Compared with other first world countries, Australia’s internet is not considered to be great. Between infrastructure problems, personal privacy concerns and security issues, there’s a long way to go when it comes to all things online Down Under. That doesn’t mean changes in how we do things aren’t relevant, however, or it isn’t necessary to…

You may think that it’s obvious: drugs and alcohol are not allowed in the workplace. Period. However, you may be surprised to find that it’s a lot more complicated than that. In fact, if you don’t have a written drug and alcohol policy, you might not even be able to fire employees who are intoxicated…

When a resume lands on your desk, and the candidate has a veritable alphabet of professional designations behind their name, it’s very hard not to be dazzled. After all, we’re hardwired to respect the PhD or MBA, the BSC and the BCOMM. It’s almost automatic, but it’s not always the full picture. In fact, it’s…

It’s every prospective landlord’s worst nightmare. There’s a tenant you really liked. They impressed you at the viewing of the apartment or property. They work in the most stable job and they just seem to be the right fit. Then they get a negative tenant reference, and you have to start considering renting to the…

Many companies these days opt to either ask prospective employees about their criminal background, or run criminal record checks as a part of the hiring process. While it’s true business owners need to protect themselves against risks, this can also be a legal and ethical minefield, and there are many issues that should be considered…

Most job applications these days include some form of academic credential verifications. At the very least, you will want to see certificates or some form of documentary proof that your prospective candidate has the skills and credentials they say they do. Many Australian companies take employee screening further by contacting professors or schools to do…

It seems like everyone and their grandmother has a startup idea these days. From Silicon Valley, California, to Silicon Beach, Australia, everyone is hoping to create the next Facebook or Snapchat, make a billion dollars and retire to the beach. Big dreams are great, but this business trend also means that deals are made quickly,…

The internet is a wonderful thing. It has connected individuals and businesses across the planet, transformed how we read, listen to music, share information and read the news, and even made paying online for goods and services around the world a reality. However, it’s also given people with less than ethical intentions the perfect means to…

Whether you’re hiring for a key position or screening potential business partners, investment deals or even tenants in some cases, you probably want to know if your prospective employee, partner or tenant has a clear criminal record. In Australia, the best place to start your search is with a police check, but what exactly is it,…

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