The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2018-01-13T02:37:34Z How to save money on coffins 2018-01-13T02:37:34Z how-to-save-money-on-coffins-2 Purchasing a coffin is one of the most expensive items for any funeral, and many people either don’t have the means to pay for a coffin or would prefer not to spend such a large sum of money.  The term coffin is derived from the Old French word ‘coffin’ meaning basket. In today’s funeral industry, a coffin is a narrow box used to hold a deceased body for burial or cremation. It has a hexagonal shape and widens out from the top and narrows toward the feet. It originally had a removable lid, but now, can include attached hinges. There is a wide range available on offer by suppliers. Coffins vary in materials and costs depending on your choice and budget. Solid timber Craft wood/timber combination Particle board Plain craft wood or chipboard Cardboard Can you purchase your own coffin? Yes, you certainly can. There is no regulation for a Funeral Director to deny you your right to source a coffin that is not of their own. There are many independent funeral directors who would have no problem in letting you BYO coffin. Funeral directors like Greenhaven Funeral Services are about looking after their client families and allowing them to have choices and the ability to honour and celebrate the life of the ones they love in their own unique way.  The sale of coffins is big business and companies like Scientia now offer an affordable range of coffins and caskets direct to the public. All their coffins are tested and certified by an independent Australian ISO/IEC17025 laboratory and comply with the guidelines set by the Australasian Cemeteries and Crematoria Association. Can you rent a coffin? A rental coffin is a good cost-saving option if you want to have a traditional coffin at a viewing or funeral, but don’t want to purchase an expensive coffin. A rental coffin is a coffin that has a removable interior. The body is placed in a simple wooden box and the box is placed inside the coffin, giving the appearance that the body is actually in the coffin. In fact, the body never touches the coffin, and the wooden box is easily removed after the service. The body can then be buried or cremated in the simple wooden box, and the funeral home can re-use the rental coffin. Rental coffins are available for rent at many funeral homes. If you are interested in using a rental coffin, make sure that the funeral home you are working with has rental coffins available. More things you should know Burials or cremations are not permitted without a sealed coffin (except where some religious institutions have obtained exemptions). A family carpenter can make the coffin — but it will have to comply with government regulations, the funeral director’s handling and strength requirements and any crematory requirements such as coffin dimensions. Metal liners, metal inserts, PVC or latex-based rubber materials are not permitted in or on coffins used for cremation because unacceptable emissions or residues can result. With burials, some people like to place religious or sentimental items inside the coffin or on its lid. In most cases this will not be a problem. However, problems can arise with items placed on top of the gravesite itself. For aesthetic or safety reasons the cemetery may not allow this. It is always wise to get advice from the funeral director or cemetery beforehand. There are also a number of items that cannot be placed inside coffins during cremation as these can cause explosions.  In summary eziFunerals recommends that you contact one of the local coffin suppliers or alternatively an Independent Funeral Director found at eziFunerals before selecting and purchasing a coffin. Don’t be rushed into selecting and coffin.  Take your time and ask lots of questions. Choose a coffin within your price and budget. Ask the funeral director to see the entire range of coffins on offer. Don’t be swayed by the funeral director to upsize. Stand your ground. Don’t feel shamed if you choose a coffin at the lower price range. You’re with friends. Purchase your own coffin from a private supplier.  Don’t be afraid to ask for a rental coffin.   About eziFunerals eziFunerals is Australia’s Largest Funeral Marketplace that supports individuals and families plan a funeral and compare funeral homes online. Founded by consumers frustrated by how difficult it was to get independent information, eziFunerals supports consumers to plan a funeral, compare funeral homes on service and price and select the right funeral director anywhere, anytime. We are an independent, Australian-owned and operated company, and are not a subsidiary of any other corporation. We are not part of any other funeral company.   Aussie Charity Rebuilds Himalayan School Computer Lab for Christmas 2017-12-15T03:37:28Z aussie-charity-rebuilds-himalayan-school-computer-lab-for-christmas THOUSANDS of Earthquake affected Nepalese school children will think Santa came early, with an Australian entrepreneur planning to spend Christmas rebuilding a local school computer lab. The Give a Laptop founder, Ryan Saville is in the Himalayas this month setting up laptops donated by Australians as part of a bigger plan to re-build a computer lab destroyed by the quake. “The next Einstein or Jobs could be a child living in a remote village in Nepal and we’re really humbled to be here, giving back to this community.” said Ryan. “Usually, we send one laptop at a time but for this trip, I am delivering 25 thanks to our donors and a generous computer recycling business in Queensland.” The charity was set up after Ryan returned from a trip to Everest Base Camp almost 12 months ago where he witnessed the devastation at the earthquakes epicentre first hand. “I was compelled to do something to help and had initially arranged for Colgate to send over 7.5 thousand toothbrushes.” said Ryan. Ryan was walking around handing out toothbrushes to villagers when he came across the school and the decimated computer room. “There were about 15 jurassic desktop computers lying around which were soo old, they still had floppy drives,” he said. “It was there amongst the ruins of one of the oldest places on earth that the idea for Give a Laptop was born,” he said. In his search for larger donors, Ryan connected with G1 Asset Managements Co-Founder, Joel Prokic. In Australia, electronic waste is growing three times faster than any other type of waste, with millions of televisions, computers and mobile phones discarded each year.  