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Public holidays for 2018

Introduction of Reconciliation Day Public Holiday

The ACT Government has announced the introduction of Australia’s first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Public holiday to be held in the ACT. Reconciliation Day Public Holiday will be recognised on the 28 May 2018 in the ACT, and will continue to fall on the first Monday on or after 27 May which is the anniversary date of the 1976 referendum. Please note that the legislation removes Family and Community Day with effect from 2018.

A complete list of ACT Public Holidays in 2018 can be found below:

Date to be observed
Monday 1 January 2018
Friday 26 January 2018
Monday 12 March 2018
Friday 30 March 2018
Saturday 31 March 2018
Sunday 1 April 2018
Monday 2 April 2018
Wednesday 25 April 2018
Monday 28 May 2018
Monday 11 June 2018
Monday 1 October 2018
Tuesday 25 December 2018
Wednesday 26 December 2018
Public Holiday
New Year’s Day
Australia Day
Canberra Day
Good Friday
Easter Saturday
Easter Sunday
Easter Monday
ANZAC Day
Reconciliation Day
Queen’s Birthday
Labour Day
Christmas Day
Boxing Day

Payment of employees on Public Holidays

Employees (except casual employees) who normally work on a day the public holiday falls are entitled to be paid their base rate of pay for the ordinary hours they would have worked if they had not been away because of the public holiday.  The base rate of pay does not include:

  • Any incentive-based payments;
  • Bonuses;
  • Loadings;
  • Monetary allowances;
  • Overtime; or
  • Penalty rates.

Employees who work on a public holiday are entitled to receive at least their base rate of pay for all ordinary hours worked.  However, Modern Awards, Enterprise Agreements and other registered agreements can provide for entitlements for working on public holidays, which may include:

  • Penalty rates, e.g. double time and a half for all hours worked;
  • An extra day off or extra annual leave;
  • Minimum shift lengths on public holidays; and
  • Agreeing to substitute a public holiday for another day.

 

If members have any queries about public holidays, please don’t hesitate to contact the Workplace Relations Hotline on 1300 277 881 or wradvice@canberrabusiness.com

Air Freight Forum – Presentations

Presentations from the Canberra Region Air Freight Forum

On 31 October 2018, we hosted a Canberra Region Air Freight Forum in partnership with the ACT Government (through Innovate Canberra and VisitCanberra) and Singapore Airlines Cargo.

The forum aimed at bringing the stakeholders together to promote opportunity for growing export activity from CBR region through the Canberra Airport.

Guests enjoyed presentations from Singapore Airlines Cargo, Auxiem Management Consultants, ARDA/Profile Total Logistics Management/Tony Innaimo Transport, TradeStart/NSW Department of Industry, Beyond Business Connections/Aussie Food To You, and Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

To view the presentations from our speakers, click on the images below.

New Board Members elected

22 November 2017

Under the Chamber’s constitution we elected 3 new board members at Monday’s AGM. We welcome Jure Domazet of DOMA Group, Jo Metcalfe of GHD and Sarah Rajic of Capital Recruit to the board and look forward to working with you to grow business in CBR.

Jure Domaset Headshot SQ

Jure Domazet
Managing Director
MD Doma Group

Jure is the Managing Director of the Doma Group, with interests in property investment and development (including residential, office, retail, hotel and car parking), hotel operations and management (including all food and beverage operations) and private equity.  Predominantly based in the ACT, the Group has property interests along the eastern seaboard, including Jervis Bay, Sydney and Newcastle.  Its private equity interests span both local, national and international businesses in retail, manufacturing and software, encompassing both established businesses and start-ups.  

Jure attended the ANU, where he completed a Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Laws and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.  Upon completing his professional qualifications, Jure worked in commercial finance with a national bank and as a commercial lawyer with a national law firm. 

As well as private company directorships, Jure currently holds the following positions:

  1. Director and Interim Chair of the Canberra Convention Bureau;
  2. Director at Canberra Girls Grammar School (and Chairman of the Development and Planning Committee);
  3. Member of the ANU Campus Planning Committee.

Jure is a former director of the Property Council of Australia ACT and was President from 2011-2015.

Reasons for standing

Doma Group is a multi-disciplinary business and has historically had its emphasis in property.  As the Group has grown, the operations of the business in hotels, food and beverage operations and private equity have created a large footprint for the Group outside of direct property.  The Group has over 300 direct employees (full-time, part-time and casual) and has significant annual investment in the ACT affecting employment of many other Canberrans.   

In nominating for the Board, I bring my interest, experience and exposure across all these sectors in assisting the direction of the Canberra Business Chamber.  My view is that the CBC best serves its membership when it appreciates policy impacts across the whole of ACT industry and I would aim to assist with this understanding. 

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Jo Metcalfe
ACT and Southern New South Wales Manager
GHD

Jo Metcalfe is the ACT and Southern New South Wales manager for GHD, a global professional services firm. She has a strong relationships with government and twenty years of consulting, professional services management and industry peak body employment history. Jo makes significant contributions to the organisations for which she plays committee, council and board roles, a commitment that she is eager to continue with Canberra Business Chamber. She has been an active member of the Property Council of Australia since 2004, was a Director of Consult Australia, the peak body for design companies in the built environment. Jo’s past roles include State Manager of the Australian Institute of Architects ACT and Managing Principal of peckvonhartel Architects.

“I am passionate about issues affecting the business community of Canberra and the region and its role servicing the private and public sectors locally, nationally and internationally. I am committed to supporting the Business Chamber advocate for optimal environments for business through strong relationships with government and other stakeholders and the resulting value proposition for Chamber members.”

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Sarah Rajic
Director
Capital Recruit

Sarah Rajic is the co-founder of Capital Recruit and General Manager of Staff Check.  She is also the 2017 Canberra Business Chamber Future Leader which provides her an opportunity to observe the CBC board meetings and contribute to the business community through the board.

Capital Recruit specialises in corporate recruitment including accounting, human resources, marketing and communications, sales and administration across government and the business community in the ACT. Since its inception over three years ago, Capital Recruit has grown significantly and recently broadened its services delivering managed volume recruitment processes and assessment design within the Federal Government environment.  Staff Check is a leading supplier of security vetting services, providing personnel security services to government and business.

