• New Tenant for BTP Westlink Green – The Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH)

    June 2nd, 2021 | by
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    The Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH) is a regional not-for-profit Community Controlled Health Service (CCHS) that leads the planning, development and delivery of health and family wellbeing services and employment pathways to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population of South East Queensland. IUIH delivers a comprehensive range of services in partnership with the four CCHSs of SEQ.

    IUIH runs a variety of programs to keep community engaged with services at all stages of life, some programs include Deadly Choices, Deadly Kindies and Birthing in Our Community.

    Deadly Choices builds on partnerships with CCHSs to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to complete an annual health check. It aims to empower community to make healthy choices for themselves and their families – to stop smoking, to eat healthily and to exercise regularly through its strong brand recognition and connectivity. 

    Deadly Kindies is modelled on the Deadly Choices program and uses the Deadly Kindy Kit as an incentive to encourage a comprehensive Health Check through local CCHSs and enrolment in kindergarten. The Health Checks are free and will pick up on and address health issues that might negatively impact children before school and disadvantage them once enrolled.

    Birthing in our Community has dedicated hubs on the North and South sides of Brisbane for mothers who are birthing an Indigenous baby. Mums involved in the BiOC program benefit from a dedicated Midwife who will care for them during their pregnancy journey and six weeks postnatal. Several other services are also available to help Mums birth their bubs and empower them to build a healthy and strong family. A study on BiOC was recently published in The Lancet and confirmed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women were 50% less likely to have a premature baby by participating in our BiOC program.

    On the 31st of May, all of IUIH’s programs and services will come together on the Deadly Choices Facebook page for a live stream for World No Tobacco Day.  Deadly Choices has many events lined up for 2021 including Young Olympic Deadlies, the Junior Murri Carnival and the QUT Netball Carnival.

    For more information please visit https://www.iuih.org.au/

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  • Biomedical Facility for Northshore Hamilton

    June 2nd, 2021 | by
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    Northshore Hamilton will become the homebase of a medical facility that will create needle-free vaccines for COVID-19. The proposed site at the Northshore Hamilton Priority Development Area is expected to bring 139 jobs and $497 million to the Queensland economy, with active production spanning 10 years.

     

    Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the partnership with Vaxxas, the manufacturer of the High-Density Micro-projection Array Patch (MAP) vaccine. A building from the Economic Development Queensland will be prepared for the medical company before the vaccine manufacture of 300 million patches every year beginning in 2022. 

    “For every parent worried about the anxiousness that comes with the delivery of a vaccine to a child through a shot, this technology has the potential to eliminate that anxiety,” Treasurer and Infrastructure and Planning Minister Cameron Dick said.

    Mr Dick also said that this facility will be significant to the economic recovery of the state from the pandemic as Queensland will attract highly-skilled jobs and advanced technology manufacturers.

    Due for completion by Q2, 2022, Vaxxas will be repurposing 4,000 square metres of warehouse within the Northshore Hamilton precinct into a biomedical facility providing offices, labs and cleanrooms.

    The advanced technology entails a dry-coated vaccine patch to be applied to the skin. The vaccine deposits into the skin’s immune cells, which will create an efficient immune response. A doctor or a nurse won’t have to administer the patch.

    Clinical trials at Australia’s Translational Research Institute in Woolloongabba show that the needle-free vaccines produce six times more antibodies within a short period compared to vaccines administered through the needle. 

    Vaxxas’ new vaccine has the support of the World Health Organisation, the pharmaceutical company Merck and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 

     

     

     

     

  • Spark Accountants share strategies on how to reduce your tax for the 2021 financial year

    June 2nd, 2021 | by
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    Adieu 2021, Welcome 2022!

    Before we say goodbye to the 2021 financial year, let’s make sure we do our absolute best to minimise our tax to keep our hard-earned money to ourselves, not the taxman!