Joel Prokic has built a successful business keeping more than 500 tonnes of e-waste out of landfill by repurposing as much possible and recycle what can't be reused. “One of the bigger concerns for anyone considering giving a laptop or computer away is whether the data has been securely destroyed,” said Joel. “We offer complete assurance that all the data will be destroyed before any equipment is repurposed.” G1 Asset Management https://www.g1am.com.au/ specialise in IT asset disposals, relocations and deployments across Australia. “After hearing Ryan’s story we jumped on board and have initially provided 20 laptops at our cost for his trip to Nepal.”  Over the past 6 months Ryan had been working out the logistics of getting the donated laptops to Kathmandu. “We can send one laptop at a time for $30 from Australia, but for this trip I have had to speak with customs officials to make sure I could travel with all of the laptops,” he said. “Its not the easiest process but I got the all clear.” Ryan plans to spend two months in the Himalayas setting up the laptops and software for the schools pilot computer lab. He plans to spend Christmas Day on Skype catching up with family back home. If you’re planning on upgrading your laptop in the near future, consider donating your old one to the charity at https://www.givealaptop.org/  https://www.facebook.com/GiveALaptop.org/videos/132613464055293/  Research reveals two key issues that affect people’s financial resilience: Access to financial products and services and employment status 2017-12-12T21:30:36Z research-reveals-two-key-issues-that-affect-peoples-financial-resilience-access-to-financial-products-and-services-and-employment-status Released today, Part 2 and 3 of Financial Resilience in Australia, produced by the Centre for Social Impact (CSI) at UNSW Sydney in partnership with NAB, uncovered the key issues contributing to a declining number of Australians who feel financially secure. Part 2, Financial Resilience and Access to Financial Products and Services, revealed that a growing number of Australians are at risk of not being able to access the financial products and services they need. Part 3, Financial Resilience and Employment, shows that both employment status and type are critical factors that influence a person’s financial resilience. Part 2: Financial Resilience and Access to Financial Products and Services Part 2 of the report found that Australians with low levels of access to products and services including a bank account, an appropriate level of credit and insurance, tend to experience significant barriers. The report highlights the groups who have significantly lower levels of access than the general population, these include; people on low incomes, people who are unemployed or underemployed, young people, people living in social housing, and people with a probable mental illness. Report author and CSI CEO Professor Kristy Muir said that it was important to find ways to ensure there are adequate safety nets in place to prevent Australians from getting into an arrangement where they are faced with unmanageable debt. “There is a clear and present need for the provision of appropriate, accessible, and affordable financial solutions for financially vulnerable groups in our society. This is crucial if we are to be serious about meeting needs, addressing poverty and strengthening financial resilience.” The report also showed that people with low, or very low levels of financial products and services were more likely to have used high cost fringe credit. Elliot Anderson, Head of Financial Inclusion at NAB said that this research reaffirms NAB’s commitment to building a more financially resilient Australia. “This year, we have extended our commitment through our partnership with Good Shepherd Microfinance by pledging to provide 100,000 loans annually within two years to Australians on low incomes. To date, through our partnership we have helped 500,000 Australians, but we know there is more that needs to be done.” Part 3: Financial Resilience and Employment Employment is unsurprisingly one of the positive factors associated with financial resilience. While having a full-time or part-time job meant people had a higher level of financial resilience, the research also shows that having a job does not automatically protect you from financial vulnerability. Professor Muir explains, “We know that almost one in three people living in poverty in Australia are in fact engaged in employment and report a salary as being their main source of income. Having a job is by no means a guarantee against being in poverty. This relates to low wages, underemployment, the casualisation of work and the increased participation in the ‘gig economy’ of flexible, short term employment contracts.” Professor Muir highlighted that different types of employment contracts also have significant effects on a person’s financial resilience. “We found 16.4% of casual workers are facing severe or high financial stress, compared to only 6.7% of contract workers with paid leave entitlements.” The report highlights the unemployed and underemployed as the most vulnerable groups in Australia when measuring levels of financial resilience, but also shows that the increasing casualisation of the workforce is likely to impact people’s ability to bounce back from a financial shock. “The current unemployment benefit in Australia is more than $100 below the poverty line,” said Professor Muir. “At CSI we believe this raises concern for both the capacity of unemployed Australians to deal with day-to-day expenses, much less financial shocks, but also their ability to escape poverty.” Across the three parts of the report, Financial Resilience in Australia, it is evident that affordable, accessible and appropriate support needs to be provided to vulnerable groups - such as fair and affordable financial products and services like low and no interest loans - to ensure people do not experience significant financial stress. Part 1, 2 & 3 of Financial Resilience in Australia is available online at: www.csi.edu.au/financialresilience More information on NAB’s commitment to building a more financially resilient Australia is online at: nab.com.au/financialresilience Media enquires: CSI – Nicola Hannigan 0407 075 307 – n.hannigan@unsw.edu.au NAB – Kylie Breckenridge 0402 746 226 – kylie.breckenridge@nab.com.au Victoria’s