Elliot Nunn is Canberra’s Apprentice Plumber of the Year
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It's been a "fantastic" journey for Canberra's Apprentice Plumber of the Year Elliott Nunn who not only enjoys the problem-solving side of plumbing, but finds the idea of helping out the community extremely rewarding. Elliot is the 2020 winner of the Ernie Dearing Award, a top honour given by Master Plumbers ACT, an independent not-for-profit organisation that celebrates excellence in...
Business alliance to drive post-COVID-19 recovery into Asia-Pacific
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Canberra businesses seeking to expand their networks into the Asia-Pacific region will benefit from a number of memorandums of understanding (MoU) for cross-cultural trade that were recently signed in the ACT. The Asia-Pacific Business Alliance (APBA), launched in front of an audience of Australian business, government and industry officials at a Business Leaders’ Forum in Canberra on Friday, 6 November, will...
PSS super holders urged to carefully consider death benefits
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Conversations about superannuation usually involve the topics of returns, fees and the benefits of self-managed funds but rarely, if ever, is there talk about death benefits. People spend the entirety of their working lives accumulating wealth for their retirement, but many of us don't do much other than write a name and tick a box on a form about where...
Don’t lock yourself into one career path: Why choosing a course isn’t everything
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As the end of the year approaches, thousands of school leavers will be facing the task of choosing a pathway to their future jobs. For those who wish to take up a trade or profession such as plumbing, hairdressing, nursing or becoming a lawyer, the path is pretty simple: get the qualifications and get the job. But there are hundreds...
2020 Canberra Women in Business Award winners announced
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In a year that has been challenging unlike any other, this year's Canberra Women in Business Awards shone a light on the tenacity of the city's businesswomen. The ability to keep going despite significant COVID-19 setbacks, leading the way and lifting up others in a turbulent year were the core elements of the winners of the awards across six categories presented...
Farrah’s Liquor Collective: Championing local small business through new wholesale operation
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With a year of successful trading to the public under its belt, Farrah’s Liquor Collective has moved into the next phase of its venture: wholesale. Owner Matt Farrah says championing small business was always part of the plan, from giving micro-producers representation by stocking them on shelves at its Fyshwick store to helping local vendors access unique products at exceptional...
Business keen to press tax and COVID-19 cases with new minister
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The Canberra Business Chamber has welcomed a dedicated business minister in Andrew Barr's new cabinet, and will continue pushing for tax relief and a relaxation of coronavirus restrictions. CEO Graham Catt said having someone in Cabinet who understands Canberra's diverse business sector and is able to consider how government decisions might affect those businesses was vital. Labor's Tara Cheyne has...
Public sector wage freeze ends, private businesses will struggle to compete
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Australian public servants have welcomed the end of a six-month wage freeze, but could the decision add pressure to private sector businesses already doing it tough and how will the ACT economy benefit, if at all? According to Kris Milne, account executive at Canberra recruitment agency Effective People, private sector businesses will have to find ways to compete with the...
Scars of workplace motivate WorkSafe commissioner’s crackdown
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ACT WorkSafe Commissioner Jacqueline Agius has been in the job for six months but is motivated by the scars from a serious workplace incident more than 25 years ago to ensure compliance with work, health and safety laws so other workers aren't at risk. "It was a serious occupational violence incident," Ms Agius told Region Media, recalling a knife attack incident...
Accelerating the adoption of zero emission transport
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Transport accounts for 60 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions and is the largest and fastest-growing source of emissions globally. It's the same story here in Canberra, with privately owned transportation being the single biggest contributor. The reason is simple: Canberrans like to drive. Innovation is essential to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transport, which is why local energy retailer...
Canberra’s first Indigenous Business Precinct offers new hope for small businesses
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As a child of the Stolen Generation who used to hunt rabbits to feed his family, Minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt knows how important opportunity and leadership are for Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander people, which is why he was on hand to open Canberra's first Indigenous Business Precinct this week. The new Precinct in Fyshwick will assist Indigenous businesses...
Should your business take advantage of the budget’s tax breaks?
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The recent Federal Budget outlined a generous package of stimulatory measures aimed at enticing small business to invest. With tempting offers on the table, such as the opportunity to buy new vehicles or equipment, businesses have to decide whether to allocate their precious resources and invest in an unknown economic future. In the Federal Budget, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg announced that...
Why would you work anywhere else?
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With an ad featuring an array of tempting locations aiming to convince Australians to never go back to the office, Synergy Group's creativeXpeople won The Pitch competition on this week's episode of the ABC's Gruen. Marking the team's third entry on the show, Synergy Group creative director Jason Perelson says this was the team's first full win. "We shared the trophy...
Is another labour hire licensing scheme necessary in Canberra, or is national compliance the key?
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The ACT Government proposal to replace the current Employment Agent Licensing Scheme with a new labour hire licensing scheme is designed to enforce compliance with employer and workplace obligations. But it may need further scrutiny, and federal and state organisations responsible for compliance may need to work together to ensure an effective national scheme prevents unscrupulous or disreputable companies operating,...
Collaboration through The Mill House makes a real impact
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What do Colombia, Yass and Strathnairn all have in common? Coffee with a mission! With the help of Six8 Coffee Roasting and The Mill House Ventures, two experienced social entrepreneurs have returned from Colombia and re-started their social enterprise cafes in Strathnairn and Yass. Cafe Stepping Stone, located in Strathnairn, and Six8 Coffee in Yass, are on a mission to help vulnerable women...
Communities@Work wins ACT Large Employer of the Year for the second year running
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Canberra's leading training institutions and employers have been recognised at the ACT Training Awards. The virtual, COVID-safe event was an opportunity to highlight the innovation, outstanding achievements, and commitment of organisations and individuals in the ACT vocational education and training (VET) sector. Winners in some categories will go on to compete for national recognition at the Australian Training Awards. This...
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