The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-03-18T03:49:59Z Applications Are Open for the 2021 Sydney Criminal Lawyers Criminal Law Scholarship 2021-03-18T03:49:59Z applications-are-open-for-the-2021-sydney-criminal-lawyers-criminal-law-scholarship If you’re an aspiring criminal lawyer, there is a scholarship available to assist your transition from university to a career. Sydney Criminal Lawyers is proud to host a scholarship to encourage aspiring criminal lawyers in New South Wales and the ACT. The scholarship, which comes with $5,000, is aimed at supporting penultimate and final year law students who excel in criminal law and are passionate about pursuing a career in criminal defence. The successful applicant may also be offered Practical Legal Training placement and mentorship with Sydney Criminal Lawyers. Investing in the future “As a firm, Sydney Criminal Lawyers has a strong interest in nurturing young talent. We know that our team benefits greatly from the freshness and enthusiasm of graduates who accept jobs with us, or partake in work experience. “But more than that, over the long term, enabling young lawyers to pursue a career in criminal law simply ensures that the profession overall continues to thrive.” “We see the scholarship as a way of not just giving back to the profession that has given us all very rewarding careers, but also as a way of investing in its future in a meaningful way – attracting the best, most talented people and facilitating their career pathway, along with seeking to continually improve and evolve what we do and how we do it, for the benefit of our clients and the wider community.” About the scholarship The Sydney Criminal Lawyers Criminal Law Scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic merit – especially in criminal law-related subjects and applicants will also be judged on the quality of their overall application, including resume, covering letter and interview with the firm’s principal. “Criminal law is a demanding, but gratifying career,” says Mr Nedim. “It tends to suit people who have strong advocacy, listening and communication skills, as well as a keen interest in the way the law impacts our lives,” says Mr Nedim. How to Apply Applicants must have Australian citizenship or Australian permanent residency and enrolled in their penultimate or final year in an LL.B, Juris Doctor or Legal Practitioners Admission Board course, or undertaking a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, in New South Wales or the ACT. To apply, email a covering letter, resume and academic record to Mr Ugur Nedim at Include all contact information. Applications close at 11.59pm, 30 November 2021. Referoo partners with Scout Talent to integrate online reference checking 2021-03-18T01:22:23Z referoo-partners-with-scout-talent-to-integrate-online-reference-checking Referoo, Australia’s leading provider of online reference checks, has today announced its integration with Scout Talent, a leading provider of recruitment software solutions for internal recruiters.    The technology partnership enables Scout Talent clients to integrate Referoo’s award-winning online reference checking services with their current platform.    Referoo Co-Founder, Neil Rose, said of the partnership, “Scout Talent is providing fantastic solutions for organisations with internal recruitment capability and linking Referoo to this is an exciting opportunity for both organisations. By integrating reference checking, Scout Talent clients can save both time and money while adding an additional layer of compliance to the recruitment process.” Susanne Mather, Executive Director at Scout Talent, is excited about the opportunities it will present to Scout Talent clients. “Reference checking is an integral part of the recruitment process and having Referoo’s award-winning reference checking solution as a part of Scout Talent is a real win for our clients. “Automating reference checking provides huge opportunities to reduce cost and improve response times. Being able to use this as part of an overall talent acquisition workflow means our clients can now automate the entire process, all within Scout Talent.” Scout Talent clients can trial Referoo for free for 21 days. For more information, visit the Referoo partner page.   ENDS   About Referoo Referoo is the leading Australian-owned complete online reference checking tool for recruiters and HR teams. Designed to make it easy for you to generate fast and secure reference checks, our suite of tools is customisable to any business, of any size. Trial it free at   About Scout Talent Scout Talent provides service-enabled software to help you achieve your talent acquisition goals. With customised solutions developed by experts in talent and recruitment, Scout Talent partners with you to attract, hire, onboard and engage the best people to grow your organisation. For more information visit   Australiance commits to boosting Aircall’s expansion in Asia Pacific as a Talent Partner 2021-03-09T23:49:28Z australiance-commits-to-boosting-aircall-s-expansion-in-asia-pacific-as-a-talent-partner On February 17, Australiance hosted a celebration drinks together with our strategic client - Aircall ANZ. This quarterly social event is one of Australiance’s key activities to bring people together and maintain strong client relationships.   The event celebrated Aircall’s third global office opening (after Paris in 2014 and New York in 2017) and welcoming their new hires in Sydney. During the event, the two companies’ employees spent a good time networking and celebrating the cooperation which started nearly one year ago.   The cooperation between Australiance and Aircall focuses on recruiting talents and managing their Australian employment to Aircall’s new office in Sydney, helping the global software company to build a strong workforce in Australia and New Zealand. This also aligns with Aircall’s strategy to expand its footprint across the globe. “We're very happy to partner with Australiance and thankful for their efforts while we're taking an aggressive growth plan in Australia.” said Fred Viet, Sales Director of Aircall ANZ.   