Simple solution for diversity and local workforce participation

MASTER BUILDER, September – October 2016: The ROADS Foundation is aiming to help Master Builder members achieve representation of local workers within their businesses. The Foundation’s executive director Ashley Little explains. There are many challenges associated with developing and growing your people and workforce. Development of skills, diversity, equality and active local participation and engagement, often all need to be …

What your business can learn from the Western Bulldogs

SmartCompany, October 6 2016 A couple of years ago, I recall sitting in the Western Bulldogs boardroom overlooking the Whitten Oval. A long polished table separated me and the corporate leadership team as we discussed a project my company BOOM! had been awarded to deliver for their membership team. Towards the end of this conversation, I directed a question to them: …

Compo for sacked manager who downloaded porn to work laptop

The Australian, October 4, 2016: A Port Macquarie insurance manager who downloaded “hardcore pornographic mat­erial”, including video of himself having sex, to his work laptop has been compensated $10,000 for unfair dismissal. Allan Croft was sacked by Smarter Insurance Brokers in January for unsatisfactory work performance but the company later relied on the pornography-related allegations after discovering the conduct following …

Facebook Marketplace launches Down Under: What you need to know

SmartCompany, October 4 2016: Australian Facebook users will be among the first in world to be given access to the social network’s latest feature – an online shopping forum called Facebook Marketplace. While the Marketplace is a consumer-to-consumer function, and builds on the activity already taking place in Facebook buy, swap and sell groups, a spokesperson for the social media …

MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO

RED TAPE: In this week’s Broadcast we have two articles on Red Tape with vastly varying scenarios. In South Australia, Richard Blandy, Adjunct Professor of Economics in the Business School at the University of South Australia, in the article ‘Cut red tape to boost small business growth’, proposes: “The Federal Government introduced a Cut the Red Tape guide as part …

Chamber calls for GST relief

Midland Reporter, 27.9.16 A GROUP of businesses owners across WA met with Senator Dean Smith at the Swan Chamber of Commerce boardroom last month to discuss ways to bring forward the start date for the Government to implement the scrapping of the $1000 GST threshold on overseas imports and to hopefully have it implemented this year rather than from July …

Cut red tape to boost small business growth

INDAILY, Adelaide’s independent news, September 27, 2016 South Australians have little to lose and many good jobs to gain from a program of business deregulation focussed on small businesses, writes Richard Blandy. The Federal Government introduced a Cut the Red Tape guide as part of its commitment to regulatory reform. One of the more feasible options for revitalising the South …

Red tape a red flag for power innovation

The West Australian, September 30, 2016: Can you imagine a shearing shed powered by solar panels? What about an outback town backed up by a battery? At Western Power we’re making it a reality. Six pioneering farming families – our customers – are helping us trial a new way of providing electricity in remote areas that doesn’t involve poles and …

Weekend penalty rates ‘unfair’

The Australian, September 30, 2016: Chris Papagianis says workplace laws requiring him to pay Sunday shift workers double the hourly rate of what they would earn Monday to Friday are “crippling”. “I just think it’s crazy,’’ says Mr Papagianis, who employs between 15 and 19 people at his cafe and milk bar in the southeastern Melbourne suburb of Glen Iris. …

Fair Work Commission ruling renews penalty rate push

The Australian, September 30, 2016: Small business will push to have retail and fast-food companies not pay employee penalty rates and overtime in exchange for a 25 per cent increase in their hourly rate of pay following the Fair Work Commission’s ­“historic” move to drive more flexibility into the nation’s award system. Employers welcomed yesterday’s announcement by commission president Iain …