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  • 14-Nov-2019 10:28 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Picture our world without smartphones – it’s impossible. Today we manoeuvre our lives through the tap of a button, the swipe of a screen and a spoken command. As we peer into the next decade, on the cusp of 5G-driven digital experiences, the only certainty is it will be different again.

    The 2019 Deloitte Mobile Consumer Survey examines mobile battlegrounds, where innovation and evolution is taking place, the health paradox of digital devices, privacy challenges and the shift from mobile to mobility. Learn more about where we are and where we’re headed: a society that has become unwired, a technology unrivalled in its dominance, and the emerging frontiers on which mobile’s impact is still unknown.

    Do you know what your mobile customers are doing and where they are headed?

    Deloitte's Mobile Consumer Survey, now in its sixth year in Australia, is a multi-country study of mobile phone users around the world. The 2019 study comprises more than 44,150 responses across 28 countries. Australian findings are based on a nationally representative sample of over 2000 consumers aged 18 to 75, polled online during June 2019.

    Learn more

  • 12-Nov-2019 09:33 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    By Macquarie Bank

    Successful leaders understand the importance of investing in their people and culture, because they recognise the impact their people have on the business performance and customer experience. In fact, research shows that companies with engaged employees outperform their counterparts by 202% in terms of growth1 and increase customer metrics by 10%2.

    Click here to read more

    Macquarie has been providing Business Banking solutions for over 30 years and provides SME clients with tools and strategies to grow and develop their business. You can get regular updates by subscribing to the monthly newsletter, Strictly Business by visiting If you would like to find out more about how Macquarie can support you to take your business further, call Sam McCarthy at our Parramatta office on 0417 518 724 and be connected with one of our banking specialists.

    This information has been prepared by Macquarie Bank Limited ABN 46 008 583 542 AFSL and Australian Credit Licence 237502 (“Macquarie”) for general information purposes only. This information does not constitute advice. Opinions expressed are subject to change without notice. No member of Macquarie accepts any liability whatsoever for any direct, indirect, consequential or other loss arising from any use of this information.

  • 11-Nov-2019 18:00 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    By Matthews Folbigg Lawyers

    Year end work functions provide employers and employees with the opportunity to reflect on the year that was and are a great way to reward staff for their efforts and enthusiasm, however...


    As such functions are work events (even if held away from the workplace) an employer must take all reasonable steps to ensure the health and safety of employees including:

    • limiting employees’ consumption of alcohol if it is available, including by limiting alcohol options to beer and wine and/or implementing a ‘last drinks’ cut-off time
    • ensuring that sufficient food is available to mitigate the effects of the alcohol
    • ensuring illicit drugs are not consumed during the event
    • monitoring employee behaviour for any inappropriate conduct (eg, sexual harassment, discrimination, bullying or violence) and immediately intervening if any such behaviour occurs or has the potential to occur
    • being aware of any potential safety risks associated with the venue or activities (eg, falling overboard on a harbour cruise)
    • ensuring that any intoxicated employees do not drive home following the function and that such employees have access to public transport or other appropriate means of getting home
    • ensuring that a senior manager remains present and sober at all times during the function in order to monitor the function and deal with any issues if they arise


    To minimise risk, employers must be proactive in the lead-up to the function including by:

    • reminding employees that the function is work-related and that employees are expected to uphold the same standards of behaviour that apply during ordinary working hours
    • ensuring Codes of Conduct and other policies are in place relating to acceptable conduct at work and work-related functions, and referring employees to these policies in advance of the function
    • reminding employees of their obligations regarding the responsible consumption of alcohol and to not drive home whilst over the legal driving limit (or such lower limit as may be contained in any applicable company policy such as a drugs & alcohol policy)
    • making clear to employees that although the function is intended to be fun and enjoyable, any employees found engaging in inappropriate or dangerous behaviour during the function may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal


    Given the scope and potential seriousness of claims arising from inappropriate conduct during end-of-year work functions, it is essential that employers take pro-active steps to endeavour to prevent the inappropriate conduct before it arises.

    If, however, an incident does occur then employers should:

    • conduct a thorough investigation into the incident including by interviewing all relevant parties and witnesses
    • ensure all employees involved in the incident are afforded fair and equal treatment
    • maintain procedural fairness throughout the investigation and any disciplinary proceeding
    • seek legal advice if dismissal is being considered

    More Information

    Please call the leading employment lawyers in Parramatta, the Matthews Folbigg Workplace Solutions employment law team on 9635 7966 to speak with one of our employment lawyers if you require any assistance or advice.

