The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-03-19T21:21:43Z New jobs website for Australian contact centres 2017-03-19T21:21:43Z new-jobs-website-for-australian-contact-centres Melbourne Australia 20 March 2017. A new jobs website has been launched specifically for the Australian contact centre industry. ItsMyCall has been purpose-built to provide a real alternative to those seeking a job in the Australian contact centre industry. Managing Director, Justin Tippett says that “for too long recruiting contact centre staff has been a difficult process with the current options not understanding the diverse nature of roles available within the Australian contact centre industry. Previously seen as a transient job, contact centres now offer a fulfilling career that provides international opportunities and a direct path to executive level positions”. To illustrate the point ItsMyCall has over 50 different job types reflecting the diverse nature of skills that make up the modern Australian contact centre with everything from working on Social Media queues, Training, Quality & Compliance, Workforce Optimisation and more. Partnering with Australia’s official contact centre industry body, Auscontact Association and Contact Centre Central, a website followed by thousands of contact centre professionals in Australia with the latest news, articles and support resources, ItsMyCall is able to launch directly into a ready-made audience of thousands of contact centre professionals already engaged with the industry. Fiona Keough, CEO of Auscontact Association added ‘we are really excited about partnering with ItsMyCall. Contact Centres are becoming increasingly complex and by showcasing the diverse nature of the roles available across the country, and providing access all in one location, delivering a laser like insight into the depth and breadth of career opportunities available within our industry today’. Tippett adds that “ItsMyCall has been developed by people actively involved in supporting and promoting the Australian contact centre community. We are extremely proud of the opportunities our industry provides people from all walks of life and through ItsMyCall we look forward to continuing to promoting the diverse career options within the Australian contact centre community.   All For Health Pty. Ltd. Outlines the Importance of Acupuncture in Relieving Pain 2017-02-21T07:04:47Z all-for-health-pty-ltd-outlines-the-importance-of-acupuncture-in-relieving-pain A rigorous review has found that acupuncture outperforms both traditional treatment and fake acupuncture in relieving arthritis and migraines, as well as chronic neck, back and shoulder pain. The solid findings led chief author Dr. Andrew J. Vickers to conclude, “We think there’s firm evidence supporting acupuncture for the treatment of chronic pain.” This piece of information has been published as found here - Acupuncture Outperforms Traditional Treatment in Relieving PainAcupuncture is an age old Chinese therapy that involves the insertion of needles into the skin to so as to bring relief to specific parts of the body that are experience pain. A key part of traditional Chinese medicine, it is used to restore and maintain health, in addition to alleviating pain and stress.All For Health Pty. Ltd. was founded with the mission to provide quality services in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine to those seeking a natural alternative to healthcare. Regardless of whether you are lacking vitality, in pain or struggling with fertility, we are confident that we can help you.All For Health Pty. Ltd. also known as Acurepoint Health has two health clinics both located in Booragoon. The first being Suite 19, The Gateway Building, Andrea Lane, Booragoon while the other at Suite 25, Level 2, Garden City House, 125 Riseley St, Booragoon . People who seek treatment for health problems like chronic pain, migraines etc can call either (08) 9316 9327 or (08) 6150 8156 to seek an appointment. Acurepoint Health is definitely your one stop clinic for all kinds of Chinese Medicine and Perth Acupuncture services. Acurepoint Health is a team of qualified and registered Chinese medical practitioners who are not just qualified but experienced too. Speaking to the media, Dr. Pui Chak Pang who has more than 40 years of experience having spent time practicing in both Hong Kong and Australia said, “Most people suffering from pain make use of pain killers to reduce pain. With the help of acupuncture the cure will reduce pain substantially and also treat the symptoms causing the pain.”About All For Health Pty. Ltd.Acurepoint Health strives to provide the most professional and quality services in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. We are committed and passionate about developing alternative methods to keep healthy and to treat a range of different health symptoms and issues, such as fatigue, pain, infertility etc.For more information on All For Health Pty. Ltd. visit www.acurepointhealth.com.au LiveHire launches into Education industry with two new Cornerstone Clients 2017-02-14T01:32:23Z livehire-launches-into-education-industry-with-two-new-cornerstone-clients ASX Release Key Highlights ·         Two Cornerstone Clients, Laureate Universities International and TAFE Queensland, sign with LiveHire and launch Talent Communities in 2017. ·         The successful launch of these two Cornerstone Clients opens the Education industry to LiveHire, employing 975,000 people (Source: ABS Nov 2016). ·         Laureate, a listed company on the NASDAQ (NASDAQ: LAUR), employs 50,000 people globally and provides services to 1 million students. ·         Laureate’s Talent Community will commence in Australia, enabling 100% proactive recruitment across the whole organisation (1,550 full time employees). ·         Laureate plans to subsequently launch a Talent Community for all students and alumni, to follow the alumni’s employability post-graduation, opening a new and valuable application of the LiveHire ecosystem. ·         TAFE Queensland further strengthens LiveHire’s growth in the public sector, alongside Alfred Health. ·         TAFE Queensland Brisbane Talent Community has been launched across the whole organisation (1,200 FTEs), providing a strong growth channel into the six divisions of TAFE Queensland (4,173 employees servicing 120,000 students). ·         LiveHire clients grow Talent Communities to an optimal size of 5-10 times the number of employees and pay $0.50 per individual Talent Community Connection (TCC) per month.   