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Dire casual job shortage in Victoria leaving applicants ‘ghosted’ by employers

An alarming number of people are being “ghosted” by employers amid a dire shortage of casual jobs in Victoria that has seen some hospitality and retail positions slashed in half.

EP#241 ~ What can we do to save Australian restaurants and cafes from disaster?

This isn’t just about $8 lattes anymore. This is about jobs, high streets filled with empty shop windows and the very survival of communities and our way of life. And Wes Lambert is just the leader, advocate and experienced passionate policy influencer who cafes and restaurants need fighting in their corner.

Afternoons with Michael McLaren on 2GB

Listen NOW to Australian Restaurant & Cafe Association CEO Wes Lambert CPA, FGIA, CAE, MAICD on Afternoons with Michael McLaren on 2GB (from 42.18) highlighting the challenges faced by the Restaurant & Cafe segment of the Accommodation & Foodservice Industry, and some outside the square solutions to help the industry to thrive. #aseatatthetable

New figures reveal how working from home sees Sydney CBD suffer

CBD cafes, restaurants and bars are being starved of patrons. Business owners say the life of the city is at stake – and one day of the week is killing it more than any other.

What’s Harder Than Opening a Restaurant? Staying Open

The outlook for many hospitality businesses isn’t as bad as you think. It’s worse.

Feeds: Will Aussie cafes and restaurants survive?

Australian restaurants and cafes are grappling with the impacts of the cost of living, COVID, immigration reform, and wages, jeopardising their survival. Wes Lambert is the head of a new peak body, alongside Neil Perry and Chris Lucas, tackling these pressing challenges to sustain the $64 billion sector.

‘Quadruple whammy’: Why it’s costing more than ever to eat out

Queenslanders are paying almost 10 per cent more for a meal out at a restaurant than the same time last year, as venues are forced to pass rising costs onto consumers.

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“The recent formation of the Australian Restaurant & Cafe Association, which plans to lobby the government on behalf of the industry, may be a good start, as long as it focuses as much on independent operators as it does on large restaurant groups. Imagine a worid in which hospitality was taken as seriously as, say, mining, finance or industry. It is one of our largest employers and strongest tourism draws, and yet operates without nearly the same level of government support as those other sectors. There are so many reasons we all should work extremely hard to save this industry from the crisis it’s facing.”

Restaurateur Chris Lucas unveils plans for two new mega CBD venues in $1bn skyscraper project

Chin Chin boss Chris Lucas has thrown his support behind Melbourne’s struggling CBD, revealing he’s planning to open not one — but two — new restaurants as part of a $1bn project. Lucas, who last fortnight was revealed as a board member of new industry lobby group Australian Restaurant Cafe Association, said the city reminded him of a mini-Manhattan.

Egg purchase limits, orange juice shortage put Australia’s cafes on edge

Australian restaurants will struggle to absorb further price hikes or pass those costs to brunch diners, industry advocates say, as hospitality businesses respond to an avian influenza outbreak across several egg farms and a global shortage of oranges.

Farmhouse cafe owners Amanda and John Scott slugged with $350k payroll tax debt by state government

The owners of an award-winning cafe in Brisbane’s north have fallen victim to an “outdated” state government rule and hit with a monster tax bill, triggering calls from industry experts for it to be scrapped entirely.

“Enough is Enough”: Neil Perry plays crucial role in new hospo association

The new industry association is already making an impact as it looks to influence government policy on a range of issues including skilled worker immigration, wages and tax and even outdoor dining.

Australia’s leading restaurateurs say ‘Enough is Enough’ and call for change

Australia’s leading business owners in the Restaurant and Cafe segment of the Accommodation & Food Service Industry are calling for active change to ensure the future growth of the $64 billion industry.

AUSSIE RESTAURATEURS DEMAND CHANGE NOW!

Australia’s leading business owners in the Restaurant and Cafe segment of the Accommodation & Food Service Industry are calling for active change to ensure the future growth of the $64 billion industry. Industry leaders have come together to form the Australian Restaurant and Cafe Association Ltd (ARCA). Led by hospitality and restaurant industry advocate Wes Lambert, Neil Perry AM as Chair and representatives from some of Australia’s leading restaurant groups, the board of ARCA met today to address the tough economic conditions and set priorities for the Association.

Chris Lucas joins with top chefs to launch new industry association

Greek Australian chef Chris Lucas has joined forces with some of Australia’s highest-profile restaurateurs to launch the Australian Restaurant and Cafe Association (ARCA).

New hospitality industry group ARCA forms

A new hospitality association launched to the public today, with leading restaurant groups from across the country joining the group to call for action.

Minimum pay jumps more than inflation and puts jobs at risk, prices up

Award wages will rise beyond inflation, intensifying pressure on businesses and increasing the risk that staff will lose hours – if not their jobs.

Hospitality giants struggle to stay afloat amid rising costs

Some of the biggest names in the hospitality industry are holding crisis talks, as restaurants and pubs struggle to stay afloat with rising costs.

Australian hospitality industry slams Fair Work Commission over minimum wage hike

A newly formed hospitality association has slammed Fair Work Commission’s pay increase of at least $33 a week to more than 2.6 million workers, labelling the move as “hopelessly out of touch.”

Australian Restaurant Cafe Association slams minimum wage hike

Upping the minimum and award wages will only lead to more restaurant closures and higher menu prices, according to a newly formed hospitality body.

The Australian Restaurant & Cafe Association (ARCA) strongly criticizes the Fair Work Commission’s recent Award Rate increase…

The Fair Work Commission today release its Annual Wage Review, raising the Minimum and Award wages by 3.75% (4.25% with the upcoming .5% Superannuation increase)…

Hospitality industry calls for Covid-style rescue package

Skyrocketing costs and decreasing consumer spend are destroying the country’s restaurant and cafe sector, with industry leaders calling for the government to step in and help before it’s too late.

Neil Perry, Chris Lucas and More Top Restaurateurs Unite To Rescue Struggling Hospo Industry

“What this organisation hopes to do is to have a seat in these various things that affect us, to make sure that the government, when they’re legislating, understands what they’re doing to a $64 billion industry.”

New Australian hospitality industry group ARCA forms

A new hospitality association launched to the public today, with leading restaurant groups from across the country joining the group to call for action.

Hospo heavyweights say ‘enough is enough’ as they launch lobby group to save embattled $64b industry

The prominent chef and restaurateur joins high-profile restaurants including Quay, Restaurant Hubert and Lake House in an effort to rescue the industry from unprecedented challenges.