The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-01-29T02:09:16Z Book Your Online Driver Training Course in the New Year With SharpDrive 2020-01-29T02:09:16Z book-your-online-driver-training-course-in-the-new-year-with-sharpdrive-1 Educated drivers bring a lot of value to organisations that have a mobile workforce, and when drivers are kept up-to-date on safety protocols, and are always attentive to safe driving practices, they avoid the dangers of the road and save their employers time, energy, and money. The New Year is a good time to book your drivers into one of SharpDrive’s online driver training courses. The best way to bring your drivers up to that standard is to implement a driver training programme, as fully-educated drivers are more adept at handling vehicles in any number of conditions they may face. Not only does training ensure your employees are protected – it lowers the costs your company may incur for vehicle maintenance and replacement. SharpDrive’s course is a uniquely designed innovation in online driver training — with research and development headed by expert driving trainers. SharpDrive training is focused where it counts - attitudes and behaviours of driving, because statistically that's how the majority of accidents occur - fatigue, stress, mobile phone use and inattention to name a few. It improves your drivers' knowledge of the best driving practices, and reducing risks on the road, and it is also an ideal catalyst for organisations wishing to lower their fleet running costs, gain effective health and safety compliance and reduce their fleet crash rate. SharpDrive not only enhances safety behind the wheel, it helps drivers improve their fuel economy, reduce wear and tear on tyres and engines, and learn to be "greener" drivers. In fact, in a few short months SharpDrive graduates recover the low cost of driver training with the savings they make through better, safer and more economical driving. SharpDrive are the driver training programme of choice by leading organisations across Australia and New Zealand, so for more information on advanced driver training NZ, driver safety online courses and online driver safety courses please go to .  Promo People Offers Staff for Retail Activation Marketing 2019-12-18T09:03:03Z promo-people-offers-staff-for-retail-activation-marketing Promo People specialise in retail activation marketing. The company has worked with many brands in deploying a wide range of experiential marketing ideas to promote store openings, engage shoppers, and stimulate purchases.  Promo People staff can help with engagement of shoppers that can occur in-store, sidewalks, inside malls, commuter stations and other strategic locations. They can help with retail activations that range from unique in-store experiences to street team marketing. When it comes to staffing for lifestyle brands Promo People can provide energetic, personable, and engaging brand ambassadors. Experience is all about adding dimension to your product and Promo People can help by choosing real people who authentically embody the experience the brand sells. Store activations can help businesses find new customers and reaffirm relationships with existing ones. Promo People have a talented pool of staff that extend the brand experience beyond the store or office and help gather first-hand feedback. They are skilled promoters and as brand ambassadors they can communicate the company’s message in a personal and timely manner while creating an emotional connection between the brand and the consumer. Since 2005, Promo People has been committed to delivering the finest brand ambassador experiences in Australia. They have worked with top brands such as Nestle, Optus, Jetstar, IKEA, Spec Savers and Coles. In order to make the experience simple Promo People offers the total package. They can manage marketing activation ideas, strategies, planning, production, logistics, staffing, permits, deployment, management, and reporting. For more information, Promo People can be contacted on 03 9339 0966 or visit Celebrated NLP Life Coach Holds Workshop At Teksmobile 2019-12-13T05:54:00Z celebrated-nlp-life-coach-holds-workshop-at-teksmobile Teksmobile - a leading technology company held a workshop on ‘Team Building & Enthusiasm’ to boost the employees. The session was conducted by renowned NLP life coach Mrs. Nishi Arora.  It was a very fun day for the people at the technology company. The session kick started on a funny note to energise the attendees and moved forward to explore the principles of team building. The day was high on motivation, there were many activities to cheer up the moods of the employees, get them away from work pressure and stress.  The session started off with a trick question, “I need some volunteers. Who all are up?” A few of the employees were interested, few went with little hesitation and few were reluctant. And to everyone’s surprise, they all won prizes just to introduce themselves. Of course, it was to test the voluntary spirit of the employees.  Followed by this small surprise, there was a session on ‘how to make the best of opportunities’. In the session, the employees were explained how they should hop on every opportunity they come across in their professional lives. It was a session encouraging the employees to be proactive and look for opportunities. Even if no one is giving them an opportunity, they should create their own opportunity to attain their version of success was the crux/message of the session.  Gradually, the audience was immersing in the session, motivated to be one of the most thoughtful and entertaining audiences. And of course, when the unity activity happened, the technology company was on its toes to show their unity. They played a card game where everyone of them was given a playing card. Once they all had their cards, they had to make a team with the people having the similar cards. One of the senior members of the company recalled that it was a delight seeing everyone participating and having fun.  During the session, the geeks were enlightened about working in unison without having the thought of jealousy and surpassing their team members. The employees said, it was something they had been following since the company’s inception. And they believe in loyalty towards the company and their team members. Also, Nishi Arora acknowledged the fact that the youngest geek in the company is just nineteen and the most experienced one in the folks have been serving for thirteen years now. Following this there was a balloon popping game which ended with a surprising yet fun result.  The session mainly concentrated on stress management and work pressure. Nishi Arora being an experienced life coach had a good hook on the solutions to these problems. The employees were lectured on the ways to stay motivated, cheerful and positive. There was a good session on ‘content reframing’ & ‘context reframing’. In the session attendees were made familiar with the habit of seeing things in a positive way. There was an activity where the audience were given a set of situation which were demotivating in reality and the audience were challenged to give it a positive spin. Followed by which, the teks employees were set to learn empathy and show their problem solving abilities. The audience was divided into certain groups, where the person with the problem chit had to write a problem he was facing in his professional or personal lives and others from the team had to write plausible solutions to it. The Teks employees managed to find solutions to the problems like ‘how to balance between work and personal life’, ‘how to inculcate saving habits’, ‘ how to improve family relationships’.  