At CCIQ we are always careful to review and compare strategy and policy, because what is formulated as a strategy may not always make it to a policy. It can be like comparing a concept car at the Tokyo Motor Show to what arrives in driveways 18 months later. Read more.
A change to single touch payroll is coming. Single Touch Payroll Reporting (STPR) has been introduced by the Australian Tax Office (ATO), which means most businesses will need to update their payroll systems in order to report to the ATO in real time. Read more.
Beware of the marketing fluff
In our socially active world, there is no doubt that social media has greatly impacted our lives. How we interact with our friends, how we entertain ourselves, how we do business and of course, how we market to our audience has all changed.
Every Queenslander deserves the right to go to work and return to home to their families at the end of the day. As a state, Queensland has come a long way in the last few years with workplace tragedies declining by over a third in the last 8 years as employers, employees and legislators take a collective approach to ensuring that workplace safety is a shared workplace responsibility. Read more.
A Gold Coast security company owner is facing charges in the Federal Circuit Court for allegedly sacking a worker sick with pneumonia, threatening to sack staff who spoke to the Fair Work Ombudsman and underpaying staff. Read more.
Three workers in Queensland’s Gold Coast region have been back-paid more than $50,000 in owed wages and entitlements after seeking assistance from the Fair Work Ombudsman. Read more.
The changes to trading hours in Queensland passed in State Parliament last night strike the right balance between reducing red tape and allowing smaller retailers to compete with market majors. Read more.
The evidence is in, healthy workplaces create healthier, efficient and more productive employees. It therefore makes business sense to introduce healthy living initiatives in the workplace. Read more.
According to the latest Suncorp–Resilium-Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland Pulse Survey, electricity and utility costs are now the number one challenge facing the state’s business community. Read more.
Taking care of your staff is an invaluable asset to your business, not only for your staff but also for the reputation and growth of the business. In this article, we explore the benefits and actions you can take to improve a caring work environment. Read more.
When considering business growth, you must consider what business growth means for you outside of the traditional, profits and revenue in order to have a successful business, and a happy life. Read more.
For many years, bookkeeping was the bane of my business existence. I’m embarrassed to say it now, but when I bought my first business over 30 years ago, my idea of bookkeeping was to put everything in the clichéd shoe box and take it to my poor accountant once a year and leave him to sort it out. Read more.
A former Brisbane 7-Eleven operator has been hit with $168,000 in penalties for short-changing workers and falsifying records to conceal the underpayments. Read more.
A survey conducted by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) has found that 1 out of 3 Queensland businesses spend more than 6 hours a week on red tape. Read more.
Traditional bank funding for many SMEs has become increasingly problematic. Read more.
The Fair Work Ombudsman is making it easier for migrant workers to report workplace concerns to the agency by launching its popular Anonymous Report function in 16 languages other than English. Read more.
In this second part of the series on obtaining finance for your business, we look at obtaining finance from banks and non-bank lenders. Understanding working capital finance is often the most challenging form of finance to obtain. This is a complex area as there are numerous variables to consider, but let’s look at the basics. Read more.
For more than 5 years, CCIQ has lobbied all governments for improved access to procurement opportunities for Queensland’s small businesses. Read more.