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Government hears the call of business on skills & IR

26 May 2020

As the PM highlighted in his speech to the press club, small businesses are crucial to jobs recovery. Currently small...

Train our people & prepare our businesses for a competitive new world

26 May 2020

By unleashing our economic potential as a world-class innovator, we will greatly improve our chances of reversing current forecasts showing...

Workpac decision a major blow to business restart

21 May 2020

If coronavirus wasn’t enough, small business owners around the country now face the prospect of losing their businesses, homes and...

States must reopen borders to save jobs

20 May 2020

750,000 Australian jobs are on the line. In Queensland alone there are 217,000 people directly employed in tourism, so to...

To save jobs, wages must not change

15 May 2020

We must not confuse what government can do to stimulate the economy with what we can ask of small businesses....

Governments urged to work with tourism on restrictions

09 May 2020

The announcements today will make it economically unviable for most hospitality businesses to open in Stages 1 and 2, and...

Releasing domestic travel restrictions key to restarting economy

08 May 2020

Australian businesses depend on operating as seamlessly as possible between states and territories, as many supply services and source goods interstate.

Final piece of the puzzle in place for Indonesia-Australia Economic & Trade Deal

07 May 2020

“It is marvellous to see a decade of effort between the Governments and private sectors of both nations coming to...

Trans-Tasman bubble a beacon for offshore tourism and trade

05 May 2020

Over the coming weeks both Australia and New Zealand will be in a similar place in their control of COVID-19,  providing...

COVID-19 amendments to the Vehicle Manufacturing, Repair, Services & Retail Award

05 May 2020

The agreed temporary amendments to the award are aimed at preserving the...

National Tourism Restart Taskforce Established

29 Apr 2020

"What is required now is a considered and careful plan to restart Australia’s third largest export industry and one of...

COVIDSafe App is Ignition Key to re-start confidence, business & jobs

26 Apr 2020

Mr. Pearson urged everyone to download and use the voluntary app and asked businesses to encourage their customers, suppliers, and...

Tourism needs the help to rebuild from scratch

15 Apr 2020

“Successfully restarting tourism will depend on programs such as these loans  and other Government support initiatives, as well as the...

Employer-employee relationship at core of changes to Fair Work Act

07 Apr 2020

The JobKeeper legislation, including changes to the Fair Work Act, is critical to keeping businesses in business and Australians in...

Jump start for stalled Aussie exports

01 Apr 2020

The Government's new $110m program, to be coordinated by logistics expert Michael Byrne, will revive stalled exports in seafood, red meat,...

Employers and Unions co-operate on Restaurants Award to address COVID-19 challenges

31 Mar 2020

This temporary alteration allows restaurants and cafes to scale up or down their operations and employees to work fluidly across other areas of...

JobKeeper payment will save jobs: ACCI

31 Mar 2020

Today's announcement is a game changer when Australia needs it most.

FWC Full Bench varies Clerks Award to address COVID-19 challenges

30 Mar 2020

In this extremely difficult time, it has been heartening to see unions and employers working together to ensure more businesses stay...

Landmark COVID-19 awards deal struck

26 Mar 2020

ACCI Workplace Director Scott Barklamb said today's deal was an "historic move during an unprecedented crisis". 

COVID-19: Vital support will help small business survive but more needed if crisis deepens

23 Mar 2020

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry applauded the Federal Government's second tranche of...

New business measures to brace Australian economy against COVID-19

18 Mar 2020

Without support for small business, thousands of Australians will lose their businesses, their jobs and their livelihoods and the economy...

Coronavirus impact hits Australian manufacturing: Survey

17 Mar 2020

The survey, undertaken between February 10 and March 3 this year, found the Actual Composite index fell to 45.0 in the...

Fiscal firepower to assist tourism

13 Mar 2020

Australian Chamber – Tourism Executive Chair John Hart said the targeted funding from the COVID-10 stimulus package is an important...

Stimulus a short-term buffer for small business

12 Mar 2020

While the package is focused on providing relief over the next three months in the belief that the impact of CoViD19 will...

