• Insurance

    Vulnerable businesses underprepared for another disaster: research

    First 5000 |  January 20, 2021

    A new report from Business Australia shows that despite the widespread damage and impact of COVID and the bushfires on Australian businesses, 62 per cent of SMEs still have not taken out adequate cover. 

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  • Coronavirus

    JobKeeper flaw creates staffing issues for struggling small businesses  

    First 5000 |  January 19, 2021

    The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell is calling on the Federal Government to change JobKeeper rules to allow struggling small businesses to replace staff.

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  • Resilience

    How to improve Australia’s national resilience: GAP Summit

    Catherine Fritz-Kalish |  January 18, 2021

    The final report from ‘A Vision for Australia 2020’ Global Access Partners Summit, released today, examines the issues of national resilience and highlights recommendations to safeguard Australia against future threats.

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  • 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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  • 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

  • It’s OK to ask are RUstillOK!

    David Westgate     |      November 10, 2020

    As the year – and what a year it’s been – finally edges towards its end, there seems there could be no more appropriate question than RUstillOK? Especially for those of us in business. David Westgate explains.

  • Planet Ark urges Australians to go beyond the bin for National Recycling Week

    First 5000     |      November 9, 2020

    Up to 80% of Australians don’t realise the value of recycling to our national economy – approximately $15.5 billion – compared to just 8% who do, according to new research released for Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week.

  • Building a more resilient Australia

    Catherine Fritz-Kalish     |      November 5, 2020

    Global Access Partners’ eleventh Annual Summit ‘A Vision for Australia’ will bring together the expertise and ideas of 120 national and international thought leaders to chart the course towards a more resilient and sustainable future for the country on Friday 6 November.

  • Calls for more resilience a smokescreen for broken workplaces

    Gary Martin     |      November 4, 2020

    Earlier this year Ita Buttrose declared that the generation born between 1981 and 1996, lacked resilience and needed “hugs” and constant reassurance. Professor Gary Martin explains people end up lacking resilience because workplace circumstances have set them up for failure.

  • Manufacturing a recovery

    Richard Holden     |      November 3, 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the need for Australia to revive its domestic manufacturing sector to reduce reliance on foreign supply chains, but a push for strategic manufacturing should build on existing comparative advantage.

  • Protecting Australia’s Sovereign Research Capability in a COVID World

    First 5000     |      November 2, 2020

    A more targeted and tightly curated system for allocating research funding, along with an overarching and long-term national research and innovation strategy has been called for as part of the first report of the joint National Resilience project.

  • Re-skilling mature workers – what skills will they really need in the future?

    Hunter Leonard     |      October 30, 2020

    For some, it is a little insulting after 25 or 30 years in the workforce to be told you now need to re-skill in order to keep your job, or get a new one. Hunter Leonard of Silver & Wise explains.

  • Forced retirement should get the axe

    Gary Martin     |      October 29, 2020

    Getting pushed out of a job simply because another birthday has come and gone is far too common in workplaces across the country, according to Professor Gary Martin.

  • Will 2020 be the worst year for businesses on record?

    First 5000     |      October 28, 2020

    New research reveals that despite strong Government stimulus and a gradual opening up of nearly all States since July, 50 per cent of businesses saw a drop in their profits this year, and 55 per cent made serious cuts to their expenses.

  • The iconic green and gold kangaroo: A global success

    First 5000     |      October 27, 2020

    The Australian Made logo has confirmed its international appeal, with new Horizon Consumer Science research finding 97% of overseas consumers have a positive first impression of the iconic green and gold kangaroo.

  • Grants of up to $250,000 to develop a product or service for commercial use

    First 5000     |      October 26, 2020

    The NSW Government has joined forces with Innovation District Partners including Australian Catholic University (ACU) to identify businesses which are accelerating the commercialisation of research products to address the many disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Time for us to retire retirement

    Gary Martin     |      October 23, 2020

    Rather than retiring, a better proposition might be to take breaks along the way at different stages of our lives, a mini-retirement here and there instead of one mega-break at the end of our careers, suggests Professor Gary Martin.

  • Relationships are the most important business asset – more so now and post COVID

    Joe Perri     |      October 22, 2020

    As businesses emerge from COVID-19 shut downs and seek to reenergise their ventures, one asset above all others stands out as the most valuable resource that doesn’t appear on the balance sheet – quality long standing relationships, says Joe Perri.

  • Why retail needs more mature age workers and fewer uni students 

    Dave Strutton     |      October 21, 2020

    The retail sector is often seen an as ideal place for young people to gain work experience and earn money while at university, but when it comes to hiring long-term staff, Dave Strutton, owner of Howards Storage World in Adelaide says the most reliable and loyal workers are usually those who are older.