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Broadspectrum is promoting equality and diversity in its industries by sponsoring Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) scholarships for female students. The company has recently signed agreements with Monash University and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), to include a yearly scholarship in their program from 2018. Championing the company’s diversity and inclusion agenda, Broadspectrum Group Executive Legal...
Despite Australian women’s superannuation balances growing, they still remain well behind their male counterparts. New figures show a significant increase to female super balances driven by women working more, earning more and being in the super system for longer, but despite this many retirees now are still heavily reliant on the Age Pension once they stop work. New data released by the peak super body, the Association of...
You don’t have to work full-time to get real benefits from super. Many mums – juggling young children and work – are in part-time, or casual roles. But small contributions do add up. Over time, the super contributions you receive from part-time work can make a big contribution to your overall savings for retirement.  First, figure out if you’re eligible for super contributions. Your employer must pay 9.5% of...
Hold on to your fruit salads, kids! The Wiggles annual end of year tour is coming up and it’s going to be one of their biggest concerts EVER! Blue Wiggle Anthony, Red Wiggle Simon, and of course our favourite Yellow and Purple lovebird Wiggles Emma and Lachy are ending the year with a big Christmassy bang, with their  Wiggly Christmas Big Show!  tour across the country. Old time favourites like  Do...
We chat with Lisa Roberts, Manager in the Liquidity and Implementation Team at AustralianSuper, about managing the work/life balance whilst raising a child. You’re a Manager in the Liquidity and Implementation team at AustralianSuper.   How do you manage the work/life balance? Since returning to work I no longer work on BAU activities, as that is pretty difficult to do on a part time basis. I work three full days a...
The saying 'make hay while the sun shines' holds true for dealing with home loan interest rates. If you make extra repayments while rates are low you will reduce your loan balance, save on interest and build a buffer to minimise the impact of future rate rises. If you are not sure by how much you might increase your repayments, you could: Increase your repayments as if rates were already 2% higher Round up your...
Parents play an important role in shaping their kids’ financial behaviour and attitude towards money. Many teenagers rely on their mum and dad to set the right example when it comes to managing finances.   Of course, it’s not always easy to talk to teenagers about money, particularly as they approach adulthood. Bearing that in mind, we’ve pinpointed three areas where you can help prepare your kids to navigate the...
We recently outlined three company benefits Australian mums are looking for from an employer – an organisation’s culture and values were one of them.  It makes sense that many working mums want to align themselves with an employer that gives back to the community. One of Broadspectrum’s key priorities is ensuring that they are as focused on social value as they are on business success. They have a continuous...
While there is much focus on the qualities and skills that employers look for in employees, not much is said concerning the things job seekers look for in an employer. But isn’t that just as important? We often hear women say, ‘I’m just a mum.’ Hold up, ladies – there is no ‘just’ about it. Any mum will tell you that being a parent is the hardest job there is, and one that equips you with a...
We chat with  Connectpreneurs Plus  member, Anne Ryan, who helps mums create a life they love. Tell us about your business. I am an experienced mumpreneur who recently completed my study as a life and business coach and I am following the International Coaching Federation path for accreditation. I offer coaching services to mums who dread their 9-5 work but need to work for financial reasons or otherwise. I...
Superannuation is important for all women, but probably even more so for Stay At Home Mums (SAHMs). Having a break from paid work reduces our ability to contribute to our super leaving us much worse off than others when it comes to retirement age. There are a few things that you can do to boost your super as a SAHM: Small contributions go a long way The first step to making sure retirement savings stay on track is to find room...