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.

Science & Innovation Roadshow

National Innovation & ScienceThe much publicised Innovation drive of the Federal Government is now being promoted nationally with seminars scheduled in all capital cities and major towns.

The first and only workshop in Perth (14th December) was filled in minutes unfortunately but we are assured a second will be scheduled in early 2016.

Until then here is the link to the website and I promise to circulate the details of this initiative as soon as my name is chosen off the current waiting list to attend the seminar.

Breakfast for Hungry Minds

ECU Research WeekAlliances between Universities and Industry are frequent news items. They’re usually with major organisations and announce significant research or ground breaking achievements.

Medium and small businesses can rightfully believe that such partnerships are strictly for the big end of town.

However, there is an increasing interest by all universities to strengthen their engagement with smaller businesses. They see it as the best way for their graduates to get real life experience and make them more employable. They also have a lot of knowledge and research capacity which can be used to help develop prototypes and new ideas.

For many business owners, the where and how of collaborating with a Uni isn’t easily understood and many business owners are pretty busy, so establishing an agreement with a university or research unit probably seems too time consuming and complicated.

So, ECU is putting on a breakfast focusing on just this. With the support of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia the event will feature a panel of industry partners and a panel of ECU researchers sharing examples of how research improved business outcomes.

The Advancing Innovation through Research Engagement Breakfast event will be on Monday 14 September and it is part of ECU Research Week (14th – 18th September). The Office of Research and Innovation are the drivers of this event.

The panel of industry partners from small, medium and large business will share their experiences on topics covering:

  • New technologies
  • Environmental and sustainable research
  • Medical and health research

The panel of ECU researchers will take questions on how their research expertise can further your business development. Topics will cover a range of research areas including, but not limited to:

  • Video technologies, post mining rehabilitation
  • Nano-technology, photonics, electronics and materials science
  • Health and wellness

When: Monday, 14 September 2015:

  • 7:15am – Registration and tea / coffee
  • 7:30am – Presentations and Q&A
  • 8:30am – Breakfast and Networking

Where: Building 32 Lecture Theatre, ECU Joondalup Campus, 270 Joondalup Drive, Joondalup

Cost: Free

Register HERE by Thursday, 10 September 2015.

More info of the event visit Research Week events,The event program can be viewed here

NBN “Progress Report”

NBN 2015Many of you are wondering whatever happened to the roll out to the optic fibre here in Bassendean, otherwise known as the National Broadband Network.  Unfortunately, the short answer is “not much”

Performing a quick check on their roll out map resulted in the image on the right here, stating the rollout has not started in Bassendean.

At a presentation in June I was informed Bassendean was “still being designed”. They stated the roll out will commence in 18 months and be completed in 24 months.

As has been widely reported in the press there has been a complete overhaul at NBN.  The key executives have been replaced and the whole programme has been revised. The result for business is that we will be offered a “Multi Tech Mix”.

A “Multi Tech Mix” means, instead of previously promising “fixed line to the premises” to all customers, the NBN will be delivered in three options depending on which is easiest and least complicated. The three options are: “fibre to the node”, “fixed wireless”, and “fibre to the premises”.  For the majority of Bassendean it will most probably be “fibre to the node”.  A “Node” refers to a cabinet which looks like an electrical box.  It is about waist high and will be tucked away on the side of the street and each one will serve approximately 200 premises. The guaranteed speed is 25 mbs (minimum). The current average is 6-7mbs, so this is a four fold improvement.  Additionally, “fibre to the node” is much quicker to install, (just six months to complete the whole area) and accordingly, much more affordable.

An independent website “MyNBN” offers more detail of the full project for Bassendean.

If you have any questions I’ll be happy to try and answer them or forward them on to NBN for answers.


Assess, Rate, Value your Business: Working on the business instead of in it.

Business AdvisorsWith the help of Business Evaluations (AusIndustry), you can change the future of your organisation for the positive.

Business Evaluation serves businesses with a turnover between $1.5m and $100m. It researches the environment you work in and creates a plan of action which you endorse and are ready to implement. The assessment is carried out at the business premises and is done by advisors drawn from industry.

One of these is Wayne Spencer who is based within Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA (CCI WA). He’s already provided this service to at least one business based here in Bassendean and the results have been stunning. Wayne SpencerWayne is backed up by a number of advisors who are focussed on helping you build skills in your business, identifying new business opportunities and ensuring you have everything you need to continue to do so long after the service ends.

