The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-09-18T13:01:52Z Workplace wellbeing continues to elude corporate Australia – leadership disparity the concern 2019-09-18T13:01:52Z workplace-wellbeing-continues-to-elude-corporate-australia-leadership-disparity-the-concern The concept of workplace wellbeing is not new and although many Australian corporates see the potential for positive business / commercial outcomes – they’re not really improving the daily lives of employees.       Wellbeing programs have grown exponentially in recent years with more and more organisations investing in health paradigms to increase productivity, engagement, and talent retention to get a return on their investment.   But wellbeing is not merely the absence of illness of disease.  It maintains a person’s physical, mental, emotional, and social health.   Leaders are the biggest influence on the behaviour and mindset of their teams. But most organisations have little visibility into whether their leaders are developing their people, or merely reacting to the needs of the day – and therein is the problem.   The relationship between effective leadership and wellbeing is closely linked. When we see disparity between leadership and wellbeing, stress flourishes.   Hence the need to focus on your staff’s stress levels.   So, why is it that mental health conditions cost Australian workplaces around $10.9 billion each year?   $4.7 billion in absenteeism.   $6.1 billion in presenteeism (being at work longer than necessary because of perceived job insecurity).   $146 million in compensation claims.   One in five Australian employees experience mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety.    At a human level, we don’t want to see the people around us suffer. At a business level, mental health issues impact our day-to-day operations and performance.    Challenges and setbacks in the workplace (and life) are inevitable. Stress, conflict, talent attrition, policies, performance and technological change are constant.   As individuals, we have basic human needs to deal with these challenges. We crave social support, physical safety, health, and a feeling that we can cope with whatever is thrown at us.   More than ever, employees are asking for help from their employers to meet these needs.    11 questions business leaders need to ask themselves   1.  Are you cultivating a high-performance culture? 2.  Are you encouraging learning through reflection? 3.  Are you exploring better ways of doing things? 4.  Are you making team members accountable? 5.  Are activities consultative and interactive, or didactic and one-sided? 6.  Are you challenging people’s way of thinking? 7.  Are you driving your team’s performance with positive conversations? 8.  Are you creating a learning journey and empowering team members? 9.  Are you fostering collaboration and innovation? 10.Are you empathic, compassionate and kind? 11.Are you ‘walking the talk’?     Understanding the causes of stress in the workplace will highlight interventions to mitigate stress and enhance wellbeing to positively drive performance.    6 reasons we stress at work 1.  Demands - workload, work patterns and work environment 2.  Support - inadequate support colleagues 3.  Relationships - conflict, bullying, and harassment 4.  Role - lack of clarity and conflicting roles 5.  Control - having too little say about their work 6.  Change – poorly managed organisational change   Keep in mind these common stressors. Continually act to address them and build the resilience of your staff.   Because resilience helps cultivate a healthy, productive environment. It helps retain workers with the right values and behaviours. It protects their mental and physical health. And it helps them deliver quality work consistently.    The benefits of fostering resilience   Of all the things we experience in our lives, nothing defines our character more than the way we respond to setbacks and adversity.   Resilience helps with: - Higher performance and quality of life - Leadership at every level - Positive workplace culture - Employee engagement - Worker retention - Enhanced job satisfaction - Greater self-awareness and understanding of others - Better decision-making    Building and maintaining our leadership and wellness tools helps your team to be highly engaged and productive. It will lead to successful outcomes and a positive culture.    To maximise your potential and that of your team, you need to be immersed in an environment that cultivates the habits of high performance.    It’s bigger than what happens at work.   A holistic leadership model fosters diversity, inclusion, workplace quality, business ethics, community and environmental sustainability.   So, ask yourself: How well are you looking after your staff? And who is looking after you? Issued by Keen Edge      www.keenedge.com.au Media Enquiries:  Mr. Joe Perri, Joe Perri & Associates Pty Ltd                               Mobile: +61 412 112 545  Email:  jperri@joeperri.com.au   Australian commercial upholstery manufacturer Rae-Line appoints SYSPRO’S ERP solution to support business efficiencies during the next phase of growth 2019-09-18T00:30:29Z australian-commercial-upholstery-manufacturer-rae-line-appoints-syspro-s-erp-solution-to-support-business-efficiencies-during-the-next-phase-of-growth Rae-Line, a market leader in the design and manufacture of commercial upholstery for trucks, caravans, sports and safety padding, has chosen SYSPRO, a global provider of industry-built ERP software, to support its digital transformation journey as the business embarks on a new period of growth. The 47-year-old company counts Kenworth Trucks as one of its longest serving customers and prides itself on how its staff continue to deliver exceptional client service by providing timely solutions to help solve customers’ problems. Rae-Line has been recognised as Kenworth’s ‘Supplier of the Year’ seven times. Brett Vorhauer, Managing Director for Rae-Line says the business has been successful at reactively addressing issues, but they are at a point where employees’ time needs to be freed up to allow them to do more with the limited