AFA BUSINESS SERVICES

The AFA provides a significant and relevant range of services to AFA Members and the wider furnishing community.

From professional business services to advocacy and networking support, together with our selection of premium partners the AFA ensures that our Members receive the latest information to manage and grow their businesses.

 AFA Members also benefit from being part of a collective and respected voice which is critical in communicating with governments and other key stakeholders.

 

To enquire about Membership, please contact: membership@australianfurniture.org.au or call +61 3 86914244.

 

SERVICES INCLUDE:

AFA ADVICE LINE

 

For advice on on any industry related topic, please don’t hesitate to contact us at: 

Edi Re, Membership Officer

Ph: 03 8691 4243, Email: membership@australianfurniture.org.au

APPRENTICESHIPS AND TRAINING – Apprenticeship Support Australia

Apprenticeship Support Australia (ASA) assists AFA’s nationwide membership to build workplace capability using the Australian Government’s funded apprenticeships program.

Apprenticeship Support Australia provides advice to employers, free of charge, to develop and maintain apprenticeship programs.

ASA maximise the benefits available to AFA Members nationally with advice on what incentives and training options are available, linking employers to Registered Training Organisations, registering apprentices as required and providing mentoring services.

 Employers are able to use the Skillsroad.com.au website to share information with school leavers on opportunities available in the industry and to advertise apprenticeship and traineeship vacancies on the Skillsroad.com.au jobs board.

Members of the AFA will have the choice between having one national contact or multiple state based contacts to execute their programs.

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CONSUMER PROTECTION - ACCC

 

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is an independent Commonwealth statutory authority whose role is to enforce the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and a range of additional legislation, promoting competition, fair trading and regulating national infrastructure for the benefit of all Australians.

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DIGITAL - Crystal Consulting

 

                                               
Crystal Consulting is the AFA’s preferred partner when it comes to consulting and digital management.
They specialise in services such as:
  • Ecommerce
  • Digital Transformation
  • Business Management
  • Digital Auditing
Crystal Consulting takes a bespoke approach to management consultancy. They are committed to making sure that they understand what your business is for, what you really want to be able to do and to use their experience to either help you work towards those goals or if you are unsure of what is possible, to help you figure out what your goals may be.

AFA Members can learn more about Member discounts and Member Resources by visiting Member Resources.

Not an AFA Member? Simply register HERE or contact us on membership@australianfurniture.org.au

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EDUCATION & TRAINING PROVIDERS

AFA partners with many training providers for AFA Members.

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FURTHER QUESTIONS?

Contact AFA: Edi Re, Membership Officer

Ph: 03 8691 4243, Email: membership@australianfurniture.org.au

ENERGY SERVICES - Make It Cheaper

Make it Cheaper is one of Australia’s largest independent business energy brokers, dedicated to saving Australians time and money by securing the most competitive offers on their energy bills. By working with a panel of energy retailers, Make it Cheaper can remain completely independent and focus wholly on getting you the best outcome according to your interests and energy needs.

When negotiating large-market energy contracts, you need specialist expertise. Our commercial energy specialists thoroughly understand how the market works, and give you complete transparency. Better yet, our expert tendering service is free, impartial and completely bespoke to the energy needs of your business.

At Make it Cheaper, we also work closely with a number of partners that offer further cost-saving services across efficiency, solar and powerfactor correction. We also offer free tariff analysis and restructuring services – to ensure that money saving is at an optimum.

Let us investigate your current contract, our energy experts are here to help. Call (02) 8077 0007 for a free bill comparison or click HERE to upload a copy of your bill.

FINANCIAL SERVICES - Hansens Accounting

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Hansens is an AFA preferred supplier in the Financial Services Category.

The Hansens Group is a unified team of accountants, financial planners, and mortgage brokers who work closely together to offer a complete package to suit their clients financial needs.

 Hansens pride themselves on being extraordinary and are recognised by the industry as the most innovative in their field, working towards financial freedom, business success, wealth creation and lifestyle rewards for their clients.

