The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2018-11-16T00:48:31Z Rimini Street Expands Investment and Operations in Asia-Pacific 2018-11-16T00:48:31Z rimini-street-expands-investment-and-operations-in-asia-pacific AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, November 16, 2018 – Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI), a global provider of enterprise software products and services, and the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products, today announced that it has expanded its operations in the Asia-Pacific region with the launch of its new subsidiary, Rimini Street New Zealand Limited, and the opening of its new office in Auckland to address the growing demand for Rimini Street’s premium, ultra-responsive support services in New Zealand. Rimini Street’s expansion was announced at a gala event held at The Northern Club in Auckland, where clients, local IT leaders and the special guest of honor, Ambassador Scott P. Brown, the U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand, were hosted by Rimini Street’s general manager for Asia-Pacific, Andrew Powell, and Rimini Street corporate senior executives. Growing demand for IT optimisation and a business-driven IT roadmap Rimini Street launched its new subsidiary in response to the region’s increasing desire for software support solutions that can help optimise their IT spend and enable them to liberate significant funding for their business transformation initiatives. Rimini Street already supports nearly 50 clients with operations in New Zealand, including local brands James Pascoe, Spark, 2Degrees Mobile, Refining New Zealand and The University of Auckland. By switching to Rimini Street support from the vendor’s support, organisations have saved up to 90 percent of the total cost of maintenance of their SAP and Oracle software assets and are able to run their current ERP releases with no forced upgrades for a minimum of 15 years from the date they switched support. Rimini Street clients also benefit from the Company’s flexible, premium-level enterprise software support model, including its industry-leading Service Level Agreement (SLA) of 15-minute response times for critical Priority 1 cases. In addition, each client is assigned a Primary Support Engineer (PSE) with an average of 15 years’ experience in their particular enterprise software system, backed by a broader team of technical experts. By switching their support to Rimini Street, organisations are able to take back control of their IT roadmaps with a ”business-driven roadmap” strategy that provides much more flexibility and value compared to the vendor roadmap, allowing CIOs to focus on creating value and providing competitive advantage for growth. “Organisations in New Zealand, both public and private, spend hundreds of millions of dollars every year on their annual enterprise software support and maintenance, yet see little return from this significant spend,” said Andrew Powell, general manager, Asia-Pacific, Rimini Street. “Our conversations with CIOs are squarely focused on how we can help them dramatically lower the total cost of ownership of their stable, mature enterprise systems as part of a hybrid computing model and business-driven roadmap, and as a result, we are experiencing increased demand in the region. With Rimini Street, organisations have the option to break free from the seemingly never-ending upgrade cycle dictated by the vendor’s roadmap – an expensive and disruptive path for companies to undertake just to stay fully supported. With our new operation in Auckland, we are better able to engage with and support organisations in New Zealand who want to significantly cut their software support spend and take back control of their IT roadmaps.” Region at risk of “falling behind” on innovation Recent research from Vanson Bourne, commissioned by Rimini Street, found that enterprises in the ANZ region plan to spend the second-least amount on IT innovation in the world in the next 12 months, and they plan to increase their IT innovation spend by just 6.31% in the 12 months following the survey, well below the global average of 10.94%. “New Zealand is famous for innovation, but it is at risk of falling behind the rest of the world,” continued Powell. “New Zealand CIOs know that it’s important to spend their IT budgets on more than daily operations. With budget pressures between operating costs and the need to invest in innovation, CIOs need to reassess the value of existing support arrangements and explore better software support options designed to provide a greater ROI. Rimini Street enables CIOs in New Zealand to unlock significant savings and redirect that funding into critical innovation initiatives.” To download an eBook summary of the survey, “The State of Innovation: Priorities and Challenges,” click here. About Rimini Street, Inc. Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI) is a global provider of enterprise software products and services, and the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products. The Company has redefined enterprise software support services since 2005 with an innovative, award-winning program that enables licensees of IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, SAP and other enterprise software vendors to save up to 90 percent on total maintenance costs. Clients can remain on their current software release without any required upgrades for a minimum of 15 years. Over 1,700 global Fortune 500, midmarket, public sector and other organizations from a broad range of industries currently rely on Rimini Street as their trusted, third-party support provider. To learn more, please visit http://www.riministreet.com/, follow @riministreet on Twitter and find Rimini Street on Facebook and LinkedIn. (C-RMNI) Forward-Looking Statements Certain statements included in this communication are not historical facts but are forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements generally are accompanied by words such as “may,” “should,” “would,” “plan,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “seem,” “seek,” “continue,” “future,” “will,” “expect,” “outlook” or other similar words, phrases or expressions. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding our expectations of future events, future opportunities, global expansion and other growth initiatives and our investments in such initiatives. These statements are based on various assumptions and on the current expectations of management and are not predictions of actual performance, nor are these statements of historical facts. These statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties regarding Rimini Street’s business, and actual results may differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, continued inclusion in the Russell 2000 Index in the future; changes in the business environment in which Rimini Street operates, including inflation and interest rates, and general financial, economic, regulatory and political conditions affecting the industry in which Rimini Street operates; adverse developments in pending litigation or in the government inquiry or any new litigation; the final amount and timing of any refunds from Oracle related to our litigation; our need and ability to raise additional equity or debt financing on favorable terms; the terms and impact of our 13.00% Series A Preferred Stock; changes in taxes, laws and regulations; competitive product and pricing activity; difficulties of managing growth profitably; the success of our recently introduced products and services, including Rimini Street Mobility, Rimini Street Analytics, Rimini Street Advanced Database Security, and services for Salesforce Sales Cloud and Service Cloud products; the loss of one or more members of Rimini Street’s management team; uncertainty as to the long-term value of Rimini Street’s equity securities; and those discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” in Rimini Street’s Quarterly Report on 10-Q filed on November 8, 2018, which disclosures amend and restate the disclosures appearing under the heading “Risk Factors” in Rimini Street’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 15, 2018, and as updated from time to time by Rimini Street’s future Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K, and other filings by Rimini Street with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, forward-looking statements provide Rimini Street’s expectations, plans or forecasts of future events and views as of the date of this communication. Rimini Street anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause Rimini Street’s assessments to change. However, while Rimini Street may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, Rimini Street specifically disclaims any obligation to do so, except as required by law. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Rimini Street’s assessments as of any date subsequent to the date of this communication. # # # © 2018 Rimini Street, Inc. All rights reserved. “Rimini Street” is a registered trademark of Rimini Street, Inc. in the United States and other countries, and Rimini Street, the Rimini Street logo, and combinations thereof, and other marks marked by TM are trademarks of Rimini Street, Inc. All other trademarks remain the property of their respective owners, and unless otherwise specified, Rimini Street claims no affiliation, endorsement, or association with any such trademark holder or other companies referenced herein. Invictus and Fashion in the mix for The Business of Events 2018-10-17T01:11:08Z invictus-and-fashion-in-the-mix-for-the-business-of-events Invictus Games, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA), and the Australian Grand Prix will share the secrets to their success at The Business of Events to be held in Sydney next year. Professional advice about the return on investment using demonstrated business solutions, will be shared by an impressive range of successful and experienced strategy and planning experts when they come together at this in augural event. Among the high calibre speakers will be Executive Director, IMG Fashion Asia Pacific, Natalie Xenita who will reveal the strategy and role MBFWA plays, fuelling the multi-billion-dollar fashion industry. “Fashion is a powerhouse industry that drives annual retail sales of over $9 billion and employs some 77,000 people in New South Wales alone. There is much to share from our approach and I look forward to presenting our story at The Business of Events,” Ms. Xenita said. “MBFWA’s successful growth strategy has helped boost commercial significance of the fashion industry, aiding both national and local economies, and extending audience reach beyond the event. What’s more, all stakeholders enjoy a strong return on investment.” Ms. Xenita said over 23 years, MBFWA has emerged as the preeminent fashion event in Asia-Pacific – but success didn’t happen overnight. “After heavy investment by IMG to elevate the overall experience, from sponsorship activations to designer selection and