The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-09-17T00:34:19Z Deborah Hutton releases range of Australian made UPF50+ hats after surviving second skin cancer surgery 2021-09-17T00:34:19Z deborah-hutton-releases-range-of-australian-made-upf50-hats-after-surviving-second-skin-cancer-surgery Deborah Hutton knows how harmful the Australian UV rays are, following skin cancer surgery to remove two basal cell carcinomas from her face in mid 2020, the Australian media personality landed in the spotlight after sharing dramatic images of her skin graft, prior to the removal of her stitches. A chance meeting with the specialist sun hat supplier, RIGON headwear, led to the idea of Deborah creating a range of her own signature UPF 50+ hats that would give more than just shade protection for herself and others, who are passionate about sun protection and preventing skin cancer. Deborah was to learn that the hats she was wearing were not giving the proper protection she needed. The strong Australian UV rays were still penetrating the material,” explains Deborah, “I had just assumed that any hat gave you full protection from the sun.” Canopy Bay by Deborah Hutton is the result of months of design and research, culminating in a range of stylish hats, made in Australia, of UPF50+ sun-protective material that offer a sophisticated solution for every outdoor lifestyle. The range features fabrications made for travelling such as the patented Flexibraid®, an innovative flexible material which is crush resistant, water-friendly, lightweight and hard wearing.  Rigon, a family-owned company, based on the NSW Central Coast have been making quality headwear for decades, “Rigon enabled me to design this beautiful range for people like me who want to maintain an active lifestyle, whether it be walks in the sun, a day at the beach, a country hike, picnics, a day on a boat or a round of golf.”  Deborah was adamant on producing a range which was functional, easy to wash, rain proof and comfortable. Most hats in the Canopy Bay collection conveniently pack flat and regain shape at the other end. Importantly, they leave no hat mark on the forehead when removed, due to the internal ComfyFit size adjuster which also keeps the hat securely on your head, even in a gale. From the Trilby style ‘Paros’, to the ‘Bronte’ beach hat and the Panama shaped ‘Bonville’, Deborah has designed a range which follows her own personal interests, including golf.   There is also a stunning wide brim hat ‘Carla’ named in memory of designer friend, Carla Zampatti, who sadly passed away while the range was being designed. I wanted to acknowledge her enormous contribution to Australian fashion and felt this was a suitable way to remember her, having known her since I started modelling in the early 80’s,” elaborates Hutton.  After revealing her personal skin cancer journey, Deborah was inundated with support, “it was a very humbling experience from the sharing of personal stories, to the outreach from organisations focused on skin cancer awareness, protection and cure,” reveals Deborah, “I wanted to make it my mission to share the message that your favourite hat may not be doing its job, and a UPF 50+ material is proven to be more sun protective in  blocking the harsh rays of the sun.” Canopy Bay by Deborah Hutton is available at www.canopybay.com.au and in selected retail stores from today, September 15, 2021, ranging in price from RRP$95.00 to RRP$195.00.  Link to campaign imagery: Canopy Bay by Deborah Hutton CampaignLink to still life imagery: Canopy Bay by Deborah Hutton Still Life ABOUT DEBORAH HUTTON Deborah Hutton is one of Australia’s most acknowledged and respected media personalities. Through an accomplished career working alongside iconic Australian companies, Deborah Hutton is one person who is able to influence the Australian public and continually exude a persona of trust, intelligence and loyalty. Deborah Hutton is an Australian household name, Australians look to Deborah Hutton as a barometer of good taste, style and professional achievement. Deborah Hutton’s career began when she graced the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine at the age of sixteen and since then has become a household name and much-loved personality. From starting her career as the face and ambassador for MYER Department Stores, going on to host multiple Lifestyle programs for the Nine Network, Deborah was for more than ten years an editor for the top circulating magazine, Australian Women’s Weekly. In keeping with her desire for continual reinvention Deborah’s interest in the area of personal wellbeing has resulted in her new on-line platform Balance by Deborah Hutton. Facing 50 and the shock of being diagnosed with a serious skin cancer, Deborah spent more than a year assessing and redefining herself and realised along the way, women not only needed support but also wanted to connect and talk. Balance by Deborah Hutton is an on-line community giving women access to coaches and experts in all aspects of life, from health and wellbeing to career and finance.   After surviving her first facial skin cancer over 9 years ago, and subsequently recovering from her second scare in 2020, Deborah’s advocacy and commitment to skin cancer awareness and education has been solidified with her Sun-Safe Ambassadorship for La Roche-Posay and her Brand Ambassadorship with The Skin Hospital. Deborah aligns herself with life-saving initiatives and brands such as these because she is passionate about helping others and proud to be associated with experts in their field. CONTACT Adam Worling Public Relations Director AWPR M: 0411 573 493             E: adam@awpr.com.au GS1 Australia named 2021 Zoomtopia Innovation Awards winner 2021-09-14T23:56:59Z gs1-australia-named-2021-zoomtopia-innovation-awards-winner GS1 Australia is honoured to have been named the Overall Winner of the 2021 Zoomtopia Innovation Awards, an annual global event. As well as the winner of the Defining the Hybrid Workspace category. The citation stated that “as a non-profit that develops global standards for business communication with over 2 million user companies, GS1 Australia has been leveraging Zoom for seamless communication and collaboration since 2018. GS1 deployed Zoom to empower its remote workforce and continue serving its customers during the pandemic, and as the company has implemented its new hybrid working model, it has used the platform to transform its operations once again. From converting its auditorium space into both a production studio and Zoom Room to using the Virtual Receptionist feature to protect the health and safety of their receptionists and visitors, GS1 Australia is leveraging a number of Zoom solutions to create a true ‘work-from-anywhere’ workforce.” Watch the video that demonstrated GS1 Australia’s Hybrid Workspace model leading to the big win. “We are incredibly proud of