FRANCHISES are gearing up for the most significant overhaul to the $128 billion sector since the introduction of the Franchising Code of Conduct in 1998, as the federal government moves to better protect the rights of franchisees.
WITH hard work comes good fortune; at least that’s what Ben Shipley and business partner Mike Dobbins have found since they established communications service and internet protocol systems provider, Comscentre, in 2002.
THE Australian Taxation Office has developed a telephone help-line initiative to assist the 5,000 new not-for-profit organisations expected to register this year better understand their tax obligations.
REPORTED fraud cost Australia’s not-for-profit organisations more than $1 million during the past two years, but the true magnitude of the problem is much larger, according to accounting and advisory firm BDO.
PAULINE Lee started her Mandurah home-based business, POJO Kids, in July 2008, in part for the extra income it would provide and also because it gave her an opportunity to work while being with her two daughters.
West Australians have been warned not to get too confident about the year ahead, with Access Economics warning the state's economy had stalled significantly and that "happy days are not yet here again".
The state government will introduce involuntary severance as part of sweeping reforms recommended by the Economic Audit Committee to improve operational and financial performance within the public sector.
One of the councils hardest hit by sub-prime related investment losses, the City of Melville, has blamed cost blowouts for its decision to stop work on an $8.1 million upgrade of the Leeming Recreation Centre.