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ECHO PPT-236ES

Today we are looking at the ECHO Telescopic Power Pruner.

For arborists, landscapers and avid home gardeners the safest place to trim and cut back trees is the ground, so it makes sense that one of the essential tools to enable this is an excellent pole saw or telescopic power pruner. Over my time as an Arborist, my experience is that if anywhere is going to break on this type of tool, it’s 99 per cent of the time the telescopic extension. So a quality pole saw that is going to last always needs to have a proper solid construction in this area which is precisely what we found with the ECHO PPT-236ES.

After doing some research, I found the PPT-236ES to be the first and lightest weight of the three models available.

After opening the brand-new box and putting the saw together, filling with fuel and oil, we were away and pruning some branches, that sat about five meters off the ground, in no time at all. One thing I noticed, when extending the telescopic section, is the very sturdy shaft on the ECHO pole pruner. I was also talking to a work colleague who owns one, and when asking his opinion, he said it’s a little heavier than previous pruners he has owned, but well worth the extra weight because it is almost unbreakable!

After cutting trees for a while, I’m sure you have all seen a mishap or two with a pole saw. One common thing I’ve seen is the shaft on other brands are generally easy to bend or damage if you’re not careful. From my experience, a replacement shaft, depending on the brand, can cost a third of the cost of a new saw. So, it goes without saying that any machine that is built well in this area is a bonus.

From the first time I started the saw, it fired up with ease and worked without any flaws when it came time to get cutting.

Comfort and ergonomics are an essential part of any powered tool, especially ones with sharp blades. From the comfort comes control, and from control comes safety. The PPT-236ES felt good in the hands, and the placement of the trigger and grips felt great. It has plenty of reach and comes with a shoulder strap – making it easier to use and carry over more extended time frames.

Over the day the saw cut well with no issues. The shoulder strap was a welcomed addition, as previously mentioned.

This model does have a little more weight than others I’ve used but will last longer on-site due to this addition build quality.

It has two more powerful models if that’s what’s required, but as a pole pruner, the power in this model is sufficient for pruning jobs.

It’s a Japanese built motor and comes with a two-year professional warranty, which is outstanding.

Overall I think the ECHO pole pruner is a great option to go for if you are looking for value for your dollar or your heavy-handed employees like to break your tools regularly, due to lack of experience or pure enthusiasm. Either way, it’s the strongest shaft I’ve seen on a pole saw by far, definitely something to consider.

The ECHO Telescopic Power Pruner is distributed by Briggs & Stratton.

For information call 1800 356 632.

December 1, 2019 / by / in , ,
60 Years Of Cutting Expertise

Husqvarna knows chainsaws, and they really should.

After all, they have been providing the world with some of the very best machines since 1959. So, obviously they also know the challenges you face when using them. Their smart solutions and innovations like Air InjectionTM technology, AutoTuneTM performance software or X-Torq® engine technology have helped advance chainsaw performance, optimise power output and even the ability to save on fuel consumption in their machines.

When Husqvarna’s first chainsaw was being developed, one of the requirements for the product engineers was to significantly reduce its noise level.

The production department thought the existing muffler “seemed too complicated,” so the product engineers went to Husqvarna’s frame workshop, where frames for the company’s motorcycles and mopeds were made. Their skill in bending pipe made it possible to realise a new design for the mufflers. In November 1959, the Husqvarna 90 was presented, a chainsaw with noise levels that were half that of the competition.

For the next decade, Husqvarna focussed on developing quieter, lighter and better vibration dampening chainsaws. With a number of successful launches in place, Husqvarna engineers turned their focus to safety. Using a chainsaw can be dangerous, and loggers often suffered serious injuries. In response, the Husqvarna 162 was developed, a thoroughly modern saw with fewer parts, an electronic ignition system, and perhaps most importantly, an automatic chainbrake. This innovation dramatically reduced the number of accidents to forestry workers.

