The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-06-22T02:00:12Z Nominate a deserving AusMumpreneur and show your support for Australian mums in business 2017-06-22T02:00:12Z nominate-a-deserving-ausmumpreneur-and-show-your-support-for-australian-mums-in-business The AusMumpreneur Conference and AusMumpreneur Awards are all about supporting Australian mums in business. This event provides a unique opportunity for women from all over Australia to come together to gain new skills, promote their business, connect with fellow mums in business, learn from leading business experts and celebrate the success of the best and brightest in the industry. Proudly presented by AusMumpreneur and The Women’s Business School, the AusMumpreneur Awards recognise the best and brightest in the Australian mumpreneur industry. The categories that will be judged are: AusMumpreneur of the Year Rising Star AusMumpreneur of the Year Emerging AusMumpreneur of the Year Regional Business Award Product Innovation Award Digital Innovation Award Sustainability Award Business Excellence Award AusMumpreneur Network Excellence Award Women’s Business School Excellence Award Global Brand Award Big Idea Award Making A Difference Award Retail Business Award Service Business Award Handmade Business Award The People's Choice Awards: Influencer Award Customer Service Award Making a Difference Award (Business) Making a Difference Award (Non-profit) Business owners or those who wish to nominate a mumpreneur, can go to: https://www.ausmumpreneur.com/ausmumpreneur-awards/ Nominations close on Friday the 30th of June 2017. Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com 0481 369 484 Wavelength International listed in the Best SMEs to Work Asia 2017 2017-05-30T05:21:58Z wavelength-international-listed-in-the-best-smes-to-work-asia-2017 Wavelength International has made the prestigious Best Places to Work Asia 2017, one of only 3 Australian businesses to make the top 10 of the small and medium workplaces list. The Best Places to Work Australia Study is one of the world’s most comprehensive independent studies of workplace culture by global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work – More than 1,400 companies participated in national list studies in the 9 Asia-region countries where Great Place to Work® is represented. Wavelength shot into the top 10 this year, placing 9th in the top 25 Best Places to Work (20-500) employees. It is an impressive achievement, especially in an industry renowned for its high pressure work environments and high staff turnover. “It just goes to show you can be a successful high performance business by embracing a generous and supportive culture,” says Chris Riley, Wavelength’s CEO. “Just by walking through the door, you immediately sense Wavelength is a happy, motivated and engaged place to work. In my experience in this industry our workplace culture is quite unique: everyone cares passionately about the business and working collaboratively as a team." With over 75 employees, Wavelength is Australia’s largest and most successful medical recruitment agency. The company offers a range of employee benefits including: Flexible and family friendly working hours, Free breakfast Fitness classes A creative, casual and fun working environment i Monetary incentives linked with productivity and performance against key goals. Additional information Specific highlights that have made Wavelength a great place to work include: · A generous remuneration and commission scheme renowned for being extremely market competitive. Wavelength is also committed to making salary packages consistent and fair across the organisation. Employees in all roles are recognised and rewarded for outstanding performance. Individual goals created for all employees quarterly which are part of their performance criteria. Managers regularly meet with team members to provide feedback and coach them to be even better in their role. An internal mentoring program which enable employees to discover and develop their talents. · A real commitment to work life balance with a broad range of flexible full-time, part-time and job share work patterns in place. Employees can work flexibly between 7am and 7pm and have the opportunity to work from home one day a week. Wavelength also offers an additional five days of annual leave once an employee has completed four years’ continuous employment. A generous paid parental leave program and flexibility when it comes to extended leave for weddings and overseas trips. · Inspiring values of excellence, ingenuity, integrity and heart incorporated into all business processes, policies and communications. · A bright, fresh, modern and open workspace to encourage a positive working environment and work life balance. There are showers, great training facilities and plenty of room for regular health and fitness sessions. Breakfast, drinks and healthy snacks are all provided daily for all employees. · A love for celebrations – birthdays, anniversaries, individual and company achievements. · An internal social networking platform to foster a modern culture of openness and transparency. · Quarterly employee briefings to share information, business goals, successes, challenges and new initiatives. A commitment to the health sector both in Australia and overseas. Wavelength actively donates and fundraises for the Fred Hollows Foundation and Médecins Sans Frontières. The company also sponsors indigenous medical students and encourages employees to participate in other charitable events throughout the year. ### About Wavelength International Wavelength International
