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Afl offers muslimonly diversity positions

THE AFL is offering 10 “diversity trainee” positions worth $34,000 a year exclusively to Muslim youth as part of a Federal Government-funded program.

To be eligible for the positions, which span a range of areas including social media, administration, finance and marketing, applicants must be from Muslim background, and have recently completed secondary school.

Workforce participation is a pivotal issue impacting the Australian Muslim community, especially Muslim young people, the job listings read.

To help assist Muslim young people make that step into employment, the Federal Government has provided funding support for 10 traineeships for Muslim young people to work across the AFL industry over a 12 month period to gain critical work experience and job skills.

The AFL in turn has partnered with AFL SportsReady to offer a unique traineeship opportunity as part of the Bachar Houli Employment Program.

The Turnbull government earlier this year announced the traineeships as part of an additional $625,000 in funding for the AFLs long-running Bachar Houli Cup and Leadership Program.

Bachar Houli, the AFLs Multicultural Ambassador, is Richmonds star player and considered a mentor and role model for young people in the community.

Houli was a guest at Malcolm Turnbulls pre-election Iftar dinner celebrating the end of Ramadan.

The selection criteria for the AFL positions advertised in Victoria and Queensland specify that applicants must be from a Muslim background, with a disclaimer noting that the action constitutes a special measure or equal opportunity measure under the respective state anti-discrimination laws.

In NSW, which is the only jurisdiction without a clear special measures provision in its anti-discrimination legislation, the listing reads: Applicants from a Muslim background are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

NSW applicants must instead have a demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the Muslim faith, a demonstrated knowledge and understanding of multicultural communities, and a demonstrated ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with diverse communities.

The fulltime positions receive the National Training Wage Award plus superannuation, which comes to slightly over $34,000 for the 12 months.

The AFL offers a number of similar positions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school leavers as part of its diversity traineeship program, which provides employment path ways and skill development in young multicultural and indigenous people aged 15-19.

On the funding announcement in May, Justice Minister Michael Keenan said the program contributes to a resilient and harmonious society united around shared values of mutual respect, freedom of speech and freedom of belief.

It uses sport as a great way to embrace diversity while providing students from Islamic schools with the opportunity to learn to play football in a fun, non-competitive environment, he said.

The 2016-17 program includes funding for AFL-hosted Iftar and Eid events held nationally during Ramadan to engage with communities and foster improved cultural education and awareness.

Last week, a political furore erupted over a $7000 scholarship reserved for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex high school students.

The news sparked renewed debate around the controversial topic of reverse discrimination or positive discrimination based on gender, sexuality, race or religion.

Ato kills off etax promises mytax will let you lodge tax return in a fraction of the time

eTax is dead. Long live eTax.

The Australian Taxation Office has announced that its legacy online tool has been retired, to be replaced with a new web-based system that will allow you to lodge your tax return in a fraction of the time.

Assistant Commissioner Graham Whyte said eTax had been replaced with an upgraded and improved myTax, which was first introduced in 2014, in time for the end of the financial year.

In 2016, myTax has been expanded to do everything e-Tax could do and more, and will be available on July 1, 2016, Mr Whyte said in a statement.

For example, not only will Australians with rental properties be able to use myTax this year, but they will also be able to take advantage of the fully integrated tools and calculators. One of these new tools allows property investors to record depreciation and capital allowances.

myTax can be accessed on any smartphone, tablet or computer. Last year saw a 70 per cent increase in the number of people using myTax, with 1.75 million lodgements.

Over the past few years weve been seeing around three million Australians prepare their own tax return using either myTax or e-Tax, so were hoping to see three million myTax lodgements in 2016, Mr Whyte said.

We understand sometimes it can be hard to change habits, especially for those who have been using e-Tax since its launch in 1999. What we would say to those who are a bit unsure about myTax is to give it a go youll probably have your tax return lodged in a fraction of the time.

Around 74 per cent of Australians use a tax agent to lodge, according to the ATO, typically paying between $300 and $400.

For anyone thinking about using a tax agent for the first time or a different one to last year, it is important to contact them before the end of October to meet their lodgement dates, Mr Whyte said.

Its also important to ensure you use a registered tax agent. Only a registered tax agent can charge a fee for doing your tax return. A list of registered tax agents is available on the Tax Practitioners Board website.

Last year, the ATOs systems collapsed at tax time, leaving many users unable to lodge through e-Tax or access the myTax or myGov websites.

An ATO spokesman said the system had been improved to cater for the issues experienced last year.

Development and testing processes have been improved and processing capacity has been increased to better cater for peak times, the spokesman said.

In the event of any unexpected issues arising, response teams will be immediately mobilised to resolve these as quickly as possible.


1. Make sure you have a tax file number

You do not have to have a TFN, but without one you will have more tax deducted from your pay and you will not be able to lodge a tax return.

2. Check if you need to lodge

Not sure if you need to lodge a tax return? Come tax time, you will be able to use our online Do I need to lodge? tool that will work it out for you.

3. Know your options

MyTax is the ATOs online lodgement service. If you do not want to prepare your own tax return, you can always lodge using a registered tax agent.

4. Access ATOs online services

To access the ATOs online services including myTax, you will need to create a myGov account and link it to the ATO.

5. Claim your work related expenses

You may be able to claim a tax deduction for expenses related to your job for example, if you have to work outdoors you can claim a deduction for the cost of your hat and sunglasses.

6. Declare your fair share

If you earn money from odd jobs such as transporting passengers or renting out a room or house, it counts as assessable income and you will need to declare it on your tax return.

7. Fix mistakes as soon as possible

If you think you have made a mistake or forgot to include something on your tax return, let the ATO know as soon as possible either through myGov or your tax agent.

8. Patience is a virtue

The ATO will have most pre-fill information by August. For many people, all they have to do is double-check the info, enter any deductions and then submit.

9. Lodge by October 31

The important thing to remember if you are planning to use a tax agent is that you have to contact them before the end of October to meet their lodgement dates.

10. Track your progress

Tax returns lodged using myTax or a registered tax agent are usually processed within two weeks. You can check the progress via your myGov account.

Source: ATO