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Improvement in Budget bottom-line welcome

17 Dec 2018

“With the good news comes caution. Today’s announcement is not a green light to spend to excess, particularly as the...

Australian Chamber Welcomes New Employment Report

14 Dec 2018

“The Panel’s report has highlighted the key elements that are critical to making the next employment service arrangements more effective....

Business mood cools but remains positive – survey results reveal

13 Dec 2018

The fourth-quarter results of the Australian Chamber-Westpac survey of Industrial trends, released today, show the outlook for Australian industry remains...

Building and Construction Commission vital to protecting workers’ interests

12 Dec 2018

“Unions and employers share the same obligations as every Australian to act within the law,” Australian Chamber of Commerce and...

Migration works for all of us

11 Dec 2018

“The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry believes there needs to be a greater focus in the current debate on...

Business Welcomes Closing of Casual Employment Loophole

11 Dec 2018

“Australians know it’s not fair to be paid twice for the same work – that’s not a fair day’s pay...

Australia no longer strike bound – but right to strike alive and well

06 Dec 2018

“Minimising strikes and lockouts has been a central goal of our industrial relations system for more than a century.  Australians...

Australian Chamber welcomes the inclusion of domestic violence leave in national employment standards

06 Dec 2018

“We are glad to see that the independent decision of the Fair...

A positive first step towards repairing our industrial relations system

06 Dec 2018

“Parliament should be congratulated for taking an important first step towards repairing our industrial relations system," Scott Barklamb, the Australian...

Latest apprentice data no cause to celebrate

04 Dec 2018

"Business faces pressing skill shortages. We know what many of the problems are with apprenticeships and we have good ideas on...

Business opposes federal energy divestment powers

03 Dec 2018

The Federal Government should drop its plans to introduce the Electricity Price Monitoring and Response Legislative Framework Bill 2018 in...

Vocational Education and Training gets the attention it deserves

29 Nov 2018

The business community has been deeply concerned at the decline in the number of apprentices and trainees,” Australian Chamber CEO,...

New facts expose false claims from big unions on how Australians work

29 Nov 2018

“New data released today exposes false claims by big unions about how Australians work,” Australian Chamber CEO, James Pearson, said...

Prime Minister to address Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry Annual Dinner

28 Nov 2018

"The Annual Dinner provides a platform for the Prime Minister to speak...

Labor announcement highlights need for national agreement on energy

22 Nov 2018

“We must not overlook the fact that, right here right now, businesses and households are struggling with unaffordable power bills....

ACTU playing too casual with the facts

19 Nov 2018

“The ACTU is becoming increasingly fast and loose with facts and their latest report into casual wages today makes a...

Business concerned about reports of cut to permanent migration intake

16 Nov 2018

“Employers across the country, in regional communities and our capital cities, and businesses large and small, are worried at reports...

Business welcomes positive jobs growth

15 Nov 2018

“The best way we can reduce underemployment and unemployment is through policy settings that will encourage businesses – large and...

THE FACTS: WAGES ARE GROWING

14 Nov 2018

The ACTU is sowing confusion by claiming wages are staying low following the latest wage growth data. The facts are...

Australian Chamber welcomes federal government’s support for small business

14 Nov 2018

"The government's decision to improve access for small businesses to finance is welcome,” James Pearson, Chief Executive of the Australian...

International Visitors Survey reflects the high value delivered by Tourism

02 Nov 2018

“Our message is clear, tourism works for Australia and these results are further evidence of this. We need to do...

Inflation report highlights need for policy reform

31 Oct 2018

“While overall inflation might be low and certainly lower than the RBA would like, a 20%-plus spike in petrol prices...

Business welcomes regional apprenticeship pilot; more action needed to support national apprenticeship growth

31 Oct 2018

“Alongside this pilot, the Federal Government still has much work to do...

Competition and certainty key to solving energy crisis

23 Oct 2018

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry's CEO, James Pearson, says today’s announcement by the Federal Government on energy clearly attempts...

Big Unions Misinform Their Members and The Australian Community

22 Oct 2018

Big Unions are telling unionists to leave their jobs to attend rallies this week based on deliberate misinformation about how Australians work and...

Migration positive story welcome

19 Oct 2018

"We are pleased Minister Coleman has acknowledged the important role employer-sponsored migration plays in solving the skills and labour shortages...

Australian businesses now have access to TRILLION dollar market

19 Oct 2018

We congratulate the Federal Government on their work in getting Australia into the GPA, and look forward to the opportunities...

