Archive

See below for archived news and media releases.

21/12/2017 | Public Access

Time for a good hard look at our whole tax system

“It’s time for a good hard look at our whole tax system,” James Pearson, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said today. Responding to America’s sweeping tax reform package, which slashes the company tax rate from 35% to 21% and provides tax relief for middle...

20/12/2017 | Public Access

Summary of the budget update and response

Economics and Industry Policy Budget repair is critical and in that sense, the improved budget position is a welcome development. That said, we are concerned that repair is being driven by higher taxes. The forecast deficit in 2017-18 has improved to 1.3 per cent of GDP ($23.6 billion), compared to...

14/12/2017 | Public Access

Strong jobs growth continues

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chief Economist Adam Carr, commenting on today's ABS Labour Force report, said: "It's clear the economy is gaining strength. The extra 61,600 jobs in November continue the very strong jobs growth we've had all year. More than 300,000 jobs have been created over the...

14/12/2017 | Public Access

Tourism a huge contributor to national economic performance

The Executive Chair of Australian Chamber-Tourism, John Hart, commenting on today’s ABS tourism economic performance figures, said: “It is clear from the Tourism Satellite accounts released today that tourism is making an extraordinary contribution to the Australian economy. “A 3% increase in employment across the year compared to a national average of...

12/12/2017 | Public Access

Manufacturing outlook remains positive

The outlook for Australian manufacturing continues to be positive, the Australian Chamber-Westpac Survey of Industrial Trends shows. The December Quarter result, released today, shows continued solid output, backlog and new orders, while employment and overtime are expanding. “The Westpac-AusChamber Actual Composite Index moderated in December 2017 to 63.4 from an...

11/12/2017 | Public Access

Women working on it: behind closed doors

Behind closed doors is an Australian professional network, focused on peer to peer mentoring and development of women in business. Biz Better Together spoke with their Marketing & Events Manager, Penny Reidy, about women working in support of each other to make the most of their combined knowledge and skills....

07/12/2017 | Public Access

Apprenticeship Numbers Continue to Fall, System in Crisis

A further 4.7% decline in apprenticeship numbers confirms the system is in crisis, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. Figures today from the National Centre for Vocational Education and Research show the number of apprentices at June 30 this year, *268,600, was 4.7% less than the same...

06/12/2017 | Public Access

Australia’s Economy Gaining Momentum

Today’s national accounts show that the Australian economy is gaining momentum, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. “There has been a clear acceleration in growth in 2017 compared to the second half of last year,” Australian Chamber Chief Economist Adam Carr said. “Household spending softened which shows...

06/12/2017 | Public Access

Australian Chamber congratulates export award winners

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry congratulates the winners of the Australian Export Awards, announced last night at a gala dinner at Parliament House, Canberra. The awards, in their 55th year, are co-presented by Austrade and the Australian Chamber, recognising Australian export success in the global arena. Winners were...

01/12/2017 | Public Access

Tourism chief new President

One of Australia’s leading tourism chiefs has been elected President of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Australia’s leading business representative organisation. Mr Jeremy Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Sovereign Hill in Victoria since 2002, was elected President at the Australian Chamber Annual General Meeting in Canberra today. Sovereign...

29/11/2017 | Public Access

Energy crisis – Rising costs must be addressed

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcomes comments this morning from Audrey Zibelman, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Energy Market Operator and Energy Security Board member, that measures are being put in place to increase energy reliability this summer, but is concerned they won’t address rising costs. “Ms...

24/11/2017 | Public Access

Business assessment warns vocational training at a tipping point

Vocational training generates great outcomes, but risks falling into decline without agreement from COAG ministers,  the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. To coincide with the meeting of the COAG Industry and Skills Council on 24 November 2017, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry released its assessment...

23/11/2017 | Public Access

Brand Australia – Call for single brand welcomed

The Australia Chamber of Commerce and Industry supports the government’s call today, in the release of its Foreign Policy White Paper, for a ‘national unified brand’ to sell Australian exports to the world. “Brands are powerful. A single brand would help Australian exporters enter new markets and attract foreign investment,”...

22/11/2017 | Public Access

Prime Minister The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP, remarks at the Australian Chamber Small Business Roundtable, Parliament House

PRIME MINISTER: Welcome one and all, James welcome to ACCI – the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Now I’m here with Michael McCormack, the Minister for Small Business and as you know our focus, our commitment is to ensure that we create the right environment for you to succeed...

22/11/2017 | Public Access

Faster payments to small business welcomed

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcomes the government’s announcement today that small businesses providing goods and services to the Commonwealth will be paid faster, in 20 days rather than 30 for contracts up to $1 million. “This is a major boost to the 6800 small businesses currently providing...

17/11/2017 | Public Access

Australia’s gender equality scorecard

Commenting on the release today of the government Workplace Gender Equity Agency Australia’s gender equality scorecard, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Deputy Director of Workplace Relations, Alana Matheson, said: “It’s encouraging there’s been a big jump in action by employers on gender equality. There’s still more to do...

14/11/2017 | Public Access

Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten address to the Australian Chamber Lunch

The Hon Bill Shorten MP | Leader of the Opposition  Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Member for Maribyrnong Speech to the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Lunch  Sydney | Tuesday, 14 November 2017 First of all, thank you very much for inviting me...

10/11/2017 | Public Access

Peru-Australia trade deal welcomed. Deal finalised in just six months.

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcomes the announcement today of an agreed preferential trade deal between Peru and Australia. “Australian exporters in agriculture and the services sector will have improved access to the Peru market,” Australian Chamber Director of Trade and International Affairs Bryan Clark said. “Particularly pleasing...

01/11/2017 | Public Access

Bank tax would take South Australia in the wrong direction

Ahead of this evening’s vote in the South Australian Parliament, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Australia’s largest and most representative business organisation, joins with Business SA in warning that South Australia’s proposed bank tax would undermine efforts to reduce and remove inefficient state-based taxes. Australian Chamber of Commerce...

31/10/2017 | Public Access

Flexible arrangements working well

Business owners are granting 90% of requests for flexible working hours, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. “Business owners value their staff and grant requests where they can,” said Alana Matheson, Deputy Director, Workplace Relations, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “The current arrangements are working well.”...

31/10/2017 | Public Access

Dick Grozier | Senate, Education and Employment Legislation Committee, Fair Work Laws Amendment (Proper Use of Worker Benefits) Bill 2017

Opening Statement Senate, Education and Employment Legislation Committee (Fair Work Laws Amendment (Proper Use of Worker Benefits) Bill 2017 Dick Grozier Associate Director | Workplace Relations Melbourne | 30 October 2017 The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry thanks the Committee for the opportunity to comment on the Fair Work...

30/10/2017 | Public Access

Celebrating 50 years of job creation through tourism investment

Australian Chamber - Tourism, the peak national tourism body in Australia, joins Tourism Australia and the Australian Government in celebrating 50 years of tourism promotion. “Fifty years ago, the Government of Harold Holt saw the opportunities tourism could bring to our economy, and understood that meant investment in promoting Australia...