is Australia’s largest medical recruitment company, offering local and international candidate resourcing, medical registration and immigration services for medical professionals and healthcare employers. Based in Sydney, we work with over 300 hospitals, clinics and general practices across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. About Great Place to Work Inc Great Place to Work Inc, is a global research and consulting firm specialising in workplace excellence and development of high-trust and high-engagement workplace cultures. Our proprietary research tool, the Trust Index Employee Engagement Survey, is taken annually by over 10 million employees worldwide. Leading companies worldwide use our model to increase the levels of trust across their organisations and drive business results. For further information, please contact: Deanna Daly Marketing Executive, Wavelength International Tel: 02 8353 9032 Email: ddaly@wave.com.au www.wave.com.au www.wavies.com.au Group Homes Australia is so confident in their unique model of care that they are offering a free trial to live in one of their homes. 2016-12-28T03:14:42Z group-homes-australia-is-so-confident-in-their-unique-model-of-care-that-they-are-offering-a-free-trial-to-live-in-one-of-their-homes Sydney, Australia, 28th of December 2016, Group Homes Australia offers respite, dementia and high care in a sophisticated and luxurious environment, supported by a team of fully qualified homemakers who are there 24/7. Each home is designed to accommodate the needs of people living with dementia but looks, feels and smells like a home. Each group home houses 6 to 10 residents in beautifully appointed, private bedrooms. There are numerous living and dining areas for residents and their visiting families to enjoy. Each home boasts gorgeous garden and outdoor leisure settings. The homemakers focus on residents’ abilities and interests. The residents are encouraged to participate in weekly outings and the activities that they enjoy such as baking, gardening and laundry. Alzheimer’s Australia ranked GHA significantly above 80 aged care competitors. Tamar Krebs, CEO and Founder, Group Homes Australia, states: "We are so confident in our unique model of care that we would like to invite you to trial living in one of our group homes completely free of charge*. Please get in touch mentioning this offer. Places are extremely limited. We look forward to welcoming you to one of our homes so that you can experience the GHA difference for yourself." For more info about the free trial go to: http://grouphomes.com.au/freetrial/ To learn more and to arrange a visit contact call 1300 015 406. *** About Group Homes Australia: Group Homes Australia offers a unique model of care in a luxurious, friendly and safe, home environment. Our mission is to ensure that people living with dementia also live with dignity. We have homes located across Sydney, including in Waverley, Rose Bay, Vaucluse, St Ives and Warriewood, and were recently independently benchmarked by Alzheimer's Australia as best in class in every area of dementia care against over 80 competitors. Our model is the first of its kind in Australia and focuses on creating a non-institutional way of living that emphasises a resident’s abilities rather than their disabilities. Our homes are traditional houses in traditional streets and are an integral part of the community, with a maximum of 10 residents living together in private rooms. Each home has trained staff on site 24/7 and approximately 1 member of staff for every 3 residents. Our caring team members are homemakers, and they support and assist residents with their daily needs and activities. They encourage residents to be engaged in shopping, cooking, gardening… The full range of daily tasks that bring a sense of purpose in a home. We have no call bells or nursing trolleys, no rigid routines around waking, personal care or singalongs. We actively welcome friends and family to come and visit and stay for a cup of tea and sample our latest freshly baked treats. www.grouphomes.com.au or 1300 015 406 5 Christmas Tips for those with older parents or parents who have dementia 2016-12-22T07:37:08Z 5-christmas-tips-for-those-with-older-parents-or-parents-who-have-dementia Tamar Krebs, CEO and Founder of Group Homes Australia has some great advice for making the most of this festive season. 