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QLD Emergency hardship assistance

Qld weather event February 2022

The Emergency Hardship Assistance Grant is available as a contribution to support people directly impacted by a disaster to who are unable to meet their immediate essential needs for food, clothing, medical supplies or temporary accommodation.

If deemed eligible, applicants may receive $180 per person up to $900 for a family of 5 or more. The grant is initially available to claim for 7 days following the activation of the grant in your area.

Emergency Hardship Assistance is not income or asset tested. To be eligible, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • live or are stranded in the targeted activation zone
  • have suffered hardship as a result of the event
  • are unable to meet your immediate essential needs for food, clothing, medical supplies or temporary accommodation.

You are not eligible for this grant if you are claiming:

  • business loss or damage including compensation for loss of income
  • farm or property damage (excluding principal place of residence)
  • loss of tools of trade
  • loss of power/ essential services to your home (you may be eligible for an Essential Services Hardship Assistance grant if the loss is for greater than 5 days) .
  • isolation within property.

How to apply

  • online via the Community Recovery Portal
  • by phoning the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349
  • or by visiting a Community Recovery Hub (when open)


  • electronic funds transfer (EFT) to a nominated bank account and processed in timelines established by your nominated banking facility, or
  • prepaid Recovery Debit Card which can be collected at a Community Recovery Hub and used at all retailers with EFTPOS facilities and all ATMs. Login to check the balance of your Recovery Debit Card


To complete your application, you will need to provide evidence of your identity and place of residence, with any of the following items:

  • driver licence or other photo identification
  • Medicare card showing members of your family.

If you are unable to provide any of these forms of identification, a community recovery officer may seek further information about your circumstances to assess your application.

If you don’t have identification documents, help is available to replace lost or destroyed documents.

Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment

Activation of the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment is the decision of the Australian Government. Under this payment, people who have been affected by flood and storm-damage may also be eligible for financial assistance of $1000 per adult and $400 per child.

Helpful resources

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Source: Qld Govt

Managing business cash flow and income

Managing small business cash flow and income in 2022

It’s been a lean time for small businesses, and especially the families supporting them.

Xero’s small business trends report shows that 60% of small business owners are worried about their household finances running low.

So while 2022 will hopefully be a year of rebounding sales and revenue, business owners really need that to carry through to the bottom line.

  • Related: Watch more on building a cash flow forecast for your business here »

What the experts say

While there will be a temptation to withdraw any spare cash from the business as ‘owner’s drawings’, experts say it’s important to be mindful of upcoming and potentially unknown expenses.

Owners often overlook upcoming business expenses when taking drawings, which creates cash flow issues later. These cash flow issues create further disruption to the household budget because money has to be put back into the business.

Rather than clearing out the business bank account, owners are better off paying themselves a modest amount at regular intervals.

Takeaways for small businesses

Here are four steps small businesses can take to help support their recovery:

  1. Analyse your business margins and focus on products that generate the most profit
  2. Create a ‘rainy day fund’ within the business so you’re not constantly loaning it money from your personal savings
  3. Schedule regular, sustainable drawings to ease home budgeting
  4. Keep your regular drawings modest, as you can always give yourself a bonus payment at the end of a good year

For more tips, advice and bookkeeping essentials for your business, visit How We Help You and get started today with Notch Above Bookkeeping, Australia-wide or call our Xero bookkeeping specialists on 1300 015 130.

Source: Xero

Fuel tax credit latest rates

From 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022

The ATO’s fuel tax credit calculator includes the latest rates

You can use it to work out the fuel tax credit amount to report on your business activity statement (BAS).

The following tables contain the fuel tax credit rates for businesses from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022.

Note: All rates are in cents per litre unless otherwise stated.