how quickly our expert team, inspired by Emile Sahhar was able to adapt the technology across the entire company, and how it enabled our staff to continue operating our business effortlessly, despite the changes that were brought about by COVID 19 restrictions.” said Maria Palazzolo, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, GS1 Australia, in acknowledging the awards. The Zoomtopia Innovations Awards highlight inspiring and innovative ways that Zoom customers around the world are using the product. It is an annual contest that recognises organisations that embody innovation, inspiration, and creativity in their use of the Zoom platform. About GS1 Australia GS1 is a neutral, not-for-profit organisation that develops and maintains the most widely used global standards for efficient business communication. We are best known for the barcode, named by the BBC as one of “the 50 things that made the world economy”. GS1 standards and services improve the efficiency, safety and visibility of supply chains across physical and digital channels in 25 sectors. With local Member Organisations in 115 countries, 2 million user companies (over 22,000 in Australia) and 6 billion transactions every day, GS1 standards create a common language that supports systems and processes across the globe. For more information visit the GS1 Australia website or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and our YouTube channel. Vantage Circle is Rewarded as One of the Leaders in G2 Crowd Global Enterprise Grids 2021-09-14T07:51:19Z vantage-circle-is-rewarded-as-one-of-the-leaders-in-g2-crowd-global-enterprise-grids New South Wales, Australia, Sept, 2021: Vantage Circle, a leading simple and AI-powered global employee engagement solution is proud to announce that it has earned the 5th rank out of the 55 competitors across the globe for employee engagement in the "G2 Enterprise Grid® Summer Report 2021". We achieved 5th rank out of 22 competitors across the globe in "Enterprise Grid® Report for Employee Recognition | Summer 2021.  In addition to being listed in the above categories, Vantage Circle has been among the top leader positions for Best Employee Engagement Software in the G2 Enterprise Grid® Report. G2 surveys the best software four times a year, and we are thrilled to have been listed in the top positions for two consecutive years. Vantage Circle has also been awarded Enterprise Leader, Best Relationship Enteprise, Best Support Enterprise, High Performer and Enterprise Leader in Asia Pacific region in the G2 Summer Report 2021.  Best Software Awards by G2 recognizes and ranks the software products and companies based on reviews gathered from the user community and data segregated from social networks and online sources. It uses unique algorithms to determine customer satisfaction and market presence scores of the companies and products in real-time. "We, at Vantage Circle, are always striving towards revolutionizing the way HR manages Employee Engagement and Rewards & Recognition programs with continuous innovation and dedication towards serving our clients better. The authentic reviews of your clients have not only helped us bag the G2 awards and recognitions but also allow us to work on the recommendations." Quoted Partha Neog, CEO and Co-Founder of Vantage Circle.  Vantage Circle is a digital portal for employee engagement that offers strategies for managers and HR practitioners searching for ways to improve the workforce's productivity. The four modules of Vantage Circle - VantageRewards, VantagePulse, VantageFit, and VantagePerks are designed to look after four major concerns of HR management. "Being awarded on the basis of customer satisfaction (user rewards or ratings) and market presence is a testament to our top-leading employee engagement software. We are proud to have earned the awards that acknowledge our customer satisfaction." Said Anjan Pathak, CTO and Co-Founder of Vantage Circle. About Vantage Circle: Vantage Circle is bringing Ease and Simplicity to Employee Engagement by using simple and Smart global solutions for employee rewards & recognition, feedback, and wellness. Its comprehensive and cost-effective platform is designed to help organizations in attracting and retaining their top talents. The user base currently stands at a massive 1.8M+ employees from some of the top leading corporations like HCL, Accenture, Infosys, WIPRO, Aricent, GE, Mu Sigma, Capgemini, and many more. About G2 Crowd: G2 aims to be a trusted source that helps every business professional in the world make better technology decisions. G2 compares the best business software and services based on user ratings and social data. With its authentic customer reviews, G2 is helping 5.5 million people every month make smarter software decisions based on authentic peer reviews. G2 plays a huge role by providing unique, authentic peer advice in real-time. Local councils and community organisations are poised to create jobs in communities 2021-09-14T06:15:58Z local-councils-are-poised-to-create-jobs-in-communities Residents and communities can rally together and support struggling small businesses by buying local and helping local solopreneurs and even jobseekers start businesses.  Volunteers and community interest groups can help small business owners and solopreneurs with tasks like social media marketing. These community activities create much-needed jobs. They revive and stimulate struggling economies, businesses, and households caused by the pandemic. Job seekers in the community can also create job opportunities by networking and connecting with local businesses and employers.  Job creation is made possible with CommunityCONNECT, a multi-language geo-location platform. This platform enables individuals and business owners to connect, buy local, and support local businesses, to help others in need, to find job opportunities, and it could be used for networking and volunteering.  More than just a static online directory that is commonly seen, our multi-language platform empowers residents from all backgrounds and ethnicities to connect and be active in communities.  Our real-time geo-location map can determine where and what services and products are on offer, and who is making the connection at a click of a button. It is like a business or community directory on steroids! Local councils, community and professional organisations, business owners, job seekers, and even volunteers can use CommunityCONNECT to create and maintain their community connections and support one another to survive and thrive in challenging times that is brought about by the pandemic. About us CreateMyJob is a for-impact social enterprise born out of the need to connect and empower local communities to survive and thrive in a post-pandemic world through the proactive creation of jobs. Media contact Admin@createmyjob.org Visit Createmyjob.org Sydney-based Author Writes Children’s Book about Social Distancing 2021-09-14T01:08:06Z sydney-based-author-writes-children-s-book-about-social-distancing Contact name: Jamie Kennedy   Publisher: Brave Moon Publishing Phone: +61 435 792 822 Email: Press@BraveMoonPublishing.com Website: www.WilbertTheWombat.