News & Views

Cbus is helping Australia’s economic recovery

26th May 2020

Cbus Chair, Steve Bracks is proud to announce the important role Cbus will play in helping Australia’s economic recovery following the COVID-19 crisis.


By investing back into the economy and funding development projects across the country, Cbus will contribute to the creation of 100,000 jobs through the recovery.


As part of the works, he also talked about 83... MORE

$500M federal government funding for local roads and community infrastructure program

25th May 2020

The Federal Government has announced $1.8 billion in funding to boost road and community infrastructure upgrades that will support Local Government and communities in the COVID-19 recovery phase.


The package of support will help local councils support jobs and businesses by delivering priority projects focused on infrastructure upgrades and maintenance. 


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JobKeeper update – reporting and extention to enrolment

25th May 2020

Monthly reporting for JobKeeper payments


Businesses that have enrolled for the JobKeeper Payment and identified their eligible employees will need to make a business monthly declaration to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). A registered tax professional can also do this on their behalf. The monthly declaration can be completed from the 1st to the 14th day of... MORE

ESV to review electrical inspection regime

21st May 2020

ESV will conduct a comprehensive, independent review to assess the entire electrical inspection regime.

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The FWC, COVID-19 and variations to redundancy pay

20th May 2020

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has a vital role to play in the management of the current COVID-19 pandemic as it continues to impact employment relationships across the country.

One aspect of the FWC’s role is setting applications by employers to reduce the amount of redundancy pay due to employees.

In making such determinations, the FWC is tasked with exercising its discretion... MORE

State taxation relief measures enacted

15th May 2020

The State Taxation Acts Amendment (Relief Measures) Act 2020 received Royal Assent today and introduces various changes, including land transfer duty and payroll tax relief measures for bushfire affected areas, as announced in January 2020.... MORE

Delivering projects and creating jobs in regional Victoria

14th May 2020

The Victorian Government is continuing to back community projects in regional Victoria that create jobs and make our regions even better places to live and work. Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes today announced 35 projects in rural and regional communities that will share in more than $16 million from the Regional Infrastructure Fund to improve liveability and attract more... MORE

Australian Government procurement and contracting

12th May 2020

The Department of Finance has published new guidance for Commonwealth departments and agencies to work collaboratively with suppliers to ensure business continuity and to take action, where appropriate, to ensure that supply chains are able to be maintained. This includes:


  • relaxing or waiving some contractual rights where appropriate to address COVID-19 circumstances;... MORE

NCCC COVIDSafe plan for business

12th May 2020

To help businesses reopen and be COVIDSafe, the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission (NCCC) has developed an online tool for business to come up with a COVIDSafe business plan.

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Advocacy and industry engagement update

11th May 2020

A joint letter, signed by NECA and a united group of Employer associations and unions was sent to Dan Andrews calling for further stimulus and support for trialling ways of safely increasing productivity and boosting the economy.


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