Are you ready for Flying Cars...??


Uber unveils its vision for urban transport as a flying car to hit Melbourne city within 4 years. Uber announced Melbourne as one of its testing cities in 2023 along with Dallas and Los Angeles.

The Victorian and the Australian governments have supported Uber for its urban transport vision.  Also, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) will be responsible for the approval at different stages. Though for those hoping for a curbside helicopter service will be disappointed. The service will be operated through Uber application but will have designated stations called ‘Skyports’, to take off and land.

Uber calls the concept as ‘Aerial Ride-sharing’. Yet, many of the specifics including the design or the crafts on how would it be piloted is yet to be finalised.

The future of Urban Transport?

Under the plan, vertical take-off and landing vehicles would be based in stations at Melbourne, which will offer the customers an alternative to travel across the city or to the airports.

Eric Allison, the global boss of Uber’s Elevate program says that the 19-kilometre drive from Melbourne Airport to CBD will take no more than 10 minutes using the flying car service.

Will this airport ease boost Tourism?

Airport is one of the main stations where the technology will attract. This will definitely boost the Australian tourism, says Chris De Gruyter, the vice-chancellor in ‘Centre for Urban Research’ at RMIT, Melbourne.

But, Uber will need a place to park somewhere, take-off and land their flying cars, which either will be a roof or a carpark of a mall or a designated zone at the airport, which we say can cause trouble and traffic or the commuters. As for the noise, Uber says the flying cars would be at-least 32 times quieter than the usual helicopters.

So, we ask you how excited are you for flying cars to come on board? And what do you think about the concept? Let us know on the comments below.

Let's talk about Single Touch Payroll... And its Benefits..!?



Single Touch Payroll has been in the pipeline for a few years now but it is recently that the ATO has made it mandatory for the SMEs to adopt. Usually, businesses report the payroll only once a year to the ATO, whereas now they would be required to do so after each pay day in a digital format while using a specific arrangement called Standard Business Reporting (SBR). This move by ATO signifies to make the Australian tax system smarter, more automated and more efficient.

The Benefits to the Employer:

For employers like you, once the changes are applied and understood, there are several advantages under the new system:

  • Once the STP is fully online, you will no longer need to provide annual pay (PAYG) summaries to your employees. You will not have to prepare the annual reconciliation to the ATO. This will reduce your administration and compliance overhead.
  • The STP data that you provide will allow the ATO to pre-fill the BAS PAYG amount maintaining that element accurately from your behalf.
  • You no longer would need to provide a payment summary to your employees. The ATO will make it available for them at myGov, so they can access it easily anytime anywhere. This increased visibility will give your employees more insight of their own for their tax positions.

However, make sure there are no mistakes while providing the information through STP as it would be difficult to change. Adjustments could be done at the end of the year but it will be very easy for the ATO to track them now.

Be aware that the Payroll is linked to Payroll tax which is also linked to Worker’s Compensation insurance. Hence, be prepared for Audits from any of these departments as they talk to one another automatically.

The Benefits to the Employee:

For employees like you, in terms of visibility of pay, tax and super, life just got easier.

  • The ATO will update the total year to date salary (YTD) of an employee on its myGov portal each and every time of their pay. It will also show the PAYG withholding amounts and super guarantee contributions as they accumulate. This means the employees will have more access to their pay and taxes in a timelier manner, plus they can check if their Super is being paid correctly.
  • New employees can complete TFN Declarations and Super choice nominations online for a more streamlined digital process.
  • With Single Touch Payroll being adopted, the ATO will be able to pre-fill BAS for employers. This would reduce the potential of human error and double handling.
  • The ATO will automatically track all the figures taken from the STP submissions and make them available on their myGov portal. This means the employees can access their payment information directly, hence, they won’t have to generate and distribute payment summaries saving their time and money at a crucial time- end of financial year.

However, make sure your pay is correct every time. Check with your Pay Advisor.