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sydney, NSW – Who is the wombat in the mask? A new children’s book (reader’s age 5 - 10 years old) has been published in Australia and it is everything that parents have been looking for during these challenging times. Written by Sydney-based American expat Jamie Brooke, the book is told from the perspective of an illustrated wombat named Wilbert and other loveable characters Wendy the Wallaby and Ken the Kangaroo. The new ebook version launches to the public 24 September 2021. What’s unique and special about this series is that the stories parallel challenging events happening in our world today. “I wanted to find a way to explain to children the hardships we’re all facing today while teaching empathy, sharing hope and building community along the way,” shared Jamie. Writer and holistic health advocate Jamie Brooke originally set out to write the book as a unique birthday gift for her niece and nephew, but was later approached to publish the book as part of a series that includes Wilbert the Wombat Saves the Day. Now with the two books published in the USA, UK and Australia, Jamie is excited to share these messages of hope and community mindset with a larger audience. Saves the Day and Social Distances are available on Amazon and at wilbertthewombat.com. 10% of proceeds go to WIRES Wildlife Rescue, a nonprofit organisation dedicated to rescuing and caring for Australian wildlife. For wholesale enquiries, visit Ingram or go directly through Brave Moon Publishing www.bravemoonpublishing.com.  Note to the editors: Should you require additional details, please contact: press@bravemoonpublishing.com or call (61) 435 792 822 About the author, Jamie Brooke: Jamie Brooke is a storyteller, yogi, and animal lover, who believes in doing what you love and exploring what sparks your curiosity. As a kid, Jamie would spend countless hours with her teddy bears lined up in a row, reading books to what she was sure was a very captive audience. The teddy bears may have long since been donated to new homes, but Jamie’s innate love for storytelling still holds strong to this day. Now as an expert storyteller, Jamie teaches the power of story through her writings and teachings. She has a Psychology degree and is a certified yoga teacher, using her education to dive into the science and art of storytelling through visual, oral and written content. Originally from California USA, Jamie now lives in Sydney Australia with her husband Jason. She loves home-cooked meals, traveling and chocolate, naturally. ENDS Direct Quotes from Author “Writing has always been really important to me, and I wanted to find a way to help my niece and nephew learn what they could do to take care of themselves and others during challenging times.”  “It’s gratifying to hear from parents saying the books have brought them and their kids joy, understanding and empathy during these challenging times. I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome.” “I think Wilbert, in a way, represents all of us; how many of us tend to keep to ourselves, and spend a lot of our time with our immediate family and friends. But I would hope that Wilbert inspires us all, if given the chance to help our community, to also go above and beyond to help out.” Direct Reviews "A heart-warming story about our new favourite character, Wilbert! This book teaches the importance of taking care of yourself and others. It is a wonderful tool to help explain illnesses, and the pandemic to little ears." - Caitlyn Wallinger, Author of Mother Mule   “This book packs bright illustrations and an easy-to-follow story that kept our son engaged. The message helped us explain social distancing to him in a fun way that he could understand. I highly recommend.” – Ryan (starred review)   “Learn about Australian animals and how to be a friend and help your community, especially during tough times. Very topical, well-written and illustrated, so much to love about this charming book.” – Rosalie (starred review) Announcing Extra Services You can Get From Decon Solutions Australia 2021-09-13T05:44:44Z announcing-extra-services-you-can-get-from-decon-solutions-australia We don’t just offer meth cleaning! We offer way more, recently we have been assisting Mortgage in Possession properties with Forensic cleaning, Hoarder Cleaning, Sanitisation Services and Lead in Paint removal services. Also, due to the wet weather, we have been busy carrying out a great deal of mould remediation across Australia & we love it! So please keep us in mind if you require any mould remediation, rubbish removal, hoarder clean-ups, odour treatment, sanitisation cleaning, trauma cleaning and squalor cleaning. We cover everywhere in Australia and aim to get on-site within 48 hours wherever possible! View More on our Website: https://www.deconsolutionsaustralia.com.au/ UpSkill Directory Launch: Connecting and supporting people with disability 2021-09-13T02:12:22Z upskill-directory-launch-connecting-and-supporting-people-with-disability Not-for-profit organisation, the Summer Foundation, has today launched the UpSkill Provider Directory, a searchable online directory of support coordinators and allied health professionals with the skills and experience to assist people with complex support needs to live well in the community. The platform, made possible by funding partner Gandel Philanthropy, also provides eligible professionals with a way of showcasing their services to potential clients free of charge. People with disability, families and others who assist them will be able to search the directory for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) support coordinators and allied health professionals in their area. Summer Foundation Head of Government Relations and Policy, Amelia Condi, said the UpSkill Provider Directory will enable NDIS participants with complex support needs to connect with a network of experienced support coordinators with the right skills to support participants to navigate the NDIS service system. “Our focus for the UpSkill Provider Directory over the coming months is to build listings - it will continue to grow and evolve as more support coordinators and health professionals come on board,” Ms Condi said.  