Getting on top of your finances can help in more ways than one
When Kristan’s power got disconnected because she couldn’t pay the bill, she realised she needed to seek assistance. She also realised she was in a dark place as she struggled to cope with the burdens of financial hardship. It took a toll on her mental health.
Read More
Don’t face financial hardship alone
Seek help sooner rather than later. The National Debt Helpline is urging people in financial distress to seek independent and free advice as soon as possible.
Read More
ndh_design_smalldoc

DEBT PROBLEMS

Can’t pay your car loan? Phone bill? Credit card? Another debt?

ndh_design_smalldoc

DEBT SOLUTIONS

Read about ways to tackle your debts one step at a time

ndh_design_smalldoc

COMPLEX SITUATIONS

Natural disasters, family violence and economic abuse

In debt? Get your finances back on track. With these step-by-step guides.

Our guides are based on the experience of financial counsellors who provide FREE information & advice. They don’t lend money or sell you anything and work only in your interest. Financial counselling is a not-for-profit service. It’s always free and confidential.

Latest News

Work from home revolution during coronavirus pandemic powers spike in cybercrime, new PwC report says

News article by the ABC
Our work-from-home revolution has powered a spike in cybercrime, costing consumers more for everyday products and dragging bill ...

Read More

Twiggy Forrest’s purchase of RM Williams shows Australian consumers want to buy local, experts say

News article by the ABC
Iconic bootmaker RM Williams is once again an Australian company, prompting hopes it will lead to an expansion in domestic manu ...

Read More

Crown Casino to be investigated by AUSTRAC over potential money laundering breaches

News article by the ABC
The financial crimes regulator is investigating Crown Melbourne’s management of "high-risk and politically exposed&q ...

Read More

Stood-down airline workers use service skills to survive the coronavirus pandemic

News article by the ABC
For tens of thousands of airline workers who either lost their jobs or were stood down because of international travel bans imp ...

Read More

How lessons from the past 40 years could show us the way out of the coronavirus recession

News article by the ABC
Four decades of slowing economic growth and growing debt among households and governments could make it difficult to escape thi ...

Read More

Being monitored by your boss while working from home — necessary trade-off or ‘stupid’ surveillance?

News article by the ABC
Companies are turning to technology to keep track of their employees’ productivity. But some experts are concerned, and s ...

Read More
Carwash owner Belinda Bedin says it's ludicrous that her business is not allowed to open. (ABC News: Scott Jewell)

Frustration over Melbourne’s coronavirus lockdown mounts as business begs for restrictions to be eased

News article by the ABC
Small business owners who initially supported Victoria’s tough lockdown are now losing faith, saying they’re tired ...

Read More
Kathy Flynn was shocked to find her winter power bill was $2,500. (ABC News: Mitchell Woolnough)

Thousands of Australians struggling to pay power bills, as winter stay-at-home rules bite

News article by the ABC
Kathy Flynn received her energy bill last month, only to find out it had gone up by $900. She is among thousands of people grap ...

Read More

HomeBuilder scheme set to deliver thousands of extensions, but might need one itself

News article by the ABC
The Federal Government’s rush to get the coronavirus stimulus package out is testing the capacity of the building industr ...

Read More

Unemployment edges higher but remains below 7 per cent

News article by the ABC
Australia’s unemployment rate edges up from 6.8 to 6.9 per cent, with almost 30,000 jobs lost last month. ...

Read More

Older workers face unemployment crisis exacerbated by JobMaker, experts warn

News article by the ABC
The Budget’s focus is on getting young unemployed back to work, but there are many thousands of older Australians who wer ...

Read More

Half of Australia’s paused home loans still not being repaid as amnesty period comes to a close

News article by the ABC
Nearly half-a-million Australians deferred their home loans due to the coronavirus pandemic but with the six-month pause period ...

Read More

JobKeeper expiry date a ‘grave concern’ if restrictions still in place, live entertainment sector says

News article by the ABC
Economic output from the sector has fallen 65 per cent this year, a new report says, with no guarantee of improvement in 2021 i ...

Read More

Government accused of dragging its feet on compensation scheme worth thousands to struggling families

News article by the ABC
Hundreds of people are trapped in limbo while they wait for the Morrison Government to set up a scheme to compensate victims of ...

