Living on borrowed time
The Business Council has released a discussion paper designed to kickstart a nationwide conversation about the best ways to shift Australia into the fast lane of growth.
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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 Safeguard consultations

18 August 2022

18 August 2022 A comprehensive consultation process on the Safeguard Mechanism will be critical to achieving our targets and locking in a stronger economy, Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott...

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What a Jobs Summit ‘win’ would look like

15 August 2022

This opinion article by Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott was first published in The Australian Financial Review on Monday 15 August 2022 The Jobs and Skills Summit is an...

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Submission to Independent Review of Infrastructure Australia

16 August 2022

Australia is currently in the midst of a historic period of government infrastructure investment and delivery. The Business Council acknowledges how central good quality infrastructure is to the functioning of...

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Business is not profiting at the expense of workers’ wages

8 August 2022

This opinion article by Business Council chief economist Stephen Walters was first published in The Australian Financial Review on Monday 8 August 2022 Who benefits most from a growing economy,...

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