1.Don't try and replicate Christmas of the past - be prepared to approach it differently. Bring food in, or offer to do the cooking. Instead of eating in, head to the beach and use the public BBQ. 2.Try and focus on creating new memories and living in the moment, rather than focussing on how things “used to be”. Celebrate what your parents can do, rather than what they can no longer do. 3. Do not waste time and energy worrying about whether Mum or Dad will be around for next Christmas, but instead enjoy the fact that they are around for this Christmas. Be sure to tell them how much you love them and how happy you are to be spending this Christmas with them. 4. Christmas is a popular time for reminiscing. Looking at old photo albums or mementos is a very powerful tool to help remind that person of who they are, what they were capable of, and what makes them unique, rather than just being a person who is living with a diagnosis of dementia. 5. Not everyone who is living with dementia has family around to help care for them. Suicide rates peak at this time of year as it can be an incredibly lonely and isolating experience if you are not surrounded by friends and family. If you know someone who is living with dementia who will be alone this Christmas, please reach out to them and include them in your celebrations. Tips for driving, flying and camping holidays with kids! 2016-12-21T02:25:47Z tips-for-driving-flying-and-camping-holidays-with-kids Paediatric Sleep Consultant, Cheryl Fingleson offers tips on driving with little or bigger kids. 1. Leave at night or very early in the morning It’s a good idea is to leave at night when children have all been fed and it is bedtime so they can have a good long sleep, as the motion of the car will also help them sleep. If you prefer to drive when it is lighter then leaving in the early, give bub a feed and get the older children in the car so you can get a good start while they are tired and still need to sleep. 2. Pack Refreshments Drinks and snack foods are a must for the car age appropriate. 3. Stop for breaks If you have tired, grumpy or bored children in the car it is no fun. Remember children are hard wired for movement. Stop for breaks so the babies can crawl, walk and the older kids can run around for a while, then back into the car. Put the nursery rhymes on, sing along. 4. Pack the technology Ipads, mobiles and movies can be one of the most valuable things you pack and more importantly may keep you sane.. This may be the key to eliminating whinging and fighting children. 5. Routine. Routine. Routine. While travelling try keep to your babies and toddlers usual routine. 6. Clean as you drive Keep a roll of paper towels and a box of wipes in the front seat for easy cleanups. Keep a rubbish bag handy too. There are five things I tell people when they ask about taking kids camping or hiking or paddling: They get cold faster. They get hot faster. They get hungry faster. They get bored faster. They get tired quickly. Cheryl Fingleson, The Sleep Coach, says: "Babies and kids need to eat regularly and sleep on their schedule. I recommend you make sure kids nap and sleep at their usual time. Babies can nap in a front carrier, pram or backpack. Having their schedule and routine the same makes them feel secure. Take their own toys, games, books and anything you child loves to play with from home. Making them have their own belongings helps them adjust to the different surrounding. Consistency and routine will be the magic that make a great relaxing holiday." If you are travelling by plane, then pack these life saving products that were invented by Mums: Cozigo (formerlly Fly Babee) can be used as a sleep, sun and travel cover. It is air permeable, UPF 50+ and 100% breathable. It also blocks out 97% of the light allowing bubs and toddlers to sleep whilst travelling anywhere, anytime... www.cozigo.com Fly Tot Once your baby is too big for the air line bassinet, make sure that he or she is comfortable so they he or she can sleep in their seat. Fly Tot is an inflatable cushion for older babies, toddlers and kids to stretch out, relax and sleep. www.flytot.com.au Please contact candice@candicepr.com for more info. Wishing you all a beautiful, relaxing Festive Season! Summer is almost here which means it's the best time to purchase thongs. 2016-10-21T03:44:05Z summer-is-almost-here-which-means-it-s-the-best-time-to-purchase-thongs 21st October 2016, The first exciting Moeloco product is our inspirational flip flops (known as thongs here in Australia). These flip flops spread messages both on the front and through its relief etched sole. This means that you leave a footprint of inspirational words in the sand. The positive messages include words such as love, happiness and peace in our initial designs. Future collections will spread other meaningful words of virtue. With the purchase of every Moeloco, we will provide a pair of shoes directly to the orphans supported by the Hope Foundation. This will enable children to attend school and avoid injury and health issues caused by lack of footwear. By going to school the children have an improved