The directory is the newest tool in the Summer Foundation’s UpSkill program, which delivers training,  capacity building and professional development to support coordinators and NDIS allied health professionals across the country. These professionals are integral in supporting people with complex support needs to achieve good outcomes and live well in the community. Support coordinators and NDIS allied health professionals who have completed UpSkill training are eligible to create a profile on the directory. They are also eligible to join the UpSkill Community of Practice, a networking platform for members to troubleshoot barriers and inspire each other to think innovatively and share information, ideas and practices. Gandel Philanthropy Chief Executive Officer, Vedran Drakulic OAM said: “From alternative housing demonstration projects to building workforce capability through UpSkill, the Summer Foundation has been at the forefront of innovative strategies to prevent younger people with disability from languishing in aged care. “The UpSkill Provider Directory will offer vital online connections and supports so that every young person with disability can choose where they live and who they live with.” To access the UpSkill Provider Directory, refer to the Summer Foundation’s UpSkill program web page. EarthCheck extends global sustainability partnership 2021-09-10T01:31:48Z earthcheck-extends-global-sustainability-partnership BRISBANE, QLD, AUSTRALIA – Friday, 10 September 2021 EarthCheck the world’s leading scientific benchmarking, certification and advisory group for travel and tourism has extended its global network of partners by welcoming, Belmond, the LVMH owned luxury hospitality and leisure collection into the EarthCheck Certified program. EarthCheck works in over 70 countries across the globe with some of the world’s leading hospitality and hotel brands and destinations. The holistic program allows a client to apply sustainability and circularity principles to the design, construction, operation and refurbishment of assets which sit across the tourism and travel supply chain. EarthCheck provides Belmond with credible and evidence-based science. In a luxury world all about experiences, they now have access to scientific data to support their business planning and decisions, guaranteeing they meet the needs of the new carbon economy. There is now a heightened awareness of climate change following 18 months of global reflection and the release of the recent IPCC report which has called for urgent action by both industry and policy makers. EarthCheck provides easy to use tools and reporting templates that help operators to understand and plan for risk management, decarbonisation, and net-zero road maps.  EarthCheck’s CEO and founder, Stewart Moore, says of the partnership with Belmond, “I am delighted to welcome a brand leader such as Belmond to the EarthCheck family. This offers a unique opportunity to work together to help deliver responsible and authentic travel products and experiences. Travel can be a force for good and Belmond are positioning themselves to lead the way, ensuring that sustainability is core to their future.” After a global pause for the industry, Stewart says “it is also heartening to see a return to a focus on the sustainable design, construction and operation of tourism infrastructure”, he refers to the investment and commitment that Belmond have made, not only to the EarthCheck Certification of their current portfolio, but to their pragmatic and innovative approach to their ongoing sustainable design and renovation of their hotels, resorts, vessels and trains.   Two Tradies Start Conversations About Mental Health Everyday 2021-09-09T05:47:51Z two-tradies-start-conversations-about-mental-health-everyday Brisbane based social impact workwear brand, TradeMutt designs colourful workwear to start conversations about mental health among blue-collar workers on construction sites across Australia.  TradeMutt co-founders and former carpenters Ed Ross and Dan Allen started the company with the aim of changing the culture around mental health in the industry after Allen sadly lost a close mate and fellow tradie to suicide in 2015. Since starting in 2018, TradeMutt  has successfully created a movement in the industry and during this time, they have helped fund more that 2250 hours of mental health support by supporting mental health support service, TIACS.  TIACS is a service that aims to reduce the physical and financial barriers that stop everyday Australians from accessing mental health support by providing support over text and call without a mental health care plan.  “We are about starting conversations everyday, not just at crisis point.” says TradeMutt co-founder Ed Ross. “While it is awesome that more people are having more conversations about mental health, there needs to be a support network that sits below those conversations for when people need more than a chat with a mate. That is why we fund an organisation like TIACS because the mental health clinicians there are equipped to provide people with further support when they need it .” says TradeMutt co-founder Dan Allen. Deal to acquire Centre for Leadership Advantage supercharges the CogNative Advisory and Assessment Offering 2021-09-09T00:55:42Z deal-to-acquire-centre-for-leadership-advantage-supercharges-the-cognative-advisory-and-assessment-offering Fisher Leadership’s Managing Director, Michelle Loader announces the acquisition of the Centre for Leadership Advantage (CLA) this week. The move will significantly boost Fisher Leadership’s advisory capability under the CogNative brand and strengthen its delivery of future of work executive solutions. The merger is a story of two determined female leaders bringing together their passion for better leadership capability and representation in the future of work. Ms Loader describes the acquisition of CLA as ‘disruption by design’. Fisher Leadership is globally recognised for promoting leadership diversity and inclusion, having worked with C-Suite and Board Directors for 20 years. The firm is increasingly strengthening its evidence-based research and technology capabilities to support organisations and executives in the rapidly changing world of work. Joining the firm’s well-established partners Liz Jones, Andrew Norton, David Baber, Kate Wheeler and Sharyn Gowans, Adam Kyriacou will lead the Gig Executive practice, and Marcele de Sanctis will continue to lead the CLA team. The newly acquired CLA is a renowned Leadership and Talent Assessment firm, with affiliations to Business Chicks and blue-chip corporations throughout the APAC region. Founded five years ago, CLA has accelerated rapidly in this short span of time earning itself a position in Financial Review ‘Fast Starters 2020’. CLA anchors the CogNative offering in the science of leadership and will continue to be led by Co-founder and CEO Dr Marcele De Sanctis.  