The week in brief March 24 2015

All the smaller - and occasionally bizarre or humorous - business newspieces from Australia and abroad from the past week.

All the smaller - and occasionally bizarre or humorous - business newspieces from Australia and abroad from the past week. 

Ragtrader reports that the National Retail Association (NRA) has praised the Queensland government’s decision to change the Labour Day holiday until 2016. It is believed that the move will provide welcome certainty for businesses. The announcement will see Labour Day moved to the first Monday in May, while the Queen’s Birthday will be shifted to the first Monday in October. NRA CEO Trevor Evans said that whilst the government was initially meant to reinstate the holiday in May, their decision to halt was a sensible one. Evans has urged state and federal governments to consider the impact that snap decisions could have on retail and small businesses. Read more here…

 


My Business'
Tech Expert Ritchie Djamhur has secured himself a regular weekly spot on Radio 2GB as part of Susie Elelman's Overnight show in the wee hours of Sunday mornings. Broadcast live from 0300, Ritchie's Room is a fun-filled hour in which Ritchie discusses the latest consumer technology and trends and takes live calls from listeners to answer their questions. For those of us who aren’t night owls, Ritchie's Room is available via podcast at 
www.ritchiesroom.com/podcast-and-links-for-live-2gb-segment-with-susie-elelman-22315/ .


The Sydney Franchising & Business Opportunities Expo is taking place this week at the Royal Hall of Industries from Friday March 27 to Sunday March 29. From insider tips to expert advice, generating extra income to a career shift, The Franchising & Business Opportunities Expo will help turn attendees’ ambition into action. Attendees to the event will have the opportunity to talk face-to-face with leading franchisors and successful franchisees across a range of business opportunities. Read more here.



The Q2 2015 Hudson Report: Employment Trends has revealed a broadly positive outlook for the jobs market, with net intentions to hire remaining strong into the second quarter of the year. Despite a slight dip from Q1 2015, the report shows net hiring intentions remain at their highest level since 2012.  According to Hudson, a net 17.1 per cent of Aussie employers are looking to increase permanent staffing levels between April and June this year, compared to 18.7 per cent in Q1 and well up from just 11.2 per cent one year ago. Employers in Victoria are leading the positive hiring intentions for permanent staff, with a net 21.9 per cent looking to increase headcount in Q2 2015, up 2.2pp from Q1 and a significant 12.2pp from the same time last year.

The ATO released its Reinventing the ATO blueprint last week, which describes the kind of experience that Australians want to have when they deal with the ATO. Commissioner of Taxation, Chris Jordan AO, said the blueprint describes the kind of experience that Australians want to have when they deal with the ATO, with an emphasis on ease-of-use, efficiency and removing unnecessary and burdensome reporting and regulations. Here’s hoping…


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