 Hansens provide advice across topics such as:

  • The Superannuation System (including Salary Sacrifice)
  • Lump Sum Payments on termination of employment (ETPs and other payments)
  • Payment summaries
  • Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT)
  • TFN Declarations and Rates of Tax
  • IAs or The Pay As You Go (PAYG) system
  • The Business Activity System (BAS)
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Payroll Tax
  • Initial accounting and/or financial advice, by telephone or in conference, is complimentary for AFA Members.
  • DISCOUNTED service rates are available for AFA Members and exclusive access to seminars conducted by Hansens is also available.

 AFA Members can learn more about Member discounts and Member Resources by visiting Member Resources page.

Hansens also conduct regular workshops and seminars on topics that are important to AFA Members.

 Not an AFA Member? Simply register HERE or contact us on membership@australianfurniture.org.au

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GOVERNMENT GRANTS & TENDERS -Treadstone

Treadstone is a consulting firm specialising in grant writing, business development, business plan writing and coaching. The team at Treadstone are passionate about working with Small Businesses and assisting them in the course of their everyday business to succeed in the domestic and global market place. Their unique point of difference is an enviable knowledge of federal and state grants and experience helping business prepare for competitive grants. Treadstone provide grant applications for over 100 businesses every year.

Treadstone specialises in the preparation and writing of grant applications. If you have an upcoming project and think you might be in need of assistance, then Treadstone would welcome the opportunity to assist your business.  AFA Members can access special rates for this service. Further, if you have a project that you would like to engage in and are unsure whether your business is eligible for government grant funding, then please contact the AFA.

Not an AFA Member? Simply register HERE or contact us on membership@australianfurniture.org.au

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HR SERVICES - HR Anywhere

People Matters is an AFA preferred supplier in the HR Services Category.

AFA has negotiated preferential rates for AFA Platinum and Importer Members who will have access to consistent, practical, compliant and contemporary HR support, coaching and advice from a team of experts.

What Advice and Support is available?

When it comes to people matters, the team can assist you with a broad array of HR advisory services and support including:

  • Fair Work Act 2009
  • National Employment Standards – NES
  • Modern Awards / Award Interpretation
  • Leave entitlements
  • Grievances and Disputes
  • Bullying, harassment, discrimination and sexual harassment
  • Absenteeism
  • Performance Management
  • Disciplinary action
  • Dismissals / Termination

Project services on offer include:

  • On-site (face-to-face) HR or OHS support
  • Conciliation Support (EG: Fair Work Commission)
  • Workplace Agreements / EBA, etc creation, negotiation, consultation
  • Workplace Investigations
  • HR Project Support
  • Injury Management Services and Systems
  • Outsourced Payroll Processing Services
  • Recruitment Services
  • Fleet Management Services
  • Workers Compensation Premium Reviews (no result no fee) service
  • Employee Surveys
  • Business Strategy development
  • Training and Facilitation Services including Instructional Design for training programs
  • Executive Coaching
  • Career Transition (outplacement) Services
  • Safety and Wellbeing Services (OHS)

 AFA Members can learn more about Member discounts and Member Resources by visiting Member Resources.

 Not an AFA Member? Simply register HERE or contact us on membership@australianfurniture.org.au

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INSURANCE - AB Phillips

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AB Phillips is an AFA preferred supplier in the Insurance and Risk Solutions Category. AB Phillips expertise and network enables them to obtain better cover and competitive premiums. The experts at AB Phillips are dedicated to saving you a substantial amount on your premium and importantly improve your cover with tailored extensions specific to the Furniture Industry.