Social Enterprises are thriving and contribute significant jobs and economic growth 2017-11-30T23:30:57Z victorias-social-enterprises-are-thriving-and-contribute-significant-jobs-and-economic-growth The Minister for Industry and Employment, the Hon. Ben Carroll MP, today announced the key findings from the Map for Impact Victorian Social Enterprise Mapping Project as part of Victoria’s Social Enterprise Strategy. The report finds that Victoria’s social enterprises are thriving, vibrant, and important contributors to the Victorian economy. The report shows that Victoria’s social enterprises contribute at least $5.2 billion to the Victorian economy, and generate around 60,000 jobs which is nearly 2% of the Victorian workforce. They also are actively contributing to an inclusive economy, with 12,000 of those jobs specifically created for people with a disability. The project, led by the Centre for Social Impact at Swinburne University of Technology (CSI Swinburne), and commissioned by Victoria’s Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, has for the first time revealed the size and scope of Victoria’s social enterprise sector and demonstrates the importance of its contribution to the economy, and to society. “This report echoes exactly what we have felt all along, that Victoria’s social enterprises are not only incredibly important to the Victorian economy, but they’re having a huge impact on society,” said the Minister. “Whether it’s cafes and catering, finance, or even mining, there are social enterprises that exist across all industries. Their contribution is creating jobs, creating a positive economic impact, and creating a positive social impact. This is a Victorian success story.” Project lead and CSI Swinburne director, Professor Jo Barraket said that social enterprises are diverse and often complex, with variances in legal structure, size, industry sector, social mission, and sources of income. “Social enterprises are notoriously challenging to identify and locate. With the Map for Impact project, our aims were twofold: first to identify and locate Victoria’s social enterprises, then understand their characteristics and impacts. We already know what a vital role they play in the social impact landscape, but revealing their economic and employment impacts has been really exciting.” The majority of Victoria’s social enterprises are less than ten years old, which indicates that it is a burgeoning way of doing business. It also highlights the opportunity to focus sector-building efforts on supporting early stage enterprises to ensure their ongoing success. Dr Erin Castellas, lead researcher said that there are myriad interventions that could be implemented. “We know that social enterprises struggle with a lack of resources to support marketing, communication, and business development. Imagine a coordinated approach that includes policy support, government funding, early stage financing, capacity building, and so on. The research really shows the ways we can develop social enterprises and further enhance the inclusive economy that they foster.” The report and interactive map can be found at www.mapforimpact.com.au WeChat's powerful ecosystem enables local merchants to connect with Chinese users 2017-11-02T01:52:18Z wechats-powerful-ecosystem-enables-local-merchants-to-connect-with-chinese-users Sydney 02 November, 2017: WeChat has taken a major step through its first series of WeChat Connect events in Sydney and Melbourne to showcase its all-encompassing mobile ecosystem tailored for Australian merchants serving the Chinese community. As of June 2017, Weixin and WeChat have a combined reach of over 963 million monthly active users in China. This translates to a vast opportunity for businesses catering to the Chinese community and visitors in Australia. At the WeChat Connect event, the WeChat team together with their Australian partners demonstrated the innovative uses of the platform for various businesses to better connect with the booming Chinese market. Operating on a single platform, WeChat allows Chinese users to explore, connect and experience Australia all within one app. The WeChat ecosystem includes a number of functionalities including the WeChat Mini Program, a feature that allows users to experience various services without the need to download or install, WeChat Official Accounts for businesses and a mobile payment platform, WeChat Pay. Connecting Chinese users and businesses with WeChat Pay and Mini Program As the outbound travel segment continues to grow in China, more Chinese travellers purchase internationally and prefer to use mobile payment. WeChat Pay offers huge potential to serve as a payment bridge between travellers and Australian businesses. Chinese travellers are commonly looking for fast and convenient payment while shopping abroad. WeChat Pay, a payment feature integrated into the WeChat platform, allows users to complete payments quickly and easily with their smartphones. The WeChat Wallet features Quick Pay, QR Code Payments, In-App Web-Based Payments and Native In-App Payments. The use of WeChat Pay will solve many issues for Chinese users when they shop in Australia, and local merchants are able to leverage the large user base to gain loyalty and become even more competitive. Additionally, businesses are able to tap WeChat Mini Programs to engage users and build their brand and influence with the Chinese community. Mini Programs can be discovered in many ways, such as scanning offline Mini Program code, recommending by friends, clicking through Official Accounts or Discover tab, etc. Through Mini Programs, brands and merchants can offer loyalty programs, virtual gift cards and more. A new way to experience Australian cities WeChat also unveiled the WeChat City Experience Sydney Mini Program, a new way tourists can connect with a city through the app. The tool, previewed in partnership with Tourism Australia and Destination New South Wales, will offer Chinese tourists a different way to experience the popular destination through a self-guided interface that navigates key places of interest, all without leaving their everyday go-to app. “We know that Chinese tastes in tourism are maturing and their interests are increasingly focused on individual, experiential travel. It is great that as an industry, we can tap into the potential of the largest social mobile app in China to deliver more destination information on demand to high-value Chinese fully independent travellers,” said Tourism Australia’s Andy Jiang, Country Manager, China. This year the government announced that 2017 is the year of China Tourism, in an effort to drive continued growth in what is Australia’s most valuable tourism market. Last year, 1.2 million Chinese tourists visited Australia and by 2020 the sector has the potential to be worth more than $13 billion. “The WeChat Connect event offered a fascinating insight into China’s biggest social media platform. Chinese tourists, visitors, students, migrants, investors are pivotal in Melbourne’s growth story and it is crucial to educate local users and businesses on how to engage with this market. We look forward to future collaborations that will enhance Melbourne’s reputation as a Smart City and the most livable city in the world,” commented Councillor Philip Le Liu, City of Melbourne. GoExpat Group is launching its first website for APAC: GoExpat Singapore! 