chance of leaving poverty behind. All future products will also be based on the business model of parallel giving. Each product you purchase allows us to give an equivalent product to the children we are helping, this is buy-one-give-one. As a start-up business we are taking small steps to big change and hope you will be part of this journey with us. It’s in our togetherness that miracles happen. Help our business to grow so that the footprint we leave becomes larger as we strive to tackle more deeply the global issue of poverty. Thongs are available for Men, Women and Adults. www.moeloco.com Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com Lawson and Lovell make the Final Four in Two Categories in the 2016 HIA-CSR Awards 2016-10-14T04:10:52Z lawson-and-lovell-make-the-final-four-in-two-categories-in-the-2016-hia-csr-awards Media Alert 14th October 2016, Sydney, Australia, Northern Beaches based building team, Lawson and Lovell have been successfully judged as finalists in the 2016 HIA-CSR NSW Housing and Kitchen & Bathroom Awards. Lawson and Lovell have been nominated as finalists for the following categories: Custom Built Home $1million - $2.5 Million For the project at 10 Kiora Avenue Mosman 2088 Custom Built Home $600,001 - $1 million
 For the project at 83 Queenscliff Road Queenscliff 2096 Phil Lovell states: “It’s an absolute honour to be a finalist in this year’s HIA awards in 2 categories. The quality of the projects entered in NSW is amazing. To make the final 4 is something that I’m immensely proud of.” John and Phil love to think outside the square. That’s why architectural building has appealed to them and drives their passion for building. They thrive on the challenge of taking a difficult concept and working together with architects, engineers and clients in order to deliver beautiful homes. John Lawson says: “"Lawson and Lovell would not be where it is today without the support and trust Phil and I have developed over the years as business partners.We are both motivated to reaching greater heights in the building industry and are committed to upholding a professional, highly respected name in the industry". The Awards take place on Saturday 15 October 2016 at The STAR, Pyrmont. *** For high resolution photos of Lawson and Lovell's work or for interviews, please contact Candice. Media Contact: Candice Meisels PR candice@candicepr.com About Lawson and Lovell: Lawson & Lovell Building Services, a certified member of the Housing Industry Association, specialise in premium quality building works. Our high standards have gained us a reputation as builder’s of choice on the Northern Beaches and North Shore of Sydney. Our 10 years of experience and team of skilled & reliable tradespersons ensure we provide high quality, yet affordable renovations, additions & complete re-builds that are customised to our client’s needs. We have a commitment to great customer service that is on time and within budget. http://www.northernbeachesbuilders.com.au/ https://www.instagram.com/lawsonandlovell/ https://www.facebook.com/LawsonandLovell/ AUSTRALIAN BEEF PRODUCER, JACK'S CREEK RETAINS THE WORLD'S BEST STEAK TITLE 2016-09-22T23:56:49Z australian-beef-producer-jack-s-creek-retains-the-world-s-best-steak-title The competition was tougher than ever with 17 countries and 83 of the world’s top beef producers entering the competition Held in London last night in a bid to win the title. The Jack's Creek winning steak came from a Wagyu F2+ 75% aged for 30 months and grain fed with judges noting it won on it's all round top quality. Patrick Warmoll, managing director of Jack's creek said of the win, “We spent considerable time selecting the entry and this win confirms that we’re the best in the world again. Winning last year was one of the biggest things to happen to us and our brand awareness rocketed and it’s been great for business. This is as much a win for Australia as it is for us.” He also added. “We will be going for the hat trick next year!” Chair of judges and butcher Keith Boxley said, “Every gold medal winner was worthy of winning the top prize but the overall winner was outstanding. It scored highly on appearance, quality, taste and tenderness.” He also added, “People are getting more selective about the meat they eat and they want something more prepared. As a butcher judging this competition, I'm looking for something that looks and tastes nice that has no gristle.” Jack’s Creeks’ award winning beef can be found in many of Australia’s top restaurants including, ARIA, black by EZARD, Catalina, LuMi Bar and Dining and many more. ARIA restaurant Head Chef Ben Turner commented that, “Jack’s Creek beef is always a consistent and tasty product” and Catalina’s Executive Chef, Mark Axisa, commented: "Jack's Creek beef is of the highest quality and the fullest flavour. It is a pleasure having the Jack's Creek dry-aged ribeye on my menu; it just flies out the door!" Jack’s Creeks’ 150+ days Grain Fed 100% black angus also won the Silver award. For more information on Jack’s Creek, interviews