Disability Industry Changes – 1st July 2022

SCHADS Award, Wages, 1 Jul 2022

Recently Australia had a change in Government, as part of their federal election promise, it was proposed to increase the minimum wages, along with the change in wages came extra conditions placed on employers.  These changes are now occurring on the 1st July 2022.

Able Anglers fees for each and every service we provide are below the NDIS Pricing Guide, our pricing structure is set based on other factors including affordability, access to our service and budget management.

 

What are some of these changes happening 1st July 2022?

  • A shift is to be paid at a minimum of 2 hours, any claimed/worked time less than 2 hours is to be rounded up to, 2 hours.
  • A broken shift means a shift worked by an employee that includes one or more breaks (other than a meal break) and where the span of hours is not more than 12 hours.  If an employee is required to work a broken shift, the minimum payment will apply for each period of work during that broken shift.
  • Where an employee is required and authorised by their employer to use their motor vehicle in the course of their duties, the employee is entitled to be reimbursed at the rate of $0.80 per kilometre, this is over and above their hourly pay.
  • Cancellation notice periods for part-time and full-time employees whereby, if less than 7 days notice is provided when a participant cancels a shift, the employer is required to pay the employee the expected hours of that shift, the employer is entitled to re-divert the employee to other work, however, employee have options to refuse based on a valid reasons, therefore still required to be paid for the cancelled shift.

 

What are our operating costs?

The above are not all changes coming, however, some of them are significant.  As an employer, there are many expenses that go unseen, unnoticed, for example;

  • Fuel reimbursement ($0.80 for every kilometre driven).
      • This often does not cover the current fuel costs, tyres, servicing, toll increases, registration, insurance, wear and tear on vehicles and so forth.
  • Able Anglers hold 11 x insurance policies to cover our activities and services.
      • This number is about to increase as new activities come online.  These policies are underwritten to specifically cover our activity attendance, as there are no one size fits all insurance policy and most insurance providers, where possible will limit their liability and coverage to protect themselves and potential payouts, this has meant, we need so many policies.
  • Employers must also hold a valid Work cover Insurance Policy.
      • This is a Government requirement in Queensland.  This is to ensure that employees are protected while working.
  • Employers must pay superannuation on top of an employees wage.
      • It has been advised, the superannuation percentage required to be paid by employers will increase.
  • Payroll Tax
      • This is an interesting one, the more staff you employ, the higher your payroll tax.
  • PAYG Tax
      • Pay As You Go Tax.
  • GST
      • Goods and Services Tax.
  • Business Income Tax
      • Percentage of gross profit.
  • Behind The Scenes Staff
      • Behind the scenes, there are staff doing amazing things, for example our administration team, marketing team, research team, management and hr team.  These teams, individually and collaboratively work tirelessly to ensure that the company stays focused on participants and goal achieving.
  • Office Lease & Rent
      • Many businesses in todays society are operating remotely, this saves money, limits potential covid & flu infections and saves overhead costs, however, as a Mental Health Respite service, our doors are open for participants, support workers, support co-ordinators and the general public to come and have a coffee, a chat and debrief where and when required.
  • Electricity, Internet, Phones, Email and Website Services
      • These are all standard operating costs, however, with many external providers increase their fees such as electricity providers, this has a bearing on our expenses.
  • People Before Profit
      • As many of our amazing followers and participants know, Able Anglers are not here to make money, we know this is surprising for a business to say and is often not actually believed, however, every month, Able Anglers run extensive internal reports, these reports take several hours to run and they decide the monthly allocation for donations and sponsorships.  Able Anglers disburse approximately 70% of our profit to local reputable charities, sporting events, local communities that promote inclusion and provide a valuable outlet for children and teens to keep them on the straight and narrow.

 

Will Able Anglers Increase Prices?

This question is an important question.  This can be summarised below;

  • Fishing Groups (Land Based)
      • The current price will remain unchanged.
      • The current participants without funding will continue to enjoy our service.
      • Fishing Rod usage, Bait, Tackle etc are included in this service
  • Fishing (1-on-1) - Private Individual Session
      • The hourly price for this service will remain at $50 per hour Monday-Friday, $75 per hour Saturday and $100 per hour Sunday.
      • $1 per kilometre will continue to be added to service charges, this is only charged where a participant is in our vehicle or specific trips are conducted on behalf of participants such as running errands.
      • Fishing Rod usage, Bait, Tackle etc are included in this service
  • Fishing Groups (Boat) - Fishing Charters + Moreton Island Day Trips
      • The price of these trips will increase from $290 to $350.
      • Support Workers accompanying their participant remain free.
      • Breakfast and Lunch and all of the current amazing features will remain in place.
      • Our supplier costs are increasing $200 per trip, due to our low margins, this has forced an increase in our boating prices.
  • Social Groups / Day Outings
      • The price of these trips will increase from $250 to $300.
      • Support Workers accompanying their participant remain free.
      • Lunch will continue to be provided for participants and support workers.
      • Our fuel costs, wages costs have increased, the majority of these outings see our team travel 250-400km within a day providing door to door transportation and additional services to participants
  • 1-on-1 Social Support / In-Home Support
      • The hourly price for this service will remain at $50 per hour Monday-Friday, $75 per hour Saturday and $100 per hour Sunday.
      • $1 per kilometre will continue to be added to service charges, this is only charged where a participant is in our vehicle or specific trips are conducted on behalf of participants such as running errands.
  • Short Term Respite / Short Term Accomodation (STA)
      • Our prices will remain the same for this service, despite some of our preferred suppliers increasing their rates.  In our Short Term Respite packages, we include;
        • 4.5-5 Star Accomodation
        • Transportation (road, train, bus, plane, boat) - Door to Door
        • 3 x Quality Meals A Day
        • 1 x Major Activity Per Day
        • Access to Support Worker 24x7
  • Free Events
      • From time to time, we organise and operate 100% free events, these events will continue to operate at our expense.  These events are an important part of providing support and an outlet for participants to enjoy company and make friends.