The whole team of teksmobile was very thankful to Mr Hussain Fakhruddin. Nishi Arora added, Hussain is one of the rarest in his kind. He is not a person who will take leverage of his position as the global CEO. He is polite with his colleagues and concerned for them. As a vote of thanks and to show their love for the global CEO of teksmobile, the whole team stood up and applauded in unison. Hussain mentioned, he is very happy with his team, they all have given a lot to the company and Teksmobile has managed to win so many milestones because of his team.  The whole Teksmobile team also thanked the Mr and Mrs Arora for the outstanding workshop. Some of the employees mentioned they got to learn a lot. The workshop was like a fresh air for them and they will surely inculcate their learning to do better for themselves and Teksmobile.  To know more about ethics and working culture Teksmobile Software, visit To get in touch with the company’s representatives, dial +61-280385078 and/or send emails to Teksmobile plans to organise more such sessions in future. Nishi Arora was also more than enthusiastic about future sessions at Teksmobile.   New Horizons Worldwide Partners with DDLS to Provide IT and Professional Development Training to Australia’s Workforce 2019-12-13T00:41:04Z new-horizons-worldwide-partners-with-ddls-to-provide-it-and-professional-development-training-to-australia-s-workforce New Horizons Computer Learning Centers (New Horizons) has partnered with DDLS, Australia’s largest provider of IT, security, and process training. DDLS and New Horizons have begun to combine efforts to serve the Australian market with the latest in technology, cybersecurity, process management, and professional development courses.“DDLS is widely known and highly respected in Australia, which makes them a perfect complement to New Horizons Worldwide list of partners,” said Mikell Parsch, CEO of New Horizons Computer Learning Centers. “The timing of this partnership is ideal because we have identified Australia as a primary growth target for New Horizons.”“New Horizons and DDLS have a long history of collaboration in the IT training and education space. This partnership broadens our course and training programs and accelerates the growth of both companies,” said Shelley Morris, COO of New Horizons Computer Learning Centers. “The global market continues to digitally transform, and the shortage of IT professionals continues to increase. We are pleased to announce this partnership brings together two leading companies able to address Australia’s talent and skills gap.”The announcement of this partnership further supports both DDLS and New Horizons growth plans in Australia and the greater APAC region. DDLS has long been the number one training provider in Australia and in partnering with New Horizons, will be able to take its local training capability to New Horizons global customers and franchise network. “I am excited about this partnership, which further underlines our commitment to provide high-quality training with flexible modalities, industry-accredited trainers and state of-the-art course material,” said Jon Lang, CEO of DDLS."DDLS has a long and proud history, offering the highest quality IT Training to the Australian market for more than 25 years. Our understanding of the region, combined with New Horizons Worldwide global network, in addition to our combined product portfolio and vendor network, will provide an unparalleled service in Australia and the region," Lang said.Through this partnership, both organisations and individuals will have expanded course schedule options, access to a worldwide delivery network of training centres, and can learn online, in a training centre, in a blended environment, and more. They will also have access to two leading and unique training programs: DDLS’s respected cybersecurity training programs and New Horizons’ Center for Leadership and Development Training Programs.For more information visit: or call our New Horizons Australia support line 1 800 497 118. HELP BRINGING CHRISTMAS CHEER TO GOODNA AND IPSWICH 2019-12-05T05:33:07Z help-bringing-christmas-cheer-to-goodna-and-ipswich In the lead up to Christmas, Help Employment and Training (HELP) will be hosting a range of community events for the Goodna and Ipswich communities. The team at HELP Ipswich and Goodna have been donating items weekly to create two giant Christmas hampers for women and children attending the local Domestic Violence Action Centre (DVAC).  The HELP team hopes the hampers will ease some of the stresses associated with the gift-giving season. Help Employment and Training presented the hampers to DVAC at a BBQ with local businesses which was also open to the general public from 10:00-11:30am on Tuesday 3 December at their Ipswich office in 38 Limestone Street. A second community BBQ event is also planned for Wednesday 11 December at The Diggers Rest community area in Goodna from 10:00-11:30am. Help Employment and Training is a local Queensland-based not-for-profit that provides tailored employment and training solutions to job seekers, employers and students. Celebrating 50 years in 2018, HELP has assisted 50,000 job seekers and specialises in getting people into work who have a disability, health condition or illness. To register for support to find work, training or staff at either of our local HELP offices, please call 07 3069 2695 (for Ipswich) or 07 3069 2699 (for Goodna). Alternatively, you can submit an online enquiry or request a call back by visiting the website: HELP is proud to support the local Ipswich and Goodna areas through meaningful employment outcomes, by connecting job seekers with employers and vice-versa to reach their career and business goals. SydWest continues drive to accelerate New Opportunities for Job-seekers in Blacktown 2019-11-28T02:50:59Z sydwest-continues-drive-to-accelerate-new-opportunities-for-job-seekers-in-blacktown SydWest Multicultural Services has partnered with Blacktown City Council, SSI, TAFE NSW, Uniting, Salvation Army and Lenity Care to undertake another Blacktown Employment Accelerator event aimed at improving economic outcomes for job seekers from refugee and migrant backgrounds, as well as people with disability in the Blacktown LGA. The event will be held on Thursday 28th November from 11am – 1pm at the Maria Locke Centre, TAFE NSW Blacktown, Main Street, Blacktown. This event will assist people from diverse backgrounds who are job-seekers to make new connections, connect with sustainable employment opportunities and expand their networks and increase their employability chances. Leaders from the business community will come together with job-ready job-seekers from refugee, migrant backgrounds and people with disabilities for speed-dating recruitment meetings to accelerate employment outcomes for everyone involved. Our corporate partners include Coles, Extreme Solution, Global Traders Aus Ind, Australia Security Services Guards Pty Ltd, Thrive Refugee Enterprise, Cleantastic Cleaning, Reach Quality Care Pty Ltd and NECA Training and Apprenticeships SydWest Multicultural Services CEO, Elfa Moraitakis is encouraging people of all backgrounds to join in this unique initiative: We are excited to be hosting our third annual Blacktown Employment Accelerator, which provides an excellent and efficient format for both employers and job-seekers. We know that many of our new arrivals, including refugees, are often highly qualified and experienced but local experience is a key barrier to employment. By connecting employers and job-seekers together, we know that real, sustained employment outcomes can be