Sarah commenced her career in 2000 in accounting recruitment in Canberra.  For the past 10 years, she has managed recruitment teams and branches across Canberra and Sydney.  In August 2014, Sarah founded Capital Recruit with Glen Heward.  In addition to Capital Recruit, Sarah was appointed General Manager of Staff Check mid 2016 to focus on client management, strategy and leadership.

Sarah is currently undertaking the Australian Institute of Company Directors Company Course in Canberra, has a Diploma in Business and is accredited with the Recruitment and Consulting Services Association (RCSA).  She regularly presents for CPA Australia and other industry bodies on recruitment best practice, industry updates, leadership and career development.

Sarah Rajic is the 2017 Future Leader with the Canberra Business Chamber.  Over the past 10 months, she has immersed herself in the Chamber and board activities, including contributing to minister meetings, the inquiry into insecure workers, the finance and audit committee and other working groups.

This year, Sarah received the Best New Business Owner award from Canberra Women in Business for the success of her business, Capital Recruit and her contribution to the Canberra business community.

Sarah is keen to continue her contribution to the Canberra Business Chamber and increase opportunities for business to thrive, innovate, and handle the challenges ahead such as cyber security, government procurement, business stability and workforce growth.  The past 10 months has been instructive for Sarah, in particular the business support, connections and advocacy work the business chamber delivers in Canberra.

Welcome to the Membership team Cam

Become a member of Canberra Business Chamber

The Chamber’s membership team is ready to talk business!

Cam Sullings

On 6 November 2017 Cam Sullings joined the Chamber team as Business Development Manager. While Cam’s background is broadcasting he brings a wealth of experience in high level client relations, campaign marketing, promotional activation, communications, events and sponsorship.

In Cam’s recent role as Assistant General Manager at Federal Golf Club he managed and reported on Membership acquisition and retention. Importantly he planned and applied new ideas and thinking around Membership experience and service. In this role Cam will connect with business and demonstrate the many solutions that are offered by the Canberra Business Chamber.   

Prior to Federal, Cam was a senior member of the ActewAGL Sponsorship and Events team where he managed a large portfolio of complex sponsorship arrangements, developing and implementing individually designed sponsorship strategies.

Cam is passionate about Canberra and has used his profile to support business, tourism and the sense of community.

He enjoys networking and promoting the positive stories within Canberra and the capital region.

While Cam has made a career out of speaking, at home his wife Ally and daughters Charlie (17) and Matilda (11) do all the talking. He loves golf, but can’t play. He loves music, but can’t sing. He can, though, shout you a cup of coffee and would love nothing more than to connect and talk about how the Canberra Business Chamber can help share your story in business.

Kate Holland

Kate Holland, Canberra Business Chamber Member Services Manager has over 10 years’ experience in not-for-profit organisations and brings a wealth of knowledge to her current role.  Prior to joining the Chamber, Kate worked at both the Canberra Business Council and NSW Business Chamber implementing training and event initiatives as well as playing a key role in business development and program management.

Through direct engagement with the Canberra business community, Kate works for Chamber members by developing training workshops, supporting business start-ups and providing trade support to Canberra’s exporting network.

Kate is passionate about supporting business by facilitating business connections and engagement.

If you are not a member of the Chamber and would like to know more about the benefits membership can bring to your business, call Kate or Cam on 6247 4199.

Or browse the levels of membership here.

WR Engineering turns 50!

There are many reasons local business WR Engineering is a well-known and respected part of the Canberra community, not least of which is the 50 years of operations it is celebrating in 2017.

Research suggests the average lifespan of companies is 35 years – a benchmark WR Engineering has well and truly outstripped. Another way to think of it is that WR Engineering has been a presence in Canberra for nearly half the city’s lifetime.

Established in 1967 by Brian Read and Peter White, WR Engineering started its life as a metal fabrication business. Today the company is still owned by the family of one of its founders, with Brian’s son Wayne now at the helm.

In 2017, WR Engineering has grown from its original roots and are the specialists when it comes to garage doors, openers and accessories, garage door servicing and repairs, Colorbond fencing, custom screening and gates. It enjoys an excellent reputation for offering high quality products and outstanding service.

Part of its success lies in the partnerships it has built over the years. It has long been a B&D Accredited Dealer, a status not easy to achieve, and has a decades long relationship Lysaght.

While the businesses offerings may have changed over the years, its location has remained the same for half a century. The first WR Engineering shopfront opened at Isa Street, Fyshwick in 1967 and is still there, albeit with some modernisations, including a recent indoor renovation.

The company has strived to give back to the community during its life, and today is closely involved with AFL Canberra and the Tara Costigan Foundation.

On 15 November 2017, WR Engineering celebrated being 50 years young by holding a cocktail function to thank all of those who have helped it reach this point. The event at the National Arboretum honoured WR Engineering’s loyal staff, customers and suppliers.

Canberra Business Chamber congratulates WR Engineering on achieving this impressive milestone and looks forward to it continuing to be part of the ACT business sector for many years to come.

Light Rail Business Link – News

If  you’d like to receive monthly updates from the Light Rail Business Link program, subscribe to our monthly newsletter here.

Christmas is coming, the hoarding is down, but there’s still work to do until light rail comes to town…!

Lisa Morisset, Program Manager of the Light Rail Business Link Program at the Canberra Business Chamber (CBC) will join ‘My Gungahlin’ at their November networking event to outline how 2018 looks for businesses in Gungahlin, as light rail construction reaches its peak and the Light Rail Vehicles begin to run late in the year. She will also share support initiatives available to businesses and detail activities underway to activate the Gungahlin Town Centre precinct. Lisa’s brief is to help Canberra businesses capitalise on the diverse opportunities light rail presents across the business community; as well as assist businesses during construction

Thursday 23 November 2017 at 6:00pm
$25 per person
Gungahlin Lakes Golf & Community Club, Cnr Gundaroo & Gungahlin Drives, Nicholls

REGISTER HERE

Support for your business

Did you know the Light Rail Business Link Program is here to assist you, to mitigate any impact light rail construction might have on your business and to help you adapt.

As one element of that support, the Light Rail Business Link Program will cover the costs for business along the corridor to access an ASBAS Business Advisor and get advice and training on the following business streams:

1. Funding avenues and financial analysis
2. Building your business
3. Making the most of your talent and team
4. Management capabilities
5. Digital engagement implementation

This includes an introductory support consultation and up to six sessions. Additional or specialised support may then be available and funded by the Light Rail Business Link Program depending on need and availability.

