Community Business Bureau (CBB) provides personalised, professional, and cost-effective salary packaging to employees of eligible not for profit organisations in Australia. As a not for profit ourselves, our mission is to support our sector to achieve its social impact by fostering greater financial wellbeing and satisfaction for your employees. That’s where salary packaging comes in.
Read on to find out what salary packaging is, and how it can improve your organisation’s staff retention, productivity, and social impact.
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Salary packaging with CBB presents clear benefits not only for your team, but there’s a lot in it for your organisation. Not only does salary packaging help you build a stronger workforce, but it can also support you to contribute to better social outcomes.
At CBB, we pride ourselves on providing excellent customer service. That’s our greatest strength, and it’s what sets us apart. Our point of difference is our dedication to taking care of everything behind the scenes, making sure the salary packaging experience runs smoothly for you and your employees.
The CBB team are driven not only by KPIs, but by purpose and a positive workplace culture. We invest in our people, so they go above and beyond to help yours. Our people-centered approach means you’ll always speak to a member of our friendly team that is based right here in Australia. Plus, our leadership team ensure CBB’s day-to-day operations align strongly with our values of respect, integrity, service, and empowerment. For more information about how we service your organisation, you can read our Customer Service Charter.
That’s not all we do differently. Like you, we are a not for profit organisation, so we understand the state of the sector. This is what drives us: we don’t just see you as a number, we want to help you succeed with your valuable social impact. Find out more about our mission and learn why we do what we do.
Everyone is different, that’s why we take a highly personalised approach to ensuring each individual salary packaging customer is well informed and can access their full entitlements. We provide a detailed salary packaging analysis that compares their current take home pay and their boosted salary-packaged pay. This also includes an analysis of existing student debts, such as HECS/HELP or SFSS to be as accurate as possible.
We also pre-fill salary packaging documents so they’re easy to check and sign. It’s just one less thing to worry about.
A desire to provide personalised, responsive service has been firmly embedded in our team since day one. Every organisation that salary packages with us receives a dedicated Relationship Manager and the direct contact details of our senior team to resolve any queries quickly and effectively.
We will always advise you and your team of changes or announcements in the world of salary packaging. However, we don’t just share salary packaging news: you can subscribe to Foreword, our monthly newsletter, for updates, grants, programs, and advice tailored to the needs of not for profits.
Plus, we have a team of Business Consultants that specialise in supporting not for profits. When your organisation is facing down a challenge or needs an outside perspective to identify or harness opportunities, make a free appointment and see how we can help.
CBB’s team members are based all over Australia, and we are always happy to come and visit you. We’re flexible in our approach- we can meet with your team members individually or present at staff meetings, either in-person or remotely. Our goal is to make sure as many employees as possible sign up to receive their full entitlements and take advantage of the benefits on offer.
Salary packaging has never been easier. Individuals that salary package with us receive personalised, efficient service from our friendly Adelaide-based Customer Care team. They are the experts in salary packaging and take care of the details, so your staff don’t have to worry.
There’s also the matter of mental wellbeing. Salary packaging with CBB can promote greater satisfaction through our range of benefits and provide extra financial resources to enjoy life outside of work. Happy customers rave about their extra income- which contributes to holidays, dining experiences, upgraded electronic devices, and even new vehicles. All of these things make life a little brighter.
Like you, we are a not for profit organisation, so we understand the opportunities and challenges facing the sector. By choosing us as a salary packaging provider, you are supporting our commitment to empowering and developing our fellow not for profits.
There are several ways we work towards a stronger sector: we provide expert business consulting services for organisations that need support to start something new, navigate growth or change, or overcome issues; we also deliver pro bono support through our Community Business Grants. On top of providing these services, we are delivering initiatives to build the capacity of organisations and professionals via our Community Development Program. We walk the walk; here’s how.
Simply put, everything we do creates a stronger sector for our fellow not for profits. You can find out more about our story and what drives us here.
Regional and remote not for profits face unique challenges when it comes to attracting and retaining staff. We are experienced in supporting these organisations to access the benefits of salary packaging and empowering their team to access their full entitlements.
Our Relationship Managers are proactive in these rural communities. They are dedicated to servicing the needs of not for profits and creating happier workforces all over the country- not just in the major cities.
“Resthaven streamlined services as the organisation grew and engaged CBB as their salary packaging broker in 2019. There have been staff members with long employment tenures who have not previously signed up to salary packaging until CBB staff were engaged and have now attended our sites and have undertaken one to one and group discussions on the advantages of salary packaging.
I highly recommend CBB as the right choice for a not for profit organisation when considering salary packaging. They provide a personalised service and have a values focused approach to everything that they do.”
Darren Birbeck, Chief Executive Officer at Resthaven Inc.