Dr De Sanctis says, “CLA have managed to carve a great brand in this highly competitive market. I think that is because we talk about the psychology and science of leadership in very practical and pragmatic ways. Our recommendations come from experience, yes, but also top-quality research and evidence. We are true scientist-practitioners who build trust, credibility and deliver on what we promise.” Fisher Leadership will leverage their newfound technology and assessment capabilities to provide a full product HR suite enabling the firm to support executive solutions across the HR lifecycle. The company’s diversification strategy to date has accomplished the launch of the Gig Executive brand, specialising in immediately available executive talent solving for capability and capacity at pace. As well as the advisory arm, CogNative is  emerging as a key provider of Leadership, Coaching, Transition, and Mental Health products and services. The CogNative suite is already underpinned by technology capability including a digital career transition program, and mental health and wellbeing programs with wearable technology and hybrid delivery capability. Managing Director Michelle Loader says, “The Executive Search side of our firm, is always looking to bring the difference, generating true value for our clients and candidates. We have helped shape leadership today via cultural, environmental and board governance solutions alongside ensuring diversity at decision-making tables. Today we remain committed to our purpose of ‘creating a world of difference’, our extended capability enables future facing solutions that support leaders and organisations at every stage on the leadership journey.” Chairman Leon Lau is a human resources technology pioneer who founded Peoplebank, and has long understood the need for an entrepreneurial mentality within big business. As a shareholder in the firm, Leon brings a global mindset with experience in the Asia Pacific region. Leon says, “I’m delighted with the way the team sees disruption as opportunity, and shifts gears to meet it head on.” Founding Director, Jo Fisher agrees, stating “This acquisition is a key milestone for our firm to meet the accelerating demand for proven contemporary, future-facing solutions to executive leadership challenges and opportunities for both organisations and executives.” The continued focus on exceptional candidate care overlaid with the long-standing commitment to executive diversity will underpin new products and services across Executive Search, Strategic Advisory, Leadership Transition and Gig Executive talent.  For executive leadership solutions, visit www.fisherleadership.com or call 1300 347 437. For additional images, interviews or media enquiries please contact Liz Anderson, Executive Assistant to the Managing Director on landerson@fisherleadership.com Image: https://fisherleadership.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Marcele-De-Sanctis.jpg Image: https://fisherleadership.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Michelle-Loader-scaled.jpg 70% of Aussies working for free: New research reveals unpaid overtime soared during COVID-19 2021-09-09T00:19:20Z 70-of-aussies-working-for-free-new-research-reveals-unpaid-overtime-soared-during-covid-19 AUSTRALIA – 9 September 2021 – The average Australian worker is putting in almost an extra day’s work every week without pay, according to new data from global payroll leader ADP. This is the equivalent of $12,600 per year based on the annual average salary. [1]   The survey of almost two thousand Australian workers also revealed that levels of unpaid overtime are on the increase compared to the pre-COVID era. Workers are giving away an average of 7.3 unpaid hours per week, up from 5.8 pre-pandemic.   Unpaid overtime includes working during unpaid breaks and starting early or staying late, to regularly putting in several hours of extra work each day for no additional pay.   The increasing numbers of unpaid overtime suggest that potentially thousands of businesses across Australia are breaching changes to Fair Work legislation introduced last year to protect workers.   Kylie Baullo, Vice President, Client Service Asia Pacific for ADP, said, “We’re concerned that overtime hours worked remain unrecorded and therefore unpaid in Australia. There’s a greater impact as workers move in and out of lockdowns with the ever-changing health situation in their state.”   Fair Work Annualised Wages legislation introduced in March 2020 provides employers with guidelines to help with capturing hours worked. The rules require organisations across sixteen award categories to electronically record the hours employees’ work and reconcile them against the Award and paid salary per pay cycle. “We are increasingly finding this legislation has passed many by. There’s both a lack of awareness around the legislation, or around what it means to put into practice.   “Implementing the legislation is a challenge for small and large employers alike. For small businesses, the challenges lie around HR systems, capabilities or capacity. For larger organisations, it’s the complexity of working across such a large workforce, and multiple awards,” said Baullo.   Depending on what state an employer is based in, the consequences of underpaying employees range from a financial penalty all the way to criminal conviction. The State of Victoria introduced new wage theft laws just last month (July 2021). It is now a criminal offence for an employer in Victoria to deliberately underpay employees or dishonestly withhold employee entitlements. “We expect other states to follow,” added Baullo.   “Never before have employers had to think about the hours being worked by people on annualised salaries.  This Fair Work change has introduced that requirement and COVID has made it even more complex. A year on, we know that businesses are still struggling but recognise the need to implement these changes,” said Baullo.   “Our clients see that fairly compensating employees is no longer just the morally right thing to do, but the law.”   Key findings on unpaid overtime in ADP’s People at Work 2021: A Global Workforce View included: ●      More than two thirds (70 per cent) of workers are working unpaid overtime each week. ●      Workers are giving away an average of 7.3 unpaid hours per week, up from 5.8 pre-pandemic. ●      A quarter of the Australian workforce are putting in more than 11 hours of unpaid overtime per week, a 10 per cent increase from pre-pandemic. ●      The proportion of workers in Australia doing an excess of 20 hours per week for free has also risen to seven per cent, up from five per cent the year prior. The majority of workers exceeding 20 hours unpaid overtime weekly were classified as essential workers. ●      Employees working from home or in ‘hybrid’ office and home arrangements have been more susceptible to racking up extra hours without remuneration, compared to those who remained on-site throughout lockdown and restrictions. ●      Aussies fared slightly better than the global average for unpaid overtime of 9.2 hours per week, according to the findings of the survey of more than 32,000 workers in 17 countries.   