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Our dedicated team are here to help!

Phone  02 6247 4199
email address  info@canberrabusiness.com

Here at the Canberra Business Chamber, we understand that access to information is critical to businesses. Which is why we’re here to help you to understand your options in a rapidly changing and challenging environment.

Here you’ll find additional resources to help you navigate the current environment and the assistance available.

Download our resources

JobKeeper2.0
COVID19 Employer Guide
COVID-19 Government Assistance Guide

Workplace relations advice

We are keeping our members up to date with the latest information on the matter and how to respond, particularly when it comes to their WH&S and employment obligations.

If you’re a member and you need guidance on managing your employees during this critical time, contact our WR team!

Phone  1300 277 881
email address  wradvice@canberrabusiness.com

Please note that we are unable to provide medical advice, including whether your employees should be self-isolating.

To speak with a registered nurse call 1800 022 222
For the general coronavirus hotline call 1800 020 080

Not a member yet? Find out more here or give us a call on 02 6247 4199.

Latest News

Federal Budget 2020 update

In the ACT there are 30,000 businesses who provide two thirds of Canberra’s jobs. The 2020 Federal budget recognises that supporting those businesses, and particularly small business – the engine room of the economy – is critical to jobs and our economic recovery. The Budget includes a number of new, extended and existing measures to … Continue reading Federal Budget 2020 update

Singapore Airlines Withdrawal A Canary In A Coalmine

Singapore Airlines’ decision today to permanently withdraw flights between Canberra and Singapore is indicative of the large and growing challenges the ACT faces, local business groups have warned today. They have called for political leaders to commit to appointing a Minister for Business. In the wake of the airlines’ announcement, business leaders have urged all … Continue reading Singapore Airlines Withdrawal A Canary In A Coalmine

“Recover, Re-Energise and Reform.” Business Chamber Launches Election Manifesto

Canberra Business Chamber has called on the ACT’s political leaders to commit to a 20-point program that will drive economic recovery, upskill and provide jobs for Canberrans, and, and make it easier for ACT businesses to start, grow and compete. Launching the Chamber’s priorities for the October 17th poll, Chamber CEO Graham Catt said that … Continue reading “Recover, Re-Energise and Reform.” Business Chamber Launches Election Manifesto

Time to return to the office

Canberra businesses are calling out for ACT office workers to go back to their city offices. As Covid restrictions are eased in Canberra, business leaders say that it’s time for more workers to head back to office to support small business and the economy. ACT public servants can lead the way by working once more … Continue reading Time to return to the office

JobKeeper Amendment Rules Issued

Following ACCI’s circular on 11 August 2020 regarding the announced changes to employee eligibility under JobKeeper including the extension of the employment reference date to 1 July 2020, the legislative instrument with respect to such changes has now been registered. The changes to the reference date have retrospective application and take effect from the JobKeeper … Continue reading JobKeeper Amendment Rules Issued

Growing Unemployment Leads to Business Groups’ Call for a COVID Economic Recovery Plan

Growing Unemployment Leads to Business Groups’ Call for a COVID Economic Recovery Plan ABS Labour Force data released today reveals the extent of the ACT’s growing unemployment crisis, with 11,228 Canberrans now unemployed. ABS Labour force data shows that July’s unemployment rate for July 2020 is 4.6% compared with 3.5% in July 2019. In response, … Continue reading Growing Unemployment Leads to Business Groups’ Call for a COVID Economic Recovery Plan

Canberra businesses return to COVID-safe networking

MEDIA RELEASE Friday, 31 July 2020 Canberra businesses return to COVID-safe networking Canberra’s business community has welcomed a return to business networking, after a 4-month hiatus due to COVID-19. The Canberra Business Chamber and Canberra Southern Cross Club worked together to develop a model that allows businesspeople to interact while following strict COVID safety measures. … Continue reading Canberra businesses return to COVID-safe networking

JobKeeper 2.0: Extension to March 2021 welcomed

Yesterday, the Federal Government announced an extension to the JobKeeper wage subsidy program. This is in response to calls from Canberra Business Chamber, through the Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ACCI) and other industry groups, for the continuation of the subsidy. JobKeeper has been an important lifeline to businesses during the COVID crisis, and … Continue reading JobKeeper 2.0: Extension to March 2021 welcomed

COVID-19 award variations extended

The variation to the Clerks Award extends the operation of Schedule I to 30 September 2020. The Schedule permits: employees to work ordinary hours from home pursuant to an expanded spread of hours (6am to 10pm); employers to request the taking of annual leave (which employees cannot unreasonably refuse) provided employees retain a balance of … Continue reading COVID-19 award variations extended

Fair Work Commission orders 1.75% increase to minimum wage

The Fair Work Commission has handed down their 2020 annual wage review decision, with increases beginning from 1 July for certain industries. This will be staged between 1 July 2020 and 1 February 2021, with the date it comes into effect being determined by award coverage. This will bring the national minimum wage up to $753.80 … Continue reading Fair Work Commission orders 1.75% increase to minimum wage

Post-COVID cyber hygiene key for business

Thursday, 11 June 2020 MEDIA RELEASE Post-COVID cyber hygiene key for business ACT businesses are gathering today for a virtual workshop on the critical issue of cyber security, delivered in partnership by the Canberra Business Chamber and AustCyber. The new business landscape, after a large-scale transition to remote working, incorporates new work practices and greater … Continue reading Post-COVID cyber hygiene key for business

Canberra businesses map out a post-COVID future

Tuesday, 9 June 2020 MEDIA RELEASE Canberra businesses map out a post-COVID future Canberra businesses are meeting over the next two weeks to map out the shape of the local economy in the post-COVID era. The Canberra Business Chamber is convening a series of in-depth forums with the Territory’s other major industry associations - the … Continue reading Canberra businesses map out a post-COVID future