The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-09-20T03:38:09Z The Gender Gap: Is IT the golden opportunity for women? 2019-09-20T03:38:09Z the-gender-gap-is-it-the-golden-opportunity-for-women According to the Australian Computer Society’s (ACS) recent digital pulse report, the female share of total technology workers in 2018 increased slightly to 29%, with the gender pay gap declining slightly from 20% in 2017 to 18% in 2018.  The information technology workforce continues to see underrepresentation by women. Participation of women in technology roles is 29% of the overall workforce, significantly lower than other professional occupations more at 44%.  The good news however is there has been small signs of improvement with 29% share of females in technology roles represented a marginal increase relative to the previous year – the first increase in female representation in the Australian technology workforce since the first Digital Pulse report was published.  The golden opportunity for women in IT is in the current and projected skills shortage identified with the expectation that there will be a requirement for an additional 100,000 technology workers by 2024.   The report also indicated that the highest priority for the Australian digital economy lies in solving this shortage and the current rate of IT graduates and skilled migration alone is unlikely to meet the significant future demand for technology workers. Which requires greater investment in developing workers’ technology skills.   The Queensland State Government has put a long-term plan into place, the Hon Kate Jones, Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development said that they have a plan to encourage girls to take up STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects, as she believes interest starts early it at home and in schools. In 2019 there was a roll out of specialist STEM teachers in primary schools in Queensland.   “We know that most people are considering whether to go into those disciplines from an early age so if we can get dynamic women and men teaching those skills in the early years, then I think you are going to change the path.”  In the short term, the best method is a collaboration of private enterprise and business working with communities, Governments and tertiary institutions to provide an opportunity for immediate change.   Australian IT company CT4 has developed an approach to bridge both gaps facilitating entry level training and jobs for those new to IT through their DAP earn and learn program.  With a particular focus on women joining the program and due to demand, are expanding the program with support of state Governments and tertiary education providers.  CT4’s Customer Success Manager Tegan DeClark encourages a change in perception of what it means to work in IT, having previously entered from another industry.  “The IT industry typically provides better opportunities for flexible work arrangements, remote working, increased earnings, and work-life balance for families compared to other industries, particularly for those re-entering the workforce after a career break or located in regional areas”  In Australia according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), data released in August 2019, shows women the Information media and communications industry is on average the second highest for fulltime weekly earning behind only the mining industry.   DeClark says that instead of just a job or just study, their DAP program gives people accepted into the course a way to get a foot in the door to a growing IT industry, with work experience and a certificate at the end of it.    “The program is broadly targeted at not just school leavers and graduates but those upskilling or reskilling.  We truly believe that diversity be that culture, ability, gender, background and life/work experience is the lens in which through, unique problems are solved, so it’s not just talented computer enthusiasts we encourage to enter our training programs”  As digital technologies continue to provide Australia with opportunities to grow and innovate as emerging technologies become more integrated into the operations of our businesses and everyday lives of Australian citizens, Australia’s future prosperity in an increasingly digitised world will depend upon ongoing investment in these technologies and further development in the digital skills required to operate them.    Sydney Executives Receive Sobering Advice From Silicon Valley VC 2019-09-18T23:48:28Z sydney-executives-receive-sobering-advice-from-silicon-valley-vc MEDIA RELEASE - For Immediate Release Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Offers Sydney Executives Sobering Advice Australian household debt is reported to be among the highest in the world, according to The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. So what does this mean for the retirement dream? According to Silicon Valley venture capitalist, Marco Robert, “retirement dreams don’t come true”. “Senior executives are being dismissed from global corporations because they are too expensive and no longer relevant. Even if you went to an Ivy League college, they don’t exactly teach you about how to manage all elements in a business. You can learn more in one day from Warren Buffet than you can from an entire MBA - at least, that's been my experience,” Robert says.The sobering statistics speak for themselves: The average Australian employee retires at the age of 62.9 according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.  Figures from the Association of Super Funds Australia (ASFA) indicate that men retire on average with $270,710 in the account. Women, on the other hand, retire with over 40% less, at $157,050. If you’re planning on living until 75, that would mean that Australians would be forced to live on average between a shockingly low $13,000 to $22,000 per year. Given the average rent in Sydney is $30,264 per year, it’s clear that the numbers don’t stack up.  A world apart and far from the retirement dream hard working Aussies deserve. Robert, along with Sydneysider, Oscar Chavez propose an alternative to the current retirement reality but caution that their solution isn’t for everyone. However, both agree that achieving financial certainty should be at the top of everyone’s list.  “Financial certainty is something that’s not discussed at all. Our stock price could fall, the company could collapse or our employers could sell the companies we work for. All of a sudden, things aren’t so certain. Given most Aussies don’t have enough in their savings to survive more than a few months at max, people need to think long and hard about financial certainty,” says Chavez. After a stint on Season 2 of Australia’s “The Voice” on Team Delta and over 70kg in weight loss, Chavez has toured the world as a speaker and executive leadership coach, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Mel Gibson and Dr. Phil. Oscar Chavez with Mel Gibson Meanwhile, Robert who is the founder and CEO of international business advisory firm Tumiza Strategy Consulting has had his eyes set on Sydney’s up and rising entrepreneurs and executives. "Sydney executives have more potential than any other market I've seen. Their level of maturity in business surpasses some of the greatest minds in Silicon Valley. Yet they are frustrated by the bureaucracy and snail-paced innovation of corporate Australia,” he says.  For Robert, he wants to equip executives to harness their potential for innovation to create the next generation of powerful and influential organisations. His Silicon Valley venture capitalist mindset packs a solid punch and is not for the faint of heart.  “Spending a few days with Robert is like getting stripped limb from limb. But it’s the only way I was able to free my mindset to become a true entrepreneur, rather than feeling stuck inside of one business that I wasn’t even passionate about,” says Chavez. Marco Robert gets real with Sydney executives Robert claims financial certainty is only possible through creating your own successful startup or scaling your own existing company, “it’s exactly what we’ve seen with the likes of Atlassian, Canva and [neobank] Xinja. There’s a mass exodus from major corporations as corporations will never pay people what they are worth. Every employee needs to drive profit, and that profit is not yours.” Chavez agrees, “I want to know if something major in my life happened such as needing to pay for expensive medical intervention for my kids, that I would be able to manage. This is why building financial certainty is of utmost importance. Not to peacefully retire, but to generate wealth and build meaningful projects with legacy that offer value to the community.” So Robert and Chavez have teamed up with an MBA alternative that promises to equip Sydney executives with the education they need to successfully build and scale a business to generate wealth.  