25/10/2017 | Public Access

CPI figures show businesses unable to pass on energy prices

Responding to the latest ABS Consumer Price Index, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chief Economist Adam Carr said: “The figures confirm businesses are being hit hard "Electricity prices rose 8.9 per last quarter. They’re up nearly 20 per cent since mid last year. "Seventy per cent of Australia's electricity...

24/10/2017 | Public Access

Productivity Commission wake up call

“The Productivity Commission five-year review is a wake-up call,” James Pearson, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said today. “The spotlight on education and health as key drivers of prosperity and benefits to all Australians is timely. “The Commission says vocational training is in ‘disarray’. We agree....

23/10/2017 | Public Access

Pay-for-what-you-use access to cloud technology is changing the world

Shannon Nixon (nee O’Brien) is Enterprise Sales Manager QLD at Amazon Web Services and she spoke about the impact of the 4th industrial revolution at the Mobile-ising Women in Business event in Melbourne on 29 August 2017. Shannon talked with Biz Better Together about the unprecedented pace of change and...

23/10/2017 | Public Access

Increasing promotion of a draft safety management system worries employer groups

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is urging businesses to reflect before preparing for or implementing the new draft international safety management system standard, ISO 45001. There has been a surge of articles and workshops touting the draft standard as the new ‘gold standard’ for safety management systems, but...

20/10/2017 | Public Access

Holden closure – Not the end of automotive, Australia entering new growth phase

“Australia has an ongoing vibrant and viable automotive industry,” Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chief Executive Officer James Pearson said today. “The Holden closure today, while the end of an era and a moment to reflect on an iconic part of our history, should not define our perceptions of...

19/10/2017 | Public Access

National Press Club: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and James Pearson

Australian Chamber CEO James Pearson questions Prime Minister Turnbull on the roll out of the new energy package at a National Press Club panel discussion on 19 October 2017. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hhlelpu6VmQ&feature=youtu.be

17/10/2017 | Public Access

Business Leaders Summit in Canberra Today

Business leaders across Australia are gathering in Canberra today for the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry annual Business Leaders Summit. The attendees are drawn from the Australian Chamber’s Business Leaders Council, which includes: ·         Google Australia and New Zealand ·         Uber ·         Airbnb ·         Thales Australia ·         Samsung Australia...

17/10/2017 | Public Access

Business Response – Government Energy Policy Announcement

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, on behalf of Australian business, has been advocating for three things: 1.    lower prices for power, 2.    increased reliability of supply, and 3.    meeting our international commitments while maintaining our international competitiveness. "The plan announced today by the Government seeks to tick these...

16/10/2017 | Public Access

Against the grain

A willingness to explore new technology has seen agricultural supplier HE Silos vastly extend the life of stored grain, securing profits for farmers in a fluctuating market. The company won the Excellence in Innovation and the Business of the Year awards at the 2016 NSW Business Chamber Business Awards. HE...

16/10/2017 | Public Access

Urgent action needed to prevent job losses and business closure

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry today welcomes the release of the ACCC preliminary report into its Retail Electricity Pricing Inquiry. The ACCC found that Australian businesses face “similar issues to households, in terms of complexity and a lack of comparability in retail electricity markets”. Chief Executive Officer James Pearson...

11/10/2017 | Public Access

Federal Court decision on penalty rates means it’s time to let employers get on with creating jobs

In responding to the Federal Court’s decision to dismiss the appeal of the Fair Work Commission’s decision on penalty rates, James Pearson, CEO of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said: “The Federal Court has backed up the Fair Work Commission’s decision and it is time for the union...

10/10/2017 | Public Access

Anything less than bipartisanship on energy is a policy failure

Failure to achieve bipartisan consensus on energy would lead to worse outcomes as we fall back on a patchwork of state based renewables policies, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has said today. Chief Executive James Pearson said: “The status quo is not an option. Solving our energy policy...

06/10/2017 | Public Access

Resignation of Senator Nick Xenophon

"Nick Xenophon’s brand of politics will be missed in Canberra," James Pearson, Chief Executive of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said today. "Nick has taken a careful approach to reviewing policy and legislation. He has been willing to listen to how legislation will affect Australia’s business environment and...

29/09/2017 | Public Access

FutureAsia offers a framework for deeper engagement

Smarter and deeper engagement with our overseas neighbours will help create new business opportunities and better outcomes for our economy, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. In responding to Federal Labor’s FutureAsia policy framework, James Pearson, Chief Executive of the Australian Chamber said: “The Asian region represents a significant...

29/09/2017 | Public Access

Alana Matheson | Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee Inquiry Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment (Ensuring Integrity) Bill 2017

Opening statement Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee Inquiry into the  Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment (Ensuring Integrity) Bill 2017 Alana Matheson, Deputy Director | Workplace Relations Melbourne | 28 September 2017 We thank the committee for this opportunity to appear today and we do so in support of the passage of...

28/09/2017 | Public Access

Another reminder we need to lock in and extend company tax reductions

Today’s announcements in the US compound the need to act on business tax rates or be left behind, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. James Pearson, Chief Executive of the Australian Chamber, said: “Yesterday the Global Competitiveness Index confirmed that our tax rates already rank as the second...

27/09/2017 | Public Access

Australia still outside the top 20 in global competitiveness

It is time to return to the economic reform agenda or we risk being further left behind, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today, responding to the latest World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Index Report placing Australia 21st in the world. James Pearson, Chief Executive of the Australian Chamber...

27/09/2017 | Public Access

Response to announcement on domestic gas supply

Statement from James Pearson, Chief Executive: "Assurances from gas suppliers that they are able to meet domestic demand are encouraging and households and businesses hope this supply comes at affordable prices. "The ideal scenario is for increased supply of gas without the need for government interventions such as the threat...

25/09/2017 | Public Access

ACCC report confirms jobs risk from energy crisis

Statement from James Pearson: The ACCC has hit the nail on the head - the East coast gas situation is serious and business has been pointing this out for some time. Lifting blanket exploration bans and removing gas moratoria is a necessary longer term solution. Gas is just one part...

21/09/2017 | Public Access

Tariff reductions positive step towards comprehensive agreement with Indonesia

Minister Ciobo’s announcement that Australia and Indonesia will move promptly to implement tariff reductions is a positive step towards the realisation of a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. James Pearson, CEO of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said: “Australian farmers...

21/09/2017 | Public Access

Self-serving ACTU campaign risks misleading employees

The ACTU’s ‘change the rules’ campaign is self-serving and based on misinformation the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. Australian Chamber Director of Workplace Relations, Scott Barklamb said: “While claiming to be consulting with employees, the ACTU’s position is already decided, and it invariably will mean greater union...

20/09/2017 | Public Access

Tourism an Australian economic success story, but our regions missing out on international tourism dollars

Australian Chamber – Tourism welcomes today’s release of the National Visitor Survey (NVS), confirming tourism’s place as a key growth area of the economy. "As the peak body for Australian businesses engaged in the visitor economy, we are incredibly heartened by today’s NVS results, Executive Chair of Australian Chamber –...

