News Pulse for August 13, 2018

A daily download of SME, startup, fintech and tax news from around Australia.


Well-being leave days, virtual reality recruitment, and career breaks are just some of the attractive workplace perks offered by some of Australia’s most innovative Companies. Indeed, being a highly innovative company tends to go hand in hand with providing a great workplace for staff.

Deloitte, who ranked number six in the 2017 Australian Financial Review’s Most Innovative Companies list, have introduced a number of innovative workplace benefits over the last few years.

How high can the Xero Limited (ASX:XRO) share price go?

Just over a week ago, Xero Limited (ASX: XRO) announced its acquisition of Hubdoc, yet another in a line of moves that flag the company’s aggressive growth policies.

Hubdoc provides technological solutions to streamline the administrative side of the accounting practice, and has been a crucial part of Xero’s ‘ease of use’ approach to small business accounting. To some, the acquisition was not a surprise, but to others it is another sign that Xero intends to continue the strong growth trend that has characterised the business in recent years.

‘Nice girls’ and Uber: Why the rating system is a gender trap

After sharing the secret shame of my poor Uber passenger rating nationally (I was a 4.23 out of 5) I was a little bit nervous hopping into an Uber this week.

I was on my way to a work dinner and as I climbed into the car and said hello, the driver turned around and said “I really like the perfume you are wearing”.

Why data protection and business continuity are so critical for healthcare providers

Although Australia’s healthcare industry manages some of the nation’s most sensitive data, a significant gap still exists between understanding the importance of backups and being able to perform them.

Thousands of small to medium healthcare centres nationwide collect patient data electronically. These doctors, specialists and other clinics need data backups, yet have neither the tools nor expertise to perform them to industry best practice.

Two men sentenced after Serious and Financial Crimes Taskforce investigation | The Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP

Two New South Wales men have been sentenced for their role in a significant money laundering and tax evasion scheme after an investigation by the Serious Financial Crime Taskforce (SFCT).

Anthony Castagna (70) from Gordon was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment, with a non-parole period of four years and Robert Agius (68) from Sydney was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment. He will be eligible for parole in March 2021.

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