The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2016-12-13T11:56:40Z UTRC can employ Stawell Gold Mine’s new unemployed workers 2016-12-13T11:56:40Z utrc-can-employ-stawell-mine-s-new-unemployed-workers Following his Open Letter* to Stawell residents advising them of a misinformation campaign regarding UTRC’s removal of the largest tyre stockpile in Australia, Dr Matthew Starr is again imploring the Victorian Government to take steps that will see the business start employing many of Stawell Gold Mines’ retrenched workers. With up to 150 people losing their jobs at the mine (announced Tuesday, 13 December), UTRC offers Stawell a chance to employ up to 50 people in early 2017.  “All we request from the government is to waive some of the small regulatory fees that UTRC has been hit with, and provide greater support for our efforts to eliminate Victoria’s number one environmental hazard,” said Dr Starr. “UTRC is the only new business of size attempting to become operational in Stawell that can employ up to 30 per cent of the newly unemployed.  “UTRC is the best option for the unemployed workers who now face a very unhappy Christmas and New Year, with a bleak outlook for 2017.” The Stawell tyre stockpile comprises almost 9 million tyres, which UTRC purchased in June 2015 to create a new, environmentally-friendly, clean-tech facility to recycle the tyres. Dr Starr added, “We intend to support the workers of Stawell for the long term and as UTRC in Stawell has been classified as a Transfer Station for Victoria's used tyres, we can assure the town that there will be jobs well into the future.” * You can view the Open Letter, which is being delivered this week, at http://utrc.com.au/open-letter-to-stawell-residents/ and a copy should be attached. Dr Matthew Starr can be contacted on 0402 457 315. News and invitation: Economic Enquiry Brings Accountants, Government And Technology Together To Grow The Economy 2016-11-03T01:07:19Z news-and-invitation-economic-enquiry-brings-accountants-government-and-technology-together-to-grow-the-economy Sydney, November 3 2016 – Accountants and finance professionals will have the opportunity to influence policy at a State and Federal level, to leverage the new technology and data to become the accountants of the future and to help grow the Australian economy while they are at it at an economic enquiry hosted by Unstoppables Founder, Julio De Laffitte alongside guest speaker the New South Wales Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, The Honourable Victor Dominello MP. The NSW Minister of Innovation is working alongside industry to free up silos of public agency data to give businesses access to information that will drive new innovation. By working across industries, accountants in a prime position to being an incredible amount of value to their clients. This opening of data will change industries, fuel disruption and propel innovation. This exclusive event on Wednesday November 23 at NSW Parliament House, will give attendees the opportunity to to air and share their views in open discussions and to gain insights from a panel of Australia’s greatest business minds about the importance of the relationship between accountants and business success. The aim of this discussion is to learn how accountants and are in the perfect position to take advantage of the changing landscape to grow business and be an invaluable partner to clients. Speakers include Tim Reed, CEO of MYOB, Jane Stanton, Vice President of CAANZ, Nicholas Adamo, CEO of Bright Sparke and John Peterson, Founding Director of Best Practice Program, as well as Julio De Laffitte, Founder of Unstoppables, and The Honorable Victor Dominello MP, Minister of Innovation. The inaugural event saw more than 120 senior professionals attend. “The second in its series, this wonderful event unites the industry and brings fresh ideas and consideration about new practices, technologies and trends impacting the profession. We’re delighted to welcome the Minister and look forward to some serious insights into the unfolding future of the economy from those driving the change,” said Julio De Laffitte, Founder of Unstoppables. For more information, and to register, please visit www.unstoppables.com.au/accountingparliament or email info@unstoppables.com.au. About Unstoppables In 2014, Julio De Laffitte, a successful entrepreneur and businessman who started his business journey over 20 years ago, formed the idea for Unstoppables - A movement for business leaders and entrepreneurs to collaborate, define and action new economic potential for Australia and beyond. In 2015, Unstoppables took over 100 Australian entrepreneurs to Antarctica on an 8-day collaborative think tank. Out of this, many alliances were formed between start-ups, established businesses and different industries to create new economic opportunities for Australia. All in all, 98 businesses were formed and $47 million was invested. In 2016, Unstoppables took 50 Australian entrepreneurs to the Amazon for a 10-day collaborative think tank. The results were the same in comparison. Many new businesses and alliances are being formed through effective collaboration. In all Unstoppables collaborations, accountants and their unique perspective of multiple industries have played key roles in the formation of new opportunities. This observation has seen Unstoppables working closely with accountants and associated industries to leverage further growth in the Australian economy. http://unstoppables.com.au For more information, please contact: Jo Balfour / Shuba Paheerathan Progressiva Public Relations jo@progressiva.com.au / shuba@progressiva.com.au +61 (0)405 541 018 / +61 (0)438 606 424 New Alliance Give Franchisors A Unique, Comprehensive Marketing Package 2016-10-24T00:10:39Z new-alliance-give-franchisors-a-unique-comprehensive-marketing-package Gold Coast, Queensland, October 21, 2016 – Top Snap and Franchise Buyer signed a strategic alliance to offer the Australian Franchise sector a comprehensive marketing package for