• Business

    Physically demanding jobs linked to poor health in delayed retirement

    First 5000 |  June 17, 2019

    Men and women who have physically demanding jobs may experience poorer mental and physical health if they delay their retirement, new research led by Curtin University has found.

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  • Consultation

    Have your say: ACSC Small business survey

    First 5000 |  June 17, 2019

    The ACSC Small Business Survey is being shared with a range of government and small business support groups around Australia, inviting members and stakeholders to participate.

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  • Trade

    World trade faces biggest challenges since 1930’s

    First 5000 |  June 17, 2019

    The world trading system is under greater strain than at any time since the 1930s and can no longer be taken for granted, the Productivity Commission finds in its latest Trade and Assistance Review.

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Latest News

  • Are your teams not performing as well as they could?

    Franziska Goyo     |      April 10, 2012

    Franziska Goyo believes it is important to look at what holds people back rather than motivating them to get there.

    The CEO of a retail franchise called me and said to me, “I want my team to be more effective in selling. Some of them are really great, but some of them, even though they had the best sales training and success coaching they still don’t perform the way they could.”

  • Have your say: National Anti-Corruption Plan

    Helen Hull     |      April 3, 2012

    The Australian Government is conducting an extensive public consultation on the development of Australia’s National Anti-Corruption Plan.

    A discussion paper outlining the Commonwealth’s current approach to corruption was launched on 19 March 2012. Public submissions in response to the paper close 20 April 2012.

  • Why you need to consider alternative marketing strategies

    Darren Woolley     |      April 3, 2012

    TrinityP3’s Darren Woolley explores how it is important to review your marketing strategies so you don’t get stuck in a rut.

    Every marketer is coming to grips with the current rapid advances in technology and associated social changes. But does the statement, “We’ve always done it that way” ring any bells?

  • WHY you are in business?

    Shivani Gupta     |      March 27, 2012


    Are you crystal clear with your team about why you do what you do in business (or your personal life for that matter)? If you are a middle manager or executive, is the CEO crystal clear with you? Are you passionate about your business and what you are trying to do?

    Shivani Gupta from the Passionate People Institute shares how being passionate about your business, and articulating it in the right way, can put you on the road to success. 

  • Have your say: review of Australian contract law

    Helen Hull     |      March 27, 2012

    On 22 March 2012, Attorney-General Nicola Roxon released a discussion paper to explore the scope for reforming Australian contract law.

    First 5000 members are invited to particpate in the consulation which closes COB Friday 20 July 2012.

  • Impact of current market dynamics on M&A transactions

    David Tyrrell     |      March 27, 2012

    The current markets certainly present many considerations for owners of private businesses, particularly those considering the future sale of their business or those contemplating acquisitions to deliver growth.

    While there is widespread uncertainty, David Tyrrell, Account Director in Corporate Advisory at Deloitte Private, believes now is an ideal time for owners to be talking with their advisers about their business, their objectives and the impact the current environment is having on their choices.

  • Sexual harassment is still alive and thriving

    Alison Page     |      March 20, 2012

    Every year, workplace sexual harassment is one of the most common complaints received by the Australian Human Rights Commission. Lawyer Alison Page looks at how it continues to thrive in our work environments.

    In February the Sydney Morning Herald reported the case of a senior executive of the Star City Casino being dismissed in the wake of complaints she made of sexual harassment against Sid Vaikunta, who was sacked late last year for the misconduct.

  • The journey to gender equality in Australian workplaces

    Helen Conway     |      March 20, 2012


    Helen Conway, Director of the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency, highlighted the urgency of closing the gender gap, when she delivered the Kingsley Laffer Memorial Lecture at the University of Sydney on 19 March and again in announcing those who were recognised as EOWA Employers of Choice. 

    Tonight I’ll be raising a glass to 67 NSW and ACT organisations which this year have been awarded the EOWA Employers of Choice for Women citation. Nationally, 125 organisations gained the citation in 2012, recognising their efforts in areas such as closing the gender pay gap, placing women in executive management and offering a flexible workplace for those men and women with caring responsibilities. 

  • Australian employment market firm despite job cuts

    Lincoln Crawley     |      March 20, 2012

    For years Australian job market reports have revealed an undersupply of skilled labour in many industries. Lincoln Crawley from ManpowerGroup says we should take heart from the fact that there is still growth in the market, and learn to adapt to a different environment.

    ManpowerGroup conducts a quarterly survey of 2,500 Australian employers, asking them about their hiring intentions for the coming quarter.

  • From cruise control to top gear

    Michael Hyatt     |      March 13, 2012

    Late last year First 5000 partner Deloitte Private released a new series on the enormous opportunities open to Australians: Building the Lucky Country.

    Based on this report, Deloitte Private account director Michael Hyatt outlines how to get your workers more engaged and more productive.

  • Global economic conditions main mid size business concern

    Christena Singh     |      March 13, 2012

    While overall confidence levels between Australia’s small and medium businesses are similar, both having declined in the past quarter, they have very different reasons for their concerns about the economy.

    In particular, author of the Sensis Business Index, Christena Singh says medium enterprises believe conditions in Australia will only improve once conditions in the rest of the world do.

  • Better interview techniques for recruiting

    Sarina Russo     |      March 13, 2012



    Employers will need to sharpen up on their interview techniques according to Sarina Russo, Founder and Managing Director of Sarina Russo Job Access.

    Many employers will miss out on the best applicant and cost themselves time, energy and money because they lack basic interview techniques. 

  • Have your say: Clean Technology Innovation Program

    Helen Hull     |      March 6, 2012

    First 5000 members are invited to have your say on the second consultation paper associated with the Clean Technology Innovation Program.

    Submissions close: 14 March 2012.

  • Align your business with your passions

    Helen Hull     |      March 6, 2012


    Passion is the key to creating a successful business, according to Shivani Gupta CEO of Passionate People Institute.

    Gupta told PMP’s Get Schmart Marketing Conference last month that 80 per cent of people are dispassionate about their work.

  • Partnering up

    NAB - Business View     |      March 6, 2012

    Economic turbulence has meant some businesses are examining the prospect of a partnership arrangement to get ahead financially.

    Blake Dawson Partner, David McManus highlights some of the key legal issues to consider when entering into a business partnership or joint venture.