In 2015, two of the most implemented ISO standards (ISO9001 and ISO14001) were updated to significantly new and uniform versions. In 2016 OHS standards are undergoing the same transformation. With this change, OHSAS18001 (and likely AS4801) safety management systems will need to be certified to a new Standard: ISO45001. Over 70 countries have been involved
When innovation meets convention in business contracts, the fur can sometimes fly. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Today we welcome David Watt, Senior Consultant at Mia, to discuss the concept of mediation as a form of Alternative Dispue Resolution. There is a real buzz around the ICT sector at the moment regarding
The implication of the new arrangement is that any company not certified to AS 5377 will not be able to compete for contracts for TV and computer ewaste processing under the umbrella of the co-regulatory scheme.
Companies who are involved with the storage, transport or recycling of e-waste need to be certified to AS 5377 by June 2016, however they only need to be certified against the section which applies to the work they do. For example, if a company only transports e-waste, it will only need to be certified against that section.
AS 5377 is a technical standard which, unlike ISO 9001 and other management system standards, is highly prescriptive in terms of requirements for compliance.
Since the signing of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) in Canberra on 17 June 2015, Australian and Chinese companies have begun to look to each other as potential trade partners. The agreement takes effect from 1 January 2016.
This should be a boost for the Australian economy, as China is our biggest trading partner. The agreement opens the way for Australian businesses to expand into overseas export. This is especially significant for industries such as agriculture which have been disadvantaged because they have had to compete for trade against nations who have had a Foreign Trader Agreement in place.
In a recent post we discussed contractor prequalification. One of the problems we identified was the struggle for companies to monitor and manage their supply chains and take care of the contractor screening process. This has led to the emergence of Contractor management systems which help companies monitor and manage their supply chains. One of
Today we welcome Deirdre Diamante, Principal of MIA, to outline some of the features of the recently updated suite of government tender documents. If you are experienced in tendering for one government jurisdiction then you will have the skills needed to tender effectively for other governments. While there are some key differences in how different
Contractor prequalification is a relatively new phenomenon in Australia. As a result many are not yet aware of it or how to take advantage of the substantial opportunities it may provide to the savvy small business contractor. To complicate matters, there are a number of players in the market- both local and international- including PICS
Today we welcome Deirdre Diamante, Principal of MIA Consulting Services, to outline some of the features of the recently updated suite of government tender documents. It’s a fact of business that even with the best price or capability, unless you tender well and demonstrate your capabilities to government you may not win the tender. This
Today we welcome Deirdre Diamante, Principal of MIA Consulting Services, to decode the terminology typically used in government tender documents. At a recent Winning Government Business workshop, an attendee stated that it’s easier to respond to a tender question when you can interpret what government means… But how do you interpret what government means?
What are the best ways for a Western company to monitor quality at a contract Chinese manufacturer? What groundwork should you lay before working with a Chinese supplier?