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  • Casual employment uncertainty needs to be addressed now to aid the recovery

    "For the past two years, businesses that employ casual employees have faced uncertainty and cost-risks. The Federal Court's controversial decisions in the WorkPac v Skene and WorkPac v Rossato cases, which awarded annual leave and other entitlements to 2 employees who were engaged and paid as casuals, have become major barriers to casual jobs. The 8 or so class actions filed so far on the back of these two decisions, have made matters worse. Certainty needs to be restored without delay to encourage employers to employ the hundreds of thousands of casuals who have lost their jobs since the onset of COVID-19," Innes Willox, Chief Executive of the national employer association Ai Group, said.

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  • Australian PSI®: Easing restrictions boost services sectors

    The Australian Industry Group Australian Performance of Services Index (Australian PSI®) improved by 1.5 points to 52.9 points in November 2020 (seasonally adjusted), indicating a further improvement in conditions after a slump for much of 2020. This was the highest result for the services sectors since November 2019 (results above 50 points indicate expansion, with higher numbers indicating a stronger pace of expansion).

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  • Australian PCI®: Construction industry recovery strengthens in November

    The Australian Industry Group/Housing Industry Association Australian Performance of Construction Index (Australian PCI®) improved by a further 2.6 points to 55.3 in November – a second consecutive month of positive conditions and the strongest monthly result since April 2018 (readings above 50 indicate expansion in activity, with higher results indicating a faster expansion).

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  • GDP Comment

    "The strong rebound in GDP in the September quarter is most encouraging. Clearly the heavy dose of fiscal and monetary policy support was instrumental in the outcome and the signs so far are that, as the form of that support has begun to change since September, the economy is gradually building momentum of its own.  Nevertheless, as the Reserve Bank noted yesterday, fiscal and monetary support will still be required for some time yet and continuing high levels of unemployment remains a major concern," Mr Innes Willox, Chief Executive of the national employer association Ai Group, said.

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  • No surprises in the Queensland Budget as it delivers on election promises

    "The Queensland Government has delivered on many of its election promises in this year's Budget, despite difficult economic circumstances," Rebecca Andrews, Queensland State-Head of the national employer association Ai Group, said today.

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  • Australian PMI®: Manufacturing stabilises in November

    The Australian Industry Group Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index (Australian PMI®) declined by 4.2 points to 52.1 in November, indicating expanding conditions but at a slower rate than in October (readings above 50 points indicate expansion in activity, with higher results indicating a faster rate of expansion).

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  • JobKeeper numbers in line with more optimistic economic outlook

    "The lower than expected number of businesses eligible for JobKeeper since the end of September is an encouraging sign of an economy picking up more firmly than was previously anticipated. This is in line with the more optimistic outlook from the Reserve Bank and the strong gains in employment recorded in October," Innes Willox, Chief Executive of Ai Group the national employer association, said today.

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  • Industry welcomes High Court decision to grant special leave in WorkPac v Rossato Casual Employment Case

    "Today's decision by the High Court to grant special leave to WorkPac to appeal the controversial decision of the Federal Court in the WorkPac v Rossato case is very welcome. The Federal Court's decision has alarmed businesses and is no doubt operating as barrier to employers taking on casual staff. With more than half a million casual jobs lost since March, any barrier to casuals being re-employed is not in the interests of employees or employers," Innes Willox, Chief Executive of the national employer association Ai Group, said today.

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  • Backgrounder: An Apprenticeship Model for the modern economy

    Apprenticeships and traineeships are a central component in how Australia develops and maintains a skilled workforce and part of the skills equation that is key to our COVID economic recovery.

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  • A Budget for Growth

    "The Victorian Government's investments in housing and infrastructure and its support for job creation and skills development are positive and important measures that will support the recovery in the State's economy into next year and beyond," Tim Piper, the Victorian Head of the national employer association Ai Group, said today.

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