While business confidence in Queensland is slowly returning, low consumer sentiment is proving to be the most important factor influencing business profitability and growth prospects for Queensland, according to the latest Commonwealth Bank CCIQ Pulse Survey of Business Conditions.
Australia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with one of its largest trading partners to open the doors for further business opportunities.
The national Model Occupational Health and Safety Act doesn’t come into affect until 2012 – which means the existing legislation still stands.
In 2008, Workplace Relations Ministers from across Australia agreed to nationally harmonise occupational health and safety (OHS) laws. Workplace Health & Safety Queensland have just released an update on the harmonisation, outlining actions for the year ahead.
Introduction of ANZSCO - a new occupation classification standard
From 1 July 2010, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship is switching from the Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) system to the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) system. While the same occupations remain eligible for the Subclass 457 program, they will be described differently and be assigned new codes.
Following the first revision of Incoterms in ten years, the new ICC Incoterms 2010 comes into force on 1 January 2011.
China's State Administration of Commerce and Industry (SAIC) recently announced Measures on Supervision and Handling of Unlawful Contractual Practices ("the Measures"), would take effect from 13 November 2010.
CCIQ Law together with ACCI came up against the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) who recently prepared a test case to obtain compensation for workers who they claim may lose out on overtime pay under the Modern Awards system
Read about the Queensland government’s changes to Queensland's workers compensation arrangements, including an increase to the average premium from $1.15 per $100 of wages paid to $1.30 and increases to the employer excess from 1 July 2010.
The State Government must use the State Budget as a pivotal mechanism for rebuilding Queensland and its businesses, Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today in its Budget submission.