global audience engagement, I’m proud to share our model of success at The Business of Events.” Conference organiser Gary Daly, Managing Director, Exhibitions & Trade Fairs, said harnessing how Australia’s biggest and best events are successfully managed by the specialists who drive business growth, from planning through to execution, will be the cornerstone of The Business of Events. “Key solutions will be on offer from the experts who sit in the hot seats of Australian’s most recognised events,” Mr Daly said. “Global attention from the business world will be on Sydney, as the Invictus Games kick off this week. This is the result of a significant amount of high-level business planning and execution. The Business of Events, will be where the Invictus Games CEO, Patrick Kidd, can share his learnings from the success of the games from a global and local perspective.” The inaugural conference, The Business of Events, will take place in Sydney on 7-8 February 2019, will host in-depth discussions around the theme, Powering Growth, exploring how to identify new business, increasing the bottom line, the future of major events and how to ensure business growth. Keynotes, plenaries and flexible break-out sessions will allow delegates to create a bespoke conference experience to maximise their investment. Speakers, strategically invited from key sectors, will provide diverse, forward-thinking insights in a unique two-day program. Alongside international keynote, Laura Schwartz, former White House Director of Events, high-calibre confirmed speakers include: Natalie Xenita, Executive Director, IMG Fashion Asia Pacific Patrick Kidd, CEO Invictus Games, Sydney 2018 Penny Lion, Executive General Manager of Events, Tourism Australia Andrew Westacott, CEO, Australian Grand Prix Terese Casu, CEO, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Helen Sawczak, National CEO, Australia China Business Council Damien Hodgkinson, Executive Director, Melbourne Comedy Festival Senior event professionals will have unparalleled access to industry leaders from which to learn about event safety and architecture, sales growth, governance, future business and professional development. Conference organiser, Gary Daly, Managing Director, Exhibitions & Trade Fairs, said speakers will share some insightful key learnings including the market potential for Australia and opportunities for Australian businesses, what we can learn from our international counterparts. He said the optimum learning platforms will offer participants invaluable opportunities to upskill and power growth. “These speakers contribute to the Australian economy through major events and operate in international markets with different policies and jurisdictions, so they know what issues you can face in the international marketplace,” Mr Daly said. The Business of Events will share how to take advantage of Australia’s position within the global marketplace, how to capitalise on an aggressive event strategy and how to power growth.” To purchase tickets, visit www.thebusinessofevents.com.au. The Business of Events will be held at Sheraton on the Park, Sydney, on 7-8 February 2019. Images: 1. Natalie Xenita, Executive Director, IMG Fashion Asia Pacific About Exhibitions and Trade Fairs Exhibitions and Trade Fairs (ETF) is a full-service event organiser with over 35 years’ experience across a diverse range of industries including renewable energy, automotive, business events, construction, oil and gas, entertainment technology, irrigation, manufacturing, travel and lifestyle. They have a long history of working collaboratively with organisations to produce innovative conferences and exhibitions to support their business objectives. They have become a trusted provider in their ability to contribute to organisations and the value of their events. They have offices in Sydney and Melbourne, however their teams are on the ground wherever the event is being planned, sold, marketed and delivered. They deliver conferences around the world. ETF’s motto is Experience, Expertise, Enthusiasm which reflects their approach to managing events and developing the relationships which underpin them. -ENDS- AEGIR Marine Pty Ltd proud to be honoured by the Sage Power 50 2018-10-14T23:03:26Z aegir-marine-pty-ltd-proud-to-be-honoured-by-the-sage-power-50 AEGIR Marine Pty Ltd proud to be honoured by the Sage Power 50 Book honours 50 Military Veteran Business Leaders as the world counts down to the start of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018   Sydney Australia, 15 October 2018 AEGIR Marine Pty Ltd today announces it has been nominated to be part of the Sage Power 50. The inaugural collection of businesses is a unique showcase of 50 leading veteran run or owned businesses from across Australia, UK, US, and Canada.   Nominated for leadership and determination to succeed, the Sage Power 50 is a unique collection of testimony from veteran entrepreneurs on how they built their business against the odds. The Sage Power 50 reveals the challenges, sacrifices and tough decisions that will underpin the transition into business for many veterans; as well as the advice and insight that helps to reshape service honed skills into the world of entrepreneurship.   From just an idea, AEGIR Marine continues to grow, gaining ongoing contracts and continued growth after 4 years of challenges.  AEGIR Marine gratefully thanks their clients and customers for their ongoing support in our continued growth and looks forward to collaborating with our clients on marine safety.   Debbie Wall, VP Sage Foundation, said: “Every single story in the Power 50 is undeniable proof that when barriers are removed that prevent millions of veterans from living their fullest life after service—it isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s sound business. “We believe that with tailored support, mentoring and early intervention, a new generation of veteran led businesses could unleash a wave of talent and innovation across the global entrepreneurial community. “Together with our non-profit partners, we are committed to helping more veterans secure a brighter future.”   Stuart McDonald, MD AEGIR Marine Pty Ltd, “we are extremely honoured to have been selected to be part of the Sage Power 50. It’s great to see what the veteran community is achieving in business all in one place, it’s very inspiring. I really hope this inspires other veterans in the future to do great things.   About the Sage Power 50 ENDS From Monday 15 October: ·         Download the Sage Power 50 here: featuring exclusive film content from UK Power 50 members.   About the Sage Power 50 The Sage Power 50 was commissioned by Sage and supports our ongoing commitment to build sustainable social, economic and entrepreneurial opportunities in Sage’s local communities around the world through Sage Foundation. For Sage this is the right way to do business. The Sage Power 50 was curated with support from: Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur, a program of Prince’s Trust Canada: www.princesoperationentrepreneur.ca   X-Forces: www.x-forces.com Prince’s Trust Australia: www.princes-trust.org.au Additional curation was led by Power 50 members, Brandon Shelton at TFX Capital Management and Cherisa ‘CJ’ Bellis at Major Freedom. Rimini Street Obtains Australian Single Touch Payroll Certification 2018-09-19T22:22:43Z rimini-street-obtains-australian-single-touch-payroll-certification September 20, 2018 – Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI), a global provider of enterprise software products and services, and the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products, today announced it has obtained Single Touch Payroll (STP) certification by the Australian Government’s Australian Taxation Office (ATO) for PeopleSoft Global Payroll and SAP HCM Payroll. The new certification enables Rimini Street’s Australian clients to submit their payroll data via a ‘pay event,’ either on or before pay day, to the ATO. Rimini Street’s tax, legal and regulatory division passed the complex, rigorous qualification process with the first file submission for both PeopleSoft and SAP software products, well ahead of the deadline set by the ATO. Premium Service Support for Critical Certification Process All organisations with 20 or more employees are required to report under STP to stay compliant with the Australian Taxation Legislation. The aim of STP is to streamline employer payroll information reporting to the ATO. The change requires companies to report payments such as salaries and wages, pay as you go (PAYG) withholding, and superannuation information from their payroll solution each time an organisation pays its employees, rather than at the end of each financial year. “With the Australian Taxation Office mandating new Single Touch Payroll reporting requirements, we needed to ensure that our systems were fully compliant,” said John Brizee, SAP manager at Golding Contractors. “Rimini Street provided the STP update for our SAP payroll application. The update was installed, tested, and ready-to-go well in advance of the ATO’s deadline of July 1, 2018.” Rimini Street put a comprehensive process in place eighteen months prior to the July 1, 2018 deadline to begin preparing clients for this new reporting standard. The Company achieved STP certification for PeopleSoft software products in May 2018 and for SAP related products in June 2018 by completing three main verification steps set by the ATO – an in depth security questionnaire, execution of the ATO’s conformance test suite and lastly, product verification testing. “STP is the largest change to Australian payroll in recent history,” said Paul Henville, group vice president, Global Product Delivery. “By obtaining the STP certification for our PeopleSoft and SAP clients, we can ensure their systems are supported and compliant for this monumental shift in payroll reporting. This is just one example of how Rimini Street remains diligent, proactive and on the forefront of constantly changing tax, legal and regulatory requirements; STP in particular was one of the most complex requirements we have had to undertake, which we were able to complete ahead of the original software vendors.” To review the list of vendors certified for STP, visit http://www.sbr.gov.au/products-register/sbr-product-register-full-list Industry-Leading Tax, Legal & Regulatory Research and Technology Rimini Street’s tax, legal and regulatory strategy and scoping team is made up of veteran tax specialists, attorneys and international tax, legal and regulatory professionals who use advanced technology and numerous government and private-sector sources to monitor, collect and verify tax, legal and regulatory changes. Rimini Street also participates in, and is a member of, many prominent tax, legal and regulatory associations around the world, including the American, Canadian, United Kingdom and Australian Payroll Associations, the American Bar Association Section of Taxation, the Financial Executives International Association, the Tax Council and the Tax Executives Institute. The innovative combination of technology, proven methodology and ISO 9001 quality processes consistently assures a fast “legislature-to-live”SM update delivery cycle and the highest quality deliverables in the industry. About Rimini Street, Inc. Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI) is a global provider of enterprise software products and services, and the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products. The Company has redefined enterprise software support services since 2005 with an innovative, award-winning program that enables licensees of IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, SAP and other enterprise software vendors to save up to 90 percent on total maintenance costs. Clients can remain on their current software release without any required upgrades for a minimum of 15 years. Over 1,620 global Fortune 500, midmarket, public sector and other organisations from a broad range of industries currently rely on Rimini Street as their trusted, third-party support provider. To learn more, please visit https://www.riministreet.com, follow @riministreet on Twitter and find Rimini Street on Facebook and LinkedIn. (C-RMNI) Forward-Looking Statements Certain statements included in this communication are not historical facts but are forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements generally are accompanied by words such as “may,” “should,” “would,” “plan,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “seem,” “seek,” “continue,” “future,” “will,” “expect,” “outlook” or other similar words, phrases or expressions. These statements are based on various assumptions and on the current expectations of management and are not predictions of actual performance, nor are these statements of historical facts. These statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties regarding Rimini Street’s business, and actual results may differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, continued inclusion in the Russell 2000 Index in the future, changes in the business environment in which Rimini Street operates, including inflation and interest rates, and general financial, economic, regulatory and political conditions affecting the industry in which Rimini Street operates; adverse litigation developments or in the government inquiry; the final amount and timing of any refunds from Oracle related to our litigation; our ability to raise additional equity or debt financing on favorable terms; the terms and impact of our 13.00% Series A Preferred Stock; changes in taxes, laws and regulations; competitive product and pricing activity; difficulties of managing growth profitably; the success of our recently introduced products and services, including Rimini Street Mobility, Rimini Street Analytics, Rimini Street Advanced Database Security, and services for Salesforce Sales Cloud and Service Cloud products; the loss of one or more members of Rimini Street’s management team; uncertainty as to the long-term value of Rimini Street’s equity securities, including its common stock and its Preferred Stock; and those discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” in Rimini Street’s Quarterly Report on 10-Q filed on August 9, 2018, which disclosures amend and restate the disclosures appearing under the heading “Risk Factors” in Rimini Street’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 15, 2018, and as updated from time to time by Rimini Street’s future Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K, and other filings by Rimini Street with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, forward-looking statements provide Rimini Street’s expectations, plans or forecasts of future events and views as of the date of this communication. Rimini Street anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause Rimini Street’s assessments to change. However, while Rimini Street may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, Rimini Street specifically disclaims any obligation to do so, except as required by law. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Rimini Street’s assessments as of any date subsequent to the date of this communication. # # # © 2018 Rimini Street, Inc. All rights reserved. “Rimini Street” is a registered trademark of Rimini Street, Inc. in the United States and other countries, and Rimini Street, the Rimini Street logo, and combinations thereof, and other marks marked by TM are trademarks of Rimini Street, Inc. All other trademarks remain the property of their respective owners, and unless otherwise specified, Rimini Street claims no affiliation, endorsement, or association with any such trademark holder or other companies referenced herein. Cyclones and space travel: emergency management leaders prepare for change 2018-08-19T23:29:15Z cyclones-and-space-travel-emergency-management-leaders-prepare-for-change Australasia’s biggest emergency management conference and exhibition, AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ is gearing up to equip the sector to thrive in an uncertain future. The program features NASA Astronaut Mike Mullane, an inductee of the International Space Hall of Fame. Mullane’s insights into successful teamwork, leadership and safety flow from a unique career, including his first-hand experience of the 1986 space shuttle Challenger tragedy. “One of the biggest errors an emergency responder can make is to assume it’s someone else’s problem,” said Mullane. “It’s about having the initiative to speak out – it might be your life you are saving.” Delegates will also hear from Craig Fugate, the distinguished former Administrator of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency, on ‘the seven deadly sins of emergency management.’ “Disasters don’t fit into what you think you are capable of doing,” says Fugate. “We have to prepare for the unexpected, not what we are capable of responding to right now.” Other program highlights include: Neil Burrows, Senior Principal Research Scientist, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Western Australia Anna-Maria Arabia, Chief Executive, Australian Academy of Science Eric Yap, Commissioner, Singapore Civil Defence Force Dr Dana Born, Co-Director, Centre for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School of Government AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ is running concurrently in 2018 with the inaugural Australian Disaster Resilience Conference, featuring: Phil Rist, Nywaigi Traditional Owner Jane Hayward AM, teaching Principal, Strathewen Primary School Dr Megan McCarthy, Macquarie University/Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Dr Rachel Armstrong, Department of Fire and Emergency Services, WA Kicking off with the annual Research Forum presented by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre, the event runs from 5-8 September 2018 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. The AFAC18 conference program will explore how we can improve ourselves, and the emergency management and disaster resilience sector and how to survive and thrive in an ever-changing, complex environment. For more information visit: http://www.afacconference.com.au/ The Australian Disaster Resilience Conference will explore the rise of resilience from the individual to the global – enhancing recovery by supporting community resilience. For more information visit: https://aidr.org.au/programs/australian-disaster-resilience-conference/ Notes to editors: Keynote speakers are available for interviews via the media contacts listed below Available for interview on request: Stuart Ellis, CEO, Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authority Council (AFAC) and the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR) Dr Richard Thornton, CEO, Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre Harvey Stockbridge, Managing Director, Deutsche Messe Complimentary media passes are available, apply by sending name, position and publication to jessica@zadroagency.com.au Media contacts: Jessica McLean | Account Manager I Zadro +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 400 433 182 | jessica@zadroagency.com.au Sammy Dalglish I Group Account Director I Zadro +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 430 343 621 | sammy@zadroagency.com.au Images: All images of AFAC17 can be found on the AFAC Flickr page and can be used royalty free. 1. Colonel Mike Mullane, retired NASA astronaut 2. Craig Fugate, former United States Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator 3. AFAC17 showfloor Giving a voice to the emergency service volunteers 2018-08-17T01:45:00Z giving-a-voice-to-the-emergency-service-volunteers When disaster strikes in the regional and suburban communities of Western Australia (WA) we rely heavily on volunteers to execute the emergency response plan. There are over 26,000 emergency service volunteers in WA, but average annual volunteer turnover is around 15 percent across all volunteer services, and it has fluctuated between 12-18 percent since 2006. In the State Emergency Service (SES), this turnover rate is even higher, with 24 percent leaving each year. Extensive training coupled with high turnover means there’s a significant financial and time cost, potentially jeopardising the ongoing delivery of SES services. The Bushfire and Natural Hazard CRC’s Dr Darja Kragt, a Research Fellow at the School of Psychological Sciences, University of Western Australia (UWA), will explore what improvements are needed to better recruit, train and retain volunteers in WA at AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ next month. Dr Kragt’s presentation, ‘Lived Experiences of Emergency Services Volunteers In Western Australia’ will reveal insights from interviews with volunteers in suburban and regional areas of WA, understanding how the ‘meaning, identity and emotions shape volunteer experiences at the SES’. “We focused on volunteers’ expectations and stereotypes around SES volunteering prior to joining the service; the meaning that volunteers derive from being a part of likeminded community; emotional experiences; issues surrounding volunteer recruitment, induction, and training. We find it interesting that volunteers perceive disaster response as a positive experience. But like many of us, they dislike bureaucracy and boring training. “These insights provide real reasons why volunteers leave the SES and identify areas of the recruitment and the training process that could be improved,” said Dr Kragt. Karen Roberts, Human Resources Director, Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) said state and national trends show a decrease in emergency services volunteering across Australia, which poses a challenge for hazard management agencies. “We rely on volunteers to build more resilient communities. We train volunteers to be able to prevent, prepare for and respond to natural disasters and emergencies, providing training in first aid, navigation, administration, communications, marine rescue, community engagement, prevention and mitigation incident