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20 Jul
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U.S. startup arrives in Queensland to take up Hot DesQ

by launch-admin Jul 20, 2016 0 News

MEDIA RELEASE

 U.S. startup arrives in Queensland to take up Hot DesQ 

QUT Creative Enterprise Australia selected by U.S. virtual reality startup, TimeLooper, as debut APAC base

Australia, 19 July 2016: The first international startup to benefit from the Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland Hot DesQ initiative has arrived in the state, selecting QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA) as its host.

Tourism-focused virtual reality (VR) platform, TimeLooper, recently won a $50,000 grant from Hot DesQ to extend its operations to Queensland, following its participation at New York’s TechCrunch Disrupt event in May.

TimeLooper selected CEA from the 13 Queensland Government approved Hosts via the Advance Queensland Hot DesQ program, due to its network strength in the creative tech communities, its link to Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and the facilities available through its extensive networks. To date, CEA has supported over 500 creative industry businesses on site, including raising over $60 million in capital.

CEA will host TimeLooper for a six month period, helping the team to connect to the local startup networks, provide access to mentors and its onsite coworking space, The Coterie, business advice, access to its incubator masterclass program, exposure at Creative3 and other levels of support required to accelerate the growth of the platform.

CEO of QUT Creative Enterprise Australia, Anna Rooke, said: “We are thrilled that TimeLooper has selected CEA as its inaugural Australian host. We are passionate about supporting startups in the creative tech space and are excited to help accelerate its development and growth in the APAC market.

“Creative tech is contributing hugely to economies overseas, so we’re looking forward to leveraging the skills and network that TimeLooper will, in return, bring to Queensland, and indeed Australia, through its work in our market,” added Ms Rooke.

The TimeLooper platform enables users to experience and re-live unforgettable moments in history through their smartphones in 3D reality – such as the 1940 London Blitz. The app is proving to be an ideal travel companion for tourists visiting monumental landmarks around the world, transporting them back through time, from the Great Fire of London to the V-J Day ‘kiss’ in Times Square.

Commenting on the relocation to Queensland, COO of TimeLooper, Andrew Feinberg, said: “When considering expansion beyond London and New York, we sought a market with a robust tourism ecosystem, rich pool of talent, and proximity to the booming APAC region.  

“Queensland provides each of the above in abundance and the Hot DesQ program does a wonderful job of bringing the pieces together in an attractive manner. Advance Queensland has clearly done its homework in developing a highly compelling value proposition for emerging companies,” added Mr Feinberg.

Speaking on the first international startup to arrive in Queensland via the $8 million Hot DesQ program, Innovation Minister, Leeanne Enoch, welcomed TimeLooper to the #StartupState.

“TimeLooper’s tourism focus makes them an ideal first recipient of a Hot DesQ grant,” Ms Enoch said. “Hot DesQ is designed to attract established startups from across the country and around the globe to Queensland to develop their ideas at one of 13 locations right around the state.

“The company’s arrival in Queensland will provide wonderful collaborative opportunities for the state’s tourism sector and this innovative company will inject exciting new talent into Queensland’s dynamic startup culture.”

The Hot DesQ initiative is part of the $405 million whole-of-government Advance Queensland agenda providing a suite of programs to support the growth of startups and business, and increase innovation activity and venture capital investment.

This Australian-first Hot DesQ program is modelled on successful international programs such as Startup Chile, which has been running since 2010, and the French Tech Ticket launched just last year.

Applications for the program are open until 31 July 2016 to international startups via www.HotDesQ.com.au

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Media Contact

Sarah Bond, Launch Group 

E: sarahbond@launchgroup.com.au | M: + 61 449 543 181| T: +612 9492 1041.

About QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA)

CEA helps start, grow, scale and connect creative companies. Providing essential business skills and mentoring focused on company growth and investment, CEA accelerates companies with a focus on design, fashion, entertainment, photography, music, film and television, digital technology, games and interactive content.

Since 2008, CEA has established more than 50 startups, engaged with 4,000 entrepreneurs, supported over 500 creative industries businesses on site and raised over $60m in capital.
CEA offers access to workspace, business mentoring, special events, networks, research expertise and capital to foster the growth of the creative industries in Australia.

About TimeLooper

Visit. Download. Time Travel. TimeLooper is a location-based platform that enables people to re-live the most amazing moments from a location’s history via virtual reality delivered right on their smartphones. TimeLooper’s open platform delivers a combination of content produced by TimeLooper’s award winning creative team and creative history buffs and virtual reality enthusiasts around the world. TimeLooper is currently available for time travel at historic locations in London, New York, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Turkey. 

