The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-02-21T01:20:13Z Tech21 brings parents unlimited fun family time with Evo Play 2017-02-21T01:20:13Z tech21-brings-parents-unlimited-fun-family-time-with-evo-play SYDNEY, 21 February, 2017 – Tech21, the leader in impact protection for mobile devices has launched its new range of cases for the iPad in Australia: Evo Play. “Kids + iPads” isn’t always the safest pairing if your iPad isn’t protected, but it can certainly be one of the most fun for inquisitive minds. Whether it’s watching the latest episode of Peppa Pig or navigating through the back garden jungle discovering new wildlife, iPads can open up a world of exploration, but more often than not, a small chip here or a little crack there means that fun can be cut short. Prolong the play time and keep that shiny new look and feel to your iPad even when little fingers have put it through its paces thanks to tech21’s new iPad case, Evo Play. This comfortable and lightweight case has been designed to offer unbeatable drop protection from up to two metres, and with its iconic design, vibrant colours and handy multi-use handle, this case will remove any glimmer of fear you had in handing over your iPad to your children. This case is constructed almost entirely from tech21’s unique material, FlexShock™ Foam, meaning all sides and surfaces are protected from drops as the material moulds snugly to your iPad. Better still, the case is entirely dishwasher safe, so it’s easy to keep clean, and when it’s on your iPad, its sealed outer shell is abrasion/bite resistant, preventing any bacteria from getting in under the surface. “We’ve designed the all-new Evo Play with kids in mind. We know children love to learn, play and explore, and we recognise iPads are a great way for them to do this. However, they may not love your precious iPad back, so Evo Play is there for you,” comments Jason Roberts, CEO, tech21. “Evo Play is lightweight and comfortable for little hands to hold, yet strong enough to keep your iPad safe from tumbles and drops.” Evo Play is available in pink/purple and blue/green colours from tech21.com, RRP $79.95 for Apple iPad mini, mini 2, mini 3 & mini 4, and RRP $109.95 for Apple iPad Air 2. Much like all of tech21’s products, Evo Play comes with a simple promise: it’s rigorously tested to work harmoniously with your iPad. Like the technology it’s designed to protect, it uses the latest science, ingenious design and unbeatable user-friendliness to make advanced impact protection possible. Tech21 calls it ‘Protection Made Intelligent’. ### For further information, questions, or cases for review, please contact: Jim Barker, tech21/Poem Phone: +61 418 163 770 Email: jim@poemgroup.com.au High-res images: Download here About tech21 Since 2005, tech21 has been developing the most advanced, scientifically proven cases and screen shields for mobile, tablet and laptop devices worldwide. Tech21 combines science, engineering and British design to create products that address three core consumer benefits: style, protection and performance. As the brand evolves to continue meeting the needs of its consumers, tech21 has developed the most advanced impact protection material on the market – FlexShock™. The ultra-thin and lightweight material absorbs and dissipates force and can withstand drops up to 4 metres. In addition tech21 puts all its products through a rigorous testing program, and in an industry first has partnered with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) to develop its testing methodology. This ensures that the tests tech21 products have to pass are overseen by independent experts. Tech21 is the number one case brand in the UK. For more information, visit tech21.com. Short + Sweet: SNACKABLETV youth broadcast network for short-form content launches 2016-12-01T00:16:58Z short-sweet-snackabletv-youth-broadcast-network-for-short-form-content-launches Meet SNACKABLETV, a revolutionary digital youth network housing the best in bite-sized content. It’s an entirely new way for young people all over the world to access high quality short-form entertainment for FREE, without annoying advertisements or subscriptions. VIEW THE SIZZLE REEL Millennials are diverse, curious and engaged - so, SNACKABLETV is too. It does not discriminate against gender, sexuality, race, creed or socio-economic status, only against beige content. SNACKABLETV launches with solid collaborations and partnerships as official Youth & Content Broadcaster for Sydney Festival, co-produced podcasts with the team from Melbourne’s Sans Pants Radio and short films produced by future creative superstars from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). Offering something for everyone, SNACKABLETV plays host to content across seven channels; Culture, Film, Gaming, Music, Podcast, Style, and a dedicated hub for today’s news, events, and the best of the net; What’s Hot. Original series’ will feature respected members of the creative community including; street artist Scott Marsh; music journalist Danny Clayton; celebrity fashion stylist Mikey Ayoubi; mindfulness coach Kylie Ryan; comedians Rhys Nicholson and Robbie Armfield; musicians Client Liaison, Sleep Makes Waves and The Jezabels; and so much more incredible talent in front of and behind the lens. In the face of a fracturing media landscape, SNACKABLETV also offers a solution for brands to target a millennial audience utilising quality native content by creating this ‘safe space’ free of subscriptions and free of pre-rolls and pop-up ads to give viewers a great experience which will keep them coming back for more. The network will lead the fight against ‘Digital Litter’, a result of too much access to poorly made content. Everything on SNACKABLETV is short, sharp, and captivating. It’s video that is never boring, always inspiring, with an added dose of learning for the socially aware, completely free of charge to the viewer. SNACKABLETV Co-founders Kate Edwards and Shae Constantine said today: “We are extremely proud to be launching Australia’s first short form broadcast network made especially for young people. “SNACKABLETV is purpose built as much for the consumer as it is for the creator – it’s a conduit between the two worlds. We identified a gap, in that there is so much good content out there and before now it hasn’t had a home or a chance to get to an audience who will appreciate it. “Our doors are wide open to young creatives and creators. We want to distribute the best short-form content the world has seen, and this is only possible with a truly robust digital platform to facilitate the relationship between creator and audience. That platform is SNACKABLETV.” Content is currently available online (mobile, tablet or desktop) via SNACKABLETV.tv The bar has been set high and SNACKABLETV is committed to pushing the boundaries in both the controversy and quality stakes. New content will be released on all channels across the network constantly. Stay tuned for updates on exciting co-productions and distribution partnerships. In the face of a fracturing media landscape, SNACKABLETV also offers a solution for brands to target a millennial audience utilising quality native content by creating this ‘safe space’ free of subscriptions and free of pre-rolls and pop-up ads to give viewers a great experience which will keep them coming back for more. Interview and content requests contact The Lantern Group: Louisa Read +61 412 955 101 louisa@lanterngroup.com.au Fiona Gulin +61 487 992 333 fiona@lanterngroup.com.au CONNECT WITH SNACKABLETV FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM #snackableTV MEDIA MATERIALS DROPBOX Brando ‘Wildboy’ Yelavich embarks on a new adventure walking the coastline of Stewart Island 2016-10-18T21:30:00Z brando-wildboy-yelavich-embarks-on-a-new-adventure-walking-the-coastline-of-stewart-island Brando Yelavich aka Wildboy, is set to embark on his next challenging adventure circum-nagivating his way around the wild coast of Stewart Island, south of New Zealand.   