Business Link - June 2018

Business Link - June 2018
The information contained in Business Link is distributed to business entities across the City of Canterbury Bankstown. Business Link - June 2018 The information contained in Business Link is distributed to business entities across the City of Canterbury Bankstown. Economic Strategies and Partners; Business Support; Business

Upcoming events, workshops and training courses

Introductory Food Handling Training Course
The Introductory Food Handling Training Course, for local food handlers and food businesses proprietors, is free.
Under the Food Safety Standards, a food business must ensure people handling food, or supervising food operations, have the appropriate skills and knowledge in food safety and hygiene.
The course, which includes training manuals and demonstrations, will cover the following areas:
  • Legislation;
  • Food safety supervising;
  • Food poisoning; 
  • Cleaning and sanitising;
  • Personal hygiene;
  • Temperature control; and
  • Pest control.
When: Tuesday 12 June
Time: 4-6pm
Where: Canterbury-Bankstown Business Advisory Service, Civic Tower, Ground Floor 66-72 Rickard Road, Bankstown
Register: Call 9707 9228 or email 
NEIS Information Workshop 
The New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) is a program, which assists unemployed people in turning a variable business idea into their own small business. It is funded by the Department of Employment and helps you become self-sufficient and independent by establishing a new small business.
Approved applicants will receive training in small business management, business skills and assistance to develop their business plan.
When: Thursday 14 June, Thursday 28 June
Time: 9.30–10.30am
Location: Canterbury-Bankstown Business Advisory Service, Civic Tower, Ground Floor 66-72 Rickard Road, Bankstown
Business Connect: Realise Business – Business Advisory Sessions
Business Connect aims to support small businesses start up, create jobs through growth, help established small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) become sustainable, as well as increasing business confidence across NSW.
FREE business guidance sessions are also now available with a Multicultural Business Advisor, for support at any stage of your business journey, whether you’re looking to start up your business, expand, grow, or even if you’re looking for an exit plan. 
The Community Migrant Resource Centre (CMRC) Multicultural Business Connect Advisory Service is funded by the NSW Department of Industry. The team comprises a group of dedicated professionals, who can deliver advice and support in Arabic, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese, to small business owners in the Greater Western Sydney.
The service provides a quality, personalised and highly subsidised business advisory program for the target communities, linking experienced business advisors with small business operators, who want a culturally-personalised client-centered focus, local community knowledge and know-how.
It also assists existing small businesses, which want to grow, expand, sell, implement a succession plan, or improve their overall business plans. CMRC is breaking down many language barriers and making small business a priority towards delivering better information, and increasing their opportunities towards a successful outcome.
Business Connect achieves these aims by:
  • Providing general and specialist business advice;
  • Promoting business growth through innovation, improving resilience and boosting productivity; and
  • Supporting digital readiness and regional business development. 
Its workshops are ideal for: 
  • Small-to-medium sized business owners; and
  • Business owners who are starting a new business.
  • Tuesday 5 June
  • Wednesday 6 June
  • Tuesday 12 June
  • Wednesday 13 June
  • Tuesday 19 June
  • Wednesday 20 June
  • Tuesday 26 June
  • Wednesday 27 June
Time: Times available from 10am, 12noon, 2pm 4pm (bookings are essential)
Where: Canterbury-Bankstown Business Advisory Service, Civic Tower, Ground Floor, 66-72 Rickard Road, Bankstown
Register: David Batson
Business Connect: Business Advisory Bi-Lingual sessions (Vietnamese)
  • Thursday 7 June
  • Thursday 14 June
  • Thursday 21 June 
  • Thursday 28 June 
Time: 10am-3pm (hourly bookings are essential)
Where: Canterbury-Bankstown Business Advisory Service, Ground Floor 66-72 Rickard Road, Bankstown
Certificate III in Health Services Assistance
This foundation qualification prepares you for rewarding work as a health services assistant in a healthcare environment. You will learn the skills and knowledge to provide assistance to other healthcare professionals, for the support of clients/patients under direct supervision.
To be eligible, you must be:
  • Living or working in NSW;
  • 18 years or over;
  • An Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen; and
  • No longer at school.
You may also be eligible for subsidised funded training under Smart and Skilled. Join an information session. 
Core units
  • CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community care
  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
  • HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
  • HLTINF001 Comply with infection control policies and procedures
  • HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
  • BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
  • BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development
Elective units
  • CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
  • CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people
  • CHCCCS009 Facilitate responsible behaviours
  • HLTHSS003 Perform general cleaning tasks in a clinical setting
  • CHCCCS002 Assist with movement
  • CHCCCS026 Transport individuals
  • HLTFS207C Follow basic food safety practices
  • CPPCLO422A Organise and monitor cleaning operations
Training delivery
Certificate III in Health Services Assistance will be delivered via blended learning - a combination of classroom-based delivery and practical placement. It’s an ideal mode of delivery for individuals, who will benefit greatly from hands-on learning, whereby the skills learned/practiced in class will be applied out in the field at their practical placement. Classes will run for two days each week for 26 weeks (including 120 hours of practical placement).
  • Commencing: Monday 18 June 2018
  • Duration: 26 weeks (including 120 hours of practical placement).
  • Booking is essential: or call 02 9260 0400.
Local Safety Forums Roselands ward
Council, in partnership with local Police, is running a series of Local Safety Forums to discuss current crime statistics; provide residents with an opportunity to share concerns; and workshop suggestions for improvement. 
The next forum will be held for residents who live in the Roselands Ward, including the suburbs of:
  • Belmore
  • Beverley Hills
  • Kingsgrove
  • Lakemba
  • Narwee
  • Riverwood
  • Roselands
  • Wiley Park
When: Monday 18 June
Time: 6-8pm
Where: Lakemba Senior Citizens Centre, corner The Boulevarde and Croydon Street, Lakemba
RSVP: For catering purposes, register your attendance by Thursday 14 June at or call 9789 9594 
Mobile App Workshop for Small/Medium Businesses by DigiGround
A workshop for small/medium businesses; tech knowledge not required. Bring your mobile app ideas and learn to transform them into a reality!
Living in a world where new technology is being created every day, a lot of businesses are implementing new tech-savvy concepts for their company and early adopters of technology are the ones who get ahead. Although, with so many advances in the digital space, business owners are starting to wonder if they should have a mobile app for their company in addition to their website. DigiGround’s general manager, John Luhr will educate attendees on: 
  • Can be used to communicate with your customers
  • Can save time and increase efficiency in your business
  • Help you individualise your product or service delivery
  • Can be as simple or complex as your business needs
  • Can be produced on a budget and are now within reach of small business
  • And how to choose the best developer for your needs and budget 
When: Tuesday 3 July
Time: 2-4pm
Where: Canterbury-Bankstown Business Advisory Service, Ground Floor 66-72 Rickard Road, Bankstown
Register: Call Domenica Mirarchi on 9707 9227 or email 

