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“Business saved the nation”, says Business Council CEO

Over the past 18 months, in every challenge, business has stood alongside Australians through their darkest days. From the sheer devastation of the bushfires through to the uncertainty of COVID-19 lockdowns, border closures and now the recovery, we’ve been there. Businesses of all shapes and sizes have demonstrated that they’re the glue that keeps communities

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Female TAFE enrolment soaring, says Minister for Employment and Small Business

TAFE Queensland is helping more women across the state unlock new careers. That includes breaking the barriers into traditionally male dominated industries. Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development Di Farmer said the number of women enrolled in TAFE and then obtaining their qualifications is increasing. “During COVID-19 we

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50,000 travel vouchers snapped up in minutes brings hope for regional revival

Some 50,000 travel vouchers were taken up by Victorians in just over three minutes this morning, providing a major boost to tourism businesses and workers across the state. The $10 million third round of the Regional Travel Voucher Scheme represented the largest release of the popular $200 vouchers and unprecedented interest saw the allocation exhausted in record

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Is your SMBs eligible for $20-100k cash flow boosts by lodging 2020 activity statements?

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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Post-JobKeeper: financial counselling for small tourism businesses

The Palaszczuk Government is delivering $2 million to support Queensland tourism businesses facing hardship with Sunday’s axing of JobKeeper by the Federal Government. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Tourism Business Financial Counselling Service would provide expert advice to tourism operators who need guidance on a range of matters including scaling down or pausing some parts of their business. “It’s vital that we support as many tourism businesses

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Two-thirds of small businesses plan to restructure in 2021

Green shoots for SME sector, but many not out of woods yet. As JobKeeper ends, many small businesses are still looking to close or sell unless market conditions improve. A national survey of 1253 small businesses has found signs of improved SME confidence, although many businesses remain uncertain about their road to recovery. The March

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JobKeeper is ending: how to ease the impact on your small business

This Sunday, the 28th of March, will mark the end of Jobkeeper, which has been crucial in helping countless business owners weather the pandemic storm. Is your business prepared for the changes to come, asks Ben Thompson, CEO and co-founder of Employment Hero. This year, I’ve seen hopeful glimpses of economic recovery from our customers’

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