achieved at this event. Blacktown Employment Accelerator 2019 continues to showcase the wealth of experience and expertise on our doorstep and accelerate the connections necessary for successful employee recruitment. About SydWest SydWest Multicultural Services is a leading organisation for all cultural diversity issues responding to community needs and opportunities. Established more than 34 years ago, SydWest provides a range of services to culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) individuals and communities services to assist with settling and living productive and independent lives in the community. We offer flexible and integrated service models across the life course of refugees and migrants, supporting the self-determination and empowerment of our diverse communities. SydWest is an innovative employer of choice, with passionate, qualified and experienced bilingual and bicultural staff who are sensitive to the languages and cultures of the communities we represent With locations in Blacktown, Mt Druitt, Penrith and Rouse Hill, we cover all matters of cultural diversity in the region. NSW and ACT Guiding Community merges with NT to create A Place To Grow Together 2019-11-18T03:48:23Z nsw-and-act-guiding-community-merges-with-nt-to-create-a-place-to-grow-together The NSW & ACT Girl Guides community will merge with Girl Guides NT to form Girl Guides NSW, ACT and NT from January 2020 creating a 7,800 strong member organisation. The merger offers a chance to expand learnings and foster collaboration between the state and territories. Girl Guides in NT will have access to greater resources and opportunities through this partnership, with all the administrative and operational benefits of a larger Association. More opportunities will be available to assist with the geographical challenges faced in the NT. The partnership will also allow Guides in the NT to participate in creative initiatives run by Girl Guides NSW & ACT such as GirlMade which supports girls to express themselves creatively. The NT community hope to share their unique experiences and perspectives with the NSW & ACT members, to further support the growth and empowerment of the next generation of Australian women. Letitia Baldwin, NT Regional Manager, Girl Guides NT, is looking forward to this new step in NT Guiding history, believing it will bring great benefit to the girls and Leaders. “I have a brilliant team of Leaders and we will work well with the NSW and ACT teams. It is important to have fresh ideas and the chance to network, especially for our adult members so they can share that with the girls. I want to make this community as big and beautiful as it can be. “I think the opportunities are going to be endless; NSW & ACT have an exciting range of things for girls to do and now we will be able to leverage this and get the girls involved in so many more activities. “It is great to know we’re not alone; we are a part of a large network. I am looking forward to NT standing proud and showing off what we can do,” said Ms Baldwin. Eboney Prentice, Leader Darwin District, Girl Guides NT, has been a member of the Guiding community for 30 years; having had many unique experiences with Guiding including travelling the world, she is now sharing the Guiding experience with her daughter. “Guiding focuses on the community, it encourages girls to think about more than just themselves, to learn from others and give back to the world around them. The joining of our communities will support this Guiding mission and enhance the girls experience,” said Ms Prentice. Sarah Neill, State Commissioner, Girl Guides NSW & ACT, travelled to NT earlier this year and met the Guiding community; she is thrilled to be partnering with them. “I am looking forward to working closely with Letitia and her team who have such a deep passion for Guiding. The girls as always are at the centre of what we do and we know this partnership will enhance their Guiding experience with increased support,” said Mrs Neill. -ENDS- Notes to editor: Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT are devoted to the growth and development of girls. They provide a place where girls can learn, build their skills and connect with like-minded peers. The benefits also extend to the Leaders and volunteers who play a vital role in supporting the girls. Guides work to serve their community and help those in need offering help where they can. They participate in many local activities and initiatives aimed at giving back to the community. Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT offers girls A Place To Grow. For media enquiries please contact: Simone Gur | ZADRO Agency | | 0417 778 511 Oakley Grioli I ZADRO Agency I | 02 9212 7867 IMAGES Images are available for use. For high-resolution images, please contact: Image: Letitia Baldwin, NT Region manager, Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT. Image: Eboney Prentice, Unit Leader Darwin District, Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT. Image: Sarah Neill, State Commissioner, Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT. Image: Girl Guides NT. Image: Girl Guides NSW & ACT. SharpDrive Discuss Fighting Fatigue When Driving 2019-11-13T23:40:16Z sharpdrive-discuss-fighting-fatigue-when-driving SharpDrive have observed that while it is difficult to objectively measure and quantify, the symptoms of fatigue typically fall under three categories: Physical: sleepiness, yawning, loss of appetite, heavy eyelids, micro-sleeps and even accidental and unnoticed periods of sleep that can last anywhere from 1 to 30 seconds. Mental: difficulty in focusing, slowed reaction times, forgetfulness, poor recall, impaired logic and uncharacteristic risk taking. Emotional: feelings of depression, anxiety, irritability and moodiness. Obviously, the possiblity of any of these occurring while you are driving a car could be fatal, and SharpDrive suggest a number of steps that can be taken to manage fatigue while driviing, beginning with getting enough high-quality sleep: The average person needs 7-9 hours each night, or within a 24-hour period, and the best quality sleep is obtained in a single block and ideally as much as possible before midnight. Similarly, they suggest you should avoid stimulants. Alcohol, nicotine and caffeine all impact your ability to get a high-quality sleep. Alcohol and caffeine are also both diuretics, which means they flush water from your system, increasing the chance of wakefulness with needing to use the toilet as well as dehydration. They also advise that proper nutrition and exercise go a long way in combating fatigue and stress, and a good, healthy diet and exercise will provide you with the energy you need to get through the day. However, if you feel your eyelids getting heavy, you must pull over in a safe parking space and take a nap. If required, take a 15-20 minute power nap, but not longer as this can make you more tired, so set your alarm. Finally, ensure you think ahead about what is coming up in your schedule (both personal and at work) and consider how long distance driving may affect your energy levels. When we manage our energy and levels of tiredness both at home and at work, the risk of fatigue-related incidents are significantly reduced. For more information on online fleet driver training, online truck driver training and online driver training modules please go to . One Aussie couple share their inspirational tale of how to do a sabbatical just right 2019-11-12T12:40:07Z one-aussie-couples-share-their-inspirational-tale-of-how-to-do-a-sabbatical-just-right Taking sabbatical leave is something many people dream of, but making it a reality can often feel a lot more complicated. However, one Aussie couple have found a new solution which is perfect for budget-conscious travellers, giving them the chance to travel the world and save money in the process.  