Table 1: Rates for fuel acquired from 1 February 2022 to 30 June 2022

Eligible fuel type Unit Used in heavy vehicles for travelling on public roads (see note 1) All other business uses (including to power auxiliary equipment of a heavy vehicle) (see note 2)
Liquid fuels – for example, diesel or petrol cents per litre



Blended fuels: B5, B20, E10 cents per litre



Blended fuel: E85 cents per litre



Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) (duty paid) cents per litre



Liquefied natural gas (LNG) or compressed natural gas (CNG) (duty paid) cents per kilogram



B100 cents per litre



Table 2: Rates for fuel acquired from 2 August 2021 to 31 January 2022

Eligible fuel type Unit Used in heavy vehicles for travelling on public roads (see note 1) All other business uses (including to power auxiliary equipment of a heavy vehicle) (see note 2)
Liquid fuels – for example, diesel or petrol cents per litre

16.9 (see note 3)


Blended fuels: B5, B20, E10 cents per litre

16.9 (see note 3)


Blended fuel: E85 cents per litre



Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) (duty paid) cents per litre



Liquefied natural gas (LNG) or compressed natural gas (CNG) (duty paid) cents per kilogram



B100 cents per litre



Note 1: From 1 November 2019, this rate includes fuel used to power passenger air-conditioning of buses and coaches.

Note 2: Claims for packaging or supplying fuel can use the ‘all other business uses’ rate for the appropriate eligible fuel type.

Note 3: From 1 February to 30 June 2021, this rate was 16.9 cents per litre. The rate decreased to 16.3 cents per litre from 1 July 2021 due to an increase in the road user charge. From 2 August 2021, the rate increased back to 16.9 cents per litre due to the August 2021 indexation.

Source: ATO


February 2022 cryptocurrency scam

Cryptocurrency tax evasion scam

Scammers pretending to be from the ATO are telling people they are suspected of being involved in cryptocurrency tax evasion

They are then asking them to ‘connect their wallet’ and provide detailed information via a link.

If you receive an SMS or email like this, don’t click on the link. It will take you to a fake myGov log on page, designed to steal your personal information.

The image below is one example of the format this scam can take:


The real ATO will never send you an SMS or email with a link to log in to our online services.

And while the ATO may use SMS or email to ask you to contact them, they will never ask you to return personal information through these channels.

If you’re ever unsure whether it’s really the ATO, don’t reply. Phone them on 1800 008 540 to check.

Source: ATO

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Business sustainability

Is sustainability good for business?

According to a study commissioned by Xero, 68% of small businesses want to improve their sustainability practices.

But, the question is: How is sustainability specifically good for business?

What does sustainability in business mean?

Harvard Business Review defines sustainable business practises as those that:

  1. at a minimum, do not harm people or the planet and at best create value for stakeholders and
  2. focus on improving environmental, social, and governance performance in the areas in which the company or brand has a material environmental or social impact (such as in their operations, value chain, or customers).

What are the benefits of going green?

There are five key benefits that you can reap by building sustainable practices into your business:

  1. Accelerated innovation
  2. Risk management
  3. Customer acquisition and retention
  4. Talent attraction and staff retention
  5. Financial gain

Accelerated innovation

An awesome by-product of investing in sustainability for businesses is the increased capacity for innovation and the rewards of constantly striving to change things for the better.

There are many different ways being green drives companies to keep innovating and evolving their product, production methods or service offering. These include using new technology to minimise waste during production, redesigning a product to incorporate the latest advancements in recycled materials, or investing in faster, more energy-efficient equipment.

The team at Great Wrap recognised the need for food wrap that doesn’t contribute to the plastic pollution crisis. They’ve produced the world’s first compostable cling wrap, made from potato waste and biopolymers that break down in a compost pile in 180 days. As such an innovative bunch, they continue to strive to improve their product formula and will soon extend their range to include commercial cling wrap and pallet wrap.

Continued innovation, driven by sustainability efforts fosters more efficient production. It also conserves resources and streamlines employee tasks, and by doing so reduces overall running costs and maximises profits.

Risk management

Investing in environmental initiatives safeguards a business’ ability to operate long term, particularly if their supply chain relies on natural resources. These initiatives can be as simple as composting your kitchen waste, installing motion sensors on your office lighting, or even switching to renewable energy.

This is especially relevant for businesses in the agriculture, textile, food and beverage industries. The impacts of climate change, like increased natural disasters such as floods, bush fires and drought, have the potential to negatively impact growing conditions and seasons, increase pests and disease, and decrease crop yields.

Customer acquisition and retention

Customers today expect a lot more from brands in terms of transparency, responsibility and sustainability.

