• Blockchain

    World-first secure blockchain with good REPUtation


    First 5000 |  March 21, 2019


    Researchers at Monash University are part of an international team that has developed a world-first blockchain system that can successfully defend malicious activity by attackers who possess more than half of the system’s computing power.


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  • Exports

    Agriculture Department ignores science, allows high-risk sheep shipments


    First 5000 |  March 21, 2019


    The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has announced proposed conditions for live sheep exports during the 2019 Northern summer. Under the proposed arrangements, shipments won’t be allowed in June, July and August but can proceed in May.


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  • Workplace Relations

    Public Holidays bill to cost Victoria more than $9 billion over the next decade 


    First 5000 |  March 21, 2019


    The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is disappointed with proposed legislation to make three new public holidays permanent.


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Latest News

  • Five business goals for 2012

    NAB - Business View     |      February 21, 2012



    Are you ready to take on the tough business challenges of 2012? Recovery from the global debt crisis isn’t expected to occur in the short term.

    In the meantime, to ride out the current confidence dip, businesses need to plan and out-think the competition or risk being left behind as others steal market share. Setting goals can help you trim the financial fat and strengthen your organisation.

  • Have your say: carbon units

    Helen Hull     |      February 14, 2012



    First 5000 members are invited to have your say about the position paper on the legislative instrument for auctioning carbon units in Australia’s carbon pricing mechanism.

    Submissions close: 24 February 2012.

  • Get Schmart with your marketing

    Helen Hull     |      February 14, 2012



    Discover how to build powerful customer relationships by bridging the gap between social and traditional media at PMP’s 2012 Schmart Marketing Conference. 

    Popular keynote speaker from the 2011 Schmart Marketing Conference, Jeffrey Hayzlett, former Eastman Kodak chief marketing officer and vice president, returns to Australia to lead the discussion which will take place in Melbourne and Sydney, on 21 and 23 February respectively.

  • Business giving back to the community

    David Bell - Kwik Kopy     |      February 14, 2012

    Aligning your business to a charity is a great way to give back to the community. David Bell, managing director of Kwik Kopy discusses how the First 5000 partner chose to work with its charity Hands across the Water to create the 2012 Kwik Kopy Hands Classic.

    You want your business to find a way to give back to the community, but choosing which charity to support can be a challenge.

  • How to prevent a terrible nightmare at work

    Sarina Russo     |      February 14, 2012

    Work can be a stressful place at the best of times, but difficult colleagues and staff can make it impossible. Sarina Russo looks at how to avoid hiring an office psychopath.

    Not only can office psychopaths make your life a living hell, they can be charming and know how to avoid detection.

  • Uncategorised

    A blueprint for reducing your advertising production costs

    Darren Woolley     |      February 7, 2012

    After media, advertising production is usually the single biggest expense marketers and advertisers manage. Yet we hear horror stories of budgets being blown out with production over-runs and changes.  Darren Woolley managing director, of marketing consultancy, TrinityP3 outlines how to build an ad campaign without blowing the budget. 

     We generally find that these production blowouts are more likely due to poor supplier management rather than the naked greed of the suppliers. Of course, this does not mean there are no longer sharks in the advertising waters, it just means armed with knowledge on costs and processes, you are less likely to get attacked, or worse still, eaten alive.

  • Have your say: Fair Work Act

    Helen Hull     |      February 7, 2012



    You are invited to comment on the Fair Work Act Review. The Object of the Fair Work Act is to provide a balanced framework for cooperative and productive workplace relations that promotes national economic prosperity and social inclusion for all Australians.

    The Panel is particularly keen to hear from First 5000 members. Written submissions to the Review Panel are due by 17 February 2012.

  • What keeps people from LEADING successfully?

    Franziska Goyo     |      February 7, 2012



    How do you to motivate your teams to sell more, be more and stay with you, executive coach Franziska Goyo, shares her tips.  

    The CEO of a fast growing recruitment company asked me to train their teams to become more effective in selling, coordinating and motivating their clients. The first analysis clearly showed that the teams were stressed. A lot of complaining behind other people’s backs was going on amongst them and trust levels were low. A number of the staff had left not long after they had started.


  • Say Yes to being a successful business

    Helen Hull     |      January 31, 2012



    Relationships, creating an international brand and outsourcing are the keys to the success of natural skincare brand Yes to Carrots. Co-founder Lance Kalish gave us the inside scoop on how this strategy has worked for his company and how it could help yours.

    “Relationships are the most important thing,” a confident Kalish says about creating operations overseas.  “Relationships are everything. You cannot build a meaningful relationship with a retail buyer, or a distributor, or anyone in your industry from behind your computer in Australia.

  • Conroy announces National Telework Week

    First 5000     |      January 17, 2012

    The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, has announced the creation of an Australian Telework week, following on from a unanimous vote by delegates at the 2011 National Economic Review.

    At the summit, hosted by First 5000 parent company, Global Access Partners’ (GAP), Tim Fawcett, CISCO General Manager Government Affairs & Policy, made a case for Australia to follow the United States’ lead and create a National Telework Week. In the US more than 35,000 businesses and organisations pledge to allow employees to work from home for a week.

  • Top 5 LinkedIn New Year Resolutions for 2012

    Jennifer Bishop     |      December 30, 2011

    As 2011 draws to a close and professionals enjoy some well earned time off, we all have a chance to reflect on the year and what we might do better next year.

    For professionals who utilise LinkedIn to maintain their professional network and grow their business; here are 5 New years Resolutions for using LinkedIn in 2012.

  • Fair Work Act review outlined

    Helen Hull     |      December 20, 2011

    The Federal Government has announced the details of an independent review of the Fair Work Act.

    The review of the Fair Work Act, first announced when the legislation was introduced, will be conducted by Reserve Bank Board Member John Edwards, former Federal Court Judge, the Honourable Michael Moore and legal and workplace relations academic Professor Ron McCallum.

  • Kwik Kopy Australia designs campaign with Australian Red Cross

    Helen Hull     |      December 20, 2011

    Corporate design and print solutions specialist and First 5000 partner Kwik Kopy Australia has partnered with Australian Red Cross on its latest direct mail campaign.

    The new direct mail campaign will promote further understanding of Red Cross’ humanitarian work amongst small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across Australia.

  • Learn how an improved privacy strategy can increase market share

    Peter Kocovski     |      December 19, 2011



    As the issue of individual identity and privacy become more complex, organisations need more disciplined responses to protect customer and organisational interests and comply with best practice.

    For many organisations, Contact Centres are now the first and sometimes the only point of contact for their customers.

  • Have your say: Strata Laws

    Helen Hull     |      December 19, 2011

    The New South Wales Government plans to commence a review of the State’s strata and community title laws in 2012, which may include significant amendments to the existing legislation.

    Contributions close: 29 February 2012.