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  • 28-Oct-2016 16:32 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On the 10th and 11th November Urban Growth invite you to participate in panel discussions, working sessions, inspirational presentations, site tours and displays to help grow ideas for the Parramatta North heritage precinct.

    Day one of Sprout will provide you with an opportunity to get a good understanding of the site, with tours and displays.

    On day two Urban Growth will ask everyone to roll up their sleeves and put pen to paper. You will hear from community leaders, business owners, innovators, designers, artists, heritage experts, university students and academics to help inspire your thinking.

    There will also be an opportunity for you to present your own ideas.

    When, what and where:

    Thursday 10 November 10:00am – 3:00pm

    Site tours, displays, incubator showcase, NBN Sky Muster.

    Friday 11 November 8:00am – 5:00pm

    Presentations, panel discussions, workshop, displays, incubator showcase, NBN Sky Muster.

    Friday 11 November 5:30pm – 7:30pm

    Join us in the evening at Sprout, to view presentations, displays and videos, participate in a workshop, and provide your feedback.

    Where: The Chapel, Norma Parker Centre, 1 Fleet Street, North Parramatta NSW 2145

    Travel: The site is a pleasant 2km walk from Parramatta or Westmead Station. Alternatively, take bus 549, 601 or M54 or the free shuttle bus from Parramatta Station. Limited parking is available on site.

    Contact: For more information please contact: 

    Sara Wilson on 0419 815 087


    Sprout is free to attend, however pre-registration is required, as there is limited space. Click here to register.


  • 28-Oct-2016 16:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Readers will recall that we (succinctly) addressed the issue of returning to work after childbirth in our last article and briefly mentioned the issue of flexible work arrangements which we examine in more detail in this article.

    Who qualifies?

    Employees can request flexible work arrangements in certain circumstances if they have been working at their place of employment for at least 12 months, or if they are a long term casual with reasonable expectations of ongoing employment on a regular basis.

    Employees that may qualify for flexible work arrangements are:

    • parents to children of school age or younger
    • carers (as defined in s5 of the Carer Recognition Act 2010)
    • individuals with a disability
    • individuals 55 years or older
    • individuals experiencing family violence
    • individuals providing care and support to a member of their immediate family or household as a result of violence from the member's family

    Making the request

    The request must be in writing, with an explanation of the proposed changes and reasons for them. Suggestions might be made in the request which demonstrate an attempt to accommodate the needs of both the employer and the employee with the proposed arrangements. An invitation to discuss the request may also be proffered.

    What's in it for the employer?

    It will usually be helpful on making a request to consider how the proposed changes may benefit the business in the long run. Flexible work arrangements can increase staff retention or even enable clients to contact the employee outside of business hours. Perhaps the changes will also increase the employee's productivity and job satisfaction.

    A discussion with the human resources department might help to engender ideas around how the changes can benefit both parties, taking into account the particular needs of the business and the employee's personal circumstances.

    Can an employer refuse a request for flexible work arrangements?

    The employer has 21 days within which to respond in writing to the request.

    If refused, the response must include reasons for the refusal which are based on 'reasonable business grounds' – including, but not limited to, financial limitations, impracticality for the business, incapacity to make other arrangements and loss of efficiency or productivity.

    It is illegal for an employer to take any adverse action against their employee because of a request for flexible work arrangements.

    Can I challenge my employer’s refusal of a request for flexible work arrangements?

    The Fair Work Act provides no mechanism by which employees can challenge the employer's refusal and no remedy is available where the refusal is not based on reasonable business grounds.

    However, there are very limited circumstances in which employees can seek to challenge a refusal by making an application to the Fair Work Commission to deal with that dispute.

    Circumstances may be different if an employee is employed pursuant to an enterprise agreement or enterprise award or has relevant rights under their employment agreement or a company policy.

    Do I have other options?

    Employees may also be able to seek remedies under other federal or state anti-discrimination legislation which prohibits unlawful discrimination (including on the ground of family or carer's responsibilities).

    An employer's refusal of a request for flexible working arrangement in New South Wales may be considered unlawful discrimination where there are no reasonable operational reasons for the refusal and accommodating the request would not cause the employer unjustifiable hardship.

    Is there anything else I should know?

    In our experience, communication is the key. If you have a good working relationship with open and honest communication, then any issues around flexible working relationships can generally be worked through so that a mutually agreeable outcome is reached.


    If you have any questions or would like any assistance, please feel free to speak with or email a member of our Matthews Folbigg Workplace Solutions team on (02) 9635 7966 or

    DISCLAIMER: This article is provided to clients and readers for their general information and on a complimentary basis. It contains a brief summary only and should not be relied upon or used as definitive or complete statement of the relevant law.