Now, they’re ready to share their own travel success story with a wider audience – helping to inspire anyone approaching burnout to take a break, reset and refresh!  Stepping away from life as we know it comes with many great benefits, as two London-based Australians, Sarah Blinco and Cooper Dawson, know all too well. Battling anxiety and stress caused by their 21st-century lifestyles, the pair quit their jobs to travel and pet-sit.  Today’s estimates suggest that modern 30-somethings won’t retire until they reach their 70s, which seems a long time to live with discontent and a couple of short breaks per year. This is what prompted the pair, both in their 40s, to make a leap of faith. Determined to show others what’s possible, they sold everything and have now been on the road for more than six months.  “There’s lots of misconceptions about travel for extended periods of time,” says Sarah. “We wanted to show that it’s possible to take a career break at any age. I turned 40 and applied for sabbatical leave from my busy communications job in London. My job is held for me for a year, and I have the chance to reset, re-frame and do something amazing with my time. Cooper has done the same thing, taking time away from his teaching career.” The couple are eager to stress that any obstacles can be got around with some ingenuity and imagination. “We always wanted to travel beyond a week here or there, but we were stopped by the usual fears,” says Sarah. “What if the work world changed while we’re gone? Now we’re making it happen – and we’ve never been happier.”  Their plan has so far seen them embrace travel as an opportunity for growth, applying to house sits and quickly accumulating a long list of bookings. They’ve since taken care of more than 20 dogs, two horses and a cat – all while saving thousands per month in accommodation costs.  Some of the major benefits of taking a sabbatical include improved confidence, and the space to explore new ways of working, too. While travelling, Sarah and Cooper are experimenting with online businesses and freelancing. CN Traveller reported in early-2019 that by 2020, more than 50% of the UK and USA’s workforce would be freelance. It may sound like a staggering figure, but this represents larger societal changes which are prompting more and more people to adopt a new approach to both life and work.  Sarah and Cooper are happy to discuss how they planned their sabbatical, travel and house-sitting. They have plenty of advice to share and are available for interviews or to be used in case studies.  To find out more about their unique journey, head to their online home at or find them on YouTube at Findex targets talent growth in 2020 with appointment of Chief People Officer, Jane Betts 2019-11-06T05:24:36Z findex-targets-talent-growth-in-2020-with-appointment-of-chief-people-officer-jane-betts Melbourne, VIC — Wednesday 6 November 2019 — Findex, one of Australasia’s leading integrated advisory firms, today announces the appointment of Jane Betts in its newly created role of Chief People Officer (CPO). Designed to supercharge Findex’s people strategy, this newly created role will sit in the executive management team and be responsible for the driving the group’s employee engagement, retention and acquisition strategies. Findex employs over 3,000 staff in regional and metropolitan Australia and New Zealand, delivering accountancy and advisory services to a client base of more than 250,000 individuals, over 80,000 businesses and over $17bn funds under advice. With plans to continue its merger and acquisition strategy in 2020, (having already completed 6 acquisitions in 2019 and 5 in 2018), Ms Betts is a welcome leadership appointment in this space.  Speaking about her appointment, Ms Betts said, “I am delighted to be joining Findex as Chief People Officer and am excited by the focus a newly created role brings to the group. Findex is at an exciting point in its talent evolution and I’m looking forward to building on Findex’s existing strengths, as well as looking at our talent development strategies as the team grows in 2020.” Spiro Paule, Findex CEO, also commented on Ms Betts’ appointment saying, “Elevating the Chief People Officer role to an executive level is a demonstration of our commitment to nurturing, developing and growing our people. We believe that our ability to retain and attract industry leading talent is what enables us to deliver best in class solutions to our clients and the broader market place. We’ve experienced growth in a number of key areas for us in 2019 and look forward to what 2020 and beyond holds for our people.” Across 2019, Findex announced 57 new partners and invested strongly in its regional expansion, positioning it as regional powerhouse in the advisory space through its 110 office network. Ms Betts brings to the group over two decades of experience in senior HR leadership positions across major financial services organisations. She most recently joins from AGL, where she was GM for People Partnering, Strategy and Transformation, supporting the transition and benefits realisation following its major investment into the business model last year. Prior to this, Ms Betts was Group Executive for Human Resources at Australian Unity, which experienced a 200% growth in headcount during her three years in post. Ms Betts starts in post from 6 November 2019. NOTES TO MEDIA Media inquiries: Sophia Pellatt, Icon Agency +61 3 9907 5012 Jane Betts is available for comment on request. Please submit questions to ABOUT FINDEX What we do We provide uniquely tailored, integrated solutions for people, businesses, government organisations and institutions that transform and grow as their needs do. Our story began over thirty years ago with a vision to provide a holistic offering to help clients achieve their financial and lifestyle goals, in one place. Now, as one of Australasia’s leading integrated advisory firms, we pride ourselves on a high-touch, personalised approach to help our clients achieve their financial, professional and life goals. Through our 110 locations across New Zealand and Australia, we provide you with a single point of contact to oversee all your financial affairs, working collaboratively with others from within Findex and broader marketplace. Our scale allows us to offer competitive solutions from a location convenient to you, respond to international and national issues, while understanding and supporting local communities.  Supporting local communities Since 2017, we’ve contributed over $1 million to support community health, education and entrepreneurial initiatives through the Findex Community Fund. Our community support also extends to empowering regional entrepreneurship through the FoundX program, connecting communities of regionally based start-ups, entrepreneurs and small business owners. Findex is also the proud founder of the SproutX Accelerator program for agtech start-ups, an Australian first, which focuses on solving tomorrow’s problems, today.  