The nation’s capital played host to the Australian Shop & Office Fitting Industry’s major awards programs this weekend, and fittingly featured winners from all over Australia.


The ASOFIA 2018-2019 Interior Fitout Awards, are the highest honours of shopfitting and celebrate the wealth of talent within the industry that delivers innovation and creativity to retail, hospitality and office spaces everywhere.


As shopping centres move more into leisure and entertainment centres, retail design and aesthetics have continued to create spaces that invite us to stay awhile and enjoy not only the shopping but also the environment. The Awards, hosted by the Australian Shop & Office Fitting Industry Association (ASOFIA), recognise the outstanding contribution the industry is making, in changing the way we shop.


With 22 categories, entries were received from across the country, with the winners announced in conjunction with ASOFIA’s 22nd National Conference in Canberra.


Sponsored by Laminex, the Awards once again highlighted some incredible examples of beautiful design and craftsmanship – in restaurants, clubs, healthcare, commercial office spaces and more – all completed over the past 18 months.


Gerard Ryan, CEO of ASOFIA, has once again praised the outstanding level of works submitted for the Awards. “The standard of fitout continues to rise, and the level of design we are seeing is extraordinary. The fitout industry is rising to the many new challenges in retail, and showing the talent that exists within our membership,” Gerard said at the Awards ceremony.


The highly sought-after National Interior Fitout of the Year Award went to RYDE JOINERY, for their multi-million-dollar T4 Gaming fitout at Canterbury League Club. The stunning refurbishment features custom joinery, timbers, metal surfaces, stone and laminates to create a complex and beautiful space that is unique and luxurious.


“This is one of the most incredible fitouts, in every way. A thoroughly deserved win,” Gerard said.


And it wasn’t just the big dollar projects which were successful. Clever design and quality construction were the standout elements in the winner of the ‘Fitout up to $150k’ category.  INDETAIL JOINERY won this honour with their stylish fitout of Act of Wine in Victoria.


The Best Use of Laminex award was taken out by PRESTIGE JOINERY, for their impressive use of this adaptive product across kitchens, work hubs, a childcare fitout, reception areas, pods and more.


“Each year, the entries are more and more impressive. The industry is really taking on the changing face of retail and making it more creative, more professional and more exciting. The winners presented stand-out projects worthy of recognition – not only at our Awards, but across the industry,” Mr Ryan said.


One of the more unique categories, the Australian Made Award, celebrates all things Australian and recognises those companies that integrate Australian materials, promote Australian manufacturing and support local master tradespeople. This year the award was taken out by UNITA, for their Place Woolloongabba office fitout – a one-of-a kind boutique workspace tailored to work within one of the area’s oldest buildings, complimenting the history of the building and the innovative brand of the occupants.


At a state level, RYDE JOINERY took out the NSW award for their glamourous fitout of the Canterbury League Club Banyan Café while Victoria’s ONE68 won their state award for their extensive, custom re-build of the Ocean 12 nightclub. Tasmania’s award was taken away by VOS CONSTRUCTION & JOINERY for their beautifully finished project Eternal Women’s Health, and in Queensland, a high-end fitout of a Louis Vuitton retail space saw PROJECTS QUEENSLAND pick up the prize. Another fashion retail space was deemed the winner in Western Australia, where DIVERSE SHOPFITTERS were awarded the top spot for their Camilla and Marc design.


The ASOFIA 2018-2019 Design Awards had three Category Sponsors; Scentre Group for Best Design Retail, Hasbuilt Projects for Best Design Commercial and USG Boral for Best Design Professional Suites.


In the design awards, colour, scale, bold statements and clever planning were used to create spaces that became destinations in themselves.

The Best Design Hospitality award winner, COLLECTIVUS, took home the trophy for their blend of contemporary design with traditional Japanese detail in the custom-created dining space at Ichi Ban Sushi. The unique design features included custom wall graphics, signage and colour to enthuse diners and break away from the common sushi train style of eatery.


Best Design Commercial went to ELLIVO ARCHITECTS for their major refurbishment of the QLD Master Builders office. There were many facets of design to be considered, as well as heritage considerations and a client with more than a passing interest in quality construction and workmanship.


MEDIFIT DESIGN & CONSTRUCT were announced winners of the Best Design Professional Suites award for their work at Diverse Dental. The concept needed to be inviting, modern and appeal to kids as much as adults. The award-winning design did just that.


MASTERPLANNERS INTERIORS’s design for Pantryman WA, stood out as the winner for the Best Design Retail – Independent, with the modern industrial feel, hero lighting and custom shelving catching the judges’ eye.

Best Design Retail – National was won by ACRD for the Telstra Shop VIC which was a triumph that brought together the possibilities of the future with innovative products, interactive customer spaces and brand messaging. ACRD’s Telstra Future Retail Environment, the Glen, is the first store to roll out the new look.


It seems the future of shopfitting is also in good hands, with the 2019 ASOFIA / Thomas Brown Apprentice of the Year Awards again being a very tight race between the five state winners vying for the coveted national award. The standard of work produced by young workers is increasing every year, making the judging a particularly difficult task. Ultimately, the national award was won by LACHLAN FALSON, of RYDER SHOP AND OFFICE FITTING. With last year’s national winner also part of the RYDER team, these young men are proving that hard work and talent go a long way.


