What do AFA Members Do?

Each week the Australian Furniture Association produces an e-newsletter which is distributed to over 43,000 subscribers. We always include the latest news about our AFA Members wherever possible, so tell us what you’re up to. If you would like to benefit from sharing...

Buying furniture for a venue? Top tips to avoid the risk of litigation.

The Australasian Furnishing Association (AFA) continues to assist its Members manage litigious situations. The increase in claims is due to the lack of understanding from Buyers or Specifiers about the right, fit for purpose product and the maintenance regime required...

Coaching and Mentoring

As leaders of businesses, we have many responsibilities. These range from dealing with the day to day operational aspects of our businesses and handling business finances to developing the people working with us. Each of these is critical and warrants much of our time...

Safety and Wellbeing

Safety and Wellbeing (often also known as Occupational Health and Safety) relies on a combination of a strong policy framework and a commitment by business owners and leaders to people and safety for a successful and a safe work environment. Every work environment,...

PRODUCT RECALLS ON THE RISE   

Product recalls are on the rise as ever increasing consumer protection and new regulations come into play. It does not take much of a defect to fail to meet various legislation and Australian Standards. When a recall is declared by a government agency or a retailer,...

Australian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH)

BUSINESS DESCRIPTION Passionate about sourcing innovative solutions for commercial and residential projects, Australian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH) are an established leader among timber suppliers in Australia. As a trusted timber manufacturer & supplier, we...

How the workplace affects employee health and wellbeing

The most direct effect that workplaces have on employee health and wellbeing is through the occurrence of injuries or illness due to work. Our workplaces affect the types of risks involved. Workplaces with high levels of physical work (for example, those that involve...

Procurement Requirement ALERT! New Office Furniture Standard Published

   *Suppliers of Office desks, office workstations, tables intended to be used as office desks, or the increasinglypopular sit-stand desks can expect that their customers will request that products meet the new Standard.The Australian/New Zealand Standard, AS/NZS...

Bunks and Bean Bags top the list of failures

A further nine furniture product safety recalls were reported to the ACCC this month, with Bunk Beds and Bean Bags heading the list and eBay being amongst the sellers under scrutiny. Retailers have been warned to meet their obligations. Concerns are increasing over...

Social Media in the Workplace by John Clements, AB Phillips

by John Clements, AB Phillips Social media is constantly in the news. The privacy issues facing Facebook and the recent devaluing of that business on the share market is making headlines. Many people use social media to find out the news, to hear and share opinions,...

Be Specified! How to get your furnishing products into major projects

PART 1 In this first instalment, architect and designer, Jonathan Muller, shares his expertise on how to increase your turnover of locally designed and constructed furniture tenfold…..Or even more! You don’t do it by clinging to an outdated business model where...

Biosecurity and Illegal Logging Free Service

Did you know, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has a free service available to confidentially report information about suspected breaches of Australian biosecurity laws? Redline allows callers to report matters that may not be detected, reported or...

Four baby cots recalled in one month

The Australasian Furnishing Association is alarmed to learn that four separate baby cots have been recalled the ACCC in just one month. Even more alarming is the fact that all three were sold online. ‘With the impending launch of Amazon into Australia, we’re concerned...