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Insolvency law changes to save small businesses on the brink of collapse

Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg MP has announced proposed changes to Australia’s insolvency laws that will allow small businesses to dig their way out of debt rather than calling in administrators.

24 September 2020

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Chief Executive Update 25 September

Roll on Sunday! I’m sure you are looking forward to Premier Andrews making what is expected to be a positive announcement on our roadmap to reopening on Sunday.

25 September 2020

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Everything you need to know before reopening your business in Victoria

As the number of new daily cases of COVID-19 steadily declines in Victoria, and the road to restarting comes into view, now is the time for business to prepare for the new ‘COVID normal’ before getting back to work.

25 September 2020

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127,000 workers get back to work as Melbourne moves to Step Two

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has given the green light for Metropolitan Melbourne to begin its journey out of lockdown, announcing the city’s move to ‘Step Two’, along with the reopening of some businesses.

27 September 2020

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Record WHS penalty imposed for Dreamworld fatalities

The operator of the Dreamworld theme park has been handed an Australian record-high workplace health and safety fine of $3.6 million, after its “frighteningly unsophisticated” safety systems resulted in the deaths of four patrons in October 2016.

01 October 2020

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Retail lease changes coming into effect 1 October 2020

Changes under the Retail Leases Amendment Act 2020 that amend the Retail Leases Act 2003, will make it easier for smaller businesses to understand their obligations, improve the information they receive to facilitate more informed decisions on retail leases, clarify the timeframe for return of security deposits and introduce a new cooling off period. The following provides a summary of the changes.

01 October 2020

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Australia’s economic outlook ahead of the 2020-21 Federal Budget

With the Federal Government set to unveil the 2020-21 Federal Budget on 6 October, businesses wait with bated breath as to what the future will look like for Australia’s economy.

02 October 2020

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Fast Five: Reimagining the industry after an unexpected turn of events

As the COVID-19 pandemic has brought the events industry to a standstill, Melbourne Convention Bureau CEO Julia Swanson explains what is needed to put Melbourne back on center-stage.

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05 October 2020

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2020 Federal Budget: Morrison Government invests in businesses to build Australia out of recession

Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has unveiled the 2020-21 Federal Budget and revealed the government’s strategy to rebuild Australia’s economy out of recession.

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06 October 2020

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Five secrets Australians don't know about doing business in China

Doing business in China offers the greatest chance of success for many Australian businesses but there can be risks for the unwary. Read this before your business engages with the Eastern giant.

09 October 2020

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Chief Executive Update 9 October

I hope the past week of Federal Budget announcements and low COVID-19 case numbers has you looking forward to the near future when business doors can swing open again.

09 October 2020

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EPA release waste and pollution guidelines for businesses ahead of law changes

The Environment Protection Authority of Victoria (EPA) have published new guidance materials to support Victorian businesses prevent harm to workers and the environment from pollution and waste.

13 October 2020

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Fair Work says employee was unfairly dismissed despite abusing his boss

Despite having a history of serious misconduct in the workplace, a former worker has succeeded in his unfair dismissal claim due to the business’ failure to follow a fair termination process following a heated argument.

15 October 2020

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Important updates to Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme

The Victorian Government has extended the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme until 31 December 2020 and made multiple changes to the Scheme, including the eligibility of sole traders.

16 October 2020

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Investing where it matters: the best assets a business can build with

The Victorian Chamber spoke to R. A. Bell to discuss how the manufacturer was coping during the COVID-19 pandemic. What came to light was a story no business can afford to miss.

16 October 2020

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Melbourne businesses remain in lockdown as five-kilometer rule extends to 25km

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced “it is much less about the numbers” when it comes to deciding whether to ease restrictions and reopen businesses across the state.

18 October 2020