2018 has all the elements to be the year for business. At the close of 2017, the State Government was re-elected with a majority, albeit slim, helping to solidify political certainty for the next 2 years and 10 months. The Queensland economy reached $309 billion GSP during 2016/17, growing by 1.8% over the past year. Although lagging behind the national average growth of 2%, Queensland’s economy goes into 2018 with momentum. Read more.
As a small business, time and money are often not on your side. It is important to you to leverage your costs accordingly, and ensure that your effort is focused on projects that will yield real results. Read more.
More than 90% of unfair dismissal claims over the past year were resolved before they reached a hearing involving a Fair Work Commissioner, but experts say disputes can still cost businesses significant time and money even if they never make it to the formal hearing stage. Read more.
A Queensland mine worker who was sacked after a 19-year-old colleague accused him of touching her backside and making sexual comments has won his job back after the Fair Work Commission said there was insufficient evidence. Read more.
In today’s business environment, internet connectivity is often considered vital to a business’ success. Businesses rely much of their success on how well their business is connected to the rest of world through the Internet. Read more.
‘Tis the season to be jolly! But unlike our northern counter parts who worry about white outs, Queensland business have a higher concern about black outs. With soaring temperatures and parts of Queensland experiencing 45 degree days this week, expect the air conditioners to be cranking. However, with electricity prices having doubled in the past decade small businesses are turning to alternatives to keeping their operational costs down this summer. Electricity bills represent a significant chunk of mum and dad small business operating budgets and will continue to exert greater pressure on profit margins as prices remain volatile and continue to rise. Read more.
In the run up to the state election small businesses called for greater emphasis to be placed on skills and workforce developments and will be pleased at the announcement of a combined portfolio of Employment, Small Business and Training and Skills Development in the new Palaszczuk government. Read more.
In the wake of the Weinstein situation, wherein over 65 women have come forth amidst allegations of sexual harassment and assault by serial predator Hervey Weinstein, communities across the globe have joined together to revolt against oppressive sexual harassment, starting the #metoo campaign, and leading to a worldwide ‘purge’ of predators across various industries and vocations. Read more.