Melbourne, 14th February 2017: LiveHire Limited (ASX: LVH), the Talent Community platform empowering the flow of talent through organisations, shifting recruitment from reactive to 100% proactive, is pleased to announce two additional Cornerstone Clients, Laureate Universities International (“Laureate”) and TAFE Queensland Brisbane.   The successful signing of Laureate and TAFE Queensland Brisbane are significant milestones as they help: 1.    Cornerstone LiveHire’s entry into the Education vertical, an annual recruitment market estimated at over $624 million[1] and growing; 2.    Further strengthen LiveHire’s growth into the public sector, the largest employer in Australia and one where significant hiring productivity can be gained; 3.    Establish the LiveHire platform with an additional global client who has significant cost and time savings to be realised from a shift to 100% proactive recruitment; and 4.    Open the LiveHire platform to future significant upside growth in TCC, by introducing a channel of students, graduates and alumni. Industry leaders, such as Laureate and TAFE Queensland Brisbane, launching Live Talent Communities, result in a critical mass of the Education and Training industry workforce receiving invitations to join the LiveHire Ecosystem. This creates an industry standard for digital talent profiles, and a network effect that paves the way for more talent and companies to easily join and connect. The signing, implementation and launching of Cornerstone Clients such as Laureate and TAFE Queensland is a key pillar to growing LiveHire’s key performance metric of Talent Community Connections (TCCs). LiveHire clients grow Talent Communities to an optimal size of 5-10 times the number of employees and pay $0.50 per individual Talent Community Connection (TCC) per month. LiveHire has now successfully expanded its Cornerstone strategy to three industry verticals: Retail, Healthcare and Education, spanning both public and private sectors.  About the Education and Training Sector in Australia The education sector is one of the largest employers in Australia (Top 5 industry by total employed persons), growing at an accelerated rate (Top 3 industry by growth rate), well above the Australian overall employment growth figure. Education in Australia is a $20 billion a year industry, employing approximately 975,000 people, 8.1% of the total working population. Additionally, the latest figures from ABS firm up education's position as Australia's third-largest export after coal and iron ore, as well as its position as the largest services export, well ahead of tourism. Education is clearly one of the five key super-growth sectors that will support Australia’s transitioning economy into the next decade. About Laureate Universities International Laureate’s network of more than 70 campus-based and online universities in 25 countries offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs to over one million students worldwide. Laureate is the largest global network of degree-granting higher education institutions, and their students are part of a diverse, international community that spans the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Laureates institutions offer undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs in fields such as business and management, medical and health sciences, engineering, information technology, architecture, education, law, communications and hospitality management.  Laureate is a Public Benefit Corporation, a relatively new class of corporations that are required by law to create a general public benefit through a material, positive impact on society.  About TAFE Queensland Brisbane TAFE Queensland Brisbane is where over 40,000 local and international students get their world-class education and training each year. Practical, hands-on classes combined with state-of-the-art facilities and purpose-built learning areas make them a standout amongst training providers, with many of their facilities being acknowledged by industry as amongst the best in Australia. For more information: Simon Hinsley Investor Relations                      simonh@livehire.com          +61 401 809 653   Subscribe to LiveHire investor updates: http://eepurl.com/b2EMFL About LiveHire LiveHire is a productivity and collaboration platform for talent management that delivers a proactive sourcing and internal mobility solution called Live Talent Communities. The platform makes managing the flow of talent into and through businesses seamless, delivering value through perfect visibility of existing employees, and shifting recruitment of new talent from reactive to proactive, reducing time and cost to hire, with an unrivalled candidate experience. Founded in 2011, LiveHire is an Australian company headquartered in Melbourne, with offices also in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.  