Today, Husqvarna’s chainsaw range includes everything from heavy-duty machines to smaller saws for private use as well as models for felling, pruning and cutting firewood. Included in their large offering is the Battery Series that is built to give you all the power and intuitive design you expect, minus the noise and fumes.

2018 saw the launch of the 572 XP® chainsaw, a truly revolutionary machine. This year Husqvarna unveiled the company’s new generation 50cc chainsaw for professional loggers and arborists – The Husqvarna 550 XP® Mark II, delivering outstanding cutting capacity with acceleration and torque that performs in any environment. They’ve also added comfort, control and manoeuvrability – all in a reliable anddurable package with easy starts, that keeps going as long as it’s needed.

2019 not only marks 60 years as a chainsaw manufacturer, it also commemorates 330 years for Husqvarna as a company. The commitment to producing more ergonomic products with lower emissions and better energy efficiency is greater than ever before.

At Husqvarna, product development never stops, this is how they continue to develop chainsaws that help you work longer, smarter and safer well into the future.

For more information visit www.husqvarna.com

November 28, 2019 / by / in , , ,
Time To Refinance

Is It Time To Refinance Your Home Loan?

Fitzpatrick Financial Services would like to share a number of common reasons why mortgage holders refinance their home loans.

  1. Accessing Equity

If you have a financing requirement (i.e. renovations, car, machinery), then cashing out equity held in your property could be something to consider

  1. Property Value Has Risen

If your property’s value has risen, your equity will have also increased. Lenders may now be willing to offer you lower rates.

  1. Improved Business Performance

Higher income may make you a lower-risk borrower, which could mean you can access better deals.

  1. Consolidating Other Debts

You might want to check whether it could be cheaper to consolidate high-interest debts (i.e. personal loans and credit cards) into your home loan to save interest and reduce your overall repayments.

  1. Fixed-Rate Period Is Ending

Upon expiry, your fixed rate may roll onto a variable interest rate that isn’t competitive. This may be the perfect time to review your home loan.

  1. Interest-Only Period Ending

Are you prepared for a significant increase in your repayments? If you are ready to revert to principal and interest repayments, most lenders will offer lower rates.

Must-Knows About Refinancing

Refinancing Costs Money

You will need to assess the potential savings versus the cost of switching lenders to make the best decision for you. Due to strong competition in the market, many lenders offer incentives to refinance to them, such as a cash-back offer, which may help offset some (or all) of the switching costs.

You Don’t Need To Do This Alone

Negotiating loan terms is difficult if you don’t know all the ins and outs of lending. Consider seeking expert help from a mortgage broker before making any decisions. The team at the associate company Fitzpatrick Financial Services specialise in all areas of lending, including refinancing.

If you suspect it’s time to refinance your loan, don’t hesitate to contact Tim Sheehan at Fitzpatrick Financial Services on (03) 8544 1600

For more information email at [email protected]  or visit www.fitzpatrick.com.au.

November 27, 2019 / by / in , , , ,
Vermeer – Bigger And Better

When undertaking tree stump removal services, having the best equipment can increase productivity and efficiency, as well as allow you to take on a wider range of jobs to diversify your clientele. That is why Vermeer has designed a bigger and better tracked stump cutter, the SC70TX.

Shannon Nicholson, Environmental Equipment Product Specialist at Vermeer, said the new SC70TX takes the proven performance of the already-popular SC60TX Stump Cutter and enhances it for more power and efficiency.

“By enhancing the SC60TX, the SC70TX combines the mobility of a compact machine with exceptional power to deliver greater productivity on job sites, making it a great option for residential, commercial, municipal and rental applications,” Shannon said.

“We’ve already sold our first couple of units in Australia, and we’re certain contractors will like the extra power and speed, and ease of control that this machine offers.”

More Power And Speed

The new SC70TX comes with a 67hp (50 kW) Cat C2.2L turbocharged Tier 4 Final/ Stage IIIB diesel engine.

“Compared to the SC60TX, which has 60hp (44.7kW), the enhanced power of the SC70TX makes it ideal for tough cutting jobs and tough enough to withstand much larger stumps,” Shannon said.

