Home' INSTYLE Magazine : INSTYLE JANFEB 2016 Contents An accredited salon is supplied with all
the supplementary material they need to
run their business, not only that but create
a culture of sustainability, profitability and a
unity of understanding so the industry can
pass through its main challenges together
and give faith to consumers in knowing they
are spending money in an ethical salon.
Environmental practices and
sustainability continue to take a more
defined approach for Salon Select salons
with material and concepts from Paul
Frasca at Sustainable Salons Australia at
members’ fingertips. "It really is about
using what's available - there's still a lot of
salons that don't know just how much we
offer," said Paul.
“Everything is building relationships
and many of our members ask if the real
decision makers are listening, does it
make a difference? Politicians have to look
at every aspect and don’t make decisions
on the spot. It takes a really long time to get
noticed,” Sandy said.
With hairdressing there are a number
of Ministers that affect us, such as the
Minister of Education and Training,
“We’ve already had a
meeting with them and let
him know our concerns
with our industry,”
It’s as simple as looking
at where and how money
is controlled around the
country. Largely being influenced by the
mines – many decisions are made with
little care or concern for the flow-on effect
it may have on the salon owner. “With a
lot of the Ministers and Politicians being
blanketed by unions and 80 per cent of
the Fair Work Commission’s decisions
union based – this presents a number of
challenges for our industry," Sandy said.
Justice Ian Ross had a face-to-face
meeting with Sandy late in 2015 where
they discussed the concerns with not
getting enough apprenticeships, the award
and various other elements that are among
the most frustrating aspect for employers
in hairdressing. The good news is, the
commissioners are working to simplify
the award for everyone at the moment.
“I have learnt so much in the last two years
and built so many connections that help to
put our industry in front of government.
At the same time we have brought together
some of the industry’s most passionate to
help make a difference,” Sandy said.
The AHC board is comprised of Wendy
Blair and Anthony Gray representing
education and training, with Anthony
also representing finance. Nawal Silfani
is a corporate lawyer that represents
corporate governance for the AHC. Clint
Piper represents finance and is the chair.
Matthew Kilty also represents founding
members and events. Faye Murray takes
care of the accreditation process and
that in itself is the start of a journey to
take a salon from the beginning of their
membership to making the most of what
the AHC has to offer. Dwayne Hawthorne
takes care of IT and Paul Frasca represents
Sustainability. Everyone has a role that
helps define the future of our industry.
“We help so many salons to get
everything in place. We’ve had the Fair
Work Ombudsman look at our resource
library and remove anything that was
redundant or irrelevant. I think this is
why we’ve been really successful because
everyone involved and on the board has
a highly proactive volunteer mindset,”
At Hair Expo 2016 the AHC is running
a seminar called ‘The Lifecycle of
This will be an insightful presentation
defined by countless meetings Sandy has
had with the Fair Work Ombudsman in
Canberra. Salon owners will have access
to invaluable information to help with
2016's most significant challenges.
Hair Expo saw the AHC hold nine events
in 2015 and 2016 is all about this and
more. For the AHC however, it's about
quality over quantity and making the
right steps with the right people on board
is a focus moving forward. It’s difficult to
forget the success of sold out events such as
the Schmoozefest networking soiree and
crowds milling for Youthworx, Hair Expo
Apprentice of the Year and New Creative
Force finalists on the mainstage when we
get caught up on the industry’s challenges,
but ultimately it’s about managing these
two paralell’s - and it's this huge dichotomy
that the AHC relishes in the most.
Among so much on offer in 2015 were
two national tours – Expert Education
with Tracey Hughes and ‘Talk it Up’
Consultation and Client Relationship Tips
with Dario Cotroneo which amassed an
audience of more than 1,000 people.
Wendy Blair hosted a booked out Industry
Training and Education conference with
speakers from the Education and Training
Minister’s office, ASQA and Service Skills.
So what’s next? This and more for 2016 –
more members and an even bigger presence
at industry events will continue to build the
“We mustn’t lose sight that it’s our role to
uplift the industry reputation, credibility
and image and to do that we need to clean
up our backyard,” Sandy said.
are in the top four
complaints to the Fair
Work Ombudsman, an
18 per cent risk rate at
the taxation office for
undeclared income and
these are just two of
the many major factors that affect the
credibility of the hairdressing industry in
the eyes of the government and the public.
From a successful multi-salon owner,
what drove Sandy to concentrate on owning
one salon and give her energy to the AHC?
“From a personal point of view it’s
obviously not about the money. I get quite a
lot of satisfaction from it – it’s quite diverse
my work- the Canberra job is dry but on the
other hand I love helping people and seeing
someone achieve something they would
not have had the opportunity to achieve,"
Patience does bring success however,
for four years the AHC has been lobbying
for the barbers qualification and this will
be rolled out in 2016 as part of the new
training package – kudos to that.
It’s true that people just want to see
the billboard that promotes the industry,
the flashing lights and the carpe diem of
achieving something so great that nobody
will miss it.
Ultimately this is what the AHC is all
about – it’s cleaning up our yard for the
ultimate home inspection. The open home
where everything is right where it should
be and nothing is out of place. – it’s time to
start telling everyone else.
“We mustn’t lose sight that it’s our role
to uplift the industry reputation,
credibility and image and to do that we
need to clean up our backyard,”
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