Confidence steadies ahead of COVID vaccine

Colin Brinsden, AAP Economics and Business Correspondent (Australian Associated Press)   Australians appear to need an injection of good news to lift their mood, which may come from a successful rollout of the coronavirus vaccine. Consumer confidence is consolidating after recovering from last year’s major setback when the economy sank into recession and gyrations at […]

Problems paying your bills and fines

Moneysmart (ASIC)   Understand your options and how to get help If money’s tight, it can be hard to keep up with regular payments like rent, electricity and phone — or unexpected fines. Here are a few simple steps you can take to sort things out. Problems paying your rent If you think you’ll have […]

Tech skills gap risks $10b growth: report

Callum Godde (Australian Associated Press)   Australia is counting on technology to become the backbone of the national economy for the next two centuries. But new research has found the nation could fail to capitalise on $10 billion in projected industry growth through a digital skills shortage among its workforce. Reserve Bank Governor Philip Lowe […]

Businesses start 2021 in positive mood

Colin Brinsden, AAP Economics and Business Correspondent (Australian Associated Press)   Businesses have started the year in a more optimistic mood, while confidence among Australians more generally is running close to the long-run average as the nation tries to put aside the devastation of the 2020 recession. But much will depend on the success of […]

Business more confident at start of 2021

Colin Brinsden, AAP Economics and Business Correspondent (Australian Associated Press)   Business confidence bounced back in January, and while conditions eased in the month the signs are employers are still hiring. The National Australia Bank released its monthly business survey on Tuesday with its leading indicators continuing to point to an ongoing economic recovery. Business […]

Businesses call for post-JobKeeper support

Colin Brinsden, AAP Economics and Business Correspondent (Australian Associated Press)   A prominent business leader has joined growing calls to support struggling companies once JobKeeper payments dry up. The Morrison government is adamant the wage assistance scheme will end in March. But it remains unclear what, if anything, will replace the taxpayer-funded program. Tony Shepherd, […]

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