Setting off on November 10, this solo journey is estimated to take 60 days to complete and will see the 22-year-old trek through more than 400km worth of pure wilderness and stopping at over 27 remote locations across the island.   Just over a year ago, Brando became the first person to walk the entire coastline of New Zealand, an expedition that spanned 8700km and took him 600 days to complete. “Stewart Island is the missing link to my epic coastal adventure and I’m coming back to finish the job,” he says.   Brando just joined the GoPro ANZ team as a content creator, with the globally recognised camera brand supporting his Stewart Island expedition with all the latest accessories, as well as Absolute Wilderness who will be providing Brando with freeze-dried meals.   Tourism agency Venture Southland are another major supporter and are excited to see another young adventurer exploring the wonders of Stewart Island, following a visit from Prince Harry in 2015. Tourism and Events Manager Warrick Low says it’s “great to have someone with Brando’s adventurous spirit and technological know-how to go on this trip, so that we can all get a feel for the outreaches of New Zealand. As he gets to the Southern half, his only company will be natives like the kiwi, great white sharks and whitetail deers.”   After being diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia in his school years, Brando was on a path to self-destruction and his transformational journey changed his perspective on the world and the people in his life. He wrote a NZ best seller titled ‘WILDBOY’ and forged a new future.   “I have a hunger for exploration and to inspire others to live their dreams, which is why I’m tackling Stewart Island. I love stepping into the unknown and facing challenges where the outcome is yet to be determined.”  -ENDS-  For media enquiries, contact: Holysmoke! Agency Amanda Fry or Jenny Hua P: +61 2 8354 0931 E: amanda@holysmokeagency.com or jenny@holysmokeagency.com Aussie inventor leading his company to global growth 2016-10-12T22:00:00Z aussie-inventor-leading-his-company-to-global-growth Media Release October 2016 CEO, founder and inventor Rory Kennard, is leading his design-led company, Makinex, on a mission to roll out 20 world-first innovative products in 20 countries in the next 10 years, as they source new global distributors in Japan , USA, Europe and the Middle East. The innovative company, who already have offices in Sydney and Los Angeles has a big picture vision for its future and is focused on innovation, invention and disruption of the construction industry. Inspired by safety issues and doing things better, Rory Kennard, set out to create solutions for problems and challenges that tradies and contractors were having in their everyday roles in the sector. The team have invented over 13 products since its inception in 2004. Biggest sellers include the Powered Hand Truck, Makinex Dual Pressure Washer and Jack Hammer Trolley, but they also have designed and created generators, tile smasher heads, floor saws and floor strippers as part of their product portfolio. With the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy identifying the construction industry as a priority for work health and safety* and 35 construction employees seriously injured each day*, Makinex has made it their mission to make inefficiencies extinct. A recent launch of product, the Powered Hand Truck, has already seen the company win Safe Work Australia’s ‘Good Design’ Award earlier this year. The revolutionary machine, allows just one person to pick up small and bulky loads weighing up to 140kg (309lbs). As there is no need for a license, this makes the Powered Hand Truck ideal for lifting small bulky goods that would usually need more than one person or take up valuable forklift time. It has the potential to cut shoulder and back injuries from heavy lifting, creating a safer and efficient environment in the workplace. In Feb 2016 Makinex PHT won The Rental Award in the UK and immediately after this win had a PHT product video go viral prompting international interest in the product and business. On his businesses growth, Kennard says, “Makinex strives towards continuous improvement and making inefficiencies extinct in the workplace. We are constantly looking closely at the marketplace to find unique, innovative and practical product solutions that provide the construction and rental industries with a better way to do their jobs to save time, physical effort and money”. “It’s exciting times here as we begin to drive the business forward. Robotics are next on the list, with my team continuing to innovate and solve problems every day” “We believe that ‘good enough’ is never enough for our customers”, says Kennard. View the multi-award winning Powered Hand Truck here CEO, Rory Kennard and GGM, Paul Weaver with the existing Makinex range ENDS * http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/swa/statistics/industry/pages/industry *http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/SWA/about/Publications/Documents/926/fatalities-in-construction.pdf For further information, hi-res photos & interviews please see below Dropbox link and contact: Sophie Chant | Rhetoric PR | 0434 104 502 | sophie@rhetoricpr.com.au Makinex Makinex is an award winning company which is set to disrupt the construction industry with their unique and innovatively designed products which provide a better way of getting the job done. The company has offices in Sydney and LA and their products are distributed and sold around the world and stocked in Home Depot in the US. Only JHT in Home depot With plans to expand the existing designed product range, growth in local and global markets and a commitment to ongoing research and development, Makinex is experiencing unprecedented growth, particularly in our own line of designed and manufactured products. List of products: Hose 2 Go Generator 16 kVA Powered Hand Truck -140 Makinex Jackhammer Trolley Tile Smasher Jackhammer Attachment Flippable Wide Chisel Jackhammer Attachment Makinex Dual Pressure Washer 4000psi Makinex Dual Pressure Washer 2500psi Makinex Floor Saw Makinex Floor Stripper Generator 10kVA Petrol Generator 9kVA Diesel Generator 6kVA Petrol http://www.makinex.com.au/ Safe Work Australia’s Award for Good Design goes to a Materials Handling device with a difference 2016-10-12T06:46:38Z safe-work-australia-s-award-for-good-design-goes-to-a-materials-handling-device-with-a-difference Creativity, innovation and design has come together, winning Makinex Construction Products’ Powered Hand Truck Safe Work Australia’s Award for Good Design last weekend. The revolutionary machine, the Powered Hand Truck, replaces the need for a forklift and has the potential to cut shoulder and back injuries in the workplace. The Makinex Powered Hand Truck is a universal materials handling solution that enables one person to safely lift and load small equipment or bulky goods weighing up to 140kg (309lbs). It provides a quick and easy alternative to using a forklift or tailgate loader for small loads. The inaugural Safe Work Australia Award for Good Design was selected from finalists across all categories in the 2016 Good Design Awards. Makinex were presented with their award as part of the 2016 Good Design Awards ceremony on 27 May 2016. Since using the Powered Hand Truck, Australian company Kennard’s Hire has seen a significant decrease in shoulder and back injuries. It has become an indispensible piece of equipment in Kennards Hire across Australia and New Zealand. “A