COVID chat for business podcast series

Welcome to our COVID chat for business podcast series. In each episode, you’ll get the latest updates and developments for business, giving you need-to-know COVID-19 information from a business and accounting perspective.

Guest: Gavan Ord, Manager - Business and Investment Policy, Policy and Advocacy, CPA Australia
Host: Jane Rennie, General Manager, External Affairs, Policy and Advocacy, CPA Australia

Navigating the impact of Omicron on the workplace | 17 January 2022

As we enter the third year of the pandemic, employers across Australia have once again had to backtrack on their reopening plans due to the spread of the Omicron variant. In this episode, we explore how employers can adapt to the rapidly changing rules and regulations around COVID-19, and the role of employers in the provision of RATs for employees, booster mandates, flexibility around sick leave, and creating a safe work environment.

Survey results: Business concerns intensify amid strong recovery | 13th December 2021

In this week’s episode, our experts discuss the results of a recent CPA Australia survey of business and economic sentiment. Despite restrictions easing and a strong economic recovery, businesses are concerned about workforce shortages, increasing costs, supply difficulties and uncertainty about the management of future COVID-19 outbreaks.

Current trends in accounting recruitment | 6th December 2021

In this week’s episode of COVID Chat, we’re joined by Peter Bourke, a senior talent acquisition lead with Accountancy Options. Peter gives us an insider’s perspective on current trends in accounting recruitment, his tips for employers and employees, as well as his predictions for 2022. Listen now.

COVID-19’s impact on commercial insurance | 29 November 2021

In this podcast, our special guest Tony Jackson from QBE Insurance Group shares his insights into the challenges posed by the pandemic on commercial insurance, including which sectors were hit hardest. You'll also hear about business interruption claims, a global upswing in insurance premiums and government subsidised insurance.

Should you worry about inflation? | 22nd November 2021

In this episode, we take a deep dive into the reasons driving inflation in Australia and across the globe and its potential impacts on consumer confidence, business and interest rates. We also share suggestions for businesses on managing the impact of inflation.

Trends in Australian commercial property market | 8th November 2021

In this podcast, our special guest William Young CPA, Fund Manager, Mortgages, Real Estate Investment, Australian Unity talks about commercial property trends including a shift towards more floor space to build COVID-safe offices, landlords increasing incentives to attract and retain tenants, and the factors leading to strong demand and high prices in commercial property value. You'll also hear about the latest trends in the development of mixed-use offices and the rise of experiential retail.

Designing a return-to-work plan | 1st November 2021

In this episode, we discuss practical tips to set up a COVID-safe workplace, as well the different return-to-office plans being adopted by the Big 4 consulting firms and small-to-medium businesses including a 60/40 model, case by case remote working approach and performance-based work from home arrangements.

Latest tax and business developments | 25th October 2021

In this episode we discuss developments involving the short cut method for claiming work-from-home expenses, registering multiple business categories under a single ABN and the impending start of the director ID regime, as well as our usual round-up of grant and roadmap changes in Australia.

COVID-19 vaccinations and your business | 18th October 2021

In this episode, our special guest Catherine Dunlop, Partner at legal firm Maddocks, discusses workplace health and safety issues surrounding COVID-19. You’ll hear insights on whether employers can mandate vaccines, public health orders, dispute management between vaccinated and unvaccinated workers, and more.

The workplace issues and business reopening | 11th October 2021

In this episode, you’ll hear our experts discuss the workplace and employment issues of businesses reopening after a COVID-19 lockdown. You’ll also hear the latest announcements for business grants around Australia. Listen now

Business grants and lodgement deferrals explained | 4th October 2021

This episode outlines recent changes to business grants and the impact of tapering off businesses support, plus we have special guest Elinor Kasapidis, Senior Manager Tax Policy, explain the ATO’s position on tax lodgement deferrals, and provide an update on Single Touch Payroll Phase 2 reporting. 

Business support around Australia | 27th September 2021

This episode gives you the latest developments for each state and territory, covering business support, grants, roadmaps out of lockdown, and more. Listen now.

Series Further Resources:
Transcript Episode 1 - Business support around Australia
Transcript Episode 2 - Business grants and lodgement deferrals explained
Transcript Episode 3 - The workplace issues and business reopening
CPA Australia’s COVID-19 support hub
Media release 27 September: More dirt track than road map until businesses receive answers
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