Webinar: Why is cybersecurity PR different?

August 10, 2020

As part of the global Code Red Security PR Network, Primary Communication will be co-presenting a webinar on Wednesday 12 August at 1pm AEST, exploring the nuances of cyber security public relations in the Asia Pacific region.

Primary’s Senior Account Director, Elaine Banoub, will be expanding on successful cybersecurity PR strategies for the Australia/New Zealand region in particular, and how this differs to the rest of Asia Pacific.

In light of the Australian Government’s 2020 cybersecurity strategy, and $1.67 billion commitment to bolstering the nation’s cyber resilience, there has never been a greater opportunity for cybersecurity organisations to have their voices heard.

Join this webinar to learn from prominent Asia Pacific PR and cybersecurity experts including leading technology journalists Victor Ng and Stuart Corner, who will discuss key success factors for effective communication across the whole Asia Pacific cyber security market.

Participants will also hear a testimonial from leading global IT/OT cybersecurity company Claroty, on their PR successes in the APAC market achieved through the global Code Red PR network.

Click here to register for the webinar. https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PuEC5augRDSrlxPS5vPOjw

Breaking Silent Codes Documentary

April 30, 2020

Breaking Silent Codes was established by First Nations sexual assault and family violence advocate, Dixie Link Gordon to enable vulnerable First Nations women to find a safe environment to share their deeply personal stories. Belinda Mason photographed these story tellers, bringing to the page the character and depth of these extraordinary women.

Learn more here http://www.breakingsilentcodes.com.au/

Primary has helped to promote Breaking Silent Codes for the past year and to advocate for, and support the largest delegation of Australian and Pacifica women to attend and present to the global delegation of women at the United Nations 64th Committee for the Status of Women’s conference in New York. The Breaking Silent Codes delegation exhibited the project which was enriched by storytelling, and a series of meetings with first nations women’s groups to share lessons and community and women led interventions. The United Nations’64th Commission on the Status of Women conference was interrupted and then shut down in the first week of March due to the COVID-19 Pandemic while the delegation was in New York. But the story telling and lessons for all of us remain strong.

Primary is proud to support this project and to promote the documentary they made while in New York. Watch it here.

Support for clients uninterrupted

March 30, 2020

In line with national efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19, Primary has moved all staff to telework. Our first thought is for the health and well-being of all our clients, suppliers, colleagues and team. 

Normal working hours remain 8.30am to 6pm, and our often used 24×7 support will continue as required for all clients.

We have invested heavily in cloud-based systems and mobile technology over the past few years to ensure clients can contact us anytime and receive full service from any location. All members of our team have been set up to work remotely and maintain access to all our servers and network. We are already helping clients deliver online events and more written or video communication.

It’s business as usual, with some minor process changes. These will be tailored to ensure maximum effectiveness over time and currently include: 

  • All of our inbound office phone lines will be diverted to the phones of specific staff
  • Outbound calls will be made from mobile phones rather than our switch number
  • Clients are provided with direct mobile numbers for their support teams – see below
  • Meetings will be conducted using Zoom video conferencing or our teleconferencing lines
  • Training and workshops will be delivered using Zoom video conferencing

Colleagues in Hong Kong have just returned to their consultancy offices after teleworking for seven weeks. Their experience has informed our new support structures and we are also tailoring support to each client’s systems to maximise our services during this unprecedented time. 

As always, we are all here and available to support clients. We welcome ideas, queries or suggestions on how we can continue to provide leading services during this unprecedented time.

We know that it will be a very stressful period, even for those who do not suffer from the virus during the coming months. Every home, business and organisation will be affected. Every day we will face a new challenge, and hopefully also be able to share a new victory.

Staying in touch by phone, and sharing experiences will be essential. Please get in touch at any time.

Chris Hall,
Chief Executive Officer


Largest delegation of Australian and Pacifica First Nations Women break silent codes

March 6, 2020

Prominent Goreng Goreng woman and First Nations Advocate, Dixie Link-Gordon and international human rights artist, Belinda Mason, are leading the largest delegation of First Nation’s women from across Australia and the Pacifica (Thursday Island, Fiji, Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea and Aotearoa) to New York this week, as part of a movement to break cycles of family and gendered violence for Indigenous women and their communities.

The ‘Breaking Silent Codes’ movement uses first nations lived experience and local solutions to domestic and family violence, sharing cross cultural programs and resources to address the epidemic of violence that first nations women experience. The movement’s song lines and stories have been captured by Mason in an exhibition of portraiture photography and storytelling to promote first nations women’s lived experiences of violence.

Up until Wednesday the women were a significant program session at the UN Committee on the Status of Women conference in New York, until the 12,000 strong conference on global women’s rights was cancelled due to the threats caused by COVID19. Regardless, the delegation will maintain their hectic meetings program with global women’s changemakers who’s energies will combine in advocacy for First Nations women’s rights – virus or no virus!

The delegation, through the strong support of New York and Washington women’s organisations, have moved the panel event and exhibition to ensure that their sold-out attendees can participate in the international discussion.

Primary has been proud to provide pro-bono support Dixie, Belinda and their ‘Breaking Silent Codes’ delegation in the gritty and necessary work they are doing. The delegation have been proudly supported by women’s and social justice organisations (Women’s Electoral Lobby, YMCA, UN Women, Oxfam, Mura Kosker Sorority Inc, Australian Council of Churches), PwC, Government (Homelessness NSW, City of Sydney and Create NSW), corporates and philanthropists, who were committed to ensure Breaking Silent Codes and First Nations Women from Australia and the Pacifica get their deserved seat at the table.

The Breaking Silent Codes movement is extremely determined group of resilient women who showcase the strength of collaboration in creating truly sustainable change in our local, national and international communities.

Primary Young Guns Build Talent in 2020

February 29, 2020

Primary’s young guns kicked off their development programs for 2020 by attending the first PRinks Event hosted by Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA).
The event is the biggest networking program for emerging PR practitioners in Sydney. It provided inspiration, insights and a wonderful opportunity to connect to other young professionals.
Primary proactively encourages staff to build on their knowledge and networks with professional development and industry events. Yearly budgets to support tailored training programs are set for each team member. Activities for 2020 already include a wide range of formal programs such as an IAP2 Australasia Certificate in Engagement, Account Manager Bootcamp and postgraduate study.