The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-06-28T07:26:14Z Retirees May Face New Super Burden 2017-06-28T07:26:14Z retirees-may-face-new-super-burden The head of one of NSW’s leading independent chartered accounting firms has warned that older Australian’s will need to do their sums and be prepared to accept new burden’s when it comes to recently announced superannuation changes. The changes, broadcast as part of the Federal Government’s 2017-18 Budget speech include measures such as contributions of $300,000 by over 65’s from sale proceeds of their home into super. However effective July 1, a cap of $1.6 million will also be imposed on the amount of super that can be transferred into the so-called ‘retirement phase’. This means self-funded retirees with more than $1.6 million in super pension accounts as at 30 June 2017, will effectively have to remove the excess super benefits, which may result in some retirees needing to monitor two lifetime superannuation amounts. While it’s clear the Federal Government plans favour those on low incomes, the changes for those who have substantial savings in superannuation has angered many, according to principal of one of NSW’s leading independent chartering accounting firms, Alan McGillivray. Mr McGillivray, who has served on numerous National Tax Committees and National and State Committees of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, said this week that both The Prime Minister and Treasurer needed to be aware of the concerns being raised by many self-funded retirees, who may now have to keep their assets in a separate accumulation account that will be taxed at 15 per cent from the first dollar of income. “The Coalition government claim very few Australians will be affected, Mr McGillivray said, but I’m already aware of cases where self funded retirees are facing significant capital gains tax to sell assets to move into superannuation. “ The announced changes will certainly hit people who may have been planning to put extra in super in the lead-up to June 30.” Mr McGillivray also cited the removal of tax exemptions on earnings to Transition to Retirement (TTR) income streams as being an area of disquiet, suggesting that if individuals fail to adequately reassess their financial situation, they could pay additional taxes on superannuation savings.  “Because of this, TTR income streams could well be a less attractive option for some.   “ While the announced are design to improve the sustainability, of Australia's super system it will also add an additional burden onto many retirees.” Mr McGillivray said that it was important retirees consider seeking independent financial advice prior to June 30 to ensure they’re aware of how the changes to Federal Government policy will affect them.   HELPING HOOPS | 24 HOUR CHARITY SHOOTOUT 2017-06-28T03:27:46Z helping-hoops-24-hour-charity-shootout Helping Hoops raises funds for under-privileged kids with 24 Hour Charity Shootout event. This weekend, 1 & 2nd of July, over 170 passionate supporters will participate in the annual 24 Hour Charity Shootout to raise money for Helping Hoops, a grass roots charity providing free basketball programs for over 1,000 underprivileged children across Melbourne. Last year’s 24 Hour Charity Shootout raised almost $60,000 for Helping Hoops, with participants combining to shoot over 21,000 free throws over the course of the weekend. This year's Shootout will also include a celebrity All Star Game on Saturday July 1 from 2-3pm featuring NBL and Australian Boomers player Chris Goulding, Attica Restaurant’s Ben Shewry, Australian cricketer Peter Siddle, and Melbourne United’s David Barlow who will each captain teams made up of children from Helping Hoops programs. The 24 Hour Charity Shootout is a unique fundraising event, with participants choosing a 15-minute timeslot to make as many free throws as they can, sponsored by family and friends, with all proceeds going to Helping Hoops. The venue, Albert Park College, will be transformed into a carnival full of attractions, prizes, guests, food and more. Those unable to make it to Albert Park also have the option of shooting in their local area. Helping Hoops Executive Director Adam McKay says: “The fundraising effort by the participants has a huge impact and helps us to sustain the nine programs that currently run weekly in Fitzroy, Werribee, Broadmeadows, Footscray, Prahran, North Melbourne, Richmond, Croxton and Dandenong, but also in resourcing future programs so the charity can reach even more children.” "Every week, we make and keep promises to children experiencing disadvantage, and I am proud that we have been able to do this all for free for the past seven years. Funds raised from the 24 Hour Charity Shootout help us keep these promises now and into the future, and allow us to expand our reach to help even more children who need us in their neighbourhood." Other attractions throughout the weekend will include food trucks by Mr Burger, haircuts