Address by BCA CEO Jennifer Westacott to the Prime Minister’s Economic Forum
13 June 2012
Responds to comments made by the Prime Minister on the need to lift Australia’s productivity as a key to ensuring a more competitive, resilient economy.
Business Welcomes Coalition Audit Commitment
9 March 2012
The announcement that an incoming Coalition government would establish a commission of audit to review the scope and size of government is an important and welcome initiative.
BCA Forum pushes for National Unitary Industrial Relations System
17 November 2000
The continued failure to implement a unitary national industrial relations system would leave Australia languishing in a globalised community, the President of the Business Council of Australia, Mr Campbell Anderson, said today.
Draft Standards Can Be a Win for Environment and Economy
2 November 2012
Draft environmental approval standards an important step in ensuring protection needed for Australia's unique environment and reduce the double handling in the current system.
457 Visa Bill Ignores Proper Process and Should Be Rejected
6 June 2013
The federal government’s Migration Amendment (Temporary Sponsored Visas) Bill 2013 is mired in misinformation, damaging rhetoric and poor process.
Short-Term Pitch on Immigration Disappointing
25 July 2010
The BCA has expressed disappointment at the Coalition’s announcement that, if it wins office on 21 August, it would cut Australia’s immigration program.
Forrest Review a Reminder We Have a Long Way to Go
1 August 2014
Business is making progress in reducing Indigenous employment disparity but Mr Forrest’s report is a timely reminder that we still have a long way to go.
BCA Welcomes New Skills and Education Package
12 October 2006
The BCA today welcomed the federal government’s announcement of a new skills and education package aimed at lifting the skill levels of mature age workers.
Business Leaders Support Working Families
2 October 2003
A Business Council of Australia survey has revealed that Australia’s largest companies are leading the way in adopting strategies aimed at supporting working parents.
How Our Tax System is Holding Back Families and Workers
16 March 2016
While the tax debate has fixated on particular taxes, we’ve lost sight of what it all means for individual Australians, their families and the next generation.
And there is one point on which almost all of us would agree. Nobody likes a tax increase.
Better Processes the Key to Executive Remuneration
30 September 2009
The Productivity Commission’s discussion draft on executive remuneration in Australia makes an important contribution to constructive public debate on executive pay.
New Research Shows a Way Forward on Emissions Trading
21 August 2008
The first hard data examining the impacts of the proposed Australian emissions trading scheme on 14 businesses across a range of sectors.
Tax Forum a Chance to Make a Compelling Case for Reform
20 March 2011
Statement by Business Council of Australia Acting Chief Executive Maria Tarrant.
Business Groups Welcome Carbon Tax Repeal
17 July 2014
Three business groups welcome the repeal of the carbon tax as the first step to an emissions reduction policy that works for the economy and environment.
Recovery Road Map Requires Balance, Commitment and Leadership
14 February 2010
Five fiscal and policy priorities for the 2010 Budget and beyond.
Conclusion of the Durban Climate Change Negotiations
12 December 2011
The success or otherwise of the Durban climate change negotiations will not be clear until all major emitters have taken on binding commitments to reduce global emissions.
Graham Bradley AM Elected as New BCA President
27 October 2009
The Business Council of Australia has elected Graham Bradley AM as its new president for a term of two years.
Action to Improve Australia’s Competitiveness
6 June 2013
Statement following meeting with Andrew Liveris, Chairman of the US Business Council, on the importance of high-value technology investments and activity.
Opening Remarks to Productivity Commission Hearing on Workplace Relations
11 September 2015
Australia needs a workplace relations system that encourages, rather than stifles, innovation and productivity.
Open letter to the New South Wales Government on the National Agreement to Harmonise OHS Laws
19 October 2010
Business calls for the New South Wales Government to honour the national agreement reached to harmonise occupational health and safety laws.
Continuing to Lift the Quality of Higher Education
29 March 2011
Australia’s higher education sector is responsible for delivering much of the knowledge and the capabilities required to maintain a strong and productive economy for the benefit of all Australians.
Useful Steps Towards Emissions Reduction
23 July 2010
Elements of the climate change and energy efficiency policies announced by the Prime Minister today are useful, when assessed against the BCA’s policy benchmarks.
Conclusion of FTA with South Korea to Boost Bilateral Trade and Investment
6 December 2013
The conclusion of negotiations on a bilateral Free Trade Agreement with South Korea is a positive and welcome development for the Australian economy.
Business Council Statement on Climate Change Authority Report
1 September 2016
The Business Council welcomes the Climate Change Authority’s report on the actions Australia could take to deliver our commitments in the Paris Agreement as an important contribution to the climate change policy debate.
Business Leaders Call for Continued Asia Focus in School Language and Cultural Studies
1 April 2011
Australia will risk its wealth, harmony and security unless significant government investment goes to equipping the next generation of Australians to compete in the ‘Asian Century’.
Statement on Superannuation Governance Arrangements
26 June 2015
The parliament should get behind this sensible modernisation of one of Australia’s most important endowments.
BCA Congratulates all Parties on Higher Education Reform
5 December 2003
The Business Council of Australia has congratulated all parties involved in securing the passage of reforms to the higher education sector through the Senate today. The reforms were passed with the support of the four Independent Senators.
Australia–China CEO Roundtable Meeting
9 April 2013
The third meeting of the Australia–China CEO Roundtable in Beijing has been hailed as a success by its Chinese and Australian co-hosts.
BCA Welcomes McClure Report
17 August 2000
The Business Council of Australia today welcomed the release of the McClure Report on welfare reform.
Cross-sector Synergy on Infrastructure Reform
13 June 2012
The Business Council of Australia responds to recommendations found in the Infrastructure Finance Reform Working Group’s report.
Fair Work Amendment Bill Deserves Senate’s Support
4 September 2014
The passage of the Fair Work Amendment Bill 2014 will enable businesses to respond quickly to global competition, and maintain and create jobs.
Gonski Report an Important Step to a Better Education
20 February 2012
The Gonski report recommendations represent an important step towards lifting the quality of Australia’s education outcomes.
BCA–FYA Partnership to Increase Opportunities for Young Australians
28 March 2014
The BCA and the FYA will work together on a range of measures to better prepare young people for the world of work, and reduce youth unemployment.
Speech by BCA CEO Jennifer Westacott to the NAB Small Business Summit
25 July 2013
Speech outlines the common ground between businesses of all sizes in delivering a prosperous Australia.
Australia Needs a New Wave of Energy Reform
10 November 2014
Australia’s Energy Advantages sets out a vision and practical action agenda for energy policy in Australia.
BCA Pays Tribute to Longest-Serving Member
22 September 2009
Katie Lahey, has paid tribute to the outgoing head of Leighton Holdings Limited, Wal King AO, for his clear and forthright contribution to public policy debate in Australia.
Time is Right to Give the Social Safety Net a Health Check
27 June 2012
Entrenching people into poverty by expecting them to live on around $35 a day is not acceptable and only makes it more difficult for them to find work.
A Workplace System for a Modern Economy: Article by Jennifer Westacott
24 October 2015
We need to design a workplace relations system fit for a modern economy.
BCA Welcomes Momentum for Comprehensive Tax Reform
24 August 2015
The reality is that the case for comprehensive tax reform is compelling because Australia is falling behind the world on competitiveness and productivity.
Statement on ATO Company Tax Data
17 December 2015
The publication of company tax data is an important input to the transparency and integrity of the tax system.
Cities, Competitiveness and Australia’s Comparative Advantage: Utzon Lecture by Jennifer Westacott
30 July 2014
Why a vision for the future of our cities must be at the top of our social, economic and political discourse: 2014 Utzon Lecture by Jennifer Westacott.
BCA Endorses Higher Education and Tax Reform
13 May 2003
The Business Council of Australia has welcomed the federal government’s Budget, particularly steps to improve Australia’s higher education sector and international taxation regime.
Government Has No Mandate to Reintroduce Arbitration
30 May 2013
There are reports in the media that arbitration may be reintroduced just three months after it was excluded from Fair Work Act Amendment Bill 2013 in March.
Statement by Katie Lahey, BCA Chief Executive, on the report of the Owen Inquiry into Electricity Supply in New South Wales
12 September 2007
The BCA strongly backs the Owen Inquiry’s key recommendation for the New South Wales Government to divest itself from ownership of the state’s retail and generation sectors.
Changes Needed to VET System Says BCA
2 March 2004
Wide-ranging changes are required in the vocational education and training (VET) system to ensure it meets the future needs of large businesses according to a report prepared for the Business Council of Australia.
Financial System Inquiry Interim Report Highlights System Working Well
15 July 2014
The Murray Financial System Inquiry Interim Report reinforces the need for a competitive, stable and well-regulated financial system for Australia’s future
Time Running Out to Get the Budget Back on Track
6 March 2013
The government’s execution of its fiscal strategy is not working and needs a major rethink and urgent action, BCA 2013–14 Budget Submission argues.
Budget a Start but a Comprehensive Strategy Must Follow
8 May 2012
The Budget has taken some steps to strengthen Australia’s economy and fiscal foundations but has not fully grasped the opportunity to set a clear direction for the future that will build business and community confidence.
Statement on the 2015-16 Federal Budget
12 May 2015
The 2015-16 federal budget is a sound, sensible and thoughtful budget.
Business Leaders Challenge WTO Trade Ministers
17 December 2005
World Business Leaders for Growth today expressed growing concern that trade ministers appear to be falling short of setting the stage to complete the Doha Development Agenda by the end of 2006.
OHS Retreat Squanders Progress, Resources and Goodwill
14 October 2010
Important steps towards strengthening the Australian economy could be jeopardised if the New South Wales Premier winds back the clock in the establishment of a harmonised national system for occupational health and safety.
Moderate Population Growth the Best Path to Prosperity
28 February 2011
Choosing low or no population growth over the next 40 years poses unacceptable risks to our way of life.
Statement on the Decision by Heather Ridout to Move on from the Australian Industry Group
6 December 2011
Heather Ridout has made an outstanding contribution to debates about the policies that are required to lift productivity and maintain business competitiveness.
Infrastructure Reform: Time for Action
22 March 2006
Failing to improve infrastructure planning and development could cost Australia $10 billion a year in lost economic growth.
Speech to the BCA-Clayton Utz BEPS Workshop
6 November 2014
BCA Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott discusses the base erosion and profit shifting agenda and the need for tax reform to help drive competitiveness.
BCA Rejects Senate Report on Competition Law
1 March 2004
The Business Council of Australia today warned that major changes to trade practices law, proposed by a Senate Committee inquiry, ran the risk of significant impacts on Australia’s economy.
BCA Welcomes New South Wales Teacher Quality Plan but National Approach Needed
29 May 2008
The BCA has welcomed the announcement by the New South Wales Government of new arrangements to recognise and reward excellent teachers.
BCA Supports Better Targeting of Childcare Funding
20 February 2015
We support the Productivity’s Commission’s aim of designing a system that is simple, accessible, flexible and has greater early learning opportunities.
Business Looking to University and International Tax Reform in Federal Budget
8 May 2003
Australia’s corporate sector said today it was looking forward to significant reforms to international tax arrangements and higher education as part of the federal Budget handed down next week.
Statement by the Australian Co-Chairman of the First Australia–China CEO Roundtable
21 June 2010
Inaugural meeting of Australian and Chinese business leaders held in Canberra.
Thorough Consultation a Reform Recipe to Repeat
22 December 2010
The release of the reports by the Policy Transition Group on the proposed resource taxation reforms are an important basis for detailed consideration and ongoing consultation.
Business Coalition for Workplace Reform
8 August 2007
An alliance of 19 business groups has launched a campaign to highlight the benefits of workplace reform and the economic costs of turning the clock back.
Corporate Tax: Article in the AFR
20 February 2015
The Senate's inquiry is a welcome opportunity for considered and informed discussion about the performance of our corporate tax system.
Democrats Condemned for Free Trade Opposition
6 May 2004
The Business Council of Australia was appalled by the Australian Democrat’s opposition to the FTA with the United States, saying it would undermine Australia’s standing in the Asian region to achieve similar trade deals.
Statement in Response to Proposed Amendments to the Trade Practices Act
11 September 2007
The BCA today warned that the introduction into the Senate of new predatory pricing amendments to trade practices laws ran the risk of significant impacts on business competition and for consumers.
Improve Regulator Performance to Lift Growth and Jobs
29 October 2014
The government's regulator performance framework will create stronger links between the actions of regulators and goals to grow the economy and create jobs.
University of Newcastle Graduation Address
8 April 2016
Jennifer Westacott addresses the graduates of the University of Newcastle.
Key Reports Highlight the Infrastructure Privatisation Prize
18 October 2012
Reports reinforce the need for ongoing energy market reform and set out a compelling case for selling publicly owned infrastructure assets to the private sector.
Comment on Workplace Relations Framework Inquiry
22 January 2015
We must rethink how we work to stay competitive in a global economy,including whether our workplace relations system is helping or holding us back.
Why Housing Matters: Speech by BCA CEO Jennifer Westacott to the National Housing Conference 2012
31 October 2012
What are the keys to a more effective housing market?
Statement on Economic Diplomacy Policy
18 August 2014
The government’s Economic Diplomacy policy will help businesses gain a better foothold in emerging markets and expand trade with our major partners.
Jennifer Westacott - Fran Kelly, ABC Breakfast
16 November 2017
Topics: marriage equality, company tax, business reputation, workplace diversity
Browse Decision a Stark Warning to Act on High Costs
12 April 2013
Woodside Energy’s decision to shelve its proposed Browse LNG project in Western Australia is a stark warning of the cost pressures in the economy.
Getting on with Common-Ground Priorities
15 September 2010
Speech by BCA President Graham Bradley to the National Press Club recommending five priority actions for the new federal government.
BCA Statement: RET Uncertainty Must Be Urgently Resolved
26 March 2015
The government and Labor need to urgently resolve the impasse on the RET.
Statement on Infrastructure Australia’s Report to COAG
19 December 2008
The BCA welcomes this comprehensive and robust analysis of Australia’s infrastructure and its role in ensuring economic productivity and growth.
Time to Review the Dead Weight of Australia’s Business Taxes
9 April 2007
A new report on business taxation in Australia has found that the country’s business sector is being increasingly weighed down by a tax system which is inefficient, overly complex and levies too many taxes for little return.
Developing a Framework for Governance and Financing of Australian Universities
24 September 2002
Developing a sustainable and equitable solution to the funding pressures facing universities will require changes to the financing and governance frameworks.
Renewed Focus on VET Sector a Welcome Boost
8 September 2014
Announcements are a welcome refocus on the importance of the VET sector, and on ensuring young people are job-ready and can find pathways into work.
Superannuation Governance: Article by Jennifer Westacott
9 July 2015
The Parliament should get behind this sensible modernisation of one of Australia's most important endowments.
Job Creation in the Age of Disruption: Article by Jennifer Westacott
14 August 2015
No matter which side of the debate we’re on, if we are looking to go back and settle old scores or use old mindsets in this discussion, we will fail.
BCA Statement on the Calling of the 2016 Election
8 May 2016
This election presents Australians with an important choice about how this nation builds a sustainable future of higher living standards and more and better paid jobs.
BCA Welcomes Details of US Trade Agreement
4 March 2004
Details of the free trade agreement with the United States released today underlined the potential for the agreement to provide long-term growth opportunities for Australia’s export economy.
Australia Set to Capitalise on E-Business Opportunities
19 February 2001
A national e-business forum today called for Australia to capitalise quickly on e-business opportunities and ensure the benefits are widely shared.
Federal Government Sidesteps Best Practice Regulation
20 December 2010
The Annual Report of the Office of Best Practice Regulation confirms the BCA’s recent assessment of the declining performance of the Commonwealth Government in complying with its own rules on regulation-making.
2006: Year for Reform Action
29 January 2006
If little progress is made in 2006, it will be several years before the opportunity to progress major reform arises again, BCA submission argues.
Business leaders need to step up to improve mental health
24 October 2016
Business leaders must take their employees’ mental health as seriously as they take their physical workplace safety, more than 60 senior executives were told today at the Business Council’s Mentally Healthy Workplaces Discussion.
All Pain for No Environmental Gain
12 March 2013
Proposed amendments to the EPBC Act would duplicate state and territory processes and add new layers of uncertainty, complexity and cost.
Government Consultation on Section 46 is a Welcome Step
11 December 2015
The release of a discussion paper on section 46 is a timely opportunity to reset the debate.
Climate change policy review provides practical plan for the future
19 December 2017
The Climate Change policy review released today outlines a sensible and practical plan to ensure Australia remains on track to meet its international emissions reductions targets.
2007 Election Outcome: Time to Ensure Australia’s Future Prosperity
25 November 2007
The Business Council of Australia welcomes the commitment of the new federal government to make economic prosperity for all Australians its primary goal for the coming term.
New Resource to Help Business Promote Jobs for Indigenous People
27 October 2015
The AHRC and BCA launch ‘Targeted recruitment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – A guideline for employers’.
4 March 2013
On behalf of the members of the Business Council of Australia, President Tony Shepherd has offered his condolences to the family of James Strong.
Term of BCA President Catherine Livingstone Extended
5 November 2015
The members of the BCA have voted to extend the term of President Catherine Livingstone.
Statement on the East-West Link Agreement
15 April 2015
The level of sovereign risk and uncertainty created by the decision not to proceed with the East West Link project is simply unacceptable.
Statement on the White Paper on Developing Northern Australia
18 June 2015
The White Paper will create the conditions for private investment to unlock potential growth in northern Australia.
Time to Press Ahead on Option 2: BCA
8 August 2000
The Business Council of Australia today welcomed the Treasurer’s commitment to the adoption of the Tax Value Method (Option 2), and urged that its introduction not be unduly delayed by the removal of the July 1, 2001, deadline.
Statement by BCA Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott
11 October 2011
The Clean Energy Future legislation without the safeguards proposed by the Business Council of Australia is neither workable nor responsible and is a flawed approach to pricing greenhouse gas emissions.
Business-Education Foundation a Plus for Collaboration
27 September 2009
The Business Working with Education Foundation will make an important contribution to fostering a wider range of effective partnerships between schools and business.
Senator Xenophon Urged to Back Lower Taxes For All Businesses
19 October 2016
Senator Xenophon urged not to miss a massive opportunity to revive South Australia's flagging economy.
School Accountability Will Benefit Students
27 January 2010
The BCA has welcomed the federal government’s My School website as an important step towards greater accountability by schools.
Achieving Workplace Collaboration Is a Job Not Yet Done
9 August 2009
Australia risks slower economic growth without a greater focus on preventing disputes in the new industrial relations system.
BCA Welcomes the Opposition's RET Position
8 April 2015
The Opposition has taken a sensible step today in moving towards a workable compromise on the Renewable Energy Target.
Return to Surplus - But What Is the Risk?
11 May 2010
This Budget sees a sooner-than-expected return to surplus and the government meeting its own fiscal rules, but it introduces a huge question mark over future growth.
Review of the Fair Work Act
20 December 2011
The review is a welcome opportunity to get workplace relations right in Australia.
Australia’s Tax System Must Be Put under ‘Permanent Watch’
30 March 2006
Australia’s tax system needs to be put under ‘permanent watch’ to make sure it remains internationally competitive.
Australia + Trade = Opportunity
06 September 2015
Across our nation thousands of Australian exporters and their employees are poised to benefit from the new Free Trade Agreement with China.
Business Council of Australia releases International Tax Discussion Paper
17 December 2001
The Business Council of Australia today released a major discussion paper on Australia’s international tax regime.
Australia Has Played its Part in Paris Climate Change Talks
13 December 2015
Australia has made a solid contribution at the Paris climate change talks.
Statement from Jennifer Westacott on the Commission of Audit
22 October 2013
The Commission of Audit is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to bring about budgetary and economic reform.
Speech by Jennifer Westacott to the 2013 Inspire Foundation Breakfast
24 October 2013
Speech by BCA Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott to the 2013 Inspire Foundation Breakfast on the topic of employment and mental health.
Federal Budget: A Good Start to Tax Reform
9 May 2006
The BCA welcomed initiatives to enhance the competitiveness of Australia’s tax system in this year’s federal Budget, but more attention should have been focused on long-term structural reform to lock in current economic growth.
