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  • 06-Jan-2014 12:55 | Deleted user



    Applications close 5pm Friday 28 February 2014

    The Textile, Clothing and Footwear (TCF) Small Business Program offers grants of up to $50,000 for projects to improve the business enterprise culture of small businesses manufacturing textiles, clothing or footwear in Australia, or designing for manufacture in Australia.

    AusIndustry invites applications from established small businesses or consortiums, who have not received grants from other TCF programs, for projects to be undertaken in 2014/15.

    Up to $2.5 million funding is available,
    to eligible small businesses.

    Applicants must:


    §  have fewer than 20 employees

    §  undertake eligible textile, clothing and footwear activities

    §  make a minimum cash contribution of 25% of proposed budget

    §  have a turnover of at least $100,000, and must be solvent and not under any administrative arrangements.

    For an application to be competitive, the project should be designed to support an improvement in business systems, production processes and/or management strategies, to make it more creative, sustainable and internationally competitive.

    Refer to the Customer Information Guide for advice on writing a competitive application. Projects should be up to 12 months in duration, commencing from July 2014.

    AusIndustry will conduct workshops nationally commencing 28 January 2014, focused on how to write a competitive application.

    For more information visit our website at and follow the links to the TCF Small Business Program. To obtain the word-fillable application form, phone the AusIndustry hotline on 13 28 46 or email





















  • 11-Dec-2013 12:51 | Deleted user

    The NSW Government has released its 2014 priorities for industry growth under the NSW Economic Development Framework.

    34 actions have been prioritised for delivery with industry in 2014 including targeted initiatives for key NSW industry sectors, regional NSW and Western Sydney.

    A key initiative includes $1.5 million to roll-out Smart Work Hub (teleworking) pilots on the Central Coast and Western Sydney.

    Expressions of interest are now open for organisations and consortia in a strong position to establish and operate pilot Smart Work Hubs. 

    Applications close 9.00am on Tuesday, 28 January 2014.

    For more information on this and other 2014 priority actions, visit

  • 11-Dec-2013 12:49 | Deleted user

    Australia’s official interest rates appear to be at, or very close to, the bottom of their cycle. 

    It would take a slump in economic activity well beyond the weakness currently forecast by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) for the RBA to cut its cash rate again. The RBA expects the economy to grow 2-3% in 2014 after growth of around 2.5% in 2013. 

    Such growth rates are not spectacular. The best of the mining construction boom appears to be behind us and the manufacturing sector is still battling against a relatively strong Australian dollar (AUD). But at least they are positive. 

    The RBA has cut its cash rate from 4.75% in October 2011 to 2.50% at present. This decline in the cash rate has seen mortgage rates and other short term variable rates decline. 

    These lower interest rates are finally stimulating demand in the housing sector and have also helped lift the sharemarket as investors seek better returns. 

    Of interest to both businesses and investors are fixed-term interest rates. These are less influenced by the RBA and more influenced by global events. It is highly probable that these rates have also seen their low point. You may have noticed that fixed rates in the 3-5 year range have drifted a little higher in recent months. 

    It would be fair to say that the policies of the United States of America have kept longer term yields in the US, and around the world, lower than they might otherwise have been. The US is effectively ‘printing money’ with the aim of keeping interest rates low in order to stimulate its economy. But it is ‘printing’ so much money that it is affecting interest rates around the world. 

    The reason fixed term interest rates have drifted up is because the US, and the rest of the world, is coming to the realisation that at some stage, the US must reduce the pace at which it ‘prints’ money. As this happens, longer term interest rates will most likely begin to rise. 

    The big question is when this will occur. Many thought it would happen in September but as it turned out, the US Federal Reserve felt that the US economy still required further stimulus. The focus has now turned to March 2014. 

    Whatever the precise timing, it appears that both variable and fixed interest rates are at, or very close to, their lows for this cycle. We expect the RBA will think about lifting its record-low cash rate, late in 2014 or early in 2015. The slower the economic recovery in Australia, the slower the rise in the RBA’s cash rate. 

    The same applies fixed rates, except here the focus is on the US economic recovery. If the US economy can create 200,000 jobs or more per month in early 2014 then its seems probable that 3-5 year fixed rates will move higher. 

  • 11-Dec-2013 12:45 | Deleted user

    TAFE NSW - South Western Sydney Institute (SWSi) Director Peter Roberts has pledged to better align training with the needs of local businesses in the region.

    The fresh commitment follows Mr Roberts’ decision late last month to accept a second term as TAFE SWSi's top decision-maker, providing the organisation with ongoing and clear direction for the future. 

    Mr Roberts said a deeper engagement between TAFE SWSi and the business community would help grow the region's economy.

    "The south west is one of Sydney’s fastest growing regions, with the State Government forecasting 155,000 new homes to be built and 89,000 new jobs to be created by 2036," Mr Roberts said.

    “That’s good news for local businesses as well as local residents looking for meaningful employment in the region.

    "TAFE SWSi is well placed to help the region’s businesses capitalise on the opportunities associated with a growing population by ensuring local companies have access to customised training and job-ready graduates."

