A New Plan for a Skilled Australia
11 October 2017
Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott has proposed a new tertiary education and training system to prevent Australians falling through the cracks as technology continues to transform the 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.
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.
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
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.
The True Value of Humanities
4 November 2016
Jennifer Westacott on how humanities can play a fundamental role in the prosperity agenda.
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
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.
No Reason Left for Parliament to Delay Restoring the ABCC
18 October 2016
No Reason Left for Parliament to Delay Restoring the ABCC
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.
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?
University of Newcastle Graduation Address
8 April 2016
Jennifer Westacott addresses the graduates of the University of Newcastle.
National Press Club Address by Catherine Livingstone: Q&A Transcript
29 April 2015
A transcript of the Q & A section of Business Council of Australia President Catherine Livingstone’s National Press Club Address on 29 April 2015.
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.
National Press Club Address by Catherine Livingstone
29 April 2015
BCA President Catherine Livingstone delivers a speech at the National Press Club in Canberra.
Science Meets Parliament Gala Dinner Speech by Catherine Livingstone
24 March 2015
Catherine Livingstone speaks of knowledge infrastructure as an increasingly critical component of the innovation system.
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.
Higher Education: Article by Catherine Livingstone
16 March 2015
When they are leading, the impact universities can have is nothing less than intergenerational transformation.
Speech to the Universities Australia Higher Education Conference
12 March 2015
BCA President Catherine Livingstone outlines her vision for university education in Australia.
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.
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.
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.
Tertiary Education Reform: Article by Jennifer Westacott
15 December 2014
All governments need to work together to create a tertiary education system that meets the needs of all Australians.
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.
Higher Education Reforms Deserve Support: Article in The Australian
20 October 2014
Much of the government's higher education package deserves support and should be passed to ensure momentum for much-needed reforms is not lost.
Higher Education Reform Needed: Article in the Daily Telegraph
25 September 2014
The government’s education package will build the right foundation for the higher education sector we need in order to be competitive.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Speech by Jennifer Westacott to the YFoundations Conference 2013
20 September 2013
How are changes in the economy changing work opportunities for young people?
Action Plan for Enduring Prosperity: Daily Telegraph Article
31 July 2013
To lock in prosperity and living standards, Australia needs a coherent plan, BCA President Tony Shepherd writes in The Daily Telegraph.
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.
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.
Health and Education Not Exempt from Cuts
24 September 2012
We’ve not had the checks and balances to ensure the public sector doesn’t grow beyond our capacity to afford it, writes Tony Shepherd in The Daily Telegraph.
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.
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.
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.
Tough Decisions Pay off in the Long Term
15 February 2012
We are all players on the same team when it comes to keeping our economy strong, so we can all share the wealth that is generated.
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.
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.
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.
Companies Must Support and Guide Education Sector
2 April 2011
Quality higher education can lay the foundation for Australia’s economic success over the next 25 years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our Education Export Industry Needs Attention
18 September 2010
The performance of Australia’s international education sector has not received the attention it deserves, writes Michael Andrew in The Australian Financial Review.
School Education Must Be National Priority
7 August 2010
Education and training is a priority for business because we depend, more than ever, on the skills of our people, writes Michael Andrew in the Herald Sun.
League Tables Will Improve the Education System
28 January 2010
The one outcome from education reform that matters most is improvement in student learning. This means the learning of relevant knowledge and skills by students in all schools, writes Hutch Ranck.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Speech by BCA President Greig Gailey to the Australian Workers Union National Conference
3 February 2009
What policies are needed to support economic revival and resilience in the face of the global economic slowdown?
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.
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.
A Plan to Improve Our Schools Is on the Table; Now Governments Must Act
29 November 2008
The COAG education agreements are a vital first step in which our education future can be changed for the better, writes Hutch Ranck in The Age.
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.
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.
Give Our Teachers Lures and Rewards
27 May 2008
The present teaching system won’t get top results from teachers or students, writes Katie Lahey in The Age.
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.
Better Education Tops the List
30 April 2008
Future prosperity rests on the success of the school system, writes Angus James in The Australian Financial Review.
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’.
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.
Education Overhaul Will Open Door of Opportunity
30 November 2007
A comprehensive and co-operative approach is needed to improve learning, Hutch Ranck writes in The Age.
A Time to Improve Social Prosperity
3 November 2007
In a real sense, Australia’s hardest economic challenges are just beginning, Katie Lahey writes in the Herald Sun.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Australian Financial Review Higher Education Summit
28 March 2003
Speech by David Murray, Chairman of Business Council of Australia Education and Training Task Force
The Australian Financial Review Higher Education Summit
28 March 2003
Speech by Phil Clark, Member of Business Council of Australia Education and Training Task Force to The Australian Higher Education Summit
Commercialisation Forum and Fair of Ideas, at The Australian Financial Review Higher Education Summit
27 March 2003
Speech by David Murray, Chairman of Business Council of Australia, Education and Training Taskforce
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.
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.
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.
Catherine Livingstone's National Press Club Address
29 April 2015
Business Council of Australia President Catherine Livingstone delivers a speech at the National Press Club in Canberra.