(Australian Small Business Commissioner – eNewsletter Issue No. 21, 15 April 2015)

Want to improve your business skills, but don’t have the money or time? Online courses provide flexible learning opportunities and many are free, here’s a few of our favourites:

· Fair Work’s Online Learning Centre: free 20-30 minute courses for employers

· Small Business Building’s free online Certificate III Micro Business Operations

· ACCC’s Small Business Education Program: free 10-20 minute courses
covering topics such as misleading advertising, market power and scams.


(Australian Small Business Commissioner – eNewsletter Issue No. 21, 15 April 2015)

ASIC has launched Be MoneySmart – a free online training resource to help apprentices, trainees and aspiring small business owners develop life-long money management skills.
Visit moneysmart.gov.au to better understand personal taxation, superannuation, insurance, debt management and budgeting.


Transport, Logistics & Supply Chain Job Index Report – 04/15

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* Interest rates on hold & the mighty Kiwi dollar

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The SCLAA, as one of the host bodies of the Queensland Supply Chain and Logistics Conference, are pleased to advise that the Asia Pacific Smart Card Association (APSCA) will be co-locating their annual conference in 2015 with the 16th annual conference.

The Asia Pacific Smart Card Association (APSCA) is a non-profit, independent association for organisations in the smart card industry in the Asia Pacific region, and is the only regional industry association for organisations in the smart card, smart devices, contactless, mobile contactless/NFC, and ePassport businesses in Asia, focusing on multi-sector business and government applications.

Since established in 1997, APSCA has organised over 155 events, seminars, trainings and conferences across 12 countries in Asia focusing on the business and technology for smart cards, smart objects and smart devices. Many of these events were co-organised with government agencies, payment organisations, transport departments and mobile operators.

APSCA has one of the largest business networks with over 11,000 smart card industry executives from end-users and suppliers, including senior decision-makers from government agencies, banks, credit card companies, transport operators and revenue collectors, mobile operators and merchants responsible for issuing, accepting and processing millions of smart cards, smart and access devices, contactless cards and ePassports.

Right now, APSCA organises 7 – 8 conferences of various themes a year. A major milestone in 2013 was the launch of Identification & Management quarterly magazine (www.id-mgt.com) which aims to further promote applications of the latest technology for eID, border management, secure access, NFC, urban transport & mobility and smart life within the industry.

All attendees at the 16th annual QSCLC will also be able to attend any APSCA sessions that take their interest for free and vice versa. APSCA partners will also be showcasing their wares in a special data capture pavilion at the QSCLC this year.

To find out how your company can be a part of this major event simply email info@qldscc.com


Business Consultation Notification

You are invited to provide feedback on the final recommendations for reforms that aim to strengthen the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and issues that concern small businesses.

The Competition Policy Review has potentially vast implications for the Supply Chain Industry and as such SCLAA is forwarding the information to members and industry contacts.

The Supply Chain and Logistics recommendation start on page 46 (Part 2)and continue in Section 11 (Part 3, page 191).

View a copy of the final report: https://competitionpolicyreview.gov.au/final-report/

You are invited to provide a formal written submission. You may lodge your submission electronically or by post, but electronic lodgement is preferred. For accessibility reasons, please submit responses sent via email in a Word or RTF format. An additional PDF version may also be submitted. For more information on submissions, click here.


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As you are aware the SCLAA is a non for profit Industry Association, run by members for members. Our ability to support the SCLAA infrastructure and to expand is highly dependent on our National Partners, one of which we newly welcome is Toyota Material Handling Australia. We ask all our members to support our valued National Partners where they can.

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Toyota Material Handling is Australia’s leading forklift supplier*, offering the widest range of forklifts and battery-electric warehouse products available in Australia. This has allowed for a combination of forklifts and warehouse equipment that is second to none, offering a solution for every pallet.

It was in 1956 that Toyota began producing forklifts and they’ve now sold almost 3 million units worldwide. Toyota forklifts first came to Australia in 1968 and since then over 50,000 Toyota forklifts have been sold in this market, and its award winning counter-balance forklifts have been Australia’s No.1 consecutively for the last 28 years.

Locally, the Toyota Material Handling Australia network has 100% factory owned branches in every state and territory, with an additional dedicated service centres to extend customer support activities nationwide. Its local assets include over 750 staff, of whom more than 60 percent are dedicated to service and parts provision, and a forklift rental fleet of more than 20,000 vehicles.

The Toyota Advantage is your guarantee of superior product quality, and outstanding service and parts support.

Toyota Material Handling’s forklift fleet management programmes can help you control and minimise operating costs. They understand that every company has specialised needs. Their forklift fleet management team can develop and implement programmes to assure that you are receiving the most cost-effective, competitively priced package on an ongoing basis to help reduce your forklift operating costs and increase productivity.

For further information on the Toyota Material Handling product ranges, freecall 1800 425 438, or visit the Toyota Material Handling website at www.toyotamaterialhandling.com.au.

Toyota Material Handling Head Office • 8 Secombe Place, Moorebank, NSW 2170 • Tel: 02 8706 6200

*Source: AITA statistics Ytd December 2014


Final Report: Energy Efficiency Solutions for Australian Transport and Logistics SMEs

This project had a number of objectives targeting SME’s in the Supply Chain and Logistics industry sector who manufacture, warehouse, distribute, transport, provide service, or repair goods for domestic and export markets. These objectives link directly to the EEIG objectives of empowering small and medium enterprises and community organisations to make informed decisions about energy efficiency.

View a copy of the final report, Final Report SCLAA 20150107.

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Webinar: The Critical Success Factors for Warehouse Management System

Thursday, 7 May 2015 – 8:30 to 9:15am

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SCLAA is a non for profit Industry Association, run by members for members. Our ability to support the SCLAA infrastructure and to expand is highly dependent on our National Partners, one of which we newly welcome is Symmetry Human Resources. We ask all our members to support our valued National Partners where they can.

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Symmetry Human Resources commenced with the vision to be the best Recruitment and Human Resources business within the market sectors in which we operate.

To achieve this outcome we recognised we had to hire, retain and develop our internal team into the best employees within the Recruitment Industry. We believe our team of dedicated employees are second to none, displaying key attributes of passion, honesty, professionalism and an ability to make dealing with Symmetry an enjoyable experience.

Having demerged from a major Australian recruiter in 2010, Symmetry has been officially operating since then but in effect we have been recruiting since 1998, when we were previously part of a business that still continues today.

In January 2012, Symmetry acquired the Huston Recruitment Group, incorporating Huston Health, who are considered a leading supplier of casual and permanent staff to the Health Industry. In March 2013 we acquired Conduit Recruitment Sydney (now also in Adelaide), and most recently Staff Express Brisbane, in January 2014.

Our recruitment philosophy is simple, ‘no surprises’ and ‘transparency in delivery’. This means that at all times we will keep you informed as to how we operate, why we operate in a particular way and what to expect when dealing with us.

We are a unique blend of a large company that supplies personal service. You’ll find our response to your staffing issues refreshing in the speed and professionalism with which we operate.

Symmetry currently has seven offices located in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide. We can also service clients in Perth as required and we are working toward establishing our aim of 14 operational offices around Australia.

Symmetry plans to appoint a highly experienced and commercially astute Non Executive Board to help us achieve our corporate objectives.