Head of Community - Localised

Save the date! Localised Meetups are back

We’re excited to announce that our first Localised Meetup for 2021 will be held on…

Thursday 10 June 2021
at GMHBA Stadium

Save the date in your calendar. We’ll be sharing more details really soon!

Gift ideas for this Mother’s Day

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Development Coordinator - Geelong Arts Centre

Exclusive arts membership – Geelong Arts Centre’s Green Room Club

The Green Room Club is Geelong Arts Centre’s premium membership featuring VIP seating across all shows and invitations to pre-show networking events in the Geelong Arts Centre Winter ‘Escape’ Season, proudly supported by Deakin University.

The cultural epicentre for networking, the Green Room Club events offers a unique membership for individuals and businesses with a passion for the arts within our community.

Our networking events and pre-show gatherings are the perfect way to network with Geelong’s cultural and business leaders. Along with a high calibre of musical guests and opportunities to meet the cast for selected shows, these events are exclusive and invite only.

The Green Room Club membership is a wonderful opportunity to engage clients or reward staff! Now more than ever it’s important to connect in with our community and engagement in local and regional arts and culture is such a great way to achieve this!

Membership begins at $2,500. To learn more or to activate your membership, please contact Kimberley Sinnott, Development Coordinator via email at

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JobMaker – what is it and how can it help?

What is it?
JobMaker is a Government incentive designed to assist businesses in creating new jobs for those aged 16-35. Under the scheme, eligible employers can access payments called “JobMaker Hiring Credits” for each employee they hire (or have hired) between 7 October 2020 and 6 October 2021.

How does it help?
Subject to your business circumstances, you can receive payments of up to $200 per week, per employee for those aged 16-29 or payments of up to $100 per week, per employee for those aged 30-35.

These employees must fit the eligibility requirements including having commenced work within the required period.

How do I access it?
Registrations are now open and you can claim backdated payments from Wednesday 7 October 2020. The period to submit a claim for backdated payments is from Monday 1 February 2021 to Friday 30 April 2021.

You can estimate the payment you may receive by using this calculator.

In order for employers to be eligible they must fit the required criteria including being up to date with lodgement and reporting obligations.

What else do I need to know?
You can claim payments for employees for up to 12 months of their employment, as long as their start date commenced within the required period.

You cannot claim both JobKeeper and JobMaker at the same time, so those looking to claim both would need to commence the JobMaker claim after the JobKeeper scheme finishes on Sunday 28 March.

For more information please visit the ATO website or feel free to contact us.


Asphalt Paving Services chosen to pilot the CCF’s Mental Health Positive Plans-Positive Futures Program in Geelong

The Civil Construction Federation, Victoria, CEO John Kilgour has congratulated APS Managing Director Terence Breen for being one of the first businesses to be accepted into the Positive Plans – Positive Futures project, as a founding partner. John commended Terence on his leadership and commitment to creating a mentally healthy workplace for the staff at APS, by expressing interest in joining the project.

CCF received a large number of applications, and selected APS to join a group of leaders that have demonstrated a genuine concern and curiosity to actively participate in their project. As a founding partner, APS will support CCF in the development of a suite of tools that will ultimately result in APS being one of the first civil construction businesses in Victoria to develop a mental health action plan.

APS Managing Director, Terence Breen said he is committing to this project in acknowledgement of the number of males who have lost their lives to suicide in Geelong. “I recently lost a male friend to suicide and my sons mates have lost 3 fathers to suicide, all from the Geelong region. I want to ensure we are doing all we can for our staff and industry to prevent and support our workers mental health and create a healthier, positive workplace”. The Civil Construction industry has high rates of suicide and mental health problems such as suicide being 1.7 x higher than for other male workers, 3 x higher for lower skilled construction workers. The environmental risks are, work instability, limited job control and a highly masculine culture. A 1/3 of all new workcover claims over the next 10 years will be mental health related.





Mandy Lovett from Eye Gallery Highton has created her own brand of unique, colourful eyewear during Covid.  These beautiful acetate frames are called ‘Jacqueline Rose Eyewear’ named after her daughter and ‘Robert Gordon Eyewear’ named after her son.  Designed in Geelong by Mandy and ‘Made in Australia’.  Eye testing is bulk billed at her Designer boutique in Highton and optical lenses are sourced from an Australian lens laboratory.  Support local jobs!

Pre-Winter Sale

First time ever we have teamed up with two key suppliers to bring offers that have never been possible in the past. The offer will run up to the 1st March 2021. A massive 20% off the Kent Calisto fireplace range. Includes 6 fireplaces of different heating capacities. Savings of $445 to $600 across the range.Plus 10% off Italian made quality Wood burning Cookers. 5 different cookers, including fires that can be connected to home hydronic systems. In our opinion, the best looking wood cookers available in Australia. Save up to $1299 if ordered before Easter. Strictly limited time, not available in conjunction with any other offer. We deliver state wide.

Marketing and Communications Manager - West Carr & Harvey

Strength in the Greater Geelong business community

As some of us tiptoe with tentative optimism into 2021, we can be reassured by the growing confidence within our region that there are better times ahead.

The message that we continue to hear around the region lately is this; that despite everything, there are some real positive outlooks for the Greater Geelong business community. We recently spoke with several Geelong business people to get their perspective.

Read more on West Carr Harvey’s blog

Owner/Director/Founder - Admin and Co

Geelong VA leading the way! Officeworks Noteworthy came calling

For a small freelance business to open up your emails after a tough year (thanks Covid19) and asked to be interviewed by Officeworks for their Noteworthy online newsletter on your thoughts on ‘How Your Small Business Can Reap the Benefits of Outsourcing’ was amazing.

Please see below:

Business (and Life) Administration

No time to return those calls, organise your client leads, chase invoices or onboard your new employee? Don’t have the space or the spend to employ an assistant in-house? This is where a nimble and remote virtual assistant can help. “VAs take on the tasks in a business that owners realise they don’t have the time, the skills or experience to do,” says Lee Doherty, owner and founder of Admin & Co. You can bring a VA on to do ongoing tasks, such as diary management and data entry, or for one-off projects that have been slipping down your ‘To Do’ list for months. “A good virtual assistant will reliably self-manage and deliver high-quality and on time outsourced tasks every time,” says Doherty.

Full article can be viewed here



Founder & Co-Director of Two Start Up Businesses - 1iDEA & Siotti - 1iDEA Pty Ltd
The Bit Kits

1iDEA BITkits (Business Innovation Toolkits)

1iDEA is looking for local businesses to experience the critical & creative thinking tools & templates in the BITkits to help develop their products and services.

The BITKits are based on the product development process and self guide small business owners through a 9 step process using up to 15 thinking tools:

It’s design thinking, broken down into manageable steps to deliver a new business strategy.

1iDEA is here to help you all the way.