www.livehire.com www.livehire.com/investor  Disclaimer This announcement contains “forward-looking statements.” These can be identified by words such as “may”, “should”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “intend”, “estimate”, and “expect”. Statements which are not based on historic or current facts may by forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on: ·          assumptions regarding the Company’s financial position, business strategies, plans and objectives of management for future operations and development and the environment in which the Company will operate; and ·          current views, expectations and beliefs as at the date they are expressed and which are subject to various risks and uncertainties.   Actual results, performance or achievements of the Company could be materially different from those expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained within the presentations are not guarantees or assurances of future performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of the Company, which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to differ materially from those expressed or implied by forward-looking statements. For example, the factors that are likely to affect the results of the Company include general economic conditions in Australia and globally; exchange rates; competition in the markets in which the Company does and will operate; weather and climate conditions; and the inherent regulatory risks in the businesses of the Company. The forward-looking statements contained in this announcement should not be taken as implying that the assumptions on which the projections have been prepared are correct or exhaustive.  The Company disclaims any responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of any forward-looking statement. The Company disclaims any responsibility to update or revise any forward-looking to reflect any change in the Company’s financial condition, status or affairs or any change in the events, conditions or circumstances on which a statement is based, except as required by law.  The projections or forecasts included in this presentation have not been audited, examined or otherwise reviewed by the independent auditors of the Company.  You must not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.   [1] Total recruitment costs for education industry in Australia calculated as total workforce of 975,000 employed workers x 16% churn rate (AHRI Turnover and Retention Report 2016) x $4,000 average cost to hire (conservative USD4,000 cost per hire – LinkedIn Global Recruiting Trends 2016) = $624,000,000.  Drug and alcohol testing prevent deaths on Western Australian roads 2017-02-08T02:26:47Z drug-and-alcohol-testing-prevent-deaths-on-western-australian-roads There is little doubt that drug and alcohol testing on Western Australian roads is saving lives and it’s staggering to think how high the road toll could be if random roadside testing were not commonplace.However, despite the efforts of police and their random testing, the road toll is increasing. In fact, there were more fatalities on WA roads last year than in any other year since 2008. And while the number of random drug tests in particular has risen in recent years, drugs and alcohol are still two of the major factors in fatalities.There were 194 fatalities on Western Australian roads in 2016, 33 more than the previous year and more than 20 higher than the average for the previous 5 years. Of particular concern is the number of fatalities on regional roads. The roads outside of Perth were responsible for much of the increase in the roadside stats in 2016. There were 32 more deaths on regional roads in 2016 compared with 2015, with 2016 having the dubious honour of recording the most number of regional deaths on WA roads since 2007.According to Western Australia’s State Government, the biggest factors involved with fatalities on our roads change very little and they include speeding, mobile phone distraction and a failure to wear seats. Plus, of course, driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. How big an impact are drugs and alcohol having on Western Australian roads? According to statistics, in one year alone, 2014, 20% of road trauma victims had illegal drugs in their system. That’s 1 in 5 of all road trauma victims. The stats for motorcycle fatalities is even more damming, with 32% of all motorcycle fatalities in 2014 alone having drugs as a contributing factor. The stats for driving while under the influence of alcohol are no better, with around 20% of fatal crashes on Western Australian roads partly attributable to alcohol. While continuing to conduct drug and alcohol testing on Western Australia’s roads is one of the answers to the imposing question of how to reduce the road toll, another is to focus on the small group of people who continually put themselves and others at risk.“Most drivers in WA do the right thing on our roads,” says Road Safety Commissioner Kim Papalia,“but we know there is that small group of people who through their attitude and action represent risk on our roads.“If you continue to drive when you’re tired, if you choose to drive when you’ve been drinking or have used drugs, even prescription medication if it has warnings, if you don’t wear a seatbelt or you travel at a speed that isn’t appropriate to your experience or the circumstances you’re faced with, then regrettably the consequences may be sudden and fatal,” Mr Papalia added.While the workplace may bear little resemblance to our roads (although for some people the roads are their workplace) there is little doubt that many of the same people who are willing to drink or take drugs and drive on our roads are likely to take the same risk at work.  