presenting brands and business opportunities, that now includes professional photography as a standard inclusion. As part of this alliance, Franchise Buyer will now be able to offer its clients a unique marketing package that includes: Professional photography ‘packs’ as standard On location shoots that were previously considered ‘out of reach’ cost wise A seamless approach to coordination and managing the production of images via the Top Snap custom tools ‘Office based’ portrait and other professional imagery on an ‘as needs’ basis This new offering is an integral part of Franchise Buyer’s support package for franchisors who expect more value added to their franchise marketing. The franchise group Top Snap is a natural fit, having been in the professional photography business for more than 10 years. Top Snap understands the importance of visual content impact and has a network of professional media service providers across most major metropolitan areas. Ralf Barschow, Owner and CEO Top Snap says, “We are excited about our new partnership with Franchise Buyer as we are naturally passionate about franchising, especially on a Franchise-to-Franchise (F2F) basis. In today’s cluttered media world where potential customers are constantly bombarded with marketing messages, professional visual content is critical to stand out from the crowd.” Glenn Walford, Franchise Buyer Founder says, “Since day one my vision has always been to play an integral role in presenting businesses to the market in a way that does justice to the investment owners make. It’s always baffled me, and really defies logic, why the business and franchise sales market has not lifted its game and properly invested in professional photography to present such enormous assets for sale. If we all expect professional photography when we buy and sell a house, why on earth don’t we have the same expectations for a business? This alliance with Top Snap has come at the perfect time for us to continue to build on and implement our broader national vision: To most effectively and comprehensively connect buyers to sellers, and vice versa, and all that this entails at every touch point.” Franchise Expert Launches One of the UK’s Fastest Growing Franchises in Australia 2016-10-05T23:18:34Z franchise-expert-launches-one-of-the-uk-s-fastest-growing-franchises-in-australia Based on the highly popular Moo Music UK franchise model, Maggie Moo Music Australia will wow Aussie 0-5 year olds with its infectious songs, cute farmyard characters and sensory ‘moosical’ format.   Franchising professional Carolyn Dufton, from franchisingplus and Hire For Baby, came across the franchise in early 2016 when Moo Music UK franchisor Ant Parker asked her to help develop a strategy for expansion in Australia.   So impressed with the Moo Music franchise model, Ms Dufton decided to become the Australian franchisor (or head farmer).   “Over the years I have been offered many franchise business opportunities and nothing has tempted me, until now. Moo Music was just too good an opportunity to pass up,” Ms Dufton said.   “Parker had developed a low-key, low-cost franchise model that had grown to 160 franchises in just two years. That’s so impressive by any standard,” she said.   Maggie Moo Music Australia has already been successfully piloted in Australia by Gold Coast ‘Farmer’ and mother-of-one Kristy Imrie. Expressions of interest are currently being taken from potential farmers throughout Australia.   Ms Dufton has enlisted the support of marketing strategist and coach Belinda Jackson, who has bought the State Licence for New South Wales and the pair are now seeking expressions of interest from potential farmers throughout Australia.   “We have set an ambitious goal of opening 20 franchises in Australia by Christmas. Considering the interest we’ve had pre-launch, I’m really confident that Maggie Moo Music Australia is going to take off with a turbo boost down under,” she said.   Maggie Moo Music Australia runs fun, interactive music and movement sessions for 0 to 5 year olds and their parents, carers or grandparents. With more than 125 original songs, the program’s interactive ‘moosical’ sessions have been designed with early learning specialists to help young children gain confidence and develop memory, language and coordination skills in a fun multi-sensory way.   “I love the humour and warmth in the brand, but most importantly the fact that there is a range of over 125 songs for children that have been written by a professional songwriter and early learning educators really demonstrated the integrity of the brand,” Ms Dufton said.   The Moo Croo includes the franchise’s namesake Maggie Moo and her farmyard friends Henry Horse, Ollie Oink, Doris Duck, Holly Hen and Barry Baa who all love to sing, dance and make music. Other activities include ‘Moo Doos’ (parties) and ‘Messy Moo’ sessions (hands-on messy play), with the latter particularly beneficial for children who find it difficult to express their emotions, such as children on the Autism spectrum.   Find out more about Maggie Moo Music by visiting www.maggiemoomusic.com.au. To express your interest in becoming a farmer visit www.maggiemoomusic.com.au/australia. AUSTRALIAN BEEF PRODUCER, JACK'S CREEK RETAINS THE WORLD'S BEST STEAK TITLE 2016-09-22T22:56:49Z australian-beef-producer-jack-s-creek-retains-the-world-s-best-steak-title The competition was tougher than ever with 17 countries and 83 of the world’s top beef producers entering the competition Held in London last night in a bid to win the title. The Jack's Creek winning steak came from a Wagyu F2+ 75% aged for 30 months and grain fed with judges noting it won on it's all round top quality. Patrick Warmoll, managing director of Jack's creek said of the win, “We spent considerable time selecting the entry and this win confirms that we’re the best in the world again. Winning last year was one of the biggest things to happen to us and our brand awareness rocketed and it’s been great for business. This is as much a win for Australia