Australia's 3rd Largest Economy

 Upcoming Webinars 

The Connection proudly presents the following webinars:

Connecting To Construction Opportunities

Thursday 24th February 2022, 11.00am to 12.00pm

The Connection is delighted to be joined by five companies in the construction industry who will provide:

  • An overview of their upcoming projects
  • A top-line summary of the products and services they are looking to procure 
  • Information on how to tender with them

Attending Connection Members (excluding Small Business Members) will get the added benefit of submitting an Expression of Interest to our five presenting companies.

Contract Essentials - Getting It Right & What Happens When It Goes Wrong

Thursday 3rd March 2022, 11.00am to 12.00pm

Putting commercial agreements in place is something companies (large and small) do almost every day.

In this free webinar, Gigi Au and Douglas Brown from Matthews Folbigg Lawyers will share 5 ways to get the best out of your commercial contracts and the 3 steps to take if something goes wrong.

This webinar is essential viewing for all managers.

Proudly supported by Matthews Folbigg Lawyers

Past Webinars 

An Economic Outlook For Western Sydney

Tuesday 23 November, 11.00am to 12.00pm

The Connection is delighted to be joined by the CommBank’s Chief Equities Economist, Craig James, who will share insight on:

  • Factors affecting Western Sydney’s economy
  • What the economic recovery landscape looks like, including impacts to employment, wages and spending.

Proudly supported by the Commonwealth Bank

3 Ways To Empower Employees To Take More Initiative

Tuesday 16th November 2021, 11.00am to 12.00pm

As a leader, are you tired of having employees who wait to be told what to do? And even when you do give them a task, just do the bare minimum? Do you feel frustrated when they find a problem and pass it on to you rather than using their initiative and coming up with a solution?

Taking initiative means seeing something that needs to be done and deciding to do it without being asked. It means anticipating and preventing problems and going beyond their everyday responsibilities, even if they have no formal position of authority.

When this proactive culture is missing, your company risks losing ground to competitors. While YOUR employees say, "it's not my job", THEIR employees are going above and beyond to find ways to improve processes, increase customer satisfaction, cut costs and introduce innovative new products and services.

The good news is that empowering people to take more initiative is an easily learnable skill.

Join us for a free, not-to-be-missed webinar where Australia's #1 High-Performance Team Consultant, Diana Tapp, will reveal three powerful ways leaders can create a proactive culture, empower staff to take initiative and help drive your business forward.

During this webinar you will also discover:

  • The right questions to ask to encourage initiative
  • What is "flearning" and why is it so important
  • How to respond with curiosity, not judgement
  • 5 ways to create opportunities for your team to show initiative
  • How to create an environment that rewards questions, not just compliance
  • Tips to promote forward-thinking and diverse ideas

    Proudly supported by World Class Teams  

    Connecting To Construction Opportunities

    Thursday 14th October, 11.00am to 12.00pm

    Over the next 10 years the Australian and New South Wales Governments will be investing billions of dollars into Western Sydney infrastructure projects. With transport, education, cultural and health projects already in the pipeline, now is the time to connect your business to potential opportunities.

    The Connection is delighted to be joined by five companies in the construction industry who will provide:

    - An overview of their upcoming projects
    - A top-line summary of the products and services they are looking to procure 

    - Information on how to tender with them

    Strategies To Improve Your Business Efficiency

    Wednesday 13th October, 11.00am to 12.00pm

    Lockdown has interrupted, and in some cases, exacerbated existing inefficiencies in the operational procedures of many businesses.

    It is critical to have optimal processes in place to ensure your business is efficient, agile and more profitable.

    During this webinar, you will learn how to:

    - Increase your efficiency / productivity / capacity
    - Simplify your operations planning process
    - Increase your bottom line
    - Create time in your business
    - Increase customer satisfaction
    - Improve worker engagement

        Proudly supported by Efficiency Works

        Building Innovation Into Your Strategic Planning

        Thursday 23rd September, 11.00am to 12.00pm

        Innovation is critical to the continuing success of any organisation. It improves sales and customer relationships, allows businesses to pivot when required, and to stay relevant in a rapidly changing market.

