Australian ERP and Payroll software developer Sybiz Software have today (Monday 9 December) unveiled a new corporate logo, coinciding with the latest update to their ERP and Payroll solutions, Sybiz Vision and Sybiz Visipay.

2020 will also mark 45 years of operation for Sybiz Software.

Chief Financial Officer Ben O’Brien says Sybiz has been gradually updating their corporate brand and style to reflect the changing nature of the ERP market, and Sybiz’s role as an enduring member of the industry.

“As times have changed, we have embraced the constant evolution of business management solutions.”

“We took a huge leap forward in 2013 with the re-release of our flagship product, Sybiz Vision, empowering businesses with an ever-growing, modern ERP solution. We reached a point where the possibilities afforded by Sybiz Vision had significantly changed the scope of our target audience, and we wanted to give clients that added confidence of a strong brand to back it up.”

“As we begin the next decade of Sybiz solutions, starting with version 20 this month, we felt it was the perfect time for an update to our corporate logo.”

The new brand logo was designed in-house after months of thoughtful discussion about Sybiz’s philosophy, mission and, of course, future.

“Our brand identity has changed considerably over the past 45 years. This next evolution is an important statement about our unique role as an ERP vendor,” says Sybiz Marketing Executive Dominique Wright.

She stated that Sybiz wanted to retain the essential elements of their previous logo – a part of the business for over 2 decades – but with a message that better reflects the importance of connectedness for Sybiz users.

“Sybiz solutions are designed to fit within your business. Complementing staff needs, operational capability and business growth; a piece of the puzzle that seamlessly closes the gaps in your business processes and ensure information can flow freely throughout the organisation.”

2020 will be an important year for Sybiz Software as they fulfil the next stage of their recently published Product Roadmap and expand the reach of their solutions with greater smart device connectivity.

The new logo can be seen on the Sybiz website,

About Sybiz Software
Since 1975, Sybiz has been identifying and responding to the changing needs of businesses with a comprehensive suite of ERP, financial, and human resource solutions. Sybiz’s commitment to providing cutting-edge solutions meeting the unique challenges of each customer has seen Sybiz grow from a local IT provider to a world-class innovator in business software development. Over the past four decades Sybiz has received international recognition and praise for its pioneering software solutions and dedication to excellence in customer service.

The RSPCA has today announced that Australian company, Oh Crap, will become its preferred supplier of dog poop bags to shelters across the country, as well as the company becoming a corporate supporter of Australia’s leading animal welfare charity.

Nationally, this partnership will save the RSPCA from using at least 365,000 plastic bags across its shelters, in the care of the 132,000+ dogs that are cared for and rehomed each year. That’s a lot of plastic saved from winding up in landfill!

Oh Crap’s compostable bags made from cornstarch will help the RSPCA reduce its impact on the environment, while continuing its mission of working for animal welfare, for all creatures great and small.

“We’re excited to be able to work with an Australian brand to do the right thing by the environment, while also taking care of the thousands of dogs we rehome nationally each year. Everytime our dogs are walked, and need a toilet break, we know that the dog poop bag our staff and volunteers use wont be ending up in landfill,” Dr Bidda Jones, Acting CEO of RSPCA Australia said.

Founder of Oh Crap, Bruce Hultgren said, “When we started back in 2014, we were ecstatic to know that we were making a difference, however small. To see that together, with our customers, we have saved over 6 million bags from landfill is really incredible. I am so proud of not only the Oh Crap team and the Oh Crap Family, but especially the RSPCA for deciding to make this change to the way we dispose of dog waste. Individually it is one small step, but together we make a huge impact.”

About Oh Crap

Oh Crap, founded in 2014, is on a mission to eradicate the around 4% of landfill that is dog poop wrapped in plastic bags that will never break down. Oh Crap is “changing the world one poop at a time”, selling single-use compostable dog poop bags that break down & compost in 3 months to the public, retail and local councils so dog owners across Australia can make sustainable, earth-friendly choices for their dogs & our community as a whole.

Oh Crap is at:

For more information: Bruce Hultgren, Founder of Oh Crap. (Chief Crapologist)
Phone: +61 1300 36 24 76. Email: [email protected]

Premier Technologies opens its Singapore office to build on its highly successful payments platform currently used by over 30,000 businesses worldwide.