And there are stats to back this up. For example, we know that around 10% of all fatalities in our workplace involve alcohol or drugs. We know that in one year alone, 2013, 11% of all workplace injuries had alcohol as a factor. We know that between 20 to 25% of all workplace accidents have drugs or alcohol as a contributing factor. And we know that 1 in 5 Australians have gone to work under the influence of alcohol.All of which makes drug testing and alcohol testing at work, just as important as on our roads!NOTE: This article was written by Integrity Sampling, Australia’s leading workplace drug and alcohol management team. For more information about Integrity Sampling’s drug and alcohol testing Western Australia services, see the company’s Western Australian and Perth pages. 'Continuous Change' is an Australian (and global) workplace trend here to stay 2017-01-23T00:38:28Z continuous-change-is-an-australian-and-global-workplace-trend-here-to-stay Parents At Work is pleased to release the 2017 Workplace Trend Report.  The world of work is not dissimilar to the greater world around us and is changing at staggering speed.  We thought that it was important to give our key insights into what the workplace will look like for both employers and employees in 2017.  This knowledge and insights will help those attempting to make workplace changes in 2017 - either for themselves or for those around them. The report is a well researched document filled with valuable information for HR professionals, people managers and others interested in understanding what the world of work will hold for them in 2017.By downloading the trend report the reader will learn: The 5 Top Workplace Trends of 2017 The factors making these trends happen The key themes you will see in the workplace in 2017 Two of the key themes for 2017The report writer predicts that two key themes we will continue to see in workplaces in 2017 include that of 'Increasing Diversity' and 'Continuous Change'.  It goes into more detail on these themes giving examples of them in workplaces.  It also speaks to the top 5 workplace trends we will see in 2017 which in themselves are examples of the greater themes of 'Increased Diversity' and 'Continuous Change'.  More about 'Increasing Diversity'"We are seeing an increasingly diverse workforce from the perspective of gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation and place of birth. It is predicted that this will continue into the near future." states the reports author Celeste Kirby-Brown.  The report goes into more detail about the impact of workplaces in 2017. Media ContactsPlease do download the 2017 Workplace Trend Report and read it for yourself.  If you would like to speak to a media contact in person about the report please contact:Emma WalshFounder and CEOParents At Workemma@parentsatwork.com.au0404 093 082Celeste Kirby-BrownDirector of Sales and MarketingParents At Workceleste@parentsatwork.com.au0412 626 416 Random Drug Testing in Queensland – It’s Everywhere! 2016-12-12T04:22:45Z random-drug-testing-in-queensland-it-s-everywhere On Queensland roads, in Queensland workplaces and on Queensland waterways, if you take drugs and drive, work or take the controls of a boat, random drug testing will catch you. That’s the message that the Queensland Police, Integrity Sampling and the Queensland Water Police are hopeful is getting through, particularly as we approach the festive season.Random drug testing on Queensland roads started around 8 years ago, but it’s only in the last few years that the number of drug tests has risen to significant levels. For example, last financial year the number of people who undertook random drug testing on our roads was around 50,000. This was more than double the number in the previous financial year of 20,000 random drug tests.The increase of roadside random drug testing Queensland Police was thanks largely to purchase of hi-tech drug testing equipment. The Drager Drug Test 5000 allows the police to test for a range of drugs quickly and accurately. The units are now situated across the state, giving the police the ability to catch drug-influenced drivers anywhere, at any time.Ensuring employees in Queensland workplaces are fit to work is the job of businesses such asIntegrity Sampling, which conducts workplace drug testing across the state. Integrity Sampling has 6 branch locations in Queensland, including Brisbane, Cairns, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville and Winton. Like the Queensland Police, Integrity Sampling also uses the Drager Drug Test 5000 for its drug testing work.If you take drugs and then take control of a boat on Queensland waterways, you can also be in trouble with the law. During a recent weekend on the Gold Coast, 10 people were pulled over for random drug testing by the Queensland Water Police after they were suspected of being under the influence of drugs. According to a Gold Coast Bulletin article, from the 10 people tested, four skippers provided positive drug tests.The water police say that officers will continue random drug testing of people in charge of boats in Queensland waters, particularly with during he busy summer period. And, as stated on the Maritime Safety Queensland website, “There is zero tolerance for driving or boating under the influence of drugs”. Similar to the roads, penalties can include licence suspension, licence disqualification, fines and, for serious or repeat offenders, imprisonment terms.There’s another message that the Queensland Police, Integrity Sampling and the Queensland Water Police hope to get across. And that is that the penalty of failing a drug test may be severe, but it’s noting compared with the consequences of driving a car or boat, or going to work under the influence of a drug and causing an accident.  