Economy ‘not dying’ but firms ready for tough times

15 February

Promising economic news has lifted the spirits of Australian consumers though businesses are more cautious and bracing for a lean six months ahead. The business sector has proved resilient to economic challenges locally and abroad, but recent...[Read More]

Right to disconnect laws pass federal parliament

15 February

Employees will now have the right to disconnect from work out of hours, after industrial relations changes passed parliament. Under the workplace reforms, employees will have the right to ignore unreasonable calls and emails outside of their...[Read More]

Four-day work week trial delivers sick leave surprise

15 February

A four-day working week trial at Australia’s largest private health provider has delivered a marked drop in sick and carer’s leave among frontline workers. Stress levels have also reduced across all 250 workers in the first 10 weeks of...[Read More]

Treasury eyes ‘rare’ full employment opportunity

15 February

Australia has a chance to keep the gains in the jobs market generated by the pandemic recovery, Treasury says, provided it plays its cards right. “With the right policy choices, there remains a rare opportunity to sustain the economy closer to...[Read More]

Stamp duty costs climb as home buyers struggle to save

15 February

Saving for a house deposit is hard enough but it turns out other associated costs are soaring too, making home ownership more elusive. States and territories charge buyers stamp duty on most property purchases. The tax is up to six times more...[Read More]

Urgent changes needed to support women in STEM jobs

14 February

Urgent, industry-wide changes are needed to help more women, Indigenous Australians and migrants thrive in science, engineering and technology jobs, and to help Australia take advantage of emerging markets such as renewable energy, according to a...[Read More]

How asking a recruit’s past salary entrenches pay gap

14 February

Further entrenching the gender pay gap can be as simple as routinely asking job applicants what they earn at their current job, business leaders have been told. Winning support from the Sex Discrimination Commissioner, construction firm Lendlease no...[Read More]

Sydney faces future as ‘city with no grandchildren’

14 February

Sydney is on track to be “the city with no grandchildren” as height restrictions and high housing costs drive young families to the regions and interstate. NSW Productivity Commission research found the state capital lost twice as many people...[Read More]

Australia will issue rules for ‘risky’ solar inverters

14 February

Cybersecurity standards for solar inverters, batteries and electric vehicle chargers are being developed by the Australian government amid concerns some equipment could leave the nation exposed to foreign interference. The issue emerged in two...[Read More]

Bendigo named top town on the back of Loong the dragon

14 February

It’s a very good year of the dragon in Bendigo. The Victorian regional city, which is home to the world’s oldest complete Chinese processional dragon, has been named Australia’s Town of the Year. Bendigo’s Golden Dragon Museum is one if the...[Read More]

Housing boom needs to mirror post-war action

14 February

The building boom needed to fix the current housing crisis would be similar to the scale of construction required at the end of World War II, the NSW planning minister says. The Minns Labor government has been spruiking major proposed changes to...[Read More]

Roses still rule in race for Valentine’s hearts

14 February

Flower growers and florists are preparing to send a quarter of a million roses into Australian hearts and homes this Valentine’s Day, and that’s just in the nation’s most populous state. Growers and wholesalers take months to prepare for the...[Read More]

3 ways your retirement income can shrink and what you can do about it

9 February

Here’s what you can do to help you make the right choices and enjoy your retirement. Three common income shrinkers and how you can avoid them with the help of your financial adviser 1. Paying down a mortgage Many people may need to pay down a...[Read More]

Our love for Hobbies: The Key to Well-Being and Fulfillment

8 February

Engaging in hobbies and pursuing activities you love is a universally beneficial practice, whether you’re in Australia or the UK. These two regions, despite their geographical distance, share a common appreciation for the positive impact of...[Read More]

Understanding the five key areas of personal finances

8 February

When it comes to managing your money, it’s crucial to have a comprehensive understanding of the five key areas of personal finance: income, spending, saving, investing, and protection. Mastering these elements can be the difference between...[Read More]