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Managing Risks to Your Business Reputation

Over the last few years, organisations have begun to realise that their reputation, far from being some intangible, unquantifiable element of their business, is actually one of their biggest assets. A good reputation ensures the confidence and trust of all the stakeholders in the business such as customers, suppliers, investors, regulators and employees. This confidence…

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Public Sector Compliance

Are You Meeting Your Obligations? As well as being required to comply with the many laws that apply to the private sector, government agencies also have their own unique obligations to meet. These obligations apply in areas such as procurement, contract law and occupational health and safety. As a manager of a public sector agency,…

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Are You An Equal Opportunity Employer?

Equal opportunity is now a business buzz word. This is largely due to the growing number of harassment and discrimination cases being brought before the courts. It’s also due to the fact that it’s the employers, not the perpetrators who are receiving the fines, because equal opportunity legislation puts the onus of responsibility squarely on…

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Contract Management: Are Your Contracts Compliant?

A contract is a legally binding agreement entered into by two or more parties, which contains three basic components: Agreement (offer and acceptance) Consideration (exchange of goods or services) Intention (agreement to be legally bound). Businesses enter into a variety of contracts all the time with suppliers, customers, insurers, landlords, financiers, partners, employees and so…

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GST: The Tax Man Cometh

The Australian Taxation Office received an extra $445 million in the 2010 Federal Budget. Why should that concern you? Because they are using those funds to attempt to recover more than $3 billion in lost GST revenue from Australian businesses. Among other things, the ATO is targeting overdue Business Activity Statements, under-reporting of GST liabilities,…

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