management, leadership, management and support. “Since forming in November 2012, DFES has made considerable progress in identifying ways to improve how it recruits, prepares and supports its volunteers. “These insights are vital to increasing retention across not only WA, but Australia and New Zealand,” said Ms Roberts. Other topics exploring how to expand and work with volunteers across Australia will include: Kevin Walsh AFSM, Assistant Commissioner, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, QFES Volunteerism Strategy Kerry Laurie, Country Fire Authority, Brigade viability: using evidenced based data to identify risk and improve service delivery Andrew McCullough, Volunteer Strategist, NSW State Emergency Service, Creating partnerships to drive Volunteer capability James Butterworth, Paramount Projects, The role of volunteers in community risk assessments - Volunteer Marine Rescue Resource to Risk Model Dr Tarn Kruger, RMIT University & Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, Volunteering into the future – disaster events, local governments & communities Charlie Moir ESM, President National SES Volunteers Association and Gordon Hall ESM, President, SES Volunteer Association WA, changing lives through volunteering Ken Middleton, Chair, Council of Australian Volunteer Fire Association, representing volunteers Leaders including Karen Roberts, Director Human Resources, DFES WA and Craig Spencer, Head of Community Engagement, Bankwest, will continue the discussion on volunteering in ‘The State of Volunteering in Australia’ panel on Friday 7 September. The panel will explore new and emerging factors influencing emergency management volunteerism. Dr Kragt will present during AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ on Thursday 6 September, at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. For more information on the program visit: http://www.afacconference.com.au/ -ENDS- Notes to editors: Keynote speakers are available for interviews via the media contacts listed below Available for interview on request via media contacts below: Stuart Ellis, CEO, Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authority Council (AFAC) Dr Richard Thornton, CEO, Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre Harvey Stockbridge, Managing Director, Deutsche Messe Complimentary media passes are available, apply by sending name, position and publication to jessica@zadroagency.com.au Media contacts: Jessica McLean | Account Manager I Zadro +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 400 433 182 | jessica@zadroagency.com.au Sammy Dalglish I Group Account Director I Zadro +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 430 343 621 | sammy@zadroagency.com.au Images: All images of AFAC17 can be found on the AFAC Flickr page and can be used royalty free. 1. Dr Darja Kragt, a Research Fellow at the School of Psychological Sciences, University of Western Australia (UWA) HI-RES Image 3. AFAC17 showfloor About AFAC18: 5 - 8 September | Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre Changing lives in a changing world Emergency management is not an easy task and is not getting easier. With a growing population moving into new areas, our changing climate, bushfires, floods, cyclones, storms and heatwaves are impacting our lives in new ways. Innovating in the face of disruptions and developing our people to successfully manage organisations of the future is a key challenge. AFAC18 looks at change as the new normal, how collaboration and resilience is driving performance and the innovations in emergency management that are helping our people to weather change. Held over four action-packed days AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ will attract delegates and visitors from emergency and security services agencies, all levels of government, non-government organisations, research and education institutions from Australia and worldwide. The AFAC18 program is co-produced by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) and the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and will this year feature the inaugural Australian Disaster Resilience Conference, which will run concurrently with the AFAC18 program. AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ is a joint venture between AFAC and Deutsche Messe, trading in Australia as Hannover Fairs Pty Ltd. Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) Website: http://www.afacconference.com.au/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AFACnews Twitter: https://twitter.com/afacnews LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/australasian-fire-and-emergency-service-authorities-council YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu18lYmKgFcL27XBKFI7Klw Hashtag: #AFAC18 Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Facebook: www.facebook.com/bnhcrc Twitter: www.twitter.com/bnhcrc YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/bnhcrc LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/bushfire-and-natural-hazards-crc-a0919043 Australia’s emergency responders thrive in ever changing complex environments 2018-07-12T23:00:00Z australias-emergency-responders-thrive-in-ever-changing-complex-environments Australasia’s leading emergency management conference, AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ, returns to Western Australia for the first time in six years, bringing a host of leading international and Australian presenters, to address the latest technology and research in prescribed burning, predictive services, innovation, improving public safety, warnings, and resilience. Co-produced by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC), the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) and Deutsche Messe; the conference is focused around preparing the sector to combat and adapt to changing environments. Held over four action-packed days from 5 - 8 September, the conference themed ‘Changing lives in a changing world’ embraces an interoperability between emergency service agencies. AFAC18 includes the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Research Forum, a two-day multi-streamed AFAC Conference, and the inaugural Australian Disaster Resilience Conference. Stuart Ellis, CEO, AFAC, commented on this year’s conference and the importance of adapting and being resilient in our ever changing environment. “AFAC18 is the premier and most comprehensive emergency management conference in the region, providing unique opportunities for professional development, learning and networking. This year the inaugural Australian Disaster Resilience Conference runs concurrently and adds an in-depth look into how we are contributing to a disaster resilient Australia. “We’ve got an impressive line-up of speakers for AFAC18, who can share their unique experiences tackling the challenges of change. We are pleased to be back on the west coast this year, where we are able to offer development opportunities for all members across our sector,” said Mr Ellis. Bringing leading national and international speakers to Perth, keynote speakers during the conference include: Dr Neil Burrows, Senior Principal Research Scientist, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions Anna-Maria Arabia, Chief Executive, Australian Academy of Science Craig Fugate, former United States Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Commissioner Eric Yap, Singapore Civil Defence Force Astronaut Mike Mullane, retired NASA Astronaut Dr Dana Born, Co-Director, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School of Government Dr Richard Thornton, CEO, Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, commented on how research is helping emergency responders face challenges. “The strength of the CRC lays with its collective nature. The Research Forum is a full day of knowledge sharing and research and will address the major changes our sector faces, from growing populations and climate change, including bushfires, floods, cyclones, storms and heatwaves. It is vital that emergency management personnel know how to adapt and cope with these increasing challenges,” said Dr Thornton. AFAC18 looks at change as the new normal, discussing how collaboration and resilience is driving performance and the innovations in emergency management that are helping our people endure changes in the environment. AFAC18 powered by INTERSHUTZ is being held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre from 5-8 September 2018. For more information visit: http://www.afacconference.com.au/ -ENDS- Notes to editors: Keynote speakers are available for interviews via the media contacts listed below Available for interview on request via media contacts below: Stuart Ellis, CEO, Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authority Council (AFAC) Dr Richard Thornton, CEO, Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) Harvey Stockbridge, Managing Director, Deutsche Messe Complimentary media passes are available, apply by sending name, position and publication to jessica@zadroagency.com.au Media contacts: Jessica McLean | Account Manager I Zadro +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 400 433 182 | jessica@zadroagency.com.au Sammy Dalglish I Group Account Director I Zadro +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 430 343 621 | sammy@zadroagency.com.au Images: All images can be found on the AFAC Flickr page and can be used royalty free. 1. AFAC17 showfloor About AFAC18: 5 - 8 September | Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre Changing lives in a changing world Emergency management is not an easy task and is not getting easier. With a growing population moving into new areas, our changing climate, bushfires, floods, cyclones, storms and heatwaves are impacting our lives in new ways. Innovating in the face of disruptions and developing our people to successfully manage organisations of the future is a key challenge. AFAC18 looks at change as the new normal, how collaboration and resilience is driving performance and the innovations in emergency management that are helping our people to weather change. Held over four action-packed days AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ will attract delegates and visitors from emergency and security services agencies, all levels of government, non-government organisations, research and education institutions from Australia and world-wide. The AFAC18 program is co-produced by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) and the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and will this year feature the inaugural Australian Disaster Resilience Conference, which will run concurrently with the AFAC18 program. AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ is a joint venture between AFAC and Deutsche Messe, trading in Australia as Hannover Fairs Pty Ltd. Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) Website: http://www.afacconference.com.au/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AFACnews Twitter: https://twitter.com/afacnews LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/australasian-fire-and-emergency-service-authorities-council YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu18lYmKgFcL27XBKFI7Klw Hashtag: #AFAC18 Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Facebook: www.facebook.com/bnhcrc Twitter: www.twitter.com/bnhcrc LinkedIn: www.youtube.com/user/bnhcrc Tritium Signs Deal with IONITY for 100 High-Power Charging Sites Across Europe 2018-07-05T02:27:19Z tritium-signs-deal-with-ionity-for-100-high-power-charging-sites-across-europe Brisbane, July 5, 2018 - IONITY has chosen Tritium as its technology partner for the construction of 100 high-power charging sites across Germany, France, UK, Norway and Sweden. The dedicated electric vehicle (EV) charging stations will have an average of up to six user units, each capable of delivering 350 kW of power for fast charging of modern EVs. All will be equipped with the Combined Charging System (CCS) used by a wide range of vehicle manufacturers. IONITY is based in Munich and was founded in 2017; it is a joint venture of the BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and the Volkswagen Group including Audi and Porsche. “We chose to partner with Tritium because they have a world-leading technology and have shown they can develop and deliver their products quickly,” said IONITY CEO Michael Hajesch. The deal follows closely on the installation of two new sites in Germany at Tank and Rast rest stops at Brohltal East and Brohltal West. As the first sites to go live for IONITY in Europe, these two sites each have six high-power user units and form part of a planned rollout of around 400 EV charging sites across Europe. This network will ensure EV owners will always have access to a high-power charging station within 120 km. “We already have a leading position in the European fast-charging market and could see that demand was really taking off, which is one of the reasons we recently opened our new sales, testing and assembly facility in Amsterdam,” said David Finn CEO and Founder at Tritium. “This deal with IONITY shows just how fast the transition to EVs is happening.” Each of the Tritium high-power chargers on the IONITY sites will deliver up to 350 kW, which can add 150 km of driving range to an EV in just five minutes. They include Tritium’s unique and innovative liquid-cooled technology and the complete charging infrastructure is extremely compact, typically up to 50%-75% smaller than other systems on the market. MELBOURNE ART WEEK ENLIVENS THE CITY IN AUGUST 2018 WITH EXCEPTIONAL WINTER PROGRAM 2018-06-13T03:51:14Z melbourne-art-week-enlivens-the-city-in-august-2018-with-exceptional-winter-program Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne Art Foundation unveiled details of the Melbourne Art Week 2018 program which cumulates in the return of Melbourne Art Fair, 2-5 August 2018 (Vernissage 1 August 2018) and the Visual Arts Awards on 4 August 2018. Over 50 Victorian cultural organisations, institutions, art spaces, satellite fairs and galleries will come together in the staging of Melbourne Art Week; a dynamic program of exhibitions, events, talks, performances and workshops that take place during the first week of August. Other highlights include programming from MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art; From Will to Form: Tarrawarra Biennial 2018; ACCA: A Lightness of Spirit is the Measure of Happiness, Buxton Contemporary: No One is Watching You: Ronnie van Hout and VCA Open Studios. Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said, “Melbourne Art Week is set to take over our arts precinct with a celebration like no other. Through exhibitions, fairs, workshops, talks and performances, it will be an opportunity to deep dive into the best in contemporary art. Our Government is proud to support Melbourne Art Week. Events like this bring together some of our most exciting artists and organisations and showcase why Victoria is the creative state.” Melbourne Art Foundation continues to support contemporary art and living artists through its initiative Melbourne Art Week, and in 2018 has joined with Associate Partner, MLC Life Insurance to commission a new performative work from Japanese-born, Australian-based artist Hiromi Tango (represented by Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney). Performed on the streets of the Southbank Arts Precinct and incorporating Melbourne’s iconic cultural landmarks including ACCA, the 2018 home of Melbourne Art Fair, the work titled Lizard Tail (Dawn) has been embraced as the visual identity for the celebrated Melbourne Art Week. Susan Karson, Chief People, Marketing & Corporate Affairs Officer, MLC Life Insurance said, "We are delighted to partner with Melbourne Art Week in 2018 to support the commissioning of a new body of work by celebrated Japanese/Australian performance artist Hiromi Tango. Premised on the notion of interactivity, forging individual, social and cultural connections, Hiromi’s new work encapsulates the ethos of Melbourne Art Week in the bringing together of more than 50 cultural organisations to celebrate and support contemporary art and living artists.” MELBOURNE ART FAIR Melbourne Art Fair returns from 2-5 August 2018 (Vernissage 1 August 2018) as the anchor event of Melbourne Art Week, housed for the first time within the Southbank Arts Precinct and across two venues alongside the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) and the University of Melbourne Southbank Campus. Melbourne Art Fair exhibition sectors Galleries and Accent present 40 new and established galleries from Australia, New Zealand and the region exhibiting a diverse range of artists and curatorial themes through both solo presentations and group shows of closely related works. In 2018, the Fair will debut TIME, a site-specific video sector curated by Hannah Mathews (Senior Curator, Monash University Museum of Art) and Rachel Ciesla (Curator and Administrator Galleries and Programs, Melbourne Art Foundation). Unveiling a selection of new and recent works by Michaela Gleave (represented by Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne), Jess Johnson (represented by Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney) and Simon Ward, Sriwhana Spong (represented by Michael Lett, Auckland) and Angela Tiatia (represented by Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney), TIME joins with a growing number of organisations focusing their resources on the activities of female practitioners. TIME speaks to the power of the now and is presented across four sites including Melbourne Art Fair, Buxton Contemporary, Fed Square and QT Melbourne. Michaela Gleave's A Galaxy of Suns (2018) transposes what is perhaps the most epic measure of time for humanity: the distance between earth and the universe, questioning the relationship to time, matter and space. The work takes the form of a highly ambient field of colour and sound presented for an intimate audience via QT Melbourne's inhouse entertainment system. New Zealand artist, Jess Johnson and animator Simon Ward’s new video Webwurld (2017) offers a glimpse into a hallucinatory netherworld. Presented at scale on Federation Square’s iconic Big Screen, the work materialises a dark portal into a dimensional world whose activities may be taking place simultaneously to our own. London-based, New Zealand artist Sriwhana Spong’s 2016 video This Creature provides a sensorial travel through time and place. Presented in Melbourne Art Fair and within the Riding Hall and historic surrounds of the former Mounted Police Stables, the work channels female medieval mystic Margery Kempe (known for writing the first recorded western autobiography) through a walk undertaken by the artist through London’s Hyde Park. New Zealand born multimedia artist, Angela Tiatia, explores contemporary culture by drawing attention to its relationship to representation, gender, neo-colonialism and the commodification of the body and place. Screened at the street entrance to the newly opened Buxton Contemporary, Tiatia's The Fall collapses conventional structures of time in a deceivingly lush portrait of human consumption and greed. Projects Rooms, presented by Four Pillars and supported by the Melbourne Art Foundation, returns as a non-profit platform for cutting edge art spaces presenting experimental work within the context of a major visual arts event. The 2018 Project Rooms take place within Melbourne Art Fair and will feature presentations from the Institute of Modern Art (Brisbane), Gertrude Contemporary (Melbourne), Blak Dot Gallery (Melbourne) and The Physics Room (Christchurch). Gertrude Contemporary’s Anxious Bodies for Unstable Environments is a project that reflects upon the current state of global instability. Curated by Mark Feary, the project will present new, recent and context specific works of sculpture, performance, video and robotics, by artists Deanne Butterworth, Mathieu Briand, Kate Daw, Kuba Dorabialski, Jason Maling and Mark Shorter. Ryan Presley brings performance and exchange in his exhibition Prosperity produced by the Institute of Modern Art, which centres on his ongoing project, Blood Money (2010 - present), in which he reimagines Australian banknotes’ figureheads as the heroes and warriors of Aboriginal history. Blak Dot Gallery will present new work by four Melbourne based artists Kirsten Lyttle who is of Māori descent, Lisa Hilli who was born in Raboul - PNG, New Zealand-born Tongan woman Frances Tapueluelu, and local Aboriginal artist Vicki Couzens. All four women explore their own traditional cultural and often matriarchal influences or issues to create discourse and examine identity. The Blak Dot Project Room will create an empowered and empowering space for both the artists and the viewer. The Physics Room, (Un)conditional Part 3 is a two-person exhibition of specifically-commissioned work by New Zealand artists Ayesha Green and Cushla Donaldson, which examine the conditions—unspoken and assumed—under which things are given and received, and how, in the shadows, agency can be leveraged or subverted. TALKS Melbourne Art Week will commence with the Keynote address by Philip Tinari, Director of Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) at Deakin Edge, Fed Square on 31 July 2018 at 6.30pm, co-presented by the Melbourne Art Foundation, University of Melbourne and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, and supported by Fed Square. The Keynote headlines the Talks program, which is presented in association with the University of Melbourne, Learning Partner of Melbourne Art Week. Designed to promote discussion, education and interest in contemporary art practice in Australia and the Asia Pacific region, the free for the public Talks 2018: Space of Friendship takes place from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 August at Federation Hall at the University of Melbourne Southbank Campus. PERFORMANCES & WORKSHOPS The city will come alive during Melbourne Art Week with live performance and creative workshops taking place at a range of venues and spaces