AB Phillips will conduct a comprehensive no obligation review of your business insurance and compile a comparative proposal for your consideration. AB Phillips have tailored a suite of products for AFA stakeholders of the Furnishing industry including:

Packages that comply with the CS-088 Furniture, BD-089 Cabinetry and other standards;

  • Property / Industrial Special Risk Insurance;
  • Business Interruption Insurance;
  • Public Liability Insurance;
  • Errors and Omissions Extension – Specifically tailored extension for AFA Members only based on Australian Standards;
  • Management Liability Insurance (Directors and Officers);
  • Comprehensive Transit Cover for transportation with loading and unloading;
  • Subcontractor Management Program. (A product by AB Phillips created to manage the general insurance and risk management for clients with high numbers of subcontractors.

 DISCOUNTED Insurance Services are available for AFA Platinum and Importer Members

AFA Members can learn more about Member discounts and Member Resources by logging in to Members Only  

Not an AFA Member? Simply register HERE or contact us on membership@australianfurniture.org.au

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INSURANCE - Workplace Assured

What if the idea of crippling claims and eye-watering legal fees wasn’t hanging over your head? Consider it one less thing to worry about with Workplace Assured. For a fixed fee, Workplace Assured is like having your own employment relations specialist at a fraction of what it would cost you to employ this resource yourself. Unsure what rates to pay your staff, need help interpreting an award provision or would like advice on how to manage a redundancy process? Have your questions answered so you don’t get it wrong. Even if you do have a good understanding of your obligations, why not seek clarification from an expert about what action you are planning? Better safe than sorry.

DISCOUNTED Insurance Services are available for AFA Platinum and Importer Members

AFA Members can learn more about Member discounts and Member Resources by logging in to Members Only  

Not an AFA Member? Simply register HERE or contact us on membership@australianfurniture.org.au

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LEGAL - Aitken Partners

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Aitken Partners is an AFA preferred supplier in the Legal Services Category.

Aitken Partners provide legal advice to the association and its members. At the core of this alliance is the operation of a ‘Legal Help Desk’ for AFA Members.

The range of issues facing the Australian furnishing industry are expansive and often complex and the alliance with Aitken Partners provides much better and broader access to advice and service from a quality law firm.

The demand for legal services has increased dramatically over the past two years and Aitken Partners is a Premium Level Melbourne-based law firm offering a range of legal services to business and private clients. It has 11 principals and approximately 60 staff and a proud history dating back to the 1920s. Aitken Partners has Accredited Specialists in Workplace Relations, Tax Law, Property Law, Wills & Estates and Commercial Litigation.

In this national service to AFA Members, Aitken Partners collaborates with affiliate firms in the MSI Global Alliance to handle work with specific jurisdictions not covered by Federal or State Law, so that all AFA Members across Australia will receive equal access to the very valuable benefits on offer via the alliance.

DISCOUNTED Legal Services are available for AFA Members with complimentary initial consultations available. AFA Members can contact Aitken Partners on 1300 AFA LAW (1300 232 529) and quote the AFA Member Code to receive their DISCOUNTS.

AFA Members can learn more about Member discounts and Member Resources by visiting Member Resources.

Aitken Partners also conduct regular workshops and seminars on topics that are important to AFA Members.

Not an AFA Member? Simply register HERE or contact us on membership@australianfurniture.org.au

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LEGAL - Sharon Givoni Consulting

Sharon Givoni Consulting is an AFA preferred supplier in the Legal Services Category.

 One of the Australian Furniture Association’s preferred suppliers of legal services, Sharon Givoni Consulting is a boutique law firm specialising in commercial law matters and intellectual property. They have extensive experience in the areas of furniture design, manufacturing, importing and retailing.  There are many ways to protect the intellectual property assets of your furniture designs and Sharon Givoni consulting has strong expertise in this area.

Their philosophy is simple: we turn your ideas into assets.

Legal issues that affect the Australian furnishing and design industry can be broad and varied challenging and we can assist including in the areas of:

  • Design protection for furniture and other items
  • Strategies to protect your designs
  • Copyright licences and assignments
  • Commercial agreements relating to furniture including manufacturing agreements and distribution agreements
  • Social media and digital marketing agreements
  • Website terms and conditions
  • Labelling and packaging laws
  • Consumer laws
  • Defamation law
  • Contractor agreements and employment matters

The alliance with Sharon Givoni Consulting allows you to access a well-established law firm that prides itself on giving cost effective and prompt advice.

