• Recent Changes to Casual Employment

    By Ceri Hohner, Senior Associate at FCB Workplace Law

    The much-anticipated Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2021 (Bill) has passed Parliament and received Royal Assent. The Bill is a stripped-down and vastly reduced version of its original form which proposed reforms in five key areas which intended to overhaul the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act). The only surviving element of the Bill which has made it into the FW Act are the amendments to casual employment arrangements.

    So, what has changed?

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  • Queensland Top Tourism Town Finalists Announced!

    The finalists are in for Queensland’s Top Tourism Town with 37 towns in the running from across the state. The Awards hosted by the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) recognise and celebrate towns that offer an amazing visitor experience.

    QTIC Chief Executive, Daniel Gschwind, said the Awards showcase the great and diverse destinations we have right here in Queensland.

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  • Tourism in Action: Message from Daniel (March)

    Sometimes it is hard to remain strong and positive. As much of the East Coast of Australia is drenched in a severe downpour, some businesses have yet another challenge to add to the difficulties they faced over the last 18 months, including bushfires and COVID-19. I can only offer two reassurances to those operators who struggle with all this stress: you are not alone and QTIC will not rest doing everything in its power to support you.

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  • Tourism support package provides uplift for aviation but leaves many tourism businesses with concerns for the future

    Message from our Chief Executive, Daniel Gschwind

    The Federal Government’s tourism support package, announced overnight, provides significant support for airlines, specifically to allow them to keep 8,600 employees in place for the international network capacity. There is also substantial relief for security and other airport charges, which is well accepted.
     
    The high profile subsidy for 800,000 domestic airfares will also boost aviation demand and hopefully lead to notable increases in capacity in the domestic network. No doubt consumers will enthusiastically welcome the opportunity of cheap flights. Queensland has done comparatively well with 13 of the 33 subsidies routes leading to four of the state’s destinations (Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Whitsundays and Cairns). The other regions will be less impressed. Notably, Brisbane, a major tourism destination affected by COVID, is also not on the list, other than access to Uluru, Alice Springs and Launceston.
     

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  • Tourism Industry Welcomes $40 Million Indigenous Tourism Fund to Assist Recovery

    In the Year of Indigenous Tourism, the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) welcomes the announcement by the federal government for a $40 million Indigenous Tourism Fund to assist the recovery of the industry.

    QTIC Chief Executive Daniel Gschwind said this is great news for the industry as tourism operators struggle to stay afloat due to the impacts of COVID-19.
     

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  • Tourism in Action - Message from Daniel (February)

    Despite the ongoing challenges facing most tourism operators, we found some reasons to be inspired and feel more positive last week. Our QTIC start-of-the-year event brought together nearly 300 motivated guests, as well as the Minister for Tourism Industry Development and Innovation, Hon Stirling Hinchliffe; Assistant Minister for Tourism Industry, Michael Healy; Minister for Employment, Small Business and Training, Hon Di Farmer; Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Tourism, David Crisafulli; and Shadow Assistant Minister for Tourism Industry Development, Stephen Bennett.
     

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  • Prizes for Winners of Top Tourism Town Awards

    Don’t miss the chance for your town to be named Queensland’s TOP TOURISM TOWN or TOP SMALL TOURISM TOWN. Great prizes are on offer for the winners of both Awards: 

    • Top Tourism Town Award – those with a population over 5,000   
    • Top Small Tourism Town Award – those with a population below 5,000   

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  • Tourism industry united nationally in calling for post-March business support

     

    National and state tourism bodies have been united this week in urging the Commonwealth Government to provide targeted support for tourism operators set to struggle beyond the scheduled end date for the JobKeeper program.

    QTIC Chief Executive Daniel Gschwind said, “JobKeeper has been a highly effective lifeline for tens of thousands of businesses in our industry. Many will still struggle to survive without some support as long as international borders remain shut and uncertainty remains over domestic travel conditions”.

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  • Tourism in Action - Message from Daniel (January)

    Despite the temporary relief for many operators that the last weekend provided, with strong activity reported from across the state, there can be no illusion that the challenges for us are still significant. 

    The recent backwards step in relation the NZ ‘travel bubble’, the desperate situation for airports, airlines and travel agents, the absence of any business travel, the constraints on events and, of course the consumer uncertainty, are just some of the problem areas our industry is trying to overcome. 

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  • Queensland 2020 Gold List Winners Announced!

    Do you know where to find Queensland’s best holiday accommodation as voted by travellers? 

    The Queensland Tourism Industry Council and Star Ratings Australia are proud to announce the 2020 Gold List of Queensland Accommodation. 

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