Business Update – 03 April 2024

Welcome to our Weekly Digest – stay in the know with some recent news updates relevant to business and the economy. Australia’s inflation rate comes in lower than expectations in February at 3.4% ABS data shows consumer price index is stabilising, which will feed into the RBA’s next interest rate decision in May. Inflation has held steady for the second month in a row, as cheaper meat and seafood helped offset…  Read more

Business Update – 27 March 2024

Welcome to our Weekly Digest – stay in the know with some recent news updates relevant to business and the economy. Australia’s job boom sees unemployment rate fall Australia’s unemployment rate has fallen to 3.7% in February, according to data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), with around 116,000 people starting jobs in February. Resilience of Australian Households and Businesses In its latest Financial Stability Report released today, the…  Read more

Business Update – 20 March 2024

Welcome to our Weekly Digest – stay in the know with some recent news updates relevant to business and the economy. Cost of living relief coming, just not a big budget cash splash Australians can expect some fresh cost of living relief in May when the federal budget is unveiled, but Treasurer Jim Chalmers has ruled out a big cash splash. Business conditions improve in February February saw an uptick in business conditions as the…  Read more

Business Update – 13 March 2024

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Welcome to our Weekly Digest – stay in the know with some recent news updates relevant to business and the economy. Australian economy grows ‘a little but not a lot’ Australia’s economy grew by 0.2 per cent in the December quarter, the smallest increase in more than a year but one that nonetheless pushed the nation to nine successive quarters of growth. Almost 1 million Australians are working at least two…  Read more

Practice Update – March 2024

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Super contribution caps to rise The big news story for those contributing to super is that the contribution caps are set to increase from the 2025 income year. The concessional contribution cap will increase from $27,500 to $30,000. This ‘CC’ cap is broadly applicable to employer super guarantee contributions, personal deductible contributions and salary sacrificed contributions. The non-concessional contribution cap will increase from $110,000 to $120,000. This ‘NCC’ cap is…  Read more

Business Update – 06 March 2024

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Welcome to our Weekly Digest – stay in the know with some recent news updates relevant to business and the economy. Inflation remains flat at 3.4% in January, fuelling hopes of RBA interest rate cut Inflation remained flat in January at a two-year low, helped by falling prices for meat and seafood, stoking hopes the Reserve Bank may bring forward interest rate cuts. NAB CEO on the economy, simplification, and…  Read more

Business Update – 21 February 2024

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Getting caught up on a week that got away? Here’s your Weekly Digest of some stories relevant to business and the economy. Big reason interest rates will be cut – and soon Rate cuts aren’t forecast until December 2024 but this prediction doesn’t tell the full story of what’s happening in Australia. Australia’s economy likely to slow until stage-three tax cuts, lower interest rates and easing inflation kick in, CBA…  Read more

Business Update – 14 February 2024

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Welcome to our Weekly Digest – stay in the know with some recent news updates relevant to business and the economy. Assistance for businesses affected by storms or floods The Australian government is offering financial aid to businesses affected by floods through various programs. Support includes concessional loans, grants, tax relief, and counseling services. The aim is to help businesses recover, rebuild, and sustain operations in the aftermath of the…  Read more

Business Update – 7 February 2023

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Welcome to our Weekly Digest – stay in the know with some recent news updates relevant to business and the economy. Australian house prices poised for record surge in 2024, predicts Commonwealth Bank economist Australian homeowners may be in for a windfall this year as the country’s largest bank, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), anticipates a significant surge in house prices. Belinda Moore, a senior economist at CBA, made the…  Read more

Practice Update – January/February 2024

Government announces changes to proposed ‘Stage 3’ tax cuts Despite previous assurances, and after much speculation, the Government has announced tweaks to the ‘Stage 3’ tax cuts that will apply from 1 July 2024. More particularly, the Government proposes to: reduce the 19% tax rate to 16%; reduce the 32.5% tax rate to 30% for incomes between $45,000 and a new $135,000 threshold; increase the threshold at which the 37%…  Read more

