Upcoming Events & Meetings

A Business Breakfast with John Brogden AM - Mental Health is Good Business

October is Mental Health Month in NSW. The Business Association is supporting this important Member Event with Australian Mental Health Advocate, John Brogden AM.

John will canvass mental wellbeing and business leadership at a unique Mental Health Month breakfast at Flourish Australia’s Sydney Olympic Park headquarters.

Tickets are still available. https://flourishaustralia.eventbrite.com.au or call Alison Perizi on 0437 069 154.

A former NSW Opposition Leader and currently Chairman of Lifeline and CEO of Landcom, Mr Brogden will share his personal experiences of darkness with business leaders and reinforce the importance of understanding and reaching out for help when mental health issues become apparent.

“One in four people will have a lived experience of a mental health issue at some stage in their life,” Mr Brogden said.

“People in business settings are particularly susceptible, which is why business leaders need to be attuned to the signs and symptoms and what to do when these become apparent.

“When business leaders understand mental health, the positive flow-on effects through workforces across Australia can be tremendous.

“Conversely, the effects of misunderstanding workplace mental health can result in terrible impacts including staff tension, morale and productivity declines, and resignations and dismissals.

“There’s an onus on business leaders to know and appreciate mental health and wellbeing, not only as it relates to those they oversee, but themselves.”

Flourish Australia CEO Mark Orr said the business community and the general community had come a long way in terms of recognising mental health in recent years.

“It speaks volumes that a leader such as John Brogden can so openly tell his story to a large and informed business audience,” Mr Orr said.

“The ripple effect of such presentations are enormous, and we know that most present will discuss what they’ve learned with multiple colleagues and peers.”

The presentation has been arranged by Flourish Australia in partnership with the Sydney Olympic Park Business Association.

“The Sydney Olympic Park precinct is a mecca for business and employment with more than 19,000 people now working here every day, and this is set to soar with forecast growth for the area,” Business Association CEO Allison Taylor said.

“This opportunity to share views and spread the word on best practice mental health management in our workplaces is significant, which is why we’re right behind this event.”

The breakfast will be held in Flourish Australia’s Figtree Conference Centre (5 Figtree Drive, Sydney Olympic Park), from 7.45am on Tuesday 9 October.

For ticket information, visit https://flourishaustralia.eventbrite.com.au or call Alison Perizi on 0437 069 154.

Flourish Australia, 5 Figtree Drive
Event Date: 
Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Board Meeting - October 2018

10AM - 11.30AM

Level 1, Building Abattoir Heritage Precinct, 1 Herb Elliott Avenue


Board Room
Event Date: 
Monday, 22 October 2018

Board Meeting - December 2018

9AM - 10.30AM

Level 1, Building Abattoir Heritage Precinct, 1 Herb Elliott Avenue


Board Room
Event Date: 
Monday, 10 December 2018

Laugh out Loud Corporate Breakfast

7AM - 9.30AM

Millenium Room - ANZ Stadium


ANZ Stadium
Event Date: 
Thursday, 3 May 2018

Is Your Casual Workforce Really Casual?

Date:  Thursday 7th June

Time:  8.30am - 10.00am


NSW Business Chamber Level 16
140 Arthur Street,

North Sydney

Members of the Sydney Olympic Park Business Association receive complimentary admission.

Please email Michelle.Caruso@nswbc.com.au to book your complimentary place.


Are your casuals really casual?