18/09/2017 | Public Access

Jenny Lambert statement to the House Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training – Inquiry into school to work transitions

House Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training – Inquiry into school to work transitions Opening Statement - Jenny Lambert Australian Chamber – 18 September 2017 Check against delivery Thank you Chair for this opportunity to reinforce our substantial written submission to this inquiry with a few key points. Improving...

14/09/2017 | Public Access

Construction, infrastructure spending drive manufacturing results

Australia’s manufacturers are benefitting from a strong upswing in public infrastructure spending, with stronger world growth and a relatively low dollar supporting growing exports, the latest Australian Chamber-Westpac Survey of Industrial trends has found. Andrew Hanlan, Senior Economist at Westpac, said: “The Westpac–AusChamber Actual Composite index strengthened in the September...

13/09/2017 | Public Access

Resignation of Nigel Hadgkiss APM

Throughout his long and distinguished public service career, Nigel Hadgkiss APM has demonstrated his professional commitment to serving the Australian community. We would like to particularly acknowledge his leadership in tackling unlawful union conduct on building sites and working to break down a culture that has led to abuse, intimidation,...

12/09/2017 | Public Access

Business welcomes moves to stamp out phoenixing

Sensible steps to deter and detect illegal phoenixing will benefit Australian business, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has said today.  James Pearson, Chief Executive of the Australian Chamber, said: "Australian businesses stand to benefit from the Government’s action to address illegal phoenixing. Small and medium sized businesses in...

06/09/2017 | Public Access

Tourist spend at record highs

The latest International Visitor Survey showing that spending by international tourists is at a record high of $40.6 billion further underlines the opportunities for growth, and employment growth, in the tourism sector, Australian Chamber – Tourism said today.   Executive Chair of Australian Chamber - Tourism, John Hart, said "While...

05/09/2017 | Public Access

Why mindfulness in technology adoption matters to business with Dr Jason Fox

Dr Jason Fox is a modern day wizard-rogue and leadership advisor, bestselling author of The Game Changer and How to Lead a Quest: a handbook for pioneering executives, and in 2016 was awarded Keynote Speaker of the Year. He spoke at the Mobile- ising Women in Business event in Melbourne...

05/09/2017 | Public Access

Vulnerable Workers Legislation passes the Senate

The Senate last night passed tough new laws that will see penalties of up to $630,000 for employers who knowingly underpay their employees.  The laws will also see franchisors and holding companies held accountable for any breaches of employment laws by their franchisees and subsidiaries. The new laws give the...

04/09/2017 | Public Access

Why business women should put themselves forward for the 2017 Smart50 Awards

For more than 10 years SmartCompany has been hosting the Smart50 Awards, acknowledging Australia’s fastest-growing SMEs. This year, SmartCompany is looking to encourage more women to enter the awards. It is widely acknowledged that women are less likely to put themselves forward for awards and acclaim or to “self-promote”. At...

31/08/2017 | Public Access

Speech | APEC workshop on Rules of Origin (ROO) related to the potential development of a Free Trade Area of the Asia – Pacific (FTAAP)

The Australian Chamber’s Bryan Clark presented to an APEC workshop on Rules of Origin (ROO) related to the potential development of a Free Trade Area of the Asia – Pacific (FTAAP) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on 22 August 2017. The workshop was to help APEC economies better understand...

30/08/2017 | Public Access

Small business to benefit from a better deal on energy

It is a welcome announcement from the Prime Minister that small business will be included in measures to help households manage their energy bills, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. Director of Economics and Industry Policy, Adam Carr said: "We have been concerned that small business customers...

29/08/2017 | Public Access

A reminder to the PM and energy retailers: Don’t forget small business

Small businesses must be in scope at tomorrow’s meeting between the Prime Minister and the big energy retailers, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. Director of Economics and Industry Policy, Adam Carr said: “Small businesses have also been hit hard with skyrocketing prices and action needs to...

29/08/2017 | Public Access

Helping employers avoid missed super contributions an important part of the super system

Improving superannuation compliance is an important contributor to the success of Australia’s retirement income system, the Australian Chamber said today. In cautiously welcoming the Minister for Revenue’s announcements today on the recommendations from the Superannuation Guarantee Taskforce, Associate Director of Workplace Relations, Dick Grozier said: “Superannuation is overly technical, the...

28/08/2017 | Public Access

ACTU claim for employees to set their working hours unworkable

Responding to the ACTU’s claim for employees to be able to dictate both the number of hours they work, and their start and finish times, Alana Matheson, Deputy Director of Workplace Relations said: "The ACTU’s claim is unworkable and it ignores arrangements already in place for parents and carers to...

25/08/2017 | Public Access

Alana Matheson | Senate, Education and Employment Legislation Committee – Fair Work Amendment (Pay Protection) Bill

Opening statement to the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee Inquiry into the Fair Work Amendment (Pay Protection) Bill 2017 Alana Matheson Deputy Director | Workplace Relations Melbourne | 25 August 2017 Check against delivery The Australian Chamber thanks the Committee for this opportunity to address it in relation to the Fair...

24/08/2017 | Public Access

Evolution, Expansion and Entrepreneurial Spirt with Anna Ross from Kester Black

Entrepreneur Anna Ross describes the ethical and sustainable nail polish and cosmetics company she founded, Kester Black, as an evolution. She appeared on the Entrepreneurial Insights Panel at the Mobile-ising Women in Business event in Melbourne on 29 August. She talks with us about what it takes to start up...

23/08/2017 | Public Access

Ally Watson: Code for Community

Ally Watson is a developer, computer science graduate and co-founder of Melbourne’s Code Like a Girl. She appeared on the Entrepreneurial Insights Panel at the Mobile-ising Women in Business event in Melbourne on 29 August 2017. She talks with BBT about how she got into coding, and why it’s an...

22/08/2017 | Public Access

Back yourself in business with Narelle Plapp from Food for Health

Naturopath and entrepreneur Narelle Plapp founded Food for Health in 2005 and has recently launched her second business, Grain & Bake, a contract muesli manufacturing enterprise. She appeared on the Entrepreneurial Insights Panel at the Mobile-ising Women in Business event in Melbourne on 29 August. Narelle talked with us about...

17/08/2017 | Public Access

Marita Cheng: Build on your passion for success in business

Marita Cheng was the 2012 Young Australian of the Year and is a technology entrepreneur and advocate for women in technology. She spoke at the Melbourne Mobile-ising Women in Business event on 29 August 2017, and answered some questions for Biz Better Together on how she got started in robotics...

16/08/2017 | Public Access

Welcome opportunity to spotlight modern slavery in global supply chains

The goods and services enjoyed by Australians should not be produced by people in other countries working under slavery-like conditions. Any requirements proposed for Australian businesses to address modern slavery must be carefully targeted to ensure they squarely address the issue and do not lock small and medium sized Australian...

15/08/2017 | Public Access

John Hart moves to Executive Chair of Australian Chamber – Tourism

Well known industry figure John Hart has been appointed as Executive Chair of Australian Chamber – Tourism.  John has 30 years of industry experience and has recently stepped down after 18 years as Chief Executive of the Restaurant and Catering Australia. John has served as non-executive Chair of Australian Chamber...

