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  • Australian PSI®: Melbourne lockdown contributes to services decline in August

    The Australian Industry Group Australian Performance of Services Index (Australian PSI®) fell by 1.5 points to 42.5 points in August (seasonally adjusted), indicating a further contraction in activity and at a faster pace than in July (results below 50 points indicate contraction, with lower numbers indicating a stronger pace of decline).

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  • Victorian roadmap a plan to prolong economic pain

    "Today’s so-called Victorian roadmap to recovery is a document of despair for industry and their employees. Rather than providing the hope and optimism required, along with clear and measurable steps for businesses to open up, today’s announcement will only prolong the economic and social pain that all Victorians are feeling," Innes Willox, Chief Executive of the national employer association Ai Group, said today.

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  • Talent taskforce rightly turns focus on recovery

    "The new, whole-of-government Global Business and Talent Attraction Taskforce is a positive initiative that rightly focuses attention on recovery," Innes Willox, Chief Executive of the national employer association Ai Group said today.

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  • Australian PCI®: Construction industry slump continues into August

    The Australian Industry Group/Housing Industry Association Australian Performance of Construction Index (Australian PCI®) fell by 4.8 points to 37.9 in August, with the pace of decline in business conditions worsening again after a pause in July (readings below 50 points indicate contraction in activity, with lower results indicating a faster rate of contraction).

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  • Business will welcome removal of Footy Friday holiday

    "If logic has any role in decision making the Victorian Government will shortly announce the removal of the costly Footy Friday public holiday now that the Grand Final has been lost to Queensland," Tim Piper, Victorian Head of the national employer association Ai Group, said today.

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  • Record busting June Quarter fall in GDP – Ai Group comment

    "While a tentative recovery may have begun outside of Victoria, today's record-busting 7% June quarter fall in GDP clearly demonstrates that more fiscal stimulus will be needed before recovery is on a secure footing," Innes Willox, Chief Executive of the national employer association Ai Group said today.

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  • JobKeeper extension welcome relief for businesses and employees

    "The passage through Parliament of the extension of JobKeeper beyond the end of September is a very welcome relief for the many employers whose operations are suffering from sharply reduced sales as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Extending JobKeeper will mean they can keep more employees in work and connected to their business," Innes Willox, Chief Executive of the national employer association Ai Group said today.

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  • Illogical and unnecessary NSW-VIC border barrier should be removed entirely

    "The NSW Premier's reported 50K expansion of the NSW-VIC border bubble is a positive move that could be realistically extended to all regional Victoria," Mark Goodsell, NSW Head of the national employer association Ai Group, said today.

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  • FWC Award Flexibility Schedule – an Important Initiative for Employers and Employees

    "The draft award flexibility schedule that has been released by the President of the Fair Work Commission, Justice Iain Ross, is an important initiative that will deliver much needed flexibility to employers and employees during the pandemic and the recovery.  A very large number of employees are currently working from home, and it is evident that workplaces will never be the same again," Innes Willox, Chief Executive of the national employer association Ai Group, said today.

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  • Australian PMI®: Melbourne lockdown slows national manufacturing recovery in August

    The Australian Industry Group Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index (Australian PMI®) fell by 4.2 points to 49.3 in August, indicating broadly stable conditions (readings above 50 points indicate expansion in activity, with higher results indicating a faster rate of expansion).

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