Category Archives - Gov’t Dep’ts, Gov’t Entities & University brains

Posts here are from the various Gov’t department plus, semi state bodies and Universities providing information or services for business.

Small Business Health Program

Are you a small business owner with plans to grow your business in 2018? 

Bankwest’s Small Business Health program developed in collaboration with the Small Business Development Corporation and Business Foundations, aims to provide specialised support on critical business skills.  The program will enhance the financial capability and personal resilience of small business owners who are ready to grow their business.

To help Bankwest pilot this program, they are inviting small business owners who are on the cusp of growing their business to participate for free.

What you’ll get:

  1. A program valued at $2,500 to help you focus on 4 key areas considered necessary for successful growth:  (Business Planning for Growth, Protecting your Business, Marketing (with a focus on digital), Human Resources
  2. Receive 3 personal coaching sessions to apply learnings to your business
  3. Share ideas and learn from other small business owners at the same stage of growth
  4. Opportunity to provide feedback, help refine and shape the program for future small businesses

Program timings

Participants will need to attend 4 or 5 consecutive sessions as outlined below.  If you are based in Bassendean or the surrounding area you are considered Perth Metro and the format will be Face to Face and the session timings will be

  • Session 1-15 February
  • Session 2 – 8 March
  • Session 3 – 27 March
  • Session 4 – 19 April
  • Session 5 – 10 May



Climate Innovators ~ Climathon Bassendean 27/10/17

Bassendean has stepped up to the challenge and along with Berlin, Budapest, Athens, Brooklyn, Sydney, Canberra, Washington, Warsaw and over 70 other cities we will explore innovative ideas for sustainable business, technology solutions, community behaviour and other insights on local renewable energy production.

Cities and towns have a significant role to play in tackling climate change by becoming more energy efficient, increasing reliance on renewable energy, and moving to more sustainable modes of transport. Already, investments in renewable energy worth millions of dollars are being rolled out across Australia by businesses, local councils and community groups.

This Climathon challenge aims to develop ideas for how the residents, businesses and community in the Town of Bassendean can contribute to Australia’s climate change target to reduce emissions by 26-28% on 2005 levels by 2030 through innovative renewable energy practices.

This challenge also supports the objectives in the Town of Bassendean’s Strategic Community Plan 2017-2027.

Create real solutions to your city’s climate challenge, take action in your city! If you want to BE PART OF THIS it’s not too late to be part of it –  Application Deadline: 25th October, 2017

How will you benefit from Climathon?

  • Help solve your city’s local climate challenge, and make your city more resilient to climate change
  • Network with local leaders from academia, business and public authorities
  • Join forces with other like-minded entrepreneurs and innovators
  • Become a part of a global community working together to take climate action!

Australian cities, towns and shires are at risk from worsening climate impacts, such as floods, water scarcity and extreme heatwaves. Meanwhile, urban populations are major contributors to climate change, producing around three-quarters of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions from activities such as heating, cooling and lighting buildings, transportation and industrial activities.


Seminar: Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) for Business

Take advantage of the latest cloud computing and connected technology.  Start gaining valuable insights into advancing your business for very little effort and cost.

SMEs of any size are specifically targeted for this morning presentation happening on both Thurs and Fri.

Achieve real time data collection, monitoring and reporting of production equipment, and make use of sensor technology, data analytics and the cloud to optimise plant and equipment. In particular:

  • review examples of local IoT implementations
  • see how different sensors can be applied retrospectively to your plant and equipment
  • gain an understanding of the cloud, data processing and standard dashboard reporting

No longer just for businesses with deep pockets or the latest manufacturing equipment.

This session includes an open forum to share ideas and information with other SMEs to aid in moving to the implementation stage.

  • Thursday or Friday 19 or 20 October 2017
  • 9:00am – 10:30am
  • Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 180 Hay Street, East Perth WA 6004
  • Cost: FREE
  • More details and registration Here


Financial Management Course

Are you on track for the new financial year?