“We are new to the world of salary packaging, so CBB’s expertise helps us maintain compliance, reduce our risk, and stay up to date. Our staff have found many financial benefits with salary packaging- we have not been able to access products like the remote benefits and the Beyond Bank cards before. We chose CBB because I have salary packaged with them in the past, and now I am glad to provide my staff with the same great service. We look forward to a long-term partnership with the team at CBB.”
Delys Gebert, Administration Manager
“Mimi Arts has been using CBB for its Salary Packaging needs since 2017. It was an easy and straightforward process to get set up and started. Most of our employees are now taking advantage of Salary Packaging, as Mitch has clearly outlined its benefits to them. While mainly connecting via phone and email, it is great to get a few visits during the year to catch up in person. Great service all-around, great mob to deal with.”
Katrin Wolgar, Finance Manager
“We have utilised CBB for some four plus years now at DVConnect and personally, I have previous experience with their service in other organisations. Having utilised a number of salary packaging organisations in the past, CBB clearly exceeds in terms of customer service, quality and responsiveness. Our staff have nothing but positive praise in all their interactions with CBB.”
Kathy Whiting, Director – People & Corporate Services at DVConnect
“CAWLS and CBB partnered over 10 years ago to provide comprehensive Salary Packaging benefits for our employees. This partnership has been very successful and many of our employees have engaged with Salary Packaging during that time.
CBB offer a very professional service, their team are responsive to our needs and always have the most up to date Salary Packaging and taxation information available to hand. The processes for our Bookkeeper to follow are streamlined and work well. The NT Relationship Manager keeps in contact regularly and it is great to have contact with one person who knows our organisation. Salary Packaging has become an important part of our recruitment package due to the additional salary benefits available to our staff.”
Alice DeBrenni, Business Manager
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We understand that not for profits can struggle to attract and retain staff. Our work and objectives are certainly rewarding, but we cannot always offer the same salaries as the for profit sector. Salary packaging helps organisations to offer more competitive remuneration, creating more attractive roles for skilled employees. The stronger your workforce, the stronger your impact.
Salary packaging allows your team to purchase a variety of goods and services, as well as pay bills, rent, or mortgages with tax-free dollars. This reduces income tax, which results in increased take-home pay.
After starting salary packaging, not for profits see improved employee satisfaction. In fact, having the option to salary package plays a significant role in onboarding and retention: 72.5% of our surveyed customers strongly agreed or agreed that they were more likely to stay with their current employer, while 61.27% were persuaded to accept their current roles because their employer offered salary packaging.
We can assist you throughout your recruitment process to ensure you put the best possible offer forward, which could mean the difference between losing and securing your ideal candidate. See for yourself- our salary calculator tool shows how take home salaries can be improved. You may think that it sounds too good to be true, but salary packaging is approved by the Australian Tax Office (ATO). Essentially, it’s an incentive for not for profits to continue the important philanthropic work that supports the community.
It is important to note that not all organisations are eligible to salary package. You can check your organisation’s eligibility here.
Public Benevolent Institutions and Health Promotion Charities are exempt from Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT). This means they don’t have to pay tax on the fringe benefits they provide to employees.
In fact, organisations that salary package with CBB see no negative impact on their bottom line. There are two key reasons for this: first, we manage the whole process for you, negating the need to assign the work to an internal resource and freeing up time for other projects that deliver a greater social impact. Second, our fees are deducted from employees’ salary packaging payments, but they comprise only a tiny portion of their increased take-home income. By salary packaging with CBB, your organisation and its employees can both become financially better off.
An individual can salary package a maximum of $15,899 each FBT year, but their additional take home pay will depend on their annual salary. This table shows the financial benefits for different salaries.
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Salary packaging follows the Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) year, which commences on 1 April and ends on 31 March every year.
At the end of each FBT year, we recommend that salary packaging customers have a zero balance left over. CBB regularly communicates with customers in the lead up to 31 March to ensure everyone accesses their full entitlements, avoiding last-minute stress.
There are two options for unspent funds at the end of FBT year. They can be rolled over into the next FBT period, but this will reduce the amount that can be packaged in the following year. Otherwise, your organisation can return the funds, in which case they will be taxed.
Our Operations team work closely with your Payroll team to clearly define expectations and set up the process in accordance with internal needs. Once it’s set up, minimal administrative input is required on your end. From here, individuals are free to make any changes to their salary packaging plans through our Customer Care team. Your organisation will have periodical FBT and GST reporting obligations, but we provide the required information in a timely manner.
Find out how you can get started. Contact Jo Swingler, our General Manager, Salary Packaging or our Customer Care Team on 1300 763 505
There is more to salary packaging than extra income. You can also provide your team with fantastic benefits that provide access to additional financial resources and enhance overall wellbeing. What sets us apart is our holistic approach to customer experience; we take care of everything behind the scenes, reducing the pressure on your hard-working team, leaving them free to enjoy the benefits of salary packaging.