across the Southbank Arts Precinct. The program includes Phillip Adams BalletLab's Metamorphosen, a performance installation created in a response to composer Richard Strauss Metamorphosen (1945). Adams situates a continues rolling of body bags arriving one after the other onto a giant 18 metre inflatable designed by artist David Cross. Described as a Mondrian pop art grave yard of dripping paints the body bags roll continuously in long drawn out adagio representation of grief and trauma but of great upheaval in response to romantic musical climaxes in the score. Weaving Workshops: Bush Toys and Baskets, presented by ACCA and the Melbourne Art Foundation, is a hands-on workshop with senior weavers from the Victorian Aboriginal Weaving Collective to be held on Sunday 5 August. Art lovers of all ages are encouraged to join Gunditjmara weaver Bronwyn Razem and Yorta Yorta weaver Donna Blackall to explore traditional and contemporary weaving practices. Spaces are limited and registration is essential. Other workshop highlights include NEW YORK! NEW YORK! Coinciding with 2018’s Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art, NGV Kids presents a large–scale participatory installation that will showcase New York City. Featuring interactive displays, multimedia projections and hands-on activities, this free exhibition will introduce children to the vibrancy of New York. Melbourne’s leading contemporary dance company Chunky Move will offer public contemporary dance classes for participants ages 18+ on Wednesday 1 August and Saturday 3 August, with a special Dance Party on Friday 2 August. Sessions take place in Chunky Move's purpose built, state-of-the-art dance studios, located in the heart of Melbourne’s Southbank Arts Precinct and a short stroll from Melbourne Art Fair. Melbourne Art Week is supported by major partners the Victorian State Government through Creative Victoria and the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Owned and presented by Melbourne Art Foundation, a not for profit organisation established in 2003, Melbourne Art Week will run from 30 July-5 August 2018 and Melbourne Art Fair from 2-5 August 2018. For further details please visit http://melbourneartfair.com.au http://melbourneartweek.com.au Ends Media Contact Rhiannon Broomfield, Senior Publicist, Rhiannon@melbourneartfoundation.com, +61 410 596 021 Media pack including imagery: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/inr4of1fu6bciwl/AACAJR2kwFSixC8bT2IcA12ta?dl=0 Video of Hiromi Tango performance: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mdm0oaiku80unxc/AABsVZQzdtJeUGZv6rD58vG1a?dl=0 About Melbourne Art Week | 500 + Artists | 50 + Events | 30 + Venues Melbourne Art Foundation has joined with over 50 Victorian cultural organisations, institutions, art spaces, satellite fairs and galleries to stage Melbourne Art Week (30 July-5 August 2018); a dynamic winter program of exhibitions, events, talks, performances and workshops. Melbourne Art Fair returns from 2-5 August 2018 (Vernissage, 1 August) as the flagship event of Art Week and will take place for the first time across two venues within the Southbank Arts Precinct and alongside ACCA. Other highlights of Art Week include the Visual Arts Awards (Saturday 2 August), From Will to Form: Tarrawarra Biennial 2018; ACCA: A Lightness of Spirit is the Measure of Happiness, Buxton Contemporary: No One is Watching You: Ronnie van Hout, VCA Open Studios + more. About Melbourne Art Foundation Melbourne Art Foundation is a not for profit organisation established in 2003 to promote contemporary art and living Australian artists. Melbourne Art Foundation produces the biennial Melbourne Art Week, and flagship events Melbourne Art Fair and the Awards for the Visual Arts. Melbourne Art Foundation sponsors a range of programs during Melbourne Art Week for the benefit of living artists, to facilitate public discussion and develop new audiences for contemporary art. They include major commissions, project rooms featuring emerging and independent artists and art spaces, public talks, collector programs, guided tours and the celebrated opening night; Vernissage. About Melbourne Art Fair Melbourne Art Fair is the flagship event of Melbourne Art Week, taking place for the first time within the Southbank Arts Precinct and alongside ACCA. Showcasing a curated selection of 40 galleries, the Fair will present some of the newest and most respected artists from Australia, New Zealand and the region. Beginning in 1988, Melbourne Art Fair was founded by galleries from Australia, and has fired the enthusiasm of discerning collectors and an informed public for 30 years. Over its extensive history, the Fair has been instrumental in stimulating critical and commercial attention for galleries and their artists, presenting a rich and diverse cross-section of the region’s visual art scene. Melbourne Art Fair 2018 is set to welcome over 20,000 visitors over 5-days, from Thursday 2 August to Sunday 5 August (Vernissage Wednesday 1 August). Tickets now on sale: www.melbourneartfair.com.au/tickets Melbourne Art Fair Event Details Melbourne Art Fair runs from Thursday 2 August to Sunday 5 August 2018 (Vernissage, Wednesday 1 August) in the Southbank Arts Precinct alongside ACCA, 111 Sturt Street Southbank VIC | melbourneartfair.com.au Collector Preview Wednesday 1 August, 2pm-5pm Vernissage Wednesday 1 August, 5pm-9pm Collector View Thursday 2 August, 10am-12pm Public Opening Thursday 2 August, 12pm-5pm Friday 3 August, 10am-9pm (Friday Up Late) Saturday 4 August, 10am-6pm Sunday 5 August, 11am-4pm About MLC Life Insurance MLC Life Insurance is a specialised life insurance business. It represents a landmark strategic partnership between National Australia Bank (NAB) and Nippon Life Insurance under which NAB retain 20% shareholding and Nippon Life hold a majority 80% of the shares in MLC Limited, the entity which operates the MLC Life Insurance business. The Australian-led and managed business aims to leverage Nippon Life’s global presence, built over 128 years, alongside MLC Life Insurance’s significant experience in understanding and meeting the insurance needs of everyday Australians since 1886. For more information on MLC Life Insurance, visit mlcinsurance.com.au First-ever Commercial Regtech Sandbox Facility Opened in Australia by ID Exchange and digi.me 2018-05-06T21:30:00Z first-ever-commercial-regtech-sandbox-facility-opened-in-australia-by-id-exchange-and-digi-me Australian startup ID Exchange and UK-based firm digi.me have partnered to establish an Innovation Campus at Glenwood in the Norwest region of Sydney. The ID Exchange Innovation Campus (‘IDX’) is designed to stimulate digital innovation and economic growth, primarily focused on application development in the fintech and regtech sectors, as well as being open to secondary and tertiary STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) students from nearby schools and universities. IDX is believed to be the first commercial regtech sandbox facility established in Australia. Situated in a high-growth precinct of western Sydney, the site will attract app developers building on the digi.me platform in key government, eHealth, finance, retail and social sectors. Developers and early-stage entrepreneurs will also have the opportunity to leverage ID Exchange’s unified Opt In and Opt Out consumer access intellectual property. The first phase of the Campus has 22 hot desks, and other collaboration facilities including a meeting room, boardroom, communal lounge and kitchen. IDX is based in the heritage-listed Glenwood House and was officially opened this morning by the NSW Minister for Innovation Matt Kean. “I’m thrilled to see the continued growth of innovation hubs in NSW. It’s incredibly important that we unlock more and more opportunities for startups to get a foothold in the marketplace,” Mr Kean said. “These innovative companies are carving out the next generation of jobs and businesses for our country, particularly around data management, which is transforming the 21st century economy.” As part of the launch, ID Exchange is announcing a “Stay & Play” competition for 12 app developers to win a seat at the campus for one month, giving them free Internet access, masterclasses, technical support and pitch day prizes. (See http://idexchange.me/stayandplay for more information.) Joanne Cooper, Founder and Managing Director of ID Exchange, said: “Our Innovation Campus is an excellent example of fostering UK and Australian collaboration by providing a facility to enable the pursuit of technical excellence via software and application experimentation. It’s our everyday hackathon site where we can help to kickstart developers and invite commercial, government and educational institutions to collaborate on app concepts with the pure aim to get things done.” “This partnership will immediately advance the development of secure, ethical, compliant and society-focused open data solutions as called for by the Australia Productivity Commission's report on Data Availability and Use, as well as the Treasury's views on consumer centric approaches being currently tabled via the Review into Open Banking,” Cooper continued. IDX has been warmly welcomed by Stone & Chalk, Australia’s leading fintech hub which has been instrumental in assisting startups like ID Exchange to commercialise and scale. “An Innovation Campus like this one established by ID Exchange and digi.me is an exciting step forward in helping Australia lead the world in the development of consumer consent based products and services. We look forward to seeing the early seeds of innovation which we hope will lead to new high growth startups in this emerging space,” said Alex Scandurra, CEO, Stone & Chalk. The launch also saw ID Exchange and digi.me showcase their current Australian partners, including; Bainbridge Associates, HCCU, Recordkeeping Innovation, Mafematica, Mainframe Cloud, SISS Data Services, Vault Systems and Verifier. “Together with ID Exchange, we’ve developed a great ecosystem of partners to advance the cause of data privacy, control and consent in Australia, and our new Innovation Campus will see an acceleration of innovation in this space in the coming months and years,” said Julian Ranger, digi.me Founder and Executive Chairman, who also attended the launch today. By accessing the facility, the Innovation Campus will encourage Australian universities and educators to unite with enterprise to springboard digital transformation across a range of sectors. This was demonstrated with a class session held for eight Year 11 and 12 STEM students from the neighbouring Glenwood High School by Dr Julia Prior of the University of Technology Sydney's Software Development Studio, to showcase the curriculum and opportunities available to work with the commercial sector. “The Faculty of Engineering and IT at the University of Technology collaborates with ID Exchange through both its Software Development Studio and its Women in Engineering and IT program. By inviting secondary and tertiary students to meet developers and