Katherine Hawes


How will the new mandatory data breach notification laws impact your business?

Every business owner has a responsibility to stay on top of –  and comply with –  changes to the law in their business operations....

How to avoid unenforceable contracts

No business operates in complete isolation. Agreements must be made between your business and its customers, as well as with other businesses such as...

How your SMEs can safely execute competitions

Do you want to achieve rapid exposure and growth for your business at a relatively low cost? If so, look no further than competitions!...

Identify theft costs businesses $221b per year… what can you do to protect your operation?

Identity theft is a well-known threat and not just for individuals – businesses, both big and small, are also at risk. In fact, the Aberdeen Group...

Which legal structure best suits my business?

Choosing a business structure is, well, tricky business. If you are thinking of starting a business, you should first weigh up the pros and...

Overlooking IP protection, forgetting tax and other common legal mistakes start-ups make

Starting your own business is an exciting venture, but your entrepreneurial dreams can quickly turn into a nightmare if you fail to consider critical legal...

How to protect your IP when you have an online business

Regardless of the size of your online business, it is important that you protect your intellectual property ( I.P) as this can be the...

Electronic Contracts

  Many business owners are now choosing to use electronic contracts. Many of these systems are simple to use and enable you to sign the...

What you need to know about Copyright, Trademark and Business Name Registrations

Copyright In Australia, copyright protection is automatically granted to any original creations. This means that as soon as someone has created something original such as...

What to consider when employing your first staff member

So your business has expanded and you are considering employing your first member of staff.  However, you are not sure whether to employee a...

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New mental health resources provide support to business owners

In 2020, nearly one in three Australian SME owners were diagnosed with anxiety, depression, stress or related mental health issues. Two new programs have been launched to support their emotional wellbeing.

Budget 2021 to finally boost Australia’s video games industry

Part of the Federal Government’s 2021 Budget will be heading to Australia’s games sector, enabling developers to better compete on the world stage in an industry poised to be valued at over $250 billion by the year 2023.

Government must invest in trade, workforce development and climate adaptation: National Farmers Federation

The NFF has made the case for investment in trade development, climate adaptation and the expansion of agriculture’s workforce ahead of the 2021 Federal Budget.

New insolvency laws: 4 actions small business directors must take

There are four key actions that small business owners should take immediately, to ensure they are well positioned once they, or their suppliers, come off JobKeeper this month.

Leadership lessons from a school principal: What the next generation of female CEOs need to know

Marise McConaghy, Principal at Strathcona Girls Grammar, discusses the qualities the next generation of women leaders need...

Budget 2021 to include $1.2 billion digital strategy; myGov & My Health sites overhaul, tax incentives, e-invoicing and more

The Digital Economy Strategy will see a further $800 million added to measures put forth in the 2020 Budget, aiming to make Australia one of the world’s leading digital economies.

The 2020 Small Business Tax Time Toolkit: easing the pain of preparing your taxes

To help SMEs get back on their feet after a challenging year, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has compiled a directory of Government resources that support Australian businesses.