If you are interested in accessing this support please contact the Light Rail Business Link Program Manager.
P: 6247 4199
M: 0429 385 705
E: lisa.morisset@canberrabusiness.com

Drop in for a coffee with Canberra Metro

Businesses along the light rail corridor are encouraged to meet informally with Canberra Metro at one of their upcoming Business Drop In Sessions. Enjoy a free coffee, get the latest construction updates, and ask all your questions! The Light Rail Business Link Program Manager will also be there to provide advice and hear how things are going for your business.

Gungahlin Retailers
30th November
11am to 12pm
Winyu House
125 Gungahlin Pl, Gungahlin

Mitchell/Dickson Retailers
5th December
8am to 9am
Trev’s Dickson
20 Challis St, Dickson

City Retailers
12 December
8am to 9am
Espresso Code
108 Alinga St, City

Tours of the Corridor

Canberra Metro is offering free guided bus tours to view works progressing along the light rail corridor. Leaving every Wednesday morning from Gungahlin village until Christmas. Bookings essential.

VIEW DETAILS HERE

Collaboration Trains Next Generation of Engineers

A collaboration between the University of NSW, construction giant John Holland, and Canberra Metro is giving engineering undergraduates valuable work experience.

Under the arrangement, students from UNSW’s Australian Defence Force Academy campus are spending part of each week working with Hollands on the Canberra Metro project.

All three are undertaking engineering degrees through UNSW which has 3200 students enrolled at its ADFA campus. While most of those are military cadets undergoing officer training the university also enrols students from civilian life.

READ MORE

Guides for Businesses in the Building and Construction Industry to Help Reduce Risk

Entering into a new working relationship in the building and construction industry can feel like a big risk. Being proactive and knowing how to safeguard your business can give you peace of mind and help you get paid for the work you’ve done.

The Australian Government has consulted with businesses and representatives in the industry to create guides with simple steps you can take to protect your business.

You’ll find out:

You can learn how to protect your finances, recover money owed to you and deal with debt in these new guides:

For more information specific to the building and construction industry, read the fact sheet.

The Train has left Spain!

Our Light Rail vehicle is on its way across the sea!

WATCH HERE

Construction Updates Online

Canberra Metro have made it easy to view the out of hours works and intersection closures during stage 1 of the light rail – Click here to check it out.

Marketing support for Mitchell Businesses

Mitchell businesses interested in being a part of a pre-­Christmas marketing initiative are asked to register initial interest with the Light Rail Business Link Program by COB Monday 20 November.

Call 0429 385 705 or email lisa.morisset@canberrabusiness.com

Rapid Bus Network 2018 Consultation

As light rail comes into being business input into how other public transport modes can best serve your precincts is vital. The ACT Government is seeking feedback on the Rapid Network public transport changes it has announced for 2018. Consultation on phase one closes on 15 December 2017.

READ MORE

Dickson Precinct Makeover

A 7-day makeover is planned in Dickson for 19 – 25 November and will be showcased as part of the Design Canberra Festival 2017. Come and be part of transforming the Dickson Courtyards into places to linger, play and connect. The Dickson Traders Association is planning to demonstrate what is possible in just 7 days, with community initiatives such as pavement stencilling, yarn-bombing and installing new seating, planter boxes and lights.

READ MORE

A Bird’s Eye View

From Gungahlin Place to the City, the construction of Canberra’s Light Rail is well underway. From the air and from the ground, this brilliant video shows the already significant transformation of the 12 kilometre corridor. Each working day, and sometimes at night, traffic is re-routed, services relocated and concrete foundations poured. This time lapse video reflects and recognises how much has already been completed.

WATCH THE VIDEO

The CommBank Pop Up Innovation Lab

The CommBank Pop Up Innovation Lab is making its way to Canberra! Take a discovery tour of the Lab and explore some of the latest innovation trends and technologies that are shaping the future of key industries in Australia.

Tours are hosted by CommBank Business Innovation Specialists and will run daily from 10am-3pm on selected dates between 20 – 28 November 2017. They run for approximately one hour, and will expose you and your team to emerging technology and innovation methodologies that will spark ideas for you to take back to your business.

The Lab is being set up in the spare offices next to the Chamber at 216 Northbourne Ave, Braddon.

To secure a time to explore the Pop Up Lab, simply click on the link below to register a date that suits. Sessions will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis. If you need to cancel or change your attendance after you have registered, please email popupinnovationlab@cba.com.au.

If you’d like to know more watch this video on the Pop Up Innovation Lab experience.

Collaboration Trains Next Generation of Engineers

A collaboration between the University of NSW, construction giant John Holland, and Canberra Metro is giving engineering undergraduates valuable work experience.

Under the arrangement, students from UNSW’s Australian Defence Force Academy campus are spending part of each week working with Hollands on the Canberra Metro project.

All three are undertaking engineering degrees through UNSW which has 3200 students enrolled at its ADFA campus.  While most of those are military cadets undergoing officer training the university also enrols students from civilian life.

UNSW’s civil engineering degree is part of its plan to expand its presence in the nation’s capital. Only a month ago the university announced it was in talks with the ACT Government about plans to develop a new campus at Reid in the inner city.  Those plans envisage development of an ‘innovation precinct’ at the proposed Reid campus that could cater for as many as 10,000 students and which would work closely with industry.

UNSW is the only one of the four universities in Canberra that offers a degree course in civil engineering.  That suits 20-year-old Joshua Daniel well.  He said he ‘jumped at the opportunity’ when a careers advisor told him UNSW was launching its civil engineering course at ADFA.

“I enjoyed maths and science as a secondary student and civil engineering seemed like a sensible way to study for me,” he said. ‘ADFA is a great way to study locally. Small class sizes are one of the best things and it’s very easy to ask questions. There is really personal experience from lecturers.”

The opportunity to combine study with work experience at Canberra Metro came earlier in the year.

“Studying civil engineering, the opportunity to work on one of the biggest infrastructure projects that Canberra has seen was really exciting,” Josh said, “I signed up straight away when I was told about it”.

