New Providers to enhance value of Membership

An extremely busy month for all at Access 1st as we continue to negotiate even more benefits for the members of our Association clientele.  Additional benefits we have introduced  include relationships with Phone/Mobile Carriers, Discounted Tickets/Events, Further Accommodation Options & Discounts, HR/IR Hotline and Documentation, etc. As the membership of Associations continue to grow, so does our bargaining ability to work on your behalf, and we are extremely excited with some of the additional options we are currently exploring for your benefit. 

As you will see below, we have  a number of special offers on the go at the moment, and we encourage you to make the most of your membership and explore all possible savings whether for your business or personal lives. With the end of financial year quickly approaching, now may be the time to purchase that much needed business equipment. At the other end of the scale, having worked hard for the past twelve months, now may be the perfect time to shout yourself some time off with a holiday, or splash out and buy that “something” as a reward for all your hard work - so important to spoil yourself every now and then!!

Here at Access 1st we are continually looking for new and exclusive benefits to give our members more.  If you are part of an Association and they are not affiliated with Access 1st, then I suggest you get on the band wagon before its too late... Just kidding, it will never be too late, but seriously "WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?"

Stay tuned next month, to see what else we have in store for you....  Until then, reap the rewards...and on behalf of the team at Access 1st, thank you for your ongoing support.



Written by: Kerry Brocks

The Institute for Learning Practioners is Australia's fastest growing professional industry body.

ILP is enhancing the effectiveness and value of learning and development, as well as helping L&D professionals improve results from their learning initiatives.

We also offer a broad range of services and benefits to ALL learning practitioners, including leading edge professional development opportunities, the most competitive PI and PL insurance, mentoring and networking events, recognition for achievements and a range of discounts offered by alliance partners.

ILP has developed a reputation for being innovative, for setting new standards in professional development and for being highly responsive to the needs of learning practitioners.

Whether you are a Trainer, Facilitator, Coach or Learning & Development Manager, ILP will provide support and help you build your credibility as a valuable learning professional.


End of financial year in many cases can often mean that your annual business insurance policies are due for renewal, and we would like to take this opportunity to confirm that Parmia offers all members of Access 1st an obligation free review of all business insurances at no cost.

It is essential every twelve months some six weeks prior to renewal of your insurance policies, you complete a full review of your existing policy, and speak to your Insurance Broker/Adviser to ensure that you are happy with the protection that will be afforded to you should you suffer loss going forward. As your business continues to evolve, so do you need your insurance policies to evolve with it - how many of you have exactly the same business today to what you had twelve months ago?? Your immediate reaction may be that nothing has changed, but upon deeper review, you will be surprised at the new exposures you may have accepted by taking on new clients, new activities, etc. The many contracts you enter into each year can dramatically effect the type of insurance protection you need, and conditions in your policy may also be effected.

Take the worry out of insurance by speaking to a professional to ensure that the policy wording is tailored to meet your specific needs, rather than a generic “off the shelf” product where you are asked to fit its standard conditions!!

For further information on this review, please call (07) 3387 1900, or email us at


Welcome to Vodafone for Access 1st members. Vodofone is the largest mobile telecommunications company in the world with one in four people on Vodafone.

The offers available to our members are exclusive through the partnership with Vodafone Enterprises team. The solutions available to members cover all requirements from single users to multiple users with  premium range phones and data plans for laptops or tablets. below are the details of the plans available and as an Access 1st member you are entitled to recieve 10% off mobile data plans.

For Access 1st business members Vodafone have a boutique range of corporate and enterprise solutions that are tailored to your business through personalised consultation. Please call Sam on 0415 957 973 to discuss the options available and you will need to mention which Association you belong to.


Members Plus Electrical Purchasing Services

If you can plug it in, then chances are Members Plus can help you source an amazing deal on electrical products through our reliable electrical supplier network around Australia.

On average, our members save between 9% and 13% off their best price when using our electrical purchasing service.

Using this service is easy.

Step 1

Shop around for the electrical product you wish to purchase and be ready to buy when you contact us.

Step 2

Simply call us on 1300 658 787 with your membership details, product brand name, model number and description of the item and your best price (including deleivery and extended warrenty details, if required)

Step 3

Let us shop for you! Your Member Plus price will be available quickly, within two to three business hours for most purchases.

Once you place you order with Members Plus, our supplier will contact you to arrange pick-up or delivery and payment.

Special Deals and "Smart Savers" Newsletter

 Keep in touch with the latest Member Plus deals through our monthly newsletter, "Smart Savers". If a good deal comes across our desk, we'll make sure you hear about it the next edition of "Smart Savers".  Simply click here


Need a New Car?

Access 1st and Motor market takes the stress out of looking for your next vehicle.

Simply decide on the make and model of the vehicle you wish to purchase and let us do the searching and negotiating on your behalf. We have a large network of reputable car dealers who value their affiliation with Access 1st and know that we expect top service and pricing for our Access 1st members.

For further information, call 1300 226 683 or go to

No sales pitch, no hassles.

Simply the right vehicle at the right price!