    As company tax rate has been gradually decreasing, it is crucial to prepare yearly tax plans more than ever to bring forward any allowable deductions. If your accountant doesn’t provide this service, come and see us before it gets too late!

    For the 2021 financial year, here are the common strategies that people use to reduce this year’s tax.

     

    Plan your strategy to pay as little tax as possible for the 2021 financial year

    1. Top up your super

    For the extra amount you contribute to your superfund, it becomes a tax deduction in your return. The money that goes into your super gets taxed at 15% instead of your marginal tax rate.

    For example, if you are an individual with a taxable income between $45k to $120k, you are at the marginal tax rate of 34.5% (inc Medicare Levy, exc offsets). It means, every dollar you put in your super, you save 19.5 cents.

    This year, you can top up your super up to $25,000.

     

    2. Pay your employee’s June quarter super guarantee charges before 30 June 2021

    Superannuation contribution is deductible when it is paid. Pay your June quarterly superannuation before 30 June 2021 to receive the tax deductions this year, not the next year when the tax rate is reduced by 1%.

     

     

    3. Asset Purchase

    Seeking to buy a car or equipment for your business? If so, hurry to get it ready before 30 June 2021. The total amount of motor vehicle (Up to $59,136) or equipment will be fully deductible even if you purchase it with finance.

     

    4. Issue dividend

    Are you, your family members, or your trust a shareholder of your company? Have you considered issuing dividends this year? The fully franked dividend has a pre-taxed amount embedded, and you can receive a tax refund (franking credit refunds) by giving dividends.

    For example, suppose your non-income earning family member receives a fully franked dividend of $33,300 (taxable income $45,000 & assuming no other income). In that case, they are looking at the tax refund of $6,888 this year (Franking Credit of $11,700 less tax payable $4,812, Inc Medicare Levy & offsets).

     

    Budget Highlights

    The 2021-22 Federal Budget is a balancing act between a better than anticipated deficit ($106 bn), an impending election, and the need to invest in the long term.

    Among all changes, here are four things that will apply to most businesses and families.  

     

    1. Loss-carry back providing immediate deductions for business investment in capital assets

    Companies will be able to carry back losses (if any) from the 2020 and 2021 financial years to offset previously taxed profits in the 2019 and 2020 financial years. Under this measure, tax losses can be applied against taxed profits in a previous year, generating a refundable tax offset in the year in which the loss is made.

    The amount carried back can be no more than the earlier taxed profits, limiting the refund by the company’s tax liabilities in the profit years. The tax refund will be available on election by eligible businesses when they lodge their 2020-21, 2021-22, and 2022-23 tax returns.

    (Applicable to the companies with an aggregated turnover of less than $5 billion)

     

    2. Extension of the low and middle income tax offset

    The Low and Middle Income Tax Offset (LMITO) will be extended for another year. The LMITO provides a reduction in tax of up to $1,080 for individuals with a taxable income of up to $126,000 and will be retained for the 2021-22 year. The tax offset is triggered when a taxpayer lodges their tax return.

    Taxable income

    Offset

    $37,000 or less

    $255

    Between $37,001 and $48,000

    $255 plus 7.5 cents for every dollar above $37,000, up to a maximum of $1,080

    Between $48,001 and $90,000

    $1,080

    Between $90,001 and $126,000

    $1,080 minus 3 cents for every dollar of the amount above $90,000

     

    3. Extension of an immediate tax deduction for the purchase of assets

    Businesses will be able to continue to fully expense the cost of new depreciable assets in the first year of use. This measure will enable an asset’s cost to continue to be fully deductible up front rather than being claimed over the asset’s life, regardless of the cost of the assets by 30 June 2023.

     

    4. Child care subsidy increase for families with multiple children

    From 1 July 2022, the Government will:

    • Increase child care subsidies available to families with more than one child aged five and under in child care, and
    • Remove the $10,560 cap on the Child Care Subsidy.