When you think of the potential consequences, it’s easy to see that drug use combined with driving, work or taking control of a boat simply does not mix. Drug Use The Major WA Crime Issue 2016-12-02T04:17:57Z drug-use-the-major-wa-crime-issue What do you think is the major crime issue facing Western Australia? Perhaps terrorism, domestic violence or bikies? Well, according to a recent survey, while these issues do concern many people they don’t make the number one spot, with drug use voted as the top law enforcement issue in the state.The perhaps surprise result came in the WA Speaks survey, which gives Western Australians a chance to give their opinions on the major issues facing the state. The latest survey, involving nearly 9000 people, was published recently and one of the findings was the huge concern that drugs have for Western Australians.In fact the concern of Western Australians over drug use is so huge that, according to PerthNow, 70% of the nearly 9000 survey respondents listed it as our biggest law enforcement issue. And the number one drug on everyone’s lips is methamphetamines and particularly ICE. ICE is a concern right across Australia but particularly so in Perth and Western Australia, where the drug’s use is particularly high.ICE is an especially insidious drug because it’s a more refined and pure type of methamphetamine (a man-made drug that can be prescribed by doctors for issues such as a hyperactivity deficit). This makes ICE fast acting and highly addictive, and the side effects can be serious.In the PerthNow article, Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenanis quoted as saying, “(ICE) can cause violence, it can cause unemployment, and it fuels crimes such as burglary, robbery, theft and even murder — which has put enormous pressure on our courts and the legal system. Most devastatingly though it puts those that are most willing to help users — such as family members, emergency service operators including police, nurses, doctors and ambulance officers — at significant risk.”One of the reasons for this is that ICE and other methamphetamines are stimulants, while other illicit drugs such as heroin and cannabis are depressants. While taking heroin and cannabis will slow down the messages travelling between the brain and the body, methamphetamines speeds these messages up. In fact, in some cases, normally passive and responsible people who use ICE can become hyperactive, aggressive and violent. There’s even a term for this condition – ICE psychosis – because users can experience hallucinations and delusions and behave erratically.NOTE: This article was written by Integrity Sampling, Australia’s leading workplace drug and alcohol management team. As part of its services, Integrity Sampling conducts drug testing Perth and Western Australian businesses. The company has more than 30 branches across Australia. Drug testing on Victorian roads increasing 2016-11-16T10:43:27Z drug-testing-on-victorian-roads-increasing If you take drugs and drive, you’re now more likely to be caught as drug testing on Victorian roads is on the increase.The focus on drugs is a direct result of the road toll and the number of people being killed on Victorian roads with drugs in their system. Since 2013, more people have died on our roads under the influence of drugs than have died under the influence of alcohol. The drug testing figures show the increased focus on drugs. In 2015/16, over 100,000 drug tests were conducted on Victoria roads, an increase of around 25% on the 2014/15 figures. The drug testing figures are expected to rise in future years, with a likely figure in 2016/17 of around 1.1 million drug tests.Unfortunately, it’s not just drug testing Victoria is not the only place where test is on the rise. The ratio of drivers being caught with drugs in their system is also increasing. The latest figures show that 1 driver out of every 11 that are drug tested are being detected with drugs in their system; the previous year’s figure was one in 18.Included in these figures are:• Four positive results for methamphetamines in just six hours on 2 November, in roadside drug testing in Victoria’s Yarra Ranges.• A 34-year old male driver in the Melbourne suburb of Keysborough, who was caught speeding, and with drugs and alcohol in his system. The dubious ‘trifecta’ occurred a day before the Melbourne Cup.• A 36-year-old female driver in Mulgrave, who was pulled over for speeding in an 80 zone on 30 October and then recorded a positive drug test.All these drug testing incidents on Victorian roads were part of Operation Furlong, held between 28 October and midnight on Melbourne Cup day. In total, one in 10 people drug tested on Victorian roads during this period were found to have illicit drugs in their system. Just on 2800 people were drug tested with 283 offences detected. In comparison, almost 200,000 breath tests were conducted with 316 offences. Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer said the number of motorists found with drugs in their system was alarming.“To think that one in every 10 motorists we drug tested were found to be under the influence of drugs is of great concern,” he said.“These people simply shouldn’t be on the road, they are a massive risk to themselves and to the greater community.”Note: This press release was written by Integrity Sampling, which conducts workplace drug and alcohol testing across more than 30 locations in Australia. Harrison McMillan 2016-11-14T21:38:14Z harrison-mcmillan ADELAIDE FIRM RECRUITS TOP AWARD   Adelaide recruitment firm, Harrison McMillan has seen off some of Australia’s biggest names to win the prestigious Most Innovative Agency of the Year award at the 2016 National Seek Australian Recruitment Awards (SARA’s).   