Corporate Tax Bounty Should Not Be Taken For Granted
10 September 2004
Australia’s corporate sector said that the strong figures released today as part of the Charter of Budget Honesty were substantially a result of the contribution made by Australia’s corporations and should not be taken for granted.
Broad Alliance Points to Common Ground on Climate Policy
29 June 2015
The Australian Climate Roundtable has come together to put the climate policy debate on common ground and offer a way forward.
BCA Welcomes Agreement
21 December 2000
The Business Council of Australia today welcomed the agreement reached between the Commonwealth and the New South Wales and Victorian governments on the operation of Australia’s Corporations Law.
Business Welcomes Dawson Report
16 April 2003
The Business Council of Australia today welcomed the release of the Dawson Report on the Trade Practices Act and its administration.
BCA Statement on Welfare Reform
14 December 2000
The Business Council of Australia today welcomed the federal government’s statement on welfare reform.
BCA Backs New Call to Help Young People Plan for Work
20 March 2005
The Business Council of Australia has backed research calling on schools to provide more support for disadvantaged young people to make realistic plans that match their work aspirations.
Good Start on Red Tape but More Progress Needed
26 June 2006
Red tape reform promises will fall over unless governments and their agencies act swiftly and decisively to implement specific commitments made.
Business to Put Federal Government Red Tape Performance Under the Microscope
13 May 2007
Leading business groups concerned about the growth of red tape have joined together in an initiative to put federal government performance in cutting red tape under closer scrutiny.
Business Council of Australia Welcomes Competition Decision
28 November 2001
The Business Council of Australia today welcomed the federal government’s decision not to amend the Trade Practices Act as it relates to the aviation industry.
Response to the 2013–14 Federal Budget
14 May 2013
The budget makes plain how much effort and leadership will be needed to get fiscal policy back on a sustainable footing.
BCA Welcomes Boost to Australia’s Tax Competitiveness
6 December 2006
Changes to Capital Gains Tax rules for non-resident investors which bring Australia into line with international practice.
Message from the BCA President on the Queensland Floods Disaster
14 January 2011
I am grateful to BCA members for all of their efforts in supporting communities of which they are a part.
Australia Day: Daily Telegraph Article by Jennifer Westacott
26 January 2015
BCA Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott reflects on what has made Australia great, and talks about the kind of country we want for the future.
Preventative Health Report Shines Light on Health Challenges
1 September 2009
The September 2009 report of the Preventative Health Taskforce underlines the importance of preventative health measures in making Australia healthier and more productive.
Statement on the Treasurer’s Speech on Tax Reform
15 July 2015
The BCA welcomes the Treasurer's comprehensive assessment of the imperative and the scope for tax reform.
BCA Statement on Measures to Bolster ASIC
20 April 2016
The government’s package announced today to bolster the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) is a sensible and measured approach to enhancing financial services regulation.
Commonwealth Business Forum 2011
27 June 2011
Partnering for Global Growth: The Commonwealth, Indian Ocean and the Pacific Rim: Perth, 25–27 October.
Aussies Should be Barracking for a Better Tax System
11 April 2016
The harsh truth is that Australia’s global economic competitiveness ranking has fallen from tenth a decade ago to 21st, behind New Zealand.
Australia’s Laws Must Not Be Used for Political Purposes
16 June 2013
The government should wait for Productivity Commission report before considering changes to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.
Coalition Plans for an Investigation into the Fair Work Act
1 March 2013
Comments by Business Council of Australia President Tony Shepherd on Coalition plans for a Productivity Commission investigation of the Fair Work Act.
Industry Statement a Smart Step in Winning the Innovation Race
1 May 2007
The Business Council of Australia today welcomed the emphasis on innovation and lifting the capabilities of all businesses in the federal government’s Industry Statement.
Election Policies Should Respect Australians’ Appetite for Reform
17 July 2010
The BCA has challenged the major political parties to deliver policies targeting both economic success and community prosperity.
BCA Releases Energy Report
10 April 2000
Mr Philip Weickhardt, Chairman of the Business Council of Australia’s Energy Reform Taskforce, today released a report that highlights some of the underlying weaknesses in Australia’s energy reforms.
Business Trailblazing in Indigenous Economic Engagement
9 November 2011
Business Council of Australia members are reaching out in ever larger numbers to help improve outcomes for Indigenous Australians.
Statement on the Prime Minister’s Press Club Speech
11 July 2013
Achievement of the Prime Minister’s goals requires a plan and action in the critical areas including tax, regulation, infrastructure and energy policy.
Workplace Relations: Second Article in The Australian
28 February 2015
The national discussion about workplaces must be about creating a culture of collaboration and innovation.
BCA Welcomes Consolidated Tax Regime Legislation
7 February 2002
The regime represents a major change in taxation with the potential to better align the tax system with commercial reality.
Health System Transparency Receives a Welcome Boost
26 November 2015
The Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation is a landmark report that should inform the next wave of health reform.
CEOs Step up to Take Direct Action on Women in Top Jobs
31 March 2010
New mentoring initiative to help high-achieving women rise to the top of the corporate ladder.
Response to Harper Review Will Be Transformative
24 November 2015
The reforms outlined today are essential if we are to reinvigorate competitiveness.
Improving Regulation Requires Sharper Focus on Regulators
22 November 2013
It’s time to make a more efficient regulatory system, including better-performing regulators, one of the top priorities for economic policy setting.
Joint Statement on ACOSS, ACTU and BCA Cooperation
4 December 2012
ACOSS, the ACTU and the BCA have released a joint statement outlining how they will cooperate to tackle entrenched disadvantage through collaborative action.
Second BCA TV Ad Goes to Air
6 November 2005
The second of the BCA’s ‘Four Reform Steps’ television advertisements has gone to air on stations around Australia today.
Agenda to Realise Australia’s Potential
14 October 2014
The Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda is a cohesive strategy for restoring Australia’s competitiveness and delivering the jobs of the future.
Finkel Report Our Best Chance to End Ideological Wars in Energy
9 June 2017
Australia hasn’t a moment to lose now that we have a comprehensive, independent blueprint to restore the security, reliability and affordability of our electricity system.
A Competitive Australia Is Key to Effective Asian Engagement
16 December 2011
Improving the competitiveness of the Australian economy will be fundamental to making the most of opportunities for engagement with the world’s growth hub of Asia.
Speech by Jennifer Westacott to the UA Higher Education Conference 2013
28 February 2013
Why innovation and collaboration, and education, skills and workplaces, are things that Australia has to get right.
Strong Showing in 2012 BCA Indigenous Engagement Survey
23 November 2012
Indigenous engagement is fast becoming an essential aspect of business practice among Australia’s large companies.
Lopping the Tax Review Cuts Opportunity
26 June 2008
Limiting the scope of the federal government’s tax reform process reduces opportunities for Australia.
Action Plan for Enduring Prosperity: Second Column in The Australian
13 May 2013
Second in a series of columns by BCA Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott exploring the Business Council of Australia’s Action Plan for Enduring Prosperity.
Water Reform: Announcement by the Minister for Climate Change and Water
29 April 2008
Response by BCA Chief Executive Katie Lahey to an announcement regarding water reform by the Minister for Climate Change and Water, Senator Penny Wong, in a speech today to the 4th Annual Australian Water Summit.
BCA Response to Release of James Hardie Report
22 September 2004
The Business Council of Australia said the inquiry into James Hardie and its asbestos liabilities should continue to follow due process and not become a pretext for legislative change that could adversely impact all corporations.
Restoring a High-Performing Public Service: Speech by BCA CEO Jennifer Westacott to the IPAA 2012 International Congress
20 September 2012
Speech by BCA Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott to the IPAA 2012 International Congress in Melbourne.
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank's Energy Strategy
This is the Business Council's submission to the AIIB's Energy Strategy Issues Note.
New Report Reveals Surge In Business Engagement With Indigenous Australians
6 December 2016
The campaign by Australia’s biggest businesses to boost their engagement with Indigenous communities is gaining momentum, with Indigenous employment levels surging 30 per cent among Business Council member companies since 2014.
Business Council Statement on Ausgrid Transaction Process
11 August 2016
The Business Council of Australia respects the preliminary decision by the Federal Government to block the lease of New South Wales electricity provider Ausgrid, following advice on national security issues from the Foreign Investment Review Board.
Major Milestones on Streamlined Environmental Approvals
14 May 2014
The Commonwealth Government achieved several important milestones today in its plans to remove Commonwealth–state duplication on environmental approvals.
New Regulatory System Bill Keeps It Simple
24 May 2007
The Business Council of Australia welcomes the introduction into parliament today by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, Mr Chris Pearce, of the Simpler Regulatory System Bill.
Australian Energy Regulator Shows Privatisation Is a Win for Consumers
27 November 2014
The benchmarking data shows privatised electricity networks are far more efficient and deliver lower prices to consumers.
Business Council members working to improve cyber security
13 October 2016
Cyber security is critical for business to address the connectivity conundrum: providing consumers connectivity, while building trust and security.
BCA CEO Jennifer Westacott’s Address to the Australian Government 2011 Tax Forum
4 October 2011
Opening Remarks by Jennifer Westacott to the Business Tax Session of the Australian Government 2011 Tax Forum.
Election Provides a Mandate for Growth Policies
8 September 2013
Statement from BCA President Tony Shepherd in response to the 2013 federal election.
Economic Reform Is Needed: Article by Jennifer Westacott in The Australian
29 September 2014
The government's economic reform agenda is all about making Australia more competitive so we can fulfil our potential, writes BCA CEO Jennifer Westacott.
Purposeful Business, Purposeful Country
24 September 2016
We have an expression we use constantly at the Business Council: “Doing nothing doesn’t mean nothing will happen”.
Business Council Settles Climate Change Policy
3 April 2007
The BCA has agreed on a policy position to tackle climate change involving sustainable emissions reduction strategies while protecting Australia’s economic base.
Statement on the Repeal of the Minerals Resource Rent Tax
2 September 2014
Repealing the MRRT will help improve Australia’s reputation as an attractive investment destination and ensure a strong, growing resources industry.
Statement on the Government’s Response to 457 Visa Review
18 March 2015
The government’s proposed changes to the 457 visa scheme will improve its operation and reduce business costs.
Bipartisan Approach to Innovation Policy Needed
4 December 2015
Both sides of politics should agree on some fundamentals to drive innovation in Australia.
BCA–Clayton Utz BEPS Workshop: Speech by Jennifer Westacott
15 May 2014
We need to align the problem with a fit-for-purpose solution when it comes to base erosion and profit shifting.
Opportunity Must Not Be Lost to Prepare for the Future
5 October 2011
Some welcome and important first steps have been taken at the national tax forum but we are a long way short of a 10-year plan to overhaul the tax system and improve the efficiency of government spending.
Australian Climate Roundtable: Joint Opinion Article
29 June 2015
Broad and durable support is required to effectively tackle climate change.
Government Response Pays Sound Attention to Executive Remuneration Recommendations
16 April 2010
It is a reasonably balanced approach to what has been a sensitive issue for the community.
Statement on Investment in Australian Agriculture
24 November 2015
This Act will hinder foreign investment into sectors that need it to reach their full potential.
Strategic Tax Vision Still Missing from Federal Budget
8 May 2007
The federal Budget outlined important spending measures to support key areas of economic reform, but again falls short of outlining a plan for strategic tax reform,
particularly in addressing Australia’s growing business tax burden.
Business Leaders Urge Plan of Action for Future Growth
6 February 2005
Business leaders today called for an action plan for the economy focused on productivity improvements, saying Australia’s strength and resilience as an economy were likely to erode if major reforms were not started quickly.
The Cost of Dropping Out
29 January 2003
Australia risks creating an underclass of people who face long-term unemployment and chronic poverty unless it curbs the number of young people dropping out of school early.
Economic Reforms Needed to Build a Better Future
23 January 2016
How positive do we feel about our nation’s place in the world and our capacity to realise these opportunities? How confident are we that our children and grandchildren will enjoy the same quality of life as we do, or something even better?
Statement on the Release of Infrastructure Australia Plan
17 February 2016
This plan to meet our infrastructure challenges is a blueprint that all governments, working together, can support and implement.
Refocused COAG Must Now Turn to Delivery
14 February 2011
COAG’s agreement to its priorities and operations around five strategic themes and rationalise ministerial councils should see COAG better equipped to deliver on its mandate.
Bold New Vision Needed to Frame 2020 Summit Potential
7 April 2008
BCA President Greig Gailey has challenged the Australia 2020 Summit to be the catalyst for articulating a new bold, collective vision for the nation.
BCA and Supply Nation Drive Supplier Diversity Discussion
26 March 2015
Supporting the development of the Indigenous business sector is important so that we can drive Indigenous economic development.
Changes to the Proposed Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme
4 May 2009
Given Australia’s current economic circumstances, the BCA welcomes and supports the government’s responsible decision to delay the commencement of the CPRS by one year to 1 July 2011.
Health Information Needs an Urgent Technological Injection
23 November 2009
E-health will require national leadership and commitment to investment in national infrastructure.
Assessment Process Agreement is a Model to Follow
20 December 2013
Commonwealth and NSW Governments progress a bilateral agreement that continues momentum towards a national one-stop-shop for environmental approvals.
Opportunity for Australia to Budget for Future Prosperity
24 February 2008
Major fiscal reforms in the 2008–09 federal Budget are required to pave the way for greater future prosperity.
National Health Agreement Welcome but Only a First Step
2 August 2011
The BCA welcomes the leadership shown by the federal government in securing agreement by the states and territories to a national healthcare reform package.
Diplomatic Capabilities Vital to Australia’s Interests
17 March 2009
The BCA supports recommendations to reshape and invest in Australia’s international diplomatic services.
Statement of Support for Act of Recognition
13 February 2013
Parliament’s adoption of the Act of Recognition is an important step towards a referendum to achieve constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians.
Statement on Autumn Repeal Day
18 March 2015
The government’s third Repeal Day continues the significant progress being made in reducing red tape costs on business
Statement on Standards of Accreditation for Environmental Approvals
28 March 2014
An important milestone towards removing the unnecessary double handling of environmental assessments and approvals between levels of government.
Response to Federal Government Economic Statement
2 August 2013
A credible fiscal strategy requires a concerted effort to fundamentally change the cost structure of government spending.
Policy Benchmarks for the 2010 Federal Election
24 June 2010
A call for new style of policy leadership.
Budget Shows What Is Needed to Build a Stronger Future
10 May 2011
The federal government has taken some necessary steps in the 2011–12 Budget to support productivity and to ensure the nation’s finances are sustainable over the medium term.
Address to the ANU–BCA Forum on Chinese SOEs and Global Investment
29 August 2014
A call for a broad, open discussion about the benefits and risks of foreign state-owned enterprise investment in Australia.
Bipartisanship Essential for Emissions Trading Certainty
16 October 2009
The importance of getting the details of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme right cannot be overstated.
Offshoring No Threat to Australia
14 July 2004
The Business Council of Australia today released a position paper on offshoring, predicting the trend to outsource information, IT and other services to offshore companies would have largely positive implications for Australia’s economy and jobs.
BCA Welcomes Free Trade Agreement with Japan
8 July 2014
The Australian Government has been focused and pragmatic in concluding the highest-quality bilateral trade agreement Japan has ever signed.
Effective Market Access the Key to China FTA
19 April 2005
A free trade agreement with China had the potential to achieve significant long-term gains for the Australian economy, provided the agreement delivered effective market access and competition for Australian business, the BCA said today.
Statement On New Training Package Arrangements
10 November 2016
The Business Council of Australia welcomes the government’s announcement today of the new Service Skills Organisations (SSOs) to develop Training Packages for the manufacturing, automotive, and mining and drilling sectors.
White Paper a Solid Foundation for Future Energy Policy
13 December 2011
The draft Energy White Paper released by the government today provides a solid foundation for ensuring secure, affordable and sustainable energy in the long term.
Business Response to Australia’s Ageing Workforce
27 February 2004
From education to work to retirement, the options are not as simple any more, writes Katie Lahey in The Sydney Morning Herald.
Investment in Asian Learning Will Strengthen Our Ability to Engage with Asia
4 June 2012
Additional federal government funding to encourage Asian learning in schools deserves strong support from business.
A Business Case for ChAFTA
18 September 2015
The effective implementation of ChAFTA will be transformative for the Australian economy.
Statement on Treasury Climate Change Mitigation Modelling
30 October 2008
The BCA has not yet had time to examine the report in detail, but its initial assessment notes the modelling, like the BCA’s previous work, confirms that a global agreement is essential to achieving affordable climate change mitigation in Australia.
Business Council Statement on Company Tax
15 September 2016
If the Parliament abandons the 10-year enterprise tax plan it is effectively giving up on Australia’s global competitiveness.
Joint Senate Report Clears the Way for ChAFTA Ratification
20 October 2015
The JSCOT report on ChAFTA has cleared the way for a speedy ratification of the biggest bilateral trade deal in our history.
Infrastructure Efficiency Now Even More Important
20 October 2008
The changing investment climate makes the need for efficient investments in infrastructure even more important, the BCA argues in a submission to Infrastructure Australia.
BCA Backs National Competition Plan for Infrastructure
29 June 2005
Business today welcomed moves by the federal government to make reform of Australia’s vital infrastructure a central part of a reinvigorated national competition policy.
ALP Policy an Important First Step but Much More Needed
28 August 2007
The BCA acknowledges changes to the ALP’s workplace relations policy are an important first step in recognising the needs of a flexible workplace relations system for a modern economy.
Enhancing Australia's Prosperity
21 November 2016
Volatility overseas shows we must listen to our citizens' concerns, and ensure our institutions can respond. We also must protect our capacity to grow.
COAG Leaders Must Keep Stepping Up
2 October 2008
Australia’s federal and state leaders today demonstrated they are prepared to keep working collaboratively to deliver important national reforms, BCA Chief Executive Katie Lahey said.
Statement on the Australian Infrastructure Audit
22 May 2015
If we don’t fix congestion in our capital cities the cost to the economy will be $53 billion by 2031.
Australia’s Largest Companies Supporting Indigenous Prosperity
18 December 2014
Almost all of Australia’s largest companies see Indigenous prosperity as something they have a part in actively supporting.
Tough Talk Needed to Plan Equal Future for All
31 December 2011
Creating true wealth is a shared responsibility that has a shared benefit.
Asian Strategy a Sound Platform for Enduring Prosperity
28 October 2012
The Australia in the Asian Century White Paper highlights how the rise and growth of Asia presents immense opportunities to shape Australia’s destiny.
The Best Welfare is Working
23 September 2016
For many Australian families, getting access to the right kind of government support at the right time is the key to setting them up for future success in life.
Workplace Relations Reform: Article by Jennifer Westacott
26 September 2015
We must acknowledge and respond to the changes and disruption which are transforming Australia's economy.
BCA Applauds Productivity Commission Report
26 February 2002
The Productivity Commission report on offshore investment by Australian firms is welcome.
Corporations Law Referral Welcomed
8 March 2001
A coalition of business, financial and legal groups has welcomed the introduction into the New South Wales Parliament of the first state legislation referring corporate regulatory powers to the Commonwealth.
Workplace Relations: Third Article in The Australian
21 March 2015
Rather than more tinkering what is required is a new framework that gets the balance right.
Coalition of Business Groups Calls for Decisive Action to Rescue Australia's Ailing Apprenticeship System
14 March 2017
Governments must take urgent action to avert an imminent crisis in our apprenticeship system, one that risks leaving young people without pathways to work and many businesses unable to access the skills they need to grow.
Market Mechanisms the Basis for a Global Solution to Climate Change Says BCA Submission
13 March 2007
The Business Council has outlined a series of principles around a ‘cap-and-trade’ scheme to tackle greenhouse emissions as part of a framework which it believes can provide the foundation for an integrated global solution to emissions reduction.
Future Challenges of Productivity a Task We All Share
2 February 2010
Economic growth is the best way to address the budgetary and demographic challenges of the future.
