The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-07-19T05:49:25Z The 2019 Annual Creative & Tech Industry Mental Health Survey 2019-07-19T05:49:25Z the-2019-annual-creative-amp-tech-industry-mental-health-survey-1 Strategy and innovation consultancy Tank is currently running their annual creative and tech industry mental health survey. You can take the survey now by going here. — At Tank, we don't accept the status quo. In 2018 we asked the creative industry if they were OK. The results were unacceptable and this year were repeating the effort. We're committed to creating a platform for the quiet voices in our industry to be heard. A platform that calls out inequality and practices and working environments that are conducive to an unhealthy work/life balance, and act as triggers for mental health issues.  In July 2018 we received an email from one of the readers of our newsletter responding to an article we wrote on mental health issues in the creative industry. This email was vulnerable and authentic, and it showed us that there are voices in our industry which need to be heard. Lead by our own Karina Dea, we gathered a series of questions exploring mental health issues within our industry and shared them with our network across the globe. What came back from creative and tech industry around the world was compelling and summarised in The Creative Industry Mental Health Report which can be downloaded here. We will repeat this effort annually, and make the report free and available for you to share with your management, your colleagues and your peers. We hope that it provides you an opportunity to talk about mental health openly and honestly in safe environments. We hope it forces positive change in your working life, and moves businesses to improve outdated, unethical and unhealthy practices. If you would like to contribute, assist, partner or support this endeavour — we are all ears. For more information about Tank and this survey, visit http://wearetank.com.au AIIA reiterates ICT industry concerns over the potential negative impact of Assistance and Access 2018 legislation 2019-07-19T00:00:48Z aiia-reiterates-ict-industry-concerns-over-the-potential-negative-impact-of-assistance-and-access-2018-legislation The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, recently made a submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) on the review of amendments made by the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Act 2018. Encryption and other forms of electronic protection are vital security measures that protect private, commercial and Government data. However, the exploitation of these technologies for illicit ends is a significant obstacle to the lawful access of communications by Australian law enforcement and security agencies. To address these threats, the Government introduced the Assistance and Access Act in late 2018 to secure critical assistance from the ICT industry, and enable law enforcement agencies to effectively investigate serious crimes. The limited consultation on the initial Bill in 2018 and subsequent amendments to the Act that were introduced by the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act 2019 in February this year have done little to ease industry concerns regarding the potential impact of this legislation. Commenting on the PJCIS review, the AIIA CEO, Ron Gauci, said: “The proposed amendments should be subject to comprehensive scrutiny and consultation with industry, privacy and security experts. The concerns that have been repeatedly expressed by the AIIA in this context are not isolated; there is broad consensus across the ICT industry on the potential adverse effects this legislation could have for Australian business and economic interests. “The AIIA maintains that, in its current state, the legislation is likely to have a negative impact on Australian ICT industry activities, both in terms of its ability to innovate, and export its expertise. Australian-based products and services captured by the Act are at risk of being perceived as less secure than those in other jurisdictions,” said Mr Gauci. The AIIA strongly supports ongoing efforts to combat the use of technologies, including encryption, to conceal criminal activities. The Australian ICT industry already provides substantial assistance to law enforcement and intelligence agencies under the Data Retention Regime, the Telecommunications Sector Security Reform, and through the pre-existing interception legislation and assistance obligations enshrined in the Telecommunications Act. “It’s worth noting that according to the 2018 survey conducted by the Alliance for a Safe and Secure Internet, 84.8 per cent of Australians polled say it is important, or very important, that anything the Government does to combat crime should not create weaknesses in Australia’s online security systems and make it easier for criminals and terrorists to cause further harm to everyday Australians,” added Mr Gauci. The AIIA is committed to continuing to work with the Government in achieving an appropriate balance between fostering technological innovation and the ongoing development of the Australian ICT industry with that of broader security and law enforcement considerations. # # # 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 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 Contacts For more information please contact: Jeffrey Coote Tel: (02) 8355 3130 jeffrey@filteredmedia.com.au Linktech Australia partners with Google to provide Single Sign-on to enhance efficiency and security for Healthcare 2019-07-18T09:20:21Z linktech-australia-partners-with-google-to-provide-single-sign-on-to-enhance-efficiency-and-security-for-healthcare FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Linktech Australia partners with Google to provide Single Sign-on to enhance efficiency and security for Healthcare. Melbourne, 19 July 2019 – With extensive experience delivering solutions in the healthcare sector,  Linktech Australia will be demonstrating the benefits of digital workspaces and single sign-on (SSO) to healthcare professionals at the 9th annual Victorian Healthcare Week from 23–24 July 2019. Healthcare organisations are under increasing pressure to reduce costs, while providing higher quality care. As a result, they are always looking for ways to streamline operations and increase clinician productivity. Linktech Australia’s SSO solution is purpose-built to streamline ease of access and clinician workflows, while reducing costs and complexity. When paired with Chrome devices, the solution enables Citrix users to access their mission-critical applications with the simple tap of a proximity badge. This best-in-class proximity badge access solution improves efficiency and security. Linktech brings the ability to merge technologies like SSO, Chrome, and Citrix together to offer healthcare organisations with proximity badge access a solution that streamlines workplace systems and user experience, and can save staff 30 - 45 minutes a day; extra time which they can spend with patients. Simon Sztajer, Sales Manager for Linktech Australia, said, ‘the solution is perfect for reducing costs while also solving security concerns. I look forward to showing Victorian healthcare providers how to revolutionise the workplace.’ Linktech Australia will be presenting at the Victorian Healthcare Week Expo from 23–24 July 2019. The expo features more than 100 expert speaker presentations, case studies and debates over two days.   Linktech is an Australian-owned systems integrator that offers digital transformation, procurement, business systems architecture, professional and managed consulting services with offices in Melbourne and Sydney. Linktech takes a vendor-neutral approach to technology, working closely with Google and Citrix as well as Microsoft, HPE, Cisco, and VMware.   Victorian Healthcare Week 2019 allows attendees to connect and learn from people in different disciplines, including eHealth, Infrastructure, Aged Care, Disrupt Technology and Nursing. The Victorian Healthcare Week Expo takes place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Wharf, VIC 23-24 July 2019,   END ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- For more details about Linktech Australia, to arrange an interview, for quotes, images or other details about digital workspaces and SSO: Contact: Simon Sztajer Email: simon.sztajer@linktechaustralia.com.au Tel: 1300 587 587 Website: www.linktechaustralia.com.au     AI, Cloud, and the future of customer experience in New Zealand 2019-07-18T01:54:54Z ai-cloud-and-the-future-of-customer-experience-in-new-zealand Global technology innovators Genesys® are bringing together IT industry leaders, contact centre specialists and the country’s best customer experience (CX) providers to discuss challenges, develop solutions and hear about real-life outcomes of exceptional CX application, at their G-Summit event in New Zealand (NZ). This special event will run for one day only on 24 July 2019 and will be the largest event of its type in the region. This year’s theme ‘Make Every Moment Count’, aims to improve the experience of NZ customers, agents and businesses through innovations in artificial intelligence (AI), digital channels and the cloud. Specific themes covered in eight immersive breakout streams include: Chatbot and voicebot possibilities Moving your contact centre to the cloud The evolution of customer experience through AI Finding prospects, winning and keeping customers Genesys solutions roadmap Getting to a smarter employee journey using automation at work Building an elite service organisation Genesys AppFoundry – extending and expanding transformational value With a focus on practical examples and proven technology applications, the G-Summit event series is renowned for its significant customer participation. Best-practice companies utilising Genesys platforms in innovative ways and delivering outstanding results will be sharing their stories, including: Julie Bingham, Head of Member Services, QSuper - The Tangible Value of Flexibility in Technology Investments Ben Washbourne, IT Manager, HomeCare Medical - Changing the Game to Change Lives Paula Mullan, Senior Manager Operational Effectiveness Everyday Banking, Westpac NZ - Building an Elite Service Organisation The closing keynote, Transformation Highway presented by the inspiring and utterly unique Geoff Knight, acclaimed international opera singer and a former member of NZ’s most notorious bikie gang, will challenge the industry to venture into new territory with an open mind. -ends- Event Details: Date: 24 July 2019 Location: Wellington, New Zealand View the full program here. Media Information Media are invited to attend the G-Summit in Wellington, New Zealand. There will be limited opportunities for hosted media attendance for the full day, or pre-selected sessions. Media unable to attend but wishing to dial into a single session may also be accommodated upon request. For further information or to request hosted attendance or session access, please email your name, position, publication to: elizabeth@zadroagency.com.au. Interviews with Genesys staff, keynote and session speakers are available. These include: Gwilym Funnell, Managing Director ANZ, Genesys Andy Hardy, Strategic Director, Employee Experience, Genesys Sophie Giesen, Head of Strategic Business Consulting ANZ, Genesys Brooke Hardy, Director, Genesys Care APAC, Genesys Andrew Slater or Ben Washbourne, Homecare Medical Julie Bingham, Head of Member Services, QSuper Group George Yousif, Infrastructure & WFM Coordinator, Tokio Marine Steven Bailey, Chief Client Officer, MyBudget Paula Mullan, Senior Manager Operational Effectiveness Everyday Banking, Westpac NZ About G-Summit Learn about emerging technologies, talk with peers, explore the future of customer experience in the process, learn to make every moment count. That is not only our event theme, it’s our promise to you. Make every moment count at G-Summit and from every day forward as you engage with customers and take their experiences to new heights. About Genesys Genesys® powers more than 25 billion of the world’s best customer experiences each year. Our success comes from connecting employee and customer conversations on any channel. Every day, 11,000 companies in more than 100 countries trust our #1 customer experience platform to drive great business outcomes and create lasting relationships. Combining the best of technology and human ingenuity, we build solutions that mirror natural communication and work the way you think. Our industry-leading solutions foster true omnichannel engagement because they perform equally well across channels, on-premises and in the cloud. Experience communication as it should be: fluid, instinctive and profoundly empowering. Visit genesys.com on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and the Genesys blog. ANZ workforce ahead of curve in acceptance of advanced training technology 2019-07-18T01:52:06Z anz-workforce-ahead-of-curve-in-acceptance-of-advanced-training-technology A recent employee survey conducted by global technology leader Genesys, revealed a significantly higher acceptance of advanced training technology by Australian and New Zealand employees, compared to those surveyed in other regions. Respondents from Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) had the highest combined positive attitude towards technology in the workplace (at 88%). In addition, they also returned the strongest positive reaction to training, assistance and automation by artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and robots, differentiating their collective attitudes from their counterparts in the US, UK, Japan and Germany. 