This award celebrates recruitment agencies that harness data and analytics to provide insight, solve clients’ challenges, fuel innovation, and enhance business practices, relationships and processes.   It is a stunning outcome for the company in its first time entering the peak industry awards.   Co-founders and directors, Jodi Walton and Dani Bieg say the awards are strong recognition that their disruptive recruitment model is being well received in the marketplace.   “Both Dani and I have worked in traditional recruitment firms so we knew there was a better way to provide recruitment services to organisations that did not involve charging a large percentage fee for candidate placement,”said Jodi Walton.   “We felt the ‘traditional’ percentage fee for candidate placement model was inflexible and outdated so we decided upon a “Pay-As-You-Go” structure which basically works the same as ordering from an a la carte menu in a restaurant.   “You only order what you need which makes it more affordable than the traditional model with a higher level of service.   “Every piece of technology we have implemented or process we have developed is geared to providing ease of engagement and transparency with our clients which has seen our client base grow to over 120 clients in 3 short years,” said Dani Bieg.   Harrison McMillan was the only South Australian nominated in the prestigious awards and with just 9 employees was pitted against national firms with several hundred staff.   For interviews and photo opportunities, please contact DANI BIEG 0422 816 573 or JODI WALTON 0401 280 851  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 Splend expands the ride with Rent-to-Own 2016-10-28T03:34:11Z splend-expands-the-ride-with-rent-to-own Evolution of the taxi driver Innovative vehicle provider shakes up ride share launching Rent-to-Own Australia’s consumer transport market is experiencing significant transitions as a power shift from the taxi plate owners, formerly holding the monopoly, to the driver regaining power by becoming their own boss. Recognising this transition phase, innovative on-demand vehicle-subscription provider, Splend, continues to disrupt who is in the drivers seat, launching Rent-to-Own – a first-to-market service enabling ride share drivers to own their vehicle, while freeing taxi drivers from working for the plate owners gain. “Of the 68,000 taxi drivers in Australia most work for a ‘network’, ‘owner’ or ‘operator.’ According to Roads and Maritime Services of NSW in 2012, on average these drivers were paying a lease of up to roughly $1250 per week to rent a licensed taxi because they could not afford a previously inflated $400,000 taxi plate. The plate owner claims 60-65 per cent of the shift takings while drivers endure poor working conditions and unfriendly shift hours,” says Chris King, CEO of Splend. High fares and the skyrocketing value of taxi plates ensures big returns for the big players who own multiple taxi plates, but taxi passenger numbers are in decline and drivers' wages have collapsed with the introduction of ride sharing. With the shift toward a cashless society, the earnings from taxi driving isn’t as attractive anymore and a transition is occurring to ride share where drivers now have a chance to succeed independently as their own boss. A leader in compliant vehicle supply for on-demand services, Splend launched Rent-to-Own in response to the increasing number of ride share drivers who are eager to work towards ownership of their greatest asset – their vehicle, but who do not want to go into debt by financing a car through a bank or broker. The big appeal for drivers to shift into Splend Rent-to-Own is no lock in contracts meaning members can walk away at any time as opposed to feeling trapped into long term financing. The vehicle-as-a-subscription fee for Splend Rent-to-Own starts at an average of $279 per week over four years covering registration, compulsory third party and full comprehensive insurance, scheduled servicing as well ride share training courses. The weekly subscription cost decreases by $50 each year, helping members achieve car ownership sooner. Over four years, this is an added saving of $6,349 with zero interest compared to car financing through a bank or broker. According to the August 2016 Transport Affordability Index by the Australian Automobile Association, in 2013-2014 motorist road related taxes and charges totaled almost $28billion including purchasing costs and expenses of running a car over its lifetime such as registrations, insurance and stamp duty. “The vehicle finance landscape in Australia is expensive and outdated for aspiring ride share drivers. The latest vehicle ownership index figures have huge impacts to the average household income and Australian’s are looking for alternate ways to efficiently earn a living and own a car, making value for money Splend’s main consideration in its Rent-to-Own offering,” said Mr King. As platforms like Uber become more accepted, Splend Rent-to-Own will be an attractive option for drivers looking to build a long-term career in the on-demand economy while saving thousands of dollars in interest charges. In Australia there are currently 31,000 Uber drivers enjoying flexible working hours - 868 of those Splend members who enjoy greater earnings compared to their taxi driver counterparts who are losing out. “I predict a large exodus of taxi drivers who will become disgruntled with low wages, long shift hours, high leasing fees and no equity to show for it. Why should the plate owners who earn money in their sleep undercut drivers? Splend have created an encouraging community