focus on health and safety in design helps eliminate hazards and risks before they enter the workplace. Good work design can radically transform the workplace in ways that benefit the business, workers, clients and others in the supply chain.” said Safe Work Australia Chief Executive Officer, Ms Michelle Baxter. “Makinex is about making inefficiencies extinct, where the name itself comes from this driving force. Makinex strives towards continuous improvement by looking close at it’s business to find unique, innovative and practical product solutions that provide the construction and rental industries with a better way to do their jobs to save time, physical effort and money”, says CEO Rory Kennard, who plays an instrumental part in the design and development of many of Makinex’s products. Makinex is an Australian owned private company that have been experts in the design, development and distribution of innovative products since 2004, providing solutions to the construction, landscaping, equipment hire, infrastructure and related industries. With plans to expand the existing designed product range, growth in local and global markets with offices in Los Angeles, and a global dealer network they have a commitment to ongoing research and development, Makinex is experiencing exponential growth, particularly in its own line of designed and manufactured products. “We believe that ‘good enough’ is never enough for our customers”, says Kennard. Watch the multi-award winning Powered Hand Truck here ENDS For further information, hi-res photos & interviews please see below Dropbox link and contact: Sophie Chant | Rhetoric PR | 0434 104 502 | sophie@rhetoricpr.com.au Makinex Makinex is an award winning company which is set to disrupt the construction industry with their unique and innovatively designed products which provide a better way of getting the job done. The company has offices in Sydney and LA and their products are distributed and sold around the world and stocked in Home Depot in the US. Only JHT in Home depot With plans to expand the existing designed product range, growth in local and global markets and a commitment to ongoing research and development, Makinex is experiencing unprecedented growth, particularly in our own line of designed and manufactured products. List of products: Hose 2 Go Generator 16 kVA Powered Hand Truck -140 Makinex Jackhammer Trolley Tile Smasher Jackhammer Attachment Flippable Wide Chisel Jackhammer Attachment Makinex Dual Pressure Washer 4000psi Makinex Dual Pressure Washer 2500psi Makinex Floor Saw Makinex Floor Stripper Generator 10kVA Petrol Generator 9kVA Diesel Generator 6kVA Petrol http://www.makinex.com.au/ Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Call for Papers DEADLINE 23rd October 2016 & ECI Excellence Awards 2016-10-10T00:49:46Z early-childhood-intervention-eci-call-for-papers-deadline-23rd-october-2016-eci-excellence-awards 27th NSW/ACT Conference - Call for Papers Call for Papers DEADLINE EXTENDED - 23rd October 2016 In order to build the best conference program, we are seeking papers for sessional workshops. ECIA NSW/ACT is inviting professionals to submit abstracts for presentations, workshops or panels that explore innovative practices, challenges, research and policy directions. Click here to view or download the 'Call for Papers' Flyer. Click here to view or download the Abstract Submission Template to aid with your submission.* *Note: The Abstract Submission Template may automatically begin downloading in your default browser. Check your browser or go to the Downloads folder on your computer to access this document. Read more... Excellence Awards The Excellence Awards aim to honour and recognise outstanding achievements in the ECI sector that have contributed to the improvement of the lives of children with disability and/or developmental delay and their families. The Excellence Award categories celebrate and acknowledges teams and organisations that demonstrate excellence, passion, vision and a commitment to assisting children with disability and/or developmental delay and their families to achieve their goals. The ‘Excellence Awards’ will be presented for outstanding achievements in the ECI Industry at the NSW/ACT Conference on 25th - 26th May 2017 at the Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach. Award Categories The following award categories will be open for nominations: Outstanding family-centred practice Champion of Inclusion Team around the child Innovative practice Applications and Nominations Applications will open on 14th November 2016. Nominations must be for a team or organisation in the early childhood intervention sector operating in NSW or ACT and includes; early childhood educators, special educators, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, audiologists, social workers and psychologist. Applicants can self-nominate their team or organisation or nominate another team or organisation. Nominations for individuals will not be accepted. ECIA Members and Non Members are eligable to apply.* *Note: ECIA Members can nominate at no cost. Non ECIA Members are required to pay an application fee of $99 (inc. GST). Theme: ECI: Beyond Possibilities - Investing in the Future Location: Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach Dates: Thursday 25th and Friday 26th May 2017 Early Childhood Intervention Australia NSW/ACT 2017 Conference has as its theme ‘ECI: Beyond Possibilities - Investing in the Future’. This provides an exciting opportunity for service providers and professionals interested in Early Childhood Intervention and Early Childhood, to come together with a focus on building the capacity of our sector and the community, understanding the NDIS and the impact on children with disability and/or developmental delay and their families. The conference will have a strong focus on the key issues affecting practice in early childhood intervention, now and into the future. State Conference Registrations NOW OPEN Register now to receive the Early Bird discount! Registrations for the NSW/ACT Conference ECI: Beyond Possibilities - Investing in the Future are now open. You can register to attend the two day conference on: Both days – Thursday 25 & Friday 26 May 2017 Day One Only – Thursday 25 May 2017 Day Two Only – Friday 26 May 2017 Two Days One Day Early Bird ECIA NSW/ACT Member Rate* $505 $305 Early Bird Non-Member Rate* $585 $345 ECIA NSW/ACT Member Rate $560 $360 Non-Member Rate $640 $400 *Early Bird rates will finish on 24th March 2017 If you have any queries about registering for the conference or need any further information, contact Libby Forsyth on (02) 9873 2593 or admin@ecia-nsw.org.au. Read more... eVestigator® Cyber Forensics Expert Simon Smith says 'POKÉMON NO' to Augmented Reality 2016-07-26T09:36:16Z evestigator-r-cyber-forensics-expert-simon-smith-says-pokemon-no-to-augmented-reality PRESS RELEASE 26/7/2016 CYBER FORENSIC EXPERT ISSUES NATIONAL SECURITY WARNING EVESTIGATOR CYBER FORENSICS EXPERT SIMON SMITH SAYS 'POKÉMON NO' TO AUGMENTED REALITY Availability for further interview / discussion TV – Aus-Wide – 24hrs notice, Radio – 8 hrs notice –© Simon Smith 0410 643 121 - forensic@evestigator.com.au. Written consent needed to reuse/quote from this release. Contact: Simon Smith. (eVestigator® aka Simon Smith, an expert in Cyber stalking and Cybercrime Investigations and a Master in Computer Digital Forensics says that our children and teenagers are severely at risk of physical, sexual and psychological harm from the use of this game) © SIMON SMITH - EVESTIGATOR® URGENT PUBLIC MEDIA RELEASE © - CREDIT & PERMISSION ASKED FOR IN WRITING BEFORE USE eVestigator®, Computer Forensics Cyber Expert – CHFI, Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator, Private Investigator