        How can you implement and take advantage of innovation in your business right now and create a blue print for future innovation?

        In this webinar, Gerard Hermens, Director of the Institute of Strategic Management (ISM), will show you how to build innovation into your strategic planning to reduce costs and generate more income for your business.

        You will also learn:

        • How to create an innovative business culture to stay ahead of the curve

        • A step-by-step plan to create successful outcomes

        • How to benchmark your innovation against your competitors

        Proudly supported by the Institute of Strategic Management

        COVID-19 In The Workplace

        Thursday 9th September, 11.00am to 12.00pm

        From potential mandatory vaccinations to keeping employees safe, businesses are facing never-before-seen COVID-19 workplace challenges. With this area of employment law evolving daily, if not hourly, it is difficult to keep up-to-date with your legal responsibilities as an employer. At the same time, Federal and State governments are preparing the blueprint for an easing back of restrictions, including those currently affecting creditors seeking to recover their debts. There is also the pressing matter of the growing mountain of ATO debt that will need to be clawed in at some point.

        WSBC is delighted to be joined by two experts from Matthews Folbigg Lawyers, who will discuss some of the challenges and issues every business owner should be aware of as they navigate their way forward. Our experts will also give registrants the opportunity to receive a free letter of demand prepared by Matthews Folbigg Lawyers.

        During this business essential webinar, you will be provided with knowledge that is critical to your current decision-making.

        Proudly supported by Matthews Folbigg Lawyers

        How To Access Business Grants & Which Ones You Should Look At Right Now

        Thursday 26th August 2021, 11.00am to 12.00pm

        Understanding and unlocking government funding programs can accelerate business growth.

        WSBC is delighted to be joined by Laurens Visscher and Joel Lovell, two experts from KPMG, who will talk about the current grants landscape and the times when a business should check on potential funding opportunities.

        They will also discuss specific grant programs in the areas of R&D, export and Job Creation/Business Growth. Be one of the first to become aware of some programs that are about to open, what the key criteria will be, and whether your business will be eligible to apply.

        During this free webinar, Laurens and Joel will run you through the following four programs:

        • Innovation Scaleup Fund: the brand-new NSW COVID-19 support grant assisting businesses to commercialise their R&D ($25K - $1M).
        • EMDG Export: rebate for export promotion expenses incurred last year and their new grant program for the coming years which opened last week (up to $450K, accessible for SME’s up to $20-50M).
        • Jobs Plus Program & The Western Sydney Investment Attraction Fund (WSIAF): two job creation grants in NSW if you create 10-30 jobs in the coming 2-3 years. The Western Sydney Investment Attraction Fund will be exclusively accessible for businesses in the following councils: Blue Mountains, Camden, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Liverpool, Penrith and Wollondilly.

        5 Powerful Ways To Improve Your EQ To Become A Great Leader

        Thursday 5th August 2021, 11.00am to 12.00pm

        When you think of a world class manager or leader, what characteristics come to mind?

        You might picture someone who never lets emotions get the better of them, no matter how stressful the situation. Or you might imagine a person who has the complete trust of their team, encourages idea sharing, is easy to talk to, and builds strong connections. These are all the hallmarks of someone with high emotional intelligence (EQ).

        Being smart is not enough. What distinguishes the great managers and leaders from the average ones is not their IQ but their EQ.

        Being able to read people's signals and react appropriately is vital. When managers have low emotional intelligence, problems such as distrust, conflict, and silos arise. Issues are avoided and not dealt with, which results in increased staff turnover, higher absenteeism, lower engagement, and poor productivity.

        The good news is that EQ is a learnable skill. Join us for a not-to-be-missed webinar where Australia's #1 High-Performance Team Consultant, Diana Tapp, will reveal five powerful ways to improve your EQ to help you become an exponentially better leader.

