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  • Associations | Business In Focus Magazine
    the nation s leading business minds SHIFT2014 Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association Better integration of the various services that make up Australia s healthcare system would enable more efficient service delivery and improve accessibility for patients That s the view of Alison Verhoeven Chief Executive of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association AHHA She has been in the position as head of the country s top independent membership organisation and advocate for the Australian healthcare system since July having previously held senior posts in the government sector Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association Square Kilometre Array It would be an overstatement to suggest that Australians went crazy with enthusiasm when their country was named as a host of the Square Kilometre Array SKA Nevertheless to be a central plank of the project to build and operate the most accurate telescope ever contemplated is something of an honour and the general public following closely behind industry is gradually catching on to its importance and the opportunities it presents both economically and in terms of Australia s reputation as a high tech global player Square Kilometre Array Export Council of Australia As the peak industry body for the Australian export community The Export Council of Australia ECA represents the next step in the evolution of the Australian Institute of Export AIEx which has provided education and training in the fields of exporting to both small companies and large corporations for over 50 years Export Council of Australia Tourism Transport Forum It s simple really top priority for the forthcoming election but also for the foreseeable future is to increase recognition of the tourism industry in Australia and promote a better understanding of its place in society and the economy In short Australia doesn t believe in itself enough as a tourist destination and doesn t value the contribution of its tourism industry highly enough Holiday Job The Heart Foundation It s important for workplaces to have a comprehensive approach to their program and activities that they might have in terms of being able to support heart health within the workplace states Dr Lyn Roberts National CEO of the Heart Foundation Working with Workplaces for Heart Health Exhibition Event Association of Australasia Not so The exhibition and event industry is in robust health and is actually getting even stronger as it continues to put buyers in front of sellers in a unique interface that remains among the most effective methods of marketing whether to industry or the broader public Roll Up Roll Up Next Page Current Issue Past Issues Read Magazine Online Save vs Spend Debt both public and private can be used productively to build a credit reputation or can be used to bolster growth strategies It can even become net productive by resulting in income or profit that can offset the cost of borrowing in the first place For example an investment in new equipment or new technology can increase commercial industrial activity and bring with it return Feature Article November 14

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  • Green | Business In Focus Magazine
    generating electricity from rooftop solar panels As of January 2013 installed capacity of solar PV photovoltaic the standard panels was a whisker short of 2 500 MW with an average system size of 3 5 kW Householders and businesses alike cite concerns about the rising cost of energy as a major reason for investing in solar units Green Energy Solutions Mislabelling of Fur Products for Retail Sale It may be difficult to believe that the fur trim on a jacket or a pair of gloves sold in Australia may well be from a domestic cat or dog Unfortunately this is no urban legend and it does not just revolve around clothing and accessories Mistaken Identity Mistaken Identity Solar Research Gets a Boost Energy minister Martin Ferguson promised more than 83 million for collaborative projects between Australian and US researchers The funding made available through the Australian Solar Institute ASI s United States Australia Solar Energy Collaboration USASEC includes 68 million for two eight year research programmes and 15 5 million for 11 collaborative research projects Ferguson Forks Over Funding Carbon Tax At time of writing it would appear that the first effect of Australia s new policy to avert a climate catastrophe will be felt in July with the introduction of carbon pricing described by Canberra as the most environmentally effective and economically efficient way to reduce pollution This means our economy can continue to prosper without our pollution continuing to grow Read More A Clear View When speaking of a building s environmental sustainability it has become common practice to describe its green envelope The outer shell of a building separating the interior from what lies beyond the envelope includes such elements as the roof walls foundation and floors All of these features can be greened in various ways and in previous issues we ve explored both green roofs and living walls yet the installation of windows is akin to punching giant holes in that envelope Read More Treading Lightly Australia has long been a popular destination for travellers from around the world thanks to its stunning natural beauty rich history and thriving culture But with new environmental awareness comes a whole new breed of travel ecotourism Read More Beating the Big Bad Wolf For centuries people around the world have been building homes out of straw Historically reeds grasses and straw have been used in thatch roofing as wall insulation and woven into flooring materials following the invention of baling machines in the late 1800s the compact easily managed bales enabled walls to be constructed out of this renewable and versatile material Read More Next Page Current Issue Past Issues Read Magazine Online Save vs Spend Debt both public and private can be used productively to build a credit reputation or can be used to bolster growth strategies It can even become net productive by resulting in income or profit that can offset the cost of borrowing in the first place For example an investment in new equipment

