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Certain trademarks, registered trademarks, and trade names may be used in this document to refer to either the entities claiming the marks and names or their products. Crestron disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. Crestron is not responsible for errors in typography or photography. ©2018 Crestron Electronics, Inc. National apartment statistics: Two-bedroom apartments most attractive to Aussie buyers 2017-12-17T18:00:00Z national-apartment-statistics-two-bedroom-apartments-most-attractive-to-aussie-buyers Property consultants Urbis surveyed 37% of brand new and off the plan apartments across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and the Gold Coast in the September 2017 quarter, recording a total of 1,241 sales. This is a 35% decrease in sales from the previous July quarter which recorded a spike in sales, though similar to the March 2017 quarter (38% of market surveyed), which recorded a total of 1,360 sales. Of the surveyed apartments nationally, 75% are now sold. Urbis monitored over 100,000 actively selling apartments across 704 developments nationally, of which 69% are currently under construction or built. Despite the sales slowdown, the number of available apartments remaining to sell is at the lowest level in years. National Director of Property Economics and Research, Clinton Ostwald, said, “At the end of the quarter, only 9,827 surveyed apartments remained available for sale, compared to 12,548 apartments at the same time last year. Fewer new apartments are launching to the market, leading to fewer sales, however the existing product is still selling though at a slightly slower rate.” PRODUCT Two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments were the most popular selling product, accounting for 47% of total sales, compared to 39% in the previous quarter. One-bedroom, one-car park apartments were the next most popular product type making up 23% of total sales. Three-bedroom plus product recorded 13% of total sales, the same rate as the previous quarter. Looking at projects currently under construction, an average of 55% of future supply across the country is made up of two-bedroom apartments, while one-bedroom apartments make up 32%, with the remainder being three-bedroom plus units and studios. PRICE Across Australia, the weighted average sale price decreased by $36,672. This decrease was only felt across Brisbane and Perth, which impacted the overall price as surveyed sales in these cities made up 46% of the sample. Mr Ostwald said, “The number of apartments on the market which had recently been completed had an impact on price, as developers, particularly in Brisbane and Perth, were keen to move existing product. “Across the country quality apartments in highly sought-after locations are selling first, quickly achieving their presale targets.” In Perth, 44 per cent of actively selling apartments are now built. Similarly, in Brisbane 35 per cent of projects have completed. In Sydney and Melbourne, respectively, only 14% and 10% of actively selling apartments are built. Nationally, the weighted average sale price for a built apartment was $657,000, for an apartment under construction $788,000, and for an apartment in presales $914,000. FUTURE SUPPLY Sixty-nine developments yielding over 11,000 units settled in the quarter, the majority of these being in Brisbane (31%), Melbourne (33%) and Sydney (31%). Additionally, nineteen projects yielding just under 2,000 apartments sold out in the quarter. Twenty-nine projects yielding over 4,000 apartments launched nationally in the quarter, compared to 56 projects yielding over 6,000 apartments in the same period last year. As well as a slowdown in project launches, only 7,047 apartments were approved, the lowest number of approvals since the beginning of 2014. Mr Ostwald noted, “The slowdown in supply along with demand was a positive sign for the apartment market.” “In 2018, over 44,000 apartments are expected to settle across all five cities, including approximately 10% of which belong to already sold out developments. The skyline and the way we live in Australia is changing, however the pace is currently maintainable. Currently there are approximately 131,000 apartments in development application and approval across the five cities and new development approvals are slowing down. “Of course, not all of these will come to the market, and the level of demand will regulate what does sell and is eventually built. “In Q3, each state had their own story to tell about market conditions, however the united message was one of stability. “In Brisbane, fewer launches, combined with competition from built product that hasn’t been able to settle suggests we won’t be seeing sales numbers increasing, but rather maintain at the current pace. Elsewhere in Queensland, with the festive season and the lead up to the Commonwealth Games, The Gold Coast is quite active for property developers. “In Sydney, owner occupiers and local state investors made up 86% of total transactions this quarter, so we can see that in current conditions the market is very much a local one. The Melbourne market is still very much in presales, and almost 50% of active selling projects in Inner Melbourne have not yet commenced construction. While in Perth, we are seeing sentiment improve about the economy and property market, and we expect to see population growth levels improve, leading to more demand.” said Mr Ostwald. Urbis Apartment Essentials Q3 2017 snapshot: 1,241 sales were recorded in the September 2017 quarter across: Sydney (381 sales, 19% of market surveyed, market size 41,844 units) Melbourne (291 sales: Inner Melbourne 131 sales, 22% of market surveyed, market size 32,636 units – a further 160 sales were recorded in the middle-ring) Brisbane (300 sales, 62% of market surveyed, market size 18,441 units) Perth (276 sales, 88% of market surveyed, market size 10,681 units) Gold Coast (153 sales, 83% of market surveyed, market size 4,519 units) Weighted average sale price recorded at $822,570, a national decrease of $37,000. Sydney - $1,205,774 - $47,000 increase Inner Melbourne - $737,473 - $82,000 increase Brisbane - $644,667 - $81,000 decrease Perth - $608,424 - $53,000 decrease Gold Coast - $676,307 - $48,000 increase The most popular product type was two-bedroom, two-bathroom product at 47% of total sales. Across the cities the highest selling product types were: Sydney – Two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments - 32%. Inner Melbourne – Two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments - 27%. Brisbane – Two-bedroom, two-bathroom – 50% Perth – Two-bedroom, two-bathroom – 60% Gold Coast – Two-bedroom, two-bathroom – 69% 31% of actively selling apartments are in presales, 49% are under construction and 20% are recently built. ENDS For media enquiries contact: Rebecca Parry, DEC PR Ph: 02 8014 5033 E: urbis@decpr.com.au About Urbis Urbis is a market-leading firm with the goal of shaping the cities and communities of Australia for a better future. Drawing together a network of the brightest minds, Urbis consists of practice experts, working collaboratively to deliver fresh thinking and independent advice and guidance – all backed up by real, evidence-based solutions. Working across the areas of planning, design, policy, heritage, valuations, transactions, economics and research, the expert team at Urbis connect their clients in the public and private sectors to a better outcome, every time. New Perth Apartment Statistics: Perth apartment market continues to see demand 2017-12-13T18:02:00Z new-perth-apartment-statistics-perth-apartment-market-continues-to-see-demand Despite sluggish activity for Perth real estate, the new apartment market continued to show resilience with 267 sales totalling almost $170 million in value. Urbis Apartment Essentials report for Q3 2017 found that the Perth real estate market was starting to recover with 624 apartment sales in the second half of the year compared to 511 sales in the first half of the year. September 2017 quarter sales were evenly spread across Inner, Fringe and Western Suburbs precincts, however the top two selling projects were both Finbar developments, with the successful launch of Reva in South Perth and Vue Tower in East