15/08/2017 | Public Access

International Tourism is the stand out performer in job generation

Tourism is confirmed as the unsung hero of the Australian economy with record international visitor numbers in year to June 2017, Australian Chamber – Tourism said today. The June publication of the Overseas Arrivals and Departures figures shows that in trend terms, 733,100 international visitors came to Australia in June...

09/08/2017 | Public Access

Don’t forget small businesses in retail power talks

Today’s discussions with energy retailers must not forget small business, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. Chief Executive, James Pearson said: “Most small businesses buy their energy from retailers, just like households. Many retailers have hit small businesses even harder than households, with price rises up to...

09/08/2017 | Public Access

Senate bravely reaffirms the rule of law in the building industry

Senators have helped ensure communities throughout Australia can benefit from on time and on budget construction of hospitals, government and community infrastructure, by reaffirming requirements for businesses seeking Government-funded construction work to comply with the Building Code, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. The latest 2016 Building Code...

07/08/2017 | Public Access

10 tips for reducing winter safety risks

Working in winter is just part of the job for plumbers, but the cold temperatures, wet weather and shorter daylight hours bring a range of occupational health and safety risks. In partnership with Master Plumbers, Biz Better Together spoke with Cameron Ellis and Steve Thornely, both former plumbers who now...

01/08/2017 | Public Access

Hotel industry giving young people a go

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has today congratulated the Australian Hotels Association for its public commitment to create up to 10,000 opportunities through the PaTH program. Director of Employment Education and Training, Jenny Lambert, said: “The 10,000 places Australian Hotels Association has committed to create are on top...

01/08/2017 | Public Access

Alana Matheson | Senate Inquiry – Defence and Trade inquiry into Adopting a Modern Slavery Act in Australia

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Opening Statement Opening statement to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade inquiry into Adopting a Modern Slavery Act in Australia Alana Matheson, Deputy Director | Workplace Relations Melbourne | 1 August 2017 Check against delivery The Australian Chamber of...

28/07/2017 | Public Access

Business leaders gather to push for policies to drive prosperity

Business leaders from across all sectors of the economy and from all parts of the country gathered in Brisbane on Friday 28 July 2017 to debate the policy settings Australian businesses need to grow and invest, to increase the prosperity of all Australians. Members of the Australian Chamber of Commerce...

28/07/2017 | Public Access

Business leaders call for action on energy prices

High energy costs are a crisis for Australian businesses, business leaders meeting in Brisbane said today. The General Council of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, representing over 300,000 Australian businesses, called for immediate and concerted action to bring down power prices. Chief Executive, James Pearson said: “Members were...

24/07/2017 | Public Access

National University of Singapore wins first prize

In July, ICC Australia held its biggest educational event with 14 university teams from the Asia Pacific region competing around the mediation table at the inaugural ICC Australia Asia Pacific Commercial Mediation Competition. Each team had put months and hundreds of hours into perfecting their problem-solving skills in cross-border commercial...

24/07/2017 | Public Access

Students need to be better informed about employment outcomes from higher education

The Government’s Higher Education Reforms must be matched with better information available to students about employment outcomes, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry told the Senate Education and Employment Committee today. In her statement to the Committee’s inquiry into the Education Support Legislation Amendment (A More Sustainable, Responsive and Transparent Higher...

24/07/2017 | Public Access

Jenny Lambert | Senate Inquiry – Higher Education Reform Bill

Opening Statement to the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee inquiry into the Higher Education Support Legislation Amendment (A More Sustainable, Responsive and Transparent Higher Education System) Bill 2017 Jenny Lambert, Director of Employment, Education and Training Melbourne | 24 July 2017 Check against delivery Thank you for the opportunity...

20/07/2017 | Public Access

Protectionism represents a risk to Australia

The Productivity Commission has issued a timely warning of the national and global risks of protectionism, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has said. James Pearson, Chief Executive of the Australian Chamber said: “Where governments around the world have embraced protectionist policies and introduced measures that add costs and...

17/07/2017 | Public Access

Virtual and Augmented Reality technology can give your business the edge

Leah Bunny is the Founder of Carousel Creative, Virtual Soup and Co-Founder of Real World VR. She spoke at the Mobile-ising Women in Business event in Melbourne on 29 August 2017 about how businesses can utlilise virtual and augmented reality technology to enhance customer engagement and explore previously untapped revenue...

14/07/2017 | Public Access

Employers welcome moves to reduce superannuation red tape

Fixing the administrative difficulties employers face when paying superannuation will improve compliance, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. In responding to the report of the Superannuation Guarantee Cross Agency Working Group Director of Workplace Relations, Scott Barklamb, said: “The rules for employers making superannuation payments are complicated...

14/07/2017 | Public Access

Business welcomes COAG progress on energy

Energy ministers have taken positive steps towards addressing the national energy crisis, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. Chief Executive James Pearson said: “It was critically important that energy ministers agreed to actions to prepare for this coming summer. Importantly, they did. “Unfortunately, there’s little prospect of...

13/07/2017 | Public Access

Households and businesses paying for energy policy mess

The COAG Energy Council must act to achieve price reductions across the energy market and ensure the reliability and security of the system, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. James Pearson, CEO of the Australian Chamber, said: “Federal, state and territory leaders have a responsibility to put...

05/07/2017 | Public Access

Anti-jobs initiative rejected by the Fair Work Commission

The Fair Work Commission has today rejected a union claim that would have discouraged the hiring of new part-time and casual employees and jeopardised the employment prospects of young Australians, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. The Fair Work Commission rejected claims for conversion of casual work...

30/06/2017 | Public Access

Skilled visas review strikes the right balance

The outcome of the inaugural review of occupations able to access temporary skilled visas has shown the Government is willing to listen to evidence presented by the business community while honouring its policy of constraint, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. The Department of Immigration and Border...

29/06/2017 | Public Access

Sunday pay set to rise for retail and hospitality workers

Sunday pay for employees on retail and hospitality awards will increase from this weekend, with the impact of the annual award wage increase more than counteracting the impact of the first stage of the reduction in penalty rates, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. James Pearson, CEO...

28/06/2017 | Public Access

Census shows why we need to plan ahead

Australia’s population is continuing to grow rapidly, the latest Census data has confirmed, demonstrating why we need to plan carefully and invest in quality infrastructure, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. The 2016 Census found that Australia’s population stood at 23,401,892, up 8.8 per cent on five...

27/06/2017 | Public Access

Australians urged to ‘think small’ on day to honour SMEs

Australians are encouraged to “think small” today by supporting their local enterprises in order to celebrate the inaugural international day in honour of small businesses, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. June 27 has been declared Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day by the United Nations to...

23/06/2017 | Public Access

School funding settled, we now need to focus on standards

The Federal Government should be congratulated for getting its landmark school funding changes through the Parliament and now all sides of the debate need to focus on improving performance standards among our students, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. James Pearson, CEO of the Australian Chamber, said:...

