes of practices and numerous resources relating to health and safety within Australia.
This guide helps businesses identify dangerous or banned products and provides information to ensure that businesses meet national mandatory safety standards in line with Australian Consumer Law.
Various State and Territory Workplace Health and Safety Authorities
The health and safety laws and regulations that govern your business operations will depend on where your business is located. The following links will take you to the various State and Territory Government Departments, which govern Health and Safety:
Various Commonwealth Departmental Infomation Sites
Read more about out when a WHS/OHS incident is notifable to a State Authority in this Fact Sheet provided by Safe Work Australia. Note that if you do not notify of a notifiable incident then you can incur severe penalties.
Make sure you keep abreast of your employer obligations to your workers. Be sure to also check out Fair Work Australia's employee pay calculator to ensure that you are paying your workers the appropriate wage.
Fair Work Australia Employers Guide
Here you will find the tools and resources to ensure you are meeting your obligations as an employer.
ATO employee or contractor decision tool
This tool is provided by the Australian Tax Office to determine whether those working for your business would be considered employees or independent contractors at law. Getting this right is so important and could save your business thousands of dollars in the event that you have wrongly (even by accident) determined that someone working for you was a contractor when they were actually an employee. This could result in your business being liable for unpaid entitlements and superannuation that could run in to tens of thousands of dollars.
General business resources
This Federal Government link provides useful and practical information on many different business topics and issues.
The Australian Business Register (ABR) site can be used to search for ABN information. You can also register for an ABN, GST, PAYG (pay as you go withholding tax), Tax File Number (non-individuals) from this website.
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) is Australia’s corporate, markets and financial services regulator. You can complete a free basic company and business name search from the "Search ASIC Registers" box in the center rIght of this page. Simply select the type of search you wish to conduct using the drop down arrow and enter your search terms.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics is Australia's official national statistical agency. They assist and encourage informed decision making, research and discussion, by providing a high quality, objective and responsive national statistical service. It is a great place to start to complete research to help you with your business planning. Examples of statistics you can find include: business demography, industry, average weekly earnings, unemployment, inflation (CPI), economic growth (GDP), household expenditure, Census stats etc.
IP Australia is the government agency responsible for administering patents, trade marks, designs etc. This site explains the importance of intellectual property (IP) and offers online services relating to IP protection. Intellectual property represents the property of your mind or intellect. In business terms, this also means your proprietary knowledge. Click here to get an understanding of the different types of IP.
Conduct a free online money health check for you and your business. Free tips on budgeting, borrowing, saving and insurance.
Use this site to gain crucial information from the Australia Tax Office and ensure that your business is compliant.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
This sites provides free resources relating to the practice of mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which aims to teach you skills to deal with your painful thoughts and feelings and assist you to reach your potential to live a rich, full and meaningful life.
Beyond Blue is an independant, not for profit organisation working to increase awareness and understanding of anxiety and depression in Australia.
The website is a toolkit, which enables you to learn more, provide you with stratergies designed to protect your wellbeing and guide you to professional treatment if/when you require support.
National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre was established in response to community concerns about Cannabis use. The site has a number of fact sheets and resources to assist people with Cannabis use issues.
The aim of Drink Wise is to create and promote a safer, more responsible and healthier drinking culture for Australia. This wesbite provides a number of resources and fact sheets regarding the effects of alcohol. It also provides tips to help you steer clear of alcohol related dangers and poor choices.
Mindfulness.org.au provides a number of resources including fact sheets, articles and guided sound tracks that provide you with helpful and practical instruction to incorporate mindfulness practices into your daily life.
Healthy Workers is a government website full of resources for both employers and employees to help improve the health and wellbeing of Australian workplaces.
The website provides an excellent overview of grief and loss. Grief and loss is something we will experience at some stage during our lives. This website may assist those dealing with grief or assist people who have loved ones who are in the process of dealing with grief and loss.