Josh’s work at Canberra Metro has given him interesting involvement in project management, an area he particularly enjoys. “It’s really good to be working with top engineers on an important project and to see what type of role I could have as a qualified engineer,” he said. “I’m really thankful for the opportunity John Holland and Canberra Metro has given me.”

For Braydon Clarke, another 20-year-old who took to maths and science as a secondary student, news of the UNSW engineering offering came at just the right time.

“It was about November of Year 12 when I found out UNSW was going to offer engineering courses here in Canberra,” he said. “Until then you couldn’t do civil, electrical, mechanical and aeronautical engineering in Canberra. I jumped at it straight away.

“At ADFA the student-staff ratio is one of the best in the country. Access to lecturers is easy.”

But he was a little hesitant when the opportunity to take up work experience at Canberra Metro came about. “Canberra Metro is a civil project, not an aeronautical one, so I was a bit concerned about whether it was a good fit.  But I thought it’s still engineering work experience and it’s an opportunity you wouldn’t get anyway else so I thought why not go for it. Working on the light rail project is a different experience – I’ve never had any construction experience so it’s been good to have exposure to different environments.  It’s been good to be involved in something that is so big in this community.  I’m keen to see it through,” he said.

For Troy Miles the student experience at UNSW is not his first. The 25-year-old was first at ADFA as an Officer Cadet but left before he was commissioned. Unfortunately when he rejoined the Army as an Artilleryman he was seriously injured and medically discharged.  But every cloud has a silver lining: during his recovery he was asked what he would like to do and he decided to go back to ADFA as a civilian student.

“Studying at ADFA is different to other unis,” he said, “The staff are fantastic.  They have the time to dedicate to helping you understand what you’re learning a bit more. I was actually still in the Army when this opportunity came up for work experience at Canberra Metro, and I was lucky enough to start pretty much the day after my discharge.

“The best part of the work here is being able to interact with those engineers who have the experience that you just can’t get at a university.  My time here is important for me – it will help me understand what types of work I can do with my injured knee and where I might be able to work in the future.”

 

Nominations for 2018 Future Leaders Program Open

Future Leaders Program

The Board of Canberra Business Chamber implemented its inaugural “Future Leaders Program” in 2015 in collaboration with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). This program has been designed to develop young leaders by providing them with an opportunity to develop their skills and supporting them to take up Board Directorships in the future.

In partnership with AICD and through a mentoring arrangement with an existing Board Member of the Chamber, the successful individual will undertake a program that aims to offer development in relation to board governance, processes and decision making including attending Board meetings as an observer enabling the individual to gain practical experience and apply the theoretical skills gained from the AICD program.

This program runs for a 12 month period (commencing February 2019) and it is envisaged at the end of the program you will understand the workings of a Board and have developed skills to seek a Board Directorship or undertake further training in Board Directorship should you wish to do so. Note: only one individual will be selected.

If you are an energetic and passionate business person who is keen to not only build on your own expertise but also contribute to creating an environment that enables all business across Canberra Region to be successful then this is the opportunity.

To nominate for this program:

  • You will possess solid industry experience in your area of expertise, operating your own business or holding a business leadership role.
  • You or the organisation for which you are employed will need to be a financial member of Canberra Business Chamber
  • You will need to be able to commit to approximately 10 Board Meetings each year and other activities such as business forums, taskforces and member engagement events.

To be considered for this program please provide a covering letter outlining your interest in this opportunity and the reason why you should be selected along with your resume/bio by 22 November 2018. Expressions of interest can be sent to the Secretary at either info@canberrabusiness.com or Ground Floor, 216 Northbourne Avenue, Braddon ACT 2612.

NOMINATIONS CLOSE: 22 November 2018

Testimonial from our 2017 Future Leader, Sarah Rajic of Capital Recruit

I value the opportunity and experience of being the 2017 Future Leader with the Canberra Business Chamber and I’m an advocate for the programs continued success.  It is a great pathway program for aspiring directors.

My role as a business owner of Capital Recruit and General Manager of Staff Check led me to explore the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Course and I became aware of the Future Leaders Program.

The criteria for selection is;

  • Solid industry experience in your area of expertise;
  • Operate your own business or hold a business leadership role; and
  • You or your organisation be a member of the Canberra Business Chamber.

I interviewed with two board members where I explained my interest in the program and heard about the board and the commitment required for the program.  I was over the moon when selected and appreciated the opportunity I had been given.

Attending monthly board meetings gave me the practical experience of being part of a board.  It showed me the structure of the board meetings; the role of the chair; the governance framework; financial oversight; strategy development; and decision making.  The meetings were formal, structured, open and inclusive.  The board made me feel comfortable to ask questions.

I identified my areas of interests and strengths and with the support of the board, I attended Finance and Audit committee meetings and joined some working groups which extended my board experience.

Politics and Business was another point of interest for me.  I knew how businesses delivered services to government and government procured services.  However, I didn’t understand how business and government work together to deliver win wins for the Canberra community, the economy, business and the government.   Also, how the three parties work in Canberra.  The future leaders program provided that understanding to me.

Through board conversations and developing relationships with the directors, I further developed my own business confidence.  The program has helped us at Capital Recruit to take bigger and bolder business steps over the past 12 months with success.

I have observed and in a small way, contributed to the fabulous work of the chamber.  The business advocacy work the board and the Chamber team do on behalf of us all, is critical in this business community.  It’s our direct link between business and government leaders.  We have a voice, we have a perspective and the Chamber is how we are heard.

The business networking opportunities, the collaboration and focus of our taskforces and our well utilised workplace relations support service are a few reasons why we all need to continue our support of the chamber through our membership, involvement with the task forces or board, feedback to the Chamber and utilising the Chamber events and training.

The future leaders program is run in partnership with AICD.  AICD providing training and future knowledge through their Foundation Modules.  As well as the AICD membership and all the benefits that provides.  Thank you Lynette Pinder and AICD for the ongoing partnership.

I see this program as a vehicle for the chamber to be a change agent.  The Chamber is investing in new and aspiring board directors to step up.  This contributes to the development of the talent pipeline for other boards of community groups, businesses and not for profits.

Diversity has been receiving much needed coverage for many years and progress has been made.  Through my time with the Chamber board and particularly my AICD studies, I know it’s not just about the surface level diversity which is often in the media but diversity in thought.  Life, background, qualifications, age, gender, occupation, etc impact on our frame of reference and thought processes.    Diversity strengthens board performance and I encourage organisations to continue to think of cognitive diversity when recruiting directors.