with Patrick Warmoll and images, please contact Annabel Carroll at Polkadot PR 02 9281 4190 / annabel@polkadotpr.com.au About Jack’s Creek Jack’s Creek is still regarded as a relative newcomer in the world of specialist beef after launching in 2000. However, in 1947 the Warmoll Family began farming in Breeza and the company’s links to fine food dates back to 1852, when the Warmoll Family emigrated from Ireland before opening butcher’s shops in the Victorian and NSW gold fields. The company is family run by co-founders and brothers, Philip and David Warmoll and sons Patrick Warmoll, MD and Robert Warmoll. Jack’s Creek is at the forefront of Australian premium beef production – processing and marketing grain fed Wagyu and Black Angus, which it ships to more than 20 destinations around the world including Japan, Saudi Arabia, China and the Germany. Pot Plant Trends 2016-09-22T12:38:45Z pot-plant-trends My client Lyndall Keating from Garden Society, Sydney, is a qualified horticulturist with a Bachelor of Horticultural Science. As one of Sydney’s leading horticulturists, her plant knowledge and passion is much sought after. She brings over two decades of plant knowledge, design creativity and experience in maintaining some of the world’s most beautiful gardens, with numerous industry awards as recognition. Lyndall is a member of the Australian Institute of Horticulture and the Horticulture Society. If you would like to use some of Lyndall's stunning high resolution photos of pot plant trends. www.gardensociety.com.au Thanks, Candice candice@candicepr.com Spring Clean your Garden 2016-09-22T00:06:59Z spring-clean-your-garden Spring is the best time to give your plants a head start for the new growing season. A little tender loving care and time invested now will maximise plant growth and make your garden more manageable during the Summer months. Lyndall Keating from Garden Society, Sydney, shares her tips: Feed your garden Plants do most of their growing in the months leading up to Summer. By boosting the soil's nutrient content, you can assist them throughout this period by giving them what they need to really thrive. The best way to give your garden a Spring boost is to: Add a soil fertiliser such as a 'dynamic lifter' or 'blood and bone'; Add a lawn fertiliser such as 'weed and feed'. Note: Take care to check the product is specific to suit the species of your lawn; Apply liquid fertiliser to plants in pots such as 'liquid seaweed'. Protect your soil The winter weather can often wash away the top layer of mulch from your soil, so this is the time to reapply it. Benefits of mulch are: It helps to retain moisture in the soil; It suppresses weeds for longer; It encourages micro activity which boosts nutrients. The type of mulch you need depends on the plants, but recycled wood chip (such as forest fines) will suit most gardens. September and October are the best months to boost your garden’s health and vitality. For photos, article requests or Q&A's about garden design, garden care, outdoor room design and plant choice, please contact Candice. Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com Garden Society: www.gardensociety.com.au Fly Tot launches in Australia 2016-09-19T03:28:05Z fly-tot-launches-in-australia Sydney, Australia, The Fly-Tot is an inflatable cushion that allows children to lie down flat on a regular, economy seat. This ensures that they sleep more comfortably and for longer periods of time whilst travelling by air. Fly Tot is the brainchild of two Californian Mums who realised that their kids did not sleep well or comfortably when travelling on a plane. Fly Tot is made of highly durable material that can fit into snug spaces. This means that it moulds to the space available and doesn't prevent the person sitting in front of the child from reclining their seat. Fly Tot can be inflated in less than 3 minutes and can be deflated in a few seconds. Australian Fly Tot distributor, Sarah Johnson states: "For the past four years I've been an expat living in the Middle East. With this comes a lot of travelling including several long haul flights back to Australia each year flying solo with two young children. Fly Tot has undoubtedly changed my travelling experiences for the better and the sleepless 14 hour flights are behind us! With my recent move back to Australia I decided to bring Fly Tot with me to help Australian families enjoy their travels” Fly Tot can be purchased at www.flytot.com.au RRP: $120.00 Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com Tips to Spring Forward into Daylight Savings Time 2016-09-13T00:24:23Z tips-to-spring-forward-into-daylight-savings-time Tips to help when switching to Daylight Savings Time: Keep consistency with sleep times and routines Exposing your child to natural light in the morning will help reset their own internal clock Due to longer days and shorter nights; rooms will be lighter, so ensure that rooms are darkened with shades or block outs for naps and sleep time Avoid bright lights and limit exposure to electronics, such