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We recently ran a grant program for community organisations, offering 20 places on a ‘Working Mind’ program to apply mindfulness and neuroscience practices to organisational leadership in a VUCA environment. We opened the program to organisations who had been particularly impacted by COVID 19. Unsurprisingly, the program was oversubscribed. The applicant organisations were diverse – […]


Does this sound like you or your organisation?….. We’ve got a risk register and mitigation plans. We report to the Board on risk every meeting. We’ve got dozens of procedures that help us with compliance and work health safety. We’re accredited to the NDIS Quality and Safeguarding standards and maybe even another different accreditation body […]


Everyone has probably heard of a SWOT analysis, and most people have done one before. A SWOT can be a great way to quickly summarise many of the key issues that need to be considered in the strategy process. In a SWOT, the strengths and weaknesses are looked at in terms of the organisation’s internal […]


Data visualisation will change your life and there’s a very good chance that it already has. Start-ups will talk about “hockey stick growth” and you’ve no doubt heard the term “flattening the curve”. Both terms refer to data visualisation and quite simply the insights that are drawn from being able to see past a mass […]


On 25 March and 30 April the NDIA updated the NDIS price guide (Version 2.3) to help NDIS providers during the COVID 19 crisis. The changes include price increases, changes to cancellation rules and charges, and increased access to Support Coordination for all participants. The changes will be in place for six months. The NDIA […]


Has there ever been a more important time to be monitoring new and emerging risks to your organisation? Perhaps it is becoming one of 2020’s most overused words that we are living in “unprecedented” times. The emergence of the global coronavirus pandemic this year has forced every organisation to review its business continuity plan and […]


Question: Why did the thief rob the bank?Answer: Because that’s where the money is. In this situation, the thief understood enough about his market to know where to find the money! It’s important for an organisation to have a solid understanding of where the money is in their own market segment before they can maximise […]


In this time of uncertainty, many providers have been concerned about how COVID-19 will affect the rollout of planned NDIS audits. The NDIS Commission has recognised that both providers and auditing bodies may experience significant disruption, which will impact on audit engagement activities. The NDIS Commission recently issued advice recognising that the priority for infection […]


We have seen recently World Vision Australia reported on ABC news, with a staffer suspended pending investigation into an alleged conflict of interest, with the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) saying that World Vision brushed off reports of corruption. The articles describe allegations wherein the father of a senior employee was engaged to advise on the […]


Different roles and situations in life require us to speak a different language. The most obvious that comes to mind is when we travel or communicate with someone whose first language is different to ours. The less obvious is when the language doesn’t change but you enter into a different area that has its own […]