time they have. Despite a solid customer base, the growth of the company and its customers’ businesses means the organisation needs to progress its digital transformation journey, so that efficiency can be improved via better predictability throughout the supply chain. “Due to customer growth, the business has outgrown our legacy system of relying on manual data collection and requires a more integrated IT system. Having the support of a systemised ERP solution will help us further service our clients efficiently whilst being able to predict any needs or issues one or two weeks ahead,” says Brett. “This in turn will help boost our profitability, not just in terms of cash flow but also with how an ERP helps replace the less mundane tasks for my staff so they can work on other aspects within the business.” The team at Rae-Line will be able to automate some manual processes such as material requirements planning, capacity planning and digitise customer schedules, ensuring staff are working on the latest information. Current systems, such as payroll and CRM, will be integrated with SYSPRO’s software and cash flow will also be improved by reducing the need to hold more materials on site. Having access to a comprehensive dashboard will help the management see whether production is going to plan. While the decision to purchase a new ERP was collectively made by Rae-Line’s key decision makers, the entire senior team is looking forward to overcoming several business challenges by being able to make better decisions with the data the business will be collecting through the SYSPRO ERP system. Of the companies who participated in the sales process, SYSPRO was a stand-out choice due to the company team’s detailed knowledge and its complementary partnership approach. “SYSPRO’s approach and willingness to help its customers is the same culture we have at Rae-Line. Their team is an ongoing partner in our business, it’s no different to my banker or insurance broker –these are people we rely on for their expertise in our business and to help us continue to improve,” added Brett. In addition to the cost and efficiency benefits, the wellbeing of employees is equally important. Rae-Line’s Managing Director believes the ERP system will help reduce stress in the workplace as an estimated 70-80 staff members will have more certainty in what they’re doing because they can see problems more clearly and be better prepared to deal with them. “Rae-Line and SYSPRO share the same business philosophy. We put the customer first and take pride in delivering exceptional customer experiences,” said Rob Stummer, CEO, SYSPRO Australasia. “We are committed to partnering with Rae-Line to enable them to better respond to the challenges of a rapidly-evolving customer-facing business." Using the best technology to remove paper-based records, and to make the information flow immediate, relevant and as accurate as possible is an IT strategy which works for Rae-Line. After the current initial phase of the project is complete, Rae-Line will work with SYSPRO’S engineering team to actualise the design process. The project is currently ahead of schedule and expected to officially go live by April 2020. What do you get on the platform of custom home builders? 2019-09-14T06:02:11Z what-do-you-get-on-the-platform-of-custom-home-builders Next to building new and fully furnished homes performed by custom home builders in Adelaide; and have created a platform of a home renovation or home remodelling and general contractors. A custom home is a kind of place that is specifically designed for a special customer. Even the home builders Adelaide; used to crated professional home designer with certain instruction about their desire. Production has home builders is in contrast to custom home builders who use stock plans but offer numerous choices for plans. They also offer services for upgrades. Specification structure construction Many facts about constructing a custom house will see the builders assemble the building on the clients own land. It is easier for the builders to construct a building on lands because they are previously prepared for the plan to be started. Custom home builders Adelaide can help to build a house for you that suit blueprints and will live up to high standards. Create a unique set of plan A new house is designed for a particular custom and a specific land. An architect, a team in a firm or a licensed house designer, draw up the plans for the house. Acquiring a new place to live, customers are presented with the possibility to change and control accessibility issues, size of the lot and the design. A unique set of the plan will be created with the specification of the consumer in mind. The platform of architects does their part for the building business to give the customer the product they are paying for. Thus many companies offer service that involves designing as well as building. Proper communication is required Make sure custom home builder automatically clans away this debris before waterproofing foundation walls. Even they can assist their home builders’ contractors by proving them with a group of photographs from different causes like magazines or newspapers. Besides, a promote decision can be made if proper communication is maintained between a custom home builder and their client. Even custom constructors aloe to pick the favourable size and preferable design of the rooms along with the layout of the room and other facilities. Having a customer builders home will mean that the owner should have control over the style, layout, materials and appliances of the house. With proper communication between a custom home builder and their client, the deadline can be maintained quite easily. Closure of the buzz Environmental specialist; through this knowledge, the custom builders Adelaide has all the qualities that help to fetch a home which is customized. The work they provide innovatively and top-class. The home builders Adelaide have the experience and knowledge surrounding home construction- knows high-quality materials for a valuable construction. On another platform, custom home is designed for specific customers and on a specific location. Get on the platform of expert home designers and architects. Even association offer effective home plans for the customers. Cin7 Hires David Leach as COO 2019-09-13T01:31:35Z cin7-hires-david-leach-as-coo-1 AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – September 13, 2019 – Cin7, a global leader in inventory management software, has appointed David Leach as Chief Operating Officer. He joins the Cin7 executive team to lead sales, marketing, product development, support and implementation.   “We are very pleased to have David on board. We continue to grow and expand globally, and David has significant and very relevant experience in fast-growing global software companies,” said Founder and Chief Architect Danny Ing. “David will be critical as we execute our next phase of growth.” Formerly Chief Operating Officer at ezyVet, a veterinary practice management software company, Leach has a long history of software leadership at fast-growing SaaS companies, including Orion Health and Qrious. “Cin7 is an exciting business with a rapidly expanding customer base, a comprehensive product and a great team behind it,” said Leach. “In a fast-changing and increasingly complex world of retail and consumer buying behaviors, I believe Cin7 has what it takes to continue to innovate with speed and win big.” For more information, visit www.cin7.com  ###   About Cin7  Cin7 is an all-in-one, cloud-based solution that provides real-time visibility, customizability and reporting for efficient inventory management across the supply chain. Cin7 includes built-in production, warehouse, POS and B2B eCommerce functionality along with a growing list of third-party integrations. Optimized for growing multichannel companies seeking robust inventory management at a fraction of the cost of a full ERP, Cin7’s “Connected Inventory” bridges the gap between suppliers and sales channels to deliver end-to-end supply chain control. Cin7 is a global business, headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand, and offices in the United States and the United Kingdom. To learn more, visit www.cin7.com. Enhance your sense of wellbeing with this solar-powered Buddha - he looks great by day and spectacular by night! 2019-09-10T06:30:10Z enhance-your-sense-of-wellbeing-with-this-solar-powered-buddha-he-looks-great-by-day-and-spectacular-by-night Dear xx We could all use a little peace and serenity in our busy lives. So let our Solar Buddha Statue be your inspiration. Ideal as either a decor piece indoors or for creating a sense of tranquility in the garden. If you place him outdoors during the day, the solar panel will charge the rechargeable Ni-MH battery so that, by night, the 5 LEDs around the Buddha illuminate automatically. The perfect reminder to stop, take a deep breath and enjoy your surroundings. Once installed, all that is left to do is sit back and enjoy the ambience. High-res images available to download here Automatically turns on at dusk and off at dawn. Up to 8 hours of light each night when fully charged. Rechargeable, replaceable Ni-MH batteries 2x AA 1.2v 600mAh No wiring, simply install and enjoy. No operating costs. For more information visit: https://smartlivinghg.com.au/product/solar-buddha-statue/ A mine site visit for the ages 2019-09-03T23:41:08Z a-mine-site-visit-for-the-ages Supercars are usually seen zipping around race tracks across the globe at speeds of up to 300 kilometres an hour, a sight that provides spectators and drivers alike with an incomparable adrenaline rush. It is very rare, however, to see these vehicles at a mine site. Click here to watch the video on YouTube. Recently, National Group and its partner, Mobil 1 Mega Race team, brought these pulsating race cars to the BHP Mitsubishi Alliance’s (BMA) Peak Downs coal operation in Queensland. It was an opportunity for National Group to highlight a longstanding relationship with BMA that has moved from strength to strength, at the mining giant’s Bowen Basin operations. Holding the site visit at Peak Downs was particularly fitting given the growing presence National Group has at the mine, delivering the first of a series of excavators to the site earlier this year. It follows the delivery of five Liebherr ultra-class T 282C trucks in September last year, building on what is becoming a powerful relationship between the two, now reinforced by the race car showcase. National Group’s founder and managing director Mark Ackroyd was onsite for the showcase. He told Australian Mining that it provided a thrilling experience for both operators and race car drivers. “The atmosphere was exciting for the operators, the race cars and their drivers pulled up and there was some disbelief they were on site,” Ackroyd says. “There were photographs, autographs and everything, it was something they haven’t seen before. Even the race car drivers were amazed at some of the mining equipment too.” “We’ve been working with BHP for some years now, we took the supercars on site where we could engage with our customers and show the appreciation we have for them,” Ackroyd says. National Group’s clients have the opportunity to go behind the scenes at supercar race events around the country, where they experience firsthand the exhilarating buzz of race car driving. As Ackroyd says, it’s a show of appreciation for customers, which remain loyal to the company. “Anyone can go to the races, the tours we provide customers with, provides in-depth pit tours,” he says. “Rather than sitting in the crowd with cars speeding around so quickly you can barely see them; our customers are able to get close up to the vehicles and drivers.” Indeed, the recent trip to Peak Downs exemplifies the company’s focus on its customers, with Mobil 1 Mega race team drivers James Courtney and Scott Pye making an appearance at the site. The meet and greet session and autographs that ensued left many site operators star struck as the two posed for photos next to the colossal mining equipment National Group has supplied to BMA at Peak Downs. While operating across different industries, it is easy to draw comparisons between the National Group and racing teams, as described