• Business Politics and Policy

    Australia’s SME business owners still undecided on election


    First 5000 |  April 24, 2019


    Over the next three weeks all parties have significant work to do to convince Australia’s small and medium business owners that their policies are best to support small businesses.


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  • Politics and Policy

    Labor to offer better protections for casual workers


    Bill Shorten |  April 24, 2019


    A Shorten Labor Government will get historically low wages moving again by acting on job security if it is elected in May. 


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  • Politics and Policy

    Liberal Party to establish to small and family business growth fund


    Scott Morrison |  April 24, 2019


    The Morrison Government will establish a $100 million Australian Business Growth Fund to help small and family businesses to grow into bigger and better businesses and create more jobs.


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Latest News

  • Assistant Project Manager (Maternity Leave Position – Part Time)

    Catherine Fritz-Kalish     |      March 27, 2019

    Independent non-profit institute for active policy, Global Access Partners is seeking a part time Assistant Project Manager for an immediate start.

  • Proposed wage increase could stifle business employment

    First 5000     |      March 27, 2019

    Labor’s proposal to move from a minimum wage to a living wage could negatively impact many businesses that are already operating on very low margins and put at risk their ability to employ or even survive, according to the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell.

  • South Australia’s first advanced welder training centre 0pens

    First 5000     |      March 27, 2019

    South Australia’s first Advanced Welder Training Centre (AWTC) is now open for business at TAFE SA’s Regency Campus.

  • HiddenGems: empowering WA’s Deaf community through entrepreneurship education

    First 5000     |      March 26, 2019

    A new entrepreneur and innovation program in Western Australia, HiddenGems, is set to change the lives of adults with hearing loss.

  • Changes to ROE rules a positive step towards protecting workplaces from union bullies

    First 5000     |      March 26, 2019

    Changes to Right of Entry regulations are a positive step towards achieving a stronger and fairer approach to rules about union officials entering workplaces.

  • Element 25 to trial making metal using renewable energy

    First 5000     |      March 26, 2019

    The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has announced $490,000 in funding to mining and metals company Element 25 Limited to examine the viability of using renewable energy in their metal production process.

  • Planning for growth can boost our regions

    First 5000     |      March 25, 2019

    A focus on our regions and vital infrastructure are welcome additions to Australia’s population debate according to the Business Council of Australia.

  • Bridges built for a better energy future

    Peter Strong     |      March 25, 2019

    COSBOA has released a communique from the “Small Business Energy Summit” which was held in Melbourne last week (20 March, 2019) to confront the issues of energy supply and costs and associated business and economic risks.

  • Working day less than a hoot for ‘night owls’

    First 5000     |      March 25, 2019

    ‘Night owls’ – those who go to bed late and then get up later – have significantly lower functional connectivity in the brain, slower reaction times, and may struggle with a standard 9-5 work day compared to ‘early risers’, according to a new international study. 

  • Sustainability Commissioner’s environment report

    First 5000     |      March 24, 2019

    The Australian Industry Group has welcomed the Sustainability Commissioner’s Report into the State of the Environment and its recognition that more needs to be done to support Victoria’s environment in conjunction with the economy.

  • A plan for Australia’s future population

    Scott Morrison     |      March 24, 2019

    The Morrison Government will tackle the impact of increasing population in congested cities and back smaller cities and regions looking for greater growth to secure their economic future and the key public services they rely on.

  • Fintech can help Australia lead regional innovation

    Daniel Bar     |      March 24, 2019

    Australia has the potential to become the leading hub for tech and innovation in the Southern Hemisphere. But will our agile ‘kangaroo’ spirit and supportive mate mentality be enough to jump the chasm separating us from other developed nations in the region?

  • Pandora to fix consumer rights practices

    First 5000     |      March 23, 2019

    The ACCC has accepted a court-enforceable undertaking from jewellery business Pandora to review its consumer rights policies and staff training after Pandora acknowledged it is likely to have contravened the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) by making misleading representations to consumers about their consumer guarantee rights.

  • Sydney PappaRich franchise operator faces Court

    First 5000     |      March 23, 2019

    The  Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action against a PappaRich restaurant operator, alleging he was involved in underpaying 154 workers $74,000 across three PappaRich outlets in Sydney.

  • Tomago director fined

    First 5000     |      March 23, 2019

    A director of a company that illegally stored waste, including asbestos, has been convicted and fined $33,750 and ordered to pay $24,500 in legal costs by the NSW Land and Environment Court, following a successful prosecution by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA).