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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...

Time for a good hard look at our whole tax system

21 Dec 2017

“It’s time for a good hard look at our whole tax system,” James Pearson, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian...

Strong jobs growth continues

14 Dec 2017

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chief Economist Adam Carr, commenting on today's ABS Labour Force report, said:

Tourism a huge contributor to national economic performance

14 Dec 2017

The Executive Chair of Australian Chamber-Tourism, John Hart, commenting on today’s ABS tourism economic performance figures, said: “It is clear...

Manufacturing outlook remains positive

12 Dec 2017

The outlook for Australian manufacturing continues to be positive, the Australian Chamber-Westpac Survey of Industrial Trends shows.

Apprenticeship Numbers Continue to Fall, System in Crisis

07 Dec 2017

A further 4.7% decline in apprenticeship numbers confirms the system is in crisis, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry...

Australia’s Economy Gaining Momentum

06 Dec 2017

Today’s national accounts show that the Australian economy is gaining momentum, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today.

Australian Chamber congratulates export award winners

06 Dec 2017

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry congratulates the winners of the Australian Export Awards, announced last night at a...

Tourism chief new President

01 Dec 2017

One of Australia’s leading tourism chiefs has been elected President of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Australia’s leading...

Energy crisis – Rising costs must be addressed

29 Nov 2017

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcomes comments this morning from Audrey Zibelman, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian...

Business assessment warns vocational training at a tipping point

24 Nov 2017

Vocational training generates great outcomes, but risks falling into decline without agreement from COAG ministers,  the Australian Chamber of Commerce...

Brand Australia – Call for single brand welcomed

23 Nov 2017

The Australia Chamber of Commerce and Industry supports the government’s call today, in the release of its Foreign Policy White...

Faster payments to small business welcomed

22 Nov 2017

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcomes the government’s announcement today that small businesses providing goods and services to...

Australia’s gender equality scorecard

17 Nov 2017

Commenting on the release today of the government Workplace Gender Equity Agency Australia’s gender equality scorecard, the Australian Chamber of...

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

10 Nov 2017

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcomes the announcement today of an agreed preferential trade deal between Peru and...

Bank tax would take South Australia in the wrong direction

01 Nov 2017

Ahead of this evening’s vote in the South Australian Parliament, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Australia’s largest and...

Flexible arrangements working well

31 Oct 2017

Business owners are granting 90% of requests for flexible working hours, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today.

Celebrating 50 years of job creation through tourism investment

30 Oct 2017

Australian Chamber - Tourism, the peak national tourism body in Australia, joins Tourism Australia and the Australian Government in celebrating...

CPI figures show businesses unable to pass on energy prices

25 Oct 2017

Responding to the latest ABS Consumer Price Index, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chief Economist Adam Carr said:

Productivity Commission wake up call

24 Oct 2017

“The Productivity Commission five-year review is a wake-up call,” James Pearson, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry,...

Increasing promotion of a draft safety management system worries employer groups

23 Oct 2017

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is urging businesses to reflect before preparing for or implementing the new draft...

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

20 Oct 2017

“Australia has an ongoing vibrant and viable automotive industry,” Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chief Executive Officer James Pearson...

Business Leaders Summit in Canberra Today

17 Oct 2017

Business leaders across Australia are gathering in Canberra today for the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry annual Business Leaders...

Business Response – Government Energy Policy Announcement

17 Oct 2017

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, on behalf of Australian business, has been advocating for three things:

Urgent action needed to prevent job losses and business closure

16 Oct 2017

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry today welcomes the release of the ACCC preliminary report into its Retail Electricity Pricing...

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

11 Oct 2017

In responding to the Federal Court’s decision to dismiss the appeal of...

Anything less than bipartisanship on energy is a policy failure

10 Oct 2017

Failure to achieve bipartisan consensus on energy would lead to worse outcomes as we fall back on a patchwork of...

Resignation of Senator Nick Xenophon

06 Oct 2017

"Nick Xenophon’s brand of politics will be missed in Canberra," James Pearson, Chief Executive of the Australian Chamber of Commerce...

FutureAsia offers a framework for deeper engagement

29 Sep 2017

Smarter and deeper engagement with our overseas neighbours will help create new business opportunities and better outcomes for our economy,...

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

28 Sep 2017

Today’s announcements in the US compound the need to act on business tax rates or be left behind, the Australian Chamber...

Australia still outside the top 20 in global competitiveness

27 Sep 2017

It is time to return to the economic reform agenda or we risk being further left behind, the Australian Chamber...

Response to announcement on domestic gas supply

27 Sep 2017

Statement from James Pearson, Chief Executive:

ACCC report confirms jobs risk from energy crisis

25 Sep 2017

Tariff reductions positive step towards comprehensive agreement with Indonesia

21 Sep 2017

Minister Ciobo’s announcement that Australia and Indonesia will move promptly to implement tariff reductions is a positive step towards the...

Self-serving ACTU campaign risks misleading employees

21 Sep 2017

The ACTU’s ‘change the rules’ campaign is self-serving and based on misinformation the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said...

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

20 Sep 2017

Australian Chamber – Tourism welcomes today’s release of the National Visitor Survey...

Construction, infrastructure spending drive manufacturing results

14 Sep 2017

Australia’s manufacturers are benefitting from a strong upswing in public infrastructure spending, with stronger world growth and a relatively low...

Resignation of Nigel Hadgkiss APM

13 Sep 2017

Throughout his long and distinguished public service career, Nigel Hadgkiss APM has demonstrated his professional commitment to serving the Australian...

Business welcomes moves to stamp out phoenixing

12 Sep 2017

Sensible steps to deter and detect illegal phoenixing will benefit Australian business, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has...

Tourist spend at record highs

06 Sep 2017

The latest International Visitor Survey showing that spending by international tourists is at a record high of $40.6 billion further...

Vulnerable Workers Legislation passes the Senate

05 Sep 2017

The Senate last night passed tough new laws that will see penalties of up to $630,000 for employers who knowingly...

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

29 Aug 2017

Small businesses must be in scope at tomorrow’s meeting between the Prime Minister and the big energy retailers, the Australian...

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

29 Aug 2017

Improving superannuation compliance is an important contributor to the success of Australia’s...

ACTU claim for employees to set their working hours unworkable

28 Aug 2017

Responding to the ACTU’s claim for employees to be able to dictate both the number of hours they work, and...

Welcome opportunity to spotlight modern slavery in global supply chains

16 Aug 2017

The goods and services enjoyed by Australians should not be produced by people in other countries working under slavery-like conditions....

John Hart moves to Executive Chair of Australian Chamber – Tourism

15 Aug 2017

Well known industry figure John Hart has been appointed as Executive Chair of Australian Chamber – Tourism. 

International Tourism is the stand out performer in job generation

15 Aug 2017

Tourism is confirmed as the unsung hero of the Australian economy with record international visitor numbers in year to June...

Don’t forget small businesses in retail power talks

09 Aug 2017

Today’s discussions with energy retailers must not forget small business, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today.

Senate bravely reaffirms the rule of law in the building industry

09 Aug 2017

Senators have helped ensure communities throughout Australia can benefit from on time and on budget construction of hospitals, government and...

Hotel industry giving young people a go

01 Aug 2017

Business leaders gather to push for policies to drive prosperity

28 Jul 2017

Business leaders from across all sectors of the economy and from all parts of the country gathered in Brisbane on...

Business leaders call for action on energy prices

28 Jul 2017

High energy costs are a crisis for Australian businesses, business leaders meeting in Brisbane said today. The General Council of...

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

24 Jul 2017

The Government’s Higher Education Reforms must be matched with better information available to students about employment outcomes, the Australian Chamber...

Protectionism represents a risk to Australia

20 Jul 2017

The Productivity Commission has issued a timely warning of the national and global risks of protectionism, the Australian Chamber of...

Employers welcome moves to reduce superannuation red tape

14 Jul 2017

Fixing the administrative difficulties employers face when paying superannuation will improve compliance, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said...

Business welcomes COAG progress on energy

14 Jul 2017

Energy ministers have taken positive steps towards addressing the national energy crisis, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said...

Households and businesses paying for energy policy mess

13 Jul 2017

The COAG Energy Council must act to achieve price reductions across the energy market and ensure the reliability and security...

Anti-jobs initiative rejected by the Fair Work Commission

05 Jul 2017

The Fair Work Commission has today rejected a union claim that would have discouraged the hiring of new part-time and...

Skilled visas review strikes the right balance

30 Jun 2017

Sunday pay set to rise for retail and hospitality workers

29 Jun 2017

Sunday pay for employees on retail and hospitality awards will increase from this weekend, with the impact of the annual...

Census shows why we need to plan ahead

28 Jun 2017

Australia’s population is continuing to grow rapidly, the latest Census data has confirmed, demonstrating why we need to plan carefully...

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

27 Jun 2017

Australians are encouraged to “think small” today by supporting their local enterprises in order to celebrate the inaugural international day...

School funding settled, we now need to focus on standards

23 Jun 2017

The Federal Government should be congratulated for getting its landmark school funding changes through the Parliament and now all sides...

Tailwinds give manufacturers reasons to smile

15 Jun 2017

Australian Chamber-Westpac Survey of Industrial Trends: June 2017 quarter

Australian Chamber represents employers on the world stage

14 Jun 2017

The Australian business community will play a stronger role in international debates over employment and workplace relations policy with the...

Finkel Review set to press reset button on power

09 Jun 2017

The Finkel Review offers a chance to reset Australia’s approach to power supply and allow all sides of the debate...