21/06/2017 | Public Access

Flying high: Emerging drone and AI technology is changing our world

Dr Catherine Ball, ‘Dame of Drones’, works on global projects involving the non-military use of drones, robotics, and Artificial Intelligence (AI). She spoke at the Mobile-ising Women in Business conference in Adelaide on 27 June 2017 about how this technology is changing our lives. Ahead of the event, she shared...

19/06/2017 | Public Access

Blogging for business: increase visibility and enhance your digital presence

Lucy Cornes is the founder of digital publishing and content creation platform She Shopped. She appeared at the Mobile-ising Women in Business conference in Adelaide on 27 June 2017, and spoke with Biz Better Together about her experience as an online entrepreneur and the opportunities for businesses to use blogging...

15/06/2017 | Public Access

Tailwinds give manufacturers reasons to smile

Australian Chamber-Westpac Survey of Industrial Trends: June 2017 quarter Australia’s manufacturers have capped off a year of improved performance, as increased spending on infrastructure provides support but rising energy costs take their toll, the June-quarter Australian Chamber-Westpac Survey of Industrial Trends has found. Andrew Hanlan, Senior Economist at Westpac, said:...

14/06/2017 | Public Access

Australian Chamber represents employers on the world stage

The Australian business community will play a stronger role in international debates over employment and workplace relations policy with the appointment of two senior staff of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry to roles with international organisations. James Pearson, CEO of the Australian Chamber, has been appointed to the...

13/06/2017 | Public Access

Beacon technology illuminating the path to the future

With Jamie Skella: Futurist, explorer and global thinker The smartphone and the connectivity afforded us by the internet have had an inestimable impact on our lives and continue to do so. Now with new technology like beacons and the evolution of smart-cities we are becoming more connected than ever, both...

13/06/2017 | Public Access

Small businesses need support, not a wage hike

Last week’s decision to hike award wages by well beyond inflation delivers yet another blow to small businesses already doing it tough. At a time when energy prices are surging, consumers are anxious about a possible housing bubble and a major foreign retailer is preparing to enter the Australian market,...

09/06/2017 | Public Access

Finkel Review set to press reset button on power

The Finkel Review offers a chance to reset Australia’s approach to power supply and allow all sides of the debate to reach consensus on achieving cheaper and more secure electricity while lowering greenhouse emissions, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. The Independent Review into the Future Security...

09/06/2017 | Public Access

Continuing apprenticeships decline reinforces the need for action

The latest data showing that the number of apprentices and trainees continues to fall reflects the long-term indifference shown to the vocational education and training sector by state and federal governments over the past six years, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. Data for the December 2016...

09/06/2017 | Public Access

Jenny Lambert statement to the Senate Standing Committee on Education and Employment

Statement to the Senate Education and Employment References Committee Inquiry into Corporate Avoidance of the Fair Work Act Jenny Lambert, Director of Employment, Education and Training Canberra | June 9, 2017 Check against delivery The Australian Chamber thanks the Committee for this opportunity to address it today. We have made a...

06/06/2017 | Public Access

Wage decision risks hours and jobs

The significant increase in the minimum wage and award rates announced today risks the job prospects of vulnerable people in the labour market and puts pressure on small and award-reliant businesses facing increasing competition, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. In its Annual Wage Review, the Fair...

05/06/2017 | Public Access

Penalty rates transition means benefits will take longer to flow

Today’s decision by the Fair Work Commission to apply an extended phasing in of penalty rates changes means it will take longer for the benefits to flow to consumers, small business operators and people seeking more work opportunities, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. Jenny Lambert, Director...

02/06/2017 | Public Access

US withdrawal from climate agreement underlines importance of domestic certainty

The United States’ decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement underlines the importance of ensuring our own climate policies offer Australian businesses access to clean, affordable energy, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. James Pearson, CEO of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said: “The...

30/05/2017 | Public Access

Medical entrepreneurs: Transforming scientific discoveries into commercial products

Developing and launching a product is a challenge for any innovator, but when it’s a medical product for use on people the journey can be lengthy, complicated and heavily regulated. Professor Anthony Weiss established a company, Elastagen, in order to take his medical innovation successfully to market. He talked with...

24/05/2017 | Public Access

Small businesses cannot afford big increase to minimum wage

Australia has high wages and high living standards. Our minimum wage is one of the highest in the world. To sustain these wages we need many people in jobs and a strong economy, otherwise we will have greater inequality and welfare dependency and risk more social dysfunction. The people struggling...

24/05/2017 | Public Access

Small Businesses Cannot Afford Big Increase to Minimum Wage | Fairfax Media, May 2017

Australia has high wages and high living standards. Our minimum wage is one of the highest in the world. To sustain these wages we need many people in jobs and a strong economy, otherwise we will have greater inequality and welfare dependency and risk more social dysfunction. The people struggling...

22/05/2017 | Public Access

Richard Lindsay to lead Australian Chamber – Tourism

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Lindsay as the Manager of Australian Chamber – Tourism, the leading voice of Australia’s growing tourism sector. James Pearson, CEO of the Australian Chamber, said: “We are excited to welcome Richard Lindsay to manage Australian...

16/05/2017 | Public Access

Regional and rural Australia needs jobs, not flawed analysis on penalty rates

Research released today on penalty rates by the McKell Institute, a Labor and union-aligned think tank, is flawed and ignores the plight of more than a quarter of a million Australians living in rural and regional areas who are looking for work, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said...

12/05/2017 | Public Access

Budget takes steps forward – and back

Ahead of this year’s Federal Budget we encouraged people to look beyond the impact on their personal situation and think about what the Budget means for the country. Well, now Scott Morrison’s second Budget is out we’re looking at how it performed on these key questions. First, we asked whether...

11/05/2017 | Public Access

Labor offers ideas but little to curb spending

Tonight’s Budget Reply speech by Bill Shorten offers some policy ideas for the future but makes little headway on the structural changes needed to contain the growth in government spending, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. James Pearson, CEO of the Australian Chamber, said: “Australian households and...

09/05/2017 | Public Access

Budget delivers some pain for tourism businesses

Australian tourism businesses are disappointed that government funding to Tourism Australia is set to fall, hurting efforts to attract more visitors to Australia in a competitive market, Australian Chamber - Tourism said today. John Hart, Chair of Australian Chamber - Tourism, said: "Tourism is Australia's export hero, but tonight's Budget...

09/05/2017 | Public Access

Budget’s path to surplus needs to better tackle spending

Tonight's Federal Budget takes steps towards making government programs more sustainable while offering welcome support to small businesses so they can continue to grow and create jobs, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. James Pearson, CEO of the Australian Chamber, said: "Tonight's Budget shows the difficulty the...

05/05/2017 | Public Access

The questions we should all ask on Budget Night

When Treasurer Scott Morrison hands down the Budget next week, we will all be keen to know what it means for us and our families: What will it mean for the taxes we pay and the government programs we use? While those questions might give us answers about whether we’ll...