by Brother Wolf and The Streets’ Barber, live street art showcase, Camera House photo booth, Helping Hoops apparel launch and pop up store, photography exhibition, raffle and lucky dip, pop corn, retro arcade games, a free kids’ clinic and a brulee cart. The 24 Hour Charity Shootout is all about giving the wider community an opportunity to get involved in Helping Hoops, and to be a hero from their own backyard, local court, or at Albert Park College. END $15K TO BE RAISED TO SUPPORT 6 SEXUAL EXPLOITATION SURVIVORS 2017-06-26T05:12:39Z 15k-to-be-raised-to-support-6-sexual-exploitation-survivors Throughout June, HerSpace is running the fundraising campaign “Her name is…” with the intention of raising $15,000 to provide mental health support to 6 women survivors of sexual exploitation that are currently on our waiting list. With 5 days of the campaign remaining, we still need help raising $10K. The needs of women who have been sexually exploited are serious and HerSpace is seeking for some financial support to ensure no women is left waiting to receive mental health support. It is estimated that 69,219 women and girls are affected by sexual exploitation each year in Australia. This figure is based on the brothel, trafficking, street-based, under-aged and forced marriage components of the sex trade. Since 2015, HerSpace has supported 28 women with 12 months of 1-on-1 counselling session as well as group mental health support. Both our 1on1 and group programs have waiting lists and we need more funds to meet the needs of women arriving at our door-step. We do not want to turn women away, we want to respond to their courage in reaching out for support to address their emotional, psychological and social needs. Women who come to HerSpace have survived years if not decades of daily imposed or choice-less sex-work. The impacts include post-traumatic stress disorder with symptoms of suicidal ideation, debilitating anxiety, nightmares and flashbacks which all get in the way of women making their own choices towards lives of safety. Given the extremely high rates of mental health issues it is essential to address sexual exploitation survivors’ emotional needs and support their journey towards healing and recovery. If you would like more information about this topic, please contact: Email: Website: Donation: Page Facebook: Twitter: @herspace_org Unique Hi-Fi and AV Show for lovers of hip-hop to classical and everything in between 2017-06-22T06:06:04Z unique-hi-fi-and-av-show-for-lovers-of-hip-hop-to-classical-and-everything-in-between Music and AV aficionados from Sydney and surrounds are in for a unique treat with the upcoming Australian Hi-Fi & AV Show from 28-30 July. Just for their pleasure, dozens of hotel rooms at the InterContinental at Circular Quay will be stripped bare so they emulate a family lounge room or home theatre setting. Nowhere else in Australia can music and AV lovers appreciate 150 major brands from the world's finest audio products in one place in such an appealing five-star location. BYO music is encouraged: from hip-hop to classical. It's the best way to relax, hear and compare preferred music choices in as natural a home environment as possible. Visitors to the show can get hands-on experience on all types of gear including speakers, electronics, turntables, headphones, music streamers and computer systems. Roy Bird, CEO of the Chester Group, the Show's organiser, said the top three things that music and AV lovers want to know at the moment is: how to stream quality audio and video; the real difference between analogue and digital sound; and how beneficial or not hi-fi cables are. "We know that visitors to the show care about the quality of sound reproduction and they want the best they can afford. That's why it's important for exhibitors to have the best acoustics possible in each room," he said. Highlights for visitors to the 2017 Show in July will be: * Fiona Joy, Australian pianist, singer and composer will be performing concerts on each day in the Fort Macquarie Room. * Arguably the best home theatre system in the world combining a Barco Residential ultra-high definition projector for a Cinema-at-Home experience. * StormAudio's immersive audio processors and amplifiers in the latest format Auro-3D, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X with Atlantic Technology loudspeakers. * Mark Döhmann presenting his ever-popular Vinyl Masterclasses, which are always a full house. * All the top brands will be represented. Prizes available to win include: 10 portable Bluetooth speaker units; a $4000 amplifier; a portable audio player worth $1500.00; a $600 headphone; and many more generous prizes. All exhibitors ensure experts are on hand to address any questions and numerous seminar sessions help visitors learn: for example, how-to set up a sound system, stream music around the home, turn a computer into a high-end audio source, and how to control everything from a smartphone and tablet. For more information visit A full press release and photos can be downloaded from here: An industry expert is available for interview. Please contact Wendy McWilliams to arrange a suitable time. IN THE SPIRIT OF SUITS’ HARVEY SPECTRE & MIKE ROSS, ATTICUS FINCH, PERRY MASON & SAUL GOODMAN MEET AUSTRALIA’S FAVOURITE LEGAL EAGLE MICHAEL KUZILNY! 