• Fri
    registrations open The Business Centre Newcastle Region 265 King St Newcastle

    The Rippler Effect innovation program enables you to build and grow good ideas and connects you with top entrepreneurs and innovators. Learn more.

    Tor reserve your place in the next round of The Rippler Effect, please complete the registration process via this page by filling in all your details. You will then be issued a ticket to reserve your place in the next program commencing in June 2017.

    Once you have reserved your place and have been issued with a Save My Place ticket, please retain this document. We will be in contact with you directly to confirm your payment arrangements, provide you with a pre-course package, course enrolment form and venue information.

    Have questions about The Rippler Effect Innovation Program - Contact The Business Centre, Newcastle Region

  • Wed
    9am-4pmUniversity of Newcastle University Drive Callaghan
    Exploring the ecological, eco-tourism and health benefits of the Richmond Vale Rail Trail 

    Proudly supported by the Donaldson Conservation Trust

    Our conference aims to address the local benefits of an active transport system, and identify areas such as the Richmond Vale Rail Trail that can be converted into a highly utilised system and corridor for active transport.

    The RVRT concept offers walkers, naturalists, bird lovers and conservation students a wonderful chance to observe the scenic beauty and extraordinary ecological diversity along the trail, from the tidal swamps through to the rugged forests of the Sugarloaf Ranges, contained within the Stockrington State Conservation Area.  The RVRT offers a unique opportunity to all, as the gentle gradients along much of the rail trail make it suitable for most fitness and ability levels.

    The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and Pathways to Sustainability (P2S) underpin the themes of this conference by bringing our attention to the benefits such a corridor could bring locally, such as Education and Conservation Studies, Health and Wellbeing, an intuitive trail with links to our Smart City, Recreation as well as the economic benefits through Tourism.

    Join us for a FREE engaging and thought provoking conference on

    Wednesday 27 September 2017

    CT202, Computing and Information Technology Building, University of Newcastle, Callaghan Campus (map link below).

    Conference commences at 9am and will conclude around 4.10pm.

    Further details on the conference can be found on our website




  • Tue
    10:00am - 12:00pmThe Business Centre 265 King Street Newcastle

    Starting a business can be both exciting and overwhelming. The Business Centre can help you make a smart start by guiding you through compliance obligations as well as nurture the entrepreneur within.

    Our Start Your Own Business workshop will also assist you to clarify your reason for starting a business (your “why?”), shape your goals and set you on a clear path to success.

    Workshop topics:

    • Compliance - the start-up basics including ABN, registering your business name, business structures, Intellectual Property (IP) considerations and insurance requirements
    • Nurturing the entrepreneur - testing ideas, designing your products and services, and setting and achieving goals.

    Cost: $25 per ticket.

    This workshop is partially subsidised by the NSW Governmentunder the Business Connect program.

    If you need assistance to start or grow your business please visit, or phone, The Business Centre on 02 4925 7700.

  • Fri
    7:00 pmCessnock Leagues Club 1 Darwin Street Cessnock

    The Cessnock Chamber of Commerce invites you to the Customer Service Awards 2017. The Gala dinner will be held October 6th.

    Date:     Friday, October 6

    Time:     7pm

    Dress:    Cocktail

    Venue:  Cessnock Leagues Club 1 Darwin Street, Cessnock

    For Tickets Customer Service Awards tickets.


  • Thu
    6:00 pm – 7:00 pmNewcastle Conservatorium Auckland Street Newcastle

    How can you tell who is really an expert? We cannot easily test them as they know more than we do. Awaiting the outcome of their advice may take days, months, or years; would you wait for five years to determine whether your dentist is effective?

    We make such decisions by evaluating a 'proxy' for an expert’s ability. When looking for a mechanic, we settle on one we can talk to. Among real estate agents, one we feel we can trust. And among scientists, one we can understand. A set of such cues about who is acting 'expert-like' has been programmed into our psyche since childhood. They are signals of authority that are evident in every conversation.

    Professor Wil Rifkin began studying 'expert status' after reading about African witchdoctors as seen by social anthropologists. He has compiled a list of '25 Ways to Spot an Expert', analysing how we tend to determine a voice of authority.

    In this talk he will explain the measure of authority that we give to someone based on our perception of their knowledge, skill, and ability. Insight on this ‘negotiation of expert status’ can help us both in our decision-making to recognise experts and, for those who are subject matter experts themselves, in our dialogue and manner when working with others. In the example above, this talk would be useful for both dentists and their customers!