02/05/2017 | Public Access

Empowering Women to Become Breadwinners

What if women in regional South Africa were helped to become bakers, installing a wood-fired oven at home, getting training to use it and accessing pre-mixed ingredients to bake bread? That was the idea behind Mama Mimi’s, a company started by serial entrepreneur Tracey Cook. [caption id="attachment_1721" align="alignleft" width="266"] Tracey...

02/05/2017 | Public Access

Innovative conference bringing women in business to the frontline of technology

Hundreds of female entrepreneurs and business owners from across South Australia will gather at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Tuesday 27 June for Mobile-ising Women in Business, a national conference series designed to inform women of the latest digital innovations to help drive their business.   Today the Australian Chamber...

30/04/2017 | Public Access

Australian Chamber welcomes horizontal fiscal equalisation review

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcomes Treasurer Scott Morrison’s announcement of a Productivity Commission review into Australia’s system of horizontal fiscal equalisation. The Australian Chamber’s Director of Economics and Industry Policy, Adam Carr, said: “The GST is one of the most efficient taxes a government has at its disposal,...

28/04/2017 | Public Access

Employers mark World Day for Safety and Health at Work

World Day for Safety and Health at Work today is an important opportunity for employers, employees and governments to think about what they can do to make our workplaces safer, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. James Pearson, CEO of the Australian Chamber, said: “When each of...

27/04/2017 | Public Access

Statement on gas policy

James Pearson, CEO of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry: Households and businesses are feeling the pinch from gas prices, so we need more affordable gas. The best solution is to increase gas supply, so state and territory governments’ moratoria on new gas projects are deeply troubling and should...

27/04/2017 | Public Access

Budget to explain “good and bad” debt | AAP, April 2017

Business hopes Treasurer Scott Morrison's new approach to "good" and "bad" debt won't stop him reducing recurring government expenditure when he hands down his May budget. But Labor says changing the debt goal posts is an admission of failure. The government wants to better explain what is "good" and "bad"...

26/04/2017 | Public Access

A different way of working at Big Wave Digital

[caption id="attachment_1474" align="alignleft" width="200"] Keiran Hathorn, Director of Big Wave Digital.[/caption] Keiran Hathorn, Director of digital, data and technology recruitment company, Big Wave Digital, talks about how a flexible approach to work can increase productivity and drive better outcomes for staff and clients. with Keiran Hathorn from Big Wave Digital:...

21/04/2017 | Public Access

Sharing the facts about Australian trade

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is today joining with other leading business groups to share key facts on trade to demonstrate the ways it has made Australia more prosperous. The “10 Facts About Australian Trade” factsheet and social media materials are being launched today by the Australian Chamber...

20/04/2017 | Public Access

Fresh ideas fruitful for business success: Edible Blooms

Kelly Jamieson established her business ‘Edible Blooms’ when she was in her mid-twenties, and was recently inducted into the Her Business Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame. She shares the secrets of her success with us: [caption id="attachment_1482" align="alignright" width="193"] Kally Jamieson[/caption] Kelly Jamieson: I’d always wanted to run my own business....

20/04/2017 | Public Access

Migration changes will help build community support

Australian businesses rely on access to skilled workers from abroad to fill local shortfalls, but the success of the skilled visas program depends on community support. In recent times that community support has been under threat, which is why we have welcomed the significant changes to skilled migration announced yesterday...

19/04/2017 | Public Access

Australian Chamber Business Breakfast with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull MP

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull addressed an Australian Chamber business breakfast in Canberra, to explain changes to migration policy.   

18/04/2017 | Public Access

Migration changes will help make system sustainable

The restructuring of Australia’s temporary skilled migration program announced by the Federal Government today will help to build public confidence in the program so Australian businesses can continue to access skills from overseas workers, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. Jenny Lambert, Acting Chief Executive of the...

18/04/2017 | Public Access

Alana Matheson | Statement to the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee Inquiry into Fair Work Amendment (Repeal of 4 Yearly Reviews and Other Measures) Bill

Statement to the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee Inquiry into Fair Work Amendment (Repeal of 4 Yearly Reviews and Other Measures) Bill, Fair Work Amendment (Corrupting Benefits) Bill and Fair Work Amendments (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill Alana Matheson, Deputy Director of Workplace Relations Policy Sydney | April 13, 2017 The Australian Chamber...

12/04/2017 | Public Access

Recommendations on payment terms deserve support

The proposal by the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman for practical measures to improve payment terms deserves support by businesses across the supply chain, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. Ombudsman Kate Carnell AO has today released the findings of her Payment Times and Practices Inquiry,...

12/04/2017 | Public Access

Wishing all Australians a happy, healthy and safe Easter

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry wishes a happy, healthy and safe Easter to all Australians, including business operators hard at work, employees meeting the needs of customers and people taking a break with friends and family. James Pearson, CEO of the Australian Chamber, said: “For some people Easter...

06/04/2017 | Public Access

In the business of giving

Emily McWaters used her entire savings – $10,000 – to buy her first business when she was still in her early twenties, turning it over within twelve months at a significant profit. Essentially, she has never looked back, and is now Founder and CEO of the SOL Group, which encompasses...

03/04/2017 | Public Access

What does manufacturing look like in 21st century Australia?

There aren’t many issues on which more than four in five Australians agree, but Australia’s manufacturing future is one of them. The recent finding from the Political Person Project was stark. In the survey released in February, more than 82 per cent of respondents said they wanted Australia to manufacture...

31/03/2017 | Public Access

Tax cut will help SMEs generate jobs but need for broader cut remains

Hundreds of thousands of small and medium businesses across Australia will be better able to invest, grow and create jobs thanks to the company tax cut that has passed the Senate, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. James Pearson, CEO of the Australian Chamber, said: “We applaud...

30/03/2017 | Public Access

‘Excessive’ rise in minimum pay tipped to lengthen dole queues | The Australian, March 2017

The Turnbull government has warned “excessive” increases in the minimum wage will cost jobs, urging the Fair Work Commission to take a cautious approach when determining an annual rise for the nation’s lowest paid. "The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said a 1.2 per cent increase — $8.10 a...

29/03/2017 | Public Access

Digital Discoverability: Make the most of your business presence online

Today, the number one method Australians use to find a business is to search for it online. Is your business being found? Duncan McGrath is Google’s Product Marketing Manager for Small and Medium Businesses. He has spent the last six months developing a free online training tool to help small...

29/03/2017 | Public Access

Penalty rates decision strikes the right balance

It is often said that truth is the first casualty of war. As the public debate rages over penalty rates, it appears the truth is being clouded by misinformation, some of it deliberately spread to stoke public fear. To understand what the Fair Work Commission’s decision on penalty rates really...

29/03/2017 | Public Access

Fairness must be at heart of Annual Wage Review

The Fair Work Commission should deliver an Annual Wage Review outcome that is fair for job seekers, employees and small businesses in an economy facing headwinds, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. The Australian Chamber has lodged a submission to the Annual Wage Review recommending a 1.2...

27/03/2017 | Public Access

Australian business welcomes Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

The visit to Australia this week of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang provides a golden opportunity to strengthen economic ties between our two countries, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. James Pearson, CEO of the Australian Chamber, said: “The Australian business community welcomes Premier Li to our shores....