About Hot DesQ

Hot DesQ is a startup relocation iniative from the Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland program, which provides successful applicants with funding to base themselves in Queensland, Australia for a minimum of six months to grow their venture. As well as receiving funding of up to $100,000, Hot DesQ participants will also be embedded within an established startup community, and be provided with free co-working space for six months, access to mentors, and the ability to leverage off Queensland sectoral strengths and proximity to Asia-Pacific.




Sarah Bond, Senior Account Manager
Launch Management Group Pty Ltd
 
FSA #100, Fox Studios Australia,
38 Driver Avenue, Moore Park, NSW 2021
 
office: + 61 2 9492 1041
mobile: + 61 (0) 449 543 181
facsimile: + 61 2 9492 1099

twitter: @Launch_Group I @_sarahjbond

14 Jul
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Academy Award winner to speak at Australia’s largest creative-tech summit

by launch-admin Jul 14, 2016 0 News
 

MEDIA RELEASE

Academy Award winner to speak at Australia’s largest creative-tech summit

      First confirmed speaker line-up announced, including That Startup Show’s Anna Reeves and Stashd co-founder Jessica Wilson

      Conference committed to boosting Australia’s burgeoning creative-tech ecosystem 

Australia, 14 July 2016: Australia’s largest conference for creative entrepreneurs – Creative3 – has today announced its first round of speakers and panellists, featuring a number of world-renowned creative entrepreneurs and thought-leaders, from creator and producer of That Startup Show, Anna Reeves, to film and games veteran Ben Britten – an Academy Award winner for technical achievement in films including Spiderman, Superman Returns and Terminator 3.

An initiative by QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA), Creative3 is Australia’s leading creative-tech event designed to spark collaboration and connect those within the industry. A series of dynamic presentations and interactive panels hosted by world-class creative game-changers will offer unique insights into creativity, investment and enterprise.

Creative3 will also host an exclusive breakfast event – Creative3 Pitch – where four shortlisted creative-tech startups from across Australia will pitch to angel investors. CEA will provide pre-event coaching and workshops to ensure each startup is pitch-ready. The winner will go on to represent Australia and compete against 63 countries at the Creative Business Cup in Denmark later this year.

Additional speakers and panellists featured in the impressive line-up include: former David Jones Limited CEO, Paul Zahra; Stashd co-founder, Jessica Wilson; MD and co-owner of children’s production house, Like A Photon Creative, Kristen Souvlis (who recently formed part of the first Australian female team to produce Sesame Street); Area360 and STQRY founder, Chris Smith; co-founder and CFO of Smartstudy, Ryan Lee; and Bidchat co-founder and CEO, Roger Ein. 

International startup industry veteran, Mark Pesce – who initially launched CEA nine years ago – will be joining Creative3 as MC. 

CEO of QUT CEA, Anna Rooke, said: “We are incredibly excited to announce the first round of confirmed speakers and panellists joining us at Creative3 this year. We have a sensational line-up of entrepreneurs and industry leaders covering a wide range of creative disciplines, and we can’t wait to hear them share their experiences in scaling their creative-tech venture.

“Around 10 per cent of the Global 500 in 2016 are creative enterprises, and with Australia’s creative industries currently worth almost $90 billion, we must do more to stimulate this. By underpinning the creative industry with technology disruption, Australia will be in a better position to create more viable and sustainable startups capable of scaling their success worldwide,” added Ms Rooke.

Now in its seventh year, Creative3 has previously attracted big name speakers from the creative-tech arena, including Shoes of Prey CEO and co-founder, Michael Fox, CEO of Halfbrick, Shainiel Deo, and Former CEO of Sass & Bide and founder of Mimco, David Brisken.

Creative3 will take place at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre on Thursday September 22, 2016 from 9:30am – 8:30 pm. For more information on the Creative3 conference visit the website.

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Media Contact

Sarah Bond sarah@launchgroup.com.au 02 9492 1041 / 0449 543 181

About QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA)

CEA helps start, grow, scale and connect creative companies. Providing essential business skills and pragmatic training focused on company growth and investment, CEA accelerates companies with a focus on design, fashion, entertainment, photography, music, film and television, digital technology, games and interactive content. 

Since 2008, over 4,000 entrepreneurs have engaged in QUT CEA services, supporting over 500 creative industries businesses on site, establishing over 50 start-ups, and raising over $60 million capital.

CEA offers access to workspace, business mentoring, special events, networks, research expertise and capital to foster the growth of the creative industries in Australia.