    About the speaker

    Professor Will Rifkin is Chair of Applied Regional Economics at the Hunter Research Foundation Centre at the University of Newcastle.

    He was former Chair in Social Performance in the Centre for Coal Seam Gas at the University of Queensland in a joint appointment with the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining. Holding degrees from MIT, Stanford and the University of California – Berkeley, Professor Rifkin is an engineer-turned-sociologist. For 25 years, Professor Rifkin’s focus has been on ethnographic research and experimentation toward improving communication between technical and nontechnical people. He has consulted with major commercial and government organisations in Australia and the United States in areas ranging from ethics to planning to management communication capabilities.


    Register for free

  • Fri
    8:30 am – 12:30 pmNeW Space Corner of Hunter and Auckland Streets Newcastle

    China is one of the most valuable contributors to the strength of Australia’s economy and our top trading partner. As a result of this relationship and strong economic ties, there is a need to maintain an understanding of current trends and impacts of China’s strategic and economic initiatives.

    China's Belt and Road Initiative is a major undertaking to connect Asia, Europe and Africa along five routes to enhance stronger economic ties and efficient allocation of resources. Find out what this means for Newcastle's business community by learning about the topic in more depth, as well as gaining insight to the opportunities around trade development, investment and tourism growth.

    Hosted on Level 5 at the stunning new UON City Facility NeW Space, we will be welcomed by Professor Tony Travaglione, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean.

    The event will be structured with two speaker streams focussing on both tourism and trade and investment, with a lively panel discussion at the conclusion of the event.

    Speakers include:

    • Ms Hongbo Wang, Consul (Commerce), Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Sydney (keynote)
    • Dr Hao Tan, Senior Lecturer in International Business and Strategy at the Newcastle Business School, University of Newcastle
    • Dr Jim Harrowell, New South Wales’ Special Envoy to China
    • Mr Nick Coyle, Executive Director and CEO, Austcham Beijing
    • Ms Tracy Colgan, President, Kamsky Associates
    • Mr Geoff Crowe, CEO, Port of Newcastle
    • Ms Cheng Lei, Anchor, CCTV News, Host of CCTV News Biz Asia
    • Mr Oliver Tams, Travel Partnerships specialist at Think! Procurement
    • Mr David Thomas from Think Global (MC)


  • Tue
    5:30pm - 7:30pmThe Business Centre 265 King Street Newcastle

    Managing your accounts should be easy. As a business owner the last thing you need is another time consuming obligation. This hands-on workshop offers an overview and introduction on how you can take advantage of current technology to simplify the whole process.

    What you'll learn

    • How to simplify the management of your financial data
    • How to utilise technology to save you time and prepare financial report
    • How to use tools to automate your invoicing that will assist with collection and management.
    Who should attend?

    All small business owners that want to streamline their bookwork, accounting and reporting to save time and money while learning how to utilise this great tool in your business.

    What to bring
    Your laptop which can access the internet is essential.


    Hanna Barry, is a local accountant specialising in all matters Xero. Hanna’s extensive Xero experience and excitement to share her knowledge ensures a straightforward and easy to follow training program.

    Cost: $45 per ticket.

    This workshop is supported by the Australian Small Business Advisory Service (ASBAS) programme, an
    Australian Government initiative.

  • Tue
    9:00 am – 12:30 pm755 Hunter Street Newcastle West

    Have you noticed that many more organisations are asking how to reduce their psychological injury rates, and the increase in media dialogue about how important it is to promote employee mental health & wellbeing? Are you wondering how to actually go about it?

    We all want to create a productive, engaged and resilient workforce, but it can be a struggle to know exactly where to start.

    That’s why we’ve designed our Healthy Heads at Work three-part workshop series to guide you through a structural, practical and integrated process to proactively manage the psychosocial work environment and best support your people to thrive and perform at their peak.

    Workshop 1: Managing Psychosocial Risks

    Tuesday 12th September


    • Building an integrated psychological wellbeing framework
    • Preventing psychological injuries

    Who for? Leaders, Managers, HR and WHS Professionals

    Workshop 2: Managing People for Positive Mental Health

    Tuesday 17th October


    • Supporting your people to thrive
    • Reducing work stress in your employees

    Who for? Leaders, Managers, HR and WHS Professionals

    Workshop 3: Building Occupational Resilience

    Tuesday 28th November


    • Practical training to enhance your resilience
    • Increasing your ability to cope with pressure

    Who for? Anyone who wants to learn about preventing negative effects of work stress & how to adapt to challenge & change.