of motivated, small business individuals who are all working toward owning their own vehicle while driving for ride share,” says King. Visit www.splend.com.au to become your own boss, work your own hours and own your car outright for total independence. See below comparison chart on driver earnings from our case study, a former Sydney taxi driver who has converted to Splend and been driving for ride share for 6 months. Data collected on 30 September 2016 and represents a Splend member driving for Uber at 40 hours a week compared to the same taxi driver previously driving 60 hours per week. ENDS For more information contact Maggie Elliot maggie@frontleft.com.au or +61 418 744 479. FACT SHEET Start-up company Splend has become Australia’s leader in vehicle supply for on-demand services, providing new employment opportunities for over 868 Australians (as at September 2016) and a fresh take on vehicle management. For small business individuals who can’t afford to finance their own vehicle Splend is a fully serviced vehicle solution that comes with a mentoring team to help Members become their own boss. Benefits of owning a vehicle from Splend: Full service vehicle provider with no lock in contracts: From $279 per week on average over four years, Splend members have access to a new 5-star ANCAP rated vehicle that is in line with ride sharing regulation including registration, stamp duty, insurance and servicing of a vehicle they will own after four years. Easy entry - To be eligible, drivers are required to be a rideshare driver for just a minimum of eight weeks. Ready to ride pack: On top of the brand new vehicle, this includes; 12 replacement tyres, 3 front and rear wheel alignments, 12 replacement brake pads, 12 replacement brake discs, 9 replacement windscreen wiper blades, 2 replacement sets of replacement headlight globes, 1 replacement battery. Member Benefits and Rewards: Members are incentivised with rewards for referrals and if they are measured the safest driver by utilising the latest telematics technology installed throughout the Splend fleet. The Member Support Centre offers a mentoring program to help achieve the highest ratings plus 24×7 Car Breakdown Assistance. Flexible lifestyle: Becoming their own boss means building their own business on their own flexible working hours and working toward car ownership. Perth and Western Australian Drug Testing nets ICE 2016-10-27T04:13:59Z perth-and-western-australian-drug-testing-nets-ice The drug ICE and other methamphetaminesare becoming a major issue in Australia, particularly in Perth and Western Australia.In Australia, ICE is arguably considered the most insidious illicit drug in use. This isn’t because of its usage rate. In fact, 2.1% of Australians have tried ICE or other meth / amphetamines in the past 12 months, which is well behind the usage rates of cannabis (10.2%). Even ecstasy, with a usage rate 2.5%, is more commonly used than methamphetamines. The reason why ICE is considered insidious and a major threat to our society is its powerful effects. These effects are causing a disproportionate impact to the community compared with other drugs. This is highlighted, for example, on our roads, where in Victoria alone ICE is in some way involved in 10% of fatalities, and in our police stations, where arrests from ICE use are growing alarmingly.But when it comes to the use of ICE and other methamphetamines, there is one state that has the dubious honour of being the champion. In fact, Western Australia has been labelled by one District Court Judge as being amongst the worst for ICE usage in the civilised world.This sensational claim is backed up by drug testing undertaken in workplaces by Integrity Sampling in Perth and Western Australia. The drug testing shows that ICE and methamphetamines are responsible for far more positive tests than any other illegal drug.“Across the past three months, methamphetamines has accounted for 67% of all illicit drug detections in drug testing we’ve carried out in Perth and Western Australia,” says Integrity Sampling WA Director, Paul Marshall.While this percentage of positive drug testing seems extreme it is – unfortunately – in line with other recent research, which supports the notion that methamphetamines are more widely used in Western Australia than any other state. In the Government of Western Australia Meth Strategy 2016 report it’s been claimed that:• 3.8% of Western Australians have used methamphetamines in past year, well above the national figures.• WA Police have seen a 40.8% increase in arrests involving meth / amphetamines between 2013/14 and 2014/15.• The percentage of offenders in the Perth Watch House who recently used meth has risen from 15% in 2009 to 53% in 2015.• The amount of meth seized in raids has more than doubled in the past year. Other research conducted by the Western Australian State Government as part of the their methamphetamines strategy, found that Western Australians are using around 2 tonnes of the drug a year. The novel but effective research, conducted in Perth, Bunbury and Geraldton by collecting wastewater from treatment facilities, showed that methamphetamines with a street value of $2 billion were being used by Western Australians each year.The State Government’s Western Australian Meth Strategy 2016 aims to tackle the usage of methamphetamines on three main fronts. This includes education, support and treatment services to help people who are impacted by meth and disrupting supply of ICE and other methamphetamines.For more information about Integrity Sampling’s drug and alcohol testing services, see Integrity Sampling’s Western Australian and Perth pages. Room Sprays the Key to Great Memories 2016-10-25T01:35:57Z