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27/04/2017 - 4:18pm

The Australian Government has announced that it will abolish the controversial 457 visa and replaced it with a scheme claiming to be more reflective of the current climate. The new visa will be known as "Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa. Both sides of the fence have reacted strongly. Some have praised the changes as a step forward in protecting Australian workers and others have called it a populist change aimed at pleasing a growing right wing agenda.

27/04/2017 - 3:11pm

The average Australian employee leads an increasingly busy life - longer hours and more demanding work make sure of that. This often manifests in increasing levels of stress and health problems, which negatively affect employees' work attendance and productivity. 

13/04/2017 - 2:53pm

In bygone years, employment was a straightforward exchange of company money for employee time and expertise. In 2017, the arrangement has become more abstract and complex and companies must carefully navigate relationships with their employees in order to succeed.

11/04/2017 - 3:48pm

Your business is only as successful as your employees. But finding and keeping the best talent in your industry isn't an easy feat - in fact, it's one that countless Australian businesses struggle with. 

03/04/2017 - 11:21am

Many Australian business decision-makers believe that corporate health insurance is expensive - only suited to large businesses with massive cash reserves. Here at HICA we've been helping businesses with their insurance needs for decades and we know for a fact this this isn't true.

28/03/2017 - 3:28pm

Over 2014 and 2015, 4.3 million hospital visits were funded by Australian private health insurance. That's not to mention the dental, optical, physiotherapy and chiropractic services that were covered - all of which show how essential private health insurance is to the wellbeing of everyday Australians. 

28/03/2017 - 9:20am

Any business owner worth their salt will know that their employee's health and productivity plays a massive role in ensuring success. Unproductive employees work slower, produce less and cost the business more, hurting your bottom line.

How can you make sure your employees are healthy, and should you offer corporate health insurance? What are the quantifiable benefits of productive, healthy employees?

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28/03/2017 - 9:00am

Standing out above the crowd can be incredibly challenging for Australian businesses. RSM Global's thinkBIG business report provides insight into why. 35 per cent of those surveyed said hiring great talent was too difficult, 33 per cent said there just wasn't enough time in the day and 25 per cent said a lack of market opportunity was holding them back.

22/03/2017 - 10:32am

The Australian workforce is ageing rapidly. In fact, the increasing age of the nation's population is expected to cost state governments an estimated 6 per cent of GDP up to 2060, according to the Productivity Commission.

In general, an ageing population is a positive sign - it means we're living longer. However, when combined with unhealthy lifestyles and a demanding workplace environment it can lead to increases in health problems that are already prevalent in Australia's workforce.

15/03/2017 - 11:50am

Taking better care of your employees' health isn't just the right thing to do, it's a smart business decision. There's an abundance of research from leading industry authorities that has unequivocally found that healthier employees are happier and more productive.

This means that unhealthy employees could be hurting your bottom line. How much do unhealthy employees really cost businesses and what can corporate health insurance do to minimise that cost?

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