The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-08-18T07:43:35Z When neighbours become good friends 2017-08-18T07:43:35Z when-neighbours-become-good-friends The close friendship of Sue Marsden and Margaret Dixon is truly a case of the stars aligning. In December 2016, it was through pure serendipity that Margaret and Alan Dixon moved next door to Sue at Settlers Retirement Village, Forest Lake. Sue introduced herself to the couple the night they moved in, armed with a home-cooked dinner, and a beautiful friendship was formed instantly. “I thought, isn’t that beautiful that Sue had brought over some dinner for us,” said Margaret. “Years ago we did that all the time, but now nobody does it anymore so I thought it was wonderful.” Margaret and Sue soon discovered they had a connection through the small adjoining country towns in central Queensland in which they were raised. Sue grew up in the town of Tambo in the 1960s, with a current population of 345, and Margaret was raised just an hour away in Augathella. Sue's interest was sparked when she spotted a “Tambo Teddy” in Alan and Margaret's living room. Sue discovered that Alan passed through Tambo with his son and grandson about 15 years ago, and picked up the teddy as a memento. “There is still so much for us to catch up on, and learn about each other,” said Sue. Married for 53 years, Alan and Margaret Dixon first met in Hong Kong where they were stationed in the army. Alan being English and Margaret, Scottish, the couple have been blessed with three beautiful children, and six grandchildren. Margaret has a passion for patchwork, and was quite active in the community, making quilts for the local school and the Wesley Hospital when she lived in Laidley.  Margaret also used to teach patchwork but is no longer able to do so due to her health. On the other hand, Alan is described as “soccer mad”, and even started up his own soccer club many years ago. Since moving to Envigor, Alan and Margaret have been more than impressed, especially when they first met Executive Manager, Tracey Silvester, describing her as honest, straight-to-the-point and 'told us exactly how it was'. “Envigor is so caring, it is almost unbelievable that you can have such good care,” said Margaret. Sue was forced to hide her Aboriginal identity for many years, due to her ex-husband’s disapproval, and only started rediscovering her heritage about 12 years ago. “I missed it because I really didn’t know who I was, and now I understand what it means to me to be Aboriginal, and to be proud of it,” said Sue. Sue eventually left Tambo to become a Registered Nurse: “It was one of those things out west that most girls did, I really had a lot of fun and I enjoyed my nursing.” Sue now volunteers her time at the Inala Indigenous Community Health Centre. “Being a nurse and coming from an Indigenous background, I can join into just about anything from cooking back to nursing, so it’s exciting because as I’m Indigenous I am now considered an elder, which is such an honour.” Sue describes the services she receives from Envigor's Western Suburbs Brisbane Community Care Business Partner, Jan Green as “exceptional”. “Support is only a phone call away,” said Sue. “There have been a couple of times when I have needed help urgently, and Jan has always been there with the kindness of help, and it is very important that we get that help.” This real life case of love your neighbour as you love yourself truly is the caes for Sue and Margaret, two women who have been brought together by fate after living in small adjoining towns for years, and not being aware of the other’s existence. “I love my neighbours because you can just go outside your front door, and if you are feeling down, they pick you right back up and there is always someone to say hello to,” said Margaret. “It is a reward on its own just knowing Sue, and being able to spend time with her. “Just knowing that she is there is enough.” -ends-Joanne Rahn Director zanthii communications Phone: 0402 148 334 Email: Facebook: Treasury packs a punch for upcoming ‘Money Fight’ 2017-07-26T00:48:52Z treasury-packs-a-punch-for-upcoming-money-fight Hot on the heels of the Horn vs Pacquio boxing match, another knockout event touted as ‘The Money Fight’ is set to ignite the interest of boxing and sports enthusiasts alike. Set within the heritage surrounds of the hotel courtyard, Treasury Brisbane will broadcast the Floyd Mayweather Jnr vs Conor McGregor professional boxing super fight on Sunday 27 August with streaming of the undercards to commence at 11am. Floyd Mayweather Jnr is the undefeated eleven-time five division professional boxing World Champion and Conor McGregor is the current UFC Lightweight Champion. The fight will take place in Las Vegas and will be broadcast around the globe. At Treasury, guests will experience the blow-by-blow action on a gigantic 7m x 4m LED screen and enjoy a choice of two crafted catering packages from their ringside seat. General Admission Reserved table seating from 1pm to 4pm, including 3-hour all-inclusive beverage package. Beverages include Kirin, XXXX Summer, Little Creatures, Heineken/Heineken 3, T’Gallant Moscato, North of South Sauvignon Blanc, North of South Pinot Noir, Domaine Chandon, water, assorted