05 Jun 2013

4 We are delighted to have been awarded among the best employers in Australia by leading HR company Aon Hewitt! Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre played host to the HBE awards night last week, where we were named ‘Best Employer 2013′. 125 companies across the country were judged during a rigorous process, 19 of which made the final cut. Speaking on the night, HBE judge Andrea Grant said: “The Aon Hewitt Best Employer process is exceptionally rigorous with the Best of the Best judging process robust and based on solid qualitative and quantitative data” The judges commented that “Ideally, every company Read More

15 May 2013

3 Treasurer Wayne Swan delivered the 2013/14 Federal Budget in Canberra this week, and it was a good night for salary packaging. Here’s our Senior Tax Adviser Simon Ellis with a post budget video review and a look at how salary packaging will be impacted:

0 This month we received an award for the commitment and support our customers have shown in reducing their carbon footprint. The Huon award (named in honour of Australia’s oldest living tree) was awarded by Greenfleet for our 5 year support and partnership. Greenfleet are a not-for-profit organisation who, for the last 15 years have been helping to offset carbon emissions from the fleets of many of Australia’s leading businesses. We’ve been working with them to help reduce the environmental impact of cars leased through Smartleasing, by giving our customers the option of making a small donation every fortnight to help Read More

15 Apr 2013

0 At Smartsalary, we are about providing a choice of channels to our customers.  We released a Smartphone app on both Apple and Android platforms in late 2010 to make it really convenient for our customers to communicate with us. As the FBT year has just ended, we did a quick analysis on the channels through which our customers declared their odometer readings as mandated by the ATO. The most significant change we see from the data below is the more than two fold increase in declarations via the Smartphone app compared to 2012 Have you downloaded our Smartphone app Read More

0 Harry Banga, Chief Procurement Officer at the University of Sydney, truly believes in the power of collaboration and the opportunities which result from working with service providers to establish relationships which ensure the best possible outcomes for the University. Smartfleet is one such service provider who has been providing fleet management services to the University since 2006. Using this approach between the University, Smartsalary and Smartfleet, has been a key enabler in the positive value being created for University staff. Harry Banga and SmartGroup management have a great working relationship that has enabled growth of the partnership to a new level.  This Read More

09 Apr 2013

0 About Prince Henry’s Institute of Medical Research Australia’s leading centre for translational hormone and reproductive health research, Prince Henry’s Institute (PHI) is an independent not-for-profit medical research institute located at Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne. Using a combination of fundamental laboratory research and clinical trials and studies, PHI researchers are working to improve patient care and quality of life through the investigation of hormones and their role in reproductive health and diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, obesity, Parkinson’s disease and osteoporosis. PHI in a snapshot: – PHI has over 160 staff including a team of world-class scientific research staff, Read More

05 Apr 2013

1 Guest blogger: Scott Plunkett, Smartsalary IT Manager Err, so what does BYOD stand for? Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) is a policy whereby employees can use their own phones, tablets, laptops and so on to do their job, rather than using company supplied equipment. Depending on what role you have in the organisation, you’re probably thinking this is either a fantastic idea or pure insanity! Regardless of where you stand, organisations across Australia have been increasingly asking whether it’s a policy worth implementing – and the debate isn’t letting up any time soon. At Smartsalary we say a resounding YES – BYOD Read More

1 Last year Australians spent an estimated $642 billion on living costs – including $8 billion on beauty and a mere $2 billion on education. According to an infographic from MoneySmart we’re also spending a major slice of our wages on alcohol, cars and gadgets. If you’re one of the few who are spending money on books over Botox, you could be saving as you spend by using your pre-tax dollars to do so.* Self-education expenses, publication subscriptions and professional membership fees can all be salary packaged; so basically you can pay for your educational expenses before income tax is applied Read More

12 Mar 2013

7 There’s been a lot of talk in the media lately about the salary packaging concessions available to employees in the public hospital and not-for-profit (NFP) sectors – largely focused on whether or not they should be reduced, or scrapped altogether. Unfortunately, the debate fails to educate the public about how these concessions work and why they deliver important benefits to our public hospitals and charities. We want to provide some clarity about what these concessions mean, and why they’re so important to these sectors. So, what’s a salary packaging concession? Put simply, these concessions allow employees of some charities Read More

05 Mar 2013

A world without poverty

A world without poverty

-1 That’s the vision of Good Return, a not-for-profit organisation that provides microfinance loans to women living in poor, isolated communities across the Asia Pacific region. These loans empower them to start or grow their own businesses – providing financial stability, self sufficiency, and a way out of poverty. In fact, microfinance encompasses not just the provision of a loan, but also access to savings, insurance and money transfer products they otherwise would not have. When the loan is re-paid, the money is put back into the community through the supply of education and skills development programs such as literacy, Read More