Cybercriminals are attacking schools

Cybercriminals are attacking schools, but it’s not the students that are the victims! Many schools in Western Australia were hacked last month by cybercriminals and parents were the ultimate target.  Schools warned parents that bank details and signatures might have been stolen.  One school was under a four-day cyber-attack which started on 11 June 2019.…

Tax rulings may mean you owe Thousands!

On 12 March 2019, the Australian Taxation Office  issued a note regarding its view as to whether annual leave loading attracts Superannuation Guarantee contributions. This depends on whether leave loading is ordinary time earnings. There is a commonly held view that annual leave loading is not Ordinary Time Earnings because its initial purpose was to…

Hospitality Industry has 2nd Highest number of Cyber breaches

The Hospitality industry is reported to have the second-highest number of Cybersecurity breaches[1]. How are they still being breached even with expensive technical point solutions? Several reports indicate the hospitality industry is under attack, as are other sectors, and breaches are commonplace[2].  In 2017 Sabre Hospitality was a victim of a security breach which impacted…

Abusive Customers

Under workplace safety legislation all businesses have a legal duty to provide a safe workplace, so they need to be thoroughly prepared for the possibility of abusive customers, violent customers and armed hold ups. Most managers are aware that they must protect all staff members from workplace bullying, sexual harassment and violence between staff members…

Could your business cope with a $650,000 fine?

Bradken Resources Limited was fined in the Melbourne County Court July 2019 after being found guilty by a Wangaratta County Court jury of failing to provide and maintain safe plant following a 10 day trial. Although there had been no prior incidents of a casting falling back onto the windscreen of a skid steer loader,…

Turnover of staff in Hotel industry creates problems

Often the hotel industry is peppered with students and part time staff, whom for many it is there first job.  It is an industry that traditionally has a high turnover of staff.  The difficulty for many Chief Fire Wardens is the requirement to “train” staff in general evacuation training within two days of commencement.  Many…

What’s wrong with this picture?

This photo was taken on the third floor of a Melbourne hotel.  The electricians regularly serviced the emergency exit light and it was working, but they did not see anything wrong with this exit light. Hotel maintenance regularly inspected the hotel but they did not see any issue. Management when told of the issue brushed…

Is it ok to use the hotel wifi?

There are many examples of data security breaches in hotel chains. One hotel chain, ‘The Marriotts’ reservation system was hacked with an estimated 500Million reservation information stolen.  This figure was later reduced to 383Million once the investigation had completed. ‘Those stolen records potentially include; unencrypted names, mailing addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, passport numbers, Starwood…