This is an opportunity for someone;

  • new to board positions looking to improve their directorship skills and performance;
  • someone reporting to a board;
  • someone thinking about working on boards for the first time; or
  • maybe this is for someone you know. Please spread the word.

The application process is relatively pain free, the Chamber board is inclusive, professional and a well-regarded group.

Testimonial from our 2016 Future Leader, Alicia Shepard

November 2016

Twelve months ago, a member of the Canberra Business Chamber Board (CBC), Michelle Melbourne (Intelledox), a highly respected Canberra businesswoman and mentor of mine, recommended I take the opportunity to encourage the Board of the CBC to create a specialised position for a young Canberran business person. The aim of the position was three fold: to provide valuable insight and perspective from a young business person to the Board, to raise the profile of my business (ONTHEGO Sports) within the ACT business community, and to encourage, nurture and foster my learning as an up-and-coming businesswoman in the ACT.

Recognising the benefits that a young Canberran business person, specifically selected to the Board, could achieve over 12 months, I was selected, following a thorough selection process, as the first candidate of the “Future Leadership Program”.

This year CBC has:

  • allowed me to help see and develop some fantastic projects, including Destination 2030
  • attend and contribute to the CBC Board meetings
  • grown my mentor base, as without the other Board members, I could not have achieved the successes over this year that I have
  • funded me to undertake the “Foundations of Directorship” from the Australian Institute of Company Directors

 

What being a member of the CBC Board has shown me, is that business boards aren’t just the domain of the established, large businesses, following the same-old ways to get organisations in the region to come together and seek the outcomes that are beneficial to them. The CBC has taken a bold step, showing they are prepared to take risks on young business people, entrepreneurs, and the “disruptors” in the market, who do things differently, take risks, question the “why”, use new mediums and reach out to be taught by ‘those in the know’. 

I’d encourage everyone, the entrepreneur and young business people, to get involved, see that you have a role to influence Canberra business and its environment, and that the CBC Board is the best way to achieve that. You’ll get great exposure, for you and your business, meet some incredible minds, and you’ll have a fantastic time!

Alicia Shepard
Operations Manager
ONTHEGO Sports

Watch Glenn Keys (CBC Chair) interview Alicia Shepard on her experience as our inaugural Future Leader.

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Canberra Business Chamber Ltd
ACN 600 390 538

NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

NOTICE IS GIVEN that the ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2017 will be held at Ground Floor, 216 Northbourne Avenue, Braddon on Monday 20 November 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

AGENDA

  1. Apologies
  2. Chair’s Report
  3. Treasurer’s Report
  4. CEO’s Report
  5. Election of Directors
  6. Other Business

 

Archie Tsirimokos
Secretary
Date: 30 October 2017

 

Notes:

A Member may appoint a proxy to attend and vote at the Annual General Meeting.

A Member must submit the attached proxy appointment form at least 48 hours before the General Meeting of Members to the Secretary at either info@canberrabusiness.com or Ground Floor, 216 Northbourne Avenue, Braddon ACT 2612.

Please note that only financial Members are permitted to vote at the General Meeting of Members and each financial Member is entitled to one vote only.

BOARD NOMINEES

30 October 2017

Under Clause 9.2 of the Chamber’s Constitution, three Board Members will retire at each Annual General Meeting and an election will be held to fill the vacant Board positions. Accordingly, nominations have been sought for candidates suitable to be elected to these three vacant Board positions at the Annual General Meeting to be held on Monday 20 November 2017.

The nominations are as follows:

Jure Domaset Headshot SQ

Jure Domazet
Managing Director
MD Doma Group

Jure is the Managing Director of the Doma Group, with interests in property investment and development (including residential, office, retail, hotel and car parking), hotel operations and management (including all food and beverage operations) and private equity.  Predominantly based in the ACT, the Group has property interests along the eastern seaboard, including Jervis Bay, Sydney and Newcastle.  Its private equity interests span both local, national and international businesses in retail, manufacturing and software, encompassing both established businesses and start-ups.  

 Jure attended the ANU, where he completed a Bachelor of Commerce,        Bachelor of Laws and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.  Upon completing his professional qualifications, Jure worked in commercial finance with a national bank and as a commercial lawyer with a national law firm. 

As well as private company directorships, Jure currently holds the following positions:

  1. Director and Interim Chair of the Canberra Convention Bureau;
  2. Director at Canberra Girls Grammar School (and Chairman of the Development and Planning Committee);
  3. Member of the ANU Campus Planning Committee.

Jure is a former director of the Property Council of Australia ACT and was President from 2011-2015.

 

Reasons for standing

Doma Group is a multi-disciplinary business and has historically had its emphasis in property.  As the Group has grown, the operations of the business in hotels, food and beverage operations and private equity have created a large footprint for the Group outside of direct property.  The Group has over 300 direct employees (full-time, part-time and casual) and has significant annual investment in the ACT affecting employment of many other Canberrans.   

In nominating for the Board, I bring my interest, experience and exposure across all these sectors in assisting the direction of the Canberra Business Chamber.  My view is that the CBC best serves its membership when it appreciates policy impacts across the whole of ACT industry and I would aim to assist with this understanding. 

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Michael Heather
Managing Director
CBRE

In July 2017, I was appointed as the Managing Director for CBRE for its ACT business and in addition lead CBRE’s Canberra Capital Markets team. I have approximately 10 years’ experience in the Canberra commercial property market and have been involved in many of the notable transactions to occur in that time including the recent $321 million sale of 50 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra City.

 

I feel that my extensive and successful track record in the Canberra commercial property industry would be of significant benefit to Canberra Business Chamber Ltd as the property industry is a significant contributor to the growth and strong performance of the ACT economy and is one of the largest industries for employment in Canberra.

I have been an active member and supporter of Canberra Business Chamber Ltd by way of attending networking and industry events and recently I have joined the International Business Taskforce to further my involvement. I am also passionate about the growth and success of local Canberra businesses and now wish to take a more active role in helping local businesses succeed in an increasingly competitive environment.

Another reason for nominating is that I would like to give back to the Canberra business community that provides career opportunities for so many Canberran’s, like myself. If appointed, I will bring to this role strong leadership qualities and an understanding of the issues that are of interest to a wide range of members of Canberra Business Chamber Ltd.

