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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vision for a Competitive Australia: Speech by Catherine Livingstone
28 July 2014
Catherine Livingstone launches a landmark paper that recommends a radical rethink of how Australia understands its economy and plans for wealth. creation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Media Curbs Go Down a Dangerous Road
26 July 2012
Business has a right to expect that there is a genuine problem that has been rigorously analysed, and the need for regulation has been thoroughly tested.
Speech by BCA President Tony Shepherd to the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce
4 April 2012
Australia is a great country. But we are now playing in a much more competitive game.
Productivity or Complacency: Speech by BCA President Graham Bradley to the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce
12 October 2011
Speech by Business Council of Australia President Graham Bradley to the Australia–Israel Chamber of Commerce.
Government Will Be Judged on Productivity
1 September 2011
The test of this parliament is whether it can lift the bar on productivity and ensure a strong economy.
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?
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.
Reform Born of Mutual Respect
17 July 2010
Australians, honestly consulted, will back policies that are sustainable and realistic, writes Graham Bradley in the Herald Sun.
Growth, Community and Quality of Life: Presentation by BCA Chief Economist Peter Crone to the Whitlam Institute
15 July 2010
BCA Chief Economist Peter Crone explores how businesses better connect with the national interest.
Speech by BCA President Graham Bradley to the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce
11 February 2010
Speech by BCA President Graham Bradley to the AICC titled Securing Australia’s Next Decade of Prosperity.
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.
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.
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.
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?
States Can’t Let Feds Carry All the Economic Load
30 January 2009
Taxation and spending policies should align between state and federal governments, writes Greig Gailey in The Age.
Global Downturn a New Challenge for Our Federation
30 January 2009
The current economic downturn demands a coordinated response by all levels of government.
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.
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.
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.
Making Federalism Work: The Economic Imperatives: Speech by Robert Milliner to the Australia and New Zealand School of Government
12 September 2008
Making federalism work is a prosperity imperative, Robert Milliner outlines in a speech to the Australia and New Zealand School of Government.
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.
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.
Essential Reform That Time Forgot
19 March 2008
From a business perspective, Australia is not one market, it is nine, Greig Gailey writes in The Australian Financial Review.
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.
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.
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.
Paying the Price for a Tiered System
4 December 2006
Our federation can be a co-operative or a takeover, writes Michael Chaney.
Act Together or Kiss the Federation Goodbye
22 November 2006
Michael Chaney argues that for co-operative federalism to work, we actually need co-operation.
Reshaping Australia’s Federation: Speech to the Australian/Melbourne Institute Economic and Social Outlook Conference
3 November 2006
BCA Deputy Chief Executive Steven Münchenberg outlines why reforming Australia’s federal system is important for business and the community.
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.
Three-Step Plan for a Better Federal System
27 July 2006
There is no doubt the federal–state contract is clearly under significant stress and the results are evident in nearly every part of our community.
Business Plan to Relieve Red Tape Burden
21 July 2006
There is growing evidence that on a broad level, Australia’s ‘contract’ between the Commonwealth and the states has broken down.
Make a Federal Case of It
10 July 2006
Will our federal system help Australia advance as a nation and economy in the 21st century, or will federalism continue to be a barrier to sustaining prosperity?
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.
COAG: Standing Still Is Not an Option
10 February 2006
We can choose to lock in Australia’s prosperity or we can allow the economy to stand still and be overtaken by our competitors, writes Michael Chaney in The Age.
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.
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.
Locking in or Losing Prosperity is Australia’s Choice: Speech by Katie Lahey to the Midmarket CEO Symposium
21 September 2005
Business has an obligation to push for policies that seek to lock in the conditions for continuing economic success.
Australia’s Prosperity: Perspectives and Priorities: Speech by Katie Lahey to the Australian Institute of Management
18 August 2005
Discussion of the BCA’s integrated economic agenda, which focuses particularly on taxation, infrastructure, workplace relations and business regulation.
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.
Population and Prosperity: Address to the Stanford Club by BCA Chief Executive Katie Lahey
5 April 2004
If we are not proactive, we will find ourselves on the back foot and ill-prepared in the face of demographic trends here and around the globe.
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.
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.