Singapore – Premier Technologies Pty Ltd officially announced its expansion to Singapore with the grand opening of its office last Friday, November 29 on Robinson Road to strengthen its white label and direct-to-market payments solutions offering for local and regional businesses.

“We’ve been serving customers in the region for over 20 years and we’re excited to strengthen existing relationships and forge new ones here in Singapore and across Asia.” said Executive Director Lorenzo Marasco, who recently moved residency to Singapore and has been personally leading the expansion over the last few months.

“Our omnichannel solutions are already being offered by a leading Singaporean bank and used by merchants in the tourism and infrastructure sectors. An increased presence will enable us to assist local acquirers and merchants to differentiate and grow their business across multiple payment channels.” he said.

About Premier Technologies

Premier Technologies has been providing cutting-edge cloud-based payments and customer contact solutions to a broad range of Australian and international clients for over 30 years, catering to Government agencies and some of the world’s largest and most diversified enterprises. As an Australian Fintech, Premier supplies the white label payments technology to Australia’s largest acquiring bank, processing 1 in every 9 online and over-the-phone payments. Across Asia and the Middle East, Premier’s payments platform is used by over 30,000 businesses processing over 150 million payments every year in various industries such as Government, utilities, insurance, retail and not-for-profit.

Guided by the long-standing purpose, “Every day our Customers trust us to handle their most important customer interactions,” Premier is known for its focus on reliability, innovation, flexibility and exceptional customer support.

About MerchantSuite

MerchantSuite, Premier’s direct-to-market payments platform, offers ready-to-use omnichannel payment solutions that allow customers to pay how they want, when they want, via mobile, online and over-the-phone payments with most major credit cards and digital wallets supported.

The focus for the Singapore office will be offering local, regional and global businesses the ability to simplify and streamline the way they take payments with the following advantages:

• Consistent customer payment experiences across multiple channels and international markets
• Customised solutions for complex business requirements
• High-volume transactions processing
• Large-scale recurring payments management
• Consolidated reporting for international operations

Visit for more information.

AI for the Worker. IRIQ and launches Australia’s first Chatbot to assist workers in unfair dismissal cases.

IRIQ Law have partnered with Blackbook AI to design and launch RIQI in November following extensive testing over the last 12 months.

DATELINE – December 5, 2019– RIQI the Chatbot, designed by people with legal knowledge, built by a local AI firm, and powered by Amazon Lex, will be available on IRIQ Law’s website 24/7 to assist employees who are having difficulties at work in regard to unfair dismissal, unlawful terminations, workplace bullying, workplace discrimination, underpayments and general protections. Today RIQI is released for private preview at . With official launch scheduled prior to Christmas.

RIQI will ask relevant questions, seek information and provide an opportunity for employees to upload relevant documents. For a modest fee RIQI will advise the employee whether they have a likely case, warn the employee about how long they have to file a claim and arrange for someone to contact them the next business day.
Behind the scenes, RIQI will securely capture the data and send the required information to a solicitor so that the employee’s file can be opened efficiently, and the matter progressed. RIQI will automate a great deal of the information collection required and the solicitor will then have an opportunity to address any further requirements and ensure their professional obligations are met. Chief Executive Officer of Blackbook, Thuy Lam explains “the careful analysis of legal flows broken down to the lowest level, can have a positive impact on the future of artificial intelligence in the legal profession.”
Following the launch of RIQI, IRIQ Law and have plans to further integrate client file creation with Practice software, streamlining file openings, cost disclosure obligations and file management. IRIQ Law and Blackbook will also be looking to work with other law firms who are interested in utilising RIQI’s unique abilities.

IRIQ statement – IRIQ Law Managing Legal Practitioner Director, Theresa Moltoni says “RIQI will assist law firms to provide a richer experience for clients, efficiency and cost savings with a careful regard for the proper exercise of professional obligations built into each process.”

BB statement – “RIQI provides 24/7 access for the worker to obtain legal advice, allowing much quicker and cheaper access to advice than booking to see a lawyer. Using Natural Language Processing, RIQI has the ability to chat with workers in a normal manner instead of the legal speak. AI allows for quick diagnosis of a worker’s in/out eligibility and can provide lawyers with information to augment the process for more complex questions.”

