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    National Cyber Security Awareness Week 2011: Tips for SMEs

    editor     |      May 29, 2011

    CyberSecurity Week logoIn support of National Cyber Security Awareness Week 2011, Open Forum will be featuring tips for staying safe online from Cyber Security experts. 

    National Cyber Security Awareness Week is an initiative of the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy who have developed the follwoing 8 top tips for protecting yourself, your business and your family online: 

    1. Install and renew your security software and set it to scan regularly.

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    Openness & Transparency in Politics

    editor     |      May 20, 2011

    Microsoft Politics & Technology Forum 2011 logoThe theme for Microsoft Australia’s 3rd Politics and Technology Forum is Openness and Transparency in Politics.

    Tickets are FREE, but please register your attendance. The complimentary ticket code is dale.

    Keynote speaker is Iain Dale.  Iain stood as a Conservative candidate at the last UK election and was Chief of Staff to the Rt Hon David Davis MP in the 2005 Conservative Party leadership election.

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    NATIONAL REGULATORY REFORM: with the Queensland Office for Regulatory Efficiency

    editor     |      April 7, 2011

    National Regulatory Reform Survey logo

    HURRY – SURVEY deadline has been extended till 9am Monday 18 April 2011

    The Queensland Office for Regulatory Efficiency: “We need your views on what areas of regulation should be targeted by COAG for reform”.

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    Australia’s Population Strategy | Have Your Say

    editor     |      January 28, 2011

    The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities is holding a public consultation to inform their development of a Sustainable Population Strategy for Australia.

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    Introducing First 5000

    editor     |      October 28, 2010

    First 5000 forumWhat is First 5000?

    Australia is suffering from a clear case of middle-business syndrome. A highly-profitable but largely disconnected segment of the economic landscape exists without a united voice, or space to engage with one another.

    That’s why Global Access Partners (the organisation behind Open Forum) have created First 5000.

    First 5000 is an invitation only virtual business alliance that connects the executives of Australia’s leading medium enterprises. Members represent the nation’s top 5000 mid-size companies.

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    GAP’s National Economic Review 2010: Australia’s Annual Growth Summit

    editor     |      September 21, 2010

    National Economic Review 2010 logoGlobal Access Partners’ inaugural National Economic Review 2010: Australia’s Annual Growth Summit, 16-17 September 2010 brought together more than 116 delegates from government, academia, business, and the civil sector for a cross-disciplinary discussion about how to shape the economic future of Australia.

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    Homeless Person’s Week 2010

    editor     |      July 23, 2010

    Homless Person's Weelk 2010 logoDuring National Homeless Person’s Week from August 2-9, Australian Red Cross is highlighting the fact that homelessness affects the lives of ordinary people and that anyone can become homeless. 

    On any given night there are about 105,000 homeless people – of these, more than 15 per cent are sleeping rough; 45 per cent stay with family or friends; 21 per cent are living in boarding or rooming houses and 19 per cent are in temporary accommodation. 

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    Spotlight on Australian International Design Awards 2010

    editor     |      June 8, 2010

    Standards Australia Design Award logo

    Open Forum is proud to present this Spotlight on the Australian International Design Awards with thanks to our sponsors Standards Australia.

    At last count there were more than 50 design award schemes operating in Australia alone, but none more enduring than the Australian International Design Awards.

    Founded by the Industrial Design Council of Australia, an agency first established in 1958 to support Australia’s local industrial design community, the program experienced much change before its 1991 acquisition by Australia’s peak Standards body, Standards Australia. 

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    SME Cyber Security Blog Hub

    editor     |      June 5, 2010

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    National Cyber Security Awareness Week, 6-11 June 2010, is an annual initiative held in partnership with industry, community and consumer groups and state and territory governments.

    In the new digital economy cyber security is increasingly important for Australia’s small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs), and sometimes keeping on top of it can be a bit overwhelming and confusing; especially if you are a busy small business operator.

    To celebrate National Cyber Security Awareness Week 2010 we’ve invited a panel of Cyber Security and SME professionals to join us as guest bloggers. We hope you’ll find what they have to say interesting and of practical value in your business (or even at home!).

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    Building Surveying and Spatial Capabilities

    Warwick Watkins     |      April 1, 2010

    It is my pleasure to introduce Open Forum’s featured forum topic for the month of April 2010, in collaboration with the Office of the Surveyor General NSW, “Building Surveying and Spatial Capabilities”.

    This online event aligns with a premier event for New South Wales. This month, from April 11 – 16, we are hosting the XXIV FIG (Fédération International des Géomètres) Congress here in Sydney!

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    Pain Management

    editor     |      February 18, 2010

    Pain Management featured forumAn MBF Foundation report conducted by Access Economics has estimated that chronic pain costs the Australian economy $34 billion per annum.

    One in five Australians will suffer chronic pain in their lifetime yet up to 80% living with this debilitating condition are missing out on treatment that could improve their health and quality of life. People with acute pain (after surgery or trauma) or cancer pain are effectively treated only 50% of the time.

    Improved pain management needs to be recognised as a social and economic imperative.

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    Australia’s Health

    editor     |      December 21, 2009
    Australia's Health discussion forumHealth care remains one of the major political, financial and social issues in Australia and other OECD countries. National surveys reveal a common contradiction between people’s greater satisfaction with their personal experience of care and a high level of dissatisfaction with “the system” as a whole.