Mantra Group is one of Australia and New Zealand's largest holiday and business accommodation providers with over 100 hotels, resorts and retreats operating under the popular brands of Peppers, Mantra and BreakFree. The accommodation options available suit all tastes, ranging from family-friendly resorts and self-contained apartments to luxurious five star resorts and retreats.

Fantastic destinations throughout Australia and New Zealand ensure you have plenty of options to meet your business or holiday travel needs. Find accommodation located in every popular business centre in Australia including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Canberra, Darwin, Adelaide and Hobart and popular holiday destinations throughout the coastal and country areas including the Gold Coast, Tropical North Queensland, Sunshine Coast, Northern and Central Coast NSW and Great Ocean Road Victoria, Tasmania and throughout New Zealand, plus many other locations!

For a fabulous trouble-free holiday or business trip - book your next stay in Mantra, Peppers or Breakfree.

Peppers Retreats, Resorts and Hotels offer 4.5 to 5 star luxury accommodation and are located throughout Australia and New Zealand. Each Peppers property is unique in its style and experience. Often found in charming parts of Australia and New Zealand country-side they provide a real opportunity to induldge and relax away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

Mantra Hotels, Resorts and Apartments offer an extensive range of 4 to 5 star accommodation with properties in every Australian CBD, as well as many popular Australian coastal destinations and in New Zealand. Mantra is the perfect choice for those looking for great locations, convenience and modern facilities allowing you to make the most of your next family holiday or business trip.

To take advantage of these amazing offers visit and enter your member code.

We have teamed up with Experience OZ to bring you the best day tours, attractions, reef tours, theme parks, activites, whale watching, white water rafting, skydiving, Great Barrier Reef diving, extreme activities and things to do in Australia and New Zealand! All with a best price guarantee and NO booking fees - plus Access 1st Members can save 10% of everything here. Dont forget to check out the Hot Deals as well to save you even more!

Learn 5 email campaigns that generated the best results for business....

Below is access to a webinar that takes you through the five most effective email campaigns that our clients have generated great results from and show you how to get the same results for your business. The techniques you will learn will focus on the following:

  • How to increase your leads and sales
  • How to build client loyalty and encourage your customers to return for more
  • How to make new clients feel special from day one
  • How to increase your referrals
  • How to save time by using automation technology
  • How to increase a one page plan that allows you to achieve all of this despite your business schedule.

If you are looking for the top tips to improve the results you get from your Email marketing, then this a webinar we know you'll enjoy.

For those who are already achieving great results from your database marketing, we also have some ideas and tips for improving your website and online presence.

  • Add a Blog to improve your SEO and keep visitors returning
  • Reskin your website and appeal to your visitors with a fresh, modern look
  • Launch yourself into ecommerce in the new financial year by adding a Shopping Cart to your website
  • Have a big collection of before-and-after photos of your projects? Then use the Photo Gallery to display them on your website and attract more customers.
HICA - Are you protected this flu season?

Written by: Suzanne Still

The first week of June not only marks the start of winter, but also means the flu season is well and truly upon us - and Australians are being urged to consider protecting themselves with a vaccination for this season.

According to the independent health body, the National Prescribing Service (NPS) approximately 10,000 people in Australia are hospitalised every year due to flu and its complications.

NPS clinical adviser Philippa Binns believes the benefits of the flu vaccine are clear in terms of protecting individuals and communities.

"Having the flu vaccine protects you, it protects at-risk people you may be in contact with and it can reduce the chance of needing to use antibiotics to treat flu-related complications" Dr Binns said on June 5, 2012.

"Healthy people can be struck down by severe influenza but for some people catching the flu can be very serious and have a higher risk of complications"

At risk groups include those with long-time medical conditions such as diabetes or severe asthma, older Australians over the age of 65 and pregnant women.

Antibiotics are usually not recommended for colds and flus, however there may be times when it is necessary.

Some private health insurance policies may help to cover the cost of prescription medicines not covered by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)


Associations Forum

 25-26 July 2012

The Associations Forum National Conference is the premier event for those working in and supporting the Associations and Charities sector.

Associations Forum Pty Ltd facilitates the sharing of knowledge, information and experience among not for profit organisations.  WIth its mission of "Bringing Associations Together to Boost Performance" it provides training and education on governance, membership, marketing, IT, policy and lobbying and communications.

A commercial entity, Associations Forum operates as a user group for all not for profit organisations. Members include professional, trade and industry Associations, sporting groups, charities and special cause groups.

We look forward to seeing you at the Associations Forum National Conference on 25-26 July 2012.

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As an additional benefit to all of our Associations, Access 1st hosts monthly webinars for all members.  We are currently seeking speakers for the July to Dec 2012 period and if this is something of interest, please contact Fiona McTaggart on         07 3387 1919 or email






1. What do you expect from your Association?

2. What are the best benefits your Association offers?

3. Do you take advantage of these benefits?

4. Does your Association keep you informed about Industry Updates?

5. Is your Association affiliated with Access 1st? If not, Why Not? 


Do them and you a favour and tell them ABOUT US!  Phone us toll free on

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