as TV, computers, tablets etc. well before bedtime which will allow the internal body clock to adjust As daylight saving approaches, most of us look forward to an extra hour of daylight, which will mean warmer weather and a longer day. Although our clocks only change on the October 2nd, I am already receiving calls from anxious parents worried about how that extra hour will throw their child’s schedules and disrupt their sleep. Whether your child is a good sleeper or not, you should have a plan to make the transition a smooth one. There are two basic ways in which to do this: Use one or a combination of these methods and your child’s sleep schedule should be back on track in a few days to a week. 1. Gradual method: This approach is less drastic and is helpful for children that may be more sensitive to change or disrupted schedules, or the kind of children that tend to wake up on the early side. Starting just a few days before the time change, move your child’s bedtime earlier by 15 minutes each day so that by the time you get to Saturday night, he is going to sleep a full hour earlier. For example, if your child normally goes to bed at 6:30pm, put him down at 6:15pm. For example on Friday night put child to sleep at 6:15pm on Saturday night 6:45pm and on Sunday scheduled sleep time of 6:30pm. Remember, these times assume “clock” time, not your child’s internal clock. You can also apply this method to nap times and meal times in gradual 15-minute increments. 2. Adjust as you go: After your child goes to bed on Saturday, simply change the clock an hour ahead and follow your child’s regular schedule according to the “new time” on Sunday (which will be an hour ahead). This is great for parents whose child has been waking at 5.30am will now wake at 6.30am How good is that your early raiser is now waking at an acceptable time, problem solved. Switch all meals, activities and naps to the new time as well. Your child’s wake up times may be a bit off for a few days, but don’t worry, they will adjust. Try not to start the day before 6:00am if possible. Bedtime may be a struggle to start with if you choose this option. If your child normally goes to bed at 6.30pm, (before we changed the clock was 5:30pm), your child may not be tired and ready for sleep at that time. Hang in there. Stick to your child’s normal bedtime routine and make sure that their bedroom is “sleep-friendly,” complete with room darkening shades. You should notice that your child’s internal clock will adjust to this new time within a week. Cheryl is available for interviews, live chats, Q&A sessions and she can supply you with a range of free editorial on paediatric sleep advice. Cheryl Fingleson is a paediatric sleep consultant. www.thesleepcoach.com.au AIIA undertaking significant survey on analytics and data usage by Australian businesses, government and NGOs 2016-09-12T02:46:08Z aiia-undertaking-significant-survey-on-analytics-and-data-usage-by-australian-businesses-government-and-ngos FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12 SEPTEMBER 2016 Encourages new and established organisations in all sectors to participate in order to develop the most comprehensive report possible The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, today announced it is undertaking a major survey of Australian organisations on analytics and data usage. The purpose of the survey is to find out what differentiates those business, government and NGO organisations that effectively use data and analytics for senior decision making. The survey is open to individual respondents via the AIIA website until 31 September 2016. It is anticipated that a whitepaper will be published towards the end of the year incorporating an analysis of the results and providing a body of knowledge that will help guide business leaders on ways to incorporate data and analytics into their organisation in order to remain competitive. Rob Fitzpatrick, CEO of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), says, "On a global scale, we see those organisations that know how to use data effectively are usually the strongest performers. If Australia is serious about driving an ideas boom and creating new employment opportunities, we need to ensure that we help local organisations better understand and then take advantage of data to be competitive. “This is not just a survey for tech companies. The information generated will benefit all industries and we encourage participants across all sectors whether they be in education, retail, finance, or others, as well as established and newer companies to participate,” added Fitzpatrick. This initiative is being led by the AIIA’s Data and Analytics Special Interest Group, which is chaired by Dr Roger Kermode, director of business consulting firm Alimua Pty Ltd and former practice principal for analytics and data management for Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Graeme Wood, general manager of marketing for Semantic Software Asia Pacific. “There is mounting evidence that data-driven organisations