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Government procurement - how low is too low

A 2013 ASIAL member survey found that 27% of respondents chose not to tender for government contracts because they simply couldn’t compete with the contract prices quoted by others and couldn’t make a sustainable profit.

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  • Webinar - Fair Work Ombudsman Local Government Procurement

    Date: 17/09/2014

    This webinar is part of an education campaign providing information and resources to the security industry and to local government on procurement and tendering practices and on identifying dubious practices. This is particularly aimed at security providers in regional areas who may not be able to attend face to face meetings in the capital cities and anyone involved in procurement for local government.

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  • ACT Industry Briefing

    Date: 24/09/2014

    Speakers will include Phil Marsh, Assistant Director, Fair Work Ombudsman speaking about the local government procurement education campaign.

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  • TAS Industry Briefing

    Date: 25/09/2014

    Robert Steedman, Manager, Licensing & Accreditation (Department of Justice, Tasmania) will be giving a regulatory update and Ray Smith, Assistant Director, Fair Work Ombudsman will be speaking about the local government procurement education campaign.

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  • Explosives 2014

    Date: 01/10/2014

    For everyone with an interest in the legal or illegal use of explosives. The forum will be opened by Senator Fawcett Chair of the Defence Sub-Committee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade.

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  • VIC Industry Briefing

    Date: 16/10/2014

    Hear from the new manager of Licensing and Regulation Division, Superintendent Brett Curran, and Lowri Burman, Senior Education Officer, Fair Work Ombudsman speaking about the local government procurement education campaign.

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  • Government procurement – how low is too low?

    Doing business with government can be a both rewarding and challenging experience. A 2013 ASIAL member survey found that 27% of respondents chose not to tender for government contracts because they simply couldn’t compete with the contract prices quoted by others and couldn’t make a sustainable profit. Of the 73% who stated that they did compete for government work, price was by far the most important factor in determining the outcome. Quality service provision and the requirement to provide proof of the ability to deliver the service ran a distant second and third.

  • False billing scams hit small businesses

    False billing scams were the most common scam affecting small businesses in 2013.   According to the ACCC’s latest Targeting scams report, over 3,600 reports were received about this scam in 2013 – an increase of 45 per cent from 2012 – and almost $725,000 was lost.

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Significant changes to NBN copper disconnection dates

After an extensive consultation with industry, NBN Co has reached agreement with Telstra, on the deferral of Disconnection Dates (DD) for the period covering December 2014 and January 2015.  The Disconnection Dates for areas falling in this period will now be realigned and spread over February, March and April 2015.   The effect of these changes are:

  • There will be no DDs in December 2014 & January 2015
  • DD for these periods will be spread over February, March and April 2015
  • There will be one DD per month for areas in February & March and two for April 2015

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