Perth. Across Perth, the weighted average sale price was $608,424, this was lower than the previous quarter which reflected the more diverse sales, as opposed to the previous quarter which saw a high focus of sales in the Western Suburbs. Sales in other areas (areas outside of the eight defined Urbis precincts and generally more suburban areas) saw an increase in activity for the quarter with 48 apartments sold for the quarter. In the first half of 2017 activity in these areas fell right back (44 sales) but it picked up again in the second half of the year (93 sales). An issue for projects looking to achieve pre-sales continues to be competition from recently completed projects with 38% of total sales in recently built apartments, and a further 30% were in developments which had commenced construction. Urbis Director of Property Economics and Research, David Cresp, said, “Our research shows pre-sales are continuing to support new projects, with almost 60% of all apartments currently under construction having been sold off the plan.” There were only three developments yielding 163 new apartments launching to the market this quarter. However, there are a number of projects sitting on the sideline with 20 projects yielding 1,578 apartments looking to launch over the next 12 months. This is attesting the regained confidence in the Perth apartment market. Included in the launches are projects such as Wright Street Apartments and Eden apartments, which launched in Q4 and are already seeing strong sales. Mr Cresp said, “Apartment over supply was not an issue for the Perth market. Apartments accounted for only 17% of all dwelling approvals according to ABS data for the YTD August 2017. Minute in comparison to Sydney, where 54% of approvals were apartments. As to who these apartments are aimed for, according to Urbis research 53% of sales were to owner-occupiers this quarter, and a further 25% were to local state investors.” The outlook for apartments in Perth was positive, with sentiment improving about the economy and property market in general for 2018. “We expect to see population growth levels improve, leading to more demand. While we are seeing lower levels of apartment completions forecast in 2018, which will allow the market the breathing space it needs to sell any excess apartments. Overall, I feel the Perth apartment market is sitting comfortably.” concluded Mr Cresp. Urbis Perth Apartment Essentials Q3 2017 Snapshot The Perth Apartment Essentials Report found: 276 sales were recorded in the September 2017 quarter. The Inner City precinct recorded the majority of sales at 52 sales, followed by the Other precinct (48 sales), Fringe-East (36 sales), Western suburbs (36 sales), Fringe-South (35 sales), Fringe-North West (30 sales), Southern (16 sales), Southern-Coastal (14 sales) and Outer Southern (9 sales) The weighted average sales price for the September 2017 quarter was $608,424. Two-bedroom two-bathroom product made up the majority of sales at 60% of total sales. One-bedroom, one-bathroom product made up 24% of total sales compared to 29% in the previous quarter. Owner occupier sales dominated the market with 53% of transactions, up slightly from 50% in the previous quarter. ENDS For media enquiries contact: For media enquiries contact: Rebecca Parry, DEC PR Ph: 02 80145033 E: urbis@decpr.com.au About Urbis Urbis is a market-leading firm with the goal of shaping the cities and communities of Australia for a better future. Drawing together a network of the brightest minds, Urbis consists of practice experts, working collaboratively to deliver fresh thinking and independent advice and guidance – all backed up by real, evidence-based solutions. Working across the areas of planning, design, policy, heritage, valuations, transactions, economics and research, the expert team at Urbis connect their clients in the public and private sectors to a better outcome, every time. New Brisbane Apartment Statistics: Inner Brisbane skyline lights up as apartments settle 2017-12-13T18:01:00Z new-brisbane-apartment-statistics-inner-brisbane-skyline-lights-up-as-apartments-settle The Brisbane new apartment market recorded 300 sales in the September 2017 quarter, in line with the previous two quarters’ results of 302 and 311 sales, according to new research by leading property consultants, Urbis. After last quarter’s record high weighted average sale price, this quarter the weighted average sale price decreased by $80,896, registering $644,667. This decrease was driven by a higher proportion of one and two-bedroom apartments transacting across Inner Brisbane, compared to more premium price-pointed stock selling in the previous quarter. At a product level, most product types registered a weighted average sale price decrease from the previous quarter. At a precinct level, the CBD and Inner South precincts were the only two precincts to register a weighted average sale price decrease. Looking at future supply, there were only 672 new apartments which reached development approval status in the quarter, the lowest number recorded in the Urbis Apartment Essentials. Paul Riga, Director Property Economics and Research, said, “Between 2014 and 2016, it was normal to see over 2,000 units reach approval status per quarter, and at the height of the cycle in 2014 and 2015, this number peaked at over 5,000 apartments. “We are now in the settlement phase of the cycle, and lower levels of new apartment demand are fast driving a slow-down in the addition of any further future supply.” There were 3,382 apartments across Inner Brisbane which commenced settlement this quarter, with over 50% of these in the Inner North precinct. Mr Riga noted that of these 3,382 apartments, 47 per cent belonged to sold out projects, with surveyed projects under construction indicating that 13 per cent of product remained unsold. Looking at the bigger picture, in 2016, over 7,000 apartments reached settlement, whereas in 2017 close to 6,700 apartments are expected to settle. A number of projects saw slippage in the estimated completion period, with 2018 now expecting to see a further 7,100 apartments reach settlement. “We are really starting to notice a change in how we live in Brisbane, the cranes are coming down and more and more lights are turning on, and the effect of these new residents is continuing to re-generate both new and established precincts.” said Mr Riga. The traditional two-bedroom two-bathroom apartment market made up the majority of sales this quarter, with 50 per cent of total sales, similar to the 51 per cent achieved in the previous quarter. The level of one-bedroom and three-bedroom-plus sales was also similar to the previous quarter. “What our research is telling us is that even in current market conditions apartments are still selling. Established local developers with a reputation for quality product and strong networks are achieving great results. For the rest of the market, it is certainly harder than it was 18 months ago but sales continue to tick over quarter after quarter. The coming quarters will continue to see limited new project launches, with only a handful mooted to launch over the next six months. “The lack of new launches, combined with competition from built product that hasn’t been able to settle, suggests we’ll see sales numbers maintain at the current pace.” said Mr Riga. Urbis Brisbane Apartment Essentials Q3 2017 Snapshot The Brisbane Apartment Essentials Report found: 300 sales were recorded in the September 2017 quarter, a slight decrease of 3% in sales from the previous quarter which recorded 311 sales. The weighted average sales price for the September 2017 quarter was $644,667, a $80,896 decrease compared to the record June 2017 quarter. This is the lowest weighted average sale price recorded in 2017. The decrease was driven by entry level one and two bedroom apartments transacting across Inner Brisbane, compared to more premium stock in the previous quarter. Sales by product type did not change much from the previous quarter. Two-bedroom two-bathroom product made up the majority of sales at 50% of total sales, similiar to 51% in the previous quarter. Three-bedroom plus product made up only 11% of sales, and one-bedroom product made up 31% of total sales. Only two new projects yielding 342 apartments launched this quarter, compared to