The 1995 Victorian Synod approved the establishment of a Centralised Stipends & salaries Payroll Service (CSPS) which commenced on 1st July 1996. Accounting Services acts as a Payroll Bureau on behalf of Presbyteries, congregations and agencies, on a fee per employee basis.
The centralised stipends payroll service will:
As mentioned above, the service is available on a fee per employee basis.
The Synod of Victoria and Tasmania is moving towards paying all ministers/employees on the Centralised Stipends Payroll Service fortnightly. This will simplify processes for the payroll staff, maintain consistency in service delivery and match ministers and employees preferences.
Recent surveys indicate that employees generally prefer to get paid fortnightly. As such effective 1 January 2019 all new employees and ministers will be placed on a fortnightly pay cycle.
To facilitate this process and taking into considerations cost to the congregation/Agency a single service fee of $27.00 per employee per calendar month will be adopted effective 1 January 2019.
The fee is the same irrespective of whether you choose to pay your minister/employee monthly or fortnightly. It is also less than the current service fees.
This is a perfect opportunity to opt to pay your employees/ministers fortnightly.
If you currently are paying your existing employees pre 1 Jan 2019) monthly and opting to change it to fortnightly, please can email payroll direct on firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you employ staff you will need to identify the appropriate modern award which will set the minimum employments standards. You will also need to provide the employee with a copy of the National Employment Standards (NES).
Although awards commenced on 1st January 2010, many contain transitional arrangements which phase-in changes in wages, loadings and penalty rates over a five-year period. If you are unsure which award is appropriate please contact People & Culture on 9251 5268.
The National Employment Standards (NES) are set out in the Fair Work Act 2009 and comprise of 10 minimum standards of employment. This list should be given to all new staff members and can be found at the following link:
Note that a wage increase applies to employment Awards on 1 July each year and some awards have additional increases at other times of the year. Please check the Fair Work website for further information or contact People & Culture for further advice on 9251 5268.