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  • 17-Feb-2020 17:29 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    By Michael Page

    With 2020 now in full swing, all eyes are set on the future as the new decade brings with it renewed energy and opportunities for Australia’s 12.9 million employees.

    Despite a predicted slowdown in the economy, the nation’s workers can be optimistic as trends in entrepreneurship, technology and a growing service sector are expected to generate strong job growth. However, changing organisational structures and the fourth industrial revolution will transform jobs as we know it. So what does 2020 hold for Australia’s job market?

    Recruitment for talent in these industries set to boom

    Although megatrends in data and connectivity are causing disruption and innovation across the nation, traditional service roles are expected to see the biggest growth in 2020. Jobs Outlook reveals two out of every three new jobs created will come from one of four main industries:

    • health care and social assistance,
    • construction,
    • education and training, and
    • professional, scientific and technical services.

    With an ageing population, the National Disability Insurance Scheme and growing demand for childcare and home-care based services, health care and social assistance is Australia’s largest and fastest growing industry. The field currently employs over 1.5 million people and is expected to generate tens of thousands of additional jobs in the coming half-decade.

    RELATED: Top 10 highest paying jobs in Australia in 2020

    Meanwhile, investment in national infrastructure and a growing population means continued growth in the construction and property sector. Building and plumbing labourers, engineers, construction managers and casual labourers will be in high demand as more roads, railways and airports are built in the next 5 years. Similarly, Australia’s growing population and high demand for trained professionals means the education sector is set to boom, with strong demand across the board in primary, secondary, adult and community education.

    RELATED: Michael Page Salary Benchmark Guide 2020

    Despite the fact that service roles are expected to account for the lion’s share of job growth in 2020 and beyond, demand for employees in the professional, scientific and technical services is also predicted to skyrocket. Fuelled by the global tech revolution, demand is growing for skills in computer system design and ICT. Similarly, management, consulting, legal and accounting professions are in high demand as more Australians embrace entrepreneurship and our start-up culture evolves.

    However, while job opportunities will continue this year, attracting and winning talent for these roles is a key challenge for businesses across the board.

    Employees choosing opportunity over remuneration

    The latest Michael Page Australia Salary Benchmark 2020 Report revealed that, while salary is important for employees, it’s far from being the top driving factor when it comes to job satisfaction.

    According to the report, 94% of professionals say unsatisfactory monetary benefits were not top of mind when deciding to leave a job. Furthermore, both gen X and millennial employees said they would have stayed in their last company if they were offered more training and development plans, and if employee engagement was strengthened.

    These insights shed valuable light into the growing importance of personal and development opportunities, as well as a positive work culture when accepting a new job.

    For more hiring and recruitment trends, read the full Michael Page Salary Benchmark Guide 2020 here.

  • 17-Feb-2020 16:03 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    The outlook for 2020 is stark, PwC Australia’s 23rd CEO Survey is showing an increase in pessimism; not surprising given the ongoing uncertainty over trade tensions, geopolitical issues and the lack of agreement on how to deal with climate change.

    The survey found:

    • 80% of Australia’s CEOs are concerned about economic growth in 2020
    • 78% - the number of CEOs who see key skills as a top risk
    • #1 Cyber returns as the number one threat to growth
    • 2 in 3 Australian CEOs see climate change as a threat
    • 63% of local CEOs are concerned about a lack of trust in business

    Explore the key insights and actions across issues such as strategic goals, prospects for economic growth, workforce challenges, threats facing companies, trust and the future of digital privacy. 

  • 17-Feb-2020 15:14 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    In December Harvard Business Review (HBR) published their top 15 leadership tips for 2019. The beginning of the new year is usually the time when we feel ‘fired up’ for action, so I have decided to kick the year off by using HBR’s top tips to create a ‘Leadership Scorecard’.

    Leadership Scorecard

    Take 5 minutes to answer the twelve questions on the scorecard below and find out how strongly you rate as a leader. To download your copy, click WCT Leadership Scorecard.

    The responses are Yes/No because you must do that item at least 80% of the time before your team members and your peers will describe you as having the skill or characteristic. Anything below 80% is a ‘no’ because it needs prompt attention and action from you.

    Interpreting Your Quiz Results

    Congratulations on completing the quiz. Add up the total number of ‘Yes’ responses.

    If you scored:

    • 8 to 10 – Well done! Your team and colleagues will see you as an excellent leader. Keep up the superb work.
    • 6 to 7 – You’re a competent leader, but not a high-flyer. What actions are you going to take this year to improve your leadership capability?
    • 5 or less – It looks like your intentions don’t match your actions, at least not consistently enough. What changes will you make?

    Need to Improve Your Score?

    Which item would make the most significant difference to your performance as a leader? What will you need to change to become the leader you’d like to be? Can you make the changes yourself, or could you fast-track them by using a coach or mentor?

