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After the nation’s hardest lockdown VIC’s entertainment industry is coming back in full swing

The country’s biggest and brightest musicians are set to take centre stage across iconic destinations as part of a new concert series supported by the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula today announced Visit Victoria is partnering with Mushroom Group to stage the concert series ‘2021 Sounds Better Together’ …

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JobKeeper flaw creates staffing issues for struggling small businesses – Ombudsman

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell is calling on the Federal Government to change JobKeeper rules to allow struggling small businesses to replace staff. Ms Carnell says as the economy recovers from the COVID crisis and more jobs become available, small businesses that are still trying to get back on their …

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Is your small business eligible for $20-100k in cash flow boosts from the ATO?

Temporary cash flow boosts will support small and medium businesses and not-for-profit organisations during the economic downturn associated with COVID-19. Eligible businesses and not-for-profit (NFP) organisations who employ staff will receive between $20,000 to $100,000 in cash flow boost amounts by lodging their activity statements up to the month or quarter of September 2020. The …

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Treasurer Frydenberg discusses SMBs ‘graduating’ from JobKeeper this month

Small business in Surrey Hills, Zimt Patisserie, we’ve been here for 10 years now and we’ve been benefiting from the JobKeeper allowance as well from the Government. it hasn’t been easy to say the least. But we have stuck it through and we’ve had a wonderful support from our local community, particularly from our customers. …

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Strong rebound forecast for Victoria’s economy

Victoria’s economy is forecast to be the fastest growing in Australia in 2021, according to the Deloitte Access Economics Business Outlook Report released today. The report estimates Victoria’s economic growth will hit 5.4 per cent this year, leading Queensland (4.7 per cent), New South Wales (4.2 per cent), Western Australia (3.5 per cent), South Australia (3.4 per …

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$20 million fund supporting regional SMB recover in SA

Wineries, boutique accommodation, a distillery expansion, a Far North micro-brewery and a houseboat build are among the latest tourism projects to benefit from the Marshall Liberal Government’s regional stimulus program. A further 12 new regional tourism development projects have been granted funding under the South Australian Tourism Commission’s Tourism Industry Development Fund (TIDF). This brings …

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$200k in funding for cultural tourism sector reboot in QLD

The Palaszczuk Government has announced $200,000 in new funding to support Indigenous festivals, events and jobs for the Year of Indigenous Tourism. Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said applications for event funding were now open. “This is an excellent opportunity to develop existing and new Indigenous tourism experiences and encourage even more visitors to make Queensland …

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How to keep customers happy in the ‘new normal’

Now that customers have more choice than ever, providing excellent customer service could be the key factor that makes your business stand out from the competition. To build customer loyalty it’s essential to align your business strategies with a customer-centric vision. According to a recent KPMG Customer Experience Excellence report, personalisation is what customers really …

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Updated for 2021: Australian Government small business stimulus and relief packages

The Australian Government has announced several stimulus and relief packages, designed to sustain small businesses through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and keep employees in work. The government has stated that the measures are temporary, targeted and scalable. The main areas of support relevant to small businesses to date are: JobKeeper Payment Businesses impacted by the …

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QLD job vacancies increased by 22% this quarter, the highest on the East Coast

Job vacancies in Queensland rose to their highest level on record in the three months to the end of November 2020 according to data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Treasurer and Minister for Investment Cameron Dick said the data demonstrated once again that Queensland’s strong health response and the delivery of our …

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