        In this webinar you will discover:

        • Five powerful strategies for improving your leadership EQ
        • How to manage your emotions in stressful '5% moments'
        • How to respond in high stakes situations to get the outcome you need AND keep people on board
        • Practical tools & techniques you can start implementing straight away

        Proudly supported by World Class Teams  

        The NSW JobSaver Package Explained 

        Tuesday 3rd August 2021, 11.30am to 12.30pm

        NSW JobSaver applications are now open and the scheme has been expanded to include larger businesses and an increase in the maximum amount that eligible businesses may receive.

        On Tuesday 3rd August, our tax experts will help you understand the eligibility requirements for JobSaver and give you a chance to ask all those burning questions. They will update you on:

        - JobSaver eligibility
        - Minimum & maximum payments
        - Step by step instructions on the JobSaver application process
        - Alternative circumstances
        - The Micro-business grant for smaller businesses

          Join us for this practical webinar in which WSBC member, William Buck Accountants and Advisors will continue to bring you the detail on what the measures mean for you and your business.

          Proudly supported by William Buck  

          Variants, Vaccines and Lockdown – An Expert Opinion

          Friday 30th July 2021, 12.00pm to 1.00pm

          As Sydney endures another lockdown, a new COVID-19 variant and a fluctuation in daily cases, there continues to be a barrage of information from multiple sources around the pandemic.

          WSBC is delighted to be joined by two internationally renowned experts from The Westmead Institute for Medical Research (WIMR) who will help us better understand the virus, vaccines and the medium to long term outlook for you, your family and and your business.

          During this free webinar, we will ask our experts a range of questions including:

          • What are the specific characteristics of the Delta variant we are seeing in Sydney’s outbreak and how are the vaccines holding up against these strains?
          • How can herd immunity be achieved?
          • Can you mandate COVID-testing for your employees?
          • What is long COVID? And what are the potential impacts for business?
          • What does living with COVID-19 look like?
          • What else can we be doing to manage COVID-19 better in both our personal lives and in the workplace?

          You will also have the opportunity to ask live questions during this webinar.

          Proudly supported by The Westmead Institute For Medical Research   

          The COVID-19 Business Support Package Explained 

          Friday 23rd July 2021, 11.00am to 12.00pm

          The NSW and Federal Government’s joint COVID-19 business support package dominated the news cycle last week. And while there’s been much written about the announcement and Greater Sydney’s lockdown, it’s been largely light on detail.

          Join us for this practical webinar in which WSBC member, William Buck Accountants and Advisors goes beyond the headlines to bring you the detail on what the measures mean for you and your business.

          Tax expert and business advisor, Tim Lyford will outline the eligibility requirements and how to apply for:

          • The Small Business COVID-19 Support Grant
          • The Micro Business Grant
          • JobSaver
          • COVID-19 Disaster Payments
          • Payroll Tax Deferral and Relief
          • Landlord & Tenant Support Measures 

            Proudly supported by William Buck  

            Supplying To Campbelltown City Council

            Wednesday 14th July 2021, 11.00am to 11.45am AEST

            Campbelltown City Council is in the middle of one of Sydney’s fastest growing regions. With Council actively working with a diverse range of suppliers, there are opportunities for businesses of all sizes to supply products and services to support this growth.

            In this free webinar, Procurement and Contracts Lead, Rochelle Whipps will help you to better understand the procurement process at Campbelltown City Council and give some tips on what is expected when submitting a quote or tender.

            Rochelle will also share information on:

            • The different ways Council obtains products and services, so you can determine the best approach for your business
            • How Council engages contractors
            • How to register to receive future public opportunities with Council
            • Current, upcoming and future projects.

            We will also share information on local organisations who have been successful in a tender process to supply goods and services to Campbelltown City Council.

