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May 22, 2009

Weekend video: A different kind of leadership thinking

In this video Ricardo Semler gives examples of longstanding problems and asks why a solution has not been found. For example why are automobiles made essentially the same way today as they were in Ford’s first assembly line 100 years ago?

BONUS: If you're interested in motor vehicles and the environment then also look at this video of Better Place founder Shai Agassi talk about electric cars.

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Posted 22nd May 2009 by David Jacobson in Business Planning

May 13, 2009

2009-10 Budget details for business

The Budget details have been released.

Worth noting are:

Full details of the tax measures are here.

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Posted 13th May 2009 by David Jacobson in Business Planning, Superannuation, Tax

May 9, 2009

Ministerial Council on Consumer Affairs meeting 8 May 2009

The Ministerial Council on Consumer Affairs (MCCA) met in Hobart on 8 May 2009 to develop an Intergovernmental Agreement on the new national consumer policy framework by 30 June 2009 that will lead to putting the new Australian Consumer Law in place by the end of 2010. Joint Communique

The meeting also discussed:

  • A National Product Safety System
  • Travel Compensation Fund
  • Home Builders Warranty Insurance

As part of the move towards a single national consumer product safety system, a new Product Safety Recalls website – was launched.

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Posted 9th May 2009 by David Jacobson in Business Planning, Trade Practices

May 3, 2009

COAG communique 30 April 2009

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting in Hobart on 30 April 2009 has released a communique outlining its agreements including:

  • national disaster arrangements;
  • jobs and training;
  • energy efficiency; and
  • regulation reform.

COAG endorsed a series of reforms, recommended by the Business Regulation and Competition Working Group (BRCWG):

  • a further step towards the development of a national licensing system for airconditioning and refrigeration mechanics,building and building related occupations,electrical,land transport (passenger vehicle drivers and dangerous goods only),maritime, plumbing and gasfitting and property agents;
  • a further step towards the development of a National Construction Code, which will consolidate building, plumbing, electrical and telecommunications regulations;
  • agreement to set up a taskforce on reform of the regulation of the legal profession, with the objective of uniform laws across jurisdictions;
  • inclusion of the regulation of the not-for-profit sector as part of the BRCWG’s 2009 workplan; and
  • agreement to the National Mine Safety Framework Implementation Report, which includes strategies for achieving a consistent Occupational Health and Safety regime in the mining industry.

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Posted 3rd May 2009 by David Jacobson in Business Planning

April 22, 2009

International treaty database

Australia's laws are increasingly reflecting its obligations under international treaties.

The FLARE Index to Treaties which was launched in March 2009 is a fully searchable database indexing and listing over 1,500 of the most significant multilateral treaties concluded from 1856 onwards.

Background article

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Posted 22nd April 2009 by David Jacobson in Business Planning

April 21, 2009

Lobbyists Registers

Lobbyists Registers contain information about lobbyists who make representations to Government on behalf of their clients including:

  • the business registration details and trading names of each lobbyist including, where the business is not a publicly listed company, the names of owners, partners or major shareholders, as applicable
  • the names and positions of persons employed, contracted or otherwise engaged by the lobbyist to carry out lobbying activities, and
  • the names of clients on whose behalf the lobbyist conducts lobbying activities.

The existing Registers are:

Australian Government Lobbyists Register

Queensland Register of Lobbyists

WA Lobbyists Register

NSW Register of Lobbyists

Peter Timmins comments here about the relative (in)accessibility of information on the Registers.

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Posted 21st April 2009 by David Jacobson in Business Planning

April 18, 2009

Standing Committee of Attorneys-General meeting decisions April 2009

The Standing Committee of Attorneys-General (SCAG) meeting outcomes of its April 2009 meeting include the following:

Electronic Transactions Acts
Ministers have agreed that amendments to the uniform Electronic Transactions Acts that could implement the UN Convention on Electronic Communications in International Contracts should be drafted.  

