Australia eyes close to record crop plant

Crop Plant Matt Coughlan (Australian Associated Press)   Australian farmers are forecast to get within one per cent of a record crop planting on the back of healthy rainfall and strong prices. Rabobank on Wednesday released its 2021/22 Winter Crop Outlook, which forecasts 22.93 million hectares will be planted across the nation. That’s a two per cent increase on last year when crops planted soared as drought eased in many…  Read more

Nine Strikes Deals with Facebook, Google

Hannah Ryan (Australian Associated Press)   Nine has struck deals with tech giants Google and Facebook that will mean it gets paid for its news content. The media company announced the deals in a statement to the ASX on Tuesday. Facebook will pay Nine for news video clips and access to digital news articles on Facebook news products. The deal will initially last for up to three years. The parties…  Read more

Ban on Overseas Travel Valid, Court Says

Luke Costin (Australian Associated Press)   A bid to overturn Health Minister Greg Hunt’s ban on Australians travelling overseas has been dismissed by the Full Court of the Federal Court. Lobby group LibertyWorks had argued the restriction, imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic, was invalid and unduly impinged on individual rights. Apart from the recent opening of the New Zealand travel bubble, people seeking to travel overseas have since March…  Read more

Direction Control Choice Series: Episode 1 Goals Journal

We help you define a clear DIRECTION with your finances to re-gain CONTROL of your life to achieve meaningful lifestyle CHOICES. Click to the link to view our first episode of the series Direction Control Choice where Troy discusses all things, Professional and Personal Goal Setting, Accomplishing your Goals and how we at Collins Financial Group can assist you. Visit our Collins Financial Group website to download your free Goals…  Read more

It’s Easier to Make a Claim on Your Life Insurance if You Gather The Right Information

MoneySmart (ASIC) Who to contact to make a claim To make a claim on your insurance, speak to the person or company you bought the policy from. If you bought insurance through: an insurer — contact the insurance company an insurance broker or financial adviser — speak to them first a superannuation fund — contact your fund an employment arrangement — speak to your employer Ask how the claims process works and what forms…  Read more

App to Help Domestic Violence Compliance

  June 3, 2021 (Australian Associated Press) NSW authorities hope a new app will help hold domestic violence perpetrators to account and increase compliance with court-ordered protection orders. NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman has launched the government-funded Avow app as part of a package of products to help people understand their legal obligations under an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order. The app provides information to perpetrators about the consequences of breaching an…  Read more

How to Build your Climate Fitness [TED Talk Video]

  What do coral reefs, climate change, and physical fitness, all have in common? Jonathan Cybulski will tell you and share how building our “climate fitness” can help erase the climate catastrophe by focusing on small, everyday wins. He will help us change the decade old narrative from ‘humans are the creator of the climate change problem’ to ‘humanities climate fitness is the solution to change the climate problem’. Jonathan…  Read more

Car Buyers May Pay More Amid Shortage

  Steven Deare(Australian Associated Press) Australians buying new cars have been warned sellers have the upper hand while a supply shortage continues. The nation’s peak industry group on Wednesday said buyers continued to face delays for deliveries as global supply chains remain crippled by the coronavirus. Car manufacturers are struggling to gain ample semiconductors to meet demand, as the ramifications of the virus outbreak last year continue. Deliveries of Sony’s…  Read more

Private Housing Approvals Hit Record Peak

Colin Brinsden, AAP Economics and Business Correspondent (Australian Associated Press) The rush to secure a grant under the Morrison government’s HomeBuilder program has led to a fresh peak for house approvals in March, while the construction industry remains close to a record expansion. The number of private sector houses approved edged up 0.1 per cent to 14,117 to a new record high in March, to stand 60.9 per cent higher…  Read more

Most Think Age Pension is Not Adequate

Colin Brinsden, AAP Economics and Business Correspondent (Australian Associated Press)   A majority of Australians believe the age pension should be increased, with many fearing they won’t have enough money when they enter retirement. An Australian National University survey of 3500 adults found more than seven out of 10 adults think the current age pension of $944.30 per fortnight for a single person isn’t enough. The average age pension supported…  Read more

How to Become a Millionaire in 3 Years

  When most people say they want to be a millionaire, they’re really saying that they want to spend one million dollars. Besides winning the lotto or inheriting money, you’ll learn three key elements used by the most successful people who have ever lived. You’ll not only be able to learn how to become a millionaire, but you’ll learn the real reason of why it helps our society to alleviate…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 21 April 2021

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Australia Drops COVID-19 Vaccine Target Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he won’t set a new target date for Australians to get vaccinated, as concerns about the AstraZeneca vaccine and European export restrictions delay the rollout of the programme. Despite this, Australia is still ahead of some nations including Canada,…  Read more

We have a new website!

Welcome to our new website! We’re really excited to launch this site and we hope you like the fresh look. After a few months of planning and editing, we are really proud to reveal the results.   The site features a crisp, new look, striking images and a stunning colour palette…so it’s safe to say we’ve improved the design all round. This site has been designed to make it easy…  Read more

Five Ways to Manage a Healthy Cash Flow

We cannot stress further the importance of properly managing your cash flow to ensure the smooth running of your business. However, in times of crisis such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this becomes more than important– managing your cash becomes a necessity. If you are experiencing cash flow troubles, here are five things you can do to manage your cash flow better. Check your expenses. Now is the perfect time…  Read more

Why You Need a COVID-19 Financial Plan

Countries in recession, unemployment rates rising, multiple economic indicators at their all-time lows, increased market volatility– these are just some of the economic impacts we’re seeing as a result of the pandemic. As we continue to battle the COVID-19 crisis, it is important for everyone, especially those who have had their income stream affected, to keep their finances in check and proactively find ways to navigate to recovery. By creating…  Read more

Paying down debt

Debt can be a crippling problem for small businesses wanting to grow or just break-even during difficult times. By reducing debt you’ll improve the value of your business, its financial situation, and its ability to continue operating into the future.   Assess your debt situation Take a detailed look at all of your debts – both current and long term. Evaluate which ones are more urgent and which can be…  Read more

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