    If you’re ‘fired up’ about making changes to your leadership performance, don’t let another year slip by. Take a photo of your completed quiz and text it now to 0417 272 583 or email it to

    Every person who submits their quiz will get a FREE 15-minute coaching session with Diana Tapp. In this 100% free, no-obligation call, you’ll get greater insight into your leadership style and be given three practical tips, based on your individual responses.

    This FREE 15-MINUTE COACHING SESSION offer is strictly limited — send in your quiz by 5pm on 3rd March 2020 to secure your spot.

  • 17-Feb-2020 14:46 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Welcome to 2020 and what promises to be another exciting year in the legal world!

    To help prepare you for 2020 we succinctly detail in this edition current topical legal matters and those we believe are on the horizon for the year ahead. As always, we invite you to contact our Employment & Workplace Law Team using the contact details further below if you require any assistance or further advice regarding the issues raised and action items arising.

    The Headlines

    Headlining this years annual legal update are issues relating to:

    • updated modern awards commencing from 4 February 2020
    • the upcoming overhaul to ‘annualised salary’ terms in modern awards
    • the requirement that all public and large proprietary companies implement a compliant whistleblower policy by 1 January 2020
    • the ongoing legal dispute over the calculation of personal leave for employees with irregular roster hours
    • the Commonwealth Government’s proposed religious discrimination/freedom legislation

    The Takeaway

    With some of the changes already operational and others soon to commence, now is the time to be proactive to ensure compliance and reduce the risk of adverse consequences arising such as fines, underpayments and back-pay claims, Ombudsman investigations, civil and criminal prosecutions, negative publicity, disputes with employees and personal liability for individuals involved in the contravention!

    MODERN AWARDS – New Awards commencing from 4 February 2020

    Since 2014 the Fair Work Commission has been undertaking a ‘four-yearly review’ of all modern awards, during which the Commission has clarified how some modern award clauses operate and made numerous changes.

    Now the time has come for the new modern awards to be released in three tranches, the first of which commence in the first full pay period on or after 4 February 2020.  READ MORE>

    ANNUALISED SALARIES – Changes to burden employers

    The Fair Work Commission has turned its focus to the disparate ‘annualised salary’ provisions found within various modern awards and with the inherent lack of employee wage safeguards being a key driver for change, the Commission has created new rules that govern same.

    Presently 21 modern awards will be varied to incorporate a model annualised salary term.  READ MORE>

    WHISTLEBLOWER POLICIES – MUST be in place by 1 January 2020

    From 1 January 2020, all public and large proprietary companies must have in place a whistleblower policy which meets all mandatory statutory requirements.  READ MORE> 

    COURT CASES – Personal leave calculation decision off to the High Court

    2020 may see a fundamental shift in how personal leave is accrued and paid following a controversial Federal Court decision relating to the calculation of leave for employees with non-standard rostered hours.  READ MORE>

    NEW LAWS - Religious discrimination legislation on track to be introduced in 2020

    The Federal Government is on track to introduce religious discrimination legislation in 2020, with a second exposure draft of its Religious Discrimination Bill introduced in parliament in late December 2019.

    The Bill adopts the general objects, protections and prohibitions contained in similar Federal anti-discrimination laws such as the Age Discrimination Act, Disability Discrimination Act and Sex Discrimination Act, with some alterations to reflect the distinct nature of ‘religious belief or activity’ as a protected attribute.  READ MORE> 

    More Information and Contacts

    As this is intended as a brief synopsis only, we would be pleased to discuss with you any questions arising and provide such other advice or assistance as you may require. In that respect, please contact a member of our Employment & Workplace Law Team including:

    Stewart Gough E: P: 9806 7483

    Peter Doughman E: P: 9806 7412

    Best wishes for 2020.

    Stewart Gough, Principal

  • 14-Feb-2020 17:00 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Children’s Medical Research Institute thanks and congratulates the NSW Government for its vision in announcing $25 million in funding for a new advanced viral vector manufacturing facility at Westmead, to produce specialised gene therapy tools at clinical grade.

    This investment reaffirms the NSW Government’s commitment to world-leading research conducted at the Westmead Precinct, and most importantly, toward transforming children’s lives.

    Almost 25 years ago, Children’s Medical Research Institute teamed up with The Children’s Hospital at Westmead to establish a gene therapy research program. This long-term investment in research has helped to put NSW in the position where it can now create a facility to manufacture clinical-grade vectors for gene therapy applications in paediatric and adult patients.

    A vector is a microscopic tool used to deliver healthy copies of genes to tissues and organs within patients or deliver the ability to correct the genetic error at its source. While the technology is moving rapidly, production of vectors is not.

    NSW, and in particular the Westmead precinct, is already at the forefront of international gene therapy research. The aim of this project is to speed up research and translate it into cures for serious genetic diseases affecting children.

