Graham Willett

Graham Willett was born in Sydney, Australia in 1947. His childhood was spent in the Sydney suburb of Epping and later on a dairy farm in the small community of Jaspers Brush (near Berry) on the picturesque New South Wales south coast. At the age of 17, he moved to Sydney for his tertiary education and has subsequently lived in various parts of Australia during his professional career. Graham moved to Queensland, Australia in 1991, where he still resides.

A graduate of The University of Sydney (BSc – 1967 and MSc – 1978) and Sydney Teachers College (Dip Ed), Graham’s professional career spans over twenty years in the Australian mining industry working as a geoscientist, project manager and company director and a further ten years in the field of higher education.

During his time in the mining industry, Graham worked throughout Australia and overseas on mineral exploration, mineral development projects, commodities marketing and on the development of minerals processing technology. His involvement ranged from the conduct of successful mineral exploration programs to the project management of a $20 million final feasibility study on the Mt Weld development project (Western Australia) involving the mining, downstream processing and marketing of rare earth compounds. The partners in this development project were Mitsui (Japan), Marubeni (Japan) and Carr Boyd Minerals (Australia), with Union Oil (USA) acting as a silent partner.

Throughout his career, Graham has demonstrated ability in the development of conceptual models of mineralisation and was associated with seven mineral discoveries including the aforementioned world-class deposits at MT Weld. He is also the author of a number of scientific papers relating to nickel and rare earth mineralisation. Principal employers included the Belgian company Union Miniere, Union Carbide and Union Oil of California (UNOCAL) from the USA and the Australian companies, Carr Boyd Minerals and Ashton Mining.

Graham’s experience includes corporate strategic planning, setting of corporate policy and management to Board level, recruitment and management of multi-disciplinary technical teams engaged in research & development (R&D), overseeing financial and legal matters relating to major projects and negotiating deals at a national and international level. He has personally visited numerous technology companies in Europe, Japan and the USA in the fields of electronics, glass manufacture, automotive, alloys, ceramics and super-magnet fabrication in his role as Project Manager of the MT Weld development.

Graham is currently proprietor of his own business under contract with the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia to market and manage the CEED Program (which places senior undergraduate and post-graduate students onto industry projects for their theses) on behalf of QUT and The University of Queensland. The work involves advising Queensland industry on R&D, setting up contracts and training students in conceptual thinking and project management. He has been with the program since inception (1992) and managed over 240 projects during this period, generating funds of over A$1.7 million from industry to operate the Program.

Since 1996, Graham has also been developing an exciting new scientific theory – The Unifying Theory of Entropy – a theory that recognises the basic coding of nature, which leads to the diversity of all patterns of behaviour observed in the natural world, including human society. Graham formed a private company, Living Business Systems (Aust) Pty Ltd, in early 2000 for the purpose of commercialising the theory.

Background to the Discovery

In 1996, Graham Willett began to take an interest in the field of ‘re-engineering’ of processes for business and manufacturing that had recently emerged from the USA (Hammer and Champy, 1994). These authors suggested methods for analysing business processes and “re-inventing” organisations that achieved, at times, quite spectacular results. The interest in processes was becoming prevalent in the various engineering disciplines taught at local universities and gaining momentum in many of the local industries in SE Queensland, Australia. Willett, in his role as Program Co-ordinator of an industry-based student-training scheme for the two major universities in South-East Queensland (Queensland University of Technology and University of Queensland), evidenced an upsurge in “process-based” student projects. While moving extensively around industry to place students into science and engineering Research & Development projects, he noted the same or similar processes cropping up repeatedly across very diverse settings and industries.

By late 1996 it was becoming obvious to Willett, and many others, that ‘re-engineering’ as a new methodology was experiencing both spectacular successes and flops. Willett observed that the key problem with ‘re-engineering’ and other process-related methodologies was that they lacked a scientific basis of observation and measurement – rather, they had emanated from university business schools. Willett asked himself what constituted a process and what were the rules governing its behaviour? On these points the literature was sparse and inaccurate. It soon became obvious that to understand processes, a new understanding of the science behind processes and their mechanisms for change was required.