soft drinks. Food includes onion rings, chips, calamari with aioli, buffalo wings and mini pizza. Cost: $80 per person. VIP Package Exclusive front row mega screen table seating from 1pm to 4pm - including 3 hour all-inclusive package. Beverages include Johnnie Walker Black, Makers Mark, Tanqueray Gin, Ketel One Vodka, Angostura Spiced Rum, Kirin, XXXX Summer, Little Creatures, Heineken/Heineken 3, T’Gallant Moscato, North of South Sauvignon Blanc, North of South Pinot Noir, Domaine Chandon, water, and assorted soft drinks. Food includes beef sliders, tempura seafood platters, onion rings, chips, calamari with aioli, buffalo wings and mini pizza. Cost: $125 per person All guests will receive a $10 Casino Dollar voucher (must be a Member of The Star Club to redeem). A cash bar will be available from 11am – 1pm and 4pm – 5pm. Minimum booking of eight required to secure exclusive table (no mixed packages allowed). For Bookings: Media Contact Luana Latham Communications Manager T: 0427 904 284 E: Breakthrough Study on Not-for-Profit Workforce launched to reveal insights and opportunities for NFP organisations and workers 2017-07-17T21:05:32Z breakthrough-study-on-not-for-profit-workforce-launched-to-reveal-insights-and-opportunities-for-nfp-organisations-and-workers The Australian Not-for-Profit Workforce Study, the largest on and for NFP organisations, employees and volunteers, was launched today. It supports the sector and helps our communities by informing: > NFP Practice: for enhanced leadership, capabilities and impact of NFP organisations, > NFP Policy: for increased efficiency and sustainability of the NFP sector, and > NFP Funding: for better investments in and conversion of NFP capacity building. The national study is using state-of-the-art cloud technology to provide free, science-driven workforce analytics to all participating organisations and respondents, something never seen before in the sector. “The Workforce Study addresses staff development, well-being, engagement, and productivity. It also charts the needs for developing critical knowledge, skills, and abilities to succeed in the NFP sector.” said study leader Dr Ramon Wenzel, from the Centre for Social Impact at the University of Western Australia. With 1 million staff employed in the NFP sector and an additional 5 million volunteers across Australia, their health, engagement, and continuous learning are key for NFP organisations to survive and thrive. Paul Murnane, Executive Chair of the Australian Scholarships Foundation, said that “NFP organisations spent more than half of their expenses on staff, meaning employees and volunteers are simply irreplaceable. Investing in the sector’s people is the single biggest opportunity for greater impact“. NFP organisations are under increasing pressure to deliver more, innovate, adapt and compete. The new study follows on from the pioneering research on the Social Return on Education Training that has shown that NFP organisations that focus on and develop their staff, do better. Now it is about the How to do it. “Every day, all Australians benefit from the essential work of the NFP sector, but there is a distinct lack of attention and resources directed to these employees and volunteers. The study will bring more scientific rigour and practical evidence to the management of NFP organisations and people.” said Dr Wenzel. All findings will be freely shared with the sector. No invitation is needed. Go to Participating NFP organisations will receive their own free Workforce Analytics Dashboard: at-a-glance reporting to understand staff learning, engagement, well-being, and more than 30 key metrics that matter for people, performance, and purpose. NFP organisations can invite all their employees and volunteers to get immediate insights and compare their relative position to NFP sector benchmarks. Participating NFP employees and volunteers will obtain a free Personal Analytics Report with insights and suggestions on their job satisfaction, work autonomy, professional development, well-being, and more. Wenzel said “Measurement is key to inform practice, policy, and funding so that NFP work can translate to bigger impact. We built the infrastructure and dramatically lowered the cost, the analytics are free.“ Dr Ramon Wenzel, Study Lead, Univ. Western Australia,, +61 421 165 801 Paul Murnane, Australian Scholarships Foundation,, +61 414 447 488 The national study is realised by Learning for Purpose, an initiative by the Centre for Social Impact, The University of Western Australia, and supported by the Australian Research Council, EY, Australian Scholarships Foundation, and Australian Executor Trustees. To learn more, complete the survey, and invite staff, go to To understand and see the Workforce Analytics, go to Explainer Video (2min) Inquiries | (08) 6488 5353 Media Kit: Illustrations, Photo, Bio, Logos, Content Learning for Purpose | An initiative by the Centre for Social Impact, The University of Western Australia Learning for Purpose is an independent, non-partisan, national initiative to research and realise capability development in the Australian Not-for-Profit Sector. We seek to systematically understand and improve the means through which individuals and organisations gain and