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Industry welcomes appointment of JSA Commissioner

The national employer association Ai Group, has welcomed the announcement of Professor Barney Glover AO as the inaugural commissioner of Jobs and Skills Australia (JSA). Ai Group chief executive, Innes Willox, said, “JSA has an enormous task ahead in building a strong evidence base to help identify, develop and grow the workforce that Australia will […]

12/02/2024 - 13:55 pm

New SA head – Estha van der Linden – at Ai Group

The national employer association Ai Group has appointed Estha van der Linden as the new head of its operations in South Australia. “Estha brings a wealth of experience to her new role with over 20 years working for industry associations and representing South Australian businesses across many industries including mining, manufacturing, health and retail,” Innes […]

13/07/2023 - 07:27 am

Contractionary conditions continue  

The Ai Group Australian Industry Index fell in June 2023, losing 1.1 points to -11.9 points (seasonally adjusted). This indicates contractionary conditions. The index has been in contraction for the last fourteen months. The contraction indicated by the Ai Group Australian Industry Index continued in June. The index has indicated contracting conditions for fourteen months […]

05/07/2023 - 11:30 am

Industrial employment falls into contraction

The Ai Group Australian Industry Index was in contraction in May 2023 but to a lesser extent than April, as the decline eased 9.3 points to -10.9 points (seasonally adjusted). This indicates deteriorating conditions. The index has been in contraction for the last 13 months.   Key findings for May 2023: Industry continued to report […]

07/06/2023 - 07:23 am

Interest rate decision: Ai Group comment

“Today’s decision by the Reserve Bank of Australia to raise the cash rate target to 3.6% is an unfortunate but necessary step to ensure price stability”, said Innes Willox, chief executive of the national employer association Ai Group. “High inflation impacts both households and businesses, who are facing rapidly increasing input costs. In a period […]

07/03/2023 - 10:17 am

New Australian monthly economic activity index released

The national employer association Australian Industry (Ai) Group is pleased to announce the launch next week of a new monthly indicator of business performance covering a cross section of industry sectors to be known as the Ai Group Australian Industry Index. The first release of the Ai Group Australian Industry Index will be on Tuesday […]

01/02/2023 - 14:44 pm

Ai Group latest Skills Survey a ‘call to arms’

“An Ai Group skills survey – Listening to Australian businesses on skills and workforce needs – sounds yet another alarm on the skills shortages and gaps plaguing the Australian economy,” Innes Willox chief executive of the national employer association Ai Group said today. “Our survey of close to 350 business leaders from a wide range […]

17/11/2022 - 14:24 pm

Signs of manufacturing slowing in August

The Australian Industry Group Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index (Australian PMI) dropped 3.2 points to 49.3 in August, indicating a slight contraction (readings below 50 points indicate contraction in activity, with lower results indicating a faster rate of contraction). This is the first time the index has contracted since January 2022 following the Omicron outbreak. […]

01/09/2022 - 12:31 pm

Manufacturing expands despite rising costs

The Australian Industry Group Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index (Australian PMI) rose by 1.6 points to 54.0 in June, indicating mild growth as the index recorded a fifth consecutive month in expansion (readings above 50 points indicate expansion in activity, with higher results indicating a faster rate of expansion). Innes Willox, chief executive of Ai […]

04/07/2022 - 12:43 pm

Supply chain and labour issues constrain Australian manufacturing expansion

The Australian Industry Group Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index (Australian PMI) increased a further 2.5 points to 55.7 in March – the highest monthly result since July 2021 (readings above 50 points indicate expansion in activity, with higher results indicating a faster rate of expansion. Innes Willox, chief executive of Ai Group the national employer […]

04/04/2022 - 19:26 pm

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