Growing with Australia and New Zealand We have 3,000+ staff, 250,000+ individual, 80,000+ business clients and over $17bn funds under advice. Almost 95% of our Partner group are equity holders in our business across Australia and New Zealand. Our team of 3,000 have demonstrated expertise in the business advisory, wealth management, audit, performance consulting, accounting and tax space. We have the 5th largest accounting offering in Australia. We work with agribusiness, Not-For-Profits, Education, Government, SME and individuals and are committed to them. Global network Findex operates the Australasian arm of Crowe Global, ranked eighth largest accounting network in the world. We’re proud to be a member of this network, and celebrate that for over 100 years, members of Crowe have made smart decisions for multinational clients working across borders.  These global ties are crucial for our work with governments, regulatory bodies and industry groups to shape the future of the profession worldwide. With exceptional knowledge of business, local laws and customs we provide lasting value to clients. Churchill Fellowship recipient to help Australian primary industry and national food traceability 2019-11-05T23:00:51Z churchill-fellowship-recipient-to-help-australian-primary-industry-and-national-food-traceability Peter Carter, Director of Business Development and Innovation at GS1 Australia, has been awarded a highly-esteemed Churchill Fellowship, which will benefit agriculture exports. Mr Carter will investigate one of the most pressing challenges for Australian primary industry: traceability for the modern supply chain to ensure export market access. To support ongoing operations and achieve the National Farmers’ Federation goal of $100B worth of primary production in the next 10 years, an increased awareness of methods and techniques for traceability and quality assurance in other parts of the world is necessary. The consequences and costs for Australian industry are likely to be significant if compliance with importing country requirements are not met. Mr Carter’s farming background and his passion for digital transformation of agricultural supply chains has led to his investigations. He is firmly focused on supporting Australian agriculture with enhanced national traceability through a better understanding of the best practices and capabilities being developed abroad. In 2020, Mr Carter will travel to Vietnam, China, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Italy, Canada and the United States exploring commodities including eggs, milk, oranges, red meat and wine. Visits with international producers and processors will provide a first-hand understanding of the measures and traceability processes that are in place, how effective they are, how markets are changing and what export market customers are expecting. “Through the Fellowship, I hope to learn from others and intend to bring back techniques and methods used in other parts of the world to address challenges being faced by Australian industry. For example, a smart way of identifying eggs to enhance traceability and provide customers with confidence,” Mr Carter said. Mr Carter has already championed CSIRO and industry efforts to improve traceability and regulatory aspects to help make Australian industry more competitive. He has also been actively engaged with Federal Government agencies such as the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, and industry bodies including Food Standards Australia New Zealand, to address national traceability challenges. “When I return, I am looking forward to taking part in industry discussions and experimentation with new ideas identified through the investigation,” he added. Mr Carter is one of 115 recipients from across the country who have this year received the prestigious award worth some $3.35 million collectively. “Being recognised as a Churchill Fellow is a celebration of curiosity. They are ordinary Australians with extraordinary abilities and aspirations,” said Adam Davey, CEO of the Churchill Trust. To find out more about the Churchill Trust visit For more information on GS1 Traceability visit ends About GS1 Australia: GS1 is a neutral, not-for-profit organisation that develops and maintains the most widely used global standards for efficient business communication. We are best known for the barcode, named by the BBC as one of “the 50 things that made the world economy”. GS1 standards and services improve the efficiency, safety and visibility of supply chains across physical and digital channels in 25 sectors. With local Member Organisations in 114 countries, 1.5 million user companies and 6 billion transactions every day, GS1 standards create a common language that supports systems and processes across the globe. For more information visit the GS1 Australia website or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and our YouTube channel. History of Churchill Fellowships and The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Five decades ago, just four weeks after the death of Sir Winston Churchill on 28 February 1965, the “Churchill Memorial Sunday” doorknock appeal was held across Australia. The doorknock was to raise funds for an unusual type of memorial to Sir Winston - something like Rhodes Scholarships, but more egalitarian, and available to all people and on a much wider basis. The concept, endorsed by Churchill before he died, was Fellowships, bearing his name, for ordinary people - providing a unique opportunity to travel, learn, and bring knowledge back to their country. Such was the admiration and respect that Australian fighting men and women of World War II held for Churchill, that this became the greatest one-day doorknock in Australian history. Funds collected from everyday Australians together with donations from Government and Australian companies totalled the princely sum of 2,206,000 Pounds ($4,412,000). That laid the foundation for an incredible opportunity – Fellowships offered annually and worth on average $27,000 each, available to Australians who want to make a difference. The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust was established to administer not only the total funds raised by the 1965 Appeal, but also the Churchill Fellowship award scheme. Since the inception of the Churchill Trust, more than 4,400 Australians have identified projects where overseas research allowed them to bring back vital networks and skills. Further information: Tracey Kelly-Jenkins, GS1 Australia 03 8581 5982. Julia George, Churchill Foundation 02 6247 8333. Caption 1: Peter Carter receives his Churchill Fellowship certificate from Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC, Governor of New South Wales at Government House. Caption 2: Peter Carter from GS1 will use his Churchill Fellowship to investigate export market access for food commodities and wine. Macquarie University offers SAS Certification as part of Online Global MBA 2019-10-20T22:58:42Z macquarie-university-offers-sas-certification-as-part-of-online-global-mba Media release. Sydney: 21 October, 2019  Macquarie Business School at Macquarie University has partnered with SAS, the leader in analytics to offer SAS Certification as part of its Global MBA program.  The new, entirely online Global MBA program was launched in May 2019 to focus on building future-focussed capabilities and is the first such degree to be offered on the popular Coursera platform – in which SAS is also a partner – in the Asia Pacific region.  Macquarie Business School’s Global MBA course has two intakes a year and the school is delighted with the response to its introduction, as reflected by an intake of 140 students in the first year.  Macquarie University is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide and the School’s Global MBA is designed for professionals who want to future-proof and accelerate their careers from wherever are located.  