Read More

Coronavirus pandemic the final blow in decision to close Adelaide’s West End brewery

News article by the ABC
Lion blames falling beer sales caused by consumers choosing other drinks, like wine, and the coronavirus pandemic hitting draug ...

Read More

ASX slips on COVID-19 vaccine delay, as IMF predicts softer economic hit for Australia

News article by the ABC
Australian shares fall in early trade, after hitting a seven-month high on Tuesday, as Johnson & Johnson and Eli Lilly paus ...

Read More

Jobseekers outnumber vacant jobs by as much as 106-to-one, reveals study warning of employment crisis

News article by the ABC
The grim reality for jobseekers has been exposed in new research that lays out Australia’s unemployment epidemic by looki ...

Read More

Health insurance changes leave many surprised with lack of cover

News article by the ABC
Private health fund members, experts and the insurers themselves are warning people to check their cover, after changes this ye ...

Read More

Australian doctors, nurses and aged care workers tell us how they’re dealing with COVID-19

News article by the ABC
Over the past six weeks, the ABC asked healthcare workers to write in and tell us their experiences on the front line treating ...

Read More

Coronavirus pandemic a cover to try and weaken workers’ pay and conditions, unions say

News article by the ABC
Union boss Sally McManus accuses some employer groups of using the cover of the coronavirus pandemic to lobby for permanent cut ...

Read More

This is what happens when a ship carrying coronavirus-infected crew arrives in Australia

News article by the ABC
Two ships in two weeks have docked off the coast of Western Australia carrying infected crew. The State Government says there i ...

Read More

Hamish and Zoe Foster-Blake called in to spruik local travel as international holidays remain off limits due to coronavirus

News article by the ABC
With much of the tourism industry devastated by COVID-19, Tourism Australia has recruited high-profile Australians Hamish Blake ...

Read More

Regional Victorian businesses must take ‘reasonable steps’ to ensure they don’t serve Melbourne customers

News article by the ABC
Melbourne residents travelling to regional Victoria on work permits or for other lawful reasons are being warned they cannot si ...

Read More

American households desperate for more COVID-19 financial relief as US economic recovery hangs in the balance

News article by the ABC
When US President Donald Trump tweeted that he was bailing on negotiations and delaying another round of stimulus payments unti ...

Read More
Kate Olivieri's husband dropped a day of work to look after their son Albert. (ABC News: Hannah Ross)

Childcare costs keeping parents out of work and hurting the economy

News article by the ABC
Would you work a whole day for $12, or even less? That’s what the so-called "second earners" in tens of thousan ...

Read More

Cruise ships dismantled for scrap metal as coronavirus pandemic sinks industry

News article by the ABC
Before the pandemic, Turkey’s ship-breaking yards typically handled cargo and container ships. Then the pandemic began an ...

Read More

Young people will ‘carry the burden’ of coronavirus into the future. How are they coping?

News article by the ABC
Raigama Wijeratne had just moved to Australia to start his law degree when the coronavirus pandemic hit and he lost his hospita ...

Read More

Budget 2020 disappoints many experts and builders with its lack of big infrastructure projects

News article by the ABC
When recessions and depressions hit, governments of the past have turned to infrastructure to rebuild the economy, but the Morr ...

Read More

Budget super changes are being hailed as a huge game-changer. Here’s why

News article by the ABC
From online comparison tools to outing underperforming accounts — take a look at the biggest changes to superannuation set to ...

Read More

Gamblers can self-exclude from pokies venues but there’s no evidence a pub or club has ever been prosecuted for breaches

News article by the ABC
Gambling self-exclusion was introduced in most pubs and clubs nationally about 15 years ago, but the states and territories can ...

Read More

Budget 2020 takes Australia towards a trillion-dollar debt, but most experts say it isn’t a problem. Here’s why

News article by the ABC
The Rudd government’s debt peaked at $160 billion and the Morrison Government’s debt is expected to near a trillion ...

Read More

Disappointment at WA Budget public sector wages cap, continued border closure

News article by the ABC
Capping public sector wages and the ongoing refusal to open the WA border are the main criticisms being levelled at the WA Budg ...

Read More

We asked what Australians thought of this year’s Federal Budget. Most people thought there were some big gaps

News article by the ABC
We asked Australians for their thoughts on the 2020 Federal Budget. The responses varied from "super-encouraging" to ...

Read More

JobMaker incentive in Federal Budget 2020 is leaving people aged over 35 worried — here’s why

News article by the ABC
JobSeeker recipients aged over 35 are worried about how they will survive when they cannot get a job because of the Government& ...