Casual workers with the rights of permanent employees – the threat to your business has never been higher.  
Occupying 20% of our workforce, casual workers typically occupy a blind spot for employers and managers who adopt a set-and-forget mentality. Simpler pay arrangements, greater flexibility in hiring and terminating services, right?
Your casual worker can present a ticking bomb for compliance, whether assumptions were made from day one; or you were too busy to recognise their transition from a true casual to a long-term casual. Somewhere along the way, their hours became ‘regular and systematic’, or were regular from the get-go.
You now have permanent employee in all but name. Any action from that point is laden with risk. Consider Eric, a casual worker who worked on a regular roster for the past 12 months, but now you decide to end the contract – no strings attached...
Unfair dismissal

Eric takes exception to your decision - because he can demonstrate ‘regular and systematic’ service for 12 months (6 months for larger business), your ex-worker qualifies for Unfair Dismissal. The fine is $63,000.
‘I should have been permanent from the beginning!’ says Eric. An underpayment claim for annual and sick leave results in a back payment. The sum can accrue year-on-year.

For that matter, did you pay them overtime or put them on the right pay grade in the modern award from the get go? Casual loading rates are not foolproof.
Domino effect of breaches

Modern awards also stipulate when and how to offer conversion to permanent employment. Neglecting to either include the conversion clause at commencement of service, or make a formal offer at the appropriate time can lead to a $63,000 penalty per breach.
Union tactics – a match to light the fire

Employers must contend with flawed workplace legislation, an increasingly litigious workforce, and a hard-nosed regulator (Fair Work Ombudsman) with increased powers to prosecute and punish. The risk to business is escalating.
‘Wage theft is a new business model for too many employers’ says Sally McManus, Secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions.
A revitalised union movement is actively campaigning to stir casual workers and independent contractors into action.

How this event will strengthen your compliance and business

In this event, you will learn practical tips for mitigating the risk and cost to your business. Topics include:

  • Assessing risk to your business

  • Building compliance through contracts and record keeping

  • Conversion-to-permanent employment provisions in modern awards

  • General update on workplace legislation

About the speaker - Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors (ABLA):
Trusted by Australia’s peak employer body, the Australian Chamber, as their representative to fight for employer interests in the Fair Work Commission, ABLA is recognised as one of Australia’s leading Employment Law Specialist Firms (Australasian Law Awards 2015) and the Workplace and Employment Law Firm of the year 2016 (Lawyers Weekly).


NSWBC North Sydney
Event Date: 
Thursday, 7 June 2018

Board Meeting - August 2018

2PM - 3.30PM

Novotel Hotel


Novotel Hotel
Event Date: 
Thursday, 23 August 2018

Annual General Meeting 2018

4PM - 5PM

Novotel Hotel


Novotel Hotel
Event Date: 
Thursday, 23 August 2018

Members After 5 Networking Post AGM

5PM - 7PM

Novotel Hotel


Novotel Hotel
Event Date: 
Thursday, 23 August 2018

Members Networking Breakfast Forum - The Future is Data

Download PDF for Full Event Information

7AM - 9AM

S P Jain School of Global Management

5 Figtree Drive






allison@sopba.com.au   M. 0419 016 361

S P Jain School of Global Management
Event Date: 
Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Growth. Access. Sustainability - The role of Sydney Olympic Park in Accelerating Infrastructure and Tourism in Western Sydney

This is a Sydney Olympic Park Business Association Member Event, in conjunction with the Sydney Business Chamber, Western Sydney.

Platinum, Gold and Silver Members receive complimentary ticket allocations and Bronze and Affiliate Members can purchase tickets at the Special Members Rate.

Complimentary participation in the MiniBizness Expo during pre-luncheon drinks is open to ALL Members on a 'first in' basis.

DATE: Monday 5 June


11.30 – 12.30 | MiniBizness Expo, Member Networking,

12.30 – 2.30 | Presentations, Lunch, Panel Q&A

Venue: Waterview in Bicentennial Park, Sydney Olympic Park



Member Entitlements

Platinum - 10 Complimentary Tickets

Gold - 4 Complimentary Tickets

Silver - 2 Complimentary Tickets

Members Rate

Table of 10 - $1,400

Individual ticket - $150

Non-Members Rate

Table of 10 - $1,700

Individual tickets - $180

Waterview in Bicentennial Park
Event Date: 
Monday, 5 June 2017