Phone: 1800 CYBER I, Direct: 0410 643 121 www.evestigator.com.au www.cybersecurity.com.au www.courtexpertwitness.com.au Melbourne, July 26, 2016: Mr. Simon Smith of www.evestigator.com.au, and www.cybersecurity.com.au, a top Australian Computer Forensics expert, Cyber-crime Investigator, cyber-stalking expert and programmer of 25 years knows all too well the other side of what it looks like in a courtroom when somebody is the victim of cyber-stalking or white collar crime. He is often giving forensic evidence or reports in relation to high-tech computer crimes as an expert witness or private investigator. He has also worked on cases involving child pornography and the police, and is a strong advocate against Cyber-bullying, Cyber-stalking and Cyber-crimes civilly and criminally, and has helped hundreds of people attain justice and resolution in many cases, especially involving children and violence and forensic impersonation. As a Commonwealth Appointed Family Dispute Practitioner, with the very difficult job of dealing with awkward family disputes along with his specialised cyber forensic knowledge and cases as a private investigator, he speaks of cases where he has dealt with kidnapping, abductions, cults, poisoning and more. Never, however did Mr. Smith predict that what he calls “Cybergeddon™” would come so soon. Simon explains the term “augmented reality” in the new Pokémon game as going too far. “Imagine walking in a straight line and a cartoon character appears in front of you. That is simply what it is. A technology that draws a computer-generated image on a user's view of the real world (knowing on their phone where they are via the GPS), in this case a character or an object named a Pokémon. It then uses the camera on the back of the phone to paint the background, so it looks like there is a cartoon in your view”. He further says, “the earth is made up of various known areas comprising longitude and latitudes. These are known to the game and randomized, and the object of the game is to find Pokémon and physically step within a meter or so of it to interact, and likewise, collect other objects in the game”. He further explains that “these objects are randomly placed on or around you are on earth without any data verification”. Mr. Smith asks you to imagine your child, or teenage son or daughter walking around with head buried in their phone, jumping complete stranger’s fences, in and out of their neighbourhood, exploring places they shouldn’t be – knocking on stranger’s doors, asking if they can collect a Pokémon from their backyard. Then he asks you to “stop imagining because it is actually happening now”. He then asks you to imagine a “destination” that may be randomly picked in the game for your child to visit. Imagine if one of these stops was say in the case of America, “The Windsor Hotel in Phoenix Arizona”. Would you be concerned if you knew that in this instance, this was a halfway house for sex offenders? He also asks you to not imagine, and says, “Well, that happened too!” Mr. Smith deals with reverse cyber stalking cases all the time. Finally, he asks you to imagine that a group of bullies had a special directory which told them where a victim would be going at a certain time. It would allow them to lay a trap, and wait for the prey. Of course Mr. Smith says, “let’s not imagine - that actually happened too. In fact, only a few days after launch a gamer was robbed at gun point in dangerous unchartered neighbourhoods because the attackers knew he’d be chasing Pokémon they used game bonuses to lure there.” Mr. Smith, both as an IOS and Android programmer and cyber stalking forensic investigator and court expert witness strongly warns the community and rates this at a risk of 10/10 to any parent. He states that It could be used as a directory for stalkers and paedophiles to find children, and cause danger to society in an already understaffed and underqualified area of policing, being organised cyber-crime. Mr. Smith further states that it could even be considered the “Yellow Pages of Children and Teens” for Sex Predators – it could be easily argued that this is in fact no longer “augmented”. Mr. Smith strongly advises everyone to be conscious of the line that has just been crossed – and understand that crime is still crime even if it is hidden in what appears to be a ‘fun super-artificial method of game play’. “It is not a game anymore”, Mr. Smith strongly states. “It’s dangerous, it’s real and it is most likely in the hands of your children now”. Mr. Smith feels very passionate about the dangers he sees, in his expert opinion, he would strongly “recommend parents remove the game after doing further research” as he truly believes it crosses the line by masking serious cybercrime. He finishes by stating that, “It is ironic that people used to be afraid of the psychological effect of what violent artificial games may have on people, now I’m saying backed by evidence and experience, they should really be worried – because it has now crossed over to reality." This is general advice and not to be taken as legal advice and naturally, not all game players are likely to contribute to this conduct, this is an opinion expressed by me raising concern in this area of augmented reality. eVestigator®, Simon Smith Computer Forensics Cyber Expert – CHFI, Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator, Private Investigator © SIMON SMITH - EVESTIGATOR® URGENT PUBLIC MEDIA RELEASE © CREDIT & PERMISSION ASKED FOR IN WRITING BEFORE USE Please consider the environment before printing Aussie ‘big data’ start-up goes global 2016-06-15T01:07:19Z aussie-big-data-start-up-goes-global Tens of thousands of images, movies or even 3D objects can now be sorted, filtered, searched and grouped in real time with a single click thanks to new University of Oxford spin-out company, Zegami. The company is unique compared to other University of Oxford spin-outs in that the original concept for the software was not generated by the University as with traditional Oxford spin-outs. The company’s continued relationship with the University of Oxford is vital as its launches into not just Australia and the UK, but also the world. . Zegami is able to bring millions of pieces of information together from multiple data sources and combining them in a simple and intuitive user interface. The ground-breaking data discovery software, is slashing organisational and research costs and saving hundreds of hours through its practical functionality, combined with the ability to plugin machine learning and image-based analysis. Currently organisations and researchers are limited to traditional search engines when it comes to image based ‘big data’. Zegami’s image-based search, image tagging capability, map views and dynamic BI capabilities is something no other enterprise level software is capable of doing today with such large locally hosted data sets. Samuel Conway, CEO of Zegami says, “Whether in business, research or in our personal lives we generate thousands of images every day and every image has its associated data, there can be no doubt that storage has become cheaper and more efficient over time but how do we find them again, let alone generate any meaningful information from it. Zegami turns this concept on its head. “Data to decision is the new catch cry amongst companies and researchers today; throw in “Big Data” and we need to re-evaluate just how we do this analysis to find what we are looking for. Zegami is enabling technology that is leading to new discoveries and observations in large image data sets.” Exclusive national reseller of Zegami, Blue Crystal Solutions Managing Director Vito Rinaldi is excited to be sharing this innovative product to the country. “We’re thrilled to have been selected to be a key partner