Sarah Bond, Senior Account Manager
Launch Management Group Pty Ltd
 
FSA #100, Fox Studios Australia,
38 Driver Avenue, Moore Park, NSW 2021
 
office: + 61 2 9492 1041
mobile: + 61 (0) 449 543 181
facsimile: + 61 2 9492 1099

twitter: @Launch_Group I @_sarahjbond

21 Jun
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MCN APPOINTS MARK BRANDON AS CHIEF DATA OFFICER

by launch-admin Jun 21, 2016 0 News

Monday, 20 June 2016, SYDNEY:  International media executive and entrepreneur, Mark Brandon, will join the Multi Channel Network (MCN) senior management team as Chief Data Officer, reporting to CEO Anthony Fitzgerald, MCN announced today. 

 

Mr Brandon will lead MCN’s Multiview research, Insights & Analytics team, plus drive the company’s data development strategy. He will work closely with MCN’s stakeholders Foxtel, Network Ten, Fox Sports, Telstra Media, clients and ad tech supply chain partners to evolve MCN’s data proposition and roadmap. Mr Brandon will also manage MCN’s key research relationships with OzTAM and Quantium.

 

A highly experienced data expert, Mr Brandon began his career in agencies before moving to UK broadcasters ITV and Channel 4, where he led early stage activities in interactivity and digital.

 

He then co-owned and ran his own interactive services business before being tempted back to corporate life by UK multi-platform giant Virgin Media, where he led advanced advertising and data initiatives. Most recently, he has been successfully running his own consultancy business MB Media Advisory, working with big and small companies in the UK, USA and Australia.

 

Mr Brandon has extensive general management experience, as well as significant technology competence. He has also had direct experience with company mergers and acquisitions, and of raising finance from VCs, private equity businesses and angel investors.

 

Mr Fitzgerald said Mark is one of the most respected media executives globally.

 

“Mark has unparalleled global expertise in advanced advertising and data initiatives. We have been fortunate to have benefitted from Mark’s wisdom and insights in an advisory capacity for some years now, so we are delighted to have persuaded Mark to export his talents and expertise into our market and our business on a more permanent basis,” he said.

 

“This is a huge gain for MCN and the Australian media industry as Mark brings a unique set of skills and an entrepreneurial approach. MCN has built one of the most accurate and credible data platforms in the world and under his leadership, we look forward to expanding our analytics product suite to the benefit of clients and the industry.”

 

Mr Brandon said “I am incredibly excited to be joining MCN as the business looks to develop its market leading initiatives in Multview, MCN programmatic TV and it’s commercial partnerships. Data will become an increasingly important part of the dialogue that MCN has with its stakeholders, customers and supply chain partners, and I look forward to making my contribution to shaping those discussions to mutual benefit in the months and years ahead.”

 

Mr Brandon will commence his role as Chief Data Officer role immediately.

 

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Further information:

 

MULTI CHANNEL NETWORK                                                                                     

Matthew Sainsbury, Launch Group

matthew@launchgroup.com.au

Ph: (02) 9492 1000/ 0423 393 300                                        

 

About MCN: MCN is Australia’s leading media sales company, representing the advertising interests of Foxtel, Network Ten, FOX SPORTS, Telstra Media, plus many other premium content brands.

 

Accounting for the biggest commercial audience share of television and the largest broadcast-quality digital video network in Australia, MCN represents 15 capital-city free-to-air channels from Australia’s fastest growing free-to-air network, Network Ten, 71 premium subscription television channel brands across Foxtel, 117 premium digital publishers, plus online catch-up and streaming TV services tenplay and Foxtel Go.

 

MCN also represents 31 Digital-Out-Of-Home-TV screens and partners with Qantas to manage its domestic and international inflight entertainment network. MCN is a partner in MBX, a programmatic advertising exchange with NewsCorp.

 

A pioneer of innovative digital advertising solutions, MCN has led the development of local and world leading initiatives including Australia’s largest TV audience panel, Multiview, Australia’s most advanced trading platform, Landmark, and the world’s first integrated programmatic private marketplace for TV.

 

Established in 1997, MCN is a joint venture between Foxtel, FOX SPORTS and Ten Network.

 

20 Jun
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StartupAUS supports AVCAL Policy Blueprint

by launch-admin Jun 20, 2016 0 News


StartupAUS supports AVCAL Policy Blueprint 

Australia, 20 June 2016: StartupAUS CEO Alex McCauley today supported the policy blueprint released by the Australian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association Limited (AVCAL) calling it a “sensible, helpful addition to the innovation policy debate.”

