• Tax

    Tax

    What’s changed, what’s new: preparing for EOFY 2021


    First 5000 |  June 24, 2021


    Submitting your EOFY tax return isn’t a simple task for many taxpayers and business owners – following another unusual year with additional allowances and tax subsidies, it’s important to be aware of all the changes. 


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  • Workplace Environment

    Team approach to workplace bullying vital


    Michael Plowright |  June 23, 2021


    Businesses facing workplace bullying issues should take a team approach because solutions are not binary as bullying behaviours impact the entire organisation and all staff in some way, according to Michael Plowright, director of Working Well Together.


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  • Politics and Policy

    Australia and UK sign free trade agreement


    First 5000 |  June 22, 2021


    A new free trade agreement signed with the UK last week will deliver more Australian jobs and business opportunities for exporters, bringing both countries closer together in a changing strategic environment.


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  • Mature workers

    Have your say: health and wellbeing of mature workers


    Lyndall Strazdins |  June 21, 2021


    An ARC funded partnership of academics, Federal Government, and NGOs are concerned about the health and wellbeing of older workers. Have your say today!


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  • Pacific Development

    Summit for the Pacific and Small Island Nations


    First 5000 |  June 17, 2021


    The COVID pandemic’s disruption of trade, tourism and travel has seen Small Island Nations face their largest collective challenge in a generation. The official programme for the GAP Summit for the Pacific and Small Island Nations on 18 June 2021 has been released.


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  • Coronavirus

    Setting your business up for success through uncertainty


    Rachel Bevans |  June 16, 2021


    With optimism amongst mid-sized businesses reported to be increasing, Rachel Bevans of The Healthy Brand Company spoke to a group of leaders to understand what’s driving this and what sets their organisation up for success through certain and uncertain times.  


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  • Business

    Why businesses must look beyond score chasing to improve their culture


    Ben Bars |  June 15, 2021


    Employee net promoter scores (eNPS) – do they really tell the full story? Ben Bars, CEO of culture consultancy We Are Unity explains that if a business genuinely seeks to make a cultural change, it needs to identify the root cause of the problem.


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  • Have your say Pacific Relationships

    HAVE YOUR SAY: How can we build stronger business relationships between Australia and the Pacific?


    Helen Hull |  May 3, 2021


    Australia’s relations with our Pacific neighbours has been recognised as being of fundamental importance and vital interest to Australia.


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Latest News

  • Managed Accidents

    Peter Fritz     |      September 8, 2010

    Along with my colleague Jeanne-Vida Douglas, I have just finished writing a new book titled “The Profit Principle”.

    The book is due for release in November but the whole hook of it, which I wanted to share here, is that the most common mistake people make in business is falling for the adage that you have to “spend money to make money”.

    That’s simply not true; you need to invoice to make money!

  • Call for affirmative action on government purchasing from Australian MEs

    Virginia Harrison     |      September 8, 2010

    Leo SilverThe government will stunt Australia’s economic growth by ignoring SMEs and failing to support innovation in this highly productive business segment, warns the boss of a growing mid-size tech-company. 

    Leo Silver is the CEO of Integrated Wireless which delivers emergency wireless communications solutions to large institutions like hospitals and prisons.

    He argues medium-sized companies like his are being sidelined by the government, which prefers to buy from larger, more established foreign rivals.

  • Time to turn off the Simpsons

    Lisa Middlebrook     |      September 8, 2010

    Why do Australians take the worst and leave the best of what the USA has to offer?

    Having a Mum from Sydney and a Dad from Texas, over the course of my life, I’ve lived, studied and worked in both Australia and the USA. It’s an interesting perspective from which to view the way the two cultures regard one another.

  • Is this really mine? Practical steps managing the IP in your business

    Mike Lloyd     |      September 7, 2010

    Unless you are very knowledgeable about IP law, never make the assumption that something cannot be protected.

    A quick question for any business owner – how much is your business worth on the market today?

    Think about the book value your accountant would give to the company, and you might be left feeling it’s worth a lot more.

    Why is that?