2017-06-22T02:19:01Z in-the-spirit-of-suits-harvey-spectre-amp-mike-ross-atticus-finch-perry-mason-amp-saul-goodman-meet-australia-s-favourite-legal-eagle-michael-kuzilny IN THE SPIRIT OF SUITS’ HARVEY SPECTRE & MIKE ROSS, ATTICUS FINCH, PERRY MASON & SAUL GOODMAN MEET AUSTRALIA’S FAVOURITE LEGAL EAGLE MICHAEL KUZILNY!   Barrister, solicitor and legal commentator Michael Kuzilny is one of Australia’s top legal minds. He has had an outstanding career, spanning over three decades. Kuzilny started his career in 1986  and is the owner of successful law firm MK LAW, which specialises in the criminal justice system. Michael Kuzilny doesn’t just know the law; he knows the system. With more than 300 five star client reviews Michael Kuzilny is dedicated to providing each client with the highest calibre of legal representation and service available. As a “go to “ lawyer Michael has appeared on A Current Affair, Sunrise, Today Show, ABC, 2UE,3AW and many more. Kuzilny is also recognised for his work with his television show Tough Times, which is currently airing on Channel 31 each Sunday night at 8.30pm in Melbourne.   TO INTERVIEW MICHAEL KUZILNY or use him for legal commentary email or call Max Markson 0412501601 “I don’t just know the law, I know the system’ - Michael Kuzilny     Nominate a deserving AusMumpreneur and show your support for Australian mums in business 2017-06-22T02:00:12Z nominate-a-deserving-ausmumpreneur-and-show-your-support-for-australian-mums-in-business The AusMumpreneur Conference and AusMumpreneur Awards are all about supporting Australian mums in business. This event provides a unique opportunity for women from all over Australia to come together to gain new skills, promote their business, connect with fellow mums in business, learn from leading business experts and celebrate the success of the best and brightest in the industry. Proudly presented by AusMumpreneur and The Women’s Business School, the AusMumpreneur Awards recognise the best and brightest in the Australian mumpreneur industry. The categories that will be judged are: AusMumpreneur of the Year Rising Star AusMumpreneur of the Year Emerging AusMumpreneur of the Year Regional Business Award Product Innovation Award Digital Innovation Award Sustainability Award Business Excellence Award AusMumpreneur Network Excellence Award Women’s Business School Excellence Award Global Brand Award Big Idea Award Making A Difference Award Retail Business Award Service Business Award Handmade Business Award The People's Choice Awards: Influencer Award Customer Service Award Making a Difference Award (Business) Making a Difference Award (Non-profit) Business owners or those who wish to nominate a mumpreneur, can go to: Nominations close on Friday the 30th of June 2017. Media Contact: Candice Meisels 0481 369 484 “Leading The Way” Cultural Race Day successfully launches 2017-06-20T05:52:17Z leading-the-way-cultural-race-day-successfully-launches Sydney, Tuesday 20 June 2017. The Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC) successfully held the “Leading the Way” Cultural Race Day on Saturday, 10 June 2017, at the Royal Randwick Turf Club, which aimed to raise awareness of, and launch the AHC’s “Leading the Way” Fund. The core focus of “Leading the Way” is to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to enhance their career paths through further education, training, and employment opportunities, by offering assistance, scholarships, foundational studies, apprenticeships, and student accommodation at Pemulwuy. Over 300 people attended the event, including community members and elders from the Redfern Community, the La Perouse community, sponsors, as well as guests. There was a very positive community response on the day. One of Redfern’s elders, Shirley Lomas, delivered an impromptu speech in which she honoured Mick Mundine’s vision throughout the years and she expressed her full support for the initiative. “Leading The Way” – the first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander event to take place at the Royal Randwick Turf Club, opened the day on the racetrack with a heart-warming and lively Welcome to Country by Bidjigal elder and entertainer Uncle Vic Simms, he then proceeded to provide a Welcome to Country for everyone attending the event in the Grand Ballroom. Hosted by popular TV and radio commentator Brad Cooke, event highlights included traditional Aboriginal dances by a group from Lewisham Boys and songs from Uncle Vic Simms. Seven unique silks designed by Aboriginal artists national-wide were worn by jockeys then auctioned off in the afternoon. The horse “Heavenly Anna” horse, whose jockey wore the specially