Skills Australia NeedsBottle
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship is hosting Skills Australia Needs information sessions on 6 October in Berlin, Germany and 8-9 October in Athens, Greece. These information sessions will coincide with the commercial expo season in Europe, and will follow events in Ireland at which the Department will also be present.

The events will target young highly skilled professionals in healthcare and engineering as well as construction tradespersons who may be looking for an opportunity to find work in a labour market where their skills are in need.

The Department invites your participation. Please express your interest by contacting the Skilled Migration Promotion Policy unit on 02 6264 4229 or by email by COB Wednesday 17 August 2011.

If you require further information about the Skilled Migration Program, and in particular about options for businesses to sponsor staff for temporary or permanent work visas, please contact Jan Schmortte, Industry and Regional Outreach Officer for the Department of Immigration and Citizenship in South Australia.

Landfill bansRubbish
From 1 September 2011, whitegoods and vehicles must no longer be disposed of to landfill in South Australia (under the Environment Protection (Waste to Resources) Policy 2010). Fines of up to $30 000 can be applied for breaches of this requirement.

Currently over one million tonnes of waste are deposited in South Australian landfills each year. Landfill bans will assist in diverting waste and further improve South Australia’s waste management practices. Read more here.

The Waste to Resources legislation and information on all landfill bans are available from the Environment Protection Authority’s website

Online Public Access to EPA licencesGreen laptop
Environmental authorisations (licences, exemptions and works approvals) will be made available on the SA Environment Protection Authority website from late August 2011 as part of the EPA’s commitment to progressively upload environmental information held on its public register.

Although EPA licences already form part of the EPA’s public register and are available for inspection or copying, on payment of a prescribed fee, this initiative will make licence information more easily accessible. The public will be able to search for information using a licence number, licensee name or suburb/town. This information will be updated on a quarterly basis.

This will improve accessibility to existing information that is of public interest and enable South Australians to better understand the licensing conditions that are in place to protect the community and its environment.

Further information will be provided to licensees through direct mail. For further information regarding the licence upload, please contact Fiona Harvey on 8204 2055, or Kimberly Maiolo on 8207 2579,

South Australian Science Excellence AwardsAward
The South Australian Science Excellence Awards are calling for nominations from the business community for recent PhD graduates and early career science, technology, engineering and mathematics professionals, with no more than five years workforce experience.

In 2011, the South Australian Science Excellence Awards will be recognising outstanding achievement in a range of categories, with the following available to those working in industry:

- PhD Research Excellence
- Health and Medical Sciences
- Life or Environmental Sciences
- Physical Sciences/Mathematics/Engineering
- Early Career STEM Professional
- Natural and Physical Sciences/Engineering/Mathematics
- Health and Life Sciences

Each of these Awards receives $5,000 in prize money.

For information on the remaining awards, including the SA Scientist of the Year Award (that receives prize money of $20,000), please visit

Family Business Hall of Fame inductees
Business SA congratulates the following members recently inducted into the Family Business Hall of Fame -

- Phil Hoffman, first generation
- Barlows Shoes, 6th generation
- Henschke Wines, 5th generation

WorldRelease of the Howells Review into Employer Sanctions
The Federal Government has announced a period of consultation to consider how best to overhaul the penalty provisions for hiring of illegal workers after an independent review found the Migration Amendment (Employer Sanctions) Act 2007 to be ineffective as a deterrent against the small number of employers and labour suppliers engaging illegal workers. Find out more information here.

When Green Technology Works

Applying the right technology for your manufacturing business - Adelaide, Thursday 18 August.Industry

The half-day seminar will demonstrate the opportunities that exist through the adoption of green technology solutions into processes, production and service delivery.

This is a targeted seminar to assist manufacturing businesses to understand which green technologies will best suit their operations. Find out more information here.

Peter Fisher Photography

After 30 years of high end corporate and advertising professional photography Peter Fisher Photography is expanding services to offering companies or businesses Reward Certificates to thank or reward valued staff or clients.

Peter Fisher Photography has found a need in the market place to be able to reach out and thank loyal staff or clients in a direct and positive way.

Peter Fisher Photography is offering Reward Certificates to the value of $350 credit for photography to businesses that are family friendly or caring of their staff or clients.

There is no cost to the host business as Peter Fisher Photography supplies the printing, design and postage but the Certificates are branded by the business and come from the host business.

These Reward Certificates have already been utilised by various businesses from various industry sectors.

For more information visit or call 0418 814 810.

glassesVisit Rundle Mall to learn about employing an Apprentice

If you are thinking about employing an apprentice or trainee then visit the Rundle Street end of Rundle Mall on Friday 30th September from 9am. 

Group Training Organisations will set up displays to demonstrate the variety of traineeships and apprenticeships that can be undertaken; from plumbing to business administration. Current apprentices and Field Consultants will be there to answer questions and give further information.

Group Training Organisations (GTOs) engage apprentices and trainees through a Contract of Training System administered by the Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology (DFEEST) and place those people with host employers to undertake their on-the-job apprenticeship or traineeship training. GTO’s currently employ approximately 4,000 apprentices and trainees and have a community based approach and operate not-for-profit organisations.

Mal Aubrey from Group Training South Australia, representing member GTO’s says “this event will show the wide variety of traineeships and apprenticeships that can be undertaken throughout South Australia. There is an apprenticeship or traineeship to suit every business need”

Visit Rundle Mall to learn more about employing trainees and apprentices.

For further information phone GTASA on 8346 2227 or visit

Adelaide's Toughest Job

Have you got Adelaide's toughest job? Do you know someone who just rolls up their sleeves and gets on with it, is unflappable in the face of challenge, deals with difficult people or works in a dangerous setting?

891 Breakfast is looking for Adelaide's toughest job.

Each finalist gets a monogrammed insulated flask, to keep their coffee or tea nice and hot in the sweatshop. Read more about the competition here.

Book one of a Business SA WHS sessions today

To ensure you are educated and informed of the changes under WHS and what you need to do to be compliant as at 1 January 2012, Business SA is running a series of key seminars. Compliance is complex, penalties are high and timelines are tight. To assist, our information sessions and education seminars will run throughout metropolitan and regional South Australia. Find out more here.

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