New Tax Task Force Chairman to lead the Business Council’s Continued Emphasis on Taxation Reform
28 August 2000
Mr Campbell Anderson, President of the BCA today announced that Mr Christopher Knoblanche, Chief Executive Officer and Regional Managing Partner of Arthur Andersen Australasia would be the new Chairman of the Business Council’s Tax Task Force.
Alliance Proposes Partnerships to Secure Jobs for Disadvantaged Jobseekers
30 June 2014
The BCA, ACOSS and the ACTU have jointly proposed improvements to employment services to deliver better outcomes for disadvantaged jobseekers.
National Framework Needed on Energy Efficiency
1 May 2009
The implementation of energy efficiency measures without a consistent national framework in place will not deliver greenhouse gas emissions reductions at least cost.
Governance is Stronger When Two Worlds Connect
21 October 2015
Independentdirectory is a joint initiative of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations and the BCA.
BCA Budget Submission Calls For 10-Year Plan For Growth
3 March 2015
The pressures on the Budget have been a decade in the making and will worsen without a sustained effort over 10 years to put Australia back on track.
Action to Progress Environmental Assessments Welcome
26 September 2013
The BCA welcomes the clearing of a backlog of 50 applications for coal and coal seam gas developments by Environment Minister Greg Hunt.
Response to Mid-year Economic and Fiscal Outlook
17 December 2013
Response by BCA Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott on the Mid-year Economic and Fiscal Outlook.
Senate Should Support Carbon Tax Repeal
5 March 2014
BCA, ACCI, AiG and Minerals Council of Australia joint statement calling on the Senate to repeal the carbon tax as soon as possible.
BCA Reform Advertisements Go to Air Around Australia: ‘Economic Reform Vital For Australia’s Future’
30 October 2005
The Business Council of Australia will begin running this evening the first of a series of advertisements throughout Australia explaining why economic reform is vital for Australia’s future.
Constitutional Recognition a Goal Worth Getting Right
20 September 2012
An Act of Recognition would move our country toward a referendum for recognition of Indigenous Australians in our Constitution.
Clearing the Tax Backlog a Boost for Business Certainty
6 November 2013
The federal government’s plans to deal with the backlog of 92 unlegislated tax and superannuation measures should boost business certainty and confidence.
US FTA Approval a Major Advance for Australia's Economy
13 August 2004
The Business Council of Australia applauded federal Parliament’s approval of the free trade agreement with the United States today.
Federal Budget: Article by Jennifer Westacott
21 May 2015
The 2015-16 federal budget is a pragmatic and sensible budget.
BCA Congratulates Winners of the ACCI/BCA National Work & Family Awards 2005
25 November 2005
The Business Council of Australia congratulated the winners of the 2005 ACCI/BCA National Work & Family Awards, announced by the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Kevin Andrews in Sydney last night.
The Community of Business
5 February 2004
Much of the wealth and economic welbeing of Australian society depends on the ‘community of business’.
BCA Supports Smith Family Research
18 March 2003
The Business Council of Australia has endorsed the findings of a report released by The Smith Family today which outlines the critical importance of education and training in helping low-income individuals and families beat the poverty trap.
Training Reforms Necessary to Meet Future Demand for Skills
4 May 2011
The Skills Australia ‘Skills for Prosperity’ report provides a detailed and timely plan for the reform of the vocational education and training system.
BCA Welcomes Bipartisan Support
24 November 2009
The introduction of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme in Australia is of such fundamental importance and long-term consequences that it requires bipartisan support.
Lifting Productivity the Key to Supporting Jobs Growth
6 October 2011
The Business Council of Australia welcomes the renewed focus on initiatives to support jobs growth at the Future Jobs Forum in Canberra.
Time to End Simplistic Rule In Rule Out Politics
7 November 2015
Tax reform cannot only be about the GST, but we can't have a proper debate about the optimum tax system if the discussion doesn't include the GST.
Joint Statement: Back Stronger Businesses so Australians Get Ahead
9 June 2016
Business groups whose members employ millions of Australians in small, medium and large enterprises are urging politicians to back businesses – small, medium and large – so Australians can get ahead.
AIGN–BCA Carbon Pricing Forum
23 March 2011
Industry forum canvasses the issues influencing the implementation of a carbon price in Australia.
Statement on the Coalition’s ‘One-Stop Shop’ for Environmental Approvals
26 June 2013
The Business Council of Australia welcomes the Coalition’s policy to establish a single approvals process for environmental assessment and approvals
Getting Value from AGMs
23 September 2003
Code of conduct for annual general meetings released.
September Quarter National Accounts Are A Wake-Up Call For Parliament
7 December 2016
“The GDP figures are an end-of-year wakeup call for Parliament about what lies ahead for the Australian community if they fail to face up to Australia’s very real and growing economic challenges,” Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott said.
Workplace Relations: First Article in The Australian
14 February 2015
Our workplace relations system can be improved to better support job creation, productivity and competitiveness in the 21st century.
It’s time to reset our energy policy
19 April 2018
Business is calling for the state and federal governments to reach in-principle agreement on the National Energy Guarantee, so the country can end the energy policy uncertainty that’s led to higher energy prices and reduced reliability.
Business, Unions Unite for Older Workers
23 April 2003
Australia’s corporate sector and trade unions are working together to boost the number of older people remaining in the workforce.
Business Council Statement on Australian Priority Investment Approach to Welfare
20 September 2016
The Business Council welcomes the Turnbull Government’s Australian Priority Investment Approach, noting that the best way to achieve social progress for all Australians is through economic opportunity.
BCA - Submission to 2015-16 Budget
2 March 2015
The pressures on the Australian Budget have been a decade in the making and will worsen without a sustained effort over 10 years to put Australia back on track.
Kyoto Protocol: Letter to the Editor
30 October 2007
Text of a letter from Michael Chaney to the editor of The Australian, published on 27 October 2007.
Straightshooting Report Pushes COAG to Lift Its Pace
23 February 2010
The report, the 'National Partnership Agreement to Deliver a Seamless National Economy Report on Performance 2008-09', provides an admirably honest assessment of where microeconomic reform can be improved.
Statement on VET Student Loans program
5 October 2016
The Business Council of Australia welcomes the Turnbull Government’s announcement today of a new VET Student Loans program, and urges the Senate to urgently pass these much needed reforms to ensure new loans are available to students from 2017.
World Business Leaders Urge Trade Ministers to Seize the Opportunity to Save the Doha Round
15 December 2005
Trade ministers from around the world need to focus their efforts in Hong Kong on resurrecting the Doha Round by providing the basis for a substantial trade liberalisation agreement to be achieved before the end of 2006.
Towards Sustainable Development: Draft Consultation Report
31 May 2001
Draft consultation report prepared by the BCA Sustainable Development Task Force for consultation outlining how leading Australian and global corporations are contributing to sustainable development.
Media releases from March 2018
Statement on the Government’s Carbon Policy Announcement
16 July 2013
More needs to be done to address the high cost Australia is paying now to reduce its emissions.
New Research Uncovers What’s at Stake If We Don’t Get It Right on Major Projects
7 June 2012
The story of our Australia’s massive investment pipeline is really about an economy-wide investment boom, not just a mining boom, but this investment is far from assured.
The BCA’s Real Agenda: A Vigorous Economy with Jobs and Opportunity for All
10 October 2000
The Business Council of Australia has hit back at ACTU criticism of its recent report, Managerial Leadership in the Workplace.
Statement by BCA Acting Chief Executive Maria Tarrant
24 February 2011
Response to the federal government’s proposed climate change framework as announced today.
Business–Indigenous Collaboration: First National Report Released
4 December 2001
Many Indigenous leaders are asking business to play a central role in ensuring real jobs in the real economy.
Joint Support for Promoting and Improving US Access to Australian Temporary Skilled Work Visas
2 April 2012
There is a real potential for skilled US workers to temporarily fill skills gaps in Australia to the benefit of the individuals concerned, our membership and our economies.
Closing the Gap Delivers Community-Wide Benefits
1 July 2010
The Goulburn Valley stands to gain sizeable benefits from closing the gap in Indigenous disadvantage.
Wider Debate Needed on Business Innovation
13 December 2004
Business innovation is the result of a range of commercial and business strategies and not just R&D spend, a survey of BCA Members has found.
Launch of Business Council of Australia Statement on Strategies for Sustainable Development
31 May 2001
Speech by BCA President Dr John Schubert at the launch of the BCA Statement on Strategies for Sustainable Development
Victorian Gas Ban Will Hit Businesses and Consumers
30 August 2016
The Government’s decision to ban exploration and development of all onshore unconventional gas in Victoria will be a dead weight on economic growth and energy security in that state, while making the clean energy transition riskier and more expensive.
Open Letter to Members of the Australian Labor Party Caucus about the Enterprise Migration Agreement Program
28 May 2012
Tying up the government's Enterprise Migration Agreement program in more red tape is potentially unmanageable and is no way to help Australian workers.
What Will Brexit Mean for Australian Business?
22 June 2016
Business Council of Australia Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott is interviewed on BBC World News.
International Taxation System Retarding Growth
11 November 2002
Australia’s international taxation system is retarding its ability to participate fully in the international economy.
Statement on the COAG Business Advisory Forum
6 December 2012
There has been failure to make meaningful progress on the critical reform of eliminating costly double handling of environmental assessments and approvals under the national Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.
ABCC essential to combatting unlawful union behaviour on construction sites
19 October 2016
Unlawful behaviour by unions on Australia’s building and construction sites may reach crisis point unless Parliament acts now to restore the ABCC
Commonwealth and New South Wales Continue One-Stop-Shop Momentum
5 November 2013
BCA welcomes Prime Minister Abbott and NSW Premier O’Farrell's signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to streamline the environmental approvals process.
Youth Education and Training Completions Provide Intergenerational Economic Benefit
2 June 2005
Boosting the proportion of young people completing school or an apprenticeship to 90 per cent by the end of the decade would increase workforce numbers by 65,000, boost economic productivity, and expand the economy by nearly $10 billion by 2040.
Executive Pay Position Paper
24 June 2004
The Business Council of Australia today released a position paper in response to the continuing debate over pay for CEOs and other senior business managers.
BCA Welcomes Dawson
23 June 2004
The Business Council of Australia today welcomed the announcement by the federal government that legislation giving effect to the recommendations of the Dawson Inquiry into the Trade Practices Act will be introduced into Parliament tomorrow.
Business Council Welcomes Release of the R&D Tax Incentive Review
28 September 2016
The Business Council welcomes the release of the R&D Tax Incentive Review for comment, and stresses the importance of continuing to back research and development.
National Accounts Another Wake-Up Call
3 December 2014
National Accounts release highlights the need for policies to boost competitiveness, lift economic growth and navigate upcoming economic challenges.
Letter Sent to all State Premiers regarding Australia’s Corporations Law
19 July 2000
Copy of a letter from Mr David Buckingham, regarding Australia’s Corporations Law.
Global Downturn a New Challenge for Our Federation
30 January 2009
The current economic downturn demands a coordinated response by all levels of government.
Why Budget Discipline Matters: Article in the Daily Telegraph
18 February 2014
Article by Jennifer Westacott in the Daily Telegraph highlights why fiscal discipline and a strong budget position matters to long-term economic growth.
BCA Global Survey Finds Australia’s Company Tax Burden Too High
17 October 2005
Australia’s corporate tax regime was quickly becoming uncompetitive and would act as a brake on economic growth if it was not brought into line with its competitors, according to the new report released by the Business Council today.
Giant Step on Red Tape Reinforces Pressure on States
15 August 2006
The Business Council of Australia welcomes the final federal government response to the Banks Taskforce report on reducing business red tape as a giant step forward for Australia’s economic efficiency.
Statement on Efficiency in Health Research Paper
23 April 2015
There is an opportunity for a double dividend from better targeting of health treatments that can lead to better patient outcomes, and also savings.
BCA Appoints New Chief Executive
7 February 2011
The BCA Board has announced Jennifer Westacott, currently a national lead partner at KPMG, as the organisation’s new chief executive.
Embedding Workplace Collaboration: Good Faith Bargaining
28 January 2010
A call for clarity on good faith bargaining requirements.
Stopping Price Competition Will Hurt Consumers
20 June 2003
The Business Council of Australia said today that any specific prohibition on competitive pricing by large business would directly affect consumers, denying them the benefits of robust price competition.
BCA Welcomes Population Debate
9 March 2000
The Business Council of Australia today welcomed support for a debate about Australia’s immigration policy but said it did not go far enough.
Action Plan for Enduring Prosperity: Fourth Column in The Australian
5 August 2013
Jennifer Westacott writes about the importance of economic growth as part of a series discussing the BCA Action Plan for Enduring Prosperity.
BCA Analysis of Minor Parties’ Business and Economic Policies
2 September 2004
The Business Council of Australia today released an analysis of the implications for business and the wider economy of the forthcoming Senate election.
Jennifer Westacott on Sky News with David Speers
3 May 2016
Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott responds to the 2016 Federal Budget on Sky News Business with David Speers.
Higher Foreign Investment a Key to Maintaining Our Edge
16 April 2010
Australia could boost its GDP by $16.5 billion by 2020 through a 10 per cent increase in foreign investment.
Community Will Benefit from Reshaping Our Tax System
31 July 2009
All Australians stand to gain from bold tax reform that includes lower business tax.
The Need for Ongoing Tax Reform a Key Legacy of Dr Henry
21 December 2010
Dr Ken Henry has been one of Australia’s foremost public servants in a department that is at the heart of the key economic policy debates before the nation.
Long-Term Discipline and a Focus on Growth Must Drive Budget
20 February 2012
Proposes a set of new fiscal rules for the federal Budget.
Australia Needs the Right Emissions Trading Scheme
26 May 2009
If Australia is to achieve the targets that it has set itself, business will need to make significant new investments. It needs an ETS that both gets the detail right and continues over the longer term.
Business Council of Australia: Trade Principles
24 August 2005
The Business Council of Australia has compiled a set of formal principles to guide its policy agenda on trade.
Strong Budget Result Continues to Extract Heavy Burden From Corporate Australia
23 September 2005
Another stronger than expected result in the Final Budget Outcome showed again the significant and growing contribution of corporate Australia to the government’s coffers, the BCA said today.
Business Awaits COAG Backing for Major Projects Inquiry
10 May 2012
BCA proposal for a Productivity Commission inquiry needs the backing of COAG.
BCA Response to Section 46 Announcement
16 March 2016
The Business Council of Australia is disappointed by the government’s decision to change Section 46 of the Competition and Consumer Act.
New Focus Needed on Business Innovation
13 March 2006
Many Australian innovation achievements go unrecognised because the fundamental concept of innovation is misunderstood.
Take it a Step at a Time to Hit Emissions Reduction Targets
30 May 2007
The Business Council of Australia has proposed a three-tiered system of greenhouse gas emissions targets to make sure action to respond to climate change is credible and achievable while maintaining Australia’s competitive advantage.
Korea–Australia FTA Hands Australian Business an Early Christmas Gift
11 December 2014
Business will be able to take advantage of opportunities with our fourth largest trading partner when the Korea-Australia FTA comes into force.
BCA Response to ALP ‘Researchers in Business’ Proposal
21 November 2007
The BCA has emphasised increasing the linkages between research and business, especially when research is at an early stage, in order to maximise the opportunity to better utilise new ideas.
COAG Needs to Act on Productivity Commission’s Major Projects Report
10 December 2013
Now more than ever, Australia’s economic success is tied to the delivery of major projects.
2007 Intergenerational Report Highlights the Need for Long-Term Reform Planning
2 April 2007
Business today welcomed the release of the federal government’s 2007 Intergenerational Report, saying the report showed the importance of strategic policy action in tackling the challenges of an ageing population.
Trade Practices Breakthrough
19 October 2006
The BCA has welcomed the long-awaited passage of the Bill giving effect to many of the recommendations of the Dawson Committee's review of Australia's Trade Practices Act.
Business Urges Changes to CLERP 9
8 October 2003
The Business Council of Australia said today it supported the majority of the CLERP 9 corporate governance proposals but continued to have serious concerns about key aspects of the package.
2015-16 Budget Submission: Article by Jennifer Westacott
3 March 2015
It's time to stop the blame game and start fixing Australia's budget position.
Good Governance Must Continue through Long Campaign
30 January 2013
The Prime Minister’s announcement that she plans to go to the polls on 14 September doesn’t reduce the importance of the government staying focused on delivering policies for long-term growth and jobs, not just on winning an election later in the year.
Booz Allen Hamilton/BCA Study Shows Decline in Australian CEO Turnover
23 November 2004
Although the rate of CEO turnover in Australia declined in the past year, local CEOs are more likely to leave their jobs because of poor performance than their global counterparts.
Statement on the Fair Work Amendment Bill 2014
27 February 2014
The Bill is an important step in reforming workplace laws, but more changes are needed to ensure a system that works for all workplaces and all workers.
No Reason Left for Parliament to Delay Restoring the ABCC
18 October 2016
No Reason Left for Parliament to Delay Restoring the ABCC
Submission on the Australia Labor Party: Consultation on an Emissions Reduction Target
The Business Council’s submission to this process did not support setting higher targets for 2030 at this point in time.
Clean Energy Finance Corporation
30 May 2017
Removing arbitrary restrictions on investments in potentially effective technologies like carbon capture and storage will allow market participants to determine the most effective technology to invest in.
BCA Challenges Critics of Higher Education Reforms
6 June 2003
The Business Council of Australia today challenged critics of proposed reforms to Australia’s universities to offer viable alternatives and called for united support of the reform package.
Productivity Commission Review Will Allow Considered Analysis of Remuneration
18 March 2009
The BCA welcomes the appointment of the Productivity Commission to conduct an inquiry into executive remuneration.
Business Bashers Must Explain The Consequences
21 November 2016
Populist politicians who target business should tell their voters to expect years of low growth - and tell them why.
Business Council Launches New Directions Discussion Paper on Long-Term Unemployment
13 April 2000
David Buckingham, Executive Director of the Business Council of Australia, today launched the third discussion paper from the BCA New Directions Taskforce, Pathways to Work: Tackling Long-Term Unemployment.
Industry Groups United: Carbon Tax Must Go
13 November 2013
ACCI, AiG, the BCA and the MCA have called on the parliament to support the repeal of the carbon tax.
Working in Parallel
11 November 2010
How large and small businesses work together, contribute to each other’s success and jointly contribute to Australia’s overall prosperity.
Urgent National Plan Needed for Infrastructure Says BCA
26 March 2005
Business today called for an urgent national approach to Australia’s infrastructure problems, warning the problem was the single, biggest barrier to the nation’s future prosperity.
Two Per Cent Target Needs a 100 Per Cent Reform Focus
19 January 2010
A comprehensive and long-lasting reform program will be needed to meet the Prime Minister’s new target of two per cent annual productivity growth.
Real Progress Must Be the Priority for Doha
29 January 2007
The Business Council of Australia has called for real concessions by all parties to break the impasse in the Doha round of trade negotiations.
National Accounts Underscore Threat To Australia From Trump Tax Plan
1 March 2017
This mixed bag of economic indicators is a sobering reminder that Australia must urgently boost its international competitiveness by reducing business taxes and overhauling bad regulation that are together strangling investment, says Jennifer Westacott.
Coastal Shipping Reforms Deserve to be Passed
25 June 2015
It is critical that the parliament prioritises the national interest and gives its support to the government’s shipping reforms.
2006 AGMs: Review and Results
14 May 2007
A study of over 70 annual general meetings (AGMs) identifying practices and procedures that were used in AGMs in 2006 has been released today.
BCA and CTA Welcome International Tax Reform
14 May 2003
The Business Council of Australia and the Corporate Tax Association welcome the Budget announcements on international tax reform.
BCA Welcomes Australian Research Council Report
8 June 2000
The Business Council of Australia today welcomed the release of the Australian Research Council’s report Investing in Our Future.
Action Plan for Enduring Prosperity: Jennifer Westacott’s AFR Article
31 July 2013
The BCA action plan aims to encourage discussion and action on long-term social and economic goals for Australia, Jennifer Westacott explains in the AFR.
