Logistics specialist DHL has published its 2012 DHL Export Barometer, showing a recovering business outlook for exporters, despite the strong Australian dollar.

Exporter confidence has returned to rare form following a significant dip in 2011, which DHL attributes to a range of strong new business strategies, including exporting to new markets, product and service innovation and growing orders from existing destination.

The report, now in its ninth year, found that half of exports expect company profits to increase, compared to 41 per cent this time last year.

The Financial Services Institute of Australia (FINSIA) has published new biannual gender research, which finds pay equity and transparency continues to plague the industry.

Mr Sarv Girn has been appointed to the position of Chief Information Officer of the Reserve Bank of Australia. The appointment is effective from 3 September.

Westpac bank has announced the launch of a new pilot app for wireless payment systems in collaboration with MasterCard.

AMP Capital has announced the appointment of Kerry Ching as the company’s new Managing Director Asia.

The Commonwealth Bank has announced the appointment of Matt Cornyn as the company’s new Group Executive, Retail Banking Services.

The Federal Government has launched its new MoneySmart Teaching Primary Package, aimed at helping young Australian students become more confident, informed and responsible financial consumers.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has published its June figures of housing finance, finding an overall 2.4 per cent upswing over the May to June period.

The Commonwealth Bank has found that the average taxpayer is losing as much as $1,000 dollars because of lost receipts, equating to a total of $7.3 billion nationwide.

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has left the country’s official cash rate unchanged at 3.5 per cent, citing softening global growth rates and contracting commodity prices.

The Federal Government has announced Cairns as the host city for the G20 Finance Ministers’ and Central Bank Governors’ meeting in 2014.

With the majority of Australians expected to outlive their superannuation savings, the Financial Services Council (FSC) has opened the debate on increasing the preservation age for superannuation.

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Innovation & Business Skills Australia (IBSA), one of eleven Industry Skills Councils authorized by the Australian Government to provide a voice on vocational education and training issues, is seeking to appoint new board directors.

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