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Regional tourism package much needed

27 Sep 2020

Australian Chamber – Tourism congratulates the Federal Government on the much needed Regional Tourism Recovery Package.

Small biz owners win back control of their future

24 Sep 2020

Hundreds of thousands of small business owners facing insolvency due to the economic fallout of COVID-19 will be able to take back...

Tourism dollars to boost South Australia

23 Sep 2020

The South Australian tourism sector will now be able to prepare for a more promising summer season following Premier Steven Marshall's...

Tourism eyes $3.6B Aus-NZ travel bubble

18 Sep 2020

Prime Minister Scott Morrison's renewal today of plans for a travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand, coupled with an uptick...

SA-ACT border opening not enough

15 Sep 2020

Australian Chamber Tourism calls on Premiers and Chief Ministers to do much more over the coming days to save tourism...

New survey shows scarred manufacturing sector

15 Sep 2020

Excess capacity, weak investment and low profit expectations continue to hurt Australia's manufacturing sector as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, the...

Export scheme crucial in testing times for trade

10 Sep 2020

The Federal Government's reforms today of the vital Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme will help counter some of the devastation wrought...

Victorian Government should go back to the drawing board

08 Sep 2020

The Victorian Government's roadmap for reopening Metropolitan Melbourne uses excessive thresholds for easing restrictions and should be overhauled using the...

National framework must not be delayed

07 Sep 2020

Australia’s political leaders can reinvigorate the economy and save jobs by urgently following through on a national framework for COVID-19 agreed by...

Restoring business & household confidence is key to recovery

02 Sep 2020

Australia’s largest business group presented the Government with a suite of recommendations for the 2020-21 Budget, including bringing forward the...

Parliament urged to unanimously pass JobKeeper amendments

26 Aug 2020

Australia’s largest business group is urging the House of Representatives and the Senate to unanimously pass legislation to extend JobKeeper...

Third COVID Business Conditions Survey released

18 Aug 2020

Business trading conditions across the country have not improved despite the easing of restrictions in many states, the latest ACCI survey of...

Legislate licence changes for tradies

17 Aug 2020

State and Territory Governments should move quickly to legislate Automatic Mutual Recognition of licences as prioritised by the Federal Treasurer today.

High Court decision passes the pub test

13 Aug 2020

Today the High Court has issued its first decision on the Fair Work Act National Employment Standards since introduced more...

JobKeeper changes needed to prop up employment

07 Aug 2020

But there is no doubt that these latest changes will save jobs that were sure to be lost as a...

Addressing Youth Unemployment through Experience and Training

23 Jul 2020

It is a tough labour market, but even in such difficult conditions, programs operated by or in strong partnership with...

Bold reform is the answer to Budget deficit

23 Jul 2020

The focus is on policies which can be implemented this financial year to create a more productive and competitive environment...

JobKeeper 2.0: Extension welcome, tough decisions ahead

21 Jul 2020

The Government responded today to the calls by ACCI and a range of our business group members by extending JobKeeper...

Preserving Skills for Tomorrow

16 Jul 2020

The reversal of some steps in the roadmap to reopening has rocked business confidence and stirred up more financial angst....

Australia’s Tourism Restart Plan Published

07 Jul 2020

Tourism businesses need lead time to prepare - they can't just open their doors in 24 hours and start trading.

Improving job outcomes for higher ed students

22 Jun 2020

“Strengthening the relationship between universities and business and prioritising internships and work placements is particularly important. It will prepare people better...

Annual wage increase: Minority report got it right

19 Jun 2020

ACCI CEO James Pearson said putting up the price of jobs "when deflation is a strong possibility in the June...

Businesses continue to suffer over casual ruling

17 Jun 2020

Thankfully, the Attorney-General has announced that the focus of one of the upcoming industrial relations working groups involving unions, ACCI...

Australian Chamber – Westpac Survey of Industrial Trends June 2020- Manufacturing conditions slump to historic low

16 Jun 2020

The survey's Actual Composite Index, which indicates business confidence, fell to 24 in the...

Double standard on crowds is hurting businesses

11 Jun 2020

Mr Pearson said if there is no increase in the rates of community transmission following last weekend's protest rallies, businesses would...

Second COVID-19 Business Conditions Survey released

05 Jun 2020

“With more and more businesses entering those higher brackets of revenue loss, we can really get a feel for the...

PC Report Ignores the Elephant in the Room

05 Jun 2020

“On any measure the investment by governments has not kept pace with population growth let alone skill needs.  We need more...

First Trans-Tasman flight proposal released

04 Jun 2020

The Australian Chamber Tourism, Canberra Airport, Wellington Chamber of Commerce, Canberra Business Chamber and Auckland Business Chamber have united to...

Slashing COAG bureaucracy will help create jobs

02 Jun 2020

The number one challenge facing the Australian economy after COVID is getting people into jobs. Supporting businesses to get back...

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...

It’s time to ensure all trade unions and employer organisations obey the law

06 Nov 2019

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...

Agri-tourism is key to supporting our regions

28 Oct 2019

Australia is a wide brown land and an authentic experience in a natural landscape is what our visitors expect. Many...

Business welcomes Senate Committee inquiry report into Ensuring Integrity Bill

25 Oct 2019

Vital National Skills Commissioner appointment

24 Oct 2019

Regional policies the seed to drive growth

18 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...

Trade: It’s time to focus on the west

23 Aug 2019

While we are keenly focused on trade tensions across the Pacific and security issues in Asia, Australia’s Defence Minister, Linda...

VET building pathways to a bright future

20 Aug 2019

University can be a great pathway for many students, but depending on the course chosen, it can leave many graduates...

Trade tensions remind us of the need to build our competitive muscle

19 Aug 2019

Ongoing trade tensions between our most important strategic partner and our most important trading partner mean this is a crucial...

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...

Everyone benefits from better union oversight

09 Aug 2019

With the Ensuring Integrity Bill on its way to the Senate after it was passed by the House of Representatives...

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...

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