              Proudly supported by Campbelltown City Council

              Bullying And Harassment In The Workplace

              Thursday 27th May 2021, 11.00am to 11.45am AEST

              Bullying and harassment in the workplace can take many forms. It can be overt and obvious, or it can be subtle and less visible. No form of workplace bullying and harassment is acceptable.

              Employers and managers have a responsibility to provide employees with a safe workplace free from bullying and harassment. Failure to do so is liable to cause disruption to an employer’s business, reduce employee morale, and expose the employer to significant legal risk.

              In this free webinar, Matthews Folbigg Lawyers’ Senior Associate Peter Doughman will explain:

              • the damage and legal risks caused by bullying and harassment in the workplace;
              • the benefit of workplace policies and what these policies MUST include;
              • how to investigate bullying and harassment claims if and when they are made; and
              • how to take disciplinary action against workplace bullies and the risks arising from such action.

              Proudly supported by Matthews Folbigg Lawyers

              Light At The End Of The Tunnel - The Key Economic Trends For 2021

              Thursday 18th March 2021, 11.00am to 12.00pm AEDT

              After a year of severe global economic contraction, is there finally light at the end of the tunnel? 

              Macquarie Wealth's Division Director Martin Lakos is back to share his insights on the global and national economic trends expected to impact business in 2021. 

              Known for his ability to clearly explain complex economic issues and market trends, Martin will provide a big picture global view and then drill down to Australia with an emphasis on the recovery, business and consumer activity and housing. Martin will also discuss opportunities from emerging themes.

              With a financial career spanning more than 40 years, Martin’s understanding of a broad spectrum of issues from big picture macroeconomics and current trends, to interest rates, investor strategy and what’s happening in key global markets, places him in very high demand.

              WSBC, in collaboration with Macquarie Bank, are delighted to present this exciting opportunity to hear from one of Australia’s leading economic commentators.

              Proudly supported by Macquarie Bank

              Proven Strategies To Generate New Business From Google Search

              Wednesday 24th February 2021, 9.00am to 11.00am AEDT

              In today’s digital world you are who Google says you are; and being visible on the most popular search engine on the planet is an essential part of doing business in 2021. Google search offers incredible opportunities for all sizes and types of organisations, giving them the ability to reach untapped markets and generate new business locally, nationally and globally. 

              Done right, Search Engine Optimisation or SEO will significantly increase your visibility on Google search and therefore deliver opportunities to your door every day of the week.  However, many businesses find that despite investing in SEO their bottom line is not seeing the returns. 

              This webinar is for business owners and leaders who want to get reliable results and return on investment from SEO. Delegates will learn the fundamentals of Google search at a big picture level, what’s possible and what’s not, what SEO activity will deliver reliable, sustained growth and how to create a strategic and effective plan to tackle your Google visibility. 

              Proudly supported by Brilliant Digital

              State Government Opportunities for Local Businesses

              Thursday 18th February 2021, 10.00am to 11.00am AEDT

              In 2020, over 250 businesses heard from three Western Sydney councils on local tendering opportunities.

              We now turn our attention to one of the state’s largest procurers – the NSW Government.

              Spending over $30 billion each year on goods, services and infrastructure, the NSW Government is actively encouraging a diverse range of suppliers to apply for Government work.

              What opportunities are available now and in the near future and how can local SMEs take advantage of them?

              In collaboration with the Western Sydney Procurement Steering Committee, WSBC is delighted to be joined by NSW Procurement, who will provide:

              • Ways to supply to NSW Government
              • Information on how to register as a NSW Government supplier
              • An overview of current and upcoming opportunities
              • Tips on applying for Government tenders
              • Advice on how to keep up to date with future opportunities

              Proudly supported by the Western Sydney Procurement Steering Committee

              How To Become A True Leader, Not A Manager

              Thursday 5th November 2020, 9.00am AEDT

              Do you have managers or leaders in your business?

              A manager's focus is on ensuring things go to plan, and that the team meets expectations. An excellent manager ensures the ‘day to day’ is humming.

