• Tax


    Have your say: future of payroll tax in Australia

    First 5000 |  January 15, 2021

    The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is seeking your assistance to better inform the public debate over the need for payroll tax reform in Australia by participating in the Payroll Tax on Australian Business Survey.

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  • Work and Wellbeing

    Time for your workplace well-being to get a health check

    Gary Martin |  January 14, 2021

    Corporate wellness and workplace well-being are having a moment in the sun – even though some say they are simply making another comeback, Professor Gary Martin explains.

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  • Superannuation

    Workers shouldn’t have to choose between 12% super or a pay rise

    First 5000 |  January 13, 2021

    Australians are likely to be financially worse off over their lifetime under a proposal being considered by the Morrison Government to give workers a choice of a super rise or a pay rise, The Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST) warned today.

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  • Tax


    Ombudsman calls for new software-specific R&D Tax Incentive

    First 5000 |  January 12, 2021

    The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has called for an industry-specific R&D Tax Incentive, saying the current system is hampering investment and growth in the sector.

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  • Retail

    ABS confirms bumper month of retail trade for November

    First 5000 |  January 11, 2021

    Australian retail sales increased 13.3 per cent last November, compared to the same time in 2019, according to official data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

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  • Business

    Aussie production soars, jobs to pick up in 2021

    First 5000 |  January 8, 2021

    Australian manufacturing production was at its highest level at the end of 2020 with industry jobs expected to increase in 2021, a survey on manufacturing trends has found.

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  • Business

    Why all businesses should let their customers pay like Uber

    Adrian Floate |  January 7, 2021

    COVID-19 and the resulting decline in business activity has made it necessary for businesses to provide safe, fast and easy payment options for customers, Adrian Floate explains

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  • Resilience

    HAVE YOUR SAY: What do you do to ensure your business is resilient?

    Helen Hull |  November 2, 2020

    Resilience has become an important focus for the business community. We ask you to have your say today!

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Latest News

  • Applying the learnings from 2020 to 2021

    Craig West     |      January 6, 2021

    2020 was certainly an unusual year – but like many other years in history, there are themes and learnings we can apply to what might happen going forward, Craig West explains.

  • Grattan Institute’s annual summer recommended reading list

    Danielle Wood     |      January 5, 2021

    Six thought-provoking works have made Grattan Institute’s annual Summer Recommended Reading List for the Prime Minister. Topics featured include coronavirus, climate change, Aboriginal lives matter, refugees and migration, female workforce participation, and recession.

  • New Year resolutions to inspire adaptability at work

    Gary Martin     |      January 4, 2021

    As your return to work draws closer, there is a good chance you will be thinking about what you want to achieve in your career over the next 12 months — what to do more of and perhaps even what to do less of. Professor Gary Martin explains.

  • First 5000 top 20 blogs of 2020

    Helen Hull     |      December 24, 2020

    I’d like to thank our contributors, readers and Global Access Partners on what has been an extraordinary year for First 5000 and businesses in Australia. We saw record readership and I am delighted to share our top 20 most read stories of 2020.

  • 2020 – Silver linings

    Catherine Fritz-Kalish     |      December 23, 2020

    Global Access Partners, the publisher of First 5000, tackled the challenges posed by COVID social distancing measures by successfully moving its administration and events online. Catherine Fritz-Kalish explains.

  • Aussies shop big in 2020 to shake off COVID-19 blues

    First 5000     |      December 22, 2020

    Australians turned to retail therapy to counter feelings of loneliness or to stave off boredom and anxiety caused by the COVID-19 lockdowns, a new report by Monash University researchers has found.

  • SMEs name open borders as the key for small business recovery

    First 5000     |      December 21, 2020

    Australian small business owners have overwhelmingly named open borders as the top factor needed for them to rebound from the COVID-19 recession.

  • Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre forecasts billion dollar return

    First 5000     |      December 18, 2020

    The Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) has analysed the completion of its first 10 industry projects together with the release of its 2020 Project Impact Report. The report provides an overview of 78 co-funded manufacturing projects and showcases the economic impact of the first 10 of these commercial opportunities.