Read More

Government hopes business Budget will spur investment and hiring, but some firms have other plans

News article by the ABC
It is being dubbed the Budget for business, but business owners give a mixed verdict. Some have spending and hiring plans, but ...

Read More

Budget tax cuts tipped to boost household saving rather than lift us out of COVID recession

News article by the ABC
Leading economists argue people are more likely to save rather than spend tax cuts during a recession, reducing any boost they ...

Read More

Tax cuts were revealed in the Budget — here’s how to make yours work for you

News article by the ABC
The Treasurer wants us to spend big to help pull the economy out of recession, but is that the best option for your financial s ...

Read More
Josh Frydenberg and Mathias Cormann ended their Budget press conference abruptly when repeatedly asked about the future JobSeeker rate. (ABC News: Ian Cutmore)

Budget 2020 is ‘all about jobs’, Treasurer says, but there’s a catch

News article by the ABC
The Government is placing a huge focus on getting people back into work, but there’s little quality control on what jobs ...

Read More

The Budget reveals what the Government thinks will happen if we get a COVID vaccine next year — and what will happen if we don’t

News article by the ABC
Treasury experts just spent weeks carefully considering how long coronavirus will have the country on its knees. This is what t ...

Read More
Jobs created from Wednesday will be eligible for the scheme. (ABC News: Brendan Esposito)

How do I get JobMaker and how does the Federal Budget’s hiring credit scheme work?

News article by the ABC
From the team that brought you JobKeeper and JobSeeker comes JobMaker. Here’s how the $4 billion hiring credit scheme wil ...

Read More
Josh Frydenberg's plans to get the budget back in the black have been scrapped. (ABC News: Nick Haggarty)

Federal Budget 2020 reveals Australia headed to record debt of almost $1 trillion

News article by the ABC
Billions of dollars in fast-tracked tax cuts and younger worker wage subsidies underline the Federal Government’s budget ...

Read More

Federal Budget business boost tops $30 billion with immediate expensing

News article by the ABC
Businesses are the big winners from the Federal Government’s COVID-19 recovery budget, receiving almost twice as much in ...

Read More
Internal documents show RBA deputy governor Guy Debelle (left) texting a contact at a bank to gauge the reaction to coronavirus. (ABC News: Fletcher Yeung)

Reserve Bank emails reveal COVID-19 economic fears, JobKeeper confusion

News article by the ABC
Head inside the Reserve Bank as internal texts and emails reveal the depth of staff fears for unemployment as coronavirus smash ...

Read More

Federal Budget tax cuts — will they help our coronavirus recovery?

News article by the ABC
Even if you think you’d save it, according to one expert our desire to have things now means you’d probably end up ...

Read More

Hospitality businesses urge Federal Government to dump Fringe Benefits Tax in 2020 Budget

News article by the ABC
Struggling cafes and restaurants are urging the Australian Government to dump the Fringe Benefits Tax in Tuesday’s Federa ...

Read More

ASX surges ahead of Federal Budget and amid optimism around US President Donald Trump’s health

News article by the ABC
The Australian share market bounces back to life as more stimulus is unveiled ahead of tomorrow’s Federal Budget and on o ...

Read More

NSW to receive $2.7 billion road boost as part of federal budget

News article by the ABC
The Federal Government has brought forward hundreds of millions of dollars in spending for several big ticket road projects in ...

Read More
A poodle gets a long overdue trim at Christine Hough's dog grooming salon in Burwood. (ABC Melbourne: Kristian Silva)

Melbourne dog groomers booked out for months as pooches return for much-needed cuts

News article by the ABC
Lockdown has left many of Melbourne’s curly-haired dogs with matted fur and infections and some pet salons say they won&# ...

Read More

Killing the golden goose: How Australia’s international students are being driven away

News article by the ABC
Exploitation, racism, lack of government support and border closures are all contributing to drive international students away ...

Read More
Beautician Jessica Lloyd has been fulfilling clients' online product orders while she waits for Victoria's restrictions to be lifted. (ABC News: Darryl Torpy)

Federal Budget wish list is long for small businesses struggling with coronavirus

News article by the ABC
Shops without customers, tourist attractions without visitors and salons unable to operate — that’s the reality for man ...

