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50 rules for doing business in Australia

50 rules for doing business in Australia | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Australia has a dynamic, diverse business community and despite the country's reputation for being laid back, there are some rules of engagement.


The author spoke with business leaders including CEOs, company directors, and successful people in finance, construction, IT, and media sectors about what's really expected when doing business in modern Australia. Here's the result.



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Look people in the eye, never wear shorts in the office and always have an opinion.

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The Costs of Being an Aussie

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This week, a Deutsche Bank report illustrated what many suspect - whether catching public transport, ordering a beer or buying medicine to battle a cold, Australians pay among the highest prices on the planet.


The report, which tracks the prices of an array of goods and services in cities and countries around the world, found that Melburnians and Sydneysiders pay almost 40 per cent more for movie tickets than Manhattanites and Parisians, for example, with cinephiles in Wellington and London paying only slightly more.


Pick up a two-litre bottle of Coke at a supermarket in Melbourne or Sydney and you'll pay almost 50 per cent more for the sugar and caffeine concoction than in Berlin or Auckland. Planning on ordering mum a bunch of roses for Mother's Day? That will cost you about $US139 ($134), more than in any of 16 other countries tracked by the survey.

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Australia might be known as the lucky country, but you need to have plenty of money to actually enjoy it.

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American Fills Jobs Shortage---in Australian Outback

American Fills Jobs Shortage---in Australian Outback | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it
A Pittsburgh boilermaker looking for work has emigrated to rural Australia for a high-paying job in the mining industry. His dream job: working 12-hour shifts for 3 weeks straight inspecting welding.

 

Charles Stella has struck blue-collar gold: a mining-industry job in Western Australia.

 

The 31-year-old boilermaker from Pittsburgh is one of the relatively few American workers who have been picked to pluck and process minerals in such remote regions and under such demanding conditions that wages for even driving a truck have climbed north of six figures.

 

Working "Down Under" is an increasingly popular dream.

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The World of Work in the Year 2050

The World of Work in the Year 2050 | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it
A world-first, the report reveals information and communications technology (ICT) enhanced with ubiquitous high-speed broadband is becoming Australia’s new utility – as historic and game changing as electricity or telephony.


Written by Phil Ruthven, Founder and Chairman, IBISWorld, and commissioned by IBM, the report looks ahead of existing research to examine how Australia can harness this new utility to transform our lives, our cities and the way we interact.


The report predicts that 10 per cent of Australia’s 509 industries, accounting for 23 per cent of the nation’s revenue, will not function without this new utility. A further 23 per cent of industry revenue will use it to drive step-changes in their business. 15 industry classes are likely to demise if they do not reinvent themselves to embrace the digital future; and some may simply be unable to do so.


The report finds that Australia will no longer be known for its dependency on the export of natural resources over the next half century. It will become known as much an exporter of services such as tourism, business services, health and education services. The export of tourism alone could match the 2012 mineral exports totalling around $175 billion by 2030.


Find out how these findings will help you and your organisation prepare for the digital future.


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Join The Learning Factor team - We are recruiting!!

Join The Learning Factor team - We are recruiting!! | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

The Learning Factor team is growing again!! We are looking for an outstanding Managing Consultant.


Have you always wanted to make a difference with your life? Do you love people and seeing them reach their potential? Are you seeking a new challenge?


Responsibilities include:

  • Project manage client learning solutions throughout the world
  • Assemble global project teams from our existing talent pool of facilitators and instructional designers
  • Source new locally based facilitators to replenish our talent pools throughout Asia Pacific
  • Monitor the progress of our project teams over the contract term
  • Be responsible to ensure profitability and performance targets are met
  • Use the world's leading technologies to recommend innovative blended learning solutions
  • Take a lead role in nurturing strong client relationships
  • At times, design and deliver learning programs for our clients

If you have the right to live and work in Australia and have the experience we are looking for, why not apply now?


We hope we get to meet you!

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Australia the world's happiest nation: OECD

Australia the world's happiest nation: OECD | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Australia is still the world's happiest nation based on criteria including income, jobs, housing and health, despite some signs of a slowing economy, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.


Australia kept the top spot for the third straight year, leading Sweden and Canada, the Paris-based group's Better Life Index showed, when each of 11 categories surveyed in 36 nations is given equal weight.


More than 73 per cent of people aged 15 to 64 in Australia have a paid job, above the OECD average of 66 per cent, while life expectancy at birth in Australia is almost 82 years, two years higher than the OECD average, the survey showed.

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Australia is the world's happiest nation based on criteria including income, jobs, housing and health, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development finds.

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We have a good lifestyle, weather and for the most part are enjoying a more strong ecconomy.

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Australian Dollar Dearest of Top Economies

Australian Dollar Dearest of Top Economies | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

AUSTRALIA has the third most expensive currency in the world, and the most expensive of the world's 20 largest economies, International Monetary Fund estimates reveal.

 

The IMF's database shows goods and services costing $US100 ($A97) to produce in the US now cost $US41 to produce in India, $US67 in China, $US105 in Germany or Britain - but $US161 in Australia.

 

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Australia and Tall Poppies: Time to Wake up

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Australia and tall poppies: time to wake up...


Tall poppy syndrome - alive and well in Australia or a cultural relic of times past?


The consensus seems to be that we're slowly leaving it behind but how far in the rear view mirror is under debate.


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What makes Australians productive?

What makes Australians productive? | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Our second six-monthly survey reveals that much of the answer to improving organisational productivity in Australia lies in the hands of employers.


As Australia languishes in the productivity doldrums, the blame is being cast on everything from the Fair Work Act, to lack of investment in education and training, as well as new technologies.


As Wave 2 of The Ernst & Young Australian Productivity Pulse™ (the Pulse) reveals, much of the answer is in employers’ hands. A third of Australia’s workforce falls below national productivity average – costing business up to $41.3 billion every year.1

As part of the second six-monthly Pulse, a new Ernst & Young worker productivity scale identifies Australian workers as belonging to one of four different groups from “highly productive” through to “unproductive”, with each group identifiable through a number of key characteristics.


Be sure to click through the Table of Content to the right to access all the details.


Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/smemon/4556099850/

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