Business survey now open
Business SA is urging all business owners to participate in its Commonwealth Bank Business SA Survey of Business Expectations for the June quarter.
The survey is online until Friday 18 June and provides an opportunity for South Australian businesses to have their voices heard.
The survey addresses the key issues of doing business in South Australia, including interest rates, capital expenditure, exports and sourcing labour.
A leaderboard measures participants’ forecasting abilities by determining the correct responses to the questions.
Women in the Media luncheon
WOW Women of the World - Women in the Media luncheon - celebrating the achievements of three leading ladies taking the state by storm.
Join us for our second Business SA 2010 WOW luncheon celebrating Women in the Media on Tuesday 13 July at the Stamford Grand from 11.45am to 2.00pm.
Focusing on three prominent South Australian business women who have forged successful and diverse careers within the Arts industry.
You will hear their inspirational journeys to success from Jane Doyle, Jodie Blewett and Rachel Hancock and learn how you too can achieve your personal and professional goals!
For more information call 8300 0103.
OH&S Legislative Changes Service
Keep up-to-date with the latest information to the ever-changing occupational health and safety legislation at both national and State levels. This OH&S Legislative Changes Service provides monthly updates of draft and amended legislation and covers critical health and safety issues that could affect your business.
This service also notifies you of opportunities to have your say and help influence draft relevant codes of practice, Acts and Regulations and national standards. Order your copy here.
South Australian Tourism Awards
Achieving an accolade in the State’s premier Tourism Awards, will give your business a valuable marketing advantage.
The South Australian Tourism Awards form part of the Australian Tourism Awards. The Awards process aims to recognise and promote excellence in tourism.
The Tourism Awards are an annual online submission and site visit based competition.
For more information click here.
Adelaide Hills Wine Expo
Twelve boutique Adelaide Hills wineries will be showcasing over 60 wines at Glen Ewin Estate on Sunday 20th June 2010. These boutique wineries (who don’t have their own cellar door) have been carefully selected for their complexity in spirit and taste.
Some of the region's most skilled winemakers will be showcasing twenty different varieties from familiar shiraz and sauvignon blanc to rarer vermentino and tannat, allowing visitors a new and different wine tasting experience.
The expo will be held on Sunday 20 June 2010 from 11am - 4pm at Glen Ewin Estate - Lower Hermitage Road, Houghton. Entry fee is $5.00 per person and includes a free glass of champagne on arrival.
For more information visit www.glenewinestate.com.au/cellardoor or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wendy’s Franchise Sweet with CDAA
The highly successful Australian and New Zealand ice cream sundae franchise, Wendy’s Sundaes announced its appointment of South Australian Web Company and Business SA member, CDAA Pty Ltd to assist in the maintenance, and upgrade of their core business applications into web based applications.
Solutions Manager for CDAA, Mark Stanton said: “We are excited to welcome Wendy’s on board and look forward to working with them to further streamline and optimise their business application systems and online marketing ventures. Being a franchise based business network with over 300 stores across Australia and New Zealand, their business model is perfectly positioned to take full advantage of the centralisation, management and scalability benefits that web based technology can provide.”
Adelaide Convention Centre Wins Gold for Environmental Excellence
The Adelaide Convention Centre was recently crowned the 2010 Green Supplier ‘Gold’ Award at the IMEX trade show – a worldwide exhibition for the incentive travel, meetings and events industry - in Frankfurt, Germany.
Developed by IMEX and the Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC), the achievement recognises the environmental excellence and innovation within the meetings industry. The top honour received by the Adelaide Convention Centre is further testament to the innovative efforts to reduce the environmental impact of the Centre’s operations through planning, implementation and evaluation.
Adelaide Convention Centre Chief Executive Officer, Alec Gilbert, is thrilled to garner the ‘gold’ after the Centre’s 2009 Green Supplier ‘Silver’ Award. The Centre’s Gold Service, Green Attitude has been recognised yet again for providing clients with premium quality while also maintaining a superb commitment to sustainability.
Telstra business women’s awards
Australia’s leading national awards program celebrating the achievements of women in business, the Telstra Business Women’s Awards, is now open for entries and nominations.
The Awards provide an outstanding opportunity for inspiring women in each state and territory to gain deserved recognition and promotion of their business achievements and leadership capabilities.
More information is available at www.telstrabusinesswomensawards.com
Cyber security awareness week
This week is National Cyber Security Awareness Week, which is an Australian Government initiative designed to prompt Australian internet users to improve their online security so that they can continue to interact with confidence online.
Australians are increasingly accessing the internet in a variety of ways to undertake a more complex range of transactions.
As the number of people using mobile phones, Wi-Fi, computer game consoles and other devices to access the internet increases, the need for better cyber security across these devices becomes increasingly important.
Visit www.staysmartonline.gov.au for further advice and information.
Visa Capping Bill
On 26 May 2010 the Migration Amendment (Visa Capping) Bill 2010 was introduced into Parliament. The legislation seeks to fine tune existing laws to provide the Government with a tool for the targeted management of all aspects of the migration program.
The Migration Act 1958 currently provides the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship with the power to cap and terminate all applications for a certain class or subclass of visa.
The new Bill proposes to allow the Minister to cap and terminate applications based on certain objective characteristics, rather than having to cap an entire subclass or class of visas (e.g. he could limit the number of General Skilled Migration visas that may be granted in a financial year to applicants who have nominated particular occupations, to ensure the General Skilled Migration program is able to deliver the broad range of skills the Australian economy will need in the medium to long-term).
The Bill is not currently operative and no actual cap is being considered at present. This Bill seeks only to give the Minister the power to implement a cap in future if necessary.
Beat the workplace winter blues
We all know that winter can be a tough time in the workplace, with increased amounts of sick leave, employees suffering colds and flu, and a lag in motivation as staff struggle with the wintery weather.
To help keep morale up in your workplace over winter, perhaps a great Australian holiday is in order?
Not only will a holiday offer employees a chance to recharge their batteries, it will also offer the opportunity for businesses to reduce their leave liability, and improve staff morale through health and safety.
To assist businesses to reduce their leave liability and encourage their employees to take regular breaks, Tourism Australia has developed the No Leave, No Life program.
No Leave, No Life is a program which gives employers and employees the tools to encourage planning and taking leave, and strategies to overcome barriers to taking leave.
By registering for free at www.noleavenolife.com, employers will gain access to the Employer Toolkit – a simple and practical three step training module and marketing tools to help them encourage employees to take their annual leave.
Employer sponsorship for medical practitioners
Following the creation of flexible working arrangements for International Medical Graduates (IMGs) under the subclass 457 visa, the subclass 422 visa will no longer be available for new primary visa applicants from 1 July 2010. This removal of the Subclass 422 visa is in line with the Australian Government’s deregulation agenda.
As a result of the closure of the Subclass 422 – Medical Practitioner (Temporary) visa, IMGs applying under the subclass 457 visa program will be required to seek employer sponsorship from an approved standard business sponsor under the subclass 457 visa program.
CEDA Mid-year Economic & Market Review
CEDA, in partnership with the Department of Trade and Economic Development (DTED), welcomes members and guests to the 2010 Mid-year Economic and Market Review. The event will be held as a half day seminar from 9am to 2pm at the Intercontinental Adelaide.
Speakers include Business SA Chief Executive Officer, Peter Vaughan, Rob Chapman (BankSA), Peter Siebels (kpmg), Jason Kuchel (SACOME) and Mark Geraghty (Elders), with other speakers speakers to be confirmed shortly.