Holding rates keeps pressure on businesses

Tuesday 6 September, 2011 | Tags: Economic Policy

Queensland’s small and medium businesses will continue to struggle with weaker sales, poor confidence and decreasing profitability following the Reserve Bank of Australia’s decision to keep interest rates on hold, according to Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland (CCIQ). Read more.

Review of permanent Employer Sponsored visa categories

Thursday 25 August, 2011 | Tags: International Trade

The Department of Immigration and Citizenshipis is undertaking a review of the permanent Employer Sponsored visa categories. The permanent employer sponsored visas review aims to ensure that these visa categories continue to be relevant and responsive to the needs of the Australian labour market, and the Australian economy more generally. Read more.

Commonwealth Business Forum - Perth

Tuesday 9 August, 2011 | Tags: International Trade

CBF will be hosted in Perth, Australia on the 25‐27 October in conjunction with the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, focusing on the theme - *“Partnering for Global Growth: The Commonwealth, Indian Ocea**n and the Pacific Rim”* Read more.

New financial year heralds new business burdens

Thursday 30 June, 2011

Queensland businesses will be slugged with a raft of new cost hikes from tomorrow (1 July), setting the scene for another slump in business confidence and higher prices for consumers, the Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland has warned. Read more.

OHS Harmonisation - Be prepared for the new Work Health & Safety Act 2011

Tuesday 28 June, 2011 | Tags: Workplace and Employment Policy

Harmonisation of Australia's OHS laws is set to go from 1 January 2012.  Queensland Safe Work Bill has passed through Parliament and the count down has started for businesses to make sure their workplace health and safety arrangments will be compliant with changes to our health and safety legislation.  This guide gives an overview of the new legislation, a checklist on getting ready and, information on the ways that CCIQ can assist your business in being prepared. Read more.