by co-team principal Bruce Stewart. “The National Group and the Mobil 1 Mega race team are similar in a number of ways. We both deal with machinery at the cutting edge of technology and understand the importance of every team member coming together to achieve sustained success,” Stewart says. While differing in purpose, Pye and Courtney were still able to recognise the sheer magnitude of some of National Group’s mining equipment in comparison to the nippy race cars. “Being down in the pit looking at our car next to the T282 dump trucks, it makes it look like a matchbox car in comparison,” Pye says. His counterpart Courtney was equally in awe, “before coming up to the Bowen Basin, we got told the National Group’s machines were big, but you don’t realise just how massive they are until you get here and see them in person. They are monsters!” BDC Services becomes HP Enterprise Business Partner 2019-09-03T05:49:22Z bdc-services-becomes-hp-enterprise-business-partner The HP Enterprise range covers servers and systems, including rack-optimised servers, as well as data storage, networking and software. HP Enterprise’s industry-leading positions in servers, storage, wired and wireless networking, converged systems, software, services and cloud, ensures that BDC Services can provide the right tech solutions for business goals.   The partnership ultimately delivers shared value to customers, with BDC Services leveraging its national lifecycle services to deploy the HP Enterprise product range and make solution sourcing, project management and servicing easier for businesses. More information: https://bit.ly/2kqUNW6     About HP Enterprise HP Enterprise (HPE) enables organisations to act quickly by delivering infrastructure that can be easily composed and recomposed to meet shifting demands. HPE uses the right mix of technologies, partners, services and financial models to help customers. They provide a product range comprising: ·        Servers and systems: rack servers, tower servers, HPE synergy, hyperconverged systems, moonshot,          converged systems, blade servers and  systems, and server components  ·        Data storage: all flash and hybrid storage; data protection storage; file and object storage; storage              automation and management; storage for enterprise applications; storage for VMs and containers;              storage networking ·        Networking: campus and branch networking, data centre networking HPE deliver exceptional experiences through partnering, innovation and a bias for action. About BDC Services BDC Services provides consultation, installation and maintenance for business-critical IT environments, partnering with leading vendors of Business Continuity Solutions, Critical Infrastructure Monitoring, Cloud Services, IT Infrastructure, Connectivity, Power & Cooling. BDC Services specialises in the physical layer of IT operations with the technical knowledge to do things the right way to remove or reduce risk. BDC Services works with clients and partners to make sure this critical supporting layer is correctly installed, configured and maintained to ensure availability. Clients and partners benefit from BDC Services’: ·        Down-to-earth & practical approach ·        Ability to blend technical knowledge and business savvy ·        Willingness to go above and beyond to really understand and deliver what the client needs ·        Reliable, pro-active and local support team ·        Streamlined and simple processes that bring great value for money ·        Focus on working for customers to maximise value from tight budgets ·        Drive to do the right thing by the client – genuine care for clients’ businesses BDC Services creates reliable and practical solutions to complex issues.   Learn more here: www.bdcservices.com.au Avanti PLUS® Wins Coveted Australian Good Design Award 2019-09-02T07:16:36Z avanti-plus-wins-coveted-australian-good-design-award The winners of Australia's peak industry design awards – the highest honour for design and innovation in the country were announced at The Star on 11 July at the 61st annual Good Design Awards Ceremony. Avanti PLUS® Split System Air-Conditioner received a prestigious Good Design Award Gold Accolade in the Product Design category in recognition for outstanding design and innovation. The annual Good Design Awards is Australia’s most prestigious international Awards for design and innovation with a proud history dating back to 1958. The Awards celebrate the best new products and services on the Australian market, excellence in architectural design, engineering, fashion, digital and communication design and reward emerging areas of design strategy, social impact and design entrepreneurship. The Good Design Awards Jury spent several days evaluating each entry according to a strict set of design criteria which covers ‘good design’, ‘design innovation’ and ‘design impact’. Projects recognised with a Good Design Award must demonstrate excellence in all areas and convince the Jury they are worthy of recognition.   Dr. Brandon Gien, CEO of Good Design Australia said: “Receiving a Good Design Award at this level is a significant achievement given the very high calibre of entries received this year.”  “Australia’s Good Design Award is more than a symbol of design excellence, it represents the hard work and dedication towards an innovative outcome that will ultimately improve our quality of life. These projects showcase the brilliance of design and the potential it has to improve our world,” said Dr. Gien.  The Good Design Awards Jury praised Avanti PLUS® Split System Air-Conditioner commenting: “Fit for purpose design cues with an impressive seven-star rating. The Avanti PLUS® has achieved an impressive level of energy efficiency. Its soft form factor and round design details are coherent in the overall design.” The Good Design Awards attracted a record number of submissions with close to 700 design projects evaluated in this year’s international design awards.  