as it is for us.” He also added. “We will be going for the hat trick next year!” Chair of judges and butcher Keith Boxley said, “Every gold medal winner was worthy of winning the top prize but the overall winner was outstanding. It scored highly on appearance, quality, taste and tenderness.” He also added, “People are getting more selective about the meat they eat and they want something more prepared. As a butcher judging this competition, I'm looking for something that looks and tastes nice that has no gristle.” Jack’s Creeks’ award winning beef can be found in many of Australia’s top restaurants including, ARIA, black by EZARD, Catalina, LuMi Bar and Dining and many more. ARIA restaurant Head Chef Ben Turner commented that, “Jack’s Creek beef is always a consistent and tasty product” and Catalina’s Executive Chef, Mark Axisa, commented: "Jack's Creek beef is of the highest quality and the fullest flavour. It is a pleasure having the Jack's Creek dry-aged ribeye on my menu; it just flies out the door!" Jack’s Creeks’ 150+ days Grain Fed 100% black angus also won the Silver award. For more information on Jack’s Creek, interviews with Patrick Warmoll and images, please contact Annabel Carroll at Polkadot PR 02 9281 4190 / annabel@polkadotpr.com.au About Jack’s Creek Jack’s Creek is still regarded as a relative newcomer in the world of specialist beef after launching in 2000. However, in 1947 the Warmoll Family began farming in Breeza and the company’s links to fine food dates back to 1852, when the Warmoll Family emigrated from Ireland before opening butcher’s shops in the Victorian and NSW gold fields. The company is family run by co-founders and brothers, Philip and David Warmoll and sons Patrick Warmoll, MD and Robert Warmoll. Jack’s Creek is at the forefront of Australian premium beef production – processing and marketing grain fed Wagyu and Black Angus, which it ships to more than 20 destinations around the world including Japan, Saudi Arabia, China and the Germany. Birenda J Bhandari welcomed to Jim's Building Inspections team 2016-09-21T21:39:56Z birenda-j-bhandari-welcomed-to-jim-s-building-inspections-team The already impressive experience in the local Jim’s Building Inspection team has been bolstered with the announcement that Birenda J Bhandari (commonly known as BJ) is the latest franchise owner in South Australia. Jim’s Building Inspections Regional Franchisor, Mr Andrew Skinner, said Mr Bhandari comes to his new role after working more than 25 years on a broad range of construction, manufacturing, engineering, project management and industrial projects across Australia and India. “The number of our South Australia franchise owners continues to steadily grow with outstanding candidates, and BJ’s arrival to the team at the start of the busy Spring selling season is great news for potential home buyers and investors looking for a building inspector with a wealth of experience,” Mr Skinner said. “As a family man in his own right, BJ understands need to have a safe and secure investment, which when combined with his impressive career means that he perfectly complements our team of high-quality franchise owners that people can engage with confidence,” he said. “Regardless of whether it’s in in a region, the Adelaide Hills, or across the metropolitan area, buyer interest remains strong in the local property market, and when combined with record-low interest rates there has never been a better time to invest in the South Australian housing market.” Mr Bhandari welcomed the opportunity to support local, national and international buyers and investors in his new role – particularly those wanting to secure property in Marion and the adjoining south-western suburbs. “Whether it is to live in or rent out, buying a home is a major purchase decision – which is why it is critical to make an informed purchase decision by having a building inspection done by an experienced building consultant before signing on the dotted line,” Mr Bhandari said. “It is near impossible for a buyer to look beyond any recent painting or repairs to get a truly accurate picture of the condition and maintenance of a property, so I look forward to working with clients to identify any underlying issues that need to be considered, such as termite damage, salt damp, structural issues, and old or dangerous electrical work.” Migrating to Australia from India with his family in 2005, BJ is a qualified builder with a full builders licence for Residential, Commercial, Industrial & Civil. He also has a Master’s Degree in Management Science, Diploma in Business Management, Bachelor of Commerce, and a Diploma in Mechanical Design and Cert IV- Building & Construction (Building & Site management) as part of his impressive list of formal credentials. His career in India and Australia has seen him employed in senior management and project roles with a number of engineering and construction companies, as well as running his own building consultancy business prior to joining the Jim’s Building Inspections Group. Jim’s Building Inspections provide an easy to understand report within 24 hours of an inspection, which identifies safety hazards, such as suspected Asbestos or structural damage, major and minor defects, and a brief description of work required. To request a quote, or to arrange an inspection call 131 546 or visit https://www.jimsbuildinginspections.com.au/ MEDIA CONTACT: Adam Thomson, Leverage PR, M 0430 420 120, E adam@leveragepr.com.au  AIIA undertaking significant survey on analytics and data usage by Australian businesses, government and NGOs 2016-09-12T01:46:08Z aiia-undertaking-significant-survey-on-analytics-and-data-usage-by-australian-businesses-government-and-ngos FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12 SEPTEMBER 2016 Encourages new and established organisations in all sectors to participate in order to develop the most comprehensive report possible The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, today announced it is undertaking a major survey of Australian