designed silks won race six - The Pemulwuy Handicap. Of the initiative, the AHC Chairperson Alisi Tutuila says, “We’re extremely proud about what this fund stands for and we’re thrilled to have received an abundance of support”. The AHC would like to thank Gondwana and Aruma who were partners in the Cultural Race Day, the organisations, and companies who supported the event, as well as the Australian Turf Club who provided a wonderful venue and staff on the day. For more information about the AHC and their initiatives visit the website: - ENDS - For further information please contact: Cathy Yao | D +61 02 8279 7860 Lucy Jones, Senior Account Manager | Notes to Editors: Must acknowledge Bradley Photographers if using attached images. About the Aboriginal Housing Company The Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC) is an independent non-profit charity and the first community housing provider in Australia, incorporated in 1973 as a company limited by guarantee. It is an all Aboriginal governed organisation, located in the heart of Redfern, which lies in the traditional lands of the Gadigal People, part of the Eora Nation. The company was formed in direct response to the widespread discrimination Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and families experienced in the private rental market. The AHC is self-funded and operates on income derived from rental properties. Affordable housing is located across Sydney and country regions in NSW. A current focus is the redevelopment known as Pemulwuy Project. The redevelopment will breathe new life into Redfern and restore a strong and healthy Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community with an emphasis on cultural values, spirituality and employment. The Pemulwuy Project will make Redfern the best urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Australia and in doing so, set the benchmark for all other communities. Aspect Furniture sponsors Australian Government Procurement Week 2017-06-19T22:18:42Z aspect-furniture-sponsors-australian-government-procurement-week Aspect Furniture is sponsoring Australian Government Procurement Week, which will be held in Sydney between 26th and 28th July 2017. The event will bring together procurement managers, from the Australian public sector, who are looking to achieve greater value for money in their operations.   Aspect’s commitment to delivering value and efficiencies in its operations — in design, manufacturing and supply of commercial office furniture — makes its involvement in Australian Government Procurement Week pertinent. “Striving for efficiencies and sustainability in our processes is smart business, for us and the organisations we supply” says Grant Kennerley, National Marketing Manager for Aspect. Our sponsorship of Australian Government Procurement Week is a fantastic opportunity to connect with public sector managers who are seeking greater value for money in their supplier contracts.” One way that Aspect delivers value for money is through keeping production local. Faster delivery, design flexibility, and quality assurance are some of the benefits. Aspect also creates efficiencies for purchasers through designing innovative products that need less servicing due to their enduring features. “Innovation is an important part of achieving value for money. It’s core to our business, so we’re excited that the public sector is looking at new ways to gain efficiencies in their procurement processes” says Grant. Aspect is a leader in the Australasian market for commercial office furniture, and has been operating for over 30 years. Working with public and private sector clients, Aspect is a trusted supplier known for delivering quality, flexible furniture systems that adapt to the changing needs of businesses. For more information, please contact: Grant Kennerley National Marketing Manager Phone: 1800 696 334 or 0437 352 175 Email: For details about Australian Government Procurement Week, visit  blueAPACHE ranked 77 on MSPmentor 501 Global Edition 2017-06-19T05:34:01Z blueapache-ranked-77-on-mspmentor-501-global Melbourne, Australia – For the sixth consecutive year, blueAPACHE have been named on Penton Technology’s annual MSPmentor 501 Global Edition – a distinguished list and report identifying the world’s top 501 Managed Service Providers (MSPs). This year, blueAPACHE ranked 77 out of 501 recognised service providers in the world, jumping ahead by 7 positions from last year and are one of only 3 Australian companies to make the top 100. 