of Zegami. In any meeting we’re in, as soon as we start running a demo of Zegami’s capabilities our clients’ face’s light up. Zegami is making databases a little bit sexy!” The new entity attracted £500,000 in seed funding from investors including Parkwalk Advisors and Oxford Sciences Innovation, based in Oxford, UK. The sales and implementation team for the product through the support of Blue Crystal and Coritsu Group is to be based in Adelaide, Australia. For more information and to see the Zegami demo, head to http://zegami.com/. Samuel Conway, CEO, Zegami and Vito Rinaldi, CEO, Blue Crystal Solutions ENDS. For further information, hi-res photos & interviews please see below Dropbox link and contact: Sophie Chant | Rhetoric Communications | 0434 104 502 | sophie@rhetoriccommunications.com https://www.dropbox.com/sh/bj8rx4d4u50dkjy/AAAgzJnvPjlPpByqdqBIq_kXa?dl=0 Zegami Limited (UK) Founded in 2015 by Samuel Conway (AUS), Roger Noble (AUS), Stephen Taylor (UK) and Oxford University following the success of the first part of the solution development through the university and Coritsu group, an Adelaide based consulting firm, owned by Conway. Zegami has been built using the latest web standards, for the latest web browsers. Its responsive design means that it works equally well on the desktop as it does on mobile devices. Its flexible architecture means that it can draw data from any data source. With a well-designed platform from which other solutions can be developed and a community growing around the early adopters of the technology, research, HR, asset management and museums are just the start of users who are realising the potential of Zegami. The truly unique aspect of Zegami is that it’s a technology platform that can be used in a multitude of applications from research to asset management to give users almost instantaneous access to their assets and their associated performance data, to academic and scientific research where image analysis can be used to scan tens of thousands of images to look for specific patterns or observations in a large data sets. No other toolset does this better than Zegami. http://zegami.com/ Blue Crystal Solutions Blue Crystal Solutions was founded in 2004 by Vito Rinaldi. The company has built its reputation on delivering managed services for databases, middleware and applications, now with a cloud enablement focus. Blue Crystal Solutions is continually improving and extending its range of products and services to stay at the forefront of industry trends and offers its customers the absolute best in database management, application and cloud services. Blue Crystal Solutions provides application and database consultancy, management and administration services to customers of all sizes in most industries across Australia. The company specialises in Oracle and Microsoft SQL Servertm database technologies as well as enabling Cloud solutions for customers who are looking to take advantage of Cloud technologies. Key clients include APA, Energy Australia, Santos and AGL. http://www.bluecrystal.com.au/ NAPLAN, look out – Maths Rockx is here! 2016-05-10T03:34:43Z naplan-look-out-maths-rockx-is-here This little Aussie App. ‘Maths Rockx’, created by ex-teacher and mum of two, Jo Otto, is literally changing children’s attitudes to learning their times tables and increasing their abilities dramatically, all while they're having a blast! The App’s title “Maths Rockx: Times Tables + Rocking Tunes = Teaching You” speaks for itself. The times tables are sung to some of the biggest hits from some of the world’s best artists. There are tracks from; P!NK, Pharrell Williams, Lady Gaga, One Direction, will-i-am and Kelly Clarkson. Furthermore, the music production in this App is outstanding. “Kids are actually excited about doing maths for a change!” says Jo. “The app is taking teachers, children and their parents by storm. The reaction so far has been astounding - especially with the speed in which the children are learning. It couldn't have come at a better time with NAPLAN exams just around the corner.” “Maths Rock is engaging, exciting, challenging and it’s just so much fun. Kids get to sing, dance, clap, woo hoo and yeah, all while doing maths! This method just works and our children are enthusiastic to learn, which is naturally giving them their confidence back. NAPLAN creates so much anxiety in the lead up to the exams, even for the little ones. This clever App is already having a huge impact on so many kids!” Jo says. Mother of two Kay Panton says, “I bought this 2 weeks ago and both my children now know all their tables - Thank you! They did not have a clue before, the App is awesome!" Maths Rockx has had 64,500 song downloads in less than 3 months, has regularly been the number one educational app in Australia and is launching internationally right now - with initial plans to expand to another 29 countries. “Maths Rockx is already making a difference. We have to show every child out there that they can learn their times tables, which are the basic building blocks of numeracy in a fun, easy way! If your child knows their times tables, then all other maths problems become so much easier to solve”. Maths Rockx is distributed on the App Store and Google Play Store. Watch Maths Rockx in the classroom here ENDS For further information, hi-res images, B-Roll and interviews please contact: Amy Dowd | Rhetoric Communications|0420 979 187| amy@rhetoriccommunications.com Maths Rockx Maths Rockx is a single educational, mobile Application that sings the Times Tables to well known Rock songs. The App is designed to help children learn their times tables more easily through the use of music, moreover, some of the biggest music hits of all time which they already know. The unique and fun App is giving children their confidence back because it WORKS!! Jo Otto, Director Maths Rockx 
Jo Otto was a primary school teacher for 15 years, teaching every grade and loved her job. Her teaching strategy for children to learn their times tables, was to sing them to rock songs. It was so much fun and it always worked, really, REALLY well. Jo left teaching to start her own family. When it was time to go back to work she had to make a decision - go back into the classroom or follow her dream, which was to give every child the opportunity to learn their times tables the way she taught them - because it works, and the children love it! Testimonials: So much fun ***** I bought this for my eldest son who is about to go into year 2 and is starting to learn his tables. He really enjoys it and has said it makes learning the tables so easy. My middle child absolutely loves this app and asks to listen to Maths Rockx every time we get in the car. He already knows his 2, 11 and 12 times tables and he is not yet at school. As a parent, I really appreciate this app as it makes practicing the tables so much less tedious and definitely makes it fun. Thanks for a great app! – NicEOlb Addictive! ***** I have only recently found this app however I am already in love! My kids (9 and 5) and I just had a sing-a-long in the dark lol then they wanted it playing while they fell asleep. My son (9) has NEVER showed an interest in his times tables before! He was even doing the quizzes! Thank you x – Casey Bawden This app is amazing! The kids love it and I found them singing when it wasn't even playing! I have year 1 students doing their tables because of these great songs :)) Seeing results in maths in only 2 weeks makes one very happy teacher!! I’m telling everyone how amazing it is :) so thank you for coming up with such a great idea – Hayley Dwyer The most ambitious school building project in Victorian history 2016-05-06T02:47:40Z the-most-ambitious-school-building-project-in-victorian-history 06/05/2016 