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APY Media Statement – Richard King and Kevin Chan Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 00:00

As the Interim APY General Manager and representative of the APY Executive board, I am pleased to announce that the dispute in regards to the employment and matter of unfair dismissal of Mr. Kevin Chan has now been resolved amicably. The APY Board and the Interim General Manager, Mr. Richard King acknowledge the achievements(1) that Mr. Kevin Chan had made during his previous tenure as the Financial Controller of APY and decided to resolve the matter.

Mr. Chan has stated, “I am pleased to see that many of my recommendations(2) in relation to financial controls are now being implemented and I am very pleased to be re-engaged by APY to work on areas that will benefit the organisation. I therefore look forward to resuming work in the interest of the 2,500 Anangu men, women and children living in the remote communities of the APY Lands.”

(1) Achievements:

  • Registered APY as a Charitable Organisation (Not for profit organisation) to enjoy substantial tax benefits;
  • Claimed fuel tax credits totaling more than $150K from the ATO (the exact amount can be obtained from ATS or ATO's quarterly BAS reports);
  • Designed monthly fuel reports to support future tax credit claims from the ATO (estimated at least $75K annually);
  • Generated actual bank interest savings of over $50K (annualised over $100K);
  • Introduced and facilitated salary sacrifice and salary packaging enrolment that benefits both employees and the organisation;
  • Streamlined job codes and the chart of accounts;
  • Started the process of claiming GST credits on bad debts;
  • Implemented third party transfer forms to address previous inappropriate funds transfers;
  • Assisted in designing the organisation chart;
  • Designed a payroll process flow chart with procedures and clearer payroll operational systems;
  • Ensured service providers’ and employees’ contract terms were adhered to;
  • Introduced monthly financial control meetings with department managers to address financial control issues.
  • Highlighted a major HR/Payroll error for not properly accounting and recording employee entitlements that had cost APY more than estimated $0.5 million in opportunity costs.

(2) New jobs codes, chart of accounts, fuel tracking, bank interest-earning accounts, salary packaging, review of employees awards and entitlements.


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