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Monday
Feb032014

Anzac Business Ready Forum

Wednesday 22nd January saw the first ANZAC Business Ready Breakfast hosted by the Albany Chamber of Commerce and City of Albany at the Civic Rooms at the City’s offices.  Attended by approximately 100 people, this session was geared to both disseminate and gather information from businesses around the issues and concerns which businesses have leading into the commemorative events program in Albany in November 2014.
Attendees were welcomed by Mayor Dennis Wellington before MC, ACCI CEO Russ Clark, explained the purpose and format of the morning.  CoA Manager of Cultural and Community Development Mr Adam Cousins provided the forum with information on infrastructure spend in the City as well as events planned for the commemoration in November.  This was then supported by Claire Parker of Project 3 who added information around the events and provided the meeting with the marketing material currently being used and the marketing strategies in place.
Mr Phil Cox of Australia’s South West outlined the vision of ASW for the region in regard to ANZAC and offered his time for businesses to contact him for future reference on issues further out in the regions.
Newly appointed General Manager of the Albany Heritage Park, Mr Dean Lee, provided the meeting with information on his background prior to his appointment and then explained his role in lifting the profile of the Heritage Park and the National ANZAC Centre as a major drawing point for visitors to Albany.
Russ Clark addressed those gathered reiterating the point that the session was also an information gathering opportunity for the City of Albany, ACCI and members of the Event Implementation Group (EIG).
Following a short break, a 45 minute Q&A session was held with great feedback being received on issues facing business.  These included, but are not limited to:
•    other community events being run by third parties,
•    opportunities for open spaces being used for camping,
•    café & restaurant positions on Sunday opening times and opportunities,
•    the possibility of extended trading hours in the fortnight leading into the main events,
•    staff availability in the hospitality industry,
•    public transport opportunities,
•    Traffic Management Plans, and
•    ensuring no major road works are conducted during the commemorative events.

Further briefings will be held to respond to questions and also address other issues as they arise.
Any member wishing to provide feedback on ANZAC Commemorations 2014 is encouraged to contact Russ Clark on ceo@albanycci.com.au

Tuesday
Sep032013

Good policies and procedures benefit employers

Employers should by way of practice have a set of well-written policies and procedures in place. These policies and procedures should be up to date and contain all the information and requirements employees are to be bound by.
This was demonstrated in a recent unfair dismissal case which was dismissed by the Fair Work Commission (FWC) due to the employer adhering to their drug and alcohol policy. The employee who made the claim tested positive for cannabis as well as amphetamines and methamphetamines, along with five other employees who also returned positive tests.
According to the policy, employees who return positive tests are to be stood down and given the opportunity to provide a ‘clean’ sample at a predetermined later date. If a clean sample cannot be produced by that date, the employee faces termination. The company allowed each of the employees this opportunity, however the employee did not follow this procedure and did not produce a clean sample by the required date.
The FWC found that the company had correctly adhered to its policies and had treated each of the employees in a fair and equitable manner. The company had treated each of the six that tested positive with subsequent termination of two employees in accordance with its policy.
The case was dismissed due to the employer having lawfully adhered to the following:
•    the company has sound, well written policies;
•    all employees were appropriately trained in the content and the expected behaviour that arises from these policies;
•    management acted in accordance with its policies in dealing with each of the employees who produced positive tests;
•    each employee who returned a positive test was treated fairly and equitably
Ultimately the employee was terminated for being unable to produce a clean sample by the required date and another employee was terminated for producing a second positive sample, in line with the policy, which the FWC found to be fair.
Both managers and employees should have appropriate training in workplace policies and procedures. Employees should be aware of what is in the policies and the appropriate behaviours and actions that stem from them. Importantly, managers also need to be trained in the policies and procedures so that they manage appropriately and according to the policies and procedures that they are bound by. When a workplace is managed appropriately according to its policies, this can form a layer of protection for employers if a claim is ever made. It also seeks to ensure the workplace is fair and equitable and that all employees are held to the same common, known and understood standard.
Policies should be looked at periodically and updated to reflect the current work environment and ongoing obligations of both employers and employees. The strength and applicability of the policies also need to be reviewed so that the policies themselves would hold up in a court or tribunal if the need arises. Employers should also ensure that these policies are not too onerous or unenforceable.
ACCI members can contact CCIWA for assistance in assessing current policies and in developing appropriate and enforceable policies and procedures. For more information, please contact the Employee Relations Advice Centre on (08) 9365 7566 or advice@cciwa.com.

Sourced: CCIWA Business Bytes, August 2013

Friday
May312013

Where to Eat over the June long weekend

Friday
May102013

Too big to ignore

Why is small business making a big noise right now?

Because the majority of businesses in Australia are small business.



There are over 2 million of them here, employing over 7 million Australians, and for too many years, they’ve been over-taxed, over-regulated and overlooked by government.
With the Federal election on the horizon, now is the time for highly visible, national campaign that enables small business to stand up and make a big noise. By uniting the many small voices of small business all round the country, our aim is to show politicians that, together, small business is too big to ignore.

The facts and figures about small business in Australia speak for themselves. The 'Too Big To Ignore' website brings them together in one place, alongside the deeply personal accounts from real small business operators who have agreed to share their stories.

 ADD YOUR VOICE  

 

 

 

Thursday
May092013

ACCI Supports Campaign Inviting Sir Richard Branson To Visit Albany

There is certainly a buzz happening with the campaign to get Sir Richard Branson to come to Albany to go Kiteboarding.  
Albany businesswoman, Cathie Denehy, is behind the push to get Sir Richard to Albany. Sir Richard’s airline, Virgin Australia, has recently taken over WA’s Regional Carrier, Skywest. The airline has since been rebranded Virgin Australia Regional Airlines.
At the launch of Virgin Australia Regional Airlines yesterday, the company’s CEO, John Borghetti, said “that it was a momentous day for the airline, tourism and travel industry.” He also said “reliable, affordable air services are vital to the growth of regional Australia.”
President of the ACCI, Rod Hedderwick, said “The ACCI supports these statements unreservedly and welcomes the opportunities that may arise from reduced airfares and more convenient flight times to Albany and other regional centres served by Virgin Australia Regional Airlines.”
The ACCI has been consistent and vocal in lobbying the State Government for the need for more competition on the Perth-Albany air route.
The availability of lower airfares, and more seats, on the Perth-Albany air route will provide many opportunities for the Lower Great Southern tourism industry, business community and also extends to the wider community.
“The local tourism industry specifically will welcome any initiatives from Virgin Australia Regional Airlines to provide more seats and through fares for International and Interstate visitors to visit this spectacular part of the world.” said Rod.
With the development of the ANZAC Interpretive Centre, events surrounding the Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the ANZAC Convoy departing King George Sound and the 2015 Albany ANZAC Day Dawn Service, there exists a unique opportunity for the local tourism industry to grow significantly. Having lower airfares and more seats will create more demand for air travel to Albany.
“The ACCI, with other local partners, would welcome working with Virgin Australia Regional Airlines to expand strategies to develop tourism initiatives to the region” said Rod.

 

Rod Hedderwick
ACCI President