Let's talk about the increase in Australian Visa application fees..


The Department of Home Affairs specifies the increased Visa Application Charges (VAC) for the majority of visas with the exception of the Subclass 600 Visitor visa.

The upsurges reflect a 2.25% CPI increase published in the 2019/20 Budget Paper No 1 AND the 5.4% increase announced in the Visa Application Charge (VAC)- Uplift announced as a part of the 2019/20 Federal Budget, a total of 7.65% increase.

These VAC increases take effect from 1 July 2019, except those for the new Skilled Regional visas which will come into effect with these new subclasses on 16 November 2019.

Below is the list of the most common visa application types along-with the new fees.

Subclass Visa Type Application Fee Primary Applicant Application Fee Secondary Applicant 18 and over Application Fee Secondary Applicant under 18
482 Short-term stream $1,265 (increased by $90) $1,265 $320
482 Medium term stream $2,645 (increased by $190) $2,645 $660
482 Labour Agreement Stream $2,645 (increased by $190) $2,645 $660
400 Temporary Work Short Stay $310 (increased by $25) $310 $80
186 ENS Permanent Residence $4,045 (increased by $290) $2,025 $1,010
190 Skilled Nominated PR $4,045 (increased by $290) $2,025 $1,010
189 Skilled Independent PR $4,045 (increased by $290) $2,025 $1,015
820/801 Partner $7,715 (increased by $555) $3,860 $1,935
600 Visitor $145 (increased by $5) n/a n/a
155 Resident Return Visa $405 (increased by $30) n/a n/a

 

Unchanged:

Nomination Fee for 482 visas (all streams) – $330
Nomination Fee for ENS PR – $540
Subsequent temporary application charge – $700

The above mentioned are all the fees/charges that go directly to the Government. On top of these fees are the Government Labour Market Testing (LMT) charges. Lastly, additional professional fees from the Migration Agents or Lawyers may apply.

If you have any further questions about Government Visa fees, please do not hesitate to contact us…


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Are you ready for Flying Cars...??


Uber unveils its vision for urban transport as a flying car to hit Melbourne city within 4 years. Uber announced Melbourne as one of its testing cities in 2023 along with Dallas and Los Angeles.

The Victorian and the Australian governments have supported Uber for its urban transport vision.  Also, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) will be responsible for the approval at different stages. Though for those hoping for a curbside helicopter service will be disappointed. The service will be operated through Uber application but will have designated stations called ‘Skyports’, to take off and land.

Uber calls the concept as ‘Aerial Ride-sharing’. Yet, many of the specifics including the design or the crafts on how would it be piloted is yet to be finalised.

The future of Urban Transport?

Under the plan, vertical take-off and landing vehicles would be based in stations at Melbourne, which will offer the customers an alternative to travel across the city or to the airports.

Eric Allison, the global boss of Uber’s Elevate program says that the 19-kilometre drive from Melbourne Airport to CBD will take no more than 10 minutes using the flying car service.

Will this airport ease boost Tourism?

Airport is one of the main stations where the technology will attract. This will definitely boost the Australian tourism, says Chris De Gruyter, the vice-chancellor in ‘Centre for Urban Research’ at RMIT, Melbourne.

But, Uber will need a place to park somewhere, take-off and land their flying cars, which either will be a roof or a carpark of a mall or a designated zone at the airport, which we say can cause trouble and traffic or the commuters. As for the noise, Uber says the flying cars would be at-least 32 times quieter than the usual helicopters.

So, we ask you how excited are you for flying cars to come on board? And what do you think about the concept? Let us know on the comments below.

Let's talk about Single Touch Payroll... And its Benefits..!?



Single Touch Payroll has been in the pipeline for a few years now but it is recently that the ATO has made it mandatory for the SMEs to adopt. Usually, businesses report the payroll only once a year to the ATO, whereas now they would be required to do so after each pay day in a digital format while using a specific arrangement called Standard Business Reporting (SBR). This move by ATO signifies to make the Australian tax system smarter, more automated and more efficient.