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the industry’s most respected list of MSPs. It is based on data collected by MSPmentor and its partner, Clarity Channel Advisors between February and May this year. The methodology used to arrive at the ranking leverages insights gleaned from real-world customer interactions and more than a decade of experience working in the MSP community. In addition to recurring revenue, it examines the business models, technologies, vertical markets and customer segments in order to identify the top managed services and cloud service providers. “It is an honour to be recognised again on a global stage” said Chris Marshall, blueAPACHE Managing Director. “Since first appearing on this list in 2012, we have strengthened our position each year. Our strong focus on customer service, consultative partnering and being a single point of accountability for our clients has contributed towards making us a global leader in the MSP space. Our converged emPOWER suite of services integrates all our offerings – Managed Services, Cloud, Network, Voice, Software and Consulting – into a comprehensive, unified, bespoke solution that clients are drawn towards. This is a unique differentiator and the reason we continue to move up the MSPMentor Global Edition.”  The complete 2017 MSP 501 list is available at (registration required).   About blueAPACHE  Since 1998, the multi-awarded blueAPACHE has helped organisations in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and North America leverage technology to their business advantage by delivering comprehensive IT Management, Cloud, Network, Voice, Software and Consulting as a converged service – when they need it, as they need it. This is true IT as a Service. This is blueAPACHE. To learn more, visit London tower fire can be avoided in Australia if regulations are followed 2017-06-15T23:34:16Z london-tower-fire-can-be-avoided-in-australia-if-regulations-are-followed The peak body representing Australia’s insulated building panel industry has assured residents of high-rise buildings that regulations and legislation covering the building industry in this country have safeguards that are unparalleled elsewhere in the world. However, the Insulated Panel Council Australasia (IPCA) warned that there are too many non-compliant buildings in Australia. IPCA says when regulations are followed, the risk of any high-rise fire in Australia being as catastrophic as the fatal fire at London’s Grenfell Tower is minimal. “We don’t need new regulations or audits,” said IPCA chief executive officer Ron Lawson. “But we must ensure builders are buying the right materials and installing them properly, and we need to get rid of those in the industry who use non-compliant products. “This can only be done by improving the approval process for buildings, which must involve industry groups, that often know which developments are failing to comply. “My understanding is that the number of developments that are non-compliant is increasing, and building certifiers may be signing off on these because they are not aware.” He said calls for an urgent audit into Australian high-rise buildings are a knee-jerk reaction. “Investigations, while beneficial, need to be conducted by educated, informed and truly independent persons to be of any real value, not just those with vested interests or self-appointed armchair experts.” Mr Lawson said the London fire was tragic and extended his and IPCA’s sympathies to the families and friends of the victims. “Safety should be paramount in product development, which is why IPCA continually advocates for improvements to product standards.” “We should learn from London and make the changes that will protect Australians.” Beware of headlines promising lower electricity prices 2017-06-15T03:11:41Z beware-of-headlines-promising-lower-electricity-prices-1 Since the Finkel review was released late last week, there have been headlines stating that electricity prices would fall if the recommendations of the review were adopted.   Here’s a warning: These headlines are misleading.   While I am not in disagreement with the review or the recommendations put forward, what I take issue with is how they are falsely being framed and fed into mainstream media.   Based on my extensive knowledge of the electricity industry, a more accurate headline should be:  “Despite Finkel’s recommendations, prices will still rise for most”.   The review actually states that relative to ‘Business as Usual’ (the ongoing and unchanging state of the energy market operating within the present policy vacuum), wholesale electricity prices can somewhat improve from a forecasted ‘worst case scenario’, provided Finkel’s recommendations are adopted.   But here’s the catch: prices for most will not be lower than what we’ve seen to date. Because despite Finkel’s recommended solutions, we’re continuing to operate within the existing policy vacuum, which is pushing prices up.   Additionally, many businesses and residential users have not yet felt the full impact of the increases we have had over the last 12-18 months in the wholesale market. These increases will filter through over the next year or so as larger businesses re-contract and as retailers adjust their pricing for their other customers.   Some of this we are already starting to see with retailers announcing significant increases in pricing for residential users and small businesses from 1 July 2017. Ouch.   