  • AFA Members have access to complimentary initial consultations and AFA Member discounted rates.

AFA Members can learn more about Member discounts and Member Resources by visiting Member Resources.

Sharon Givoni Consultants also conduct regular workshops and seminars on topics that are important to AFA Members.

Not an AFA Member? Simply register HERE or contact us on membership@australianfurniture.org.au

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ONLINE COUNTERFEITING AND DIGITAL PIRACY – Redpoints, International

Red Points is a technology company that provides the smart solution for brands and content owners to counterfeiting online and digital piracy. Red Points is the preferred brand protection partner in the sporting, entertainment, fashion & accessories, editorial, design and luxury industries, providing unique products across the entire digital spectrum.

To learn more about Red Points, please visit www.redpoints.com or lodge your enquiry HERE >

ONLINE MARKETPLACE - House of Home

An online marketplace for everything for the home and office, used every day by Australians searching for products and services for their home or office.

A platform for independent retailers, designers and makers to cost effectively promote their business and services to this audience.

Sell online, advertise a service, book a consultation with a customer, or advertise your showroom.

Get your business in front of a large number of engaged consumers who are actively looking online to update, and upgrade their home.

AFA Members SAVE between 33%-50% OFF normal HoH membership packages.

  • Unlimited enquiries from customers to drive offline sales
  • A dedicated store page to showcase your business and your brand
  • Sell online through the marketplace
  • Build a fully e-commerce enabled website as a part of your subscription.
  • Access to the Promotions Manager toolkit that allows you to easily create offers and discounts for customers
  • Click & Collect, so if you want to take advantage of selling online without having to freight items, we can help you do that too.

The partnership between House of Home and the AFA entitles AFA members to all the benefits of being a part of House of Home, at a discounted price.

AFA Members can learn more about Member discounts and Member Resources by visiting Member Resources.

Not an AFA Member? Simply register HERE or contact us on membership@australianfurniture.org.au

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TESTING & CERTIFICATION - AFRDI

DID YOU KNOW THAT MANY FURNITURE PRODUCTS MUST MEET AUSTRALIAN STANDARDS AND BE TESTED ACCORDINGLY?

The Australasian Furnishing Research & Development Institute (AFRDI), also known as Furntech, is a technical organisation serving the interests of buyers and sellers of furnishings in Australia, New Zealand and beyond.

Furniture displaying the FURNTECH-AFRDI logos and certification marks carries an assurance of quality and high standards often demanded by consumers, retailers and sometimes by law.

WHAT IS FURNTECH-AFRDI?

AFRDI is a Registered Research Agency (RRA) which carries out testing for products in the high-risk development categories. AFRDI services may attract a tax rebate under the Australian government’s

Research and Development support program.

WHAT DOES FURNTECH-AFRDI DO?

Furntech-AFRDI has been operating since 1989 and provides testing and certification to manufacturers who sell quality furniture. This point of difference is recognised by consumers and wholesale buyers in a market where the only difference between two products, which may outwardly appear to be the same, can be verified as tested to the highest Australian Standards.

Australasian Furnishing Association Members enjoy significant discounts for AFRDI Testing * conditions apply

Not an AFA Member? Simply register HERE or contact us on membership@australianfurniture.org.au

FURTHER QUESTIONS?

Contact AFA: Edi Re, Membership Officer

Ph: 03 8691 4243, Email: membership@australianfurniture.org.au

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TESTING & CERTIFICATION - SGS

SGS Furniture Testing Services

With furniture testing capabilities in China, Hong Kong and Vietnam, SGS can help furniture manufacturers, suppliers, importers and distributors to comply with Australia’s strict product safety and standards requirements. They help businesses deliver well-designed, functional, durable and safe products to customers. SGS have the furniture industry, regulatory and technical expertise to check a products’ compliance against relevant standards and specifications. AFA Members receive significant discounts for testing which can be used to promote compliant safe products to clients and consumers.