New grant vital for bushfire-affected small businesses

11 Mar 2020

"We welcome the Federal Government's announcement today to provide a new $10K grant as well as slashing the red tape...

Batemans Bay Tourism Recovery Summit & Business Council

02 Mar 2020

Batemans Bay will host The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry's Tourism Recovery Summit and General Council this week as...

Industry boosts engagement in Circular Economy

02 Mar 2020

The establishment of Plastics Stewardship Australia will help better coordinate government and industry action on more effective ways to reuse...

Stand up to workplace abuse

19 Feb 2020

The campaign highlights bullying, threatening behaviour in some Australian workplaces, and deliberate disregard for our laws and courts.

Productivity growth an urgent priority

19 Feb 2020

The release of the Productivity Commission's analysis is a major wakeup call to our federal and state governments.

Planning now a must for tourism recovery

17 Feb 2020

The Federal Government responded with a record additional investment of $76 Million to help tourism deal with the challenges of...

Move events to the bush: ACCI

29 Jan 2020

‘Holiday Here’ campaign vital to rebuilding Australian tourism

23 Jan 2020

Regional communities across Australia who rely on the tourism industry are continuing to feel the sting of Australia’s devastating bushfires...

Vale Bryan Noakes AO (1930 – 2020)

23 Jan 2020

The President, Board, members and staff of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) have learned with great sadness...

Small businesses welcome bushfire relief

20 Jan 2020

Tourism package the start on a long road to recovery

19 Jan 2020

Bushfire-affected tourism businesses, whether directly or indirectly impacted, have a long road ahead as we work to restore Australia's strong, nature-focused...

New information portal for bushfire-affected businesses

10 Jan 2020

Small business needs to remain a big deal following departmental reshuffle

05 Dec 2019

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry urges the Government to keep its eyes on the needs of small business, while...

Ensuring Integrity bill too important to abandon

04 Dec 2019

This Bill is too important to abandon. We need to fight for vulnerable employees and small business people who continue to...

Focus funding on literacy and numeracy

04 Dec 2019

The 2018 PISA results reflect what business has been consistently saying to the education sector – improve literacy and numeracy...

More effort needed for GDP growth: ACCI

04 Dec 2019

While the modest improvement in GDP growth in the September quarter is a positive sign the health of the Australian economy...

Failed Bill hits small business hardest

29 Nov 2019

The decision by the Australian Senate to reject the Ensuring Integrity Bill will suffocate small businesses who don’t have the...

FTA win as global trade storm brews

26 Nov 2019

It is encouraging to see the Coalition and Opposition recognise the need to maintain momentum and support for liberalised trade in...

ACTU should stick to the facts

25 Nov 2019

Ensuring Integrity amendments get nod from ACCI

22 Nov 2019

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcomes the release of proposed amendments to the Fair Work Amendment (Ensuring Integrity)...

Power of innovation in deregulation reform

21 Nov 2019

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive James Pearson said improvements to the design of business registers and...

Funding focus needed in Vocational Training

21 Nov 2019

Energy market solutions needed from COAG

21 Nov 2019

The COAG Energy Council must address Australia’s beleaguered eastern energy markets at its meeting in Perth tomorrow with the goal...

Huge win for Australian business with latest mega-regional trade agreement

05 Nov 2019

Australian business stands to reap huge rewards from one of the world's largest free trade agreements, after Australian negotiators successfully...

Mental health report first step to reform

31 Oct 2019

Inflation up despite global headwinds

30 Oct 2019

The Australian economy continues to weather global uncertainly, with inflation edging upwards to 1.7 per cent in the Consumer Price Index...

Regional tourism buoyed by increase in Australian cruising

28 Oct 2019

“The increased interest in Australian cruising is a testament to the unique experiences and products on offer and the efforts...

Business welcomes Senate Committee inquiry report into Ensuring Integrity Bill

25 Oct 2019

Vital National Skills Commissioner appointment

24 Oct 2019

Indonesia and Hong Kong Free Trade Agreements welcomed

10 Oct 2019

Positioning Australian tourism for future growth

10 Oct 2019

ACCI urges banks pass on full interest rate cut

01 Oct 2019

The Australian Chamber is urging banks to pass on today's interest rate cuts in full in order to boost consumer...