The curriculum is designed to build six cross-disciplinary management capabilities – Leading, Strategising, Analysing, influencing, Adapting and Problem Solving -- which have been highlighted by the World Economic forum as the skills needed in the workplace of the future. The course also features a stackable model that allows students to earn certificates and start learning before committing to the full program.  Speaking at the signing of the partnership agreement, Associate Professor Lan Snell – Macquarie Business School’s Academic Program Director for the Global MBA – said, “We are proud to partner with SAS, one of the leading enterprise analytics providers.  “The future of work and learning is about collaboration and building ecosystems to optimise the learning experience and student choice. SAS has a strong learning culture and our partnership with them demonstrates this value. Co-creating curriculum, thought leadership, and developing learning pathways for SAS workforce through the Global MBA are just some areas where we are creating values.”  Responding, David Bowie – Vice President of SAS Australia and New Zealand – said, “SAS congratulates the Macquarie Business School for the far-sighted concept and objectives of the Global MBA.  “As highlighted by the 2018 Deloitte Millennial Survey – which found that 43 percent of millennials expect to change jobs within two years and 62 per cent consider ‘gig’ careers viable – rising generations are increasingly seeking to equip themselves with the  skills they will need in the future, whatever careers they follow.” SAS Certification: Graduates of MGSM’s Global Online MBA program will also qualify as SAS Certified Visual Business Analysts and will be listed as such in the SAS Certified Professional Directory, which is commonly accessed by employers and recruitment agencies, internationally.  News ends  About Macquarie Business School: Macquarie Business School offers the acclaimed MGSM courses including the global top 100 MGSM MBA, to help you rewrite the rules of business. MGSM courses combine practical learning and innovative thinking with a multidisciplinary approach. Their courses give you the resilience and versatility to meet current and future challenges in a shifting business landscape. They provide a dynamic, collaborative environment where staff of experienced academics and industry experts and corporate partners give students the platform to understand and lead on real business issues as they learn. About SAS: SAS is the leader in analytics. Through innovative software and services, SAS empowers and inspires customers around the world to transform data into intelligence. SAS gives you THE POWER TO KNOW®.  For further information from SAS: Nicholas Quirke on 0414 975 391  or Mundipharma baby boom follows 18 week parental leave policy 2019-10-20T22:40:09Z mundipharma-baby-boom-follows-18-week-parental-leave-policy Mundipharma has welcomed a wave of colleagues choosing to start or grow their families following the implementation of our new Paid Parental Leave Policy. The policy was introduced in January 2018 and offers 18 weeks of paid parental leave on full pay for primary carers, regardless of gender, and two weeks paid partner leave. This is independent of, and in addition to, any Government-provided leave, and can be taken any time up to three years after birth or adoption. In 2018, 10 female colleagues benefitted from the new policy, with half choosing to take 18 weeks leave at full pay, and half opting for 36 weeks leave at half pay. Two male colleagues also accessed their two weeks of paid partner leave. So far in 2019-2020 Mundipharma has 11 female and two male colleagues who have either started or are planning to start their 18 weeks of paid parental leave as a primary carer, and three male colleagues who have taken or are planning to take two weeks paid partner leave. With just under 200 employees across Australia, about 25 per cent of Mundipharma’s female field force will have benefited from the policy during 2018 and 2019. Before the policy was implemented, only five employees began parental leave in 2016 and no colleagues took parental leave in 2017. “I am thrilled that our male colleagues are beginning to feel empowered to take on the role of primary carer,” said Jane Orr, Managing Director of Mundipharma Australia and New Zealand. “This means our policy could be helping the female partners of our employees return to work and help drive the societal change necessary to redress gender imbalances associated with child care.” The Paid Parental Leave policy was introduced alongside a range of employee benefits and flexibility options including education grants, study assistance, generous insurance coverage, a transition to retirement policy, and support leave for care givers. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 95 per cent of primary parental leave outside the public sector is taken by women, and twice as many women provide primary care to a person with a disability compared to men[i]. “All of these polices were designed to support healthy and happy homes for our employees and their families, while helping confront gender disparity,” Ms Orr said. “Many of us could not contribute to our full potential at work without the love and support of the families we go home to. Congratulations again to all the new, and soon to be, Mundipharma mums and dads, we look forward to seeing many more beautiful baby arrival announcements.” [i] Australian Bureau of Statistics, 4125.0 - Gender Indicators, Australia, Table 10.1: Total number of hours and minutes per day spent on work (employment related and unpaid) (September 2017). Six steps to a healthier working environment from Catherine Davidson, leading mediator, negotiation expert and workplace wellness educator. 2019-10-17T05:33:03Z six-steps-to-a-healthier-working-environment-from-catherine-davidson-leading-mediator-and-negotiation-expert-and-workplace-wellness-educator How can companies create a more dynamic, more productive and, more profitable work environment – and at the same time improve employees’ health, reduce absenteeism and cut legal claims. The answer, according to Catherine Davidson, Founder and Principal of Catherine Davidson Mediation Services (CDMS), is to focus on boosting workplace wellness – channeling conflict into a positive.   Davidson, a former commercial litigation lawyer who specialises in helping companies achieve higher levels of workplace wellness, presented at Australia’s giant festival of workplace health and wellness, the Workplace Wellness Festival 2019 and at the world’s largest conference on happiness and wellbeing, Happiness and its Causes 2019. She says that improving workplace wellness can deliver commercial advantage and is one of the keys to building a sustainable and profitable business.   Here are her top tips for creating a working environment that promotes positivity and productivity and helps bring out the best in people.   1. Conduct an organisational health check Before you introduce any kind of workplace wellness program it’s worth discovering your employees’ biggest concerns. Are they, for example, stressed by a difficult relationship with a manager or colleague? Do they have more work than they can complete within working hours? Are they worried about leaving work on time to meet other commitments? How confident are they to disagree with their boss? It’s important to understand what your employees are worried about so that you can help address their concerns.   ‘Once you understand the stressors staff are facing you’ll be in a better position to design a working environment where they are able to relax and do their best work,’ says Catherine.   