Special Broadcast – 29 March 2021

 

Important information for P&Cs and parents in the greater Brisbane lockdown effected areas.

 

Yesterday, following the greater Brisbane lockdown announcement,  P&Cs Qld participated in an emergency teleconference with the Department of Education and confirmed the following information on behalf of P&Cs in the effected areas:

  • Schools in effected areas will be open to supervising students of essential workers and vulnerable students.
  • Outside School Hours Care services are to stay open for children of essential workers.
  • Students who normally travel from outside of these areas to school should stay home.
  • P&Cs in the effected areas who had planned to hold AGMs or other meetings during this lockdown period should reschedule. The requirement for P&Cs to hold their AGMs by 31 March has been relaxed by the Department of Education.

Please keep an eye out for communications from your school. Further information will be circulated as it becomes available to P&Cs Qld.

The P&Cs Qld team will be working remotely throughout the lockdown. If you have questions, please contact our P&C Services team Ph 1800 218 228 or enquiries@pandcsqld.com.au

16 November 2020

Please see below an announcement from Tony Cook, Director-General, Department of Education in regards to the easing of restrictions:

 

Special Broadcast COVID-19

JobKeeper extended

The Government is extending the JobKeeper Payment by a further six months to March 2021. Support will be targeted to businesses and not-for-profits that continue to be significantly impacted by the Coronavirus. The payment rate will be reduced and a lower payment rate will be introduced for those who work fewer hours. Other eligibility rules remain unchanged.

Click below to read the Australian Government fact sheet:

JobKeeper Payment extended

The information below was provided by Commmunity Management Solutions:

You don’t have to change your pay cycle to the same as JobKeeper fortnight – as long as you pay any JobKeeper eligible employees up to at least the appropriate Tier level before tax. This must be paid within the above JobKeeper fortnights.

If you usually pay your employees less frequently than fortnightly, the payment can be allocated between fortnights in a reasonable manner.

Monthly Declaration Periods

Each month you must make a declaration to the ATO in order to be reimbursed for the  JobKeeper payments made to staff in the previous month. You need to do this between the 1st and 14th of the month (for example, to be reimbursed for JobKeeper payments made in September you need to complete your declaration by 14 October).

JobKeeper decision tree for P&Cs Oct 2020

JobKeeper turnover decline examples Oct 2020

Article Aug 2020 JobKeeper changes for P&Cs

Deadline for Jobkeeper 2.0 Extension 1 is 31 October- Urgent Information

You should be made aware that 31 October is the due date to meet the wage condition for fortnights starting 28 September 2020 and 12 October 2020. It is also the due date for new entities enrolling for Jobkeeper, and these will need to enrol and submit their “Check decline in turnover” form to the ATO online. More information on the “Actual decline in turnover” test available here.

Things you need to do before 31 October:

·         Assess your eligibility.

·         If eligible, proceed through the follow steps

  • Enrol.
  • Identify eligible employees
  • Notify eligible employee of enrolment, in writing.
  • Top up (pay) eligible employees.

 

***If you wait until after 31 October, it will be too late and you will miss out.***

 

Upcoming JobKeeper 2.0 Fortnights

JobKeeper Fortnight Period relating to each JobKeeper Fortnight Employees are paid on or before
15 12 October – 25 October 31 October
16 26 October – 08 November 08 November
17 09 November – 22 November 22 November

You don’t have to change your pay cycle to the same as JobKeeper fortnight – as long as you pay any JobKeeper eligible employees up to at least the appropriate Tier level before tax. This must be paid within the above JobKeeper fortnights.

If you usually pay your employees less frequently than fortnightly, the payment can be allocated between fortnights in a reasonable manner.

 

Monthly Declaration Periods

Each month you must make a declaration to the ATO in order to be reimbursed for the  JobKeeper payments made to staff in the previous month. You need to do this between the 1st and 14th of the month (for example, to be reimbursed for JobKeeper payments made in October you need to complete your declaration by 14 November).

 

Month Monthly Declaration Period
October (JK2) 1 November – 14 November
November (JK2) 1 December – 14 December

For more information, visit the Australian Taxation Office website here.

 

CMSolutions Eligibility Guides for Employees and Employers for JobKeeper 2.0 Extension 1

·        JobKeeper 2.0 Extension 1 Decision Tree Guide – P&Cs ONLY

·        JobKeeper 2.0 Extension 1 Turnover Decline Examples & Test

·        JobKeeper 2.0 Extension 1 Alternate Decline Test for Employers

·        JobKeeper 2.0 Extension 1 – Step 1 – Determination for Employees

·        JobKeeper 2.0 Extension 1 – Step 2 – Determination for Employees – Hours worked reference period

·        JobKeeper 2.0 Extension 1 – Step 2A – Determination for Employees – Alternate reference period

·        JobKeeper 2.0 Extension 1 – Step 3 – Determination for Employees – Payment Rate

COVID recovery for P&Cs

By Cate Brickell, Metro North Area Co-ordinator

As Queensland restrictions are starting to ease, P&Cs everywhere are thinking about what the road to recovery looks like for them. A big pivot in purpose isn’t necessary, but a small tweak to your thinking and strategy may reap massive rewards.

With just one step at a time, P&Cs will recover from this unexpected event. Don’t think big, think forward, and remember your community needs you, keep showing up.