The average MBA takes two years to complete, but the aptly named venture, “Business Titans” is described as a supercharged MBA that offers more value to your career within three days. Business Titans takes eligible executives to an exotic and exclusive retreat to learn the secrets of Silicon Valley success so they can create a replicable strategy of their own. “We take our Titans away from their usual routine to shake down old patterns of thinking. We equip them with only the strategies that are relevant to results,” Chavez says. “Top income earners are heavily taxed in Australia by up to 48%. We want to educate people on how to maximise their returns through legal tax minimisation strategies, reinvesting their money in meaningful endeavours for the community’s benefit,” he says. This year, Business Titans 7X Retreat will be hosted in Thailand, with the south-east asian location selected both for its cultural wonders and help shake down the norm for participants.  Chavez, an ambassador for A21, the global nonprofit organisation tackling modern slavery and human trafficking, says that it should be every person’s mission to look after the human needs of others. “People in privileged positions should be doing what they can to make an impact in improving the lives of others. That’s why I want to equip the next generation of Business Titans - they will have the skills, the drive and the finances to fuel positive change and change the world,” he says. Robert and Chavez are now screening eligible executives for their December Business Titans 7X Retreat in Thailand. We've secured an exclusive 50% discount coupon to attend their retreat, but with only 30 spots open, spots are filling up fast.  Visit www.cxoequip.com today to take up this exclusive offer. To interview Oscar Chavez about CxO Equip and his experiences being a Business Titan, contact him on +61403360364 or via email: oscar@oscar-chavez.com ----------------------- END OF RELEASE -----------------------  Today is National Family Business Day 2019 - celebrating the heartbeat of Australian business 2019-09-18T22:56:00Z today-is-national-family-business-day-2019-celebrating-the-heartbeat-of-australian-business 19 September 2019: Today is National Family Business Day, which celebrates the ‘heartbeat’ of Aussie business, and is organised by Australia’s peak body for family businesses, Family Business Australia (FBA). Greg Griffith, CEO of FBA, says National Family Business Day recognises the contribution family business makes to the Australian economy and culture. “Family Business Day acknowledges family businesses as the heartbeat of Australian commerce, employing 50 per cent of the Australian workforce. “Most family businesses are Australian-owned, providing considerable investment and employment opportunities. “When you spend money on a family owned Australian business it remains in our communities”, Mr Griffith said. As part of National Family Business Day, FBA announced winners of its annual Family Business National Awards, and new inductees to the FBA Family Business Hall of Fame, at its Family Business Conference in Melbourne today. The most prestigious category, the Distinguished Family Business of the Year Award, was presented to Seeley International, Australia’s largest air-conditioning manufacturer. Seeley International was started by Frank Seeley in the early 1970s, after he grew tired of selling portable evaporative coolers and decided to manufacture cooling units himself. Seeley International employs more than 500 people, has manufacturing operations at Lonsdale, South Australia and Albury, New South Wales, sales offices in each mainland state, as well as in the USA and throughout western Europe, and exports to more than 120 countries (source: Seeley International website www.seeleyinternational.com). The FBA’s Next Generation Achiever Award was given to Amie Lyone, an executive with Complete Office Supplies (COS), which is Australia’s largest privately owned office products distributor. FBA Chairman’s Award recipients included John McLean at Bundaberg Brewed Drinks, Angela Mary Ciliberto at C-Direct, Bill Noye at KPMG, and Graham Henderson at Mitchell Group Australia. FBA’s Life Membership was awarded to Dr. Jill Thomas, in recognition of over 20 years’ outstanding service to Family Business Australia. Dr Thomas undertook the first PhD in the area of family business in Australia, focusing on family business leadership. She has given presentations internationally, and published research papers and chapters in text books about family business leadership, governance, communication, internationalisation and human resources. The Accredited Advisor Award was given to John Broons of Perth based Family Business consultancy John Broons Advisory https://www.johnbroons.com/ 2019 FBA Hall of Fame inductees include: Bowhill’s Engineering, specialist fabricated steel manufacturers: www.boweng.com.au Colorific Australia, toy manufacturer: https://colorific.com.au/ Ella Baché, skincare and cosmetics: https://www.ellabache.com.au/ Linneys Jewellery, Perth’s largest jewellery store: https://www.linneys.com.au/ Matthews Australasia, providing intelligent product identification and information driven manufacturing: https://www.matthews.com.au/ Matthews Real Estate, a Brisbane-based agency: https://www.matthewsrealestate.com.au/ Normark Landscapes, a Melbourne-based landscaping firm: https://normark.com.au/ Trendpac, manufacturing personal, household and industrial products since 1963: https://www.trendpac.com.au/ Key Australian family business sector facts: ·       Family businesses account for approximately 70 per cent of all businesses in Australia – estimated at half a million businesses ·       Approximately 50 per cent of the Australian workforce is employed in family businesses ·       Australian family business sector is worth approximately $4.3 trillion ·       The average family business has a turnover of $12 million, and employs 37 people ·       The 2019 Edelman Trust Barometer found family businesses are more trusted than business in general: 75% trust Family Business in Australia vs 52% trust in general businesses About Family Business Australia: Family Business Australia is the peak body for family businesses in Australia. Its purpose is to contribute to the long-term success of family business by providing resources and channels to promote success, sustainability and longevity. We provide access to specialist family, business and technical services and generate opportunities for families in business to learn and grow by networking and sharing with their peers. Visit www.familybusiness.org.au Aomaijia's e-platform transforming how Australasian brands connect with and support Chinese customers 2019-09-16T00:27:36Z new-sales-platform-revolutionizes-the-way-australian-businesses-connect-with-and-track-their-chinese-customers SYDNEY - (ACN Newswire) - For the first time Australian manufacturers targeting online Chinese consumers can market and sell their products directly to consumers on a dedicated overseas brands platform, cutting out agents and maintaining better control of their branding and distribution into the world's biggest market. One of China's fastest-growing e-commerce businesses, Aomaijia Group today signed agreements with five leading Australian companies; Sukin, Kids Smart, NESTLE Australia, b.box and TASMAN UGG. They will join other Australian brands Swisse and Blackmores, which are already available across the e-commerce platform. In total, Aomaijia sells more than 100,000 product lines across 3,000 individual brands.Aomaijia (pronounced OW-MY-GEE-ARE) has developed China's most innovative integrated e-commerce platform which does not simply sell overseas made products to end users but provides an entire suite of services that deliver products from the supplier, through the supply chain, sales channels and consumer delivery.Unlike China's two best-known online retail platforms, Taobao and T-Mall, 90% percent of products on Aomaijia are international brands. This differentiates the platform as one focussed entirely on supporting the branding strategy of international manufacturers.Speaking in Sydney today at the signing of these agreements, Aomaijia Group CEO Ms. Liping Liu said, "Even though most of our sales go through digital channels we are not simply an online mall. Other online trading platforms allow overseas companies to connect very quickly with millions of Chinese