In short, for most us, prices are likely to go up before we experience any relief produced from Dr Finkel’s recommendations. ends * Rod Boyte is the founder and a director of Smart Power Ltd. Rod is an independent energy management solutions specialist who has helped hundreds of organisations across Australia and New Zealand rethink the way they purchase and manage energy to achieve greater levels of sustainability and operational excellence. Rod has been a member of the Energy Management Association of New Zealand (EMANZ) since 1995 and served on the EMANZ board from 1998 to 2002 (Vice Chairman in 2002). Over the past six years Rod has represented consumers at all levels by sitting on various groups including the Frequency Standard Working Group, Policy Procurement Working Group and the Metering and Reconciliation Working Group.  Rod is a frequent guest speaker at key industry conferences and events providing insights and predictions into current and future issues. His most recent engagement was in May at Vic Water's 2017 Future State of Electricity conference. With 25 years in the energy management field, Rod Boyte is deemed to be one of the most experienced energy management executives in Australia. enquiries: Rod Boyte can be contacted on 0420 266 866. Wendy McWilliams, WMC Public Relations, T: 03 9803 2588 / 0421 364 664 E: KLIKA EXPECTS PROFITS TO SOAR WITH AMAZON 2017-06-14T20:28:44Z klika-expects-profits-to-soar-with-amazon MELBOURNE, June 15, KLIKA- Australia’s top 20 pure play e-tailer refuses to jump on the hysteria bandwagon and contrary to most other Australian retailers expects its profits to soar through its planned partnership with Amazon. As the local online retail industry prepares for the next wave in retail revolution to sweep across the country, Klika, expects the “Amazon Effect” to grow its business and awaits eagerly for the world’s largest e-tailer to land in Australia. “Whilst many local businesses are under a real threat of becoming irrelevant, we’re excited and welcome the entrance of Amazon into the Australian market.”, says Klika’s Director of Commercial Operations and Internet Retailing 2017 top rising star, Leo Zaitsev Unlike many players in the market, Klika notes that it has complete control of the entire supply chain of its private brands across thousands of products and is not restricted to being a mere website for local distributors to offload their excess stock. “Our private brands and products have a mass following, and are already entrenched in every online marketplace in Australia which naturally diversifies our business, and we forecast the same to occur with Amazon Marketplace. We know who we are and have a good customer proposition.” The rising star continues Zaitsev expects the current 7% online market penetration in Australia to double over the next few years with Amazon’s marketing power and for Klika to leverage off the traffic Amazon will command to promote its suite of products, and increase Klika’s market share through an entirely new demographic Amazon is likely to capture.  “We are able to be more innovative than just compete on price as our customers still look for a quality provider that gives them individual attention. Our customers have the option of shopping online, over the phone or the more traditional way in our physical store. In addition to nationwide delivery, we also offer on-demand delivery in Melbourne metro, as well as click and collect, to provide a more holistic shopping experience”. Zaitsev said Klika’s attentive customer service approach makes the online giant a serious player to take notice off. Offering for sale more than 10,000 products, with its Melbourne store trading 7 days a week and longer hours, means customers opting for click and collect have the flexibility of picking up their purchases before or after work, and on weekends. “We are a genuine omni channel e-Tailer and we don’t believe any other e-tailer in Australia comes even close. We are excited with the prospect of growing even more by partnering with Amazon as another platform to market our brands and products,” Zaitsev concluded. About Klika Founded in 2005, Australian owned and operate Klika has grown to become one of Australia’s leading online department stores. Awarded as Top 20 Online Retailers in Australia, in addition to Power Retail Top 100 Retailers list, Klika offers over 10,000 products to shoppers covering everything from fitness equipment, tools, home living, music instruments and outdoor furniture, with a flat shipping rate nationwide for $9.95.  Trading 7 days a week Klika provides nationwide delivery even for its largest products, as well pickups and same day delivery in Melbourne. As a genuine omni-channel e-tailer, Klika customers can shop online, over the phone, select the click and collect option, or the traditional way of buying over the counter. In addition to this Klika offers home installation services for its more sophisticated and bulkier items.   