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    How to safeguard your finances from cybercrime this tax season


    Mark Gorrie |  June 19, 2018


    Norton security expert Mark Gorrie offers ten top tax time tips to help businesses and individuals protect themselves from online fraud during EOFY.


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  • Digital Trade State opportunities

    Monkeystack delivers digital success for South Australia


    Editor |  June 19, 2018


    South Australian animation and interactive design studio Monkeystack is investing in the next generation of animators, creatives and programmers.


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  • Agriculture Red Tape

    New initiative to reduce red tape for horticulture businesses in W.A.


    Editor |  June 19, 2018


    A new Government reform initiative will make it easier for horticulture businesses to open and operate in Western Australia. The initiative supports the Government’s objective to diversify the economy, promote business investment and create jobs in regional and remote communities.


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  • Have your say: Future COAG Regulatory Reform Agenda Stakeholder Consultation Paper

    Helen Hull     |      September 27, 2011

    COAG’s Business Regulation and Competition Working Group is inviting businesses to comment on future reform priorities that address barriers to the effective functioning of national markets and ways to improve Australia’s productivity and competitiveness.

    Closing date for submissions:  Friday 21 October 2011.

  • Going into a business partnership? Seven attributes to consider first

    Simon Rowell     |      September 21, 2011

    Having been involved in both successful and unsuccessful business partnerships in the past, I have come to realise a few truths along the way that could be useful for anyone contemplating entering a partnership.

    Thinking about the attributes before committing will allow for a degree of objectivity in a time when all parties are optimistic for the future. It is worth remembering that no one thinks of anything but success when forming business partnerships, yet many still do end up falling apart over time.

  • The small to medium sized business impact from carbon pricing: challenges and opportunity

    Matthew Tukaki     |      September 21, 2011


    Matthew Tukaki, CEO of the Sustain Group and Australian Representative to the United Nations Global Compact looks at the challenges and opportunities for small to medium sized business.

    The debate about climate change policy is all around us from front page spreads in the national mastheads, the nightly television news through to talkback radio. There are those who are for setting a price on carbon and then there are those who oppose it. The reality is, this week, the legislation will be before the Parliament and likely well in place before the end of the year in time for a go live day of 1 July 2012.

  • ARA supports calls for company tax cut at Tax Forum

    Helen Hull     |      September 20, 2011

    The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) has openly supported sentiments by the Greens and Council of Small Business of Australia (COSBOA) for company tax cuts to form part of the discussion at the Tax Summit on 4 and 5 October.

    ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman said ARA’s own submission to the Tax Forum called for company tax cuts as the retail industry becomes increasingly trade exposed and globally vulnerable to competition from lower taxed nations.

  • Up for sale? Commitment and preparation are first and foremost

    David Tyrrell     |      September 14, 2011

    Selling a business is rarely a simple transaction, for good reason.

    As Account Director in Corporate Advisory at Deloitte Private, David Tyrrell provides daily Merger and Acquisition advisory services on transactions including acquisitions, divestments and equity raisings.

  • International trade update

    NAB - Business View     |      September 13, 2011

    How can Australian business adapt to address the slowing growth internationally?

    NAB’s Head of Australian Economics & Commodities, Rob Brooker, shares the latest economic and trade updates.

  • Fair trading can improve your bottom line

    Anthony Roberts     |      September 11, 2011

    Most businesses work hard to attract customers.  Whilst business development is a priority, it is worthwhile considering what service really means to your customers.  Doing so can help you maintain the customers you’ve worked hard to attract, particularly if something goes wrong.  

    We all intuitively understand that solid and professional customer service plays an essential role in building a network of loyal customers; those who will return to your business and recommend your company to others.  Consequently, good businesses work to minimise customer complaints through excellent customer service. 

  • Call for Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Registrations

    Helen Hull     |      September 5, 2011



    First 5000 partner Deloitte is on the hunt for submissions for its Technology Fast 50 awards. This year’s competition will again include the Leadership Award category open to First 5000 members.

    Joshua Tanchel, leader of Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 Program said the Leadership award, which is unique to the Australian program, recognises established, innovative companies that are showcasing their leadership status to new start-ups in the technology industry.

  • You CAN afford a creative advertising agency

    Matt Batten     |      August 31, 2011



    Business is competitive enough for companies of all sizes. Competing for a share of the marketing landscape is even tougher. Especially if you’re a medium-sized business fighting against the big guns. You probably think your budget is too small to get professional marketing services from an advertising agency

    Not true.

  • Money talk: shopping for a business loan

    Jacqui Colwell     |      August 30, 2011



    Coming to grips with your cash flow peaks and troughs is essential to determine your ability to repay a business loan.

    Below are my top business-lending tips.

  • Have your say: Tax Reform

    Helen Hull     |      August 30, 2011



    The Federal Government will hold a forum on tax reform in October to help identify priorities and directions for the future of taxation in Australia.

    I’d like to invite First 5000 members to share their views on the way forward by presenting their ideas as blogs on our site ahead of the forum.

  • Have your say: Digital Local Government

    Helen Hull     |      August 29, 2011

    The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy has called for stakeholder comments on draft guidelines for the Digital Local Government program.

    Comments from First 5000 members will help to develop the final guidelines, which will determine how the program is implemented.

  • Interest rate forecast: what’s ahead?

    NAB - Business View     |      August 24, 2011

    To set interest rates, inflation takes centre stage. The Reserve Bank (RBA) primarily focuses on inflationary pressures. Then, to a lesser extent, it focuses on asset prices and forward indicators of inflation, such as labour costs and the strength of activity and labour markets.

    “The RBA is particularly concerned that the labour market is tightening and will result in higher wages,” explains NAB’s Chief Economist, Alan Oster. “Also, it expects a strong bounce in activity as Queensland recovers [from natural disasters] and the mining boom kicks in.”

  • Corporate Express challenges Aussie businesses to go green

    Jennifer Levasseur     |      August 23, 2011



    When it comes to the environment, everyone can make a difference.  No matter how big or small the steps you take it all counts and at Corporate Express we want to help.

    Corporate Express’ Go Green Guide – for a Greener Workspace aims to encourage and facilitate sustainable procurement for Australian businesses. The guide includes tangible advice and simple ‘how to’ steps for businesses of all sizes, as well as almost 1,500 EarthSaver -classified products to help businesses make the right purchasing choices.


  • What is our economy to become: The future of manufacturing requires us to plan

    Matthew Tukaki     |      August 22, 2011

    It is a dilemma that many businesses across Australia in some of our most traditional sectors are grappling with at the moment – and that is the future.

    The recent announcement by Bluescope Steel to close its Western Port hot strip mill at Hastings and its No.6 blast furnace at Port Kembla, near Wollongong are not only blows for the more than 1,000 workers and contractors it means a significant loss for the local communities where those plants reside.