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  • Technology | Business In Focus Magazine
    For more than thirty seven years Whites Group has supplied the rural sector and beyond with innovative fencing products designed to offer better design safer use and faster set up In doing so the company has built a strong reputation for quality in products and service and for its ongoing innovative development of new products to meet customers varied needs Founded in 1977 as a two person operation by John Kelly this third generation family owned and operated Australian business now employs more than one hundred and fifty people Whites Group UAV Vision Unmanned aerial vehicles UAVs are proving extremely popular right now Unless of course you are the authorities because many different arms of the law are trying to restrict their use for reasons of safety privacy or even security UAV Vision Robotic Manufacturing Down Under CSIRO the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation is Australia s national science agency and one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world It recently published a white paper on the topic of Lightweight Assistive Manufacturing Solutions which it hopes will stimulate thinking and debate about the way forward for manufacturing in Australia and help the sector to become more sustainable Robotic Manufacturing Down Under Cablelogic Cablelogic is a privately owned Western Australian company based in Bayswater The company has become an industry leader in providing complete communication and technology solutions to Western Australian organisations and industry since its beginning eighteen years ago Cablelogic John Morris Scientific Pty Ltd For over half a century John Morris Scientific Pty Ltd has proudly supplied the highest quality scientific equipment and laboratory supplies to a diverse range of clients in sectors such as chemical processing laboratory research pharmaceutical mining environmental food and beverage safety and life science among many others John Morris Scientific Pty Ltd John Hart Automation Robotics John Hart Automation Robotics is passionate about increasing Australia s manufacturing competitiveness John Hart are working with local manufacturing businesses to improve operations by providing automation systems and Fanuc robots The company is an agent for Fanuc of Japan probably one of if not the biggest robot manufacturers in the world John Hart Automation Robotics Is Work from Home the Future That is unlikely to be a plank of the Labor election manifesto Rather it is part of his view of teleworking the practice of enabling or allowing staff to work from home instead of commuting to a central office Shorten was speaking at the end of last year at a conference in Melbourne to open Australia s first National Teleworking Week to which logically no one should have turned up Bush Telegraph Next Page Current Issue Past Issues Read Magazine Online Save vs Spend Debt both public and private can be used productively to build a credit reputation or can be used to bolster growth strategies It can even become net productive by resulting in income or profit that can offset the cost of borrowing in the first place For example an

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  • Finance | Business In Focus Magazine
    agreements and globalisation mean that today s business world is moving faster than ever Free Trade and Globalisation The Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce When John S Larke landed on the shores of Australia in 1895 the land was still six years away from becoming a federation when six independent British colonies would band together to become states of a new nation Although the first fleet of settlers had arrived just over a century prior in 1788 Australia soon became known for its natural beauty and many resources The Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry The Chamber has fostered strong links with Australian state and federal governments since it was founded in 1975 With head office in Canberra and chapters around the country its mission is to assist Australian companies exporting to or expanding into Middle East and North African MENA markets and Arab companies looking to invest in Australia We specialise in providing members with commercial intelligence business matching and networking opportunities Opportunity Knocks Business Success Abroad It is hardly a surprise that Australian businesses have become less insular and more eager to explore the wide world outside these shores given the shrinking globe booming Aussie dollar desire to do more business and the growing reputation of Aussie goods and services for quality and especially in engineering expertise Read More Carbon Tax At time of writing it would appear that the first effect of Australia s new policy to avert a climate catastrophe will be felt in July with the introduction of carbon pricing described by Canberra as the most environmentally effective and economically efficient way to reduce pollution This means our economy can continue to prosper without our pollution continuing to grow Read More Doing Business in Bangkok There s such a difference between visiting a country and living there So what s it like to actually live and earn a living in Asia as opposed to just experiencing the place as a tourist Read More Is Myanmar the Next Mongolia In Bangkok in neighbouring Thailand the queue to apply for an entry visa runs twice round the block Hillary Clinton and Joseph Stiglitz Nobel Prize for Economics are among recent celeb visitors Newspapers the world over run features on democracy and the still stately face of The Lady the nickname for Aung San Suu Kyi is everywhere No doubt about it Burma Myanmar if you favour the official title is flavour of the month Read More Next Page Current Issue Past Issues Read Magazine Online Save vs Spend Debt both public and private can be used productively to build a credit reputation or can be used to bolster growth strategies It can even become net productive by resulting in income or profit that can offset the cost of borrowing in the first place For example an investment in new equipment or new technology can increase commercial industrial activity and bring with it return Feature Article November 14 October 14 September 14