Business welcomes Government intervention on casual employment

18 Oct 2018

The Federal Government’s intervention in a legal challenge to preserve casual employment and protect Australia’s small businesses from billions of...

Australian Chamber welcomes Senate endorsement of TPP

17 Oct 2018

Australia’s largest and most representative business network, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has welcomed the passage of the...

Australian Chamber Welcomes COAG Commitment To Address Silicosis

15 Oct 2018

Australia’s largest business network, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has welcomed the COAG Health Council and Minister Hunt’s...

Australian Chamber welcomes Labor support for small business tax cuts

12 Oct 2018

The Federal Opposition’s decision to support the acceleration of tax cuts for small, medium and family sized businesses has been...

Tax cuts the right move by Federal Government

11 Oct 2018

“We urge politicians of all sides who say they are supporters of small business to back the tax cuts being...

Business renews calls for bipartisan national solution to energy crisis

10 Oct 2018

“Business needs both major parties, and state and territory governments, to rise above short-term politics and ideology to resolve the...

Promote regional migration but not at expense of city-based jobs

09 Oct 2018

“There is no doubt we need better infrastructure planning to cope with growth and alleviate congestion,” Australian Chamber CEO, James...

Australia Must Reject Big Union Plan to Return to Big Strikes

05 Oct 2018

Australia’s largest and most representative business network, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, today called on all political parties...

ACTU – “Why?”

04 Oct 2018

Australia’s largest business voice, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, asks a simple question about the ACTU’s plan to...

Australian Chamber welcomes VET FEE-HELP remedy for students

20 Sep 2018

“We are pleased that the Government has taken additional steps to address inappropriately incurred VET FEE-HELP debt, with proposed legislation...

Business leaders gather at Parliament House for Business Leaders Summit

18 Sep 2018

“Over the course of the Summit we will bring together Australian Chamber members, political and business leaders, policymakers, regulators, and influencers...

Hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk after employment decision

13 Sep 2018

“This decision is a king hit on the livelihoods of Australian employers and employees - in particular small businesses. Employers...

Jobs surge welcomed by Australian Chamber

13 Sep 2018

The Australian Chamber has welcomed news from the Australian Bureau of Statistics today that total jobs surged by 44,000 in August,...

Parliament Should Deliver A Consistent National Domestic Violence Leave Standard

13 Sep 2018

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, welcomes proposed laws to provide all Australian employees with access to domestic violence...

Australian Chamber calls for action and support to deal with sexual harassment in the workplace

12 Sep 2018

“Australian employers do not want sexual harassment in their workplaces,” Australian Chamber...

Extension of Instant Asset Write-Down welcomed; more action needed to end business uncertainty

12 Sep 2018

“Small business is the backbone of the country and accelerated depreciation is an...

Business welcomes Opposition support for the TPP and improvements to trade agreements, and warns on moves to remove dispute resolution and labour market arrangements

11 Sep 2018

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, welcomes the Federal Opposition’s support...

Survey results reinforce need for policy certainty to boost business

11 Sep 2018

The 3rd quarter results of the Australian Chamber-Westpac Survey of Industrial trends, released today, show the outlook for Australian Manufacturing...

Business Calls On Government To Provide Energy Certainty

10 Sep 2018

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has called on the Government to make clear quickly, its plans to encourage...

Australian Chamber welcomes Skilling South Australia Announcement

07 Sep 2018

“We are pleased that South Australia has taken the lead in progressing the SAF. With action on declining apprenticeship numbers...

Small Business Tax Cuts & Asset Write-Off Must Now Be Government Priority

06 Sep 2018

Accelerating legislated tax cuts and permanently locking in law the instant asset write-off for small business, has to be a Federal...

Increased age eligibility for Canadian Working Holiday Makers welcomed

06 Sep 2018

Australian Chamber-Tourism, welcomes the announcement today that Canadians up to the age of 35 years are eligible to apply for...

Stronger economy welcomed by Business

05 Sep 2018

The Australian Bureau of Statistics reported today that the economy grew by 0.9% in the June quarter and by 3.4% over...

Business response to ALP Gas Policy

03 Sep 2018

The best way to ensure affordable gas is to increase gas supply, Australia’s largest business lobby group, the Australian Chamber...

Australian Chamber welcomes Indonesian trade announcement and regional visits by new Prime Minister and Trade Minister

31 Aug 2018

Australia’s largest and most representative business lobby group, the Australian Chamber of...

New energy policy right to prioritise power prices; more to be done on reliability and emissions

30 Aug 2018

The Australian Chamber welcomes Energy Minister Taylor’s clear commitment to cut power...

