A number of top executives from the nation’s business, unions and research community have been appointed to the Australian Government’s Services Leaders Group, with the mandate to provide expert advice on enhancing the international competitiveness of Australia’s services sector.

The relationship between the nation’s businesses and the Federal Government has plunged new depths, according to the latest survey of company directors.

The Productivity Commission has tracked the ever-changing nature of the Australian workforce, publishing a report into the different arrangements of employment over the 2001-11 period.

The Chinese Government has given the final seal of approval for the merger of Xstrata and Glencore, paving the way for the formation of a new international resources giant.

Finance and property have come out as the two shining industries of the Australian economy, driving the first lift in business confidence since 2011, according to NAB’s latest Quarterly Business Survey.

Consumer spending has recorded its seven straight month of growth, posting a healthy 0.4 per cent increase in March according to the Commonwealth Bank’s latest Business Sales Indicator (BSI).

Despite a steady stream of media reports to the contrary, ICT remains a predominately in-house affair, according to Ovum’s recent survey of the nation’s leading Chief Information Officers.

Mining behemoth BHP Billiton has announced a senior reshuffle of its senior management team as incoming CEO Andrew Mackenzie moves in to the company’s top job.

The nation’s economic activity has hit 4.2 per cent in February, comfortably above the 2.8 per cent long term trend growth, according to the latest Westpac-Melbourne Institute Leading Index.

The Federal Government has announced a number of key appointments to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

Aurizon has announced the appointment of Keith Neate as the company’s new Chief Financial Officer following an extensive national and international recruitment search.

The New South Wales Government has announced the appointment of Brett Newman as the new Chief Executive Officer of Government Property NSW.

Former Labor elder Lindsay Tanner has been named as the new Chairman of the Australasian Railway Association (ARA). 

Texas focused oil exploration company Talon Petroleum has announced the appointment of Jeff Forbes as the company’s new Non-Executive Director, effective immediately.

Business conditions have deteriorated sharply in March to their lowest point since March 2009, with previously strong gains posted by retail and manufacturing beginning to flag.

Consumer sentiment has once again proven to be a fickle beast, having dropped by over five per cent in April following a stellar return to form in March.

National mental health advocate beyondblue and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) have signed a new partnership aimed at making the country’s workplaces more mental health friendly.

Mental stress is wrecking havoc upon the nation’s businesses, with the costs associated with work-related mental stress and associated costs ballooning out to over $10 billion per year according to the latest findings released by Safe Work Australia.

The Victorian Government has announced the appointment of Theo Taifalos as the new Chief Executive of V/Line, Victoria’s regional rail public transport body.

The New South Wales government has announced the appointment of Nicholas Johnson as the new head of the Pillar Administration, the State Government owned corporation responsible for providing superannuation administrative services to members of the NSW public sector.

Nearly three quarters of the country’s small and medium businesses (SMBs) are failing to capture new market opportunities available through social media, according to new research released by Telstra.

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