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Manufacturing industry welcomes focus on local industry future

The Australian Food and Grocery Council welcomes the Albanese government’s commitment to building a strong, technology-driven and future-ready Australian manufacturing sector with its $15 billion National Reconstruction Fund.

Flood-impacted communities among those facing fire risk this summer

Regions impacted by this year’s floods are among the communities at highest risk of fire, with the latest seasonal outlook indicating large parts of inland New South Wales and southern Queensland are facing above normal fire potential this season.

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Disability Action Week, which runs 26 November – 2 December, recognises the contributions people with disability make to our families and communities, and to Queensland’s economy.

Restaurant and officer to face criminal charges under Victorian wage theft laws in an Australian first

Wage Inspectorate Victoria has filed 94 criminal charges in the Magistrates Court of Victoria against a Macedon restaurant and its officer.

Trade deal with India delivers from 29 December

The Albanese Government welcomes confirmation today, that the Indian Government has completed its domestic requirements to enable implementation of the Australia-India Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement (ECTA).

Why digital marketing is so essential for startups

Australia is a country that supports small businesses. We have always been an entrepreneurial nation and small businesses make up the backbone of both the economy and the labour force.

“There is real anxiety from small business”: David Pocock explains his industrial relations deal-making strategy

As business groups bemoan the contentious Secure Jobs, Better Pay bill, independent Senator David Pocock says the amendments he secured will shield small businesses from the most significant industrial relations reforms contained in the legislation.

What Labor’s Victorian election victory means for the state’s business sector

The Victorian Labor Party’s state election victory has cleared a pathway for its economic vision, which is based less on small business subsidies and tax cuts than big-picture reforms of the energy market and a plan to boost the number of skilled tradespeople.

Employers will need to be proactive to stop discrimination under new laws

Employers and event organisers will be required to proactively prevent discrimination and sexual harassment under new laws to be introduced by the ACT government.

Consumer sentiment lifts for third week

Consumer confidence has ticked up for the third week in a row but cost of living pressures mean sentiment is still below historical averages.

Build national resilience through competition, says Leigh

“Competition is one way to build resilience – a diverse and dynamic economy is also a resilient economy. It means we are better equipped to deal with unexpected shocks and absorb, adapt, and solve the challenges of an uncertain world,” argues ANDREW LEIGH, the Assistant Competition Minister and MP for Fenner.

Fears of summer sales slump due to rise in living costs

A new survey from small business platform Xero reveals that 55.3 per cent of Australian small businesses are concerned that the increase in cost of living will mean they can’t hit their summer sales targets. And 28.1 per cent of small businesses are concerned that the cost of new supplies and equipment will prevent them from achieving their targets.

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