Business SA Return to Work projectHandshake

“I won – you can win too”  says  Joe Peplinski, Managing Director of North South Central Freight Lines and finalist in Employer Excellence, small to medium employers, in the 2011 WorkCover Awards.

Joe has participated in a Return to Work project conducted by Business SA which seeks to place injured workers with host employers.

Over the last ten years Joe has assisted many workers deemed “unemployable” to return to work. This has included seven workers, who have since become loyal and dependable employees who have put in that “extra” for a company with a culture that welcomed, nurtured and returned them to the workforce.

What does Joe get out of this? Dedicated and loyal staff, an  exemplary safety record and no lost productivity due to injuries. Joe believes workers who have been out of the workforce for some time and want to return to work are eager to learn, and grow when given the opportunity as well as bringing new skills into the workplace.

How businesses can win:

- Become an employer who cares

- Host a work placement for a short period or long term

- There is no cost to your business, it is FREE

- If you offer paid employment ,you may be eligible for a subsidy from WorkCover of up to 40% of the worker’s wages for 12 months.

For information on the benefits of participating in the Business SA Return to Work project call Andrea on 08 8300 0069.


Nominations are now open for the Governor's Multicultural Awards 2011Award

These awards celebrate outstanding South Australian organisations and individuals who promote multiculturalism and increase understanding of the benefits of cultural diversity and community.

There are eight award categories, including the Private Sector Award for a business, team or employee within a business that has provided outstanding services which recognise cultural diversity in the workplace and/or to the community. Nominations close 31 October 2011. For further information and to submit a nomination go to


Business SA Member offer for Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation Gala BallWomens and Childrens

Kate Ceberano shines for the Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation ‘Night of Lights’ Gala Ball

Saturday 10 December Adelaide Convention Centre

Now in its fourth year, the Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation “Night of Lights” Gala Ball has cemented its reputation as the premier black-tie benefit on the State’s social calendar.

This very special night would not be possible without stars so the WCH Foundation is delighted to announce Kate Ceberano will be headlining the ‘Night of Lights’ 

This is your night to shine - book your table of ten for $1,800. The perfect company Christmas dinner!

As a Business SA Member – you will also receive a special Business SA Members ‘Night of Lights’ Package

  • Your company logo in the Gala Ball ‘Night of Lights’ program
  • Your company will be acknowledged in the Gala Ball ‘Night of Lights’ Post Event Newsletter
  • Your company will be acknowledged throughout the night as a valuable Business SA Member
  • Opportunity to provide prizes, gifts or advertising in the Gift Bags for each guest

The WCH Foundation’s aim is to raise $150,000 on the night which will help fund research and new facilities ‘The Breathing Space’

The Breathing Space will be a very special place for children - a dedicated outpatient facility situated on the top floor of the Gilbert Building at the WCH, for patients suffering respiratory illnesses including Cystic Fibrosis.  It will not only provide world-class treatment areas and a research laboratory, it will also bring clinicians and researchers closer to patients in their quest to find an answer to these debilitating diseases.

Help us make the difference and light up the lives of seriously ill children this Christmas.

Please call Christina Angus at the Foundation on 08 8464 7977 or visit the WCH Foundation website and take advantage of this special Business SA Members offer.


KPMG Australia announces new South Australian leaderKPMG

KPMG has announced Con Tragakis as the firm’s new South Australian Chairman effective from 1 October 2011.

Con is succeeding Peter Siebels in the State Chair role as Peter takes on responsibilities as the National Managing Partner of Private Enterprise for KPMG Australia, while continuing to be based in Adelaide.

“A key strength of KPMG is the depth of talent of our people. South Australia is a strong and growing private enterprise market and Con brings exceptional breadth of leadership and client experience to this important role and our presence in South Australia,” Mr Siebels said.


Government Response to the Knight Review of the Student Visa ProgramWorld maps

The international education sector is one of Australia's largest export industries and is important to Australia in supporting bilateral ties with key partner countries, supporting employment in a broad range of occupations throughout the Australian economy, as well as delivering high-value skills to the economy.

In December 2010, the government appointed the Hon Michael Knight AO to conduct the first strategic review of the student visa program to help enhance the quality, integrity and competitiveness of the student visa program.

On 22 September 2011, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, and Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations, Senator Chris Evans, released Mr Knight's report, Strategic Review of the Student Visa Program 2011. The government supports in principle all of Mr Knight's recommendations, however some recommendations will be modified in places to enhance the performance of the Australian education sector and to better safeguard the integrity of the visa system.

The Government plans to introduce a suite of measures, which include:

  • reducing the financial requirements for Assessment Level (AL) 3 and AL 4 student visa applicants;
  • streamlined visa processing for international students enrolled in Bachelor or certain higher degree courses at participating universities;
  • access to a post study work visa dependent upon the duration and level of an applicant’s study;
  • a “genuine temporary entrant” requirement for all student visa applicants, which will explicitly address whether the applicant’s individual circumstances indicate that their principal aim is for a temporary stay in Australia to study and then return home

Mr Knight’s full report, a fact sheet summarising the Governments response to the report and other relevant information can be found on the department's website.

If you require further information about this or any other migration related matter, you may contact Mr Jan Schmortte, South Australian Industry & Regional Outreach Officer for the Department of Immigration and Citizenship by phone 0434 076 437 or email


Coopers to become Australia’s largest brewer

Coopers Brewery says SABMiller’s expected takeover of Foster’s means Coopers will enter its 150th year in 2012 as the largest remaining Australian-owned brewer.

Coopers’ Managing Director, Dr Tim Cooper, said that while there is still some water to flow under the bridge before the SABMiller takeover is completed, the offer has been recommended by the Foster’s board.


Award winnersAward

Congratulations to the following Business SA members who were awards winners at the recent SISA Awards function.

Outstanding Employee Contribution to Work Health & Safety or RTW - sponsored by ECH Inc
Certificate of Commendation: Melissa Smith of Carter Holt Harvey
Winner: Bryan Collins of Transfield Services

Outstanding Personal Achievement in Return to Work - sponsored by WorkCoverSA
Certificates of Commendation: Tung Tran and Nathan Mulholland of SA Police;
Winner: Adrian McDonald of Carter Holt Harvey

Outstanding Practitioner - sponsored by WorkCoverSA

Winner: Andy Briggs of AGL Torrens Island

Excellence in Rehabilitation & Return to Work Services - sponsored by WorkCoverSA

Joint winner: Forestry SA

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