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Splitting the bill is the right approach

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcomes Senator David Pocock and Senator Jacqui Lambie’s decision to introduce measures to split the government’s workplace relations bill this week. “This is a sensible proposal that will allow the government to proceed quickly with the non-contentious elements of the legislation,” ACCI chief executive officer Andrew McKellar said. […]

6 Nov 2023

Work health safety communication must get back to basics

Safety regulators need to improve their communication with small and medium businesses to ensure better workplace health and safety (WHS) practices and compliance across all Australian workplaces, a survey by Australia’s largest and most representative business network has found. The annual workplace WHS survey by the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry was released today, the […]

31 Oct 2023

EU-Australia FTA: No Deal

The announcement that further negotiations have failed to reach agreement on a proposed Australia-European Union Free Trade Agreement after five years is disappointing, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. “We agree with the Australian government that the required standard for a successful trade agreement has not been reached,” ACCI chief executive officer […]

30 Oct 2023

Industrial relations changes are being rammed through Parliament

The government has blindsided business with 81 amendments to its industrial relations legislation, most of which are a complete surprise. “The House of Representatives will have no time to properly consider the changes before the government rams the bill through,” ACCI chief executive officer Andrew McKellar said. “The government has failed to fix the fundamental issues in […]

29 Oct 2023

Inflation worrying, industrial relations legislation will make it worse

New inflation figures were a worrying indication of persistent price pressures, Australia’s largest and most representative business organisation said today. “These cost burdens will only worsen under the government’s proposed industrial relations changes,” ACCI chief of policy and advocacy David Alexander said. In the September quarter, Australia’s annual inflation rate dipped to a 12-month low […]

25 Oct 2023

US emerges as key trade partner amid concerns for geopolitical tensions

Australian businesses engaged in import and export say the United States has outstripped China as the leading partner for trade amid mounting anxiety over geopolitical uncertainty. The survey, conducted before the recent outbreak of violence in the Middle East, found that geopolitical tensions and the need for market diversification were front of mind for Australian […]

18 Oct 2023

$3.7 billion will help skill the workforce of tomorrow

The signing of a new National Skills Agreement will for allow greater skills development which has potential to tackle Australia’s crippling shortage of qualified workers.  The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the country’s largest and most representative business network, has welcomed the new $3.7 billion agreement.  “The best way for Australia to avoid recurring […]

17 Oct 2023

Diversification needed for trade

When Prime Minister Anthony Albanese travels to Washington DC next week for a high-level state visit, he does so amid turbulent geopolitical and commercial currents. The turbulence is being felt by Australia’s business sector as well. In this year’s ACCI National Trade Survey, more Australian businesses indicated that they are trading with the United States […]

17 Oct 2023