​Solar Month

Interested in learning more about how to increase your rental return and the value of your property with solar?

Thanks to a partnership between the City of Canterbury Bankstown and Our Energy Future, it’s now much easier for you to increase the value of your rental properties by installing solar panels.

Our Energy Future offers you:

  • Free independent advice and support from experienced energy experts;
  • Access to a reputable supplier;
  • Quality, performance guaranteed solar packages at an attractive price; and
  • Claiming discounts and rebates.

Come to one of Council’s FREE information sessions. 


  • Wednesday 6 June: 5.30-7.30pm
  • Tuesday 12 June: 2.30-4.30pm
  • Wednesday 20 June: 2.30-4.30pm
  • Tuesday 26 June: 5.30-7.30pm

Where: Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre, 80 Rickard Road, Bankstown (parking underneath building)
Register: Call 1300 339 915 or visit

Zero Barriers Excellence Awards

The Zero Barriers Business and Services Excellence Awards is coming in July! 

Zero Barriers aims to support businesses, services and groups across South West Sydney, to work towards zero barriers for people with disability in accessing services, businesses and facilities, like everyone else. Zero Barriers aims to raise awareness and provide ideas, and information, which will help businesses and services address these barriers. The free Accessibility Guide can be downloaded online. 

Nominations are across five categories: 

  1. Large Business
  2. Small to Medium Business 
  3. Innovation 
  4. Community 
  5. Arts, Sport, Recreation.

The awards presentation aims to highlight some of the great efforts and commitment businesses and services have demonstrated, including innovative practices, which promote inclusion and access. The awards will recognise these businesses and services that are working towards ‘zero barriers’ for their customers and employees with disability. The award winners will also receive FREE publicity!​

Remember, you do not have to be 100 per cent disability friendly. So long as you can demonstrate a commitment to making some changes, as well as having implemented some improvement, you are still eligible to enter the awards. Changes don’t have to be physical adjustments or expensive modifications. 

Self-nominate or encourage services and businesses you know to nominate themselves. Nominations close on Friday 6 July 2018 at 5pm.

If you would like to do the online self-assessment, download the Accessibility Guide or enter the awards, visit zerobarrie​rs​

Zero Barriers is an initiative of The Multicultural Network, funded by NDIA, and is supported by the City of Canterbury Bankstown and South West Bankstown Chamber of Commerce. 