    One facility can produce vector to treat illnesses impacting everything from those with life-threatening liver disease to children going blind, but it can be extremely costly to get it to Australia and the waiting list is long.

    Professor Ian Alexander, Head of the Gene Therapy Research Unit at Children’s Medical Research Institute, a senior clinician at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and Professor of Paediatric and Molecular Medicine at the University of Sydney said the manufacturing facility would be a boost to translation of academic research in NSW and across Australia.

    “We see it as the beginning of something much greater,” he said. “It is about moving technology into the clinic, which, in future, will benefit many more patients by offering new and better treatment opportunities. This technology could translate into saving the lives of infants with life-threatening conditions.’’

    Dr Leszek Lisowski heads the Translational Vectorology Group at CMRI and is Conjoint Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney. His team will play a key role in the new facility through training of staff and developing the manufacturing processes that will underpin operations. In addition, his team specializes in the development of novel vectors optimised for clinical applications targeting liver, eye and many other clinically important organs and tissues.

    Dr Lisowski said that this new facility will allow Australian investigators to get around the “bottleneck’’ of getting vectors from overseas.

    “The biggest bottleneck that slows down translation of gene therapy tools to the patient is a global lack of vector manufacturing capacity, which significantly extends the timeline and increases the cost of translational studies.”

    “This facility will give Australian researchers prioritised and cost-effective access to clinical gene therapy reagents and will facilitate translation of a large number of exciting preclinical programs from bench to bedside.”

    The team at Children’s Medical Research Institute is excited by this vital investment and looks forward to partnering with government and other funders to enable the facility to achieve its full potential.

  • 14-Feb-2020 16:30 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    The New South Wales, Victorian and South Australian governments have announced a range of tax relief measures for individuals and businesses directly affected by bushfires.

    These measures include:

    • Stamp duty relief for the purchase of replacement homes and motor vehicles,
    • Land tax relief for land in affected areas, and
    • Payroll tax relief for employers located in affected areas, or whose employees are involved in bushfire-fighting efforts.

    Click here to read Pitcher Partners full article for information about the state-specific support.

    For further information please contact your Pitcher Partners representative.


    Howard Badger Partner | Tax Consulting

    E:     P: 02 8236 7718

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  • 14-Feb-2020 15:30 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    City of Parramatta has partnered with Localised to build a local business platform to promote and support business activity across Parramatta. They want to keep more business-to-business dollars in the local community.

    It's just in the launch phase and the City of Parramatta need your help. By joining for free and creating content in Localised, you will get a lot of exposure to all businesses in Parramatta. Free to all businesses, expand awareness of your business and improve your Google search results.

    All you need to start is to click here and have your profile photos, logos, website and business details ready.

    For further information on how to sign up please contact the City of Parramatta Economic Development Team at:


  • 13-Feb-2020 11:05 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    With the help of Macquarie’s senior economist, Justin Fabo we look at how Australia’s property market performed in 2019 and the key factors that will drive the property market in 2020. An insightful read for first time buyers to experienced property investors.

    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.

  • 13-Feb-2020 10:47 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    City of Parramatta Council has appointed Australian company Built to construct 5 Parramatta Square – the City’s new civic, cultural and community building – following a rigorous 12-month selection process.

    “We are thrilled to be appointing Built to deliver 5 Parramatta Square, the jewel in the crown of the world-class Parramatta Square precinct,” City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer said.

    “The site of 5 Parramatta Square is challenging and Built has come up with innovative ideas for constructing a multipurpose building with a unique facade. The company is already delivering 6 & 8 Parramatta Square, part of Australia’s largest urban regeneration project.”

    Construction of 5 Parramatta Square, which will be integrated into a refurbished Parramatta Town Hall, is expected to begin in the coming months.

    The six-storey building will be dedicated to the community, offering a contemporary public library, a Discovery Centre with exhibition spaces and visitor services, creative spaces and meeting rooms, and a café. It will also be home to the new Council Chambers.

    The $130 million structure is the final addition to the new Parramatta Square precinct, a three-hectare mixed-use area in the centre of Parramatta CBD. Located next to Parramatta train station and a future light rail stop on Macquarie Street, the precinct includes 6,000sqm of public domain.

    Council anticipates that construction of 5 Parramatta Square will be complete in April 2022, to coincide with the completion of the remaining Parramatta Square precinct.

  • 11-Feb-2020 17:26 | Tracy Dawson (Administrator)

    Hold a residential conference at PARKROYAL Parramatta by the end of May 2020 and they will throw in a $500 visa gift card – that’s the PARKROYAL way of saying thank you!

    Click here for more information or to book. 

    Terms and conditions apply:

    • Valid for meetings held before 31 May 2020 with a minimum of 20 delegates
    • Subject to availability
    • Not valid for existing bookings 
    • Cannot be combined with any other promotions
    • Minimum spend of $5,000.00 per day applies, excluding audio visual

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