sustain the knowledge, skills, and abilities for a better world. The initiative is led by the Centre for Social Impact at the University of Western Australia Business School in collaboration with the Not-for-Profit sector, social enterprises, universities, government partners, industry and philanthropists. We have a vision for a thriving Not-for-Profit sector that attracts, develops, retains and motivates the best talent to achieve great things. Twitter @LearnForPurpose Facebook LearningForPurpose LinkedIn learning-for-purpose Youtube channel/UCcQyNB2_SLszKitZEM8Z1qQ Partners of the Australian Not-for-Profit Workforce Study The Australian Not-for-Profit Workforce Study is realised by Learning for Purpose, an initiative by the Centre for Social Impact, The University of Western Australia, in collaboration with researchers at the University of New South Wales and Swinburne University; and through the support of the Australian Research Council, EY, Australian Scholarships Foundation, and Australian Executor Trustees. This is not a commercial survey; all data is confidential, used for research only, and will not be shared or sold. UWA Human Research Ethics Approval (RA/4/1/8885). “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. Aboriginal Housing Company announces the launch of “Leading the Way” Fund 2017-05-25T04:45:00Z aboriginal-housing-company-announces-the-launch-of-leading-the-way-fund The Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC) is proud to announce the launch of their new initiative “Leading the Way” on June 10th 2017. The initiative will have a primary focus on education, apprenticeships and employment for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community driven by the Aboriginal Housing Company’s ambition to create a positive and sustainable future for the next generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The AHC is focused on implementing a strong skills base for community members and providing guidance to the right outlets for success. “Leading the Way” will assist in further development of employment and education strategies within the Indigenous community including: educational scholarships, employment, trade and apprenticeship opportunities and accommodation for students at Pemulwuy. The new student accommodation will offer students a conducive environment to complete their studies. Speaking of the initiative, AHC Chairperson Alisi Tutuila, highlights the importance of an increased focus on educational and employment opportunities. “We are seeing a steady increase in the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people gaining vocational qualifications and degrees, but there still needs to be greater options available to them when they leave school. “Leading the Way” will have pathways in place for people to either gain employment, an apprenticeship, or higher education,” said Mrs Tutulia. “The “Leading the Way” fund is committed to community development and integration through education and employment. We are building a network of positive and innovative business partnerships that will promote leadership and drive change within our communities,” Mrs Tutulia concluded. “Leading the Way” will provide assistance in the following areas: Tertiary education Trades and apprenticeships Employment To launch the fund of “Leading the Way” the AHC will host a Cultural Race Day at the Australian Turf Club’s Royal Randwick, on Saturday 10th June 2017. The event will showcase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage, arts and business innovations to celebrate the cultural diversity of Sydney. There are a number of sponsorship opportunities from Gold Race Sponsorship to corporate tables. For more information on these sponsorship opportunities please contact Ben Hansberry -ENDS- For further information please contact: Cathy Yao | D +61 02 8279 7860 Lucy Jones, Senior Account Manager | 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. About the “Leading the Way” Fund: The “Leading the Way” fund established by the Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC) in 2017 – launch date 10th June 2017. The fund offers multiple levels of assistance to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people through encouraging, enhancing and developing further education and training opportunities. The fund will provide grants to students for accommodation, scholarship and foundational studies to guide Indigenous people towards their chosen career pathways. MARIST JUNIOR FOOTBALLERS TO SUPPORT AFL’S INDIGENOUS ROUND 2017-05-23T04:21:20Z marist-junior-footballers-to-support-afl-s-indigenous-round The Marist Australian Rules Football Club (MAFC) will this week observe the AFL’s Indigenous round with a whole of Club celebration and all players this weekend wearing a custom and Indigenous designed playing jumper. MAFC President, Mark Henderson stated, “we are a small representation of the broader ACT and AFL community. We wanted to make a big statement that Indigenous reconciliation is important and we want to let Indigenous Australians know we want to be part of the conversation”.   