CENTRAL HUBS IN DEMAND

CENTRAL HUBS IN DEMAND

COMMERCIAL leasing is springing back to life in Southport and Surfers Paradise as tenants jostle for the best position in well exposed locations. The resurgence of leasing activity is in large part due to the overwhelming success of the first stage of the city's light rail system which has breathed new life into these markets. Vac...

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LOOKING TO LEASE? LISTEN CLOSELY

LOOKING TO LEASE? LISTEN CLOSELY

BRISBANE'S commercial leasing market is poised at a unique point in the property cycle, creating seemingly favourable conditions - but there might be a catch. 

High supply and low levels of demand have created extremely favourable conditions for prospective tenants, with many feeling it's almost impossible not to get a good ...

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CHINESE UNFAIRLY TARGETED IN PROPERTY HYSTERIA

CHINESE UNFAIRLY TARGETED IN PROPERTY HYSTERIA

FOREIGN investment: it's a hot topic in Australia, and with good reason. On the Gold Coast, we're receiving enormous enquiry from overseas buyers and in particular the Chinese. They see the city as a safe place to invest and view the Gold Coast as the nation's premier lifestyle destination. There are a couple of factors drivin...

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LIGHT RAIL LUNACY: HAVE WE BEEN HIJACKED AGAIN?

LIGHT RAIL LUNACY: HAVE WE BEEN HIJACKED AGAIN?

HAS the Palaszczuk Government totally hijacked the Gold Coast light rail system and short-changed the city all over again? The latest plans by the government to fast track construction of the light rail is the most ill-advised response to an issue as any that this government has offered since coming to power in January. Forget the scr...

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BUSINESS OWNERS: TAKE RISKS AND HAVE A GO

BUSINESS OWNERS: TAKE RISKS AND HAVE A GO

AUSTRALIA needs to get off its hands and start taking risks again in order to reinvigorate the nation's stagnant economy, according to accounting and advisory firm William Buck. Corporate advisory director Robin Judd says Australian CEOs need to rediscover their entrepreneurial spirit and begin making things happen rather than sitting...

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TIME TO HIRE

TIME TO HIRE

NOW is a better time than any in Queensland to hire an apprentice or trainee, or up-skill employees, if it's your hip pocket you're really worried about. 

The State Government is incentivising business to support on-the-job training and professional development through tax breaks.

Bob Carter, managing director of Improve Group...

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QUEENSLAND, THE STARTUP STATE?

QUEENSLAND, THE STARTUP STATE?

QUEENSLAND has lofty goals for the startup sector, calling for a 100-fold increase in GDP and growth in employment to comprise 20 per cent of all Queensland jobs by 2033. This is reflected federally, where the startup sector is expected to lift GDP from $1.5 billion in 2014 to $109 billion in 2033, and to employ 540,000 Australians in wha...

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CHINA-AUSTRALIA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT WILL SUPPORT GROWTH

CHINA-AUSTRALIA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT WILL SUPPORT GROWTH

THE free trade agreement (FTA) with China provides Australia with a substantial opportunity to grow and diversify our economy over the next decade, according to the Business Council of Australia. President Catherine Livingstone says the agreement will help create jobs in the future and maximise opportunities in global supply chains as the na...

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FIVE WAYS TO SAVE MONEY AT TAX TIME

FIVE WAYS TO SAVE MONEY AT TAX TIME

WITH the end of financial year fast approaching, it's time to start thinking about our finances. But with tax rules changing every year, it can be a little confusing when trying to understand what you can and can't claim. Scott Baker, director of Mobbs Baker Wealth, says a few small considerations now can help save you money and unn...

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FARE DODGERS 'POSE THREAT TO LIGHT RAIL EXPANSION'

FARE DODGERS 'POSE THREAT TO LIGHT RAIL EXPANSION'

FARE evaders on the trams are threatening the viability of the transport system and the possible second stage of the light rail, says Councillor Dawn Crichlow. Since paid services started, Gold Coast light rail patronage has exceeded targets with an average of 17,800 trips made each day. However statistics received from TransLink indicate...

