15 changes that could affect you from July 1
AS THE start of the financial year beckons it brings with it a number of changes that could hit your hip pocket.
Other changes rolling out from July 1 will impact your TV viewing and where and when you can drink certain alcoholic beverages.
THERE is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture.
From July 1 onwards WIN, operating on Channel 8, will air Network 10-branded programming such as MasterChef, Offspring and The Living Room.
This is because WIN has signed a new program supply partnership with Network 10.
So what does this mean for you?
The five-year deal will see WIN broadcast Network 10 shows as well as sporting events like the Big Bash League and V8 Supercars.
Regional viewers keen to watch Family Feud will need to tune in to either of Ten’s two digital channels ONE and ELEVEN, which are also moving to the new channel numbers of 81 and 82 respectively.
Southern Cross, which operates on Channel 5, will carry Channel 9’s programming such as The Voice, Love Child and the remainder of the NRL season.
Channel 9 programs including the third State of Origin match on July 13 will be broadcast in HD on Channel 50.
Nine’s digital channels, GEM and GO!, are also moving to the new channel numbers of 52 and 53.
These changes may require a retuning of your television.
BUNDABERG’S pubs, clubs and bars will have to stop serving alcohol from 2am, unless situated in a designated safe night precinct, where alcohol can be served until 3am.
In all venues, the sale or service of rapid intoxication drinks will end at midnight.
The drinks that will be banned include:
- shots, shooters, bombs, blasters, test tubes and jelly shots;
- drinks containing more than 45ml of spirits or liqueur; and
- pre-mixed drinks that contain more than 5% alcohol by volume or more than 2 standard drinks.
The ban will not include cocktails, provided these cocktails:
- are listed on a cocktail menu;
- are not designed to be consumed rapidly; and
- are not sold for less than the price listed on the cocktail menu.
Licences, rego and tolls
Bundaberg motorists must brace themselves for another above-inflation increase from July 1.
Registration of a four-cylinder car is set to rise by about $12, a six-cylinder car will go up by about $17, while an eight-cylinder car will rise by $23.
Licence fees will jump by 3.5%, taking the cost of a five-year licence from $159.40 to $165.00.
All toll roads in south east Queensland, excluding the Airport Link will be increased in line with CPI.
The cost for a car to go through the Clem7 tunnel will increase from $4.85 to $4.93, while the Gateway toll will go up from $4.32 to $4.39
While RACQ says there is no reason for the impost on drivers the State Government argues the increase is vital for maintaining infrastructure.
RECREATIONAL fishers will have the chance to cast a line in an additional 31 dams and weirs including Ben Anderson Barrage, Claude Wharton Weir and Jones Weir with a permit.
Anyone over 18 who wants to fish in these waters will require a permit.
The Stocked Impoundment Permit Scheme will also move into the 21st century from July 1 with permits becoming digital making it fast, easy and convenient for anglers.
An annual permit will cost $50, $36 for an annual concession permit and a weekly permit is $10.
Fishers who hold an existing paper-based permit can continue to use it for freshwater fishing until the expiry date.
BUNDABERG’S lowest-paid workers will get an extra $15.80 a week from July 1 after the Fair Work Commission handed down its annual minimum wage decision.
The minimum wage has been raised by 2.4%, meaning workers will be paid $672.70 per week or $17.70 per hour.
FOR businesses with turnover of less than $10 million there will be an instant tax write-off for equipment purchases before expiring in June 2017
Family Tax benefit
Couples receiving Family Tax Benefit B will lose it when their youngest child turns 13.
Single parents, grandparents or great grandparent carers will not be affected by the changes. However, grandparents and great grandparents must register as such to continue to receive the payment.
Family Tax Benefit B become suspended when recipients are overseas for longer than six weeks.
The $534 million Inclusion Support Program begins to help early childhood and childcare services support children with special needs.
From July 1, the lower annual income threshold for the superannuation co-contribution scheme increases from $35,454 to $36,021.
CHANGES to the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008 will mean domestic violence victims have an easier path to find somewhere else to live.
The changes would allow victims of domestic violence to make an application to clear their name from being black-listed by real estate agents.
Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Minister ShannonFentiman said people would be black-listed on the tenancy database initially but could then apply to QCAT to have that removed if they had been in a violent relationship.
“This change is simple, but it will be mean a lot to vulnerable people who need our support,” Ms Fentiman said.
The changes will start from July 1, and there will be a transition period of six months to allow database operators to update their data and remove any old and irrelevant listings.
THE Australian Medical Association is warning patients to prepare for price hikes when they visit their GPs thanks to the Federal Government’s decision to extend the Medicare rebate freeze until 2020.
The association estimates the freeze will mean GPs will either stop bulk-billing or patients may pay an extra $10 per visit as GPs try to keep up with the rising costs of running a medical practice.
First Home Buyers Grant
LUCKY first-home buyers will have more help from July 1.
As part of the State Budget, the Great Start Grant will jump from $15,000 to $20,000 for newly constructed houses.
Country of origin food labelling
FROM July 1 new country of origin food labels will be introduced to give Australian consumers clear information about the products they buy.
Many foods found on Australian retail shelves will be required to include a kangaroo in a triangle logo to indicate if the food is made, produced or grown in Australia.
The new system will also include a bar chart indicating the proportion of Australian ingredients.
Businesses will have two years to transition and update labels with their existing production processes and labelling cycles, and all stock in trade can see out its shelf life.
CHANGES to the National Diabetes Services Scheme mean from July 1 diabetes-related products will no longer be distributed through Diabetes Queensland.
Diabetes Queensland will continue to deliver NDSS support and education services for Queenslanders living with all types of diabetes.
From July 1, subsidised NDSS products, such as needles, syringes, blood glucose test strips, urine test strips and insulin pump consumables will remain available, but through community pharmacies.
All people with type 2 diabetes not using insulin will receive an initial six-month supply of subsidised blood glucose test strips. After six months, they will be eligible for subsidised test strips if their doctor or other authorised health professional wants them to use test strips.
For more information visit www.diabetesqld.org.au.
BIOSECURITY Queensland is urging horse owners to be aware of new biosecurity laws that will start today.
General manager of Animal Biosecurity and Welfare Allison Crook said it was important horse owners understood the new laws.
Part of Queensland will be designated as a tick-free zone and the remainder as a tick-infested zone.
Owners of low risk livestock, such as horses, will have an obligation to only move tick-free animals into the tick-free zone.
The requirements for recording horse movements has also changed to ensure a stronger traceability system
More information including the new tick line map can be viewed at www.biosecurity.qld.gov.au