Not an AFA Member? Simply register HERE or contact us on membership@australianfurniture.org.au

FURTHER QUESTIONS?

Contact AFA: Edi Re, Membership Officer

Ph: 03 8691 4243, Email: membership@australianfurniture.org.au
ALL ENQUIRIES AND TEST APPLICATION FORMS FOR THE AUSTRALIAN MARKET MUST BE SUBMITTED TO:

Kamal Bedi

CRS International – Australia

Business Development Manager

SGS Australia Pty Ltd

10/585 Blackburn Road,

Notting Hill, VIC 3168

Phone: +61(0) 3 9574 3271

Fax: +61(0) 3 9574 3399

Email: kamal.bedi@sgs.com

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TESTING & CERTIFICATION - TUV Rheinland

Mandatory standards ensure that particular safety or information features on consumer products are made compulsory for legal supply. As a global service provider in the testing,

inspection and certification business, TUV Rheinland are able to offer AFA Members testing for a variety of products according to the standards and regulations for international markets. Our experts will be happy to provide you with further details as necessary.

Why TUV Rheinland?

Demonstrate your professionalism by choosing an independent, globally acting, renowned testing institute, save time and keep your costs down with our professional Service.

AFA Platinum and Importer Members (Australia Only) and AFA International Members (Global) enjoy significant discounts $$$ on TÜV Rheinland’s services to comply with Australian regulatory requirements.

Our Testing labs include TÜV Rheinland Shanghai , TÜV Rheinland Guangdong, TÜV Rheinland Shenzhen and TÜV Rheinland Hong Kong.

Not an AFA Member? Simply register HERE or contact us on membership@australianfurniture.org.au

FURTHER QUESTIONS?

Contact AFA: Edi Re, Membership Officer

Ph: 03 8691 4243, Email: membership@australianfurniture.org.au

 

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TIMBER REGULATION - Illegal Logging

As of the 1st of January 2018, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources will cease the “soft start” audit period. Penalties for non-compliance will apply after this date.

The penalty for breaching the Act are as much as 5 years in jail and fines of 500 penalty units which in 2017 were equivalent to AUD $105,000.00.

The AFA has completed the development of the AFA Timber Due Diligence System, to assist Members with meeting their compliance requirements.

Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions, which anyone importing Timber furniture or furnishing products should read to determine if they will be required to perform Due Diligence on imported products.

Illegal Logging Regulation : Frequently Asked Questions. READ MORE

WOOD CERTIFICATION STANDARDS – Responsible Wood

Established in 2002, Responsible Wood* are pioneers in the development of certification standards for wood and wood products sourced from sustainably managed forests in Australia. Our standards provide guidance and accountability for forest managers, manufacturers and suppliers. We are committed to protecting and promoting Australia’s unique environments with standards that ensure a forest industry that is environmentally, socially, culturally and commercially sustainable.

Responsible Wood manage the Responsible Wood Certification Scheme which is underpinned by two Australian Standards®:

Responsible Wood also manage the New Zealand Forest Management Scheme on behalf of the New Zealand Forest Certification Association (NZFCA). The Scheme is underpinned by two standards:

Both certification schemes are endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), the global authority on sustainable forest management.

Through certification, education and communication, Responsible Wood will develop demand for Australian wood products that are sourced using sustainable forest managed practices tailored to specific regions and environmental conditions. The Responsible Wood certification program provides confidence for consumers, differentiating certified Australian wood products, making them easier to buy.

*Responsible Wood, is a not-for-profit standards development organisation [formerly known as Australian Forestry Standard Ltd].

Not an AFA Member? Simply register HERE or contact us on membership@australianfurniture.org.au

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