I am highly regarded and trusted within the local business community as well as having extensive professional relationships with many of the Canberra Business Chamber Ltd members. I am actively involved in the wider Canberra community and have been involved in fundraising efforts for many charities including Special Olympics Australia, Hartley Lifecare and the Canberra PCYC.

I am currently a Director of Canberra CBD Limited trading as In the City Canberra until November 2017 when I am required to stand down at the next Annual General Meeting. This organisation was responsible for administering the Canberra City Centre Marketing and Improvements Grant to deliver a vibrant, attractive, safe and livable Canberra City Centre. From 1 January 2018, Canberra CBD Limited will be winding up as the ACT Government Grant will now be administered by the City Urban Renewal Authority. Hence, I will not be re-nominating for a further term at the November annual general meeting. I have gained valuable Board experience and knowledge through this position which I can bring to Canberra Business Chamber Ltd.

My personal qualities of integrity, honesty, drive, passion and enthusiasm combined with the highest level of ethics will be of benefit to Canberra Business Chamber Ltd if elected. I will act in good faith and for the best interests of the Canberra Business Chamber Ltd members.

I look forward to the election process and the positive contribution I will make to Canberra Business Chamber Ltd if elected.

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Jessica Mellor
CEO & Executive Director
Aquis Entertainment

Jessica is a member of the executive board of Aquis Entertainment Limited and associated companies, including Casino Canberra Limited. She is also on the board of Lifeline Canberra and the Physical Activity Foundation. Jessica gained a Bachelor of Sustainable Development (Construction Management) before moving on to study Law.

Jessica is the Chief Executive Officer of the Aquis Entertainment Group, including the ACT’s own Casino Canberra. She is an experienced project executive with a strong focus on strategy and delivering innovative solutions. Her experience spans major infrastructure projects, residential and commercial development, as well as funds management.

Jessica joined the greater Aquis group in 2013, where she played a key leadership role in the groups’ ambitious tourism-centred Yorkeys Knob project in Cairns, and following the acquisition of Casino Canberra, has become a dedicated advocate for Canberra’s international tourism potential.

With invaluable experience in the entertainment and tourism industry, Jessica has a thorough understanding of how international and national tourism markets work and knows what it takes to create a successful business that leverages off these markets to contribute to growth in the local economy. Focused on the lucrative markets out of China and South-East Asia, Jessica has been establishing networks within these countries since 2013 to better facilitate international distribution and identify opportunities well into the future.

Jessica is passionate about the Canberra Business Chamber and genuinely values what it stands for as an organisation. She has been a member since moving to Canberra from Queensland in 2015 and believes that with her unique skill set, she can make a significant contribution to delivering fresh ideas, connecting people in the local community, and helping local businesses overcome barriers to success.

With her background in tourism and infrastructure, outside of market experience and her determination to see Canberra gain its share of inbound tourism, Jessica is well placed to contribute to, and advocate for, Canberra’s future as a memorable tourism destination, and prosperous city.

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Jo Metcalfe
ACT and Southern New South Wales Manager
GHD

Jo Metcalfe is the ACT and Southern New South Wales manager for GHD, a global professional services firm. She has a strong relationships with government and twenty years of consulting, professional services management and industry peak body employment history. Jo makes significant contributions to the organisations for which she plays committee, council and board roles, a commitment that she is eager to continue with Canberra Business Chamber. She has been an active member of the Property Council of Australia since 2004, was a Director of Consult Australia, the peak body for design companies in the built environment. Jo’s past roles include State Manager of the Australian Institute of Architects ACT and Managing Principal of peckvonhartel Architects.

“I am passionate about issues affecting the business community of Canberra and the region and its role servicing the private and public sectors locally, nationally and internationally. I am committed to supporting the Business Chamber advocate for optimal environments for business through strong relationships with government and other stakeholders and the resulting value proposition for Chamber members.”

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Sarah Rajic
Director
Capital Recruit

Sarah Rajic is the co-founder of Capital Recruit and General Manager of Staff Check.  She is also the 2017 Canberra Business Chamber Future Leader which provides her an opportunity to observe the CBC board meetings and contribute to the business community through the board.

Capital Recruit specialises in corporate recruitment including accounting, human resources, marketing and communications, sales and administration across government and the business community in the ACT. Since its inception over three years ago, Capital Recruit has grown significantly and recently broadened its services delivering managed volume recruitment processes and assessment design within the Federal Government environment.  Staff Check is a leading supplier of security vetting services, providing personnel security services to government and business.

Sarah commenced her career in 2000 in accounting recruitment in Canberra.  For the past 10 years, she has managed recruitment teams and branches across Canberra and Sydney.  In August 2014, Sarah founded Capital Recruit with Glen Heward.  In addition to Capital Recruit, Sarah was appointed General Manager of Staff Check mid 2016 to focus on client management, strategy and leadership.

Sarah is currently undertaking the Australian Institute of Company Directors Company Course in Canberra, has a Diploma in Business and is accredited with the Recruitment and Consulting Services Association (RCSA).  She regularly presents for CPA Australia and other industry bodies on recruitment best practice, industry updates, leadership and career development.

Sarah Rajic is the 2017 Future Leader with the Canberra Business Chamber.  Over the past 10 months, she has immersed herself in the Chamber and board activities, including contributing to minister meetings, the inquiry into insecure workers, the finance and audit committee and other working groups.

This year, Sarah received the Best New Business Owner award from Canberra Women in Business for the success of her business, Capital Recruit and her contribution to the Canberra business community.

Sarah is keen to continue her contribution to the Canberra Business Chamber and increase opportunities for business to thrive, innovate, and handle the challenges ahead such as cyber security, government procurement, business stability and workforce growth.  The past 10 months has been instructive for Sarah, in particular the business support, connections and advocacy work the business chamber delivers in Canberra.