    For those families with more than one child in child care, the level of subsidy received will increase by 30% to a maximum subsidy of 95% of fees paid for their second and subsequent children (tapered by income and hours of care).

     

    Tax legistration changes from 1 July 2021

    From 1 July 2021, here are the top 3 things that you should be aware;-

    • Company tax rate change – The company tax rate will change from 26% to 25% in the 2022 financial year
    • Super Guarantee Charge – Employee superannuation contribution rate will change from 9.5% to 10% from 1 July 2021
    • Concessional contribution cap – Concessional contribution will change from $25,000 to $27,500.

     

    Spark Accountants – About Us

    A business accountant as passionate about your business as our own

    Working closely with family business owners and small businesses, we help you make informed decisions to maximise your profitability, optimise your cash flow and minimise your tax. 

    As experienced business accountants based in Brisbane, we take complete care of your books and give you the tools, strategies, and numbers-know-how to ensure your business thrives.

    Providing personalised service and advice that is tailored just for your business, we’re right by your side, driving your business to move forward. 

    Where accounting and business advisory was once a difficult activity for business owners, advances in technology now allow small businesses to better connect with their accountant and benefit from similar services that the big firms provide.

    As technology-loving accountants, we partner with Xero, setting up your business on their cloud accounting platform and working with you to streamline your accounting, take your bookwork blues away and help you focus on growing your business.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Samantha Park, CA

    Director | Tax & Business Advisory | Spark Accountants

    3 Clunies Ross Court, Eight Mile Plains, QLD 4113

    PO Box 221, Annerley, QLD 4103, Australia

    T: +61 7 3607 3837

    M: +61 424 615 214

     

     

     

    For more information on Spark Accountants please visit sparkaccountants.com.au

    Disclaimer: The information contained herein is provided on the understanding that it neither represents nor is intended to be advice or that the authors or distributor is engaged in rendering legal or professional advice. Whilst every care has been taken in its preparation no person should act specifically on the basis of the material contained herein. If assistance is required, professional advice should be obtained.

  • BTP Westlink Green tenant iiSolutions granted top tier funding by Qld Gov

    March 5th, 2021 | by

    On Friday 5th March, Local State MP for Mount Ommaney, MP Jess Pugh, Local Oxley Federal MP Hon Milton Dick, and Shadow Minister Hon Ed Husic, Minister for Industry and Innovation, visited the BTP Westlink Green Precinct to help celebrate BTP tenant, iiSolutions after they successfully received funding from Ignite Ideas, a fund proudly supported by the Advance Queensland initiative.

    The Members of Parliament were treated to morning tea, while iiSolutions presented their initiative to the room, that earnt them Tier 1 funding worth $100,000.

    The initiative was developed to help Queensland based start-ups and small to medium businesses commercialise innovative products, processes and services and empower them to grow and compete in a global market, creating new jobs in multiple industries.

    Mick Joslin, Managing Consultant and Director of iiSolutions says, “We’re very excited and proud to be selected for an Ignite Ideas, Advance Queensland Grant. This grant allows us to commercialise and promote our innovative Outside Plant (OSP) Software which helps Smart Cities and other industries, such as Digital Hospitals, Innovative Universities and Railway Companies, map their external assets and fibre optic networks”.

    For iiSolutions, the grant will assist with the legal registration of the software’s intellectual property and the development of marketing initiatives and sales focused activities for the OSP product to domestic and international customers. It will also enable iiSolutions to grow this sector of their business and in turn, create more Queensland jobs.

    For more information on iiSolutions please visit https://iisolutions.com.au/outside-plant-osp/.

     

  • Pepper Kids Therapy opening their doors to our community in April

    March 3rd, 2021 | by
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    Great news for Brisbane Technology Park, with Pepper Kids Therapy opening their doors to our community in April.

    Based in 35 Miles Platting Road, the brand-new bespoke facility will provide a range of services to local children.