The jumper, designed by Canberra Local and 2014 ACT NAIDOC Indigenous Person of the Year, Dion Devow, takes inspiration from the local environment and is unique. Dion stated, “This jumper was developed purposefully for the Football Club and as a proud Indigenous Australian, I have the deepest of thanks to MAFC for undertaking such a symbolic and meaningful gesture to not just indigenous people but to all Australians. Reconciliation is important and we all can play our role to achieve it”. Key Facts   ·     MAFC is the AFL Football Club of Marist College Canberra and was first founded in 1973. ·     MAFC Patron is former AFL Coach and Games record holder, Michael Malthouse. ·     260 players are registered for the Club and every team from Under 10s through to Under 18s will wear the indigenous strip on 27 and 28 May. ·    The MAFC community will come together on Friday evening, 26 May, at the Canberra Deakin Club for a ceremony to mark the AFL’s Indigenous Round. The ceremony will be attended by players, parents and members of the ACT Legislative Assembly and will include a traditional dance by Torres Strait Islander Dance Group, The Beatty Clan Crew. ·     The design of the MAFC website ( has been updated to mark this important event.     Media Contacts :   Mark Henderson, MAFC President on 0404 564 281 or Katherine Anderson, Public Relations officer Marist College on 02 62987208 or Experience Treasury Summer Nights 2016-12-30T02:02:51Z experience-treasury-summer-nights Treasury’s hotel courtyard will be transformed this January when we serve up all the summer vibes with a half-size tennis court, lawn games and live music. To be held every Friday in January, (plus a special BBQ and surprise band on Australia Day), guests can sit back and enjoy the tennis on the big screen or relax whilst listening to smooth tunes and acoustic live music. QLD Managing Director, Geoff Hogg says Treasury Summer Nights is going to be one of the best places to spend a Friday night during January. “Treasury’s hotel courtyard will be the perfect place for the after-work crowd to congregate, relax and revel in the thrill of the tennis, and on Australia Day, what better way to celebrate than with a great Aussie band and barbeque,” said Geoff. We’ll be celebrating Pimms O’Clock at the end of the working week each Friday at 5pm, together with our official beer partner, Coopers, who will be pouring the best Australian made beer at their pop up bar. The Frosé Rosé wine bar will be equipped and serving up the summer’s drink of choice, care of our friends at Jacobs Creek. Opening Hours (from 5pm) Friday, 6 January 2017 Friday, 13 January 2017 Friday, 20 January 2017 Thursday, 26 January 2017 (Australia Day special) Friday, 27 January 2017 No bookings required. ENDS Media Contact Luana Latham Communications Manager Treasury Brisbane T: 0427 904 284 E: Short + Sweet: SNACKABLETV youth broadcast network for short-form content launches 2016-12-01T01:16:58Z short-sweet-snackabletv-youth-broadcast-network-for-short-form-content-launches Meet SNACKABLETV, a revolutionary digital youth network housing the best in bite-sized content. It’s an entirely new way for young people all over the world to access high quality short-form entertainment for FREE, without annoying advertisements or subscriptions. VIEW THE SIZZLE REEL Millennials are diverse, curious and engaged - so, SNACKABLETV is too. It does not discriminate against gender, sexuality, race, creed or socio-economic status, only against beige content. SNACKABLETV launches with solid collaborations and partnerships as official Youth & Content Broadcaster for Sydney Festival, co-produced podcasts with the team from Melbourne’s Sans Pants Radio and short films produced by future creative superstars from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). Offering something for everyone, SNACKABLETV plays host to content across seven channels; Culture, Film, Gaming, Music, Podcast, Style, and a dedicated hub for today’s news, events, and the best of the net; What’s Hot. Original series’ will feature respected members of the creative community including; street artist Scott Marsh; music journalist Danny Clayton; celebrity fashion stylist Mikey Ayoubi; mindfulness coach Kylie Ryan; comedians Rhys Nicholson and Robbie Armfield; musicians Client Liaison, Sleep Makes Waves and The Jezabels; and so much more incredible talent in front of and behind the lens. In the face of a fracturing media landscape, SNACKABLETV also offers a solution for brands to target a millennial audience utilising quality native content by creating this ‘safe space’ free of subscriptions and free of pre-rolls and pop-up ads to give viewers a great experience which will keep them coming back for more. The network will lead the fight against ‘Digital Litter’, a result of too much access to poorly made content. Everything on SNACKABLETV is short, sharp, and captivating. It’s video that is never boring, always inspiring, with an added dose of learning for the socially aware, completely free of charge to the viewer. SNACKABLETV Co-founders Kate Edwards and Shae Constantine said today: “We are extremely proud to be launching Australia’s first short form broadcast network made especially for young people. “SNACKABLETV is purpose built as much for the consumer as it is for the creator – it’s a conduit between the two worlds. We identified a gap, in that