March 2022

A complete breakdown by sector and what you need to know in relation to the 2022 Federal Budget.     ECONOMY * Budget deficit of $78 billion in 2022/23 * Deficit narrows to $56.5 billion in 2023/24, $47.1 billion in 2024/25 and $43.1 billion in 2025/26 * Commonwealth net debt to...

With the COVID-19 pandemic taking hold again, many employers aren’t in a position to hand out pay rises, no matter how hard you’ve worked. If that’s the case in your role, it’s worth asking for other non-financial benefits that can improve your work and home...

Single parents will now be able to access the full 20 weeks of paid parental leave, under changes to the scheme announced in the federal budget. The 2022/23 budget unveiled changes to the paid parental leave scheme, which would expand eligibility for the program. Enhanced paid parental...

Australia remains on track to rack up $1 trillion in debt for the first time, after marathon spending to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the timeframe has been pushed out by one year to 2023/24, after the mid-year budget update in December indicated the milestone...

Developers of low-emissions technologies and other innovators may win tax breaks in the upcoming budget after months of lobbying. The aim is to attract investment and avoid a brain drain by encouraging businesses to do their R&D in Australia and keep intellectual property here. The “patent box”...

Forecasts for the unemployment rate have been slashed in the federal budget to levels not seen since the early 1970s. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg will hand down his fourth budget on Tuesday predicting an unemployment rate falling to 3.75 per cent later this year, the lowest level...

The states are set to share in $166.4 billion from the federal government over the next financial year. The budget papers released on Tuesday reveal the Morrison government will permanently boost the size of the GST pool to be distributed among the states each year. The injection...

Josh Frydenberg has tried to soothe concerns that spending in his fourth budget will inflame already heated inflation and bring forward an interest rate rise earlier than would otherwise be the case. While the treasurer’s pre-election budget cut deficits by about $100 billion out to 2025/26,...