    Pepper Kids Therapy is a multi-discipline team of occupational therapists, speech pathologists and psychologists providing a holistic approach to helping children with a disability. Highly experienced, the team has a particular focus on early childhood early intervention (ECEI) and welcomes all self-managed and plan managed NDIS participants.

    They offer the below services:

    OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

    Our occupational therapists work with children to build independence and fundamental functional skills (e.g. motor skills, social skills), providing much needed help for medical conditions including intellectual disabilities, autism and other developmental disorders, mental illness, physical disabilities, neurological conditions, stroke and injury or burns victims.

    PSYCHOLOGY

    Our psychologists can help children who have problems coping with difficulties, particularly those with autism. We help children to deal with anxiety and to improve their coping skills, social skills and behaviour management. We also work with parents to better manage their child’s difficult behaviours

    SPEECH PATHOLOGY

    Speech and language skills are essential for learning, understanding and communicating. Challenges with speech and language can make it difficult for children with a disability to communicate effectively. This can affect their ability to reach their potential.

    Our speech pathologists can assist with speech, communication, listening, understanding, social skills and a whole lot more.

    FAMILY COUNSELLING

    We offer training workshops and individual coaching programs for dealing with intense behaviours in children using evidence backed programs. At Pepper Kids Therapy we tailor our approach to therapy to benefit not only the child but the parent/caregiver also, providing a holistic approach to helping your child meet their goals.

    Please visit pepperkidstherapy.com.au for more information.

     

  • AnteoTech’s AnteoBind™ Technology Supports First-of-its-Kind COVID-19 Home Test

    March 3rd, 2021 | by
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    $231.8 million U.S. funding awarded to Ellume COVID-19 Home Test that integrates AnteoBind™ for superior sensitivity

    Brisbane, AUS, February 15, 2021 — AnteoTech’s long-term customer Ellume, producer of next-generation digitally enabled diagnostic solutions, has secured a $231.8 million agreement with the U.S. Government to support accelerated manufacture of its COVID-19 home test. The test makes use of AnteoTech’s unique AnteoBind™ technology to support significantly improved sensitivity, and is the first rapid self-test for SARS-CoV-2 detection authorized by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use without a prescription. Through the patented AnteoBind technology and the expertise and know-how delivered via its Contract Services in assay development and bioconjugation, AnteoTech continues to address the pressing challenges of the point-of-care diagnostics, biopharmaceutical and vaccine development markets.
    With the help of AnteoTech’s AnteoBind technology, the Ellume COVID-19 Home Test provides accurate results in 15 minutes or less, detecting SARS-CoV-2 in both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals. Ellume’s offering is the first test which utilizes AnteoBind to receive FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).

    Pictured: The Ellume COVID-19 Home Test. 

    “With the Ellume test receiving FDA authorization and subsequent significant financial backing from the U.S. Government, this is further evidence of the immense value the AnteoBind technology continues to bring to the life sciences industry for life-changing solutions,” said Derek Thomson, Chief Executive Officer of AnteoTech. “The capabilities of high-sensitivity diagnostics, such as Ellume’s COVID-19 Home Test, will ultimately enable rapid and reliable screening to minimize community spread, relieve burden on healthcare systems and facilitate the reopening of economies.”
    AnteoBind is a nano-sized molecular glue used to facilitate simpler, faster and more reliable bioconjugation. The improved conjugation process increases the performance for diagnostic assays, and enables superior quality control, candidate screening and efficacy-measurement processes in biopharmaceutical and vaccine development. The Ellume COVID-19 Home Test is an example of how AnteoBind technology can aid in delivering conjugation stability, unmatched sensitivity and batch-to-batch reproducibility – all while being manufactured at scale.
    Dr. Sean Parsons, Chief Executive Officer of Ellume, said “Our recent Emergency Use Authorization was a key milestone in our mission to make a significant contribution to global health. AnteoTech’s AnteoBind has greatly assisted us in the development of a highly sensitive test that is vital for an effective COVID-19 mitigation strategy. We look forward to our continued partnership with AnteoTech as we deliver accurate diagnostic solutions to the market.”
    AnteoTech’s AnteoBind can be purchased directly as an AnteoBind-based ready-to-use kit to streamline and improve the conjugation process, or is available through AnteoTech’s Assay Development Services. The Assay Development Services are focused on the application of AnteoBind, and draw on the AnteoTech team’s extensive biomedical research and assay development experience, particularly in difficult conjugation assay design and quantitative assay design.
    For more information on AnteoTech’s AnteoBind technology and Contract Services, please visit: https://www.anteotech.com/life-science/anteobind/.