The AVCAL Policy Blueprint calls for a range of policy reforms to help drive the next wave of economic growth amongst home-grown ‘scale-ups’ – companies that are in their second stage of growth and require additional capital to scale their business globally.

McCauley said supporting scale-ups is critical if we want to make sure our fastest-growing and most promising companies stay in Australia. 

“This is a period of unprecedented opportunity for Australian startups, and we must be careful not squander it.  A record $1billion has been raised or is being raised in private equity and venture capital funds since this time last year. That investment is an enormous boost to our early stage startups and a great indication of the powerhouse of high growth startup brands emerging around the country,” he said.

“However StartupAUS shares AVCALs concern that unless we take a long-term approach to supporting these startups, we may lose many of them to offshore competition or local funding challenges.

“StartupAUS works closely with AVCAL as a significant contributor to the growth of our startup ecosystem in Australia.  We have been active champions of a number of the recommendations in the AVCAL blueprint including the removal of existing barriers to employees receiving share options.  This is an urgently needed reform which will allow fast-growing companies to keep hiring employees in Australia,” McCauley said.

“We are also pleased to see quarterly payments of R&D Tax Incentives included in the AVCAL recommendations.  This is an area StartupAUS has been advocating for some time – and, in fact, we would like to see startups at the earliest stage have their tax incentives doubled,” he said. 

“We want to see an increase to research and development in this country because it’s the best way governments can support innovative young companies in Australia.  It also provides taxpayers great bang for their buck in terms of economic outcomes. This isn’t about fixing something that’s broken. This is about taking a government initiative that is working fantastically for startups, and making it even better,” McCauley said.

The StartupAUS Board of Directors, made up of entrepreneurs, investors, and technology leaders from around Australia, also recommend making employee visas more accessible for Australian startups and boosting funding to incubators and accelerators.

About StartupAUS

StartupAUS is a not-for-profit entity with a mission to transform Australia through technology entrepreneurship. StartupAUS believes a strong home-grown tech sector is vital to future Australian jobs and wealth. But getting there will require a national imperative to create the right environment, with a supportive culture and more entrepreneurs with the right skills.

StartupAUS will expand its efforts to bring financial partners on-board to help corporates have a bigger voice in the emerging innovation conversation and assist StartupAUS in increasing its resources and activities ahead of this year’s election, as both sides of politics vie for innovative traction. The organisation’s current corporate partners include Salesforce and Google Australia. It also has a growing list of philanthropic benefactors including successful tech entrepreneur, Steve Baxter, Co-Chairman of CHAMP’s Board of Directors and Investment Committee, Bill Ferris, and Director and Co-Founder of Allen & Buckeridge, Roger Allen.

For more information visit: www.startupaus.org

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20 May
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Gone with the meter: ingogo introduces fixed fares and revolutionises taxi booking experience

by launch-admin May 20, 2016 1 News

Gone with the meter: ingogo introduces fixed fares and revolutionises taxi booking experience

 

Offering consumers more fairness and certainty when booking a cab… and getting taxi drivers back in the game

 

Australia, 16 May 2016: Native taxi payments innovator, ingogo, has today announced a bold Australian first: it’s doing away with traditional metered fares and has shifted its much lauded bookings and payment platform to offer fixed fare bookings. From today, customers will no longer need to worry about how much a fare will cost when they get in the cab. 

 

One of the most common complaints travellers have using taxis is the uncertainty in price before getting into the vehicle. ingogo’s ingenious approach offering fixed fares – the only taxi booking service and app in Australia to do this – instantly eliminates the need to keep a close watch on the meter. A precise determination of what the fare will be is provided at the point a customer enters the trip details into the application. Only once the customer accepts the fare, will the taxi be booked and a driver sent to pick them up. 

 

Hamish Petrie, ingogo CEO, said: “Our redesigned application is the next stage in providing customers with the superior experience that they have come to expect. ingogo already offers the most robust suite of services through our app. This is another feather in that cap.

 

“Our intention is to keep taxi drivers competitive, both in terms of service and pricing transparency. That way, everybody wins,” Petrie added.

 

The algorithm that determines the fare price takes into account the distance and expected time using the most efficient route to the destination, traffic conditions, as well as any tolls or fees that might accrue through the trip. There is no surge pricing and no hidden surprises – the price is comparable to what would show up on the same trip if it was a standard metered fare. This makes it a win-win for consumers; what they see is what they get. 

 

Jeff Lim, ingogo Chief Marketing Officer, said: “Customers are at times uncomfortable with taxis, some hire cars and rideshares for a number of reasons. They’re not sure of the final price before they get in, or are concerned that a driver will take a less-than-optimal route to get the passenger to their destination.” 