“These awards programs continue to shine a light on the tremendous standard of work our industry is producing, in the face of tighter budgets, bigger expectations and continuous technology demands. The future is very bright for ASOFIA members, and we once again congratulate all our winners!” Mr Ryan concluded.


Melbourne developer Welsh Group has secured the purchase of an additional site in the rapidly growing Victorian suburb of Armstrong Creek in the Geelong region. The acquisition of 500-540 Surf Coast Highway completes the Welsh Group ownership of the major mixed-use Armstrong Creek Town Centre, resulting in over 40ha of landholdings for Welsh Group. Construction of the site is due to commence in the coming weeks.

The Welsh Group has a strong investment within the Geelong region through its residential homes division, Welsh Homes.

Andrew Welsh, Managing Director, said. “The Armstrong Creek Town Centre will be the first major commercial project in this region delivered by Welsh Group, and will include a range of retail, leisure and entertainment, residential and community facilities; bringing an array of services and employment opportunities to the growing community.”

Stage 1 of the development, which has now received Planning Approval, comprises of a Coles supermarket along with supporting specialty retail. Welsh Group has an additional permit pending approval for fast food and bulky goods along the Surf Coast Highway.







“Stage 1 will initially service approximately 58,000 people, and provide in excess of 1,100 ongoing jobs, with the suburb set to rapidly increase to over 110,000 residents by 2036,” Welsh said.

Stage 1 of the Town Centre is scheduled to open in 2020. Welsh Group have appointed Colliers International as exclusive leasing agents across the town centre and freestanding pad sites along the Surf Coast Highway, ensuring a seamless and suitably master planned offering that will benefit the wider region.

Colliers International’s Mike Crittenden and Adam Lester will manage the leasing campaign. “The initial off market campaign in securing the anchors has already generated significant local and national retail interest for the soon to be launched specialty tenancies”, Crittenden said.


Source: Shopping Centre News

Single Touch Payroll (STP) is an ATO compliance regulation that requires employers to send employee payroll information including salary, wages, PAYG withholding and superannuation to the Australian Tax Office (ATO) at the same time as their standard pay run.

This is a significant change, for small business in particular, that will require many employers to upgrade or replace their payroll system in order to meet their reporting obligations.

Last month, the Australian Government officially passed legislation to expand Single Touch payroll to all employers. This is being done in two phases:

  • Phase 1: Single Touch Payroll became mandatory on 1 July 2018 for all employers with 20 or more employees,
  • Phase 2: Single Touch Payroll will become mandatory for employers with 19 or less employees from 1 July 2019.


The ATO has announced special rules for STP micro employers (1-4 employees), to help them transition more easily into the new regime. Micro employers who engage a registered tax or BAS agent will be able to report quarterly for the first two years, rather than each time payroll is run.

Small employers can start reporting any time from the 1 July start date up to 30 September 2019. The ATO will also grant deferrals to any small employer who requests additional time to start reporting.

So how will it be different?

Previously, small businesses finalised their payroll records at the end of the financial year and produced a payment summary annual report for the ATO, outlining how much had been paid in salary or wages, the PAYG withheld, and any superannuation contributions they’d made along with a payment summary for each employee.

With Single Touch Payroll, the payment summary annual report and the payment summary will no longer exist. You will no longer need to send the ATO your annual report; simply advise them when you’ve made your last pay run of the financial year.

Similarly, you will no longer need to provide your employees with payment summaries. The STP will now be used by the ATO as the sole record of salary/wages, taxed and superannuation. Employees will be able to see their payment summary, which will now be called an ‘income statement’ by logging on to the myGov website.

When you start reporting

You will need to report your employees’ tax and super information, on or before each pay day, using your STP-enabled payroll software.

You will need to do a finalisation declaration at the end of the financial year. The information you report through STP will not be tax-ready for your employees or their registered tax agent until you make this declaration.

Superannuation will change as well. As an employer, you will now report your employees’ super liability information through STP. Super funds will then report to us once you have paid the super amount to your employees’ chosen fund.

It is your obligation as an employer to make sure employees know they will be reporting through STP. The ATO has issued a fact sheet for employees that you might want to share with your staff.

But I don’t use payroll software.

With many small businesses and other small employers not using commercial payroll software, the ATO has also advised they will not be required to purchase such software to report under STP. A list of software providers who have developed low and no-cost reporting solutions including simple payroll solutions, portals and mobile apps has been published at

There will be no penalties for mistakes, missed or late reports for the first year, and the ATO will allow exemptions from STP reporting for employers experiencing hardship, or in areas with intermittent or no internet connection.

How can I get ready for the change?

  • Make sure you can submit compliant reports every payday.
  • If you use online payroll software, it should be able to manage STP – check it can produce ATO-compliant reports?
  • If you use desktop payroll software, you’ll need to look around for a service that can upload your payroll reports, convert them into the ATO’s required format and submit them on your behalf.
  • If you use spreadsheets or pen and paper, you’ll need to engage a service that will convert the data into a compliant digital report format and submit it on your behalf.

For more information about STP on 13 28 61 or at

Edition one, 2019 of ASOFIA’s industry magazine “Interior Fitout” is out now. This edition features Decorative Finishes and Lighting, as well as Designers and an overview of the redevelopment of AMP’s Karrinyup Shopping Centre. In addition, you’ll find regular segments including industry news, retail news, “Your Business”, a showcase of New Members to ASOFIA and “Meet The Member”.

CLICK HERE to read the latest edition.