New contact information for ACETA
ACETA has new contact details. They are:
3/6 Atherton Road, Oakleigh, Vic 3166
Phone: 03 9254 1033
The 2016AGM is to be held on Monday 30 May 2016 at 7pm.
Join us at the Terminus Hotel in North Fitzroy for the meeting and stay for dinner and program. Not only does the Terminus serve great food, the craft beer really is something to write home about! Login to the members area for AGM documents and please RSVP
The big picture – numerous indicators point to the need for an industry convention
The current landscape indicates our industry wants, or certainly needs to develop and progress, minus the relentless sell-fest obstacle; is the answer, a convention? This report is devoted to what may be one of the most important initiatives we will ever address, namely a platform to help elevate all participants to another level, an idea that is in your interest requiring your input to progress.
In proposing a national industry convention, several imperatives demand consideration. It should be conducted in a convivial environment with an appropriate work/leisure balance and minimal diversion. This means avoiding a capital city. The program should address personal, corporate and industry development equally, with social activity focussed on ‘common denominators’. Most importantly, the entire event must resonate with, and be compelling to ‘all’ industry participants.
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ACETA membership enhances you and your financial well-being
From Frank Hinton, President, ACETA
As we welcome a New Year ACETA membership renewal falls due and new applications are received. Recently the question was asked, “Is it possible to financially quantify membership”, a reasonable but challenging proposition to answer with any surety. ACETA is constantly acclaimed for the work it performs, but many non-participants don’t seem to understand the benefit reality now available to members. Therefore we will attempt to quantify membership by presenting ten current major programs and activity streams along with an arbitrary financial benefit assessment; the information provided is not a guarantee but offered as a guide only.
Accreditation – comes with membership, enhancing your reputation, elevating commercial development opportunities, and may prove to be the most valuable benefit of all. Accreditation will assist goods and service acquirers to identify ethical traders, as it will suppliers seeking new agents and partners. There is no down side to accreditation, assessing worth is virtually impossible but value is clearly significant and will increase given the borderless and hostile nature of the contemporary trading landscape, human beings innately require security, it’s in our genes. What if we said accreditation could impact your turnover by at least 2.5%, do the maths; this could mean anything from $10,000 for a one person operation to a substantial six figure sum for a larger organisation. Yes it’s hard to place worth on gaining a valuable new agency or winning a massive supply contract.
ACETA Forum – delivers knowledge from a broad platform, through various media and in seminars and workshops at industry events. A significant initiative is member webinars such as the recent 4 part series on understanding the RCM product compliance legislation. Specialist webinars benefit all members’ particularly smaller companies who would otherwise engage consultants in dealing with mandatory issues. We believe the aggregate financial benefit could be in excess of $2,000.
Advertising – is delivered in various forms, most prominently in your permanent presence on the ACETA web site, where members depict their enterprise in 100 words, including a web site link. This is the one and only focussed industry wide presentation and could be valued in the order of $2,500.
Insurance – is realised in collective advocacy for members, including lobbying government as was the case during the Digital Dividend process and now its maintenance, ongoing vigilance and negotiation with government when necessary. ACETA is now engaged with ACMA in representing the collective interests of its constituency in dealing with the new all-important RCM product compliance regime. Remember governments listen to ‘industry peak bodies’, ACETA is your ‘peak body’, you never know what’s around the corner and when you need a voice, inestimable priceless.
Manufacturers Manifesto – is the platform to unify and resource the creative sector, facilitating increased export activity and employment. The priority steps are Unify, Share and Lobby, including negotiations to prioritise entertainment technology for an agreed period and share export promotion, exposure and funding. The measure of success will be realised in the level of industry involvement, currently inestimable and priceless.
Production of Resource Material – including publications such as the ‘ACETA Careers Guide’ will evolve relative to need. All materials are available to members and have value as a resource. These documents could be valued in the hundreds of dollars or more if and when put to good use.