consumers; but they have significant limitations."The biggest drawback is that online malls sell many products through second-hand agents who may or, in many cases, may not be appointed by product producers. They generate sales but the trade-off is a loss of control in branding, distribution and retail pricing."Aomaijia distinguishes itself by only dealing directly with manufacturers, or their appointed agencies."The Aomaijia platform was created to give suppliers, like those in Australia, control of their branding in China but also control over distribution, sales volumes and ultimately their profits." said Aomaijia CEO Ms Liu.Australian brands will not only benefit from access to China's most sophisticated retail e-commerce platform, Aomaijia can supply an entire suite of services from supply chain financing and management through to technical services and tracking end users through tailor-made CRM solutions.Aomaijia's business to consumer (B2C) sales rest on three platforms; a mobile phone app, an online retail site, and a mini sales program operated on the WeChat social media platform. It also has 14 physical stores in key locations across all of China's major first-tier cities, including: Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Zhuhai and Wuxi. The company has an aggressive roll-out strategy with plans to open nearly 100 stores nationwide in the coming year.Aomaijia calls its retail outlets Dual-line Stores which help customers to get efficient shopping experience. Its two major advantages are that it gives consumers confidence that they are buying authentic brands; and they have the opportunity to physically sample new product lines which may not be familiar in China.One of the unique aspects of the Dual-line Store is that Aomaijia's platform allows consumers to track individual products right across the supply chain from entry into China to point-of-sale. This gives Chinese consumers absolute confidence that they are purchasing genuine products through proper channels.Established in 2015 in Guangdong (China's richest province by GDP) the company launched its online platform the following year. In first half year of 2019 the company's total customer base grew more than 200% and it now has more than 30 million registered users across its three digital platforms. New Report: Expats returning home are key to unlocking Corporate Australia’s competitive edge 2019-09-13T02:36:09Z new-report-expats-returning-home-are-key-to-unlocking-corporate-australia-s-competitive-edge Sydney, Australia | 13 September 2019 – Australian expats returning home are an untapped talent pool for recruiters and businesses, a report by Indeed, the #1 job site in the world and Advance, the organisation that celebrates and connects members of Australia’s global diaspora, reveals.   The report, ‘They Still Call Australia Home’ explores the attitudes of Australian business and recruitment decision-makers towards Australians who have travelled and worked abroad. It also captures the job-seeking experiences of Australians who have worked, or are working, overseas and navigating their return to Australia. A key highlight from the report’s findings is the need for Australian businesses and recruiters to broaden their search to include expats returning home to Australia.   According to the findings, nearly three quarters of respondents (71%) reported a positive experience from hiring a returned expat while almost 3 in 5 (57%) of recruiters identified that recruiting returned Australians has a longer-term strategic benefit.   While recruiters expressed concerns that expat candidates who recently returned home lacked strong Australian business networks, in fact nearly half (49%) of those returning from a stint overseas reported eventually finding employment through their own networks. This demonstrated that expats returning to Australia are indeed benefitting from maintaining strong connections back home.   By overlooking Australian talent in global markets, employers are limiting their options. In fact, 65% of the survey respondents believe Australian businesses are creating an environment that discourages Australians working overseas from returning.   When looking for work back home, a third (34%) of expats who recently returned home reported not being successful in landing an interview for a potential role where their skills precisely matched the job requirements. And while almost a quarter (24%) of those surveyed were successful in landing interviews for various roles, they still reported missing out on job offers. According to the report it takes those returning home 2.1 months longer than the average job seeker to secure a job.   When it comes to the skillsets that they can offer corporate Australia, the ability to manage culturally diverse staff and stakeholders, global leadership and strategy, international regulation, and knowledge of emerging technologies are among them.   Given two-thirds (67%) of recruiters say they have struggled to find candidates to fill roles because of skill shortages or a lack of relevant experience, those returning home present as valuable talent and offer a potential solution to Australia’s skills deficit.   Paul D'Arcy, SVP Marketing at global job site Indeed, commented: “It’s clear Australia has pull-factors that attract its diaspora back to the country and, as the report identifies, these skilled workers present a significant opportunity for recruiters and businesses.   “While most (83%) recruiters said they are cautious about recommending expats who recently returned home for Australian-based roles, we know diverse workforces are more successful than homogeneous ones, which is why employers and recruiters are missing out on an untapped pool of returning workers whose skills and experiences could positively impact their company.   “In order to reap the rewards of expats returning home, employers and recruiters could embrace a change in mindset to one that looks beyond its own borders to one that prioritises ability and skill. Businesses would do well to abandon any preconceived ideas they have about what a candidate needs to handle a job and adopt policies that make the hiring process more objective.   “This will mean that in the global battle for talent, Australia has the opportunity to secure the best and brightest talent in the market.”    Yasmin Allen, Chairman of Advance believes that professional networks are critical to helping professionals coming home to reintegrate into Australia’s workforce and government policy is also key to supporting their return home to draw on their specialist knowledge and expertise.   She comments: “As a country, we derive value and benefits from encouraging our expats to remain connected with Australia and to come home to share their experience and bring their intellectual property with them. This in turn fuels innovation and benefits the entire nation economically.   “Additionally, expats themselves need to be prepared and mindful that things may have changed in their home country during their absence. Events might have taken place that have shaped Australia that may have eluded them, and they may have achieved a level of seniority that does not exist here.   “We know Australia can benefit overall from better connection with our diaspora and through Advance we help facilitate that, by celebrating and engaging our expats and encouraging them to remain connected, to each other and to Australia.”     — ENDS — About the survey The research was commissioned by Indeed and conducted by Lonergan Research in accordance with the ISO 20252 standard. Lonergan Research surveyed 440 Australian returned or returning expats and 331 recruitment decision-makers aged 18+. Surveys were distributed throughout Australia and to Australians abroad. The survey was conducted online amongst members of a permission-based panel and Advance’s internal database, between 29 April and 30 May 2019. Read the full report here: au.indeed.com/hire/returning-expats-report/ Key Findings   Australians who believe that working overseas will be to their advantage when returning to Australia may need to think again. Research shows the opposite is true. In fact, they might struggle to gain work back in Australia – and will probably have to take a pay-cut.   Businesses and recruitment decision-makers’ unintentional disregard is effectively locking expats out of returning to the Australian jobs market. In fact, 65% of all respondents believe that Australian businesses are creating an environment that discourages Australians working overseas from returning.   