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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...

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...

Australian Chamber-Tourism congratulates The Hon. Simon Birmingham on his re-appointment as Tourism Minister

26 May 2019

Australian Chamber – Tourism, the national peak body of Australian tourism organisations...

Australian Chamber Welcomes New Federal Government Ministry

26 May 2019

The new Morrison Coalition Federal Government Ministry reflects the right mix of stability and progress for the Australian business community,...

Australian Chamber congratulates Prime Minister Morrison and his Coalition Government on re-election

19 May 2019

“The business community congratulates the Prime Minister and the Coalition for winning...


17 May 2019

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Australia’s largest and most representative business network, today paid tribute to the life...

Labor Tourism Policy welcomed by Australian Chamber-Tourism

16 May 2019

The Australian Chamber – Tourism, the national peak body of Australian tourism organisations supports Labor's Tourism Policy announced yesterday evening.

Australian Chamber to call for 1.8% increase to minimum and award wages today in Melbourne

14 May 2019

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

Australian Chamber response to Labor’s costings

10 May 2019

“We welcome Labor’s commitment to delivering surpluses and paying down debt, and for releasing costings a week prior to Election...

Targeting lower power prices: increase competition not regulation

10 May 2019

The Coalition’s commitment to reduce power prices through increased supply and competition is a positive response to calls by the...

Business welcomes R&D tax break for collaboration

08 May 2019

Australia’s largest network of businesses, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, welcomes Labor’s pledge today to boost the Research...

Australian Chamber-Tourism welcomes Coalition’s Tourism Policy

03 May 2019

Australian Chamber – Tourism, the peak body representing national tourism groups acknowledges the formal announcement of the Coalition’s tourism policy,...

Tourism Satellite Accounts 2017-2018 highlight labour and skills needs in the visitor economy

01 May 2019

The Tourism Satellite Accounts for 2017-18 highlight the visitor economy as one...

Industry-wide wage increases set and subsidised by government put small businesses under pressure

30 Apr 2019

“Whilst we welcome the Opposition’s decision to limit Government subsidised wage increases...

Australian Chamber-Tourism welcomes Labor’s Tourism policy

23 Apr 2019

Australian Chamber - Tourism, the peak body representing the national tourism groups, welcomes Labor’s Tourism policy platform, which commits continued...

Labor’s proposed changes to temporary skilled migration impose big costs on small business

23 Apr 2019

Labor’s announced changes to temporary skilled visas will impose big cost increases...

Australian Business Growth Fund recognises Small Business is a Big Deal

23 Apr 2019

“This announcement is recognition that small businesses is one of the major drivers of economic growth. One of the biggest...

ACTU must stop misrepresenting the facts on employment

18 Apr 2019

“The ACTU’s latest statements on multiple job earners once again seeks to mislead working Australians by making a series of...

Business welcomes Labor focus on surplus & skills but worried by wages plan

05 Apr 2019

A commitment from a future Labor government to deliver surplus budgets against the risk of future global shocks is welcomed...

Billion dollar threat to small business still stands

04 Apr 2019

“Hundreds of thousands of Australian small businesses have been left in limbo, not knowing whether or not they will be...

Business welcomes bipartisan support for small business instant asset write-off

04 Apr 2019

Australia’s largest voice for small business, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, welcomes the passage of a Bill through...

Budget delivers measures to keep tourism sector strong

02 Apr 2019

The measures in the budget are a good first step to continue the momentum for Australian tourism which is outperforming...

Budget delivers for small business and skills

02 Apr 2019

“With a budget surplus is in sight, more than a decade after the Global Financial Crisis, we would have preferred...

Small Business looks to the Budget

01 Apr 2019

Small Business will be looking to the Federal Government in Budget 2019 to help to sustain the right environment for...

Australian Chamber welcomes increased funding for Export Market Development Scheme

29 Mar 2019

“Today’s announcement will relieve some of the pressures that exporters face and should allow more businesses to gain better rebates,...

United Nations Body Rejects ACTU Complaint Against Australian Building and Construction Commission

28 Mar 2019

Australia’s official employer representative to the United Nations’ International Labour Organisation (ILO),...

Small Business is a Big Deal: Australia’s largest business network gives voice to issues facing small business

27 Mar 2019

Australia’s largest voice for Small Business, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and...

Living wage proposal will hurt the people it is supposed to help

26 Mar 2019

The Labor Party’s plan to introduce a living wage will hurt small businesses and the job prospects of workers it...

High costs at home and pressure to innovate are challenging Australian exporters

26 Mar 2019

“High costs at home and the need to come up with new or improved products and services are major challenges...

Australian Chamber welcomes Labor small business policy

22 Mar 2019

Labor's small business policy released yesterday is welcome recognition of the importance of small business to jobs and the economy, Australia's largest...

More co-ordinated approach to population planning is welcome

20 Mar 2019

We urge the government to go a step further than what was announced today and commit to develop, through the...

Employment services reform rightly focuses on jobs seekers and employers

20 Mar 2019

Australia’s largest network of businesses, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has welcomed the announcement by Kelly O'Dwyer, Minister for...