The new data is part of the ADP® Research Institute’s People at Work 2021: A Global Workforce View worldwide study into the future of work.   ENDS   Note to editors Kylie Baullo, Vice President, Client Service Asia Pacific for ADP, is available for interview on request.   About the research People at Work 2021: A Global Workforce View explores employees’ attitudes towards the current world of work and what they expect and hope for from the workplace of the future.   ADP Research Institute surveyed 32,471 workers in 17 countries around the world between 17 November and 11 December 2020. This included: ●      15,307 in Europe (France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Switzerland and the UK) ●      3,811 in North America (USA and Canada) ●      5,726 in Latin America (Argentina, Brazil and Chile) ●      7,627 in Asia Pacific (APAC) (Australia, China, India and Singapore)   Global results are weighted to represent the size of the working population for each country.      About ADP (NASDAQ – ADP) Designing better ways to work through cutting-edge products, premium services and exceptional experiences that enable people to reach their full potential. HR, Talent, Benefits, Payroll and Compliance informed by data and designed for people. Learn more at au.ADP.com   ADP and the ADP logo are registered trademarks of ADP, Inc.  All other marks are the property of their respective owners. Copyright © 2021 ADP, Inc.    Media contact adp@iconagency.com.au [1] Calculated by: 7.3 hours per week * 48 weeks (excludes annual leave) * $36 (median hourly wage in Australia) Online Conveyancing Your Way 2021-09-08T01:29:29Z online-conveyancing-your-way Buying or selling a property can be a lengthy process, involving a whole range of steps and procedures. Whether you have bought or sold multiple properties, or are buying or selling for the first time, the process can still be daunting and time consuming. This calls for a trusted and experienced conveyancer, who can provide you with clarity surrounding the extensive processes with buying and selling  At Edmonds, we have perfected an Online Conveyancing service, allowing us to do conveyancing your way and save you time, whether that be in person, over the phone, through email or through a zoom call. We provide trusted and experienced conveyancers across NSW, who will assist you from the pre to post-settlement process. If you are buying or selling and require Sydney Property Conveyancing, at Edmonds, we’ll work with you, for you. We service across NSW, including Property Conveyancing Sydney. For more information, please contact: Edmonds Conveyancing  P: 1300 845 002 E: hello@edmondsco.com.au W: https://www.edmondsconveyancing.com.au/  BEVAN TO TRAVEL AROUND QUEENSLAND ON HIS WHEELCHAIR 2021-09-06T05:35:59Z bevan-to-travel-around-queensland-on-his-wheelchair Anyone who has ever met Bevan Kearsley will be in awe at his need to give back to others. Almost 30 years ago Bevan a qualified ‘chippy’, working as a Sales Rep selling building products, was involved in a motorbike accident. In seconds his life changed for ever and he was left living with paraplegia, permanently using a wheelchair. Thrown many challenges in life, Bevan has always bounced back and put others first. His love of motorbikes despite his accident has never wanted. So, one day over a few drinks with family he came up with the idea of jumping on a 150cc wheelchair scooter and hitting the road. With Bevan’s enthusiasm and love of motorcycles nothing can stop him. In Bevan’s typical fashion of giving back to others he will be raising money for spinal research through the not-for-profit Miller Chase Foundation. “After retiring I was looking for something to do. I wanted to raise funds for a good cause and a cause I could relate to. I’ve had the wheelchair scooter for a few years now and it was just there gathering dust. One day I ripped the seats out of my Toyota HiAce Commuter and converted it into a wheelchair-accessible campervan, so if I am stuck for accommodation I can stay in there and my mate will drive the van behind me as a support vehicle”, said Bevan. All going to plan, Bevan will be farewelled by friends, family, and supporters on 13 September. Bevan, from Greenslopes, this year will travel the length and breadth of Queensland completing a loop which will take in Mackay, Cairns, Mount Isa, Winton, and Charleville before returning home to Brisbane. Not content with fundraising for a great cause, Bevan will also be helping to map Queensland for other people living with a disability. Using Spinal Life Australia’s free online resource, Accessible Australia, Bevan will leave reviews and upload photos, which helps others to plan ahead before travelling and find accessible places and experiences. “My aim is to give people with disability the confidence to explore more of Australia and to influence more businesses to consider people with disability as customers”, said Bevan. Eager to continue his travels next year around the rest of Australia when border restrictions hopefully relax, Bevan’s goal is to raise $100,000 for spinal research. If you would like to follow Bevan’s journey you can follow him on Facebook @accessozride or if you would like to donate you can via accessibleaustraliaride.org.au/donate. For media enquiries please contact: Steve Coulter m 0419 988 465 e scoulter@spinal.com.au Bevan’s itinerary is below and can be interviewed/photographed at the following locations: Day 1 Monday 13th Sept Brisbane to Hervey Bay (media invited to the start location) 9.00am Brisbane to Nambour 106 km 11:00am Refuel and refresh 11:30am Nambour to Maryborough 157 km 3.00pm Maryborough to Hervey Bay 31 km 4:00pm Arrive and refuel at Hervey Bay   Day 2 Tuesday 14th Sept Hervey Bay to Bundaberg 3.00pm Hervey Bay to Bundaberg 110 km 5.00pm Arrive and refuel at Bundaberg   Day 3 Wednesday 15th Sept Full day in Bundaberg   Day 4 Thursday 16th Sept Bundaberg to Rockhampton 287km 9:00am Bundaberg to Miriam Vale 118km 10:30am Refuel and refresh at Miriam Vale 11.00am Miriam Vale to Mount Larcom 94km 12.30pm Mount Larcom to Rockhampton 73km 1.30pm Arrive and refuel Rockhampton   Day 5 Friday 17th Sept Rockhampton to Mackay 339km 8.00am Rockhampton to Marlborough 105km 9.30am Refuel and refresh at Marlborough 10.00am Marlborough to Clairview 103km 11:30am Refuel and lunch Clairview 12.30pm Clairview Beach to Mackay 129km 2.30pm Arrive and refuel at Mackay   Day 6 Saturday 18th Sept Mackay to Airlie Beach 150km 1.00pm Mackay to Bloomsbury 90km   2.30pm Rest and refuel at Bloomsbury 3.00pm Bloomsbury to Airlie Beach 67km 4.00pm Arrive and refuel at Airlie Beach     Day 7 Sunday 19th Sept Airlie Beach   Day 8 Monday 20th Sept Airlie Beach to Townsville 275km 8.00am Airlie Beach to Bowen 78 km 9.00am Refuel and brekky at Bowen 9.30am Bowen to Homehill 105km 11.00am Refresh and refuel at Homehill 11.15am Homehill to Townsville 