43% indicated they would be willing to be trained by an AI/Bot 44% indicated they would be willing to be trained by a human-like robot powered by AI 67% indicated they would be willing to use a virtual/digital assistant to help manage tasks and deadlines 67% indicated they would be willing to use AR or VR technology for job training In what might indicate confirmation of a generally accepted worldwide trend towards more flexible working conditions, full-time workers were up to 8% more willing to be trained by some forms of technology than part-time workers. Impact on the ANZ workforce Nearly 75% of ANZ respondents stated one of the main reasons for embracing technology in the workplace was for greater efficiency. Further, 45% of Australians and 49% of New Zealanders appreciated specific tools such as AI and Bots, because they believe it enables them to focus on other things. In line with global trends, the ANZ workforce is interested in working with AI, and 33% believe AI will have a positive impact on their jobs in the next five years. 24% reported they are already seeing a positive impact from this intelligent technology, and 54% of ANZ respondents believe they already possess the skills to work in an AI-enabled workplace. Challenges for the AI enabled workplace Although there was a positive sentiment to technology in the region overall, new and advanced tools are not without their implementation challenges. Governance, and where the responsibility to manage new technology should lie remains a concern, with 58% of respondents believing their company should have an ethical policy on the use of AI and bots in the workplace. 62% of ANZ employees also felt companies should be required to maintain a certain number of human employees, and 90% feel their employers should invest in training to help them upskill and make the most of advanced technology. Gwilym Funnell, Vice President of Sales & Managing Director of Australia & New Zealand, said these results did not surprise him. “We are seeing an increase in ANZ companies looking for innovative ways to implement technology to improve their current processes. The demand for providing fast, efficient and reliable service is growing, and the way to meet this demand is to seamlessly blend AI technologies with human support. “As our region is smaller and more agile than many other markets, we find the vast majority of businesses and employees are open to change, and it’s wonderful to see the results of our truly progressive workforce,” said Mr Funnell. Additional Survey Highlights: 25% of ANZ respondents have never felt threatened by technology 32% of people aged 18-38 years believe AI has had a positive impact on their job Just 10% of ANZ respondents expressed a dislike of new technology tools being introduced into the workplace Staff in smaller organisations sometimes feel more threatened by new technology than staff in larger organisations by 8% 69% of employees believe their employer understands how they use technology at work Survey Methodology and Participants 4,207 employees from five regions including the US, UK, Japan and Germany completed the online survey in April 2019. The ANZ region represented 19% of respondents, who were evenly divided into three age ranges (18-38, 39-54, 55-73) with women accounting for 51% and men 49%. Genesys® (www.genesys.com), the global leader in omnichannel customer experience and contact centre solutions, commissioned this survey to better understand current global attitudes towards artificial intelligence in the workplace and what this means for the future of AI. For a copy of the full survey data, please contact the Genesys media relations team at genesys@zadroagency.com.au -ENDS- About Genesys Genesys® powers more than 25 billion of the world’s best customer experiences each year. Our success comes from connecting employee and customer conversations on any channel. Every day, 11,000 companies in more than 100 countries trust our #1 customer experience platform to drive great business outcomes and create lasting relationships. Combining the best of technology and human ingenuity, we build solutions that mirror natural communication and work the way you think. Our industry-leading solutions foster true omnichannel engagement because they perform equally well across channels, on-premises and in the cloud. Experience communication as it should be: fluid, instinctive and profoundly empowering. Visit genesys.com on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and the Genesys blog. ©2019 Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories, Inc. All rights reserved. Genesys and the Genesys logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Genesys. All other company names and logos may be registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective companies. Kemp load balancers resolve issues for Now IT 2019-07-18T01:30:04Z kemp-load-balancers-resolve-issues-for-now-it Australian IT specialist Now IT Solutions, which offers a single point of call for all business technology needs, faced a problem when its load balancer was unable to share information with Amazon Web Service’s relational database, or access Microsoft Exchange. The situation placed restraints on Now IT’s ability to service major customers. The company had been using Microsoft’s network load balancing solution, and other Linux-based load balancers. Ultimately their CTO, Stephen Tonna, and his team resolved the issues by prioritising the customer experience with technology from Kemp. Now IT operates predominantly across Australia’s east coast. The company has 45 technical people among a staff of 60. Customers range from small to medium commercial businesses to multi-site corporate networks. Now IT solutions incorporate cutting edge technology, utilising equipment from some of the best hardware manufacturers, backed by first grade warranty and support packages. IT support packages include remote management and support, voice and data network solutions, server / workstation hardware and related accessories, retail point-of-sale solutions, office printing solutions and in-house graphic artist and web design. The company’s infrastructure includes four internally run data centres at different locations, each running client systems. Now IT also leverages public cloud hosting as needed. “Since our previous load balancer was unable to support key aspects of our infrastructure, we looked around for alternatives”, said Stephen Tonna. “After a careful