    “Key to south western Sydney’s future is establishing a deeper engagement between the region’s largest training provider and the range of businesses that support the region’s economy.

    “That’s why I plan to use my second term as TAFE SWSi’s Institute Director to sit down with more local businesses to better meet their training needs.

    “I also want to encourage local business people to get in touch with my dedicated team of industry experienced trainers to let us know what you need.”

    TAFE SWSi is south western Sydney’s largest training provider, with more than 72,000 course enrolments across its nine colleges each year.

    As the 2013 NSW Large Training Provider of the Year, TAFE SWSi offers training solutions to companies in sectors such as health, hospitality, community services, business and construction, manufacturing and transport, business and finance, as well as information technology and design.



  • 04-Dec-2013 15:29 | Lisa Docherty (Administrator)

    Author: Di Bartok, Parramatta Advertiser

    Western Sydney Business Connection's last lunch of the year gave business people a chance to network before the start of another year as well as raise money for Northcott Disability Services.

    Held at Oatlands House in Dundas on Wednesday, the business leader lunch featured popular Northcott ambassadors Ben Keyte and Shirley Wong who both spoke of how Northcott had helped their lives.

    Both wheelchair bound and Ms Wong communicating via an iPad voice, the young ambassadors told of the support Northcott had given them.

    "If not for Northcott, I, we would not be talking to you today," Mr Keyte told the audience.

    Both he and Ms Wong spoke of the work Northcott does in supporting people with disabilities to lead full lives.

    Mr Keyte gave an impressive account of his active life, in the performing arts as well as wheelchair soccer with the Wanderers.

    More than $4000 was raised through a live and silent auction and a raffle.

  • 21-Nov-2013 12:37 | Deleted user

    With North West Rail Link construction work set to increase in 2014, Hills Shire Mayor Dr Michelle Byrne has urged residents and businesses around the station sites to get North West Rail ready.

    The NSW Government will begin excavation work at various station sites in 2014. The excavation at Norwest will require the closure of the western access to Brookhollow Avenue, Baulkham Hills  (opposite Norwest Marketown) on Norwest Boulevarde from February 2014 to June 2014.

    The work will also require additional No Stopping signs to be installed along sections of Brookhollow Avenue.

    Access to Brookhollow Avenue will still be available through the eastern intersection of Norwest Boulevarde and Brookhollow Avenue (near the Atlas building).

    During that period, additional travel time may be required for those using Norwest Boulevarde.

    Hills Shire Mayor Dr Michelle Byrne said that residents and businesses may have to re-think their daily routine during the construction phase.

    “We’ve wanted the North West Rail Link for a very long time and construction won’t happen overnight,” Dr Byrne said.

    “Businesses may look at staggering work hours to skip the congestion and walking around Norwest Business Park rather than driving when possible.”

    “Council is working with the NSW Government and Transport for NSW to keep residents well informed and make the process as smooth as possible.”

    Mayor Byrne said that North West Rail Link early works had already begun across the Sydney Hills, and it was a good sign that  progress is being made.

    “We’ve seen buildings being demolished at station sites like Bella Vista, Norwest and Showground as well as the closure of Arthur Whitling Park at Castle Hill.”

    “While this may look a little bit confronting, I ask everyone to keep their eye on the big picture. Getting around The Hills and greater Sydney will be far easier once the rail link is up and running.”


  • 21-Nov-2013 12:32 | Deleted user

    The Panthers Group, in conjunction with major partners Oak, Hertz and Asics are happy to announce the 2014 Jersey Trade In Scheme.

    If you trade in a Penrith Panthers jersey you can purchase a 2014 jersey for only $99.95.


    All jerseys traded in will be donated to Panthers Indigenous Programs around NSW. Penrith Panthers Indigenous Welfare Officer Glen Liddiard is looking forward to the initiative.


    "Some of the kids we have in our programs have never owned a Rugby League jersey. It will be a great reward." Liddiard said.


    Liddiard said the Indigenous players at the Panthers are role models in a lot of Country areas. "We use Rugby League players as role models to encourage Indigenous kids that have come out of the Juvenile Justice system to stay out of trouble."


    To pre-order your 2014 Jersey click here, call 02 4720 5566 or visit the PantherShop located in the Reception area of Penrith Leagues Club.


    The PantherShop is open from 10am every day.


  • 21-Nov-2013 12:30 | Deleted user

    Communication is key to any business that needs to grow, build brand, create value and share success.


    Over the past few months, I have been taking some time  to understand what you, as members, need WSBC to deliver, for you to reach your business goals. By listening and taking the steps to redesign WSBC to be forward thinking and re-energized, we are well on our way to presenting you, our members far more value than ever before!

    Through our improved member benefits we are not only opening new doors and welcoming new members to the WSBC Community but we are seeing existing members upgrading and reaping the rewards of enhanced engagement and profile.

    We are introducing new initiatives to assist your networking at our events and I hope you all found the new colour coded badges at our recent events helpful to identify new prospects and make introductions. 

