Local businesses encouraged to register for free weekly webinars


The City of Greater Bendigo in partnership with Be.Bendigo is hosting a series of free webinars to provide valuable information and resources to help businesses through the changing environment as a result of COVID-19.

AFS Chartered Accountants will host the first webinar on Tuesday April 28 from 12 noon. This webinar will cover information on the JobKeeper initiative, cash flow management during COVID-19 and information on Federal and State Governments’ support and stimulus packages. Businesses registering for the webinar will also be encouraged to send questions relating to the topics under discussion.

The series of webinars will cover a variety of topics and will be held every Tuesday at 12 noon. The topics and dates may be subject to change. To register for the webinars and to send questions to the presenters, please visit https://www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/businesswebinars

  • Damien Palmer from AFS Chartered Accountants will host: Talking COVID-19 - Navigating government support and cash flow management on Tuesday April 28 at 12 noon
  • Katherine Hietbrink from Robertson Hyetts Solicitors and Conveyancers will host: Talking COVID-19 - Navigating challenges through employment law on Tuesday, May 5 at 12 noon
  • Anna Doughan from Robertson Hyetts Solicitors and Conveyancers will host: Talking COVID-19 - Navigating tenancy issues and contract law on Tuesday May 12 at 12 noon (topic to be confirmed)
  • Joe Ciancio from Maxsum Consulting will host: Talking COVID-19 – Navigating information technology and cyber safety on Tuesday May 19 at 12 noon

Director Strategy and Growth Bernie O’Sullivan said it was critical to provide support to the business community during this difficult time.

“These webinars will tackle some of the biggest issues facing our business community during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr O’Sullivan said.

“Businesses participating in the webinars will gain a better idea of what they should be doing now to get the support and benefits they need, particularly regarding the Federal and State Governments’ stimulus packages and how they can look after their staff.

“There is so much information and complex issues for businesses to digest so we are delighted that specialists AFS Chartered Accountants, Robertson Hyetts Solicitors and Maxsum Consulting have all come on board to offer their services and host these webinars free of charge.

“We’re committed to help the business community during this rapidly changing environment so they can get through this, tap into the support that’s out there and be in as strong as possible position once the pandemic is over.”

AFS Chartered Accountants Partner Business Services Damien Palmer said it was important for businesses to understand the implications of the various stimulus packages and considerations for cash flow management during the COVID-19 impacts.

“We are committed to supporting business owners understand the many financial stimulus and support packages that are available due to the COVID-19 impact,” Mr Palmer said.

“This webinar will provide an outline of the various concessions and government packages including the JobKeeper payments available to businesses in an easy to understand and practical format.”

To register for the webinars and to send questions to the presenters, please visit https://www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/businesswebinars

Note to editor

Biographies of webinar presenters:

Partner/Business Services Damien Palmer, AFS Chartered Accountants 

Damien is a Member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Registered Tax Agent. Before joining AFS, Damien gained experience as a Senior Consultant within the Corporate Tax Consulting division of Ernst & Young in Melbourne, and as an Accountant within the Business Services division of HLB Mann Judd Melbourne. Damien advises businesses in a variety of industries, ranging from large private companies, family groups and syndicates to small sole traders.          

Solicitor Katherine Hietbrink, Robertson Hyetts Solicitors 

Katherine provides employment law and human resources (HR) advice to both employers and employees and has worked in management roles within both medium and large businesses. Among her many roles as a HR professional, Katherine has managed a payroll team, drafted enterprise agreements, supervised large scale business restructures and managed a team of HR advisers. She has broad practical business experience which provides her with a unique approach to HR and employment law. In this webinar, Katherine will provide an overview of some recent developments in employment law in response to COVID-19. These include JobKeeper flexibility provisions, changes to Awards, stand downs and other options to manage resourcing during a business downturn.

Associate Anna Doughan, Robertson Hyetts Solicitors

Anna is a lawyer specialising in commercial law and property law. Having worked in the legal profession since 2004, Anna has gained a broad knowledge in the areas of property law, commercial law, and civil litigation and has been involved in a range of matters from minor leasing and contract issues to Supreme Court trials as well as multi-million dollar out of court settlements.

Director Joe Ciancio, Maxsum Consulting

Joe graduated from Melbourne University with a Bachelor of Science (Computer) and a Bachelor or Engineering (Elec.) The final year of his Computer Science degree was completed at the Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan.
He spent the next four years living and working IT and electronics industry both in Tokyo, Japan and the IT epicentre - San Jose, California USA. During this time working abroad, he regularly visited and gained an insight into many of the world’s leading IT and electronics companies throughout the UK, Europe, North America, South East Asia, North Asia and the Oceania region. He founded Maxsum Consulting in 2001 specialising in technology consulting, IT security, cloud services and IT infrastructure.


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