In 2015 TAXVINE No 7 (6 March 2015) MEMBER 37 wrote:
“I work more than 70 hours a week as a tax practitioner. I am subject to Tax Practitioner Board requirements, Professional body requirements, Australian Taxation Office demands, ASIC demands and client demands.
Throw in the demands of my partner who says she does not see enough of me, it all adds up to one hell of a price to pay for the occupation that the readers of TaxVine are passionate about and pursue.
So nobody will mind if I have a little chuckle to myself about a group of Public Servants (very well known to readers of TaxVine) who are upset about losing a health and wellbeing allowance of $300 per annum. The requirement to work another 9 minutes a day had me on the floor and in stitches. It really says it all."
THE ATO NOW RESPONDS
“The ATO is in the midst of bargaining for a new Enterprise Agreement and part of the current proposal is an extension to the length of our working day and removal of various allowances (including a $300 health & wellbeing allowance). Our proposed reforms to the Enterprise Agreement, which complement the reforms we are making across the ATO, are designed to support an increase in productivity and effectiveness. Throughout our consultation with staff, many have told us that these changes are acceptable in the tight fiscal environment we find ourselves in. However, there are others who hold a contrary view. We are discussing these issues with all our people including the importance of community expectations about employment conditions in the public service. Our staff will soon have an opportunity to vote on the proposal as per the requirements in the Fair Work Act.”