About is Australia’s largest single focus Automation consulting company that specialise in Artificial Intelligence, RPA and Intelligent RPA. We provide companies the opportunity to work with a local, hardworking team, capable of unlocking the true value of organisations.

We deploy tailored Automation solutions, leveraging company data to automate tasks and garnering insights that can in turn drive greater return in productivity and tangible benefits. Our business began two years ago in Brisbane and has since expanded to Sydney and Melbourne. With over 70- staff nationally, we now support over 50 clients and have received multiple awards for our customer success and innovation. As continues to expand, we are helping unlock benefits for our clients by identifying and recommending process improvement opportunities and delivering on our commitments.

About IRIQ Law
IRIQ Law is a specialist Employment Legal Practice providing a range of workplace legal and consulting services across Australia. We provide employees and employers with practical legal advice, advocacy and solutions. We were born in Brisbane in 2008 and since then have continued to grow offering services across Australia. We are thought leaders in our field, providing a full range of legal and non-legal workplace services with a track record of innovation, we are highly regarded by throughout the industry and by our clients.

James & Monroe Becomes Latest OneStream Software Implementation Partner

Industry leader and OneStream partner brings deep domain expertise and extensive implementation experience to the Office of Finance

Melbourne Australia, 20th November 2019 – OneStream Software today announced a strategic partnership with James & Monroe to transform Corporate Performance Management (CPM) processes for sophisticated organizations around the globe. This new partnership will provide industry-leading software and implementation expertise while driving efficiency in the Office of Finance.

OneStream provides a unified, SmartCPM platform that simplifies and aligns financial consolidation, planning, reporting, analytics and financial data quality. OneStream eliminates the risk and complexity of data integration, validation and reconciliation between multiple products, applications or modules, and makes non-integrated CPM suites are a thing of the past.

“Partnering with OneStream is a great step for James & Monroe to further develop and strengthen our CPM offerings. OneStream’s modern software will significantly complement our capabilities in delivering robust, rapid and scalable results to our clients. We look forward to contributing to OneStream’s growing customer base.”

Damian Timms, Director, James & Monroe

“We are thrilled to announce our partnership with James & Monroe and extend our presence around the globe,” said Craig Colby, chief revenue officer of OneStream Software. “Each OneStream partner undergoes rigorous training to ensure full compliance with our mission of 100 percent customer success. We believe that a strategic partnership with James & Monroe is ideal for the evolving needs of our customers on a global scale and together we will provide our shared customers with a SmartCPM solution that eliminates inefficiencies and allows them to Get Back to Business.”

J&M specialise in Solution Architecture and Design across the EPM and BI applications. We are focused on data and assisting clients to consume near real time information to drive effective management decision making and compliance reporting.
Since 2004 we have provided Advisory, Solution Design and Development during implementations, Application Support and Education services to our customers across both government and private sector. We have offices in Auckland, Melbourne, Mumbai, Wellington and Sydney with over 70 full time product specific experts employed across the company. We can provide size, scalability, and depth of experience and cost efficiency.

Damian Timms
+61 418 369 556
[email protected]

About OneStream Software

OneStream Software provides a market-leading CPM solution that unifies and simplifies financial consolidation, planning, reporting, analytics and financial data quality for sophisticated organizations. Deployed via the cloud or on-premise, OneStream’s unified platform enables organizations to modernize Finance, replace multiple legacy applications, and reduce the total cost of ownership of financial systems. OneStream unleashes Finance teams to spend less time
on data integration and system maintenance – and more time focusing on driving business performance.
The OneStream XF MarketPlace features over 50 downloadable solutions that allow customers to easily extend the value of their CPM platform to meet the changing needs of Finance and Operations.