  • 18-Oct-2016 17:10 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

  • 14-Oct-2016 14:49 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    SMEs and individual innovators are likely to benefit from recent changes to official trade mark, patent and design fees. Reducing initial costs such as those involved in early stage evaluation of patentability, and up-front application costs for trade marks, are expected to support innovation.

    The registration fee for a trade mark has been completely removed, thereby reducing the overall up-front cost to register a trade mark in Australia. There is also a significant reduction in the official fee for undertaking an international type search, which is commonly used for assessing patentability of innovations. These fee changes came into effect on 10 October 2016.

    IP Australia is however off-setting the reduction in certain up-front fees by increasing maintenance fees in the latter stages of the term of IP rights, when the rights are likely to be generating more value for their owners.

    The changes follow an internal review of IP Australia's cost recovery requirements, and community consultation with stakeholders to canvass suggestions on how fees can be changed in order to foster innovation and benefit IP Australia's customer base. The fee changes are also intended to reduce red tape by streamlining the fee structure and to bring IP Australia more into line with other Patent and Trade mark Offices.

    For our full analysis and fee breakdowns, go to

  • 27-Sep-2016 12:53 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The School of Business, Western Sydney University, would like to invite interested WSBC members to a forthcoming seminar, Research for Future Development of the Region – Innovation for Manufacturing.

    The details of the seminar are as follows:

    Date: Friday 28th October 2016

    Time: 10.00am – 12 Noon (coffee and drinks on arrival at 9.45am, a light lunch will follow the seminar)

    Location: Room EA2.14, Parramatta South Campus (Corner of James Ruse Drive and Victoria Road)

    The first hour of the seminar will include presentations from academic colleagues on research projects relevant to innovation and manufacturing in the Greater Western Sydney region. The Western Sydney University Launch Pad, through Don Wright, will feature in this first hour identifying how the Launch Pad is working with ideas emerging from the School of Business.

    The second hour of the seminar will comprise a wide ranging panel discussion with the panel to assess how they see the projects and the methods they employ contributing to further engagement between the School, industry and the community.

    Panellists include:

    • Ben Artup, Associate Director, Deloitte Access Economics
    • David Borger, Western Sydney Director, NSW Business Chamber
    • Tamara Brown, Director, PwC
    • Julianne Christie, Senior Policy Management, Economic Development, Fairfield City Council
    • Shaira Ismail, Senior Manager, R&D Incentives, KPMG
    • Graeme Newell, Professor, School of Business

    Registration will be required for the event. To register please go to

    Registered participants will receive a car parking voucher for the morning. There is no charge to attend.

  • 26-Sep-2016 18:59 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Business Grants Bulletin September 2016

    Julie Owens September Business Grants Bulletin includes a number of Government grants that are now available to SME’s businesses. 

    Applications for some of these grants close soon so you are encouraged to act quickly if these are of interest.

    Federal Government Incubator Support Program

    The Incubator Support initiative assists new and existing start ups to improve their prospects of achieving commercial success. The initiative provides funding through two components, both of which require matched funding from applicants.

    1) Financial support for New and Existing Incubators

    2) Expert-in-Residence - access to top quality research, managerial and technical talent through secondments of national or international expert advisers

    To check if you are eligible or to learn more visit:

  • 26-Sep-2016 14:29 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The fourth report in the Making Western Sydney Greater research is now available. 


    In this edition, we investigated how the perception of Western Sydney impacts on businesses and what can be done to improve perceptions. Our research also showed that Western Sydney business owners and managers have maintained a strong and positive outlook for their businesses, despite potentially disruptive national and global events, but some variance between different segments and regions was apparent. To download your copy of the research, and find out what’s Making Western Sydney Greater for businesses, click here.

    Making Western Sydney Greater is an ongoing effort. Undertaken by national accounting firm William Buck, in partnership with St George, Western Sydney University and Western Sydney Business Connection, our research stems from the long-term commitment to Western Sydney that we share.

    The next survey will be undertaken in late 2016. We encourage you to participate, and be part of this unique research which is being used to inform Government policy and programmes.

    For further details contact William Buck at 


  • 24-Sep-2016 10:11 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Western Sydney Wanderers take on Sydney FC in what will be a historic clash at ANZ Stadium as the Sydney Derby is taken to another level.

    With the opportunity to break the Hyundai A-League crowd record, teams and fans of both clubs will be doing all they can to create a spectacle and get their season off to the best start possible.

    The world class corporate hospitality facilities on offer at ANZ Stadium will allow you to enjoy the famous Wanderland atmosphere from the comfort of your own seat.

