NQ NDIS Working Group - April Update

NQ NDIS Working Group - April Update

July is steadily approaching and the full roll-out of the NDIS draws closer by the day. With all the preparation now starting to move into top gear, it is worth highlighting a couple of local initiatives which may be of some interest to the North Queensland based organisations. Leading from the Front The sharing of trial site experiences at the event earlier this year as reported in our last...

Managing Risk - Who's In Charge?

Managing Risk - Who's In Charge?

  In this time of considerable change in the NFP sector, Governance and Risk Management have stepped up a notch in importance. The Governance Institute have put out a useful booklet on Risk Management for Directors. While much of the focus is on directors of private companies, most of the content is equally relevant to board members of Not-for-Profit organisations – the legal and...

Connecting Up: Connect, Innovate, Change

Connecting Up: Connect, Innovate, Change
Connecting Up Conference 18-20 May 2016 - Melbourne

  Once again we’ll be supporting Connecting Up at their annual conference, held this year at the Hawthorn Arts Centre in Victoria on 19th – 20th May. The event is an opportunity to learn from the great speakers and to discuss with other delegates how Not-for-Profits are using technology to move their organisations forward. The Calxa team will join with MYOB to deliver a special...

Community Transport - Social Mass Transit?

Community Transport - Social Mass Transit?
Issues affecting the Community Transport sector.

Like all major areas of the aged care and disability sectors, Community transport is facing a number of huge challenges as the Government moves further away from block funding. The steady transition by baby boomers into a sedentary lifestyle is now putting major pressure on service organisations to deal with the increase in demand at a time when Government funding is inversely reducing....

Do You Want Fries With That?

Do You Want Fries With That?
Some thoughts on Fixed Fee Billing - first published in the ABN Bookies Bulletin.

In our previous article Bookkeepers Thriving in a Changing Environment (published in the ABN's Bookies Bulletin 4), we spoke about some of the changes and trends that we are seeing within the bookkeeping industry, and how Fixed Fee Billing is one of the trends. It’s all very well to say: “I am going to go to a fixed fee model”. But where do you start and what do you include? Think...

Snazz Up Your Reports

Snazz Up Your Reports
Document Editor, Improved Xero Partner Authentication, Improved Metrics...

This month’s software update will include a full-featured document editor for your cover pages, notes, executive summaries and additional pages. We’re confident you’ll be able to add virtually everything you need to your reports: Add images Add tables with full formatting capabilities Format text with styles. Either use the standard styles, create or your own, or copy some text from...

Representing Best Technology in the Sector

Representing Best Technology in the Sector
Connecting Up's Australian Not-for-Profit Technology Awards

The Australian Not-For-Profit Technology Awards will be held as part of the Connecting Up Conference in Melbourne next month. The finalists were announced recently with Calxa honoured amongst a list of fine individuals and organisations. All of which are contributors to our community in various ways. As Connecting Up says "All finalists truly represent the best in technology...

Metrics & KPIs for Business

Metrics & KPIs for Business
What are Metrics and what can you do with them?

Metrics are non-financial measurements of something in your business. They may be related to finance, particularly in outcomes (more customers generally results in more revenue) but sometimes they can be fixed (the area of your shop, for example). We recently introduced Metrics to Calxa Premier but, like many people, have you been wondering what to use them for? We often, especially those of...

North QLD NDIS Group ... Full Steam Ahead

North QLD NDIS Group ... Full Steam Ahead

The recent signing of the bilateral agreement between the Federal and State government will finally see some progress made as the July deadline for the rollout of the NDIS gets closer. This news coming hot on the heels of the decision to retain the ACNC after almost 18 months of political non activity.  After what has seemed an age of waiting, local service providers are now much better...

Spruiking Automation

Spruiking Automation
Learn the Calxa Way of Doing Things

There is so much ground to cover with the rollout of the NDIS pending for many NFPs and new Charity Reporting Standards recently introduced in New Zealand. Sharing knowledge and our learnings is important to the Calxa team. Not only do we want to share the ‘better way’ of automating reporting with the rest of the world, it is important that our current customers get the most out of their...

Governments Agree on QLD

Governments Agree on QLD
Historic bilateral agreement signed by State and Federal Governments

In an historic bilateral agreement between the State and Federal Governments last week, both parties signed off on a plan to rollout the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Queensland. Having been held hostage mostly by uncertainty on the scheme, people with disabilities and many service providers can now start planning. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk highlighted the...

ACNC ... Here to Stay

ACNC ... Here to Stay

    Ending almost two years of speculation, an announcement has finally been made on the future of the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC) with Government advising that the commission will be retained. Minister for Social Services Christian Porter, stated that the decision came about after much consultation between the Government and various parties within...

Text in Reports & QBO Just Around the Corner

Text in Reports & QBO Just Around the Corner

We’ve had great feedback on the ability to add documents to Report Bundles and next week we’ll release the next step in that evolution. You’ll be able to insert documents into the footer of the preceding report or the header of the following report. Why is this important? So you can easily add notes and variance explanations to reports, add words to explain your report, or additional...

Bookkeepers Thriving in a Changing Environment

Bookkeepers Thriving in a Changing Environment
Published in the ABN Bookies Bulletin in September 2015.

Last year Peter Thorp from the Australian Bookkeepers Network (ABN) gave a great presentation on how the industry has changed over the last 10 years. Peter put up a challenge to the audience asking attending bookkeepers to ponder on where they thought the industry may be in 10 years' time. It was great to take some time out and reflect on the changes that have occurred and on how we used to do...

Goodbye Paul, Hello Paul

Goodbye Paul, Hello Paul
Paul Drendel - Practice Faciliator and Enabler

As accounting professionals start moving towards value added services for clients, it has quickly become apparent that the process for adopting a product like Calxa across a practice environment involves implementation time, staff training and individual customisation, based on practice requirements and associated procedures. And whilst Calxa provides free webinars, online help material and...