five new projects yielding 744 apartments in the previous quarter. Interstate investor buyers dominated the market with 35% of transactions, followed by foreign investor buyers with 28% of transactions. Owner occupier buyers made up 21% of purchases. The Inner East had the highest percentage of Interstate Investor sales, driven by the launch of a new project. ENDS For media enquiries contact: Rebecca Parry, DEC PR Ph: 02 8014 5033 E: urbis@decpr.com.au About Urbis Urbis is a market-leading firm with the goal of shaping the cities and communities of Australia for a better future. Drawing together a network of the brightest minds, Urbis consists of practice experts, working collaboratively to deliver fresh thinking and independent advice and guidance – all backed up by real, evidence-based solutions.Working across the areas of planning, design, policy, heritage, valuations, transactions, economics and research, the expert team at Urbis connect their clients in the public and private sectors to a better outcome, every time. New VIC Apartment Statistics: Flood fears pass as Melbourne apartment pipeline dries up 2017-12-13T18:00:00Z new-vic-apartment-statistics-flood-fears-pass-as-melbourne-apartment-pipeline-dries-up Urbis’ Apartment Essentials report for the September quarter 2017 reveals that while most of the current inventory is progressing well to construction, the pace and volume of new supply is slowing down. As prices hold and even increase, policy makers are left to ponder what will happen if future supply volume continues to fall back. Urbis’ assessment of Melbourne’s off the plan apartment market is based on sales from 49 off the plan projects in the September 2017 quarter comprising a total dwelling stock of 10,350 apartments, as well as monitoring the status of almost 400 projects. Of the 291 sales recorded, 45% were in the Inner Melbourne area, while 55% were recorded in Melbourne’s middle ring. As predicted, there was a drop in sales activity in this quarter for two key reasons: Firstly, a greater share of projects have now sold the majority of their stock - Of the 49 surveyed projects across Inner and Middle Melbourne, 71% of projects have sold more than 70% of their available product. Of these, four projects yielding 291 apartments sold out their last remaining stock in the September 2017 quarter. Secondly, as we predicted earlier in the year, some activity was brought forward to the June quarter to beat the stamp duty changes coming into effect on July 1, with the anticipated softening of investor activity in the September quarter. Given the changing conditions there were fewer projects brought to market. Five new projects amounting to 1,119 apartments launched in Inner Melbourne this quarter, compared to nine new projects amounting to 1,700 units in the previous quarter. While less than 50% of active projects had commenced construction at the close of the quarter, those that are well progressed through presales will soon move to boost construction volumes in the short to medium term. However, this looks to be offset by a diminishing supply pipeline from both a project launch and a development approval perspective. In Inner Melbourne, Urbis assessed 131 sales from 32 projects in the quarter. After a surge in one-bedroom apartments in the June quarter, the market preference for two-bedroom two-bathroom apartments returned, boosting the weighted average sale price by $82,000 to $737,000 in this quarter. Some product differences were apparent across different precincts, with one-bedroom apartments the most popular product in the Central and Inner West Precincts, two-bedroom one-bathroom apartments in the Inner North Precinct and two-bedroom two-bathroom apartments in the Inner East and Inner South. In Inner Melbourne at a product level, prices remained similar to the previous quarter, however several expensive premium product sales helped to lift the overall weighted average sale price. Three of the six Inner Melbourne precincts, the Central, Inner North and Inner West, registered a weighted average sale price increase in the quarter. Combined, these three precincts made up 73% of total Inner Melbourne sales – which further helped boost the overall weighted average sale price. In Melbourne’s middle-ring, the weighted average sale price remained consistent with the previous quarter at $582,000. Two-bedroom, two-bathroom product was also the most popular choice in the middle-ring, accounting for 51% of total sales. Urbis Melbourne Apartment Essentials Q3 2017 Snapshot The Melbourne Apartment Essentials Report found: Urbis assessed 49 off the plan projects comprising a total dwelling stock of 10,350 apartments By the end of the quarter 71% of projects had sold more than 70% of stock Urbis recorded 291 off the plan sales in the September 2017 quarter. Of these, 45% were in the Inner Melbourne area, while 55% were recorded in Melbourne’s middle ring. Once again, the majority of sales were in the middle ring. Within Inner Melbourne, 33% of sales were recorded in the Central Precinct, followed by the Inner North (28% sales), Inner East (24% of sales), Inner West (11% sales) and Inner South (4% sales). The weighted average sales price for the September 2017 quarter was $737,000 for the Inner Melbourne precincts, a $82,000 increase compared to the June 2017 quarter. This increase was driven by more two-bedroom apartments transacting and premium product sales helping to lift the overall weighted average sale price. Two-bedroom, two-bathroom product accounted for 40% of total sales across Inner and Middle Melbourne, and 27% of total sales in Inner Melbourne. One-bedroom apartments across Inner and Middle Melbourne accounted for 37% of total sales, and were split evenly between those with and those without a car park. In Melbourne’s middle-ring, the weighted average sale price remained steady, decreasing by $1,390 to sit at $582,391. Five new projects amounting to 1,119 apartments launched in Inner Melbourne this quarter, compared to nine new projects amounting to 1,700 units in the previous quarter. Only one new development yielding 261 apartments is expected to launch in the last quarter of 2017, with a steadier flow of project releases anticipated in 2018. ENDS For media enquiries contact: Rebecca Parry, DEC PR Ph: 02 8014 5033 E: urbis@decpr.com.au About Urbis Urbis is a market-leading firm with the goal of shaping the cities and communities of Australia for a better future. Drawing together a network of the brightest minds, Urbis consists of practice experts, working collaboratively to deliver fresh thinking and independent advice and guidance – all backed up by real, evidence-based solutions. Working across the areas of planning, design, policy, heritage, valuations, transactions, economics and research, the expert team at Urbis connect their clients in the public and private sectors to a better outcome, every time. New Gold Coast Apartment Statistics: Sold signs aplenty, but fewer new projects on the Gold Coast 2017-12-13T18:00:00Z new-gold-coast-apartment-statistics-sold-signs-aplenty-but-fewer-new-projects-on-the-gold-coast The Gold Coast new apartment market recorded 153 unconditional sales in the September 2017 quarter, according to the latest research by property consultants Urbis. Though a decline on the previous quarter’s sales, fewer active projects were selling. Only 46 new apartment developments were monitored during September quarter, compared to 62 at the same time last year. The Gold Coast weighted average sale price across the four precincts increased by $48,381, to register $676,307 in Q3 2017. This is the highest recorded average price since 2014. This increase was driven by more expensive two-bedroom apartment transactions. The weighted average sale price of this product increased by over $100,000 this quarter. This product price increase was most significant in the Gold Coast Central Precinct, which had a higher level of beach front developments selling. At a precinct level, the Coastal Fringe Precinct registered the greatest increase in weighted average sale price, rising by $123,182 in Q3 2017. However, it was still the most affordable precinct with a weighted average sale price of $592,241. The Southern Beaches Precinct registered a $226,471 decrease in weighted average sale price this quarter, as