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Vikram Sharma
Founder and CEO
QuintessenceLabs

Vikram Sharma is the Founder and CEO of QuintessenceLabs. Recognising the potential of quantum cybersecurity in the early 2000s while in California, Vikram sought to commercialise the technology, returning to the Australian National University to work with the Quantum Optics Group. QuintessenceLabs emerged from the award-winning research conducted by the group, and is today positioned at the forefront of the cybersecurity sector. The company’s capabilities have been recognised at several Australian and international events, most recently: global runner-up from a pool of 2,500+ companies in IBM’s SmartCamp competition in 2013, named by the Australian Information Industry Association as Australia’s most innovative small company in 2014, and selected by the Security Innovation Network as a SINET16 Cyber Security Innovator in 2015. In 2016, Cybersecurity Ventures named QuintessenceLabs in its Cybersecurity 500 list of the world’s most innovative cybersecurity companies. In 2017, the company was selected as of one of Westpac’s 20 high potential Businesses of Tomorrow.

Prior to QuintessenceLabs, Vikram founded two successful start-up ventures in the information technology infrastructure and services spaces – a consulting company providing IT services to the Federal Government in Australia, and one of India’s first private ISPs. He began his career as a programmer analyst, and subsequently worked as a consultant with a number of companies and government agencies in Australia.

Vikram holds a master of science in computer science from The Australian National University, a master of science in management (Sloan Fellow) from Stanford University, and a doctorate in quantum physics from The Australian National University. He was presented the Pearcey State Award for Entrepreneurship in 2013. In 2014, Vikram was invited by the UK Government to join an expert panel for its flagship Quantum Technology Hubs programme, and presently serves on the Industry Advisory Boards of AusCyber and the Research School of Computer Science at the Australian National University, and the Cybersecurity Technical Committee of the Australian Computer Society.

Canberra in Wellington Week Business Program

Business Program: Canberra in Wellington Week (CWW)
Sun 19 to Wed 22 November 2017

Canberra in Wellington Week (CWW) initiative is being led by the ACT Chief Minister, Mr Andrew Barr with the development of the program being jointly coordinated across agencies within the ACT Government and Canberra Business Chamber.

Canberra’s International Engagement Strategy 2016 recognises New Zealand (Wellington) as one of the five international priority markets for engagement.

The foundation for Canberra’s connection to New Zealand is the direct international aviation link and 2016 Sister City agreement with Wellington. Canberra Business Chamber supports this connection through an MoU with Wellington Chamber of Commerce established in 2016.

CWW will raise the profile of Canberra in Wellington, facilitate business to business collaborations, establish networks, foster on-going knowledge sharing and engagement to support the commitments under the Wellington Canberra Sister City agreement. CWW also underpins our commitment to support the direct international flights between Singapore, CBR and Wellington, encouraging use of the service in both directions.

The Business Program (19-22 Nov) has been developed for Canberra Region businesses to take part and leverage the excellent networking and collaboration opportunities.

Your opportunity to be a part of Canberra in Wellington Week

Canberra Business Chamber has partnered with the ACT Government and Wellington Chamber of Commerce to offer the following business package which includes:

+ Key Event Attendance

  • Visit behind the scene, insight tour of Weta Workshop
  • Australian High Commission Reception
  • Visit to Museum of New Zealand “Te Papa Tongarewa”

+ Business Events

  • Market insight briefing by Austrade
  • B2B round table and networking lunch
  • Industry insights Lunch

 + Transfers from Intercontinental Hotel to all program venues out of walking distance

 + CBR Brand Collateral Pack

Cost $590pp +GST

(excludes accommodation, flights and informal dinner on Tuesday)

NB. PLEASE CLICK BELOW TO COMPLETE THE REGISTRATION FORM ONCE YOU HAVE PAID.

ACCOMODATION

Discounted price for Intercontinental Hotel Wellington Club Floor Rooms (NZ $489 per night, per room), which includes: Access to Club InterContinental Lounge; Refreshments on arrival; Twilight drinks and canapés; Gourmet breakfast in Club InterContinental Lounge; Complimentary local telephone calls; Complimentary internet; Complimentary pressing (Two pieces per stay); Evening turndown service; Complimentary tea, coffee or juice with morning wake-up calls; Complimentary daily newspapers; World Class concierge service; Access to Emerge Health Club, our onsite gym and indoor swimming pool

The offer is subjected to availability, as no rooms are being held and the service policy will be on a first-in, first-served basis. Businesses participating in the trade mission can make the reservations themselves, by contacting Veronica Sedova, Group Reservations Coordinator (refer to attending the trade mission in Wellington organised by the Canberra Business Chamber)

BOOK ONLINE HERE

or contact:
Veronika Sedova
Group Reservations Coordinator
INTERCONTINENTAL WELLINGTON
PO Box 175, Wellington, New Zealand
D: +64 4 495 7843 | F: +64 4 472 4724
group.reservtions@ihg.com | www.intercontinental.com/wellington

Alternatively, a rate for accommodation in James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor (Lambton rooms) is $235 per night. It can be reserved here – please choose Lambton room and use booking code 274996 to obtain discounted rate.

Or contact:

James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
147 The Terrace; Wellington, 6011 New Zealand
D: +64 4 495 0279 |  T: +64 4 499 9500 |  F: +64 4 499 8203
reservations@jamescookhotel.co.nz  |  www.grandchancellorhotels.com

James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor is within walking distance of Intercontinental Wellington Hotel. The offer is subjected to availability, as no rooms are being held and the service policy will be on a first-in, first-served basis. 

It is advised to make the accommodation reservations as soon as possible. At the time Canberra Business Chamber made inquiries on accommodation options, many hotels in Wellington have already been booked out for these dates.

 


 

FLIGHTS

Link and a code to discounted Singapore Airlines Flight Tickets (CBR-WLG-CBR) will be provided upon registering.

 


 

TRADE CONNECT GRANT

The ACT Government’s Trade Connect grant program is designed to help Canberra based businesses with a range of export market development activities. Trade Connect grants are awarded on a matched-funding basis. You may be eligible for up to 50% or up to $1,000 of your out of pocket expenses relating to the CWW business program. For more information, visit www.business.act.gov.au

 


 

MARKET PROFILE
(excerpt from Austrade web site, more information, here)

 The Closer Economic Relations (CER) between New Zealand and Australia has been in place since 1983 and is one of the most comprehensive free trade agreements in the world. Building on CER, is the creation of a seamless trans-Tasman Single Economic Market (SEM) business environment. Previous work has been achieved around food standards, services protocol, free movement of people, trans-Tasman mutual recognition arrangement and investment protocol.

