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Nearly 85% of COVID stood-down workers now back to work, says Treasurer

The 2020-21 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) builds on the Economic Recovery Plan announced in the 2020-21 Budget. In response to the crisis, the Government has provided $251 billion in direct economic support, with more than $138 billion having already flowed to cushion the blow for Australian households and businesses. The 2020-21 MYEFO measures …

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Wine lovers urged to #chooseaustralianwine this summer, especially small-to-medium wineries

It has been a tough year for many businesses but with the $1.2bn China export market now effectively unviable for Australian wine producers, they are a group who have been dealt a particularly tough 2020. The year started with bushfires and smoke damage for so many, but then COVID-19 and its lockdowns and the subsequent …

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Electricity prices for businesses expected to fall in 2021

Electricity prices will continue to fall in the coming years according to the latest report from the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC), confirming the Morrison Government’s strong action to bring down electricity prices is having the desired effect. The AEMC’s 2020 Residential Electricity Price Trends Report forecasts that, on average, residential electricity prices will fall …

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NSW reintroduces restrictions on businesses in Sydney

To protect the people of NSW from the evolving Avalon COVID-19 outbreak, new restrictions will be introduced for Greater Sydney from tonight (11:59pm, Sunday 20 December 2020). Following updated health advice from the Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant about the growing risk to the community, the following restrictions will tonight be introduced for the …

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Encouraging women entrepreneurs to startup with LaunchVic

The Andrews Labor Government is boosting the number of women startup founders in Victoria with funding delivered for two entrepreneurship programs through Victoria’s startup agency, LaunchVic. Startups – young high-growth firms – are job creators and increasing participation and diversity in the sector will help boost the Victorian economy as it recovers from the impacts …

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Government looking into ‘out-dated’ business communication laws

The Government is releasing a consultation paper seeking stakeholder feedback on regulatory impediments to modernising business communications. The consultation will specifically consider Treasury laws, including the Corporations Act 2001, Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001, Banking Act 1959, Insurance Act 1973, Life Insurance Act 1995, Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993, Consumer and Competition Act …

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Advertising trends to get ahead of in 2021

There were many things about 2020 that no one could have predicted. From the global pandemic that completely changed our way of life to even the unlikely comeback of QR codes – the constant change of this year has forced advertisers to step back from their well-planned marketing strategies and adjust moment-by-moment. Despite there being …

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How marketers and SMB retailers can navigate a tricky Christmas season

Often referred to as the ‘Golden Quarter’, the holiday season is one of the busiest and most lucrative times of the year for retailers. And after what has been a tumultuous and economically tough year, the final push to boost holiday revenue is more important than ever. With many consumers feeling overwhelmed by the thought …

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Why Woolworths’ proposed acquisition of 65% of PFD Food Services could hurt SMBs

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell says the ACCC is rightly concerned about Woolworths’ proposed acquisition of 65% of PFD Food Services Pty Ltd. In October, the Ombudsman wrote to the ACCC to formally oppose the $552 million deal, saying it would be detrimental to small businesses in the food distribution …

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Businesses with less than $5b turnover can use temporary full expensing

On 6 October 2020, the government announced the JobMaker Plan to support businesses. One of these incentives is temporary full expensing. In their 2020–21 and 2021–22 income years, eligible businesses can immediately deduct the: business portion of the cost of eligible new depreciating assets cost of improvements to existing assets. If your business’s aggregated turnover is …

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