• Coronavirus Remote work

    How working from home is making us more authentic

    Darren Woolley |  July 2, 2020

    Stripped of the trappings of the corporate world and reframed through any one of the ubiquitous video conferencing platforms, COVID-19 has created a world where business conversations have become more authentic and human. Darren Woolley of TrinityP3 explains.

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  • Coronavirus Remote work

    Trust and communication let you ace remote teamwork

    Nina Fountain |  July 1, 2020

    Reliable, cohesive teams are built on trust and strong communication. Fast Company warns that uncertainty about accountability in remote work leads to two common problems: managers micromanaging and employees overworking to prove themselves. Nina Foundation from Transformed Teams explains.

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  • Coronavirus Economy

    City of Sydney announces plans for post-pandemic recovery

    First 5000 |  June 30, 2020

    Better public spaces, support for Sydney’s most vulnerable communities, a revitalised visitor economy and support for business innovation are the focus of the City of Sydney’s post-pandemic recovery plans.

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  • Coronavirus International Trade

    Businesses proceeding with international expansion plans undeterred by COVID-19: survey

    First 5000 |  June 29, 2020

    New research released by Globalization Partners and CFO Research, indicates that most businesses are undeterred by the impact of COVID-19 and are still moving forward with plans for new or expanded international operations. 

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  • Coronavirus Remote work

    Working from Home: the Pros and Cons for your Business

    Zoran Sarabaca |  June 26, 2020

    With more and more employees working from home during the COVID 19 restrictions, business owners are considering how much this affects productivity. Zoran Sarabaca of Xcllusive Business Sales looks at the pros and cons of employees working from home.

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  • Maritime

    International Day of the Seafarer recognises crucial contribution of shipping industry

    First 5000 |  June 25, 2020

    The significant and invaluable contribution merchant seafarers make to Australia’s economy and society, transporting more than 98 per cent of the nation’s imports and exports, is being recognised today as the world marks the International Day of the Seafarer.

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  • Coronavirus Equal Opportunities Women in Business

    More women at the top proves better for business

    First 5000 |  June 24, 2020

    As Australia moves towards economic recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, a new report shows that more women on Boards and in senior leadership positions drives better company performance, greater productivity and greater profitability.

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  • Coronavirus

    The ‘new norm’ for professional services firms

    Ben Deverson |  June 23, 2020

    COVID-19 caused us all to adapt quickly, and for many to adopt solutions and ways of working on the run. After a few hiccups, most businesses got there in the end and developed their “new norm.” Ben Deverson founder of Lawganised reveals what COVID-19 has taught professional services firms.

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Latest News

  • Five crucial questions every CEO should ask about mobile

    Shaun Dobbin     |      April 2, 2013


    With the use of smart phones on the rise, Shaun Dobbin explains how it is time to think about implementing a mobile plan across your entire business and highlights the questions to ask before you set the wheels in motion.

    Mobile is changing the way consumers behave, influencing them in a way that really has never been seen before. Although there are many reasons why mobile should be a high priority consideration, it’s a business decision that needs to come from an executive level.

  • Workplace Bullying and Eating Disorders: anything in common?

    Leanne Faraday-Brash     |      April 2, 2013

    With office bullying constantly under the microscope, organisational psychologist Leanne Faraday-Brash says it’s time to eradicate the culprits and create a culture of zero tolerance.

    I have to confess. Undergraduate psychology at university for me feels like it happened a long time ago. Eating disorders as a subject within psychopathology was very new. But what of its incidence in the population?

  • Why employee collaboration is so important

    Carlo Pandian     |      March 27, 2013

    Working together on projects or tasks is one of the best ways to get the most out of your staff. Carlo Pandian shares how collaboration can create a more enjoyable workplace but most of all great results.

     How much thought or energy do you put into employee collaboration between the staff at your business?

  • 5 effective ways to build your LinkedIn network

    Paul Kent     |      March 26, 2013

    LinkedIn is one of the most effective tools to market yourself and your business. Paul Kent, from TrinityP3 shares five ways to build your network.

    So we all know LinkedIn is great for getting a job, snooping on who has just changed jobs and essentially feeling like a connected member of the professional class.

  • Australian entrepreneurs share cutting-edge programs

    Jeremy Liddle     |      March 19, 2013


    Australian entrepreneurial ideas and initiatives are being presented this week to more than 1,200 fellow international entrepreneurs from 135 countries at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) in Rio De Janeiro.

    Australia’s delegation at the Congress is made up of representatives from the young entrepreneurs networks, the FRANK Team, and Jeremy Liddle from the Enterprise Network of Young Australians (ENYA).

  • Mastering social media later in life

    Andrew Davies     |      March 19, 2013

    Defence analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Andrew Davies, shares his discovery of social media and the benefits of becoming tech-savvy, albeit a little later in his career.

    It was with some trepidation that the Australian Strategic Policy Institute ventured into the realm of social media. After all, we are an organisation that has made its name based on careful research and analysis, combined with a measured presentation of its findings. At first blush, the 140 characters of a Tweet doesn’t seem a good match.

  • Using leadership development to create top performing companies

    Bruce Anderson MD Lee Hecht Harrison     |      March 19, 2013

    Talent has always been the cornerstone of business success, but with waning employee engagement and an emphasis on cost-cutting, Bruce Anderson, Managing Director of Lee Hecht Harrison believes finding and keeping talented staff has become more crucial to creating a top performing organisation.

    Although the value of internal talent development is recognised by businesses, many still don’t have a systematic approach to developing employees. This could lead to a high turnover of high performers, a lack of engagement along with loss of talent that could seriously impact an organisation’s ability to meet strategic objectives.

  • Selecting a software developer

    Scott Middleton     |      March 12, 2013

    When it comes to selecting a software developer or development company most of the important areas have nothing to do with the technical side of things and everything to do with people, communication and process. Scott Middleton explains. 

    As a medium sized business you don’t always have the technical experience you need in-house, especially in regard to IT and the development of new websites, apps or software for your business. 

  • Recognising the world changes but issues remain the same

    Peter Fritz     |      March 5, 2013

    If we want things to stay as they are things will have to change.” – Prince Tancredi Falconeri in The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

    It is not the fittest but the most adaptive that survive.” – Darwin
    Reviewing a collection of papers, minutes and deliberations of committees he has been part over the last 20 years, Peter Fritz, Managing Director of Global Access Partners puts forward a case for the establishment of the Institute for Active Policy.

  • Have your say: Industry Innovation Precincts

    Helen Hull     |      March 5, 2013


    First 5000 members are invited to have your say on the development of Industry Innovation Precincts.  

    Written submissions close: 22 March and stakeholder consultations are underway.

  • 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.