    About AnteoTech Ltd.
    AnteoTech is a surface chemistry company with Intellectual Property in its core technology product groups AnteoBindTM, AnteoCoatTM, and AnteoReleaseTM. The company is committed to creating shareholder value by identifying and solving critical global industry problems through unique value-add solutions. AnteoTech serves companies in the life sciences, diagnostics and energy markets.

    Contacts
    For more information:
    Friederike Graser
    AnteoTech Ltd
    +61 7 3219 0085

    Media enquires: Janice Foley

  • TENANT HIGHLIGHT: TeleMedC in Focus

    December 3rd, 2020 | by
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    The Suites by Graystone has the opportunity to work and build relationships with incredible businesses and their teams and working with TeleMedC is no different. We sat down with CEO, Founder and Chair of the Board, Para Segaram to tell us more about TeleMedC as  they are paving the way for accessible retinal imaging with Artificial Intelligence software.

    What is TeleMedC currently working on?

    We are currently working on portable, retinal image grading technologies that will be delivered at low-cost to pharmacies, community clinics and primary care providers in the world market. This technology automates and speeds up the diagnosis and detection of many chronic eye diseases including Diabetic Retinopathy and Glaucoma.

     

    What Is Diabetic Retinopathy?

    Diabetes affects over 1.7 million Australians and one third show signs of Diabetic Retinopathy. Diabetic Retinopathy is a condition where blood vessels in the back of the eye begin to bleed. As the condition worsens the leakage damages the patient’s eyesight. For diabetics, it is the world’s leading cause of vision loss or even blindness.

     

    How does the device work?

    Our portable scanning device, the EyeScan R2 is a fundus imaging camera, a non-invasive device that takes photos of the back of the eye. Due to its relative small size and low price in comparison to much larger, more expensive cameras that can only be found at eye specialists’ clinics and/or hospitals, it allows Family/GP clinics, pharmacies, etc. to have an easy to use camera to screen Diabetic Retinopathy and other eye diseases in a fast, efficient and very accurate way. Our AI Diabetic software has been TGA certified in Australia, CE marked in Europe and HSA certified in Singapore. 

    How will this technology help in future?

    Our screening/grading system will greatly help vast numbers of people to be screened whom, otherwise would not check their eyes. It is/will be extremely useful in the prevention of Diabetic Retinopathy, a precursor of Diabetes.  These eye screenings are very accurate (97%), very fast (within 2 minutes) and very affordable. 

    Our combined system of the EyeScan2 + our integrated AI technology can be placed in any family clinic or pharmacy where people can be screened without the need to go to an eye specialist. It is the first step towards a predictive and preventive eye care. It is significantly less expensive and less time consuming than a visit to an eye doctor: it is fast, reliable and affordable.

    Our system not only detects the disease as it grades the disease as mild, moderate or severe alerting the patient to see an eye specialist if necessary. A referral can be given at the time if performed during a GP visit. This allows patients to be screened as part of an overall health check and work with the GP in the best way to manage the disease. Further to this, by making screenings affordable and available in many locations allows a vast number of people, who would not otherwise be screened. It decreases the overall burden on hospitals allowing the eye specialists/surgeons to focus on the most needed cases and eye surgeries, reducing the overall costs of healthcare.

