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Working Directors

A working director is a self-employed person who works in a construction trade covered by the scheme and is the director of an incorporated company, which means it is registered with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). An incorporated company generally has ‘Pty Ltd’ in its company name.

If your business performs building, electrical or metal trades work in the commercial, industrial or domestic sectors, it is a legal obligation to be registered with CoINVEST. This includes projects such as home extensions, renovations and repairs, alterations, demolitions and maintenance work. If you, as the business owner of company, also perform construction, you are required to be part of the CoINVEST scheme as an employee of the business.

Employers must report to CoINVEST on Worker Days & Wages Returns and make contributions to the fund with respect to any individual Working Director or Worker employed to perform Construction work more than five days a month in Victoria.

If an individual Working Director or Worker performs construction work at least two thirds of the time, and the balance of that individual’s employment is spent performing non construction work, employers must report 100% of that individual’s employment to CoINVEST. Similarly contributions payable to the fund will be calculated on 2.7% of the individual’s normal full time gross wages.

Working Director Obligations

As a Working Director, you are considered to be both the employer and the employee. This means that there are certain legal obligations your business must fulfil:

Trusts, trustees & companies

Where a company is a Trustee, Directors of the company are employees and must be included on Worker Days & Wages returns if:

  1. The Director is performing construction trade work covered by the scheme for more than 5 days in the month
  2. The Director’s wage is subject to personal income tax as a PAYG regular income (weekly, fortnightly, or monthly) where tax is withheld at the time of payment and remitted to the ATO
  3. The Director’s wage is subject to the Superannuation Guarantee Charge

If all three criteria are met, the employer must report service for the Director as an employee of the company on Worker Days & Wages returns and pay long service leave contribution charges to CoINVEST.

If all three criteria are not met, the Director is classified as a working subcontractor.

Working Director Claims

Claims for Working Directors can often be more complicated than that of a regular employee as a Working Director has control over what they pay themselves. To substantiate your rate of pay for your claim you must be able to provide CoINVEST with proof of your PAYG wage; we require evidence of three recent payslips and your three most recent annual payment summaries (group certificate).

If your wage is not consistent and you cannot provide proof of your PAYG wage, you are required to record your service with CoINVEST based on the “Minimum Contribution Rate” for your trade. Any subsequent Long Service Leave claim for a Working Director will then be paid out according to this same rate.

For the purposes of completing your quarterly WDW submission, the below table outlines both the weekly and daily rate for each trade. Simply locate the applicable trade in the table and use the daily rate multiplied by the amount of days worked in the quarter (normally this is around 65 days maximum per quarter).

The trades listed below come under the following awards which are in place and active for 2021/2022: Electrical, Electronic and Communications Contracting Award 2010 – MA000025.

TRADE DESCRIPTION AWARD BASED ON MIN RATE
(per week)
MIN RATE
(per day)
Electrician MA000025 $985.18 $197.04
Electrical Worker (security, telecoms, & cabling) not by an REC MA000025 $952.80 $190.56
Communications Worker (fibre optics, telecommunications & cabling) not by an REC MA000025 $952.80 $190.56
Tree Clearance Worker (around power lines only) MA000025 $914.24 $182.85
Electrical Worker (Labourer) MA000025 $837.10 $187.42

For the purposes of completing your quarterly WDW submission, the below table outlines both the weekly and daily rate for each trade. Simply locate the applicable trade in the table and use the daily rate multiplied by the amount of days worked in the quarter (normally this is around 65 days maximum per quarter).

The trades listed below come under the following awards which are in place and active for 2021/2022: Building and Construction General On-site Award 2010 – MA000020. Manufacturing & Associated Industries & Occupations Award 2010 – MA000010

TRADE DESCRIPTION AWARD BASED ON MIN RATE
(per week)
MIN RATE
(per day)
Airconditioing Tradesperson, Refrigeration Mechanic (on site) Installation MA000020 $1,024.53 $204.91
Airconditioning Tradesperson, Refrigeration Mechanic (non-construction, service, maintenance) MA000010 $915.56 $183.11
Boilermaker/Mechanical Fitter/Welder 1st Class (construction sites, shutdowns) MA000020 $970.85 $194.17
Boilermaker/Mechanical Fitter/Welder 1st Class (facility maintenance -non-construction-, machinery maintenance) MA000010 $915.56 $183.11
Trades Assistant MA000010 $794.80 $158.96
Fitter & Turner MA000010 $915.56 $183.11
Non-Destructive Testing MA000010 $943.76 $188.75

For the purposes of completing your quarterly WDW submission, the below table outlines both the weekly and daily rate for each trade. Simply locate the applicable trade in the table and use the daily rate multiplied by the amount of days worked in the quarter.

The trades listed below come under various awards – MA000020 covers Building and Construction General On-site Award 2010. MA000036 covers Plumbing & Fire Sprinklers Award 2010. These are awards are still in place and active in 2021/2022.

TRADE DESCRIPTION AWARD BASED ON MIN RATE (per week) MIN RATE (per day)
Bricklayer MA000020 $977.02 $195.40
Civil Construction labourer (AWU) MA000020 $910.27 $182.05
Builders Labourer MA000020 $910.27 $182.05
Builders Labourer – Asbestos removal MA000020 $953.47 $190.69
Carpenter MA000020 $986.65 $197.84
Carpet Layer (commercial construction sites only) MA000020 $980.91 $196.18
Concrete Tester MA000020 $953.47 $190.69
Concreter MA000020 $981.77 $196.35
Crane Driver (operator) MA000020 $1,035.57 $207.11
Drainer MA000036 $1,025.95 $205.19
Irrigation Installer (commercial construction sites only) MA000036 $1,025.95 $205.19
Landscape Gardener (commercial construction sites only) MA000020 $953.47 $190.69
Landscape Labourer (commercial construction sites only) MA000020 $910.27 $182.05
Painter MA000020 $961.43 $192.29
Parquetry Layer MA000020 $980.91 $196.18
Pipe Layer MA000020 $1,024.09 $204.82
Plant Operator MA000020 $1,010.07 $202.01
Plasterer MA000020 $980.91 $196.18
Plumber MA000036 $1,025.95 $205.19
Plumbers Labourer MA000036 $917.08 $183.42
Pool & Spa Construction Worker MA000020 $953.47 $190.69
Precast Panel Concrete Worker MA000020 $927.97 $185.59
Rigger/Dogman MA000020 $953.47 $190.69
Roof Tiler/Roof Slater MA000020 $970.85 $194.19
Roof Tiler Special Class (restoration, renovation to historic buildings etc) MA000020 $1,010.07 $202.01
Scaffolder MA000020 $927.97 $185.59
Signwriter (construction sites only) MA000020 $983.79 $196.76
Shopfitter Factory Tradesman, Shopfitter Onsite MA000020 $966.39 $193.28
Shopfitters Assistant to a Factory Tradesman MA000020 $892.09 $178.42
Sprinkler Pipefitter (fire control in buildings) MA000036 $1,024.09 $204.82
Sprinkler Pipefitter’s Assistant (fire control in buildings) MA000036 $966.95 $193.39
Stonemason onsite MA000020 $986.65 $197.33
Tile Layer (interior/ceramic) MA000020 $986.65 $197.33
Traffic Controller MA000020 $927.97 $185.59
Vinyl Tile Layer (commercial construction sites only) MA000036 $986.65 $197.33
Water/Sewer Maintenance Worker MA000020 $1,025.95 $205.19
Yardmen (construction scaffolding yards) MA000020 $927.97 $185.59