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  • Lifestyle | Business In Focus Magazine
    Support and Services with Dignity Mission Australia s Aged Care Division is a specialised service provider for the aged who are homeless or have financial difficulties Mission Australia operates nearly four hundred services across Australia that cover people from the cradle to the grave In essence it looks after every aspect of people who are disadvantaged We spoke with Jill Bicknell its Leader Aged Care to learn more about her division Mission Australia Peregrine Adventures Since we last spoke to leading holiday travel specialist Peregrine Adventures there have been some changes to its business structure Now part of Peak Adventure Travel billed as the world s biggest adventure travel company the two Australia based groups have been integrated and streamlined Peregrine Adventures Globetrotter Corporate Travel The business travel sector has withstood the assaults of the GFC the sluggish economy and even the development of video conferencing and is still in good health according to Globetrotter Corporate Travel Globetrotter Corporate Travel Art Forgery and Theft Since the dawn of civilisation art has been fascinating and challenging people all over the world With just a few brushstrokes a painting can capture the essence of a moment in time forever a sculpture has the power to start a conversation or even a revolution Art Forgery and Theft Australian Indigenous Fashion Week It is clothing that tells a story Patterns drawn from the cloudless sky the sunburnt land and the windswept sea Colours inspired by Uluru the Great Barrier Reef droughts and flooding rains Australian Indigenous Fashion Week Next Page Current Issue Past Issues Read Magazine Online Save vs Spend Debt both public and private can be used productively to build a credit reputation or can be used to bolster growth strategies It can even become net productive by resulting in income or profit

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  • On The Rise | Business In Focus Magazine
    one of Australia s best known and most reliable motor vehicle transportation companies We re the largest family owned car carrier in the industry across the nation he says Any of the bigger ones are all corporate Car Transport Made Easy CamPak Initially CamPak Construction Pty Ltd had concentrated most of its efforts on educational institutions but slowly moved into working on contracts for the Defence Department and airports In the past CamPak operated four distinct company divisions but has now reverted back to two CamPak Construction Pty Ltd and CamPak Asbestos and Fireproofing Services Pty Ltd which specialises in asbestos removal demolition and fireproofing Up For a Challenge BIBA For owner and founder Paul Divitaris training the next wave of creative talent eagerly cutting and colouring out a future career for themselves is all in a day s work Soccer football and hair they re my favourite subjects he asserts After migrating to Australia from Greece in 1961 Mr Divitaris worked as a barber before travelling to London in 1973 where he worked as a trainer in the prestigious Vidal Sassoon and Alan International salons A Cut Above A Cut Above Technigro Technigro has built a stellar reputation for quality and sustainability through its use of Integrated Vegetation Management IVM and places as far off as Singapore have come to the company for advice and assistance Business in Focus spoke with the man who started it all its CEO and founder Nick Bloor Sustainable Growth Clearwater Filter Systems The company was founded in 1989 the brainchild of co founders Phil Dash and David Hook with a focus on supplying filter systems for the home market The company s original product was a single cartridge system installed underneath the customer s sink but the business quickly expanded into the commercial market providing water cooler systems for office environments Smart Water Filtration Solutions Shingle Inn Shingle Inn is a family run boutique chain of cafés blending the grandeur and traditions of yesteryear with a contemporary vibe Born in the midst of the Great Depression Shingle Inn is more than just a business it is a fascinating part of Brisbane s local history A Gourmet Experience Cairns Holiday Specialists Palm Cove The locally owned company was launched eight years ago by Nicholas Mason Christina James who recognised the deficits of the business model employed by other providers at the time and chose to create a better more people centred service Something Special for Everyone Next Page Current Issue Past Issues Read Magazine Online Save vs Spend Debt both public and private can be used productively to build a credit reputation or can be used to bolster growth strategies It can even become net productive by resulting in income or profit that can offset the cost of borrowing in the first place For example an investment in new equipment or new technology can increase commercial industrial activity and bring with it return Feature Article November 14 October 14 September 14 August 14 July