12.45pm Arrive and refuel Townsville   Day 9 Tuesday 21st Sept Townsville to Cairns 347km 7.00am Townsville to Ingham 113km 8.30am Refuel and morning tea Ingham 9.00am Ingham to Innisfail 148 km 11.00am Refuel and refresh Innisfail 11.30am Innisfail to Cairns 88km 1.00pm Arrive and refuel at Cairns   Day 10 Wednesday 22nd Sept Cairns   Day 11 Thursday 23rd Sept Return trip to Townsville   Day 12 Friday 24th Sept Townsville to Hughenden 383km 6.00am Townsville to Charters Towers 137km 8.00am Refuel and Brekky Charters Towers 9.00am Charters towers to Pentland 107km 10.30pm Refuel and refresh Pentland 11.00am Pentland to Hughenden 141km 1.00pm Arrive and refuel Hughenden   Day 13 Saturday 25th Sept Hughenden to Cloncurry 401km 7.00am Hughenden to Richmond 115 km 8.30am Refuel and refresh Richmond 9.00am Richmond to Julia Creek Caravan Park 159km 11.30am Refuel and refresh Julia Creek 12.00pm Julia Creek to Cloncurry 137km 2.30pm Arrive and refuel Cloncurry   Day 14 Sunday 26th Sept Cloncurry to Mt Isa 120km 9.00am Cloncurry to Mt Isa 120km 11.00am Arrive Mt Isa Chance   Day 15 Monday 27th Sept Mt Isa to Winton 451km 7.00am Mt Isa to Cloncurry 120km    8.15am Refuel and refresh Cloncurry 8.30am Cloncurry to Walkabout Hotel 108km 10.00am Arrive and refuel Walkabout Hotel 10.30am Walkabout to Kynuna Roadhouse 76km 11.30am Refresh and refuel Kynuna Roadhouse 12.30pm Kynuna to Winton 164km 3.00pm Arrive and refuel at Winton   Day 16 Tuesday 28th Sept Winton to Longreach 179km 12.00pm Winton to Longreach 179km 3.00pm Arrive and refuel at Longreach   Day 17 Wednesday 29th Sept Day in Longreach   Day 18 Thursday 30th Sept Longreach to Tambo 315km 8.00am Longreach to Barcaldine 108km   9.30am Refuel and refresh Barcaldine 10.00am Barcaldine to Blackall 108km 11.30am Refuel and refresh at Blackall 12.00pm Blackall to Tambo 101km 1.30pm Arrive and refuel at Tambo   Day 19 Friday 1st Oct Tambo to Charleville 220km 8.00am Tambo to Augathella 119km        9.45am Refuel and refresh at Augathella 10.00am Augathella to Charleville 101km 11.30am Arrive and refuel at Charleville   Day 20 Saturday 2nd Oct Charleville to Roma 267km 8.00am Charleville to Morven 90km 9.30am Refuel and refresh at Morven 10.am Morven to Mitchell 88km 11.30am Refuel and lunch at Mitchell 12.30pm Mitchell to Roma 89km 2.00pm Arrive and refuel in Roma   Day 21 Sunday 3rd Oct Roma to Toowoomba 356km 8.00am Roma to Miles 142km 10.00am Miles to Chinchilla 48km 11.00am Refuel and refresh Chinchilla 12.00pm Chinchilla to Dalby  85km 1.30pm Refuel and refresh Dalby 2.00pm Dalby to Toowoomba 82km 3.30pm Arrive and refuel at Toowoomba   Day 22 Monday 4th Oct Day in Toowoomba   Day 23 Tuesday 5th Oct Toowoomba to Brisbane 110km 9.00am Toowoomba to Brisbane 10.30am Arrive in King George Square   Remote Indigenous school combines science and theatre in livestreamed performance 2021-09-02T07:42:58Z remote-indigenous-school-combines-science-and-theatre-in-livestreamed-performance Tune into a remote Indigenous primary school’s original theatre show, which tells the story of Albert Einstein’s E = mc2 on Friday 1- September. E = mc² – The Musical is Good to Great Schools Australia’s innovative way to engage its students and their families in learning science.   Incorporated into its explicit instruction-based Oz-e-science curriculum, E = mc² – The Musical has been created under the guidance of music and performing arts professionals. The full 70-minute musical will be performed, for one night only, on Friday 10 September at 6:30 pm, in an outdoor amphitheatre in the Cape York community of Hope Vale and will also be live-streamed online. All 130 students at the Cape York Aboriginal Australia Academy’s Hope Vale campus participate in the performance, from Prep to Grade 6. Teachers, parents and grandparents also take part, with support from professional performers. Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy teacher and peer coach Tamara Gibson is playing the role of Emilie du Chatelet, an 18th century whose work is central to our understanding of force, she said the musical and its family engagement aspect gives students a better understanding of science.   “It’s exciting how the curriculum gets parents, grandparents, uncles, aunties and other extended members of the family involved in education, particularly science,” said Ms Gibson. “It gives students a better understanding of science and how the world evolves around us.  Education is the key and to learn through a musical helps students to grasp concepts quicker and easier,” said Ms Gibson.    “It's the world's most famous equation, E=Mc2, but what does it really mean?  It means "Energy equals mass times the speed of light squared,” said Ms Gibson. The main characters are four children who use a time machine to travel across time and space to meet famous scientists. Students, teachers and family play the famous scientists, whose brilliant discoveries all led up to Einstein’s great breakthrough. Characters in the musical include Einstein and his wife Mileva, physicist and chemist Michael Faraday, Emile du Chatelet (who successfully challenged Newton’s orthodoxy), chemists Antoine and Marie-Anne Lavoisier, physicist Lise Meitner and Otto Hahn (who discovered nuclear fission).  Other children play neutrons, protons and electrons. The performance includes hip-hop, pop, choral music with one song sung in both English and the local Guugu Yimithirr language. Good to Great Schools Australia Director of Arts Chris Kohn said that underlying the fun is a serious message that science belongs to every Australian child.  “Science belongs to every Australian child – the work of Albert Einstein, Marie Curie and Stephen Hawking belongs to us all,” said Mr Kohn. “The OECD’s PISA tests show a continuing decline in Australian students’ science results. There is a large gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous children in science. There is also a significant gap between boys and girls. Science education is an issue of national concern,” said Mr Kohn.   “Good to Great Schools Australia is reorienting thinking about science education,” said Mr Kohn. “Oz-e-science lessons use rapid reviews to consolidate content, monitoring to check for understanding, and regular progress tests. Scientific inquiry skills are taught through investigations, experiments, and frequent engagement with the local environment. It meets all the science requirements of the Australian Curriculum,” he continued. “Using our explicit instruction pedagogy, which strikes a balance between teacher-directed instruction, inquiry learning and the natural curiosity of students, the Oz-e-science curriculum, incorporates activities like theatre and field trips, makes students fall in love with knowledge, gain a sense of wonder about the universe, understand the potential of scientific endeavour, and make science a part of their life’s journey,” said Mr Kohn. How to Choose the Perfect Loose Opal for Custom Australian Opal Jewellery 2021-09-01T06:05:44Z how-to-choose-the-perfect-loose-opal-for-custom-australian-opal-jewellery When shopping for perfect Australian opal jewellery, of course, buyers can opt for pre-designed pieces. But on the other hand, bespoke opal jewellery created from loose opals makes a gift so much more precious and sentimental, as the gift giver has had a part in creating the final custom piece, which is sure to impress any loved one.   