              True leaders, on the other hand, are future-focused. Their time and energy is used on moving the business forward, empowering and inspiring their team, encouraging change and taking their staff somewhere new.

              The transition from manager to leader is essential for your career and for business growth, but won't happen by itself. People need to learn a completely different set of skills to succeed in this position that is both a huge responsibility and a privilege.

              Join us for a free, not-to-be-missed webinar where Australia's #1 High-Performance Team Consultant, Diana Tapp, will outline the three steps to turning people from managers into leaders so you can powerfully move your business forward.

              In this live webinar, you’ll discover:

              • How to make the successful transition to being a true leader
              • The five core skills of every great leader
              • How to inspire people, and extend your circle of influence
              • Why you need to exhibit authority and empathy
              • How to build certainty, foster trust and get the best out of your employees

              Proudly supported by World Class Teams

              How To Create A Strategic Playbook For Changing Customer Behaviours

              Thursday 15th October 2020, 9.00am to 11.00am AEDT

              It is no secret that customers have changed their decision-making processes and purchasing behaviour as a direct result of COVID. Unfortunately for many businesses there is no longer a playbook to follow.

              How do you create a new playbook or rewrite the one you already have so that it aligns with the new market conditions and helps you get ahead of the game.

              During this hands-on Masterclass, you will:

              - Begin work on your strategic plan
              - Learn how to understand your customers’ problem and how to solve it
              - Find out how to reduce operating costs and improve cash flow
              - Learn how to realign your business products and services to maximise your marketing impact
              - Develop a plan to stand out from your competitors

              - Learn key takeaways from successful business models employed by companies such as Apple, Facebook and Amazon

              Proudly supported by Institute of Strategic Management 

              In Conversation With The Premier

              Wednesday 30th September 2020, 1.00pm AEST

              WSBC is delighted to announce that The Premier of New South Wales, The Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP, will be joining us online September 30 to answer your pre-submitted and live questions.

              This not to be missed webinar will also feature a facilitated panel discussion with Western Sydney business leaders: 

              Lindy Deitz, General Manager, Campbelltown City Council 

              John Vassallo, Chief Executive Officer, Celestino

              Philip Davies, Partner, Infrastructure Advisory, Deloitte

              Our panel will not only focus on COVID-19 recovery strategies, but also look beyond the pandemic at some of the key projects and programs that are catalysing Western Sydney’s future growth and development. 

              Proudly supported by Campbelltown City Council, Sydney Science Park by Celestino and Deloitte

              Social Media in the Modern Workplace - What all Employers Need to Know

              Thursday 3rd September 2020, 11.00am AEST

              The last decade has witnessed the rise of ‘social media’ as a primary form of communication and interaction. Workplaces have not been spared from social media’s influence, and the use (or misuse) of social media by employees can often cause significant headaches for employers and businesses.This is most clearly illustrated by the recent legal proceeding between Israel Folau and Rugby Australia, as well as a trove of unfair dismissal and workplace bullying claims involving inappropriate online behaviour.

              However, social media can also be an effective tool for employers and businesses – not only in the areas of marketing, internal communication and customer outreach, but also for risk management (for example, for conducting ‘background’ searches about prospective employees).

              In this webcast, Matthews Folbigg lawyer Peter Doughman will discuss:

              • how social media has stretched the boundaries of the modern workplace beyond the physical office or premises;
              • the value of IT / social media policies;
              • how social media can be used by employers and businesses to their advantage; and
              • what every employer should be on the ‘lookout’ for!

              Brought to you by Matthews Folbigg Lawyers

              Proven Strategies To Improve Engagement On Social Media

              Thursday 3rd September 2020, 8.00am AEST

              Social media marketing is an essential part of doing business in 2020 and offers incredible opportunities for all sizes and types of businesses to engage with new audiences and grow their brand awareness.