    Having our system in place as a basic tool in predicting and preventing eye disease allows large populations to have access to affordable and easy eye screenings that if not timely detected can lead to unnecessary blindness.

    For more information on TeleMedC please visit https://www.telemedc.com/.

     

  • Next-Generation Childcare Centre for Brisbane Technology Park

    December 3rd, 2020 | by
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    Construction is underway at Sunkids’ newest, state-of-the-art childcare facility being built within the Brisbane Technology Park.

    The Brisbane Technology Park community has long awaited an on-site childcare centre, further improving the precinct amenity and work-life balance for the thousands of parents who spend their weeks at BTP. Sunkids General Manager Reyhaan Omar said the choice to open a new centre in Brisbane Technology Park came from the increased demand from parents to access quality childcare within walking distance of their workplace.

    “Imagine how meaningful to the parents and children it is going to be commuting to the workplace together. Parents having the opportunity to have lunch with their child before going back to work. In this day and age, making the most of these meaningful experiences is of utmost importance. Sunkids are proud to be able to offer this to families of Brisbane Technology Park.”

    Sunkids have introduced new initiatives for added convenience to working families including complimentary morning coffee, flexible sessions of care to suit parent’s work schedules, a ‘Transitioning Back to Work Program’ for new parents, and complimentary chef-prepared sit-down lunches for parents to be able to escape the office and enjoy a meaningful dining experience with their child.

    Slated for a January 2021 opening, the new childcare and kindergarten at 69 Brandl Street will set a new benchmark for childcare facilities within Australia with their one-of-a-kind semi-outdoor playscape area, tipped as a ‘tropical oasis in an office park.’

    The converted warehouse space will feature an Atelier Art Studio, Alfresco Dining Piazza, interior tropical forest and sandpits, free flowing creek beds, a bike track, performance stage, and interactive garden beds.

    There is also a second-level Japanese-style Zen Garden featuring a bamboo forest, tranquil water features, hanging greenery, and a quiet reading sanctuary, all shaded by a large cherry blossom tree.

    This unique area will be beaming with natural light and fresh air through 25 custom built skylights and multiple 4m tall bifold doors opening up to bring the outside in.

    Catering to children from 6 weeks old through to school age and offering a Government-approved Kindergarten program, the 101-licence placed childcare centre provides all extra-curricular activities including sports, yoga, music and dance, all meals and snacks, nappies and wipes and more in a daily set fee.

    Early enrolments are now open and filling fast, to enquire visit: sunkids.com.au/brisbanetechnologypark

     

  • FIFTH OFFICE BUILDING FOR NORTHSHORE HAMILTON

    December 3rd, 2020 | by
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    The Graystone construction team have returned to BTP Northshore to deliver the fifth commercial office building at the precinct.

    Once complete, 385 Macarthur Avenue will provide more than 3,500 square metres of lettable area across three levels and target a 5 star NABERS energy rating.

    Designed by renowned Brisbane architect BlightRayner, whose team are behind some of Brisbane’s most iconic projects including the Goodwill and Kurilpa bridges, flood resistant ferry terminals and the Brisbane Magistrates Court, 385 Macarthur Avenue is set to raise the bar for contemporary suburban office design.

    The property will feature high quality internal finishes and include a luscious green ‘third space’ outside the building to deliver additional shaded informal meeting and recreation areas. Located on the doorstep of the recently completed Kingsford Smith Drive bikeway, resident tenants will benefit from premium end of trip facilities and bicycle storage.

    Interest in the project has elevated with increased demand from traditionally CBD occupiers looking to relocate to more “COVID-safe” buildings with higher car parking availability in the suburbs. Spaces are filling fast, with tenancies still available from 200-2,000 square metres and available from July 2021.

    Please contact to request an IM or gain more information about this exciting project.

     

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