Product Compliance – has been addressed in the relationship and formal agreement with the leading Australian test laboratory, Comtest. ACETA members now have access to consultation, product compliance management services and testing on preferential terms and conditions. In consideration of the new product compliance regime this initiative is of significant benefit and its value for an ACETA member will be anywhere from $2,000 and far beyond.
Safety and Well Being – along with ethical behaviour is robustly promoted by ACETA, a position manifest in its Constitution/Industry Guidelines and practised in the Accreditation program. ACETA identifies and discourages the import of knock-off, unsafe/non-compliant technology and IP theft. ACETA supports and discusses well-being issues, including hearing and mental health. The benefit for a member is associated with, and realised in accreditation.
Skills Shortage – is currently addressed in an Aptitude Test Program currently under development. Once implemented, ACETA members will have access to a data base containing information on individuals seeking employment, who have successfully completed the ACETA Entertainment Technology Aptitude Test. Based on employment agency fees a saving from $2,500 per new employee could be realised.
Trade Event Reform – resonates across the entertainment technology industry. Imperatives vary amongst stakeholders; however the expressed desire of industry participants for one all-encompassing annual event remains definitive and constant. ACETA is dealing with the available options; due the challenging landscape, progress is slow but constant. In the not-to-distant-future you may see the ACETA logo directly or indirectly associated with such an event and there will indeed be member benefits, including savings commencing around $400 – thousands contingent on the level of event participation.
Benefits are not limited to the above described examples. Membership offers personal & organisational development opportunity conserves financial outgoings and represents a form of insurance. We could estimate membership delivering the smallest organisation a benefit upwards of say, $20,000 and the larger company’s a six figure sum. Figures are speculative and contingent on the manner in which an organisation views membership, participation is the key. If you avail yourself of the numerous opportunities and even get directly involved, advantages will be abundant. Thanks for joining or are considering membership in this group of equals, we hope you enjoy and prosper.
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Vale Eric Robinson
Addition: This year's ARIA Awards were dedicated to Eric Robinson. Denis Handlin, Chairman of ARIA, CEO of Sony Australia and NZ said:
I would now like to make a very special mention of a great friend and industry legend, Eric Robinson. Eric sadly passed away this month and he will be greatly missed by us all.
His career spanned over 40 years in the Australian music industry where he led the production and stage management of so many wonderful events, festivals and concerts, including several ARIA Awards. He was a true pioneer. As many of you know, Eric would always tell it like it is and that’s what we all loved about him.
He was an incredibly passionate, decent and loyal person, and was a very proud supporter of Australian music. Our deepest sympathies are with his amazing wife Patti and their beautiful daughter Tara.
Eric Robinson needs little introduction. A concert production pioneer according to The Music Network, and they're not wrong. CX magazine says 'the best known pioneer for Australian live production ... quickly taking the lead as the premium supplier of live audio and lighting for concerts and events' when he took over Jands, with the Mulholland brothers (Paul and David) in 1970. Tributes are flowing fast and ACETA adds our sympathies and thoughts to family and friends, and of course everyone who worked with him. Eric was just 67. Too young.
What can you do about depression and anxiety in our industry?
ACETA has voted to support the campaigns to address anxiety and depression. A detailed plan is now being worked up. in the meantime here are some great places to go to find help or resources to help others. THREE MILLION Australians are living with anxiety and depression. And they're just the ones we know about. Too many are toughing it out in silence. Here are three places to go for help:
And remember: if you need help then the smart thing is to go find some help. And if you are worried about someone just ask them if they are OK? R U OK? How hard is that?
RCM comes into effect on 1 March 2016. Warning: up to $20k fines for non compliance!
RCM comes into effect on 1 March 2016. All importers and resellers of equipment must comply or they will be acting outside the law. Big fines mean you NEED to know this information. Fortunately, ACETA is making it easy. Four webinars have been scheduled to educate members about RCM so they can prepare for this new regulatory framework due to be introduced in March 2106. Warning: non compliance can attract fines of around $20,000. First webinar free to everyone. But you must register. Final three webinars are free to members only. Non members need to pay a fee of $210 (inc GST.)