Read More
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says there will be substantial government support until unemployment is "comfortably under 6 per cent". (ABC News: Matt Roberts)

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says Federal Budget aims to keep more Australians employed amid COVID-19 recession

News article by the ABC
Josh Frydenberg indicates there will be substantial government spending in Tuesday’s Federal Budget and beyond to support ...

Read More
The initiative will be outlined in the budget WA Treasurer Ben Wyatt hands down this week. (ABC News: Jacob Kagi)

WA households get state budget boost with $600 power credit from Bell Group settlement

News article by the ABC
Every West Australian household will get a $600 credit, which will not be means tested, on their next power bill with the proce ...

Read More

Ticket reseller Viagogo fined $7 million for misleading Australian consumers

News article by the ABC
Viagogo is fined $7 million in the Federal Court for misleading Australian consumers with Google advertisements, added fees and ...

Read More

The US is grappling with tech monopolies, but Australia has problems closer to home — and coronavirus could make it worse

News article by the ABC
For decades, our industries and sectors have become more concentrated and less competitive. Now there are fears the stresses of ...

Read More
About 9 per cent of all home loans were still on repayment deferrals in August. (ABC News: Jessica Hinchliffe)

Mortgage deferrals are winding up, so what happens next?

News article by the ABC
For six months, hundreds of thousands of borrowers have been able to put their mortgage repayments on hold as they dealt with t ...

Read More
Gladys Berejiklian said earlier this year pausing pay rises would secure public sector jobs. (AAP: Joel Carrett)

Wage increase for 400,000 public servants in NSW slashed

News article by the ABC
The wages of more than 400,000 public sector workers will increase by 0.3 per cent over the next 12 months, after a ruling by t ...

Read More

Australian manufacturing industry to be bolstered to help coronavirus recovery, Prime Minister Scott Morrison says

News article by the ABC
Scott Morrison says bolstering Australia’s local manufacturing industry will not only help with the economic recovery fro ...

Read More
The Commonwealth Bank says repayments are currently deferred on home loans totalling $45 billion. (ABC News: Greg Pollock)

Commonwealth Bank says loan deferrals declining, APRA data show $229b in loans still paused across all banks

News article by the ABC
The Commonwealth Bank says repayment deferrals for its mortgage and small business customers continue to decline but are still ...

Read More
Apartment prices generally fared worse than detached homes over September. (ABC News: Sarah Motherwell)

House prices bounce in September, except for continued falls in Melbourne and Sydney

News article by the ABC
House prices fall nationally over September, but rise everywhere except the two big markets of Melbourne and Sydney. ...

Read More
Tourist areas in Queensland have dominated mortgage deferrals, with The Whitsundays, Noosa and Surfers Paradise topping the list. (ABC News: Liz Pickering)

Home loan deferral hotspots concentrated in Queensland, new data shows

News article by the ABC
It sounds like an idyllic tour of Queensland: The Whitsundays, Noosa, Surfers Paradise, Coolangatta, Broadbeach. Instead it is ...

Read More
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank is the first "named and shamed" by the new banking code watchdog, the BCCC. (ABC News)

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank publicly shamed for banking code breaches

News article by the ABC
A new banking industry watchdog uses its teeth for the first time, publicly shaming Bendigo and Adelaide Bank for "serious ...

Read More

People paying oodles for designer puppies during coronavirus pandemic as demand surges

News article by the ABC
Poodle-mix crossbreeds known as "oodles" are quickly becoming one of the most sought-after dogs in Australia, with br ...

Read More
Sue Danks said she did not know that the redirection to her home office did not work. (ABC News: Josh Bavas)

Complaints from customers who can’t reach their telco up 1,500 per cent, report finds

News article by the ABC
Frustrated consumers are flooding the ombudsman with complaints about internet and phone providers who are unable to solve thei ...

Read More
ANZ says 200,000 loan accounts have been affected by the error. (ABC News: Brendan Esposito)

ANZ customers lose access to millions of dollars in erroneous loan redraw balances

News article by the ABC
ANZ says loan redraw facilities on 200,000 customer accounts were mistakenly inflated, and is repaying $11 million in interest. ...

Read More
Sole traders are eligible for JobKeeper as long as they meet the conditions. (ABC RN: Jeremy Story Carter)

JobKeeper changes came into effect this week. What do they mean for sole traders impacted by COVID-19?

News article by the ABC
Big changes are happening to the Federal Government support payment JobKeeper from this week. Here’s what that means for ...

