About Karyn Starmer

Karyn Starmer is a second career journalist working freelance in print, radio and online media after completing a Masters in Journalism. Karyn began her working life as a financial markets trader for an international bank but wandered away from Sydney. Now immersed in her local South Coast community, Canberra is a virtual second home and she spends a lot of time on the Kings Highway.

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Taking action: addressing the significant issue of workplace bullying
Expert Advice
It isn't only kids who engage in bullying and exclusion – it is also a real and significant issue in workplaces. So significant that since 2014, employees have been able to make an application to the Fair Work Commission to have bullying complaints heard. However, taking legal action is often a distressing and sometimes unaffordable option. Therefore it makes sense...
Local businesswoman endorses small business pathway to a successful career
Local Leaders
If you want something done, ask a busy person, so the saying goes. If that is the case, Nadia Pessarossi must get an awful lot done. "Sometimes life gets hectic and I don't want to miss anything so I have to plan my days carefully," she says. Now an associate partner at Rubik3, one of Australia's fastest growing and youngest...
Canberra recruiter shares tips for finding employment during COVID-19
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As job losses outpace the spread of COVID-19, Canberrans are finding themselves registering with recruitment agencies or applying for JobSeeker Payment in disbelief at their current situation. Finding work during a time of upheaval and high unemployment is difficult, but not impossible. Recruiters say that to be successful, job seekers need to be both strategic and realistic. Dean Hill, CEO...
Demand still high for public service contractors but there will be a hit from COVID-19
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At a time of employment uncertainty caused by COVID-19, permanent public servants may be feeling a little more secure in their jobs than many in the private sector, but what if you contract to the federal or ACT public service? Thousands of contractors are used for specialised or professional skills in areas such as broad as IT, engineering, recruitment, communications and...
More banks offer loan repayment relief
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More Australian banks are now offering home and business loan relief to assist both personal and business customers affected by COVID-19. Initially, relief packages were offered only by the 'big four' banks, but more Australian Banking Association member banks have now agreed to participate, including AMP Bank, Bank Australia, Bank of Queensland, HSBC, Macquarie Bank, Suncorp Bank, and Bendigo and Adelaide Bank....
How will COVID-19 affect your business?
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Following the statement from the World Health Organisation formally declaring the COVID-19 virus a global pandemic, and the new restrictions announced by federal, state and territory governments, there is growing uncertainty over the impact and length of time businesses will be feeling its effects. allinsure Managing Director Peter Chamberlain says now is the time for business to be looking to...
COVID-19: employers still have obligations to staff working from home
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Government advice and direction about social distancing appears to be changing daily, and each new direction brings new issues and challenges for businesses, with one of the biggest being around obligations to staff. Snedden Hall & Gallop Senior Associate and Head of Employment Law Emily Shoemark recommends businesses do their homework before they engage with their staff during the current crisis....
Businesses advised: now’s the time to be pragmatic and proactive
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Professional services providers in accounting, insurance and business support services are urging business to be pragmatic and proactive in order to survive the COVID-19 crisis and protect their businesses. Most businesses have already made changes to adapt to operating in an environment of social distancing but there's more they can do to emerge from the crisis in good shape. Rubik3...
Celebrating 50 years of O’Neill & Brown Plumbing
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Ask Tony Pantano the secret to building a successful plumbing business and he'll smile and tell you it is simple: make a commitment to deliver the best job possible. Tony's talking about O'Neill & Brown Plumbing, a family-owned company established in Queanbeyan 50 years ago. From modest beginnings, O'Neill & Brown Plumbing has now evolved into one of Canberra’s largest...
Celebrating women who do business differently
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For a quarter of a century, the Telstra Business Women's Awards program has recognised outstanding women, helped progress their careers and business ideas, and built a support network of like-minded people to learn, grow and connect with. Many of the most successful women in business have one thing in common, they are pioneers who use their own unique business approach...
Young people urged to make a will
Expert Advice
Canberra lawyers are urging young people to consider making a will to avoid putting their family under added stress in the event of an unexpected death. Meyer Vandenberg Associate Lawyer Eleanor Heffernan says most people understandably do not want to think about death or wills, so they delay making a will until they buy property or have children, but Ms...
Entrepreneurial couple finds success in solving contractors’ pay problems
Local Leaders
The path to building a highly successful business does not usually start with a career ending injury, but as a testament to Ian and Maria Lindgren's vision they both saw an opportunity arise out of misfortune and took brave steps towards it. Ian and Maria are the founders of PayMe, now one of Australia's leading contractor payroll and salary packaging...
Home-town return added up for engineer turned accountant
Expert Advice
If the days of a straight career path, moving from school to uni to work, seem long gone, RSM's Thomas Skeffington's career path is best described as full circle. Growing up in a country town, Thomas went to university in the city and travelled the world but then returned to university and ended up back where he came from. And...
Aspen Medical commences construction on primary healthcare centres
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Canberra-based healthcare company Aspen Medical is adding to its growing global primary healthcare clinic network with construction commencing on the first of six world-class primary healthcare centres to be built across the United Arab Emirates. Aspen Medical is a global provider of innovative healthcare solutions across a diverse range of clients in the defence, mining, oil and gas, government and humanitarian...
Tom’s customer-focus a water tight recipe for success
Local Leaders
Ten years ago, Tom Martin was a young man with a plan. A plan to build a successful plumbing business from scratch. Tom now owns Water Tight Canberra, a plumbing, drainage and gas fitting company servicing Canberra and surrounding areas. Tom and his business are a testament to the value of planning, preparation and hard work, recently recognised by winning...
Amy Wilson: From retrenchment to dream job
Local Leaders
Retrenchment can be one of life's more stressful events and the question 'where to next?' can be difficult to answer. For Belle Property real estate agent Amy Wilson, the answer came when she was selling her house. Amy's life took a new direction after she was retrenched from her role as a graphic designer with the CSIRO. "I was pregnant...
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