Australiance has contributed to the design and making of Aircall ANZ’s culturally diversified high-performing team through our flexible talent acquisition and management solutions. “We are delighted to see how Aircall ANZ has transformed significantly in the past few months. It is a pleasure to work with them and be a part of their current success as a trusted and exclusive Talent Partner”, said Leo Denes, Founder of Australiance. “We look forward to recruiting top talents for Aircall and helping them grow further”.    Aircall is a cloud-based software company with global headquarters already located in France and New York. With an existing customer base of 500+ clients in Australia, the company has established a growing presence in this market. The third office opening in Sydney demonstrates their effort in providing attentive support and enabling customer experience to Aussie customers and partners locally.    Interested in growing your business? Get in touch with us to get supported with attracting the right talents at    About Australiance: Australiance is a consulting and talent acquisition firm that enables international companies and professionals to realize their potential in Asia Pacific. Founded in 2010, the company offers end-to-end solutions in market entry, business setup and talent acquisition to international small, medium, enterprise-level businesses and startups. Since its development, Australiance has connected more than 1000 startups, SMEs and innovative blue-chip companies and professionals ranging from C-level to young guns. For more information, visit   About Aircall: Aircall is the phone system for modern business. An entirely cloud-based voice platform that integrates seamlessly with popular productivity and helpdesk tools. Aircall was built to make phone support as easy to manage – accessible, transparent, and collaborative.   Aircall believes that voice is the most powerful way to communicate with customers, prospects, candidates, and colleagues. It is designed to enable delightful moments of human connection. Aircall was founded in 2014 and has raised over $100 million in funding. Based in New York, Paris, Sydney, and Madrid, the company currently has over 350 employees. Offshore hiring impacts local job opportunities 2021-03-08T08:43:39Z offshore-hiring-impacts-local-job-opportunities From small business start-ups to fortune 500s, offshore hiring helps improve productivity and overall net worth. Since the Covid-19 pandemic has forced the world into remote working, the offshore staffing industry has rapidly expanded to meet this new demand. The effect on local jobs, however, has been questioned with concerns that offshoring results in lower local employment and missed opportunities. In the case of Australia, the opposite has actually happened with an increase in local jobs in response to the greater demand for offshore workers. Concerns that offshore hiring doesn’t benefit locals Some people are concerned about hiring workers overseas when people in their own country are looking for work. Founder & CEO of Outsourced, Mike Larcher, challenges this thought by explaining how a more productive firm can pay higher wages to the remaining onshore workers and hire more local employees in different types of occupations than those hired offshore. Mike went on to say “What we’re finding is that the savings from offshore labour hire for core employees results in businesses hiring local employees, often in more highly skilled roles. This creates a better allocation of costs allowing businesses to remain competitive and achieve sustainable growth. As the businesses grow, they continue to contribute to the local economy, resulting in the creation of even more local jobs.” Reallocation of resources locally Contrary to some expectations, Mike explains that the cost savings from hiring offshore remote workers allows resources to be redistributed to the local team. These resources help lift productivity, giving the company a greater ability to take on even more work. Increased growth and resources helps companies to build more meaningful relationships with their customers; business owners can refocus their time and work “on” their business, instead of “in” their business. Mike further states that business owners need to know that when they hire offshore workers, all their taxes (PAYG, GST, payroll and corporate taxes) are paid in Australia. This dramatically reduces many concerns held by Australian companies who want to explore outsourcing. Overseas hiring also allows companies to provide 24/7 support to their customers, as well as increasing their workforce to provide better services. Outsourcing also gives companies access to offshore talent pools and allows companies to hire specialised staff. This releases core staff from acting in roles that are not their strengths and frees senior staff from mundane repetitive tasks.  Characterising the role of outsourcing in terms of business growth, Mike states that “We’re seeing everything from big corporations too small and medium size enterprises take on outsourcing solutions to help their business’ growth, not just as a quick fix, but as a part of their long term business plans”. Outsourced – a leading player in offshore labour hire This increased demand for offshore remote workers has seen Outsourced grow from zero staff in 2012 to 350 in early 2021 and is currently employing more than 20 staff per month to keep up with the demand. Outsourced provides dedicated full-time home-based and office-based staff in the Philippines to international companies looking to build offshore teams. From IT and professional services to contact centre and administrative staff, Outsourced builds teams for any roles that can be performed remotely.  When asked about the future of Outsourced, Mike said “We just opened a 250 seater state-of-the-art office in Manila for companies wanting office-based staff and we are also adding hundreds of home-based roles. We are even offering “Flexidesk” for those who want the convenience of working from home but also the benefits of our advanced premium offices”. With remote working now becoming the new norm, Outsourced is ideally positioned to meet this increased demand head-on. How Do ‘KONPARE’ Suffices Business Needs of Every Education Consultant? 