Willett’s study of these issues soon ran into significant problems. While Chaos (Complexity) theory described the phenomenon of self-organisation and had produced significant evidence in support of this, the notion of self-organisation ran contrary to the common interpretation of the Second Law of Thermodynamics and of ‘entropy’ (described later). Willett noted that Chaos theory was inadequate in this regard. Until this basic problem was solved, the theory of processes (systems) was going nowhere.

Willett then took a different approach. Having a background as a petrologist, mineralogist and crystallographer, he was fond of classifying things and describing their properties. He began to identify processes according to their fundamental properties and resultant behaviour and noticed that each pattern of behaviour was derived from a distinct geometry of process. At the time this observation appeared interesting, although it was only later that the full significance was apparent. Willett began to derive a set of “rules” that controlled the behaviour of processes. For example, without the ability to add processes sequentially only random events are possible. In this case, the resulting system is deterministic, inflexible and predictable. Such systems could easily be controlled. However, once an iterative process (new rule) was introduced into the system it became adaptable, flexible and less controllable or predictable.
After approximately a year of work, Willett recognised a small number of prime process geometries from which a diverse group of process geometries could be derived. It was observed that the same geometries could be used for both ordering and disordering reactions. Willett surmised that another factor (the role played by entropy) was involved in determining whether a process would be ordering or disordering when changing state. (Note: some scientists still regard entropy as being a measure of disorder and others see it as the dispersion of energy. The latter case is more accurate but still assigns a minor status to the role of entropy in nature, according to Willett).

Willett’s First Breakthrough

On the evening of 17th August 1997, Willett made his first breakthrough. He discovered the hierarchical relationship of some 20 process geometries. New geometries were quickly predicted from the structure that was emerging. By using four basic natural coding units (addition, iteration, replication and response), it was possible to derive a hierarchical structure of new geometries, each level exhibiting increasing complexity and capability of process. It was this structure that scientists worldwide have termed the “mathematical code” that generates the universe, in anticipation of its discovery (refer interview with Stephen Wolfram in ‘New Scientist’, 25 August 2001). The composite pattern that emerged from the work of Willett was one of capability of process. Willett recognised the emerging pattern as the structure controlling evolution.

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Staff Reward Systems & Fringe Benefits

Recruit, incentive as well as a preserve with the fringe benefit

Among the most affordable means, you could bring in, award and also retain your company staff is by providing a host of the appealing staff benefits program.

Like your customers, your staff is composed of an array of personalities, with one-of-a-kind systems that affect how and also the factor why they make a sale. When building your system, make sure that support personnel take an active part in the employee benefits.

These are non-cash advantages that are on top of an employee’s wage or income:
Core benefits: These are the benefits that all personnel are given with, as an example, a pension plan system and also holiday privilege.

Fringe Benefits

Volunteer benefits: These are the fringe benefit that workers could choose to take up, which they pay for directly.

You pay staff members to produce certain outcomes. By doing this, workers will certainly recognize just what should certainly be completed to be able to get particular advantages. Rewarding workers could possibly settle in spades.

Always drive home the simple fact that the incentive differs from the normal spay. The excellent strategy isn’t to depend on physical incentives. It has to offer substantial incentives together with acknowledgment.

Gift cards are supplied to recipients online, using email. Receivers can after that open their gift card on any smart device, computer system, or tablet computer.

On the occasion that you had no workers, you would remove that price however ought to you spend opportunity greeting individuals and going after insurance coverage claims, do not have any time to look after the individual as well as handle recommendation partnerships. At specifically the very same instance you should observe the employees discover as well as work together from each other to win as a team. Employees will certainly typically respond swiftly to this type of severity. Other staff members will look carefully at this kind of habits.

Try a demo online gift card to see how it works:

You pay staff members to produce specific results. Rewarding workers can perhaps pay off in spades.

In the event that you had no staff members, you would certainly eliminate that expense however should you spend opportunity welcoming patients and chasing insurance coverage cases, do not have any time to take treatment of the patient and also handle reference relationships. At specifically the very same circumstances you must observe the employees team up and also discover from one another to win as a team.