Business–Community Partnerships Now a Core Part of Business Strategy
13 June 2007
Australia’s largest companies are increasing and deepening their involvement in the community as corporate community investment (CCI) is becoming a core part of business activity and strategy, according to a landmark report released today.
Federal Election 2004
29 August 2004
Australia’s peak business group welcomed the announcement today of a federal election for 9 October.
BCA Response to ALP Trade Policy
21 November 2007
The BCA welcomes the ALP’s commitment to undertake a broad-based review of Australia’s trade policies and programs. It is important and timely that such a review is undertaken in close consultation with business.
Federal Reforms Turn the Tide on Red Tape
7 April 2006
Major reforms to red tape announced today by the federal government potentially signalled the start of a reversal of Australia’s regulatory blow-out.
Joint Statement on the Options Paper on Coastal Shipping Reform
8 April 2014
The government’s review of the rules governing ship movements recognises that the current system is not working in the interests of the Australian economy.
Article on Company Tax by Jennifer Westacott and Frank Drenth
7 October 2014
Misleading report unfairly tarnishes the reputation of many Australian companies, the ATO and risks setting back the tax reform debate Australia needs.
Strategic Focus on Emerging Markets Vital to Our Future
17 May 2011
The Business Council of Australia has strongly supported the reforms to Austrade announced today by the Minister for Trade, Craig Emerson.
Decision Time on Infrastructure Funding and Financing
28 November 2013
Report outlines eight areas for reform of funding and financing to secure much-needed investment in infrastructure.
BCA Statement on Victoria’s Renewables Targets
15 June 2016
Victoria’s latest announcement of renewable targets represents an unwelcome return to competing state climate change policies that risk driving up the cost of emissions reduction and threaten the orderly transformation of the electricity sector.
Competitiveness the Key to Australia’s Energy Future
8 November 2012
Lifting competitiveness and efficiency to put downward pressure on the cost of energy supplied to export markets and domestic consumers will be critical to the quality of our lifestyles and economic growth.
Free Trade Agreement with the United States
10 February 2004
Hugh Morgan writes in The Australian Financial Review that the bilateral trade deal can still pave the way for multilateral liberalisation.
Letter to COAG from the BCA Board
8 February 2006
Letter to the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) from the Board of the Business Council of Australia.
Time For Action on Energy Reform
8 April 2015
Today’s Energy White Paper should spur governments across Australia to reform a critical sector of the Australian economy.
COAG Meeting an Opportunity for Economic Growth
28 November 2008
This weekend’s COAG meeting is an opportunity for Australia’s governments to show businesses that the economy is moving forward, says BCA president Greig Gailey.
Beyond Tomorrow: Speech by BCA CEO Jennifer Westacott to the Committee for Sydney
14 July 2011
Australia’s fate is linked to Sydney’s, and to the success of our largest businesses.
Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW Address by Jennifer Westacott
2 June 2016
Mental Health Australia Chair and Business Council of Australia Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott addressed the NSW State Parliament and members of the Schizophrenia Fellowship about mental health reform, community and innovation.
Latest Jobs and Growth Package a Boost for Confidence
3 February 2009
The BCA welcomes the focus on jobs and growth in the latest economic stimulus measures unveiled by the federal government today.
Balance Solves Energy Equation
22 June 2004
The federal government needs to pay attention to demand as well as supply in its energy policy, Hugh Morgan writes in an op-ed in The Australian Financial Review.
Business Council Hails US Free Trade Agreement
9 February 2004
Business Council of Australia President, Mr Hugh Morgan, today described the signing of a free trade agreement (FTA) with the United States as an historic moment for Australia.
Australia Day Breakfast 2015: Speech by Jennifer Westacott
26 January 2015
A vision for an Australia that is the best place in the world to live, work, learn and do business.
457 Visa Report Strikes the Right Balance
10 September 2014
Streamlining 457 visas good for growing the economy and generating new jobs for Australian workers.
Australians Deserve a Balanced Debate on Company Tax
13 April 2016
As we approach the Budget and an election it is vital the community is presented with a balanced argument on company income tax.
Competition Policy Discussions a Crucial First Step
14 October 2015
State and territory Treasurers discussing competition policy reform is a crucial first step.
New Research Reinforces the Need for Major Tax Reform
10 December 2006
Urgent reform is needed to avoid Australia’s corporate tax burden climbing to levels not seen since business taxes were cut following the Ralph Review in 1999.
Tax Refund Email Scam
11 June 2009
The Australian Taxation Office has issued an urgent warning regarding a tax refund email scam. Recipients of these emails should refer to the ATO warning.
Health Reform Is Still Not Putting the Patient First
16 February 2011
COAG health reforms are a first step in improving the funding of the healthcare system but are a long way short of the reforms we need.
Labor must support government's full tax plan
13 October 2016
The Labor Party should act in the interests of a stronger economy for all the community by not opposing the full package of reforms in the government’s 10-year tax plan.
BCA Response to ALP's ChAFTA Conditions
13 October 2015
ChAFTA should be passed and our position remains that it should be passed without unnecessary amendments to the Migration Act.
Break the Budget Deadlock or Suffer the Consequences
17 March 2017
The Budget should set out a responsible five-pronged strategy to promote stronger growth, better services and increased value from government spending, with the ultimate goal of achieving higher community living standards
Senate Report on Changing Australia’s Competition Laws
8 March 2004
A Senate report threatens healthy competition, writes Hugh Morgan in an op-ed in The Australian Financial Review.
Intergenerational Report: Article by Jennifer Westacott
7 March 2015
Both major parties must put forward a compelling vision and a practical plan of action for how to manage the enormous transformation of our society.
Business welcomes energy policy momentum
20 April 2018
The agreement of state and federal governments to proceed to the detailed design stage for a National Energy Guarantee will help build certainty, Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott said today.
Boosting Employment Outcomes for People with Disability
29 October 2015
A report which looks at the role business can play in driving greater workforce participation and inclusion for people with disability.
Response to the Federal Budget 2015-16
13 May 2015
Business Council of Australia Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott responds to the 2015-16 Federal Budget.
Opening Statement by BCA President Tony Shepherd at the Announcement of the New COAG Business Advisory Forum
6 March 2012
The forum is a great opportunity to reset the agenda to get the federation working better.
Trade Liberalisation a Strong Basis to Support Productivity
12 April 2011
The trade policy framework announced today will provide a solid basis for achieving effective trade and investment outcomes for Australia.
A Welcome Recipe for Community Prosperity
15 July 2010
The BCA welcomes the focus on productivity and growth in the Prime Minister’s address to the National Press Club today.
President’s Statement on the Announcement of the 2020 Emissions Reduction Target
16 December 2008
The Australian Government’s emissions reduction target announcement sets in train a fundamental restructuring of the Australian economy.
Competition Review Terms of Reference and Panel Statement
27 March 2014
The BCA responds to final details from the federal government in respect to the terms of reference and panel for the competition policy review.
Skills Response Will Help Meet Economic Needs
15 March 2011
The federal government’s response to the Resourcing the Future report will make an important contribution to meeting future workforce requirements of the resources and energy sector.
BCA: $10 Billion Package Is Well-Timed, Well-Targeted and Temporary
14 October 2008
The BCA congratulates the federal government for providing a package that will build confidence in the Australian economy.
Let’s Make Australia Great: BCA
20 February 2001
Statement released by the President of the Business Council of Australia, Dr John Schubert, at the completion of the BCA 2001 Strategy Forum.
Energy Green Paper First Step in Becoming a Superpower
23 September 2014
Green paper provides a welcome opportunity to consult on how to achieve Australia’s potential as a global energy superpower.
BCA Supports Energy Policy Review
4 March 2001
The Executive Director of the Business Council of Australia, Mr David Buckingham, supported Senator Minchin’s call to re-energise energy market reform.
Working Together to Restore a World Class VET System
17 November 2016
Employers and industry groups have become concerned that the VET system is deteriorating and that recent attempts at reform have failed to impact on some core issues
Time to Give Business a Break
27 May 2016
Who are the taxpayers who ultimately foot the bill for the promises made during an election campaign, whether on a “spend-o-meter” or elsewhere?
Statement on the Australia–China CEO Roundtable
17 November 2014
The Australia–China CEO Roundtable will play a significant role in realising the opportunities created by the China–Australia Free Trade Agreement.
Response to the Federal Budget 2016–17
4 May 2016
Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott responds to the 2016–17 Federal Budget.
China–Australia Free Trade Agreement Will Support Growth
17 June 2015
The significant opportunities for two-way trade unlocked by this agreement will deliver lasting benefits for the whole community.
MPs Windsor and Oakeshott Put Jobs and the Economy First
4 June 2013
Independent MPs Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor should be commended for deciding not to support regressive amendments to the Fair Work Act.
COAG Delivers Platform for Future Growth
10 February 2006
COAG has today achieved some important breakthroughs for reform that should provide the platform for ongoing prosperity.
BCA Statement on ABCC and Registered Organisations Bills
21 March 2016
The Prime Minister’s announcement today that the parliament will be recalled on 18 April for three weeks provides plenty of time for the Senate to complete its deliberations and pass these bills without further delay.
Statement on the 2014–15 Federal Budget
13 May 2014
The budget is a solid start to putting the fiscal strategy back on track, but there is much more work to do.
Campaign to Scuttle US FTA a Re-run of Tariff Debate
26 July 2004
The Business Council of Australia today called on the ALP to uphold the national interest and ignore last-ditch attempts by union leaders and the Greens to scuttle the US Free Trade Agreement.
Mortimer Review Underlines Need to Expand Australia's Productive Potential
23 September 2008
The BCA has welcomed key elements of the Mortimer review report, including its emphasis on expanding Australia’s productive potential.
Statement on Australia Joining the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
24 June 2015
As a founding member, Australia can play a key role in setting the direction of this body and the decisions it will make to finance projects.
Principal for a Day Program Celebrates 5th Birthday
17 August 2005
Katie Lahey, Chief Executive of the Business Council of Australia participated in this year’s Principal for Day program today at Preston Girls Secondary College, Victoria.
Big Business Shows Leadership in Closing the Gap
22 October 2010
BCA members are increasingly active in developing creative strategies to increase Indigenous engagement in the Australian economy.
BCA Welcomes New South Wales Government Energy Strategy
11 December 2007
Statement by BCA Policy Director Maria Tarrant on an announcement this week by the New South Wales Government regarding electricity privatisation.
Trade Equals Opportunity from ChAFTA Enabling Legislation
16 September 2015
Failure to ratify the agreement is estimated to cost $4 billion and almost 10,000 jobs in financial services alone, by 2030.
Health Check Shows We Must Change Our Aged Care Approach
14 December 2011
The Australian Parliament must agree a long-term plan to reform the health and aged care system to address an unsustainable growth in demand and rising costs that will consume more than 40 per cent of most government budgets by 2050.
Statement on the Commission of Audit Report
1 May 2014
The report is a blunt reminder that the task ahead is difficult, and it is now up to government to develop a long-term, strategic framework.
BCA Supports Productivity Commission Parental Leave Proposal
29 September 2008
The BCA welcomes the Productivity Commission’s draft report recommending 18 weeks of paid parental leave.
BCA Statement on Passage of Senate Voting Reforms
18 March 2016
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has shown leadership and vision in spearheading changes to our Senate voting system that will strengthen the integrity of Australia’s parliamentary democracy.
Post-2020 Target Needs to Strike the Right Balance
30 April 2015
It is critical in setting a post-2020 target that there is an understanding of the level of structural adjustment that will be required and its impact.
New Model for Best Practice Commercialisation Policy
9 August 2004
The Business Council of Australia and the Australian Vice-Chancellors Committee have released a study on building better systems to take university R&D to the market, drawing on local and international best practice to create the model.
Coastal Shipping Reforms Warrant a Second Look
26 November 2015
The Senate's rejection of reforms to streamline coastal trading regulations is a major blow.
BCA supports signing Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank MOU
30 March 2015
The Business Council of Australia supports the government’s decision to sign the Memorandum of Understanding for the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.
Draft Harper Report Resets Competition Policy for Global Challenges
22 September 2014
Draft report sets scene for a shift in competition policy to address globalisation, technology and deliver benefits to the community. http://bit.ly/1ylEXM5
Australia’s Infrastructure in Need of an Audit: BCA
21 August 2005
The Business Council of Australia has called for a biennial ‘state of the nation’ audit to assess the adequacy and performance of Australia’s key infrastructure.
Statement On The Australian Building And Construction Commission
30 November 2016
The passage of the ABCC legislation shows that the parliament can work together to improve Australia’s competitiveness, a critical factor in driving our ongoing prosperity and creating meaningful jobs in a volatile world
Statement by BCA President Tony Shepherd on the New South Wales School Governance Reforms
13 March 2013
Teachers, principals and parents should get behind major school reforms announced over the weekend by New South Wales Premier Barry O’Farrell and Education Minister Adrian Piccoli.
Budget repair deal marks a positive start to new Parliament
13 September 2016
The agreement between the Turnbull Government and the Opposition to pass more than $6 billion in budget savings over the forward estimates marks a positive start to the new Parliament.
Statement on 457 Visa Bill: Senate Must Take a Stand
26 June 2013
The government’s damaging Migration Amendment (Temporary Sponsored Visas) Bill must be rejected.
Sharing Prosperity: Brotherhood of St Laurence Sambell Oration by BCA CEO Jennifer Westacott
23 November 2011
Business and the community sector need to work together to ensure that a wealthy country like Australia doesn’t leave people behind.
Article on Tax Reform by Toby Hall and Jennifer Westacott in The Age
26 August 2013
If political parties were being honest, they would explain the structural problems with the current tax system that make careful and comprehensive reform essential.
Parliament Must No Longer Delay in Cutting Carbon Tax Cost
10 July 2014
Repealing the carbon tax must be the first step in reducing electricity prices and developing a coherent, integrated national energy and climate policy.
Productivity Commission Report Should End Many Executive Pay Misconceptions
4 January 2010
The report has shown there is no widespread failure in executive remuneration governance across Australian companies.
Business Supports Japan–Australia Free Trade Feasibility Study
19 April 2005
Business today underlined the importance of a feasibility study to explore the potential scope and benefits of a potential free trade agreement between Japan and Australia.
Migration Agreement a Step in Keeping the Pipeline Flowing
25 May 2012
The approval by the federal government of its first Enterprise Migration Agreement for the Roy Hill project in Western Australia’s Pilbara region is a welcome step.
Business Council of Australia Renews Calls for Economic Reform
3 October 2005
The Business Council of Australia has renewed its calls for further economic reform to promote ongoing growth and prosperity in Australia.
Red Tape: Government Breaks Its Own Rules
20 December 2009
A new independent assessment shows the federal government is failing to follow its own rules on regulation.
BCA Call for Balance in Senate Debate
9 June 2003
The Business Council of Australia said today it supported the proposed review of the Senate and called on all parties to debate the issue objectively.
Business Groups on the Same Page on OHS Harmonisation
24 September 2009
Three Australian business groups have joined together to urge all governments to support one system of workplace safety laws.
STEM Strategy Would Help Drive Innovation
2 September 2014
The Chief Scientist's strategy reinforces that science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills are crucial in the modern economy.
BCA Elects Michael Chaney as New President
28 October 2005
The Business Council of Australia has elected Mr Michael Chaney AO as its new President for a term of two years.
Statement on Royal Commission Terms of Reference
14 March 2014
The terms of reference provide for an opportunity to ensure that alleged union corruption and misconduct can be fully investigated, wherever it arises.
Statement on post-2020 Emissions Reduction Target
11 August 2015
Achieving the post-2020 emissions reduction target will be a challenge for all Australians, including business.
BCA Shines High Beam Down Road to Infrastructure Reform
4 October 2007
The BCA has launched a roadmap for infrastructure reform to address challenges faced by the Australian economy to maintain and build on prosperity.
We Need to Get the NDIS Right from the Outset
7 March 2016
We must get the NDIS right from the outset to avoid a harsh impact on the most vulnerable people in the community.
Red Tape Not the Answer on Skills
23 February 2013
Unwarranted red tape and restrictions on the 457 (temporary skilled worker) visa scheme work against business investment and economic growth.
BCA Welcomes Corporate Responsibility Recognition
22 June 2006
More regulation and red tape is not the answer to encouraging greater corporate responsibility and reporting.
Joint Statement Calls for WTO Environmental Goods Agreement
8 July 2014
Joint statement urges the conclusion by the WTO of an international agreement to eliminate tariffs on a broad range of environmental goods.
BCA Welcomes Release of OECD BEPS Package
6 October 2015
The final package of the OECD’s BEPS measures is an important next step in the modernisation of global tax arrangements.
Statement on the Intergenerational Report
5 March 2015
The report reinforces how future deficits can be reduced with timely policy action.
Statement on Senate Voting Reforms
22 February 2016
The proposed changes to the system of voting for the Senate provide a vital opportunity to strengthen our system of governance.
Business Council Statement on Budget 2017-18
9 May 2017
“Treasurer Scott Morrison has delivered a practical and workable Budget in the face of sustained political gridlock in Canberra that has stifled much-needed, wider reform,” said Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott.
Seize the Moment of Infrastructure Opportunity
25 October 2009
A report on the infrastructure reforms required to improve both our economy and the quality of life in our cities and communities.
All Governments Still in a Tangle on Business Red Tape
18 November 2010
Australian businesses continue to be shackled by costly red tape, BCA scorecard finds.
Time To Pull The Plug On Energy Culture War
12 April 2017
This essay by Jennifer Westacott was published in The Australian on 12 April 2017.
Bold Leadership on Tax Will Realise Our Potential
2 May 2010
The Henry review into Australia’s Future Tax System makes an historic and significant contribution to the economic reform debate in Australia.
Now Is the Time to Invite Those Facing Employment Barriers in from the Cold
23 June 2007
The BCA today announced it would lead a major new initiative on workforce participation with the aim of increasing participation including among Australians who are marginalised.
Workplace Relations Reform: Article by Jennifer Westacott
14 August 2015
As our economy undergoes enormous transformation we must prepare ourselves for the jobs of the future in a way that will offer people rewarding work.
Damaging 457 Bill Must Be Pulled from Senate
27 June 2013
The BCA calls on Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to withdraw the Migration Amendment (Temporary Sponsored Visas) Bill from the parliament.
Business Council Welcomes ChAFTA Bipartisanship
21 October 2015
The government and Opposition should be congratulated for negotiating in good faith to secure the ChAFTA.
BCA Statement on Brexit Vote
28 June 2016
Australian businesses are carefully monitoring global markets, following the British decision to leave the EU last week.
Australia’s High Fixed Carbon Price the Elephant in the Room
28 August 2012
Linking our emissions trading system to the European Union’s scheme does not address the fact that Australian businesses still face the world’s highest carbon price until 2015.
Australia–Japan Free Trade Agreement Negotiations
13 December 2006
The BCA welcomed the decision to commence negotiations on an Australia–Japan free trade agreement.
Responsibility Now on Business to Make Industrial Relations Changes Work: BCA President
7 December 2005
New workplace relations reforms passed last week placed a significant responsibility on business to use the changes in ways that strengthen the economy and in turn, benefit the broader community.
BCA Welcomes Gender Reporting Changes
25 February 2015
The streamlining of gender equity reporting requirements will help ensure that the data collected is meaningful and not unduly costly for businesses.
Regulatory Body Appointments Will Steer a Steady Ship
3 May 2011
The BCA welcomes the federal government’s nominations of new chairmen for the important regulatory bodies, ASIC and the ACCC.
National Reform Summit: Article by Jennifer Westacott
25 July 2015
This could be the best chance we’ve had for some time for a more informed, sensible and forward-looking public debate.
First Steps to Make the Fair Work Act Future-Oriented
14 October 2015
Our workplace relations system is essential to Australia’s competitiveness and productivity.
BCA Remains Committed to Working with Both Sides of Politics
3 December 2009
The best way for Australia to transition to a low-emissions economy is through a market-based emissions trading scheme.
Tax Reform Should Remain Centre Stage Says BCA
15 January 2004
The Business Council of Australia said that reform of Australia’s taxation system should remain centre stage for 2004.
