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Mathias Cormann wants to lead the OECD. The choice it makes will be pivotal

My old OECD boss Secretary General (SG) Angel Gurria’s third term is coming to an end and the race is on to replace him. Australia’s departing finance minister Mathias Cormann[1] will face off against likely candidates fr...

Another building-site death adds to demands for industrial manslaughter laws

The death of 23-year-old apprentice Jonnie Hartshorn on a Perth university building site is the 23rd workplace fatality among construction workers in Australia in 2020. Hartshorn was killed on October 13 after falling 20 metr...

Dynamic Canberra NDIS provider expands to deliver services across other states

One of Canberra’s leading disability service providers is expanding across Australia in response to strong demand. As part of their national growth, they have also rebranded to reflect the broader range of services now on ...

Managing Staff Training Records Problem for SMEs

A leading workplace training expert is warning 85 percent of companies have unknowingly let mandatory health and safety training qualifications and licences expire or are missing mandatory evidence, placing staff and the bus...

COVID: How do you declare virtual xmas parties and online staff presents at tax time?

Accounting and training expert and CEO of Platinum Professional Training, Coco Hou, today said “with the end of year fast approaching, many businesses are already planning virtual Christmas parties for staff and clients, a...

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Melbourne brothers launch security start-up, Solid GPS

Solid GPS, a new security start-up which provides state-of-the-art portable GPS trackers, has launched to stop thieves in their tracks after latest figures from CarSafe reveal motor vehicle...

Life after lockdown will need a novel approach

As second-wave outbreaks of COVID-19 around the world demonstrate, it’s a tricky transition from hard lockdowns to more relaxed, but still effective, measures. The responses of different n...

Dynamic Canberra NDIS provider expands to deliver services across other states

One of Canberra’s leading disability service providers is expanding across Australia in response to strong demand. As part of their national growth, they have also rebranded to reflect th...

New modelling finds investing in childcare and aged care almost pays for itself

Gaukhar Yerk/ShutterstockIn the absence of an official analysis of the impact of the budget by gender the National Foundation for Australian Women has this morning published its own gender analys...

Managing Staff Training Records Problem for SMEs

A leading workplace training expert is warning 85 percent of companies have unknowingly let mandatory health and safety training qualifications and licences expire or are missing mandatory ...

COVID: How do you declare virtual xmas parties and online staff presents at tax time?

Accounting and training expert and CEO of Platinum Professional Training, Coco Hou, today said “with the end of year fast approaching, many businesses are already planning virtual Christm...

The budget sets us up for an unreasonably slow recovery. Here's how

Josh Frydenberg has told us his 2020 Budget is “all about jobs[1]”. What he hasn’t said is that it is actually aiming for a slower recovery from the recession, as far as unemployment g...

Advice to Grow an Architecture Firm

Having an architecture firm is great, but if you want to grow it into a true powerhouse, it is not an easy thing to do. You might have some of the best architects in the world working for y...

The Advantages of Lean and Six Sigma

When running a business, there should be less or no room for error at all. Although it’s inevitable for some businesses to suffer loss, there are still methods to prevent a huge loss. These...

Workforce Management Software: Its Significance to Your Business in Australia

Australia is geographically situated between the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean. It is known as the world’s smallest continent, but it is the sixth-largest country with a total land a...

How an Australian supplements company caught the attention of a major US retailer, during a global pandemic

Business is tough. Business in 2020 has been, for many, debilitating. COVID has seen stores shuttered, businesses collapse overnight, and once robust companies and brands fighting to keep t...

Financial wellness, and why it is so important for you to have your employees get and stay on top of it

Research from NAB has found that 40% of Australians have experienced some form of financial hardship in 2019, which is obviously likely to be inflated this year. In fact, stress around financ...

Boardroom bloodletting signals a classic private-equity hijacking

US private equity firm Bain Capital won’t formally assume control of Virgin Australia until November. But its coup this week[1] against chief executive Paul Scurrah, dumping him for Jayne H...

What business owners and managers need to know when it comes to mental health

Business owners and managers carry the responsibility of providing a healthy work environment and looking after the wellbeing of employees.  The challenge that business leaders often face...

COVID won't kill populism, even though populist leaders have crisis badly

Alex Brandon/APThree of the world’s most populist leaders of modern times – Donald Trump, Boris Johnson and Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil, have handled the COVID crisis badly. All three ha...

Yes, we need to make things in Australia, but not like in the past

Much of the focus of Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese’s budget reply speech[1] was around Labor’s proposal to expand childcare subsidies – a policy with some flaws but which moves in ...

Not perfect, but much to like

There’s a lot to like about the JobMaker Hiring Credit[1] announced in the budget. As lockdowns ease, it’s logical to cautiously move from protecting jobs in struggling sectors to genera...

SMEs urged not to overlook domain names

More shoppers are seeking out Aussie businesses online. A com.au domain name says your business is local.   *  70% of respondents to a survey from auDA said supporting Australian bus...

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