Continuing apprenticeships decline reinforces the need for action

09 Jun 2017

Wage decision risks hours and jobs

06 Jun 2017

The significant increase in the minimum wage and award rates announced today risks the job prospects of vulnerable people in...

Penalty rates transition means benefits will take longer to flow

05 Jun 2017

Today’s decision by the Fair Work Commission to apply an extended phasing in of penalty rates changes means it will...

US withdrawal from climate agreement underlines importance of domestic certainty

02 Jun 2017

The United States’ decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement underlines the importance of ensuring our own climate policies...

Richard Lindsay to lead Australian Chamber – Tourism

22 May 2017

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Lindsay as the Manager of...

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

16 May 2017

Labor offers ideas but little to curb spending

11 May 2017

Tonight’s Budget Reply speech by Bill Shorten offers some policy ideas for the future but makes little headway on the...

Budget delivers some pain for tourism businesses

09 May 2017

Australian tourism businesses are disappointed that government funding to Tourism Australia is set to fall, hurting efforts to attract more...

Budget’s path to surplus needs to better tackle spending

09 May 2017

Tonight's Federal Budget takes steps towards making government programs more sustainable while offering welcome support to small businesses so they...

Innovative conference bringing women in business to the frontline of technology

02 May 2017

Hundreds of female entrepreneurs and business owners from across South Australia will gather at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Tuesday...

Australian Chamber welcomes horizontal fiscal equalisation review

30 Apr 2017

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcomes Treasurer Scott Morrison’s announcement of a Productivity Commission review into Australia’s system of...

Employers mark World Day for Safety and Health at Work

28 Apr 2017

World Day for Safety and Health at Work today is an important opportunity for employers, employees and governments to think...

Statement on gas policy

27 Apr 2017

James Pearson, CEO of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry:

Sharing the facts about Australian trade

21 Apr 2017

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is today joining with other leading business groups to share key facts on...

Migration changes will help make system sustainable

18 Apr 2017

The restructuring of Australia’s temporary skilled migration program announced by the Federal Government today will help to build public confidence...

Recommendations on payment terms deserve support

12 Apr 2017

The proposal by the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman for practical measures to improve payment terms deserves support by...

Wishing all Australians a happy, healthy and safe Easter

12 Apr 2017

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry wishes a happy, healthy and safe Easter to all Australians, including business operators...

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

31 Mar 2017

Hundreds of thousands of small and medium businesses across Australia will be better able to invest, grow and create jobs...

Fairness must be at heart of Annual Wage Review

29 Mar 2017

The Fair Work Commission should deliver an Annual Wage Review outcome that is fair for jobseekers, employees and small businesses...

Australian business welcomes Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

27 Mar 2017

The visit to Australia this week of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang provides a golden opportunity to strengthen economic ties between...

Company tax cut should flow to all businesses

27 Mar 2017

Reducing the company tax rate for businesses of all sizes will deliver the greatest benefit to jobs and investment by...

Australia risks its global influence unless we boost competitiveness

27 Mar 2017

Australia needs to take action to strengthen its competitiveness as other countries strengthen theirs, otherwise we risk declining global influence,...

Appointment of Peter Anderson to the Fair Work Commission

23 Mar 2017

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry congratulates Peter Anderson on his appointment today as a Deputy President of the...

Time for action on corrupting payments

20 Mar 2017

Government action to combat corrupting payments between employers and unions will strengthen the integrity of Australia’s workplace relations system and...

Secure energy with lower emissions can be achieved

17 Mar 2017

Australia can achieve the twin objectives of a secure energy system and lower carbon emissions through putting in place sensible...

Results strong and expectations positive for manufacturers

16 Mar 2017

Australia’s manufacturers have posted a third straight quarter of improved performance, buoyed by strength in new orders, output, overtime and...

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

14 Mar 2017

JOINT STATEMENT Australia’s peak business organisations have united to call on governments...

Penalty rates decision – Sunday and holiday pay still respectable

06 Mar 2017

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry today released indicative figures outlining the impact of changes to Award penalty rates...

Penalty rate reduction will help small businesses to create jobs

28 Feb 2017

Small business operators from across Australia have spoken loud and clear – reducing penalty rates will allow them to hire...

Parliament needs to respect umpire’s decision on penalty rates

24 Feb 2017

Parliament should reject calls for the overturning of yesterday’s Fair Work Commission decision on penalty rates, respect the integrity of...

Trade Facilitation Agreement will create jobs in Australia and abroad

23 Feb 2017

The Trade Facilitation Agreement that has now come into force could support the creation of 20 million jobs worldwide, including...

Penalty rates reduction will help to create jobs

23 Feb 2017

Today’s decision from Australia’s independent Fair Work Commission delivers important reductions in excessive penalty rates that will help retail and...

Time for strong headway on Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership

23 Feb 2017

Business groups from Indonesia and Australia have gathered in Canberra this week to support officials from the two nations engaged...

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