27/03/2017 | Public Access

Company tax cut should flow to all businesses

Reducing the company tax rate for businesses of all sizes will deliver the greatest benefit to jobs and investment by sending a much-needed green light to investors at home and abroad, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. James Pearson, CEO of the Australian Chamber, said: “We need...

27/03/2017 | Public Access

Australia risks its global influence unless we boost competitiveness

Australia needs to take action to strengthen its competitiveness as other countries strengthen theirs, otherwise, we risk declining global influence, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has said in its submission to the Foreign Policy White Paper. The Australian Chamber’s submission to the White Paper, released today, contains 11...

27/03/2017 | Public Access

Australia’s global economic influence at risk: ACCI warns | The Australian, March 2017

Australia’s global influence will be put at risk unless action is taken to strengthen our economic competitiveness and policy interests are pursued in the Indian Ocean rim, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has warned.  “Australia needs to ensure we are on a trajectory to regain and cement our...

27/03/2017 | Public Access

Australia should enhance competitiveness to eliminate risk of losing global influence | International Business Times, March 2017

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) has called for making the country’s economic competitiveness stronger to prevent its global influence from hurting. In addition, the group also suggests more measures be taken to pursue policy interests in the Indian Ocean rim. According to ACCI, which made its suggestions...

24/03/2017 | Public Access

Tradie crisis looms if more Australians don’t take up an apprenticeship | A Current Affair, March 2017

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is calling on the government to overhaul the apprenticeship system due to dwindling numbers of Australians taking on training programs to become a tradesperson. Watch the full interview on the Channel 9 website.

24/03/2017 | Public Access

Business bids to keep company tax reforms on table | The Australian, March 2017

Corporate Australia has launched a last-ditch attempt to prevent Scott Morrison scaling back the government’s $47.8 billion company tax cut as an argument over competition policy threatens to rupture the government’s relations with big business. Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief James Pearson said the tax cut should flow...

23/03/2017 | Public Access

Appointment of Peter Anderson to the Fair Work Commission

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry congratulates Peter Anderson on his appointment today as a Deputy President of the Fair Work Commission. Mr Anderson, who served as CEO of the Australian Chamber between 2008 and 2014, was appointed to the position today by the Minister for Employment, Senator Michaelia...

23/03/2017 | Public Access

Turnbull government appoints business leaders to ‘partisan’ Fair Work Commission | The Australian Financial Review, March 2017

The Turnbull government has appointed three new members with business backgrounds to the workplace tribunal, including ex-Howard government staffer and former head of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Peter Anderson. Mr Anderson, who was an adviser to former workplace relations minister Peter Reith and a well-regarded representative of the International Labour...

21/03/2017 | Public Access

2017 Communications Summit Presentations

The Australian Chamber Communications Summit, held last Friday in Melbourne, brought together the communications staff from across our network to discuss ideas under the theme “Advocacy in the time of populism”. Across guest speakers, panel discussions and networking, participants sought ideas to improve public understanding of the important role business...

20/03/2017 | Public Access

Time for action on corrupting payments

Government action to combat corrupting payments between employers and unions will strengthen the integrity of Australia’s workplace relations system and ensure proper separation of the commercial affairs of employee representatives and employers, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. James Pearson, CEO of the Australian Chamber, said: “The...

17/03/2017 | Public Access

Secure energy with lower emissions can be achieved

Australia can achieve the twin objectives of a secure energy system and lower carbon emissions through putting in place sensible policies that allow us to overcome the current energy crisis by developing our abundance of natural energy resources, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has said in its submission...

16/03/2017 | Public Access

Results strong and expectations positive for manufacturers

Australia’s manufacturers have posted a third straight quarter of improved performance, buoyed by strength in new orders, output, overtime and employment, the March quarter Australian Chamber-Westpac Survey of Industrial Trends has found. Andrew Hanlan, Senior Economist at Westpac, said: “The Westpac-AusChamber Actual Composite index strengthened in March 2017, lifting 2.5...

14/03/2017 | Public Access

Coalition of business groups calls for decisive action to rescue Australia’s ailing apprenticeship system

JOINT STATEMENT Australia’s peak business organisations have united to call on governments to take urgent action to avert an imminent crisis in our apprenticeship system, one that risks leaving young people without pathways to work and many businesses unable to access the skills they need to grow. The call for...

06/03/2017 | Public Access

Penalty rates decision – Sunday and holiday pay still respectable

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry today released indicative figures outlining the impact of changes to Award penalty rates on the Sunday and public holiday wages of small business employees. The changes were decided by the Fair Work Commission, the independent umpire, and will only affect employees on award...

28/02/2017 | Public Access

Penalty rate reduction will help small businesses to create jobs

Small business operators from across Australia have spoken loud and clear – reducing penalty rates will allow them to hire more staff and give more work hours to existing staff, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. James Pearson, CEO of the Australian Chamber, said: “Small businesses in...

24/02/2017 | Public Access

Parliament needs to respect umpire’s decision on penalty rates

Parliament should reject calls for the overturning of yesterday’s Fair Work Commission decision on penalty rates, respect the integrity of the Commission’s decision making and avoid compromising the Commission’s independence in pursuit of short-term political advantage, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. Scott Barklamb, Workplace Relations Policy...

23/02/2017 | Public Access

Resilience and adaptability: Technology enables survival of the fittest in business

Michelle Melbourne is Co-Founder and Executive Director at Intelledox and appeared on the Entrepreneurs and Innovation panel at the Canberra Mobile-ising Women in Business event on Tuesday 28 February 2017. Prior to the event, Michelle talked to us about how Australian businesses use data and tech, and why this matters...

23/02/2017 | Public Access

Trade Facilitation Agreement will create jobs in Australia and abroad

The Trade Facilitation Agreement that has now come into force could support the creation of 20 million jobs worldwide, including many in Australia, by cutting red tape at borders, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. The TFA, an initiative of the World Trade Organization, has been ratified...

23/02/2017 | Public Access

Penalty rates reduction will help to create jobs

Today’s decision from Australia’s independent Fair Work Commission delivers important reductions in excessive penalty rates that will help retail and hospitality businesses create more jobs and offer more hours, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. In a 550-page decision following one of the most extensive evidentiary cases...

23/02/2017 | Public Access

Time for strong headway on Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership

Business groups from Indonesia and Australia have gathered in Canberra this week to support officials from the two nations engaged in the sixth round of negotiations for the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement ahead of an important visit to Australia by Indonesian President Joko Widodo. The Business Partnership Group, which...

16/02/2017 | Public Access

Budget ideas to build on our tourism export success

Australia is attracting record numbers of international visitors and needs to continue to invest in tourism initiatives in order to build on this export success, Australian Chamber – Tourism said today.   Australian Chamber – Tourism, part of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has released its Pre-Budget Submission...

16/02/2017 | Public Access

Alana Matheson address to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights

Inquiry into Freedom of Speech in Australia Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights Committee hearing, Canberra | Friday, February 17, 2017 Opening Address by Alana Matheson, Deputy Director of Workplace Relations at the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. View speech here.