a new project launch brought affordable stock to the traditionally more high-end apartment market. Given that 63 per cent of sales in the quarter were owner occupier sales, there was a lean towards multi-bedroom apartments. Two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments made up 69 per cent of total Gold Coast sales this quarter. Three-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments were the next highest selling product type making up 17 per cent of total sales. Urbis Senior Consultant, Lynda Campbell, said, “The Gold Coast apartment market’s level of supply remained stable, with 1,170 apartments for sale at the end of September, lower than the two year quarterly average of 1,325. Additionally, to date 15 projects have sold out during 2017. Only three projects yielding 298 apartments launched on the Gold Coast this quarter, further contributing to fewer sales.” The December 2017 quarter is expected to record an increase in sales with several pending projects launching to the market. “New developments which launched in October and November on the Gold Coast have already achieved strong presales. I expect to see the number of sales increase next quarter, with the festive season and the lead up to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games being quite active for property developers.” said Ms Campbell. Urbis Gold Coast Apartment Essentials Q3 2017 snapshot: 153 sales recorded in the September 2017 quarter, with 69 per cent of sales being two-bedroom, two-bathroom product. Weighted average sale price recorded at $676,307, an increase of $48,381, and the highest recorded price since 2014. The Gold Coast Central Precinct recorded the highest quarterly sales rate across the four Gold Coast precincts, with 61 sales during the September 2017 quarter, accounting for 40 per cent of total sales. The Coastal Fringe Precinct recorded 58 sales during the September 2017 quarter, followed by Southern Beaches (34). Supply remains stable with 1,170 apartments for sale at end of September, lower than the two year average of 1,325. *Coastal Fringe suburbs include Arundel, Parkwood, Molendinar, Ashmore, Benowa, Bundall, Carrara, Robina, Clear Island Waters, Merrimac and Varsity Lakes. *North Shore suburbs include Biggera Waters, Coombabah, Helensvale, Hollywell, Hope Island, Paradise Point and Runaway Bay. *Gold Coast Central suburbs include Labrador, Southport, Main Beach, Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach and Broadbeach Waters. *Southern Beaches suburbs include Bilinga, Burleigh Heads, Burleigh Waters, Casuarina, Coolangatta, Currumbin, Kingscliff, Kirra, Mermaid Beach, Mermaid Waters, Miami, Palm Beach, Tugun and Tweed Heads. ENDS For media enquiries contact: Rebecca Parry, DEC PR Ph: 02 8014 5033 E: urbis@decpr.com.au About Urbis Urbis is a market-leading firm with the goal of shaping the cities and communities of Australia for a better future. Drawing together a network of the brightest minds, Urbis consists of practice experts, working collaboratively to deliver fresh thinking and independent advice and guidance – all backed up by real, evidence-based solutions. Working across the areas of planning, design, policy, heritage, valuations, transactions, economics and research, the expert team at Urbis connect their clients in the public and private sectors to a better outcome, every time. New Apartment Statistics: Room for growth in Sydney new apartment market 2017-12-13T18:00:00Z new-apartment-statistics-room-for-growth-in-sydney-new-apartment-market Sydney’s new apartment market recorded 381 sales from a sample of 19% of the market in the September 2017 quarter, according to new research released today by leading property consultants, Urbis. The Inner West Precinct recorded the majority of sales at 27% of total sales in the quarter, closely followed by the Eastern Suburbs (24%) and Parramatta (16%). Though fewer sales were recorded with 81% of surveyed apartments now sold, the weighted average sale price increased by $46,677 over the previous quarter, reaching $1,205,774. At a product level, the weighted average sale price decreased across one-bedroom, one-car and two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments, despite these being the two best-selling product types. However, with 18 of the 30 surveyed projects registering a total weighted average sale price of over $1 million, including the top two selling developments, the overall increase makes sense. Urbis Associate Director of Property Economics and Research, Alex Stuart, said, “Two-bedroom, two-bathroom product was back in the top selling position this quarter, however at only 32% of total sales the popularity of this product type differs from other markets. “The Gold Coast, Brisbane and Perth markets generally sit between 50% and 60% for the proportion of two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments sold. However, in Sydney and Melbourne where it is a lot harder to get a foot on the property ladder, this is a lot more spread across other, mostly smaller, product types.” One bedroom, one car apartments were the next best seller making up 24% of sales. Sixteen projects containing 2,157 apartments launched in the quarter, compared to thirteen projects containing 3,232 apartments in the previous quarter. Looking ahead, there are 12 projects containing 3,902 new apartments which are expected to launch in the next 6 months. Apartment approvals dropped to 2,433 apartments in the Q3 2017, the lowest number of approvals since mid-2014. However, with only approximately 27,000 apartments currently in development approval and application status, there is still plenty of room for growth. Mr Stuart noted, “The Sydney apartment market has fewer apartments in future supply compared to the much smaller Brisbane apartment market. In Sydney, developments are coming to the market at a much quicker rate than the rest of the nation, and if developers are able to source affordable land, there is opportunity to make a profit.” “Looking at sales and supply levels, apartments in Sydney are still attractive to buyers and developers. Owner occupiers and local investors made up 86% of total transactions this quarter, so we can see that in current conditions the market is very much a local one. The challenge is keeping these apartments attractive and affordable for both developers and buyers.” concluded Mr Stuart. Urbis Sydney Apartment Essentials Q3 2017 Snapshot The Sydney Apartment Essentials Report found: 381 sales, from a sample of 30 surveys, were recorded in the September 2017 quarter. The Inner West Precinct recorded 27% of total sales, followed by Eastern Suburbs (24%) and Parramatta (16%). The weighted average sales price for the September 2017 quarter was $1,205,774 an increase of $46,677 over the previous quarter, and the highest weighted average sale price recorded for the Sydney Apartment Essentials. Two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments were the most popular product type, making up 32% of total sales. One-bedroom, one-car apartments made up 24% of total transactions. NSW investor sales were once again the most popular transaction, accounting for 51% of total sales. Owner occupier sales accounted for 35% of sales. There were sixteen new apartment launches this quarter, equating to 2,157 apartments. ENDS For media enquiries contact: Rebecca Parry, DEC PR Ph: 02 8014 5033 E: urbis@decpr.com.au About Urbis Urbis is a market-leading firm with the goal of shaping the cities and communities of Australia for a better future. Drawing together a network of the brightest minds, Urbis consists of practice experts, working collaboratively to deliver fresh thinking and independent advice and guidance – all backed up by real, evidence-based solutions. Working across the areas of planning, design, policy, heritage, valuations, transactions, economics and research, the expert team at Urbis connect their clients in the public and private sectors to a better outcome, every time. Melbourne Airport launches new playspace in time for Christmas 2017-12-12T04:40:47Z melbourne-airport-launches-new-playspace-in-time-for-christmas 12 December 2017, Melbourne – Today Innovative Retail and Melbourne Airport officially unveil a new children’s playground as part of the new look retail and dining precinct in