Over half of NSW businesses are experiencing skill shortages, according to our 2019 Workforce Skills Survey.

The Workforce Skills Survey findings are clear – more must be done to train the next generation to ensure the economy has the requisite skills to sustain existing and future economic activity.

To help address skill shortages in NSW, the Chamber is calling for:
  • A doubling of the number of school-based apprenticeships delivered in NSW each year (currently QLD delivers almost four times as many as NSW).
  • Industry-based careers advice for students and parents from year nine for all schools across NSW. 
  • Increased utilisation of existing TAFE facilities and resources to boost training outcomes.

Key survey findings can be found here.  

Mid North Coast Regional Awards

On Friday 13 September at Sails Port Macquarie by Rydges, the Mid North Coast Regional Business Awards were held. Over 200 people from 40 different local businesses attended to celebrate and showcase businesses across the region.

The Mid North Coast winners will progress as state finalists in the NSW Business Chamber’s State Business Awards, to be held in Sydney on Friday 22 November at the International Convention Centre.

These awards saw the winners from a number of Local Chamber awards programs from across the region entering as finalist.

I hope to see all of these business celebrating success in Sydney in November.
Outstanding Young Employee
Kayla Fuller, Touchwood Flowers
Outstanding Young Entrepreneur
Ritchie Mann, WM Meats

Outstanding Business Leader
Trent Jennison, Valley Industries
Excellence in Micro Business
Kirstie's Skinsational
Excellence in Small Business
Wauchope Country Club
Excellence in Business
South West Rocks Country Club
Excellence in Export
Cassegrain Wines
Excellence in Social Enterprise           
Valley Industries

Start Up Superstar
First State Allstars

Excellence in Innovation
Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail

Excellence in Sustainability
Affirmations Australia 

Outstanding Employer of Choice
mbc Recruitment
Local Chamber of Commerce
Port Macquarie Chamber of Commerce

Regional Business of the Year
Cassegrain Wines

Federal Budget

The Commonwealth Government budget sets out the economic and fiscal outlook for Australia and includes expenditure and revenue estimates for the current financial year, the budget year and forward financial years.  

It shows the government's social and political priorities and how the government intends to achieve these.

Each year the Commonwealth Government calls for ideas and Pre-Budget Submissions –usually in November or December. It is time to start thinking about what you as a business owner would like to see in the next Budget, due in the first quarter of next year.

If there is something that you would like to see, please email me via Kellon.Beard@nswbc.com.au with your idea so that it can be considered by the Policy, Advocacy & Influence team at the Chamber.

A link to the current budget papers for business is can be found here.  

Kind regards, 

Kellon Beard – Regional Manager Mid North Coast, NSW Business Chamber