15/02/2017 | Public Access

Senators should resist union intimidation on the Building Code

Parliamentarians should stand up to construction union intimidation by supporting changes to require all businesses seeking Government-funded work to comply with the Building Code by September, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. The Government last week flagged changes to the introduction of its Building Code, based on...

13/02/2017 | Public Access

Technology and the intergenerational workforce: transforming business with Holly Ransom Part 2

Holly Ransom, Emergent CEO, was one of the keynote speakers at the Mobile-ising Women in Business event in Canberra in 2017. Ahead of the conference she spoke to Biz Better Together about how the rapid pace of change and the intergenerational workforce is shaping the future of business. Here is...

13/02/2017 | Public Access

No risk to budget from company tax cut, analysis shows

Government revenue from company tax has continued to rise during previous cuts to the company tax rate, adding to confidence that the proposed Enterprise Tax Plan will enhance our international competitiveness without risking the budget, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. Australia’s company tax rate has been...

12/02/2017 | Public Access

Company tax rate cut won’t hurt revenue: ACCI | The Australian Financial Review, February 2017

Overall revenue raised from company tax has risen, despite cuts to the company tax, according to a key business group that argues its analysis shows proposed tax cuts to be debated in federal Parliament this week will not risk the budget bottom line. The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry says it...

10/02/2017 | Public Access

Technology and the intergenerational workforce: transforming business with Holly Ransom Part 1

Holly Ransom, Emergent CEO, was one of the keynote speakers at the Mobile-ising Women in Business event in Canberra in 2017. Ahead of the conference she spoke to Biz Better Together about how the rapid pace of change and the intergenerational workforce is shaping the future of business. Here is...

09/02/2017 | Public Access

Clean coal, the PM and the market

In his address to the National Press Club last week, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull put energy security front-and-centre on the Government’s agenda in 2017 – which is where it should be. Historically Australia has a competitive advantage in affordable and secure energy, but this has evaporated in recent years. Power...

08/02/2017 | Public Access

‘Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results’

This insight was from Einstein, but in reality probably goes back to our cave-dwelling ancestors, or we may still be back there with our opposable thumbs preparing our paleo-meals. I remember as a kid watching the cartoons of the Coyote trying to nail that irritating, gloating Roadrunner. I was always...

08/02/2017 | Public Access

Changes to Building Code implementation are welcome

The Government’s proposed changes to the implementation of the Building Code will help to restore the rule of law to construction sites sooner and should be supported by the Parliament, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. The Australian Chamber strongly supported last year’s Building and Construction Industry...

03/02/2017 | Public Access

Futureproofing Australia: The challenge for this year’s Budget

This year’s Federal Budget offers an opportunity to futureproof Australia against economic shocks from at home and abroad, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has said in its Pre-Budget Submission to the Federal Government. The Australian Chamber has today released its Pre-Budget Submission, which argues that Australia must prepare for...

02/02/2017 | Public Access

Video: Better business with vision

The trend worldwide is an increasing use of video to communicate online, especially through social media. Having video on your site increases the time a visitor will stay on the site by 105%. But what does this mean for businesses? We talk with Brightcove, a leading global provider of cloud...

01/02/2017 | Public Access

PM’s reforms can create jobs and improve competitiveness

The Prime Minister has outlined a suite of policy reforms that have the potential to create jobs and improve Australia’s economic competitiveness, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. James Pearson, CEO of the Australian Chamber, said: “It was pleasing to hear Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the...

31/01/2017 | Public Access

Business welcomes Opposition Leader’s focus on jobs and skills

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is right to focus his energies on helping more Australians get a job, including through strengthening vocational education and apprenticeships, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. James Pearson, CEO of the Australian Chamber, said: “It was timely to hear Mr Shorten outline his...

25/01/2017 | Public Access

Let’s wait for the umpire’s decision on penalty rates

All sides of the workplace relations debate should wait for the Fair Work Commission’s decision on penalty rates before starting to talk about responses, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. James Pearson, CEO of the Australian Chamber, said: “As our national workplace relations tribunal, the Fair Work...

25/01/2017 | Public Access

Digital tools mean global opportunities for local business

Robyn Hendry, CEO of the Canberra Business Chamber, talks about the pervasiveness of digital technology in our lives and how digital tools are essential for leveraging opportunities in business. Robyn Hendry: Digital technology has become pervasive in our personal and professional lives. Overall, this has been a positive change. For...

24/01/2017 | Public Access

James Pearson on ABC News 24

The benefits to Australia of trade deals come when we lower our own barriers to make it easier for us to import goods and services into Australia, CEO James Pearson told ABC News 24.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07vLJBUhwZQ

23/01/2017 | Public Access

Watson critique shows why we need workplace reform to boost jobs

Graeme Watson’s letter resigning from the Fair Work Commission demonstrates once again that our workplace relations system needs to be repaired urgently to ensure businesses can be more confident in hiring and retaining employees, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. James Pearson, CEO of the Australian Chamber,...

23/01/2017 | Public Access

Remember the fair go if you want to take a long weekend

Employees keen to use Australia Day to kick-off a four-day weekend are reminded to apply for annual leave for next Friday, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. James Pearson, CEO of the Australian Chamber, said: “With Australia Day falling on Thursday, many people will want to be...

19/01/2017 | Public Access

We can go unilateral on trade

As Donald Trump takes office, debate over the Trans-Pacific Partnership has flared. While Australian leaders exchange barbs over trade, we should recognise that we have more options than to simply accept or reject the TPP. Without the United States ratifying the TPP, it will not come into force. TPP signatories...

18/01/2017 | Public Access

Internships help young people gain valuable job experience

Internships play an important role in connecting young people with employers and giving them the skills they need for the workforce, so it is misleading to make negative generalisations about these opportunities, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. James Pearson, CEO of the Australian Chamber, said: “When...

18/01/2017 | Public Access

Australian Chamber welcomes ministerial appointments

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has congratulated Senator Arthur Sinodinos on his appointment as Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science and Greg Hunt on his appointment as Minister for Health and Sport. James Pearson, CEO of the Australian Chamber, said: “I congratulate Senator Sinodinos and Minister Hunt on...

13/01/2017 | Public Access

Second-tier cities key to unclogging our future

Australia’s wide-open expanses loom large in our national imagination. Dorothea Mackellar wrote of her love for a sunburnt country, a land of sweeping plains. Frederick McCubbin captured the spirit of a young family building a life in the bush in his iconic painting The Pioneer. Baz Luhrmann chose to set...

12/01/2017 | Public Access

Scott Barklamb to join the Australian Chamber

Experienced workplace relations practitioner Scott Barklamb has this week joined the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry as our Director of Workplace Relations Policy. James Pearson, CEO of the Australian Chamber, said: “We are delighted to welcome Scott to the secretariat of the Australian Chamber to lead our Workplace Relations...

04/07/2016 | Public Access

James Pearson on ABC News

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO James Pearson on ABC News discussing the business community's response to the 2016 Federal Election. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-jekVIbRMU&feature=youtu.be

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