there is so much good content out there and before now it hasn’t had a home or a chance to get to an audience who will appreciate it. “Our doors are wide open to young creatives and creators. We want to distribute the best short-form content the world has seen, and this is only possible with a truly robust digital platform to facilitate the relationship between creator and audience. That platform is SNACKABLETV.” Content is currently available online (mobile, tablet or desktop) via The bar has been set high and SNACKABLETV is committed to pushing the boundaries in both the controversy and quality stakes. New content will be released on all channels across the network constantly. Stay tuned for updates on exciting co-productions and distribution partnerships. In the face of a fracturing media landscape, SNACKABLETV also offers a solution for brands to target a millennial audience utilising quality native content by creating this ‘safe space’ free of subscriptions and free of pre-rolls and pop-up ads to give viewers a great experience which will keep them coming back for more. Interview and content requests contact The Lantern Group: Louisa Read +61 412 955 101 Fiona Gulin +61 487 992 333 CONNECT WITH SNACKABLETV FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM #snackableTV MEDIA MATERIALS DROPBOX Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Call for Papers DEADLINE 23rd October 2016 & ECI Excellence Awards 2016-10-10T01:49:46Z 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 Read more... AIIA undertaking significant survey on analytics and data usage by Australian businesses, government and NGOs 2016-09-12T02:46:08Z aiia-undertaking-significant-survey-on-analytics-and-data-usage-by-australian-businesses-government-and-ngos FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12 SEPTEMBER 2016 Encourages new and established organisations in all sectors to participate in order to develop the most comprehensive report possible The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, today announced it is undertaking a major survey of Australian organisations on analytics and data usage. The purpose of the survey is to find out what differentiates those business, government and NGO organisations that effectively use data and analytics for senior decision making. The survey is open to individual respondents via the AIIA website until 31 September 2016. It is anticipated that a whitepaper will be published towards the end of the year incorporating an analysis of the results and providing a body of knowledge that will help guide business leaders on ways to incorporate data and analytics into their organisation in order to remain competitive. Rob Fitzpatrick, CEO of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), says, "On a global scale, we see those organisations that know how to use data effectively are usually the strongest performers. If Australia is serious about driving an ideas boom and creating new employment opportunities, we need to ensure that we help local organisations better understand and then take advantage of data to be competitive. “This is not just a survey for tech companies. The information generated will benefit all industries and we encourage participants across all sectors whether they be in education, retail, finance, or others, as well as established and newer companies to participate,” added Fitzpatrick. This initiative is being led by the AIIA’s Data and Analytics Special Interest Group, which is chaired by Dr Roger Kermode, director of business consulting firm Alimua Pty Ltd and former practice principal for analytics and data management for Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Graeme Wood, general manager of marketing for Semantic Software Asia Pacific. “There is mounting evidence that data-driven organisations tend to require fewer assets, execute with greater insight and less risk, and ultimately generate higher returns. We believe incorporating these practices is an important part of creating a sustainable and growing economy in Australia and is crucial to seeing our standing in world innovation and growth rankings improve,” says Dr Kermode. The data collected will be analysed by data scientists at the University of Technology Sydney. Professor Michael Blumenstein of UTS Sydney says, “Much has been published on big data, automation and the use of analytics at an organizational level. However, despite the recognition of data increasing in importance, the use of data between and within organisations varies widely. The AIIA survey has been constructed to find out why. It’s designed to enable deep diagnostics and analysis of what actually take place inside organisations across different functions and different levels, not just what is visible externally.” Numerous leading Australian organisations are encouraging their members to complete the survey, including: Data61, The Knowledge Economy Institute; NSW State Government; Advance Australia; FINSIA; CPA Australia; StartupMuster; UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT; and, the UTS Business School. # # # About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 the AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favourable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. MEDIA