About James & Monroe

J&M specialise in the design and implementation of Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) and Business Intelligence (BI) solutions. J&M employ the largest dedicated EPM and BI team throughout Australia and New Zealand.
Since 2004, J&M have provided Advisory, Solution Design and Development services for project implementations, together with Application Support and Education services to both government and private sector customers. With offices in Auckland, Melbourne, Mumbai, Wellington and Sydney and over 70+ full time product specific experts employed across the company, J&M can provide size, scalability, depth of experience and cost efficiency.
J&M have been chosen as the implementation and support partners for some of the largest and most complex EPM and BI implementations in Australia, New Zealand and India. Our client retention rate reflects not only on our technical abilities, but also our professionalism and the effort we put into our client relationships.
J&M look to build long term partnerships with our clients and this is reflected in our approach to both implementation projects and support. Client’s staff are encouraged to be actively involved projects – from the initial design through to post-delivery support and training. J&M then continue to work with clients, post implementation, to help them maximise the value of their investment.

International Shorts Film Festival Announces Winners

MEDIA RELEASE: In its most successful year, the International Shorts Film Festival saw a record 523 short films from 54 countries submitted for judging in 2019. 440 films were chosen to be in the festival’s ‘Official Selection’ throughout the year, with 26 short films being chosen as either finalists or category winners.

“We’re wrapped with the response from around the world, and amazed and inspired by the quality of work from these filmmakers,” said Founder and Festival Director, Vanessa Abbott.

David O’Reilly’s Kubrick by Candlelight was chosen as ‘Best Short Film’, a light-hearted romantic comedy set behind the scenes of the filming of Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon. “A great start to the week here in a very, very cold London,” said the Director upon hearing the news.

Category winners announced as follows:

Best Short Film
– WINNER: Kubrick by Candlelight (Ireland), Dir. David O’Reilly
– FINALIST: Startshot (Switzerland/Germany), Dir Samuel Perriard
– FINALIST: Nemisis (Iran), Dir. Behzad Jafarimazhab Haghighi

Best Documentary Short Film
– WINNER: A Passion of Gold and Fire (Belgium), Dir. Sébastien Pins
– FINALIST: Soldier of Comedy (Australia), Dir. Duke Howard
– FINALIST: Gaza: Still Alive (UK/Palestine), Dir. Harry Fear

Best Comedy Short Film
– WINNER: Instant Crush (Mexico), Dir. Einar Brodden
– FINALIST: A Low-Budget Film (Brazil), Dir. Paulo Leierer
– FINALIST: Lady Parts (United States), Dir. Erin Rye and Jessica Sherif

Best Horror Short Film
– WINNER: A Triste Figura (Brazil), Dir. Calebe Lopes
– FINALIST: Territory (Malta), Dir. Cedric Vella
– FINALIST: Stand (United States), Dir. Chris Daniels

Best Animated Short Film
– WINNER: A Poem (France), Dir. Clément Fréchein
– FINALIST: Passage (United States), Dir. Asavari Kumar
– FINALIST: Siggy Brat (Czech Republic), Dir. Tomáš Svašek

Best LGBTIQ Short Film
– WINNER: Kiko’s Saints (France), Dir. Manuel Marmier
– FINALIST: Because Your Mine (France), Dir. Jean-Baptiste Huong
– FINALIST: Artemio’s Lonliness Vol. 1 (Mexico), Dir. Juan Carlos R. Larrondo
– FINALIST: Bunny (United States), Dir. Hunter Ray Barker and Tucker Tripp
– FINALIST: Parking (Iran), Dir. Ahmad Seyfipour

Best Adult/Erotic Short Film
– WINNER: Piss Off (United States), Dir. Henry Baker
– FINALIST: Adorn (United States), Dir. Jennifer Lyon Bell
– FINALIST: Alla Prima (United States), Dir. Angie Rowntree

Best Performance
– WINNER: Etienne Baret in Hollow Tooth (France)
– FINALIST: Igor Lewicki in Ghosts in the Ink (United States)
– FINALIST: Hugo Luna and Baruch Valdés in Salt Bodies (Mexico)

Best Director
– WINNER: Igor Lewicki for Ghosts in the Ink (United States)
– FINALIST: Samuel Kaperski for Hollow Tooth (France)
– FINALIST: Samuel Perriard for Starshot (Switzerland/Germany)

Best Cinematography
– WINNER: J. Daniel Zúñiga for Artemio’s Lonliness Vol. 1 (Mexico)
– FINALIST: Stil Williams for Kubrick by Candlelight (Ireland)
– FINALIST: Keshav Srinivasan for Living in Anger (United States)

The International Shorts Film Festival (ISFF) is a not-for-profit festival promoting short films along with the filmmakers who make them. Inaugurated in 2018, we are dedicated to the celebration of short films. After the inaugural festival screenings in Melbourne, Australia, in 2018 the concept of the ISFF is to offer additional screenings of winning films in cities around the world.