    Article By


    Stewart Gough, Principal


    Peter Doughman, Senior Associate

  • 11-Nov-2019 16:48 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Book your 2020 event before 31 December 2019 and save!

    Take advantage of PARKROYAL Parramatta's all-inclusive Meet and Stay package starting from AUD255 per person including accommodation and breakfast.

    Plus, they are giving you the choice of further savings!

    Saving 1

    For every 10 paying delegates, the 11th delegate is on PARKROYAL Parramatta.


    Saving 2

    Receive an AUD1000 credit on your next residential event.

    To take advantage of this offer, or request a quote or site visit, please speak with the PARKROYAL Parramatta team on +61 2 9685 0340 or email

    Click here for further details.

    Terms and conditions apply.

  • 07-Nov-2019 11:39 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Are you a small business that wants to start exporting or learn how to grow your exports?

    Regional Development Australia (RDA) Sydney in partnership with AusIndustry and Campbelltown City Council invites you to a focused exporting workshop in Campbelltown.

    This workshop is designed for businesses starting out on their export journey and those looking to consolidate knowledge. 

    Come along to learn the basics from the Export Council of Australia with case studies from local businesses.

    Speaker line up:

    Workshop facilitator: Dianne Tipping, Chair, Export Council of Australia (ECA)

    'An Ingleburn company's exporting success story': Paul Curryer, Managing Director, Pax Australia Pty Ltd

    'My export journey': Leandra Coffey, Director, Fruity Sacks

    'Federal and State government assistance for exporters': Sunny Kwon, Senior Export Advisor, NSW Government

    'Federal government assistance in preparing your business for exporting': Stephan Wagner, Assistant State Manager, Western Sydney AusIndustry

    Time: 8.30am for a 9am start - 12.30pm

    Venue: Campbelltown Catholic Club, 22 Camden Road, Campbelltown, NSW 2560

    Cost: $15.00 (includes: ECA workbook, morning tea and light lunch)

    Click here to register.

  • 25-Oct-2019 09:38 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    By Transport for NSW

    Innovative technology and inventive engineering will be used during major construction of the Parramatta Light Rail to minimise disruption to local businesses along the famed ‘Eat Street’.

    Minister for Transport Andrew Constance said customers will also enjoy an additional four months of outdoor dining before hoardings go up.

    “Our local businesses are the heart and soul of Parramatta and we have worked closely with them to understand the potential impacts of light rail construction,” Mr Constance said.

    “We’ve guaranteed major construction in Eat Street won’t start until 2020 ensuring visitors can enjoy the precinct during summer without construction hoardings.”

    The Parramatta Light Rail construction plan will see Church Street closed to car traffic from 1 February 2020, from the Riverside Theatre to Centenary Square, including the ‘Eat Street’ dining strip. After this, the construction team will establish mobile work sites and temporary hoardings along Church Street, with major construction to begin in June.

    Also from February, a micro-tunnelling machine (around 1.5 metres in diameter) will construct drainage beneath the street from Centenary Square to the Parramatta River – intended to reduce noise and impact compared to street-level works.

    Parramatta Light Rail infrastructure works contractors Parramatta Connect (CPB Downer Joint Venture) are using augmented reality and digital 3D technology to map more than 300 utility services, which will provide real-time updates to inform construction planning.

    Member for Parramatta Geoff Lee said a construction grace period had also been introduced by Transport for NSW so businesses can benefit from the busier summer trading period.

    “As promised, from 1 November until 31 January each year, the hoardings will come down, outdoor dining will be temporarily restored and we will work with local businesses to deliver activities and events to attract people to the Parramatta CBD.”

    Macquarie, George, Philip and Market Streets will remain open to vehicles to keep the Parramatta CBD moving during construction.

  • 23-Sep-2019 11:51 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    From Smart Factory to Smart Business Models

    The manufacturing industry is undergoing a transformation offering new opportunities for every manufacturing company.

    Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the experiences of local manufacturers and experts.

    You are guaranteed to go away with a new perspective on your own business.

