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How to know which documents to keep?

How to know which documents to keep
When it comes to the annual, half-yearly or monthly office clean-out, how do you determine what documents you need to keep in the office, and which ones you need to send off to storage? If you have not done so already, you will first need to know which documents you are legally required to retain. It is best to find out what your state requires you to keep and for how long, as that information can differ from state to state. Whilst the various Acts prescribe the types of documents that must be retained and the period of retention, they are generally technology-neutral regarding the method of r...
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Top 5 Benefits of a Digital Office

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A digital office is a working environment in which information is stored and organised electronically and is easily retrievable. Document imaging allows users to view a computer-generated image of documents instead of the original paper. While this isn’t necessarily a paperless office, it is one step closer to achieving some of the benefits and efficiencies that can come from a paperless office. However, some people are skeptical about the productivity efficiencies gained by moving to a digital office. Quite often, this skepticism is due to a lack of understanding of the benefits. The top 5 be...
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9th Year raising awareness for Vinnies CEO Sleepout

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On June 17, 2010, Compu-Stor’s Director, Jeremy Manford took part in the inaugural CEO Vinnies Sleepout. Unsure of what to expect from the night, he raised $2,820. Every year since he has taken part, now knowing to expect a night of cold uncomfortableness and very little sleep, getting an appreciation of what homeless people in Australia experience each night. Each year he had doubled, tripled, quadrupled the amount raised for the charity. Over the years, Jeremy has raised over $45,000 to provide support programs, beds and hot meals for homeless people through the good works of St Vincent de P...
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Does paper still have a place in your business?

does paper still have a place in your business
While digital transformation is on the cards for many businesses in 2018, paper still holds value in the modern business world as an important medium for recording vital operational information. Paperless offices have a significant role in businesses of the future, however it’s rare that an office can ever be completely paper-free. Paper may no longer be king, but it does still have its place in the office. If you are going to use paper to record key business information, you need to ensure that it is stored correctly to stand the test of time. As the prevalence of digital record keeping grows...
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Managing confidential information in law firms: changes and challenges

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Nearly every matter a legal firm represents involves receiving or generating some type of confidential information. Lawyers who are provided such sensitive client information have an ethical and commercial obligation to keep their data and the data of their clients safe, secure and confidential. Most practices have a protocol for addressing documents while the case is current, but once the matter is closed, these files need to be properly indexed and stored. Firms must take steps to ensure that confidential files are kept in securely but can be accessed if again needed in a timely manner. Docu...
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Confidential government documents sold in op-shop filing cabinets

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Today,  news   outlets across Australia have reported that ASIO officers swooped into ABC offices to retrieve thousands of top secret and classified government documents that were bought from a second-hand shop. The two filing cabinets contained a trove of sensitive documents, many of which were classified top secret. They were sold cheaply at a second-hand shop in Canberra, which stocked ex Government furniture. The safety of your records is of paramount importance to us. When you entrust us with your information, you can rest assured that it is being cared for in the right man...
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Start as you intend to stay – Best practice record management

Start as you intend to stay Best practice record management
Did you know that 17 January is known as the Ditch New Year’s Resolution Day? Good diet and exercise is replaced by binge watching Netflix and eating pizza. But for your business, starting the year with best practice’s in mind one new year resolution you shouldn’t break. Best practice in records management starts with the question, “Does my business have appropriate plans in place to protect the security of its information?” Professional, accountable and reliable records management can enhance your overall productivity, efficiency and security. Any interruption to your business could cost you ...
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Examining the value of document storage for your business

Regardless of size, for many businesses and government entities it can be quite difficult to manage large volumes of paperwork in an organised and planned way to enable security and ease of access. If you are in an office that relies heavily on physical paperwork, you will find it is quite easy to misfile or misplace documents, which can be a costly problem to have. According to Price waterhouse Coopers, finding a lost document can potentially cost a company $122 per document in terms of downtime and lost billings. With that, they have also estimated that 7.5% of all company documents are...
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Physical and Digital Records: Co-mingling works

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The paperless office is a goal for many Australian businesses who want to streamline efficiencies, reduce environmental impact involved in creating paper, and hopefully gain some cost savings along the way. However, while Australian businesses are certainly becoming less reliant on physical documents, the coming of the ‘paperless office age’ has certainly not been achieved by most. A 2016  survey into Australian customer preferences of print and digital  found some results which demonstrate that it’s not just business processes that need to change to achieve a paperless office, but c...
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Ensuring compliance in records management for Healthcare industries

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Good medical records management is not only a very important aspect of running a medical practice or hospital records department, but it is also an integral measure to ensuring adherence to the compliance of various state and federal governance’s relating to the storage, management and retrieval of medical records. Records management should be a priority for all health departments and medical departments. Across all states, medical businesses that hold health information must take reasonable steps to protect medical records from misuse and loss through unauthorised access, modification or disc...
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Why Operations needs to drive Digital Transformation

