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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...

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...

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

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...

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...

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...

Why the ACTU wants to break the rules it wrote

17 Apr 2018

We all need to tackle the very real problems confronting the existing Fair Work Act, starting with those identified by...

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...

Radio National interview with James Pearson, CEO, Australian Chamber

12 Apr 2018

Breakfast on Radio National with Hamish MacDonald interviewing James Pearson, CEO, Australian Chamber, about the ACTU's push for a better...

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...

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.

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...

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.

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...

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...

Alana Matheson | Senate Select Committee on the Future of Work and Workers

22 Feb 2018

Australian Chamber CEO James Pearson on facts

21 Feb 2018

Facts are important and never more so for the business community as debate heats up towards a Federal election. That’s...

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...

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:

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...

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...

Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten address to the Australian Chamber Lunch

14 Nov 2017

The Hon Bill Shorten MP | Leader of the Opposition  Speech to the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Lunch,...

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,...

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...

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...

Jenny Lambert statement to the House Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training – Inquiry into school to work transitions

18 Sep 2017

House Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training – Inquiry into school...

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...

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...

Alana Matheson | Senate, Education and Employment Legislation Committee – Fair Work Amendment (Pay Protection) Bill

25 Aug 2017

Opening statement to the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee Inquiry into the Fair...

Hotel industry giving young people a go

01 Aug 2017

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...

Jenny Lambert | Senate Inquiry – Higher Education Reform Bill

24 Jul 2017

Opening Statement to the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee inquiry into the Higher Education Support Legislation Amendment (A More...

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...

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...

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...

Small businesses need support, not a wage hike

13 Jun 2017

At a time when energy prices are surging, consumers are anxious about a possible housing bubble and a major foreign...

Jenny Lambert statement to the Senate Standing Committee on Education and Employment

09 Jun 2017

Statement to the Senate Education and Employment References Committee Inquiry into Corporate Avoidance of the Fair Work Act

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...

Small businesses cannot afford big increase to minimum wage

24 May 2017

Australia has high wages and high living standards. Our minimum wage is one of the highest in the world. To...

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...

Migration changes will help build community support

20 Apr 2017

Australian businesses rely on access to skilled workers from abroad to fill local shortfalls, but the success of the skilled...

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...

Alana Matheson | Statement to the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee Inquiry into Fair Work Amendment (Repeal of 4 Yearly Reviews and Other Measures) Bill

18 Apr 2017

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...

Penalty rates decision strikes the right balance

29 Mar 2017

As the public debate rages over penalty rates, it appears the truth is being clouded by misinformation, some of it...

Tradie crisis looms if more Australians don’t take up an apprenticeship | A Current Affair, March 2017

24 Mar 2017

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is calling on the government...

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...

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...

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