Archive for August, 2013

Smartsalary recruitment freeze lifted

The recently proposed changes to FBT legislation for novated leases have caused significant disruption across the automotive and salary packaging industries. As a matter of precaution during this time, we have implemented a number of cost management measures, including a freeze on all recruitment.

Despite the uncertainty brought about by the proposed changes that were announced on 16 July, Smartsalary chose to retain 100% of staff during this time.  Furthermore, we are hopeful that it will be business as usual following the election on 7 September 2013.

To ensure we are prepared, we’re recommencing recruitment for a number of positions across the company over the coming weeks.  To be prudent, no offers will be made until after the election, however we invite you to keep a look out for available opportunities in the Careers section of our website.

We would like to thank our loyal clients and our dedicated staff who are helping to see us through these difficult times.

Careers site screenshot

Industry Bodies Respond to Proposed FBT Changes

Since the Federal Government announced proposed changes to FBT legislation on 16 July, the automotive industry has been aflutter anticipating the impact on the industry’s future. Kevin Rudd’s government have said little since the announcement and the federal opposition have vowed to scrap the changes and support the car industry if they’re elected.

This weekend Andrew Bolt’s Bolt Report saw Australian Industry Group CEO Innes Willox label the proposed changes as an “ill-thought-through decision”, adding that the Treasury “didn’t actually model the impact on car sales when they put that together“.

Tim Robert’s of leading industry body Australasian Fleet Management Association (AfMA) explains the impact the FBT changes could have on dealers, manufacturers, fleet managers and lease providers in their video response to the proposed legislation change:

With the federal election a little under five weeks away, AfMA are encouraging those who’ll be impacted by the changes to share their concerns.

You can email AfMA: info@afma.net.au
Treasurer: chris.bowen.mp@aph.com.au
Shadow Treasurer: j.hockey.mp@aph.gov.au


Deven Billimoria
Chief Executive Officer
Smartgroup

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