    With the changes to our events program planned for next year, we aim to connect you more directly with the businesses you wish to, to build new relationships and to deliver the business leads you seek to grow your businesses.

    We have also introduced new ways of partnering with WSBC to create growth and prosperity for your business in Western Sydney and if you would like to know more then please contact me.

    Your continued support in providing feedback on what you value is essential for the success of WSBC and for you all here today. With this I can continue to create opportunity for not only you, but the new members coming into the WSBC fold. 

    In a conversation recently I heard these wise words -  I don't know what I don't know! So, please tell me. Please share both your innovations and frustrations, so that we here at WSBC can provide you with the relevance and value you seek. 

    With your participation & engagement in the up and coming initiatives WSBC have planned it is set to be a positive year! 

    Best in Class and nothing less is what we are aiming for. You, our member base is how we achieve this.

    So good luck to us all and stay tuned for more exciting developments and change to come!!

    My door is open, my phone is on and I am happy to help you get the connections you need to grow your business

  • 21-Nov-2013 12:29 | Deleted user

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  • 21-Nov-2013 11:06 | Deleted user

    The Australian Privacy Act is set to change in March 2014, and the new legislation has significant implications for Australian business.

    To help organisations prepare for these changes, Moore Stephens Melbourne recently hosted a privacy law seminar with Australian Information Commissioner, Professor John McMillan AO, as speaker. Professor McMillan talked through the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner’s new Australian Privacy Principles, or APPs, to help businesses understand and explore the challenges they present.

    Watch the video or read the details below:

    What are the implications for business?

    1. The new regulations are enforceable

    The OAIC has extended powers to enforce Australian privacy law. The Commissioner explained that the new regulations represent “a stronger, hard-edged, coercive regime, but the emphasis is still on conciliation.”

    From March 2014, the OAIC will have the power to initiative investigations itself, and as a result of a consumer complaint. If conciliation isn’t possible, the OAIC will be able to have organisations make an undertaking to improve their systems for collecting, storing and using personal information. If they don’t, the OAIC will be able to pursue legal action and seek financial penalties from those organisations.

    Case study: Penalties for Google

    Google was fined in Spain and France for downloading individuals’ personal data from unsecured wifi networks through its Street View service, while United States regulators required it to make an undertaking about its conduct over the ensuing two years. The new Australian laws give the OAIC extended powers to apply similar penalties to organisations operating here.

    2. Businesses need to obtain consentundefinedand abide by it

    Businesses may only use personally identifiable information for the purposes approved by the individual who provided it.

    Case study: Preempting additional uses

    Payroll can’t share employees’ bank details with accounts payable for reimbursement purposes. One solution is to obtain the sharing consent required by the organisation at the point of data collection.

    “The Principles also require you to tell people how they'll be adversely affected if they don't consent to data sharing,” the Commissioner said.

    3. The law isn’t retrospective, but it does apply to the data you’ve already collected

    The new laws don’t apply to the collection of data in the past. But they do apply to the way you store, secure, and use that data now and in the future. The regulations also require you to keep it up to date and complete.

    Case study: Making staff information available to clients

    A global business presenting personal information on staff members to potential clients may need to obtain consent from staff members to reuse their personal (or profile) information for this purpose, even if that information was collected before the new laws come into effect, or the staff members are located overseas.

    4. Emerging technologies present fresh compliance challenges

    New technologies present new hurdles for regional or national legislation like the APPs.

    Case study: DestinationundefinedCloud

    Attendees flagged that they might store data in cloud services to share with colleagues, but that they don’t have any idea where the service is hosted or the data is stored.

    “The Australian privacy laws follow the information wherever it goes,” the Commissioner said.

    “If you're collecting personal information in Australia and sending it overseas, you're subject to the Australian Privacy Act wherever you send that information, unless the country you send it to has a comparable law for privacy.”

    He commented that the United States, for example, does not have a comparable law. But he also explained that the Australian laws apply to all Australian businesses with a turnover of 3 million or more, so Australian-based cloud service providers are required to abide by the new laws, too.

    What can you do?

    Businesses should reassess their existing privacy policies, procedures and systems to ensure they’re adequate to meet the new changes.

    “You have to get on top of the privacy principles,” the Commissioner said. “Do a privacy impact assessment.”

    He suggested business focus on questions including:

    §  What is the personal information on our systems?

    §  Can we identify it?

    §  How's it being used and stored?

    §  Who are we giving it to?

    “It's not simple,” he added, “but it can be straightforward.”

    Legislative implications for individuals

    §  The seminar also highlighted some of the ways the new legislation will affect individuals.

    §  Be aware that your personal information can be used for purposes beyond those to which you’ve consented, so long as it’s de-identified.

    §  Even something as simple as an email address may be personally identifying, although generic email addresses usually aren’t personally identifying.

    §  You are permitted by the new laws to interact with organisations anonymously or under a pseudonym as far as is practical.

    If an associate gives you their business card, they’re obviously consenting to you having that information. But they’re not consenting to you aggregating that information and selling the database to others, for example.
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