Industry Updates

27/01/2015

ACCC issues an invoice email scam warning

The ACCC is warning Australian businesses to beware of an invoice email scam.

The scam involves scammers pretending to be legitimate suppliers advising changes to payment arrangements.

27/01/2015

Do you want to keep paying high penalty rates?

The ANF put in place a Penalty Rate strategy in 2014 in response to newsagents telling us that we need to effect change to these rates. Our penalty rates survey of members resulted in many hundreds of responses supporting this. Unfortunately, the number of newsagents willing to engage with the strategy and spend 10 minutes writing to their local MP to build momentum in parliament on this issue has been very disappointing. We recognise newsagents are busy and that we have outlined that this will be a long-term strategy, however the response so far has us questioning if current penalty rates must be OK for the majority of newsagents?

2015 is turning out to be the year for reviewing industrial relations in Australia. Treasurer Joe Hockey has, right before Christmas 2014, instructed the Productivity Commission (PC) to undertake an inquiry into the performance of the workplace relations framework in Australia during 2015. This opportunity coincides with the review of Modern Awards already underway that the ANF will make a submission to later in the year when the General Retail Industry Award is considered in group four of the awards reviewed and will allow us to put newsagent issues with the Fairwork framework firmly on the table.

23/01/2015

N-View receives positive reviews

Thanks to all the newsagents who participated in our surveys for N-View late last year and to the industry partners who gave their views; it all added up to give a thorough picture of the industry and many have commented what a good read it was. Make sure you continue to subscribe to National Newsagent in 2015 to ensure you don’t miss any publications.

National Newsagent will again be available through Gordon and Gotch in February and a $92.50 subscription buys you every issue, N-View, online and buy levitra from uk source app access, not to mention invaluable information.

23/01/2015

Look further afield

If you are looking to grow your convenience business in 2015 you need to attend C&I Expo this March. Get a head start on your competitors and learn about the latest consumer and retailer trends.

C&I 2015 will give you practical ideas to take back to your workplace, and a face to face look at the latest convenience products and services.

23/01/2015

Promote your business

There is a renewed focus on small businesses in Australia. National and regional newspapers have been highlighting small family businesses. Take advantage of the opportunity to promote your business and the newsagency channel at the same time.

Rod and Beth Bradley were featured in the Cairns Post as they opened another newsagency as were Karen and lowest price generic levitra Andrew Hay on opening their second outlet.

16/12/2014

NSW Lotteries Moratorium

The NANA team has travelled across NSW to 14 venues attended by over 500 newsagents to inform newsagents of the actions being taken in relation to the scheduled end of the NSW Lotteries moratorium on 31 March.

NANA CEO Andrew Packham said newsagents were satisfied with the work being done and the plans in place to defend the newsagency sector.

16/12/2014

RBA Payments Consultation Group(PCG) - Newsagents lead small business further

As a result of the detailed work newsagents have assisted us to complete on the Monetary Policy Liaison Group, and the additional support newsagents provided through the RBA payment cost survey, the ANF has been invited to be a part of the inaugural Payments Consultation Group.

ANF COO Adam Joy represented newsagents on Wednesday 10 December providing detailed accounts and evidence of a payment system that creates division between large and small enterprise often at the confusion of the consumer. The event was hosted by Dr Tony Richards Head of Payment Policy RBA and Assistant Governor (financial System) and deputy Chair of the Payment Systems board Malcom Edey. In attendance were 20 industries focused on achieving a transparent competitive and sustainable payment system.

15/12/2014

GST and ITC

Goods and Services Tax (GST) has been in operation for some time now yet there remains confusion around GST and Input tax credits (ITC)

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) inform us they are still receiving business activity statements (BAS) containing errors. Most of these errors relate to the over-claiming of GST input tax credits (ITCs) but in general, can be attributed to a misinterpretation (or lack of knowledge) of GST legislation.

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