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Queensland Mid-Year Fiscal and Economic Review 2018-19

The Queensland Mid-Year Fiscal and Economic Review 2017-18 has been released providing an update on the State's economic and fiscal position since the State Budget delivered in June of this year.  

Key points include:

  • The surplus has been revised upwards from $148 million to $524 million i…

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Is Queensland out of step with our increasing public service headcount?

There has been a lot of talk this year about growth in public sector numbers in Queensland.  With the Mid-year Fiscal and Economic Review (MYFER) to be delivered this week QEAS takes a look at this important topic. 

This issue tends to focus on growth across years (longitudinal comparison).  W…

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Queensland's Domestic Economy - September Quarter 2018 Update

Latest ABS data confirms Queensland's domestic economic growth has now peaked and is falling away which has considerable implications for future employment growth in the Sunshine State.

In trend terms, our domestic economy grew by only 0.1 per cent in the September quarter and in seasonally adju…

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Queensland's productivity continues to rise in 2017-18

QEAS has previously had a very close interest in Queensland productivity given the profound importance it has for the economy and living standards. Productivity measures the efficiency with which combined labour and capital inputs are transformed into product or service outputs which is called ‘m…

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Support for employees affected by domestic and family violence

On this White Ribbon Day - Any Queensland small business can access a free QEAS resource / template assisting them with the implementation of a "Support for employees affected by domestic and family violence" policy. This template can be accessed here

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Queensland's Economic Performance 2017-18 in graphs

Queensland's Economic Performance 2017-18 in graphs ............

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Does your business feel compelled to donate to the major political parties?

Does your business feel compelled to donate to the major political parties or attend a particular political party event?  If so, you’re not alone.

Recently the Grattan Institute studied political donations in Australia and confirmed what many know to be the case.  If you want to do busine…

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NSW fires latest salvo in tax competitiveness war

Competition is a beautiful and ruthless concept.  It is a situation in which two or more people or groups are trying to get something which not everyone can have.  In the business world this is predominantly market share. For State Governments competition is better known as competitive federalism…

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Anticipating Queensland’s Future Skill Needs

Jobs Queensland have released a very interesting report ‘Anticipating Future Skills: Jobs growth and alternative futures for Queensland to 2022.

It provides an evidence base for consideration of Queensland’s future skills needs that has been developed in consultation with industries and region…

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Why is infrastructure so challenging for Queensland

Infrastructure plays a crucial role in determining the strength of current and future economic growth in Queensland. However the roll out of infrastructure ahead of or even on the curve of requirement has proved profoundly challenging for all three tiers of government and successive governments.

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Queensland Workplace Accident Statistics 2017-18

The 2017-18 WorkCover Annual Report contains very good summary statistics on Queensland accidents in the workplace. These are provided below:

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The big dilemma over WorkCover Queensland

There is a huge decision that the State Government is going to have to make in relation to WorkCover Queensland.  So what is it?

WorkCover is a success story for all other Australian jurisdictions to follow.  WorkCover’s Annual Report for 2017-18 released earlier this month highlights wha…

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The Queensland Productivity Commission should examine the economic benefit of daylight saving

With the risk of alienating die-hard opponents of daylight saving I believe the State Government should commission the Queensland Productivity Commission to examine the economic cost of the Sunshine State not having this initiative.

This coming Sunday - New South Wales, Victoria, the ACT, …

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Interim Report of the Financial Services Royal Commission

The executive summary of the Interim Report of the Financial Services Royal Commission is provided below:

The Commission’s work, so far, has shown conduct by financial services entities that has brought public attention and condemnation. Some conduct was already known to regulators and the p…

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Small businesses continue to experience finance difficulties

Access to finance has a profound influence on a businesses’ capacity to grow and since the GFC major banks have become more risk averse and conservative in their business lending.  This has given rise to Queensland businesses experiencing a range of difficulties including accessing finance on accept…

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Where are the fastest growing areas of Queensland

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released fascinating statistics relating to the hows and whys of population growth across Australia and Queensland.

Brisbane is back among Australia's fastest-growing cities, according to latest data.  Brisbane's population grew by 48,000 people in 2016-17 …

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Queensland's Domestic Economy - June Quarter 2018 Update

The best measure of the economic activity that each of us sees and feels on a daily basis is state final demand which measures domestic economic activity. Today the Australian Bureau of Statistics released their latest estimates and Queensland's year to the June Quarter 2018 was a very healthy 3.4% …

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Pollies not doing us any favours

This is from the Courier Mail and saved me the words ……..

Each workplace accident statistic represents a life changed forever

Amid the chaos and circus of last week’s Liberal leadership spill in Canberra, Safe Work Australia released its ‘Key Work Health and Safety Statistics Australia 2018’.

These statistics detail national work-related injuries, diseases and fatalities and offer a timely reminder of the imp…

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Lower Company Tax - What’s in it for me

This week a cut in company tax for businesses with a turnover greater than $50 million will be given one last opportunity to be passed by the Australian Parliament when it is due for debate in the Senate. It is widely anticipated that the Bill will again be rejected spelling the death-nell for the i…

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