Read More
Recent changes to JobKeeper could leave more people out of work, experts have warned. (ABC News: Chris Taylor)

Lost your job because of the coronavirus pandemic? Here are the five calls you should make

News article by the ABC
Hundreds of thousands have lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic, and changes to JobKeeper mean that number is expect ...

Read More
Most of the $2.5 billion in tax bills are being disputed by the companies involved. (ABC News: Alistair Kroie)

Multinational corporations dispute billions in tax bills as ATO profit shifting crackdown ramps up

News article by the ABC
The Australian Taxation Office is using its suite of powers to fight multinational profit shifting, worried that more large com ...

Read More
About 450 Qantas and Jetstar maintenance engineers were stood down. (ABC News: Giulio Saggin, file photo)

Qantas eight weeks away from running out of money at height of COVID-19 pandemic, court told

News article by the ABC
Qantas argues "external events" forced them to stand down 450 maintenance engineers in mid-March because of coronavir ...

Read More
Deloitte Access Economics estimates the federal budget will see an underlying cash deficit of $198.5 billion this financial year. (ABC News: Gary Rivett)

A $355 billion hole in the federal budget shouldn’t stop spending on welfare, tax cuts: report

News article by the ABC
The coronavirus crisis will punch a $355 billion hole in the federal budget, according to a new report which calls on the Gover ...

Read More

Federal Government extends subsidies for domestic and regional flights

News article by the ABC
Australian airlines will receive further support from the Federal Government to ensure regional and major domestic routes are s ...

Read More
Cairns restaurant manager Carley Elsum is bracing for impact as JobKeeper winds down from next week. (ABC News: Sharnie Kim)

JobSeeker and JobKeeper reductions to test Australia’s wobbly economic recovery amid coronavirus

News article by the ABC
Australia’s economy has fared relatively well so far through the COVID-19 pandemic, but it’s done so on the back of ...

Read More

Pokies venues could ban problem gamblers reported by family members under proposed NSW legislation

News article by the ABC
Family members of problem gamblers could apply to have their relatives banned from gaming venues under a sweeping set of change ...

Read More
Some experts fear the insolvency law change could mean indebted 'zombie' businesses keep trading. (ABC News: Ron Ekkel)

Tens of thousands of businesses could collapse by mid next year as JobKeeper scheme ends, experts say

News article by the ABC
Many Australian businesses could collapse by mid next year as changes to insolvency laws kick in and economic stimulus measures ...

Read More
Most of the breaches arose from Westpac's international funds transfer services. (ABC News: Sarah Motherwell)

Westpac’s record $1.3 billion AUSTRAC money laundering fine explained

News article by the ABC
Westpac has agreed to pay the largest fine in Australian corporate history — a $1.3 billion settlement — but what exactly d ...

Read More
Locals have to queue outside the bank branch in order to adhere to COVID-19 requirements. (Supplied: Sandy Moore)

ANZ bank branch’s reduced opening hours in Derby leaves locals hot under the collar

News article by the ABC
Locals in WA’s Derby say they often struggle to access their finances thanks to the local bank branch’s incredibly ...

Read More
Westpac's agreed $1.3 billion fine is almost twice the previous record corporate penalty paid by CBA. (ABC News: Sarah Motherwell)

Westpac settles AUSTRAC money laundering case with $1.3 billion fine

News article by the ABC
Westpac reaches a deal with Australia’s financial crime watchdog to settle more than 23 million alleged breaches of anti- ...

Read More

Paul Keating says the RBA is not doing what is needed to stop the COVID recession worsening

News article by the ABC
Paul Keating accuses the Reserve Bank of indolence and failing to do what is necessary to prevent the recession getting worse, ...

Read More

Surge in domestic travel, but will it save the Australian tourism industry?

News article by the ABC
Banned from heading overseas, and in most cases interstate, Australians flock to tourist hotspots in their own backyards. But w ...

Read More
The Southern Moreton Bay Islands offer a peaceful and inexpensive alternative to city life. (ABC: Baz Ruddock)

Coronavirus creates property boom on Southern Moreton Bay Islands as owners take advantage of home-builder grants

News article by the ABC
Around 350 blocks sell on Russell Island every year, but sales are nearly three times higher in 2020, according to a local real ...

