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All of the photos from our successful 2016 Annual Conference are now available on Flickr.
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Having a clear understanding of the importance of good governance

Good governance is a must for Councils as it leads to appropriate decision making models. Our Good Decision Making workshop on governance in Local Government targets non specialist governance staff whose roles require them to have a clear understanding of the governance context and arrangements.
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Strathfield Digital Economy Strategy


DIGITAL ECONOMY STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT

Strathfield Municipal Council is inviting Businesses, Education Institutions and Government organisations to participate in the development of a Digital Economy Strategy for Strathfield.

The Federal Government is investing in a super fast broadband network that is currently delivering fibre to the Strathfield local government area. A strategic and coordinated approach is required amongst local organisations to ensure that all professionals have access to the benefits of high speed broadband for optimising their digital business practices in order to become more efficient, improve their sustainability and profitability, to grow their customer bases and to introduce new revenue streams. Building successful digital businesses in Strathfield will grow the local digital economy enhancing the municipality’s gross value add by an estimated 7 – 18% per annum.

In order to develop a Strategy that the municipality can leverage to this advantage, Council is providing free Digital Awareness and Innovation Workshops, to local business, education and government organisations. The purpose of these informative and interactive workshops is to cultivate a deeper understanding of the benefits of high speed broadband for local organisations and discussing the opportunities for the local government area to position itself well in the emerging digital economy in Australia.

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RDANI New England Release $1.3bn Digital Business Stragey

RDANI New England Release $1.3bn Digital Business Stragey

The Northern Inland region could gain an extra $1.3 billion per year if we capture the full benefits of the Digital Economy, with a 7% to 12% increase in our Gross Domestic Regional Product possible, according to a report released today by Regional Development Australia Northern Inland (RDANI).

The Northern Inland Digital Economy Strategy for Business looks at how local businesses and communities in Northern Inland NSW can best take advantage of high-speed broadband and online 'know-how' to grow the regional economy.  The report examines the huge potential gains to be made by embracing the digital economy within the region and presents a number of recommendations that RDANI, Local Councils and local businesses can do to grow our online opportunities.

According to RDANI Chairman Mal Peters, all towns with existing technologies are able to make this happen but only if we employ some of the clever thinking that has been outlined in the Digital Economy Strategy. "We are already seeing a massive impact on our retail sector with the uptake of online shopping. So this report looks at ways that local businesses can be empowered and prepared for change in this arena to ensure they maximize their own benefits," said RDANI Chair, Mal Peters.

The report outlines that 86% of businesses in the region currently do not sell online in any capacity, with around a third of those saying that lack of expertise, information and training are the biggest barriers to overcome. "Given that the national figures for online retailing show that even 40% of over 65 year olds are buying online and that the preference is for Australian-based sites, local businesses need to see the internet as a way to compete nationally as well as locally," Mr Peters said.

As well as providing a 'Ten Digital Next Steps for Small Businesses' checklist, some of the key recommendations to come out of the report include the need to establish an Online Economy Taskforce with representation from the 13 LGAs, the need to expand training to get more businesses online, attracting private sector investment, providing the tools to local businesses to be able to compete online, leveraging off the NBN rollout in Armidale and establishing more wireless precincts throughout the region.

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Only 26% of small businesses in Australia choose to sell online

Only 26% of small businesses in Australia choose to sell online

PayPal Australia have released the results of their recent survey demonstrating that the majority of Australian small businesses are digitally illiterate. 57% of businesses are operating inefficiently as a result of poor levels of digital literacy and only 26% of small businesses in Australia are choosing to sell online.

This knowledge gap is largely recognised by Australian SMEs and NFPs with 51% of survey respondents saying that they have tried to improve their digital skills and 65% recognising that conducting business online is the key to growing their business. Despite this only approximately a third of Australian small businesses have their contact details listed online. 

Managing Director of PayPal Australia, Jeff Clementz, explains, "Small businesses are a cornerstone of the Australian economy; it is vitally important that public and private sector unite to empower their ongoing success, ensuring that technology does not serve to disproportionately favour geographies, demographics, or industry sectors."

Attentive Consulting have worked with small businesses and not for profit organisations across Australia in consulting around the Digital Local Government Program, the development of city and regional Digital Economy Strategies and delivery of group training courses for the Federal Government's Digital Enterprise Program. As a result of discussion with businesses around their digital skill levels, the company began a new arm trading as Attentive Business to specifically address the digital challenges and issues faced by Australian small businesses, and to provide a series of practical training courses that actually take businesses along the journey of moving their business online. The following courses provided by Attentive Business are aimed at empowering small businesses to take control of new online markets:

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