Klika operates out of its 15,000 sqm central facility in South Oakleigh, Victoria with satellite offices in two other countries. Klika customers are not only spoilt with a wide range of product categories to shop from, but also with Klika’s range of private labels as well as global brands such as, Sony, Breville, Apple, Huawei, educational toys from Colorific, Disney licensed toys and bedding, VTech, Uniden, Belkin, to name a few. For more information, please visit   -ENDS-   AGL New South Wales Price Increases: The Devil Is In The Detail 2017-06-14T05:16:06Z agl-new-south-wales-price-increases-the-devil-is-in-the-detail   AGL New South Wales Price Increases: The Devil Is In The Detail ·       Very High users to see over 50% increase when they use over 2000 kWh a quarter ·       Off Peak and Controlled Load users across the state to see increases ranging from 21.7% to 63.5% ·       Average increase for Sydneysiders 14.4% ·       Western Suburbs hardest hit with average increases up to 17.7% for High Users AGL price increases announced on Friday 9th June 2017 provide NSW consumers warning signs that the devil is truly in the detail. Whilst the signal is that prices are increasing by the most the state has ever seen in one change, the detailed signs could be much worse for some NSW energy customers Average Increases:   Sydney and Surrounds (Ausgrid) Western Suburbs - Parramatta, Penrith etc (Endeavour) Country (Essential) Low 13.0% 15.0% 6.7% Medium 14.3% 16.6% 8.3% High 15.8% 17.7% 9.9% * Low user is 2750 kWh/year, Medium user is 5500 kWh/year, High user is 8250 kWh/year (Anytime usage customer) ** Comparison between Standard Rates last published on 27th April 2017 compared to rates effective from 1st July 2017  For very high users in Sydney, if they pay anything over $600 per/qtr they will see rates 52.6% higher.  Looking at those extremes here are increases mapped to quarterly bill sizes: Ausgrid Anytime Usage Customers Bill Increases Current Qtr Spend (rounded) % Increase Annual usage (kWh) Current Annual Spend $600 13% 7480 $2,400 $800 23% 11300 $3,200 $1,000 29% 15120 $4,000 $1,200 33% 18950 $4,800 $1,400 36% 22780 $5,600   Controlled Load users across the state will see rates rise anywhere from 21.7% up to 63.5%.  A controlled load tariff is a dedicated circuit that might be in place for customers with underfloor heating, pool pumps, electric hot water heating systems and reverse cycle air conditioning units. Tim Wolfenden, Managing Director at Energy Bill Doctor ( “The energy market is not a ‘one size fits all’ environment – and these increases will impact everyone differently and uniquely.  Retailers pricing in the past has provided more competitive rates for higher users – that trend appears to be coming to an end – which means those users currently spending more than $600 a quarter will get hit hardest by this round of increases. We’ve also identified that Controlled Load users will see up to a 63.5% increase – and if this is a trend across the Big 3 retailers, those customers are going to have to look hard about when, how and why they are using their energy tied to the tariff, and do everything they can to minimise usage. It’s imperative that users start using less and paying less – make sure you have a discount or a fixed price deal with no lock in fees with your current retailer, or switch to one who will – then focus everyone in your home to use less and employ some sensible energy saving measures” All press enquiries to: Tim Wolfenden (Managing Director): 0430 641 786 About Energy Bill Doctor Energy Bill Doctor creates Happiness through Healthy Electricity Bills. Energy Bill Doctor delivers a 100% accurate online bill healthcheck and switching service (no need to chat on the phone for 30 minutes) – we’ve removed all data entry (that a traditional switching service has) and take care of all the paperwork, making it quick (switch in under 60 seconds), simple and easy for you to switch to a cheaper, healthier energy deal in just a matter of minutes. Energy Bill Doctor helps consumers Take Back Control of their energy bills. With Energy Bill Doctor you can health check your bill anytime, if it’s healthy, there’s no need to switch – plus you will have the peace of mind that you are on a great deal   UNIVERSITIES SHOULD BE EMBARRASSED AT TEACHING STANDARD 2017-06-14T04:21:45Z universities-should-be-embarrassed-at-teaching-standard According to some of Australia’s future journalists and public relations practitioners, “Australian Post” is a major newspaper group, Alan Jones is the CEO of QANTAS and the National Australia Bank sets the country’s interest rate. These are just some of the bizarre answers to a questionnaire completed by 17 journalism and PR graduates who were shortlisted from around 100 applicants for a graduate PR role. Lyall Mercer, managing director of Mercer PR which advertised the role, said the lack of both basic media and public relations knowledge, added to the overall disinterest in news and current affairs, should call