A third (34%) of returned or returning expats aren’t even landing an interview for a potential role where their skills precisely match the job requirements. A quarter (24%) are landing multiple interviews for various roles, and yet miss out on being offered the job.   While nine in 10 (89%) of recruitment decision-makers consider that managing projects across multiple countries is a positive experience on a job application, a third (32%) of them are reluctant or cautious to hire a returned expat for an Australian-based role on the basis of perceived cultural difficulties, most commonly the potential delay in ‘settling in’ to a role.   Three in 10 recruiters (31%) prioritise a candidate with Australian-only work experience, favouring their knowledge of recent Australian history, the political climate and culture over candidates who have been out of the country for a period of time.   A third of recruiters (33%) think that returned expats misjudge their earning power in Australia and the perception that they have a self-inflated sense of skills and experience is the most commonly held belief among half (45%) of recruiters, who think returned expats expect a higher salary.   The situation for some is so challenging, that some returned expats are packing their bags and returning overseas because their international experience is not valued (67%), or because there are fewer suitable roles in Australia (65%).   Seven in 10 returned expats (70%) said their self-esteem was impacted by the difficulties associated with returning to work in Australia, while a third (32%) of returned expat Australians and rebound expats regret having come back to Australia.   Two-thirds (67%) of returned expat Australians have considered packing up their bags and leaving Australia again to get the right role.   About Indeed More people find jobs on Indeed than anywhere else. Indeed is the #1 job site in the world and allows job seekers to search millions of jobs in over 60 countries and 28 languages. More than 250 million people each month search for jobs, post resumes, and research companies on Indeed. For more information, visit indeed.com. About Advance Advance is the only organisation to identify, engage and empower members of the global Australian diaspora. We keep them connected and help bring ideas and IP home for the benefit of all Australians. With a community spanning 110 countries, Advance fosters connections with more than one million Australians living and working offshore, and 2.5 million student alumni, drawing on their experience and networks to open doors and opportunities for Australia, Australian companies and Australians around the globe.   MEDIA ENQUIRIES Indeed                        Chloe Tran M: +61 405 955 025  chloe@thatcomms.com Bridie Mackay M: +61 425 886 615 bridie@thatcomms.com   World awareness day for Australia's most common blood cancer this Sunday 2019-09-13T02:28:55Z world-awareness-day-for-australia-s-most-common-blood-cancer-this-sunday A recent report released by the Leukaemia Foundation has revealed the true size and impact of the blood cancer lymphoma in Australia is far greater than was previously known.  The report shows currently around 6500 Australians will be diagnosed every year with a lymphoma making it Australia's most common blood cancer. Sadly, 1600 Australians will lose their life to the disease.   The report also reveals that by 2035, these rates will almost triple. By then, 17,000 Australians are expected to be diagnosed with lymphoma, and more than 5000 will lose their fight with the disease.   Sunday, September 15 is World Lymphoma Awareness Day and the Leukaemia Foundation is highlighting the staggering new findings of the State of the Nation: Blood Cancer in Australia Report, which reveal lymphoma’s currently account for around 40 percent of all blood cancer diagnosis, and around 30 per cent of all blood cancer related deaths.  There are two main types of lymphoma – Hodgkins lymphoma (HL) and the far more common non-Hodgkins lymphoma (NHL) which can be broken into more than 30 unique sub-types.   Leukaemia Foundation CEO Bill Petch said while survival rates for lymphoma had improved significantly – as high as 87 per cent for some types of lymphomas – lives could be saved by accelerating research and improving access to the best possible treatments for all Australians.  "Blood cancer is at the forefront of new, precision medicines which have helped improve treatment pathways and survival rates, but we can do better,” Mr Petch said.  “The report shows us that we can steer toward a future where no Australian will die from lymphoma,” Mr Petch said.   The Leukaemia Foundation has set a bold new goal to achieve zero lives lost to blood cancer, including lymphoma, by 2035.  “To achieve this, we need to collaborate to ensure every Australian has access to the right information, the best treatments and services, and the latest trials, tests and diagnostic tools that will not only help them to survive, but also to live well.”  The first of its kind, State of the Nation: Blood Cancer in Australia Report was released on September 1 to launch Blood Cancer Awareness month, and led Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt to announce Australia's first Blood Cancer Taskforce to develop a National Action Plan to help tackle the key issues facing the blood cancer community today, and into the future.   "The formation of the Taskforce and the development of a National Action Plan mark a major milestone for the blood cancer community and will set the national agenda around blood cancer for many years to come."  The new Blood Cancer Taskforce will meet for the first time on September 30.  For more information about lymphoma, and to register for the Leukaemia Foundation's disease specific newsletter Lymphoma News, go to https://www.leukaemia.org.au/disease-information/lymphomas/  What is Lymphoma?  Lymphoma is the general term for cancers that develop in the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is made up of a vast network of vessels (similar to blood vessels) that branch out into all the tissues of the body.   These vessels contain lymph, a colourless watery fluid that carries lymphocytes, which are specialized white blood cells that fight infection.   There are two types of lymphocytes, B-lymphocytes and T-lymphocytes (also called B-cells and T-cells). These cells protect us by making antibodies and destroying harmful microorganisms such as bacteria and viruses.  Lymphoma originates in developing B-lymphocytes and T-lymphocytes, which have undergone a malignant change. This means that they multiply without any proper order, forming tumours which are collections of cancer cells. These tumours cause swelling in the lymph nodes and other parts of the body.  Over time, malignant lymphocytes (called lymphoma cells) crowd out normal lymphocytes and eventually the immune system becomes weakened and can no longer function properly.   The Leukaemia Foundation’s State of the Nation: Blood Cancer in Australia Report shows:  Today, Lymphoma accounts for 40 per cent of all blood cancer diagnosis each year and is the most commonly diagnosed blood cancer in Australia today. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) (37 per cent) is much more common than Hodgkin Lymphoma (HL) (5 per cent)  In Australia it's more common to be diagnosed with a lymphoma than with leukaemia  There are more than 50 different sub types of lymphoma  Currently, the five-year survival rate for all NHLs combined is 74 per cent. For HL the five-year survival rate is 87 per cent  The number of Australians diagnosed with lymphoma each year will jump from 6400 today to more than 17,000 by 2035  Out of the projected 275,000 Australians who will be living with blood cancer by 2035, lymphomas will account for 158,000   It's expected 64,140 Australians with lymphoma will die between 2019 and 2035  To view the full State of the Nation: Blood Cancer in Australia Report at  https://www.leukaemia.org.au/about-us/mylifecounts/stateofthenation/  For all media enquiries or to coordinate an interview, please contact media@leukaemia.org.au or call 0478 300 507.   KONCHECK: Made Australian Police Check Trouble-Free 2019-09-12T04:58:32Z koncheck-made-australian-police-check-trouble-free When do I need a National Police Certificate? Australia National Police check now Possible Another feather has been added to the cap of KONZE Enterprise Pty Ltd as it launched its latest project KONCHECK.  KONCHECK is an online portal to lodge a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (NCCHC). Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) accredits KONCHECK. Australian Government strongly recommends National police check for employers. Police check is a consent-based background and reference check of an applicant. Organizations use it to check if an employee is suitable for paid work, unpaid work, or volunteering with vulnerable groups such as children or adults with disabilities. Crime check is essential for community services, Government, Defense, Immigration, finance and Banking. Not long ago, when conducting an applicant’s background check was quite a hazard. KONCHECK promises to eliminate the hassle of a manual background check as well as the possibility of errors. The website’s automated screening system is more useful than ever. KONCHECK introduces a modern technology by which one can verify their documents, check records in few simple steps. KONCHECK also saves time as dependencies of time-consuming paper forms and snail-mails are over. KONCHECK is focusing more to avoid cyber-crime issues and hassle-free hiring. The director of KONZE has added, “We want to free up the process and dismiss any risk of safety for Organizations. So, the chances of economic fraud, money laundering, office violence, cybercrime issues can be minimized.” In KONCHECK, National crime check applications are processed within 1-2 business days in 70% of the cases. Rests may take 10-15 days or more time if the case of complicated. Last but not least, KONCHECK has the capability to be a revolution in the Police checking process by streamlining it, effortlessly. AASW Strongly Opposes Newstart Drug Testing 2019-09-12T04:19:09Z aasw-strongly-opposes-newstart-drug-testing The mandatory drug testing of Newstart recipients, accompanied by a possible reduction in income support payments, is deeply unethical and does not understand the complex nature of addiction, said Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) National President Christine Craik. "There is absolutely no evidence that drug use is more prevalent among people who are unemployed, or that drug use is the most significant cause of unemployment. Furthermore, there is no evidence that mandatory drug testing of people living on income support payments is effective." she said This is a punitive, vindictive and ideologically driven approach to policy that ignores evidence and punishes some of the most vulnerable members of society. Creating a national narrative that shifts the attention from the lack of assistance needed by vulnerable people, to blaming them for their vulnerability, is not a sign of a compassionate government. "People who are struggling with drug and alcohol use require treatment and support, and denying income support is not a form of treatment. If the government is seriously concerned with the impact of drug use then much greater attention needs to be paid to the availability and accessibility of drug treatment services. The sector is poorly resources with huge waiting lists and this policy would only compound the problem" The income support system was originally developed as a commitment to fairness, equality and mutual responsibility. By contrast, both fairness and equality are missing from this policy that punishes people for being poor. "Denying people income support payments will lead to destitution, increased homelessness and ill-health among people who already experience poverty. The flow on impacts will also be significant and this policy lacks any consideration about how it will affect families, loved ones and communities, including the possible increases in family violence and other forms of abuse." "Social workers understand that meaningful supports and long term change comes from working in collaboration and empathy, not coercion" she said. Given that there is no relationship between drug use and employment, there can be no justification for testing people on the basis of their employment status. AASW National President Christine Craik: Christine has worked as a social worker in family support, housing, community health and hospitals with a focus on domestic violence, sexual abuse and refugees for almost 3 decades. Christine holds a Master’s degree in Social Policy and Management and is currently completing her PhD. Christine has been National Vice President of the AASW since 2011, and is currently Chair of the Finance, Audit, Compliance and Risk Committee. She has chaired many committees, including the Governance review of 2015/6. Christine currently lectures full time in the undergraduate and post graduate Social Work Degrees at RMIT University. To interview Christine Craik, please contact the Debra Parnell M. 0412014428 Leukaemia Foundation shines spotlight on National MPN Awareness Day today 2019-09-12T02:12:56Z leukaemia-foundation-shines-spotlight-on-national-mpn-awareness-day-today The Leukaemia Foundation is today honoring Australians living with the rare blood disorder Myeloproliferative Neoplasms (MPNs) as part of National MPN Awareness Day. MPNs are just some of the many rare blood disorders which are seeing a rise in incidence, prevalence and mortality. More than 1205 Australians are diagnosed with MPNs each year, and around 240 of those lose their life to the disease[1]. "MPNs are lesser known than many blood cancers and recent research shows that like all blood cancers, its incidence and mortality have been underestimated and under-reported," Mr Petch said. "Unfortunately, as with all blood cancers and disorders, this means we will see more Australians diagnosed with the disease in coming decades. We stand beside them today on National MPN Awareness Day, and pledge to continue to support them and the search for a cure." MPNs occur when bone marrow stem cells grow and reproduce abnormally. In patients with MPN, abnormal stem cells produce excess numbers of one or more types of blood cells (red cells, white cells and/or platelets). These abnormal cells cannot function properly and can cause serious health problems unless properly treated and controlled. People with MPN have an increased risk of the disease transforming to an acute leukaemia depending on the subtype - essential thrombocythaemia (4%) Polycythaemia vera (9%) and  myelofibrosis (21%). Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML) is one of Australia's deadliest blood cancers, and has a five year survival rate of just per cent.[2] The Leukaemia Foundation has invested into research of MPNs as part of its $50 million National Research Program, and continues to advocate and support all Australians living with more than 120 different blood cancers across the nation. The Leukaemia Foundation last week released a first of its kind, State of the Nation: Blood Cancer in Australia Report which showed blood cancer in Australia is now more significant and prevalent than ever before, and incidence rates are on the rise. "The report has shown us that when all of these sub types – like MPN - are grouped together that blood cancer is having a much bigger impact in Australia than was previously thought,” Mr Petch said. "In fact, blood cancer is one of the most common and most deadly cancers in Australia." The State of the Nation report revealed that by 2035, 275,000 Australians will be living with blood cancer, including MPNs, compared to 110,000 in 2019.  Today, 41 Australians will be told they have blood cancer, and 20 will lose their life. These figures will more than double by 2035 to almost 100 people diagnosed every day, and more then 40 people losing their life to blood cancer, according to the Report. Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has announced the establishment of a National Blood Cancer Taskforce to help address these and many more challenges facing Australians living with blood cancers today, and into the future. The Taskforce will help a national agenda toward Zero Lives Lost to Blood Cancer by 2035. To learn more about blood cancer or if you would like to receive a copy of the State of the Nation: Blood Cancer in Australia report or the Leukaemia Foundation’s response titled ‘My Life Counts’, go to http://www.leukaemia.org.au/mylifecounts. What is MPNMyeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN) are a group of disorders in which the bone marrow stem cells grow and reproduce abnormally. MPNs are sometimes described as being clonal blood stem cell disorders. This means that they result from a change, or mutation, in the DNA of a single blood stem cell. In MPN the original mutation is preserved when the affected stem cell divides and produces a ‘clone’: a group of identical stem cells all with the same defect. Mutations in dividing cells occur all the time and healthy cells have sophisticated mechanisms within them to stop these abnormalities persisting. But the longer we live, the more chance we have of acquiring mutations that manage to escape these safeguards. MPNs are usually described according to the type of blood cell which