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    Do your products fit the market?

    Paul Henderson |  September 22, 2018

    How do you know if you have the right mix of products and services for your market? How can you decide what changes to make? The way to answer these questions has changed.

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  • Health and Safety Workplace Inclusion and Rights

    Crackdown on mining firms passing safety costs to workers

    First 5000 |  September 22, 2018

    Queensland’s Mines Inspectorate has announced a crackdown on companies that insist labour hire workers pay for their own safety equipment and health checks.

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  • Finance Financial Policy

    RBA small business finance report backs Ombudsman’s recommendations

    First 5000 |  September 22, 2018

    Small business owners and start-ups are still finding it difficult to access finance to start or grow their businesses, according to the Reserve Bank of Australia’s latest bulletin, Access to Small Business Finance.

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  • Taxi fares on the way down

    Jost Stollmann     |      January 29, 2013

    Catching a taxi is a regular part of day to day life for business people and a major expense for companies. Jost Stollmann from Tyro Payments explains how it could get a whole lot cheaper in the future.

    Tyro Payments is the only independent EFTPOS provider in Australia competing “heads-on” with the big bank oligopoly. For us momentum is building to have a crack at one of Australia’s longest standing monopolies, Cabcharge, a company surcharging Australian cab users with 10 per cent since 36 years when paying their cab fare with a card.

  • OMG! Back to work and the stuff that made me want a holiday!

    Leanne Faraday-Brash     |      January 29, 2013


    Despite the start of a new year it’s easy to get back into the old habits and circumstances which perplexed us in 2012. Leanne Faraday-Brash shares how to break the shackles and take a new approach.

    Last year wasn’t an easy year for many people for a host of reasons. Fortunately, as human beings we have a well-developed ability to forget some of the yucky stuff. If we didn’t and every mother dwelt on her labour experience, every child would probably be an only child!

  • The frustration with our politicians continues

    Ray Levin     |      December 12, 2012


    First 5000 member Ray Levin looks at how there is a lack of understanding from our politicans in regard to what is best for the economy.

    Today consulting engineers are putting off young engineers. Mining companies are putting off engineers from their design departments.

  • New Act moves Gender Equality into 21st century

    Helen Conway     |      December 5, 2012

    Workplace Gender Equality Agency director Helen Conway outlines the new Act and what it will do for gender equality in Australian workplaces.

    Can women have it all? The new Workplace Gender Equality Act places a different question centre stage.  Can women – and men – ‘’have it all”? Can the Australian economy ‘’have it all’’, where it fully reaps the benefits of its educated workforce? Can employers ‘’have it all’’, and meet the pent-up demand of the modern workforce for flexible work and meaningful careers which are compatible with caring responsibilities?

  • Workplace defibrillator guidelines to save lives

    Helen Hull     |      December 4, 2012

    In a bid to improve safety in all Australian workplaces and counter the incidence of cardiac arrest, new guidelines for the proper deployment and use of Automated External Defibrillators (AED) have been unveiled by The Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Financial Services and Superannuation, The Hon. Bill Shorten MP.

    The establishment of the AED Deployment Register (AEDDR), a new national policy authority and regulatory body, was also announced at an official launch in Canberra on 29 November.

  • Telework: breaking down geographic barriers and strengthening real-world communities

    Roger Dawkins     |      November 27, 2012

    Following the success of the first annual national Telework Week, Roger Dawkins highlights how flexible working hours benefit not only the worker but their employer too.

    Alan Woodward, executive director of the Lifeline Foundation, is a flexible worker. Flexible work, or telework, affords him the usual advantages: he doesn’t have to live in close proximity to work (so he lives on coastal NSW); flexible work’s more convenient because he travels a lot; and, if he chooses, Alan can adjust his working hours to fit in daytime family activities. But in addition to those benefits of working in a flexible environment, flexible work hugely benefits the real-world community where Alan lives.

  • Toxic Workplaces: The incompetent to the incomprehensible, the dysfunctional to the dastardly

    Leanne Faraday-Brash     |      November 21, 2012

    Organisational psychologist and executive coach with over twenty years of experience, Leanne Faraday-Brash shares high level strategies and practical tips for CEOs and change leaders in her new book Vulture Cultures.

    I think we could agree most workplaces understand the importance of engagement and its link to productivity, organisational health and profit. Evidence is consistently demonstrating that the quality of leadership and specifically leaders’ emotional intelligence are instrumental in fostering or eroding engagement.

  • How medium enterprises can compete against corporates for graduates

    Alice Watkins     |      November 19, 2012


    Internships are often associated with large companies and big corporates. Alice Watkins from UTS shares how as a mid sized business, you too can tap into these valuable resources.

    As the costs for hiring experienced employees escalates, it makes sense for medium enterprises to consider growing their own staff as a cost effective element in their recruitment and long term growth strategies.

  • Why I care about innovation

    Paul Cheever     |      November 13, 2012

    Investment in innovation has several rewards, including the capacity to help and improve lives. But Paul Cheever reluctantly admits it is the economic benefits that fire his obsession with innovation.

    About a dozen years ago, I happened to become responsible for advising a large superannuation fund on its private equity investments, including its initial venture capital investments.

  • Why Australia can lead the world in making products and services better

    Tom Voirol     |      November 6, 2012

    User focused design has helped with the success of products like the iPhone.  Tom Voirol explains how, by implementing this approach, Australian organisations and users can reap the significant benefits.

    You may not have heard the term, but user experience design (or UX) is getting increased traction in developing services and products that are more useful, usable and even desirable. It is the practice of putting the users and their needs, wants and preferences at the centre of the design process.

  • Embracing the Telework revolution

    Tim Fawcett     |      October 30, 2012

    As the momentum builds for Australia’s National Telework Week from 12-16 November 2012, Tim Fawcett discusses the revolutionary shift that is taking off in the way we are working now and will be in the future.

    The word ‘revolution’ gets used a lot in the information and technology sector – sometimes too often. But in the context of a shifting global economic environment, massive uptake of mobile devices by consumers and the rapidly emerging demands of workers to use their own device of choice as part of their workday routine, something revolutionary IS happening.

  • It’s time to grab a seat before the music stops for Aussie businesses

    Glenn Mabbott     |      October 29, 2012

    The rise of social media and increased engagement means it is important to understand how your business can adapt to the changing business environment. Glenn Mabbott explains how it’s necessary get the right advice from the right people.

    In the last two weeks business owners have been warned by the head of one of Australia’s biggest miners that if we don’t change our business models we will die. So where do we turn for advice?

  • Opportunities in B2B group buying space

    Helen Hull     |      October 29, 2012


    While the buzz continues around group buying and the savings that can be made there isn’t much activity from a business to business (B2B) standpoint.

    Business to business group buying websites like B2B Hive enable you to use collective buying to receive discounts and offers.

  • Advertising builds sales, helps your business grow

    Qantas     |      October 28, 2012

    Is your business looking for ways to raise your profile?

    Advertising raises customer’s awareness of your products and services and it educates them on the related benefits.  It generates interest from your target audience and allows them to evaluate your product or service. 

  • Guilty until proven innocent, why would you want to be a company director?

    Suelen McCallum     |      October 23, 2012

    Are you the member of a board, would you like to venture into the area of board representation. Suelen McCallum shares her concerns about the way board members are expected to operate.

    It seems like more and more time in the working day is spent on working in the business, and not on the business. And lately it seems that more and more time is spent either justifying your own position in the company or justifying the actions you have taken. None more so than if you are a director of a company (or two!).