the T2 International Terminal. Chief of Retail at Melbourne Airport, Andrew Gardiner, said: “We are committed to continually improving traveller experience at the Airport. With more families travelling with children at Christmas time, than any other time of the year, it’s great to be able to provide an innovative playspace to keep youngsters entertained while their parents relax in our brand new retail and dining precinct at Terminal 2.” The playspace consists of an innovative rope climbing structure to help children develop their hand eye coordination. It also features a line of sculptural connected cubes made from PLAYTIME SoftPlay systems that are designed for children to create their own fun through non-prescriptive play. CEO of Innovative Retail, Dale Smorgon said: “We’ve worked closely with Melbourne Airport to deliver a colourful and engaging playspace that seamlessly fits within the Terminal, as well as catering to the needs of families and children travelling at Christmas time and throughout the year. “We wanted to create a fun experience for the whole family, for kids to get active and be creative in the playspace, while parents relax before their flight and enjoy food from favourites such as Brunetti, Two Johns and the newly announced BaXa.” Innovative Retail drew on their 25 years of experience to design the playground to suit children aged two to 10 years old to help encourage kids development through play. “This is the second playground we’ve created for an airport in Australia, and the first to include a rope climbing structure. We are seeing a growing trend for airports and shopping centres alike looking for solutions to support families. Our recent research found that [1]90 per cent of shoppers agreed that having play facilities to entertain children at shopping centres enhanced the overall experience in the centre.” The new playground is located at Gate 11 in the food and beverage precinct of the brand new T2 International Terminal at Melbourne Airport. Families can be assured that health, safety and hygiene is a number one priority for Innovative Retail as all play areas have been manufactured and maintained to the highest quality. The play solutions are also fully compliant to the relevant Australian Safety Standards and are certified by an accredited third party safety auditor. Innovative Retail provides a premium children’s entertainment service across more than 700 retail environments worldwide. For more information about Innovative Retail please visit the website http://playon.com.au. For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact: DEC PR on behalf of Innovative Retail Rebecca Parry retail@decpr.com.au 02 8014 5033 About Innovative Retail For over 25 years, Innovative Retail has provided a premium family entertainment service for a variety of retail environments, predominately in Australia. The company delivers bespoke, customised play offerings that encourage creative thinking and interaction while incorporating all major play activities of jumping, running, climbing and sliding. Their passion lies in understanding what makes children happy, integrating character brands, toys and digital media into play and socialising. [1] Innovative Retail recently partnered with Starbust Insights to conduct research across its play facilities in NSW and Victoria. P&N Bank Invests in Integrated Data-Driven Services with Dell Boomi 2017-12-11T23:24:20Z p-n-bank-invests-in-integrated-data-driven-services-with-dell-boomi Sydney, Australia – December 12, 2017 – Dell Boomi™ (Boomi) has announced that Perth-based P&N Bank is using Boomi integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) to enable the reliable, secure and synchronised exchange of customer data across the organisation to boost its customer-facing operations. P&N is Western Australia’s largest member-owned bank. It delivers personal and business banking, insurance, and financial planning services to over 90,000 clients. With high volumes of private client, employee and partner information generated by and stored within its internal systems, P&N Bank went to market seeking a versatile integration solution to manage its environment while keeping that data safe. In conjunction with customer relationship management (CRM) consultant and Boomi partner, CRM Online, P&N Bank selected the Boomi platform to connect its various business-critical and bespoke applications, such as loan origination, CRM and lead management, while maintaining the integrity and security of that data. Importantly, Boomi provides P&N Bank with the unique capability to connect on-premise data with cloud-based environments. This aligns with the organisation’s strict security requirements while allowing it to capitalise on the benefits of flexible data synchronisation. “We have a set of business requirements that rely on the exchange of data between several systems, and so we needed an integration solution to make the management of those apps more straightforward,” said Erik Fenna, CIO at P&N Bank. “Boomi’s connectors, simple workflow and style sheet-driven transformation of files gives us the ability to maintain an up-to-date data environment within the confines of our strict security protocols. By introducing the solution, we have a way of keeping data accurate and delivering it to employees managing our client accounts. Since we have confidence our client data is accurate and protected, we can focus on driving value for those clients.” The Boomi platform is being used to underpin P&N Bank’s Work Management System through which tasks are queued and assigned on the basis of priority. This has eliminated a series of manual processes, while also giving employees full visibility into the information required to perform their particular roles; any additions and changes made are automatically replicated across the organisation to further boost the customer experience delivered by the bank. Boomi has also transformed P&N Bank’s Broker Network which is used by around 1,000 partners. It has enabled the bank to modernise its single data feed into a multi-data feed while maintaining the same formats and protocols, with a gateway protecting private information shared between the parties. Furthermore, the Boomi platform has created a more reliable link between P&N Bank’s data warehouse and its Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system so that data is updated, configured and maintained inside a consistent interface. Due to the low-code design of Boomi, these transactions can be performed in-house through an easy-to-use interface rather than requiring the bank to hire additional resources. “Customer Experience is an increasingly important competitive differentiator between financial services organisations,” said Michael Evans, Managing Director Asia-Pacific and Japan, Dell Boomi. “Using the Boomi platform, P&N Bank is able to ensure the timely and accurate exchange of data across its client applications so that employees are appropriately-resourced to manage client enquiries. In doing so, the bank has created a connected business that optimises a customer experience across its services portfolio.” About Dell Boomi Dell Boomi (Boomi), an independent business unit of Dell, is the leading provider of cloud integration and workflow automation software to build The Connected Business. Boomi helps more than 6,500 organisations accelerate business agility by connecting data and applications to run faster and smarter. Visit http://www.boomi.com for more information. © 2017 Boomi Inc. Dell, Boomi, and Dell Boomi are trademarks of Dell Inc. or its subsidiaries. Other names or marks may be the trademarks of their respective owners. BAYSIDE BUILDER ‘LOWE DESIGN & BUILD’ INTRODUCES THE LOWE FOUNDATION AND CELEBRATES OVER 30 YEARS OF PHILANTHROPY WITH GALA EVENING. 