Different memberships are available for ACETA that include the webinars plus access to all of the ACETA benefits up until January 2017.
A. Associate membership
Individuals, sole traders, hire companies, event companies, those not actually importing equipment. no voting rights. : $450 plus GST
B. Small business
Less than 4 full time employees, full voting rights $900 plus GST
C. Corporate membership
More than 4 full time employees, full voting rights $1800 plus GST
CX Network sponsors ACETA Forum webinars
Kicking off the next round of ACETA Forum webinars will be a four-webinar series on RCM, the new compliance regime replacing C Tick. It may sound dry, but it's critical to have for product imported, sold and hired in Australia.
ACETA is also pleased to advise that CX Network is the sponsor for the next twelve months. Huge thanks to Julius Grafton for his support.
Stage roof row: certification questioned
CX magazine has reported that a Taree, NSW production supplier has confirmed that the stage roof they supply does not have the necessary safety certification. ACETA wrote to every council in Australia earlier this year, including the local council for Taree, warning them of just this sort of issue. Only one council replied and it wasn't the council covering Taree. CX reports that the requisite engineer certification has now been commissioned.
ACETA participates in National Skills Week
Spreading the word about careers in the commercial and entertainment technology world
As part of National Skills Week the electronic version of the ACETA Careers Guide will go out to all secondary school careers advisors. National Skills Week is 24-30 August.
The distribution of the guide will take place on Thursday August 27th as part of a co-ordinated release by the Department of Education in Canberra, though our access to the program came via the Victorian Department of Education and Training.
The distribution of ACETA's materials will take place alongside ‘other specialist, technical and high value’ industry sectors that ‘do not have a high profile amongst careers teachers.’ We understand there are around 25 industry groups similar to ours taking up this opportunity. A number of these groups are operating in the creative industries but others are involved in health and the environment.
The initiative is designed to increase the awareness of career options amongst career teachers beyond the usual accounting, law, medicine, business advice they give out to students.
It is the perfect opportunity for the ACETA Careers Guide, which outlines the variety of opportunities our industry provides. But which are one of Australia's biggest secrets.
Vale Graeme Cohen
It is with sadness that we advise the passing of Graeme Cohen. This tribute was written by David Murphy, Chair of the Adelaide Section of the Audio Engineering Society, who has kindly approved its use here. ACETA also adds our condolences to the family and friends of Graeme. People like Graeme are the quiet achievers or secret strengths in our industry. It's an understatement to say that there is much that wouldn't have happened but for his expertise and tenacity. His work lives on in many of the products we see around us today.
Vale Graeme Cohen.
Tribute to Graeme Cohen
From David Murphy, Chair of the Adelaide Section, AES.
Members of the audio and radio communities in Australia will be saddened to learn that Graeme recently passed away. We offer our condolences to his family and friends. A well-attended funeral was conducted at the White Lady Chapel, Hillcrest SA.
Graeme was born in Victoria, the family moved to Western Australia, and Graeme had his schooling and completed a radio apprenticeship there under a hard taskmaster. It has stood him in good stead. Even as a child he was making and inventing, and that passion was lifelong. He was keenly interested in the great Australian bush, and he and his family enjoyed frequent camping holidays. After several moves and changes of jobs he and Sylvia made their home on the suburban fringe of the Adelaide Hills – the best of both worlds.
He was always fascinated with new technology, learning as much about it as he could, and frequently devising ways to improve it! He was continually learning, and his child-like enthusiasm for new things, new inventions, stayed with him all his life. Graeme was a mentor’s mentor, always willing to pass his knowledge to others, and indeed his part time position at DSTO was just that, helping train a new generation of analogue engineers.
