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  • 01 Feb 2015

    Back to school

    Phillip Cenere reports on the latest lessons for university governance and discovers that a global outlook is dominating boardroom discussions. We teach this stuff, so you think we would be good at it. But if recent headlines are any indication, that is not always the case. Last year saw several ...

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  • 01 Feb 2015

    More than a game

    Greater investment in the sports industry should lead to improved governance policies and management structures in 2015, writes Matthew Sainsbury. For the various football codes, 2014 was a big year that brought with it a lot of success, both on and off the field. Three of the top five televised e...

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  • 01 Feb 2015

    Q and A with Steve Killelea

    The Institute for Economics and Peace founder is convincing companies that peace and prosperity is not just a festive slogan, but a business model. Tony Featherstone reports. The brightest ideas sometimes come from the darkest places. Steve Killelea AM FAICD’s vision to develop a peace inde...

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  • 01 Feb 2015

    Optimising performance

    Take stock of your DPD balance and reflect on the lessons you have learned and shared. Members are often surprised when they realise how many DPD units they have already accrued. Indeed, more than 30 per cent of members who are half-way into their three-year DPD Foundation years have accrued at le...

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  • 01 Feb 2015

    Deregulation initiatives

    A monthly review of the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ policy and advocacy team’s key projects and issues. We remain committed to advocating on issues that improve the regulatory environment for directors and boards and recently wrote to Josh Frydenberg MP to provide additi...

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  • 01 Feb 2015

    The importance of real estate

    Phil Ruthven explores the history of property ownership in Australia and considers how this may change over time.  The importance of property as part of our nation’s national resources is obvious in figure one. It accounts for some two-thirds of Australia’s assets of $12.8 trillio...

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  • 01 Feb 2015

    Developing regulatory reform

    John Price explains how ASIC looks for ways to cut red tape when there is reason to do so. Regulation provides the framework for a resilient and dynamic financial system. It necessarily involves appropriate enforcement tools provided for in the law to promote market confidence and investor partici...

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  • 01 Feb 2015

    On the radar

    New Zealand’s strong growth and bold reform agenda have made it one of the world’s most dynamic economies and a prime destination for companies to hold major events and conferences, writes Domini Stuart. Craig Richardson is chief executive officer (CEO) and managing director of Wynyar...

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  • 01 Feb 2015

    NGOs target big business

    Domini Stuart looks at the increase of activism and considers the implications it may have for companies and boards in the future.  Once, government was the primary target of social and environmental activism. Today, it is more likely to be business.  “In recent years, business ...

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  • 01 Feb 2015

    Diving into the digital age

    As the use of big data among companies continues to grow, Alexandra Cain explains why boards can no longer ignore the opportunities and risks presented by this phenomenon. Big data is the latest business buzzword and there are predictions it will be the hottest topic in boardrooms in 2015. The ke...

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  • 01 Feb 2015

    Safe as houses

    The Australian property market should continue to see growth across all sectors in 2015, but potential headwinds lie ahead, writes Matthew Sainsbury.  This year should prove to be a strong year for investment opportunities across a wide range of different property sectors, with already low i...

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  • 01 Feb 2015

    Better retail communication needed

    The boom in self-managed super funds and higher participation in floats signals new opportunities for boards, writes Tony Featherstone. Listed-company boards have collectively improved their investor communication since the global financial crisis (GFC). Chairs are more available for institutiona...

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  • 01 Feb 2015

    The gift of giving

    Klaus Bartosch explains how Australian companies can help to shape and improve the country’s philanthropic culture. Boardrooms across Australia have an opportunity to profoundly shape the philanthropic culture in this country. Most large companies have clear policies around their philanthro...

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  • 01 Feb 2015

    Is it time to reform our dividend law

    Professor Bob Baxt explains the importance of directors familiarising themselves with the basic rules relating to dividend declaration and payments. The most recent corporations law legislation released by the federal government, the Corporations Legislation Amendment (the Regulatory and Other Mea...

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  • 01 Feb 2015

    Driving sustainable growth

    Anthony Paech still lives on the family farm that has housed seven generations of his family, but the managing director of Beerenberg, a South Australian jam and condiments manufacturer, is leveraging governance to drive innovation. Anthony Paech feels he is part of something bigger. “When ...

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  • 01 Feb 2015

    Evolution of the AGM

    Is the traditional annual general meeting nearing extinction? Domini Stuart considers whether it is time to evolve, scrap or replace this longstanding tradition. In 2013, Australia’s top 300 companies drew just 0.13 per cent of their security holders to their annual general meetings (AGMs)....

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  • 01 Feb 2015

    Planning strategic moves

    Tony Featherstone explains how technology and a smaller global broking industry will reshape organisations’ investor relations policies. A powerful theme connects investor relations (IR) challenges in 2015 and beyond: technology’s potential to reshape the global IR industry and redefin...

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  • 01 Feb 2015

    Global headwinds

    International trends are having a bigger impact on ASX-listed companies and investor relations teams than ever before, writes Dr. Ulysses Chioatto. S&P/ASX 300 listed companies heading into the annual general meeting season are facing director elections and re-elections, increased pressure on ...

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  • 01 Dec 2014

    Global tax shake-up

    Increased attention on international transactions will be top of mind for board members in 2015, says Brett Cox. As we approach 2015, the big tax items on the minds of board members around corporate Australia relate to the ever increasing focus on the taxation of international transactions, and th...

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  • 01 Dec 2014

    Defend and protect

    Digital disruption will continue to dominate boardroom discussions in 2015. Matthew Sainsbury explains why directors and organisations cannot afford to rest on their laurels when it comes to safeguarding against risk. Disruptive organisations are using technology to challenge incumbents in every ...

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