“It’s also been equipped with an increased ground drive speed and is designed to help decrease ground disturbance, meaning you can get around the job site faster with minimal damage to the existing ground surface.”

It also comes with a stronger gearbox which directs the maximum amount of horsepower to the cutter wheel, enabling it to cut at speeds of 880rpm for optimal job site productivity.

Packed Full Of Features

The SC70TX also comes equipped with a number of other safety and performance features that makes the SC60TX and other machines in Vermeer’s stump cutter range so popular, including the operator presence system and SmartSweep control system.

“The operator control system is intended to help protect the operator. If the operator’s hands leave the cutter wheel control handles for even a second, the capacitance-sensors will sense it and cause the cutter wheel to disengage, come to a stop and the cutter wheel indicator light will go out,” Shannon said.

“The patented SmartSweep control system monitors engine speed and automatically adjusts the cutter wheel sweep rate to maximise power to the cutter wheel while reducing engine stress.”

It also comes with an optional remote control that allows the operator to manoeuvre the stump cutter while not standing directly next to it, and the Vermeer-exclusive Yellow Jacket cutter system allows for faster, easier and more convenient serviceability, as well as helps to extend pocket and tooth life.

“The SC70TX is a compact yet powerful machine and is ideal for anyone looking to boost the capacity of their fleet, while also keeping opportunities open for larger and smaller jobs.”

The new Vermeer SC70TX Tracked Stump Cutter is now available to order. Call 1300 VERMEER

For more information or a trial, visit www.vermeer.com.au.

November 26, 2019 / by / in , , ,
Equipment Inspection

When Did You Last Update Your PPE Inspection Records?

Bushwood Training Academy answers the most frequently asked questions about equipment inspection.

What is Equipment Inspection?

The periodic and regular checking and documenting of equipment’s condition.

What Equipment Needs To Be Inspected?

All PPE (personal protective equipment). Anything that is used as life support or for holding loads such as harnesses, ropes, ascenders, descenders, fall arrest devices, carabiners etc.

Why should I get my equipment inspected? According to AS/NZS 1891.4:2009 and manufacturer’s user instructions, ‘working at height’ PPE must undergo a documented inspection every six months by a ‘competent’ person.

Most people do not have a complete understanding of the inspection requirements of equipment. If you carry out an incorrect or incomplete inspection you could be putting your own life at risk as well as others.

What Will Happen If I Do Not Have My Equipment Inspected?

In many cases, nothing will happen but if an incident occurs, investigators may request your PPE inspection records. If you do not have comprehensive evidence of a full and complete equipment inspection by a competent person, you may be liable for any damages/injuries caused in the incident if it is found that the equipment was a contributing factor or cause.

How Often Should I Get My Equipment Inspected?

You should visually check your equipment before and after every use for damage but this does not replace regular documented inspection. It is advised that equipment is checked on a 6-monthly basis. Check the manufacturer’s instructions/manual as it will often give a guideline. If your equipment has been involved in an incident, it is important to have it checked before putting it back into service as it may have some damages that are not easily detected.

What Should I do if My Equipment is Involved In An Incident?

Tag it out and remove it from service immediately! Depending on the type of incident and the results of the incident, your equipment may be damaged in a way that is not clear or apparent. By using the equipment before it has been properly inspected, you may be putting your life and the lives of others at risk.

Who Can Inspect My Equipment?

A ‘competent person’. The definition of a competent person varies from state to state. Where possible, it is always advised that an inspector should have relevant qualifications and experience. Inspectors should also be from a third-party to ensure an independent and non-bias inspection is carried out.

How Long Does An Inspection Take And How Much Does It Cost?

Charges for equipment inspection vary between inspectors and states. Some inspectors charge per item and some charge per hour.

The duration of the inspection will vary based on the type and quantity of equipment. If an inspector is assessing equipment quickly, there may be a chance that they are not doing a correct and proper inspection. Conversely, if they are taking a long time, it may indicate a lack of experience or understanding of what they are inspecting.