Australian Chamber-Tourism welcomes the appointment of Senator Birmingham as Minister for Trade and Tourism

27 Aug 2018

“We welcome the appointment of Senator Birmingham as the Minister for Trade,...

Business welcomes new Ministry

26 Aug 2018

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the country’s largest business group, has today welcomed the announcement of the new Ministry...

Tourism congratulates the new Prime Minister

24 Aug 2018

Australian Chamber Acting CEO and Director of Tourism, Jenny Lambert said, “Mr Morrison’s background in Tourism will better position the...

No time to lose: Business calls for action from new Prime Minister

24 Aug 2018

Australia's largest business lobby group, the Australian Chamber, today congratulates Scott Morrison on his appointment as Prime Minister of Australia,...

Business calls on Government to bring forward legislated tax cuts

22 Aug 2018

“It’s disappointing that the Senate has voted against tax cuts for all businesses, but that must not mean the death...

Australian business and jobs at risk after company tax cut defeat

22 Aug 2018

“Small businesses as well as large businesses, and the people who work for them, have been let down by the...

Australia’s largest business lobby responds to current political environment

21 Aug 2018

"Businesses of all sizes across the country represented by the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry more than ever need long-term positive policy...

Jobs and wages figures positive; business challenges remain

16 Aug 2018

As the economy continues to grow, create more jobs and absorb spare capacity in the labour market, we should expect...

Business Women Champions of the Heart launches in Sydney today

15 Aug 2018

The Heart Foundation has joined forces with the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry to launch “Business Women Champions of...

Australian Chamber calls on State and Territory Governments to endorse NEG

14 Aug 2018

The Australian Chamber welcomes the passage of the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) through the Federal Coalition party room. “Business wants...

Bureau of Statistics out of touch with workforce change

14 Aug 2018

The recent decision by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to not review the classification of jobs in Australian workplaces...

COAG: Urgent agreement needed on NEG

10 Aug 2018

“Business patience is wearing thin. Households and business can’t put off paying their power bills, politicians need to stop putting...

Latest VET figures show significant decline

09 Aug 2018

Governments need to urgently implement the apprenticeship projects from the Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) National Partnership Agreements. Not a single...

Business grasps the reality of the debate on Migration

07 Aug 2018

Skilled migration is a critical element in supporting economic growth and business is absolutely up for the debate about its...

Joint Statement – Business and Industry united in calling for an end to energy uncertainty

06 Aug 2018

Representatives of Australia’s biggest employers, small businesses, the energy industry and the...

Well informed jobs market key to remedy fall in education expectations

01 Aug 2018

A good start but job not done: Fair Work should be much fairer to small businesses

30 Jul 2018

The Australian Chamber welcomes the Fair Work Commission’s commitment to better support small business but wants more to be done...

Rising stars go head to head in International Mediation Competition

28 Jul 2018

ACTU wrong on wages

25 Jul 2018

"It’s wrong for the ACTU to claim the wage setting system is failing working people,” Australian Chamber of Commerce and...

Business calls on policy makers to urgently start planning for longer-term growth

24 Jul 2018

A more holistic approach to long-term infrastructure planning is required to address concerns regarding Australia’s population growth, the Australian Chamber of...

International Visitors Survey highlights Tourism as Economic and Jobs Powerhouse

19 Jul 2018

The latest International Visitors Survey for year ending March 2018 reflects an impressive increase of 6% in spend to $42.3...

Jobs growth welcomed by Australian Chamber

19 Jul 2018

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has welcomed Australia’s strongest jobs growth in seven months, with 51,000 jobs created...

Australian Chamber welcomes new Australian Made CEO

19 Jul 2018

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcomes Ben Lazzaro’s appointment to Chief Executive Officer of Australian Made. “The Australian...

Cooperation Not Militancy The Way Forward On Industrial Relations

18 Jul 2018

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) Congress missed an important opportunity this week to show that unions understand what...

New Labor proposal threatens competitive labour hire arrangements

17 Jul 2018

The Federal Opposition’s plan to increase labour hire regulation risks undermining the flexibility and competitiveness of Australia’s workforce, the Australian...

New statistics highlight strong growth in Australian tourism market

17 Jul 2018

New figures on overseas arrivals and departures released today, reinforce the success of the Industry led ‘Beyond 2020’ tourism strategy, Australian...

ACCC call for lower energy costs welcomed by Australian Chamber

11 Jul 2018

“The Australian Chamber has long argued prices simply must come down,” Australian Chamber CEO, James Pearson, said today.