  • SMEs remain cautious about debt

    Virginia Harrison     |      September 7, 2010

    Small & medium sized enterprises are reluctant to take on debt, as the aftertaste of the financial crisis and access to credit continue to trouble businesses.

    The latest Veda Advantage Business Credit Demand Index showed demand for credit fell 5.6 per cent in the April to June quarter compared to the same period in 2009.

  • UPDATE: Retailers lead the way in Christmas confidence

    Virginia Harrison     |      September 7, 2010

    Baubles: photo courtesy of Gordon McClean's Flickr PhotostreamSeptember 2010: Australia’s executives are tipping strong growth in the lead up to Christmas, but remain cautious about bringing on new staff.

    The latest Dun & Bradstreet Business Expectations survey reveals improvement in 5 out of 6 key indicators of business strength.

    Executives are confident of growth in sales, profits, inventories, capital investment and selling prices during the December quarter.

  • Digital tools for pricing compliance

    Virginia Harrison     |      September 7, 2010

    ILID label on display at Thriftylink GunnedahElectronic labels are helping one hardware store owner save time and money, and stay on the right side of the law.

    David Berry owns Thrifty Link in Gunnedah and last year installed nearly 6,000 ILID labels throughout his store.

  • Work safety more than hardhats and steel-capped boots

    Virginia Harrison     |      September 4, 2010

    Leo SilverAussie tech-company keeps workers in high-pressure environments safe from harm. Virginia Harrison spoke to Leo Silver.

    Workers in high-pressure environments like prisons or hospitals can find themselves in life-threatening situations, and that reality has created a business opportunity for an Australian tech-company.
     

    Integrated Wireless provide messaging and duress systems solutions to protect staff working in intensive environments.

  • Women to drive the global economic recovery

    Virginia Harrison     |      September 4, 2010

    Women's Photo courtesy of of Superburschi's Flickr PhotostreamWomen outpace men when it comes to growing businesses and hold the potential to lead the global economic recovery according to a new study.

    A report by Ernst & Young investigated the productive power of female entrepreneurs and states that women-owned enterprises grow faster than those owned by men.

    Females own or operate up to 33 per cent of private businesses worldwide.

  • Manager skill-set blocks mid-size growth

    Beth Walker     |      September 4, 2010

    Medium-sized businesses often stumble when it comes to scaling up because they lack strong managerial skills.

  • Cloud Computing: What does it mean for SMEs?

    Matthew Sorell     |      July 22, 2010

    Cloud computing is the notion that you can put or process your data “in the cloud somewhere”. Where it is and how it got there is not your problem. How reliably it’s stored, whether it can be hacked into, and a whole host of other issues shouldn’t be your problem either; in the ideal cloud environment.

    But back in the real world, reliability, access, security and recoverability are your problem, and that means that you do care where your data is and how it got there. How do you respond?

  • Getting up to speed with workplace flexibility in SMEs

    Juliet Bourke     |      July 22, 2010

    As a partner in a business, plus an outspoken advocate on workplace flexibility, I am very conscious of practicing what I preach and maintaining a competitive business edge.

    I often hear it said that flexible work practices can work in a very big business, with lots of resources including an HR department, but not in small (1-19 employees) or even medium (20-199 employees) businesses . 

    That’s not my experience.  I don’t think size matters – it’s more about creating a culture of give and take.

  • Open Letter to the G20 Leaders

    Patrick Callioni     |      July 21, 2010

    Markets make money whether the economy is going up or down – it is only the rest who stand to lose.

     

  • Action on Gender Equality Urged

    Les Pickett     |      July 21, 2010



    Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick recently launched the Gender Equality Blueprint 2010. There are some highlights worth noting.


    The Gender Equality Blueprint 2010 sets out fifteen recommendations in the following five priority areas: 1) Balancing paid work and family and caring responsibilities 2) Ensuring women’s lifetime economic security 3) Promoting women in leadership 4) Preventing violence against women and sexual harassment 5) Strengthening national gender equality laws, agencies and monitoring.


  • Productivity Commission Review of Regulatory Burdens on Business

    Les Pickett     |      July 21, 2010

    The Australian Government Productivity Commission invites comment on draft report on Annual Review of Regulatory Burdens on Business: Business and Consumer Services.