Here are some tips (click on each for more):

While a P&C’s core purpose is to support the students, parents are struggling right now. You may have a large number of families who have seen breadwinners lose their jobs; or families that are now cut off from loved ones in other states, or even just parents struggling with the whole work from home routine that has been thrust upon them. When you change the focus to community, the community starts engaging with you in other ways.

Events don’t need to be huge, or never done before, or require hours of effort for your volunteers. If you’ve run a successful lamington drive, and your community wants another one, do that. A family Christmas party that was part sausage sizzle, part picnic and outdoor disco was one of the best events my primary school P&C has ever run because it involved parents spending time with their kids. What did you do last year that your community still talks about?

If you’ve already done the work in terms 1 & 2, how can you revive it with a new twist? Mother’s Day breakfast could become a Grandparent’s Day breakfast (Grandparent’s Day is October 25); winter trivia night could become Christmas trivia; a community outdoor movie night can be rescheduled.

Everyone has struggled in their own way through the events of the last few months. For most P&C Executive Committees, there have been significant decisions and activities that have needed to be completed in the background. By taking the time to acknowledge your team, whether you’re the president or secretary, or a committee member, it helps those Executives feel seen and valued for the work they do. And quite often that’s just the reward they need to keep showing up next time.

You’ll never please everyone, but you can find a tonne of ideas by asking your community how they would like to be supported. A quick email, or chat in the drop-off line, or a post to your Facebook page will show your community you’re listening to their needs, too.

Connection and collaboration are the foundations of community. How can you come together with your local Scouts group, or work with your local Rotary branch? Is there a church that your school works with, or a local business that means the world to your community? How can your P&C serve those groups?

Latest FAQs

Thank you to the Department of Education for providing answers to these questions.

Can we hold a P&C meeting on the school grounds?

On 19 June, The Department of Education advised that meetings, including P&C meetings, can occur within school grounds, including indoor and outdoor areas, ensuring physical distancing requirements are maintained and other COVID-19 control measures are implemented. Where possible, meetings should include options for teleconference or online platforms.

Before scheduling a P&C meeting at the school, please consult your Principal. As we continue to navigate through the pandemic, this advice may be subject to change, and, as site manager, the Principal will provide a directive based on local circumstances.

What will happen if our P&C is unable to meet AGM or financial statement deadlines?

It is recognised that some P&Cs were unable to hold their 2020 annual general meeting (AGM) by 31 March 2020 due to COVID-19 and may not be able to provide a copy of their audited financial statements to the department by 31 May 2020. P&Cs should hold their AGMs and provide financial statements as soon as practicable.

Can our tuckshop and/or uniform shop operate?

Yes. P&Cs operating a tuckshop and/or uniform shop can continue to provide these services but must ensure strategies such as social distancing and good hygiene practices are in place to protect against the spread of COVID-19. For current information on social distancing requirements refer to Non-Essential Business, Activity and Undertaking Closure Direction.

QAST fact sheet: Managing service time during COVID-19

Are P&Cs still required to hold three (3) general meetings per semester?

Yes. In these unprecedented times, it is important that P&Cs remain connected with the school and the broader school community. P&Cs are encouraged to maintain their regular schedule of meetings.

Many P&Cs are successfully using online platforms (such as Zoom or Skype) or teleconferences to host meetings as an alternative to face-to-face meetings. Some P&Cs have reported that online platforms have led to increased attendance.

If meetings are held in person, P&Cs must implement the current social/physical distancing rules and observe good hygiene practices.

Article: Virtual meetings: Processes for P&Cs

 

JobKeeper links: Australian Tax Office

Thank you to Rob and the team at Arabon Accountants for presenting our webinar on the JobKeeper Payment. Click below to watch the recording.

JobKeeper for P&Cs webinar (1hr)

FAQs JobKeeper for P&Cs webinar

The fact sheet below has been produced for P&Cs Qld by Arabon Accountants. (Information correct at time of publication.)

Please click to read the whole document.

  • P&Cs must show a 30% reduction in turnover.
  • If your P&C cannot meet the basic turnover test, you may be able to apply using the ATO’s alternative turnover test.

JobKeeper fact sheet for P&Cs: 24 April 2020

 

Answers to some common questions

Term 2 arrangements: Parent FAQs
COVID-19 FAQs for P&Cs

Other useful links

learning@home — Queensland Department of Education webpage with sample curriculum resources and advice for parents.

The federal Department of Education, Skills and Employment has a webpage with current information for schools and students, early childhood care providers, employers and job seekers.

Unite against COVID-19 website — Whole of Queensland Government website covering a range of health advice, information on the Care Army government actions and essential information.

The Australian Government’s new Jobs Hub lists available jobs, including high demand sectors like retail, transport and distribution, manufacturing and others.

Ethical Jobs has compiled a list of resources to help NFPs continue to attract, manage and retain staff and volunteers. All on one page you’ll find links to COVID-19 updates for employers, JobKeeper payment information, health and safety information for volunteers, and working from home resources.

Queensland government webpage with answers to frequently asked questions from parents.

Keep up to date by following these Facebook pages

Queensland Health
Queensland Department of Education
Minister for Education, Hon. Grace Grace
CMSolutions (association for P&Cs that employ staff)
QAST (Qld Association of School Tuckshops)
QCAN (OSHC support)
News channels: Channel 7 Channel 9 ABC
Australian Tax Office