2006 Strategy Forum Sets BCA Focus For Next 12 Months
5 April 2006
The annual strategy forum of the Business Council has recommitted to pursuing its ‘four reform steps’ agenda, with emphasis over the next 12 months on making sure reform commitments made by governments over the past year are implemented in a timely way.
First Step for COAG Must Be a Charter for New Federalism
18 December 2007
Federal, state and territory leaders must agree to a Charter for New Federalism.
BCA Launches Campaign In Support of ChAFTA
7 Septemer 2015
The BCA in support of the most important bilateral trade deal Australia has ever done - ChAFTA
Competition Policy Needs a Global Wake-up Call
4 July 2014
The review provides an opportunity for structural reforms to lift productivity and grow living standards in a competitive global economy.
Benefits of Privatisation: Article by Jennifer Westacott
20 February 2015
The people of NSW are set to gain substantially from the government’s plans to privatise its energy assets and reinvest the proceeds in new infrastructure.
Submission on the Climate Change Authority (CCA) Special Review: Australia's Climate Policy Options
The Business Council’s submission broadly supported the CCA’s principles and approach but suggested a number of other factors that the CCA should note.
Statement on the Opposition's Emissions Reduction Targets
27 November 2015
The BCA welcomes the opportunity for consultation on the Opposition’s preferred emissions reduction target
Students Should Not Be Caught Out By New VET Loan Scheme
26 October 2016
Small changes should be made to the replacement of the VET FEE-HELP (VFH) program to minimise the impact on students and the VET market
A Call to Leadership on the Doha Round
11 December 2007
Business groups worldwide unite to push for the conclusion of an ambitious and balanced outcome to the Doha Round of trade negotiations.
Building Code 2013 an Unwelcome Cost to the Economy
14 February 2013
The BCA calls on the government to withdraw the Building Code 2013 and consult with the states and business before progressing the code further.
Actions Needed to Build Australia’s Comparative Advantages
28 July 2014
Policy needs to address the needs of each sector to maximise competitiveness, jobs and prosperity.
Conclusion of Free Trade Agreement Negotiations with Japan
8 April 2014
The conclusion of trade negotiations with Japan is a major milestone for one of Australia’s most important bilateral relationships.
Fair Work System Must Help Australia Compete and Prosper
17 February 2012
The Fair Work Act is not supporting Australian businesses to stay competitive in a particularly challenging economic environment.
Regulation Blow-Out Risks Economic Growth and Prosperity
23 May 2005
The amount and complexity of new regulation imposed on business and the general community far outstripped the benefits and would damage the economy if left unchecked, according to a new report released by the Business Council of Australia today.
Early Help for Unemployed Important to Lift Participation
24 February 2009
Business Council of Australia Chief Executive Katie Lahey welcomes the announcement by the federal government of immediate assistance for workers facing unemployment as a result of the global economic downturn.
Statement by BCA President Greig Gailey on EITE Elements of the Federal Government’s White Paper
15 December 2008
The BCA welcomes the extensive consultations undertaken by government in refining the proposals in its green paper to address the impact of the CPRS on emissions-intensive, trade-exposed (EITE) industries in the absence of a global response.
Time for Business to Fight Back
10 June 2016
Having a vibrant business sector, one that continually strives to grow by investing, employing more workers, paying decent wages and making strong returns for shareholders, has been fundamental to Australia’s unbroken growth over the last quarter century.
Farewell to Katie Lahey Part of Orderly CEO Transition
1 February 2011
Past and present BCA presidents joined members and special guests from business and the community at a council dinner tonight to farewell Chief Executive Katie Lahey after almost a decade at the helm of the organisation.
A Positive Step Taken on the Road to Better Infrastructure
14 April 2011
The infrastructure policy announced by Opposition Leader Tony Abbott today is a positive step towards better infrastructure provision in Australia.
Path to Progress Hinges on Commitment to Aussie Values
03 December 2016
Australia’s different value system and societal structure – evidenced by Medicare, mass education and the welfare safety net – are our greatest protection against division.
Jennifer Westacott - Public and Proud
1 February 2016
Jennifer spoke with the Victorian Public Tenants Association about her own experience growing up in public housing, stamping out the stigma and the important role public housing plays in our society.
Statement Following Liberal Party Room Meeting
9 February 2015
What matters to the BCA and our members is that we see traction on increasingly urgent policy changes to strengthen the Australian economy.
BCA Backs IR Reforms
4 June 2000
The Business Council of Australia today called on the federal Opposition to “think again” before discarding individual workplace agreements in favour of common law agreements.
Business Council of Australia Supports Release of Energy Issues paper
15 March 2002
The articulation of a vision for a national energy market and suitable milestones is critically important.
No Place For Modern Slavery
29 March 2017
Increased global trade has delivered great benefits for Australians, but it has also increased the risk that products and services have been tainted by the use of forced labour, say Grant King and Jennifer Westacott.
Intergovernmental Statement of Shared Intent on Infrastructure
28 March 2014
Infrastructure deal is a win for the economy, community and government.
Joint Statement Energy Challenges Need Cooperation
7 October 2016
Organisations representing Australia’s energy industry and consumers of all sizes have united in calling for a cooperative and strategic response to Australia’s energy transition and challenges.
2009 Victorian Bushfire Appeal
9 February 2009
The BCA encourages business and individuals to donate to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal.
BCA Welcomes First Dose of Health Reform
3 March 2010
Improving hospital effectiveness is only one piece of the health reform puzzle.
BCA Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott Appointed IPAA National Fellow
9 October 2012
Jennifer Westacott has been appointed a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia.
Migration Amendment Bill Risks Jobs and Economic Growth
17 June 2013
AiG, BCA and Migration Council Australia call on federal parliamentarians to oppose the Migration Amendment (Temporary Sponsored Visas) Bill 2013.
Why Our Children Need a Strong ABCC
20 October 2016
Restoring the ABCC is vital to creating a healthier culture in the building and construction industry and ending unlawful and inappropriate behaviour.
Review of Regulatory Impact Assessments
14 December 2011
The government’s announcement of measures to enhance the resources and capability of agencies to prepare regulatory impact statements is a positive development.
National Productivity: Article by Jennifer Westacott
24 August 2015
The National Reform Summit will centre on four issues which are pre-requisites for the goal of sustainable economic growth.
Resolute Actions Needed from WTO Nations to Recover Lost Ground With Doha
18 December 2005
The meeting of the world’s trade ministers in Hong Kong has fallen well short of achieving the modest aim of agreeing a basic platform from which the Doha Round could have been concluded in 2006.
COAG Deal on Asset Recycling Paves the Way for Better Infrastructure
2 May 2014
The COAG agreement on asset recycling will help expand the pool of funds for new infrastructure, kick-start investment and lift productivity.
CEO Turnover Points to a Short-Term Australia
18 September 2003
The BCA, in conjunction with leading management consultancy firm Booz Allen Hamilton, have released a study showing the Chief Executives of Australia’s largest companies spent only half the time in the position compared to Chief Executives globally.
New Investment Will Bring Productivity Gains
12 December 2008
The BCA welcomes today’s announcement of infrastructure investments that will increase the productivity of the Australian economy.
Greig Gailey talks to Business Spectator
17 June 2009
Greig Gailey’s discusses tax reform, the Budget and the state of corporate Australia.
Victorian Teaching Excellence Trials Focus on the Right Priority
24 August 2009
The Victorian Government has taken an important step in announcing the trialling of new methods to reward excellent teaching and school performance.
Deficit-Watch Must Become A 365-Day-A-Year Challenge
12 May 2009
The 2009 Budget takes important steps toward repositioning Australia for strong and sustainable growth, BCA Chief Executive Katie Lahey says.
A Workplace Framework for the Future
20 March 2015
The task of the Productivity Commission is to correct the problems of today, but more importantly be forward-looking to meet the needs of the future.
Construction Industry Needs a Strong Cop on the Block
20 January 2012
The primary value of a regulator like the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner is to make sure industrial practices are lawful and appropriate.
Tax Reform: Article by Jennifer Westacott
6 August 2015
A better tax system that will grow the size of the pie by growing the economy is also a key to paying for a good health system and our social safety net.
BCA Welcomes Tax Review
26 February 2006
The government review into the competitiveness of Australia’s tax system is recognition of the centrality of tax to the country’s future prosperity.
Jennifer Westacott on Sky News Live 5 June 2016
5 June 2016
Jennifer Westacott on Sky News Live, Sunday Agenda with Peter van Onselen and Paul Kelly.
Renewable Energy Target Needs to be Amended
24 July 2014
Joint statement from Kate Carnell, CEO, ACCI; Jennifer Westacott, CEO, BCA; and Brendan Pearson, CEO, MCA.
All Savings Options Should Be Exhausted Before a Levy
27 January 2011
Every effort should be made to restore the livelihoods of communities and people affected by the floods, but the federal government is putting the cart before the horse with a flood levy when the full cost of rebuilding after the floods is not yet known.
Statement on Reasonable, Practical Coalition Changes to Workplace Laws
9 May 2013
The changes proposed will make it easier for businesses to employ people and stay competitive, and help make the economy stronger.
Jennifer Westacott's address to the Roads and Maritime Services Leadership Forum
10 May 2016
Jennifer Westacott's address covered the importance of leadership, innovation and future trends for infrastructure.
Business Looks Beyond the Boom
8 August 2013
The key challenge in continuing economic growth is how to manage the transition from the peak of the resources boom.
Progress on Tax Competitiveness
16 June 2004
The Business Council of Australia has welcomed ALP and Democrat support for a bill that will improve Australia’s commercial competitiveness in the global economy.
Further Progress on Red Tape Welcome
14 August 2006
The BCA welcomes the announcement today by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, the Hon. Chris Pearce MP, of a new round of improvements to business regulation and the proposal to introduce the Simpler Regulatory System Bill into Parliament.
Action Required to Make Education Australia’s Advantage
26 August 2007
Too many young Australians are being left behind by our school education system, a discussion paper released today by the Business Council of Australia has found.
Jennifer Westacott on Sky Business, Budget 2016: Roundtable
3 May 2016
Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott responds to the 2016 Federal Budget on Sky News Business, Budget 2016: Roundtable.
Scenarios for Australia’s Next 20 Years
15 March 2004
The Business Council of Australia has launched the results of a major scenario project, drawing upon the expertise and views of leading thinkers as well as young people to examine key challenges and opportunities for Australia over the next 20 years.
Growth to What End: Changing the Australian Mindset: Speech by BCA CEO Jennifer Westacott to the Cranlana Programme
10 October 2012
Speech by Jennifer Westacott to the Cranlana Programme ‘Good Society’ Speech Series.
Statement by BCA Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott on the Passage of the Clean Energy Future Package Legislation
8 November 2011
The legislation passed by parliament today has the potential to significantly increase risks to Australia’s economic growth and competitiveness.
G100 Congress: Speech by Jennifer Westacott
20 May 2015
Jennifer Westacott speaks at G100 2015 Congress about the role of budget reform in facilitating growth.
Big Gains for Average Australians if Reforms Continue says BCA Research
6 August 2005
Every Australian would be more than $70,000 wealthier by 2025 and the nation would rise to a ranking of third richest in the developed world but only if important reforms to the economy are made now.
New Energy Plan Offers Hope
17 October 2017
We urge everyone involved in this debate to pause, examine the detail, and then engage in good faith about how we can make this scheme work in practice.
Statement from the National Reform Summit
26 August 2015
Groups representing Australian business, community and workers came together today to agree actions that will help to realise our shared vision.
Jennifer Westacott Discusses the China–Australia FTA on Bloomberg
18 November 2014
Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott discusses the China–Australia Free Trade Agreement on the Bloomberg ‘On The Move Asia’ program.
BCA Welcomes Comments On Tax Option Two
2 June 2000
The Business Council of Australia has welcomed confirmation in Parliament yesterday by the Treasurer, Mr Costello, that the government had an in-principle commitment to a July 1, 2001, start-up for the Tax Value Method.
Urgent Review of Energy Reforms Needed: BCA
21 August 2000
The Business Council of Australia today called for an urgent review of the nation’s energy reform agenda.
New South Wales State Budget Response: BCA
29 May 2001
The Executive Director of the Business Council of Australia, Mr David Buckingham, today released the following statement on the New South Wales State Budget.
BCA Welcomes National Energy Plan
15 June 2004
The BCA welcomed today’s energy policy announced by the federal government, saying it believed it would go a long way towards delivering long-term energy security and competitive energy costs for Australia.
Statement On Company Transparency Report For 2014-2015
9 December 2016
The Tax Office’s company tax data underscores that Australia has some of the strongest transparency and integrity measures of any country in the world.
Review of ASIC Powers Welcome but Legislation still Flawed
4 December 2003
The Business Council of Australia said today the detailing of new corporate governance legislation in federal Parliament today reinforced business views that key parts of the CLERP 9 bill were bad law and would continue to be opposed.
Submission To The New South Wales Climate Change Policy Framework
Reinforcing the importance of a coherent national climate change and energy policy framework.
Closing Remarks to the National Reform Summit by Jennifer Westacott
26 August 2015
We expect to see an action-oriented reform agenda from both the government and the Opposition.
Failure of TPP Reinforces Importance of ChAFTA
3 August 2015
The failure to conclude the TPP is disappointing, but it reinforces the importance of ratifying ChAFTA.
Discussion Paper for the COAG Business Advisory Forum
10 April 2012
How can COAG more effectively deliver on its agenda and lift national competitiveness and productivity?
BCA Releases Shareholder Communication Discussion Paper
28 September 2004
The Business Council today released a discussion paper outlining a number of new approaches Australia’s listed companies might adopt to strengthen or improve their communication and interaction with shareholders.
New South Wales Audit Report Vital for Public Sector Reform
22 February 2012
The New South Wales Commission of Audit’s interim report provides a timely reminder of the importance of regularly reviewing public sector performance.
ACOSS and BCA Joint Statement on Tax Reform
21 July 2015
Groups call on Australia's leaders to approach the task of tax reform in an open, inclusive and transparent way.
Greig Gailey Elected as New BCA President
24 October 2007
The Business Council of Australia elects new president.
Broadband Rollout Holds Productivity Potential
7 April 2009
Investment that raises the speed, quality and coverage of high-speed broadband provision in Australia has the potential to contribute to productivity and economic growth in the coming decades.
BCA Welcomes Greater Certainty on Climate Change
3 June 2007
The BCA has welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement that the federal government will move ahead with key elements to reduce emissions outlined in last week’s report of the Task Group on Emissions Trading.
No Room For Partisan Politics In Energy
13 February 2017
Joint Statement: There is simply no room for partisan politics when the reliability, affordability and sustainability of Australia’s energy system is at stake.
China–Australia Free Trade Agreement a Historic Opportunity
17 November 2014
The conclusion of the free trade agreement with China provides Australia with a historic opportunity to grow and diversify its economy over the next decade.
Business Welcomes Big State Focus on a Strong Economy
14 December 2011
The Interstate Reform Partnership agreed between New South Wales and Victoria is a welcome step in kick-starting cross-border reforms to grow the national economy and lift productivity.
Large Business Bond with Devastated Communities
17 January 2011
Australia’s largest businesses have assumed a significant role in the massive relief and reconstruction effort in Queensland and will readily respond to the Prime Minister’s request for ongoing assistance.
World-Class Model for Major Project Approvals
25 November 2016
The Business Council of Australia today released a new blueprint for streamlining the planning and approvals system, saying it was unacceptable that more than $375 billion of proposed projects across Australia were potentially facing lengthy delays.
BCA to Press Ahead on Unitary National Workplace Relations System
7 September 2000
The Business Council of Australia is to host a public forum in November on the issues involved in establishing a genuine, unitary national workplace relations system.
Statement on G20 Leaders Communique
16 November 2014
The G20 meeting has reset the international growth agenda with sensible policies that can be applied both collectively and within individual nations.
Statement on the Australia–China CEO Roundtable
15 April 2016
Australian and Chinese business leaders agreed that continued deepening of their relationships and cooperation was essential to successfully navigate the economic transition underway in both countries.
Garnaut Accepts Global Climate Solution is the Key
5 September 2008
The BCA welcomes the release of Professor Ross Garnaut’s latest report, Targets and Trajectories, for its acknowledgement that Australia cannot reduce global carbon emissions on its own.
Business Council Announces New President Grant King
7 November 2016
The Board of the Business Council has unanimously resolved to appoint Mr Grant King, former Origin Energy Managing Director and one of Australia’s most respected business leaders, as their next President.
Indonesian Visit Shows Australia Open for Business
1 October 2013
Statement by Jennifer Westacott following her participation in a business delegation as part of Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s first visit to Indonesia.
Business Supports Enhancements to Higher Education Reforms
17 September 2003
Joint statement by the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Australian Industry Group and the Business Council of Australia.
Statement on PC Review of the Workplace Relations Framework
19 December 2014
This review can help develop the culture of collaboration that will facilitate more innovation in Australian workplaces.
Open Letter to the Leader of the Opposition regarding the Coalition’s Parental Leave Proposal
10 March 2010
The proposed scheme places a new tax burden on business at a time when governments around the world are lowering company tax to encourage economic growth.
Statement on the Emissions Reduction Fund White Paper
24 April 2014
Getting the design of Australia's emissions reduction policy right is vital in underpinning the competitiveness of the economy.
Prime Minister’s Pledge to Speed Conclusion of Australia–China FTA
8 October 2013
Statement by Jennifer Westacott on Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s pledge to speed the conclusion of the Australia–China Free Trade Agreement.
Statement on Announcement of Royal Commission
10 February 2014
BCA CEO Jennifer Westacott responds to the federal government’s announcement of a Royal Commission into union governance and corruption.
Statement on Corporate Tax
19 August 2015
The Senate inquiry into corporate tax has highlighted the importance of global efforts to ensure the international tax system remains robust.
Government-Business Collaboration Will Strengthen Asia Links
28 September 2011
The Prime Minister's announcement reinforces the value of having governments and business working together to develop Australia’s ties with the nations of Asia.
Tax Forum: Additional Comments
21 March 2011
The proposal to build the tax forum around six sessions corresponding to the main chapters from the Henry review is sensible, extends across areas of considerable interest to the BCA and is supported.
Unprecedented Industry and Community Coalition Issues Statement on Preventing and Reducing Unemployment
6 December 2000
An unprecedented new Industry-Community Coalition of major business, labour movement, education and community welfare organisations is taking to government proposals for a comprehensive national strategy to tackle long-term unemployment.
Business Takes Lead on Ageing Workers
26 August 2003
The Business Council of Australia has released guidelines aimed at encouraging big business to keep more older Australians in the workforce.
Teach for Australia Will Help Turn Around Disadvantage
21 April 2009
The BCA has welcomed the announcement that ‘Teach for Australia’ will recruit high-achieving graduates to contribute to the community by teaching for two years.
Sustainable Development Critical to World Prosperity
31 May 2001
The pursuit of sustainable development is necessary for the future prosperity of the world, according to the Business Council of Australia.
More Work Needed to Ensure Quality Sustainable Aged Care
20 April 2012
Further work and more substantial reforms will be needed if we are to place Australia in a better position to fund quality aged care for a growing number of older Australians.
BCA Urges Federal Government to Stand Firm on Trade Practices Reform
20 September 2005
The Business Council of Australia today urged the federal government to resist last-minute calls to reduce competition in Australia through ill-conceived amendments to the Trade Practices Act.
We Need to Talk about Refurbishing All Our Safety Nets
23 January 2012
In looking at the adequacy of the Newstart Allowance, we need to look at reform that will afford Australia true wealth in terms of a sustainable, meaningful social safety net.
Australia Needs a Principled Response to Henry Tax Reform
25 March 2010
Five ways to seize this once-in-a-generation economic opportunity.
Business Welcomes Concrete Action to Improve Vocational Education and Training
25 June 2014
Minister Macfarlane’s address to the National Skills Summit is a positive expression of how Australian governments will work to reinvigorate the VET system.
BCA Supports Coalition Approach to Improving Regulatory Environment
8 July 2013
The Coalition’s proposed approach to regulation illustrates a strong understanding of the importance of good regulation.