early-stage entrepreneurs at campuses like these, there is hope that the next generation of innovators will be inspired to study engineering and IT. The Women in Engineering and IT program aims to secure a pipeline of female talent that will boost innovation in these sectors,” said Dr Arti Agrawal, Associate Professor and Director, Women in Engineering and IT, Faculty of Engineering and IT, University of Technology Sydney. IDX’s second phase extension will accommodate a further 18 hot desks, which is anticipated to open later this year. The Innovation Campus is situated at Glenwood House, 174 Glenwood Park Drive, Glenwood, NSW 2768. For more information on IDX, please contact: ID Exchange Telephone: 1300 002 678 www.idexchange.me Joanne Cooper, Managing Director E: jo@idexchange.me – ENDS – -- About Digi.me Digi.me is a personal data exchange platform that allows consumers to gather together information currently scattered around the web and share it on their terms under the company’s bespoke Consent Access process. Digi.me is working with world-leading businesses in the health, finance, FMCG and telco sectors on projects unlocking the benefits of private consented data sharing for both consumers and organisations. www.digi.me About ID Exchange ID Exchange is digi.me’s Australia and New Zealand partner who are in development of social privacy innovation via unified Opt In® and Opt Out® consent App’s designed as an intermediated compliance service for consumers and business. The ID Exchange solution will assist consumers to construct a centralised view of their data access permissions or de-identification notices through consent receipts, whilst educating users on data protection and privacy rights in accordance with legislation. www.idexchange.me For UK interview requests, please contact digi.me Communications Editor Emma Firth on emma@digi.me or + 44 7812 608577. Media Contact: Martin Aungle Explore Communications Tel: +61 2 4872 4981 Mob: +61 415 917 381 Email: maungle@explorecomms.com.au Consumers gain new personal data security through Vault Systems and ID Exchange partnership 2018-02-20T04:46:01Z consumers-gain-new-personal-data-security-through-vault-systems-and-id-exchange-partnership Two Australian tech companies have announced a collaboration that will revolutionise the ability of consumers to protect themselves from the digital theft of their personal data. Secure cloud storage firm Vault Systems and ID Exchange will be working together to present consumers with the premier option for self-sovereign cloud-based storage. The partnership provides even more value as it comes on the back of ID Exchange’s exclusive Australian representation of UK personal data platform digi.me. Digi.me was founded by serial entrepreneur Julian Ranger, whose previous company STASYS, which he sold to Lockheed Martin in 2005, developed worldwide Military Internet Interoperability Solutions. Theft of PII (Personally Identifiable Information) is on the rise, with millions of global consumers and businesses affected by cybercrime on an annual basis. Vault Systems is one of only a handful of organisations certified to provide next-generation secure data storage to the Australian government. The partnership with ID Exchange, and digi.me, allows customers to hold all their personal data (social, financial, health and more) on their personal cloud secured in Australia with a best of breed solution at all steps of the process. “This collaboration ensures Australians may select an onshore cloud service that mirrors digi.me’s military-grade design; providing what would typically be considered an enterprise product at an affordable price point for individuals,” said Joanne Cooper, Managing Director of ID Exchange. Trust is the prime factor for platforms such as digi.me, where the app acts as an automated librarian and postman for countless consumer-based data transactions where privacy, consent management, security and data sovereignty are paramount. “Feedback from everyday Australians tells us that consumers don’t want their sensitive or private information cascading around borderless data centre facilities. Considering we are talking about your ultimate master record of personal data, we knew that working with Australian cloud security leader Vault Systems to develop such an offering was the natural fit,” she said. The digi.me app is free for consumers and the digi.me business does not see, touch or hold any personal data. This showcases a paradigm shift around the handling of consumer-controlled universal data. The Australian Federal Productivity Commission’s Data Use and Availability has ignited the app development community to maximise the utility of personal data in a compliant “privacy by design” manner. “Vault Systems is pleased to partner with digi.me and ID Exchange on this initiative, which allows sensitive personal data to be secured within Australian borders,” said Rupert Taylor-Price, Founder and CEO of Vault Systems. “Our government community cloud is the security leader in Australian cloud systems, certified by the Australian Signals Directorate to provide secure storage for both protected and unclassified data.” Ends ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Editor’s notes: For UK interview requests, please contact digi.me Communications Editor Emma Firth on emma@digi.me or + 44 7812 608577. In Australia, please contact: Martin Aungle, Explore Communications Pty Ltd. Tel: +61 2 4872 4981 Mob: +61 415 917 381 E: maungle@explorecomms.com.au Find more information about digi.me, including the app, at https://www.digi.me/, Vault Systems is at https://vaultsystems.com.au/ ID Exchange is at https://www.idexchange.me About Digi.me Digi.me is a personal data exchange platform that allows consumers to gather together information currently scattered around the web and share it on their terms under the company’s bespoke Consent Access process. Digi.me is working with world-leading businesses in the health, finance, FMCG and telco sectors on projects unlocking the benefits of private consented data sharing for both consumers and organisations. About Vault Systems Vault Systems delivers fully compliant, risk assessed, ASD and IRAP certified Government Cloud to Australian federal, state and local government agencies and their partners. Unlike proprietary cloud platforms, where application of Australian Government security standards were managed as an afterthought, Vault’s Government cloud platform was purpose built with the sole intention of managing sensitive Australian data at the highest levels of security. Vault’s cloud platform natively embeds security controls to meet the requirements of Government, while providing extensive scalability, flexibility and remaining cost effective. Vault Systems is a trusted cloud provider within government and is working closely with major government departments, including the Digital Transformation Agency, the Department of Human Services, the Department of Employment, the Department of Health, the Department of Social Services and Department of Defence. Vault’s services are delivered through partners including Fujitsu, Leidos, Unisys, Citadel, RXP, Accenture, IBM, and DXC. About ID Exchange ID Exchange is digi.me’s Australia and New Zealand partner who are in development of social privacy innovation via unified Opt In® and Opt Out® consent App’s designed as an intermediated compliance service for consumers and business. The ID Exchange solution will assist consumers to construct a centralised view of their data access permissions or de-identification notices through consent receipts, whilst educating users on data protection and privacy rights in accordance with legislation. Digi.me fintech collaboration with Mainframe Cloud aims to return personal data to consumers 2018-02-12T06:19:29Z digi-me-fintech-collaboration-with-mainframe-cloud-aims-to-return-personal-data-to-consumers UK personal data platform digi.me aims to return a wealth of trapped personal data back to consumers through a new partnership with Sydney-based fintech start-up Mainframe Cloud. Digi.me and Mainframe Cloud spied an opportunity to work together on an API that could securely access and enable the download of personal data. The companies, who were introduced by digi.me’s Australian partner ID Exchange, are working on agreeing a proof of concept with Australian government agencies as a first step to fully exploring the benefits and potential of utilising data streams to drive consumer-centric innovation. Being able to use verified, authenticated and secured data sets such as proof of earnings, for example, will enable individuals access to wider benefits such as expedited loan approvals. Digi.me Founder and Executive Chairman Julian Ranger said: “Returning data to individuals to own, control and then share with their consent opens the opportunity for significant innovation across financial, health and other sectors, all whilst ensuring privacy and security of personal data. However, a lot of personal data is stuck in stovepipes today which can’t be readily made available to individuals, especially where older mainframe technology has been used to process that data. “Mainframe Cloud’s proprietary technology enables straightforward access to that data which would otherwise never be able to be returned to the individual – digi.me’s partnership with Mainframe Cloud will cover opportunities around the globe, and we are looking forward to proving this partnership in Australia.” Mainframe computers are the foundation of the global economy, with IBM estimating that 70-80% of data worldwide resides or originates on mainframes. They are typically used by Governments, banks, insurance companies, airlines and big retailers. The complexity and cost of mainframe systems creates huge data bottlenecks and is a significant barrier to digital transformation globally. Mainframe Cloud has been working to break down these barriers and in 2016 won a deal with the Australian Taxation Office to help address some of these issues. Addressing the technical barriers and security concerns that currently prevent access to personal transaction data is an excellent opportunity for both digi.me and Mainframe Cloud to demonstrate the combined power of their solutions. Ben Pearson, Mainframe Cloud’s CEO said: “Mainframe Cloud is excited to be collaborating with digi.me because a lot of personal data around the world is stored on mainframes. Obtaining access to this data is difficult and expensive, and practically impossible as an individual. “Governments don’t provide this data because of security and cost concerns but giving individuals the freedom to access their own data is incredibly important. Mainframe Cloud’s technology solves the access issue, while digi.me manages user authentication and security. “When you combine the technologies, it’s like being given a key to your own personal government filing cabinet.” The next step is to find a government agency prepared to trial the digi.me/Mainframe Cloud initiative and demonstrate the art of the possible. Ends ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Editor’s notes: For UK interview requests, please contact digi.me Communications Editor Emma Firth on emma@digi.me or +44 7812 608577. In Australia, please contact Ben Pearson, CEO, Mainframe Cloud, on +61(0)407 268 037 ID Exchange, CEO, Joanne Cooper on +61 (0) 400 770 147 Find more information about digi.me, including the app, at https://www.digi.me/, Mainframe Cloud is at http://www.mainframecloud.com/ ID Exchange is at https://www.idexchange.me About Digi.me Digi.me is a personal data exchange platform that allows consumers to gather together information currently scattered around the web and share it on their terms under the company’s bespoke Consent Access process. Digi.me is working with world-leading businesses in the health, finance, FMCG and telco sectors on projects unlocking the benefits of private consented data sharing for both consumers and organisations. About ID Exchange ID Exchange is digi.me’s Australia and New Zealand partner who are in development of social privacy innovation via unified Opt In® and Opt Out® consent App’s designed as an intermediated compliance service for consumers and business. The ID Exchange solution will assist consumers to construct a centralised view of their data access permissions or de-identification notices through consent receipts, whilst educating users on data protection and privacy rights in accordance with legislation Digi.me link-up with Mafematica to revolutionise Super Funds management 2018-02-12T06:15:35Z digi-me-link-up-with-mafematica-to-revolutionise-super-funds-management Planning for Australia’s do-it-yourself Self-Managed Super Funds (SMSF) pensions will be vastly simplified as the result of a new partnership between UK personal data platform digi.me and new era investment and behavioural planning tool Mafematica. The deal will combine digi.me’s ability for users to securely add their personal finance data and store it safely in a personal cloud they own and control, with Mafematica’s powerful engine of investment choices, retirement forecasts and associated investment transactions. The result will be simplified retirement planning, with up-to-date analytics and retirement forecasts helping SMSF trustees to easily stay on top of their retirement planning and in control of their finances, all privately and securely. Digi.me Founder and Executive Chairman Julian Ranger said: “Self-Managed Super Funds are important to many Australians’ future financial security. “When Mafematica identified digi.me as the solution to source data for their fund management platform, and to provide data back to the individual using digi.me’s unique platform where the individual owns and controls their own data, we recognised this as a great example of how innovation can be undertaken using personal data in a private and secure manner. “We are pleased to be chosen by Mafematica and see this as a great example for the FinTech community as a whole.” Derek Condell, Mafematica CEO, said: “We loved the idea of a partnership with digi.me, and how SMSF Trustees can confidently use the Mafematica system without their data being held directly by Mafematica.” Through Mafematica, SMSF Trustees can fine tune a retirement estimate based on their own data, such as age, actual investments and size of fund. They can view various graphics and a wide range of other, professionally constructed investment portfolios to analyse their retirement cashflow forecasts and then purchase securities or managed funds via a choice of stockbrokers and other service providers. ID Exchange, digi.me’s Australian partner, facilitated the implementation of Mafematica, a firm that shares founder Joanne Cooper's strong belief that consumers are well overdue for the benefits of disruption in the SMSF area. She said: "You’re on to a winner when you can bring personal information within the secure and compliant, but simplified, constructs of digi.me; constructs that give transparency and agility around the traditionally legally complex processes of SMSF investment decisions. “Finally, we have a platform like digi.me that can be used by deep category firms such as Mafematica to assemble an app that helps power wealth and income creation in a consumer centric way. Ends Editor’s notes: For UK interview requests, please contact digi.me Communications Editor Emma Firth on emma@digi.me or +44 7812 608577. In Australia, please contact Mafematica, Derek Condell, Director on +61(0) 419 498 345; or Dr Frank Ashe on (+61) 481 130 929. ID Exchange, Joanne Cooper, CEO on +61 (0) 400 770 147 Find more information about digi.me, including the app, at https://www.digi.me/, Mafematica is at www.mafematica.com.au ID Exchange is at https://www.idexchange.me About Digi.me Digi.me is a personal data exchange platform that allows consumers to gather together information currently scattered around the web and share it on their terms under the company’s bespoke Consent Access process. Digi.me is working with world-leading businesses in the health, finance, FMCG and telco sectors on projects unlocking the benefits of private consented data sharing for both consumers and organisations. About Mafematica Mafematica is a new era investment platform that will provide investors, particularly Self-Managed Superannuation Fund trustees, with direct access to professionally built investment portfolios and associated retirement cash-flow forecasts using modern techniques not seen in financial services previously. Mafematica is strongly supported by leading SMSF industry businesses in technology, brokerage, distribution and administration. About ID Exchange ID Exchange is digi.me’s Australia and New Zealand partner who are in development of social privacy innovation via unified Opt In® and Opt Out® consent App’s designed as an intermediated compliance service for consumers and business. The ID Exchange solution will assist consumers to construct a centralised view of their data access permissions or de-identification notices through consent receipts, whilst educating users on data protection and privacy rights in accordance with legislation. Increasing Australia’s grain fibre intake could save the economy $3.3 billion a year 2017-12-01T01:38:57Z increasing-australias-grain-fibre-intake-could-save-the-economy-3-3-billion-a-year New research, conducted by Nutrition Research Australia and Deloitte Access Economics, has been released today announcing some staggering statistics around the economic and health implications associated with our national fibre inadequacy. The research reveals that if every Australian adult were to add two to three serves of high fibre grain food to their daily diet it could save our national economy $3.3 billion per year and help prevent 139,000 cases of cardiovascular disease and 272,000 cases of type 2 diabetes annually. These are two of Australia’s biggest killers and the prevalence of both of these diseases is unfortunately on the rise. Please find the media release below and attached and the following documents can be found in the Dropbox link here: -Research whitepaper -Infographic -Additional Statistics -Animated Content -Spokesperson Interviews -Social Media Assets Alternatively, all resources can be found at the following website: www.grainfibre4health.com.au If you would like more information, or to speak with one of our spokespeople, please get in touch with me directly. We also have the below supporting quote provided by Sturt Eastwood, CEO of Diabetes NSW/ACT: “Type 2 Diabetes is one of the most serious health challenges facing Australia today. There are currently more than 1 million people registered as living with type 2 diabetes and a potential half a million who are undiagnosed. There are a number of lifestyle factors that can be modified to slow the development and help manage type 2 diabetes, and this report identifies diet as among the most important. Helping people improve their diet can go a long way towards reducing the numbers affected by type 2 diabetes, which is a life changing condition. I encourage all Australians to look at the fibre in their diet and try to achieve a better balance in the mix of wholegrains, fruit and vegetables they’re eating. A diagnosis of type 2 diabetes is news no one wants to receive, and a few small changes to daily eating habits could go a long way to helping Australians have a much healthier outlook.” John Morris Group Partners with MTS Systems in the ANZ Region 2017-11-13T03:58:01Z john-morris-group-partners-with-mts-systems-in-the-anz-region John Morris Group Partners with MTS Systems in the ANZ Region Sydney, Australia – The Test and Measurement Division of the John Morris Group recently announced that it has signed an agreement with MTS Systems as the new sole distributor for MTS System's Structural Test Systems (STR), Materials Testing (MAT) and Ground Vehicles Testing (GRV) Divisions across Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific Islands.  John Morris Group is a privately owned, third generation family business spanning over sixty years. John Morris Group’s Test and Measurement Division has a growing team offering support and expertise in the test and measurement equipment supply markets. With a strong presence in the ANZ region, John Morris Group will strengthen the promotion of MTS System's solutions and system portfolio to Defence, Aerospace, Research and Development, Automotive, Biomedical, University and Component Testing markets. Alberto Blanco (Regional Sales Manager for MTS Systems), said "This appointment of John Morris Group provides a strong local support for the region's rapid growth in Composite Materials, Biomedical and Aerospace industries.”  “This exciting new partnership is a win for local industry and research. This partnership cements our growing relevance to test and measurement engineers across a range of industries important to the future of Australia & New Zealand. We are proud to enter a partnership with the passionate and talented team from MTS and look forward to helping our customers answer their most challenging questions together.” said Andre Wyzenbeek, John Morris Group’s Managing Director. About John Morris Group As providers of complete solutions for noise, pressure and vibration measurement and data acquisition systems, John Morris Group partners with the region’s leading engineers and scientists to deliver solutions for the measurement of acceleration, force, load, pressure, shock, strain, torque, noise and vibration from leading suppliers such as PCB Piezotronics, IMI Sensors, The Modal Shop, Larson Davis, Dewetron, Scanivalve, Sentek Dynamics, Crystal Instruments, Viatran and now MTS Systems. John Morris Group has a proud family heritage spanning sixty years. We specialise in the supply, installation and servicing of technical instrumentation and consumables covering diverse industry sectors throughout Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific region. Contact our John Morris Group team: AUS: 1300 501 555 and NZ: 0800 651 700 email: mts@johnmorrisgroup.com Web:  www.johnmorrisgroup.com/AU/Industrial