ReportGeneral Information Sheet
Business SA is pleased to bring you its annual General Information Sheet for 2012 and the 2012 Calendar. The General Information Sheet can help you plan for the next year with a list of all the important dates for all States and Territories, including:

  • Public holidays and school term dates
  • Construction industry closedown dates
  • Construction industry public holidays and rostered days off
  • Daylight savings changeover dates.


The Calendar collates all of these important dates for South Australia only and displays them on one convenient page. Business SA reminds members that the Taxation Information Sheet 2011-2012 and the Key Lodgement Taxation Dates for 2011-2012 are also available. They contain a range of dates, amounts and other useful data such as:

  • Activity Statement, Fringe Benefits Tax, Pay as You Go Withholding dates
  • Flood Levy rates
  • Payroll Tax thresholds and rates
  • Superannuation Guarantee Levy and Contribution Concessional Limits.

Available only to Business SA members, you will need to login to the website to view the information sheets.

For assistance, contact the Business Advisory Centre on 08 8300 0101.

Australian Fire and First Aid – The future of fire training is here
With all industries doing their utmost to ‘go green’ it is little wonder that Business SA member Australian Fire and First Aid’s environmentally friendly fire training is booking out weeks in advance.

With the use of state of the art equipment, students can battle up to 3000 digitally simulated fires each with 3 degrees of difficulty, without the use of harmful chemicals or C02. The equipment which has been heralded a major industry advancement worldwide has been available in Adelaide for 18 months, exclusively through Australian Fire & First Aid.

Students and employers alike are impressed with the systems realistic nature and adaptability. Laser and water extinguishers allow training to be conducted indoors or out without a live flame meaning there is zero risk of burn injuries. This is the only fire training available which won’t negatively impact your buildings green star energy rating.

Australian Fire and First Aid have applied an environmental focus to every aspect of their business from installing solar panels to only printing on recycled paper and are hoping to achieve their Business SA - Green Business Accreditation in early 2012.

Business SA’s Mission to India: INDIASOFT 2012Map
Seeking expressions of interest by Friday 11 November 2011

Business SA will be organising a delegation to India for the annual global IT event, INDIASOFT 2012 to be held on 21-23 March 2011. In its twelfth year, INDIASOFT has fast become a benchmark for showcasing and seeking India’s tremendous potentials in IT services and solutions. The show will host around 400 IT buyers from over 75 countries converging for business networking. More info.

EDB urges all South Australians to seize the opportunity of the Olympic Dam expansionHat
“With the signing of the Olympic Dam Indenture Agreement, South Australia stands at the brink of a “once in a lifetime” opportunity,” said Chair of the Economic Development Board, Raymond J Spencer.

“South Australia has taken the latest step towards an opportunity for economic and social development, the size of which the State has not seen since our founding. It is of world scale, based upon a resource of uniquely large size and a mix of commodities; copper, gold and uranium. Although its status as the world’s largest uranium resource gets most attention, it is the industrial and electronics metal, copper that provides most of the value in this ore body as it has done in our early history.” Read the media release.

Upcoming CEDA eventsDiary
15 November – Hon Jay Weatherill MP, Incoming Premier of South Australia

12.00-2.00pm – Intercontinental Adelaide

CEDA welcomes members and guests to the second in our "Inventing the Future Series: SA to 2050" with incoming Premier the Hon Jay Weatherill MP, providing insight into the opportunities and challenges we face in ensuring a properous future of our great State. This not to be missed event will be one of the first public presentations by the Hon Jay Weatherill MP after becoming our next Premier. Book online.

17 November – SA 2011 Infrastructure Review
9.00am-2.00pm – Intercontinental Adelaide

CEDA welcomes members and guests to our annual infrastructure review, providing an update on the current infrastructure challenges and opportunities facing South Australia. The event will feature leaders from across the transport, energy, mining, defence and communities sectors, providing insight and understanding on the critical infrastructure challenges facing the State. Book online.

29 November – Our Nuclear Future? The Pros and Cons of Nuclear Energy
12.00 - 2.30pm – Intercontinental Adelaide

CEDA welcomes members and guests to this critical and urgent discussion around the opportunities and challenges of nuclear energy, from an economic, social and environmental perspective. Join key industry leaders debating the pro's and con's of a nuclear powered future. Book online.

