• FWX March qtr  -1.6% (72.2pts)
  • FWX y-o-y change  0.9% (72.2pts)
  • Total timeframe to Gender Equality  59
  • Timeframe to Equality on Employment  28 years
  • Timeframe to Equality on Underemployment  15.5 years
  • Timeframe to Equality on Gender Pay Gap  22 years
  • Timeframe to Equality on Unpaid Work  59 years
  • Timeframe to Equality for Women On Boards  6.5 years
  • Timeframe to Equality on Superannuation  19 years
  • Gender Pay Gap 2021  13.9%
  • Gender Pay Gap sub-index 2021  (86pts)
  • Employment sub-index 2021  1.2pts (72pts)
  • Superannuation sub-index  5.4pts (74.6pts)
  • Gender Gap Superannuation  25%
  • Underemployment Rate sub-index  -8.1pts (74.6pts)
  • Education sub-index  92pts
  • ASX 200 Women On Boards sub-index  69pts
  • ASX 200 Women On Boards  34.5%
  • Unpaid Work sub-index  67pts

Financial year money saving tips

Money saving
Belinda Williamson
September 22, 2017

Listen up busy ladies, here’s some much needed money saving tips on how to start your financial year off right.

For the busy working women of Australia who don’t have the time or perhaps the money right now to sit down with an accountant, you can lodge your tax return for free online via the Australian Taxation Office’s (ATO) myTax application.

Never fear, it’s a lot easier and quicker than the old e-tax program.

Naturally, use your common sense when it comes to doing tax online – already in 2017 so far, the ATO has registered over 17,000 reports of tax scams, with victims losing a total of $1.5 million to scammers.

The main scams to look out for are emails, phone calls, or an SMS from “the ATO” asking for your bank account or other personal details.

Paying off any EOFY splurge

If you splurged on an end of financial year sale using a credit card, then make it a priority to pay off your debt ASAP.

If you’re struggling to pay it off in full right away, it might be time to switch to a credit card with a lower interest rate – or even a balance transfer deal.

Those with a rewards credit card will have to weigh up the value of points earned against the higher interest rate that typically comes with a rewards card.

A low rate card may be a more manageable option until your debts are gone.

Superannuation annual statements

Many people forget they have a super account until the annual statement comes in the mail, but this is a good opportunity to check the 9 big things:

 Personal details are up-to- date
 Nominated beneficiaries are correct
 Tax File Number (TFN) is recorded
 Super contributions are correct
 Investment asset class choices are appropriate for your life stage and risk profile
 How much you’ve paid in fees and if switching to a fund with lower fees may be beneficial
 Insurance within super is still adequate
 Super is consolidated into one fund to ensure you’re not paying fees on multiple funds
 Overall, still satisfied with your super fund

Now that you’ve sorted out your tax return, avoided scams, reviewed your strategy to pay off your credit card, and double checked your super statement, you’re going to be off to a good start this financial year – and I hope it’s your best one yet!

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