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Speed Networking Luncheon Semester 1

Speed Networking Luncheon
Wednesday 13 March (Week 2)
Merewether Courtyard Level 2
No strings attached networking!
Are you thinking of applying for graduate jobs or internships? Then this event is not to be missed! Meet representatives from the world’s largest professional services and financial firms like Deloitte, KPMG, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, BDO, McGrath Nicol and more! If you are thinking of completing a CPA or CA qualification, you can discuss your future career development opportunities with representatives from The Institute of Chartered Accountants and CPA Australia.
This event is FREE and CATERED! See you there! 

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AAASoc’s New Website

Welcome to our new website! Here you will find information about our upcoming events this year on campus at The University of Sydney.
Don’t forget to join us on Facebook at Accounting and Auditing Society and friend us here.

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2016 ACCA Campus Ambassador Application

Turn your passion for learning into an amazing journey through university life.

ACCA is now recruiting for 2016 Campus Ambassadors to assist with ACCA campus promotional activities.

Are you:

  • An excellent communicator with a passion to network
  • Looking for an amazing and challenging extra-curricular experience
  • Keen to learn and convey about an internationally recognised professional pathway for accountants

If you say yes to the above, then APPLY NOW for a great opportunity to expand your network, enhance your employability and access a great financial reward scheme!

Application Process

1.     View position description here

2.     You are required to film a short video (maximum 3 minutes) to introduce yourself and explain why you are the most suitable candidate for this position.

3.     Complete the online application here
Please note: if your video is too large to be sent via email, please upload it to YouTube and copy link to online application only.
or Email a video/video link and your resume to Vicki Le at

For how to upload videos, please visit here

*Important Key Dates

Applications close on 5 February 2016

Selected candidates will be contacted either by phone, email or Skype by 19 February 2016.
Campus Ambassadors will receive training via webinars, and will be provided with a welcome pack including promotional materials, T-shirt and a name badge.

We hope to receive your application!

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CPA’s CEO – Alex Malley Has a New TV Show !

Hi Everyone,

CPA’s CEO, Alex Malley returns to the Nine Network on Sunday 7 February with a new series, The Conversation with Alex Malley.

Following on from the tremendous success of three seasons of The Bottom line, the new show will air at 10.00am on Sundays and reveal the moving life stories of influential leaders. The inspiring, though-provoking guests will discuss their big lives and how they’ve made a real difference, through conversations with Alex.

Channel Nine’s legendary political commentator Laurie Oakes; Atari Founder and entrepreneur Nolan Bushnell; Opposition Leader Bill Shorten; World Vision CEO Tim Costello; journalist and television presenter Deborah Knight;. There will also be an exclusive interview with Alpha Cheng, the son of NSW Police employee Curtis Cheng who was murdered outside the police headquarters at Parramatta in Sydney last year.

Don’t miss The Conversation with Alex Malley 10.00am Sundays from February 7 on the Nine Network.

– AAASoc Exec Team


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AAASoc Speed Networking Luncheon

Hey everyone!

AAASoc will be holding our signature Speed Networking Luncheon in Semester 1 week 2!

This event is open to all students of any major or degree, not just accounting! Join us in gaining further insight in career opportunities in Australia such as graduate and vacationer positions as well as first year programs. Ask your burning questions to firm representatives for advice or simply get to know the different industries, service lines and the culture.

Also a great opportunity to network with members in AAASoc, learn about what we do and share your interest in joining the society as a sub-committee member or executive.

WHEN: Week 2, Wednesday 9th March 12-1PM

WHERE: Abercrombie Business School Building Seminar Room 1150


Firms attending include Deloitte, CPA, CAANZ, ACCA and EY.


Hope to see you all there!

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CPA Careers Expo 2016


Don’t miss your chance to meet The Naked CEO, Alex Malley, chief executive, CPA Australia. Alex will also be available to sign copies of his book The Naked CEO.


With so many reputable employers in the one spot, here’s your chance to talk to them aboutgraduate and internship opportunities.

Exhibitors include AFP, Aussie, GE, KPMG and more.

Receive one-on-one feedback on your:

  • first impressions;
  • 30 second pitch;
  • and resume

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Deloitte Tax Graduate Program

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