is most affected. MPNs are closely related diseases, so it’s not uncommon for people to have features of more than one MPN when they are first diagnosed, or during the course of their illness. The three main forms of MPNs - polycythaemia vera , essential thrombocythaemia and myelofibrosis, There are also rarer, sub sets of the disease. MPN is more commonly diagnosed in people over the age of 50 although it can rarely occur in younger people, even very more rarely in children. Most people with an MPN have no family history of the disease. Many people have no symptoms when they are first diagnosed with an MPN and the disease is picked up accidentally during a routine blood test or physical examination. Symptoms include headaches, blurred vision, fatigue, weakness, dizziness, itchiness, night sweats and raised blood pressure. To find out more about MPN or to subscribe to the Leukaemia Foundation's MPN Newsletter go to www. https://www.leukaemia.org.au/disease-information/myeloproliferative-disorders/ [1] https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/cancer/cancer-in-australia-2019/data [2] https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/cancer/cancer-in-australia-2019/data ‘AWETISM’ EXPO CHANNELS POSITIVE ‘I CAN’ ATTITUDE 2019-09-10T20:55:34Z awetism-expo-channels-positive-i-can-attitude For Immediate Release 11 September 2019 ‘AWETISM’ EXPO CHANNELS POSITIVE ‘I CAN’ ATTITUDE Chris Varney, Founder of the I CAN Network, has come a long way from when a mum named Lisa spoke to him about her disruptive child which the world had outcast as the “weird one” and she had been labelled the “bad parent”. Her child was seen by many psychiatrists until one day they approached Lisa and said to her, “We are sorry to say that everything you find fascinating about your child is actually a problem.” “Everything you thought you were doing right with your parenting, you’re actually doing wrong,” they informed her. “Your child has Autism and he will be socially inept, obsessive and have anxiety.” However, Chris Varney believes that people need to rethink Autism because Lisa did get it right. Lisa was his mother. Chris’ story is famously presented in his 2013 TEDx Talk, ‘Autism: How my Unstoppable Mother proved the experts wrong’. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1HQKB2txgY) Chris, now 32 years-old, lives on the Autism Spectrum every day because he grew up with Asperger’s. At the tender age of 16, he began advocating for children's rights and that year he became the Youth Ambassador for World Vision. “When someone channels their Autistic traits into a specific focus area, that’s when what they thought was a negative, becomes a positive,” Chris said. He went on to become National Co-Director of World Vision's youth movement and later, the 2009 Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations. As Youth Representative he put together a book, Dear Kevin which helped catalyse many practical outcomes for vulnerable children and youth. He received the 2011 Monash University Student Alumni Award, the 2012 National Award for Youth in Advancing the Legal Rights and Interests of Children and Young People, the 2012 Future Justice Medal and the 2014 Monash Vice-Chancellor’s Social Inclusion Award. However, in 2013 on completion of his Law Degree, Chris had a vision. He wanted to see every child and young person on the Autism Spectrum say 'I CAN' to life's opportunities. So, he created a network and became the CEO (Chief Enabling Officer) that we know today, as the I CAN Network. Now, in 2019 the I CAN Network is Australia’s largest Autistic-led organisation which currently employs more than 30 Autistic adults. The organisation mentors over 1500 Autistic youth and through mentoring programs, partnerships, education and advocacy work in 90 primary and secondary schools across Victoria and Queensland. I CAN works closely with The Department of Education (Victoria and Queensland) and The Department of Health and Human Services Victoria. “Currently we're based in Melbourne, Australia, with hopes to expand in years to come,” Chris said. This Friday, 13 September 2019, the I CAN Network’s AWETISM Expo will be held at Docklands (Melbourne) celebrating the inclusion of Autistic secondary students and Autistic adult employers from major sponsor ANZ’s Spectrum Program. The I CAN Network plays a pivotal role in continuing to build the capacity of employers to hire, retain and develop Autistic people in their careers. This ‘AWETISM Expo’ gives students a chance to exhibit, present and see career pathways unfold. The I CAN Network’s AWETISM Expo became an annual event in 2015. “The Expo is an event where students put the ‘AWE’ in Awetism!” Last year the I CAN Network’s AWETISM Expo attracted more than 200 guests growing in statue this year to well over 300 attendees this year. The Expo is a safe space for Autistic students to make new friends and meet like-minded people and it is also a place for educational professionals, family and friends to experience truly unique innovation to support young Australian Autistics. This year we see 100+ Autistic students attending with over 20 Victorian schools represented.  Since 2017, AWETISM has been sponsored and hosted by ANZ Bank. ANZ’s strategy with its sponsorship is to showcase its ‘Spectrum Program’, an internal program to actively employ Autistic people in ANZ, to Autistic high school students. 2019 sees the Expo upscale with the inclusion of DXC Technology and Specialisterne with support from the Department of Health and Human Services.    EVENT DETAILS: I CAN Network AWETISM Expo 2019 - ‘Where Autistic students put the AWE in Awetism’, ANZ Bank Docklands, 833 Collins St Docklands, Victoria from 9.30AM - 2.30PM. If you would like to interview Chris Varney or attend the I CAN Network’s AWETISM Expo please contact him on - 0432 405 384. -ends- For more: https://www.icannetwork.com.au/ YOUNG WOMAN SAYS I CAN TO HER SUPERPOWER 2019-09-10T20:49:08Z young-woman-says-i-can-to-her-superpower For Immediate Release 11 September 2019 YOUNG WOMAN SAYS I CAN TO HER SUPERPOWER Caitlin Downie Kempson is one of many Autistic young people who will be exhibiting her superpower to a crowd of over 300 guests at the annual I CAN Network AWETISM Expo 2019. 22-year-old Caitlin’s journey to unlock her superpower began after attending an I CAN Network Camp as a mentee. The more I CAN Camps she attended the more motivated she became and soon she enlisted to become a Mentor, embraced Autism and developed a lasting I CAN attitude. What’s Caitlin’s superpower I hear you ask? It’s being able to help others “blossom”. Caitlin embarked on her advocacy journey more than five years ago, not only transforming herself but also supporting her peers to lead a more empowered and confident existence. “Being a mentor with I CAN has played such a significant part in my life for the past four and a half years. I love working with school groups and at I CAN camps,” Caitlin said. More recently Caitlin has played a key role in trailblazing online mentoring groups for the I CAN Network. The online group mentoring program helps Autistic participants to connect socially while building confidence in a safe, engaging and supportive environment. “Many participants don’t know how to express themselves fully, but they come out of their shell and learn to accept themselves and they begin to blossom.” “I think back to all the issues I had with self-esteem and self-doubt as a teenager and I’m grateful to have a chance to help others navigate their high school years,” she said. Caitlin will address more than 300 guests at the I CAN Network’s AWETISM Expo, the premier event for Autistic students and their schools in Australia.   The I CAN Network’s AWETISM Expo became an annual event since its inauguration in 2015. Last year the event attracted more than 200 guests growing in statue this year to well over 300 attendees. The Expo is a safe space for Autistic students to make new friends and meet like-minded people and it is also a place for educational professionals, family and friends to experience truly unique innovation to support young Australian Autistics. Since 2017, AWETISM has been sponsored and hosted by ANZ Bank. ANZ’s strategy with its sponsorship is to showcase its ‘Spectrum Program’, an internal program to actively employ Autistic people in ANZ, to Autistic high school students. EVENT DETAILS: I CAN Network AWETISM Expo 2019 - ‘Where Autistic students put the AWE in Awetism’, ANZ Bank Docklands, 833 Collins St Docklands, Victoria from 9.30AM - 2.30PM. If you would like to interview Caitlin please contact, I CAN Network Founder Chris Varney - 0432 405 384 -ends-   Enhance your sense of wellbeing with this solar-powered Buddha - he looks great by day and spectacular by night! 