You read that right; salary packaging increases your team’s take-home pay between 6 – 12%. Simply put, your team can use their salaries to purchase goods and services, pay bills, and take care of rent or mortgage payments before their wage is taxed. This reduces income tax and boosts their take-home pay, bringing their salaries more in line with those in the private sector.
Enough about bills; give your team even more tax-free income to support them to enjoy life outside of work. The meal entertainment and holiday accommodation (MEHA) benefit provides an additional $2,650 on top of their yearly salary packaging amount to use on food, beverage and accommodation when dining out, on holiday, or even for special occasions.
If your team salary package, they also get free CBB Rewards Club membership. With a range of exclusive offers for products and services across Australia, it is another great way to support wellbeing. Members can access exclusive discounts and offers on groceries, fuel, dining, movie vouchers, event tickets, and even gift cards. They will also receive special offers on fitness and lifestyle services, and up to 80% off online retail shopping, including clothing, homewares and technology.
Your team lead busy lives, so adding vehicle problems into the mix can affect stress levels and punctuality. By offering novated leasing, you could save them thousands in acquisition and running costs for the new or demo vehicle of their choice. Better yet, this benefit is on top of their standard salary packaging amount.
Nowadays, technology is an integral component of a productive workplace. Your team can package portable electronic devices if they are used primarily for work-related purposes. Having the latest technology can boost productivity and enhance connectivity with colleagues, no matter where your team are working.
Travelling can be exhausting; that’s why our airline lounge membership is a great benefit for your team members that fly to do business. The membership will help your team to make the most of their travel time and turn up to meetings refreshed, maximising the outcomes of their travel.
Not for profits in regional and remote areas face unique challenges when it comes to attracting and retaining staff. If your team members live and work in a remote community, they may be able to access the remote area benefit; this allows them to claim up to 50% of their rent payments, mortgage interest, household fuel expenses, and some travel costs. Eligibility criteria applies.
We are fortunate to have partnerships with organisations that share our integrity and values, ensuring you won’t compromise on yours. We work with Beyond Bank, StreetFleet, and Statewide Super to help your team stretch their income even further.
Our Adelaide-based Customer Care team is committed to providing fast, personalised service, ensuring we resolve any questions or concerns as soon as possible. We also have a dedicated Relationship team based all over Australia. They work with your team to ensure everyone understands their options and can receive their full entitlements.
We don’t have any hidden charges; what you see is what you get. For example, suppose a member of your team decides to add new benefits to their salary packaging account with us. In that case, they won’t incur any administration fees for making these changes. To support flexibility, you can tailor a package from the above benefits to suit your organisation- you can even limit certain products to specific people or departments.
Not for profits work incredibly hard to create impact and change for their communities. However, this means that salary packaging is not part of their core business. For this reason, many organisations choose to engage a salary packaging provider to take care of the entire process and enjoy a range of time and money saving benefits.
Salary packaging comes with regulations and laws that inevitably change from time to time. The team at CBB are the experts, so we ensure our client organisations are compliant with ATO requirements. Plus, we let you know if there is anything you can address to improve compliance. It’s just one less thing to worry about.
Our salary packaging account management fees are very competitive. Fees are passed onto the employee but comprise only a tiny portion of their increased take-home income. This means it won’t detract from your organisation’s bottom line. Plus, if you have previously managed salary packaging internally, you can save on resourcing costs by engaging a provider.
Your salary packaging provider manages the entire salary packaging process, so your organisation doesn’t need to allocate an in-house resource. In other words, it’s one less thing for your team to worry about. Additionally, a provider will send you reports to support your FBT and GST reporting obligations.
CBB is a not for profit just like our 600 clients, so we understand the challenges and opportunities facing our sector. We care about the sustainability of our fellow not for profits and the positive impact they create for the communities they serve, hence our focus on providing quality services that make it easier for them to do business.
In addition to our salary packaging service, we also offer Business Consulting. Our Business Consultants specialise in supporting organisations to identify and leverage new opportunities, navigate growth or change, and overcome challenges. Additionally, in response to the growing not for profit disability sector, we provide a range of tailored support and programs for NDIS service providers.
Our business model makes us a social enterprise; since our establishment in 1995, everything we do revolves around our mission to support other not for profits. We even reinvest our surplus profits back into the sector with our Community Development Program, delivering grants, bursaries and scholarships, and events. In other words, by choosing us as your salary packaging provider, you are supporting your fellow not for profits and creating better outcomes for your community.
Since our establishment in 1995, CBB has supported not for profits to achieve their social objectives. Our services and programs are designed to build capacity and sustainability within the not for profit organisations that work hard to make a difference.
Community Business Bureau would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands on which we work and live: the Kaurna, Larrakia, Wann-gal, and Wajuk people, and the Boon Wurrung and Woiwurrung (Wurundjeri) peoples of the Kulin Nation. We recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture, and we pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.