Garma Key Forum Opening Remarks by Jennifer Westacott
30 July 2016
Opening remarks given by Business Council Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott at the Garma 2016 Key Forum on Corporate Australia and Indigenous Economic Development.
That’s No Way to Treat Patients
13 October 2009
Health care should be reformed to empower the user with transparency writes Katie Lahey in The Australian.
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
Elections Should Be a Time for Policy, Not Politics
15 June 2016
In the heat of an election campaign, the debate can narrow to a few emotive themes, often captured by simple slogans. Lost in the moment is the depth and extent of the debate we need to have about the long term.
Attack on Integrity Lacks Moral Standing
5 April 2005
Infrastructure Is a Road Half Travelled
4 October 2007
World-class infrastructure won’t happen without competitive national markets, rational pricing and more private ownership, op-ed argues.
Australia’s Golden Opportunity
15 March 2007
We can do more to depart from previous economic cycles and lift our living standards further, op-ed argues.
Why Housing Matters: Speech by BCA CEO Jennifer Westacott to the National Housing Conference 2012
31 October 2012
What are the keys to a more effective housing market?
Global Emission Cuts Should Be Policy Focus
9 June 2011
Much of the current debate is focused on putting a price on greenhouse gas emissions at any cost and within an artificially short timeframe.
Speech on Innovation by Jennifer Westacott to the ANZSOG 2014 Conference
6 August 2014
Why innovation is an imperative for both the private and public sectors, and nine insights on creating an innovation culture.
We Can Avert a Crisis and Seize Opportunities
28 March 2005
Boldness Will Put Us on Top by 2012
16 May 2008
Everything should be on the table when it comes to tax reform, urges Greig Gailey in The Australian.
Holistic Review Is the Holy Grail
30 June 2008
Australia needs a thorough analysis of taxation’s role in the economy, writes Robert Milliner in The Australian Financial Review.
Speech by Jennifer Westacott to the Odyssey House Business Luncheon 2014
9 May 2014
BCA Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott speaks to Odyssey House on the topic of ‘Shared Outcomes: The Role of Business in Community Wellbeing.’
COAG Must Stay Focused on Its Agenda
3 August 2006
The true measure of the sincerity of commitment to the COAG reform agenda will be whether governments agree to be held to account for their reform progress.
Building Australia’s Comparative Advantages: Catherine Livingstone Article
11 August 2014
Understanding the challenges and outlook faced by each industry sector is the basis of good economic policy, BCA President Catherine Livingstone writes.
Speech by BCA CEO Jennifer Westacott to the NAB Small Business Summit
25 July 2013
Speech outlines the common ground between businesses of all sizes in delivering a prosperous Australia.
Doing Nothing on Income Taxes is Clearly Not an Option
12 February 2016
Treasury tax reform analysis proves that doing nothing to alleviate the burden of income taxes is not an option.
The Best Welfare is Working
23 September 2016
For many Australian families, getting access to the right kind of government support at the right time is the key to setting them up for future success in life.
Time Runs Out on Doha Trade Round
17 November 2006
How Our Tax System is Holding Back Families and Workers
16 March 2016
While the tax debate has fixated on particular taxes, we’ve lost sight of what it all means for individual Australians, their families and the next generation.
And there is one point on which almost all of us would agree. Nobody likes a tax increase.
Economic Reform Is Needed: Article by Jennifer Westacott in The Australian
29 September 2014
The government's economic reform agenda is all about making Australia more competitive so we can fulfil our potential, writes BCA CEO Jennifer Westacott.
Essential Skills in Short Supply
6 May 2011
With the right leadership and workforce and population policies we can become a stronger, better society.
Driving Business Offshore Is No Carbon Solution
11 October 2008
Establishing a scheme that simply shifts emissions elsewhere benefits neither the environment nor the economy, Katie Lahey writes in The Australian.
Side by Side, Businesses Big and Small Grow Together
12 November 2010
Over the past decade, large and small businesses have prospered in parallel with each other, writes Katie Lahey in the Herald Sun.
Jennifer Westacott discusses Real Tax Reform on Trading Day, Sky Business
10 March 2016
Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott discusses the need for Real Tax Reform in Australia on Trading Day, Sky Business.
Privatisation of Electricity Networks: Article by Jennifer Westacott
8 December 2014
The Only Way Forward Is to Keep Moving Forward
30 March 2007
Australia cannot afford to go backwards on workplace reform, op-ed argues.
Jennifer Westacott on Sky News Live 5 June 2016
5 June 2016
Jennifer Westacott on Sky News Live, Sunday Agenda with Peter van Onselen and Paul Kelly.