James Cunningham, Program Director, added: “The whole team have really brought our International Shorts Film Festival from a good space to an incredibly professional, very successful program that really gives back to the international filmmaking community as well as entertains them. We cannot thank them enough for this wonderful program for filmmakers around the world and we look forward to carrying on their great work”.

The concept of the International Shorts Film Festival is to grow. As well as accepting submissions from all of the world, the festival plans to offer screenings of winning films in multiple cities in 2020 and beyond making this a truly ‘international film festival’. International venues wanting to hold collaborative screenings are encouraged to jump on the website and get in touch with International Shorts Film Festival team.

International Shorts Film Festival wishes to thank all those incredible filmmakers around the word as well as congratulate all winners and finalists. Submissions for the next International Shorts Film Festival will open in early 2020, with new festival dates being announced.

Media Enquiries:
Vanessa Abbott
Founder and Festival Director
International Shorts Film Festival
[email protected]



Win a year’s supply of sex toys with Adultoymegastore
The biggest Christmas present could be yours thanks to adult toy online retailer Adulttoymegastore

Australasia’s biggest online sex shop is doing its biggest giveaway ever – a year’s supply of adult toys. To be in to win this amazing prize and heaps more, head over to the Adulttoymegastore website and look for Santa’s naughty elves Rudi and Effy. There are scratch cards hidden around the website with hundreds of prizes to give away.

Head of Customer Satisfaction at Adulttoymegastore Sophie McGrath says the team had a huge amount of fun creating the Rudi and Effy cheeky elf game.

“We were in tears laughing setting up the elves and just having fun with the whole thing! After such an enormous year for Adulttoymegastore it felt like the perfect thing to do just give a heap of our best toys and products away.”

This year has been a bumper year for Adulttoymegastore with the Satisfyer Pro 2 frenzy meaning long hours for staff and warehouse crew. New luxury brands like Zalo and Uberlube have also proved to be wildly popular.

“We just keep growing and growing. We’ve spread now to America and the UK and Australians are buying as much as Kiwis now. Adult toys are so mainstream now and the products we’re getting are just wildly popular. We have reached a tipping point and it’s so exciting.”

Giving everyone the opportunity to win big has left the Adulttoymegastore office and warehouse staff buzzing.

“It’s so exciting. We can’t wait to crack into this giveaway! We will also have our elves Rudi and Effy hiding around Wellington where we are based – and we’ll be doing a treasure hunt like nobody has ever seen!”

To be into win visit

On 30 December, Adulttoymegastore will announce the top 10 most popular toys for 2019.

Stuck on a problem? Learn to laugh

Law firm McCabe Curwood host ‘Leading with Laughter’ event facilitated by scientist and neuro-leadership expert Silvia Damiano.

Identifying and solving problems is an everyday requirement when working within the legal industry. Contrary to how lawyers may have been trained to think, it is often done most effectively when approached with a creative, relaxed and happy mindset – the message encompassed at the ‘Leading with Laughter’ event hosted for all members of McCabe Curwood.
Facilitated by Silvia Damiano – founder and CEO of About My Brain Institute, [LINK:] the staff-wide event used an evidence-based approach, presenting world renowned studies, including an article published by the World Economic Forum, which ranked creativity as the third most important workplace skill for 2020 to “survive the rise of automation” [LINK:].

Ms Damiano encouraged staff to implement various tactics to improve creativity. This included the use of mindfulness, humor and laughter, and simply taking time out to do something creative and apply themselves to different types of work.

Managing Principal Andrew Lacey said that the leading with laughter event was designed to encourage a new way of thinking and problem solving, as creativity is a vital skill in the business environment.

“Silvia Damiano is a brilliant presenter and leader in the field of neuroleadership, I am thrilled that we were able to present her techniques to the broader firm,” said Lacey

“We are encouraging an environment where individuals are able to be the best versions of themselves and are also able to grow into leadership positions within the firm. We want leaders who are courageous and are able to take responsibility for building a career and the worklife that they want. To be able to achieve this we need creative thinkers and creative thinking skills are just like any other skill – they need to be practiced,”continued Andrew Lacey.