2021-02-18T06:02:56Z how-do-konpare-suffices-business-needs-of-every-education-consultant Simple plug and play widget integration let your business attain new heights. KONPARE is a flagship brand powered by Konze Enterprise Pty. Ltd., designed specifically for education agents to help their clients compare and buy from major OSHC (Overseas Student Health Cover) Insurance providers. It offers a no-cost solution to education agents in delivering end-to-end insurance purchase services to international students. More importantly, it presents a fantastic opportunity for consultants to earn extra with every health cover policy. Thus, it helps agents to tap higher commission, increase revenue, and get associated with a trust worthy name in the industry. KONPARE agent portal works in 5 easy & concise steps. All one has to do is, Sign-up as an agent - Integrate Widget - Client compares policy - Client buys policy - Agent receives a commission. All the purchased policies will have the agent's branding details such as the organization's name, contact details, brand logo, etc., to increase business' visibility. The online portal offers a digital dashboard to view & manage sales reports and track earnings. Education agents can enjoy unlimited user access, meaning individual user accounts for each employee to check performance metrics & enhance business productivity. At a regional marketing event, the director of the Konze quoted that, "KONPARE is a cutting-edge online CRM portal aims to bring efficiency & productivity for higher education consultants. Moreover, the important thing is that there is no cost or fee required to partner with KONPARE, and simultaneously, agents have the opportunity to earn extra with KONPARE." KONPARE has the power to unleash the full potential of your business. A few of the handy benefits to capture here are higher commission rates, increased client lead numbers, streamlines workflow, access to leading insurance providers, saves time & effort, and much more. If you wish to on-board the KONPARE platform, you can reach them via email at or contact them directly here. deliberatepractice named innovative HR team 2021-02-18T06:00:10Z deliberatepractice-named-innovative-hr-team St Leonards, NSW - Melbourne-based deliberatepractice has been selected in Human Resources Director’s Innovative HR Teams list. This prestigious list showcases the industry's most forward-thinking teams. HRD invited teams from across Australia to showcase their achievements and innovation over the last 12 months. Entries focused on a broad range of areas including talent management, diversity and inclusion, recruitment, reward and recognition, culture, and HR technology. After an incredibly challenging 12 months which saw HR step up to the challenge of leading through the crisis, this year’s list showcases the top 30 HR teams who have led the way when it comes to innovation. Sourcing candidates to work in the aged care sector is challenging even in normal times, but due to the pandemic, the already constrained workforces are further pressured by the practices and processes aged care operators have implemented to protect their residents, as well as the requirement for staff to only work at one home. To address the risk of staff shortages, Japara’s HR team and deliberatepractice, a specialised HR consulting firm, came up with a Surge Workforce solution, which solved the challenge of delivering a skilled and trained workforce that could be deployed to a facility at short notice. The solution included the implementation of a communication strategy and plan to provide information about the recruitment project, as well as pre-boarding and onboarding processes to enhance the workforce’s performance and satisfaction. The Surge Workforce Solution offered “extremely valuable” and “very high quality” support to Japara’s permanent employees and residents, with managers being overwhelmingly supportive of this solution. Further outcomes included the development of new career pathways for non-aged care workforces and an uplift in customer centricity. To view the full online special report and to find out more about deliberatepractice, click HERE. -ENDS- HRD is Australia’s leading source of news, opinion and analysis for today’s HR professional. HRD concentrates on the real issues and challenges facing the HR professional and the Industry, with in-depth features and analysis of what really matters with content featuring high level case studies, international and local profiles, interviews with HRDs and industry leaders from around the globe as-well-as leading news makers in the field. Racing and Wagering WA named innovative HR team 2021-02-17T13:31:02Z racing-and-wagering-wa-named-innovative-hr-team St Leonards, NSW – Osborne Park-based Racing and Wagering WA has been selected in Human Resources Director’s Innovative HR Teams list. This prestigious list showcases the industry's most forward-thinking teams. HRD invited teams from across Australia to showcase their achievements and innovation over the last 12 months. Entries focused on a broad range of areas including talent management, diversity and inclusion, recruitment, reward and recognition, culture, and HR technology. After an incredibly challenging 12 months which saw HR step up to the challenge of leading through the crisis, this year’s list showcases the top 30 HR teams who have led the way when it comes to innovation. 