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.

Doing More business with Local Government

Dale ChapmanMillions of dollars of contracts are awarded each year by Local Government for a range of services, projects and programs. The contracts are strictly managed but they all get signed and if your business has the services or skills to offer you owe it to yourself and your staff to bid for this work and have your hat in the ring.

A significant percentage of these contracts are awarded by tender and if this has images of being too hard or complicated then come along to this free workshop and hear how it is done!

Dale Chapman aMichaelMcCluend Michael McClue (pictured right) from Western Australia Local Government Association (WALGA) will present to local businesses how they can become more competitive by writing a tender to win Local Government contracts. They will also cover how to become a WALGA Preferred Supplier and what that means.

  • When:            Wednesday 6 July 2016
  • Time:              5.30 – 7.30pm
  • Where:           EMRC Offices, 226 Gt Eastern Hwy, Belmont
  • Cost:               Free
  • RSVP:            By 5pm Friday 1 July
  • Registrations:

Training in your business


Apprenticeship AustraliaAs part of your recruitment and training strategy, have you considered apprenticeships and traineeships?

Investing in training through apprenticeships or traineeships can provide your business with real benefits.

With over 500 qualifications across all industries, ranging from Certificate II through to Advanced Diploma level, there is a qualification to suit everyone from front-line staff, office administrators and management.

If you are interested, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA (CCIWA)  and there to help you:

  • Identify suitable training options to skill your staff
  • Access candidates through a Jobs Board on
  • Determine eligibility for financial incentives or benefits
  • To sign up apprentices and trainees and manage the training contract
  • With Offer ongoing support
  • Access mentoring support for you and your apprentices/trainees throughout the training period.

To follow up, contact Kiara-Jean.Archer:

Aspiring Entrepreneurs – Women in Small Business

Aspiring Entrepreneurs sqThe Department of Local Government and Communities and Small Business Development Corporation are delivering two free Aspiring Entrepreneurship 2016 events on Wednesday 29 June 2016 to promote and support women in small business.

The Speakers Forum showcases the journeys and insights of three inspirational West Australian business women.

The Workshop provides practical information to run a small business.

For more information and to book visit Aspiring Entrepreneurship 2016 – Women and small business – Speakers Forum and Workshop

First NorthLink WA contract awarded – Southern Section: Guildford Road to Reid Highway

Northlink animationThe Federal and State Governments announced in January 2016 that John Holland has been appointed to design and construct the Southern Section of the NorthLink Project.

This directly effects Bassendean as it stretches from Guildford Road to Reid Highway. The work involves

  • Upgrading Tonkin Highway to a six lane (three lanes in each direction) freeway standard between Guildford Road and Reid Highway; and
  • New interchanges at Collier Road and Morley Drive, and a flyover at Benara Road.

Final design work is underway, and construction is expected to commence in Autumn 2016. The media statement link is available here

To find out all the details of this huge project please see MainRoads dedicated web site here



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.