 

“Through the new ingogo app, customers will have the certainty that they crave around pricing. Legislation expected in NSW will require an estimate when booking, but ingogo is now taking that to the next level. Plus passengers can jump straight out of the cab as payment and receipts are automated ”.

 

All of ingogo’s other market-leading features remain part of the application, including the ability to hire a taxi up to 48 hours in advance, the power to book a taxi to be waiting for them on arrival at the airport, and security essentials such as a robust lost and found system.

 

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Media Contacts:
Sarah Bond sarahbond@launchgroup.com.au 02 9492 1041 or 0449 543 181

Matthew Sainsbury matthew@launchgroup.com.au 02 9492 1040 or 0423 393 300

 

 

About ingogo:
ingogo is an integrated mobile booking and payments company, currently in the Taxi and SME markets in Australia. Its mobile app assists private and corporate customers to easily book and pay for taxis through their mobile phones. It allows passengers to communicate directly with registered taxi drivers in their local area, see where their driver is and their estimated arrival time. It currently operates in Sydney and Melbourne, and has recently launched in Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. 

 

ingogo has extended its payment platform into other industries beyond taxis, for business owners and SMEs, via an integration with Xero, the leading cloud accounting platform.

 

In May 2016, ingogo became Australia’s first taxi booking application to switch from metered fares to a fixed fare model.

19 May
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Corporate innovation on a rapid growth curve as The Beanstalk Factory announces major new client wins

by launch-admin May 19, 2016 0 News


Australia, 19 May 2016: The Beanstalk Factory, the organisation with a mission to bring entrepreneurial thinking to large corporations, today announced the addition of seven major new clients: Suncorp GroupTelstra, Brisbane City Council, The Queensland Government, Monash University, News Corp and Hoyts.

 

Founded in December 2015 by influential serial entrepreneurs Peter Bradd and Jack Delosa, The Beanstalk Factory will work with the employees in each organisation to provide training and coaching to help stimulate entrepreneurial thinking and innovative outcomes.

 

Mr Bradd, also a Founder of Scribblepics, Founding Director of Fishburners and Chairman of StartupAUS, said the rapid growth of The Beanstalk Factory highlights the huge appetite for innovation amongst some of the biggest companies in Australia. 

 

“The shape of business is changing radically as a result of global disruption, and we are now seeing the traditional business model flipped on its head,” said Mr Bradd. “Big business is striving to behave more like agile, lean and innovative startups, and startups are increasingly open to partner and connect to traditional business in order to grow and scale. Creating a more systematic framework for innovation within large organisations is fundamental to business survival and growth.”

 

Best selling author and founder of The Entourage, Australia’s largest education institution for entrepreneurs, Jack Delosa said the needs and interests of the millennial generation is also creating a powerful shift in the shape of business and the nature of work.  

 

“The next generation are drawn to organisations where they feel they can engage in meaningful work and can make a positive contribution to the world. This has not traditionally been on offer within large enterprises, and it requires a fresh mindset for many of our corporate leaders. Entrepreneurship is about enriching the lives of our customers in small or large ways and enabling the individuals that make up our teams to become the best version of themselves. When we shift towards an entrepreneurial culture, growth and innovation follows.  That’s good for business, great for individuals, and great for our economy,” said Mr Delosa.  

 

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Media contact

 

Louise Proctor | louise@launchgroup.com.au | T: 02 9492 1003 | M: 0452 574 244

 

About The Beanstalk Factory:

 

The Beanstalk Factory is the new business collaboration between two entrepreneurial thought leaders, author and founder of The Entourage, Jack Delosa, and the Founding Director of Fishburners and StartupAUS, Peter Bradd. The Beanstalk Factory isn’t about magic beans but rather a structured training program that helps big businesses re-imagine what they can achieve in the future. For more information visit: www.beanstalkfactory.com


18 May
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Blue Knot Foundation President joins forces with National Families Week

by launch-admin May 18, 2016 0 News

Blue Knot Foundation President, Dr Cathy Kezelman AM, announced as ambassador of National Families Week 2016

 

Australia, 16 May 2016 – President of the leading national organisation working with the one in four Australian adult survivors of childhood trauma including abuse, Blue Knot Foundation (formerly Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA)), Dr Cathy Kezelman AM, has become an Ambassador for National Families Week 2016.

 

Australia’s annual celebration of the importance of families, National Families Week 2016, will be held from Sunday 15 May to Saturday 21 May 2016 (coinciding with the United Nations International Day of Families on 15 May). The 2016 theme is ‘Stronger Families, Stronger Communities‘.