Managing Director for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioners Australia (MHIAA), Mr. Yuji Ito thanks Good Design Australia for this honour as it upholds the companies philosophy of innovative products that are designed to improve the lives of those who use them. “MHIAA would like to thank Good Design Australia for this important accolade and we are both honoured and proud that our Avanti PLUS® unit has been recognised in this way. At MHI we are committed to bringing Australian consumers the latest innovative products with improved features and energy efficiencies.” Mr Yuji Ito, MHIAA The award was presented to MHIAA Managing Director Mr. Yuji Ito and Mr. Hiroyuki Otake, General Manager of Technical Division at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Thermal Systems in Japan who flew in to Australia on behalf of the MHI Group companies.  Space Rules Released 2019-09-02T05:44:59Z space-rules-released The Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA) congratulates the Australian Space Agency (the Agency) on completing and transitioning to a new regulatory framework for Australian space activities for launching to space and returning to Earth.  The SIAA is pleased that the Australian Government and the Agency have undertaken this revision of the regulatory framework to ensure that the Australian space regulatory regime is more consistent with the rapidly changing nature of space launch and returns.  The new regulatory regime provides more clarity and allows for greater flexibility for the introduction of new technologies and is now better suited to the rapidly changing nature of space activities globally.  The SIAA is particularly pleased that the revised regulatory framework aligns with many of the Australian launch safety standards and insurance requirements which are best practice industry standards used worldwide.  This alignment with accepted industry standards will enable additional opportunities for Australian launch and return activities in the future.  The SIAA strongly commends the Agency for this wise approach, which will enhance the future prospects of the Australian space industry.   The SIAA agrees with the comments of Dr Megan Clark AC, Head of the Australian Space Agency, when she said, “By updating the regulatory framework, we are improving Australians’ access to space, while continuing to uphold our strong values to ensure safety of activities on Earth and in space...” Chair of the SIAA, Mr Rod Drury, said “I commend the Australian government and the Australian Space Agency for undertaking this revision of Australia’s space regulatory regime and, on behalf of our members, I congratulate the Agency for achieving a strong outcome that will better position Australia to be an active participant in the growing space activities in the 21st century and beyond.” Ends Allan Van Planning: Solutions for Traditional and Eco-Friendly Projects 2019-08-28T10:55:08Z allan-van-planning-solutions-for-traditional-and-eco-friendly-projects City councils and planning commissions are charged with purchasing properties and creating developments for commercial and community uses to housing projects and industrial development. Even though the projects may be desirable, city councils often encounter difficulties getting their projects approved and that’s where the services of Allen Van Planning can ensure the best outcomes for traditional and eco-friendly developments. Allan Van Planning has earned a reputation for accurate and honest consultations and advice that minimizes the risks on any type of project. The planning process is complicated, complex, and any project can encounter difficulties. The town planner Brisbane has more than 50 years of experience in navigating the rules, regulations and requirements of any project. Many communities are considering eco-friendly solutions in their urban developments and efforts to address the needs of burgeoning populations where people work, play and live. Allan Van Planning has extensive experience with traditional projects, along with green developments. The firm had developed exceptional working relationships with professionals throughout the industry and works closely with decision making authorities to achieve the best outcomes. The agency can assist with surveys, sub-dividing, show cause notices, changes to approvals, and pre-lodgement meetings. The key to successful planning is anticipating a wide variety of factors and variables, an area in which Allan Van Planning excels. As cities grow, planning becomes more complex. There are dozens of considerations involved with a new project from prevailing zoning and usage to the positioning of parking and street access for the finished development. The agency can help with feasibility studies, property purchases and planning reports. The many services provided by the boutique firm of Allan Van Planning have assisted dozens of city councils move forward on projects ranging from high-rises and subdivisions to commercial enterprises and industrial complexes to attain the best outcomes. The town planner Gold Coast is always available to answer questions, respond promptly to any issue that may arise, and smooth the way for new projects. Media Contact Allan Van Phone: 0418 312 724 Email: allan@allanvanplanning.com Daniel Ebert Phone: 0434 812 386 Email: Daniel@allanvanplanning.com 38 Park Road, Milton QLD 4064 Website: www.allanvanplanning.com.au MHIAA Partners with Superior Training Centre to Deliver Australian First Industry Training 2019-08-26T23:13:33Z mhiaa-partners-with-superior-training-centre-to-deliver-australian-first-industry-training On June 7 2019, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioners Australia, Pty.Ltd. (MHIAA) were proud to partner with Superior Training Centre to deliver the first formal training on the handling of A2/A2L flammable refrigerants in Australia. The full day course took place at Innovation Park - MHIAA’s brand new showroom and training facility located at their new Sydney Head Office.  