An inspection will take significantly longer if you have not had your equipment inspected and logged correctly in the past.

Recording data for the first time will consume a large amount of time. Once equipment has been inspected and logged, future inspections will be a lot quicker. The process can also be made more efficient through the use of RFID.

What is RFID?

Radio Frequency Identification. RFID usually involves a small dot or label attached to equipment, which can be read using an RFID reader. Rather than trawling through a database to find an item, it will be identified immediately, making the inspection process far more efficient.

How Can I Ensure My Equipment Lasts As Long As Safely Possible?

This depends on the type of equipment and the manufacturing material used. However, as a general rule of thumb:

  • Don’t attach stickers to equipment (stickers can have harmful chemicals in the adhesives)
  • Do not write on equipment – some markers contain chemicals which can cause damage to your equipment.
  • Keep equipment clean. Maintaining equipment in good working order can prevent excessive wear
  • Store equipment away from chemicals, pests, sharp edges, damp areas. These can all reduce the lifespan of equipment or automatically cause equipment to fail an inspection
  • Read manufacturer instructions
  • Use equipment for its intended configuration(s) only. If you use equipment incorrectly or the incorrect equipment, you may be unknowingly causing damage to your gear

When Taking Equipment In For Inspection:

  • Take all paperwork and/or records you have for that item
  • Talk to inspectors before handing over the item(s). Ensure they know the item’s full history and how it is used
  • Ensure it is clean and ready for inspection
  • Where possible, leave equipment configured. If you are having issues with items, leaving them configured may assist the inspector on assessing the issue(s).

Please note: the new Certificate III in Arboriculture, which is due for release at the end of the year, includes a unit which aligns with the competency requirements for a height safety equipment inspector for arboricultural equipment.

More details on periodic inspection of PPE and height safety equipment are contained in MIS309 Equipment Inspection, which is due for publication by Arboriculture Australia Ltd in the last quarter of 2019.

For more information or to book an equipment inspection, please email [email protected] or Call (08) 8374 0586.

November 25, 2019 / by / in , , ,
Bandit 2550 Stump Grinders

This month we put Bandit’s Model 2550 Compact Diesel Stump Grinders through their paces.

This grinder is the Bandit Model 2550 stump grinder. Bandit Tree Equipment stocks these machines in two separate models; one as a rubber-tracked undercarriage and the other as a 4WD wheeled unit – giving you a choice to pick the perfect model, based on the ground conditions you will be operating in most of the time.

The rubber-tracked version comes standard with wireless remote-control and has a second tethered remote that can be plugged into the machine. The tethered remote is a great back-up should there be any issues with the other remote.

The 4WD version comes stock with no remote; the good old-fashioned, reliable levers do a more than adequate job, and are impossible to lose. The 4WD model also comes with a great sized blade for pushing grindings in the hole where the stump once stood. This is the way Bandit

Tree Equipment supplies these machines, but you can custom-order a remote/blade, or set it up however you like it.

The grinders come with a fuel-efficient and powerful 44hp turbocharged Kubota diesel engine. The outside wheels on the 4WD version are easy to remove when you need to go through narrow access, bringing the machine width down to 89cm wide, the same width as the tracked machine.

The cutter head has a large swing arc of around 130cm leading to less manoeuvring while grinding. One cool thing about this grinder is the lack of belts. No need to worry about that belt cover in the way on one side of the cutter head. It’s also better for maintenance as this machine is fully hydraulic – which means less replacement of belts, pulleys and bearings.

The 2550 runs two hydraulic pumps. The main pump drives the oversized Parker hydrostatic motor on the cutter head. The secondary pump powers all other hydraulic functions like cutter head swing and the drive wheels or tracks.

The cutting head is a good size of about 54cm in diameter and sports 18 Greenteeth. This grinder has a big oil cooler and fan, to keep hydraulic temperatures down. Everything is easy to get to.

Jake from Bandit Tree Equipment also showed me how to adjust track tension on the tracked version and it’s very easy, as simple as tightening one nut on each side of the machine.