CONTACT For more information, please contact Joanna Stevens Kramer at 0408 466 410 or email For more information about the AIIA please visit A Taste of Broome celebrates local Indigenous women 2016-08-07T23:44:54Z a-taste-of-broome-celebrates-local-indigenous-women This year's A Taste Of Broome (ATOB) will celebrate the role of local Indigenous women in the creation of the community's identity through pearling and the town’s cultural development. The event, now in its fourth year, has quickly become a highlight of the Broome tourism calendar with the full outdoor show opening this Thursday 11th August at the Goolarri Amphitheatre in Broome, Western Australia Hear their stories and walk with us hand in hand as together we experience the journey of Broome’s history as seen through the eyes of her mothers, sisters and daughters. We'll also learn more about their heartbreak of loss and suffering, through to their joys at seeing family return home after long dives' away. ATOB continues to be a unique music and picture show experience that combines Broome's distinctive Indigenous culture and its multicultural community to promote its vibrant soul through music, dance, food, arts and crafts, tradition and heritage.  Building on the success of the 2015 event, this year's ATOB will not only celebrate local women but will also feature a number of new performances, artists and cuisine. Goolarri Media Enterprises Chief Operations officer Kira Fong says ATOB continues to promote Broome's unique lifestyle and cultural history, and is the region's premier Indigenous arts event. "ATOB is an award-winning multi-arts performance and cuisine-based project, primarily focused on the unique multiculturalism within the community of Broome and the Indigenous heritage and culture inherent in the region," Kira says. "It combines the performing arts mediums of dance, music and film to create a dynamic and rich production that celebrates Broome's identity." The 2016 ATOB season will see’s Guy Ghouse taking over from Stephen Pigram as Creative Director. Guy’s history in Broome started when he was 13 years old, watching bands perform at the Roebuck Hotel. Guy has since studied at the WA Academy of Performing Arts, toured nationally and internationally, is a four-time WAMI award winner, producer, recording artist, educator and facilitator. “To be back in Broome is an honour and a chance to give back to the town that has taught me so much,” Guy says. A number of other acclaimed artists are taking part in this year's show including long time favourites Stephen “Baamba” Albert, Naomi Pigram, Bojesse Pigram, Lorrae Coffin, Susie Quicke, Tania Mckenna, Arnhem Hunter and Mick Stevens. And some incredible new talent including Emma Sibosado and Pauline Bin Sali who come from a family with a pearling history that runs back to the hard hat days of the old Luggers. Pauline’s song “Visions” is completely memorising and tells the tales of old, paying homage to the days before social media and digital connection, where people saw loved ones disappear into the horizon with no contact until they eventually returned, if at all they did. This year there will also be a new food stall called "Little Feed", which will feature delicious desserts made from locally collected bush foods. A Taste of Broome is supported by Tourism WA’s Regional Events Program, which is funded by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions. This funding and support has allowed the continued training and employment for Indigenous people through event management and media and further strengthens connection between industry and community. Since the show's beginning in 2013, A Taste of Broome continues to achieve greater social, cultural and economic fulfilment, and prosperity. People agree that the show improved their understanding of Indigenous culture and Broome’s history, and an impressive 100 per cent of people say they would recommend the event to others. -ENDS- TICKETS SALE INFO For ticket information head to Make a sandwich. A simple solution to conquering hunger in our immediate society. 2016-06-01T10:10:59Z make-a-sandwich-a-simple-solution-to-conquering-hunger-in-our-immediate-society PR Consultant, Candice Meisels, walked passed a less fortunate person in a walk way at a main Sydney station. Candice states, “I saw so many people walk past. I get that they don't want to give money. I thought how can we create a solution, simply and not just talk about creating a solution... Next time you make a sandwich for work, school lunch or to eat on the way into the city... Make another simple sandwich and hand it to someone you know will be at a station or on a city street... It's that simple... .” Candice believes that this simple concept can work anywhere in the world where you know a less fortunate person or homeless person frequents. She believes that it will work really well in Australia, as Australia is a nation of ‘mate ship’, community, compassion and warmth. Candice Meisels encourages you to like the Facebook page and remember to make an extra sandwich to hand to someone less fortunate that you pass on the way to work, a meeting or to catch up with friends in the city. Candice adds: " Many people make a sandwich for