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Restricted trading on Public Holidays

Restricted trading on Public Holidays: are you allowed to open?

What are restricted trading days? Under the Retail Trading Act 2008, some days are considered ‘restricted’.  Larger businesses cannot open on these days unless they have obtained an exemption from NSW Fair Trading and are allowed to operate. The following days are restricted days: Good Friday Easter Sunday ANZAC Day (until 1pm) Christmas Day Boxing Day….

Pay rates for public holidays

Pay rates for public holidays

As you’re probably aware the Easter long weekend starts this Friday. And due to the seemingly random way the Easter calendar works, this year it falls near Anzac Day. So what should you pay your staff if they work on public holidays? Which days are public holidays? Public holidays differ from state to state. In…

calculating surcharges

Surcharges on menus and credit cards

It is quite common to see that a surcharge will be charged for Sundays and public holidays on menus in cafes and restaurants. But as a business are you legally allowed to apply a surcharge and if so, how much?   Yes, restaurants and cafes are allowed to charge a surcharge on Sundays and public…

Single Touch Payroll

Say goodbye to group certificates

Since July 1, 2018 businesses with more than 19 employees have been required to report their employees’ wages/salaries, tax and super to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) through Single Touch Payroll (STP). From July 1, 2019 this will now be extended to include businesses with 19 or fewer employees. Once the changeover has been made…

From the Chambers logo

From the Chambers – Cessnock and Kurri Chamber of Commerce surveys

Cessnock Chamber of Commerce Survey The Cessnock Chamber of Commerce Committee is currently writing the business plan for the 2019-2020 year. This is the document that our committee works with to judge how we have performed with our programs and events. This year we want to hear what our local business community want to see…

When should I register for GST?

The goods and services tax (GST) is a broad based tax of 10% on most goods and services. A small business or sole trader must register for GST once they have an annual turnover of $75,000 ($150,000 for not-for-profits). However, this isn’t the whole story. GST registration – the nitty gritty If you aren’t registration…

Cessnock Civic Precinct Revitalisation

Cessnock City Council is thrilled to announce we are taking the first steps in working towards our vision for a new and improved CBD.   Council has been working hard to advance the Cessnock experience for everyone. The Cessnock Civic Precinct Revitalisation Program comprises a number of sub-projects which will deliver staged implementation of the…

Changes to Music Festival Licences

Changes to music festival licences

Changes to NSW music festival licences came into effect on March 1, 2019. They are designed to provide harm minimisation at music festivals. This applies mainly to events that are deemed to be of high risk by the NSW Department of Industry Liquor and Gaming.   What about Cessnock? The Hunter Valley is well known…

Map launch at the Visitor Information Centre

Official visitor map launched!

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent launched the first edition of the Hunter Valley Wine Country Official Visitor Map, alongside local business owners at the Hunter Valley Visitor Information Centre.   The map has been developed by Council in collaboration with local businesses who feature on the map. The end result is a comprehensive, user…

Hunter Valley Airshow April 6-7, 2019

Final Call for Advertisers, Sponsors and Stall holders for the Hunter Valley Airshow April 6-7, 2019. With over 10,000 people expected to attend, the Airshow offers some of the most unique advertising and marketing opportunities of the year for local businesses. There are great deals on static signage or advertisements in the programme, as well…

Cessnock City wins digital innovation award

Cessnock City Council rates high in small business digital innovation

Cessnock City Council’s economic development team have been presented with the inaugural Netstripes Digital Innovation Advocate Award on Tuesday 19 February at the ‘Bizruption’ event held in Sydney.   The Bizruption business event is supported by the NSW Business Connect program and endorsed by the Hon Karen Andrews MP, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology….

Digital Marketing in Cessnock

Digital marketing for tourism and service industries

NetStripes are running a new digital marketing workshop in Cessnock for small businesses in March. It’s tailored specifically for the tourism and services Industries, although it does have wider appeal.   After they ran two successful Bootcamps in 2018, netStripes asked Cessnock businesses to tell them what they wanted to learn next. Many of you…