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Digital transformation has often been placed in the court of IT due to its digital nature. However, as these digital changes are more about operational improvement rather than IT implementation, it should be the function of Operations to be the most important influencer for a truly successful digital transformation; with Operations working in partnership with a skilled IT team. Amongst the many tasks that an Operations Manager or Operations Team are charged with is efficiency and productivity; driving best practice throughout all areas of the business. The goal of digital transformation is to ...
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From Document Storage to Information Management – a look back at 30 years of business for Compu-Stor

A look back at 30 years
Last month, Compu-Stor celebrated 30 years in business as a family owned business, transforming from a WA based document storage business and growing into a national information management company. Compu-Stor is proud of our heritage and our longevity in the business and the fluidity we have to continually innovate to remain relevant and continue to deliver products and services to help our customers. Before document management was an official business function, most businesses kept all their files in filing cabinets, and depending on the size of the business, rooms would be dedicated to keepi...
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The hidden costs of a data loss

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What price would you put on the information your business creates, saves and shares? Information about proprietary products and services – that’s valuable – after all, it’s your IP. What about information on your customers? It certainly helps to know your customers and what their purchasing habits are. What about day to day work product, emails, word docs, spreadsheets? These are your everyday work activities that would be frustrating to have to recreate if you lost them. When placing a price on preserving your organisation’s data integrity, it’s important to recognise that the true cost to yo...
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The three ways businesses hold and store documents: The Horder, The Shredder and The Sensible

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Setting up the right record keeping system for your business will help you work efficiently, meet legal requirements and strengthen customer and staff relationships. Good record keeping can help you protect your business, measure your performance and maximise profits. There are certain record keeping requirements for businesses across all states of Australia, and depending on your industry, there may be specific laws and requirements related to your sector. Here we look at the three different types of ways businesses hold and store documents. The Hoarder At work, hoarders tend to hold on to pr...
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Compu-Stor celebrates 30 years proudly family owned and operated

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Family continues to drive growth of Compu-Stor products and services Australia’s largest family owned document storage and information management business, Compu-Stor, is celebrating 30 years in business this month. The same year the West Coast Eagles made their debut, and Scott married Charlene in Neighbours, Compu-Stor was first realised by Peter Manford, who had gained his experience working at Brambles Manford. Brambles Manford was the result of a buyout of the original Manford family business by Brambles, who for a time operated under the Brambles Manford name. Today, Peter’s sons, Jeremy...
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Update from the Director

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Compu-Stor is proud to continually implement new and improved systems, policies and procedures, reinforcing our ongoing commitment to health, safety, environment and quality. This commitment is shared across the entire organisation and is deeply embedded in our company’s culture and business processes. We are thrilled to have recently updated our certification ISO 14001 Environmental, ISO 9001 Quality and AS/NZS 4801 OH&S. Compu-Stor achieved this third-party triple certification through Bureau Veritas, a world leader in testing and inspection ad certification services. While ISO certifica...
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Instant Access – The speed you need to access your data

Instant Access The speed you need to access your data website
The development of digital technologies has resulted in the convenience of expanding knowledge. This access to at your fingertips data means businesses owners are able make business decision in almost real time, making a real impact on the business bottom line. It’s a simple formula:  Data = Information = Knowledge The purpose of an information management system is the quick and economical retrieval of files. A robust information management system should offer instant access to all your records in a way that is easy to search and retrieve. Furthermore, a good system will also facilitate w...
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The real power of digitisation comes from creating a ‘single source’ of the truth.

The real power of digitisation comes from creating a single source of the truth website
A single source of truth is a single point of access and modification for a data element. It requires that all access is for the same copy of data. In records management, it comes down to structuring and modelling the system so that every data element, in this case records, is stored exactly once. Single source of truth is a practice and strategy that helps to ensure that data is reliable, accurate and secured. Recently, public sector directed news site,  The Mandarin , talked about the Government’s move to a digital-first footing and the opportunity digital transformation poses for busin...
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Data breach response plan essential for all Australian businesses

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With the passing of the Notifiable Data Breaches Bill, all entities will need to now report data breaches to the Australian Information Commissioner. The essential goal of this mandatory reporting legislation is to avoid data breaches and to mitigate and limit the negative impacts when data is lost or stolen. While the laws will give  Australia some of the strictest disclosure rules in the world , this new legislation only covers Australian Government agencies and private organisations with an annual turnover of more than $3 million, the same threshold as the Australian Privacy Act introd...
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Australian businesses must now report if they’ve suffered a data breach – Notifiable Data Breaches passed

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In February this year, the Australian Senate passed a bill establishing a mandatory requirement to notify the Privacy Commissioner and affected individuals of ‘eligible’ data breaches. The Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Act 2016, amends Australia’s Privacy Act 1988 and is slated to take effect on February 22, 2018 if no earlier date is proclaimed. The new Notifiable Data Breach Bill covers most Australian Government departments and agencies – except for intelligence agencies, as well as all private sector and not-for-profit organisations with annual revenue of AU$3 million (US$2....
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