work, for their kids school lunch or just as a snack for their commute or car journey. Next time you prepare a sandwich, think about where you are going to be and if there may be a less fortunate individual at that particular train station or city street. You don't have to give cash or coins but a sandwich is something that is immediate and can satisfy hunger immediately." AUSTRALIA’S LEADING AUTHORS GATHER TO CONDEMN GOVERNMENT’S PLAN TO CREATE A CULTURE OF BOOK THIEVES 2016-05-18T23:21:03Z australia-s-leading-authors-gather-to-condemn-government-s-plan-to-create-a-culture-of-book-thieves Who: Richard Flanagan, Nikki Gemmell, Andy Griffiths, Tom Keneally to lead Alist roll call of Australian and international authors When: Thursday 19 May at 6.45pm – 6.55pm Where: Art Gallery NSW, just before the 16th annual Australian Book Industry Awards begin What: Photo opp with limited vox pops available on request. Don’t close the book on Australian stories. The Australian government is about to make significant changes to copyright, threatening the future of our Australian story. But at what cost to writers, culture and jobs? Guest ABIA presenter and Man Booker Prize winner, Richard Flanagan will deliver a speech in response to the Productivity Commission's Intellectual Property draft report around 10pm during the gala ceremony. ‘Australians deserve that their lives, experiences, country and culture be reflected in the literature that they read.’ - Thomas Keneally For more information, please contact: Emma Rusher T 0423 214 626 | TCS Awarded for Empowerment of Woman 2016-05-01T22:00:00Z tcs-awarded-for-empowerment-of-woman Sydney | Mumbai, May 2, 2016: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS) a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, was named Platinum winner in the “Empowerment of Women Award” category at the Global CSR Conference and Awards recently held in Bali, Indonesia. The Global CSR Summit & Awards raises awareness of corporate social responsibility (CSR) as a core strategic corporate function. It honors outstanding individuals and companies around the world for their contributions in seven areas of focus on environment preservation, community transformation and poverty alleviation, women’s rights and welfare, workplace practices and product innovations. Out of 200 entries received worldwide, a final selection of 42 companies were honored in seven award categories. TCS prevailed in the Empowerment of Woman category, named the Platinum awardee in a category that also included Bank Indonesia (Gold),
Mastercard Asia Pacific (Gold),
Qualcomm Wireless Reach (Silver),
PT Omron Manufacturing of Indonesia (Bronze). Melvin Chan, Founder of The Global CSR Summit & Awards commented: “This category was strongly contested. While the other contenders scored high in some areas, the overall highest average score went to TCS where they were excellent in showing the close integration of their gender equality policy with their business practices. The success of TCS' culture of inclusiveness and diversity is clearly evident in the strong contribution of their large women workforce towards their bottom lines." TCS won the Empowerment of Woman award specifically for its “TCS Go4IT” program in Australia. TCS Go4IT is designed to overcome the shortage in Australia of woman who pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (“STEM”) and to inspire interest for young woman to pursue careers in the ICT sector. (recent data shows 75% of the fastest growing roles in Australia require STEM backgrounds, and that woman occupy 20% of roles in ITC, compared to 45% in all occupations nationwide). TCS Go4IT is assisting to alleviate this national concern, providing an intensive work experience program available for young woman. By the end of 2016, over 250 young woman from over 75 schools in Australia will have competed the TCS Go4IT program. Key outcomes of the program thus far include: increased interest of students to study technology at high school and university; increased interest in a exploring a career in technology; changed perceptions of gender in technology; and Increased confidence and employability skills. More about TCS Go4IT can be read here: Girish Ramachandran, President, TCS Asia Pacific added: “TCS is committed to creating opportunities for woman in technology and dismantling gender stereotypes that exist in the industry. As one award-winning example we are very proud of, the TCS Go4IT program in Australia is successfully offering opportunities for young woman to become passionate about careers in technology, helping to inspire a new horizon of national innovation and leadership in an exciting, dynamic and highly-in-demand profession”. The Empowerment of Woman award is the latest recognition for TCS, a company on a global drive to make gender equality a core tenant of its operating model. TCS is committed to enabling women to fulfill their professional ambitions across all areas of its organization, while championing everyday equality in the workplace. On 20 April, TCS was named as one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women in the UK. TCS employs over 100,000 women globally, a third of its total workforce. TCS also invests in training to help women at all