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) congratulates the Victorian Government for its investment in the future growth and development of education infrastructure in Victoria which will underpin future innovation across the State. To safe guard the $1.1b investment and ensure both the Victorian Government and the people of Victoria are getting value for money in this initiative, the AIQS recommends the government engage AIQS professionally qualified quantity surveyors from the outset of these projects to ensure costs are controlled and managed. AIQS quantity surveyors, by working side by side with the Victorian Government, will control costs, minimise risks, and provide certainty to ensure potential cost overruns experienced on some school projects undertaken during the BER are not repeated. Part of this cost control process is ensuring the procurement of contractors to deliver these projects is done in a manner to provide ‘value for money’ and not simply flood the market with projects. With rates for education projects ranging from $1,500/m2 to $4,500/m2 dependent on the scale of the work required, it is important that the 23 new schools and upgrades to 147 schools have this professional quantity surveyor advice from the initiation of each project. This will ensure that each project has a skilled professional as part of the team to assist in identifying and minimising risks associated with time, cost, quality, environment and safety. For more information, contact Peter Clack (AIQS President) on 02 8234 4000 or president@aiqs.com.au. The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) is the peak professional body for Quantity Surveying in Australia and Internationally, with over 4,000 Members. Through its leadership, Standards, and Code of Professional Conduct, AIQS ensures that practising Quantity Surveyors are dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of professional excellence. The Institute promotes AIQS Quantity Surveyor members in providing impartial, independent, expert advice which benefit construction and infrastructure projects, by ensuring that design and construction costs are managed as efficiently and effectively as possible. The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) Level 3, 70 Pitt St Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia (02) 8234 4000 www.aiqs.com.au TCS Awarded for Empowerment of Woman 2016-05-01T21:00:00Z tcs-awarded-for-empowerment-of-woman Sydney | Mumbai, May 2, 2016: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS) a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, was named Platinum winner in the “Empowerment of Women Award” category at the Global CSR Conference and Awards recently held in Bali, Indonesia. The Global CSR Summit & Awards raises awareness of corporate social responsibility (CSR) as a core strategic corporate function. It honors outstanding individuals and companies around the world for their contributions in seven areas of focus on environment preservation, community transformation and poverty alleviation, women’s rights and welfare, workplace practices and product innovations. Out of 200 entries received worldwide, a final selection of 42 companies were honored in seven award categories. TCS prevailed in the Empowerment of Woman category, named the Platinum awardee in a category that also included Bank Indonesia (Gold),
Mastercard Asia Pacific (Gold),
Qualcomm Wireless Reach (Silver),
PT Omron Manufacturing of Indonesia (Bronze). Melvin Chan, Founder of The Global CSR Summit & Awards commented: “This category was strongly contested. While the other contenders scored high in some areas, the overall highest average score went to TCS where they were excellent in showing the close integration of their gender equality policy with their business practices. The success of TCS' culture of inclusiveness and diversity is clearly evident in the strong contribution of their large women workforce towards their bottom lines." TCS won the Empowerment of Woman award specifically for its “TCS Go4IT” program in Australia. TCS Go4IT is designed to overcome the shortage in Australia of woman who pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (“STEM”) and to inspire interest for young woman to pursue careers in the ICT sector. (recent data shows 75% of the fastest growing roles in Australia require STEM backgrounds, and that woman occupy 20% of roles in ITC, compared to 45% in all occupations nationwide). TCS Go4IT is assisting to alleviate this national concern, providing an intensive work experience program available for young woman. By the end of 2016, over 250 young woman from over 75 schools in Australia will have competed the TCS Go4IT program. Key outcomes of the program thus far include: increased interest of students to study technology at high school and university; increased interest in a exploring a career in technology; changed perceptions of gender in technology; and Increased confidence and employability skills. More about TCS Go4IT can be read here: http://www.tcs.com/about/corp_responsibility/corporate-social-responsibility/Pages/TCS-Go4IT-work-experience-program-girls-IT.aspx Girish Ramachandran, President, TCS Asia Pacific added: “TCS is committed to creating opportunities for woman in technology and dismantling gender stereotypes that exist in the industry. As one award-winning example we are very proud of, the TCS Go4IT program in Australia is successfully offering opportunities for young woman to become passionate about careers in technology, helping to inspire a new horizon of national innovation and leadership in an exciting, dynamic and highly-in-demand profession”. The Empowerment of Woman award is the latest recognition for TCS, a company on a global drive to make gender equality a core tenant of its operating model. TCS is committed to enabling women to fulfill their professional ambitions across all areas of its organization, while championing everyday equality in the workplace. On 20 April, TCS was named as one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women in the UK. TCS employs over 100,000 women globally, a third of its total workforce. TCS also invests in training to help women at all levels excel in their roles, including one-to-one coaching when they take up senior roles, a Rising Stars Program for women with three-to-five years’ of experience, and the Pathways to Success Workshop, a leadership programme for women with five-to-eight years’ experience. TCS has had a formal Diversity & Inclusion corporate function since 2010, designed to provide strategic guidance and support for diversity programmes across the globe. This initiative is led by senior managers who act as role models and help to demonstrate the positive impact that diverse teams and recruitment can have on the business, with a focus on gender equality. About Global CSR Summit and Awards The Global CSR Summit & Awards 2016 was started 8 years ago. The event has grown from strength to strength and attracted a strong following of over 200 global and regional companies globally that participated or followed the event. The Global CSR Summit & Awards has become known as a global brand known for raising cutting edge ideas and topics in matters of societal transformation, product innovations that change the world and controversial topics that aim to inspire bold ideas to drive large scale changes and improvements to the environment, people and the planet. This year, the organisers have incorporated a new dimension into the Global CSR Summit by co-locating a new event, The Global Good Governance Award. More about the Global CSR Summit & Awards can be found here: https://globalcsr.pinnaclegroup.global/2016/ About Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (TCS): Tata Consultancy Services is an IT