McCabe Curwood’s Head of Knowledge Management, Natalie Rubinstein, was a driver of the event, and a believer in using both sides of the brain to solve complex issues.

“No-one really gives people the evidence as to why mindfulness and taking time for yourself is so important and what it can do for a person professionally and personally. And the fact that we were able to go through all that, people were able to join those dots,” she said.

“It’s also hard to work creatively when we’re sitting in an environment which can often be very high pressured, it can be quite stressful, and we’re bogged down in very granular tasks. We felt that it was really important for people to realise that, and to work out how to be able to tap into their creativity.”

To set the three tactics outlined by Ms Damiano in motion, staff took part in light-hearted activities which included painting a brief and a mindfulness exercise. A comedian also took over the event for half-an-hour with a mini-gig, with a dinner concluding the evening.

“It was fun. It was really fun,” said Ms Rubinstein. “I had Principals that were staying for five minutes stay for two hours. I’ve had dozens of people come up to me saying how grateful they were that they were given opportunities like that. It was really successful.

For more information about the Leading with Laughter event at McCabe Curwood, or if you would like to know more about our growing firm, please contact Amanda Lacey on [email protected]

News Release
4 December 2019

FREE Christmas shop to open!

At 9am on Monday 16th December, Dennis Stevenson will open a free shop in Ocean Shores NSW and, over the next 9 days, give away thousands of new presents to help ensure no one goes without this Xmas.
Dennis said, “I borrowed the shop, got free insurance, tables, covers, etc.
“In the Spirit of Christmas, many people buy new things to donate to the shop but it’s also wonderful when people collect and share the many thousands of new items sitting unloved and unused in our homes in wardrobes, cupboards, garages, etc.”

Dennis’s giveaway spirit took off in 2008 when he opened his leased house in Hamilton, Brisbane and gave everything away. He said, “That was the best day of my life. You could feel the love in the house.”
Next, in 2009 he borrowed an empty Gold Coast shop a week before Xmas, and with community help, gave away thousands of new presents.”
Dennis says, “Giving isn’t just the fastest way to change ourselves and our world. It’s the only way. Let’s take care of each other.”
Where: Shop 5, Ocean Shores Shopping Centre, Rajah Road, Ocean Shores, NSW – 20 minutes north of Byron Bay.
When: Monday 16–24 December 2019 – 9am to 6pm
For a lively chat with Dennis anytime, phone: 0490 444 226
No voice mail please.
Email: [email protected]

For the first time the International Standardization Authority (ISO) has established a new project committee to develop a standard on sex toys design and safety. Adulttoymegastore is an observer to this project committee.

Online retailer of adult products Adulttoymegastore welcomes this initiative having supported greater safety for sex toys for more than a decade.

Adulttoymegastore founder and owner Nicola Relph says the retailer has been pushing for a focus on safety for a long time. She says the industry should welcome adult toy regulation.

“I opened Adulttoymegastore in 2009. We have always taken the approach that our customers are our number one so we have always put their safety first despite the lack of an international standard for adult toys. This involves only importing products from organisations that are reputable and safe.”

“Toys are far more mainstream now than they ever were and some consumers are buying from online retailers that don’t have the standards others do. A universal standard would protect consumers.” she says.

Customer Satisfaction Specialist at Adulttoymegastore Sophie McGrath agrees.

“There are toys being made and sold that you should just not put anywhere near your body. Some customers want the cheapest product possible so they’re going to places like Wish and Aliexpress. It’s awful but you just can’t necessarily trust the manufacturer you’re getting it from – without a middleman making sure they have used silicone that is body safe, or glass that won’t break, or even that they’re clean – you can be in danger. And if the worst happens, there’s nowhere you can turn.”

“Customer safety has always been our priority for us.”

“Using a reputable company matters – but we’d love to see all companies keeping to a high standard and putting their customers first.

Nicola Relph agrees.

“Standards being set wouldn’t just benefit consumers it would benefit the whole industry – in my opinion that’s a really good thing.”

“When you’re a retailer, no matter what you’re selling, you have an obligation to your customer to keep them safe. We have always believed that.”