tend to require fewer assets, execute with greater insight and less risk, and ultimately generate higher returns. We believe incorporating these practices is an important part of creating a sustainable and growing economy in Australia and is crucial to seeing our standing in world innovation and growth rankings improve,” says Dr Kermode. The data collected will be analysed by data scientists at the University of Technology Sydney. Professor Michael Blumenstein of UTS Sydney says, “Much has been published on big data, automation and the use of analytics at an organizational level. However, despite the recognition of data increasing in importance, the use of data between and within organisations varies widely. The AIIA survey has been constructed to find out why. It’s designed to enable deep diagnostics and analysis of what actually take place inside organisations across different functions and different levels, not just what is visible externally.” Numerous leading Australian organisations are encouraging their members to complete the survey, including: Data61, The Knowledge Economy Institute; NSW State Government; Advance Australia; FINSIA; CPA Australia; StartupMuster; UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT; and, the UTS Business School. # # # About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 the AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favourable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. MEDIA CONTACT For more information, please contact Joanna Stevens Kramer at 0408 466 410 or email joanna@filteredmedia.com.au For more information about the AIIA please visit https://www.aiia.com.au Spring into Spring with these Gardening Tips! 2016-08-31T23:20:52Z spring-into-spring-with-these-gardening-tips Lyndall Keating, leading Horticulturalist, from Garden Society in Sydney shares her top Spring Tips for Garden design and growth. If you are looking a designing your garden now that the weather is warmer, here is Lydnall's advice: What do I need from my Garden? Who will use it? Do you want your garden to be an entertaining area for family and friends? Does your garden have a swimming pool or kid friendly features such as swings? Do you want to grow your own veggie garden? Don’t forget areas that you can relax in too! Do you need secure areas for pets or small children? To keep everyone safe, include fencing or hedging in your plan. Do you need to create privacy from neighbours or passing traffic? Consider adding hedging or feature screening to create your own space. What is the style of your home? Consider the architecture and street appeal of your home. Make sure your garden design complements the style of your house, so that the two sit happily together. Think about whether your property style is cottage, formal, minimalist or has more of a native Australian feel. What do I want from my plants? Plants can provide practical solutions like screening for privacy or noise reduction. However, plants are the real stars of the garden. They provide beauty through colour, texture and form so think about whether you prefer flowers or bold foliage colour. Some people are drawn to the structure of succulents or to native Australian plants.Your selection be affected by whether you need a low-maintenance garden. A garden does not need to be high maintenance to make a statement, but some passionate gardeners love taking care of plants that need a little attention. How exposed is my garden? Your garden is open to all the elements. Make sure that your plants will thrive in their environment, so study the sun direction, and the garden’s exposure to wind and rain. Choose plants according to your soil types, whether rock or sandy. What would be a great focal point? A good garden design has a focal point or a series of eye-catching interests. This is the easiest garden design principle to put into place. Try sculpture, feature plants, water features, firepits, garden benches or seating. Incorporate decorative screens or green walls for vertical interest. Horticulturalist, Lyndall Keating from Garden Society in Sydney shares her 5 must do's to get your garden growing in Spring: 1. Plant seeds for flowers and veggies and herbs for summer. If you are thinking about adding any new plants to the garden, this is the time to start. 2. Fertilise all plants and lawns as growth resumes. Mulch garden beds in conjunction with fertilising. This will help retain moisture and suppress weeds come Summer. 3. Watch for pests and disease on new growth such as aphids and snails. Aphids can be squashed or treated. Snails and slugs can be trapped or deterred. 