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COVID-19 Coronavirus Protocols – Message from the CEO

Dear Kinaway Members, As you know, Kinaway Chamber of Commerce has many member organisations working across different areas with different clients and stakeholders. We understand that some people in our community are more vulnerable to disease, and so, today we are announcing some guidelines for you, your staff and clients. If any you, your staff or immediate family or household members, have travelled through any of the higher risk and moderate risk countries that the Department of Health identifies at any time, the advice we have been given is that they must immediately isolate themselves and work from home for 14 days from the date of their return. They should only return to work if at the end of 14 days self-isolation they are showing no symptoms; If any you, your staff or immediate family or household members develop any of the identified symptoms, they should seek immediate medical attention….

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Indigenous Culture, What are the Business Implications?

The bronzed Aussie, the long weekend trip down to the favourite family camping ground, sausage sizzles, hot and sweaty Christmas, Holden Commodore(RIP) vs Ford Falcon, XXXX vs VB. What are the thoughts, feelings, nostalgia that floods your mind? Where does this cast you back? These are what most Australians would refer to as part of our culture. In this article, we will explore the difference between mainstream Australian Culture and Indigenous Culture, and what are the implications in business and what are the expectations when it comes to a work/life balance. Firstly, what defines culture, In accordance with Merriam-Webster here are some of the representations of Culture, a) the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group. b) the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterises an institution or organisation. c) the set of values, conventions, or social practices associated with…

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Championing Reconciliation in your Organisation

Reconciliation as defined by Oxford Learners Dictionary, reconciliation (noun)(between A and B) | reconciliation (with somebody) an end to a disagreement and the start of a good relationship again “Their change of policy brought about a reconciliation with Britain.” reconciliation (between A and B) | reconciliation (with something) the process of making it possible for two different ideas, facts, etc. to exist together without being opposed to each other “the reconciliation between environment and development” I don’t think the Dictionary does the word complete justice. If we’re to take the dogmatic view from the dictionary, the process of closing the gap and reconciliation becomes a cold, lengthy and political process. See our calendar of events for an overview of significant dates, you will be able to gain a systematic overview of apologies and key events which outlines the relationship with the First Nations peoples and the Australian Government since 1788….

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3 Easy Steps to Integrate Indigenous Businesses in Your Supply Chain

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entrepreneurship has been around for a long time. We have covered in other articles the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses. In this article, we will outline three easy steps to discover why you should find and work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses and maintain those relationships. As part of the ever-growing social enterprise market, Indigenous business is one of the flagships in this space. First nations people have always been innovative and conducted trade long before European arrival. Since ‘settlement’, Aboriginal and Torres Strait People lost the tools to their trade and the trade itself in land stewardship. Unable to practice business On Country and through various policies of assimilation set by the Federal and State Governments, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of Australia were not included in the foundations of the new world and the new economy that…

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Indigenous business peak opposes changes to Victorian procurement policy

Indigenous business peak opposes changes to Victorian procurement policy 7 August 2019 – Statement from the Board of Kinaway Chamber of Commerce The recent decision by the Victorian Secretaries Board to unilaterally change the Victorian Government’s Indigenous Procurement policy is ill-conceived and has occurred without consulting the Victorian Indigenous business community. The decision, to include Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs) and Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations (TOCs), in future calculations of the Victorian Government’s 1% Indigenous procurement, is strongly opposed by over 100 Indigenous businesses represented by Kinaway Chamber of Commerce. We have today issued a position statement declaring the inclusion of ACCOs and TO groups in the State procurement targets as lazy policy making, driven by a need to demonstrate State adherence to national benchmarks with little thought to the consequences for an emerging Indigenous business sector. We point out the enormous difference between for-profit businesses managed by Indigenous…

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New legal rights to challenge Australian Government procurements passed into law

In a significant step for Australian procurement laws, the Government Procurement (Judicial Review) Bill 2017 (Cth) (the Bill) passed the Senate without amendment on 18 October 2018. The  Government Procurement (Judicial Review) Act 2018 (Cth) (the Act) (once commenced) will provide suppliers with a statutory platform to challenge a government procurement process in the Federal Court of Australia (FCA) or Federal Circuit Court of Australia (FCCA) for a breach of the Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPRs). Overview  Set out below is a snapshot of the Act. For more detail please refer to our previous article on the Bill here. The Act: will commence six months after assent (being 20 April 2019) or earlier by proclamation only applies to ‘covered procurements’ (where Divisions 1 and 2 of the CPRs apply, the procurement is not exempt under Division 2 and the procurement meets the relevant monetary threshold) only applies to alleged breaches that occur after the Act’s commencement date….

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New rate for car expenses

The rate for work-related car expenses has increased for the income year starting 1 July 2018. It is now 68 cents per kilometre. This applies if you have chosen to use the cents per kilometre method for calculating work-related car expenses and will remain in place until the Commissioner decides it should be varied. If you are paying your employees a car allowance in excess of 68 cents per kilometre, you need to withhold tax on the amount you pay over 68 cents. Remember, registered tax agents and BAS agents can help you with your tax. Referenace : https://www.ato.gov.au/Newsroom/smallbusiness/General/New-rate-for-car-expenses/?sbnews20180912  

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Leesa Watego is a Brisbane-based Murri – mum, educator and business owner. She is passionate about social media, digital technology and Indigenous micro- and small business and the organisations and peak bodies that represent them. Leesa is the current volunteer President of the South East Queensland Chamber of Commerce, is actively working on the development of a Queensland peak body – Indigenous Business Queensland, a director on FACCI, the First Australians Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and co-founder of Indigenous Business Month.  Leesa has been a volunteer contributor to Australian Blak History Month’s Great Moment in Blakistory Fact Sheet series for nine years, and is a newly accredited Level 1 Recreational Running Coach and is currently a volunteer coach the graduate program of the Brisbane Deadly Runners. THERE’S NOTHING SHORT ABOUT BLACK COFFEE… Like most things talked about – projects, initiatives –  this one has a backstory story. In 2014 I read a…

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What Leads to Profitability? In a New Survey, Successful Business Owners Share Lessons Learned

The entrepreneurial journey can be exciting but also one filled with missteps and regrets. While some mistakes are unavoidable, business owners can reduce their learning curve by following wise advice from those with seasoned experience and long-lasting success. Who are those people? Their peers. That was the idea behind a new survey by our company, Kabbage. In collaboration with the small business research firm Bredin, we polled 500 small business owners in nearly every industry across America and across the various life stages of a business. Our findings revealed what we consider valuable lessons on key, growth-producing moves by small business owners. These are moves that could give newer entrepreneurs actionable knowledge. Finding 1: What it means to be “in the black” So what’s the benchmark time frame for turning a profit? A resounding 84 percent of our respondents stated that they had achieved profitability within the first four years of business and that they viewed…

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7 Reasons You Need a Mentor for Entrepreneurial Success

Mentors. They’ve been there, done that and have seen it all. Yet, a woeful number of entrepreneurs start their careers without one. In an age where instant gratification is glorified, it’s unsurprising that many entrepreneurs and young founders do not seek out a mentor as hard as they try to find a co-founder. While arguments abound on why entrepreneurs do not need mentors but should only follow their own instincts and gut feelings, most successful tech titans have founders who had mentors. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg was mentored by Steve Jobs. Jobs was mentored by Mike Markkula — an early investor and executive at Apple. And Eric Schmidt mentored Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google. Like most startup founders, I didn’t start with a mentor. I got into the industry and had to look up to someone who is well known in the field. This is not as effective as working hard to get…

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