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  • Leading the Way in Fire Protection | Business In Focus Magazine
    in damage to property and assets that in turn can lead to the loss of time and money for any business Security measures that Spectrum Fire Security offers include access control CCTV intruder alarms monitoring systems and workforce management Access control is used to manage the movement of personnel in and out of the facility This is accomplished through access cards pin codes or even fingerprints Regardless of the size complexity or required security level of the facility Spectrum Fire Security has the answer to any business s needs CCTV and intruder alarm systems are available from analogue to digital and wired to wireless A CCTV system is a component frequently used in commercial security to secure and monitor your business to safeguard your assets and to protect your staff To protect assets and provide a safer environment for the people who work or live in a building Spectrum Fire Security can also monitor and detect unauthorised entry into properties Workforce management control systems allow companies to manage access to site entrances and the monitor the activities and location of staff contractors and visitors Shifts can be managed non attending employees identified and access disabled for specific personnel or to certain areas The systems are smoothly integrated with other security components to create a complete network system For a business that deals in fire and security health and safety is of prime importance The company motto Nothing we do is worth getting hurt for sums up the philosophy perfectly At Spectrum Fire Security we value the health and well being of every person we come into contact with This includes our employees contractors clients and the communities and environments in which our business operates The company was formed in 2006 when several successful fire protection businesses from across Australia amalgamated Through this grouping the now stronger nationwide organisation has developed an impressive depth of expertise in every aspect of fire protection Spectrum Fire Security is owned and managed by TSC Group Holdings and partnered with Cofely Australia a global leader in energy and environmental services Our clients benefit from our collective strength in Australia and New Zealand in all areas essential to their buildings and facilities including HVAC and refrigeration through our ties with our sister companies Trilogy Building Services and Cowley Services Partner company Cofley Australia is the Australian arm of GDF Suez Energy Services which is a world leader in providing building maintenance services and energy solutions to the building and energy service markets GDF Suez Energy Services has over forty years of experience in thirty countries The importance of the partnership that Spectrum Fire Security has cannot be overstated As part of this partnership our customers will benefit from our collective wealth of world class technical expertise as well as access to bundled building services We will also be sharing best practices and processes between the Spectrum Fire Security and Cofely businesses giving our customers access to the latest in technological developments and innovations The range of

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  • Caring for Community Safety | Business In Focus Magazine
    for example to identify the staff who may be affected by a particular fire event Depending on the company s location it may be important to be able to identify the appropriate emergency response teams Mark s day to day responsibility is to ensure the built business environment is as safe from the dangers of fire and attendant risks as possible Everyone should have a BCP which he says boils down to pre crisis crisis and consequences management Because no matter where you are in Australia it will happen No state is immune from major wildfires or environmental disasters It is a cyclical phenomenon around the country as you can see from the last couple of years Apart from the very real drama of the bushfire and other disasters Mark s department has a comprehensive suite of information for businesses on how to minimise risk and plan for the worst see the website at www fire nsw gov au including advice on drawing up BCPs But local business in any given NSW community is welcome and many take advantage of the opportunity to get together with consumers to ensure greater protection Insurance companies are an obvious example not least because they as well as the consumer can directly benefit from reduction in accidents or incidents and can pass on any reduction in claims to their policy holders Many of these jointly run programmes are educational though not only for kids all kinds of businesses can take part in educating their staffs in how to avoid and prevent as well as deal with any incidents that do occur Fire Rescue NSW are committed to reducing the occurrence and impact of emergency incidents on the people environment and economy of the state committed to global best practice Mark explains The organisation is continuously researching existing fire safety programmes looking to deliver new ways to disseminate important fire safety information to the community The online Home Fire Safety Audit is a good example a joint initiative between Fire Rescue NSW and principal community engagement partner GIO it works by taking users through a virtual home identifying key fire risks and asking questions about fire related behaviour which then provides personalised recommendations that allow them to address and minimise these risks It provides a rich interactive experience customised to each user Users can register a username and password so they can save their results come back in the future and undertake another audit and even email a friend or share their results via social networking sites A similar programme has been developed for small and medium sized businesses In an ideal NSW Mark points out the fire truck would never be used but would sit there needing occasional polishing That would mean everyone is safe and happy but unfortunately that is not always the case Every time a fire truck rolls out of the station with lights flashing and sirens blazing unfortunately someone in society is in dire need or distress If we can

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