2017-12-06T04:07:57Z bayside-builder-lowe-design-build-introduces-the-lowe-foundation-and-celebrates-over-30-years-of-philanthropy-with-gala-evening p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Arial; color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Arial; color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000; min-height: 14.0px} p.p3 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial; color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000; min-height: 11.0px} p.p4 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Arial; color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} li.li1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Arial; color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} span.s2 {text-decoration: underline ; font-kerning: none; color: #0000ff; -webkit-text-stroke: 0px #0000ff} span.s3 {font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'} span.s4 {font: 10.0px Arial; text-decoration: underline ; font-kerning: none; color: #0000ff; -webkit-text-stroke: 0px #0000ff} span.s5 {text-decoration: underline ; font-kerning: none} ul.ul1 {list-style-type: disc} Melbourne - 6 November, 2017. Last Saturday evening, Bayside construction company Lowe Design & Build held the launch of the Lowe Foundation, celebrating more than 30 years of commitment to community well-being. The event was marked with a gala event at Woodlands Golf Club and hosted by Directors Mr. Brian Lowe and Mr. Matt Lowe. Guest speakers were Jake Edwards, former AFL player and Founder of ‘Outside the Locker Room’ (OTLR, www.outsidethelockerroom.com.au) as well as Michael Weiser and Sandi Sieger, Program Directors of Camp Awakenings (www.campawakenings.com.au). In his speech, Mr. Edwards commented, “It is with immense gratitude I thank Lowe Design & Build for all the time and financial support they generously give to Outside the Locker Room. With their help, we have had 935 young participants through our Welfare & Education Program within the Victorian South East region”. The event was a success with over 100 people in attendance which reinstated the strong connection between Lowe Design & Build and the community, in particular, their two flagship charities OTLR and Camp Awakenings. Camp Awakenings provides Year 9 participants with the opportunity to develop and harness methods and skills to counter the challenges faced by today's youth. Camp Awakening's Program director Michael Weiser echoed thanks of support from the Lowe Foundation. The sizeable turnout was also a display of the support and gleaming reputation this Bayside builder has upheld within the community over the last generation. “We are a company who has always been dedicated to excellence and giving back to the community and being involved is part of what we do.” stated Founder and Director Brian Lowe. “We are proud to introduce the Lowe Foundation and look forward to continuing this commitment to our community.” The Lowe Foundation currently supports the following programs many of which focus on youth development, mental and physical well-being and cancer research: Outside The Locker Room of which Matt Lowe is a board member Camp Awakenings Family Life Charity Organisation Mordialloc Lifesaving Club Edithvale Fire Brigade (what capacity?) Pink Ribbon Foundation Major sponsor of the Chelsea Rotary & Artshow Isabella and Marcus Foundation Lowe Design & Build was established in 1984 by Brian Lowe. It was at this time Brian thought it equally important to be an active and involved local community member and so signed up to the Chelsea Rotary Club. In 2011 Kingston City Council awarded Brian Lowe with the Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award for his service to the community and for setting up a trust fund through the construction business that raised over $1,000,000 to fund various local schools, facilities and programs. Since 2000, Brian has been co-director of the business with his son Matt. This outstanding father son duo has delivered exceptional homes and townhouse projects within the bayside corridor whilst still ensuring the company culture of community support and involvement was always upheld. Matt Lowe commented, “We have been part of the Bayside community for over 30 years, not only through our personal involvement but also through the work we do. We service our bayside clientele by delivering an exceptional design and build package and enjoy receiving their positive testimonials. So it is with this gratitude that we feel and want to give back to the community. Seeing the positive impact and difference these programs, we support, make to the youth and program participants is absolutely rewarding.” About Lowe Design & Build. Lowe Design & Build Pty. Ltd. is one of Melbourne Bayside’s most sought after custom builders. Established in 1984, it proudly stands as an Australian family owned and run construction company consisting of between 30-40 employees and prides itself on giving back to the community. Evolving from it’s humanitarian culture, the Company established the Lowe Foundation, donating both time and funds to worthwhile charitable entities. Lowe Design & Build is one of Melbourne’s most trusted builders, with a vast network of long term industry connections and together, they provide a complete and tailored design and build service to their clients. www.lowedesignandbuild.com.au For interview enquiries or further information please contact: Sandra Coia at SL Media e: sandra@slmedia.com.au p: 0418176375 Dell Boomi’s Fall Release Helps Enterprises Unlock the Power of The Connected Business 2017-12-05T23:07:02Z dell-boomis-fall-release-helps-enterprises-unlock-the-power-of-the-connected-business ROUND ROCK, Texas – December 5, 2017 – Dell Boomi™ (Boomi) announced the availability of the Fall 2017 release of Boomi’s flagship cloud integration technology. The release adds new integration accelerators, and features to fortify data insights, security and compliance. Boomi exists to help enterprises connect everything and engage everywhere across any channel, device or platform. Boomi integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) equips enterprises to improve productivity, accountability and collaboration internally and with customers and partners to help build The Connected Business and drive digital transformation efforts. “The increased functionality of the Dell Boomi platform in delivering sophisticated, user-centric services is resulting in a superior consumer experience, and has the advantage of improving our overall IT operations, and our ability to identify and address student demands with greater ease than ever before,” said Kerrie Campbell, Chief Information Officer, Flinders University. “These new developments will further help ensure Flinders continues to meet customer expectations in the increasingly-competitive higher education space.” Drag-and-drop integration innovation Customers use Boomi iPaaS for agile integration that’s far faster and easier than custom-coding or traditional on-premise middleware. With this release, Boomi helps customers accelerate implementations by providing an enhanced drag-and-drop data integration and application development environment, with the latest pre-built tools and reusable components. Boomi connectors unlock the power of the cloud and cloud-based commerce with new and enhanced Boomi connectors for Box, AWS (S3, SQS and SNS), Salesforce Events, Shopify, and Zuora. Store, access, and share data across applications with Boomi’s Box connector. Cloud commerce is taken to the next level with Boomi’s Shopify connector to support e-commerce initiatives by simplifying the ability to build integrations from Shopify to other applications. Subscription billing with Boomi’s Zuora connector enables organisations to connect to Zuora’s Z-Commerce Platform to access Z-Billing and Z-Payments data as well as other cloud applications, such as Salesforce, and NetSuite. Execute event-driven processes in near real time with Boomi’s Salesforce Events connector to connect the new Salesforce Platform Events to other applications. In an Internet of Things example, a manufacturer can connect Salesforce Platform Events to smart printers to monitor the status of ink cartridges. When a cartridge is low, Platform Events can automate reordering from a supplier. Trusted data insights and compliance With applications and data connected by Boomi’s unified platform, Boomi customers synchronise and enrich data through a data hub for confident decision making. Boomi’s latest release helps customers create trusted data insights and compliance at enterprise scale. New and enhanced capabilities include: The ability for data stewards to resolve quarantined issues and increase master data accuracy by allowing business users to edit relationship between different datasets and how they relate