When: Wednesday 25 July
Time: 6.30pm
Where: Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre, 80 Rickard Road, Bankstown (parking underneath building)​ or call 0449 255 944. 

Introduction to Mindful Leadership

Mindful leadership is based on positive psychology research and has been introduced to businesses worldwide as a means of increasing employee satisfaction and well-being. It has been found to lead to improvements in productivity, performance and profit!

This FREE program, presented by Inward Outward Coaching, introduces you to the concept of mindful leadership and provides a number of tools, which you can take back to your workplace and implement immediately. Your facilitators hold a Masters of Business Coaching and are specifically trained to assist businesses build their intrinsic capability. 

This program is suited to small-to-medium business owners, team leaders and managers. 

When: Wednesday 27 June
Time: 2.30-4.30pm
Where: Canterbury-Bankstown Business Advisory Service, Ground Floor 66-72 Rickard Road, Bankstown
Register: Call 0413 778 003 or email 

Innovation and Manufacturing Industry Event

We live in a world of ever-changing markets and innovative ideas, which is why it’s crucial for any sized business to think creatively, in order to thrive. 

The South West Bankstown Chamber of Commerce (SWBCC), together with theCanterbury-Bankstown Business Advisory Service (CBBAS) and a number of keystakeholders, invite you to join us for the Innovation and Manufacturing IndustryEvent. Together, we are focusing on promoting the manufacturing sector and theadvantages of innovation.

Innovation can deliver significant benefits. It’s one of the critical skills for achieving success in any business. It can help you solve problems, generate profit, increase your market share and edge out competitors.

“The best way to predict the future is to create it” – Peter Drucker

Guest Speakers

Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, The Hon. Matt Kean MP, will talk about the relevance of adopting innovation as a path for evolution. He will also highlight the NSW Government’s initiatives/programs to help encourage businesses to embrace innovation.

Western Sydney University’s (WSU) Senior Manager for Launch Pad - Business Development Incubator, Don Wright, together with Ms Inu Rana, Senior Business Advisor for Launch Pad, will discuss the importance of innovation in ensuring the success of your business.

Launch Pad is a one-stop shop business and innovation support program, which provides facilities, assistance and resources for start-up and high growth technology-based businesses in Western Sydney.

When: Tuesday 12 June
Time: 6.30-8.30pm
Where: Bryan Brown Theatre - Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre, 80 Rickard Road, Bankstown NSW 2200
Register: Call Domenica Mirarchi on 9707 9227 or 0407 734 428 or email​ 

Attendance is free to CBBAS members or $40 for non-members. Places are limited, so register now to avoid disappointment!

Canterbury Bankstown Local Business Awards

Each year Council sponsors the Local Business Awards, last year for the first time we delivered a combined ‘new’ business awards program.

There were 264 businesses selected in Canterbury Bankstown’s Local Business Awards in 2017 official finalist list. Over 700 of our local businesses attended the presentation evening.

Important Calendar Dates:

  • Monday 28 May: Nominations open
  • Tuesday 19 June: Nominations close

When: Wednesday 15 August
Time: Doors open 6:30pm
Where: Revesby Workers Club – 2B Brett Street, Revesby

​​ Campsie set to become Sydney’s foodie and night time destination

Following the release of the South District Plan, Council and the NSW State Government will be looking to enhance the role of Campsie, to deliver eat street and night time economic activities. This will include encouraging activation on Beamish Street and secondary streets, as well as better management of traffic and parking, to make our streets better places for people.

The Plan seeks to grow local employment from the current 4800 to 7500 by 2036, providing a further boost for local business. Together with job growth, Council will work with the NSW Government through the Campsie Planned Precinct process, to provide new housing in the right places.

City Brand now available to local businesses and the community 

Adopt our city’s brand and elevate your own brand.

Local businesses and community groups are encouraged to download and use the FREE Canterbury-Bankstown City Brand today.

Our City Brand is based on the idea of ‘Where Interesting Happens’. We are proud of our diversity and what comes from it – unique and authentic experiences, unapologetic pride about who we are and we strive to make our City a ‘drive to’ destination.

What’s available?

  • Downloadable branding suite of materials including logos, email signatures, decal templates; and
  • Tangible City Brand kit – branded info book, tote bag, notepad, pen, shopfront sticker, etc.