              Done right it’s like networking on steroids! However many businesses find that despite investing a lot of time on multiple platforms their social media posting delivers absolutely no results. 

              This webinar is for business owners and leaders who want to get reliable results and return on investment from the rapidly changing social media space. Delegates will learn which platforms will work for their type of business, what kinds of social media content deliver positive engagement and how to create a strategic and effective social media plan.

              Proudly supported by Brilliant Digital 

              COVID’s Influence – The Short and Long Term Property Outlook

              Wednesday 26th August 2020, 2.00pm AEST

              COVID-19 had a significant impact on the property markets over the first half of 2020. Trends such as increasing vacancies and decreasing demand, rents and prices have been experienced in the commercial and residential sectors across most locations.

              With continued economic uncertainty, Macquarie Group’s Taryn Mackenzie will be joining us to explore the short- and long-term outlook for the property markets.

              This webinar is a must see for anyone involved or interested in residential and/or commercial property. 

              Proudly supported by Macquarie Bank

              Local Opportunities For Local Businesses

              Wednesday 12th August 2020, 2.00pm AEST

              As part of their economic recovery strategy, many councils are looking to fast track projects that support local jobs and provide an immediate boost to the economy. 

              What opportunities are available now and in the near future and how can local SMEs take advantage of them?

              WSBC is delighted to be joined by three Western Sydney Councils - Blacktown, Campbelltown and Liverpool - who will provide an overview of their upcoming and future projects; a top line summary of the products and/or services they are looking to procure; and information on how to tender with them.

              How To Gain An Unfair Competitive Advantage During a Recession

              Thursday 2nd July 2020, 12.00pm AEST

              Recessions are challenging, but they are also an opportunity to reinvent, reinvigorate, and refresh your business enabling you to come out of them even stronger than you went in.

              Join us for a free, not-to-be-missed webinar where Australia’s #1 High-Performance Team Consultant, Diana Tapp, will show you how to unleash the potential of your people to gain an unfair competitive advantage in times of economic downturn.

              In this webinar, you’ll discover:

              • Why people are the key to overtaking your competition
              • The #1 way to analyse your team’s performance
              • How to increase productivity by lifting your people, not squeezing them
              • The two things EVERY leader must do in a recession
              • How to eliminate wastage and get the best out of your employees

              Proudly supported by World Class Teams

              Are We Past Peak Pessimism - An Economic Update 

              Wednesday 10th June 2020, 12.00pm AEST

              Earlier this month the National Cabinet announced Australia’s three-step plan for reopening the economy and businesses. 

              With July as the target for the final phase of the plan and with most people expected back at work by this time, does this indicate we are past peak pessimism?

              WSBC is delighted to welcome back Macquarie Wealth Management’s Division Director, Martin Lakos, who will provide a follow on from his keynote in March on the economic trends expected to impact businesses in 2020. Martin will give us an update and share his insights as the economy takes its first steps towards a new normal.

              Martin will also answer pre-submitted and live questions from our webinar audience.

              Proudly supported by Macquarie Bank

              5 Steps To Rapid Business Recovery

              Thursday 21st May 2020, 12.00pm AEST

              Is your business resourced and ready for COVID-19 recovery? Are you properly set up and structured for growth? Will you be able to capitalise on the opportunities presented as Australia recovers?

              In this webinar, Gerard Hermens, Director of the Institute of Strategic Management (ISM), will take you through a powerful 5-step plan to help your business transition to a successful post COVID environment.

              In this webinar you’ll discover the 5 steps to rapid business recovery; the biggest mistake most business owners make; key questions you need to be asking your teams right now; the must have action plan for each step and how to benchmark your business readiness.

              Proudly supported by the Institute of Strategic Management

              Beyond COVID19 - Critical Legal Issues Every Business Should Know 

              Thursday 7th May 2020, 11.00am AEST

              Right now, businesses are understandably focused on getting through the immediate pandemic period. There are however a number of important commercial and employment law considerations that will become critically important as the immediate threat of the pandemic starts to fade. By being aware of and starting to consider these issues now you will be able to plan for your business to avoid the pitfalls and even more importantly, set a platform for future success.