BCA Welcomes Details of a Review of Australia’s Tax System
12 May 2008
The BCA welcomes the commitment by the Treasurer to a comprehensive review of the taxation system.
Sustainable Growth at Risk Through Excessive Short-Termism
21 October 2004
The Business Council of Australia has called on federal and state governments and the private sector to consider a range of measures to counteract excessive short-termism in Australia.
Energy Efficiency One Part of the Bigger Climate Issue
19 March 2009
The BCA and its members have strongly endorsed the development of an emissions trading scheme as part of a multifaceted response to climate change.
Labor’s CLERP Package a Backward Step
6 October 2003
The Business Council of Australia response to Labor’s CLERP 9 statement.
The Purple House Fund Launch
16 April 2015
Business Council of Australia Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott will launch the fund at a celebration in Melbourne in support of the Purple House (Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation).
Coastal Shipping Reform Needed to Boost Competitiveness
18 September 2014
The government should prioritise an objective for a globally competitive coastal shipping sector and remove cabotage restrictions.
Indigenous Commitments Welcome but Economic Reform Lags
2 July 2009
The BCA welcomes the agreement by COAG today to step up efforts to close the gap in Indigenous disadvantage, but concerns remain that progress in the vital business deregulation agenda is slipping.
Response to Financial System Inquiry Must Priortise Growth and Jobs
7 December 2014
The federal government’s response to the Financial System Inquiry must prioritise actions to support economic growth and high-value job creation.
Trans-Pacific Partnership to Unlock a New Wave of Growth
6 October 2015
The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) puts Australia firmly in the front seat of the biggest global trade deal in 20 years.
Senate Should Act Now to Repeal the Carbon Tax
23 June 2014
The first step in the Parliament agreeing on Australia’s long-term approach to reducing emissions has to be repealing the carbon tax.
Student Visa Review Offers Hope to Troubled Industry
16 December 2010
The Business Council of Australia supports the federal government’s strategic review of the international student visa program.
Statement on Emissions Reduction Fund Amendments
29 October 2014
There are a number positives in the proposed amendments to the Emissions Reduction Fund.
Australian Learning Lecture 2017
We’ve spent so much time tinkering at the margins of education policy because it’s seen to be easier, but we end up with no sense of purpose or end goal, says Jennifer Westacott.
Mining Tax Changes Welcome, But Process Far From Ideal
2 July 2010
The Prime Minister’s announcement today goes some way to alleviating those concerns and the proposed arrangements represent an improvement on the initial scheme.
Supply Nation's Connect 2016 Keynote Speech by Jennifer Westacott
2 May 2016
Jennifer Westacott speaks about innovation in the face of major technological disruption, and the implications for supplier relationships, entrepreneurship and enterprise creation.
Business Still Tied up by State and Territory Red Tape
27 May 2007
State and territory governments are failing to get their red tape blow-out under control, BCA report finds.
Opposition Should Heed Growing Labor ChAFTA Support
2 September 2015
The Opposition should listen to the growing voices from within its own party and immediately agree to ratify ChAFTA.
Second Repeal Day Keeps Up the Good Work
23 October 2014
The government's second Repeal Day continues to make significant inroads into the backlog of unnecessary regulation in Australia.
Fairness is a Growing Economy
30 April 2016
On the eve of the federal Budget, and more likely an election, the issue of fairness is becoming a central theme against which policies will be measured, and on which some are seeking to claim the moral ground.
2016 Garma Key Forum: Corporate Australia and Indigenous Economic Development
30 July 2016
Business Council Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott chaired a panel at the Key Forum on Corporate Australia and Indigenous Economic Development.
Extending Higher Foreign Investment Screening Threshold to all Countries
3 July 2014
The BCA supports the Opposition’s proposal to unilaterally extend the $1.1 billion Foreign Investment Review Board screening threshold to all countries.
Response to National Innovation and Science Agenda
7 December 2015
The National Innovation and Science Agenda highlights the critical importance of innovation in growing the Australian economy.
BCA Statement on Harper Competition Policy Review
31 March 2015
The final report of the Competition Policy Review puts forward a substantive reform agenda that can set Australia up for continued economic growth.
Trade Practices Act Submission Released
9 July 2002
Set of accountability measures to restore business confidence in the Trade Practices Act and its administration.
Performance Authority Can Help Lift Health System Game
4 March 2011
The proposed National Performance Authority will help drive better outcomes in the health system.
Labor’s Support of US FTA Welcomed by Business
3 August 2004
Labor’s decision today to back the United States Free Trade Agreement was welcomed by the Business Council of Australia, which urged federal Parliament to pass the necessary legislation as soon as possible.
Population Consensus Too Important to Escape the Frame
30 November 2010
Finding common ground on a population strategy for Australia must be a priority of the federal government in the current term of parliament.
Good Management the Key to Incoming Government’s Success
7 September 2010
Australians expect a new style of leadership that finds and builds common ground on the long-term direction of the country.
New Thinking Needed to Find Jobs for Those Who Want Them
22 October 2007
New policy thinking and concerted action are needed if Australia is to reduce the unacceptable number of individuals who are jobless or on the margins of the workforce at a time of record employment.
Statement on the Passage of the Renewable Energy Target
24 June 2015
The passage of the RET amendment legislation will restore confidence in investment in renewable energy.
Growing Our Cities: Speech by BCA CEO Jennifer Westacott to the COAG Reform Council
21 July 2011
How can we break the vicious cycle that discourages the public and private sectors from working in partnership to develop prosperous cities?
Business Outlines Workplace Reform Plan to Lock in Prosperity
15 February 2005
Australia’s peak business group today released an action plan for reform of workplace relations to underpin economic growth, employment opportunities and rising prosperity.
Back to the Future with Government IR Changes
8 March 2013
Reported Fair Work Act amendments to restore compulsory arbitration risk building unproductive barriers between employers and employees.
BCA Statement on Federal Opposition Climate Action Plan
27 April 2016
The Federal Opposition’s climate change action plan, released today, could provide a platform for bipartisanship to deliver the energy and climate change policy durability needed to support the critical transformation to a lower emission future.
Speech by Jennifer Westacott to the Early Learning Association Australia
24 October 2013
BCA CEO Jennifer Westacott discusses the role that education and skills development can play in individual and national success and prosperity.
Business Council Statement on the US Presidential Election
9 November 2016
Market volatility in the wake of the US Presidential Election underscores the absolute imperative on our own political leaders to strengthen Australia’s competitiveness and repair the Budget, so that our economy remains prosperous amid global shifts
Call to Improve Taxation of Offshore Income
7 September 2000
The Business Council of Australia today called for an accelerated consideration of tax changes to improve the competitiveness of Australian-based companies and facilitate greater integration of Australian companies into the global economy.
Business Should Plan Now for US Free Trade Markets
30 April 2004
BCA said the release of modeling today underlined the importance of a free trade agreement with the world’s biggest economy to Australia’s economic and job growth, but business needed to ready itself if it wanted to take full advantage of the benefits.
Improvements to Tax System Welcome: BCA
16 February 2006
The introduction of measures to relieve the tax burden on skilled temporary residents is welcome.
Reckless Senate Undermines Australia's Key Advantage
2 October 2014
Frustrating attempts by federal and state governments to streamline the approvals process for major projects puts investment in Australia at risk.
Australia Must Play a Constructive Role in the G20 Deliberations on Europe
3 November 2011
Australia must stand ready to play its part in the G20 deliberations on the European banking and sovereign debt crisis.
Speech by Jennifer Westacott to the YFoundations Conference 2013
20 September 2013
How are changes in the economy changing work opportunities for young people?
Solid First Budget Makes Down Payment on Prosperity
13 May 2008
Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan’s first budget has made significant progress towards realigning fiscal policy with the needs of a capacity-constrained economy.
Business Releases Review of ALP Workplace Relations Policies
2 July 2004
The Business Council of Australia today released a report on the potential outcomes and impacts on Australia’s economy of the ALP’s workplace relations platform.
Blueprint for Australia to Become the Innovative Country
22 November 2006
A national innovation framework will help Australia meet the economic challenges of the 21st century.
Teacher Rewards Support Better Education Outcomes
2 May 2011
The BCA has expressed strong support for the federal government’s commitment to introduce a national system of bonus payments to reward high-performing school teachers.
Transparency Essential in Major Infrastructure Spending
4 July 2011
The report to COAG released by Infrastructure Australia is an important step towards greater transparency in assessing the merits of major projects under consideration by state governments.
Statement on the Release of the Frontier Economics Report on the CPRS
11 August 2009
A 10 per cent unconditional reduction of carbon emissions by 2020, as modelled by Frontier Economics, would impose high costs on the Australian economy.
More Work Needed on Draft Employment Services Model
28 July 2014
Draft model makes some improvements, but more engagement with industry is needed to find the right balance in connecting jobseekers with job opportunities.
Senate Must Put the National Interest First: Article by Jennifer Westacott
17 July 2014
Jennifer Westacott writes of the need for a more inclusive and positive approach where different sectors work together, and in the interests of the nation.
Lower Corporate Tax Gives the Biggest Bang for Our Tax Reform Buck
23 December 2009
All Australians stand to gain from tax reform which lowers the corporate tax rate.
COAG Agreement Just a First Step Towards a Healthy Australia
20 April 2010
Now we need to see the details of a broader reform agenda.
BCA Releases an Action Plan for a Stronger Economy
31 July 2013
Australia is at a crossroads and need a comprehensive road map for the actions and changes required is needed to seize our opportunities and avoid our nation slipping back.
Message from the CEO: Why ChAFTA must be ratified
6 September 2015
The Business Council of Australia launch a communications and advertising campaign in support of the most important bilateral trade deal Australia has ever done - the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA).
Pledge to Lower Company Tax a Boost for Confidence, Jobs
7 August 2013
The Coalition’s pledge to cut the company tax rate to 28.5 per cent is an important signal for confidence, investment and jobs.
Statement on the Productivity Commission’s Workplace Relations Review
4 August 2015
The Productivity Commission has recommended sensible and practical changes to improve the workplace relations system.
Doha Negotiations: Reforms Are Needed
25 July 2006
The collapse of the Doha Round of world trade negotiations is a severe blow for economic development and growth, not only for Australia but for the world.
Questionable Tactics by Reputation Firm
10 April 2003
The Business Council of Australia has expressed serious concerns about the tactics employed by a reputation rating service seeking to co-opt the involvement of major businesses in its commercial surveys.
Repeal of Mining Tax Should Be Supported
24 October 2013
The parliament should accept the strong mandate the community has given to the government to abolish the mining tax, BCA CEO Jennifer Westacott says.
Henry Taxation Review and the Resource Super Profits Tax
2 June 2010
Statement by Robert Milliner, Chair of the BCA Business Reform Task Force.
Green Light to Green Paper but Devil Remains in the Detail
16 July 2008
The federal government’s emissions trading green paper is the important starting point for discussions about Australia’s contribution a lower-emissions future, BCA President Greig Gailey said.
Statement on the Final Report of the McClure Welfare Review
25 February 2015
This report is a thoughtful and well-considered piece of policy work which deserves an equally thoughtful and coherent response from policy makers.
Speech on Innovation by Jennifer Westacott to the ANZSOG 2014 Conference
6 August 2014
Why innovation is an imperative for both the private and public sectors, and nine insights on creating an innovation culture.
Business Alliance for Asia Literacy
5 May 2009
The BCA is a member of the Business Alliance for Asia Literacy, which is made up of a number of Australian businesses and industry organisations who together represent who represent over 400,000 Australian businesses.
Creating Jobs in the Age of Disruption: Speech by Jennifer Westacott
13 August 2015
Let's approach the workplace relations debate with aspiration and imagination.
Process Lacking on Foreign Investment Change
13 February 2015
History shows the more open our economy is, the more successful we will be.
Australia’s Energy Advantages: Speech by Jennifer Westacott
10 November 2014
Australia’s energy policy needs a vision that aligns energy and climate change policy, and maximises our comparative advantage.
Statement by BCA President Tony Shepherd on the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook
29 November 2011
The announcement by the federal government of a fiscal strategy that returns the budget to surplus in 2012–13 is the right economic policy for the times.
BCA Not Calling for Disability Support Pensions to be Cut
14 February 2011
The Disability Support Pension forms a vital function in Australia’s welfare system for those who do not have, or have limited capacity, to participate in the paid workforce.
Action Plan for Enduring Prosperity: First Column in The Australian
20 April 2013
First in a series of columns by Jennifer Westacott in The Australian discussing the Business Council of Australia’s Action Plan for Enduring Prosperity.
Building Australia’s Innovation System: Article in The Australian
4 October 2014
Innovation is the key to improving productivity and the only way to keep us competitive, create jobs and improve living standards.
Red Tape Needs Systematic Overhaul, Not Quick Fixes Says BCA Submission to Regulation Review
12 December 2005
The problems of over-regulation could only be solved by long-term systemic changes and not quick fixes, the Business Council of Australia said today.
Temporary Levy Not the Way to Tackle Fiscal Deficit
28 April 2014
Temporary tax increases are no substitute for reforms needed to bring spending back under control and put budget onto a more sustainable footing.
China-Australia Free Trade Agreement: Article by Jennifer Westacott
8 August 2015
ChAFTA will make our economy stronger and create more jobs for Australians long into the future.
Federal–State Relations at a Crossroads Says BCA
28 October 2006
The BCA has launched a 12-point plan for reform of Australia's federal–state relations.
Consumers Will Lose from Trade Practices Changes
16 February 2004
Consumers will be the main losers from any changes to the Trade Practices Act that led to restrictions on price competition, the Business Council of Australia said today.
Revitalised COAG Agenda Lays Foundation for Success
27 March 2008
Commitments by federal, state and territory leaders at the March COAG meeting represent significant progress towards a reinvigorated national reform agenda.
VET Plan Addresses Quality, Choice and Responsiveness
19 March 2012
Plans to reform Australia’s vocational education and training system have the potential to improve its quality and responsiveness to student and industry needs.
Tax Competitiveness Report the Start of Reform, Not the End of Debate
12 April 2006
The report into Australia’s tax competitiveness confirmed that key areas of Australia’s tax system are not competitive and need immediate reform.
7 May 2002
News reports claiming the BCA has called for a radical overhaul of the tax system are wrong.
Statement on the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook
15 December 2014
Australia and New Zealand Agreement With ASEAN
27 February 2009
The BCA has welcomed the signing of the free trade agreement between the Association of South East Asian Nations, Australia and New Zealand.
Common Sense Must Prevail on Employee Share Plan Changes
25 May 2009
Consultation on tax changes relating to employee share plans must start from the position of not requiring tax payment until the shares or options vest or are exercised.
Statement of Expectations Locks Infrastructure Australia Role
6 November 2014
The Statement of Expectations will help to cement Infrastructure Australia’s role as the lead adviser to governments on national infrastructure priorities.
Launch of Mitchell Institute Issues Paper: Speech by Jennifer Westacott
25 February 2015
How we educate, train and retrain is going to be the game changer in keeping us productive, competitive and prosperous.
Garma Key Forum Opening Remarks by Jennifer Westacott
30 July 2016
Opening remarks given by Business Council Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott at the Garma 2016 Key Forum on Corporate Australia and Indigenous Economic Development.
IR Changes Damaging to Jobs and the National Interest
19 March 2013
In a letter to parliamentarians, ACCI, AiG, AMMA and the BCA call on the government to reconsider its second-tranche amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009.
BCA Statement on Government’s Smart Cities Plan
29 April 2016
The government’s Smart Cities Plan will position us better to capitalise on the growth opportunities of our major centres.
Business Council Endorses Workplace Changes
26 May 2005
Major workplace relations reforms unveiled by the federal government today were endorsed by the Business Council of Australia which said they would help to underpin renewed productivity growth and prosperity.
Reform Is Needed to Open Up Higher Education to More Australians
3 December 2014
All political parties need to recognise the need to reform our higher education sector, and work towards a bipartisan solution in early 2015.
Trans-Pacific Partnership Signals Arrival of a New Trade Bloc
4 February 2016
The BCA congratulates the Australian government for signing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the first regional trade agreement spanning the Asia Pacific.
Speech to the TAFE Directors Australia Vision 2020 Conference
4 September 2014
The actions needed to create a high-performance vocational education and training sector in Australia.
A New Framework for Delivering Economic and Environmental Objectives
16 October 2013
New framework for one-stop-shop for environment approvals will boost confidence and protect the environment, Business Council of Australia statement says.
Statement on Tax Reform
16 July 2015
Any policy reform is hard, but that is not an excuse for resiling from the challenge.
Jennifer Westacott on Sky News
29 March 2016
Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott interviewed on Sky News discusses the path for transforming the tax system to improve the living standards of all Australians by supporting economic transition and accelerating growth.
Cyber Security: Article by Jennifer Westacott
8 July 2015
Because we all share the consequences of cyber crime, working together is critical.
Actions for this Year's Budget: Article by Jennifer Westacott
19 March 2015
Strengthening our fiscal position is ultimately about strengthening the Australian economy and protecting living standards, now and into the future.
Innovation and Research the Keys to Future Jobs and Growth
29 October 2014
The BCA welcomes the opportunity to explore the effectiveness of Australia's research effort in creating jobs and economic growth.
Queensland Floods Disaster
13 January 2011
BCA member companies are making cash donations to the Queensland Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal, and are undertaking other measures.
Statement on Suggested Changes to Tax Arrangements
2 March 2015
Proposed changes to thin capitalisation laws risk undermining major capital and infrastructure projects and deterring investment.
Right Approach and Facts Needed for Workplace Relations Reform
26 October 2015
Our fundamental point is we have to be willing to put the facts on the table and ask honestly if the current regime is fit for a modern, 24-7 economy.
Reinstating the ABCC the Easiest Decision the Senate Can Make
27 February 2016
Reinstating the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) should be the easiest decision the Australian Senate can make, and an opportunity to show leadership at a time when its capacity to represent the interests of voters is under question.
We're interested in solutions – not personal invective
8 September 2017
This opinion article by Jennifer Westacott was published in The Australian Financial Review on 8 September 2017.
COAG Action Can Deliver 2020 Vision
2 July 2008
BCA President Greig Gailey has written an open letter to the Council of Australian Governments regarding the importance of tomorrow’s meeting to progress the national reform agenda.
When The Dust Settles Corrupt Construction Culture Needs A Major Repair
22 June 2016
The election winner must not forget the issue that triggered the double-dissolution - restoration of the ABCC.
Lower company tax rate key to higher living standards
20 December 2016
Arguments for burdening enterprises with high taxes demand to be challenged, writes Jennifer Westacott.
Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook Priority Must Be Growth, Not Surplus at Any Cost
21 October 2012
The government should focus in its forthcoming Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook on growth and outlining a credible fiscal strategy.
Cultural Recognition Promotes Economic Equality
19 January 2012
Constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians could play an important role in closing economic opportunity gaps between Indigenous and other Australians.
Keep the Finger Off the Greenhouse Trigger: BCA
24 May 2000
The Business Council of Australia today called on the federal government to develop a framework for a mature and productive debate about the establishment of a greenhouse trigger and other greenhouse measures.
Australia Loses Competitive Opportunity
8 December 2003
The Business Council of Australia said it was disappointed with the government’s decision today to withdraw proposed legislation removing tax measures that hamper the flow of skilled labour into Australia.
Coastal Shipping Reform a Major Boost for the Economy
20 May 2015
Reforms to the Coastal Trading Act would be an obvious win for the economy.
Attention Class: Time to Do Our Sums on Better Teaching
26 May 2008
Improving the learning outcomes of all students requires a commitment from governments, schools, local communities and the business sector to lift the quality of the school system.
Work Safety Progress Not Completed Until All States In
11 December 2009
For there to be a truly effective and efficient national system of workplace safety it needs the involvement of every jurisdiction in Australia.
Business Calls for a RET Compromise
4 May 2015
Peak business groups have called on the Federal Government and Opposition to resolve the current RET impasse, and provide much needed certainty to industry.
New Economic Opportunities from Australia-Malaysia Agreement
22 May 2012
The signing of a free trade agreement between Australia and Malaysia would help strengthen economic relations between the two nations.