    Speakers include:

    • Mark Goodsell – Australian Industry Group (Ai Group)
    • Dr Matthias Guertler, University of Technology Sydney
    • David Fox, General Manager, LA Services
    • Dr Aniss Chami, CEO, Vitex Pharmaceuticals
    • Glenn Matthews, CEO, The Australian Racing Drivers’ Club, and Mark McVeigh, CEO, motoDNA


    Date: Thursday 24 October 2019

    Venue: Sydney Motorsport Park, Gate A, Ferrers Road, Eastern Creek

    Time: 10:00am to 1:00pm (lunch & networking from 12:00pm)

    For further details and to register your FREE ticket click here.

    This event is brought to you by Blacktown City Council

  • 18-Sep-2019 16:44 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Digital engagement is accelerating

    For the first time, in 2019, there were more small businesses with high or advanced levels of digital engagement than those with basic or intermediate levels of engagement.

    Benefits for small businesses from digital engagement include achieving more revenue growth on average, more revenue per employee, and more time to invest in the business. This research, conducted by Deloitte Access Economics for the Federal Government and its Small Business Digital Champions Project in August 2019, builds on previous editions of Connected Small Business research conducted for Google in 2013, 2016 and 2017, which utilised similar methodologies.

    Download the report here.

  • 18-Sep-2019 08:41 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Northcott’s Cricket Gala Dinner will take place on Thursday 7 November 2019 at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). This event attracts over 400 corporates, individual supporters plus past and present cricketers.

    Over the years, Northcott's Cricket Gala events have raised more than two million dollars to help fund Northcott's services, which support people with disability to realise their potential and achieve their goals. Proceeds raised at the 2019 Cricket Gala Dinner will again go towards Northcott’s Recreation Service enabling hundreds of children and adults with disability to take part in sporting and social activities.

    Northcott is delighted to welcome Terry Shields Toyota again as sponsor of Pre-Dinner Drinks as part of their larger 2019 Corporate Partnership. “Partnering with Northcott has been an amazing opportunity to support and get involved in the needs of our local community. Through our partnership we hope to make a difference in the lives of children and adults living with disability.” Elissa Glenn, Marketing Manager at Terry Shields Toyota.

    If you would like to be part of this great event, click here to book your seat. For sponsorship enquiries please contact:

    Janette Semaan

    P: 1300 378 243


  • 18-Sep-2019 08:30 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Breakthrough Conservation and Breeding Programs Deliver Baby Bungarribee

    Featherdale Wildlife Park, located in the region of Bungarribee in Western Sydney and home to the largest collection of native Australian animals in the world, has introduced the latest addition to its modern family. The adorable koala joey, named Bungarribee and lovingly nicknamed Gabby, has emerged from the pouch with an inquisitive nature, a fondness for people and a strong bond with her mother, Scout, who is never far away.

    Bungarribee’s name is a symbol of Featherdale Wildlife Park’s mission to create a future where wild koalas and other endemic Australian animals will return to Bungarribee once more. The park is calling for the community’s green spaces to be earmarked for natural habitats, and this koala will be the champion of the cause with the hope of one day seeing her descendants thrive in the wild in Western Sydney.

    Bungarribee was the result of science rather than courtship through Featherdale Wildlife Park’s world-class breeding program. The program, which follows best-practice husbandry guidelines, uses genetic technology to identify and match koalas for breeding based on the compatibility of their genes. This process ensures that the joeys are healthy and strong and have the best opportunity to thrive.

    “Koala conservation is a huge focus for Featherdale Wildlife Park, and the birth of Bungarribee really represents our hope for a future where this incredible animal can thrive outside of captivity”, says Chad Staples, Director of Life Sciences. “It will be a pretty special day when our breeding program is simply the first step on a koala’s journey into the wild, although we’re a long way off from that being a reality”.

    Today there are no wild koalas remaining in Bungarribee, a troubling reality which is representative of the wider koala crisis in New South Wales as the state fights to reverse an alarming decline in its koala population. Down almost 26% in just two decades according to the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage, rapid urban development has systematically destroyed koala habitats and is widely recognised as the reason behind their impending extinction.

    Bungarribee was born in October last year, and the joey’s cuddly coat has been months in the making. Like all newborn koalas she was born blind, hairless and without ears, measuring just two centimetres long and less than one gram in weight. She then spent seven months growing and developing inside her mother’s pouch before emerging with the distinct koala characteristics adored by so many including large furry ears and a big black nose.

    Come and celebrate baby Bungarribee with us!

    Book via to score a 20% discount on all tickets and annual passes when you enter the code ‘SYDNEY’.

    But hurry, this offer is only available until 27 September 2019.

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