4. Repot potted plants that are root bound. Don’t forget to treat your indoor plants as well. 5. Watch for weeds! If you have used a good layering of mulch then weeds should not be an issue. If weeds do pop up, then remove by hand or use a spray. Lastly, Lyndall shares her tips for creating a gorgeous outdoor room: When designing your room, your houses best attributes should be your starting inspiration. This may include aspect, view or other natural features. Do you want your outdoor room to capture the summer's northeasterly breeze, hide from the southerly buster or create a private sanctuary away from the peering neighbours. A careful consideration of aspect will greatly enhance your enjoyment of the space all year round. The money you spend on getting some professional advise will be a saving in the long run. The right plant selection and extra design tips will make all the difference. Some current trends include clusters of pots to separate areas. Try different scales and types to add texture and interest. Succulents are always a popular choice for the water conscious or time poor. They are hardy and thrive in hot and dry conditions. There are so many varieties, shapes and colours available and either mass planting or individual specimens are an exciting option. Think cacti for an individual architectural focus. Micro greens are another sensational choice. The delicate foliage look great and enhance any brunch menu. The key points to remember are that plants soften harsh edges, can be used as screening options, cool the area, add shade and are a wonderful addition to any outdoor room. Finally consider soft furnishings, artwork or designer lightening as a way to project your unique personality. This is a simple way to stay up to date with current trends, reflect the changing seasons or trial and exciting new ideas. All photos have been supplied by Garden Society About Lyndall Keating: Lyndall Keating is a qualified Horticulturalist with a Bachelor of Science. As one of Sydney's leading horticulturist Lyndalls plant knowledge and passion is well sought after. Lyndall brings over two decades of plant knowledge and experience in maintaining some of the worlds best gardens. Lyndall has also won many industry awards. About Garden Society: Garden Society can create a bespoke garden to suit your property. This includes reviewing your garden on site, plant recommendations, soil analysis, pest and disease reporting, irrigation planning, watering schedule, mulching choices, pruning, fertilizing programs and a written report. Garden Society also maintains gardens of all types and sizes. Lyndall and Nick also provide a Garden Design Service. A concept plan details the development for your garden. This gives the client an understanding of how the garden is formed with materials and elements like plants, decks, paving and pots. Each garden concept includes imagery and sun/shade and drainage considerations. www.gardensociety.com.au Start up transforming the Australian group gifting industry 2016-08-28T05:01:09Z start-up-transforming-the-australian-group-gifting-industry Sydney, Australia, GroupTogether, an online platform that takes the hassle out of collecting money from a group for a gift or personal cause has transformed the group gifting process in Australia. Over 10,000 people have chipped in online for group gifts for coaches, birthdays, farewells etc. Julie Tylman, Co-Founder of GroupTogether states: “Who wouldn’t want a GoPro camera, a surfboard or bracelet from Tiffany’s for their birthday? That’s why group gifts, where friends chip in together, are the way to go. But they are also a giant headache! Organising. Collecting. Reminding. Getting left shortchanged. GroupTogether makes it easy: it’s PayPal meets Paperless Post. Efficient, simple and gracious.” Friends receive a lovely invitation via email or link, they click through to chip in and add a message & photo to the card. The money is transferred to the organiser at the end of the collection. The organiser can then go and purchase a great gift or voucher. It’s still personal too as friends can write a message and upload a photo on the group card which GroupTogether provides as part of the package. Shayna Jones has used GroupTogether to collect money for an office farewell, a 40th birthday and an office bereavement. Shayna explains, “It’s a constant struggle trying to chase down people to contribute, collect and keep track of all of the coins and bank notes (don’t even get me started on giving change!!!) and then dealing with people who only respond once you’ve bought the item and the collection is over. Suddenly, I am able to set up a collection online on my tablet, smart phone or laptop and invite all of my regular suspects to contribute to something we know will be loved. Reminders are sent without me having to do a single thing, and collections can be made by credit card, bank deposit or PayPal. People who’ve taken part in my collections often remark about how easy it is to contribute and leave a message on a group card. Gone are the days of going from desk-to-desk looking for who has the giant novelty birthday card!” Co-founder of Group Together, Ali Linz adds “We’ve changed the paradigm of gift giving. Now people can give a gift that’s really wanted in a way that’s easier, less wasteful and with the option to give a portion to charity. It’s better all round.” -ENDS- Media Contact: Candice Meisels Candice@candicepr.com https://www.grouptogether.com