Read More
US Army officer Carmelita Roque was a victim of the Options Rider investment scam. (ABC News: Clare Blumer)

Commonwealth Bank and St George held accounts for Options Rider investor scam, FinCEN files show

News article by the ABC
Carmelita deposited $6,000 for an online trading platform into an Australian bank account and watched it grow to nearly $100,00 ...

Read More
Airlines have shed thousands of staff and cut operations. (ABC News: Jerry Rickard)

Airlines could shed 95 per cent of their workforce if coronavirus border closures remain, aviation economist warns

News article by the ABC
With coronavirus border restrictions grounding flights, Qantas and Virgin Australia are operating at about 5 per cent capacity. ...

Read More
The Australian dollar fell to 72 US cents after the RBA deputy governor floated more stimulus options. (ABC News: Giulio Saggin - file image)

Australian dollar slips as RBA flags rate cuts, ASX drops to three-month low

News article by the ABC
The local share market and Australian dollar slump, as global markets hit a seven-week low on fears of a longer-than-expected e ...

Read More
Anthony Kerkmez opened his gym in Parramatta's CBD before the start of the pandemic. (ABC News: Jack Fisher)

How the coronavirus pandemic made Sydney’s second CBD a ghost town

News article by the ABC
It’s known as Sydney’s second CBD for good reason, but the pandemic has sparked massive issues in Parramatta, where ...

Read More
Other government payments, including Youth Allowance, Austudy, the Farm Household Allowance, will also fall as the coronavirus supplement drops. (ABC News: Chris Taylor)

The new JobSeeker rate is coming — here’s what’s changing at the end of the week

News article by the ABC
On Friday, the Government will cut back the coronavirus supplement for JobSeeker recipients. Other changes are on the way too. ...

Read More
Another scorching summer could spark problems on Australia's power grids. (ABC News: Gian De Poloni)

Many Australians are working from home — here’s why they might be doing it in darkness this summer

News article by the ABC
Air conditioners could send Australia’s power grid into meltdown this summer, as roughly one third of the workforce do th ...

Read More
At least 32 invoices for mandatory Queensland hotel quarantine remain unpaid. (ABC News: Chris Gillette)

Dozens of people are yet to pay for their mandatory coronavirus hotel quarantine in Queensland

News article by the ABC
Figures obtained by the ABC reveal dozens of invoices for mandatory hotel quarantine in Queensland remain unpaid, as the state ...

Read More
Police patrol the South East SA and Western Victorian border near Mount Gambier. (ABC South East SA: Isadora Bogle)

Class action could be taken against Victorian and SA governments over COVID-19 border travel restrictions

News article by the ABC
Regional Victorian legal firm issues call-out to regional border communities for interest from agribusiness to join class actio ...

Read More

New York University Sydney campus given JobKeeper payments but Australian public universities miss out

News article by the ABC
The Federal Government confirms the university, which rakes in about $16.5 billion in revenue each year and is ranked the 11th ...

Read More

Australian shares fall on Wall Street’s ongoing technology sell-off

News article by the ABC
The Australian share market loses all its opening gains, with Wall Street’s "mega tech" stocks being heavily so ...

Read More

Unemployment rate falls as 111,000 jobs added in August, despite Melbourne lockdown

News article by the ABC
Australia’s unemployment rate posts a surprise fall in August, as more than a hundred thousand jobs are created despite a ...

Read More

Money and kids: Learning the basics at a (very) early age

News article by the ABC
Is five years old too young to start learning about money? Not according to these kids. Or the finance experts. ...

Read More
Empty seats are a common sight on Queensland trains as commuters shun public transport during the pandemic. (Jessica Rendall)

Queensland commuters stay away from trains despite low coronavirus case numbers

News article by the ABC
Trains are running empty in South-East Queensland despite low COVID-19 cases, as "socially responsible" commuters tur ...

Read More

Coronavirus has seen hotel occupancy rates plummet, and the solution may be close to home

News article by the ABC
With coronavirus causing hotel business to plummet, the industry is targeting a new market of travellers. ...

Read More
International students can make up a third of the residents in inner-city and close-to-campus suburbs. (ABC News: John Gunn)

International student arrivals are down to dozens per month and it is not just universities suffering

News article by the ABC
Tens of thousands of international students usually arrive in Australia each month, but since the pandemic it has been dozens, ...