 

President of Blue Knot Foundation, Dr Cathy Kezelman AM, said Blue Knot Foundation build families of support so survivors become active participating members of their communities.

 

“I’m honoured to be an ambassador of National Families Week. The cause highlights the important role strong families play in society. It’s crucial that we, as a society, work to build healthy families and strengthen community support for all of those affected by childhood trauma and abuse, along with addressing the factors which perpetuate abuse and neglect within families.”

 

“For many survivors, families play a crucial role in the recovery process; for others where family relationships are broken or strained, and abuse has occurred, the support of friends, neighbours, work colleagues and community members is vital. Non-blood relatives can become ‘family’ when times are tough, breaking isolation and fostering those positive connections, which build health and wellbeing. Networks, such as Blue Knot Foundation, can help people to navigate through tough times and help them on their recovery journey,” she said.

 

National Families Week is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services as a valuable opportunity to demonstrate that families, across the lifespan, are integral to our civil society. In 2016, over a 100,000 people are participating in registered events around Australia, illustrating the importance of families within the community.

Families Australia Chief Executive Officer, Dr Brian Babington, said: “Families are the most important building block of our society. Stronger families also mean stronger, more resilient communities.”

 

Help and support is available from the Blue Knot Helpline on 1300 657 380, 9.00am – 5.00pm Monday – Sunday, or visit the Blue Knot Foundation website: www.blueknot.org.au

 

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Media Contact: Louise Proctor louise@launchgroup.com.au 02 9492 1003 / 0452 574 244

 

About Blue Knot Foundation

 

Blue Knot Foundation (formerly Adults Surviving Child Abuse) is the leading national organisation supporting the estimated five million Australian adults who are survivors of childhood trauma, including abuse, their families and communities. Blue Knot Foundation provides hope, optimism and pathways to recovery for those affected.

 

At the forefront of pioneering trauma-informed policy, practice, training and research, the organisation has been instrumental in supporting the work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and people engaging with it. This includes the training of key workers and practitioners.

 

In 2012 Blue Knot Foundation released Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery, a global first in setting the standards for clinical and organisational practice. In 2015 the organisation released an Economic Report, The Cost of Unresolved Childhood Trauma and Abuse in Adults in Australia, leading the conversation around the economic imperative of providing the right services for adult survivors.

 

Formed in 1995, Blue Knot Foundation provides a range of services including specialist short-term phone counselling, support, information, and referral pathways extensive resources including fact sheets and videos, educational workshops for survivors and family members, partners and loved ones, and professional development training, supervision, consultancy for personnel and professionals from diverse services and sectors, including community, health, legal and justice sectors.

 

About National Families Week

 

National Families Week is run by Families Australia, a national, member-based, not-for-profit organisation, on behalf of the Australian Government Department of Social Services.  http://nfw.org.au/

 


18 May
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Blue Knot Foundation reignites push for a National Redress Scheme before the close of the Child Abuse Royal Commission

by launch-admin May 18, 2016 0 News

·       Justice Peter McClellan AM announces that registrations for private sessions will close on 30 September 2016

Australia, 29 April 2016 – With the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse announcing that registrations for private sessions will close on 30 September 2016, Blue Knot Foundation (formerly Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA)) has reignited calls for government to commit to a National Redress Scheme ahead of the Federal Election.

Blue Knot Foundation, the leading national organisation working with adult survivors of all forms of childhood trauma, including child sexual abuse, supports the key recommendation of the Royal Commission’s September 2015 Redress Report. It states the optimal way to deliver equal, fair and just treatment to survivors is to establish a single National Redress Scheme.

President of Blue Knot Foundation, Dr Cathy Kezelman AM, said: “As the Royal Commission begins notifying survivors of the limits around registrations for private sessions, it is imperative that the appropriate support services are in place; services to which survivors can speak, be heard, and assisted on the road to recovery.

“Redress is about delivering justice – through compensation, a direct personal response from institutions (when desired), and accessible and equitable counselling and psychological care provided by experienced trauma-informed health professionals.

“A single National Redress Scheme would achieve significant efficiencies in administration, and, for survivors be more user-friendly and deliver consistent and fair access to appropriate treatment. This is an urgent call to the Government to expedite the right scheme right now so there is no wrong door to the right help.

“We need action to reassure those who bravely told their story, whether in public hearings or private sessions, that their courage will be a catalyst for systemic changes to optimise the safety of our children in institutions in the future,” Dr Kezelman said.

Ahead of the previous Federal Election, the Labor Government committed to establishing a national redress scheme, with $33 million announced towards a national redress agency and advisory council.