Uniform commercial arbitration laws
SCAG has also decided to re-invigorate its efforts to update uniform commercial arbitration laws by reference to international standards.  The aim is to improve the current commercial arbitration system and provide for a method of finally resolving disputes that is quicker, cheaper and less formal than litigation.

The National Anti-Discrimination Law Information Gateway gives the public a single point of entry to all of the Commonwealth, State and Territory anti-discrimination authorities to assist individuals and business to access information on how to make and respond to discrimination complaints. 

The November 2009 meeting will respond to the matters dealt with in the Report of the National Committee for Uniform Succession Laws on Administration of Estates of Deceased Persons. The response will specifically address the extent to which jurisdictions should seek to implement proposals concerning the automatic recognition of grants of probate and letters of administration and achieve nationally consistent or uniform law. 

Workplace privacy
Ministers agreed that the SCAG working group would develop voluntary guidelines to assist employers and workers on workplace privacy issues, such as workplace surveillance and email and internet monitoring, in consultation with key stakeholders including the Federal Privacy Commissioner and equivalent State and Territory bodies, as well as peak employer groups, unions and other interested stakeholders.

Personal Property Securities Law Reform
Ministers agreed to settle the text of the model referral legislation and the text of the PPS Bill as soon as possible, noting the recommendations made by the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs in its report on the Bill.  Ministers also noted the inclusion of PPS reform in the ‘Seamless National Economy’ National Partnership Agreement.

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Posted 18th April 2009 by David Jacobson in Business Planning, Financial Services, Workplace

April 10, 2009

Contribution of the Not for Profit Sector

The Productivity Commission has released an Issues Paper seeking submissions on the contributions of the not for profit sector.

The study's focus is on:

  • improving the measurement of the sector's contributions
  • removing obstacles to maximising its contributions to society.

In undertaking the study, the Commission is to:

  • assess current and alternative measures of the contribution of the not for profit sector and how these can be used to better shape government policy and programs so as to optimise the sectors contribution to society
  • identify unnecessary impediments to the efficient and effective operation of not for profit organisations and measures to enhance their operation
  • consider ways in which the delivery and outcomes from government funded services by not for profit organisations could be improved
  • examine recent changes in the relationships between government, business and community organisations and whether there is scope to enhance these relationships so as to improve outcomes delivered by the not for profit sector
  • examine the impact of the taxation system on the ability of not for profit organisations to raise funds and the extent to which the tax treatment of the sector affects competitive neutrality.

The Commission has been asked to adopt a broad definition of the not for profit sector to encompass most types of not for profit organisations, including Australian based international aid and development agencies.

The timetable is:

  • Initial submissions - due 29 May 2009
  • Policy roundtables - May/June 2009
  • Draft report - release early September 2009
  • Draft report submissions - due mid October 2009
  • Roundtables for draft report - October/November 2009
  • Final report to Government - December 2009
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    Posted 10th April 2009 by David Jacobson in Business Planning

    April 5, 2009

    G20 London Summit Outcomes

    Leaders of the world’s largest economies have agreed a $1.1 trillion
    package of measures to restore growth and jobs and rebuild confidence
    and trust in the financial system:London Summit Outcomes and Final Communique

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    Posted 5th April 2009 by David Jacobson in Business Planning

    March 9, 2009

    Regulation of charities and not-for-profit organisations

    The Senate Standing Committee on Economics report on charities and not-for-profit organisations has heightened interest in the Third Sector (or Community Social Welfare Organisations, for want of a better name).

    QUT's Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies has developed an excellent resource in its CPNS Wiki.

    The Developing Your Organisation section contains manuals, handbooks, a nonprofit standard chart of accounts, checklists, streamed training videos, model forms, and precedent policies.

    The Developing Your Board section contains board and governance tools.

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    Posted 9th March 2009 by David Jacobson in Business Planning
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