Business Update – 31 January 2024

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Getting caught up on a week that got away? Here’s your weekly digest of some stories relevant to business and the economy. Data Privacy Day 2024: Aussies want transparency, businesses need action On Data Privacy Day, observed each year on January 28th, Australians and businesses are reminded of the vital importance of privacy. “Ironically, Data Privacy Day is a reminder that data privacy isn’t something a business can achieve in a…  Read more

Business Update – 24 January 2024

Welcome to our Weekly Digest – stay in the know with some recent news updates relevant to business and the economy. NAB CEO’s 2024 economic outlook NAB CEO Ross McEwan says Australia is well-placed to recover in 2024 as Australians respond quickly to sharp cost of living increases. Blockchain start-up backed by major banks collapses into liquidation owing $14 million An Australian blockchain start-up lauded as the future of banking…  Read more

Business Update – 17 January 2024

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Welcome to our Weekly Digest – stay in the know with some recent news updates relevant to business and the economy. High chance’ of RBA achieving its goals in 2024: CBA Commonwealth Bank of Australia chief economist Stephen Halmarick has predicted that the central bank’s desired outcomes from increasing interest rates are likely to come to fruition this year. Australian capital city rents up 13% over year as further hikes…  Read more

Business Update – 10 January 2024

Welcome to our Weekly Digest – stay in the know with some recent news updates relevant to business and the economy. Australia-India trade deal a win for exporters In December, Tim Ayres, Australia’s assistant trade minister, visited India to evaluate the advancements in the pact. The Economic Cooperation Trade Agreement, signed in April 2022 and effective from December 29, 2022, has already demonstrated positive outcomes. Australian economy predictions 2024: Grim…  Read more

Business Update – 20 December 2023

Welcome to our Weekly Digest – stay in the know with some recent news updates relevant to business and the economy. House price growth ‘way better than expected’ as further rises expected in 2024 REA Group Economic Research Director Cameron Kusher says the growth in house prices has been “way better than expected” as it was predicted last year’s price falls would continue. According to NAB forecasts: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane…  Read more

Business Update – 13 December 2023

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Welcome to our Weekly Digest – stay in the know with some recent news updates relevant to business and the economy. Australia’s GDP is going backwards We have now had three consecutive quarters of falling GDP on a per capita basis. That last happened 40 years ago during the 1982-83 recession. That is not good. And it doesn’t get any better when you break down what drove what little growth there…  Read more

Business Update – 06 December 2023

Welcome to our Weekly Digest – stay in the know with some recent news updates relevant to business and the economy. Jim Chalmers welcomes OECD prediction RBA has reached interest rate peak The treasurer, Jim Chalmers, has welcomed a projection by the OECD that the Reserve Bank has probably reached its interest rate peak but played down the prospect of the government posting a second successive budget surplus. $392 million Industry Growth…  Read more

Business Update – 22 November 2023

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Welcome to our Weekly Digest – stay in the know with some recent news updates relevant to business and the economy. How much Aussies plan to spend on Christmas presents this year Australians are set to spend more on Christmas presents this year despite high inflation, interest rate hikes and cost of living pressures on households. The Christmas Retail Trends Report, conducted by Monash Business School’s Australian Consumer and Retail Studies,…  Read more

Business Update – 15 November 2023

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Welcome to our Weekly Digest – stay in the know with some recent news updates relevant to business and the economy. Are you providing entertainment this holiday season? Before you hire a restaurant or book an event, make sure you work out if the benefits you provide your employees are considered entertainment related, and therefore subject to fringe benefits tax (FBT). Income outlook warning for Aussie households Australians will not…  Read more

Practice Update – November 2023

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Tax issues for businesses that have received a support payment Taxpayers who have received a government support grant or payment recently to help their business recover from COVID-19 or a natural disaster should check if they need to include the payment in their assessable income. Grants are generally treated as assessable income, and taxpayers may be able to claim deductions if they use these payments to:  purchase replacement trading stock…  Read more

Business Update – 1 November 2023

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Welcome to our Weekly Digest – stay in the know with some recent news updates relevant to business and the economy. Australia’s SMEs outshine global peers in latest Xero report Recent Xero data reveals the ongoing resilience of Australian small businesses despite a deceleration in sales and wages growth. Sales growth remains stronger compared to other XSBI markets. Experts say Australia at 1-in-3 risk of hitting recession next year A…  Read more