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DEBUNKING THE MYTHS AROUND OFFSHORE STAFFING

DEBUNKING THE MYTHS AROUND OFFSHORE STAFFING

ONE Gold Coast company is changing the perception of offshore staffing moving it away from call centres and IT help desks and establishing it as a key way to grow local business.  AMBS Offshore Staffing Solutions, a Robina-based office offering overseas employment opportunities, is aiming to debunk the myths around offshore staffing ...

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POST-2020 TARGET NEEDS TO STRIKE THE RIGHT BALANCE

POST-2020 TARGET NEEDS TO STRIKE THE RIGHT BALANCE

AUSTRALIA has an important role to play in reducing global carbon emissions, but future emissions must be set in a way that is both environmentally and economically responsible, according to the Business Council of Australia (BCA). Chief executive Jennifer Westacott says Australia will need to strike a balance in setting a target that is ...

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HOW TO GROW LOCAL JOBS THROUGH OFFSHORING

HOW TO GROW LOCAL JOBS THROUGH OFFSHORING

OFFSHORE staffing may appear to be undermining the local employment market, but one Gold Coast company is defying popular opinion by showing it's the best way to grow business and create more skilled jobs. AMBS Solutions, a Robina-based business offering overseas employment opportunities, says while in the past offshoring has been see...

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THE ETHICS OF OFFSHORING

THE ETHICS OF OFFSHORING

MUCH is written in the media about the 'slave wages' and sweat shops of Asia. This concept is outdated and virtually irrelevant when it comes to skilled 'white collar' roles offshore. When it comes to offshore labour, there are two key ethical concepts that tend to concern both Australian employers and the public generally...

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SUPERSTARTING YOUR SME

SUPERSTARTING YOUR SME

MANY leave corporate life with the view that launching their own startup or working for an SME will enhance their productivity by better serving their passions.

However, to their frustration, it's not always easy to remain focused without regimented structures in place.

Workplace provider Regus Australia has conducted a study th...

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CROSSBENCH SENATORS MUST STAND UP TO BUILDING INDUSTRY LAWLESSNESS

CROSSBENCH SENATORS MUST STAND UP TO BUILDING INDUSTRY LAWLESSNESS

AUSTRALIAN Mines and Metals Association has urged crossbench senators to pass a new government bill seeking to maintain the Fair Work Building Construction (FWBC) inspectorate's existing powers. The move would send a powerful message that the parliament does not support unlawfulness on Australian building sites. With legislation t...

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AUSTRALIANS DISCONTENT AND SETTLING

AUSTRALIANS DISCONTENT AND SETTLING

RESEARCH reveals an alarmingly high rate of discontent among the Australian workforce, with 68 per cent of workers wanting to change industry and 75 per cent actively monitoring the job market. 

This is according to SEEK's recently published SEEK Change Report, which brings to the forefront that Australians on average spend 13 y...

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WORKPLACE REFORM WILL BENEFIT ECONOMY

WORKPLACE REFORM WILL BENEFIT ECONOMY

NEW KPMG research into the impacts of our workplace relations system on resource sector productivity and investment has shown that the industry's recommended reforms could add up to $30.9 billion to Australia's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and create up to 36,000 additional jobs. KPMG estimates that if key workplace reforms advoca...

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CASH COULD BE PHASED OUT WITHIN A DECADE

CASH COULD BE PHASED OUT WITHIN A DECADE

THE rise of electronic currency will lead to the phasing out of physical cash in Australia within a decade, according to Australian National University (ANU). Professor Rabee Tourky, director of ANU Research School of Economics, says the emergence of electronic cash is one of the major economic issues facing society. "In 10 years...

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FAIR WORK APPOINTMENTS IN 2015 MUST COME FROM BUSINESS BACKGROUND

FAIR WORK APPOINTMENTS IN 2015 MUST COME FROM BUSINESS BACKGROUND

WITH eight vacancies likely to arise within the Fair Work Commission (FWC) in 2015, AMMA calls on the Abbott Government to address the overrepresentation of ex-trade union officials in the national employment tribunal and appoint new members with strong business credentials. In a Senate Estimates hearing this week, Employment Minister Eri...

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