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How to use the Business Cost Calculator  |  Guidance notes

Form 3 - create activity costing

About this form

Here, you name your activity, choose the cost category it belongs to, then cost the activity. You can create one or more activities for a task.

This form is a step-by-step. You make a choice, then click the Apply button to make the next choice. The Apply buttons change the form to suit the choices you've made. Note: If you have Javascript turned on, you won't see the Apply buttons.

Handy links

Cost categories explained

What to include

Handy hint!You can fill in the activity name now, save your work and return later to calculate your costs.

Activity name

This is a short description of the activity costing - the title of the activity. Make it as clear and descriptive as possible, but keep it short (no more than 8 words).

It helps you tell the difference between one activity and another.

Handy hint! You can fill in the activity name now, save your work and return later to calculate your costs.

Cost category

Pick the cost category that's relevant to your activity costing. Click the Apply button (if you don't have Javascript turned on).

The next set of choices will be available.

Important! What you choose here will affect your next set of choices.

Cost type

Choose the radio button that fits the type of cost you're trying to calculate. Is it an outsourced cost or an internal cost? And, if an outsourced cost, is it a product or service you're purchasing?

Start-up or ongoing
Choose the radio button that shows whether the cost is a one-off cost or a cost that will happen several times over a certain period. Click the Apply button (if you don't have Javascript turned on).

Important!  Not all the options below will be available. It depends on what radio buttons you clicked on.

Start-up or ongoing

Choose the radio button that shows whether the cost is a one-off cost or a cost that will happen several times over a certain period. Click the Apply button.

Important! Not all the options below will be available. It depends on what radio buttons you clicked on.

Ongoing year

This is the year your activity costing relates to - the year the activity will be done.

This only appears if your costs will change from year to year (that is, your costs are variable). You choose this when you set up your constraints.

Size of businesses affected by activity

The businesses you chose at the option level will appear here. Click the relevant radio button (for example, click the 'Small' radio button if you're calculating costs for small businesses).

Number of businesses affected by activity

This is the actual number of business affected by the activity.

You can round the number up or down or provide exact numbers.

Important! The number you enter must be less than or equal to the corresponding number you entered at the option level.

Number of times service purchased per year

This shows how often you'll purchase the service over a year. Enter 1 if you'll only purchase the service once a year, 2 if you'll purchase it twice a year and so on.

Number of times product purchased per year

This shows how often you'll purchase the product over a year. Enter 1 if you'll only purchase the product once a year, 2 if you'll purchase it twice a year and so on.

You can also enter a fraction. If a licence is renewed once every three years then the fraction to enter would be 1/3=0.3333.

Purchase cost per activity

This is the cost of materials, equipment and so on you need to purchase.

Service cost per activity ($)

This is the cost of the services performed by the external organisation.

Number of staff per business performing activity

This is the number of your staff per business who'll be doing the activity.

Number of times activity performed per year

This is the number of times you'll do the activity over a year. Enter 1 if you'll only do the activity once a year, 2 if you'll do it twice in a year and so on.

You can also enter a fraction. If a licence is renewed once every three years then the fraction to enter would be 1/3=0.3333.

Avg. time of each staff to do activity (in hours)

Add all the times your staff will take to do the activity and give the average time -  2 for 2 hours, 160 for 160 hours and so on.

Labour cost ($/hr) (wage + non-wage labour costs)

This is the cost of the labour of your staff, for example, their salaries added together.

Here, you must also include any taxes or other non-wage labour costs, such as superannuation costs.

Handy hint! Click the 'Create / choose wage' link to open the wage calculator, where you can calculate these types of costs before adding them in this field.

Level of certainty of ALL costing info

Choose the radio button showing how certain you are the info you've entered is correct. The level of certainty relates to ALL the info you've entered.

Supporting evidence

This is any evidence that supports the info you've entered into the form. This includes info you entered in the number of businesses affected, labour cost field and so on.

You don't have to fill in this field, but it will help make your case.

Handy hint! You can cut and paste the info from another document, for example, a Microsoft Word document.

Important! Note: When pasting text into the Business Cost Calculator, you'll lose any formatting, such as bold or bullet points.

What next?

When you've filled in the form, click the Add this activity / cost button. You'll see the activity costing appear in the list.

Click the Cancel button to exit the form. This will not save anything you've entered.

Handy links

Wage calculator

Any problems?

Error messages
You might see an error message if you don't fill in a field.

You can't save the activity costing until you follow the message that appears.

You'll also see an error message if the number of businesses is greater than the number of businesses you entered for the option.