Business NSW Report on Rising Cost of Living Impact

As businesses across Australia grapple with the persistent challenges posed by the rising cost of living, Brighten Institute Australia (BIA), a leading Registered Training Organization (RTO) specializing in business education, stands ready to support professionals with tailored certificate and diploma courses. 


The latest report from Business NSW highlights the far-reaching impact of escalating living expenses on businesses, with 95% of surveyed enterprises feeling the strain. Key findings reveal many challenges businesses face, including reduced customer demand, cash flow disruptions, and heightened wage expectations, collectively contributing to an environment of economic uncertainty. 

“While headline inflation may be moderating, the lingering effects of high price levels continue to exert pressure on household spending, thereby influencing consumer behaviour and business dynamics,” remarked a spokesperson from Brighten Institute Australia. “In times of economic turbulence, upskilling and reskilling become imperative for businesses seeking to adapt and thrive in a rapidly evolving landscape.” 

According to the report, more than half of businesses surveyed experience reduced customer demand for their products and services, highlighting the need for innovative strategies to maintain competitiveness and sustain growth. Additionally, cash flow disruptions and increased wage expectations underscore businesses’ financial strain, necessitating agile management practices and adept leadership. 

“Amidst the challenges, there are opportunities for businesses to pivot, innovate, and explore new avenues for growth,” the spokesperson added. “At Brighten Institute Australia, we empower professionals with the knowledge and skills required to navigate complex business environments, drive organizational success, and foster resilience in the face of adversity.” 

Notably, amidst widespread skills shortages, the report reveals a positive trend: 10% of businesses observe an influx of job applicants, a potential silver lining amid the prevailing challenges. This underscores the importance of investing in human capital and cultivating talent pipelines to meet evolving workforce demands. 



As businesses contemplate the impact of rising living costs and explore strategies for sustainability, BIA remains committed to providing high-quality education and training solutions tailored to the needs of the business industry. From certificate programs designed to enhance specific skills to comprehensive diploma courses offering in-depth knowledge and expertise, the institute offers a diverse range of learning pathways to empower professionals at every stage of their career journey. 

For businesses seeking to equip their workforce with the competencies needed to thrive in a competitive market landscape, BIA serves as a strategic partner in driving organizational excellence and fostering innovation. 

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Source: NSW Business Condition March 2024 Report from Business NSW

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