2017-08-09T05:31:40Z goexpat-group-is-launching-its-first-website-for-apac-goexpat-singapore Sydney, Wednesday 9th August 2017 - After months of hard work to deliver the most perfect - or the least imperfect - version of their first website, the GoExpat Group’s team is very glad to finally and officially present GoExpat Singapore! They have been thinking of the best way to make it more convenient and easier for either individual professionals, entrepreneurs or businesses to plan their projects abroad. “It’s a big leap to take when you decide to move your whole life to another country. We’ve noticed that the biggest challenge for people and for businesses when moving overseas is the lack - or excess - of information. What we wanted to do is to give you all the information you need for your expatriation project, and a complete range of solutions by trusted experts to cover all of your needs, everything in one same place.” - explained Leo Denes, co-founder of GoExpat Group and CEO of Australiance.com, the leading marketplace of services for international startups and professionals relocating to Australia. What is GoExpat Group? GoExpat Group is the parent of several different sites; there’s one GoExpat for every country to make sure it is very proper and adapted to the culture, requirements and specificities of each of them. GoExpat Singapore is the first of a long series, see below the upcoming sites. What do they do? The main idea behind the GoExpat Project is to offer you the 1st Marketplace for international entrepreneurs and professionals. GoExpat Group is a bit of the very best of what Australiance has been doing for the last 7 years in Australia, assisting over 3000 international talents wishing to continue their career abroad and 30+ companies from Europe, America, Asia and Australia. GoExpat Group aims at accomplishing the same mission and at assisting fast growing startups which are looking to scale in APAC. How? There’s a wide scope of services on the platform, from professional services to personal advice, everything you need before moving is there. GoExpat benefits from a large range of partners, all composed of experts in each of their fields, to insure the best quality of service for everyone. They offer the expertise of experienced consultants, translation experts, immigration agents, tax and legal advisors, talent acquisition managers, skilled accountants… for either startups, more advanced companies or individual professionals wishing to relocate in APAC. No need to go from one site to another to find information and services about relocation. Everything is gathered in one place, and if you have any other questions on your mind, the other peers already settled would be glad to help you out and give you great tips on the forum! More about the team: Eleonore Ferreyrol, Co-founder of GoExpat Group: With a career in Financial services, Eleonore moved from Paris to Singapore, four years ago. Former consultant, Eleonore also helped an MNC to set up a regional treasury center in Singapore to oversee the booming activities of the region. As a co-founder, she is now coordinating the launching of GoExpat in Singapore, and the ambassador of Startup&Angels events in South East Asia. Axel Peyriere, Co-founder of GoExpat Group: Axel has over 15 years of experience in the startup environment; he has launched many startups in Africa and takes part in Wombat Capital. He’s also the co-founder of Startup&Angels, a series of networking events, of which the first editions took place in Australia. Leo Denes, Co-founder of GoExpat Group: With over 14 years of experience in many fields, as strategy, business development, people management, project management, financial audit engagements & business process improvement, Leo worked with over 100 international organisations in several industries in APAC & Europe. He’s a devoted Entrepreneur and a very committed and client-focused Professional Coach and Management consultant. Coming soon: GoExpat Hong Kong GoExpat Shanghai GoExpat Cambodia GoExpat New-Zealand GoExpat Japan GoExpat Abu Dhabi GoExpat Dubaï GoExpat Canada GoExpat Dublin GoExpat Australia Join the Smart Expat Insiders community and visit www.goexpatsingapore.com! For any further information, do not hesitate to contact the GoExpat Group Team : info@goexpatgroup.com. If you wish to become a partner, please feel free to contact: info@goexpatgroup.com Australian Homestay Network Recognised as International PIEoneer 2017-08-02T21:48:54Z australian-homestay-network-recognised-as-international-pieoneer BRISBANE, Australia – 31 July 2017: After a decade advocating for quality student homestay standards across the globe, leading homestay provider the Australian Homestay Network (AHN) has been recognised for its contribution in transforming the international education sector. AHN’s parent company, MyStay International (MSI), is in the running to be named the Accommodation provider of the year at the 2017 PIEoneer Awards. Hundreds of entries were received across 12 categories for the awards which acknowledge outstanding innovation and achievement in international education. Founded in Brisbane, the business has built its reputation on providing world-class homestay accommodation and support services, improving the student experience and contributing to what has become Australia’s third-largest export earner. AHN Founding Director, David Bycroft, said being nominated for a PIEoneer Award in its inaugural year was an honour. “The PIE is an authority when it comes to