Corporate News

What’s in it for all of us?

What do Quest Serviced Apartments, PGT Reclaimed Australia, North Metropolitan TAFE, Make It Cheaper, Apprenticeship Support Australia, Red Points, 3RT, FURNITEX and Design Furniture all have in common? These businesses are all Australasian Furnishing Association...

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Who wants to be the next furniture mogul? Parents take note.

Is Australia gearing up to find the next furniture mogul the likes of IKEA founder, Ingvar Kamprad? Federal and state governments are coming together to provide $187 million to fund 20,000 new apprenticeships over the next four years. This investment recognises the...

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Australian Border Force seize “Australian made” fakes

The Australian Border Force (ABF) is continuing its operational focus on trade enforcement, seizing ten Chinese-made pianos falsely claiming to be Australian made. Pianos are considered furniture products and as such have the same regulatory requirements as other...

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The real cost of getting workplace compliance wrong

From reinstatement of a dismissed employee to unlimited damages that could go into hundreds of thousands of dollars. As an employer, what could you be hit by? Businesses have to deal with a really complex set of rules when it comes to managing employees. As difficult...

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FIGHTING FAKE DESIGN FURNITURE ON ECOMMERCE PLATFORMS

Thanks to AFA Partners Redpoints, and Gus Hazel of James & Wells for delivering this really informative AFA dedicated WEBINAR ‘Fighting fake design furniture on ecommerce platforms’. In case you couldn't make it, here’s the link to the webinar on demand so you can...

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MALAYSIAN MANUFACTURER’S KEEN TO COMPLY FOR GLOBAL TRADE

Australia has long-standing trade relations with Malaysia particularly in the furnishing industry. The enforcement of the Illegal Logging Regulation has seen exports from Malaysia to Australia drop from 3 rd to 5th, with China taking a large chunk of the business....

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TESSA FURNITURE CUTS COSTS

It has cost nothing for one Australian company to save thousands. Born from the inspiration of the sixties hit song “Puppet on a string”, renowned designer Fred Lowen decided to be the master of his own destiny and in the late 1960’s opened his own manufacturing...

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GLOBAL APARTMENT HOTEL OPERATOR JOINS AFA MEMBERSHIP RANKS

Quest Apartment Hotels, Australasia's largest and fastest growing global apartment hotel operator is the Australasian Furnishing Association’s (AFA) newest Member. But Why? Quest has commenced work on its first UK site in Liverpool city centre and the safety and...

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DO YOU WANT UP TO $50k OF GOVERNMENT FUNDING?

Does this sound like you? · You need to find a smarter way, a quicker way, a better way to grow · You have great ideas but need to translate ideas into products and into commercial success · You have outgrown your current processes or resources. · You need to plan for...

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ARE YOU SOURCING OR DISTRIBUTING DANGEROUS FURNITURE?

Fifty Australians a week injured by toppling furniture and televisions. An estimated 2,600 Australians receive hospital treatment for injuries caused by toppling furniture and televisions each year, equating to approximately 50 people per week. Since 2001 at least 22...

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Global Design Trends Direct From WA

Perth based Furniture Manufacturer, Michael D’Andrea of Artifex Australia, generously hosted last week’s networking event in West Australian for the furniture design and maker community. Special guest speakers Peter Kitely & Kianoosh Kavoosi from Kitely Kianoosh...

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IS YOUR DESIGN I.P BEING RIPPED OFF?

FAKE DESIGN FURNITURE ON ECOMMERCE PLATFORMS WEBINAR – WEDNESDAY 30TH MAY 2018 International I.P Tracking Specialists Red Points will debate the problem of counterfeits and illegal replica products on eCommerce platforms, and consumer behaviour towards these products....

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MANAGING ILL AND INJURED EMPLOYEES

by John Clements, HR Anywhere You hear that one of your employees is again absent from work and this employee has developed a pattern of not attending work.  You have requested medical certificates as evidence for the absence.  These medical certificates provided by...

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DRAFT 2018 INDUSTRY SKILLS FORECAST AVAILABLE FOR FEEDBACK

The 2018 Industry Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work prepared on behalf of the Furnishing Industry Reference Committee is now available for feedback and comments. The Industry Skills Forecast identifies skills gaps and emerging skills needs within industry...

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EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FOR BID ON MAJOR SAUDI CINEMA PROJECT

So what does the latest Hollywood smash hit ‘Black Panther’ have to do with furniture? For the first time in 35 years Saudi citizens have been able to go to the movies and the first movie was this blockbuster from Warner Studios which was followed by a major...

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Consumer Complaints Continue To Rise

When you buy goods or services and they break too easily, don’t work or don’t perform as generally expected, you have rights under the law. The Australian Consumer Law (contained in a schedule to the Competition and Consumer Act 2010) creates a basic set of guarantees...

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PGT – Reclaimed Suit Against Early Settler

Having had his products unscrupulously copied globally for years, PGT-Reclaimed owner and founder Ian Burden knew he had to take action, enlisting representation from Stone Lawyers, James & Wells and Mr Andrew Brown. The catalyst was a Customs Notice put in place...

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The Frustration Is Killing Us

Every now and then we receive quite lengthy well-thought out comments and feedback from our AFA Members which simply highlights the missed opportunities and ways in which our Members could better access our services. Here is an excerpt from a recent email for your...

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AFARC Expressions Of Interest

The Australasian Furnishing Association (AFA) has established the AFA Regulatory Committee (AFARC) to support the furnishing industry – and the outcomes required to meet furnishing industry quality assurance and regulatory needs. The AFA Regulatory Committee brings...

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