Australian business women have led the debate at the 2011 Tax forum after the two-day seminar was officially opened by Julia Gillard (October 4). The prime minister used her address to the business community to highlight the role external pressures play in economic policy, as well as identifying growth opportunities for Australian commercial activities. Commenting […]
Research published this month by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) has indicated that Australia is "falling behind" when it comes to female leadership. CEDA asserts that when comparing women in business across Canada, New Zealand, the United States, UK and South America, Australia is "at the back of the pack". The CEDA […]
Restrictions on females in combat roles will be lifted, according to an announcement by the Department of Defence, which vowed to eliminate the "last" of the sex discrimination for frontline roles in the Australian military. The change in direction was decided by cabinet on Monday (September 26th) and confirmed on Tuesday by Australian minister for […]
Leading business women and academics have identified childcare as the single biggest and most directly related cost to earning income that should be eligible for a tax rebate. Childcare for many families is the second biggest expense after the mortgage, and it should be firmly on the agenda for next week’s Tax Summit. Addressing this […]
Nearly three-quarters (71 percent) of vegetarians expect to go hungry at meat-dominated Aussie barbecues this summer, according to new research released today to mark World Vegetarian Day on October 1. According to the survey commissioned by vegetarian food brand, Fry’s Vegetarian, over half of vegetarians (57 percent) believe they are poorly catered for at the […]
More than 700,000 female entrepreneurs across Australia are being urged to contribute to a new research project, which is thought to be the country's first comprehensive study into women in business. The project, which has been spearheaded by the Australian Women Chamber of Commerce & Industry (AWCCI), is set to get underway from today (September […]
New women's health guidelines that will result in better diagnosis and treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) have been announced by Nicola Roxon. Launching the Jean Hailes for Women's Health education campaign earlier this month, the minister for health and aging noted that the guidelines represent an important milestone in helping Australian women manage the […]
Women who have a strong family history of breast cancer – but no genetic link for the disease – may not be accessing the services they need to safeguard their health. This finding was the result of a University of Melbourne study led by Dr Louise Keogh of the Centre for Women's Health, Gender and […]
One of Australia's most prominent women in business has suggested that the country needs to embrace a "nanny culture" to encourage women to participate more fully in corporate life. Carolyn Hewson, a former investment banker who sits on the boards of Stockland, BT Investment Management and BHP Billiton, told the Women in Banking and Finance […]
Women in business who are keen to get the word out about their company may wish to consider turning to online channels – including social networks – rather than traditional marketing techniques. Tim Gibbon, director of communications consultancy Elemental, remarked that social media has ushered in a "gold rush" for both the business-to-consumer and business-to-business […]
Women living in both developed and developing nations face largely similar challenges when it comes to gender equality in the workplace, new research from the World Bank has shown. The World Development Report 2012: Gender Equality and Development showed that the overall wage gap is largely consistent regardless of a country's economic growth – women […]
The Country Women’s Association of Australia has been in existence for more than 60 years and the cooking skills of its members are legendary. CWA Classics combines the very best recipes from five previously published books into one easily accessible volume. Each and every recipe in CWA Classics reflects the way in which pioneer women […]
There are holidays you’ll remember. And then there are journeys you’ll never forget. There’s a reason why the first thing people ask you when you arrive home from travelling is “How was your trip?” It’s because we all understand that travelling has the power to change us, to excite us and enrich our lives in […]
In a digital age, with e-books and information available at a click of a mouse or tap of an iPad or just touch phone away, public libraries are rethinking the way they operate within their Councils and communities. They not only need to meet new client needs, they’re operating in a climate of diminishing budgets. […]
The Gateway Business Program is a South Australian Government initiative which assists small to medium sized businesses prepare for export. The Program can meet eligible expenses incurred in developing international markets. Successful applicants may receive up to $20 000 over two years for eligible projects. To be eligible, applicants must have been in business for at least two years and must turn over more than $150 000 a year.
Now in its twelfth year, NSW Small Business September can help you grow your business, develop your ideas and increase your opportunities. Workshops and seminars held during Small Business September will cover a range of business topics including: starting your own business, developing business plans, marketing your products and services, online business and social media, employing staff.
Knowing when to employ someone as an independent contractor or as an employee is not always straightforward. Understanding the difference is important as it will prevent your business from being held accountable for sham contracting. To assist you in understanding whether an independent contractor arrangement is genuine, the Fair Work Ombudsman has created simple case studies based on common employment scenarios.
From 1 July 2011 people who have contact or potential contact with children in certain specified areas of employment in the Northern Territory are required to hold a Working with Children Clearance Notice (WWCC). If you, your employees or volunteers applied for a WWCC Notice before 1 July and it hasn’t been processed, you will need to request an exemption so you are not in breach.