Top 5 reasons to use the City Brand:

  1. It’s a way for all businesses/groups to connect with each other and collectively promote all of the great things our City is made up of;
  2. The more businesses are on board, the stronger the brand becomes;
  3. It’s a free marketing tool to use alongside your own brand which will hopefully create business opportunities;
  4. It positions your business as a proactive, innovative and leading organisation; and
  5. It will help move Canterbury-Bankstown from a ‘drive-through’ destination to a ‘drive-to’ destination by making our City Brand a more recognisable one

To access the brand, visit​

For more information, call the Canterbury-Bankstown Business Advisory Service on 9707 9228.

Become a member of Canterbury-Bankstown Business Advisory Service (CBBAS)

For an annual investment of just $170+GST, your organisation will receive:

  • Complimentary entry to six CBBAS networking events;
  • Invitations to member-only events;
  • Free listing in online CBBAS business directory;
  • The ability to promote special offers to other members through the CBBAS Directory and e-newsletter - Business Link;
  • An opportunity to exhibit, at a discounted rate, at major CBBAS events;
  • Spotlighting of member businesses at regular networking events and in other promotional material;
  • Special rates on a range of selected business-related products and services provided by other members;
  • Promotional opportunities for your business through a sponsorship arrangement at selected CBBAS events;
  • Access to helpline advice on legal, industrial relations and marketing matters by industry experts;
  • Free listing of available jobs on online CBBAS jobs board; and
  • Complimentary use of CBBAS meeting rooms (conditions apply).

For more information, contact Domenica Mirarchi on 9707 9227 or email You can also visit​

This offer is part of Council’s commitment to local businesses.

Canterbury-Bankstown Business Advisory Service membership applications are approved at the discretion of Council.

CBBAS Business Member Spotlight

Whether you’re looking at starting a new career, furthering your skills in your current field of employment or need to upgrade your team’s knowledge, ETEA can help you!

ETEA’s training programs address the required skills and knowledge demanded by industry, which increases the employability of its students. Its strong links to industry enables it to tailor its training programs to keep up with the ever changing demands of the community.

The friendly and experienced team will provide a professional approach towards your training needs. This combined with its status as an ISO 9001 Quality Endorsed Company, will ensure you receive respected, high quality training.

Phone: 9260 0400​ ​

Sullivan Dewing 2018 Federal Budget review

The 2018 Federal Budget was released last month, with a focus on personal income tax cuts for lower and middle income earners. There are measures to guarantee essential services, such as aged care, healthcare and infrastructure, as well as changes to superannuation accessibility. This Budget also introduced a range of integrity measures to clamp down on the black economy and strengthen the rules of the system. Once again, there is little done for business tax relief apart from extending, for another year, the $20,000 immediate deduction for eligible assets for businesses with an annual turnover of less than $10 million. It’s important to note these changes are proposed and still need to pass through Parliament before becoming law. 


Support for your new business

We understand tax and superannuation can be tricky, and not everyone gets it right the first time. Our Business Assistance Program is here to help get you moving in the right direction.

Many businesses, like yours, have benefited from this program. It provides tailored support to help with the uncertainty of tax and superannuation.

The program is recommended if you have:

  • Recently registered for an ABN;
  • A turnover of less than $2 million;
  • Registered, or intend to register, for GST.

We’ll discuss a range of topics based on your needs, including:

  • GST reporting requirements;
  • Tax requirements, based on your business structure;
  • Employer and superannuation requirements;
  • Activity statements and record keeping requirements; and
  • Our digital services and electronic lodgement.

Next step:

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Small business gets an international day of recognition

The UN General Assembly has formally designated today, Tuesday 27 June, as "Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Day".

More than 95% of the world's enterprises are micro, small and medium-sized and they account for approximately 60% of international private sector employment. Despite this, it wasn't until April of this year that the UN formally adopted an international day of recognition for small businesses – today, Tuesday 27 June.

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) Kate Carnell has welcomed the UN's recognition of small businesses as a global economic driver and hopes people will support it.

“It’s the first year and I sincerely hope that governments, business organisations and communities will get behind it,” she said.

“If you’re buying goods or services on Tuesday 27 June, think about small business and if you can support one with your purchase, please do."

While the day has an international focus, Carnell highlighted the contribution that small businesses make to the Australian economy in particular. Small businesses employ almost half of all workers in Australia and create a substantial proportion of new jobs.

“Small business contribution to the Australian economy is higher than the OECD average,” she said.

“According to the OECD, small businesses account for 44% of employment in Australia and we rank eighth out of 32 OECD countries on this measure."

“The number of small businesses which are exporting continues to increase... The tax contribution of small and medium enterprises is also significant and growing faster than big business.”

Looking to contribute to a small business today? Check out our lists of Australian fashion designers to browse through and Australian beauty brands to explore.​


​ Final thought

“I failed my way to success”Thomas Edison (American inventor and businessman)​