room-sprays-the-key-to-great-memories While most of us love to watch and listen to TV and spend time on technology, when it comes to what we remember our sight and hearing are no match for one of our other senses – our sense of smell.Extensive studies have found that we remember only 5% of what we see and 2% of what we hear. So while that YouTube video of cats doing crazy things might make you laugh, you’ll have probably forgotten the details before the day has ended. In comparison, it’s been shown that we remember 35% of what we smell and we can detect up to one trillion different smells. While our ability to smell isn’t quite up to many of our four-legged friends, it still makes our noses an important influence on our memory, behaviour and emotion.Which is why businesses around the world – and particularly places like hotels and shopping centres – are creating signature scents and opening their eyes to the power of scent marketing.“Scent marketing is a tool that a lot of businesses are now using,” says Mike Fermanis, the Director of 5 Elements, a business that helps companies create signature scents. “If you’ve ever walked into a hotel or shopping centre and been captivated by a beautiful smell, it’s likely you’ve smelt the business’ signature scent.”While large facilities use specialised equipment to introduce their signature scents throughout their spaces, Mike adds that some businesses still use simple items to achieve the same results. For example, many hotels often use room sprays and scented candles to impart their signature scent in hotel rooms. While you might think that the scent from room sprays and scented candles would soon dissipate, that’s not always the case. Mike says that the difference is in the quality of the room spray or scented candle. For example, while the room spray that you buy from a supermarket will help mask a bad smell temporarily, it will quickly dissipate and the musty pet, smelly sock or other nasty smell will still remain. “Room sprays aren’t all created equal. A quality room spray will invigorate any space with essential oils and perfumes. And they are long-lasting, even with a single spray,” Mike says. “They’re fantastic if you need to mask a nasty smell around the home and can also be used in almost any space – like a room, office, car or cupboard – to create a revitalising fragrance.”So next time you walk into hotel, shopping centre, retail store, casino or other facility and smell a beautiful fragrance, remember it’s not by chance. It’s the power of scent marketing – and your nose – in action.To place an order visit the 5 Elements website at www.5elementsair.com.au Drug Testing in Queensland Far From Novel 2016-10-14T02:44:23Z drug-testing-in-queensland-far-from-novel Sportspeople have done it for years and so too have our miners. Drivers are now doing it and it seems that council workers and hospitality workers will soon follow.Drug testing in Queensland is far from novel and in fact can be traced back to the 1980’s when Queensland’s miners started undergoing random drug testing at work (see below). Roadside drug testing has also become commonplace, with around 50,000 drug tests expected to take place on Queensland roads this year. Importantly, this roadside drug testing is keeping drug users off our roads, with the ratio of positive drug tests far outstripping the ratio of positive alcohol tests.Recent reports in Queensland news agencies suggest that the acceptance of the importance of drug testing – on our roads, in our workplaces and in our communities – is rising.On the Gold Coast, the Gold Coast Council is considering drug testing its council staff. The council is looking to random drug test employees as well as anyone who has been involved in a workplace incident. It’s expected that around 50 drug tests will be conducted each week.In addition, a well-known Queensland hospitality operator has already implemented drug testing of its employees, due to a rising concern with ICE use. The owner says the ICE use is leading to a rise in theft from the business and other issues involving staff.Miners lead the way in drug testing successThe rising trend in drug testing Queensland employees is being seen nationwide. It’s estimated that around 15% of Australian employees are drug tested at work today, compared with around 5% a decade ago. Importantly, there is evidence that conducting drug testing at work can lower drug usage rates. In the early 1980’s the mining industry started introducing drug testing because of a rising concern of employees coming to work under the influence and even using drugs at work. In fact, of all industry sectors, the mining industry was considered the worst for employee drug usage. Given the nature of the industry, the safety implications couldn’t be underestimated or ignored.Today, after 30 years of drug testing, the mining industry has the lowest drug usage rates of all major industries, showing that drug testing, as part of an overall drug and alcohol management plan, can achieve tremendous success.That’s the good news. The bad news is that research shows that other industries are falling behind. The worst is the hospitality industry, with 31% of employees admitting to taking drugs and 7.7% taking drugs at work. Not far behind is construction (24.1% and 4.2%) and manufacturing (23% and 3.6%). While drug testing is on the rise and is having a positive impact –in sports, on our roads, in our workplaces and in our communities – clearly we still have a way to go.NOTE: Integrity Sampling conducts workplace drug testing across Queensland and has 6 branch locations, including Brisbane, Cairns, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville and Winton. 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...