‘More work to do’ to make Australia competitive

15 May

A much-vaunted plan to make Australia a nation that makes things again is a good start but needs more work, business groups say. The centrepiece of Treasurer Jim Chalmers’ third budget was the $22.7 billion Future Made in Australia fund to bring...[Read More]

Relief less than hoped for ‘squeezed’ small businesses

15 May

Up to four million small businesses will continue to receive tax relief as they battle slowing consumer spending, but calls to increase support have been unheeded. The instant asset write-off has been extended until the end of June 2025, allowing...[Read More]

Value-added: back to a future made in Australia’s mines

15 May

The next era of prosperity is the centrepiece of a “future made in Australia” budget that seeks to get more value out of critical commodities. Tax breaks for the critical minerals sector are part of the “growth agenda” announced by Treasurer...[Read More]

Ratings agency responds to ‘dramatic’ budget turnaround

15 May

Australia’s commodity windfalls are masking growth in spending and new budgetary measures could be “mildly inflationary,” major ratings agency S&P says. S&P Global Ratings, which has had a AAA rating on Australia since February 2003, noted a...[Read More]

Harmonising Life: Ten Tips for Achieving Mindful Work-Life Balance

9 May

Work-life balance is a highly personal and continuously evolving quest. It’s about managing your professional and personal lives in a way that minimizes stress and maximises well-being.    This balance isn’t one-size-fits-all; what works for...[Read More]

People want decency from business, not political stunts

9 May

Australians expect corporations to do “good” but would prefer it was simply through fairness rather than aligning with polarising political issues that have nothing to do with what they sell. A survey from advertising agency Leo Burnett...[Read More]

More tradies to be trained as housing targets loom

9 May

Thousands more Australians could be lured to the construction sector as the government attempts to boost a struggling workforce and hit housing targets. An extra 20,000 training places will be funded under a $90 million package in the federal...[Read More]

Ambitious plan for Aussie kids needs action: advocates

8 May

Well-being advocates have called for ambitious action on early child development after the government adopted a 10-year strategy that leaves concrete changes to later. Social Services Minister Amanda Rishworth and Early Childhood Education Minister...[Read More]

Women needed in medical research to prevent gender bias

8 May

More women are urgently needed as medical researchers to reverse a bias in clinical trials which often excludes female patients, a leading academic warns. Medical research is still a men’s game, despite the fact almost half the country’s doctors...[Read More]

Strategies for conflict resolution and motivation in the workplace and beyond

2 May

In today’s fast-paced digital world, the art of communication often gets diluted in a sea of emails, text messages, and online postings.    While these methods provide convenience and efficiency, they can sometimes lack the personal touch and...[Read More]

Push for gender-based wage rise to help close pay gap

2 May

Workers in caring jobs and other feminised sectors should get a nine per cent wage rise, the peak union body says, as issues over equality were in sharp focus after a weekend of protests over violence against women. The Australian Council of Trade...[Read More]

Quantum computing bid receives billion-dollar boost

1 May

One of the world’s most powerful quantum computers will be made in Australia as the federal and Queensland governments set aside nearly $1 billion for the venture. The investment in tech company PsiQuantum is part of the government’s...[Read More]

‘Once-in-a-generation’ change in corporate reporting

25 April

After pushing for a delay, one of Australia’s leading business organisations has joined a call for the rapid passage of laws on compulsory reporting of climate risks. The Business Council of Australia on Monday joined a coalition of influential...[Read More]

Financial help for uni students on placement floated

25 April

Financial help might be offered to university students completing unpaid placements as part of their degrees, as unions warn failure to provide support will result in greater workforce shortages. Treasurer Jim Chalmers said the federal government...[Read More]

Next generation air, missile shield enters next phase

25 April

The Australian Defence Force is a step closer to getting a next generation air and missile defence system capable of detecting and stopping threats. The Albanese government on Wednesday announced the next phase of the integrated air and missile...[Read More]