to each other. The new Golden Record Query API creates a direct pipeline between an organisation’s master data and their analytics solutions. Businesses can now maintain clean master data on top of their transactional data to generate business value and gain a 360-degree view of their master entity. Enhanced reference data management capabilities that allow business users to see relationships within different data sets very simply, visually, and with real-time synchronisation. Creating end-to-end workflows With this release, Boomi continues to tightly incorporate Boomi Flow into the Boomi platform. Organisations can now utilise the technology to create and manage workflow processes from simple to sophisticated and run a more efficient business from the unified Boomi interface. For example, with new hire onboarding, various steps include sending the offer letter to the candidate, submitting the approved offer to HR and provisioning a new hire account within IT – all of these are included in a single flow across multiple stakeholder swim lanes and are accessible from any device. Supporting Quotes “Boomi’s cloud-native, unified platform allows you to scale and move to the cloud, however we understand that supporting the realities of today’s enterprise means it's a journey to best-of-breed cloud,” said Boomi Chief Product Officer, Steve Wood. “With Boomi, our customers always have access to the industry’s most advanced integration capabilities to help them digitally transform their organisation and move toward being a successful Connected Business.” “At Quanta we have hundreds of IT systems, thousands of integrations, and we frequently acquire new companies. A lack of a standardised integration approach led to challenges with timely accessing quality data across our companies,” said Kurt Witt, manager of Data Management Services, Quanta Services. “In response, we created our integration center of excellence to define and deliver integration services that add structure to enterprise data and build a support framework for enterprise integration. The benefits of using Boomi for real-time information access, to streamline business processes and create integrity across multiple systems help us deliver an agile, connected business.” “Subscription-based businesses have benefited from stable and predictable revenue projections, data-driven insights from customers, and large economies of scale,” said Mike Aaron, Vice President of Product at Zuora. “Boomi’s ability to connect Zuora with cloud and on premise finance and CRM applications allows more organisations to benefit at an even larger scale. Extending Zuora means organisations can better manage subscriptions and automate processes like product invoicing.” To learn more about how these new Boomi features can help your business or see a demonstration, please visit: https://boomi.com/blog. About Dell Boomi Dell Boomi (Boomi), an independent business unit of Dell, is the leading provider of cloud integration and workflow automation software to build The Connected Business. Boomi helps more than 6,500 organizations accelerate business agility by connecting data and applications to run faster and smarter. Visit http://www.boomi.com for more information. © 2017 Boomi Inc. Dell, Boomi, and Dell Boomi are trademarks of Dell Inc. or its subsidiaries. Other names or marks may be the trademarks of their respective owners. Young and old join forces at Wisteria Grove Retirement Village 2017-12-05T01:55:43Z young-and-old-join-forces-at-wisteria-grove-retirement-village Residents of Wisteria Grove Retirement Village proved age is no barrier to friendship and fun when children from Emali Broadview Early Learning Centre paid them a visit last month. Nine pre-schoolers from the centre visited their senior neighbours to play games, sing songs, enjoy crafts, and share a love of learning. Village Manager Debra Grant said residents enjoyed the youthful energy brought to the village. “The kids introduced themselves with a song, we played with balloons, and finished off with a story,” she said. “It was great fun for everyone!” Meghan Holst, Assistant Director of Emali Broadview Early Learning Centre, said the children greatly enjoyed the visit. “The kids were really excited to meet all the residents and were able to talk to them really confidently,” she said. “They were excited to learn about where they live.” A 2016 Stanford University study showed that seniors and children spending time together cultivates a sense of purpose and extends benefits both ways. The success of the day has seen all parties agree to visits on a monthly basis. “We’ll be bringing different groups of children to visit the residents on an ongoing basis,” Meghan said. Wisteria Grove offers relaxed and secure retirement living in peaceful surroundings. Visit retireaustralia.com.au/wisteriagrove for more information. Crestron and Amazon Web Services Join Forces to Make Meetings Productive 2017-12-01T00:59:16Z crestron-and-amazon-web-services-join-forces-to-make-meetings-productive December 1, 2017 – Crestron, a global leader in workplace technology, today announced that, with Alexa for Business, it is bringing voice control to conference rooms across North America with the availability of its enterprise skill for Amazon Alexa. Alexa for Business is a new service announced today by Amazon Web Services (AWS) that lets you use Amazon Alexa to voice-enable your workplace. Now, employees can start a meeting simply by saying “Alexa, start my meeting.” From launching a web conference to pulling up presentation materials on-screen, the power of Crestron and Amazon Alexa will help ensure meetings are timely and productive. “Everyone has a meeting horror story, and it often involves trying to use the technology for collaboration or a presentation,” said Fred Bargetzi, Chief Technology Officer at Crestron. “It isn’t just annoying – meetings start an average of 10-12 minutes late, and unproductive meetings cost American businesses an estimated $37 billion annually. Now, leveraging the power of Amazon Alexa voice control, Crestron can handle it all for you. Today’s announcement is just the beginning – enterprise voice control is going to be a productivity game-changer.” Crestron and AWS have been working together for more than a year in the residential and hospitality markets, using voice control to optimize living situations. For example, asking Amazon Alexa to set the mood for dinner could lower the shades and lights, and turn on a specific selection of music. Now, the many Fortune 500 companies that use Crestron technology can add similar Amazon Alexa voice-controlled skills to manage their office space. “Voice control is transforming the way we live and work, so the enterprise skill is a natural extension of our existing collaboration,” said Dan Jackson, Director of Enterprise Technology at Crestron. “People already love Amazon Alexa in their homes, and importantly, they already know how it works. We’re creating one consistent, responsive experience to anticipate your needs, no matter where you are." For more information about Crestron and Amazon Alexa, visit crestron.com/alexa. About Crestron At Crestron we build the technology that integrates technology. Our automation and control solutions for homes and buildings let people control entire environments with the push of a button, integrating systems such as AV, lighting, shading, security, BMS and HVAC to provide greater comfort, convenience and security. All of our products are designed and built to work together as a complete system, enabling you to monitor, manage and control everything from one platform. Our products are backed by more than 90 fully-staffed offices that provide 24 x 7 x 365 sales, technical, and training support across the globe. In addition to its World Headquarters in Rockleigh, New Jersey, Crestron has sales and support offices throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Australia. Discover Crestron by visiting www.crestron.com. *** All brand names, product names, and trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Certain trademarks, registered trademarks, and trade names may be used in this document to refer to either the entities claiming the marks and names or their products. Crestron disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. Crestron