Ewaste Industry Shakeup

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.

The Opportunity of Exporting to China

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.

Contractor Prequalification Schemes – Discover the hidden advantages for your SME

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, …

What you need to know about the Victorian Government’s market approach templates

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 …