New Zealand and Australia signed a Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA) in 2009 with the ASEAN regional block of 10 countries. It aims to liberalise and facilitate trade in goods, services and investment between New Zealand, Australian and the ASEAN economies and it contains measures to improve the business environment and promote cooperation in a broad range of economic areas of mutual interest.

 


 

FOOD AND BEVERAGE SECTOR

New Zealand and Australian governments are committed, via the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Arrangement, to creating a single trans-Tasman market for food. Some products, such as honey, and certain egg products are prohibited, although egg protocols are under review. Some herbs are subject to additional inspection. Product labels do not generally need to be altered for New Zealand because of trans-Tasman mutual recognition of food standards. Imports of products with more than 50 per cent Australian content are duty free. There is 15 per cent GST (Goods and Services Tax), which applies to all products.

Opportunities exist in the following areas:

  • products that are not locally produced
  • premium, fresh and counter seasonal products
  • raw materials for local production as New Zealand is moving towards more value added processed foods
  • organic, gluten free and vegan goods
  • healthy convenience is a growing trend – food to go and single portion packaging
  • collaboration in food research including food safety such as AusGrainz and The Fresh Produce Safety Centre Ltd

There is a proposal for the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries to increase the varieties of fruit and vegetables that can enter New Zealand under irradiation treatment beyond the existing varieties of tomatoes, capsicums and mangoes. Under the proposal, apples, apricots, cherries, honeydew melons, nectarines, peaches, plums, rockmelons, strawberries, grapes, zucchini and scallopini would be irradiated to allow their entry into New Zealand.

Itinerary

SUNDAY 19 NOVEMBER 2017 

Recommended Flight
CBR – WLG
Singapore Airlines – Depart CBR 11:55; Arrive WLG 17:10

Evening
Informal networking
Movie screening – “Rip Tide” (Venue TBC)

MONDAY 20 NOVEMBER 2017

Morning
Market Insight briefing by Ms Alison Duncan
Australian Deputy High Commissioner
(Working breakfast at Intercontinental Hotel Club Lounge)

WETA, signing of the MoU between Screen Canberra and Screen Wellington
(CBR Businesses join the Chief Minister & ACTG Delegation)

Behind the scenes tour of Weta Workshop, world-leading conceptual design and effects facility

Afternoon
Individual arrangements, B2B Meetings
(Wellington Chamber of Commerce can provide assistance with business to business matching)

Evening
Canberra in Wellington Reception

Hosted by the Australian High Commission – An opportunity to connect with the Australian businesses operating in Wellington, Australian Alumni and diplomatic community.  (CBR Businesses join the Chief Minister & ACTG Delegation)

TUESDAY 21 NOVEMBER 2017

Morning
Roundtable discussion, B2B event hosted by Wellington Chamber of Commerce and Canberra Business Chamber, followed by networking lunch

Afternoon
Property briefing (provisional itinerary – details tbc)

Evening
Showcasing CBR productions and movie screening
“Blue World Order” (The Roxy Cinema)

WEDNESDAY 22 NOVEMBER 2017

Morning
Visit to Museum of New Zealand “Te Papa Tongarewa” (“Gallipoli: The scale of our war” exhibition), hosted by Wellington Chamber of Commerce

Lunch
Industry insights lunch – What industry capability do we share and how can we increase collaboration? (CBR Businesses join the ACTG Delegation and Wellington City Council)

Afternoon
Individual arrangements, follow-up B2B meetings
(Wellington Chamber of Commerce can provide assistance with business to business matching)

Departure
Recommended Flight
WLG – CBR
Singapore Airlines – Depart WLG 20:15; Arrive CBR 22:05

Disclaimer: all elements of the Program are subject to final confirmation

Christmas Parties & Social Functions – Top Tips for Employers

Closing down over the Christmas New Year Period

As the end of the year draws near businesses will begin their holiday parties season. The Holiday season is filled with Spring Racing Carnivals, Christmas parties and End of Year parties.

While it can be all fun and games, employers need to ensure that they do not leave themselves liable during the festive season. The annual Christmas party or any social function can very quickly turn from celebration into litigation due to the possibility of harassment claims, problems due to alcohol or drug use and other inappropriate behaviour, not to mention the cost of unauthorised absences as a result of the “morning after”.

Are you aware of your responsibilities as an employer during these workplace events? What about incidences which occur after the party has ended?  Can you still be found liable for poor employee behaviour?

Employers can be vicariously liable for acts of harassment, if they have not taken reasonable and practicable steps to prevent it from occurring.

An employer may be vicariously liable for the acts of employees done in the course of their employment irrespective of whether the employer knew or approved of the offending conduct. For example, in one recent case, it was held that the employer’s liability was not confined to the workplace when offensive comments were made to a colleague during post work drinks and at an employee’s leaving party.

Don’t ruin the holiday fun by leaving yourself liable, by following these simple tips you can minimise the risks to your business:

  • Make it clear that conduct at any holiday functions will be covered by the employer’s equal opportunity and anti-harassment policies.
  • Warn staff that seriously inappropriate behaviour will result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.
  • Consider excluding any employees who have demonstrated bad behaviour at previous events. However, such a decision needs to be carefully considered and must not be discriminatory in any way.
  • Keep in mind the diversity of employees, especially in relation to religious beliefs. Employers need to be sensitive in the naming of their event so that everyone feels welcome – For example, a Christmas party may alienate some staff, a Festive Season or End of Year party may be more inclusive.
  • It should also be considered whether a daytime or evening party will be more convenient for attendees. For employees with children, arranging child care may be an issue. A lunch time event may also help limit the consumption of alcohol.
  • In the case of lunch time events, be clear as to whether returning to the office is expected.
  • Managers should be clearly briefed as to their responsibilities: not only should they be setting a good example by their behaviour; they should also maintain order and ensure that no employee’s behaviour is getting out of hand.
  • Ensure that the content of any professional entertainment is appropriate. In one case the employer was held liable for racially offensive remarks made by a visiting comedian in the presence of two waitresses.
  • Prevent access of uninvited guests, as an employer could be liable for the acts of third parties e.g. assault or harassment.
  • Offer and make available alternatives for employees to travel home (i.e. a designated driver or provided taxi fares or the like). Also be clear on your requirements and expectations regarding appropriate behaviours when drinking alcohol (.i.e. drink driving laws).

By following these easy steps you can ensure the fun continues without worrying about your business!