• Marketing

    Be more human: The human centric organisation and experiences

    Rachel Bevans |  August 16, 2019

    Recently my feed has been inundated with articles talking about the need for organisations to become human centric and experiences to become more human. 

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  • Business

    Outdoors can be a good way to trigger “aha” moments

    First 5000 |  August 16, 2019

    People are most likely to have a sudden bright idea when out in the bush – or lying in bed. Have you say for National Science Week.

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  • Superannuation

    How retirement wealth projections impact the behaviour of super fund members

    First 5000 |  August 16, 2019

    The ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) has released an industry report that investigates the impact of retirement income projections on superannuation contributions, investment choices and engagement from members.

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Latest News

  • The gender agenda – a glass half empty?

    Diann Rodgers-Healy     |      March 4, 2013


    In the lead up to International Women’s Day, Dr Diann Rodgers-Healey, Director of the Australian Centre for Leadership for Women, reflects on just how much the gender agenda has evolved and whether we’re taking the necessary steps towards gender equality.

    It is apt that the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) is The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum.

  • Common business mistakes

    NAB - Business View     |      February 27, 2013


    Bad business mistakes happen to good people. Author and entrepreneur, Mathew Dickerson explains where some businesses stumble.

    Mistake 1: not delivering consistent customer service

    Many businesses get so caught up in managing the bottom line that they neglect customer service and this can eat away at brand integrity, and affect profits.

  • Telework – it’s time to let Dracula run the bloodbank

    Tim Fawcett     |      February 19, 2013

    As our lives move online and become increasingly mobile, Tim Fawcett explains the benefits of telework and moving away from the traditional bricks-and-mortar approach.

    The greatest success of Australian National Telework Week 2012 (12-16 November) was to put the idea of working from anywhere in the uppermost minds of employees who are increasingly looking to use their mobile devices in more and more aspects of their lives.

  • First 5000 members enjoy big business benefits

    Catherine Fritz-Kalish     |      February 19, 2013

    First 5000 general manager Catherine Fritz-Kalish shares the exciting new partnership between First 5000 and group buying website, B2BHive.

  • Why women should love themselves

    Shivani Gupta     |      February 14, 2013


    Do you love yourself enough to ask for that pay rise? Shivani Gupta shares why it’s important to put yourself first in business. 

    In the 10 years I have been delivering workshops for women it is clear that the key thing most women are looking for in their busy life is balance. 

  • UTS launches Business Internship Program

    Alice Watkins     |      February 12, 2013

    Do you need a helping hand with elements of your business? Would you like to give back to your field and the support the country’s brightest students? Alice Watkins outlines the latest internship program from the University of Technology, Sydney. 

    This semester UTS is formally launching its new Business Internship Program.  This extends the established range of internship programs at UTS.  The new program presents an opportunity for medium enterprises to engage with keen aspiring business professionals and to tackle some useful projects in the workplace.

  • Feeling stressed? Start delegating!

    Jeremy Liddle     |      February 6, 2013

    It’s impossible to oversee every part of your business. Jeremy Liddle explains how to make delegation work and release the stress of micro management.

    Sitting in an office thinking about sales will not generate revenue. You have to get up and get moving! So get out on the road and kick up a storm. Without taking action you are doomed to a fate of inaction and flat or declining revenue. The good news is that YOU don’t have to be the one that increases sales all the time!

  • Two vital business uses for social media

    Nathan Kwok     |      February 6, 2013

    Are you utilising social media in the most effective way? Nathan Kwok says it’s time to put your unique stamp on twitter, facebook and LinkedIn and showcase your positive work culture.

    It’s no secret that social media has really changed the game for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) looking to connect with their customers, and even to inspire their employees. However for most SMEs, using social media effectively can be a challenge. And even for seasoned users, there are always new and interesting ways to use social media to promote and manage businesses.

  • 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.