Month: August 2014

Maritime and Transport

Other

What are the key challenges of online retail?

Michael Vaughan, National Transport Manager at the Super Retail Group recently expressed that:"The key challenge for online companies over the next few years is ensuring that there is sufficient infrastructure to support customers’ growing requirements."Michael manages all freight from six distribution centres for all brands within the Super Retail Group.At the Online Retail Logistics Conference…

29 Aug 2014, by Informa Australia

Defence & Security

The future of Australia’s submarines

Before coming into power, the Abbott government pledged to support the country's defence sector by manufacturing 12 new submarines in South Australia for the Royal Australian Navy. The country's next generation of submarines would follow the Collins-class vessels built by the Australian Submarine Corporation (ASC) between 1990 and 2003. Last year, then Shadow Defence Minister…

29 Aug 2014, by Informa Australia

Health & Healthcare

Moving frontiers of clinical practice with eHealth

Technology is becoming increasingly central to driving the efficiency of healthcare services and to improving the patient experience. Implementing interoperable eHealth solutions however is a complex feat, particularly given the complexity and size of health systems, in terms of technology and existing procedures for capturing, storing and sending information. In the lead up to the…

28 Aug 2014, by Informa Australia

Other

Your guide to Perth

Having been the seat of Australia's mining boom, Perth and Western Australia could soon grow to become a hotspot for conferences and conventions as well. The signs are certainly promising, with the Perth Convention Bureau recently announcing that 2013/14 was the most successful year in its history, raking in $107 million in conference revenue. Being…

28 Aug 2014, by Informa Australia

Mining & Resources

Infographic: Sweden – EU’s leading iron ore producer

90% of the iron ore in Europe is produced by Sweden. As an important part of Sweden's export-dependent economy, mineral extraction activities are growing at an astonishing rate. Ore production is projected to be 120 tonnes by 2020, that's 75% more than in 2011. This infographic gives an overview of Sweden's mining sector. To find out…

27 Aug 2014, by Informa Australia

Health & Healthcare

What’s the future of Australian medical research if the $7 GP fee doesn’t get through parliament?

Earlier this year, the Abbott government announced plans to introduce a $7 fee for GP visits in an effort to make the country's healthcare system more sustainable. The government said Medicare cost taxpayers $8 billion a year a decade ago. This has risen to $19 billion today and is set to reach more than $34…

27 Aug 2014, by Informa Australia

Education & Skilling

How will universities set their fees in a deregulated market?

In the May budget, the Abbott government announced plans to deregulate tuition fees at Australian universities, allowing higher education institutions to set their own course prices from 2016. Plans to cut government contributions for undergraduate student education by 20 per cent were also unveiled, essentially passing the cost of going to university onto learners themselves.…

26 Aug 2014, by Informa Australia

Other

Your guide to Sydney

Sydney is Australia's biggest and most famous city, boasting some of the world's best beaches, top sightseeing opportunities and plenty of things to see and do. According to Business Events Sydney, more than 600 multinational organisations operate the Asia-Pacific branch of their business from the city. Furthermore, Sydney is where 45 per cent of Australasia's top…

26 Aug 2014, by Informa Australia

Mining & Resources

BHP confirms demerger plans

Andrew Mackenzie, chief executive officer and Jac Nasser, chairman of BHP Billiton have shared their thoughts on why a demerger makes sense for the mining giant. BHP announced on Tuesday that it plans to launch a new, independent metals and mining company (currently known as ‘NewCo’) which will take ownership of all of BHP’s non-core…

25 Aug 2014, by Informa Australia

Social Policy

Which areas of welfare are in most need of reform?

Australia's welfare system is a complex framework of income support payments and supplements, which is aimed at helping the population in times of need. The Reference Group on Welfare Reform (RGWR) said the the Department of Social Service's cash transfer payments to individuals and families are the largest component of the nation's social support system,…

25 Aug 2014, by Informa Australia

Other

Your guide to Melbourne

There's no denying it - whether for business or pleasure, Melbourne is one of Australia's most popular destinations for local and international travellers alike. Among the country's most culturally rich and diverse places, and consistently rated the most liveable city in the world, you'll be forgiven for wanting to stay there long after your conference…

22 Aug 2014, by Informa Australia

Mining & Resources

Rail

The Scandinavian take on heavy haul rail

Thomas Nordmark, Rail Road Specialist at LKAB Business & Technology Development – Sweden talks about the similarities of railway operations in Sweden and Australia, and the challenges of increasing axle-load for freight rail in Scandinavia. Sweden and Australia represent, on the face of it, two very different operating environments – however there are undoubtedly common…

21 Aug 2014, by Informa Australia