services, consulting and business solutions organization that delivers real results to global business, ensuring a level of certainty no other firm can match. TCS offers a consulting-led, integrated portfolio of IT, BPS,infrastructure, engineering and assurance services. This is delivered through its unique Global Network Delivery Model™, recognized as the benchmark of excellence in software development. A part of the Tata group, India’s largest industrial conglomerate, TCS has over 353,000 of the world’s best-trained consultants in 46 countries. The company generated consolidated revenues of US $16.5 billion for year ended March 31, 2016 and is listed on the National Stock Exchange and Bombay Stock Exchange in India. For more information, visit us at www.tcs.com. For TCS global news, follow @TCS_News. Contacts Global: Email: pradipta.bagchi@tcs.com Phone: +91 22 6778 9999 India: Email: h.ramachandra@tcs.com | shamala.p@tcs.com Phone: + 91 22 6778 9078 | +91 22 6778 9081 Asia Pacific: Email: sean.davidson@tcs.com Phone: +65 9139 3668 Sad State of the Nation: Only 22 per cent of Australian small businesses are digitally engaged 2016-04-15T01:45:59Z sad-state-of-the-nation-only-22-per-cent-of-australian-small-businesses-are-digitally-engaged-1 Tech startup Netstripes has found that only 22 per cent of Australian businesses are digitally engaged and using technology to grow their business. The findings were released in a new report, State of the Nation – 2016, Small Business Digital Engagement in Australia, which looks at how Australian small businesses are performing in the digital economy. South Australia scored the highest national average of digital engagement (37%), followed by TAS (29%), ACT (29%), WA (24%), NSW (22%), QLD (21%), VIC (16%) and NT (11%). The research sample covered 1,000 small businesses around Australia categorized by state and industry (medical, legal, professional services, trades, and hospitality). The report defined 17 parameters* for full digital engagement, in which two analytical modules were used, namely Digital Index (overall digital presence and engagement) and Web Index (whether the website was functional and competitive). Shockingly only 45% of businesses were found to have mobile optimised websites, despite Australia being sixth in the world when it comes to smart phone ownership with a penetration rate of 64.6%. This means that 55% of businesses are performing poorly when people search Google for their services and products. In addition, only 62% of small businesses had clear service offerings on their homepage, which means that 38% of the businesses still confuse their website visitors on what services they offer. Australia is fifth in the world for social media penetration, yet the report found that only 18% of small businesses are engaging with their customers on social media. Only 28% of businesses are using SEO efficiently, which means that over 70% are not easily found online when potential customers look for the services they offer on search engines. Dinesh De Silva, the CEO and founder of NetStripes encourages small businesses to use technology to grow their business. “Small businesses that make full use of the Internet grow their businesses by over 20% each year, which is quite significant. Additionally, more than 50% of all searches are now done via smartphones and increasing, so if a business doesn’t have a website that is mobile friendly they are losing half of their potential customers”, says De Silva. “The digital world opens up huge opportunities for small businesses, which holds the potential for generating billions of dollars in economic growth and reducing unemployment in the country.” Netstripes CEO Dinesh De Silva *Paramaters for full digital engagement: DIGITAL INDEX: 1) Functioning Website, 2) Mobile-Optimized Website, Active Social Media Engagement: 3) Facebook, 4) LinkedIn, 5) Blogs, 6) Email, Marketing/Newsletters, 7) Regular and consistent updates (15 per month on average), 8) Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for 1st page ranking on Google. WEB INDEX: 1) Mobile-Optimized Website, 2) Functioning Homepage (not busy, user-friendly & simple to operate), 3) Homepage Caption that conveys brand essence, 4) Design Quality (strong, integrated visuals, well-written content, consistent use of logo & branding elements…etc.), 5) Trust Signals (awards, accreditations…etc.), 6) Website Speed (fast & easy to load), 7) Clear List of Service Offerings, 8) About Us with photos, 9. Testimonials. Access the full report here Ends. For further information, hi-res images and interviews please contact: Amy Dowd | Rhetoric Communications|0420 979 187| amy@rhetoriccommunications.com Netstripes Netstripes is an innovative Aussie tech start up that specializes in helping small businesses successfully use the internet to consistently win more customers. Its passion is to help small business owners increase their annual earnings. Each of Netstripes’ founders are key experts in the industry with over 15 years’ experience, in building and rebuilding businesses from tech startups to large businesses in Australia and around the world. http://www.netstripes.com Dinesh De Silva, CEO Netstripes A strategist & technologist at heart, Dinesh has been providing strategic direction and visionary leadership to listed and privately held businesses in Australia and the Asia Pacific region for over 15 years. Dinesh has recognised expertise in the structuring and positioning of organisations and of structuring industries for growth in collaboration with government. Dinesh is a regular speaker at business forums on innovation and digital engagement; two issues he is passionate about in helping business leaders reimagine their future to affect change. 2016 Australian Book Industry Awards Longlist Announced 2016-03-23T01:00:00Z 2016-australian-book-industry-awards-longlist-announced The Australian Book Industry Awards Academy is delighted to announce the 2016 ABIA Book longlist that acknowledges the best books of the year, well published. “The significant increase in submissions this year from a diverse array of independent and multinational publishing houses is a heartening reflection of our dynamic and robust local industry,” said Michael Gordon-Smith (CEO Australian Publishers' Association). A panel of industry experts will deliver the highly anticipated shortlist on Monday 2 May. ABIA winners will be announced on Thursday 19 May at a glittering ceremony in Sydney at Art Gallery of NSW. Since 2000, the ABIAs has celebrated the connection between Australian readers and the 'book makers' ­­— authors, editors, publishing professionals and retailers — who unite to create the must-read books of the year. Keep up with all your ABIA news at: abiawards.com.au #ABIAwards2016 Twitter @ABIA_Awards Facebook ABIA Awards For interviews, more information and images, please contact House of Rusher T +61 07 3036 2024 | doorsopen@houseofrusher.com Emma Rusher, Campaign Director | T +61 0423 214 626 | E emma@houseofrusher.com Men, say goodbye to Dr Google and hello to Dr Sicknote! 