organisations on analytics and data usage. The purpose of the survey is to find out what differentiates those business, government and NGO organisations that effectively use data and analytics for senior decision making. The survey is open to individual respondents via the AIIA website until 31 September 2016. It is anticipated that a whitepaper will be published towards the end of the year incorporating an analysis of the results and providing a body of knowledge that will help guide business leaders on ways to incorporate data and analytics into their organisation in order to remain competitive. Rob Fitzpatrick, CEO of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), says, "On a global scale, we see those organisations that know how to use data effectively are usually the strongest performers. If Australia is serious about driving an ideas boom and creating new employment opportunities, we need to ensure that we help local organisations better understand and then take advantage of data to be competitive. “This is not just a survey for tech companies. The information generated will benefit all industries and we encourage participants across all sectors whether they be in education, retail, finance, or others, as well as established and newer companies to participate,” added Fitzpatrick. This initiative is being led by the AIIA’s Data and Analytics Special Interest Group, which is chaired by Dr Roger Kermode, director of business consulting firm Alimua Pty Ltd and former practice principal for analytics and data management for Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Graeme Wood, general manager of marketing for Semantic Software Asia Pacific. “There is mounting evidence that data-driven organisations tend to require fewer assets, execute with greater insight and less risk, and ultimately generate higher returns. We believe incorporating these practices is an important part of creating a sustainable and growing economy in Australia and is crucial to seeing our standing in world innovation and growth rankings improve,” says Dr Kermode. The data collected will be analysed by data scientists at the University of Technology Sydney. Professor Michael Blumenstein of UTS Sydney says, “Much has been published on big data, automation and the use of analytics at an organizational level. However, despite the recognition of data increasing in importance, the use of data between and within organisations varies widely. The AIIA survey has been constructed to find out why. It’s designed to enable deep diagnostics and analysis of what actually take place inside organisations across different functions and different levels, not just what is visible externally.” Numerous leading Australian organisations are encouraging their members to complete the survey, including: Data61, The Knowledge Economy Institute; NSW State Government; Advance Australia; FINSIA; CPA Australia; StartupMuster; UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT; and, the UTS Business School. # # # About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 the AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favourable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. MEDIA CONTACT For more information, please contact Joanna Stevens Kramer at 0408 466 410 or email joanna@filteredmedia.com.au For more information about the AIIA please visit https://www.aiia.com.au Billionaire business brain helps premiership expert go global 2016-08-22T06:35:41Z billionaire-business-brain-helps-premiership-expert-go-global Brad Sugars, the world’s number one business coach and billionaire business brain, has partnered with Melbourne leadership expert and CEO of Engage & Grow, Richard Maloney, which will see the company’s winning employee engagement program expanded exponentially worldwide. Queenslander Brad Sugars is recognised as the world's top business coach establishing ActionCoach in 1993. It has since grown to more than 1,000 business coaching franchise operators in 62 countries. With a number of businesses under his belt, entrepreneur Richard Maloney developed the neurologically-designed Engage & Grow programs drawing on his extensive experience in elite and local sports coaching and as a master neuro-linguistic programming practitioner.  Maloney has helped 40 teams from sports such as Australian rules football and cricket to reach a grand final with 27 achieving a premiership. He has also played in six winning premierships in the QAFL, VFL and WAFL including Subiaco FC in 2004 where he was the premiership captain. “I was always passionate about human behaviour and I figured out there is a system to creating premiership teams when it comes to getting the most out of people,” Maloney said. The winning principles that Maloney used on the sports field were brought to the arena of business performance and leadership when he launched into the business world two and a half years ago.  Following the alarming results of Gallup’s poll on employee engagement, which found that 76 per cent of employees in Australia are not engaged or actively disengaged at work, it confirmed to Maloney that traditional leadership and employee training doesn’t get the results businesses are seeking.  “So I reverse engineered the success I was getting in the sports industry and designed a unique methodology that transforms attitudes in the workplace from ‘just turning up’ to being ‘creatively excited’. “Once I had achieved a high level of success in the business world with a large number of organisations in 15 countries implementing the Engage & Grow program, I wanted greater global traction. “Creating global brand awareness and establishing a strategic partnership was the quickest way to achieve this. I identified that Brad Sugars, the world’s best business coach, would be the global identity to help me reach my goal,” Maloney said. “I then had to prove myself to him. Through extensive discussions and successful trials, I convinced Brad Sugars to invest in my business.  “His expertise in growing businesses and overcoming challenges has shown me that I can achieve my 12-month goal of selling master franchises in the UK, US, Asia, Latin America and Australia, and appointing 300 licenced mentor coaches across the globe.” Engage & Grow already has more than 50 employee engagement advisors selling its Group Activation System™ in 15 countries.  Interestingly, the system doesn’t have any theory with participants taking action straight away. “Engage & Grow is disrupting the learning & development industry and is proving that it’s the quickest way to create organisational business success in the world today. “Traditional teaching and learning is slow and old. We have to change the way we create leaders. The best organisations have a critical mass of leaders, which creates a higher level of engagement, productivity and profit.” Following completion of the Engage & Grow signature 12-week program, the average increase in engagement for all organisations is 100 per cent (double). This is measured through independent online surveys as part of the program.www.engageandgrow.com.au EndsAbout Richard Maloney & Engage & Grow: Since 2004, Richard Maloney has worked with hundreds of teams, athletes, leaders and businesses, moving them out of the doldrums and into the winner’s circle. He has also been involved with eight elite Australian sporting organisations either as an athlete, in a commercial capacity or as a leadership coach, including three years with the Western Bulldogs where he was leadership and cultural coach from 2011 to 2014. In 2014, Richard Maloney wrote The Minds of Winning Teams: Creating Team Success Through Engagement & Culture, a handbook for business and sporting clubs seeking to reinvent their cultures and fast track a more productive and profitable environment. Engage & Grow’s Group Activation System helps business coaches, business leaders, HR and Learning & Development Managers create fully engaged employees# in only a matter of weeks and months, with programs designed for leaders in all industries including government.  Programs are different to traditional leadership practices that produce low engagement because they are neurologically designed. To create greater engagement many of the archaic methods have to be rejected and instead ones known to have the greatest impact on inspiring human performance in the workplace must be adopted. # Employee engagement means: - Getting people to love coming to work - Having employees inspired to be at work - Getting people to perform at their best Note 1: A Gallup poll found that 76% of employees in Australia are not engaged or actively disengaged at work with only 24% of employees engaged. Gallup defines engaged employees as those who are involved in, enthusiastic about and committed to their work and workplace.http://www.gallup.com/poll/165269/worldwide-employees-engaged-work.aspx   Note 2: A Deloitte report says that traditional training for employees is the least desirable. http://landing.deloitte.com.au/Global-Human-Capital-Trends-2016-Registration.html?_ga=1.131243855.1971091037.1470652372   2016 Infinite Value Award Nominations Now Open to the Construction Global Community 2016-05-31T22:32:40Z 2016-infinite-value-award-nominations-now-open-to-the-construction-global-community 01/06/2016 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Australia Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) has announced that nominations are now being accepted until 30th July 2016 for the fifth annual Infinite Value Awards. With the support of its partners, the annual awards program discovers, rewards and promotes a variety of National and International professionals and projects. Award winners will receive public recognition at the annual Infinite Value Awards Gala Dinner. The awards highlight how a collaborative approach can drive a successful project, build industry confidence and develop industry professionals. This is demonstrated by this years’ theme Partnerships in Construction. AIQS chief executive officer Grant Warner said “Success in the built environment is achieved through collaboration between a number of construction partners, and this years’ Infinite Value Awards provides an ideal opportunity, not only for member firms, but other nominating companies and organisations to celebrate outstanding achievements across the broader construction industry.” “This years’ awards recognises the contribution the broader construction industry and funding partners have made to the built environment. Nominating firms are encouraged to bring their clients/nominees to the awards evening to celebrate all those successes. These awards recognise the people, the skills in design, engineering, sustainability, innovation, and community development, which have resulted in a built environment we can all be proud of.” Said Mr. Warner Additionally, project-based winners will be awarded two trophies: the principal award to the project client and the secondary award to the nominating firm. The Infinite Value Awards winners are announced and celebrated at the Infinite Value Awards Gala Dinner which will take place at the Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Darling Harbour on Thursday 27 October 2016. Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, has recently undergone a $200 million re-development and provides an ideal location to showcase these awards with floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking the Darling Harbour precinct. Some of last year’s winners include Lucy Eng, nominated by Beca Limited, winner of the Women in Construction & Professional of the Year awards; and the Port Arthur Penitentiary, nominated by Exsto Management (TAS), winner of the Project of the Year & Engineering Excellence Awards. To be eligible for the Infinite Value Awards, projects need to have been completed within the last two years. For a list of award categories, entry criteria and to download a nomination form, visit the Infinite Value Awards website www.infinitevalueawards.com ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Relevant Links Infinite Value Awards categories Infinite Value Awards Frequently Asked Questions and nomination process Infinite Value Awards past winners For further information or images please contact Stephanie Ifill (AIQS Marketing & Communications Officer) on (02) 8234 4009 or sifill@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 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 Introducing Pronto Cloud 2016-05-02T05:34:30Z introducing-pronto-cloud-1   Introducing Pronto Cloud  2 May 2016 – Melbourne: Australian technology company, Pronto Software, has today unveiled a new-look Cloud division, Pronto Cloud Managed Solutions.   