Read More
Regional Express Airlines says if a town is big enough for air service, they will provide it. (ABC News: Laura Birch)

Rex Airlines considers flying regional routes Virgin Australia dumped during coronavirus

News article by the ABC
Regional air carrier Rex promises to return Government favour and consider flying regional routes that Virgin Australia no long ...

Read More
Deanne Berry has owned Sul Rondo since it opened in 2014. It has since grown into an Avoca Beach institution. (ABC Central Coast: Mary-Louise Vince)

NSW Central Coast cafe owner says JobSeeker forcing closure ahead of bumper tourism season

News article by the ABC
Holidaymakers opting for a beachside getaway amid ongoing pandemic travel restrictions are expected in their droves along the N ...

Read More
Barb Traeger with her adopted Jack Russell Allie, who has been keeping her company during Victoria's lockdown. (ABC News: Patrick Rocca)

Pandemic puppies selling for exorbitant prices as demand soars in lockdown-hit Victoria

News article by the ABC
They might be man’s best friend — but during a pandemic, it turns out dogs are hard to come by. Across Victoria demand ...

Read More
Molly Steer and Sage Stainsby got a great rent deal during the coronavirus pandemic. (ABC News: Lucy Shannon)

Hobart coronavirus rent price drop benefiting some, but others fear the crunch that is coming

News article by the ABC
A coronavirus-led rent drop has been of benefit to Hobart couple Molly and Sage, who have secured a better place to live — bu ...

Read More
Regional Victorians can go camping and caravanning in some areas of regional Victoria from Thursday. (ABC Gippsland: Mim Cook)

Camping and caravan parks to reopen as coronavirus restrictions ease for regional Victorians

News article by the ABC
Regional Victorians dust off their camp chairs and hitch up their caravans in preparation for the easing of COVID-19 travel res ...

Read More
The inquiry was told without adequate access to workers the cost of fresh food could jump by 60 per cent. (ABC Rural: Jon Daly)

Backpacker inquiry recommends Government allow people on JobSeeker coronavirus payment to work on farms

News article by the ABC
Australians on JobSeeker would still be able to receive the unemployment benefit while also earning money harvesting crops and ...

Read More
NAB's "introducer" program was responsible for generating around $24 billion in home loans. (ABC News: Nic MacBean)

NAB banker led successful push to delay banking royal commission recommendations

News article by the ABC
An executive grilled for days at the banking royal commission over NAB’s shonky loan introducer program led a successful ...

Read More
Arkan Yousif's bakery in Sydney's Sutherland Shire has been getting lots of local customers after opening during the pandemic. (ABC News: John Gunn)

COVID-19 pandemic leads to escape from the city to the suburbs

News article by the ABC
The pandemic has emptied Australia’s CBDs, leading to a suburban resurgence with many local small businesses reporting re ...

Read More
Many Aussies have dipped into their savings or their super to stay afloat during the pandemic. (ABC News: Alistair Kroie)

We asked how the coronavirus pandemic has changed your household spending. Here’s what you said

News article by the ABC
COVID-19 has put an unexpected financial strain on many Australians, but boosted income support and fewer opportunities to spen ...

Read More

For many Melbourne restaurants, cafes and pubs, outdoor dining ‘just doesn’t work’

News article by the ABC
Many Melbourne hospitality operators say they’ll keep pushing for a quick return to indoor dining, saying the State Gover ...

Read More
Former prime minister Paul Keating speaks at the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety on September 14, 2020. (ABC News)

Paul Keating tells royal commission HECS-style loans should fund home aged care

News article by the ABC
Former prime minister Paul Keating says a Federal Government-run post-paid system could reduce wait times for home care package ...

Read More
The tourism-driven economy of Cairns has been suffering since state and international borders closed. (ABC Far North: Kristy Sexton-McGrath)

Push to make Far North Queensland a COVID-19 ‘quarantine hub’ for Australians returning from overseas

News article by the ABC
With tens of thousands of stranded Australians desperate to come home for Christmas, a Federal MP is proposing the establishmen ...

Read More
Singapore Airlines will no longer fly direct to Canberra, even when COVID-19 restrictions ease. (ABC News)

Singapore Airlines suspends direct flights to Canberra as COVID-19 further hampers aviation industry

News article by the ABC
Singapore Airlines will no longer fly direct from Singapore to Canberra, even once coronavirus restrictions ease. The move leav ...