Cost of Electricity Still Higher than Needed Following Review
19 December 2012
Businesses and households will continue to pay more than they should for their electricity following the Climate Change Authority’s review of the Renewable Energy Target.
Letter to the Prime Minister regarding Current Negotiations on the Proposed Carbon Price
18 April 2011
Records the issues the BCA wants to see addressed in the government’s consultation process to determine the details for putting a price on greenhouse gas emissions.
Term of BCA President Tony Shepherd Extended
9 October 2013
The Business Council of Australia has extended the two-year term of President Tony Shepherd by six months, Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott has announced.
Plan for NSW Transport Infrastructure on the Right Track
4 September 2012
Business and community confidence should be boosted with the release of the Draft New South Wales Long Term Transport Master Plan.
Statement on Federal Government Leadership Change
15 September 2015
The BCA congratulates Malcolm Turnbull and welcomes the strong messages he has sent about building lasting prosperity.
Tony Shepherd Elected as New President of the Business Council of Australia
10 November 2011
The Business Council of Australia today announced the election of Tony Shepherd as its new president for a term of two years.
BCA Indigenous Engagement Survey 2013
16 December 2013
An inspiring picture of people working together to create the social and economic conditions where Indigenous Australians can achieve their potential.
BCA Welcomes CPI Outcome
25 October 2000
Mr David Buckingham, Executive Director of the Business Council of Australia, welcomed today’s CPI outcome saying that containing this quarter’s price increase to 3.7 per cent was a very good outcome for the economy.
Presentation to the Smart Cities Summit by Jennifer Westacott
29 April 2016
This speech was delivered by BCA Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott at the Smart Cities Summit in Melbourne on 29 April 2016.
Response to the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper
5 June 2015
The Business Council of Australia welcomes the commitments in the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper released yesterday.
Time for COAG to Sweat the Big Stuff
6 November 2013
The COAG Reform Council's latest report on the slow pace of reform highlights the importance of streamlining the COAG agenda to what really counts.
BCA Submission to the Tax White Paper: Support Growth
6 August 2015
If we are to create a stronger and more resilient economy we need businesses to invest, flourish and create more jobs but our tax system is holding us back.
BCA Welcomes Red Tape Reform Taskforce
12 October 2005
The BCA welcomed today’s announcement of a special taskforce to reduce red tape saying it was a first step towards addressing Australia’s regulatory blow-out.
Final Report of the National Innovation Summit Implementation Group
4 September 2000
The Business Council of Australia today welcomed the release of the Final Report of the National Innovation Summit Implementation Group.
Coalition Paid Parental Leave Scheme Funding
23 April 2013
Suggestions that the Coalition may renege on its promise to offset its proposed 1.5 per cent levy on larger businesses defies economic sense, BCA CEO says.
BCA Considers Good Workplace Relations Policy Push
20 June 2007
Policies needed to sustain Australia’s current prosperity, and in particular the benefits of maintaining a flexible workplace relations system, will be the focus of any potential advertising program by the BCA.
Statement on Multinational Tax Legislation
4 December 2015
The BCA welcomes the passage of the government’s multinational tax bill through the Parliament.
Cutler Review Smartens up the Support for Innovation
10 September 2008
The BCA has welcomed the key elements of ‘venturousaustralia’, the report of the expert panel led by Dr Terry Cutler which was released yesterday.
Business Tax Cut Debate Highlights the Pitfalls of Policy on the Run
14 March 2012
What is needed is a debate about what is the right tax system to keep Australia competitive in a challenging global economy.
Release of Executive Pay Best Practice Principles
6 November 2003
Best practice principles to provide companies and boards with guidance on developing and structuring executive pay packages.
Statement by Australia’s Private Sector on Industrial Relations
6 August 2000
Statement by Australia’s Private Sector on industrial relations.
BCA Welcomes Joint Statement on Skills Priorities
16 April 2008
The BCA has expressed support for the joint statement ‘Facing up to Australia’s Skills Challenge’.
Statement by President Tony Shepherd on the ALP Leadership Ballot Outcome
27 February 2012
The ballot outcome must be a catalyst for more focused government and a renewed commitment to make Australia more competitive and productive.
Industry Growth Centres Are Key to Our Competitiveness
17 February 2015
Industry Growth Centres are one way that Australia will build competitiveness in the face of major global forces of change.
Senate Urged to Release Brakes on National OHS Reform
9 November 2008
The Senate should reconsider amendments to the Bill establishing Safe Work Australia in the parliamentary sessions resuming this week.
Chairmen Concerned Over Voting Plan for Executive Pay
30 September 2003
The Business Council of Australia’s Chairmen’s Panel said today it had serious concerns with a proposal for a non-binding vote by shareholders on remuneration of senior company managers.
Engaging Corporate Australia in the National Occupational Health and Safety Strategy
30 July 2004
ACCI and the BCA are taking the National OHS Strategy direct to the decision makers and senior executives in Australia's top 100 companies.
Major Tax Reform Needed to Avoid an Unfolding Fiscal Crisis
30 September 2011
A call for Australia’s governments to agree to a 10-year overhaul of the tax system.
Jennifer Westacott on Sky News 12 May 2016
12 May 2016
Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott on Sky News with Kristina Kenealy and Peter van Onselen.
Speech by Jennifer Westacott to the Odyssey House Business Luncheon 2014
9 May 2014
BCA Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott speaks to Odyssey House on the topic of ‘Shared Outcomes: The Role of Business in Community Wellbeing.’
World Business Leaders Call For Urgent Action to Save Doha Trade Round
6 September 2005
Six of the world’s leading business organisations today called on member nations of the World Trade Organization (WTO) to intensify their efforts to achieve a successful conclusion to the Doha Development Agenda (DDA).
Statement on Allegations of Construction Union Criminality
29 January 2014
The allegations underscore the need for the parliament to pass the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013 without delay.
Business Coalition for Workplace Reform News Releases
14 August 2007
View news releases relating to the Business Coalition for Workplace Reform campaign here.
Submission to the Ministerial Forum on Vehicle Emissions
The Business Council supports the introduction of stricter CO2 emission standards for new light vehicles in Australia.
Energy Reform Is Urgent To Avert Systemic Crises
13 December 2016
We join with groups for energy users and suppliers in support of reform to Australia's energy systems to ensure reliability and affordability as we decarbonise the economy.
ALP IR Policy Confirms Business Concern
6 August 2004
The release today of the ALP’s workplace relations policy document confirms business concerns about Labor’s plans to recentralise Australia’s workplace relations framework.
Roadmap for Skills Charts the Right Course for Australia
2 April 2008
The BCA welcomes the release of the federal government’s discussion paper on reform directions for vocational education and training.
The More Things Change
11 November 2016
Jennifer Westacott's speaks to the Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce WA about how the more things change, the more business must lead in an uncertain world.
BCA Welcomes B20 Recommendations
18 July 2014
The B20’s recommendations provide clear and actionable measures to remove significant barriers and impediments to growth.
Statement on NSW Electricity Privatisation
4 June 2015
The NSW Government has set a great example for other states on the privatisation of energy assets.
Make Business Strong and We Are All Winners
30 June 2016
Business groups representing more than 360,000 businesses employing more than 6.2 million people explain why, in a global environment, a more competitive company tax rate is vital for a strong Australia.
Business Outlines Its Priorities for an Australia–China FTA
1 November 2006
Australia’s leading companies have listed looser capital controls, eliminating restrictions on particular services and greater tax and decision-making transparency among priorities to be addressed in any free-trade agreement (FTA) with China
Crawford Leadership Forum Opening Remarks by Jennifer Westacott
20 June 2016
Jennifer Westacott gave some opening remarks at the plenary session of the Crawford Australian Leadership Forum on empowered consumers.
COAG Reform Council Report into Cities Planning
2 April 2012
The BCA supports the key findings in the COAG Reform Council’s report assessing the performance of our governments in cities planning.
Release of the Opposition’s Climate Change Policy
3 February 2010
The BCA has responded to the release of the federal Opposition’s climate change policy.
BCA Newspaper Ads Warn of Low-Growth Future Without Further Reform
20 November 2005
Advertisements placed by the Business Council of Australia calling for further economic reform to lock-in prosperity will appear in major metropolitan and regional newspapers throughout Australia tomorrow.
Jennifer Westacott on PVO Newsday
28 September 2016
Business Council Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott on PVO Newsday, Sky News Live 28 September 2016.
Lost Opportunity for Victoria’s Gas Development
21 November 2013
Victorian Government decision to not lift restrictions on the development of a diversified onshore gas industry in Victoria are disappointing, BCA CEO says.
Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook Reinforces Need for a Medium-Term Fiscal Strategy
22 October 2012
Achieving a surplus is a worthy goal, but it must be a surplus that reflects a continuing strong focus on growth and competitiveness and be based on a credible, medium-term strategy.
Locking in Penalty Rates Does Nothing to Create Jobs
14 March 2013
The federal government’s proposed ‘hard wiring’ of penalty rates in industrial relations laws will undermine the ability of all businesses to create jobs.
The True Value of Humanities
4 November 2016
Jennifer Westacott on how humanities can play a fundamental role in the prosperity agenda.
BCA Welcomes Gender Diversity Reporting Streamlining
25 March 2014
Gender diversity and female workforce participation brings many benefits, but data collection should be streamlined, easily understood and beneficial.
High Achiever Initiative Will Boost the Status of Teaching
27 November 2008
The BCA has strongly welcomed the announcement by Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard of a new pathway for high-achieving people to teach in schools.
Surplus Should Prompt International Tax Rethink
1 October 2003
The greater-than-expected budget surplus removed all limitations for federal Parliament in passing legislation which will reform Australia’s international tax regime, the Business Council of Australia said today.
Statement on the Inquiry into Australia's Innovation System
4 December 2015
The report from the Senate Inquiry into Australia's Innovation System reinforces the crucial role of innovation.
International Day of People with Disability
3 December 2014
Trade Practices Act Review Critical to Prosperity
9 May 2002
The review of the Trade Practices Act must deliver fairness, competitiveness and accountability.
Time for Senate to Repeal the Carbon Tax
26 June 2014
Three of Australia’s leading business groups call on the Senate to repeal the carbon tax as soon as possible.
One Economy Needs One Set of Rules for Business
17 March 2008
Why Australia needs a single, seamless set of rules for all businesses by 2010.
Catherine Livingstone AO Elected BCA President
27 March 2014
The Business Council of Australia has elected Catherine Livingstone AO as its new president for a term of two years.
Why Mental Health Matters to Business: Presentation by Jennifer Westacott
15 April 2015
BCA Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott discusses the important role businesses play in tackling mental health.
Start from the Right End of the Tax Reform Debate: Article by Jennifer Westacott
12 November 2015
Let’s focus on what we want the tax system to do and what needs to be fixed.
Stronger Regulator Governance Will Reduce Red Tape Costs
8 August 2014
New governance arrangements for major regulators should ensure they focus on achieving their objectives at the lowest possible cost to businesses
Easing Companies Burden Lifts The Load For Us All
27 October 2016
When Australian businesses are not globally competitive, the consequences are felt in suburban streets and regional towns.
CEDA Report Underlines Need for New Approach to Nation’s Infrastructure
14 April 2005
The Business Council of Australia said today a report released today by CEDA examining widespread shortfalls in infrastructure planning and coordination underlined the imperative for a new approach by federal and state governments on the issue.
Increasing Gas Supply Still the Best Path to Lower Prices
15 April 2015
New sources of gas will allow consumers and businesses to save on their gas bills.
Sustainable Population Report: Where’s the Strategy?
13 May 2011
The government’s sustainable population report articulates important national objectives but does not provide the strategy needed to achieve them.
Statement on Meeting with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd
2 July 2013
Statement from Business Council of Australia President Tony Shepherd following his meeting with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
Senate Should Repeal Mining Tax
18 March 2014
BCA, ACCI and Minerals Council of Australia joint statement calling on the Senate to vote this week to repeal the Minerals Resource Rent Tax.
Rudd Government Priority: Support Confidence and Growth
27 June 2013
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd must lead decisive action early to restore business and consumer confidence.
The Myth of the Short, Sharp Shock
7 September 2000
Policy induced recessions in 1983 and 1991 were responsible for up to 80 per cent of today’s 200,000 long-term unemployed, according to a paper released today.
Employee Share Ownership: Statement by BCA President Greig Gailey
5 June 2009
The BCA welcomes the discussion paper on employee share ownership plans released by the federal government.
Statement On Company Tax Negotiations
31 March 2017
We welcome this historic step towards rebooting Australia’s international competitiveness and prosperity, and it is now imperative that parliament continue negotiating the full passage of the Enterprise Tax Plan, says Jennifer Westacott.
The Future of Education - Australian Davos Connection Forum Address by Jennifer Westacott
11 August 2016
Education is the key to every working Australian's future. And it's the key to our country's future. But if education is truly the key to our future, what do we need from education?
Export Infrastructure Report: The Right Approach to Part of the Problem
1 June 2005
The report into the capacity of Australia’s infrastructure to handle growing exports should now form the basis of a major Council of Australian Governments review into infrastructure generally, the Business Council of Australia said today.
Joint Statement on the Renewable Energy Target
1 February 2017
Joint Statement: The RET is the result of hard-won compromise, rather than anybody's perfect policy and should be left alone.
Statement on Radioactive Waste Management
13 November 2015
Australians benefit from the nuclear industry. We must also take responsibility for safely storing the waste products.
BCA Urges Agreement on National Training Plan
12 June 2003
The Business Council of Australia today urged the states and the Commonwealth to reach agreement on the seven year strategic plan for Vocational Education and Training.
MYEFO: A Reality Check For Parliament
19 December 2016
The Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook is yet another reality check for the parliament that this nation cannot spend what it can’t afford, Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott said.
Trump’s tax changes mean we all must knuckle down
28 December 2016
The essential challenge for 2017 is to seize the opportunities, and avoid the pitfalls, that have been left the wake of a tumultuous year, writes Jennifer Westacott.
28 February 2003
The Business Council of Australia said today that its members had been unable to reach a common position on the Kyoto Protocol.
Airport Plan Marks Historic Advancement for Australia
5 December 2011
Developing Sydney Airport to better meet current and future needs would support Australia’s economic growth in a number of important ways.
Treasurer’s Decision to Reject ADM’s Proposed Acquisition of GrainCorp
29 November 2013
It is important that this decision does not increase uncertainty in the global community about Australia’s foreign investment credentials, BCA CEO says.
Australia Needs a More Dynamic COAG Process
6 June 2005
A series of committees established by COAG last week should have tighter reporting timelines and be subject to greater transparency in order to achieve the reform outcomes that are needed to lock in prosperity.
Victoria Setting the Pace in Education and Training – But for How Long?
4 July 2005
Victoria leads in the educational attainment of young people and successful transitions from school, according to the most comprehensive analysis of Victorian education, training and employment outcomes since the election of the Bracks Government in 1999.
BCA Submission to the Japan Free Trade Agreement Feasibility Study
9 September 2005
The Business Council of Australia today made a submission to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade issues relevant to the feasibility of a free trade agreement between Australia and Japan.
Help Now Needed to Make Sense of the Population Puzzle
16 December 2010
Helping Australians to make sense of the pieces of the population jigsaw will be vital to find common ground on Australia’s population strategy.
BCA 2014–15 Budget Submission: Growth Shouldn’t Wait
24 February 2014
A strategy to repair the budget and grow the economy through correcting expenditure, strengthening the revenue base, and strong economic reform.
Business Welcomes Opportunity to Consult on Carbon Policy
7 October 2014
The BCA welcomes the opportunity to consult on a workable policy to reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions at lowest cost to the economy.
Take Senate Reform Further Says BCA Submission
11 January 2004
The Business Council of Australia has supported constitutional changes to resolve Senate deadlocks and provide greater legislative certainty as part of its submission on Senate reform released today.
A Lower Business Tax Burden Still a Priority for Growth
28 September 2012
Tax reform should be revisited for a more strategic approach to the role tax can play for a stronger economy.
BCA Statement on the ACCC's Review of the East Cost Gas Market
22 April 2016
We welcome the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC’s) report on the east coast gas market, but caution against changes to pipeline access regulation.
Jennifer Westacott: Priorities for Prosperity
28 January 2017
We must continually strive towards a socially just and cohesive society with better jobs, higher wages and a strong social safety net, writes Jennifer Westacott.
Direct Trading of Australian and Chinese Currencies Welcome
8 April 2013
The announcement that Australian and Chinese currencies will be directly traded on the Chinese mainland for the first time is welcome, BCA President says.
With ‘Election’ Budget Out of the Way, Focus Can Now Switch to Serious Reform
10 May 2005
The BCA today welcomed the federal Budget which contained a number of important initiatives and measures to address short-term priorities but has also cleared the way to continue with a comprehensive economic reform program.
Australia Can't Afford Not To Cut Company Tax
28 September 2016
The simple fact is we cannot afford not to reduce our company tax rate for all businesses. We cannot ignore the reality that Australia operates in a global economy. We are fooling ourselves if we think that we can opt out of it.
Roundtable Begins Search for Ways to Improve Job Opportunities for Disadvantaged Groups
21 December 2012
A joint roundtable stemming from the collaboration between ACOSS, the BCA, and the ACTU found there are major barriers towards getting unemployed people into jobs.
Energy Policy Reforms Need to Have a Market Focus
7 August 2012
Reforms to drive productivity improvements across energy sectors and the economy are welcomed.
Expanding the Economy: Speech by BCA CEO Jennifer Westacott to the Whitlam Institute
24 October 2012
The lesson from the Whitlam era is that if leaders don’t match a strong vision with sound economic performance and fiscal discipline, they limit how much can be achieved.
Fair Work Act Amendments Should Go Back to Drawing Board
21 March 2013
The Fair Work Act amendments will put further stress on businesses struggling to adjust to competitiveness pressures, and should be sent back to the drawing board.
ALP Tax Changes Contribute to Workforce Participation
7 September 2004
The Business Council of Australia said the release of Labor’s tax policy was a contribution to tax reform but more was needed to make Australia’s personal taxation system more efficient.
BCA Budget Submission Outlines ‘Top Five’ Economy Target for Australia by 2012
6 February 2007
The BCA is calling on the federal government to commit to real improvements in federal–state relations, as well as reversing Australia’s declining business tax competitiveness, as major reform priorities for 2007.
New BCA Policy Agenda
17 March 2004
The Business Council of Australia has announced its new policy agenda, agreed by Members at the BCA’s Annual Strategy Forum which concluded yesterday.
New Policy Directions Needed for Australia’s Underserviced Services Economy
23 July 2007
Australia needs to undertake a fundamental policy rethink on how to improve its flagging performance in services exports, according to a new discussion paper released today by the Business Council of Australia.
BCA Sets Out a Vision for a 21st Century Agrifood Sector
1 December 2015
The agrifood sector is well placed to be one of the most competitive and successful parts of our economy.
Business Council Welcomes Energy Independent Review
7 October 2016
With the increasing penetration of renewable energy the range of services required to balance the electricity systems are changing.
Vision for a Competitive Australia: First Article in The Australian
14 June 2014
First in a series of articles in The Australian about work being undertaken by the BCA on Australia’s growth and competitiveness in a global market.
ALP Workplace Policy to Turn Back the Clock on Prosperity
29 April 2007
Further details of the ALP’s workplace relations platform released at the weekend confirmed business fears that Labor’s policy amounted to a significant reversal of workplace flexibility that would threaten the nation’s economic prosperity.
New Governance Rules Welcome but Need Close Monitoring
31 March 2003
The Business Council of Australia said today it welcomed the announcement of new governance rules by ASX Corporate Governance Council today but said their effectiveness would need to be closely monitored.
Statement on Regulation Repeal Day Legislation
19 March 2014
The federal government’s repeal day legislation marks a turning point in dealing with the high costs and inefficiencies faced by businesses and consumers.
BCA Calls for Reinvigorated Competition Policy Reforms to Boost Productivity
2 November 2005
The BCA has called for National Competition Policy to be reinvigorated and expanded to help Australia boost its productivity and lock in economic growth and prosperity.