2020 has been a roller-coaster ride for the HR team at Racing and Wagering WA (RWWA). The team of 11 HR professionals at RWWA recognised that improving agility and streamlining processes were going to be critical in tackling the new challenges brought on by the pandemic. In a competitive jobs market made even more so by border closures, finding and retaining talent was a top priority. One way the team responded to this challenge was by embracing the use of AI interview responses in the recruitment process, which allowed them to assess the cultural fit of applicants and boost the candidate satisfaction rate to 95%. Matthew Thomas, RWWA’s general manager of people and culture, said 2020 had been a year of immense learning and innovation, shifting people’s mindset around the use of different technologies. Tech-driven solutions allowed them to reduce manual recruitment processes by six hours a week and develop a more engaging, successful onboarding process. By streamlining these key HR functions, the team shifted its focus to supporting RWWA’s people. Regular employee checkins provided a people-centric approach to wellbeing – something that has always been at the heart of the company’s HR strategy. “For us, technology has been an enabler, but the human element and everything we do from a people perspective will always be at the forefront,” Thomas said. To view the full online special report and to find out more about RWWA, click HERE. -ENDS- HRD is Australia’s leading source of news, opinion and analysis for today’s HR professional. HRD concentrates on the real issues and challenges facing the HR professional and the Industry, with in-depth features and analysis of what really matters with content featuring high level case studies, international and local profiles, interviews with HRDs and industry leaders from around the globe as-well-as leading news makers in the field. KONCHECK Is Now Offering: Police Check + VEVO Check 2021-02-15T07:54:16Z koncheck-is-now-offering-police-check-vevo-work-entitlement-checks National Police Checks and VEVO Check (Visa Entitlement Verification Online) Work Entitlement Checks are crucial for Australian employment. They ensure a safe working environment and validate an individual’s legal working rights in Australia. KONCHECK is an online service powered by Konze Enterprise Pty Ltd. It allows individuals to complete their police checks online in a convenient and secure way. Criminal background checks and employment screening are necessary in industries such as healthcare, transport, education, construction, security, hospitality, and more. Simultaneously, a Right to Work check is also mandatory for every Australian Visa holder to prove their working rights, as every visa holder has different working conditions. An Australian work entitlement check from KONCHECK is suitable for many visa categories such as Bridging Visas, Student Visas, Temporary Graduate Visas, Working Holiday Visas, Provisional Visas, and more. KONCHECK has a fully online, fast and secure application process. It is accredited by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, and the certificates are valid across all Australian states and territories. Whether it is a Police Clearance Check or VEVO Work Entitlement Check, KONCHECK can do both online in just 5 easy steps. The former's certificate can be obtained within 1-2 business days, while for the latter, it is instant! Here is a quick feature-list of KONCHECK: - ACIC (Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission) accredited police check provider - Quick turn-around time - Secure online payment - Track applications on-the-go - User-friendly application process Wish to obtain your national police check and or right to work check done? Don’t wait! Visit or contact them at Renowned Professional Leadership Training Company to Enhance Presence in ACT 2021-02-09T04:42:03Z renowned-professional-leadership-training-company-to-enhance-presence-in-act Canberra, ACT: February 9, 2021. For Immediate Release Dale Carnegie, the company that set the standard in transformative professional leadership training, announced today a strategic move in expansion to better serve individuals and organisations in Canberra. Tony Bonanno, who has been involved with Dale Carnegie since his trainer certification in 1988 and most recently has been an executive coach and consultant with the company’s Sydney office, has been appointed the new Regional Director of ACT for the business. Founded on Dale Carnegie’s groundbreaking principles for achieving success through human relations both in work and in life, the expansion will seek to support citizens and users to increase competitiveness and drive growth. “It’s a privilege to have the opportunity to share Dale Carnegie’s principles with others and put the broad range of frameworks into place as Regional Director,” said Bonanno. “Canberra has a thriving government and business community, and I’m proud to be a part of it. I'm looking forward to playing an even larger role in helping organisations with the broad range of leadership capabilities required to navigate the increasing complexity in the Public Service.” Prior to becoming Regional Director of Dale Carnegie ACT, Bonanno had a career in strategic business development, where he developed organisational sales teams via sustainable behaviour change. Additionally, he shares his insights and passion for serving others as member and board member for Rotary and through curating online podcast content. More recently, he accepted an appointment as a founding board member for the Be Unstoppable Foundation, a charitable organisation devoted to supporting positive psychology programs in the important arena of mental health support. “The Dale Carnegie name is synonymous with professional and leadership development; we’ve earned that reputation with our ISO certification, global reach with over 9 million graduates and by working with partners who bring about transformational change in attitudes and behaviours that result in significant performance shifts.” said Jordan Wang, Managing Director at Dale Carnegie Australia. “Building on Tony’s successes in organisational development and executive coaching, our goal is for the ACT expansion to help more people and organisations than ever before, with a curriculum built on over 100 years of realising personal potential and elevating great leaders.” Through a diverse training curriculum offered in-person or live online, Dale Carnegie continues to adapt to the ever-changing needs and challenges of today’s world by designing and implementing people, culture and learning and development initiatives. This includes engaging others to innovate, collaborate and create change, while building the skills needed to work productively, ethically, respectfully and inclusively in the workplace. By changing people, Dale Carnegie believes therein lies the power to change organisations and communities. To learn more about Dale Carnegie, including their learning and development solutions for commercial and non-commercial