Staying afloat and thriving through a downturn

When the future looks uncertain, what can you do to prepare and strengthen your business? Recent times have certainly shown us that the future path of your business can change in an instant – usually, due to influences that are far beyond our own control. The Covid-19 pandemic and the ongoing global economic recession have both had a negative economic impact on the business world. So, when a downturn strikes,…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 17 February 2021

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Victoria lockdown to end Victoria’s five-day lockdown is due to end at midnight Wednesday 17th February as no new local COVID-19 cases were announced. While most restrictions will cease, some will continue. For example, face masks are required in most circumstances and five visitors are allowed to homes. Public…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 10 February 2021

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Active COVID-19 Cases at Near 2-Month Low Australia only has 46 active cases of COVID-19, the lowest number in nearly two months. However, authorities warned against complacency. New South Wales, which has now gone 23 days without detecting any local cases of COVID-19, also warned of a drop-off in…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 3 February 2021

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Australia Aims to Vaccinate Entire Population by End of 2021 Australia will spend more than $1.9 billion on equipping hospitals and health centres to administer COVID-19 vaccines that will see 26 million Australians vaccinated by the end of the year, according to Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Morrison said a…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 27 January 2021

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Australia Set for 10th Day of No Local COVID-19 Cases Australia is on track for its 10th consecutive day of no new local COVID-19 cases, with NSW hoping to ease restrictions this week after controlling a fast-spreading cluster. Meanwhile Victoria, which is hosting the Australian Open tennis tournament, has…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 20 January 2021

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Australian Consumer Confidence Clouded by COVID-19 in January Survey The Westpac-Melbourne Institute index of consumer sentiment released today fell 4.5% in January, from December, when it rose 4.1%. This is due to new outbreaks of COVID-19 in Sydney and Brisbane, though the spread has now been contained with relatively…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 13 January 2021

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Queensland Orders Hundreds to Restart Quarantine After a cluster of the new COVID variant was discovered at the Grand Chancellor quarantine hotel, all those in the hotel will have to restart their quarantine period. According to Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, the remaining 129 guests are going to be moved…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 6 January 2021

Happy New Year! We hope you had a relaxing holiday break and are raring to go in 2021. Our first weekly digest of the new year includes the latest updates and ideas to help us all move forward. South Australia Keeps NSW Border Shut South Australia has a hard border closure in place with New South Wales with no one from that state allowed to enter unless they are a…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 23 December 2020

Thank you for your amazing support during this incredibly busy and challenging year. We hope you and your loved ones enjoy a safe and healthy festive season. We look forward to working with you next year! As usual, here are the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. November Retail Sales Surge Preliminary data showed Australian retail sales jumped 7% in November from the month before,…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 16 December 2020

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. We hope you and your family are safe and doing well. Read on for this week’s updates and some ideas that will help us all overcome this crisis. State-by-State Guide to COVID-19 Restrictions Ahead of Holidays As Australia plans to reopen in time for Christmas and the New Year, authorities are reminding people to follow the COVID-19 restrictions that remain in place. Over the…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 9 December 2020

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. We hope you and your family are safe and doing well. Read on for this week’s updates and some ideas that will help us all overcome this crisis. Australia Bounces Out of Recession As Economy Grows 3.3% Australia’s economy grew by 3.3% in the third quarter as it rebounded from its first recession in nearly 30 years. This rebound in Q3 GDP reversed around…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 2 December 2020

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. We hope you and your family are safe and doing well. Read on for this week’s updates and some ideas that will help us all overcome this crisis. South Australia Now Open to Victoria Since 12.01am on Tuesday, the border with Victoria has been reopened, allowing travel between the two states. Victorians entering South Australia are still required to fill in an online permit…  Read more

Covid-19 and Personal Insurance

We have all taken physical safety measures to protect ourselves and our loved ones through this pandemic. Just as wearing a mask, social distancing and increasing sanitation help protect your family from Covid, life insurance can help protect them if you get ill or injured. Covid-19 has a lot of Aussies thinking about the impacts of major injuries or illnesses and how their family would cope if the dominant, or…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 18 November 2020

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. We hope you and your family are safe and doing well. Read on for this week’s updates and some ideas that will help us all overcome this crisis. 6-Day Lockdown Ordered in South Australia The state of South Australia will begin a 6-day lockdown at midnight on Wednesday, with schools, universities, bars and cafes closed. Only one person from each household will be allowed…  Read more

Business lessons learned during COVID-19

If you’re like many small business owners you’re probably astounded by how the world has changed in a very short time. While we can all hope that the pandemic is a once-in-a-lifetime scenario, the truth is there is a lot in life and in business that is uncertain, and there is a great deal we can learn from the response to COVID-19 to help plan for the future. Yes, your…  Read more

What to do when your supply chain faces disruptions

If your company relies on suppliers in various geographic locations, it’s likely that at some point your business will face a supply chain disruption. Whether that disturbance is caused by a virus, regulatory lockdown, international tensions, changes in local laws or a natural disaster, there will probably be scenarios in which your suppliers or transporters face obstacles that affect your company. Here are some steps you can take to respond…  Read more

Put Your Own Oxygen Mask on First

With the 2020 budget being handed down last week, treasurer Josh Frydenberg is hoping that all Australians will get out and spend their tax cuts to pull our nation out of a record deficit. The treasurer described it as “eye watering” but is it really? What does it mean to be in deficit? Well, in simple terms, the government is spending more money than it is collecting. This is necessary…  Read more

The 2020/21 Federal Budget Explained

Personal income tax changes Changes to personal income tax rates The Government has announced that it will bring forward changes to the personal income tax rates that were due to apply from 1 July 2022, so that these changes now apply from 1 July 2020 (i.e., from the 2021 income year). These changes involve: increasing the upper threshold of the 19% personal income tax bracket from $37,000 to $45,000; and…  Read more

Take some small steps to better wellbeing

We are living in uncertain times right now. The situation changes daily with new challenges to overcome. We are all feeling the strain. So what can we do to manage the stress and regain some much needed sense of wellbeing? Research shows that doing something (no matter how small) is the best way to manage anxiety. There is a lot we can’t control right now but there are also things…  Read more

JobKeeper 3.0: What you need to know

On 21 July 2020 the government announced that JobKeeper would be extended until 28 March 2021. But not in its current form and with new eligibility requirements. This was called JobKeeper 2.0. On 7 August JobKeeper 2.0 was replaced with JobKeeper 3.0 as a result of new restrictions on business’ in Victoria but will be applied to all business’ Australia wide See below for a summary of JobKeeper 3.0 and…  Read more

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