2. Invest in your people Forward thinking companies, such as Google and Atlassian, are renowned for their employee benefits and wellness programs. Initiatives might include staff kitchens with healthy food and drinks and exercise and relaxation classes. Catherine’s approach is about providing people with a skill set and capacity to work through workplace conflict and issues not just providing ‘things’’. More companies are embracing this well received, proactive approach.     ‘Investing in employee wellbeing pays dividends – with fewer sick days, lower staff turnover and higher levels of employee engagement which in turn leads to greater productivity and therefore profitability,’ says Catherine.   3. Encourage people to be themselves at work People are most likely to be engaged and do their best at work when they feel accepted and valued. Employers that actively promote a culture of acceptance and inclusion can help reduce employees’ stress levels and keep them healthy and happy at work.   ‘Employers should allow people to bring their whole selves to work and encourage them to say what they think and take risks. Making mistakes and sharing them enables the entire team to learn from the experience and offers up psychological safety,’ says Catherine.   4. Embrace difference Embracing difference means understanding and appreciating that different people bring unique personality traits, skills and perspectives to the workplace, and that the mix is enriching.   ‘Meeting and working with people with whom we don’t perhaps have a lot in common can be the best way to learn to collaborate, innovate and thrive. Instead of fearing difference, we should look for what we can learn from it,’ says Catherine.   5. Understand that conflict can be constructive Any group or team of people is bound to disagree from time to time. Those disagreements can be the best way to improve on the status quo, generate new ideas and, ultimately, to foster growth. The key to extracting benefit from conflict is to develop effective communication and negotiation skills to help ensure people communicate and engage with each other – and work towards effective solutions.   ‘Conflict is normal, inevitable and potentially creative – yet most organisations see it as a problem and put in place people and systems to manage and deal with it. I advise people to explore and embrace the opportunities that exist in the space between difference and disagreement – there can be a huge amount of value there,’ says Catherine.   6. Create a company culture where disagreement is safe Employees need to know that disagreeing with colleagues and management sometimes is normal - and essential for a healthy working environment. Encourage people to develop communications skills that enable them to share new ideas and suggestions that might be perceived as critical in a positive and respectful manner.   ‘Talking about conflict management in the workplace is quite a narrow way of looking at things,’ says Catherine. ‘In fact, conflict resolution skills are essential life and well-being skills and something we should all nurture and develop.’   To find out more about Catherine Davidson and how she works with clients to enhance workplace wellness visit:   ENDS   For further information please contact: Tel 0415 290023 Data analytics and virtual assistant skills most sought after by employers, global report says 2019-10-15T21:57:26Z data-analytics-and-virtual-assistant-skills-most-sought-after-by-employers-global-report-says Data analytics and virtual assistant skills most sought after by employers, global report says 16 October, 2019: As the US Labour Department reports a slowing in hiring of traditional jobs and the Conference Board’s Help Wanted OnLine Index 1.3% during the month of September, releases its Q3 Fast 50, a quarterly index of the most sought after skills, showing key skills like data analytics and virtual assistants are experiencing the biggest employer demand with growth in these fields soaring 58.9% and 55.6% respectively in the quarter. is the world’s largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace globally by users and number of jobs posted: During Q3 2019 473,000 jobs were posted globally on ends Q3 2019 with over 38 million users globally and 660,000 users in Australia, more than twice the number of employees working right across Agriculture, Forestry and Farming, Australia's biggest industries combined. The Fast 50 Report charts the quarterly movement of the top 50 fastest growing and declining job type categories within’s global online marketplace, which today includes more than 38 million people across 247 countries, regions and territories around the world. The Freelancer Fast 50 data is the leading forward indicator of trends in online jobs related to industries, technologies, products, and companies. The key takeouts from the Q3 2019 Fast 50 Report include: 58.9% growth in demand for Data Analytics, from 1114 to 1770 jobs, demonstrates an increasing need for employers to seek skilled workers to analyse and interpret data and identify emerging trends. Q3 saw a 55.6% increase in jobs, from 7,925 to 12,329, for Virtual Assistants, rising from tenth to second fastest growing skill in demand, with tasks from data entry to social media posting being sought. Quarterly demand for Matlab and Mathematica, Mechanical Engineering, Algorithm declined but is expected to rebound as demand for all artificial intelligence skills increase globally. Book Writing and Translation services emerged as trends to watch. Book Writing is an interesting outlier in the Q3 2019 Fast 50, with demand growing 29.6% (2,134 to 2,766) to place it 19th in the fastest growing list. It was the only creative arts skills to crack the top 25. Translation skills in Russian shot into the number 7 spot, accompanied by English, Spanish and French at numbers 20, 21 and 24 respectively. “Large and small businesses are still hiring but not always in traditional ways. Forward thinking, innovative companies - especially those looking to streamline and scale - are increasingly looking to crowdsourcing markets like to build an elastic labour force that’s on demand, high quality, speedy, and often filling gaps in niche skills requirements,” Freelancer CEO and founder Matt Barrie says.  “The demand from data analytics indicates more savvy businesses are seeking these highly specialised freelancers to help determine business decisions that increase revenue, improve operations, respond to emerging market trends and gain a competitive edge, while virtual assistants are streamlining processes and creating efficiencies and cost savings.” The Top Freelancing Jobs of the Third Quarter of 2019 The top 10 jobs which have shot up the scale this quarter are Data Analytics, Virtual Assistant, Microsoft Office, Copy Typing, Transcription, Word, Russian Translation, Bookkeeping, Email Handling and Customer Support. Russian Translation was another interesting outlier in the top 10, but English, Spanish and French Translation also saw strong gains over the quarter, indicating that freelance translators are in high demand. 1.   Data Analytics  From using big data to understand cryptocurrency to  improve firefighting it’s no surprise Data Analytics shot into the number one most in demand skill during Q3 2019 as companies grapple with making sense of increasing volumes of data. With the data analytics market forecast to grow to USD$275 billion by 2023, the 58.9% growth (from 1114 to 1770 jobs) in demand on during the third quarter indicates a significant demand for crowdsourcing skills in this field to draw interpretations from data. Projects on the range from developing trading strategies to understanding business trends. Despite dropping to 14th place in Q3 (from 5th in Q2 2019), demand for Data Processing Skills remains strong with continued growth at 38.6% in Q3, compared with Q2, 2019.  