what’s innovative and influential in international education, so to be recognised by them is phenomenal,” Mr Bycroft said. “The PIE has shortlisted 39 entries as the best of the best; we’re one of seven nominees based in Australia. Showcasing that excellence on a world stage really helps cement Australia as a destination of choice for international students.” The company is one of three shortlisted entrants in the Accommodation provider of the year category (the University of Sydney is also vying for the award). Winners will be selected by an independent 15-person judging panel made up of industry professionals from five continents. Mr Bycroft said AHN has a mission that goes beyond finding international students a place to sleep and eat. “Our goal has always been to raise the standards and set the benchmark for others to follow,” he said. “The students we look after come from all over the world – China, Saudi Arabia, Latin America – and for some of them it’s their first time away from home. We’ve worked with government agencies and industry bodies to make international student accommodation safer, better managed and more affordable so that integral part of the student experience is a good one.” Mr Bycroft believes the group’s full-service approach, range of homestay offerings and unique placement program were key to being named on the PIEoneer Awards shortlist.  “Homestay is an opportunity to establish lifelong relationships in a world without borders,” Mr Bycroft said. “We consider our hosts as ambassadors; people who help international students experience the local culture firsthand, develop a support network and really become part of the community.” While winning a PIEoneer Award would be an “incredible achievement”, Mr Bycroft said AHN still had its mission to find more quality hosts in Australia to welcome as many international students as possible to the country and help them successfully settle into their new life. The PIEoneer Awards will take place at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London on 8 September. SHORTLISTED ENTRIES – AUSTRALIA MyStay International, Australia/USA - Accommodation provider of the year University of Sydney, Australia - Accommodation provider of the year  ISANA, Australia - Association of the year Dunya Alruhaimi, Iraq – University of New England, Armidale, Australia - International alumni of the year Abari, Nepal and Laika Academy, Australia - Progressive education delivery award - Nepal Innovation Program Australian Government Dept of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia - Championing diversity award - New Colombo Plan Study Queensland, Australia – Marketing campaign of the year - #summerlifeqld campaign MYSTAY INTERNATIONAL PIEONEER AWARDS SUMMARY MyStay International unifies two operations offering hosted accommodation in the USA and Australia, and is using best practice approaches to expand and improve this provision globally. It evidences high international student satisfaction and is innovating with the student in mind - developing a new booking platform for standard room rentals and contributing to wider discussion with key stakeholders on international student welfare. Breakthrough Study on Not-for-Profit Workforce launched to reveal insights and opportunities for NFP organisations and workers 2017-07-17T20:05:32Z 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 learningforpurpose.org/study 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, ramon.wenzel@uwa.edu.au, +61 421 165 801 Paul Murnane, Australian Scholarships Foundation, paul.murnane@scholarships.org.au, +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 www.learningforpurpose.org/study To understand and see the Workforce Analytics, go to www.learningforpurpose.org/analytics Explainer Video (2min) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ib82m5_MA8 Inquiries research@learningforpurpose.org | (08) 6488 5353 Media Kit: Illustrations, Photo, Bio, Logos, Content www.learningforpurpose.org/research/not-for-profit-workforce-study/media 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. www.learningforpurpose.org/about 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). HELPING HOOPS | 24 HOUR CHARITY SHOOTOUT 2017-06-28T02:27:46Z helping-hoops-24-hour-charity-shootout Helping Hoops raises funds for under-privileged kids with 24 Hour Charity Shootout event. This weekend, 1 & 2nd of July, over 170 passionate supporters will participate in the annual 24 Hour Charity Shootout to raise money for Helping Hoops, a grass roots charity providing free basketball programs for over 1,000 underprivileged children across Melbourne. Last year’s 24 Hour Charity Shootout raised almost $60,000 for Helping Hoops, with participants combining to shoot over 21,000 free throws over the course of the weekend. This year's Shootout will also include a celebrity All Star Game on Saturday July 1 from 2-3pm featuring NBL and Australian Boomers player Chris Goulding, Attica Restaurant’s Ben Shewry, Australian cricketer Peter Siddle, and Melbourne United’s David Barlow who will each captain teams made up of children from Helping Hoops programs. The 24 Hour Charity Shootout is a unique fundraising event, with participants choosing a 15-minute timeslot to make as many free throws as they can, sponsored by family and friends, with all proceeds going to Helping Hoops. The venue, Albert Park College, will be transformed into a carnival full of attractions, prizes, guests, food and more. Those unable to make it to Albert Park also have the option of shooting in their local area. Helping Hoops Executive Director Adam McKay says: “The fundraising effort by the participants has a huge impact and helps us to sustain the nine programs that currently run weekly in Fitzroy, Werribee, Broadmeadows, Footscray, Prahran, North Melbourne, Richmond, Croxton and Dandenong, but also in resourcing future programs so the charity can reach even more children.” "Every week, we make and keep promises to children experiencing disadvantage, and I am proud that we have been able to do this all for free for the past seven years. Funds raised from the 24 Hour Charity Shootout help us keep these promises now and into the future, and allow us to expand our reach to help even more children who need us in their neighbourhood." Other attractions throughout the weekend will include food trucks by Mr Burger, haircuts by Brother Wolf and The Streets’ Barber, live street art showcase, Camera