    One workshop $340 per person (including GST)

    Discounted Offer - Book Three workshops for $920 (including GST)

    (This discount can be used for one person to attend all three workshops or for three people to attend one workshop together).

    Your Facilitator

    Traci is a registered Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and member of the Australian Psychological Society & College of Organisational Psychologists. Traci has significant experience in the design and delivery of workplace psychological health, resilience & wellbeing interventions across a range of work settings. She has delivered numerous presentations on all matters related to workplace mental health and wellbeing.

    Traci is passionate about championing a workplace within which employees are psychologically well, engaged and supported to perform at their optimum.

    Traci presented an amazing session on Mental Health in the Workplace – she created meaningful and practical take-aways for our attendees who work in a highly emotive & stressful environment. I highly recommend Traci as an engaging and captivating speaker.”

    Adam Blatch, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Australia (May 2017)

    For more information call us on 49253147 or email

  • Thu
    3:00 pm – 7:00 pmNewcastle Jockey Club Darling Street Broadmeadow

    The NHS Trade Expo is back and it's better than ever!

    Designed exclusively for tradies, apprentices, owner builders, and serious DIYers, it's the BIGGEST Expo for the Trade in Newcastle & the Hunter Valley!

    • Leading manufacturers on display
    • Lots of freebies
    • BBQ & drinks
    • Prizes to be WON
    • Interactive demo's
    • EXCLUSIVE Expo ONLY Specials
    • Entertainment
    • 'WIN a Harley' prize will be drawn
    • Exclusive Apprentice only competitions!
    • 1 CPD point per hour of attendance


    Major Sponsors: USG Boral, James Hardie and Hume Doors & Timber


  • Thu
    9:00 am – 1:00 pmNikinpa Aboriginal Child & Family Centre 9-13 Beckley Street Toronto

    It's not just an Aboriginal cultural education program, but one designed specifically to assist employers wanting to build a workforce representative of the communities they serve.

    Designed to support any organisation committed to reconciliation and forms a crucial part of any Indigenous employment initiative. This program will help you to improve retention of Indigenous staff by helping your employees, supervisors, and workplaces understand Aboriginal experience and what they can do to make Indigenous employment work.

    The aim is to provide information and perspective on Aboriginal cultures, experience, including the impact of history and trauma, with a focus on its application to Aboriginal employment and your workplace. You will be encouraged to think about how you can apply the learnings in your own workplace to support Aboriginal employment initiatives and staff.

    Lindsay provides a holistic look at Aboriginal cultures, experience, and the workplace. Her dynamic and, at times humorous, presentation style encourages open questioning and discussion.


    $99 Register

    What others have said:

    “I learnt so much in 4 hours - I learnt more in the time than any other cultural awareness training ever attended. ”
    — Jenni Allan, CEO, Adssi HomeLiving Australia

    “What has stopped me previously from learning about Aboriginal people was the fact I was frightened I would be made to feel blamed or would feel blame. Thankfully, your presentation was far from blaming anybody. I felt a sense of relief, and the way it was all done took away my anxiety and just opened my mind completely. I have told everybody that would listen what a great workshop and learning experience it was.”
    — Kim, Ranger, Lake Macquarie City Council

    “During my PhD studies at Macquarie University, I attended a cultural awareness training seminar conducted by Lindsay Stanford. Lindsay invited me to her seminar as she thought it might benefit my research, which was on Indigenous issues. The session was incredibly useful. Lindsay is an approachable and forthright woman and the session enabled open conversation about issues relating to Indigenous employment in a comfortable and mutually respectful environment. Personally it gave me deeper insight into the multiple perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, challenging stereotypes and encouraging asking questions rather than making assumptions.
    I highly recommend this training for anyone working with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australians.”
    — Rebecca Reeve, PhD

  • Fri
    9:00am - 5:00pm AESTThe Business Centre Newcastle Region 265 King Street Newcastle

    The Rippler Effect innovation program enables you to build and grow good ideas and connects you with top entrepreneurs and innovators.

    Tor reserve your place in the next round of The Rippler Effect running Friday, 9 June 2017 - Friday, 8 December 2017 please complete the registration process via this page by filling in all your details.

    Once you have reserved your place and have been issued with aSave My Place ticket, please retain this document. We will be in contact with you directly to provide you with a pre-course package, course enrolment form, venue information and to confirm payment arrangements.

    Tickets: FREE

    Register: The Rippler Effect