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NSW Business Chamber
is NSW's leading member-based business organisation providing businesses with information, advice, products and services they need to grow and stay competitive. The organisation has a membership of 22,000 businesses and 119 Chambers of Commerce in NSW and the ACT
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The Chamber's membership represents a broad cross section of Australian industry including the food industry, clothing, chemicals, information technology, health, education and training, textiles, metals, banking and finance, transport and travel.
The current President is Roger Hood and the CEO is Stephen Cartwright.
NSW Business Chamber's enquiry number is 13 26 96.
Purpose & Role
NSW Business Chamber is a not for profit organisation whose purpose is to support the growth and success of the business community in NSW and the ACT and represent and champion the business community's interests and concerns with government.
NSW Business Chamber provides a range of support services for small, medium and large businesses in NSW and the ACT including support and advice in areas such as HR, IR, OHS and payroll. The Chamber also provides legislation and awards updates and a range of events and seminars for business operators to attend to develop skills and get the latest information on changes in the business environment.
The Chamber is also a member of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has been the peak council of Australian business associations for 105 years and traces its heritage back to Australia’s first chamber of commerce in 1826.Its motto is “Leading Australian Business.”...
Workplace Advice Line 13 29 59
- help with complicated workplace management issues.
Legislation and Awards
- regular updates on changes to legislation and employment awards.
Australian Business Lawyers
- legal representation by experts in industrial relations, employment and commercial law.
Business development solutions
- services including seminars, training, templates, DIY resources and consulting.
- exclusive business discounts offered only to members.
Australian Business Limited Apprenticeships Centre
- advice and assistance with Australian Apprenticeships including sign ups and incentive claims.
Small Business Training Company (now trading as Workstar)
- experts in flexible work-based traineeships and short courses.
Business to business networking events
- online promotion of member's business.
Business Connect magazine
- featuring case studies, regional profiles and updates.
E-News and E-Networking
- legislation and business updates.
Information and "how to" seminars
NSW Business Chamber Awards
- regional and state recognition for business excellence.
Federal, State and regional lobbying
- cutting red tape and making business easier to do
Australian Business Industrial
- membership to the peak IR council for employers
Defence Industry membership
Australian Business Foundation
- access to ground-breaking, innovative research on business, economic and industry practices.
OHS management solutions
- create or maintain business OHS systems with up-to-date information, DIY tools, training, templates and consulting.
- includes WorkCover accredited courses (in-house or public).
Diagnostics, workplace risk assessments, system improvement and design
Workers compensation insurance
- exclusive to members, Business Cover Plus prodvies critical post accident support.
International growth specialists
- hands-on, expert assistance with strategies to expand global opportunities.
- offers grants and services to assist new exporters in achieving their first export sale.
TAFTA certificates and other export documents
- a service that makes doing business globally easier.
NSW Business Chamber has undergone a number of name changes and mergers with other business organisations since its founding in 1885 as the Chamber of Manufactures of NSW as it has adapted to the changes in the Australian economy over the past century.
The Chamber of Manufactures of New South Wales was established with the inaugural meeting in August 1885 at Sydney's Town Hall in which the rules and regulations were adopted and Archibald Forsyth was elected as its first president.
The Chamber got off to an initial slow start with its primary supporters focusing most of their efforts on tariff policy lobbying, especially in setting up a "Protection Union", in direct opposition to the "Free Traders" led by Sir Henry Parkes.
The Chamber was finally re-constituted in June 1895 at a meeting at the Hotel Australia. The Chamber abandoned the idea of partisan political lobbying and conscientiously adopted a position of a non-political organisation which has continued to the present day.
In 1912, the Chamber of Manufactures of NSW set up the Manufacturers Mutual Insurance Company (now MMI). The insurance company arm was established primarily to indemnify employers against claims that might be made by their employees who were injured at work, and was in direct response to the new Workmen's Compensation Act of 1910.
The Chamber continued to expand in NSW over the following years opening offices in Newcastle, Lismore, Wollongong and Ballina while pursuing possible amalagations with other business organisations such as the Australian Chamber of Manufactures and Employer's Federation, most of these options were explored but not acted upon.
In 1995, the Chamber of Manufactures of NSW broke its tie with MMI, selling its shares of the company and changing its name to Australian Business Limited. The sale of MMI shares made Australia Business Limited one of the most well funded business organisations in Australia
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In 2006, Australian Business Limited merged with the State Chamber of Commerce (NSW) to become Australian Business Limited (incorporating the State Chamber of Commerce) then later ABL/State Chamber.
In January 2007, ABL/State Chamber changed its name to the NSW Business Chamber.