House photo booth, Helping Hoops apparel launch and pop up store, photography exhibition, raffle and lucky dip, pop corn, retro arcade games, a free kids’ clinic and a brulee cart. The 24 Hour Charity Shootout is all about giving the wider community an opportunity to get involved in Helping Hoops, and to be a hero from their own backyard, local court, or at Albert Park College. END $15K TO BE RAISED TO SUPPORT 6 SEXUAL EXPLOITATION SURVIVORS 2017-06-26T04:12:39Z 15k-to-be-raised-to-support-6-sexual-exploitation-survivors Throughout June, HerSpace is running the fundraising campaign “Her name is…” with the intention of raising $15,000 to provide mental health support to 6 women survivors of sexual exploitation that are currently on our waiting list. With 5 days of the campaign remaining, we still need help raising $10K. The needs of women who have been sexually exploited are serious and HerSpace is seeking for some financial support to ensure no women is left waiting to receive mental health support. It is estimated that 69,219 women and girls are affected by sexual exploitation each year in Australia. This figure is based on the brothel, trafficking, street-based, under-aged and forced marriage components of the sex trade. Since 2015, HerSpace has supported 28 women with 12 months of 1-on-1 counselling session as well as group mental health support. Both our 1on1 and group programs have waiting lists and we need more funds to meet the needs of women arriving at our door-step. We do not want to turn women away, we want to respond to their courage in reaching out for support to address their emotional, psychological and social needs. Women who come to HerSpace have survived years if not decades of daily imposed or choice-less sex-work. The impacts include post-traumatic stress disorder with symptoms of suicidal ideation, debilitating anxiety, nightmares and flashbacks which all get in the way of women making their own choices towards lives of safety. Given the extremely high rates of mental health issues it is essential to address sexual exploitation survivors’ emotional needs and support their journey towards healing and recovery. If you would like more information about this topic, please contact: Email: natalia.ballotin-hall@herspace.org.au Website: http://www.herspace.org.au/ Donation: Page http://herspace.org.au/get-involved/donate/ Facebook: @herspace.org.au Twitter: @herspace_org “Closing The Gap” In Kempsey 2017-06-26T03:55:09Z closing-the-gap-in-kempsey The Girls Academy, an initiative to support and empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls, is launching at two sites in Kempsey, New South Wales this week in a bid to close achievement gaps and boost academic performance.   The Kempsey Girls Academy will be officially opened by Member for Oxley and Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight The Hon. Melinda Pavey, MP on 27 June at Kempsey High School, and Kempsey Shire Council Mayor Liz Campbell will officially open the Melville Girls Academy at Melville High School on 29 June.   The Girls Academy works within local school systems to provide high school age Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls with support to prosper in school and pursue their goals. The Girls Academy program has the ‘Big 4’ objectives - increase school attendance, advance academic and personal achievement, improve year 12 graduation rates and facilitate post-school transition planning. The Girls Academy is the flagship program for Role Models and Leaders Australia Ltd, a not for profit charitable organisation founded in 2004 by Olympian and champion basketballer Ricky Grace (MEdL, BPolSc) to addresses the inequity in investment in educational support programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls.   "The Girls Academy supports young women to engage in their education, achieve their goals and strengthen their communities,” said Ricky Grace, CEO and Founder of the Girls Academy. "Our program aims to increases the skills, employability, health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls throughout Australia.”   Mr Grace said, “With support from both Federal and State Governments along with backing from major corporate and philanthropic organisations the Girls Academy aims to expand the Girls Academy to 2,500 girls enrolled nationwide by the end of the year, with 800 girls enrolled in New South Wales alone.”   "Support from the NSW Government and Department of Education has been crucial to the Academy's successful expansion in New South Wales. We also thank each school for their commitment to the program," continued Mr Grace.   Minister Pavey said "This is a very valuable opportunity for the girls of the Macleay - at both Kempsey and Melville High Schools. I encourage all to embrace it truly; occasions such as this can - and should - be used to make a real and lasting difference in life. Girls, go for it!.”   Mayor Liz Campbell said "It is wonderful to have the Girls Academy established in Kempsey. This is another step in developing our young Aboriginal people through education, mentoring and activities that will make them the leaders of the future. This Academy compliments other work being undertaken at both Kempsey and Melville High Schools through the Clontarf Foundation for young males. We welcome the Girls Academy to the Macleay Valley."   Kempsey High School Principal, Mr Mick Eller said, "The opening of the Kempsey High School Girls Academy is a significant step in enabling our Aboriginal Girls to achieve improvements in their attendance and engagement. Our wish for them is that they will go on to meaningful further education and careers. I sincerely thank Role Models and Leaders Australia, the Federal and State governments and generous donors for their assistance in making the Girls Academy a reality at Kempsey High School".   Melville High School Principal, Mr Jeff Hollingsworth said, “Melville High School has welcomed the initiative from Role Models and Leaders Australia, to establish a Girls Academy at this school. The potential improvement in the lives and outcomes of our students will be immense, and I congratulate and thank all those who have supported us in this process. It has been demonstrated in a short time that the program and staff can have an impact on our girls and their families which was difficult to achieve without such support."   