entities, visit Contact information Name: Tony Bonanno Phone: 0414 746 463 Email: Address: Ground Floor, 10-14 Wormald Street, Symonston ACT 2609 CVCheck wins silver in HR Service Provider Awards 2021-01-29T06:35:00Z cvcheck-wins-silver-in-hr-service-provider-awards St Leonards, NSW – Background check and employee screening provider CVCheck has been selected in the fourth annual HR Service Provider Awards released by Human Resources Director. This report recognises the top performers in the HR vendor landscape. “Finding a dependable service provider can be quite the daunting task for HR professionals,” says the Human Resources Director team. “To assist HR professionals with this challenging task, HRD’s annual Service Provider Awards recognises the industry’s top performers in eight key service areas.” CVCheck has been awarded Silver in the Pre-employment Screening and Psychometric Assessment category. CVCheck’s online screening platform provides the full spectrum of candidate background checks via a streamlined and integrated workflow, enabling HR and recruitment professionals to satisfy even the most demanding candidate screening and compliance demands from their desk or as part of their normal ATS platform hiring workflow. CVCheck’s online screening platform also allows for a 100% remote hiring process – from candidate identification through to credentials verification while secure technology infrastructure and expertly trained staff across Australia and New Zealand ensure candidates’ sensitive information is managed and protected. To view the full online report and to find out more about CVCheck, click HERE. -ENDS- HRD is Australia’s leading source of news, opinion and analysis for today’s HR professional. HRD concentrates on the real issues and challenges facing the HR professional and the Industry, with in-depth features and analysis of what really matters with content featuring high level case studies, international and local profiles, interviews with HRDs and industry leaders from around the globe as-well-as leading news makers in the field. EC-Council Partners with Schollege the South Australian eLearning Startup 2021-01-07T00:38:39Z ec-council-partners-with-schollege-the-south-australian-elearning-startup Schollege, the new South Australian eLearning Startup has partnered with EC-Council, the world’s leading information security certification body. Schollege will provide EC-Council’s online training programs through its platform. Students will enroll in Schollege and receive their credentials to access the EC-Council’s programs with the best market prices. Since the launch of its flagship program, Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), which created the ethical hacking industry in 2002, EC-Council has added industry-leading programs to its portfolio to cover all aspects of information security. Including Certified Security Analyst (ECSA), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI), Certified Chief Information Security Officer (CCISO), among others. COVID-19 has and will continue to change the world, affecting all industries. The global lockdown of institutions, corporations, and government offices has caused major interruptions, pushing organisations worldwide to move online, and embrace the remote working concept. There is currently a massive demand for skilled cybersecurity professionals to help organisations and government institutions defend their IT infrastructure and build a robust cyber defence. Schollege is a new Australian self–paced education platform featuring discount priced online courses from top education providers, with the option of Free Interest Monthly Installment Plans. Schollege is proud to be a training partner of EC-Council in Australia offering the following certifications: Certified Ethical Hacker Certified Penetration Testing Professional Certified Applications Security Engineer. Certified Blockchain Professional Certified Chief Information Security Officer Certified Hacking Forensic Investigator Certified Network Defender Certified Security Analyst Certified Threat Intelligence Analyst EC-Council Certified Encryption Specialist EC-Council Certified Incident Handler EC-Council Certified Security Specialist EC-Council Disaster Recovery Professional Plus EC-Council’s CodeRed subscription-based learning platform for busy cyber professionals and short introduction courses on Ethical Hacking Fundamentals, Network Security Fundamentals and Cyber Forensics Fundamentals. “EC-Council partnership supports our mission in setting work-based education at the forefront of Australia and the world’s Skills Development,” says Kareem Mostafa, Schollege’s Founder. Wissen led the partnership agreement, to bring EC-Council cybersecurity certifications to the students at Schollege. The partnership will benefit the students by earning specialised cybersecurity skills on discounted prices which eventually will help acquire leading positions in the growing cybersecurity industry. About EC-Council EC-Council has been the world’s leading information security certification body since the launch of its flagship program, Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), which created the ethical hacking industry in 2002. Since the launch of CEH, EC-Council has added industry-leading programs to their portfolio to cover all aspects of information security including EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI), Certified Chief Information Security Officer (CCISO), among others. About Wissen Wissen is the exclusive distributor and sole representative of EC-Council, being known as the cybersecurity competency development arm. More than 80 EC-Council academia and accredited training partners across Singapore and Asia Pacific such as Australia, Hong Kong, Philippines, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Vietnam are managed by Wissen. Wissen also works in collaboration with government and local associations to proliferate EC-Council’s cybersecurity courses. About Schollege Set to be the training & certification outlet! Schollege’s mission is to set work-based education at the forefront of the world’s Skills development, making quality education more accessible and improving lives through