Driven by increased demand for its services, Pronto Cloud has been rebranded from its former name, Pronto Hosted Services. With 70 per cent of new Pronto customers choosing to implement a cloud solution or benefit from managed services, the unveiling of Pronto Cloud signifies strong investment into cloud as a major growth area for the business.   “We introduced Pronto Hosted Services in 2002 to deliver a wider ERP deployment choice for our customers and have seen tremendous growth over the past few years.   We are pleased to announce that Pronto Hosted Services will now operate as Pronto Cloud. This is an exciting phase for our business as we continue to invest heavily and expand our cloud offering, supporting a large percentage of the Pronto community not only for hosting and managing Pronto Xi but a vast array of customer business critical platforms.  Customers have placed their trust in us for years with business critical applications, now they are trusting us for their infrastructure and the combined management of both. Customers know what they’re getting with Pronto Cloud, including where their data resides,” said Chad Gates, Chief Operating Officer, Pronto Software.   With the ability to master digital disruption as a top concern for Australian CEOs and IDC’s prediction that 50% of IT budgets will be tied to digital transformation initiatives by 2020, Pronto Cloud is well positioned to offer a local, tailored and comprehensive technical solutions to the enterprise market   “We are certainly seeing more Australian businesses pursuing a cloud first strategy as it provides an agile and adaptable IT environment that’s ready to take advantage of new opportunities to fuel growth and deliver better customer experiences. With local expertise and level 3 datacentres, Pronto Cloud offers unparalleled service and support to maximise the effectiveness of our customers’ technology investment,” commented Gates.   “One of the keys to the success of Pronto Cloud is that not only do we provide and manage the infrastructure platform for our customers, we also wrap a managed service around all the technical aspects of the Pronto Xi ERP including future upgrades. We provide a scalable solution so you can choose exactly what you need and rapidly change it to suit circumstances or emerging opportunities. By managing your business applications and IT infrastructure for you, Pronto Cloud allows you to focus 100% on what’s most important – running and growing your business,” said Chris Dickinson, Manager, Pronto Cloud.   For more information on Pronto Cloud, please visit www.prontocloud.com.au     ENDS About Pronto Software: Pronto Software has been developing award-winning business management software for 40 years. With an easy- to-use interface and in-built flexibility and intelligence, its flagship Pronto Xi platform drives efficiency and performance improvements to businesses. Pronto Software prides itself on actively listening to customers and adapting its services to meet their needs to reveal the best solution.   Find your moment: pronto.net   For more information, please contact: Sarah Bullen or Ashleigh Favaloro at DEC PR+61 2 8014 5033 / pronto@decpr.com.au Don’t bank on a pay rise in 2016 new report warns 2016-03-16T22:13:38Z don-t-bank-on-a-pay-rise-in-2016-new-report-warns Sydney, 17 March 2016: Despite consumer and business confidence trending up, most employers (79 per cent) do not plan to offer wage increases in 2016 and of the 21 per cent who will, the majority (57 per cent) will offer modest increases between 2 and 5 per cent, the 2016 Adecco Employment and Talent Report has found. Performance, local economic conditions and competition for talent (86 per cent) are the major influencers for employers considering wage rises while aligning wage rises with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) has lost favour with just (14 per cent) using it as a reason for increases. Nor is it surprising that employee disengagement is costing the national economy $54.8 billion annually with the report showing 76 per cent of Australian workers are in two minds about their jobs or worse still, are completely disengaged. “It is well documented that disengaged workers are less profitable, less loyal, less safe, less innovative and less likely to stay,” Lindsey Monroe Ruth, Head of Marketing at the Adecco Group Australia & New Zealand said. “This report clearly shows that employers need to address common pitfalls like lack of direction, relying too heavily on pay as a motivator, not recognising achievements or ignoring career progression and consider ways to enhance employee engagement. These could include articulating the organisation’s values, fostering behaviours that align with these values, showing gratitude, emphasising the positives and understanding what inspires their employees,” she added. The report also found that better opportunity (46 per cent) is the major reason employees leave an organisation, followed by salary (20 per cent) and lack of career (progression) 14 per cent. Flexible hours (43 per cent), and education and training (34 per cent) continue to be the key benefits while bonuses remain popular (20 per cent). And if you are young and unemployed you probably need to lower your salary expectations as 21 per cent of employers attribute youth unemployment to high salary expectations and 15 per cent to lack