Budget proof that when business thrives, Australians thrive
8 May 2018
This is a strong and sensible budget focussed on growth and built overwhelmingly on the contribution of the business community, says Business Council of Australia chief executive, Jennifer Westacott.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Budget is heading in the right direction
17 May 2016
James Baulderstone joins Dr Shane Oliver and The Hon. Dr Craig Emerson on the CFO Forum panel 'Budget Considerations: Outcomes and Priorities from the 2016 Federal Budget'.
Response to the Federal Budget 2016–17
4 May 2016
Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott responds to the 2016–17 Federal Budget.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BCA Annual Forum Address by The Hon. Scott Morrison MP
13 April 2016
This address was delivered by The Hon. Scott Morrison MP at the Business Council of Australia's Annual Forum Dinner in Sydney 13 April 2016.
Federal Budget: Article by Jennifer Westacott
21 May 2015
The 2015-16 federal budget is a pragmatic and sensible budget.
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.
Statement on the 2015-16 Federal Budget
12 May 2015
The 2015-16 federal budget is a sound, sensible and thoughtful budget.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Statement on the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook
15 December 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Election Provides a Mandate for Growth Policies
8 September 2013
Statement from BCA President Tony Shepherd in response to the 2013 federal election.
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.
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.
Taxes Won’t Fix Budget Woes: Article by Jennifer Westacott
1 May 2013
Article by Jennifer Westacott in The Australian discussing three ways to restore the integrity of budget management.
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.
Time to Budget for the Future: Article by Jennifer Westacott in the AFR
6 March 2013
We need a budget for the next decade, not one just designed to win the next election, Jennifer Westacott writes in The Australian Financial Review.
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 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.
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.
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.
We Need to Have Faith in the Government’s Sums
30 May 2011
The challenge for the government is to build community support for the comprehensive reforms needed to secure Australia’s long-term prosperity.
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.
Finding a Budget Balance Will Restore Community Confidence and Help Take Pressure off Interest Rates
13 February 2011
BCA 2011–12 Budget Submission.
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.
Recovery Road Map Requires Balance, Commitment and Leadership
14 February 2010
Five fiscal and policy priorities for the 2010 Budget and beyond.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Address to the Business Council of Australia by Treasurer Wayne Swan
26 February 2008
Treasurer Wayne Swan discusses the economic challenges and opportunities Australia faces in a speech titled ‘A Modern Platform for Business’.
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.
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.
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.
Reform Must Anticipate Change, Not React To It
12 May 2006
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.
Shooting Messenger on Budget Accuracy
8 February 2006
Forecasting national economic outcomes is not an easy task but it can be done better, with less conservatism, Michael Chaney writes in The Australian Financial Review.
We Must Act Now on Tax Reform: Excerpt from BCA Budget Submission 2006–07
30 January 2006
A fundamental shift in tax policy is needed to lift Australia beyond its currently slowing growth curve.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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: 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 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.
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.
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.