Economic own goal: evidence does not justify Government cuts to migration

19 Mar 2019

The reduction in permanent migration announced by the Government today is not justified by the evidence, Australia’s largest network of...

Business conditions remain positive, but the mood is turning

19 Mar 2019

The outlook for Australian manufacturing is becoming increasingly uncertain, with the first quarter 2019 results of the Australian Chamber of...

The ACTU’s ‘living wage’ would breach international law

14 Mar 2019

Calls for Parliament to set minimum wages based on 60% of median wages would breach Australia’s international treaty obligations, the...

Focus on working holidaymakers welcome

14 Mar 2019

Australia’s peak body of tourism organisations, the Australian Chamber-Tourism welcomes reports today that the Government has announced a new campaign...

Australia must maintain a balanced, independently set minimum wage

12 Mar 2019

Australian employers, employees and job-seekers need to be assured that the Fair Work umpire would remain truly independent in setting...

Australia’s temporary skilled visa system no longer fit for purpose and must be fixed

07 Mar 2019

Australia’s temporary skilled visa system is no longer effective in targeting genuine...

Sound Budget action needed after disappointing GDP increase

06 Mar 2019

As election day approaches, it is hard to shift the focus off the political issues, but these GDP figures show...

Labor call for living wage sends a shiver down the spine of small business

06 Mar 2019

"The Opposition Leader’s reported call to move from a minimum wage to a so-called “living wage” – a proposal pushed...

Big Unions’ wish list a clear and present danger to Australian living standards

05 Mar 2019

The Australian Council of Trade Union’s (ACTU) plan to remove power from employees and employers and hand it to union...

Australian Industry Statement rejecting the flawed Biosecurity Levy

04 Mar 2019

The Australian Government announced a biosecurity levy in the 2018 budget due to be implemented this July that is significantly...

Opportunities for business and jobs open up with Australia-Indonesia Deal

01 Mar 2019

Australian Chamber CEO James Pearson will join the Chamber’s Indonesian and Australian partners at the event, to celebrate their joint...

Work Health & Safety laws: on track but more to do

25 Feb 2019

Australia’s largest network of businesses, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcomes the release by Safe Work Australia of...

Economic modelling of emissions reduction targets raises concerns

21 Feb 2019

"Business has been calling for policies to make energy more affordable in the short and long term, ensure reliability and...

Wage growth welcome, but challenges remain

20 Feb 2019

Australia’s largest network of businesses, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has welcomed new figures showing annual wage growth...

Unions must respect the Law when they enter work sites

15 Feb 2019

“Union officials wanting to enter employer premises must be subject to effective oversight and accountability and, like every other Australian,...

Does the Senate support Small Business – or not?

15 Feb 2019

Australia’s largest voice for small business, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is urging the Senate not to recreate...

Vale George Polites AC CMG MBE (1918-2019)

12 Feb 2019

It is with great sadness the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry notes the passing of George Polites AC CMG...

Australian Chamber welcomes Royal Commission report and calls for focus on the future

05 Feb 2019

“The Commission has rightly taken the financial sector to task over its conduct,” Australian Chamber CEO, James Pearson, said. “We welcome...

No time to relax on budget repair

01 Feb 2019

“With business sentiment wavering amid global economic uncertainty, now is not the time for the Government to relax its effort...

Australian Chamber-Tourism Chair appointed to Tourism Australia Board

30 Jan 2019

“The appointment recognises both John Hart’s expertise and the role that Australian Chamber-Tourism plays in coordinating the industry voice. With...

Increase in the instant asset write-off a boost for small business

29 Jan 2019

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

Steady growth in employment is good news

24 Jan 2019

The positive news delivered by the ABS Labour Force figures today is a welcome boost to business confidence, Australia’s largest...

Small Business top of agenda where it belongs

21 Jan 2019

“Addressing the competitive conditions in which small to medium size enterprises operate will need to be the number one focus...

ACTU’s advocacy against Working Holiday Makers ignores the benefits

15 Jan 2019

Australian Chamber-Tourism Executive Chair, John Hart said, “the Working Holiday Maker Visa Program is not only a vital source of...

Business welcomes latest results from graduate employment and employer satisfaction survey

11 Jan 2019

An improvement in employment outcomes as well as an increase in employer...

Australia right to look to the Indian Ocean, as well as Asia-Pacific, to secure our future

10 Jan 2019

Job Vacancies – The Facts

09 Jan 2019

“The simple truth is today’s ABS data confirms there have never been more job openings in Australia than there are...

ABCC crucial to maintaining the law and protecting workers and small businesses

09 Jan 2019

“Completely abolishing the ABCC would be an open invitation for a return to the building site lawlessness of the past...

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s New Year’s Resolution

28 Dec 2018

In this upcoming Federal Election year, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s New Year resolution is to convince the...

Employment story continues positive trend; enterprise agreements still delivering

20 Dec 2018

Despite the positive story in these figures, Mr Pearson noted that the trend underemployment rate, which measures those people who...

COAG Energy Council outcomes better reflect industry concerns – at last

19 Dec 2018

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

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...

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