Read More
Large gatherings at Byron Bay licensed venues will not be permitted at schoolies celebrations this year. (Facebook: Byron Schoolies Parties)

Schoolies urged to stay away from Byron Bay until COVID-19 threat passes

News article by the ABC
School leavers are being urged to postpone trips to Byron Bay for schoolies celebrations that usually start in November. ...

Read More
Melbourne's laneways are usually bustling with people, but have been eerily quiet for much of 2020. (ABC News: Margaret Burin)

Victorian Government announces funds for business impacted by coronavirus lockdown, with focus on outdoor dining

News article by the ABC
The Victorian Government promises $290 million to help businesses survive lockdown and implement an outdoor dining culture that ...

Read More
Chinese investment in Australia nosedived since 2016 and an expert says there is no single explanation. (Needpix)

Chinese investment in Australia nosedives amid growing tension between two countries

News article by the ABC
New figures show Chinese investment in Australia is continuing to plummet amid growing tension between the two countries and co ...

Read More
Tourism operators in the Adelaide Hills town of Hahndorf are likely to benefit from the fund. (ABC News: Mahalia Carter)

$20 million fund to boost SA tourism industry’s ‘silver lining’ coronavirus recovery

News article by the ABC
Grants of up to $500,000 each will be offered to South Australian tourism operators in an effort to boost the sector as it reco ...

Read More
Mitch Duncan, who owns The Farmers Arms in Daylesford, hopes to welcome back tourists from the regions, and eventually Melbourne. (ABC News: Darryl Torpy)

Growing calls to reopen for regional Victorians living in lockdown with no active cases

News article by the ABC
Hundreds of thousands of Victorians across the state are living in coronavirus-free zones. But for now, they’re still sub ...

Read More
Florsheim store manager Gabriel Selim stocks shelves at a Sydney CBD outlet while he waits for customers. (ABC News: Rachel Pupazzoni)

Shopping centres feel the pinch as retail speeds up move to online

News article by the ABC
A growing number of retailers, large and small, are contemplating store closures amid an online sales surge and stubbornly high ...

Read More

Follow us on our social media for the latest information and free tips to help you get back on track

We know how important it is to keep up to date with the latest information and that’s exactly what we do on our social media feeds. ...

Read More

Tigerair folds under coronavirus pandemic pressure

News article by the ABC
Parent company Virgin Australia shuts down the low-cost carrier, which had been in trouble before the pandemic hit and gutted d ...

Read More

JobKeeper recipients paying millions in bonuses to their executives, research reveals

News article by the ABC
At least 25 large companies pay executive bonuses totalling more than $24 million after claiming the JobKeeper subsidy. ...

Read More
David and Stephanie Boyd opened Thai Rock, in Wetherill Park, eight years ago. (ABC News: Mridula Amin)

Thai Rock restaurant was the scene of Sydney’s biggest coronavirus cluster — now it’s almost out of business

News article by the ABC
Western Sydney’s Thai Rock restaurant made national headlines when more than 100 coronavirus cases were linked to a lunch ...

Read More
James Fazzino, chairman of Manufacturing Australia, wants companies to change attitudes so sexual harassment can be stamped out from workplaces. (Supplied)

Corporate leaders call for end to non-disclosure agreements silencing victims of workplace sexual harassment

News article by the ABC
Top-listed companies dealing with sexual harassment complaints need to be upfront about what the perpetrators did rather than c ...

Read More

Adelaide Film Festival to defy COVID-19’s effect on the arts, welcoming audiences back to cinemas

News article by the ABC
Adelaide Film Festival is set to be one of the only events of its kind in 2020, ready to defy the effects of the COVID-19 pande ...

Read More

Virgin Australia walks away from 10 flight routes with regional centres affected across the country

News article by the ABC
Troubled airline Virgin Australia has cut flight routes to seven regional destinations and to Tonga as its pandemic restructure ...

Read More
Homes on the market during the pandemic have been selling at prices that have surprised CBA's economists. (Giulio Saggin, file photo: ABC News)

House prices to bounce back in 2021 after modest falls during coronavirus pandemic, CBA predicts

News article by the ABC
Australia’s biggest home lender says house price falls so far during the pandemic have been surprisingly small, and its i ...

Read More

Young and low-income most likely to spend $750 coronavirus stimulus payments: ANZ economists

News article by the ABC
ANZ’s economics team analyses the internal card data of their bank’s customers to see how Australians responded to ...

Read More