Structure & Governance
NSW Business Chamber's head office is located at North Sydney but it also has regional offices located in the Sydney CBD, Western Sydney
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(Parramatta), Central Coast (Tuggerah), Mid North Coast (Port Macquarie & Coffs Harbour), Northern Rivers (Ballina) and Murray Riverina
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(Albury). NSW Business Chamber is also affiliated with the Illawarra Business Chamber, Hunter Business Chamber and the Canberra Business Council.
NSW Business Chamber has seven regional advisory councils covering seven regions of NSW including Sydney North, Sydney South, Western Sydney, Central Coast, Mid North Coast, Northern Rivers and Murray Riverina. Members in each region elect members to the advisory council who in turn elect the general council and governing board including the position of President.
Policy is guided by members of NSW Business Chamber who steer several committees including tax, infrastructure, environment, education and trades, OHS, and international trade.
Senior Management Team
Stephen Cartwright - Chief Executive Officer
Simon Spicer - Chief Operating Officer/Finance Director
Karen Scott Davie - Chief Information Officer
Paul Orton - Director, Policy & Advocacy
Darren Cocks - Director, Membership and Commercial Services
Paula Martin - General Manager, Australian Business Consulting and Solutions
Andrew Williams - General Manager, Australian Business Limited Apprenticeship Centre
Patricia Forsythe - Executive Director, Sydney Business Chamber
Paul Ritchie - Senior Public Affairs Manager
Regional Management Team
Kellon Beard - New England/Mid North Coast Regional Manager
Chris Faulks - Canberra Business Council CEO
Ben Foley - Murray Riverina Regional Manager
Greg Fisher - Illawarra Business Chamber CEO
Kristen Keegan - Hunter Business Chamber CEO
John Murray - Northern Rivers Regional Manager
Grant Payne - Sydney South Regional Manager
Eddie Reginato - Sydney North Regional Manager
Geoff Starr - Western Sydney Regional Manager
Roger Hood - NSW Business Chamber
Les Dion - Illawarra Business Chamber
Brett Derwin - Hunter Business Chamber
Brand Hoff - Canberra Business Council
Mary Jo Capps - Sydney Business Chamber
Kevin McCaffrey - Western Sydney Advisory Council
Kevin Wright - Sydney South Advisory Council
Garry Pearce - Sydney North Advisory Council
Ken Baker - Central Coast Advisory Council
Grant Burtenshaw - Mid North Coast Advisory Council
Donna Kildea - Northern Rivers Advisory Council
Stephen Joyce - Murray Riverina Advisory Council
NSW Business Chamber has several divisions that response to key interests of the business community.
Australian Business Consulting and Solutions
Australian Business Consulting and Solutions is a multi disciplinary professional services consultancy that offers business support in areas of International Trade, Marketing, OHS and HR and IR. It has invested resources and expertise in helping and supporting businesses implement sound HR and IR practices.
Australian Business Consulting and Solutions provides hands on assistance to identify workplace challenges and helps business owners sustain and grow their business through consulting and online solutions development.
Australian Business has a number of products to assist with IR/HR and OHS, the most widely recognized of those are WorkplaceInfo, WorkplaceOHS and the award winning HR Advance.
Australian Business Limited Apprenticeships Centre (ABLAC)
Australian Business Limited Apprenticeships Centre (ABLAC) is one of NSW's most respected and experienced private provider of Australian Apprenticeship services. ABLAC has specialist knowledge, expertise and over ten years' experience in the signup process and ongoing management of apprenticeships and traineeships.
ALBAC operates under a contract funded by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR).
DEEWR supports the Australian Apprenticeships scheme, making funds available for employers, apprentices and trainees. ABLAC administers these funds on their behalf.
ABLAC lodge the Training Contracts with the relevant State Training Authority (STA) for approval. The STAs make decisions about cancellations and suspensions and mediate where necessary (ABLAC and other Apprenticeship centres have no jurisdiction over dispute resolution).
ABLAC's website is www.apprenticeshipscentre.com.au
Australian Business Foundation
The Australian Business Foundation is an independent organisation undertaking evidence-based
research to deliver fresh insights and practical intelligence to boost Australia’s capabilities and global competitiveness.
The Foundation is an active and informed community of common interest, bringing together
forward-looking business executives, policymakers, academics and opinion leaders to share knowledge,shape debate and incite practical action.
For the past decade, the Foundation’s research has focused on business innovation and sustainability,new models of competitiveness and opportunities arising from a knowledge-based economy.
The Foundation undertakes its research in partnership with expert scholars and practitioners both nationally and internationally.
This has established the Foundation as a leader in bridging academic scholarship with the realities and challenges of everyday business experiences.
