AwardsSouth Australia scoops pool with five National Training Awards

The State’s Training and Skills Commission congratulates the five individuals and organisations recognised for their excellence in training at the Australian Training Awards, held in Brisbane on Friday, 25 November 2011.

Training and Skills Commission Chair Adrian Smith said the award recipients’ achievements are a testament to the strength and quality of South Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) system.

“The Australian Training Awards are an opportunity to celebrate success in the VET sector and I am very proud to see the accomplishments of South Australian students, trainers, businesses, teachers and apprentices being recognised at a national level,” Mr Smith said.

The South Australian award recipients were:

  • Murray Bridge Veterinary Clinic was named Small Business of the Year with TAFE SA Adelaide North Institute as their training partner
  • South Australia’s TAFE SA Regional was named Large Training Provider of the Year
  • Vanessa Corbell, who trained at the TAFE SA Adelaide North Institute, was named the Vocational Student of the Year
  • Dr Lewis Vaughan at TAFE SA Adelaide North Institute was named runner up for best VET Teacher in Australia
  • Alexander Nikielski was named runner up for Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year.

Vanessa was featured in the October issue of xpress after winning the Business SA Vocational Student of the Year at the South Australian Training Awards.

Marine ParksWater

Premier Jay Weatherill and Minister Paul Caica recently announced the postponement of the draft marine park management plan.

Business SA welcomes the Government’s decision to engage in further discussion with key sectors and work towards finding suitable solutions to a very complex issue.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has previously met with Business SA’s Environment Committee where a number of key concerns were raised.

Business SA has and will continue to work with the Government on this issue.

457 update: New Processing Location for South Australian Caseload Stamp

Applications relating to the 457 visa program linked to sponsors based in South Australia will be processed by the Sydney 457 Centre of Excellence from 5 December 2011.

Applications lodged up to 4 December 2011 will continue to be processed by the Melbourne 457 Centre of Excellence.

As a sponsoring business, you may contact Audrey Ng, Team Leader, on 02 8862 6456 or regarding enquiries in relation to applications lodged on or after 5 December 2011.

If you require further information about the 457 program in general, you may also contact the Industry and Regional Outreach Officer of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship in South Australia, Mr Jan Schmortte on 0434 076 437 or

General information sheetDesk image

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

Transitional provisions for the Social Community Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 – Are you ready?Files

Transitional provisions in the Social Community Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 are due to commence from 1 February 2012.

While employers in other industries have grappled with transitional provisions over the last 18 months, those in the Social and Community Services sector have been somewhat shielded from the full extent of Modern Award complexity due to the delayed introduction of transitional provisions in this Award.

The transitional provisions allow for changes in rates of pay, penalties and loadings to be phased in over a period of time, and Business SA has  a wealth of experience in assisting employers with the complex calculations involved. We can help you to get ready for 1 February 2012 by providing:

  • a detailed understanding of the process and implications of transitional provisions;
  • the calculated rates of pay, penalties and loadings applicable from 1 February 2012;
  • additional options which will accommodate the next phase of transitional provisions effective from 1 July 2012;
  • an understanding of the impact on your staff as well as ways to manage that impact;
  • assistance in communicating the changes to your staff; and
  • ongoing support as required through the implementation of transitional provisions.

We can also work with you to develop rosters and workplace practices which are compliant with the Modern Award, taking into account the needs of your service and the provisions of the Modern Award.

In short, our consultants can provide as little or as much assistance to you as you prepare for 1 February 2012. For more information on how the Business SA Consulting team can assist, please call 8300 0103. 

EPA application feesMoney

The EPA is in the process of reviewing authorisation application fees, to ensure they are equitable, and based on the principles of user pays and cost recovery to align with the way in which annual licence fees are set. The new fees are set to be implemented from July 2012, and EPA will continue to consult with authorisation holders, through Business SA as the review process progresses.

The Adelaide Fringe Corporate Hospitality

Everyone wants to get involved in the Fringe action, and your staff, clients and VIPs are no different! Adelaide Fringe offers unique corporate entertainment opportunities for your company to host clients or engage staff at the exclusive Fringe Club.

Enjoy a delectable selection of food and beverages before heading off to see a Fringe show of your choice. Your exclusive package also includes access to the Fringe Club after your-show - a money can’t buy opportunity to dazzle your top clients and loyal staff.

More information about corporate hospitality packages are available here. View the list of Top 50 Shows for corporate entertaining.

CDAA joins Victorian Government eServices Panel 

South Australian Certified Digital Agency, CDAA Pty Ltd ( has been selected as a service provider of choice for the Victorian Government eServices Panel.  CDAA is already an authorised member and service provider on the South Australian Government eProjects Panel.

The Victorian eServices Panel is comprised of highly qualified and competitive ICT specialists providing a wide range of information and communications technology (ICT) services on a Whole of Victorian Government (WoVG) basis.

DIAC Skills Australia Needs information sessionsWorld

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 Needs information sessions in London, United Kingdom on the weekend of 25-26 February 2012.

The sessions will provide an opportunity 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 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 29 February 2012 in Manchester.  See below for more information.

WorldAustralian State Migration Seminars
Manchester UK
Wednesday 29 February 2012

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 the 29th of 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,

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

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