A change is gonna come

Recommendations are appearing from various government inquiries into issues that effect our industry

In the last month, we have started to see some of the inquiries established by the Federal Government coming down with recommendations. Earlier this year, there were the recommendations from the Commission of Audit, in the last month a draft report from the Competition Review and the report from the 457 Review. It’s the next phase—the announcement of the changes the Government intends to make—that is important. There were some changes foreshadowed on the 457 front, including more flexibility in English language testing. This would be a positive move for restaurateurs and caterers as more staff from non-English speaking nations may be able to come to Australia as skilled migrants. On the competition front, the review recommends the total abolition of restrictions on retail trading hours. This may benefit some restaurant businesses particularly. This review came shortly after the Government had announced that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission would be empowered to help small businesses in situations where contracts were ‘unfair’. This renders standard form contact terms that are ‘unfair’ to be invalid. This type of protection could be useful to a number of small restaurant and catering businesses.

John Hart
CEO, Restaurant & Catering

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