Economy ‘not dying’ but firms ready for tough times

14 February

Promising economic news has lifted the spirits of Australian consumers though businesses are more cautious and bracing for a lean six months ahead. The business sector has proved resilient to economic challenges locally and abroad, but recent...[Read More]

Right to disconnect laws pass federal parliament

14 February

Employees will now have the right to disconnect from work out of hours, after industrial relations changes passed parliament. Under the workplace reforms, employees will have the right to ignore unreasonable calls and emails outside of their...[Read More]

Four-day work week trial delivers sick leave surprise

14 February

A four-day working week trial at Australia’s largest private health provider has delivered a marked drop in sick and carer’s leave among frontline workers. Stress levels have also reduced across all 250 workers in the first 10 weeks of...[Read More]

Stamp duty costs climb as home buyers struggle to save

14 February

Saving for a house deposit is hard enough but it turns out other associated costs are soaring too, making home ownership more elusive. States and territories charge buyers stamp duty on most property purchases. The tax is up to six times more...[Read More]

Urgent changes needed to support women in STEM jobs

14 February

Urgent, industry-wide changes are needed to help more women, Indigenous Australians and migrants thrive in science, engineering and technology jobs, and to help Australia take advantage of emerging markets such as renewable energy, according to a...[Read More]

How asking a recruit’s past salary entrenches pay gap

14 February

Further entrenching the gender pay gap can be as simple as routinely asking job applicants what they earn at their current job, business leaders have been told. Winning support from the Sex Discrimination Commissioner, construction firm Lendlease no...[Read More]

Australia will issue rules for ‘risky’ solar inverters

14 February

Cybersecurity standards for solar inverters, batteries and electric vehicle chargers are being developed by the Australian government amid concerns some equipment could leave the nation exposed to foreign interference. The issue emerged in two...[Read More]

Bendigo named top town on the back of Loong the dragon

14 February

It’s a very good year of the dragon in Bendigo. The Victorian regional city, which is home to the world’s oldest complete Chinese processional dragon, has been named Australia’s Town of the Year. Bendigo’s Golden Dragon Museum is one if the...[Read More]

Roses still rule in race for Valentine’s hearts

14 February

Flower growers and florists are preparing to send a quarter of a million roses into Australian hearts and homes this Valentine’s Day, and that’s just in the nation’s most populous state. Growers and wholesalers take months to prepare for the...[Read More]

Our love for Hobbies: The Key to Well-Being and Fulfillment

8 February

Engaging in hobbies and pursuing activities you love is a universally beneficial practice, whether you’re in Australia or the UK. These two regions, despite their geographical distance, share a common appreciation for the positive impact of...[Read More]

Understanding the five key areas of personal finances

8 February

When it comes to managing your money, it’s crucial to have a comprehensive understanding of the five key areas of personal finance: income, spending, saving, investing, and protection. Mastering these elements can be the difference between...[Read More]

10 benefits of Yoga and Pilates for people of all ages

8 February

Yoga and Pilates offer numerous benefits for people of all ages, including those leading into and during retirement.   Improved Flexibility: Both Yoga and Pilates involve stretching exercises that can help improve flexibility. This is particularly...[Read More]

Architectural wonders: A journey through time and culture

8 February

When it comes to experiencing cultural architecture, the world is rich with destinations that showcase the history, art, and innovation of human civilization. Here are some top destinations known for their distinctive architectural...[Read More]

Effective Dispute Resolution: Strategies for Navigating Conflicts Successfully

8 February

Managing a dispute effectively requires a strategic approach that considers the nature of the conflict, the parties involved, and the desired outcomes. Here are several key considerations to keep in mind when managing a dispute:   Understand the...[Read More]

Living pressures ease for employee households

7 February

Working families are still under acute financial pressure but fewer cash rate hikes of late has tempered growth in their overall living costs. In the 12 months to the December quarter, living costs rose 6.9 per cent for employee households, down...[Read More]