Submission to the 2017 Review of Climate Change Policies
The Review of Climate Change Policies must resolve a number of fundamental tensions if Australia is to restore its comparative advantage in energy.
BCA Backs Report on Workers with Caring Responsibilities
18 October 2006
The BCA strongly endorses a report of the Taskforce on Carers Costs (TOCC) that calls on the federal government to help workers with caring responsibilities remain in the workforce.
Business Welcomes Senate Debate
8 October 2003
The Business Council of Australia said today it strongly supports reform of the Senate and efforts to engage the wider community in this debate.
Corporate Taxes Pay For Family-Friendly Budget
11 May 2004
Australia’s corporate sector said personal tax cuts and family spending outlined in tonight’s federal Budget were a welcome boost for ordinary Australians but attention should now be directed to Australia’s corporate tax system.
Harmonisation of Occupational Health and Safety in Australia
18 May 2009
An open letter calling all premiers and chief ministers to support the next tranche of OHS harmonisation.
COAG Must Deliver on Reforms
7 December 2009
Today’s Council of Australian Governments meeting underlines the need for continued urgency in delivering reforms to strengthen the Australian economy.
BCA Says Time to Get on with the Job
21 September 2010
The Council of Australian Governments has become weighed down by an overloaded agenda and a complex set of processes and agreements.
Strong Biz or Ed and Health. Reality is We Need Both
30 June 2016
Having to decide between strong business, or education and health, is a phony choice this election.
BCA Elects New President
2 October 2003
The Business Council of Australia has elected Mr Hugh Morgan AC as its new president for a term of two years.
Time to Fix Australia’s Urban and Rural Man-Made Water Problems
18 September 2006
Fixing the nation’s water supply system is achievable and would boost our economy by $9 billion, according to a new report released by the Business Council of Australia.
Fair Work Act Review Must Be Used as Opportunity to Shore up Australia’s Competitiveness
2 August 2012
The review panel has failed to come to terms with the fundamental challenge of supporting Australia’s competitiveness in a vastly changed economic landscape.
Western Australia Leads with Important School Principle
13 August 2009
The BCA has welcomed the announcement that West Australian school principals will be able to make staffing, resource and curriculum decisions.
Carbon Price Package Raises Risks and Costs of Reducing Emissions
10 July 2011
The BCA will carefully examine the details of the federal government’s proposed carbon pricing package to fully consider its potential impacts and risks to the Australian economy.
New Requirements for Regulation Must Be Followed
5 December 2012
The final response to the independent review of the federal government’s Regulatory Impact Analysis process is another important step in getting the regulation-making process back on track.
IR Isn’t Working So Let’s All Fix It
20 July 2012
Business wants to work with government to raise wages by boosting productivity.
Swinburne University 2014 Chancellor’s Lecture by Jennifer Westacott
19 June 2014
Why reform of Australia’s skills and VET system is important for human capital, economic competitiveness and social cohesion.
Statement on Constitutional Recognition Referendum Council
7 December 2015
We congratulate Michael Rose, Chair of our Indigenous Engagement Task Force, on his appointment to the Referendum Council.
Statement on Company Tax Uncertainty
6 February 2015
A two-tiered company tax rate would introduce a major distortion in our tax system at a time when all businesses are struggling to stay competitive.
Australian Agriculture Needs Investment to Reach its Potential
6 November 2015
The Shadow Trade Minister’s commitment is welcome recognition of the important role foreign investment will play in the future of the agricultural sector.
Statement by Business Council of Australia Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott on the Qantas Industrial Issues
31 October 2011
It is vital for our national economy and the long-term future of Australian jobs that our major industries have the flexibility to remain competitive in an increasingly tough global economy.
Statement on the Introduction of an Effects Test
3 August 2015
The current section 46 is stable, well understood and works. It should not be changed.
BCA Welcomes Big Step Forward on Water Reform
25 January 2007
The Business Council of Australia welcomes the long-term plan to address Australia’s water crisis outlined by Prime Minister John Howard.
COAG Agreement Provides Accountability and Leadership
29 November 2008
The BCA congratulates the COAG partners for reshaping federal–state finances in ways that can improve the accountability and efficiency of government services and make it easier for businesses to invest and grow.
Business Council of Australia Calls for Proper Process to Deliberate the Clean Energy Future Legislation
13 September 2011
A call for the federal parliament to review the risks associated with the government’s Clean Energy Future legislation.
Real Growth Needs Real Tax Reform
9 March 2016
Doing nothing on tax is not an option because the tax system affects so many decisions that influence how quickly we can grow the economy in this challenging new world.
Tax Reform: A Much-Needed Investment for the Future
26 June 2000
Mr Campbell Anderson, President of the Business Council of Australia, today urged Australians to keep their sights on the fundamental benefits of the reforms to our taxation system...
Major Surgery Needed to Restore the Nation to Health
28 July 2009
A comprehensive national strategy must underpin the federal government’s response to the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission report.
STEM Skills Critical to Australia’s Future
29 April 2015
Members of the BCA understand the importance of STEM skills to the success of their businesses and place a high value on these skills.
More Urgency Needed to Fix Energy Bottlenecks Says BCA Submission
2 October 2006
Australia’s major companies have called for a number of major shortfalls in the nation’s electricity network to be addressed in a submission by the Business Council to the Council of Australian Governments’ new national energy reform group.
Not Too Late for Cost–Benefit Analysis of NBN Policy
8 December 2011
The Productivity Commission’s finding that NBN Co’s business model is potentially in breach of the federal government’s own competition policy underlines the need for a cost–benefit analysis of the National Broadband Network.
Bradley Review Provides a Solid Basis for Reform
18 December 2008
Chairman of the BCA Task Force on Education, Skills and Innovation, Hutch Ranck, said extending Australia’s knowledge and skills base was crucial to achieve strong economic growth and address disadvantage.
Speech by BCA CEO Jennifer Westacott to the City of Melbourne Women in Business Luncheon
28 October 2011
Reflections on three of the women who have made the most impact on Jennifer Westacott’s life.
Clear Signals Needed as to What Is in the National Interest
6 April 2011
Treasurer Wayne Swan needs to be clear and open about why the merger between the ASX and the Singapore Stock Exchange is not in the national interest, should the government decide to reject the proposal.
Trade Review an Important Chance to Assess Australia’s Global Priorities
21 February 2008
The BCA welcomes the whole-of-government review of trade policies and programs announced by Trade Minister Simon Crean.
Indigenous Employment the Key, but Employer-Directed Training Critical
20 March 2013
Jobs are only part of the solution to ending Indigenous disadvantage, BCA President Tony Shepherd says at GenerationOne event in Canberra.
COAG Steps Forward But Must Improve to Avoid Stumbling
1 May 2009
Some positive steps were taken at yesterday’s COAG meeting but a risk remains that the pace of key national reforms is slowing, BCA Chief Executive Katie Lahey said.
China-Australia Free Trade Agreement Must be Passed
7 September 2015
Australians who stand for a stronger future should all demand this agreement be passed.
Statement on the Federal Election
10 October 2004
The Business Council of Australia congratulated the Coalition on its re-election to government.
Australia–China CEO Roundtable to Be Mutually Valuable
6 September 2007
The Business Council of Australia has welcomed the establishment today of an Australia–China CEO Roundtable.
Strong Support For Share Plans a Plus For Productivity
1 July 2009
The BCA welcomes the release of the federal
government’s revised policy on the tax treatment of employee share plans.
Goodwill Is Positive, but Action Is the Real Test
20 December 2007
The goodwill demonstrated by COAG in support of national reforms must be translated into action, the BCA argues.
Statement on the Korea–Australia Free Trade Agreement
17 February 2014
The Korea–Australia Free Trade Agreement, the text of which has today been finalised, is unambiguously good news for Australian economy.
Global Challenges, Smart Solutions
22 November 2016
All major institutions in our society – government, academia, businesses, and religious organisations – have a moral imperative to contribute to policy to improve our country.
Joint Letter to Federal Members of Parliament Regarding the Need for Safeguards to be Included in the Clean Energy Future Legislation
14 October 2011
Without additional safeguards, the Clean Energy Future legislation will create risks to Australia’s competitiveness, making it a flawed approach to putting a price on greenhouse gas emissions.
Letter from the BCA to the WTO regarding the Doha Round Negotiations
6 July 2006
The BCA has written to Pascal Lamy of the World Trade Organization expressing concerns about the progress of the Doha Round of trade negotiations.
Landmark Strategy to Make Graduates More Job Ready
11 March 2015
University and business leaders announce a comprehensive, national strategy to build the productive capacity of Australia's workforce.
Meeting of the Council of Australian Governments: Response by Greig Gailey
3 July 2008
Australia’s political leaders have today taken major steps to progress important national reforms that will bring Australia into the 21st century, BCA President Greig Gailey said.
Economy Too Important for Hasty Regulatory Reaction
13 December 2010
BCA Chief Executive Katie Lahey said federal government proposals to reform Australia’s banking system should be exposed to the full force of the government’s own best practice regulation-making processes.
Meeting with the Prime Minister of India: Remarks by Jennifer Westacott
18 November 2014
Opening remarks made by the BCA Chief Executive to a roundtable meeting of CEOs with the Honourable Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India.
The RET is Broken and Needs to be Fixed
12 November 2014
It is disappointing a bipartisan deal on the RET could not be reached. Ultimately households, business and the renewable industry will pay a price.
Australia Deserves an Informed Conversation on Tax Reform
1 November 2015
Politicians need to respect the community enough to let them have an informed conversation about tax reform.
Supporting and Celebrating Indigenous Initiative and Success
16 April 2015
The Purple House Fund is an initiative that enables patients suffering end-stage renal disease to receive treatment on their country.
BCA Calls for the Reinstatement of the ABCC
1 February 2016
The BCA urges all parties to work with the government to restore the ABCC so that the type of conduct uncovered by the Royal Commission cannot continue to occur.
Reform to Higher Education Should Not End Here
18 March 2015
Irrespective of who is in government we need to confront the reality that our tertiary education sectors will stagnate without reform.
Statement on Constitutional Recognition
26 June 2015
The substance of the committee’s position aligns with BCA principles of fairness and shared prosperity.
Misuse of market power law must get the words right
11 October 2016
Using the right words in the misuse of market power provision really matters if it is not to discourage the competition it is intended to protect.
Jennifer Westacott discusses Real Tax Reform on Trading Day, Sky Business
10 March 2016
Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott discusses the need for Real Tax Reform in Australia on Trading Day, Sky Business.
Business Backs Extended Parliamentary Terms
27 June 2005
Four-year parliamentary terms would be good for government and business decision making and should be supported, the BCA said today.
Statement on Productivity Commission Workplace Relations Final Report
21 December 2015
The Productivity Commission’s final workplace relations report has fallen short of addressing what is required in a modern economy.
Secondary Boycotts Issue of Primary Importance: BCA
5 July 2000
The Business Council of Australia has re-emphasised the fundamental importance of existing legislative restraints on secondary boycott industrial action.
Statement on Second Sydney Airport
15 April 2014
A second airport for Sydney is overdue recognition of the city’s long-term aviation needs and a valuable investment in jobs and future growth.
Australia Can Outperform Top Tier of Nations
5 March 2002
If Australia is to improve its living standards and move up the ladder of Premier League nations the economy must grow at an average of 4 per cent a year for the next decade.
Response to the Draft Report of the Business Tax Working Group
24 October 2012
What remains important is that the government commits to the goal of a 25 per cent company tax rate as part of a comprehensive, decade-long tax reform process and as fiscal circumstances permit.
The Business Case for Addressing Mental Health
13 April 2015
BCA co-hosts workshop to discuss the practical steps businesses can take to reduce the $10.9 billion impact mental health has on the economy.
Chile Free Trade Agreement Warms Business Opportunities
27 May 2008
The BCA has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Trade, Simon Crean, that the Australian Government has concluded negotiations on a free trade agreement with Chile.
Election Must Be a Catalyst for Long-Term Reform Focus
14 October 2007
The BCA has challenged the major political parties to focus on policies needed to secure Australia’s long-term economic future, after Prime Minister John Howard today announced a general election for 24 November.
Major Step Forward but More Needed: Business Council of Australia
29 January 2001
The Business Council of Australia today applauded the federal government’s innovation statement as a major step forward. It is a very closely targeted and integrated series of initiatives.
GST Distribution an Important Step in Tax Reform
4 September 2012
Calls by state governments to distribute GST revenue according to population share is the best way to fix a system in desperate need of reform.
Infrastructure NSW Presents a Plan Worth Paying For
3 October 2012
The release of the Infrastructure New South Wales report paves the way for the state's economic infrastructure future.
Business Welcomes Action on International Student Visas
22 September 2011
The federal government’s decision to streamline visa requirements for international students is a welcome development.
Reinvest Surplus in Tax Reform
15 December 2005
The upward revisions to the Budget surplus figures released today as part of the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook again underscored the capacity for fundamental tax reform in next year’s federal Budget, the Business Council said today.
Improved Gender Reporting: Article in Women's Agenda
13 March 2015
The new reporting regime takes us a step closer to advancing gender equality so that women and men can thrive equally in the workplaces of Australia.
BCA Welcomes Opposition’s Pro-Transparency Budget Plans
15 May 2009
The pro-transparency measures outlined in last night’s federal Opposition Budget reply could play an important role in ensuring better budget management.
Doing Nothing on Income Taxes is Clearly Not an Option
12 February 2016
Treasury tax reform analysis proves that doing nothing to alleviate the burden of income taxes is not an option.
Ports Strategy a Chance for COAG to Shine
7 January 2011
The national port strategy provides an opportunity COAG to support an important piece of economic reform.
Culture is Critical in Our Workplaces
2 April 2016
Reinstating the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) is the best option we have to drive the fundamental and systemic cultural reform of Australia’s vital building and construction industry.
Finding a Budget Balance Will Restore Community Confidence and Help Take Pressure off Interest Rates
13 February 2011
BCA 2011–12 Budget Submission.
Supply Nation and Business Council of Australia launch Memorandum of Understanding
10 February 2014
Supply Nation and the Business Council of Australia launch partnership giving Indigenous businesses opportunities to supply goods and services.
BCA Statement on Government Tax Reform Discussion Paper
30 March 2015
The Federal Government’s tax discussion paper highlights serious structural flaws in tax system that are undermining national competitiveness.
Senator Joyce’s Concerns Baseless
12 October 2005
The BCA is extremely disappointed at the decision of Senator Barnaby Joyce to vote against part of the Dawson reforms to the Trade Practices Act.
Teacher quality key to better schools
12 December 2016
High-quality teaching is the biggest in-school factor determining student outcomes, so it’s vital that governments increase focus on teacher quality, writes Jennifer Westacott.
Doing Nothing on Tax Reform is Simply Not an Option
8 February 2016
Leaving our tax system the way it is now is unproductive, unsustainable and ultimately unfair.
Tax Page Cull a Step in the Right Direction for Red Tape Reform
24 November 2005
The Business Council of Australia has welcomed the federal government’s decision to cut the number of income tax pages by more than 2,000, saying the move should be a template for a comprehensive cull of unnecessary red tape across the economy.
Governments Must Target Tax System for Fundamental Reform
11 April 2005
Business today called for a broad review of fundamental aspects of the tax system that pose major threats to Australia’s future prosperity while proposing a series of reforms to address immediate problem areas.
G-20 Statement by International Business Leaders
14 November 2008
Key business groups from around the world, including the BCA, have issued a joint statement of support addressed to the leaders of the G-20, who met in Washington on 15 November to find solutions to the global financial crisis.
Response to Productivity Commission Draft Report on Public Infrastructure
13 March 2014
The report highlights the need for action on a range of fronts to address Australia’s major infrastructure shortfall.
Royal Commission unwarranted and risky
8 April 2016
Establishing a Royal Commission into financial services when there is already robust regulatory oversight in place risks undermining confidence at a critical time in the economic cycle, and could have a serious impact on investment and growth.
Business Creatively Meeting the Sustainability Challenge
31 August 2011
The sustainability agenda is a vital agenda for all Australian businesses.
Minerals Resource Rent Tax an Improvement but Not a Template for Tax Reform
23 November 2011
Although a marked improvement on the Resource Super Profits Tax, the tax falls well short of the principles of good tax design the Business Council of Australia has previously articulated.
Business Council Welcomes Activation of New Trade Agreement
23 February 2017
When an agreement has the potential to add $1 trillion to the world economy and create 21 milion jobs, it’s worth pausing to welcome its entry into force, says Jennifer Westacott.
BCA: Statement on the Federal Budget
22 May 2001
The President of the Business Council of Australia, Dr John Schubert, tonight released the following statement in response to the federal Budget.
Business Council Endorses Workplace Changes
9 October 2005
The Business Council of Australia has welcomed planned changes to the workplace relations system detailed today by the federal government.
Industry Growth Fund Sets the Right Course
30 April 2014
The industry growth fund will help workers and firms in the automotive sector prepare for the future.
Bold Tax Reform the Key to Unlock our Growth Potential
14 June 2009
The BCA submission to the Henry tax review sets out options for tax reform that will better support economic growth in the years ahead.
A Servant to Short-Termism
21 September 2012
Edited extract of speech by Jennifer Westacott to the Institute of Public Administration Australia.
Statement from BCA President Tony Shepherd on the April 2012 COAG Meeting
13 April 2012
The outcomes of the meeting should give people confidence that our governments can work together effectively to deliver important outcomes for productivity and competitiveness.
Harper Review a Blueprint for a More Competitive Australia
3 June 2015
The final report of the Competition Policy Review sets Australia up for a more prosperous future.
BCA Statement on the 2016-17 Federal Budget
3 May 2016
The 2016-17 Federal Budget is a solid, responsible budget that balances holding the line on spending growth with new initiatives to improve the nation’s economic growth prospects.
Statement on the National Disability Insurance Scheme Levy
1 May 2013
Statement by Business Council of Australia Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott on the National Disability Insurance Scheme Levy.
Business Council Statement on WA Nationals Mining Tax Proposal
12 August 2016
The Business Council calls on the WA Nationals to abandon its ill-considered proposal for a discriminatory tax on BHP and Rio Tinto.
COAG Still Lagging on Important Productivity Reforms
3 February 2012
All governments will need to substantially lift their game if COAG’s increasingly ambitious timetable is to be met.
Statement on COAG Meeting
9 December 2016
Statement on the COAG meeting held on 9 December 2016.
Heads Up Helps Build Mentally Healthy Workplaces
20 May 2014
Heads Up has the potential to help us all by offering businesses practical advice and resources to help them build mentally healthy workplaces.
Strong Concerns Remain with CLERP 9: BCA Submission
13 November 2003
Key parts of the proposed CLERP 9 legislation will continue to be strongly opposed by big business on the basis that they are counter to sound company performance, good corporate governance and long-term shareholder interests.
Budget Conditions Call for a Stronger Medium-Term Strategy
20 December 2012
The announcement by the government that it will not achieve a budget surplus in 2012–13 is a realistic reading of the economic and fiscal situation.
Political Horse-Trading on EPBC Act Compromises Australia's Interests
1 October 2014
A Greens and PUP deal to block reforms that would remove unnecessary double-handling under the EPBC Act is a backward step for our competitiveness.
Statement on the COAG Meeting
13 December 2013
Statement by BCA Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott on the Council of Australian Governments meeting.
Supporting India’s Growth a Boost to Australia’s Resilience
15 November 2011
The BCA welcomes the plans by Prime Minister Julia Gillard to change Labor Party policy to open the way to sell uranium to India with important safeguards.
Coalition of Peak Bodies Calls for End to Corporations Law ‘Uncertainty’
25 July 2000
A coalition of peak business bodies has called on state governments to refer to the Commonwealth powers to deal with uncertainty surrounding Australia’s Corporations Law following a series of recent High Court decisions, culminating in The Queen v Hughes.
Australia’s Healthcare Services Not Fit for the Job
17 March 2009
An independent health body is needed to integrate Australia’s fragmented national health services so they can effectively respond to changing health needs.
Statement On The Closure of Hazelwood Power Station
3 November 2016
Our thoughts are with the employees of Hazelwood power station. Its closure is reflective of Australia's inevitable transition to a lower-emission electricity system.