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Australia records trade surplus of $4.5 billion in October

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According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Australia’s trade surplus fell in October to AU$4.502 billion in seasonally adjusted terms, a decrease of $2.345 billion on the surplus in the previous month. In trend terms, the balance on goods and services was a surplus of $6.341 billion in October, a decrease of $229 million on the surplus in September …

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74% of CPOs look to cut costs as fears of economic downturn loom

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Chief Procurement Officers (CPOs) – business leaders charged with managing spending from the corporate coffers – see a potential economic downturn as the number one risk in the coming year, according to the latest the Deloitte Global Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) survey. And 74% of respondents in the Asia Pacific region identified cost-reduction as their top priority over the next …

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BICSI 2019 Perth Golf Day

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Some 48 golfers participated in the BICSI 2019 Perth Golf Day, held last Friday 15 November at Joondalup Resort & Golf Club, alongside the HoleSeekers/Wheels for Hope Charity Golf day. In spite of the hot conditions, everyone had a great time navigating the picturesque but challenging Joondalup course. Overall, the event raised $11,000 for the Wheels for Hope Charity, while …

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More highlights of the BICSI Melbourne conference 26-28 November

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The BICSI Australian conference is just one week away and jam-packed with valuable education and exciting activities. If you haven’t registered yet, do it now at https://www.bicsi.com.au/events/melbourne-conference-exhibition-2019/ so you don’t miss out. UPDATE: The BICSI 2019 Australia conference has just been accredited the maximum 15 CECs by BICSI’s Credentialing Dept. For credential holders to obtain 15 CECs, they will need …

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Australia payment times reach new historic low

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A new illion report suggests Australian Public Sector reforms have resulted in a significant improvement in late payment times, bringing public administration into line with the rest of the country. illion’s September Trade Late Payments report shows late payments across the nation improving 12% on this time last year, bringing the figure to a new historic low of just 9.1 …

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NBN Co Q1 FY20 report on network build, revenue, activations

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NBN Co recently reported in its latest quarterly performance report that it had earned AU$876 million in total revenue for Q1 FY20 (July-Sept 2019), up 41% on Q1 FY19. The Company also claimed to maintain its momentum on the NBN rollout, declaring 335,000 additional premises ready to connect in Q1 FY20, resulting in a total of 10.2 million premises ready …

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Worldwide Public Cloud Revenue to Grow 17% in 2020

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According to a recent Gartner study, the worldwide public cloud services market is forecast to grow 17% in 2020 to total US$266.4 billion, up from $227.8 billion in 2019. “At this point, cloud adoption is mainstream,” said Sid Nag, research vice president at Gartner. “The expectations of the outcomes associated with cloud investments therefore are also higher. Adoption of next-generation …

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NZ Infrastructure pipeline growing

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New Zealand’s Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones is welcoming the first of many updated project pipelines from the newly established New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga, which has released an expanded pipeline of major capital projects. Commenting on the update, the Minister said: “The first iteration of the pipeline by Treasury included a small number of capital intensive central Government agencies …

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Work-related fatalities decline but more work needed

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Safe Work Australia recently released the ‘Work-related Traumatic Injury Fatalities Australia 2018 Report’, providing the latest detailed national statistics on all workers and bystanders fatally injured through work-related activity. The report detailed that, over the last decade, the fatality rate has more than halved with 1.1 worker fatalities per 100,000 workers in 2018, with 69% of worker fatalities occurred in …

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Top Digital Experience Trends for 2020

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Gartner recently identified nine digital experience trends that organisations need to explore in 2020. CIOs should consider these trends in their strategic planning over the next 12 months as the span of digital touchpoints continues to increase. These trends fall within two broad categories — how digital technology is experienced and how digital experiences will be built. The way in …