2019-09-10T06:30:10Z enhance-your-sense-of-wellbeing-with-this-solar-powered-buddha-he-looks-great-by-day-and-spectacular-by-night Dear xx We could all use a little peace and serenity in our busy lives. So let our Solar Buddha Statue be your inspiration. Ideal as either a decor piece indoors or for creating a sense of tranquility in the garden. If you place him outdoors during the day, the solar panel will charge the rechargeable Ni-MH battery so that, by night, the 5 LEDs around the Buddha illuminate automatically. The perfect reminder to stop, take a deep breath and enjoy your surroundings. Once installed, all that is left to do is sit back and enjoy the ambience. High-res images available to download here Automatically turns on at dusk and off at dawn. Up to 8 hours of light each night when fully charged. Rechargeable, replaceable Ni-MH batteries 2x AA 1.2v 600mAh No wiring, simply install and enjoy. No operating costs. For more information visit: https://smartlivinghg.com.au/product/solar-buddha-statue/ STARTCON 2019 THE FUTURE OF WORK COMES TO SYDNEY! 2019-09-10T03:46:16Z startcon-2019-the-future-of-work-comes-to-sydney STARTCON 2019 THE FUTURE OF WORK COMES TO SYDNEY! #AUSTRALIA’S LARGEST START UP CONFERENCE & EXPO # UBER, Ebay, AirBnB INTERNATIONAL SPEAKERS COMING DOWN UNDER # THOUSANDS EXPECTED FOR STARTUP EXPO & CONFERENCE # DOZENS OF INTERNATIONAL & LOCAL SPEAKERS   StartCon THE FUTURE OF WORK ,Australia’s largest startup and growth conference, will return to Sydney for its 10th year to inspire and unite the entire ecosystem of  thousands of potential new rich listers, entrepreneurs, investors, media and corporate innovation teams in Australia. Dozens of international and local keynote speakers will feature at the two day annual event at Sydney’s Royal Randwick racecourse on Friday and Saturday November  22 & 23 2019. The first international speakers to be announced are UBER’s Product Operations Manager Joe Fahed from the US and Dan Lok, the Chineses-Canadian business magnate, global educator, founder of Closers.com and best-selling author of FU Money and his new book Unlock It. Local speakers signed up include Canaria founder Alex Moss whose unobtrusive continuous biometric monitoring systems are being used by NASA and are a hit across Australia and worldwide and Daniel Wearne, Head of Design at Up Banking the digital bank that’s giving you super powered banking, sorry, super powered living! Lana Vickridge-Smith, Startcon CEO says “ We are really excited to explore the theme The Future Of Work for StartCon. We live in an increasingly digital, automated, and data-driven world which is displacing and disrupting almost every industry around the globe. Work does more than just provide a means to live; it provides a source of identity, security, community, and meaning. I truly believe this is the most important challenge of our lifetimes. We can let technology determine the future for us — or we can reimagine it ourselves. With over 75 speakers, 4,000 attendees, 160 exhibitors and 750 startups in attendance this year’s Startcon will comprehensively answer that question for a lot of people.” “StartCon 2019 will also feature expert workshops, a tech expo, hackathon, masterclasses, a FinTech stage, a Disruption stage, VIP lounge and an artificial intelligence (AI) stage. Guests can also attend networking events, experience live gaming and visit a startup alley that includes some of the most innovative businesses in the local market and across Asia” concludes Lana. StartCon 2019 early bird tickets are on sale now from $295 for the full two days. Tickets can be bought here. ABOUT STARTCON StartCon  is the largest Australian startup and growth conference, expo and entrepreneur community. Established in 2009, thousands of technology startup professionals, investors and ecosystem participants have already experienced StartCon events. StartCon features international keynotes, expert workshops, tech Expo & Startup Alley, Pitch Competition, Australasian Startup Awards, FinTech Stage, Hackathon, Networking & Parties, and many more. Freelancer Limited, which owns StartCon is listed on the ASX (ASX:FLN) also owns Freelancer.com, the world’s largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace by total number of users (35 MILLION)and jobs posted. This year’s conference will be held on November  22 & 23 2019 at Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney, with world-class international speakers in entrepreneurship and growth marketing, high quality workshops and a 160-booth expo showcasing the biggest tech names and high-growth startups in Australia. ABOUT UBER’S JOE FAHED. Based in San Francisco, Joe Fahed leads global rollout of products and features at Uber, focusing on the driver partner app and the on-trip experience. He works closely with Regional Operations Leads to surface insights and issues to the product team in HQ, and prepare global markets for new launches. Joe advises product and engineering teams in HQ on the feasibility of their products in various markets throughout the development lifecycle, taking into account local nuances and regulatory environments. ABOUT DAN LOK. Dan Lok is a Chinese-Canadian business magnate and global educator best known for being the founder and chairman of Closers.com-the world’s #1 virtual-closers network,Copywriters.com, and SalesCalls.com. Beyond his businesses, Mr. Lok has led several global movements to redefine modern education where Mr. Lok has taught men and women from 150+ countries to develop high income skills, unlock true financial confidence and master their financial destinies. ABOUT UP BANK’S DANIEL WEARNE. Up is a next-gen digital bank that soared past 100,000 users in it's opening 7 months. Over the last 10 years, Daniel has worked at tech startups at all stages and is relishing the opportunity to apply progressive design thinking to the digital banking sector. ABOUT ALEX MOSS CEO & Head Designer of Canaria Technologies, Alex Moss is a passionate role-model for women in technology; regularly mentoring and running events to promote female leadership in STEAM fields. In 2017 the BBC noted Alex as ‘the model changing the future of space medicine’. She has been recognised by The Australian as one of the leading 3 inventors working in Brisbane, and by Vogue Australia as one of the world's top young innovators in technology. Alex has also won numerous awards for her ground-breaking work in predictive biometric medical devices including: Global Winner Best Use of Hardware 2016 NASA International Space Apps, Sir Richard Branson’s Worldwide Top 10 Tech Start-ups Extreme Tech Challenge 2017, Global Aerospace Summit 2018 Young Space Leader and Komatsu Top 4 Tech Innovators to Watch Out For in 2018. E-tailer Klika Group Triples Its Warehouse Space As Online Retail Booms 2019-09-09T22:29:17Z e-tailer-klika-group-triples-its-warehouse-space-as-online-retail-booms Melbourne, VIC, Release :  September 10, 2019. For Immediate Release Australian e-tailer Klika Group, has leased the largest existing industrial facility in south east Melbourne this year in another sign of strong growth in online retail.  The property at 41-51 Mills Road, Braeside is owned by ARA Australia and comprises circa 17,000 square metres of warehousing and 1,000 square metres of office and showroom space. Klika has announced that it will serve as its global headquarters complemented by its satellite offices in China and Philippines.  Leo Zaitsev, Klika’s Director of Operations, said “we have experienced strong year on year growth, albeit it has been constrained by the space we have been operating in and consequently we had to restrain our expansion plans. The move to these new premises means that we can really put our growth strategies into action and further expand our product categories and offering. We have spent a considerable time locating a suitable facility which would accommodate our expansion and be easily accessible to our staff, customers and pool of carriers”. The move is one of many success stories for Klika Group following its recent announcement of the launch of its fourth online platform, Powertrain.com.au, targeting the fitness enthusiasts. https://bit.ly/2kqZAqV In a deal negotiated by CBRE on behalf of ARA Australia, the property offers modern, open plan design facility with high clearance and provides strong transport links to major arterial roads which provide access to major freeways, including Eastlink, Monash Freeway and Springvale Road.  “We’re very pleased to welcome Klika onboard as a new tenant – their long term commitment to the Braeside warehouse reflects the quality and attractive location of this particular property, which is a key strategic asset within our broader $420-million industrial portfolio,” said Rohan Neville, Head of Asset Management.  “The property is well located, set to benefit from the Mordialloc Bypass, enabling even better service capabilities to Greater Melbourne and, in particular, Melbourne’s most-populous South East.  We look forward to supporting Klika’s ongoing growth.”  David Aiello, Senior Director, Industrial and Logistics, South East Melbourne, CBRE, said “this is a significant transaction for the south east in what has otherwise been a softer leasing market in 2019. The 17,922sqm deal is the largest lease on an existing facility this year - at a time when current vacancy for buildings greater than 4,000sqm is just 1.5% in the south east. The Klika commitment also reaffirms the impact e-commerce is having on Melbourne’s industrial sector more generally - which together with our strong population growth - are the two most influential factors underpinning its robust performance”.  The Klika e-commerce group operates a hybrid business model with significant online market share across household product categories, selling its private label brands through its own platforms (Klika.com.au, Kahunaplay.com.au, Powertrain.com.au and Dropsite.com.au) and across most major Australian and New Zealand online marketplaces.   “We are continuously growing our private label offering and with the 30% growth in sales we have been experiencing over the preceding years and now with the added benefit of these larger premises, we are well positioned to take advantage of the forecasted growth in the e-commerce sector”, Zaitsev said.  About Klika Group (www.klika.com.au) Founded in 2005, Australian owned and operated, Klika Group has a unique hybrid online retail and e-wholesale business model, offering for sale directly to consumers more than 19,000 products via klika.com.au platform and supplying products from its 20 private labels such as Kahuna Trampolines, PowerTrain Fitness, Sarantino Furniture, Wallaroo outdoor equipment, Kolner,  Yukon Trade, to name a few. Klika’s wide product range is also available across all the main online marketplaces in Australia. Awarded as Top 20 Online Retailers in the country, in addition to Power Retail Top 100 Retailers list, Klika differentiates itself in the online retail space by supplying a diverse range of products with a focus on bulky profile categories and a true omni-channel presence with phone sales and a physical store operating 7 days a week at its new 17,922sqm sqm central facility in Braeside Melbourne. The group is supported by two satellite offices in China and the Philippines. About CBRE( www.cbre.com.au ) CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBRE), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2018 revenue). The company has more than 90,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate investors and occupiers through approximately 480 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com. About ARA Australia ( www.ara-group.com ) ARA Asset Management Limited is a premier global integrated real assets fund manager. As at 31 December 2018, the Gross Assets Managed by ARA Group and its Associates is approximately S$80.1 billion across over 100 cities in 23 countries. Driven by a vision to be the best-in-class real assets fund management company, ARA Group and its Associates’ businesses include REITs, Private real estate funds, Country desks, Infrastructure and Real estate management services. For more information, please visit http://www.ara-group.com.   -ENDS- Big banks join low rate mortgage war 2019-09-09T03:07:27Z big-banks-join-low-rate-mortgage-war MEDIA ALERT 9 September 2019 Big banks join low rate mortgage war Westpac announces amazing new low rates and first major regional bank goes under 3%* Westpac slashes home loan rates by up to 1.30%. Westpac has announced out-of-cycle variable and fixed home loan rate cuts for owner-occupiers and investors taking its lowest advertised rate to just 3.24 per cent pa. And Australia’s biggest mutual bank, Heritage Bank, has announced a new fixed rate under 3 per cent. These big cuts follow the growing number of online non-bank lenders announcing extraordinary low home loan rates, many under three per cent p.a. The new lowest advertised home loan rate now listed by InfoChoice is 2.74 per cent pa on a two-year fixed loan (Comparison rate 2.96%) and three-year fixed loan (comparison rate 2.94% pa) from Well Home Loans. “The rates from the online lenders are too low to ignore,” said Vadim Taube CEO of leading Australian financial comparison site InfoChoice.com.au. “And the big banks aren’t ignoring them, they are reacting by cutting their own rates. “Competition in the mortgage market is heating up and borrowers can get amazing low rates by researching the good deals.” Westpac have delivered an effective 0.15 per cent rate cut on their low rate basic mortgage product, the Flexi First Option Loan by increasing an existing discount offer. The new Flexi First Option variable rate (P&I) is 3.43 per cent pa (comparison rate 3.44 per cent pa). For LVRs under 70 per cent, the Flexi Option rate is 3.38 per cent pa (comparison rate 3.39 per cent pa). Westpac’s new 12-month fixed Flexi Option (P&I) rate is 3.29 per cent pa (comparison rate 4.05 per cent pa). That is a 0.80 per cent cut from the previous 12-month fixed rate of 4.09 per cent. Westpac’s 12-month rates now start at 3.24 per cent pa (comparison rate 4.01 per cent) on a packaged loan up to 70% LVR. Westpac’s Will Ranken, General Manager Home Ownership told InfoChoice:   “Today’s changes provide a competitive offering for both property investors and owner occupiers.   “The current low interest rate environment is driving competitive offers for home buyers, which coupled with the new home loan incentives and discounts available may make it an appealing time for Australians to start thinking about purchasing a home.”   Heritage Bank has reduced fixed rate home loan rates by up to 0.30 per cent and some owner occupier rates by up to 0.10 per cent. Investor variable interest rates have come down by up to 0.15 per cent. Heritage’s lowest rate is now 2.99 per cent pa (comparison rate 6.67 per cent pa) on the Home Advantage Package three-year fixed rate for owner-occupied (P&I). How many lenders are offering home loan rates under 3%? Loan type Lenders offering <3% on home loans Lowest rate in market Lowest Big Four bank home loan rate Variable 2 lenders (5 loan products) 2.89% pa (CR 2.90%) from Reduce Home Loans 3.35 % pa (CR 3.39%) NAB Base variable (P&I, 80% P&I) 12m fixed 9 lenders (13 loan products) 2.79% pa (CR 3.95%) from Greater Bank 3.24% pa (CR 4.01%) Westpac First Options (packaged) 2y fixed 13 lenders (21 loan products) 2.74% pa (CR 2.96%) from Well Home Loans 3.09% pa (CR 4.49%) NAB National Fixed Choice (P&I, first home buyer special) Fixed rate loans 3 year fixed 20 lenders (29 loan products) 2.74 % pa (2.94% pa) from Well Home Loans 3.23% pa (CR 3.94%) Westpac Fixed Option (packaged LVR <70%)     For more information, please contact: Jason Bryce, Media Manager on 0428 777 727 jason.bryce@infochoice.com.au   For more comments, please contact: Vadim Taube, Chief Executive on 0403 580 794   Keep up to date with the latest RBA rates outlook at InfoChoice.   * InfoChoice compares financial products from 145 banks, credit unions and other financial institutions in Australia. 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Costs such as redraw fees or early repayment fees, and costs savings such as fee waivers, are not included in the comparison rate but may influence the cost of the loan   ***Excludes accounts with introductory honeymoon maximum bonus rates, notice saver accounts and accounts that are not generally available to all Australian residents   InfoChoice is a leading Australian comparison website for retail banking and personal finance products. We’ve been helping Aussies find great offers on credit cards, home loans, savings accounts, term deposits, personal loans and car loans for over 25 years. Our mission is to help consumers make an informed purchasing by bringing together the most comprehensive list of financial products on the market today.   At InfoChoice, we strive to be: •           Comprehensive. We compare more than 3500 individual products from 145 providers within Australia to offer you the best value. •           Informative. We know how important it is for you to crunch the numbers before buying. Our calculators help you understand the cost of different products over the long term and show you the potential savings.