is not responsible for errors in typography or photography. ©2017 Crestron Electronics, Inc. Media enquiries For further information, contact Ruth or Duyen at DEC PR on crestron@decpr.com.au or 02 8014 5033 Draught controlled offices this summer 2017-11-06T02:55:20Z draught-controlled-offices-this-summer Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioners Australia (MHIAA) introduces the enhanced award-winning FDT range for commercial use that provides comfort for everyone in the room. The FDT range won the 2016 Good Design Award by the Japan Institute of Design Promotion. It includes an in-ceiling, four-directional indoor unit which offers improved airflow via a high performance yet low noise fan. “The best air conditioners are ones we don’t notice. Offices often have the problem where workers are seated under the air-conditioning unit causing an uncomfortable draught,” says MHIAA Senior Advisor, Graham Hamilton. “It’s generally impractical to move people away from an air conditioning vent so it’s great to offer an air-conditioning system that ensures it is comfortable for everyone.” The draught control technology has four louvers, or flaps, which can be positioned individually according to where the air flows needs to be directed. This technology provides an air-flow that is flatter, and directed out of the unit along the ceiling. When heating is required during colder months, air-flow is redirected and pushed down With the mercury expected to reach maximum temperatures again, as it has over the last few summers, the FDT range is perfect for creating the ideal working environment. Available in 6kW to 14kW, the new range has an improved aerodynamic performance and reduces the operating noise by as much as 5dB(A).  “The FDT series also helps reduce operating costs by automatically switching to energy saving stand-by mode when no motion is detected. This means that in the event that staff members do not turn the unit off at the end of the day the unit will switch itself off at night.  Then, as soon as someone walks into the office in the morning, the optional motion sensor will detect activity in the room and the operation will restart automatically at the desired temperature,” continues Graham. “The Hi Power mode can ensure the room reaches the desired temperature in as little as 15 minutes and the FDT air conditioner will also provide a reminder for general maintenance, for example when the air filter needs cleaning.” The enhanced FDT range is now available. For more information contact MHIAA direct. About Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioners Australia Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioners Australia offers a complete range of premium air-conditioners to create perfect temperature conditions and air flow in every residential and commercial space. Innovation is central to the organisation and underpins every aspect of MHIAA’s appliances. Fostering Japan’s technological leadership and in combination with the organisation’s heritage in engineering, aviation and spacecraft leadership, the company continues to achieve unrivalled success in Australia and New Zealand. Led by world-class engineers, intricate detailing features in every phase of product design and development.  For further information and to see the full range visit www.mhiaa.com.au or call 1300 138 007. Australian Charity Deploys Boomi for Cloud Transition and Business Expansion 2017-10-31T22:50:43Z australian-charity-deploys-boomi-for-cloud-transition-and-business-expansion Sydney, Australia – November 1, 2017 – Dell Boomi™ (Boomi) has announced that Australia’s first charity, The Benevolent Society, is using the Boomi integration platform to enable its transition to a 100 per cent cloud model, create a connected data environment, and support its business expansion. Founded in 1813, The Benevolent Society provides a range of support services to people with disabilities, children and families, older Australians and carers. With the goal of helping Australians live their best lives, the not-for-profit kickstarted its cloud migration which, over a 12-month period, will help create a mobile workforce and streamline internal processes including reporting to government, and subsequently further improve its employees’ ability to continue providing services to Australians. “Technology is playing an increasingly prominent part in the way we operate as an organisation,” said James Foot, Director of IT at The Benevolent Society. “For us, a key part in improving the service and the experience we provide to clients begins with the connection at our back end. That means ensuring important client information is readily accessible through a secure interface. Boomi provides us with a platform to synchronise our systems so the data that is generated is accurate, up-to-date, and easy to use by our teams.” Boomi’s integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) was selected to centralise The Benevolent Society’s applications and the data they generate so that employees can access critical resources on any device, in any location and at any time. This is particularly significant for The Benevolent Society’s client-facing practitioners who are no longer restricted by location and time, and can now deliver more elaborate and timely services to clients. For example, any time a client calls in to The Benevolent Society’s contact centre and is authenticated, the contact centre manager will instantly have all information at hand without requiring the caller to provide a detailed background on the conversation again. This includes details on how many times the client has interacted with The Benevolent Society, what services they are receiving, and what follow-up questions to ask. Boomi has also simplified The Benevolent Society’s entire data environment by connecting dozens of systems – including up to 20 customer relationship management (CRM) platforms, human resources tools and bespoke apps which were formerly siloed – into a single interface. This not only ensures data is up-to-date and accurate for all users, but removes the need for repetitive and time-consuming manual data entry into multiple databases. The additional benefit of consolidating this previously disparate data is that The Benevolent Society is now able to streamline processes related to its reporting obligations. Some Australian funding models require organisations to report client statistics including the number of clients it services and how many services are being provided. The Boomi technology is also supporting the onboarding of 800 new staff and 9,000 new clients following The Benevolent Society’s joining together with the NSW Government’s Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) Disability Community Services Teams. “By using Boomi to create a connected business, The Benevolent Society is even further boosting its ability to help Australians in need,” said Michael Evans, Managing Director Asia-Pacific and Japan at Dell Boomi. “The integration of apps and data equips The Benevolent Society’s employees with the resources they need to perform their jobs anywhere and at any time. As a result, they can respond even faster to optimise the experiences of clients with a personalised touch.” About Dell Boomi Dell Boomi (Boomi), an independent business unit of Dell, is the leading provider of cloud integration and workflow automation software to build The Connected Business. Boomi helps more than 6,200 organisations accelerate business agility by connecting data and applications to run faster and smarter. Visit http://www.boomi.com for more information. © 2017 Boomi Inc. Dell, Boomi, and Dell Boomi are trademarks of Dell Inc. or its subsidiaries. Other names or marks may be the trademarks of their respective owners. About The Benevolent Society The Benevolent Society is Australia’s first charity, working as a catalyst for social justice and change for over 200 years. The Benevolent Society advocates for a better life for all Australians and provides quality services in the areas of Family Support, assisting older people, and Australians with disability. We help people age well and live a healthy life, staying in their homes wherever possible. For more information, please visit www.benevolent.org.au, on Facebook, or on Twitter at @BenevolentAU.