News & Analysis

Queensland tips $4 billion into health and economic stimulus

- March 24, 2020 3 MIN READ

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced a $4 billion economic stimulus package as the state prepares to close its borders to non-residents from midnight Wednesday. Queensland reported a further 78 cases of COVID-19 today, the majority in the state’s south-east corner. Included in the Premier’s stimulus package is $1.2 billion to ramp up the state’s… Read more »

Brains Trust

Coronavirus shutdowns: what are your employer obligations?

- March 24, 2020 2 MIN READ

The shutdowns of non-essential services across parts of Australia may trigger conditions in the Fair Work Act that will allow employers to stand staff down without pay, according to Employsure, Australia’s leading workplace relations company. According to Ed Mallett, managing director of leading employer advice service Employsure, in a Government imposed closure of a workplace,… Read more »

News & Analysis

FORTRESS AUSTRALIA: PM shuts the border to foreigners

- March 19, 2020 2 MIN READ

Australia has introduced tough new border controls in an effort to curb the transmission of COVID-19. All foreign nationals will be banned from entering the country from from 9pm (AEST) on Friday March 20. The ban applies to all non-citizens and non-residents. Australians returning from overseas – Qantas and Virgin Australia cease international flights at… Read more »

News & Analysis

The Australian government advises people to avoid mass gatherings ‘from Monday’

- March 14, 2020 3 MIN READ

Prime minister Scott Morrison says the government will advise against mass gatherings of 500 or more people in an effort to stem the transmission of coronavirus, with the advice coming into effect from Monday. Morrison announced the policy following a meeting of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in Western Sydney on Friday. Earlier in… Read more »

News & Analysis

Here’s what business needs to know about the government’s coronavirus stimulus package

- March 12, 2020 2 MIN READ

It’s the news small business owners have been waiting for. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has finally announced a $17.6 billion stimulus package in response to the economic uncertainty around the coronavirus. Businesses will be eligible for up to $25,000 and instant tax relief while members of the community on Centrelink benefits will get one-off cash payments.… Read more »

News & Analysis

17 inspiring female leaders on the progress made from 45 years of International Women’s Day

- March 10, 2020 10 MIN READ

It’s 45 years since the United Nations launched International Women’s Day (IWD), so our colleagues at Flying Solo and Kochie’s Business Builders asked female leaders they admire to share the impact the movement has had on their careers and reflect on IWD.   Throughout history, women have doubted their worth and sold themselves short IWD… Read more »

News & Analysis

Zoho makes its remote working productivity suite free to help businesses tackle coronavirus

- March 10, 2020 2 MIN READ

With remote work options becoming likely for many businesses in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic, online business solution Zoho is offering small business owners access to its Remotely suite of programs for free until July 1. Remotely is a virtual collaboration and productivity platform that includes 11 apps: Cliq, Meeting, Office Suite (Writer, Sheets,… Read more »

Opinion

How startup founders can help address domestic violence

- November 25, 2019 3 MIN READ

November 25 is the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. In Australia domestic violence continues to be an issue for many women, so how can employers help those who may be experiencing abuse? According to research, 2.2 million Australians have experienced physical and/or sexual violence from a partner, whilst 3.6 million… Read more »

News & Analysis

BREAKING BACKBONE: Small business insolvencies jump

- November 7, 2019 2 MIN READ

Small business insolvencies have risen 20% over the last quarter, an increase of 8% year-on-year in an ominous sign for the Australian economy, with CreditorWatch CEO Patrick Coghlan saying the latest data is “the canary in the coal mine”. Coghlan suggests the rise in businesses being declared insolvent doesn’t bode well for the economy. Coghlan’s… Read more »

News & Analysis

The news you need to know: Mon, Oct 21

- October 21, 2019 2 MIN READ

  Our colleague Cec Busby, editor of Kochie’s Business Builders, brings you the daily headlines in bite-sized chunks, which we share here.    Cash Converters to cough up millions in a class-action suit Cash Converters has agreed to settle a class-action suit brought against the company by Queensland consumers who claimed the pawnbroker’s loan conditions… Read more »

News & Analysis

YBF is recognising diversity in fintech with the return of the Lift Off Awards

- September 20, 2019 2 MIN READ

Tech innovation leaders, YBF Ventures (formerly York Butter Factory), will be holding their second annual Lift Off Awards on November 21. Taking place once again in the Ballroom at YBF Melbourne, the awards will recognise the innovative contributions for entrepreneurs in the fintech landscape. Awards include Innovator of the Year, Collaborator of the Year, Rising Star, Coolest Branding and Star of… Read more »