Although R32 refrigerants have been available Australia wide for several years, Superior Training Centre representative and Quality Assurance Manager Ben Peters notes, that to date there has been no formal training in this refrigerant and there was a necessity to address this critical skill gap in the industry. “At Superior Training Centre we recognised that there was a skills shortage and training shortage on the ways to properly handle R32 refrigerants. With R32 being rolled out industry wide, more and more technicians will be working with this refrigerant and it is important that anyone working with these products know the safety and legal ramifications of this refrigerant”- Ben Peters Superior Training Centre. The one-day training course, which combined both practical and theoretical elements looked at the ways to correctly recover R32 and how to recognise the different ratings and cylinder labels for each class of refrigerant. Along with this, participants also learnt the emergency procedures to use with R32 to ensure the safety of all technicians in their respective workplaces.  General Manager -Sales and Planning for MHIAA Adrian Brown recognised that it was time for manufacturers in Australia to become involved in the training of our technicians in R32. “As a manufacturer of R32 products and with the understanding that our company will continue to roll out products with this refrigerant, we recognised that it was now time for us to be at the forefront of this refrigerant and ensure that our technicians and those installing MHI products, all understand this refrigerant and employ safe work practices” -Adrian Brown, MHIAA He notes that MHIAA was proud to partner with Superior Training Centre to launch this training in Australia. “With our new showroom, Innovation Park, as a company we are continually on the lookout for ways that we can support our customers and the technicians working with our products daily. We were extremely proud and honoured to partner with Superior Training Centre on this training as it is vitally important for not only the technicians here today but also the industry as a whole” -Adrian Brown.  The training course was developed by Superior Training Centre, who liased with the Australian Refrigeration Council (ARC) and key manufacturers including Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioners Australia to ensure the content was correct. “The training course was developed to bridge the gap between technicians and R32 refrigerants and we look forward to working with key manufacturers and industry bodies including the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association(RACCA) to roll this out on a national level” -Ben Peters Superior Training Centre Supporting this, Adrian Brown notes that there was a great turnout to the event at the MHIAA Sydney Head Office and that the company looks forward to working with Superior Training Centre again as this training course goes national. ‘We had an exceptional turnout at our event in Sydney and given this was the first time it was run in Australia we can clearly see that technicians are keen to learn and employ safe practices with R32 refrigerants. It was an absolute pleasure to work with Superior Training Centre on this program launch and we look forward to working with them again to bring this course to a national level” Adrian Brown, MHIAA. CWA starting a Sconversation about women’s mental health 2019-08-26T00:34:27Z cwa-starting-a-sconversation-about-womens-mental-health Hi The Country Women's Association (CWA) of NSW is ready for the start of its annual Awareness Week campaign for 2019, which kicks off on September 1. The theme for this year's Awareness Week is women’s mental health issues and support services in country NSW, and how all of us can help make a difference, with the CWA using its ‘tea and scones’ reputation for an important community appeal. CWA members are urgining everyone to 'Start a Sconversation' this Awareness Week, a morning or afternoon tea with friends where the social interaction is the main focus. “The CWA of NSW has long been a supportive social network for women so the power of a Sconversation – boil the jug, sit down and enjoy a cuppa and a chat – is well known. It’s the chance to talk about how you’re feeling in a safe and supportive environment, and ask for assistance should you need it. For those who are listening it’s an opportunity to offer support and some advice if you think it’s required,” said CWA of NSW President Stephanie Stanhope. “Maintaining strong mental health – and finding support services – is challenging enough in country communities where the ‘tyranny of distance’ is very real. The drought is just another factor they’re dealing with at present. It’s never been more important to Start a Sconversation with your friends. Too many people are still suffering in silence, and that’s something we can all start doing something about." Attached is a media release on Awareness Week, and for interview inquiries or more information, please let me know. For information on events in your local area, please get in touch with your nearest branch. With more than 370 branches around the state and 8000 members - across regional NSW, Sydney and Newcastle - a CWA branch is never too far away. Kind regards, Kylie Galbraith Seftons Tamworth NSW 2340 Ph. 0411 480 208 Government accelerates decline of Planners & Accountants – economy employment & consumers suffer 2019-08-22T02:44:16Z government-accelerates-decline-of-planners-amp-accountants-economy-employment-amp-consumers-suffer The growing calls for government to stop interfering, over-regulating and irreparably harming the important financial planning and accounting sectors continues to fall on deaf ears with the economy, employment and consumers equal losers.   Planners and accountants could accept the decline in their livelihood if it was the result of new technologies, out sourcing, overseas competition or product innovation.  But it’s a bitter pill to swallow when it’s the result of relentless and incoherent reform and imposition of government red tape, over policing and escalating compliance costs.    Costs that are making the provision of affordable professional financial advice and services harder and harder to provide for clients – whilst simultaneously driving practitioners out of the industry.     The financial planning and accounting professions are predominantly comprised of SMEs.  