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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INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS REFORMS ESSENTIAL TO CONSTRUCTION

INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS REFORMS ESSENTIAL TO CONSTRUCTION

RETAINING recent building industry reforms, including changes to the workers' compensation scheme and industrial relations changes, is an essential step for any government serious about maintaining rule of law on Queensland construction sites and ensuring the building industry remains the number one employer of full-time jobs in Queensland.
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MASTER BUILDERS HIGHLIGHTS ELECTION PRIORITIES

MASTER BUILDERS HIGHLIGHTS ELECTION PRIORITIES

WITH the Queensland Election 2015 less than three weeks away, Master Builders has identified a number of priorities for the new government that will make a demonstrable difference to Queensland's building and construction industry.

The building industry is the cornerstone of the Queensland economy: the number one employer of full-time job...

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BCA PRESIDENT CALLS FOR NATIONAL RESOLUTION

BCA PRESIDENT CALLS FOR NATIONAL RESOLUTION

THE Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook confirms Australia has deep structural budget challenges, revealing an expected 13.5 per cent fall in the terms of trade and projected deficit of $40 billion, according to BCA President Catherine Livingstone (pictured). She says intergenerational pressures are upon us, requiring fiscal challenges t...

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SMES AND FINANCIAL LITERACY

SMES AND FINANCIAL LITERACY

AN Australian-owned small business with a turnover of more than $10 million should not be going broke. So why, recently, has there been a spate of small businesses doing exactly that? There can only be three reasons why these businesses find themselves going into administration. Either they are getting poor financial advice, are getting good...

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SECONDARY LISTINGS - EXPAND INTO GLOBAL MARKETS

SECONDARY LISTINGS - EXPAND INTO GLOBAL MARKETS

SECONDARY listings can provide companies with innovative and progressive ways to raise capital.  The Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEx) is a logical and synergistic option for Australian companies looking to expand into secondary markets and tap into a new network of funds.   The HKEx appeals to domestic companies for numerous ...

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CHINA - AUSTRALIA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT A HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY

CHINA - AUSTRALIA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT A HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY

THE free trade agreement with China provides Australia with a huge global competitive advantage, and a historic opportunity to grow and diversify our economy over the next decade, according to Business Council of Australia. CEO Jennifer Westacott (pictured) says the historic agreement is a transformative moment for the economy. &ldquo...

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REPORT DRAFT RESETS COMPETITION POLICY FOR GLOBAL CHALLENGES

REPORT DRAFT RESETS COMPETITION POLICY FOR GLOBAL CHALLENGES

THE draft report of the Competition Policy Review sets the scene for a generational shift in competition policy that addresses the challenges of globalisation and technology while delivering long-term benefits for the whole community, according to the Business Council of Australia (BCA). BCA chair of Competition Policy Review Working Grou...

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