eLearning. Schollege is an eLearning certification and training platform, offering a friendly learning environment with high-quality courses. Focusing on empowering courses attendees by providing the necessary information and knowledge to help reach their goals. With a uniquely efficient and straightforward approach, Students can start applying their newly acquired skills after as soon as they finish their online courses. Schollege is an online learning and teaching marketplace, which means Instructors can create, deliver and sell their online courses through Schollege’s eLearning platform. No subscription fees, unlimited courses and an unlimited number of learners with limitless opportunities. PADI IDC on Australia's Sunshine Coast 2020-12-23T23:17:03Z padi-idc-on-australia-s-sunshine-coast Dive Instructor Academy now offers PADI Instructor Development Courses in Port Douglas, Cairns and the Sunshine Coast. Sunreef, the award winning dive company operating from Mooloolaba on Australia’s Sunshine Coast, has joined forces with PADI Course Director Kai Steinbeck to bring PADI Instructor Development Courses and Instructor Exams to the Sunshine Coast. Not only will the PADI IDC program be conducted at Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast, but PADI has scheduled PADI Instructor Examinations for the Sunshine Coast as well. Kai, originally from Germany, began his diving career at a young age in the Caribbean and has been a PADI member for over 25 years working as a PADI professional in Costa Rica, Mexico, Indonesia and Australia. As a Course Director, Kai is the founder of Dive Instructor Academy and has successfully run Instructor Development Courses in Cairns, Port Douglas and Indonesia. Kai’s extensive knowledge of the dive industry is what sets him apart from the rest. As a PADI professional for over 25 years with a business degree, a skippers qualification (master class 5), fluent in three languages and having worked for some of the worlds largest dive companies as dive instructor, course director, operations manager and marketing manager, Kai brings more than just diving to the program and prepares you for the real world. The PADI IDC program offered is far more involved than the minimum standards required with extra training days to ensure candidates are well prepared. In order to start the Instructor programs off to a great start we spend the first day diving on the incredible HMAS Brisbane. Sunreef is one of the few dive operators who have access to this incredible wreck which was sunk in 2005. The Ex-HMAS Brisbane is one of the world's best wreck sites, and this decommissioned guided missile destroyer that now serves as a lively artificial reef is located just 2.9 nautical miles off the Sunshine Coast. What’s included above and beyond the normal IDC: ·       PADI Instructor exam pass guarantee ·       Nitrox instructor specialty rating* ·       Introduction to free diving ·       Marine life knowledge course ·       Ocean conservation donation ·       Ongoing support Whilst the training is extremely thorough and we are very confident that each candidate is ready for the Instructor exam, anyone could have a bad day. For that reason, the IDC program includes an Instructor exam pass guarantee. This means that if a candidate fails the IE, we will pay for the second IE fee. Being fluent in English, Spanish and German, Kai will be able to offer Instructor Development programs with language assistance for those that require it.  Kai’s vision is to offer access to more training above the required PADI curriculum and develop a full suite of Dive Centre Management modules, which will be second to none in the dive industry and will include sales training, marine life knowledge, compressor understanding, reservations, pricing of stock and more. Sunreef is a leader in diver training and we have big plans for the GO PRO program to develop it to the highest standard. We see instructors trained by Sunreef to be dive professionals being sought after and capable of working in any environment. For more information on the Dive Instructor Academy IDC programs visit our website or email Kai Steinbeck direct on For more information on diving the HMAS Brisbane with Sunreef from Mooloolaba or all dive courses, whale watching and other activities visit the website at For email enquires on any dive trips please contact us at DDLS introduces new online learning platform to help organisations upskill staff in high-demand areas 2020-12-10T00:52:15Z ddls-introduces-new-online-learning-platform-to-help-organisations-upskill-staff-in-high-demand-areas DDLS, Australia’s largest provider of corporate IT and process training, today announced the introduction of DDLS Plus, an exclusive online learning platform that includes expertly curated content, virtual learning labs, industry insights, and online access to expert instructors. The new online platform is designed to supplement DDLS’ premium face-to-face learning experience (delivered virtually and in-person), and enables students to build on what they learn in the classroom for at least 12 months after they complete their DDLS course. It gives students the autonomy to undertake additional study from home, boost learning outcomes and fill any knowledge gaps at their own pace. It also provides students with valuable skills to help them prepare for future courses and certifications. “Typically, students approach DDLS for IT technical training courses which run for between 3-5 days, and on many occasions, these students might only return to complete more training 6-12 months later. With technology evolving at such a rapid rate, and with so many organisations now being forced to fast-track their digital transformation journeys, IT skills training needs to be at the fingertips of employees 24-7,” said Jon Lang, CEO of DDLS. “Learning is a lifelong process, and should be continuous and on-demand. DDLS Plus provides us with a new medium to bring this continuous learning mantra to life, and provides customers with the best of both instructor-led training along with the flexibility of online learning. It’s another step towards our commitment to help organisations fill critical ICT skills gaps, while enabling students to expand on their career potential,” added Lang. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed organisations’ attitudes to digital learning, resulting in an increased openness and willingness to invest in digital learning platforms. With many organisations given no choice but to adopt digital learning over traditional classroom training, DDLS has seen a significant increase in preference for blended learning (a mix of online and classroom training). DDLS’ 2020 customer survey revealed that organisations’ preference for blended training models increased from 28% to 54% between March and June 2020 alone[1]. Unlike other online learning platforms that simply provide students with a bundle of course content, DDLS Plus utilises a team of industry-leading technical instructors, who are highly involved in content curation, ensuring only the best and most relevant content is included in each course area. These expert trainers will also be available to directly engage with students via the platform in upcoming releases. Furthermore, the content is tailored specifically to the learning needs of the student and their organisation. For example, if an employee has just undertaken a course in Microsoft Azure, they will be provided with relevant cloud computing courses to build on what they have just learnt, ensuring organisations are realising the full potential of their training investment. The platform is initially offering course content in three key areas of ICT: Cloud Computing, IT Service Management & DevOps, and Cybersecurity. These areas were identified as the most in-demand training areas for organisations in DDLS’ 2020 Customer Survey. As part of a special launch offer, any student who books a training course during December or January in any of the key areas above will have the opportunity to access DDLS Plus for free for 12 months post course completion – a subscription normally valued at $495. “We received several requests from students on further learning opportunities even after completion of their classroom or virtual training courses to help them transition between certifications. With the introduction of DDLS Plus, students can now continue learning long after their course is completed and make the most out of their investment,” added Lang. In DDLS’ 2020 Customer Survey, 56% of organisations surveyed stated that their employees attended at least three or more courses in the past 12 months, and 76% stated they were likely to send their employees to another course in the next 12 months, highlighting the need for continuous learning. Key features of the DDLS Plus platform include: Online Content: Online video content, e-learning modules, e-books and audiobooks, along with personal development pathways to more advanced DDLS courses. Access to instructors: DDLS’ leading instructors will be available online in small group settings to answer questions and advance students’ learning beyond the classroom. Virtual learning labs: Simulations and labs to help students practise their learning in real world scenarios. Exam preparation: Preparatory materials for courses and exams, and information on certification pathways. Industry Insights: Current news feeds and insights curated by the course leader, along with job postings in various fields. Online access: Easy online access via computer or mobile device, and content downloads for offline For more information on DDLS Plus, visit About DDLS DDLS is Australia’s largest provider of corporate IT and process training and Australia’s number one cybersecurity training provider. We partner with world-class companies to help organisations and individuals in the IT industry remain up-to-date with new processes, technology and platforms to reduce risk and enable efficient business practices. DDLS promotes a balanced approach to training with a focus on the key areas of Technology, Process and People. We provide extensive training options tailored to your organisation’s needs – from vendor-certified courses to customised training, including bespoke in-house developed courses. DDLS has invested more than $780,000 in providing free training initiatives for Australians over the past six months. This includes training across popular cloud services to help alleviate ICT skills shortage and assist Australian IT professionals in taking advantage of high-growth areas such as cloud computing. [1] Staying Ahead of the Technology Curve: DDLS Customer Survey 2020 New CEO takes the reins at AIS 2020-12-07T00:07:03Z new-ceo-takes-the-reins-at-ais-2 New CEO takes the reins at Australian Industry Standards Key points ·        Australian Industry Standards welcomes Paul Walsh as its new CEO. ·        Paul’s focus for AIS is to build on its strong legacy of skilling Australia’s workforce, through well informed, innovative and targeted skills solutions to support life-long learning. ·        Paul has a strong foundation of knowledge from business operations, international workforce development and leading organisational change. Australian Industry Standards (AIS) is delighted to welcome Paul Walsh as its new CEO. Paul has been a key member of the AIS executive and leadership team over the past 8 years including 4 years as its Chief Operating Officer. He has distinguished himself as an energetic and visionary leader and brings with him a comprehensive knowledge of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) system and policy. Announcing the appointment, AIS Board Chair Laurie D’Apice said “Paul is ideally placed to take over the responsibility and see the organisation forward on its journey as a leading skills service provider to support industry with its workforce development needs and the Australian economy more broadly. Paul has a strong focus and proven ability in building connections across a range of key industries and stakeholders to support skills development and to contribute positively to Australia’s workforce capability.’  “Paul’s strong track record of accomplishments includes his work on the international stage, most notably in the Pacific Alliance, APEC and IORA regions, where he has supported skills development and promoted the Australian VET system. Paul’s diverse background, including over 30 years in the transport industry from operational roles to company owner, also brings a strong understanding of business needs.”  “I am honored and looking forward to leading AIS as it takes on its next journey to support Australia’s training needs post COVID-19. I am focused on further building our expertise and strong industry connections to deliver innovative approaches to support the workforce of the future’, said Paul Walsh. “The team at AIS is committed to making a real difference to people’s lives and supporting the life-long learning continuum. I will continue to set a high bar to ensure we deliver our vision to skill Australia’s workforce, for better lives and a sustainable and prosperous nation.” The AIS Board extends its thanks to former CEO Robert Adams for his many achievements during his long tenure with the business and wishes him all the best in his retirement.   About AIS AIS is an independent, not-for-profit Skills Service Organisation supporting industry and government to solve the emerging and future skills challenges facing Australia’s businesses. AIS is focused on future skilling Australia’s workforce. Working in partnership with industry, the vocational education and training sector and government, it aims to further Australia’s prosperity and competitiveness through life-long learning of Australians. AIS works under the leadership of 11 Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) representing the aviation, transport and logistics, maritime, energy, water and utilities, public safety, police, fire, defence and corrections sectors. Together these industries keep Australia productive, powered and secure.   AIS transforms careers through the power of skills and draws on its world-class, in-house technical expertise – built over more than 20 years – and extensive industry networks throughout Australia, to deliver solutions for industry. It undertakes research and data analysis to inform intelligence modelling; develop priority training package products, as well as skills and workforce development solutions – nationally and across the globe. Visit our Website for more information Home - Australian Industry Standards     Biography – Paul Walsh Paul Walsh is the Chief Executive Officer of Australian Industry Standards (AIS). He has been a member of the AIS executive and leadership team since 2012, previously leading its operations and overseeing the newly established AIS Global business unit. He previously held positions in transport and logistics industry operations both as an employee and as a company owner amassing more than 30 years of experience.  Paul was instrumental in seeing AIS expand its portfolio in 2016 to 11 industry sectors and establishing new working arrangements for Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) for the respective training package development. He oversaw the management of these IRCs, while also providing strategic advice to government on ongoing improvement measures for the Australian VET system. Paul has built strong enduring relationships with key industry stakeholders – from grass-root enterprises to the bigger end of business, regulators and representatives of Federal and State Governments. Paul has extensive experience in International Skills Capability Building Projects involving the establishment of skills recognition frameworks and enabling infrastructure needs across APEC, IORA and Pacific Alliance regions. These frameworks have been developed with a strong focus on developing current and future skills through industry engagement.         Holding Redlich named Employer of Choice for second consecutive year 2020-12-02T03:42:27Z holding-redlich-named-employer-of-choice-for-second-consecutive-year St Leonards, NSW (2 December 2020) – For a second consecutive year, national law firm Holding Redlich has been recognised in Australasian Lawyer's annual Employer of Choice rankings. This prestigious list spotlights the 25 best legal workplaces in Australia. “The competition for attracting and retaining top talent is high, making it imperative for law firms to establish key initiatives that will receive industry and community-wide recognition,” says the Australasian Lawyer team. “With 2020 proving to be a catalyst for change and accelerated transformation for workplaces, this year’s winners have demonstrated commitment to engaging and empowering their employees to do well at work, in their careers, and their lives.” Holding Redlich boasts an open, caring, and supportive work environment where its people engage in stimulating, challenging legal work and get access to a broad range of genuine professional support. Early this year, Holding Redlich was awarded its 12th Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency in recognition of its work in providing a safe and flexible working environment that celebrates a diverse and inclusive culture. Initiatives at the firm include family care programs to support new and working parents or those living with their elderly parent or relative; flexible working across all levels in the firm; and the creation of a new diversity and inclusion committee. To view the full online report and to find out more about Holding Redlich, click HERE. -ENDS- Australasian Lawyer is the leading independent publication for the legal industry in Australia and New Zealand. Chosen by senior legal professionals for its unrivalled legal editorial expertise, it is widely read by managing partners, partners, lawyers, in-house counsel and business leaders. Australasian Lawyer concentrates on the real issues and challenges facing today’s legal professional and the industry, with in-depth features and analysis of what really matters. Australasian Lawyer also features high-level case studies, international and local profiles, interviews with domestic and international industry leaders as well as leading news makers in the field. Australasian Lawyer is published by independent media company Key Media. In conjunction with the print and online publications, Key Media also produces several legal industry events including the Australasian Law Awards and masterclasses to assist legal practitioners with their professional development. Find out more about Key Media’s magazines, events and websites at