Graeme had a long and varied career, from running his own transceiver company in Sydney, working at Philips Micro-electronics at Hendon in the 1980s, Adelaide, joining and leaving CODAN Adelaide more than once, and consulting with Duntech about audio power amplifiers. His major activity was with DSTO and related entities, working on the Over the Horizon radar and its successors. A recent project was a compact and powerful HF radio transmitter module, using balanced circuitry and ingenious coupling transformers of his design. He was a prolific inventor, and had the craft and engineering skills to make many of them himself.
Above all, he was an analogue man, inventing the double balanced microphone preamplifier while at Philips, and a plethora of vacuum tube based audio amplifiers. His 1984 balanced microphone design lives on in modern IC designs, the SSM 2015, and the THAT Corporation 1510 and 1512. He was always thinking in terms of balanced bridges, symmetry, circuits which cancelled distortion, had improved common mode rejection ratio, and so on. He was proud that he had presented papers at all the AES Australian Regional Conventions in the late 80’s and early 90s.
Apart from RF work, some of his other hobbies were audio, photography, caravanning and camping, steam engines, red wine, and animated discussion about anything related to audio! He was a member of several clubs and associations – the Audio Engineering Society, the Historical Radio Society of South Australia, the Australasian Telephone Collectors Society, and others.
For some of Graeme's papers please go to this link kindly posted by an AES member.
Membership prices reduced!
At the recent AGM, ACETA took the decision to REDUCE membership prices for general members. The new rates are as follows:
Annual subscription fee for General Members,
All prices are ex GST.
More information can be found on the Join ACETA page.
This reduction was in response to industry feedback that many companies wanted to join but couldn't justify the fee. Consultation was held to identify what fee they thought was reasonable and this schedule was developed based on that information.
Stage collapse in Beijing
An 80-person choir fell through the floor on stage in Beijing. Fortunately, no fatalities have been reported, but eight singers were injured. This is what happens when a stage isn't built to hold the weight of 80 people.
For more information about the ACETA safety campaign go to our pages, including the ones listing fake product and non compliant installation.
Thanks to everyone who attended the AGM, which was one of our most interactive yet. Held in the round it encouraged discussion and there were some excellent comments and thoughts shared. Minutes and financials will be circulated to members shortly. Much to report!
FREE webinar for members and non members: Marketing on a shoestring
Margins are too tight to waste on ineffective marketing. Frank Andrewartha from Quest Engineering and the ACETA Board reprised his popular ACETA Forum session as a webinar.
We recorded it. Go here for the recording. It's free. Most ACETA Forums are members only, so enjoy this one! And yes, we do make a pitch about membership of ACETA.
ACETA announces safety campaign
ACETA has launched a safety campaign to raise awareness of the small, but growing number of non-compliant companies in the profession. These are companies that flout laws and standards including workplace safety, product compliance including RCM, and compliance with HR and consumer law. Safety is becoming a growing issue for a number of industries, from car manufacturing (800.000 vehicles were recalled in Australia alone in 2014) to faulty electrical cable (installed in around 40,000 homes across Australia) to stage collapses in overseas markets. ACETA is all too aware that safety is paramount in our industry and too many are flouting the standards and laws, putting workers and the public into danger, and risking the reputation of the industry and the ethical companies operating in it.
Members can use the ACETA logo as a mark that they comply with the relevant Australian laws and standards, to differentiate themselves from those who don't. Compliance with industry standards is built into the constitution, which all members agree to when they join ACETA.
For more information please go to the safety campaign page and the industry guidelines page.
Letters have been sent to a number of key stakeholders including local councils, selected politicians, key commercial customers, event organisers, workcare authorities and fair trading bodies, including the ACCC. Track progress on the safety campaign page.
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Attracting high quality candidates to work in our industry
ACETA has created an e-guide to careers in the commercial and entertainment technology industry. It lists all the many roles, the qualifications and experience each requires, and what that role entails. Download it here. For more information about the guide and how it has been used, and plans to print a hard copy to be distributed to all high school careers advisors in Australia please go to the addressing industry skills page.