The stump we put these grinders on today was a decent size Radiata stump, which can be hard to grind, due to their fibrous nature, and this one had plenty of grinding to be done beneath the soil.

I was extremely impressed with the Bandit’s performance. It hammered this stump out quickly and efficiently. All the grindings seemed to stay in a tidy pile under the machine, not shooting out everywhere and making a mess.

If you are grinding a lot of stumps and in the market for a mid-sized grinder, then this machine is a great choice. Make sure you check it out for yourself before making any decisions.

Personally, I preferred the track grinder with the remote control, but it will cost more than the 4WD to own. Bandit say they have great deals on these machines till the end of the year, so you might want to check that out.

These two grinders were fast and efficient, and also they are “Bandits”, which means you get the excellent Bandit Tree Equipment back-up support that comes with it, which is a big plus.

For more information call Bandit on 1800 681 733

For more information visit www.banditchippers.com.au

November 24, 2019 / by / in , ,
National Safe Work Month

In this new series we will explore a range of health and safety issues, looking at how those within the arb industry can create and maintain a healthy and safe work environment.

October is National Safe Work Month, making it an ideal time to highlight the responsibilities everyone within our industry has in promoting best practices and maintaining a healthy and safe work environment.

This year’s theme, “Be a Safety Champion”, highlights the all-encompassing nature of work health and safety, with everyone, both employers and workers, able to do their bit to support safety culture.

“We all have a responsibility and duty for building a safe and healthy workplace so we can get home safe to our families,” Safe Work Australia states via its website.

“Anyone can be a safety champion and promote best practice work health and safety initiatives at work.”

Of course, the arboriculture industry faces inherent challenges across a range of activities, and it is the responsibility of those within industry to take the appropriate measures in managing risks.

Industry Risk Factors

Safe Work Australia classifies tree trimming and removal work as including “lopping, pruning, trimming, repairing, maintaining and removing amenity trees, as well as wood chipping and stump grinding operations”.

Across this scope of activities, it notes that hazards for workers include:

  • Slips, trips, and falls
  • Manual tasks such as lifting and holding machinery
  • Punctures and cuts from branche
  • Falling objects such as branches or felled trees

The potential injuries that may result from undertaking this work range from small cuts to more serious trauma, while fatalities can occur in some cases

Safe Work Australia figures show that from 2010 to 2014 there were 33 workers killed by falling vegetation, mainly trees, which accounted for 3 per cent of all worker fatalities for that period

Managing Risks

Safe Work Australia has previously published a guide on managing the risks associated with tree trimming and removal work, designed to help a range of professions involved in the industry.

Developed in collaboration with industry experts, Safe Work Australia states the guide “provides information on the duties of employers and workers and how they can safely approach and conduct work on trees”.

The Guide Includes Information Related To:

  • Ground work – including methods for worksite communication
  • Methods for accessing trees – including elevating work platforms and climbing
  • Working near overhead electric lines – assessing the risks involved
  • Machinery and equipment – including wood chippers, stump grinders, chainsaws, pole saws and powered
  • Hedge trimmers
  • Tree felling – including felling with chainsaws, clear-felling, controlled directional felling and sectional felling

It Additionally Includes Information On Rescue And Emergency Planning, Emergency Procedures And Ensuring Workers Are Adequately Trained In These Procedures

Further information on National Safe Work Month and the guide can be found at the Safe Work Australia website: safeworkaustralia.gov.au.

Summer will soon be upon us, and in our next instalment in this series we will look at the hazards of working in the heat and the steps that can be taken to manage risks.

November 21, 2019 / by / in , ,
Boost Your Business

In this new series we will look at business development strategies that can facilitate growth and help lay the foundation for short and long-term success.

Ensuring a business runs smoothly is an ongoing challenge, and in seeking to maintain hard-earned

momentum and promote further growth by boosting service offerings it is worthwhile exploring a number of options.

From acquiring new equipment, to taking on new staff, investing in training and development, and integrating new technologies across different aspects of your business operations, there are a number of paths businesses in the tree industry can take to enhance and expand their service suite.