Economy Could Become Roadkill in New Rush to Regulation
15 November 2010
Rushing to regulation rather than addressing issues with a thorough process of analysis and consultation will not be in Australia’s long-term interest, writes Katie Lahey in The Australian.
Tax System Reforms Will Help Growth
17 November 2006
Our system of taxation for businesses and individuals is not sustainable and must be reformed, writes Richard Humphry.
Doha Round: Time for Tough Decisions
24 April 2006
Unless a breakthrough is achieved in the days ahead, the deadline will lapse and the window of opportunity to conclude the Doha round will close. Business and community interests the world over will suffer.
The Reform Journey Has Only Just Begun
17 November 2006
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.
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.
Collaborate to Compete
30 November 2006
Steve Vamos explains why Australia must recognise and elevate innovation to a national priority.
New Airport for Sydney: Jennifer Westacott Article in The Daily Telegraph
15 August 2013
Jennifer Westacott writes in The Daily Telegraph about the importance of a new airport for Sydney and why leadership is needed to get it built.
Infrastructure a Key to Populate and Be Prosperous
26 October 2009
We can sustain the higher population that has been predicted as well as economic growth but only if federal and state governments reform their infrastructure policies, writes Rod Sims in The Australian.
Australia Must Learn from the Crisis
28 January 2010
Our challenge is to learn from the economic crisis – and to make our prosperity more sustainable and accessible to more Australians, Graham Bradley writes in The Australian Financial Review.
Devil in the Detail of Climate Plan
19 July 2008
We should be under no illusion about the size of the task or that there is a quick fix to reducing Australia's greenhouse emissions, writes Greig Gailey in The Sydney Morning Herald.
Carbon Decision Must Focus on National Interest
8 July 2011
How will the parliament manage its biggest test since the past election?
Enhancing Australia's Prosperity
21 November 2016
Volatility overseas shows we must listen to our citizens' concerns, and ensure our institutions can respond. We also must protect our capacity to grow.
Response to the Federal Budget 2016–17
4 May 2016
Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott responds to the 2016–17 Federal Budget.
Cities, Competitiveness and Australia’s Comparative Advantage: Utzon Lecture by Jennifer Westacott
30 July 2014
Why a vision for the future of our cities must be at the top of our social, economic and political discourse: 2014 Utzon Lecture by Jennifer Westacott.
Action Plan for Enduring Prosperity: Third Column in The Australian
17 June 2013
Jennifer Westacott writes about the importance of regulatory reform as part of a series discussing the BCA Action Plan for Enduring Prosperity.
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.
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?
Struggling with a Tangle of Red Tape
10 February 2006
Costly and complex red tape has long been a source of frustration for business. But it is now proliferating at an alarming rate, writes Katie Lahey in The Advertiser.
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.
Only Business, Large and Small, Can Help Australians Get Ahead
3 June 2016
When you attack business, you attack the prospects of every Australian worker, because business together employs more than 10 million Australians – eight in every 10 workers.
Tax Burden’s a Barrier to Competition
16 December 2006
Business tax reform is central to economic competitiveness, Katie Lahey argues.
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.
Patient-Centred Health Reform
4 March 2010
Is better value for healthcare patients achievable? The answer is yes, writes Katie Lahey in The Australian.
Economic Reforms Needed to Build a Better Future
23 January 2016
How positive do we feel about our nation’s place in the world and our capacity to realise these opportunities? How confident are we that our children and grandchildren will enjoy the same quality of life as we do, or something even better?
Plans Must Be Shovel Ready
28 April 2009
This is the right time to fix the problems with Australia’s system of economic infrastructure, and to start delivering the better infrastructure we know we should have, writes Greig Gailey in The Australian.
Closing Remarks to the National Reform Summit by Jennifer Westacott
26 August 2015
We expect to see an action-oriented reform agenda from both the government and the Opposition.
Statement On The Closure of Hazelwood Power Station
3 November 2016
Our thoughts are with the employees of Hazelwood power station. Its closure is reflective of Australia's inevitable transition to a lower-emission electricity system.
China is Poised at the Materials-Intensive Phase
Edited summary of comments made by BCA President Hugh Morgan to the Monash University Riding China’s Boom conference in August 2005.
September Quarter National Accounts Are A Wake-Up Call For Parliament
7 December 2016
“The GDP figures are an end-of-year wakeup call for Parliament about what lies ahead for the Australian community if they fail to face up to Australia’s very real and growing economic challenges,” Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott said.
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.
Workplace Relations: First Article in The Australian
14 February 2015
Our workplace relations system can be improved to better support job creation, productivity and competitiveness in the 21st century.