Research into consumer behaviour shows, in the last 12 months:

  • 55% of Australian consumers are ‘conscious consumers’ who make purchase decisions based on their environmental values, ethics or fair trade
  • 2 in 5 consumers are willing to pay more for ethical and sustainable products in Australia
  • 24% of Australian consumers find it difficult to identify whether a brand operates ethically or sustainability

PayPal, says “Aussies are putting their money where their mouth is when it comes to environmentally and socially sustainable products. Every buying decision has the power to change the world a little and we’re beginning to see a shift as 73% of global consumers are willing to change consumption habits to lessen their negative impact on the environment.”

Having well publicised and documented sustainability practices are key for businesses to get a competitive advantage, attract new customers and keep existing customers coming back.

Talent attraction and staff retention

It makes sense that employees who feel proud and engaged are more likely to stick around when they are working for a company that is proactive in terms of a sustainability strategy.

report by the Society for Human Resource Management found that companies that implement sustainability programs have 55% higher employee morale, 43% more efficient business processes and 38% improved employee loyalty.

Employees enjoy being involved in sustainability initiatives, training sessions and activities that help galvanise team relationships and culture. When employees are asked for their input on what areas of the business can be improved, amazing insights and huge value can be gained.

In 2016 after being inspired by Unilever’s sustainability slogan – ‘Small actions can make a big difference’ – employees at an English, Unilever-owned tea factory suggested the size of their paper tea bags could be reduced. The move saved the company just shy of $75,000 in the process and reduced their paper waste by 9,300 kilograms.

During the recruitment process, you’re more likely to attract like-minded environmental innovators if you make your commitment to sustainability widely known. Having a reputation as a green business shows you have a bigger purpose beyond making a profit. This is extremely attractive to job hunters wanting to work somewhere value-aligned and contribute to something that’s having a positive impact on the world.

Financial gains

While rolling out green initiatives can come with an initial financial outlay, you’ll most likely save money in the long term.

Examples of this can be installing solar panels to power the office or factory space, exploring creative ways to put waste products or offcuts to good use or investing in the development of more environmentally friendly materials.

The latest figures from the electricity market show that Australian businesses using rooftop solar save up to 31% on their energy costs compared to businesses without solar.

Another example is Nike’s Flyknit, which has generated the sportswear giant over $2 billion revenue since its launch in 2012. Shoes made with the innovative Flyknit technology create 60% less scrap waste, require minimal labour, have reduced waste by 3.5 million pounds and transitioned from virgin yarn to 90% recycled polyester. That’s the equivalent of 182 million plastic bottles diverted from landfill.

Being a sustainable business can also open up a world of investors, as well as government grants and funding to help businesses, like yours, become more sustainable.

How can I make my business more sustainable?

There are so many things businesses can put in place to make their operations and offering more sustainable and to lessen negative environmental impacts. Here are some ideas to help get you started with your sustainability initiatives:

  • Offer remote working and consider how to reduce employees’ carbon footprints
  • Opt for virtual meetings instead of travelling to meetings
  • Reduce air travel where possible to lessen emissions associated with doing business
  • Encourage green commuting options among employees such as carpooling, biking and public transport
  • Introduce composting and improve recycling at the office and during manufacturing (for product-based businesses)
  • Make your workplace completely paperless – think paperless billing, receipts and keep all company documents in the cloud
  • Opt for recycled office supplies like toilet paper, green cleaning products, tissues, pens and bin liners
  • Create a sustainability group to develop new green initiatives and hold the business accountable
  • Offer team volunteer opportunities for environmental causes
  • Run regular sustainability surveys and forums where employees, customers and other stakeholders can share observations, ideas and thoughts on where the business can be more sustainable
  • Consider passive solar design for your business premises to reduce heating and cooling costs
  • Invest in renewable energy or shift to a green power option
  • Assess and offset carbon emissions
  • Donate to environmental organisations
  • Choose green hosting for your website
  • Delete old emails and unneeded files – you’d be shocked by the amount of carbon produced while storing old emails
  • Opt for plant-based or recycled materials for production and packaging, where possible
  • Investigate an ISO 14000 certified factory if your business manufactures products
  • Consider your products’ end of life and build circularity into your offering (for example, offer lifetime free repairs or a recycling program)

At the end of the day, businesses stand to benefit in numerous ways by investing in sustainability. It may take dedication, drive and a willingness to evolve to go green but the rewards in terms of business growth, productivity, staff morale and longevity are well worth the effort.

For more tips, advice and bookkeeping essentials for your business, visit How We Help You and get started today with Notch Above Bookkeeping, Australia-wide.

Source: Xero