evaluation, we chose Kemp for its ease of use and its support for application templates.” Implementation was straightforward. Initially Stephen’s team set up the virtual services on individual virtual machines, one data centre at a time. “Then these were migrated to high availability pairs, which was relatively quick and easy,” said Stephen. The Kemp load balancers handle more than 4,000 users, generating about 1.3TB of email each month, representing more than three million-plus emails sent and received. Other applications supported include remote desktop services including gateways and brokers, with over 3,500 users’ connections. Stephen Tonna says the benefits and improvements resulting from implementing Kemp load balancers have been far reaching. “We are seeing a simplified user experience, faster times to delivery, cost savings in the way of man-hours to deploy and the ability to do more and focus on other tasks. With reductions in issues and troubleshooting time as we have a consistent access method. “Further, Kemp gear allows us to scale up client access to our data centre resources and applications, as well as improving redundancy and high availability.” For the future, as Now IT expands, the tech team will integrate the company’s own data centres and infrastructure with public cloud infrastructures. They will use Kemp to provide load balancing services for email and remote desktop services across multiple data centres and cloud hosting providers. Stephen Tonna concludes: “Any systems we install need to be of a high availability design with no single points of failure. Where load balancing is required Kemp is our preferred option.” ### Kurz’s new IMD PUR dual-technology process is a quantum leap for plastics decoration 2019-07-17T23:01:40Z kurzs-new-imd-pur-dual-technology-process-is-a-quantum-leap-for-plastics-decoration Sydney, 18 July 2019: Kurz, a leading supplier of metallised foil based solutions for security and surface decoration, has developed an innovative new process that combines the advantages of IMD (In-Mold Decoration) with PUR (polyurethane) technology. In this process called IMD PUR, plastic parts are decorated during injection molding by means of in-mold decorating and then overflooded with PUR within the same clamping unit. This produces sophisticated designs under a crystal clear, high-gloss surface. PUR layer thicknesses of between 0.3mm and 15mm can be created that exhibit a marked depth effect. Besides a glossy glass appearance, the PUR coating also provides a high level of surface protection. The decoration remains intact when subjected to scratches or stone impact, and the PUR topcoat is self-healing when scratched. Stephen Pratt, Kurz Australia Managing Director, said: “The production and PUR flooding of injection molded parts in a single machine pass is a known process. The novelty, however, is in combining this with the IMD process. Kurz has developed IMD coatings that adhere perfectly to the PUR topcoat. This is another example of the quantum leaps Kurz is making in plastic decoration.” The mold manufacturer Schöfer, a member of the Kurz Group, has precisely tailored the mold technology to the process. Schöfer, with its specialist experience in mold-making, complements Kurz's comprehensive know-how in thin-layer and process technology. “Thanks to the intensive development work undertaken by both parties, it is now possible to perform injection molding, IMD coating, and PUR coating in a single clamping unit. Furthermore, the tailored formulations of the IMD and PUR layers, as well as process-optimised molds, ensure significantly reduced cycle times. “Plastic parts decorated by means of IMD PUR exhibit the high surface quality, depth effect, and glassy appearance of PUR coatings. At the same time, IMD PUR offers the great design freedom that is characteristic of IMD technology, with the ability to perform design changeovers both quickly and efficiently,” said Pratt. Press Contact: For further information or to speak with Kurz please contact: Jeffrey Coote, Account Manager, Filtered Media d: 02 8188 3616 | m: 0404 275 665 | e: jeffrey@filteredmedia.com.au About KURZ: The KURZ Group is a global leader in hot stamping and coating technology. KURZ develops and manufactures decorative and functional layers applied to carrier foils for a large variety of applications. The range includes metallized, pigmented and holographic stamping foils for packaging or print products, surface finishes for electronic devices or automotive parts, protective and decorative lacquers for furniture or household appliances, authenticity features for brand name items, metallic applications for textiles, and different types of coatings for many other applications. With over 5,000 employees in 14 production plants in Europe, Asia and the USA, 24 international subsidiaries and a global network of agencies and sales offices, the KURZ Group manufactures and sells a comprehensive range of products for surface finishing, decoration, marking and counterfeit protection, rounded off by an extensive range of stamping machines and stamping tools. KURZ also continuously invests in new technologies, and is developing innovative solutions for integrating functionality into surfaces. Growth and Scope of Panache the Exhibition Stall Design Company Across the World 2019-07-17T11:05:24Z growth-and-scope-of-panache-the-exhibition-stall-design-company-across-the-world Exhibitions have always invited creative vision from the exhibitors. But, they can simply ideate the strategy vaguely and the real mechanism requires an expertise. This expertise can be offered by the exhibit design studio. Panaché Exhibitions reflected over the need to serve its customers after its first milestone in 2012. The team Panaché set up Delhi workshop and this milestone created a vision to address all the exhibit needs of clients. It is the top exhibition stall design company, that creates appealing designs and graphics according to the customized exhibit requirements of businesses. They believe in communicating efficiently and effectively through design, thereby, engaging visitors. Every success story has various challenges to outshine and get recognition in the market across the world. Panaché Exhibitions has faced the challenges of delivering the project in short timelines. At times, exhibition stand designers’ team had to complete the project within 3-4 days. However, the constant motivation from the director and the management enabled the staff to meet the deadline. It is this consistent performance and hard work which helped the company in scaling heights in 2017. It became a popular name for exhibit design & build studio worldwide promising quality in every aspect. The director of Panaché Exhibitions, Mohd