Optometry NSW/ACT News: 05 September 2014

Super Sunday 2015 - Save the Date!

Call for Council Nominations

Nominations for the Optometry NSW/ACT Division Council are now being sought. Nomination forms are available here. Participation on Council is a very rewarding experience and importantly, it means that you get to help shape the future direction and emphasis of the profession.

Participation on Council is not onerous - to find out more about what is involved, speak with one of the existing Councillors or call the office on (02) 9712 2199 - we'll be delighted to assist.

Make the Most of Your Membership

Firstly, thanks for remaining or becoming a member – we appreciate your support and the things this will help us to achieve on your behalf.

Being a member is one thing – making good use of your membership is another. The Association has a wide range of services and expertise available for use by members. We can assist if a complaint is made against you, if you have an employment query or even a professional question. And that’s just the start! Make us your one-stop-shop for everything to do with optometry - give us a call on (02) 9712 2199.

Registrations Will Soon Fall Due

In several weeks the renewals for your registration to practice will start to come out. Make a diary note – if you haven’t received anything by late October, contact AHPRA. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are registered.

Locum vs. Employee

We’ve had a run of questions on this topic: "Am I a locum or an employee?"

Answer: If you work regular days on a regular basis for a particular "employer" then you are, in all likelihood, an employee.

But what if I don’t want to be an employee? Well, that’s a bit like asking, "What if I don’t want to drive on the left hand side of the road?" The answer is the law in Australia says that if you work on a regular basis for the same person then you are regarded as an employee. That’s just how it is.

The Australian Taxation Office can impose VERY heavy penalties for people whose work arrangements do not comply with the law. If you are uncertain about this, please call the Association or your accountant for advice.

Guide Dogs NSW/ACT Newsletter

Read the latest version of the Guide Dogs NSW/ACT newsletter here.

General Retail Industry Award Update

An update to the General Retail Industry Award has been issued. For details of rates from 1 July 2014, click here.