Keep on top of the latest changes in GST legislation and reporting requirements. Review your current software options and get a health check on your bookkeeping practices.

Hosted by Tracey Edwardes, Business Station, Gosnells.

DATE AND TIME: Thu. 21 September 2017, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
LOCATION: Town of Bassendean, Council Chambers, 48 Old Perth Rd; Bassendean.
COST: Free

Trade Mark Assist – what do you think?

Trade Mark Assist is an interactive tool to help you through the initial stages of the trade mark application process. IP Australia is currently seeking your valuable feedback on the alpha (test) site so that they can continue to develop and refine the best possible tool for you.

Try it out and let them know what you think! Click here

Social Media for Branding & PR

Set aside an hour and further your knowledge on social media for business.

A free webinar will be held 10.30am (WA time), 19 July by Entrepreneurs Programme (Federal Government Industry, Innovation & Science)

Social Media is a whole different beast when it comes to business. You need to reset your approach.  You need to be strict in developing and keeping it going and simultaneously loose a lot of the formal talk that business usually requires.

But the rewards are there for the taking.  While social media is an evolving and moving feast it has maintained it’s unique ability to invigorate established brands and bring spontaneity to what may otherwise be dull and distant.

This webinar is one of a series all on Social Media being planned over the next six to nine months. Check them out here and see which ones appeal to you.

Understanding Designs webinar

Bassendean, Ashfield and Eden Hill boast many businesses operating in the design field. In June, IP Australia is holding an introductory workshop via webinar where they will be focusing on designs, and an awareness of how to protect your product with a registered design.

You will also learn the basics of IP and gain an understanding of the design application process.

TIME: At 11:00am AEST (9.00am Perth time) on Thursday 15 June 2017 where

More information and registration: Available here

Protect your business from scams

ASIC are sending out reminders and advice on the constant threat of scammers for business.

As a business owner, it’s important to learn how to protect yourself and your business from scams. Many scammers will imitate government departments to try and lure you into giving them valuable information and paying false payments.

Scams targeting ASIC customers

Recently there have been a number of scams targeting customers of ASIC. Customers are being contacted via email by scammers pretending to be ASIC staff requesting payment of fees and personal information to renew their business or company name.

The emails from scammers can often contain a link to an invoice with fake payment details or infect your computer with malware. Emails claiming to be from ASIC are probably a scam if it asks you to:

  • make payments over the phone
  • make payments to receive refunds
  • provide credit and bank details directly by email or phone.

To learn more, including what to do if you’re unsure whether an email is from ASIC, check out ASIC’s information on Scams targeting ASIC customers.

Find out more:

Were you in the dark?

Don’t forget if you suffered losses from the power outage a couple of weeks ago, make sure to lodge a claim with Western Power. You have up to 60 days from when the power came back on.

There are possibly two claims forms to investigate.

For loss of goods there is a damage claim form. You need to note down the items lost and the rough cost of these.

If it was in addition out for more than 12 hours, there is the extended outage payment scheme form. This is the standard payment of $80.00.

Also, it is worth noting in the the event that a claim is unsuccessful with Western Power and you want to apply to your insurance, your insurance company will want confirmation from Western Power that a recorded outage occurred on that date. Either way you will need to go through the claims process. The links are here:

Low Carbon Future Seminar


Minimising carbon production is not just good for the planet but also where future business opportunities can be found.

Come along to this two hour seminar with valuable speakers including Peter Newman, Curtin University on Auto Dependent Cities and Dermot Costello, Clean Energy Council presenting on Battery storage and
alternative energy initiatives.

  • DATE: Friday, 28 October 2016
  • TIME: 9.30am to 11.30am
  • LOCATION: EMRC, 226 Great Eastern Highway, Belmont 6104
  • RSVP: By Friday 21 October 2016
    • by email or phone 9424 2216
  • COST: Free

a good business decision Transport and Alternative Energy for a Low Carbon Future