Workplace Relations System Should Work Better For Small Business

06 Jul 2018

“Working Better for Small Business” a new report commissioned and released by the Fair Work Commission today, highlights some of...

Australian Chamber Responds to Labor Tax Policy Repeal

29 Jun 2018

Today’s decision by the Opposition Leader and his leadership team to back tax cuts for businesses up to $50million turnover...

Australian Chamber welcomes accession to multilateral government procurement agreement

29 Jun 2018

"Australia’s accession to the World Trade Organisation Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA)...

Labor Tax Policy – “A Kick In The Guts For SMEs”

26 Jun 2018

“This is a kick in the guts for over ten thousand businesses employing over one million workers who now see...

New Fair Work Ombudsman welcomed by the Australian Chamber

22 Jun 2018

"The Australian Chamber congratulates Sandra Parker PSM, on her appointment as Australia’s new Fair Work Ombudsman", Australian Chamber of Commerce...

Better communication essential to improving Work Health & Safety outcomes for Small Business

22 Jun 2018

“We are calling on respective Federal, State & Territory WHS Ministers and...

Domestic travel key contributor to the economy: Survey

20 Jun 2018

Strong growth in domestic overnight travel reinforces domestic tourism’s contribution to the Australian economy, Australian Chamber-Tourism, Australia’s peak body for...

Australian Chamber welcomes national inquiry into sexual harassment in Australian workplaces

20 Jun 2018

The Australian Chamber welcomes the announcement today by the Australian Human Rights...

Superannuation amnesty – Giving everyone a fair go

14 Jun 2018

An amnesty announced by the Federal Government to allow employers who have missed superannuation payments to catch up, so affected...

Australian Chamber – Westpac Survey of Industrial Trends Q2 2018

12 Jun 2018

Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, James Pearson said “We welcome the ongoing overall outlook...

Action on apprenticeships at last

08 Jun 2018

With VET funding levels down and apprenticeship numbers only just starting to climb up from rock bottom, it is vital...

Collaboration key to strengthening the Economy

04 Jun 2018

Stronger profits are driving jobs and wage growth in data released from the Australian Bureau of Statistics today. However the...

Increase to Minimum Wage Puts Jobs in Small Business At Risk

01 Jun 2018

Small business risks being pushed further out of the economy by the Fair Work Commission’s decision today to lift minimum...

New Tools to Revolutionise International Trade

29 May 2018

PwC Australia, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Port of Brisbane have collaborated to develop a ‘Trade...

C’MON AUSSIE C’MON: 19th place is not good enough: reform needed to reclaim Australian competitiveness

24 May 2018

Australia’s rise from 21st to 19th place in the International Institute for...

ACTU Wrong on Job Security

21 May 2018

The latest claims by the ACTU that 40% of Australians are in insecure work are false and misleading, the Australian...

Labor’s Approach to Budget and Fiscal Policy – Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry response

17 May 2018

The Labor Party’s recognition of the need to pay down debt and...

Information key to future of Higher Education

16 May 2018

2017 Student Experience Survey provides much-needed insights into the experience of students in our higher education system and serves as...

Australian Chamber welcomes Government’s response to China’s draft cyber supervision laws

10 May 2018

We encourage trade and investment with China that embraces the modern digital...

Some Good News In Budget for Tourism

08 May 2018

Measures in the Federal Budget 2018 that support tourism growth are welcomed by Australian Chamber - Tourism, including investments in...

Heading In The Right Direction – But More Ambition Needed

08 May 2018

Overall this is a positive budget – but it leaves Australia more exposed than we would like to any deterioration...

Budget 2018 should be about more than tax & the next election

03 May 2018

Employers will look beyond the headlines on tax when assessing next week’s Federal Budget.

Business rejects ACTU’s attempt to scapegoat temporary migrants

03 May 2018

The leading voice of business in Australia rejects the ACTU’s attempt to scapegoat temporary migrants, and stoke the politics of...

Australian Chamber welcomes US steel tariff exemption

01 May 2018

The decision by the US Government to exempt Australia from its steel and aluminium tariffs is welcomed by the Australian...

Cooperation not litigation is the key to productive workplaces

01 May 2018

The Labor Party’s proposal to give the Fair Work Commission more powers would see unions applying for orders to compel...

Time for the ACTU to face facts

27 Apr 2018

It’s time for the ACTU to get real. It’s time to set some facts straight.

Apprentice health and safety to take centre stage on World WHS day

27 Apr 2018

Saturday, 28 April is World Day for Safety and Health at Work, and Workers’ Memorial Day.