levels excel in their roles, including one-to-one coaching when they take up senior roles, a Rising Stars Program for women with three-to-five years’ of experience, and the Pathways to Success Workshop, a leadership programme for women with five-to-eight years’ experience. TCS has had a formal Diversity & Inclusion corporate function since 2010, designed to provide strategic guidance and support for diversity programmes across the globe. This initiative is led by senior managers who act as role models and help to demonstrate the positive impact that diverse teams and recruitment can have on the business, with a focus on gender equality. About Global CSR Summit and Awards The Global CSR Summit & Awards 2016 was started 8 years ago. The event has grown from strength to strength and attracted a strong following of over 200 global and regional companies globally that participated or followed the event. The Global CSR Summit & Awards has become known as a global brand known for raising cutting edge ideas and topics in matters of societal transformation, product innovations that change the world and controversial topics that aim to inspire bold ideas to drive large scale changes and improvements to the environment, people and the planet. This year, the organisers have incorporated a new dimension into the Global CSR Summit by co-locating a new event, The Global Good Governance Award. More about the Global CSR Summit & Awards can be found here: About Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (TCS): Tata Consultancy Services is an IT services, consulting and business solutions organization that delivers real results to global business, ensuring a level of certainty no other firm can match. TCS offers a consulting-led, integrated portfolio of IT, BPS,infrastructure, engineering and assurance services. This is delivered through its unique Global Network Delivery Model™, recognized as the benchmark of excellence in software development. A part of the Tata group, India’s largest industrial conglomerate, TCS has over 353,000 of the world’s best-trained consultants in 46 countries. The company generated consolidated revenues of US $16.5 billion for year ended March 31, 2016 and is listed on the National Stock Exchange and Bombay Stock Exchange in India. For more information, visit us at For TCS global news, follow @TCS_News. Contacts Global: Email: Phone: +91 22 6778 9999 India: Email: | Phone: + 91 22 6778 9078 | +91 22 6778 9081 Asia Pacific: Email: Phone: +65 9139 3668 Proposals to cut access to Family Tax Benefits will only produce hardship and complicate system - National Foundation for Australian Women statement - Marie Coleman available for interview 2015-11-30T01:22:35Z proposals-to-cut-access-to-family-tax-benefits-will-only-produce-hardship-and-complicate-system-national-foundation-for-australian-women-statement-marie-coleman-available-for-interview FTB changes - NFAW Statement   30th November -The National Foundation for Australian Women is profoundly concerned by revised proposals by the Government to substantially cut access to Family Tax Benefits Parts A and B. The cuts will produce hardship for low income families, especially single parent families. They further confuse and complicate the system of family payments, rather than simplifying. They are not likely to have any positive impact on female work-force attachment. They will hit hard in identifiable regions with high concentrations of low incomes families and lack of employment opportunities- outer suburban areas of capital cities, and the regions. (Electorates with the lowest rates of families claiming FTB and so less likely to be impacted include Wentworth and Curtin.) Hypothetically, it is suggested that losses in family payments will be offset by access to cheaper child care. A parent of a 13 year old won’t be getting much out of that switch. The changes will penalise those sole parents who are already in employment- for each $ earned there is a $ loss in FTB. For the households where the parent, or parents are already working, the changes won’t produce additional workforce participation. These proposed changes are an attempt to make the lowest income families repair the Budget at a time when overall outlays on family benefits are in steady decline. It is completely untrue that Social Security payments for families are rising unsustainably. NFAW agrees with ACoSS- there is a need to change FTB- but that should have a focus on adequacy and the alleviation of child poverty, not just achieving savings. The Government’s proposals undermine our confidence in anything else proposed in the name of welfare reform. It is worth remembering in the context of current talk of changes to the tax mix and the need for compensation that the current structures being gutted were introduced by the Howard Government as compensation for the introduction of the GST. NFAW urges Senators to reject the changes once the new Bill is tabled. NFAW notes that the Senate Community Affairs Committee report on the previous Bill is due to be tabled on Monday 30 November. This alone will be a cause for confusion as the as yet unseen untabled Bill is considered. -ENDS- For further comment: Marie Coleman AO PSM, Chair, NFAW Social Policy Committee.  0414483068