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There has been a lot of talk about - and changes to - insurance in superannuation recently. To help break down the topic and make sense of the changes, ACA's superannuation partner Child Care Super will run a series of blog articles explaining the different types of insurance in super and detailing the changes that are about to be made – which may affect you. This information is relevant to early learning service owner/operators as well as their team members. The series begins with Death and Terminal Illness Cover.

Death and Terminal Illness cover

Did you know you may have automatically received Death and Terminal Illness cover when you first joined your super fund? This is called ‘default cover’.

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ACA continues to receive queries from members about the practice of some Child Care Subsidy (CCS) “back payments” being paid to parents / guardians, rather than to the service provider.

This process may create some uncertainty and concerns when you are trying to work out whether or not the back payment has been paid, and if so, when.

These back payments should be recorded in your third-party software. However each software provider presents this data differently.

 
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The following superannuation update has been provided by Child Care Super, ACA's national superannuation partner. You can read about this partnership here.
 
The Government has made changes to superannuation which could have a major impact on people under 25.
 
The changes, which  come into effect on 1 April 2020, aim to ensure that young Australians' superannuation balances are not unnecessarily eroded by insurance premiums.
 
The new reforms mean that superannuation providers can only provide life insurance on an 'opt-in' basis to:
 
a) members who are under 25 and begin to hold anew superannuation account from 1 April 2020; and

b) members whose superannuation balance has not been $6,000 or more from 1 November 2019.
 
This means that superannuation providers will be required to ‘turn off’ insurance cover on 1 April 2020 for members whose account balances have not been $6,000 or more from 1 November 2019.
 

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The following update has been provided by ACA's legal advisors - Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors (ABLA).

Please read it carefully to determine whether this update applies to your service.

Personal leave is not accrued in hours but days!
The Full Federal Court yesterday confirmed that all employees (including part-time employees) are entitled to 10 “working days” of personal/carer's leave per year under the Fair Work Act, regardless of how many hours the employees work per day or how many days are worked per week. 

The decision will have wide-ranging implications for employers, the overwhelming majority of whom do not presently accrue personal/carer's leave in this manner. 

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