With most data scientists spending 80% of their time data ‘wrangling’- the process of inputting and transforming “raw” data into a format more appropriate for processing, Copy Typing remains in the top 10 most in demand skills, growing 53% (6,988 to 10,692), taking fourth place. See these projects on for some examples. 2.   Virtual Assistant As all the biggest tech companies scramble to create smarter AI powered virtual assistants, like Amazon Alexa, Microsoft Cortana, Apple Siri and Google Duplex to conquer business and home administration, nothing yet beats the artificial-artificial-intelligent assistant, that is, a human virtual assistant. Demand for these Virtual Assistants via saw a strong 55.6% growth in Q3 2019, from 7,925 to 12,329, rising from the 10th fastest growing in Q2, to the second fastest growing in Q3 2019.  Virtual Assistants can cover a wide range of tasks, with projects posted on calling for expertise in everything from providing customer service to social media marketing and blog posting. These jobs are ideal for those who’d like to work from home or around hours required for other jobs. These versatile freelancers are well placed to see demand for their skills continue to rise as entrepreneurs, CEOs and senior management delegate administrative tasks to others so they can focus on growth. 3.  Microsoft Office The resurgence of Microsoft Office under the helm of Satya Nadella is evident in Microsoft Office shooting to the third most in demand skill this quarter. Since publishing the Freelancer Fast 50 Report, demand for Microsoft Office has been in decline until it made its first appearance in the Fast 50, growing 31.2% to place 15th in the second quarter this year (2018 to 2740) and rising a further 54.2% in Q3 (2,683 to 4,137). Volume of demand for Microsoft Excel remains higher than Microsoft Office and a similar growth trend is seen with demand for Microsoft Excel skills entering the Fast 50 in Q2 with 33.3% growth to 20th place (18,493 to 23,744) and further upward movement, 33.5% growth in Q3, to 16th place with (14,898 to 20,098). This skill set is often much more complex than just typing and data entry, with one freelancer on the platform using his Excel and programming skills to automate a task and reduce the time it took from 20 hours each week to just one hour.  4.   Copy Typing Although copy typing moves from second to fourth place, demand rose 53% (6,988 to 10,692), following a 50% rise in Q2, and remaining in the top 10 for the second quarter in a row. In addition to data cleaning, employers are seeking skilled freelancers who specialize in transferring handwritten notes into an editable format like this Australian employer needing pdf files converted to word documents. 5.   Transcription While advances in machine translation accelerate, such as facebook using mathematics for automatic translations of words, the need for human intervention is shown in Unbabel recently receiving $60m funding to adopt a blended machine and human approach to translations and live Transcription services, demonstrated in this project requiring someone to understand multiple accents. Freelancers specializing in Transcription were hired for 3,981 projects in Q3 2019, up 52.2% from Q2.  The Freelance Jobs That Saw Demand Decline Several skills in the Freelancer Fast 50 saw a decline in Q3, though these declines largely fell in job categories that saw significant rises in Q2, and could represent a reversion to the mean. The skills that saw the largest declines were Matlab and Mathematica, Mechanical Engineering, and Algorithm. Matlab and Mathematica and Algorithm skills factor heavily into Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, so it's likely these skills will see a strong rebound in demand in the months ahead. The overall picture provided by skills in decline is the fluidity of the freelancing marketplace. Skills that have seen strong rises in previous quarters saw demand fall off in Q3, while many skills that shrank in demand in previous quarters posted strong rises in Q3. While there may be some volatility in quarter-to-quarter demand, the freelance market overall remains vibrant and growing. Rising stars: the emerging jobs to watch Book Writing Book Writing and Ghost Writing for fiction and non-fiction allowed the creative arts to crack the top 25, in an otherwise administrative and technology focused skills list. Book Writing saw a 229.6% growth (2,134 to 2,766), placing it in the 19th spot for the fastest growing skill in demand by employers on In contrast, Academic Writing dropped out of the Top 25 from its number four spot in Q2 2019 indicating a seasonal need for outsourcing academic writing jobs. Translation A variety of language skills were in hot demand in Q3 2019. Russian translation dropped into the number 7 spot of most in-demand skills with a 50.9% rise.  English translation saw a 28.5% rise in demand over the quarter, from 20,402 to 26,215. Spanish and French also grew in demand by 26.5% and 24.7%, respectively.  ENDS Name Job Count Q2 2019 Job Count Q3 2019 % Increase/Decrease 1 Data Analytics 1114 1770 58.89% 2 Virtual Assistant 7925 12329 55.57% 3 Microsoft Office 2683 4137 54.19% 4 Copy Typing 6988 10692 53.01% 5 Transcription 2615 3981 52.24% 6 Word 3642 5512 51.35% 7 Russian 1371 2069 50.91% 8 Bookkeeping 1525 2234 46.49% 9 Email Handling 2134 3126 46.49% 10 Customer Support 2956 4229 43.06% 11 Freelance 1117 1573 40.82% 12 Data Entry 28706 39439 37.39% 13 Customer Service 2889 3927 35.93% 14 Data Processing 15017 20098 34.90% 15 Web Search 10610 14262 34.42% 16 Excel 23389 31233 33.54% 17 PDF 3122 4159 33.22% 18 React.js 2653 3450 30.04% 19 Book Writing 2134 2766 29.62% 20 English 20402 26215 28.49% 21 Spanish (Spain) 1223 1547 26.49% 22 Internet Research 2426 3051 25.76% 23 Digital Marketing 1419 1774 25.02% 24 French 2209 2754 24.67% 25 BPO 1428 1777 24.44% 26 C++ Programming 8060 7574 -6.03% 27 Civil Engineering 1041 970 -6.82% 28 Arduino 1814 1688 -6.95% 29 Adobe Flash 1270 1175 -7.48% 30 Machine Learning (ML) 2910 2683 -7.80% 31 Research Writing 14444 13228 -8.42% 32 Database Programming 1521 1390 -8.61% 33 Swift 2291 2091 -8.73% 34 Programming 1425 1298 -8.91% 35 Statistics 2361 2142 -9.28% 36 PCB Layout 1317 1191 -9.57% 37 Mathematics 2712 2451 -9.62% 38 Electronics 3499 3147 -10.06% 39 Objective C 3388 3032 -10.51% 40 Shopping Carts 1398 1250 -10.59% 41 Microsoft Access 1034 914 -11.61% 42 Computer Security 1240 1094 -11.77% 43 Network Administration 2159 1901 -11.95% 44 Report Writing 6791 5955 -12.31% 45 Engineering 4764 4148 -12.93% 46 Electrical Engineering 3960 3444 -13.03% 47 Statistical Analysis 1664 1422 -14.54% 48 Algorithm 3270 2782 -14.92% 49 Mechanical Engineering About ​Freelancer​ ®  Twelve-time Webby award-winning is the world’s largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace by total number of users and jobs posted. More than 38 million registered users have posted over 16 million jobs and contests to date in over 1,600 areas as diverse as website development, logo design, marketing, copywriting, astrophysics, aerospace engineering and manufacturing.  Freelancer owns StartCon, Australia's largest startup conference, expo and entrepreneur community established in 2009,, the world’s largest Internet marketing community & marketplace, and, the world’s largest provider of secure online escrow and online transaction management for consumers and businesses on the Internet. Freelancer Limited is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange under the ticker ASX:FLN.