Dr Kezelman continued: “Survivors have put a lot of trust in the Commission and in its processes and that trust has been rewarded. Survivors also look to our elected leaders for it is the government of the day which reviews the Commission’s reports and decides the recommendations it implements and the timeframe.

“It has been incredibly disappointing that the Coalition has chosen a ‘national approach’ to redress a commitment, falling well short of that of a national redress scheme. Blue Knot Foundation and its fellow survivor-focussed organisations strongly fear that a disparate scheme with national principles will not provide the fair and equitable response survivors need and deserve,” she said.

The reality is that many survivors have waited decades to be heard and for appropriate redress. The gradual winding down of the Commission, flagged by Justice McClellan today, marks a historic moment at which the baton of care and responsibility must now be fully taken up by Government.

Help and support is available from the Blue Knot Helpline on 1300 657 380, 9.00am – 5.00pm Monday – Sunday, or visit the Blue Knot Foundation website: www.blueknot.org.au

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Media Contact

Louise Proctor E: louise@launchgroup.com.au | M: + 61 452 574 244| T: +61 2 9492 1003

About Blue Knot Foundation

Blue Knot Foundation (formerly Adults Surviving Child Abuse) is the leading national organisation supporting the estimated five million Australian adults who are survivors of childhood trauma, including abuse, their families and communities. Blue Knot Foundation provides hope, optimism and pathways to recovery for those affected.

At the forefront of pioneering trauma-informed policy, practice, training and research, the organisation has been instrumental in supporting the work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and people engaging with it. This includes the training of key workers and practitioners.

In 2012 Blue Knot Foundation released Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery, a global first in setting the standards for clinical and organisational practice. In 2015 the organisation released an Economic Report, The Cost of Unresolved Childhood Trauma and Abuse in Adults in Australia, leading the conversation around the economic imperative of providing the right services for adult survivors.

Formed in 1995, Blue Knot Foundation provides a range of services including specialist short-term phone counselling, support, information, and referral pathways extensive resources including fact sheets and videos, educational workshops for survivors and family members, partners and loved ones, and professional development training, supervision, consultancy for personnel and professionals from diverse services and sectors, including community, health, legal and justice sectors.


18 May
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Budget confirms funding for digital future

by launch-admin May 18, 2016 0 News

Sydney, May 4, 2016: The Federal Budget has delivered good news for jobs and skills in the digital sector, with the ACS – the professional association for Australia’s ICT sector – welcoming the Government’s commitment to the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA), along with improved Fintech regulation, confirmed funding for Cybersecurity and support for SMEs.

 

“The announcement of the NISA in December 2015 was a pivotal moment for Australia’s digital future, and seeing the funding confirmed in last night’s budget delivers certainty and ensures these initiatives will help build a strong platform for Australia’s future” said ACS President Anthony Wong.

 

“We are also pleased to see a sensible approach to fintech regulation mentioned in the budget. The idea of having a regulatory sandbox will help encourage innovation and experimentation from new businesses, and recognises that disruption is driving the fintech space.” Mr Wong continued.

 

“The confirmation of funding for the Government’s recently announced Cybersecurity strategy is welcome, and in particular the strong focus on developing the critical IT skills needed in this sector.  Cybersecurity is both a threat and opportunity in the digital economy and the ACS is pleased to see the high priority the Government is placing on this issue.”

 

Mr Wong also welcomed the modification to tax arrangements for SMEs and startups, many of which operate in the technology sector.

 

“With the growth of innovation and entrepreneurism we are seeing many more small businesses entering the market, the changes announced in the budget will no doubt be welcomed by many. It is important that we create an environment that encourages innovation and this reform is a part of that. The announcement this morning that the Senate has supported reforms to tax arrangements for early stage investors and venture capitalists demonstrates that the Parliament understand the importance of innovative businesses.”

 

“Additionally, delaying higher education reforms while further consultation is undertaken is welcome and should help ensure Australia moves to a sustainable, high quality tertiary sector which helps address the shortage of students studying technology degrees.”

 

Mr Wong also outlined the importance of developing digital skills for Australia’s existing workforce.

 

“There is an enormous opportunity for the Government to harness the potential of the existing workforce to become the digital workforce of the future. Our research (Australia’s Digital Pulse 2016) indicates that today’s employers are increasingly requiring skills in technology, and we urge the Government to collaborate with organisations such as the ACS, employers, industry and the academic sector to realise this opportunity”

 

“The announcements made surrounding the NISA are an excellent start, and with innovation supported by both sides of the Parliament this is a real opportunity to build a strong foundation for the digital economy.”