into question what students are being taught at university. He revealed that of the 17 – who were the best of the applicants – less than half could name the two major newspaper media groups, and less than a quarter knew two Sydney newspapers. Despite all graduates attending Queensland universities, not one knew the state leader of One Nation and only 12 per cent could name Queensland’s opposition leader. Only one of the 17 could identify the high-profile CEO of QANTAS and less than a quarter knew Australia’s deputy prime minister. Answers to the question of which bank sets interest rates – of which only five answered correctly – included Bank of Australia, Commonwealth Bank and National Australia. “I did not speak to one graduate who in three years had attended a real press conference or stepped out of the classroom, which really makes you wonder what they are learning,” Mr Mercer said. “While I understand that tertiary institutions represent the foundation of learning across many professions, in the area of journalism and PR, these results are embarrassing.” Mr Mercer said recent reports of universities controversially spending money on traffic plans and expansion could indicate that they have some of their priorities wrong. “Certainly in this field, graduates are paying for a piece of paper but they are not learning the skills and knowledge they need for employment. “And they know it; almost every applicant admitted they didn’t learn much at university!”________________________________________ Executive Profit for Purpose Scholarships Awarded 2017-06-14T03:36:44Z executive-profit-for-purpose-executive-scholarships-awarded The CEO of Media Centre for Education Research Australia, Cathie Brown, and Senior Manager, Disability and Mental Health Services, AnglicareSA, Kate Rush, have been announced recipients of Behind Closed Doors’ (BCD) “Profit for Purpose” Scholarship in Adelaide for 2017. Following the receipt of an Australian Government Grant, BCD in 2017 has doubled the Scholarship offering with a matching Grant now in place. Founder and Managing Director of the respected professional development and mentoring company Donny Walford, said the 12-month Scholarshipwas awarded to a successful female executive in the Profit for Purpose sector to further expand and challenge current leadership and business practices. “Profit for Purpose organisations play a vital role in our society and are the social fabric that holds our community together.” Ms Walford said. Cathie Brown is an experienced leader with visionary thinking coupled with a focus on getting results. She has developed organisations and executed strategy, led major organisational change and performance optimisation projects, marketed organisations and brokered profitable agreements. In application for the Scholarship, Cathie said she was seeking to further develop her capabilities, networks and self-reflection to enable her to more effectively lead. “Being able to discuss ways to work successfully with the Board, with sponsors and deliver on the organisation’s plans will be of great benefit.” Ms Brown said. Kate Rush, who is leading six managers and more than 300 staff at AnglicareSA through a significant time of change with the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) described the change as taking the organisation to a more commercialised, consumer driven and competitive market place. Kate stated in her application, “I am increasingly aware of the challenges and opportunities the NDIS represents for AnglicareSA and would value and seek to apply learning’s from my involvement with BCD. I look forward to learning from others with diverse viewpoints and shared experiences.” Ms Walford said “The BCD Executive membership will provide Cathie and Kate with a professional sounding board and support network where they can discuss professional and personal issues, challenges and strategies in a totally confidential environment while, at the same time, encourage other members to extend themselves to achieve and succeed in new environments,” Ms Walford said. BCD Executive Members meet with a small cohort of like-minded women 11 times a year with a highly skilled and experienced Facilitator and Program Director. Members are challenged to set goals, be held accountable and aspire for greater levels of achievement in both their professional and personal life. The two award recipients each receive a 12-month fully funded membership valued at more than $7,500. The runner up for the BCD Profit for Purpose Scholarship was awarded to Tamara Tomic, Chief Executive, Lifetime Support Authority. BCD has some 28 Scholarships to award across Australia in 2017. Applications are open now in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth in the categories of Executive Profit for Purpose, Executive Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Entrepreneurs and Luminaries (Managers). Issued by: Penny Reidy, Marketing Manager, Behind Closed Doors on 8333 4303 or 0401 349 791