ACCI joins VET stakeholder committee

26 Sep 2019

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is pleased to participate in the newly established Vocational Education and Training Stakeholder Committee, announced...

Focus on Indian visitor economy

24 Sep 2019

ACCI supports Mondelēz appeal

16 Sep 2019

Senate decision to protect small business welcomed

16 Sep 2019

Opportunity missed in Tourist Refund Scheme report

10 Sep 2019

The National Audit Office’s report on the Management of the Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) has missed an opportunity to highlight...

Industrial sentiment slows in latest survey results

10 Sep 2019

Modest increase in apprenticeship commencements gives hope for future growth

05 Sep 2019

The future holds promise despite slower growth figure

04 Sep 2019

Learn new trade rules to avoid risk

02 Sep 2019

New rules for interpreting trade terms used by importers, exporters, lawyers, transporters and insurers across the world will be released in...

ACCI appoints new Chief Economist

27 Aug 2019

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Ross Lambie as its Chief...

Spotlight on Vocational Education & Training

26 Aug 2019

Today the country celebrates the important contribution Australia’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) makes to the economy and to the...

Business Events Bid Fund Program changes welcomed

16 Aug 2019

Australian Chamber-Tourism, the peak body of Australia’s tourism organisations, welcomes changes to the Government’s $12 million Business Events Bid Fund...

VET reform welcomed by Australian Chamber

09 Aug 2019

The Australian Chamber welcomes the news our country’s Vocation Education and Training (VET) sector will have a reform roadmap by...

COAG Call to action on skills

08 Aug 2019

The Australian Chamber is calling on the country's political leaders to agree to reform our vital Vocation Education and Training...

Small business deserves a fair go in Fair Dismissal Code

06 Aug 2019

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO James Pearson said small businesses would welcome the comprehensive review of the Small...

Australian Chamber welcomes moves to cut red tape

05 Aug 2019

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcomes today’s announcement that the Productivity Commission will focus on streamlining regulation in...

Time to ensure unions obey our laws and heed our courts

23 Jul 2019

The Government has called time on union officials with deep pockets, arrogant attitudes, and combative lawyers thumbing their nose at...

Further falls in VET funding reinforces urgent need to prioritise reform

18 Jul 2019

"Business and government need to work together with schools, career advisers and training providers to encourage students to choose VET...

Passage of tax cuts benefits all Australians

04 Jul 2019

With the passage of the tax cuts achieved, the Australian Chamber looks forward to working with the Government on its plans to...

Australian Chamber welcomes the reintroduction of the Ensuring Integrity Bill

04 Jul 2019

“By passing this Bill, the Parliament can send a strong signal to organisations and their officials who repeatedly flout the...

Business calls on the Parliament to pass personal tax package in full

01 Jul 2019

We urge the Parliament to pass the package in full to put more money back into the pockets of Australians...

Australian Chamber-Tourism welcomes Working Holiday Maker program expansion

01 Jul 2019

“These positive changes in the program and Tourism Australia’s Australia Inc marketing campaign, will go a long way in attracting new...

Business welcomes Prime Minister’s emphasis on workplace relations and skills

24 Jun 2019

Australia’s largest and most representative business network, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, welcomes the Prime Minister’s commitment to...

International Visitors Survey continues to highlight positive growth story

19 Jun 2019

Australian Chamber – Tourism, the peak body of Australia’s tourism organisations, acknowledges the release of the International Visitors Survey today. The...

Industrial sentiment bounces, conditions confirm a loss of momentum

18 Jun 2019

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Westpac Survey of Industrial Trends for the June quarter 2019 released today, shows...

Economic growth figures underline need to support business to invest and create jobs

05 Jun 2019

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Australia’s largest and most representative business network, today expressed disappointment at the latest...

Lower interest rates to boost small business investment

04 Jun 2019

The Reserve Bank Board’s decision to lower the cash rate to 1.25% today has been welcomed by Australia’s largest business...

Business welcomes new Federal Shadow Ministry

03 Jun 2019

“We look forward to working constructively with the Opposition to develop and support policies that will make Australia a better...

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