The Australian Business Foundation was founded in 1997 as a separate independent spin-off company by the eminent industry association, Australian Business Limited (now known as the NSW
The Australian Business Foundation's website is www.abfoundation.com.au
Australian Business International Trade Services
Australian Business International Trade Services is the international arm of the NSW Business Chamber that's role is to stimulate business growth globally.
International Trade Services assists approximately 1,000 businesses each year of all types and sizes in Australia to achieve their international business goals to import, export or establish an on-the-ground presence overseas.
Australian Business Lawyers
Australian Business Lawyers is retained by and has a close working relationship with NSW Business Chamber. As a result of this relationship, Australian Business Lawyers is able to provide services to their clients at highly competitive rates.
Australian Business Lawyers provides workplace relations advice to a wide range of companies, from SMEs to large national and international companies.
Their head office is located in North Sydney, and has affiliations in the other states and territories of Australia.
Australian Business Lawyers website is www.ablawyers.com.au
Australian Business Industrial (ABI)
Australian Business Industrial (ABI) is the industrial relations affiliate of NSW Business Chamber. The main purpose of Australian Business Industrial is to develop workplace policy to lead debate on major workplace relations issues.
It has three main functions including:
- representation of member's interest in test cases, award matters and inquiries before the NSW and Federal Industrial Relations Commissions;
- advocacy and lobbying on behalf of employers' interests to New South Wales and federal government departments, regulatory authorities, government ministers and opposition representatives about workplace and industrial relations issues;
- information and education of members regarding developments in industrial relations legislation and other workplace law. ABI also assists members with compliance with this legislation.
Sydney Business Chamber
The Sydney Business Chamber
The Sydney Business Chamber was established in 1825 as the Sydney Chamber of Commerce and is the second oldest business entity in New South Wales...
was established in 1825 as the Sydney Chamber of Commerce and is the second oldest business entity in New South Wales. Today it is a division of the NSW Business Chamber.
The Chamber's mission statement is dedicated to the economic wellbeing of Sydney business by promoting freedom of enterprise, sustaining and representing the local, national and global interests of its members and the wider business community, to ensure that Sydney is a strong vibrant economy.
Membership of the Sydney Business Chamber is drawn from the city's corporate business community, covering all industry sectors. The Chamber provides a voice for the business community to influence city, state and national governments.
Chamber members also have access to high level networking events where they can discuss key issues and meet potential clients, suppliers, partners and competitors.
The Sydney Business Chamber's website is www.thechamber.com.au
Illawarra Business Chamber
Illawarra Business Chamber is the region's leading business advocate and is known colloquially as IBC.
IBC is the result of the merger between the Wollongong Chamber of Commerce and the Illawarra office of Australian Business Limited in 1998.
Through its association with the NSW Business Chamber, IBC is able to provide local businesses with a range of business support products and services across the Illawarra region, an area that covers the local government areas of Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama, Shoalhaven, and Wingecarribbee.
The Illawarra Business Chamber is represented on the NSW Business Chamber State Council, and in turn at a Federal level through the Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ACCI).
IBC is governed by a Board of Directors elected by members at the annual general meeting in November each year.
Illawarra Business Chamber website is www.illawarrabusiness.com
Hunter Business Chamber
Hunter Business Chamber is the independent representative organisation for Australia’s largest regional business community.
The Chamber provides to its 1000 members a comprehensive range of services including lobbying, advocacy, networking and advice including workplace relations, business advice and training.
The Chamber represents NSW Business Chamber in the Hunter and members can access all the resources of this organisation.
Members of the Chamber drive one of the powerhouse economies in Australia and they include some of the most innovative businesses in the nation. They have helped restructure an economy once dependent on just coal and steel into a diverse framework that encourages investment and employment generation.
The Business Chamber support helps create business prosperity and community through a policy and administrative structure that is directed by members through an elected Board of Directors and specialist committees made up of members.
Hunter Business Chamber's website is www.hunterbusinesschamber.com.au
Canberra Business Council
Canberra Business Council (CBC) is the leading business organisation in the Australian Capital Territory and Capital Region.
It is committed to the economic development and sustainability of the ACT and Capital Region.
Directly through its large individual membership and indirectly, through more than 35 affiliated industry organisations known as Kindred Organisations, the Canberra Business Council represents more than 5,000 businesses across the Capital Region which includes Canberra and the major regional centres of Queanbeyan, Goulburn, Yass, Cooma, Bega, Bateman's Bay and Braidwood.
In 2007 the Council entered into an affiliation arrangement with the NSW Business Chamber which represents over 30,000 businesses in NSW and connects over 100,000 businesses across Australia through the State and Territory Chamber Network.
Canberra Business Council's website is www.canberrabusinesscouncil.com.au