As meaningful as bespoke Australian opal jewellery is, creating custom jewellery is a much lengthier process. So, to assist you, this short guide will ensure you make the best decisions for your requirements.   Who Are You Designing for? The first step in creating perfect custom opal jewellery is to nail down the purpose of the purchase, as this will help you determine what type of loose opal you want to select.   There are three types of loose opal cuts, opal doublet, opal triplet, and solid opal. Solid loose opals are the complete gemstone that stays whole through the cutting and polishing processes from a single piece of rough. In contrast, loose opal doublets and loose opal triplets are assembled opals, where a slice of natural opal has been glued together to another silica-based material.   The benefit of purchasing a loose opal doublet or loose opal triplet is that they are less expensive to create; but, if frequently worn in water, they will be eventually damaged. Solid loose opals, on the other hand, are considerably superior since they are 100% constructed by nature, more durable and will last as a long-term investment.   Depending on the purpose of your opal gift, some cuts of loose opal are more suitable than others. For example, a larger size loose opal should be chosen if you desire a custom opal ring or custom opal brooch. In this case, loose opal doublets and loose opal triplets will be more suitable as these types of loose opals tend to be larger and flashier without the huge price tag. Opal doublets and opal triplets especially make beautiful presents for little children and as small gifts for loved ones.   On the other hand, if you're looking for a long-term investment that holds ultimate luxury and beauty, a solid loose opal is the way to go. For example, suppose you are shopping around for an opal engagement ring or opal wedding ring. In that case, solid loose opals are the best choice for a durable and one-of-a-kind jewellery piece that will withstand the everyday wear and tear such rings receive.   Type of Australian Opal There are hundreds of Australian opal types. The main difference between them is the location they are mined from, which then causes the loose opals to have a different appearance.   Typically, by nailing down the type of loose opal you like the look of, the shopping experience is almost complete! In general, the most popular types of Australian opals chosen for modern custom jewellery includes: ·        Black opals are the loose opal equivalent of a Rolls Royce, as due to their rarity, dark body tone, and prominence, black opals are often regarded as the finest loose opal in the world, but this opulence comes with a larger price tag. ·        Boulder opals are the less well-known relative of black opals and are just as beautiful. Due to their ironstone component, the boulder opal develops a dark colour, which relates to higher quality in the loose opal industry. Still, the price is significantly lower than the true black opals. ·        White opals are more common and have a milky white body tone. The white body tone might make the colour appear less vibrant, yet high-quality white opals can be very captivating. ·        Crystal opal holds a translucent or transparent characteristic. When coupled with good colour, the crystal opal is more valuable.   Australian Opal Appearance Loose opals with a play-of-colour are the most precious types of Australian opals. The play-of-colours refers to the rainbow spectrum that the gemstone produces when it is turned in the light. Even if the loose opal does not entirely exhibit the play-of-colour, unique patterned loose opals can be even more valuable, such as a Harlequin pattern.   Opal brilliance is also crucial for selecting the best loose opal, as its colour's vibrancy determines its value. A good mix of brightness and colour significantly increases the value of a loose opal.   Pattern uniformity affects the preciousness of loose opals. Opals are made up of thousands of tiny silica spheres clustered together; more precious loose opals have spheres arranged in an ordered three-dimensional grid.   Sourcing High-Quality Australian Opals While the above three considerations are essential to the appearance of loose opals, more important is where the Australian opal is bought from. The most significant recommendation to ensure you receive the best quality Australian opal is to find a retailer who gives you confidence and flexibility.   It's reasonable that some individuals may be wary about shopping online, especially if the items are as precious as Australian opals!   However, in today's market, all of Australia's best opal sellers conduct business online. To ensure the retailer you are buying from is genuine, there are a few signs that trustworthy online companies will offer that signals the site's authenticity, including: ·        A legitimate Australian opal retailer will have a gemmological or jewellery organisation membership as this shows their extensive expertise in the Australian opal industry. Check if the merchant's website has an SSL Certificate and that the Opals are coming straight from Australia! It just makes sense that your Australian opal comes from the source, rather than, perhaps, the United States.   ·        All genuine opal jewellery and loose opals should come with certificates of authenticity. This certificate provides customers with 100% confidence in the purchase quality, ensuring the Australian opals were ethically mined, conflict-free, and untouched by human exploitation.   ·       An ethical Australian opal retailer will offer a money-back guarantee for all products. To ensure complete satisfaction, customers should be able to send any poor-quality Australian opals back for a full refund if they don't love the opal jewellery.   ·       "Direct from miner" sources are typically a sign that the Australian opal retailer has extensive roots in the industry to have obtained these relationships, enabling them to cut out all middlemen and pass the savings on to their customers.   ·       Suppose every Australian opal jewellery is crafted using materials of exceptional quality and inspected thoroughly before shipment. In that case, the Australian opal retailer should offer a lifetime warranty. This signals the retailer has 100% confidence in their loose opals and confidence in the quality of their craftsmanship.