Saving for the Future: Building Financial Security Step by Step

15 February

In an era where the allure of instant gratification is stronger than ever, the art of saving money seems to be fading into the background. Yet, the truth remains: most of us have aspirations that extend beyond our immediate reach, be it a new car,...[Read More]

Ultimate Road Trip Checklist: Navigating Your Next Adventure with Ease

15 February

Planning a road trip can be an exciting adventure, offering a unique blend of freedom, discovery, and bonding opportunities. Whether you’re exploring familiar landscapes or venturing into unknown territories, preparation is key to ensuring a...[Read More]

The Power of eating together as a Family

15 February

In today’s fast-paced world, the act of sharing a meal with others is becoming increasingly rare. We find ourselves consuming nearly half of our weekly meals alone, opting for quick and convenient on-the-go options rather than taking the time to...[Read More]

What is the NDIS?

15 February

Established back on 1 July 2013, with the full scheme being rolled out to all eligible Australians from 1 July 2020, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is Australia’s first national program designed to support people with...[Read More]

Oliver’s insights – investment outlook Q&A

15 February

Recession risks, rates and inflation, valuations, geopolitics, the US election and Swiftonomics   Key points – Rate hikes have worked in helping slow inflation and rate cuts are likely this year. Expect a bumpy ride though. – The risk of...[Read More]

Investment markets and key developments – Weekly market update 09/02/24

15 February

Global share markets rose over the last week. For the week the US S&P 500 rose 1.4% taking it above 5000 for the first time supported by ongoing confidence in a “goldilocks” landing for the US economy and strong earnings results. Eurozone...[Read More]

PM delivers big pitch on tax cuts as crucial vote nears

15 February

Anthony Albanese has laid out his pitch for revamped income tax cuts as the changes reach a major hurdle. The prime minister told parliament the tax changes would not leave people behind, saying the measures represented meaningful change. “We want...[Read More]

Right to disconnect laws pass federal parliament

15 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

15 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

15 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]

Health technology cracks code for patients and profits

14 February

Health technology breakthroughs are bringing more jobs, a more advanced health system and better outcomes for patients, according to Assistant Minister for Health Ged Kearney. Some 56 new full-time jobs have been created for every $1 million of...[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]