Member Alert – January 2023

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Bus SA Conference – save the date!

Happy New Year to all our Bus SA members and partners. Here’s hoping 2023 is so fantastic that we forget all about that last couple of horror years.

A reminder to please save the date for the Bus SA Conference on May 20. 

We’re organising a lineup of speakers that we hope will inspire. And next week, once we’ve signed on the dotted line, we’ll inform you about the lovely venue where the Conference will be held.

Web content and brochures, plus the 2023 Webinars program, also coming soon!

If you want to ask any questions about the Conference, have anything to propose, or wish to involve your organisation in any way, please get in touch.

(And please, feel free to offer to organise the whole thing – insert laughing face emoji here!)

Andrea Overall
Executive Officer, Bus SA
(08) 8269 1077 (diverts to mobile)

The changing IR landscape – 2023 Industry Advisories

In view of the fast-changing industrial relations landscape, APTIA will be issuing ‘Industry Advisories’ to provide easy to understand explanations of the IR changes.

Click on the links below to open the first three Advisories, they cover:

You will need to consider whether it is in your interests to enter a multiple bargaining scenario or otherwise seek to be excluded. This part of the legislation (multiple bargaining) is not due to commence before early June.

Grants and funding list – are you eligible for any of these?

There is always money available to help businesses improve, grow and prosper; to help you look after your employees or take on more; or to help in emergencies like the current Murray flooding situation.

We have pulled together a list of currently available grants and funding for which your organisation may be eligible. Have a look through – maybe there’s something in here for you. And please make sure you pass the disaster relief info onto anyone you know who may qualify.

Business improvement grants

Digital Solutions – Australian Small Business Advisory Services Round
Looking for tailored advice for your small business? The Digital Solutions program works with you to adopt digital tools to save you time and money, and to help grow your business.
Support for small businesses to adopt digital tools

Mobile Network Extension Devices Pilot Program SA
This program provides a subsidy to small businesses in the Adelaide Hills and Mount Barker councils to extend their mobile coverage.
Subsidy for small businesses in the Adelaide Hills and Mount Barker councils to boost their mobile coverage

Backing Business Investment – Accelerated Depreciation
This arrangement allows you to claim depreciation of new business assets at a faster rate in your tax return.
Accelerated depreciation of new business assets

$150,000 Instant Asset Write-Off
The $150,000 Instant Asset Write-Off provides businesses with an asset write-off. Assets must cost less than the instant asset write-off threshold and be purchased and used in the year that the write-off is claimed.
Asset write-offs for businesses

Small Business Income Tax Offset 
The Small Business Income Tax Offset provides unincorporated small businesses with a tax offset.
Tax offset for unincorporated small businesses

Fuels and sustainability

Assess Implement Monitor (AIM) Grants SA
Assess Implement Monitor (AIM) Grants provide South Australian businesses with a subsidy to conduct businesses assessments and implement recommendations to improve their sustainability.
Subsidies for South Australian businesses wanting to improve their sustainability

Future Fuels Program
This program provides funding to enable the demonstration and deployment of new zero emissions vehicle technologies.
Funding to support zero emissions vehicle (ZEV) technologies

Incentives for Electric Vehicles SA
This program provides subsidies and registration exemptions for individuals and businesses to purchase new electric battery and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
Electric vehicle subsidy package for South Australian businesses, organisations and individuals

Emissions Reduction Fund 
The Emissions Reduction Fund provides businesses with the opportunity to earn Australian carbon credit units for every tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent a business stores or avoids emitting through adopting new practices and technologies.
Financial incentives for businesses to reduce their carbon emissions

Fuel Tax Credits
Fuel Tax Credits provide businesses who have purchased fuel for their business with a credit for the tax that is included in the price of fuel.
Fuel tax credits for businesses that use fuel

Product Stewardship for Oil Program
The Product Stewardship for Oil Program provides financial benefit for businesses that recycle oil or use recycled oil in their operations.
Financial benefits for businesses that recycle oil

Employees and apprentices

Wage Subsidy Scheme
The Wage Subsidy Scheme provides funding for employers who hire job seekers registered with a Disability Employment Service provider to help people with disability gain skills and experience through employment.
Funding for employers of people registered with a Disability Employment Service provider

Apprenticeship Wage Subsidies and Hiring Incentives
Subsidies and incentives are available for Australian businesses to help them hire, train and keep apprentices.
Financial support to hire an apprentice

Employment Assistance Fund
The Employment Assistant Fund provides workers with a disability with funding for workplace modifications, equipment or services they need to perform their job.
Funding for workers with a disability

Wage Subsidies
Wage subsidies provide financial incentives to employers to hire and retain eligible participants in ongoing and sustainable positions.
Financial incentives for businesses to hire staff

Travel and Accommodation Allowance SA
Funding is available to businesses in rural or regional South Australia for travel and accommodation associated with hiring and training an apprentice or trainee.
Travel allowance for rural and regional South Australian businesses hiring and training apprentices

Employer Support Payment Scheme (ESPS)
The Employer Support Payment Scheme provides businesses who employ a Reservist or a self-employed Reservist with payments when the Reservist is absent from their civilian workplace on eligible periods of Defence service.
Payments for employers of reservists

Textile, Clothing and Footwear Corporate-wear Register
Employers can register their non-compulsory uniform and accessories. This provides employees with tax deductions for the cost of renting, buying or maintaining their clothing. Employers are eligible for fringe benefit tax (FBT) concessions on any contribution they make towards their employees’ uniforms.
Tax deductions for employee’s non-compulsory uniform

Flood and disaster

Bushfire Related Tax Relief Measures SA
The Bushfire Related Tax Relief Measures provide South Australian businesses with various tax relief measures to help them recover from bushfires.
Tax relief measures for bushfire affected South Australian businesses

Disaster Recovery Allowance (DRA)
The Disaster Recovery Allowance provides people whose income has been reduced because of a declared major disaster with a short-term allowance for up to 13 weeks.
Short-term allowance for people affected by a major disaster

Disaster Recovery Payment (DRP)
The Disaster Recovery Payment provides a one-off payment for individuals adversely affected by a major disaster either in Australia or overseas.
One-off payment for individuals affected by a major disaster

Generator Grant SA
This program provides funding to flood impacted businesses and primary producers to help them purchase a power generator.
Funding for SA flood impacted homeowners, businesses and primary producers to purchase a power generator

Disaster Assistance
Disaster Assist provides assistance and support to businesses across Australia that have been affected by natural disasters.
Assistance and support for businesses affected by natural disasters

Financial Counselling Support SA
Financial counselling support is now available for both employing and non-employing small businesses impacted by the River Murray flood.
Financial counselling support for small businesses impacted by the River Murray flood

Business Early Closure Grant – River Murray Event SA
Financial support is available for businesses in the River Murray regions (Riverland, Murray River Lakes and Coorong) needing to close early or cease trading as a result of high water flows on the River Murray.
Financial support for businesses impacted by the River Murray flooding emergency

Coming soon

Community Batteries for Household Solar Program – Delivery of Election Commitments
This opportunity supports selected organisations to deliver community batteries in eligible locations to support lower electricity bills and emissions, support storage of excess solar energy and reduce pressure on the grid.
Grants to install Community Batteries