2016-03-21T04:55:38Z men-say-goodbye-to-dr-google-and-hello-to-dr-sicknote With the successful launch of Australia’s newest medical e-consultation website Dr Sicknote last December, Aussie men now have no excuse to keep putting off doctor appointments. With men seeking medical advice 20% less frequently than women*, Dr Sicknote’s latest technology innovation allows quicker and more convenient access to medical certificates online. The website provides a 100 per cent confidential, secure and convenient way for patients to gain a medical certificate for minor ailments and referrals without having to attend a medical clinic. Dr Sicknote’s founder, Dr Sachin Patel, points out the common reasons for men not visiting the doc is the belief that “there’s probably nothing wrong, they’d rather tough it out, or simply they do not have a regular doctor they visit”. “A lot of the men that visit me in my GP are running busy lives, and simply don’t have the time, nor patience to sit in the waiting room.” However, since the inception of Dr Sicknote, 54% of the patients using the service are men.” “The most common ailments I am treating them for are bad colds and influenza, gastro, migraines and sprains and strains caused by minor injuries. “Confidentiality and discreetness is extremely important to men, and our aim is to provide a service allowing safe online access to some medical services where physical contact with a doctor is not required,” Patel points out. The process is very simple and requires patients to complete a quick form on the website and book in to talk with one of Dr Sicknote’s GPs via Skype. The website is backed by a team of fully qualified and registered Australian GPs who have a broad range of experience in traditional general practice surgeries. Since its inception Dr Sicknote website has had over 20,000 unique visitors in under 2 months, including the quieter holiday period. Dr Sicknote has already issued over 160 medical certificates. Remember guys, there are no good reasons not to see the doctor, only excuses. Don’t wait if you have a minor ailment or need a prescription or referral. Visit Dr Sicknote online today at www.drsicknote.com.au. *http://www.mentalhealthy.co.uk/lifestyle/men's-health/why-men-find-it-hard-to-go-to-the-doctor.html ENDS For further information, hi-res photos & interview appointments please contact: Sophie Chant | Rhetoric Communications | 0434 104 502 | sophie@rhetoriccommunications.com Dr Sicknote Dr Sicknote offers you a convenient and accessible way of getting the necessary paperwork required by your employer when you’ve had to take unavoidable time off work. Furthermore, when you need to renew a specialist referral, we want to be able to save you time. Did you know the most common reasons for sick notes are heavy migraines, diarrhoea, periods, back pain, and the flu? Dr Sicknote was created to help those most in need by offering a quick, easy and simple solution to get a medical certificate for work. We can also issue repeat specialist referrals. We’re here for you so you can stay at home, under your blankets and concentrate on getting yourself better. Dr Sicknote is run by a team of friendly doctors based around the country with their head office based in Melbourne. Dr Sicknote’s GPs are fully qualified and registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Agency (AHPRA), and go through regular training and professional development activities. Our Aussie GPs (General Practitioners) all also work in traditional General Practice surgeries and have a broad experience of practicing in clinics. What types of medical conditions qualify for Dr Sicknote? Dr Sicknote can issue a medical certificate for minor or routine ailments such as: · Body Aches · Chills · Cold & Flu · Congestion · Cough · Diarrhea · Ear Infection · Earache · Fever · Food Poisoning · Gastroenteritis · Laryngitis · Migraines · Musculoskeletal Pain · Nasal Congestion · Nausea · Pain · Period Pain · Pink Eye · Respiratory Infection · Runny Nose · Sore Throat · Sprains & Strains · Strained Muscles · Virus · Vomiting Professionals in the construction sector and every-day Australians have a lot to lose from the proposed changes to negative gearing 2016-02-24T06:05:17Z professionals-in-the-construction-sector-and-every-day-australians-have-a-lot-to-lose-from-the-proposed-changes-to-negative-gearing 24/2/2016 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Professionals in the construction sector and every-day Australians have a lot to lose from the proposed changes to negative gearing With the federal budget set for release in May and the federal election set for the latter part of 2016, reducing the deficit is high on the agenda. With a raise in GST now off the agenda, proposed changes to tax depreciation schedules is currently being discussed in order to return to surplus. With tax depreciation often forming a large part of those working in the built environment and associated industries such as Quantity Surveying, proposed changes in legislation could have a high impact on industry and every-day Australians including: Construction Cost Managers; Building and Engineering Economists; Financial, Resource and Contractual Managers; Dispute Resolution Professionals; Quantification of Material and Labour Professionals; and Every-day Australian looking to invest or rent property. "The building and construction sector is currently playing a big role in re-balancing the Australian economy due to the retraction currently being experienced in the mining sector. With demand in Asia slowing and the cost of oil, mining and gas at significant lows, the building and construction sector is currently helping to stabilise Australia’s economy." The proposed changes could have a big impact on the demand for tax depreciation schedules that poses a risk of lower investment in infrastructure and construction by industry and could therefore limit the jobs available for every-day Australians. Every-day Australian’s will also be impacted by this change if implemented. Without investors being able to fund losses through negatively gearing their property, the average person may see a rise in rent; due to this increased cost no longer available to be offset through tax depreciation schedules. The current Government is considering a cap on deductions, which will include deductions on rental properties. If the Coalition wins and deductions are capped (the plan is to cap work related deductions and rental property deductions to a percentage of the taxpayer’s income), then there will also be a reduction in the need for tax depreciation schedules. If elected, Labor is promising to remove negative gearing from all purchased buildings (excluding new buildings) from 1 July 2017. Under the Labor model, if the interest costs, rates, management fees on the rental property washes out most or all the rent, a tax depreciation schedule is no longer required as deductions cannot go above rent - therefore it cannot be negatively geared. AIQS will be actively lobbying and liaising with both parties, in order to highlight the impact these policy positions will have on the Quantity Surveying profession. For more information, contact Lee Edmondson (AIQS Marketing & Communications Manager) on (02) 8234 4004 or ledmondson@aiqs.com.au. The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) is the peak professional body for Quantity Surveying in Australia and Internationally, with over 4,000 Members. Through its leadership, Standards and Code of Professional Conduct, AIQS ensures that practising Quantity Surveyors are dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of professional excellence. The Institute is a national organisation with Chapters and Divisions in all States and Territories. It also has a strong overseas membership and is the Australian peak body to the International Cost Engineering Council (ICEC) and the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS). A diverse range of professionals in the Building and Construction industry are part of the AIQS Institute, including high-level ‘decision makers’ at Director and Executive level, Business Owners and Managers, through to young cadets, students and graduates. Associated industries to Quantity Surveyors include; Cost Planners, Cost Estimators, Project Managers, Developers, Building and Professional Services. The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) Level 3, 70 Pitt St Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia (02) 8234 4000 www.aiqs.com.au