Collectively they’ve been severely impacted by government-initiated reforms with the large institutions, fund managers and industry funds the major beneficiaries.    The legislators and advocates of industry reform have no appreciation or regard for the damage they’re inflicting and legacy being left in their wake.      In the June quarter alone 1,750 (or 6.4%) financial planners exited the industry, leaving just 25,470 practitioners across Australia.  What does this entail in real terms?        1,750 SMEs financial advisory businesses ceased      5,250* administrative staff unemployed or required to relocate if practice has been        sold                                                              *assuming 3 staff members per practice      525,000* Australian consumers impacted              *assuming 300 clients per planner   If 6,000 plus planners exit the industry before 2024 as projected – it will impact 1.8million financial service consumers!  These estimates are absolutely mind numbing – and the impact on the SME sector, employment, economy and the financial welfare of affected consumers incalculable!   Accounting practices are also being decimated.  July 2016 heralded the end of the dominance of accountants in self-managed superannuation – and access by consumers to an affordable, low cost, savings, investment and retirement vehicle.    The vast majority of accountants chose to cease this service and lost an important revenue stream as the cost of obtaining an AFSL and associated compliance and ongoing PD requirements were far too prohibitive.   As a result, the era of low cost SMSFs ended abruptly leaving clients no option but to abandon or restructure their SMSFs – or revert to an industry, retail or corporate fund – all at significant cost.   For practitioners that want to continue operating as SMEs in their chosen profession as planners or accountants – they should firstly forget about government benevolence and support.  Even though the Hayne Royal Commission exposed many failings in the activities of the large financial institutions – they will continue to be the ongoing beneficiaries of government policy.   Yet there is a solution for accountants and planners.  Many of their offerings overlap and they can continue to remain viable profitable enterprises by joining forces to deliver holistic relevant advice and value for their clients.   By working together in JV or alliance partnerships, the immediate benefit will be economies of scale, reduced costs and sharing resources to collectively assist clients address complex wealth creation, retirement, lifestyle protection and intergenerational wealth transfer aspirations.   Under current rules unlicensed accountants can’t discuss financial product related matters.  But doing so in conjunction with a planner providing the compliant SoA is an efficient, cost-effective framework that transforms the status of the accountant and planner to ‘trusted business partners’.   The power of the ‘trusted business partner’ will be realised through the alliance and creation of more comprehensive, cost effective, services and facilities, that in turn will enhance and deepen relationships with clients.   To this end, planners and accountants will be working more effectively and efficiently; have capacity to take on more clients; and charge appropriately, for providing greater value to their clients.   Although operating a professional advisory business in this challenging environment can be difficult – there still exist opportunities to operate sustainable and profitable enterprises.  The great differentiator is personal, professional, cost effective service that is something the large institutions and industry funds can’t provide.    Issued by Australian Wealth Solutions     www.wealth-solutions.com.au             Media enquiries:     Mr. Joe Perri, Joe Perri & Associates Pty Ltd Mob: +61 412 112 545       Email: jperri@joeperri.com.au     About Sam Zervides B.A, DFA, DIPA, AFA Principal & founder – Australian Wealth Solutions Victorian President – Institute of Public Accountants   Sam Zervides founded Australian Wealth Solutions (AWS) in 2004 and today is a leading financial advisory business.  The growth and success of AWS that has been built on a steadfast commitment by Sam to assisting individuals and businesses achieve their wealth creation, lifestyle/business protection and retirement aspirations. Sam takes immense personal pride in providing clients comprehensive professional and personal financial advice and the highest standards of service. Sam’s has been associated with the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) for over 12 years in various capacities and last year was elected as the professional association’s Victorian President.  He was re-elected IPA’s Victorian President for a second term this month.         DiUS announces general release of IoT device Powersensor 2019-08-20T04:27:54Z dius-announces-general-release-of-iot-device-powersensor Melbourne, Australia, 20 August 2019 – Australian technology company DiUS announced the general release of its latest Internet of Things (IoT) energy device, the Powersensor.  Powersensor is a compact smart device that easily wraps around a conduit to measure and broadcast detailed power data to the cloud.  It is designed equally for households and energy providers to understand and optimise energy use patterns.   The energy sector is experiencing significant disruption in the way consumers generate and use electricity, with energy providers concurrently navigating changing use patterns and new business models entering the market.  Powersensor facilitates energy provider innovation projects for market success in this challenging landscape, through detailed data and deep consumer insight. At a micro level, Powersensor enables householders to manage energy generation and consumption to minimise cost, and at a macro level enables energy providers to investigate broad behaviour patterns and identify evolving market needs.   A 2019 Deloitte report [link at end] recommended the Australian energy market shift its focus from incremental advances in core operation to adjacent and transformational innovation projects that make new opportunities and markets accessible.  