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Demystifying the Basics of Australian Contract Law for Non-Lawyers

Image Credit: Gerd Altmann | Pixabay   From 9 November 2023, Australia's unfair contract terms regime will change. The modifications include broadening the unfair contract terms regime to "small businesses" with less than 100 workers or a $10 million annual revenue threshold. There will also be new civil penalty provisions for non-compliance. How can businesses approach legal counsel…

26 Oct 2023, by Kristen Gutierrez

Energy & Utilities

Simple ways to win community respect for clean energy projects

Small, community-scale renewable energy projects play a significant role in our clean energy future, but how do we encourage them in a policy environment that is geared towards larger scale initiatives? Dr Jarra Hicks, Co-Founder of the Community Power Agency, says the key is to deepen the ways communities can be involved - whether through…

19 Oct 2023, by Amy Sarcevic

Education | Technology

Shaping the future: how an AI-powered teaching and learning platform is revolutionising education

The pressure for teachers to ‘reinvent the wheel’ when it comes to unit and lesson planning is one of the key factors behind overwork and burnout in the teaching profession, according to a report released by the Grattan Institute in 2021. Consuming on average eight hours per week, the creative energy required to pull together…

18 Oct 2023, by Amy Sarcevic

Energy & Utilities

The Bell Bay Powerfuels Project – insights from the CEO Michael van Baarle

Earlier this year, ABEL Energy announced it was proceeding with pre-front end engineering work for a large-scale green hydrogen and green methanol production facility in Tasmania – the largest of its kind in the Asia Pacific region. Deploying a 240MW electrolysis plant – powered by hydro and wind – the project is expected to produce…

16 Oct 2023, by Amy Sarcevic

Energy & Utilities

How this small regional city is becoming a national hydrogen leader

A small city of 30,000 people in regional Australia is not the first place that springs to mind when you hear the phrase ‘national hydrogen leader’. But thanks to the efforts of Deakin University, local industry and the community, Warrnambool in Victoria is fast earning that title. Under the Hycel initiative, the Ocean Road city…

13 Oct 2023, by Amy Sarcevic

Transport & Logistics

Railway Safety Enhanced by Human Factors

At the helm of one of the world's most widely used modes of transportation are the people that ensure its security and functionality. Therefore, human factors cannot be underestimated. They encompass everything from the design and operation of equipment to the work environment and organisational culture. The analysis of human factors involves a comprehensive understanding…

4 Oct 2023, by Kristen Gutierrez

Energy & Utilities

Does solar work in Tasmania? The story of the Bell Bay Solar Farm

When Climate Capital announced plans to build an 8.5MW solar farm in Bell Bay, Tasmania, Chief Executive, Shane Bartel, admittedly received a few raised eyebrows. With around 150 days of rain each year, Australia’s southernmost state is rarely credited for its sunny weather. But for Bartel, the green-field site was a logical choice, given its…

4 Oct 2023, by Amy Sarcevic

Business | Technology

The surprising ingredient needed for a globally competitive innovation hub

Much of the value underpinning innovation hubs is the physical proximity they give to each piece of the ecosystem in which budding entrepreneurs are trying to get ahead. In just one building or site, fledgling technologists can typically access financiers, advisers, scientists and hands-on mentors, often within walking distance. Dr Cory Mulvihill, Chief of Staff…

4 Oct 2023, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Technology

How to ensure an AI ready health workforce

With 85 percent of healthcare executives now having an AI strategy, and half already deploying the technology in some form, the Australian health system is set to look radically different over the coming years. But just how ready are frontline workers for its broader adoption across the sector? Professor Ian Scott, Director of Internal Medicine…

28 Sep 2023, by Amy Sarcevic


Simple fixes to the healthcare workforce crisis

Statistics around the future of Australia’s workforce have sent shock-waves through the already overburdened sector, but there may be some simple strategies to overcome them, according to Dr Joseph Occhino of Queensland Health. Despite the WHO predicting a global shortfall of 14.5 million workers by 2030, Dr Occhino believes small measures which make it easier…

27 Sep 2023, by Amy Sarcevic
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