Razi  Shakir states: “ The creative mind lend finesse, class and contemporary style to help your brand have a wider and more penetrating reach.” This company has become one of the best service providers for exhibit solutions comprehensively. Panaché Exhibitions is a one stop solution for planning, designing and fabrication along with installation of exhibition stalls. Mr. Shakir also claims: “We are the forerunners for the customized projects and high quality brand management.” Panaché is the reputed exhibition stall design company which pays attention to quality of the material used in the fabrication of exhibition booth along with its proper structure. The highly skilled designers and builders coordinate with each other to incorporate the requirements of clients in a very creative manner. Innovation has been the central aspect of exhibit design industry, but, this company has taken it to the next level with its definite approach. The entire staff is committed to deliver the relevant, robust and perfect exhibition stands without fail. The exhibition stand builders of Panaché Exhibitions have covered a total of 18000 sq. meters in order to execute the project of exhibit design projects of clients. These clients have regarded the team as an essential link towards their business growth and success. With over a client base of 500 clients, the team Panaché has built over 1000 exhibition booths in 40 different avenues. The three-fold approach adopted by this exhibition stall design company, conceptualize, designing and execution towards project completion is impressive. Each and every project is discussed and the professionals of different departments come together to redefine the brand identity of a company with the strategic plan. Over the past 10 years of its promise to create the stunning exhibition stalls, this organization is marching ahead to enhance its market presence unflinchingly. Considering the pace at which the company is growing, the company will certainly attain more milestones, 5 years down the line! About Company: Panache Worldwide was established in 2010 as an exhibition stall design and build solution provider in India. It offers bespoke exhibit solutions to its domestic and international clients. For more information visit: https://www.panache-worldwide.com/about-us.php Follow us on: https://www.instagram.com/Panache.Exhibitions https://twitter.com/Panache_india https://in.linkedin.com/company/panache-exhibitions https://facebook.com/PanacheExhibitions/ vSure Announces Successful Management Buyout and Capital Raise 2019-07-16T23:39:39Z vsure-announces-successful-management-buyout-and-capital-raise Sydney 16/7/2019 – Work rights and visa compliance technology company vSure, founded by serial entrepreneur and well-known migration industry figure Mark Webster, has been acquired by General Manager Matt Paff and an investor group led by Australian technology industry veteran Bruce Carr. The deal sees Paff taking control and Carr spearheading an injection of capital to accelerate growth while Webster remains involved as a minority shareholder and advisor. The new investment round will enable vSure to build on its leadership position in visa and work rights compliance in Australia and New Zealand at a time when recruiters, HR professionals and large employers are coming to realise the importance of regular checking of employee visas and work rights. “We’re really seeing the tide turn in the industry,” said Paff. “Single Touch Payroll and the ATO data sharing program with Home Affairs has been big for us. Employers are finally coming to understand their risks and liability and see the value of ensuring their employees’ work rights are properly checked and monitored. Once employers become aware of what they need to do, it’s a ‘no-brainer’ and our slick onboarding workflow adds to the whole employee/candidate experience which is so important right now.” “The business has averaged 100% year-on-year growth for the last couple of years and grew its customer base by 400% last fiscal year.” said Paff. “This new investment will fuel an ambitious programme of enterprise-level expansion, while enabling further innovation and growth within our API and partnerships area. vSure’s platform is already integrated into many of the big-name HR and payroll solutions in Australia and now we’re aiming to take on the rest.” vSure provides an online application where employers can quickly and easily get all their employees on board through self-registration, and then manage and document periodic re-checks to ensure all are legally entitled to work and highlight any changes as they arise. HR, ERP, payroll and other systems can access the system directly through an API. “We continue to find more use cases for our commercial-grade visa checks API and have welcomed partners across fintech, identity verification, higher education, HRTech, Agtech and many more. At the same time, we’ve taken on Australia’s leading retailers, hospitality companies, recruitment and labour hire firms, agriculture and food production businesses as direct customers.” Paff explained. Paff is enthusiastic about the new investor group stating “We couldn’t be happier securing the investment and advice of a legend like Bruce Carr. Bruce built and sold Exo to MYOB and now runs leading eCommerce company Web Ninja, so he brings deep experience in scaling technology businesses - as well as an enthusiasm and drive to succeed.” The agreement was completed on 10 July with Webster being advised by leading Australian M&A and business valuations expert Dr Paul Hauck, Principal at ICT Strategic Consulting. Hauck described the deal as “the best possible outcome for all parties. Paff is already deeply ingrained in the business and he and the new investors have a strong vision for the company. The deal also frees up Mark to pursue his next venture in cutting edge technologies around quantum computing and machine learning algorithms, while retaining skin-in-the-game of the business he founded.” About the Company Founded alongside Acacia Immigration in Sydney in July 2012 by serial entrepreneur and migration industry legend Mark Webster, vSure was originally built to simplify compliance with the Migration Amendment [Reform of Employer Sanctions] Act of 2013 for Australian employers and others. Since then, the business has evolved and expanded its compliance focus into solutions for higher education (CRICOS) and opened up its API to other software developers, who now leverage vSure’s expertise in work and student visa validation through many well-known HR, payroll and ERP platforms. Security and data sensitivity concerns mean many of vSure’s most recognisable customer brands remain confidential, but their base includes