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The Australian Payroll Conference 2017


The Australian Payroll Conference took place at the International Convention Centre in Sydney and was informative for all attendees. Payroll is an area that is very important to all businesses and individuals that are in the workforce as it is imperative that employees are paid correctly.

Mike Munro was the MC for the event. I have grown up watching him on Australian television, with my favourite of his appearances being in ‘This is your Life’.


Mike Munro
Mike Munro

Andrew Griffiths, a well known author, speaker and mentor, opened the conference with “It’s time to become a mighty communicator” and stressed the importance of communicating. Relaying great stories he explained how we are losing the art of communicating. Andrew touched on the differences between the way men and women communicate. He also believed that we need to make the meaningful moments in life count, which signifies living in the moment and devoting your attention to the now. He had us laughing about life and paying each other compliments.

Andrew Griffiths
Andrew Griffiths

The ‘Changing Landscape of Payroll in Australia’ component was presented by Simon Gallagher- CFO Drake Australia, MD Drake Allegiance. Simon explained to us that there is an increase in self employment and casual workers.  They are saying that  permanent employment will reduce by 50% moving forward. Work/Life balance is becoming a driver as more people rely on attaining a certain lifestyle.  It was interesting to hear that young people will have 17 different jobs in their career. From a technological arena we are seeing the evolution of eye detection technology which is now being used to track employees. A point that Simon made that I regularly reflect upon, is to be more proactive than reactive, embracing technology and automation. By doing this you will gain new skills and become more valuable.

Simon Gallagher
Simon Gallagher

Next year on the 1st July 2018 the Australian Taxation Office is introducing the One Touch Payroll for employers that have over 20 employees and then the following year businesses with smaller numbers of employees will be required to come on board.

Single Touch Payroll
Single Touch Payroll


In preparation for the Single Touch Payroll businesses are urged to check all employee records ensuring details are correct, especially Name and Date of Birth.

A favourite presenter of mine is always Maria Nikoletatos – Chief Knowledge Officer at Australian Payroll Association. She covered the technical aspects of Long Service Leave and ETP payments and Superannuation. Always entertaining and full of knowledge.

Meanwhile, I had the pleasure of catching up with Leanne Lewis at the Australian Bookkeepers Association stand supporting and uniting bookkeepers and Bas Agents around Australia

Leanne Lewis and Fiona Failla
Leanne Lewis and Fiona Failla

Tracy Angwin – CEO at Australian Payroll Association ended the day with the 4 types of analytics one can get from payroll.  They are the Descriptive, Diagnostic, Predictive and Prescriptive. I loved her passion for the future of having payroll personnel trained in payroll Administration or payroll Management. Having more individuals qualified in payroll can only improve knowledge in an area that is the backbone of all businesses.


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QBO Connect Conference Sydney 2017


Attending the first Australian QBO Connect Conference in Sydney was definitely an exciting event.  

Rove Where are your Socks!!

 Rove McManus always the character was missing his socks! He found them later but I got this great shot of him without them……

 The technology available today that will be integrated in the future into QBO is quite simply amazing. In just a few minutes by voice recognition into your mobile app you will have added a new customer, created an invoice, organised the delivery schedule, checked how much Gross Profit you are making on the sale and be able to search other suppliers to see if you can make more profit, if you cannot fund the monies for the upfront payment you will be able to check for finance, speak to your trusted advisor and have this all organised in the matter of say 5-10 mins. This is absolutely revolutionary and I cannot wait for this technology.

Frazer Sisters from The Block

 I met the Frazer sisters from the Block and their message was that you will get knockbacks but your drive will keep you going. I totally agree with this point and that was that you need to be passionate about what you do and you need to question yourself about whether you will be happy in 5 years doing this. You need to have good staff.

 Melody Shiue from mPort said that the 3 Cs were important: Cost, Consumers, Communication.

Also if you have staff, you should take the ‘boss’ out of the title and be part of the team (That is what I definitely believe with my team). It is also important to keep up to date and read lots of info to stay ahead in your industry. Ultimately to drive your business you need Passion and Perseverance…………….

Mick Spencer from ONTHEGO Sports


 Mick Spencer from OntheGo Sports explained that there were lots of challenges in growing a business.  He explained about the 4Ps Purpose, People, Planet and Profit. Try and find suppliers and partners that are the right fit with you. His brand is focused on delivery in full, trust, dependability and to do what they say.

Rove interviewing Steve Baxter

 Steve Baxter from Shark Tank was interviewed by Rove McManus on stage and they were hilarious. Steve made a valuable suggestion that was to that never listen to an opinion unless it is from a customer.

 Michelle Bridges even managed to have everyone in the room doing squats.  I thought that was quite an achievement 🙂 Her philosophy of JUST DO IT is so true. As Michelle said sometimes we do need to just do it and then plan for it, you need to work out what is holding you back and then overcome it. This is not only in exercising this is across all facets of our lives.

Overall it was a great day. It totally reinforced my ideals and beliefs that I have for business and that the future is a very exciting place!!

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