Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry


Three top China challenges faced by Aussie start-ups

4:25AM | Tuesday, 9 April  The business community has welcomed a new direct currency trading deal, to be administered by ANZ and Westpac, struck between Australia and China. However, challenges remain for Aussie start-ups doing business in the Middle Kingdom.

Election announcement welcomed by business as focus turns to policy

3:02AM | Friday, 15 March  Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s surprise announcement about this year’s federal election has been welcomed by the business community for giving “certainty” to small firms.

RBA cuts cash rate to 3% as consumer spending stalls

3:00AM | Monday, 11 March  The Reserve Bank has cut the cash rate by 25 basis points to 3% on the back of flat retail sales for the month of October.

Business sales slide in July as consumers rein in their spending

8:47AM | Wednesday, 22 August  The Commonwealth Bank Business Sales Indicator fell 5.4% in seasonally adjusted terms in July, while another survey shows the small business sector has become increasingly pessimistic about the economy.

Clean tech start-ups peer through carbon tax gloom

7:41AM | Monday, 2 July  Clean energy start-ups are gearing up for the potential opportunities provided by the newly-imposed carbon tax, despite widespread uncertainty in the business community over the rising costs associated with the scheme.

ACCI calls on employers to consider mature-age workers

6:46AM | Friday, 15 June  The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has launched a campaign for mature-wage workers alongside Business SA, as statistics show older workers are increasingly overlooked.

Business groups call for “modest” approach to minimum wage increase

5:24AM | Monday, 14 May  Business and industry groups are urging Fair Work Australia to reject a claim for the minimum wage to be lifted by $26 a week, calling for a more “modest” approach to award wages.

Federal Budget 2012: Business groups welcome budget surplus but question long-term vision

5:08AM | Wednesday, 9 May  Business and industry groups have welcomed the Federal Budget’s return to surplus but have questioned Treasurer Wayne Swan’s long-term vision for enterprise, with the decision to dump the promised company tax cut provoking ire.

Spotlight turns to banks after RBA slashes rates to 3.75%

5:49AM | Tuesday, 1 May  The Reserve Bank has lowered the cash rate by 50 basis points to 3.75%, but experts aren’t convinced the big banks will pass on the full rate cut.

Insolvencies hit record level as business expectations flounder

4:35AM | Monday, 30 April  Small business insolvencies have reached an unwelcome new high, with business expectations continuing to remain below average, according to new figures.