In assessing what course of action is best suited for your business, it may well be worthwhile weighing up your current service offerings, and then considering how you may go about augmenting them.

Seeking external advice on what actions you may potentially take could provide additional perspective, with it also worthwhile observing how your competitors operate, and taking note of and acting on client feedback.

New Equipment

Old and comparatively inefficient equipment may be slowing a business down and driving up operational costs, and it is worthwhile regularly looking into the value that new equipment can provide.

New equipment may deliver productivity and efficiency benefits, along with increasing the range of services your business is able to offer, and over the long term deliver operational savings, however businesses will need to determine the feasibility of making an investment.

Business will need to weigh up a range of factors, from financial to operational considerations, in assessing the viability of investing in new equipment.

New Staff

Bringing in additional crew members could complement and help diversify the services your business is offering, potentially providing a path to further growth.

When considering expanding your workforce, it is, however, important to carefully weigh up your requirements and to keep in mind your responsibilities as an employer.

The Fair Work Ombudsman website offers a number of tips on hiring new staff, highlighting the necessity of being aware of all relevant laws, along with assessing your business’ current and future needs, and defining the role you want to fill.

The Fair Work Ombudsman’s Guide to hiring new employees can be found at: www.fairwork.gov.au.

Training Courses

As advised via the business.gov.au website, training and skills investment “can increase productivity and innovation, help you attract and retain high-quality employees and improve customer satisfaction”.

As an employer, you should consider a number of factors when it comes to training, with www.business.gov.au advising:

  • Identify skill needs – to help understand what type of training will benefit your business, encompassing identifying the skills you and your crew currently hav
  • Explore training options – look at a range of options, including formal courses, apprenticeships and traineeships, mentoring and workshops
  • Find skills funding and programs – consider government-funded programs
  • Build a diverse workplace – employers can access a wider range of skills by employing people with different backgrounds.

New Technologies

It is worthwhile exploring how new technologies can be harnessed to benefit a business across various operations, from the office to the job site.

It may be a matter of gradually integrating technologies, with it important to maintain a long-term outlook and recognise the cumulative effect small changes can potentially have over time in both directly and indirectly building upon service offerings.

Technology integration could range from using a smartphone personal assistant to provide reminders, to using cloud computing to store and share data, to fitting out machines with GPS to keep track of their location, and may in turn pave the way for implementation of complimentary applications.

Our next instalment in this series will look at some of the strategies businesses can employ to diversify their clientele.

November 20, 2019 / by / in , , ,
ECHO’s Range Of Power Pruners

ECHO’s range of telescopic power pruners has been expanded to include the new, lighter weight PPT-236ES.

ECHO tools, long known in the industry for their excellent Power Pruner® Pole Pruners have introduced a 21.2cc model into their range. Capturing the features that have made the original Power Pruner® range so popular with professional arborists, the new PPT-236ES offers a lower vibration, easier starting option in a true professional saw.

The telescopic shaft boasts a total reach from 2.6m to 3.6m, and thanks to its impressive design, moves smoothly and easily in any position. Locking the shaft into place is a large, single wingnut and clamp. This Power Pruner® features a large in-line handle with an attachment point for the included shoulder harness.

If additional reach is required, an optional 1.2m extension attachment is available from ECHO, to give a total reach of up to 4.8m. The inner and ribbed fibreglass outer shafts have been designed for maximum rigidity even at full extension, giving the operator more control and guaranteeing an accurate and tidy cut.

A 10” bar is fitted as standard, running 3/8 LP0.050 gauge chain for a more efficient cut, and the cutting head is fastened securely to the shaft with a heavy duty clamp mechanism and locating screw to ensure a secure, reliable fit.

An optional articulating hedge trimmer cutter head is available, which can take the place of the chainsaw cutter head to increase the versatility of the Power Pruner® and maximise your return on investment.

