Government defers education expenses cap

Work related educational expenses cap delayed until 2015.

Federal Treasurer Chris Bowen has announced the deferral of the introduction of the government’s controversial $2000 cap on work related education expense deductions until 01 July 2015.

An economic statement just released confirms the move, saying that the delay “will allow for further consultation on how best to target excessive claims while ensuring the impact on university enrolments and genuine continuing professional development is minimised”.

More information will be released and reported over the coming days.

Well done to all supporters from a range of professions and industries who got behind ScrapTheCap and the many associated petitions!


Conferences DON’T suck!

MICENET AUSTRALIA e-Newsletter issue Aug No.1 2013 by Michael

A rather intriguing article entitled ‘Why conferences suck?’ was published earlier this week across a number of Fairfax’s online news channels.

Popular news websites including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Canberra Times and WA Today all featured the article, penned by Michael Baker, which discussed why ‘most conference presentations are completely [expletive] boring’, categorising  the types of speakers one usually finds at a conference and why they are likely to be a ‘waste of time’.

While the article touched on a few sore points that are in some cases unfortunately true, MICENET AUSTRALIA knows there are many more reasons why conferences DON’T suck!  Innovative presentation techniques, clever programming and interactive venues ensure a conference can inspire new ways thinking and networking.

So MICENET AUSTRALIA thought they’d put it to all of us, the informed readers and industry experts, to tell the world why conferences DON’T suck.

MICENET AUSTRALIA want to encourage you to read the article here and share your thoughts and opinions with them on Facebook and Twitter by using #conferencesDONTsuck

If enough interest and debate is collected a response will be published in the next edition of MICENET AUSTRALIA.

The PCO Association fully supports this initiative.  Good work MICENET AUSTRALIA!  We’ll be adding out 2 cents worth on this subject and we’d like to encourage our members and readers to submit their thoughts and opinions here with us or directly to MICENET.

Keep up the good work PCO’s and industry members alike!!

Win up to $100,000 or a New Car at the PCO Conference in 2013

Beazley InsuranceH2 Insurance Solutions & Beazley offer a chance to win either up to $100,000 cash or a new car at the 2013 PCO Conference in Melbourne.

H2 Insurance Solutions has been the only Insurance Adviser endorsed and recommended by the PCO Association since its inception and for the last 3 years has partnered with Beazley, one of the world’s leading event cancellation Insurers, to provide PCO members with access to world class, market leading event insurance.

Now, H2 Insurance Solutions and Beazley offer PCO members another winning combination – a chance to win either up to $100,000 cash or a new car valued at $25,000!

At the 2013 PCO Conference, one lucky PCO or Event Organiser will be randomly selected to participate in our 5 in 40 Card Draw game at the H2 Insurance Solutions trade show booth on Friday 29th November.

There will be 40 cards placed in individual secure envelopes. 20 envelopes will contain Yellow cards, 9 will contain Green cards, 6 will contain Magenta cards and 5 envelopes will contain Blue cards. The contestant will start by choosing an envelope to open, revealing a coloured card inside. The contestant will then continue to open envelope after envelope, stopping only once they have 5 cards of the same colour.

Matching 5 Yellow cards before matching 5 of any other colour wins $250 cash. 5 Green cards wins a great prize valued at over $500, 5 Magenta cards wins a new car to the value of $25,000 &  matching 5 Blue cards first will win the contestant $100,000 cash!

Visit the H2 Insurance Solutions booth at the 2013 PCO Conference trade show and enter the draw for your chance to win!

To get a quote for your next event visit or call Conference & Event Insurance specialist Nicholas Jobling on 07 3123 6919

The PCO Annual Conference & Exhibition will be held at The Pullman Melbourne, Albert Park from Thursday November 28 to Saturday November 30th 2013.