Every year more and more Australians are using the internet to seek health information. Reasons for this might be: to collect more information about a diagnosed condition to search for alternative treatments to seek support from others who have the same condition to look for patient support programs to resolve conflicting health information A range […]
Writer/Director Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow, Black Snake Moan) will deliver a new take on the much loved 1984 classic film, Footloose. Ren MacCormack (the role made famous by Kevin Bacon in the 1984 movie) will be played by newcomer Kenny Wormald. The movie also stars Dennis Quaid as Reverend Shaw Moore and Julianne Hough […]
The Hoopla (thehoopla.com.au) has officially launched as an intelligent, entertaining online forum and news magazine designed for Australian women. The brainchild of media and entertainment personality Wendy Harmer, publisher Jane Waterhouse, and respected editor Caroline Roessler, The Hoopla will answer the need for a smart‐but‐fun forum and news source that speaks and listens to the […]
NRMA Motoring & Services and the NSW Centre for Road Safety have released safety ratings for used cars involved in crashes, and introduced a Safe Pick rating for the very best vehicles in each category. NRMA vehicle safety expert Jack Haley said the annual Used Car Safety Ratings provided consumers with essential information about the […]
To celebrate the role of small business in Victoria, hundreds of small business events will be held throughout August as part of Victoria’s Small Business Festival. From 1 – 31 August, events will focus on the theme of ‘Add One More Skill’ and provide attendees with inspiration, practical skills and information for starting, running and growing a business. Expert speakers will run many of the events and provide hands on learning and useful advice.
TM Check is designed for use by business owners to help them more easily identify pending and registered trade marks which may be similar or identical to their proposed business name. Choosing a business name that has already been trade marked can be a costly exercise – it could mean large legal bills, drawn out disputes and even the closure of your business.
R&D Tax Credit open for consultation This information is brought to you by business.gov.au R&D Tax Credit open for consultation Wednesday 13 July 2011 The R&D Tax Credit is now open for public consultation. If you’re a business owner or have a keen interest in this topic, you’re invited to have your say on how […]
New financial year changes for NSW businesses This information is brought to you by business.gov.au New financial year changes for NSW businesses Tuesday 05 July 2011 From 1 July 2011, changes will apply to payroll tax in NSW. This includes changes to the tax threshold and the introduction of the Jobs Action Plan rebate scheme. […]
Now in its fifth year, the Women in Global Business Speaker Series will be coming to capital cities in most states and territories from 19 – 28 July. Featuring prominent business women who have succeeded internationally, the Speaker Series aims to offer information and resources, support, connections and inspiration for women looking to grow their small business on the international stage.
Paradise Resort on the Gold Coast has announced it will open the BIGGEST Resort Aqua Play Water Park in the Southern Hemisphere in September. The water park will feature a giant central pool, large heated spa and 2 enormous Aqua Play attractions. The larger structure will be 3 stories high on multi levels complete with […]
It’s embarrassing and distressing, but if you suffer from incontinence you are not alone and you don’t have to put up with it. One in 20 Australians regularly experiences uncontrolled leakage of urine – That’s over a million people, of all ages, but more commonly women and older people. Incontinence can also involve leakage of […]
Ford Australia has decided to simplify the ever-confusing conversation with the local mechanic, so the next time you walk into a garage – you can do so with confidence. Know the basics– Most people couldn’t care less about the inner workings of their car, but a little book work goes a long way when dealing […]
The Small Business Superannuation Clearing House offers small businesses with less than 20 employees a free online service for simplifying staff superannuation payments. Delivered by Medicare Australia, the clearing house streamlines your super payments in a secure environment to save you time and reduce red tape.
Sydney-based small and medium businesses can now nominate for the 2011 City of Sydney Business Awards. The awards recognise high achieving businesses across a wide range of industries.
If you’re a retailer in the ACT and provide plastic shopping bags for your customers, you will soon need to provide alternative options. From 1 July 2011 single-use, lightweight plastic bags are being phased out. During 1 July – 31 October, you can still provide those types of bags.
The Minerals Resource Rent Tax Bill 2011 is now open for public consultation. If you’re a business owner, an industry expert or have a keen interest in this topic, becoming involved in the consultation process will help give Australian small businesses a bigger voice in how industry operates.
A new Point of Sale sign is now available to Australian retailers to raise awareness of retailer and consumer rights under the Australia Consumer Law (ACL). The sign is designed to allow your customers to understand their rights to refunds and returns as they make their purchase. It also allows you to communicate your legal rights as a business when an item is not eligible for return.
Textile, clothing and footwear industry grants This information is brought to you by business.gov.au Textile, clothing and footwear industry grants Wednesday 08 June 2011 If your business is in the textile, clothing and footwear (TCF) industry, you can now apply for the second round of grants for the Strategic Capability Program (SCP). Administered by AusIndustry, […]
Help your business take off overseas This information is brought to you by business.gov.au Help your business take off overseas Friday 03 June 2011 As a small business owner, you may recognise the importance of protecting your intellectual property (IP) in Australia. However, have you considered the importance of protecting your IP overseas? Whether you’re […]
National Cyber Security Awareness Week This information is brought to you by business.gov.au National Cyber Security Awareness Week Wednesday 01 June 2011 As part of National Cyber Security Awareness Week this week, small businesses are being encouraged to review their cyber security strategies and ensure their business and customers are protected. Not protecting your customer […]
IBM are currently recruiting for a range of positions in Australia. Job areas include: Consulting & Services; Engineering (hardware); Finance & Accounting; Human Resources; IT & Telecommunications; Legal; Manufacturing; Marketing & Communications; Operations; Research; Sales; and Software Development. IBM is filled with smart people, each of whom are actively involved in helping industries around the […]
Good Beginnings, a national charity building better outcomes for children in vulnerable communities, is calling on Australians to help build better futures for children suffering from neglect and abuse. At least 1 in 10 Australian children will suffer from neglect or abuse, and recent national figures show that the number of children removed from their […]