Workplace Relations 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