The Benefits to the Employer:

For employers like you, once the changes are applied and understood, there are several advantages under the new system:

  • Once the STP is fully online, you will no longer need to provide annual pay (PAYG) summaries to your employees. You will not have to prepare the annual reconciliation to the ATO. This will reduce your administration and compliance overhead.
  • The STP data that you provide will allow the ATO to pre-fill the BAS PAYG amount maintaining that element accurately from your behalf.
  • You no longer would need to provide a payment summary to your employees. The ATO will make it available for them at myGov, so they can access it easily anytime anywhere. This increased visibility will give your employees more insight of their own for their tax positions.

However, make sure there are no mistakes while providing the information through STP as it would be difficult to change. Adjustments could be done at the end of the year but it will be very easy for the ATO to track them now.

Be aware that the Payroll is linked to Payroll tax which is also linked to Worker’s Compensation insurance. Hence, be prepared for Audits from any of these departments as they talk to one another automatically.

The Benefits to the Employee:

For employees like you, in terms of visibility of pay, tax and super, life just got easier.

  • The ATO will update the total year to date salary (YTD) of an employee on its myGov portal each and every time of their pay. It will also show the PAYG withholding amounts and super guarantee contributions as they accumulate. This means the employees will have more access to their pay and taxes in a timelier manner, plus they can check if their Super is being paid correctly.
  • New employees can complete TFN Declarations and Super choice nominations online for a more streamlined digital process.
  • With Single Touch Payroll being adopted, the ATO will be able to pre-fill BAS for employers. This would reduce the potential of human error and double handling.
  • The ATO will automatically track all the figures taken from the STP submissions and make them available on their myGov portal. This means the employees can access their payment information directly, hence, they won’t have to generate and distribute payment summaries saving their time and money at a crucial time- end of financial year.

However, make sure your pay is correct every time. Check with your Pay Advisor.

Let's talk about the increase in Australian Visa application fees..


The Department of Home Affairs specifies the increased Visa Application Charges (VAC) for the majority of visas with the exception of the Subclass 600 Visitor visa.

The upsurges reflect a 2.25% CPI increase published in the 2019/20 Budget Paper No 1 AND the 5.4% increase announced in the Visa Application Charge (VAC)- Uplift announced as a part of the 2019/20 Federal Budget, a total of 7.65% increase.

These VAC increases take effect from 1 July 2019, except those for the new Skilled Regional visas which will come into effect with these new subclasses on 16 November 2019.

Below is the list of the most common visa application types along-with the new fees.

Subclass Visa Type Application Fee Primary Applicant Application Fee Secondary Applicant 18 and over Application Fee Secondary Applicant under 18
482 Short-term stream $1,265 (increased by $90) $1,265 $320
482 Medium term stream $2,645 (increased by $190) $2,645 $660
482 Labour Agreement Stream $2,645 (increased by $190) $2,645 $660
400 Temporary Work Short Stay $310 (increased by $25) $310 $80
186 ENS Permanent Residence $4,045 (increased by $290) $2,025 $1,010
190 Skilled Nominated PR $4,045 (increased by $290) $2,025 $1,010
189 Skilled Independent PR $4,045 (increased by $290) $2,025 $1,015
820/801 Partner $7,715 (increased by $555) $3,860 $1,935
600 Visitor $145 (increased by $5) n/a n/a
155 Resident Return Visa $405 (increased by $30) n/a n/a

 

Unchanged:

Nomination Fee for 482 visas (all streams) – $330
Nomination Fee for ENS PR – $540
Subsequent temporary application charge – $700

The above mentioned are all the fees/charges that go directly to the Government. On top of these fees are the Government Labour Market Testing (LMT) charges. Lastly, additional professional fees from the Migration Agents or Lawyers may apply.

If you have any further questions about Government Visa fees, please do not hesitate to contact us…