of experience. Moreover, with new generation, come new expectations. Work life balance (65 per cent), salary (54 per cent) and the opportunity to grow (51 per cent) seem to be the key motivators for candidates seeking a new role. “Tomorrow’s workplace will be very different to the workplace today. It will evolve into a mixed environment where workers can relax and play. We are already seeing the seeds of this change. Organisations such as KPMG and IBM have adopted activity-based workplaces that are designed to heightened transparency and creativity. Employers are turning their minds as to how best manage a multigenerational workforce and employees will continue to strive for better work/live balance,” Lindsey Monroe Ruth concluded. Ends/ More information on Adecco Group: www.adecco.com For further information, please contact: Lindsey Monroe Ruth, Head of Marketing Adecco Group Australia & New Zealand LindseyMonroe.Ruth@adecco.com.au or +61 425 203 033 OR Louise Nealon, Callidus PR louise@calliduspr.com or + 61 2 9283 4114 About the Adecco Group The Adecco Group, based in Zurich, Switzerland, is the world’s leading provider of HR solutions. With more than 32,000 FTE employees and around 5,100 branches in over 60 countries and territories around the world, Adecco Group offers a wide variety of services, connecting around 700,000 associates with our clients every day. The services offered fall into the broad categories of temporary staffing, permanent placement, career transition and talent development, as well as outsourcing and consulting. The Adecco Group is a Fortune Global 500 company. Adecco S.A. is registered in Switzerland (ISIN: CH0012138605) and listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ADEN). Adecco Offers Ambitious Young Professionals the CEO Role 2016-03-16T00:57:53Z adecco-offers-ambitious-young-professionals-the-ceo-role A springboard to brighter career prospects, with one candidate proceeding to become Australia Adecco ‘CEO for One Month’ alongside Ger Doyle and in the running for the global top job Sydney, 16 March 2016: Adecco Group, the world’s leading provider of HR solutions, is giving 50 entrepreneurial and ambitious young professionals the chance to become ‘CEO for One Month’ alongside the Adecco top management in their home countries. In Australia one lucky person will hold the role of Australia Adecco ‘CEO for One Month’ alongside Ger Doyle for the month of June, significantly boosting their CVs and career opportunities. For one only, there is the once-in-a-lifetime chance to become Group ‘CEO for One Month’ working with Alain Dehaze. Online applications are open until April 15 at www.adeccowaytowork.com. Youth unemployment is still a big concern for Adecco around the world and at home with data showing around 73 million youngsters are unemployed in the world today, and a rate of 12.10 per cent in Australia, more than twice that of the average unemployment rate. Yet at the same time, a striking shortage of talent across the globe hinders economic development and prosperity. Some 40 per cent of employers say lack of experience is the main barrier for entry level vacancies. To play its part against this trend, the Adecco Group has devised its ‘CEO for One Month’ and Adecco Way to Work™ programs. The goal is to support talented young professionals in their career prospects by providing valuable work-based training to boost their employability. That includes one month internships alongside Adecco Country Managers in 50 countries, letting youngsters learn on the job, gain insights and inspiration for their eventual professional choices, as well as adding a unique experience to make their CVs really stand out. One of the 50 will have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to become Adecco Group ‘CEO for One Month’ alongside Group CEO Alain Dehaze, further enhancing their training with international exposure and a global outlook. The position includes a rewarding salary to sustain the successful youngster’s further education and development. In 2015, there were more than 18,000 applicants from around the world and over 583 Australian applicants. ‘CEO for One Month’ has proved its ability to boost young people’s employability and opportunities. James Kaluschke the Australian ‘CEO for One Month’ in 2015 is now working as a client service associate at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management in Brisbane. "The CEO For one Month program provided me with an invaluable insight to upper management”, said James Kaluschke. “During the experience I made important business contacts which have ultimately lead me to my current position at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management." Alain Dehaze, Adecco Group CEO, commented: “Our future depends on the skills, confidence and experience of today’s youngsters. It’s a shared responsibility to help them build their careers through training, guidance and opportunities. This is what ‘CEO for One Month’ is about. Youngsters will challenge themselves, gain hands on experience alongside Adecco’s top management, and get a taste of how to run a global company. I look forward to welcoming the 50 ‘CEOs for One Month’, receiving these Millennials’ insights and helping them to build their way to work”. Beyond the ‘CEO for One Month’, Adecco Way to Work aims to fight youth unemployment by providing ‘readiness to work’ initiatives and work-based training opportunities all over the world. Over 3,000 internships and apprenticeships were provided in 2015. In 2016, Adecco Street Day will be celebrated on March 17 to share Adecco’s expertise and guidance to job seekers in almost 60 countries with local staff hitting the streets in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and visiting Universities and TAFEs to help graduates and young people get their feet on the career ladder. Learn more on how to apply for ‘CEO for One Month’ and lots of job application tip and tricks from preparing your CV without work experience to acing job interviews at the Adecco