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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...

JobKeeper payment will save jobs: ACCI

31 Mar 2020

Today's announcement is a game changer when Australia needs it most.

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". 

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...

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...

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...

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)...

ACCI supports Mondelēz appeal

16 Sep 2019

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...

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...

It is time we all acted on the unions’ lawlessness

30 Jul 2019

The controversy surrounding CFMEU Victorian boss John Setka’s behaviour is another wake-up call. We must not forget the CFMEU’s long...

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...

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 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...

Opinion Editorial | It’s time to repair, not replace workplace rules

11 Jun 2019

With the final seats being declared in the federal election, the government and opposition frontbench teams in place and parliament...

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...

Another minimum wage rise above inflation puts small business and job seekers at risk

30 May 2019

“We hope today’s decision – the tenth straight annual increase in excess of inflation, and the third of 3% or...

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...

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...

GETTING ON WITH BUSINESS 2019: Australia’s largest business network launches policy manifesto for the next Federal Government

07 May 2019

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry today launched its policy recommendations...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...


14 Nov 2018

The ACTU is sowing confusion by claiming wages are staying low following the latest wage growth data. The facts are...

Big Unions Misinform Their Members and The Australian Community

22 Oct 2018

Big Unions are telling unionists to leave their jobs to attend rallies this week based on deliberate misinformation about how Australians work and...

Speech | The Future of Enterprise Bargaining and Wage Setting

19 Oct 2018

You invite us here at a critical time – in the lead up to potentially one of the most significant...

Business welcomes Government intervention on casual employment

18 Oct 2018

The Federal Government’s intervention in a legal challenge to preserve casual employment and protect Australia’s small businesses from billions of...

Australia Must Reject Big Union Plan to Return to Big Strikes

05 Oct 2018

Australia’s largest and most representative business network, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, today called on all political parties...

ACTU – “Why?”

04 Oct 2018

Australia’s largest business voice, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, asks a simple question about the ACTU’s plan to...

Business leaders gather at Parliament House for Business Leaders Summit

18 Sep 2018

“Over the course of the Summit we will bring together Australian Chamber members, political and business leaders, policymakers, regulators, and influencers...

Hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk after employment decision

13 Sep 2018

“This decision is a king hit on the livelihoods of Australian employers and employees - in particular small businesses. Employers...

Parliament Should Deliver A Consistent National Domestic Violence Leave Standard

13 Sep 2018

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, welcomes proposed laws to provide all Australian employees with access to domestic violence...

Australian Chamber calls for action and support to deal with sexual harassment in the workplace

12 Sep 2018

“Australian employers do not want sexual harassment in their workplaces,” Australian Chamber...

Business welcomes new Ministry

26 Aug 2018

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the country’s largest business group, has today welcomed the announcement of the new Ministry...

No time to lose: Business calls for action from new Prime Minister

24 Aug 2018

Australia's largest business lobby group, the Australian Chamber, today congratulates Scott Morrison on his appointment as Prime Minister of Australia,...

A good start but job not done: Fair Work should be much fairer to small businesses

30 Jul 2018

The Australian Chamber welcomes the Fair Work Commission’s commitment to better support small business but wants more to be done...

Cooperation Not Militancy The Way Forward On Industrial Relations

18 Jul 2018

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) Congress missed an important opportunity this week to show that unions understand what...

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...

Workplace Relations System Should Work Better For Small Business

06 Jul 2018

“Working Better for Small Business” a new report commissioned and released by the Fair Work Commission today, highlights some of...

New Fair Work Ombudsman welcomed by the Australian Chamber

22 Jun 2018

"The Australian Chamber congratulates Sandra Parker PSM, on her appointment as Australia’s new Fair Work Ombudsman", Australian Chamber of Commerce...

Australian Chamber welcomes national inquiry into sexual harassment in Australian workplaces

20 Jun 2018

The Australian Chamber welcomes the announcement today by the Australian Human Rights...

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...

Cooperation not litigation is the key to productive workplaces

01 May 2018

The Labor Party’s proposal to give the Fair Work Commission more powers would see unions applying for orders to compel...

Time for the ACTU to face facts

27 Apr 2018

It’s time for the ACTU to get real. It’s time to set some facts straight.

Australian Chamber supports push to simplify workplace relations

27 Apr 2018

Australian Chamber welcomes recognition the Australian workplace relations system is too complex by the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise...

Labor should not let unions choose their own regulators

21 Apr 2018

Today’s report in The Australian newspaper that Labor would abolish the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) and reinstate the...

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...

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

22 Feb 2018

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...

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.

Dick Grozier | Senate, Education and Employment Legislation Committee, Fair Work Laws Amendment (Proper Use of Worker Benefits) Bill 2017

31 Oct 2017

Opening Statement | Senate, Education and Employment Legislation Committee (Fair Work Laws...

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...

Alana Matheson | Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee Inquiry Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment (Ensuring Integrity) Bill 2017

29 Sep 2017

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

Alana Matheson | Senate Inquiry – Defence and Trade inquiry into Adopting a Modern Slavery Act in Australia

01 Aug 2017

Opening statement to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and...

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...

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...

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...

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 | Fairfax Media, May 2017

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

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

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...

‘Excessive’ rise in minimum pay tipped to lengthen dole queues | The Australian, March 2017

30 Mar 2017

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...

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...

Turnbull government appoints business leaders to ‘partisan’ Fair Work Commission | The Australian Financial Review, March 2017

23 Mar 2017

The Turnbull government has appointed three new members with business backgrounds to the workplace...

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...

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...

Alana Matheson address to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights

16 Feb 2017

Inquiry into Freedom of Speech in Australia | Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights

Senators should resist union intimidation on the Building Code

15 Feb 2017

Parliamentarians should stand up to construction union intimidation by supporting changes to require all businesses seeking Government-funded work to comply...

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