Australian Chamber supports push to simplify workplace relations

27 Apr 2018

Australian Chamber welcomes recognition the Australian workplace relations system is too complex by the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise...

Labor should not let unions choose their own regulators

21 Apr 2018

Today’s report in The Australian newspaper that Labor would abolish the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) and reinstate the...

COAG: NEG makes its way towards the starting line – but action needed now

20 Apr 2018

The Australian Chamber welcomes the decision of the COAG Energy Council to progress development of the detailed design of the...

ACTU wage claim shirtfronts small business & slams the door on jobseekers

19 Apr 2018

The ACTU’s claim that a 7.2% minimum wage rise will create tens of thousands of new jobs shirtfronts the small...

Australian Chamber welcomes decision to lift fracking ban in Northern Territory

17 Apr 2018

The decision to lift the ban on fracking in the Northern Territory has been welcomed by the Australian Chamber of...

Calls to cut temporary work visa numbers play on unfounded fears

16 Apr 2018

Inflating concerns around temporary work visa numbers is a cynical move by the ACTU to play on unfounded fears that...

Business worried by falls in migration

13 Apr 2018

"Over the last five years business has watched, with increasing dismay, both Labor and Coalition governments tighten the screws on...

Australian Chamber Calls On ACTU To Fix Enterprise Bargaining – Not Destroy It

12 Apr 2018

Today the Australian Chamber calls on the unions to work with business to fix the enterprise bargaining system, not destroy...

Australian Chamber supports Frydenberg’s common-sense approach to energy

11 Apr 2018

"Minister Frydenberg's comments in his National Press Club address reflect the overwhelming desire of business for a common-sense approach to...

ACTU policy package – “A recipe for disaster”

21 Mar 2018

The ACTU’s proposed policy package and its war against employers is a recipe for disaster not supported by the facts.

Tourism continues to grow as economic powerhouse

14 Mar 2018

The status of tourism as a powerhouse in the Australian economy has been reinforced by the positive growth trend of...

Labor’s new instant tax write-off policy welcomed by Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

13 Mar 2018

Federal Labor Opposition commitment to allow all businesses to immediately deduct 20...

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry calls for 1.9% increase in minimum and award wages

13 Mar 2018

The positive growth trend of international visitors to Australia reflected in the...

Australian first for International Chamber of Commerce

13 Mar 2018

Australian Chamber congratulates Mr John Denton on his appointment as the ICC Secretary General

ACTU risks damaging small business and employment through excessive wage demands

12 Mar 2018

ACTU risks damaging small business and employment through excessive wage demands.

Truth and small businesses are the first casualties of the ACTU’s latest war on business

11 Mar 2018

Calling out the ACTU on its latest scare campaign against Australian business.

Australia gets US steel tariff exemption

11 Mar 2018

The Australian Chamber welcomes the announcement that Australia will be exempt from the proposed US tariffs on steel and aluminium.

Employer Associations again urging caution with publication of ISO 45001

09 Mar 2018

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is again urging businesses to wait for a decision from Standards Australia’s Technical...

Lopsided economy needs policy action

07 Mar 2018

An inconvenient truth is still the truth

06 Mar 2018

“The ACTU is deliberately cherry-picking outdated data to argue a misleading case,” said CEO of the Australian Chamber of Commerce...

The Australian Chamber welcomes new Deputy Prime Minister

26 Feb 2018

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcomes the elevation of Michael McCormack as the new Leader of the National Party...

National education inquiry welcomed

23 Feb 2018

Announcement to commit to establishing a national inquiry into all post-secondary education in Australia is welcomed by the Australian Chamber...

Business welcomes continued wages growth

21 Feb 2018

ABS seasonally adjusted quarterly figures for wage growth released today show a rise. CEO of the Australian Chamber James Pearson...

Australia must maintain independently set, balanced minimum wages

20 Feb 2018

Today’s comments from the federal Opposition underscore the critical importance of maintaining truly independent minimum wage setting through the Fair...

Graduate Outcomes provide key guidance for “Want-to-be” university students

26 Jan 2018

Intending higher education students should read the 2017 Graduate Outcomes Survey released...

Tourism Works for Australia

19 Jan 2018

“Although the number of tourism and hospitality workers is higher in some electorates compared to others, the analysis demonstrates that...

Independent report shows value in a new pricing structure for the National Electricity Market

18 Jan 2018

Research commissioned by the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has shown...

The future starts now: businesses challenged to get to grips with the changing workforce

17 Jan 2018

Australia’s top business body is tapping global expertise to help local businesses...

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