An open letter from the business community
The business community is asking governments to work together to implement the National Plan and chart a path out of the current lockdowns.
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Business is vital for
a strong Australia
Employs 11 million of the 13 million Australians who work – 6 out of every 7 jobs.
Contributes about 80 per cent of Australia’s final economic output.
Pays $88 billion a year in company tax.
Activity between small, medium & large business is around $550 billion a year.
Responsible for Australia’s export income.
Over 5 million everyday Australians own shares in Australian companies.
Around $380 billion in everyday Australians’ superannuation investments are in Australian listed companies.

The Business Council of Australia strives for a stronger Australia.


The Business Council will actively collaborate with other community and business groups, political leaders at all levels of government and engage directly with the community to achieve our vision and purpose.


We work to ensure Australia is economically strong to support a fair, free and inclusive society for all Australians. Achieving this requires successful, well-run businesses that create meaningful jobs and inclusive work environments which reflect and are accountable to the broader Australian community.

The Business Council champions the role that responsible businesses play in generating sustainable economic growth and advocate for policy settings that are in the national interest.


We believe the role of business is to generate returns for shareholders over the medium to long term, and that doing this requires businesses to be good corporate citizens, and for big and small business to work together across our cities and regions.

This means to act in good faith, have products and services that are fit for market, represent those products fairly and balance the needs of all stakeholders and interests including employees, shareholders, customers, suppliers, the community and the environment.

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Business welcomes greater coordination and consultation for NSW industry

18 May 2022

Business welcomes the NSW government’s nation leading approach to industry policy, Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott said. “The NSW government’s efforts to coordinate industry strategies across the economy is...

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Rates decision signals the end of emergency measures

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“Today’s decision on interest rates underlines unprecedented global volatility and makes clear Australia’s only option is building our economic resilience and boosting our competitiveness,” Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott...

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Skills will help secure Australia’s economic future

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The government’s commitment to a digital skills passport is a critical step towards a more modern skills system that ensures workers can take advantage of big economic changes, Business Council...

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Submission on Digital Platforms Services Inquiry Interim Report No. 5

29 April 2022

This is the Business Council of Australia’s submission to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on the Discussion Paper for Interim Report No. 5 of the ongoing Digital Platforms...

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