    Tickets are selling fast; don’t miss your chance to be a part of history.

    For more information go to or contact for more information.

  • 23-Sep-2016 13:40 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    You’ve waited, you’ve watched, now is the time.

    Parramatta has dominated the headlines over the last 2 years as it transforms with a $14 billion urban renewal and regeneration program to emerge as Australia’s tiger economy. But what will the city look like in 5 years and where will the opportunities be for businesses?

    Join City of Parramatta as they present Parramatta 2021 where you’ll gain an insight into how the City and economy will transform into a vibrant cultural centre for growth. Uncover the facts, figures, vision and business case for why Parramatta should be front and centre in your business growth and expansion plans.

    The opening address from Lucy Turnbull, Chief Commissioner at the Greater Sydney Commission, will outline why Parramatta holds the key to the future growth of Global Sydney as the economic engine room of the region.

    Jeremy Thorpe, Partner at PWC, will illustrate how Parramatta will emerge as a visionary, world class city. A panel discussion will further explore the future of workplaces, 30 minute cities and the new demographics of Western Sydney.

    Seats are limited - Click here to register.


    Thursday 13th October

    3:30pm - 5:30pm

    Followed by a VIP Parramatta Lanes Experience @ Jamie's Italian outdoor bar


    Parramatta Town Hall

    Centenary Square

    182 Church Street, Parramatta

    Want more:

    Presented as part of Good Food Month, Parramatta Lanes is a food and cultural festival showcasing gourmet street food, pop up bars, live music, art and performances in eight uniquely themed spaces throughout the City including The Burger Project by Neil Perry, Archie Rose & more. Relax into the evening and experience Parramatta's hidden spaces brought to life. Click here for more details.

    Getting there:

    Only 25 mins from Central by train or less than 25kms by car. We strongly encourage you to catch public transport & stay on to enjoy Parramatta Lanes. In support, look out for an exclusive deal from UBER over the coming weeks.

  • 22-Sep-2016 18:24 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On 20 September 2016, Moore J handed down the Land and Environment Court’s decision following a legal challenge by a number of Local Councils against proposed amalgamations by the NSW Government. In May and June 2016, the Court heard simultaneously five cases which challenged the legitimacy of proposed amalgamations. The Local Council’s involved were Hunter’s Hill Council, Lane Cove Council, Mosman Municipal Council, North Sydney Council and Strathfield Municipal Council.

    Council lawyers attended the Land and Environment Court and received a judgment that outlined that some local councils were able to prove that part of the amalgamation process was flawed. The judgment stated that process involved in the proposed Hunter’s Hill, Lane Cove and Ryde amalgamation was legitimate and the proceedings of Hunter’s Hill Council and Lane Cove Council were dismissed.

    The Court found in its judgment however that the proposed Mosman, North Sydney and Willoughby amalgamation was not legitimate under the Local Government Act 1993 because the report furnished by the Delegate was not a valid report. In respect of the Burwood, Canada Bay and Strathfield amalgamation, the Minister and other Respondent’s had conceded that the report furnished by the Delegate was not valid and therefore the amalgamation was also not legitimate.

    For a full copy of the judgment, click on the following link:-

    Matthews Folbigg Lawyers, Parramatta, are specialist local government lawyers who are able to advise in relation to all matters relating to governance, planning and environmental law. Call an expert environmental lawyer today on 1800 300 308.

    Decision in North Sydney Council v Minister for Local Government [2016] NSWLEC 124

    The Land and Environment Court has determined that at the present time there is no proper statutory function for the proposed amalgamation of Mosman Municipal Council, North Sydney Council and Willoughby City Council.

    Matthews Folbigg’s Local Government lawyers represented North Sydney Council in a legal challenge against the proposed amalgamation of the Mosman, North Sydney and Willoughby local government areas. On 20 September 2016 the Land and Environment Court handed down its judgment which highlighted that North Sydney Council sufficiently established that the Delegate who had been assigned the task of inquiring into and reporting on the proposed amalgamation had failed to have regard to an aspect mandated by s263(3) of the Local Government Act 1993. As part of his inquiring and reporting into the proposed amalgamation the Delegate was to have regard to the opinions of each of the diverse communities of the resulting areas under s263(3)(e5). The Court found the Delegate did not do so, thus at the present time the Delegate has not completed the task to which he was appointed and the proposed amalgamation remains in the hands of the Delegate.

    For a full copy of the judgment, click on the following link:-

    Matthews Folbigg Lawyers, Parramatta, are specialist local government lawyers who are able to advise in relation to all matters relating to governance, planning and environmental law. Call an expert environmental lawyer today on 1800 300 308.

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