The 200ml oil reservoir also features an adjustable flow rate so you can customise the saw to the task at hand, and the chain tension can be accessed from the side of the cutter head. The 450ml fuel capacity gives approximately one hour of run time at maximum engine power.

ECHO’s ES-Start spring assisted starting system minimises effort required on the starter rope, and the unit has been designed ergonomically so the primer bulb, choke lever, and starter handle are all close at hand on the rear of the engine, while the on/off switch is located on the front handle, making the starting procedure a breeze. The felt air filter can be serviced without tools and includes a rubberised seal to the air filter housing, to improve the filter performance.

As with all ECHO products, the PPT-236ES is backed by a five-years domestic* and two-years commercial warranty*.

*Conditions apply.

The PPT-236ES is available from ECHO specialist dealers nationally.

ECHO products are distributed exclusively in Australia by Briggs & Stratton Australia Pty Ltd.

For more details visit www.echotools.com

November 19, 2019 / by / in , ,
TTIA News

Superannuation crackdown is a timely reminder to review practices.

Most tree contractors in business would be aware that the Superannuation Guarantee Scheme commencing in 1992, has required employers to make contributions for employees. Tragically, I recall writing that circular to TTIA Members back then, which makes me feel slightly old and unemployable.

On a more serious note, superannuation obligations can be genuinely confusing for employers as ATO rulings can change or be “updated”, as can the provisions relating to superannuation in industrial awards.

In recent developments, approximately $100 million in superannuation entitlements have been paid to Australian workers, after their employers failed to meet their payment obligations.

Employers are currently being granted an amnesty period for superannuation guarantee obligations – meaning they can confess to and rectify instances where they haven’t paid their staff superannuation, and they will mostly escape penalty.

To date, the tax office has recovered and paid $100 million in outstanding superannuation guarantee payments, it told a recent parliamentary hearing. There’s also been about a 15 per cent rise in employers admitting to falling short of the law.

Of the approximately 19,000 employers that have come forward, 73 per cent are micro businesses with less than $2 million turnover, and 21 per cent are medium businesses within $2 million to $250 million turnover, with not-for-profits accounting for 4 per cent.

The average number of employees affected is 36 employees, with 51 per cent of the payments in the order of $10,000, and 35 per cent in the order of $10,000 to $50,000, according to deputy commissioner at the ATO, James O’Halloran.

“There’s a $100 million or so that has gone to employees as a consequence of people coming forward, and that is including nominal interest,” Mr O’Halloran said.

“I am not distinguishing the drive or impression that people may or may not have had, because they are all treated the same,” he said.

“Regardless of how and why people came forward to the ATO to bring forward outstanding SG obligations, they were all treated the same, consistent with what we do in our normal course of business in accordance with our practice statements,” he said.

TTIA Members in any doubt about superannuation obligations, particularly in the areas of termination pay, payment in lieu of notice, annual leave loading, overtime, bonuses and periods on worker’s compensation, are invited to contact the Association.

Tree Contractors are reminded that TTIA has the staff and resources committed to helping tree contactors and protecting their interests nationally. TTIA is able to check wage rates, has workplace relations experts on call, provide employment documents and templates, provide access to our Legal Officer, training and access to a workplace audit and safety unit. Call us on (02) 9264 0011.

Benchmark Cost Solutions

Many Members are already accessing a range of cost reductions on services like telephone, electricity, waste management and freight forwarding through our cost reduction arm, Benchmark Cost Solutions.

If you’re not, it’s time to start. We urge you to take a look and subscribe to Benchmarking for Best of Breed, a You Tube channel where Benchmark Cost Solutions will be posting weekly videos covering topics such as Managed Labour Hire, Waste Management, Energy Efficiencies and many more. Check out www.youtube.com/ channel/UCBuk5xK-9C6pGEljKqXc5ag

Alternatively, contact Benchmark directly for further information on 0458 800 244 or email [email protected] mentioning that you are a TTIA Member.

Please contact TTIA on (02) 9264 0011 if you wish to have further information.

Brian Beecroft

November 18, 2019 / by / in , ,