Category Archives: Gov't Dep'ts, Gov't Entities & University brains

Posts here are from the various Gov't department plus, semi state bodies and Universities providing information or services for business.

Protect your business from scams

ASIC are sending out reminders and advice on the constant threat of scammers for business.

As a business owner, it’s important to learn how to protect yourself and your business from scams. Many scammers will imitate government departments to try and lure you into giving them valuable information and paying false payments.

Scams targeting ASIC customers

Recently there have been a number of scams targeting customers of ASIC. Customers are being contacted via email by scammers pretending to be ASIC staff requesting payment of fees and personal information to renew their business or company name.

The emails from scammers can often contain a link to an invoice with fake payment details or infect your computer with malware. Emails claiming to be from ASIC are probably a scam if it asks you to:

  • make payments over the phone
  • make payments to receive refunds
  • provide credit and bank details directly by email or phone.

To learn more, including what to do if you’re unsure whether an email is from ASIC, check out ASIC’s information on Scams targeting ASIC customers.

Find out more:

Were you in the dark?

Don’t forget if you suffered losses from the power outage a couple of weeks ago, make sure to lodge a claim with Western Power. You have up to 60 days from when the power came back on.

There are possibly two claims forms to investigate.

For loss of goods there is a damage claim form. You need to note down the items lost and the rough cost of these.

If it was in addition out for more than 12 hours, there is the extended outage payment scheme form. This is the standard payment of $80.00.

Also, it is worth noting in the the event that a claim is unsuccessful with Western Power and you want to apply to your insurance, your insurance company will want confirmation from Western Power that a recorded outage occurred on that date. Either way you will need to go through the claims process. The links are here:

Low Carbon Future Seminar


Minimising carbon production is not just good for the planet but also where future business opportunities can be found.

Come along to this two hour seminar with valuable speakers including Peter Newman, Curtin University on Auto Dependent Cities and Dermot Costello, Clean Energy Council presenting on Battery storage and
alternative energy initiatives.

  • DATE: Friday, 28 October 2016
  • TIME: 9.30am to 11.30am
  • LOCATION: EMRC, 226 Great Eastern Highway, Belmont 6104
  • RSVP: By Friday 21 October 2016
    • by email or phone 9424 2216
  • COST: Free

a good business decision Transport and Alternative Energy for a Low Carbon Future

NBN Update

NBN Aug 16

Ken Cardy, A/Director Asset Services and Andreea-Mihaela Balica, Engineering Technician on the streets of Eden Hill with the first Node Pack checking potential locations for NBN Nodes

Many residents and business owners have recently asked how the roll out is going.

The short answer is, the roll out is on schedule and will commence in the last quarter of this year and should be complete by the middle of next year.

NBN met with the Town on Wednesday 17 August and the Town received the first of the Node Packs.  The Node Packs show the preferred locations across the Town for the distribution cabinets (or nodes) and the engineers of the Town take these packs and make sure no other services or proposed plans will affect them.  Once this is complete, residences near the cabinets are contacted to let them know there may be NBN infrastructure going up near them.

And then, in and around October you will begin to see the work teams turning up with massive rolls of yellow cable and feeding it into the conduits under the streets of Eden Hill, Ashfield and Bassendean.

It’s not premature to start getting excited!  I’m sure many of you will have lots of questions. Feel free to post them here and share with all local businesses and residents. Or take a look at the NBN site here which is full of FAQ’s and can answer most questions.

Previous posts about the NBN can be found here


un-frustrating driving in 2050

SmarttransportDriving is something most of us do a lot of every week.  And it comes with stress, anxiety and some irritation. Because other drivers just aren’t as good at driving as you are!

Imagine then what the driving will be like when the population grows from 2 million today to 3 million or even 3.5 million. That’s the predicted population in 2050.

The Northlink happening on our door step on the Tonkin Hwy is a significant part of our future.

There is some serious thought being put into preparing the ground now to help in smoothing the way forward and you’re invited to give your opinions and knowledge.  Follow the links here for an insight into the myriad of permutations involved.  There’s the cost, the future employment centres, climate change, fitness and health and of course technology to name a few!

The survey (available here) is open until the 28 October 2016.

Doing More business with Local Government

Dale ChapmanMillions of dollars of contracts are awarded each year by Local Government for a range of services, projects and programs. The contracts are strictly managed but they all get signed and if your business has the services or skills to offer you owe it to yourself and your staff to bid for this work and have your hat in the ring.

A significant percentage of these contracts are awarded by tender and if this has images of being too hard or complicated then come along to this free workshop and hear how it is done!

Dale Chapman aMichaelMcCluend Michael McClue (pictured right) from Western Australia Local Government Association (WALGA) will present to local businesses how they can become more competitive by writing a tender to win Local Government contracts. They will also cover how to become a WALGA Preferred Supplier and what that means.

  • When:            Wednesday 6 July 2016
  • Time:              5.30 – 7.30pm
  • Where:           EMRC Offices, 226 Gt Eastern Hwy, Belmont
  • Cost:               Free
  • RSVP:            By 5pm Friday 1 July
  • Registrations:

Training in your business


Apprenticeship AustraliaAs part of your recruitment and training strategy, have you considered apprenticeships and traineeships?

Investing in training through apprenticeships or traineeships can provide your business with real benefits.

With over 500 qualifications across all industries, ranging from Certificate II through to Advanced Diploma level, there is a qualification to suit everyone from front-line staff, office administrators and management.

If you are interested, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA (CCIWA)  and there to help you:

  • Identify suitable training options to skill your staff
  • Access candidates through a Jobs Board on
  • Determine eligibility for financial incentives or benefits
  • To sign up apprentices and trainees and manage the training contract
  • With Offer ongoing support
  • Access mentoring support for you and your apprentices/trainees throughout the training period.

To follow up, contact Kiara-Jean.Archer: [email protected]

Aspiring Entrepreneurs - Women in Small Business

Aspiring Entrepreneurs sqThe Department of Local Government and Communities and Small Business Development Corporation are delivering two free Aspiring Entrepreneurship 2016 events on Wednesday 29 June 2016 to promote and support women in small business.

The Speakers Forum showcases the journeys and insights of three inspirational West Australian business women.

The Workshop provides practical information to run a small business.

For more information and to book visit Aspiring Entrepreneurship 2016 – Women and small business – Speakers Forum and Workshop

First NorthLink WA contract awarded - Southern Section: Guildford Road to Reid Highway

Northlink animationThe Federal and State Governments announced in January 2016 that John Holland has been appointed to design and construct the Southern Section of the NorthLink Project.

This directly effects Bassendean as it stretches from Guildford Road to Reid Highway. The work involves

  • Upgrading Tonkin Highway to a six lane (three lanes in each direction) freeway standard between Guildford Road and Reid Highway; and
  • New interchanges at Collier Road and Morley Drive, and a flyover at Benara Road.

Final design work is underway, and construction is expected to commence in Autumn 2016. The media statement link is available here

To find out all the details of this huge project please see MainRoads dedicated web site here



Science & Innovation Roadshow

National Innovation & ScienceThe much publicised Innovation drive of the Federal Government is now being promoted nationally with seminars scheduled in all capital cities and major towns.

The first and only workshop in Perth (14th December) was filled in minutes unfortunately but we are assured a second will be scheduled in early 2016.

Until then here is the link to the website and I promise to circulate the details of this initiative as soon as my name is chosen off the current waiting list to attend the seminar.