 

Further information

Thomas Shanahan, Australian Computer Society, 0449 902 130

Thomas.shanahan@acs.org.au

 

About the ACS

The ACS is the professional association for Australia’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector. Over 20,000 ACS members work in business, education, government and the community. The ACS exists to create the environment and provide the opportunities for members and partners to succeed. The ACS strives for ICT professionals to be recognised as drivers of innovation in our society, relevant across all sectors, and to promote the formulation of effective policies on ICT and related matters. Visit www.acs.org.au for more information.

 


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ACS REPORT REVEALS SKILLS-MIX ESSENTIAL IN ICT EMPLOYMENT IN VICTORIA

by launch-admin May 18, 2016 0 News

New local data shows strong ICT employment growth rate forecast for Victoria; Cyber Security sector ripe for future growth and development

 

Melbourne, 17 May 2016: The ACS – the professional association for Australia’s ICT sector – in partnership with Deloitte Access Economics, today launched new local data highlighting ICT skills development as an essential component of growth for new jobs in the State, particularly in the field of cyber security.

 

ICT employment between now and 2020 is forecast to grow by 2.7% each year in Victoria, continuing the strong ICT growth and demand the State has seen in the previous years. The forecasts are outlined in the ACS’ March report, Australia’s Digital Pulse, which also suggests Australia’s digital economy will grow to $139 billion or 7% of GDP by 2020, and features new data from LinkedIn highlighting a major skills shift is underway in our economy.

 

The ACS Victoria Branch also unveiled its Cyber Security Position Paper at the launch, ahead of the Federal Election on July 2. The Paper calls for additional government and industry investment to position Melbourne as the global hub of significant cyber security expertise – creating jobs, new businesses and value in the local and national economy.

 

Supporting this, the Digital Pulse report for 2016 shows the growing demand for cyber security professionals Australia has not yet realised. LinkedIn statistics included in the report used real-time data about labour market pressures and developments to highlight that cyber security is a big IT need for Australia’s workforce.

 

ACS Victoria Branch Chair, Craig Horne, said: “Given the importance of cyber security to businesses and organisations, it is vital that companies engaging cyber security professionals and companies can have confidence that their skills, services and products will be effective and relevant to the fast evolving cyber security threat.

 

“The wider ICT industry underpins innovation and competitiveness across Victoria’s economy and accounts for approximately 31 per cent of Australia’s ICT workforce[1]. It’s important that ICT workers in our State have a skills mix that includes both technical and “soft” skills in order to fuel our economy. The strong demand for ICT professionals who have more generalist skills opens up huge opportunities for the wider workforce in the region,” he said.

 

ACS’ Australia’s Digital Pulse findings for Victoria show:

·       Projected demand for ICT professionals is 2.7% annually, which is well above the national average of 2%. This indicates a strong position of Victoria and its capabilities in the digital economy.

·       The largest growth area is projected to be ICT technical and professional (3.5% annually), followed by ICT sales (2.9% annually) and ICT management and operations (2.5% annually).

·       By State, Victoria reported the highest number of ICT workers in a number of industries including manufacturing, transport, postal and warehousing, and education and training.

ACS’ Australia’s Digital Pulse national findings show:

·       ICT workforce to grow 2% annually from 628,000 in 2015 to 695,000 in 2020

·       Six out of the top 10 skills now sought after for ICT specialists are non-technical skills such as project management, sales and customer service skills.

·       2.5 million Australians in non-ICT roles have reported digital literacy skills are an increasingly important part in their job

·       The report highlights strong growth in Australia’s digital economy to $139 billion by 2020, an increase of 75% since 2014

 

Australia’s Digital Pulse is a comprehensive analysis of the ICT sector and the digital economy. For more information visit: http://bit.ly/digitalpulse2016

 

The ACS and Deloitte Access Economics are hosting an evening event on 17 May 2016, at Pavilion, RACV Club, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne. Media are invited to attend.

 

-ENDS-

 

Further information

Louise Proctor, Launch Group, 0452 574 244 louise@launchgroup.com.au

Thomas Shanahan, ACS, 0449 902 130 Thomas.shanahan@acs.org.au

 

About the ACS

The ACS is the professional association for Australia’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector. Over 20,000 ACS members work in business, education, government and the community. The ACS exists to create the environment and provide the opportunities for members and partners to succeed. The ACS strives for ICT professionals to be recognised as drivers of innovation in our society, relevant across all sectors, and to promote the formulation of effective policies on ICT and related matters. Visit www.acs.org.au for more information.

 


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