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  • Productivity is in the eye of the beholder

    David Byers     |      September 12, 2012

    Industrial relations continues to be a divisive topic in Australia, especially when it comes to productivity. David Byers says for our our oil and gas sector to flourish access to skilled labour is essential.

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And it seems the same can be said of productivity.

  • Working from home can increase productivity

    Nancy Parker     |      September 11, 2012

    There are many advantages to allowing staff the freedom to work from home. Nancy Parker shares why you should let your staff set their own working conditions.

    Lately there’s been a shift in what employees view as the typical office setting, with more and more agreeing that the standard office environment actually makes them less productive than they would be if they were allowed to work from home.

  • Have your say: roll-overs to SMSFs

    Helen Hull     |      September 9, 2012

    The Government has released for public consultation an exposure draft of legislation of legislation relating to roll-overs to self managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) and the accompanying explanatory material.

    Submissions close: Friday, 14 September 2012.

  • Have your say: copyright and the digital economy

    Helen Hull     |      September 4, 2012


    You are invited to have your say on the on the first consultation paper for the Inquiry about Copyright law, Copyright and the Digital Economy.

    Submissions close: Friday, 16 November 2012.

  • How can you impact employee engagement?

    Sean Conrad     |      September 4, 2012

    What can you do to make your employees and workplace one which functions productively? Sean Conrad shares his tips on employee engagement.

    Much has been written about the importance of employee engagement to an organisation’s bottom line. The cost of disengaged employees to mid-sized businesses is huge, including the cost of replacing those who leave, the potential loss of intellectual capital and the negative impact of those who stay but are disgruntled or don’t give their best.

  • What every mid-sized business should know about The Cloud

    Heather Tropman     |      September 4, 2012

    The Cloud is playing an increasing role in everyday business. Heather Tropman shares what she believes are the most important things for First 5000 members to know about The Cloud.

    There are three things every mid-sized business should know when it comes to Cloud: (i) what it is; (ii) how it can benefit your business; (iii) potential risks to navigate. Then you’re well on your way to making an informed decision and transforming how your business pays for and uses compute power, storage and software applications.

  • Making the most of undergraduate talent – Mid size business and Student Interns

    Alice Watkins     |      August 29, 2012

    Any business needs to employ good people to be sustainable and to grow, yet recruiting skilled staff is becoming much more of a competitive challenge. Alice Watkins from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) shares her advice to First 5000 members on working with interns.

    As the Baby Boomer generation retires, 30% to 40% of today’s workers will leave the workforce. Due to low birthrates, these people will not be replaced by enough new workers to fill their shoes.

  • Have your say: refunding excess GST

    Helen Hull     |      August 29, 2012

    Comments are now being sought on draft legislation intended to clarify the circumstances in which the restriction on GST refunds applies to overpayments of GST.

    Submissions close: Friday, 14 September 2012.

  • Some big ideas for manufacturing, but will they happen?

    Tim Mazzarol     |      August 27, 2012

    What does the future of manufacturing in Australia look like? Tim Mazzarol takes an in-depth look at a new report and what it means for First 5000 members.

    The recently released Report of the Non-Government Members of the Prime Minister’s Manufacturing Task Force provides a comprehensive and well-considered blueprint for the future of Australia’s manufacturing sector. However, the sheer breadth of its scope may pose some significant challenges in seeing its recommendations fully implemented. 

  • India focus

    NAB - Business View     |      August 22, 2012

    For businesses wishing to secure a presence in India, there are various options to explore.

    Austrade’s Senior Trade Commissioner, Peter Linford, who has lived and worked in New Delhi for four years – gives an overview.

  • Have your say: Personal Liability for Corporate Fault

    Helen Hull     |      August 21, 2012

    First 5000 members are invited to comment on the third and final tranche of the Commonwealth’s Personal Liability for Corporate Fault Reform Bill 2012. This third tranche consists of amendments to Commonwealth tax legislation.

    Submissions close: Monday, 3 September 2012.  

  • Quick decisions help medium sized businesses

    David Brown     |      August 21, 2012

    Gut instinct, timing and action are critical for developing a business. David Brown, First 5000 member and founder of e-commerce company, Trixan, shares his thoughts on why making quick decisions has helped his company.

    There’s no doubt that the best decision I have ever made was to go into the pet supply market in the US when we did, in 2002.

  • How to unlock passion in your business

    Shivani Gupta     |      August 15, 2012

    Is your passion for your business waning? Shivani Gupta tells us how to regain the drive you once had.

    A lot of managers and leaders start a career in an area in which they are passionate. After a number of years it is easy to lose that passion. But it is vital that you get that passion back if you are to make your career and your organisation as successful and rewarding as possible.

  • Have your say: excise equivalent goods administration

    Helen Hull     |      August 15, 2012

    You are invited to have your say onimproving the efficiency and effectiveness of the excise equivalent goods administrative framework.

    Submissions close: Friday, 31 August 2012.

  • No shame in admitting you are wrong

    Jeremy Liddle     |      August 14, 2012


    How do you feel when you make a mistake or are wrong about something? Entrepreneur Jeremy Liddle believes it’s important to admit when you are wrong and try to correct your actions immediately.

    Many people think that committing mistakes is shameful and because of that they never have the courage to move towards their goal. They don’t have the courage to face the setbacks and failures that may come with achieving what they want.