Award changes that affect practices

By Stephanie McGrath*

On 8 April 2020 the Fair Work Commission issued a decision on pandemic leave for Health Sector Awards, inserting additional measures (known as “Schedule X”) during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Schedule X was incorporated into the following health care sector Awards:

Read more

Payroll tax: what to do

By John Deery

Payroll tax has been on the agenda for practice owners since the successful prosecution of the Optical Superstores by the Victorian State Revenue Office in 2019. 

There is an active audit program ongoing within NSW. Our members in WA have also reported facing SRO audit as well. 

The crux of the matter is dependent upon the relationship between your business and the contracting doctors. 

Read more

Practice owners face payroll-tax fight

By Crispin Hull*

Practice owners in at least four states are squarely in the sights of state revenue offices seeking payroll tax on payments made to GPs in their practices.

There have been a couple of frightening courts cases imposing payroll taxes on GP practice owners or like set-ups.

Read more

Online urology symposium

Saturday 14 November 2020.

The Department of Urology and University of Melbourne Department of Surgery and the Austin Hospital will host a virtual symposium on Saturday 14 November 2020 from 8am to 2.45pm. The symposium is titled: Urology issues for GPs and practice nurses.

The registration page is here: Registration is free.

Read more

AGPA storms RACGP awards

Australian GP Alliance members are well presented in the 2020 RACGP Awards with three of the current Board winning their state categories and now contesting the national title, demonstrating the value of Principal Led General Practice.

Read more

Hunt says Covid outcomes show CDC not necessary

The Federal Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, has ruled out setting up an Australian Centre for Disease Control, despite widespread support for it among medical professionals and scientists.

The Federal Opposition is also in favour.

Health organisations supporting a CDC include: the Australian Medical Association; Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, and the Public Health Association. It is also supported by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.

KEY POINTS: Govt rejects CDC; reasons for doing so; ALP medical professions support it; case for CDC; how politics is getting in the way of a CDC.

Read more