Check out the details of how to qualify

Practice your conversation skills

FWOOriginally announced here a few months ago this is a quick update of the fresh approach being adopted by the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO)

The FWO has expanded their Online Learning Centre. There are now five videos and a round up of templates to use and adapt for your own excellent businesses. And they’ve been getting international attention too, picking up a Gold Medal at the International 2014 Brandon Hall Excellence Awards (US based awards!).

The videos include Hiring Employees (guides you through the hiring process, from deciding whether to hire through to the first months of employment), Managing Performance (how to promote good employee performance and how to address under-performance when it occurs), Difficult Conversations in the workplace (these are produced from both the employer perspective and the employee perspective).

NorthLinkWA Update

collier road interchange

The new look Collier Rd interchange, due to commence development in 2016

The latest design proposals have been released for the substantial NothlinkWA Project. Endeavouring to provide a cooperative approach in designing and rolling out the project and minimising disruption to local businesses Main Roads are constantly updating all interested parties on the project.

The project is costing an estimated $1.5 billion in total which will be completed by 2019.  The first stage is building the road separations which will include turning Collier Road intersection into a bridge and underpass for Tonkin Road. It is expected to commence in 2016.

All the latest details can be explored through these links to the web site and their latest newsletter.


New Research

EMRC Map smThe EMRC has contracted Pracsys to undertake an Industry Cluster Analysis Research Paper.

Industry clusters are geographical concentrations of firms in related industries that work together and share knowledge, skills, technology and infrastructure for mutual benefit. Industry clusters enhance the local economy through shared resources, greater investment, improved efficiency, export growth and the identification of synergies to overcome common barriers.

The research paper aims to provide clarity on the regions industry base, deliver information on potential opportunities and to promote opportunities to engage with/ attract businesses into the region.

The paper will provide an overview audit of what currently exists in the region (Industry and Clusters), the functionality of the existing clusters and what is planned for the future including how the region’s industry base and clusters will be affected.

If you would like further information leave a comment below and we will follow it up for a prompt response.

Meet “Wil”

WIL Advisory Service sq newWork Integrated Learning (WIL) is a willing undergraduate student attending one of the major Universities who will offer their services for 100 hours for free to carry out important work for the business owner.

Students studying disciplines such as accounting, economics and finance, business admin, marketing and events; hospitality and tourism; human resources; information systems, international business; business law and more are seeking to assist businesses and in return gain some valuable experience.

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) have jumped in on behalf of businesses to help you get the right student and match them to the project that you need done. Follow the links here to the Work Integrated Learning Advisory Service at the CCI and take adantage of this free service.


For the Ideas Man

Darryl Kerrigan sqWhether Darryl Kerrigan might bestow this title upon you or not I don’t know, but if you have the makings of an Ideas Man pay attention to this.

For the month of February (from 2nd to 27th February 2015) the Department of Commerce through the Innovation Centre WA are offering the Innovations Vouchers Program. This scheme invites applicants from small to medium enterprises (SME’s) with proposals for improvements in technology, products, services or business operations that lead to distinct competitive advantage or productivity gain.

An independent committee will judge the applicants and in May will announce the best ideas and reward them with vouchers up to the value of $20,000.

IVP AnnouncementThese funds can be used for technical development, compliance testing, engineering design work, technology transfer and protection of intellectual property, legal advice and commercialisation support services and more.

This funding might just be the help you need to take that idea of yours to being a real and celebrated product!

Follow the links to find out all the information and frequently asked questions.

Workforce Planning towards Harmony

I really like the current marketing campaign to fight age discrimination The Power of Oldness. The message is important but the approach taken in delivering it is very effective.

Power of OldnessThis has also been part of the message in the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA (CCIWA) Workforce Development Services Program.   The CCIWA has understood that for many when going into business staffing is an activity which we’re not the most skilled at, so they created the Workforce Planning Kit.

This kit clarifies the best approaches to tackle the issue. It suggests a step by step approach and a little out-of-the-box thinking: bringing in some flexibility, looking at trends in your business, comparing your staff turnover with other businesses in your industry to name a few.

Unfortunately, the Small Business Advisory Services Program which produced this will soon end as the Chamber rationalises its services. So download the kit from the link provided and go to the Workforce Development Services website to access other useful resources.

While staffing or Workforce Planning is clearly a critical element of the business, by many it is tackled with some reluctance and in an ad hoc way and can be very time consuming. Any business owner will agree that harmony in the workforce is one of the most valued commodities, don’t take the problems home or let it affect you over the holiday break.

This might be your Christmas present or the solution for your New Year’s resolution?