About the Events   The Kempsey Girls Academy Official Opening will take place on Tuesday 27 June 5 pm – 7 pm at Kempsey High School, 13 Broughton Street, Kempsey NSW 2440.   The Melville Girls Academy Official Opening will take place on Thursday 29 June 5 pm – 7 pm at Melville High School, 44-50 Nicholson Street, South Kempsey NSW 2440.     About the Girls Academy   The Girls Academy program is the leading provider of school-based programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls in Australia. The program works within the local school system to support high school girls to engage in education and pursue their goals through mentoring, sport, cultural and empowerment programs. The program is centred around an Academy room in each school where a minimum of two mentors deliver a program to achieve the ‘Big 4' objectives - increase school attendance; advance academic and personal achievement; improve year 12 graduation rates and facilitate post-school transition planning. The program is community driven and tailored to the needs of each community. The Girls Academy Program is the flagship program of Role Models and Leaders Australia Ltd, a not for profit charitable organisation founded in 2004 by Olympian and champion basketballer Ricky Grace (MEdL, BPolSc) to addresses the inequity in investment in educational support programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls.   Further information at http://www.girlsacademy.com.au/  Treasury Brisbane to host free Origin Supporters Breakfast 2017-05-29T22:53:57Z treasury-brisbane-to-host-free-origin-supporters-breakfast VISION/ INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY REMINDER Tuesday 30 May 2017 For immediate release Treasury Brisbane to host free Origin Supporters Breakfast An army of Mighty Maroon supporters are expected to descend upon Queens Park in the Brisbane CBD on Wednesday 31 May for a free Holden State of Origin Supporters Breakfast hosted by award-winning sport reporter, commentator and radio presenter, Ben Davis. Kicking off at 7.00am, supporters will be able to snap their favourite fan moment with footy legends Gorden Tallis, Scott Prince and Jharal Yow Yeh who will also be serving up a free sausage sizzle and complimentary barista-made coffee. Fans will have the chance to enter Treasury’s Cash Booth and win one of a fantastic range of prizes which include the last Origin tickets in town, cash prizes and Treasury gift cards. Not yet kitted out? Supporters will have the opportunity to buy the latest gear onsite from Canterbury NZ and collect a token to receive a free, limited-edition supporter t-shirt to be collected after 6pm from the LiveWire Bar. Game day celebrations are set to continue late into evening. Supporters will be able to fuel up before the big clash with our mighty $22 Members Only Steak & Prawn offer* and listen to former NRL great, Scott Sattler’s live pre-match review in the LiveWire bar. Full time doesn’t mean ‘game over’ at Treasury, when The Potbelleez take centre stage for a live and loud, free post-match performance. Head on down to Treasury Brisbane to capture the beginning of all the game day action. Treasury Brisbane is proud partner of Queensland Rugby League and Official Home of the XXXX Queensland Maroons. *Membership to The Star Club is free and easy to join. Breakfast in the Park - Wednesday, 31 May 2017 Time: 7.00am – 9.00am Venue: Queens Park (corner George & Elizabeth Streets, Brisbane) Talent available for interview: Scott Prince and Jharal Yow Yeh Parking: Complimentary media parking is available at the Treasury Brisbane Car Park. Please see Luana Latham for validation of ticket. Game 1 – Wednesday, 31 May 2017 Talent available for interview: Scott Sattler To confirm attendance or arrange talent interviews, please contact: Luana Latham Communications Manager Treasury Brisbane T: 0427 904 284 E: luana.latham@star.com.au VISION/ INTERVIEW OPP: Treasury Brisbane to host free Origin Supporters Breakfast 2017-05-11T03:15:08Z vision-interview-opp-treasury-brisbane-to-host-free-origin-supporters-breakfast Treasury Brisbane to host free Origin Supporters Breakfast An army of Mighty Maroon supporters are expected to descend upon Queens Park in the Brisbane CBD on Wednesday 31 May for a free Holden State of Origin Supporters Breakfast hosted by award-winning sport reporter, commentator and radio presenter, Ben Davis. Kicking off at 7.00am, supporters will be able to snap their favourite fan moment with footy legends Gorden Tallis, Scott Prince and Jharal Yow Yeh who will also be serving up a free sausage sizzle and complimentary barista-made coffee. Fans will have the chance to enter Treasury’s Cash Booth and win one of a fantastic range of prizes which include the last Origin tickets in town, cash prizes and Treasury gift cards. Not yet kitted out? Supporters will have the opportunity to buy the latest gear onsite from Canterbury NZ and collect a token to receive a free, limited-edition supporter t-shirt to be collected after 6pm from the LiveWire Bar. Game day celebrations are set to continue late into evening. Supporters will be able to fuel up before the big clash with our mighty $22 Members Only Steak & Prawn offer* and listen to former NRL great, Scott Sattler’s live pre-match review in the LiveWire bar. Full time doesn’t mean ‘game over’ at Treasury, when The Potbelleez take centre stage for a live and loud, free post-match performance. Head on down to Treasury Brisbane to capture the beginning of all the game day action. Treasury Brisbane is proud partner of Queensland Rugby League and Official Home of the XXXX Queensland Maroons. *Membership to The Star Club is free and easy to join. Breakfast in the Park - Wednesday, 31 May 2017 Time: 7.00am – 9.00am Venue: Queens Park (corner George & Elizabeth Streets, Brisbane) Talent available for interview: Gorden Tallis, Scott Prince and Jharal Yow Yeh Parking: Complimentary media parking is available at the Treasury Brisbane Car Park. Please see Luana Latham for validation of ticket. Game 1 – Wednesday, 31 May 2017 Talent available for interview: Scott Sattler To arrange talent interviews, please contact: Luana Latham Communications Manager Treasury Brisbane T: 0427 904 284 E: luana.latham@star.com.au Worlds Largest Secondary School Culture Brand Launches In Australia 2018 2017-04-21T21:32:19Z worlds-largest-secondary-school-culture-brand-launches-in-australia-2018 22 April 2017. 9:00 am AEDT  Fomuda Pty Ltd are proud to be the marketing company associated with Polyfest Australia.  