5 December – Women in Leadership Series – the Long Lunch
12.00-2.30pm – Intercontinental Adelaide

Celebrate the start of the festive season with old friends Catherine Fox and Jane Caro along with International leadership speaker Ruth Zaplin. What better way to tackle the critical issues of diversity, glass-ceilings, quotas and gender pay gaps than over 3 wonderful courses matched perfectly with three oustanding wines. Book online.

Department of Immigration and Citizenship: Decision-ready initiative for the 457 programStamp
As part of Budget 2011–12, the Government has established a new 457 processing centre in Brisbane.  The increase in staffing for the 457 program aims to halve processing times for ‘decision-ready’ 457 applications from the June 2011 median of 22 calendar days.

The department is committed to providing the best possible processing times for all our clients. This additional funding will ensure that processing times remain low as the program grows with improving business conditions.  Decision-ready applications significantly help us to process applications quickly and efficiently. Read more.

DIAC Skills Australia Needs information sessionsBottle
London UK
Health and engineering professionals
Automotive, construction, electrical and mechanical tradespersons
25 - 26 February 2012

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship will host Skills Australia Needsinformation sessions in London, United Kingdom on the weekend of 25-26 February 2012.

The sessions will provide an opportuntiy for employers and State and Territory governments with skills shortages to meet with pre-screened skilled workers to discuss potential employment or sponsorship opportunities.

Australian employers and State and Territory governments are invited to register their interest to attend.

These sessions will primarily target skilled workers within health, engineering and select trades occupations (there may be scope to target other occupations if there is particular demand).  Skilled workers will be screened to ensure they are highly skilled in the targeted occupations to meet employment and sponsorship opportunities on offer and will have the opportunity to hear directly from the department about skilled visa options. Participating organisations will then have an opportunity to meet and speak with the pre-screened skilled workers to discuss potential employment or sponsorship opportunities.

The information sessions do not attract a participation fee. Due to capacity limitations, organisations who lodge an expression of interest will be selected on a first in, first served basis. Participating organisations will need to cover the cost of airfares, accommodation and any other expenses.

Please email skill.events@immi.gov.au to lodge an expression of interest to attend the information sessions in London.

The department will also be participating in the following commercial expos:

  • Working Abroad expo Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 17 - 18 February 2012
  • Working Abroad expo Dublin, Ireland 3 - 4 March 2012

(See attached file: Skills Australia Needs flyer.pdf)

If you would like to discuss the event further or have any queries please contact Rebecca English in the Promotions Unit on 02 6264 4229.

Please note, DIAC will also be attending State-government led migration seminars on Wednesday 29th February 2012 in Manchester.  Read more.

Australian State Migration SeminarsWorld
Manchester UK
Wednesday 29 February 2012, 3.00 - 9.00pm

The department's Skills Australia Needs information sessions will coincide with the Australian State Migration Seminars,hosted by the State governments of Western Australia, Victoria and South Australia in Manchester on the afternoon and evening of Wednesday 29 February.

Attendance is open to all Australian employers, states and territories.

The North-West of England is the UK’s third most populous region, accounting for 11 per cent of the UK’s eligible working population. Industry strengths in the region include engineering and ICT, with health and trades occupations in high supply also.

The event will consist of two seminars where participants/employers will be given the opportunity to provide a short presentation and meet with attendees individually.

Candidates who register to attend will be carefully screened and selected based on employer and State and Territory skill requirements.

Participation at the event is free of charge for employers. All other associated costs are the responsibility of the participants.

To find out more or register your interest to attend the Australia State Migration Seminars, contact the Victorian Government Manager of Skilled and Business Migration in the UK and Europe, Nathan Cox, nathan.cox@dbi.vic.gov.au

If you have any questions regarding the above events or any other migration related matter, you may also contact Mr Jan Schmortte, Industry and Regional Outreach Officer in South Australia for the Department of Immigration and Citizenship on 0434 076 437 or by email jan.schmortte@immi.gov.au

Business SA Member offer for Women’s and Children’s Hospital Foundation Gala BallWomen's and Children's
Kate Ceberano shines for the Women’s and Children’s Hospital Foundation ‘Night of Lights’ Gala Ball.

Saturday 10 December - Adelaide Convention Centre

Now in its fourth year, the Women’s and 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 www.wchfoundation.org.au and take advantage of this special Business SA Members offer.

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