Business Pulse

WA joins NZ travel bubble, softens border stance
West Australians can travel to New Zealand without quarantining from April 19 and States will need to record just 14 days of no COVID-19 community...
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APRA pledges caution on small business lending
CCIWA has extracted a significant commitment from the national lending regulator after it pledged to take caution to spare small businesses from a future lending...
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Sexual harassment laws to be overhauled
Sexual harassment will be confirmed as grounds for termination and defined as “serious misconduct” in the Fair Work Act under reforms proposed by the Federal Government.
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Grants up to $20m to help manufacturers scale
Grants of up to $20 million are on offer to manufacturers in the food and beverage and defence sectors in a bid to help Australian companies scale. 
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Skills shortages top concern for WA businesses
WA businesses remain optimistic heading into a post-JobKeeper economic landscape, but rising skills shortages are a top concern, according to the latest CCIWA Business Confidence Survey.  
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Casual workers in spotlight under new IR laws
WA businesses have been urged to re-examine their workplace contracts after changes to the Fair Work Act came into effect on March 27 redefining the rules around casual...
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Senate report backs CCIWA’s IR agenda
CCIWA’s input into the Fair Work (FW) amendment Bill currently being debated in Parliament has been highlighted by a bipartisan committee.
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Expanded loan scheme, new tourism grants as JobKeeper end nears
Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) struggling due to COVID-19 can borrow up to $5 million under an expanded Federal Government loan scheme.
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Up to $480k for female-founded startups
Female startup founders can now apply for Australian Government grants between $25,000 and $480,000 to expand into domestic and global markets.
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Your to-do list as JobKeeper ends
The JobKeeper scheme is set to end on 28 March 2021.  If you’re currently receiving JobKeeper or utilising the temporary flexibilities available via the Fair...
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Additional $1.2b boost for apprenticeships, trainees
The Federal Government is removing the cap on places for its apprenticeship wage subsidy and providing greater clarity on how long it will be available,...
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Your guide to staff’s COVID-19 vaccine questions
As the COVID vaccine is rolled out, workers will have plenty of questions for their employers. We’ve pulled together some of the top questions and answers.  
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