some of Australia’s largest retailers like True Alliance and Dymocks, hospitality groups including Solotel and Atlantic Group, recruitment firms like Australian Personnel Global (APG), agriculture and food production companies Biaida and Cordina Chicken, health services providers like Wesley Mission, HRTech companies like HappyHR and Humanforce, and most Australian pre-employment and police check companies including CV Check. Cvent Unveils List of Top Meeting Destinations in Australia and Oceania for 2019 2019-07-16T21:00:55Z cvent-unveils-list-of-top-meeting-destinations-in-australia-and-oceania-for-2019 Cvent, a market-leading meetings, events, and hospitality technology provider, today released its list of the Top 10 Meeting Destinations for meetings and events in Australia and Oceania. Sydney took the number one position as the most popular destination for business meetings and events in the region while cities such as Cairns and Nadi were new to the list. Australian cities were previously featured in one Asia Pacific list, but due to increased sourcing volume to the region, Cvent unveiled Asia and Australia & Oceania as two standalone lists this year. The expanded list highlights Australia’s and Oceania’s growing strength and popularity as a meetings and business events destination. The lists were compiled based on meeting and event booking activity across Cvent’s venue sourcing sites, including the Cvent Supplier Network (CSN) through which more than $16 billion in business was sourced in 2018. Cvent's Top 10 Meeting Destinations in Australia & Oceania are: Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Gold Coast Perth Auckland Adelaide Queenstown Cairns Nadi “It’s fantastic to know that Sydney has received the accolade of Top Meeting Destination,” said Lyn Lewis-Smith, CEO, Business Events Sydney (BESydney). “We have an undeniable appetite for innovation, a high degree of professionalism and the infrastructure to support productivity and business – particularly within the Asia Pacific. Combined with our positive historical track record, this title as the number one meetings destination in Australia and Oceania will be a boon for the interest we already receive across our strength sectors such as professional services, technology, and health and science.” “Renowned as a global city on Asia’s doorstep, and boasting a strong and stable economy, Sydney is the ideal destination to conduct meetings with international counterparts,” concluded Lewis-Smith. “With more events being held around the world, we’re proud to expand our lists this year with the addition of Top Meeting Destinations in Australia and Oceania,” said Chris McAndrews, vice president of marketing for Cvent Hospitality Cloud. “Meeting and event activity in the region is booming and it is exciting to highlight new cities that have been successful in positioning themselves as top destinations to host meetings and events. Business events add USD $1.5 trillion to the global GDP and because of this positive economic impact, the cities featured in this year’s Top Meeting Destinations lists have put significant time and resources into attracting more business events to their locales.” Methodology Cvent evaluated more than 11,000 cities worldwide featured on Cvent’s venue sourcing sites to compile the eighth annual list. Activity was tracked from January 2018 through December 2018 and destinations were ranked according to the following criteria: Unique Request for Proposals Received Total Room Nights Received Awarded Request for Proposals Awarded Room Nights Percentage of Qualified Meeting Venues Number of Profile Views To see the full list of the Top Meeting Destinations around the world, please visit here. - Ends - Images: Sydney skyline Melbourne skyline Brisbane skyline For media enquiries, please contact: Debbie Bradley, Group Account Director, Zadro +61 420 761 189 debbie@zadroagency.com.au Yvette Schlegelmilch, Account Manager, Zadro +61 2 9212 7867 yvette@zadroagency.com.au About the Cvent Supplier Network Featuring more than 260,000 hotels, resorts and special event venues, the Cvent Supplier Network (CSN) is one of the world's largest and most accurate databases of detailed venue information. Cvent sourced more than $16 billion in meetings and events through its marketplace and more than 42 million room nights in 2018. The CSN contains listings of hotels and other venues in more than 175 countries that can be searched and filtered based on approximately 200 meetings and events attributes. The Network is part of the Cvent Hospitality Cloud, which partners with hotels and venues to help them drive group and corporate travel business. To find venues, request quotes, and book event space on the Cvent Supplier Network, visit https://www.cvent.com/venues. About Cvent Cvent is a leading meetings, events, and hospitality management technology provider with more than 4,000 employees, 27,000 customers, and 300,000 users worldwide. The Cvent Event Cloud offers software solutions to event planners for online event registration, venue selection, event management, mobile apps for events, email marketing, and web surveys. The Cvent Hospitality Cloud partners with hotels and venues to help them drive group and corporate travel business. Hotels use the Cvent Hospitality Cloud’s digital marketing tools and software solutions to win business through Cvent’s sourcing platforms and to service their customers directly, efficiently and profitably – helping them grow and own their business. Cvent solutions optimize the entire event management value chain and have enabled clients around the world to manage hundreds of thousands of meetings and events. For more information, please visit Cvent.com, or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. Cvent Unveils List of Top Meeting Destinations in Asia for 2019 2019-07-16T21:00:49Z cvent-unveils-list-of-top-meeting-destinations-in-asia-for-2019 Cvent, a market-leading meetings, events, and hospitality technology provider, today released its list of the Top 25 Meeting Destinations for meetings and events in Asia. For the fourth year in a row, Singapore retained its number one position as the most popular destination for business meetings and events, and China led with the highest number of cities featured on the list with six. Asian cities were previously featured in one Asia Pacific list, but due to increased sourcing volume to the region, Cvent unveiled Asia and Australia & Oceania as two standalone lists this year. The expanded list highlights Asia’s strength and growing popularity as a MICE destination. The lists were compiled based on meeting and event booking activity across Cvent’s venue sourcing sites, including the Cvent Supplier Network (CSN) through which more than $16 billion in business was sourced in 2018. Dr. Edward Koh, Executive Director, Conventions, Meetings & Incentive Travel, Singapore Tourism Board, said: “We are privileged to be named Cvent’s Top Meeting Destination in Asia for the fourth year in a row. This accolade is a testament to Singapore’s reputation as a choice destination for meetings and business events in this region. Our distinct offerings of a pro-business environment, strategic location in Asia, positive safety track record, as well as a diverse selection of unique and inspiring venues and experiences have given us an edge. These offerings allow us to continually draw business event organisers and delegates to our city and offer them a memorable experience. Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to share this accolade with our dedicated industry stakeholders and partners, as we acknowledge their tireless efforts in contributing to Singapore’s standing as a top business events destination.” Cvent's Top 10 Meeting Destinations in Asia are: Singapore Bangkok, Thailand Hong Kong Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Shanghai, China Tokyo, Japan Seoul, South Korea Beijing, China Bali, Indonesia Mumbai, India To see the full list of Asia’s Top Meeting Destinations please visit here. “With more events being held around the world, we’re proud to expand our lists this year with the addition of Top Meeting Destinations in Asia,” said Chris McAndrews, vice president of marketing for Cvent Hospitality Cloud. “Meeting and event activity in the region is booming and cities such as Seoul, Osaka, and Yokohama have all risen in rank year-over-year highlighting their successful efforts in positioning themselves as top cities to host meetings and events. Business events add USD $1.5 trillion to the global GDP and because of this positive economic impact, the cities featured in this year’s Top Meeting Destinations lists have put significant time and resources into attracting more business events to their locales.” Methodology Cvent evaluated more than 11,000 cities worldwide featured on Cvent’s venue sourcing sites to compile the eighth annual list. Activity was tracked from January 2018 through December 2018 and destinations were ranked according to the following criteria: Unique Request for Proposals Received Total Room Nights Received Awarded Request for Proposals Awarded Room Nights Percentage of Qualified Meeting Venues Number of Profile Views To see the full list of the Top Meeting Destinations around the world, please visit here. -ENDS- For media enquiries, please contact: Debbie Bradley, Group Account Director, Zadro +61 420 761 189 debbie@zadroagency.com.au Yvette Schlegelmilch, Account Manager, Zadro +61 2 9212 7867 yvette@zadroagency.com.au Images: Singapore skyline Bangkok skyline Hong Kong skyline About the Cvent Supplier Network Featuring more than 260,000 hotels, resorts and special event venues, the Cvent Supplier Network (CSN) is one of the world's largest and most accurate databases of detailed venue information. Cvent sourced more than $16 billion in meetings and events through its marketplace and more than 42 million room nights in 2018. The CSN contains listings of hotels and other venues in more than 175 countries that can be searched and filtered based on approximately 200 meetings and events attributes. The Network is part of the Cvent Hospitality Cloud, which partners with hotels and venues to help them drive MICE and corporate travel business. To find venues, request quotes, and book event space on the Cvent Supplier Network, visit https://www.cvent.com/venues. About Cvent Cvent is a leading meetings, events, and hospitality management technology provider with more than 4,000 employees, 27,000 customers, and 300,000 users worldwide. The Cvent Event Cloud offers software solutions to event planners for online event registration, venue selection, event management, mobile apps for events, email marketing, and web surveys. The Cvent Hospitality Cloud partners with hotels and venues to help them drive MICE and corporate travel business. Hotels use the Cvent Hospitality Cloud’s digital marketing tools and software solutions to win business through Cvent’s sourcing platforms and to service their customers directly, efficiently and profitably – helping them grow and own their business. Cvent solutions optimize the entire event management value chain and have enabled clients around the world to manage hundreds of thousands of meetings and events. For more information, please visit Cvent.com, or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. Are Marketing Agency Fixed-Term Contracts a Scam? 2019-07-16T12:19:55Z are-marketing-agency-fixed-term-contracts-a-scam Most marketing agencies will promise you the world. They'll also expect you to pay upfront and to sign up for a fixed term of 6 months or more. Here's what they'll tell you; "It takes at least 6 months to see the results." But here's the problem... they won't guarantee the results. Never. Where does that leave you? Well, after 6 months, if you're lucky, you've got a good return on your investment. But if you don't, then apparently that's just bad luck and the marketing company will tell you that you should work with them again and try a different approach. Not all marketing agencies work that way. Web Agents, for example, don't have any fixed term lock-in contracts, and they don't charge you a princely sum upfront. Instead, they work on the principle that they should get paid based on results. And because of this, they work hard to deliver results fast. So, if you're looking to do some marketing for your business, and the agency you approach wants to charge you upfront for 6 months or more, turn around and get out of there fast. Find an agency, like Web Agents - https://webagents.com.au - who will work hard to get you real results, and who offer great value. Helping thousands of Victorians with their home building and renovation projects. 