Way to Work portal at: http://www.adeccowaytowork.com. Watch: The experience of Alexa Tirziu, CEO for One Month Romania The CEO for One Month experience in the words of the ‘CEOs’ Adecco Way to Work™ resources Facebook: www.facebook.com/AdeccoWaytoWork Twitter: www.twitter.com/AdeccoWayToWork For further information, please contact: Lindsey Monroe Ruth, Head of Marketing Adecco Group Australia & New Zealand LindseyMonroe.Ruth@adecco.com.au or +61 425 203 033 OR Louise Nealon, Callidus PR louise@calliduspr.com or + 61 2 9283 4114 About the Adecco Group The Adecco Group, based in Zurich, Switzerland, is the world’s leading provider of HR solutions. With more than 32,000 FTE employees and around 5,100 branches in over 60 countries and territories around the world, Adecco Group offers a wide variety of services, connecting around 700,000 associates with our clients every day. The services offered fall into the broad categories of temporary staffing, permanent placement, career transition and talent development, as well as outsourcing and consulting. The Adecco Group is a Fortune Global 500 company. Adecco S.A. is registered in Switzerland (ISIN: CH0012138605) and listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ADEN). MEDIA RELEASE: Aussie small business owners keen to buy stock, create jobs: survey 2016-02-29T23:09:56Z media-release-aussie-small-business-owners-keen-to-buy-stock-create-jobs-survey Aussie small business owners keen to buy stock, create jobs: surveySurvey reveals how small business would spend $50,000 windfall    SYDNEY, March 01, 2016 - Buying stock or equipment is the number one thing small business owners would do with a $50,000 cash injection, new research from MYOB and OnDeck has revealed. OnDeck is a leading small business lender that has partnered with leading accounting software provider MYOB to shake up the business lending market. It says it’s already generating strong interest from owners who may not tick all the boxes for a conventional bank loan. “Many owners don’t believe they would qualify for a business loan, especially if they don’t own a house to put up as collateral. But at OnDeck, we actually want to lend to small business, so we came up with a different way to decide if a business can repay their loan,” Cameron Poolman, chief executive officer of OnDeck Australia said. OnDeck offers term loans of up to $150,000 over 6 to 24 months, in as little as one day. It uses cutting-edge technology to assess creditworthiness, based on actual operating performance of the business and not solely on the owner’s personal credit. “OnDeck is evolving the business lending market, because the way we assess a business for credit is quite different to the traditional bank model. We can say yes more often when it comes to lending to small business,” Mr Poolman said.   The MYOB SME Snapshot polled 530 small-to-medium business owners and asked what they would do if given $50,000 to invest in their business. Thirty-four percent said they would purchase inventory or equipment, 30 percent would invest in marketing, advertising or PR, and 25 percent would hire more staff (see graphic below). “The MYOB SME Snapshot shows a hunger among small businesses to boost the Aussie economy and employ more people, and we are keen to help them do that through fast, accessible business loans. “It’s interesting to see that the top areas small business wants to invest in are economic multipliers, meaning that the loans we provide have a flow-on effect to sales and jobs in the broader market,” Mr Poolman said. OnDeck has already lent more than US$4 billion to small business owners in the United States, with independent analysis showing the first $3 billion of loans created $11 billion in economic value. The local version of the service has been tailored for Australian business conditions.             “We know that small businesses are looking for quick and convenient ways to access capital for their short term needs.  They value the availability, convenience and total cost of the loans that OnDeck can provide, and we are already seeing a strong response from customers,” Mr Poolman said.Image: Results of MYOB SME Snapshot                About OnDeck Australia OnDeck Australia is a technology-enabled small business lender 100% focused on giving small businesses on-demand access to working capital. Our vision is to power the growth of small business through credit and technology innovation. In Australia, OnDeck’s proprietary small business credit scoring system, the OnDeck Score®, incorporates hundreds of data points from dozens of sources. Using advanced technology and analytics, OnDeck Australia assesses creditworthiness on a business’ actual operating performance and not solely on the owner’s credit. OnDeck Australia is backed by NYSE-listed OnDeck Capital Inc., which has delivered more than USD $4 billion in loans across the US and Canada since 2007. OnDeck entered the Australian market in 2015 with two market leaders as distribution partners: MYOB, a leading accounting software provider, and Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Australia’s largest bank.  For more information, go to www.ondeck.com.auAbout MYOB MYOB Group Limited (ASX: MYO) is a leading provider of online business management solutions. It makes business life easier for approximately 1.2 million businesses across Australia and New Zealand by simplifying accounting, payroll, tax, practice management, CRM, job costing, inventory and more. MYOB provides ongoing support via many client service channels including a network of over 40,000 accountants, bookkeepers and other consultants. It is committed to ongoing innovation, particularly in cloud computing solutions, and in 2015 was awarded the BRW award for the most innovative large company for 500+ employees and placed 2nd in BRW’s Most Innovative Companies Award list across all categories nationally. For more information, visit http.investors.myob.com.au or follow @MYOB on Twitter.   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