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Visa changes deliver much needed skills and labour solutions

10 May 2021

The changes to visa arrangements announced today will address some of the most critical labour and skills issues facing the...

Budget will need strong youth employment focus

05 May 2021

"Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, young Australians have lost their jobs to a greater extent than other age...

Acute skills shortage arising from blocked migration pipeline

08 Apr 2021

Skills and labour shortages across Australia are severely impacting business recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Casual changes deliver certainty and confidence

22 Mar 2021

The passage of the Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia's Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2021 today is a responsible outcome, ensuring casual employment remains...

Achievement of casual employment certainty is welcome but the rest of the IR Omnibus Bill must not be adandoned

18 Mar 2021

Australia’s leading business groups welcome the passage through the Senate of amendments...

Australia’s economic growth continues to outstrip forecasts

18 Mar 2021

The economic recovery continues to gather momentum, with today’s ABS Labour Force numbers showing a huge leap in full time...

ACTU/COSBOA casual employment proposal is bad for small business

18 Mar 2021

Small businesses across Australia will be dismayed by the deal announced today by one small business organisation with the ACTU...

More work for part time employees under proposed IR changes

15 Mar 2021

ACCI has today released an important report to show how part time additional hours agreements will help to address underemployment...

IR Omnibus Bill needs to be passed this week

15 Mar 2021

Apprenticeship extension addresses skills shortage

09 Mar 2021

The Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements 50 per cent wage subsidy extension to September 2021 announced today is a recognition of its...

Part time flexibility application will reduce employment

01 Mar 2021

ACCI, Ai Group, ARA, NRA and ABI look forward to continuing to participate in the General Retail Award proceedings in...

Labor’s IR plan would cut job opportunities

10 Feb 2021

Labor’s industrial relations plan fails to recognise how jobs are created and what Australia needs to retain jobs and support recovery.

Support needed after March for government-restricted businesses

29 Jan 2021

The Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry has submitted a proposal to the Federal Government this week for a new...

Unemployment drop a promising sign of recovery

21 Jan 2021

The Australian Bureau of Statistics' latest employment figures indicate that Australia is on track for economic recovery, with total employment now...

Parliament must fix our broken IR system

09 Dec 2020

Members of Parliament must lay down their swords and agree to fix some key problems in Australia's IR system if we...

Modest Enterprise Bargaining Agreement changes are just a first step

09 Dec 2020

Enterprise Bargaining Agreement changes foreshadowed in today's industrial relations Omnibus Bill are critically important to supporting jobs and businesses in distress,...

Awards flexibility will save and create jobs

08 Dec 2020

Simplifying modern awards and providing employers and employees with more flexibility will help achieve the common goal of saving and...

Compliance changes must not put business at risk

08 Dec 2020

With many business owners at breaking point in 2020, criminalising underpayments and increasing civil penalties for non-compliance risks tipping the...

Casual employment needs to be given the green light

07 Dec 2020

Federal Parliament needs to send a message this week to encourage employers to create jobs and hire casuals by dispelling concerns around...

Millions would lose 25% pay under radical casual employment plan

02 Dec 2020

More than a million Australians would stand to lose a quarter of their income and freedom to choose how they...

Hijacking casual work won’t create more jobs

24 Nov 2020

Labor leaders and the union movement are trying to redefine casual work, putting Australia’s small businesses and jobs at risk.

Business needs National Cabinet to deliver updated Roadmap tomorrow

22 Oct 2020

Tomorrow will be the best remaining chance for National Cabinet to agree to an updated Roadmap for reopening Australia so businesses can trade...

Wage subsidies will help reverse apprenticeship decline

04 Oct 2020

Today's Federal Government announcement of a 50 per cent wage subsidy for new apprentices and trainees employed from 5 October by any...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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....

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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Modest increase in apprenticeship commencements gives hope for future growth

05 Sep 2019

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