Deloitte Australia Renewable Energy Partner John O’Brien noted that the Australian energy market is exposed to global shifts and recommended energy providers add focus to innovation plans “urgently,” centred on answering consumer behaviour shifts aligned to the rapid evolution of new technologies.  DiUS co-founder and CEO Joe Losinno has extensive experience in the Australian energy sector, IoT, and innovation projects, and advises all organisations begin their innovation journey with data.  “Energy providers have extensive data records; however, it is low resolution and without the level of detail required for modern decision-making. Providing timely access to granular and contextualised data is a necessary first step.   “DiUS engineered the Powersensor and associated cloud platforms to be attractive for consumers and energy providers, giving tangible advantage to both,” Losinno said. “Our Powersensor pilot projects revealed consumers are – if anything – even more motivated to use this type of technology than we had expected. Their primary goal is lower household energy bills, whether or not they have solar, which motivated adoption.  As consumer adoption accelerates, wider and deeper datasets will provide increasingly nuanced picture for energy providers – innovation starts with information.”   The Powersensor device is approximately 90 x 35 x 30 mm3 and powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, with four LEDs indicating network status.  The device is relatively low cost and significantly more easily deployed in a domestic or commercial environment, as it does not require electrician for installation. Harvesting high resolution data, Powersensor transmits to a secure cloud platform for visibility in near real-time.  The consumer app is intuitive and available on iOS and Android devices.  Energy provider partners connect through an API that supports secure granular and aggregate analysis. Powersensor was invented through the DiUS innovation programme and builds on a record of success bringing energy IoT devices to market since 2009, including PowerVu, Australia’s most adopted in-home energy monitor.     Deloitte report link: https://www2.deloitte.com/au/en/pages/energy-and-resources/articles/energy-accelerated-deloitte-australia-energy-resources-report.html Wolff Mining builds on the success of their semi-autonomous tractor system technology 2019-08-20T01:48:48Z wolff-mining-builds-on-the-success-of-their-semi-autonomous-tractor-system-technology Wolff, who are now part of the National Group provide a range of automated and innovative solutions such as large scale semi-autonomous bulk dozer push and blast hole drilling, contract mining services, excavator pre strip fleets, civil earthworks, site clearing and rehabilitation works. Wolff has an established partnership with CAT and Hastings Deering through the deployment of CAT’s Command for Dozing module in a mining production environment. This deployment was additionally recognised by the wider mining community and resulted in winning multiple awards, including Contract Miner of the Year at the 2018 Australian Mining Prospect Awards. “Our range of CAT autonomous drills offer enhanced safety and cost effectiveness through high precision drilling. This can offer various benefits to the mining value chain such as improved accuracy, consistency and utilisation rates” suggested a representative from Hasting Deering. “High-precision satellite guidance capabilities ensures that every blast hole is drilled exactly to the designed coordinates and desired floor elevation. Automated drilling functions ensure consistent operation that maintains drill operation within ideal operating parameters, resulting in maximum bit life, reduced costs for consumables, longer machine life and lower maintenance costs. The machine never has an off day, performing at a level of consistency that promotes advanced logistics planning and improves sequencing of the drill operation in advance of digging and loading operations.” Leon Williamson, Business Development Manager of Wolff Mining commended the use of CAT’s autonomous features. “CAT Command for Drilling automates the drilling cycle, which can support operator shift changes while drilling continues, giving mines more working time and less idle time during shifts. It also enables remote operations that reduce or eliminate the costs for operator travel and on-site housing. In addition, semi-autonomous drill operations will enable a single operator to control multiple drills and proportionally reduce the cost per drilled metre whilst additionally increasing the effective drilled metres per shift for our clients” explains Leon Williamson. Mark Ackroyd, National Group Managing Director added “although this technology reduces operational costs, one of the most important benefits of this technology is safety. Beyond allowing operators to work safely away from the drill, there are a number of other features that ensure the safety of everyone working in the vicinity of autonomous equipment, whether that’s trucks, drills or dozers.” “Autonomous drilling allows the operator to select a row of holes for the drill to navigate from hole to hole and auto-drill all holes in the selected row. The operator only needs to authorise the auto-tram between holes to ensure safety is maintained. The Single-row autonomy (S-ADS) feature can also drill an entire row without operator intervention that can manage multiple machines through the use of a tablet or the ROS.” The semi-autonomous drills use a line-of- sight system by way of a tablet. This line-of-sight system can manage multiple drills at the same time, which allows for a single row mission to be controlled and monitored from a safe distance while it drills a single row. Semi-autonomous drilling delivers a number of benefits such as accurate in-hole/bit positioning every hole, consistency in all functions of drill operation, explosives energy containment due to plan matching, improved drill and blasting safety, optimised asset utilisation, improved rock fragmentation, lower OPEX as well as higher productivity.