• Growth top of mind for regional businesses

    First 5000     |     July 18, 2018

    The Commonwealth Bank’s Regional Business Insights report shows that nearly half (49 per cent) of all regional businesses can see opportunities for growth. The research provides a snapshot of regional 

  • New biofuel opportunities for Queensland

    First 5000     |     July 18, 2018

    Queensland has officially joined the global below50 campaign to support the production and use of sustainable biofuels after signing a Statement of Collaboration with the United Nations-backed group. Speaking at the 

  • ACCC backs new consumer data rights

    First 5000     |     July 17, 2018

    The consumer data right (CDR), which will enable customers to safely share their data with trusted service providers is a fundamental competition and consumer reform, ACCC Chair Rod Sims said 

  • Menu labelling on the table as obesity battle ramps up in W.A.

    First 5000     |     July 17, 2018

    Western Australian fast food menus may soon have to include information on the amount of kilojoules in the food they offer, as a part of
     

  • Agriculture eyes switch to solar energy

    First 5000     |     July 16, 2018

    The Agricultural Sector was mentioned in the 2018 Clean Energy Australia Report as being a major player in the growth of medium scale solar systems. This is s trend that award-winning business 

  • The future of electronics may be chemical

    First 5000     |     July 16, 2018

    We’re reaching the limits of what we can do with conventional silicon semiconductors. In order for electronic components to continue getting smaller we need a new approach. Molecular electronics, which aims 

  • Flexible workplaces are good for both women and business

    First 5000     |     July 15, 2018

    Flexible working arrangements are improving female workforce participation and boosting business in Victoria. The State's Minister for Women Natalie Hutchins has released a new study commissioned by the Andrews Labor 

  • Companies behaving badly?

    First 5000     |     July 15, 2018

    ACCC Chair Rod Sims shared his observations on the types of company behaviour that drive breaches of Australia’s competition and consumer laws in delivering the Giblin Lecture in Tasmania. “Few 

  • Two clicks at tax time can sort out your super

    First 5000     |     July 14, 2018

    The Australian Taxation Office is urging all taxpayers to take a few moments to check their super while they are using ATO online services through myGov this Tax Time. Deputy Commissioner 

  • Queensland invites innovators to solve some ‘quirky’ problems

    First 5000     |     July 14, 2018

    The Palaszczuk Government has thrown out the challenge to Queensland businesses to identify digital solutions for issues ranging from monitoring the health of local communities to devising new navigational tools 

  • Girl Geek Academy offers grants to attend US conference

    First 5000     |     July 13, 2018

    Girl Geek Academy is extending its impact into the U.S. market with a scholarship initiative aimed at increasing the number of minority groups working within the chaos engineering field. Chaos engineering 

  • Judging intervention in markets

    First 5000     |     July 13, 2018

    The Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Rod Sims, has outlined the ACCC’s approach to market intervention in a speech to the Australian Conference of Economists in Canberra. “Enhancing 

  • Action on energy prices urged after ACCC release report

    First 5000     |     July 12, 2018

    The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman has welcomed the ACCC’s retail electricity pricing report and urged state, territory and Australian governments to act on the recommendations that impact 

  • ACCC releases blueprint to reduce electricity prices

    First 5000     |     July 12, 2018

    The ACCC’s recommendations to improve electricity affordability for Australian consumers and businesses are outlined in its final Retail Electricity Pricing Inquiry report. The Inquiry, which commenced in March 2017, began 

  • AgTech firm eyes international growth

    First 5000     |     July 11, 2018

    A family-run Brisbane business that developed an environmentally-friendly plastic mulch film that saves farmers time and money is set to take on the world with the help of the  

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