              In this webcast, Matthews Folbigg lawyers Stephen Mullette and Peter Doughman highlight a number of the commercial and employment law issues of importance and suggest actions you could be taking right now to ensure you are not left with a pandemic legacy that could be debilitating for your business into the medium to longer term.

              Brought to you by Matthews Folbigg Lawyers

              How To Turn Your Website Into Your Hardest Working Employee

              Thursday 30th April & Thursday 7th May 2020, 11.00am AEST

              We’ve seen nothing quite like it before. The global COVID-19 pandemic is causing disruption in almost every industry sector. The landscape changes daily as the crisis unfolds.

              Government stimulus packages will help but there is no doubt many businesses will experience really tough times. But businesses and economies will recover. And our markets will come back strong, looking for us again. Having a website that captures leads and increases sales is now more important than ever.

              This free, 2 part webinar (April 30 & May 7), is for business owners and leaders who want their website to work hard for them and deliver business opportunity to their door.

              Our webinar presenter Deb Croucher, will also share what's important and what's not and where elements like design, code, content and SEO fit into the mix.

              Proudly supported by Brilliant Digital

              3 Steps To Leading & Motivating A Remote Workforce

              Wednesday 8th April 2020, 1.00pm AEST

              How do you effectively lead and motivate people while they’re working from home during the COVID-19 crisis? How do you help them stay on track, deal with distractions, navigate isolation and manage this period of unprecedented uncertainty?

              Join us for a free, not-to-be missed 45-minute webinar this Wednesday, where Australia’s #1 High-Performance Team Consultant, Diana Tapp, will take you through her practical 3-step approach to leading and motivating a remote workforce.

              This webinar will include highly practical tools and strategies for:

              • Boosting Productivity
              • Enabling remote collaboration
              • Avoid micromanaging
              • Ensuring clear communication
              • Elevating your Emotional Intelligence (EQ)

              Proudly supported by World Class Teams

              Resilient Leadership In Time Of Crisis

              Wednesday 1st April 2020, 1.00pm AEDT

              In this time of unprecedented uncertainty, we’re cognisant of the direct impact of COVID-19 to businesses and would like to offer our support.

              Join us for an informative 1-hour webinar, where Deloitte's leading subject matter experts will take you through a practical approach to resilient leadership in this time of crisis.

              This webinar will include a proactive approach to 5 core areas of capability directly impacting your business, including Business Continuity & Finance, Talent & Strategy, Supply Chain, Customer Engagement and Digital Capabilities.

                Proudly supported by Deloitte

                Navigating The Icebergs Of The Australian Consumer Law – Risk Management for Business

                Thursday 7th November 2019, 11.00am AEDT

                The Australian Consumer Law (ACL) regulates the supply of goods and services to consumers in Australia and a “consumer” can include another business.

                Fundamental features of the ACL include mandatory consumer guarantees, prohibitions on misleading or deceptive conduct and unconscionable conduct, and unfair contract terms (including in terms of trade).

                A business must be aware of and comply with these requirements and educate relevant personnel as even an inadvertent breach by a staff member can expose a business to liability.

                If the goods or services you provide end up in the hands of consumers, then tune into this webcast to find out more about what you must do!

                Brought to you by Matthews Folbigg Lawyers

                What You Need To Know About Contracts

                Thursday 21st March 2019, 11.00am to 12.00pm AEDT

                This webcast will look at the key elements of contracts which we use in commerce and everyday life. Whenever we spend money there is usually a written or verbal contract involved.

                Matthews Folbigg lawyer and webcast presenter, Phillip Brophy, will consider the formation of a contract, who can enter into a contract if there is a company involved and how they can be varied and terminated. Phillip will also look at legislation designed to protect consumers and small businesses against unfair contracts.