2019-07-16T06:31:28Z helping-thousands-of-victorians-with-their-home-building-and-renovation-projects Australia’s longest running building and renovation event, The Melbourne Home Show, is set to inspire and assist thousands of Victorian homeowners, builders, renovators and local trade over three days from 16 - 18 August at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, South Wharf. With over 250 leading brands under one roof, The Melbourne Home Show will be packed to the rafters with the latest building products, kitchens and cabinetry, bathroom fixtures and fittings, heating and cooling, interior and outdoor solutions, free seminars and expert advice! Visitors will be inspired to ‘live a little’ as they take a walk down the inaugural Tiny Houses Expo, where the latest compact and tiny homes will be on display. Whether you’re on the hunt for a cost-effective new home, looking to reduce your carbon footprint, tight on space or simply on the search for a simpler life, a stroll through the Tiny House Expo is sure to inspire. For those looking for outdoor inspiration, a visit to the Open Garden designed by Full Potential Landscapes and FormBoss, is a must. With a theme of Australian Made and Built to Last, the garden display is energy efficient, water conscious, spacious and smart. With flowing lines, this practical and functional design adheres to Australian climates and conditions and will showcase just how you can utilise Australia’s best in your backyard. Visitors can also learn to bring their bathroom to life or create their dream cooks kitchen with a FREE 20-minute design consultation with one of the Kitchen & Bathroom Designers Institute’s very best designers at the KBDi Ask an Expert hub. Visitors are encouraged to bring their plans and design ideas for a personalised consultation with the experts. Pre-bookings can be made online and walk-ups are welcome. Find new products, great savings and the biggest names in renovating and building including Australian Outdoor Living, Bora, BlockOut Blinds, Clover Kitchens, European Kitchen Group, Melbourne Polytechnic, Mondella, NextGEN Decking, Spa World, Stratco, Tesla, Vergola, Victoria Government and more. Discount tickets are available to purchase online at melbournehomeshow.com.au. Kids under 14 are free. - ENDS - For all media enquiries, interviews, images, media passes and promotions, please contact: Alana Hawthorne - Marketing Manager 03 9276 5539 | alanahawthorne@eea.net.au Single Touch Payroll now mandated for all Australian small businesses 2019-07-15T13:17:40Z single-touch-payroll-now-mandated-for-all-australian-small-businesses Small business owners in Australia are now encouraged to adopt the new “Single Touch Payroll” system which came into effect recently. This system is now required for all employers with less than 19 employees. The Minister of Finance and Small Business Damien Tudehope said that the NSW Government had been assisting businesses to prepare for the “Single Touch Payroll”, i.e. STP with workshops via its Business Connect advisory service network. Flourish Employment Solutions, provider of HR solutions in Australia explains Single Touch Payroll as an ATO initiative that requires employers to report salary and wages, PAYG withholding and superannuation to the ATO each time they pay their employees. “Single Touch Payroll is the new way of automatically reporting tax and super information to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and starts from 1 July 2019 for employers with 19 or fewer employees. “Employers will use Single Touch Payroll to electronically report their employees’ salaries and wages, pay as you go withholding tax, and superannuation information directly to the ATO each payday when they run their payrolls. “Single Touch Payroll will benefit employers by streamlining payroll processes to reduce business costs and provide protections for staff by giving greater visibility to the ATO on unpaid superannuation or late payments. “The new system will make completing paperwork easier for more than 250,000 businesses across the state by automating much of the payroll process and help them stay on top of their financial affairs. Each time you pay an employee and report through Single Touch Payroll, their tax and super information will be updated on the myGov website. “The good news is the ATO advises there will be no penalties for mistakes or late reports for the first year, and if you are experiencing hardship or operate in an area with limited internet capabilities, there will be exemptions available,” Mr. Tudehope said. Michelle Smith, the Office Manager of the Tree Surgeon (an arborist business based in Orange) attended the conference at the Business Connect Provider Central NSW Business HQ, commented that the session had helped her implement STP using Xero accounting software. Meanwhile, Dean Squire an ex grain industry worker, and co-founder of Cootamundra business Desi’s Fabrics and Blinds, attended a workshop with Business Connect provider BEC Advice South and West. “Single Touch Payroll will be easier when doing our payroll as currently we manually do our tax and super each week and this will do it in one hit,” he concluded.   Place-Advisor Provides a Unique New Business Directory for Consumers 2019-07-15T04:12:44Z place-advisor-provides-a-unique-new-business-directory-for-consumers It’s not just visitors to Australia that need assistance to locate the products and services. Local residents also need help to discover new businesses. The launch of Place-Advisor alleviates the frustrating and time consuming effort of searching a multitude of websites, providing a one-stop resource for finding businesses in multiple categories. Individuals can search from among over 650,000 Australian businesses from a single, convenient online venue when they need to locate restaurants, places of interest, and local services. People can search cities small and large, multiple states and territories, and 90 service categories. Each entry includes a phone number, address, directions, and reviews. The Australian business directory provides an easy and expedient way to locate gyms, spas, and health services for fitness and pampering. When an illness or injury occurs, the online directory can help find physicians, dentists and hospitals, along with pharmacies, and physiotherapists. Individuals can also locate veterinarians when family pets required care. Individuals searching amusements for a family outing can find waterparks, aquariums, stadiums, and bowling alleys, along with museums for those that prefer quieter cultural pursuits. It’s also easy to find Australia companies for parks or movie rentals for a rainy day activity. An extensive range of eateries are featured for fast food or fine dining opportunities. Australia has a myriad of venues in which to experience local nightlife that includes bars and nightclubs, or liquor sales to spend a relaxing evening at home. With Place-Advisor’s Australian local search, anyone can easily locate cafes, bakeries, meal take-out and deliveries. Place-Advisor provides Australian business owners with the means to highlight their products and services to local customers and visitors. The directory helps individuals find an ATM, lodging, contractors and car repairs, lawyers and local government officials in an increasingly busy and competitive business environment. Media Contact Place-Advisor Phone: (07) 31446707 Address: 13 Pademelon CCT North Lakes Queensland – 4509 Website: http://place-advisor.com