The Polyfest brand was established in New Zealand in 1976 and is the largest cultural festival of its kind, attracting over 100,000 spectators over a 4 day period.  ASB Polyfest based in Auckland initially started in 1976 the hall of a local High School.  Each year it increased in size, and more stages were added as the categories grew with popularity.  The most recent being the addition of the Asian category.  As Polyfest continued to grow, the capacity of over 9000 performers could not be managed by a single school.  Various stages are set up at Host schools for each category leading up to the finals.  The Polyfest finals now take place at the Manukau Velodrome which was designed for the 1990 Commonwealth Games.  This is a more suitable venue as over 100,000 spectators attend this remarkable event annually. Polyfest Australia will be held in NSW in February 2018 and an estimated turnout of more than 20,000 spectators are expected.  For continuity purposes, Polyfest Australia will showcase its inaugural event in the same venue as Pacfest 2017, until such time as crowd capacity demands a change. Sy Lagaaia, CEO of Fomuda Pty Ltd said “Polyfest is synonymous with multiculturalism, and in Auckland, the City with the largest contingency of Pacific Islanders in the world, everyone knows the name Polyfest, and everyone respects the high standard of excellence the brand represents.  In NSW we have a few festivals, and they have served us in the past, however the Polyfest brand is here now, and it will no doubt be the preference that serious performing arts students will choose.  Fun will still be on the cards, but the goal posts have shifted, professional judges will be in attendance, New Zealand and the World will be watching, and every performer must now step up their game.” Invitations are being crafted to invite all eligible schools in the New South Wales area. We will also be keeping an eye on multicultural festivals in other states, and may invite the best of the best to showcase at Polyfest Australia 2018 as special guests.  This will be an exciting surprise for all those participating. Polyfest Australia will strive to uphold the positive messages the brand has always delivered since its inception 42 years ago, and that is harmony and unity within the school communities and the general public.  In the past, Indigenous people have lost their culture and language, and Polyfest prides itself on being the single biggest community venture where the culture, dance, and song are learned, and are once again brought to life. Polyfest sponsorship in New Zealand is sought after by many Corporate and Government institutions.  Polyfest sponsors include 1 major banking institution, 5 Radio stations, 4 major community groups, 7 nationwide Universities and Technical colleges, 4 Government Departments, Auckland Airport, Auckland City Council and the New Zealand Fire Service. Polyfest Australia are inviting Corporate and Government sponsorship to come forward and offer expressions of interest.  Please email info@polyfest.com.au Australia Launch Of The World’s Largest Secondary School Cultural Brand Polyfest 2017-04-18T12:44:59Z australia-launch-of-the-world-s-largest-secondary-school-cultural-brand-polyfest NEWS PROVIDED BY FOMUDA Pty Ltd  April 15th, 2017, 09:47pm AEDT SHARE THIS ARTICLE   SYDNEY, April. 15, 2017  FOMUDA Pty Ltd www.fomuda.com.au, today announced the official launch of Polyfest Australia in 2018. Polyfest was originated from NZ some 42 years ago, from humble beginnings the brand is now the world’s largest Secondary School cultural festival of its kind. The purpose of Polyfest arose from the vision of students, to demonstrate a student's pride in their cultural identity and heritage, and to bring together many different schools, as well as the different cultures. It gives Secondary School students the opportunity to express themselves through cultural performances and it also gives them the experience of performing to a large audience, and achieve standards of excellence. Polyfest provides a traditional cultural dance experience for the Indigenous and Pacific Island community as well as the general public, increasing public awareness of culturally based dance art forms. This allows people throughout Australia to celebrate diversity as different races, nationalities, religions and sexes come together to honour the event, encouraging social interactions. It also enhances all stakeholders' experience and objectives. Engaging with stakeholders helps ensure potential problems are being addressed, or changes communicated and understood. For these reasons, it is important for corporate companies to find ways and means of engaging with all their stakeholders through events like Polyfest Australia. It promotes cultural awareness and understanding as it brings the pride and passion of the Indigenous people and Pacific Island communities to life. Sy Lagaaia, CEO, Fomuda Pty Ltd., said, "I am personally excited by this opportunity in launching such a strong NZ brand in Australia and working closely with the current events management group from New Zealand to ensure the launch of Polyfest Australia is a huge success”. With the shared synergies we acknowledge the commitment by Fomuda combining the celebration of cultures, creativity and education as the driving force of ‘Polyfest Australia’ says Theresa Howard, Events Director of the ASB Polyfest. About Fomuda From creative concepts to logistical execution, we produce seamless and exciting programs for high schools and the multicultural community delivering real results. Our dedicated, in-house Fomuda marketing team makes Fomuda Events Management an ideal partner to bring your brand and your concept to life. Our industry market knowledge of consumer behaviour, the environment of an experience and how best to create memorable interactions allow us to craft dynamic, engaging high school and multicultural programs for our clients. From initial concepts, to the myriad of details required for a successful event, we take great pride in getting the job done, and done right. Our hands-on approach ensures that the messaging consumers will receive is in line with the brand and the core values of our clients. We are invested in our clients’ success and are committed from conceptualization through post program proof of performance, with all the bells and whistles included in between. For expressions of interest in sponsorship, please email info@polyfest.com.au Photo credit to PCC