                Brought to you by Matthews Folbigg Lawyers


                Employment Law Update - What's New & Upcoming In 2019

                Thursday 14th March 2019, 11.00am to 12.00pm AEDT

                Inevitably, a new year brings with it brand new challenges for employers, including a raft of changes to the complex national workplace relations system. These changes may be legislative, may arise from major court decisions, or may be based on shifting policies (and politics).

                It is essential that all employers be aware of and adapt to these changes.

                In this webinar, Matthews Folbigg lawyer Peter Doughman provides a detailed update on matters such as recent amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009 and the National Employment Standards; recent and relevant court decisions including the major decision in Workpac Pty Ltd v Skene [2018]; and potential policy changes following the upcoming federal election.

                  Brought to you by Matthews Folbigg Lawyers

                  Workplace Bullying – What Every Employer Must Do

                  Thursday 15th November 2018, 11.00am AEDT

                  Bullying can take root within all workplaces. Bullying can take many forms and often remain undetected to everyone but its victims.

                  Employers have critical legal obligations to ensure a safe work environment and must be alert to the potential for bullying to occur. If left unchecked, bullying claims can cause workplaces to spiral out of control, and destroy employee morale and productivity. Amongst other things, workplace bullying can lead to workers compensation claims (and the resulting premium increases), extended sick leave, breach of contract claims, bullying or adverse action applications to the FWC, WHS complaints to the regulator, costly lump-sum negligence claims and a loss of corporate reputation.

                  In this webcast, Matthews Folbigg lawyer Peter Doughman will:

                  • define workplace bullying and describe recent developments in the Fair Work Commissions’ Anti-Bullying jurisdiction;
                  • outline the essential ingredients for an effective bullying and harassment policy; and
                  • explain the essential steps that employers must take to identify and manage claims of workplace bullying in the modern world.

                  Brought to you by Matthews Folbigg Lawyers

                  Corporate Governance - What Is It & Why Is It Important For Companies Large & Small?

                  Friday 19th October 2018, 11.00am AEDT

                  Corporate governance receives a lot of publicity and often for the wrong reasons. This 1-hour webcast will arm you with knowledge and practical advice helping you achieve a sensible level of governance whilst running your business.

                  The Corporations Act imposes penalties on both companies and individuals ranging from fines to possible imprisonment for non-compliance. Whilst some companies have Boards that are active and some do not, all businesses need to have Directors and these Directors have responsibilities and are accountable for their actions or in-actions.

                  Brought to you by Matthews Folbigg Lawyers


                  Employment Agreements – A Sword & A Shield for Employers

                  Friday 27th October 2017, 11.00am AEDT

                  Employment agreements lay out the ground rules of the relationship between employer and employee.

                  Well-drafted employment agreements provide an employer with greater power and control over matters such as remuneration, employee duties and termination. Employment agreements also promote compliance and consistency with the Fair Work Act 2009 and relevant modern awards.

                  Just as importantly, well-drafted employment agreements can protect the employer’s business via confidential information, intellectual property and restraint provisions, and reduce the risk of employee disputes or dismissal claims.

                  In this webinar, Matthews Folbigg lawyer Peter Doughman explains the ‘essential ingredients’ for employment agreements, and describes how employers can prepare watertight employment agreements to protect against employee claims and disputes.

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                  Conducting Workplace Investigations - Why, When & How

                  Friday 28th July 2017, 11.00am AEST

                  With employment-related claims like bullying and unfair dismissal continually on the rise, employers are increasingly required to take pro-active steps to investigate suspected workplace incidents and disputes before they lead to these claims. It is therefore essential that employers and businesses understand why, when, how and by whom, workplace investigations should be conducted. 

                  In this webinar, Matthews Folbigg lawyer Peter Doughman explains how to identify the early signs of a problem in your workplace, why undertaking workplace investigations is an essential modern business practice and provides practical guidance for employers undertaking such investigations.

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