A National Perspective to Benefit All
22 May 2008
The renewal of Australia’s infrastructure and reform of infrastructure markets are two of the key challenges the federal government must address, writes Rod Pearse 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.
Economic Prosperity Depends on Migration
23 July 2010
The electorate isn’t always provided with the information it needs to engage in this important debate, writes Graham Bradley in The Australian Financial Review.
Productivity Is Key to Everything
14 January 2011
There is a good deal of common ground in what Australians are looking for from political and business leaders.
No Place For Modern Slavery
29 March 2017
Increased global trade has delivered great benefits for Australians, but it has also increased the risk that products and services have been tainted by the use of forced labour, say Grant King and Jennifer Westacott.
Foreign Investment: Article by Jennifer Westacott in Business Spectator
25 November 2013
The more open our economy is, the more successful we will be.
Job Creation in the Age of Disruption: Article by Jennifer Westacott
14 August 2015
No matter which side of the debate we’re on, if we are looking to go back and settle old scores or use old mindsets in this discussion, we will fail.
A Servant to Short-Termism
21 September 2012
Edited extract of speech by Jennifer Westacott to the Institute of Public Administration Australia.
We Can Make a Difference in East Asia
9 April 2008
There’s a new role for Australia in regional engagement, writes John W. H. Denton in The Australian Financial Review.
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.
Unwieldy System Must Go
29 November 2007
Op-ed by Tim Cox, PricewaterhouseCoopers Tax Partner, on the need to reform business tax, as published in The Australian Financial Review, 29 November 2007.
Free Trade Agreements Are an Opportunity for Australia
24 November 2014
The free trade agreement with China provides Australia with a global competitive advantage, and a historic opportunity to grow and diversify our economy.
Workplace Gender Equality Reporting: Opinion Article in the AFR
19 March 2014
Streamlined gender reporting and business-specific diversity strategies can improve outcomes for women, business and the economy.
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.
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.
R&D's Place in Innovation
21 April 2006
Business has a pragmatic view that genuine innovation must result in something that is delivered to and is utilised and valued by businesses, public organisations or consumers, or all three.
Companies Need Better Information on Rules
30 April 2011
For Australia and China to keep reaping the benefits of our rapidly growing economic relationship, we must continue discussions on bilateral matters of importance, involving both government and business leaders.
Australia must grow faster and spend less, and encouraging private enterprise is the best way forward
8 May 2018
This opinion article by Jennifer Westacott was published in the Daily Telegraph on 8 May 2018.
Australia’s Energy Advantages: Article by Jennifer Westacott
11 November 2014
Edited extract of Business Council of Australia CEO Jennifer Westacott’s speech at the launch of the BCA report, Australia’s Energy Advantages.
For Canada and Australia, shared values are the greatest defence
21 February 2017
This opinion article by Jennifer Westacott and Norman Steinberg was published in The Globe and Mail on 20 February 2017 and The Australian Financial Review on 21 February 2017.
Tax Reform Always Work in Progress
5 May 2006
Doing Nothing on Tax Reform is Simply Not an Option
8 February 2016
Leaving our tax system the way it is now is unproductive, unsustainable and ultimately unfair.
Finding Right Balance Requires Calm
6 November 2010
A climate of anxiety is exactly the wrong context for governments to be making important decisions on regulation, writes Katie Lahey in the Herald Sun.
Keeping Tabs on Infrastructure Effort
29 July 2009
More can be done to ensure that expensive projects will make a real contribution to national productivity, writes Rod Pearse in The Australian Financial Review.
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.
Stakes Too High To Turn Back
27 November 2007
We need to embrace a new round of economic reform, writes Greig Gailey in The Australian.
Australia Can't Afford Not To Cut Company Tax
28 September 2016
The simple fact is we cannot afford not to reduce our company tax rate for all businesses. We cannot ignore the reality that Australia operates in a global economy. We are fooling ourselves if we think that we can opt out of it.
Cyber Security Strategy
21 April 2016
Australia needs a cyber security strategy that builds capability and resilience to support the transition underway in the economy.
Need to Rethink Employment Policy
22 October 2007
Australia needs all hands on deck to tackle lower growth prospects, op-ed argues.
Budget Gives the Government a Golden Opportunity to Reform Fiscal Policy
25 February 2008
Given the outlook for inflation, strong discipline is needed now, writes Greig Gailey in The Age.
Business Council Statement on the US Presidential Election
9 November 2016
Market volatility in the wake of the US Presidential Election underscores the absolute imperative on our own political leaders to strengthen Australia’s competitiveness and repair the Budget, so that our economy remains prosperous amid global shifts
Don’t Spook the Punters
24 May 2010
At this challenging time in the global economy, we must be on our guard against complacency, writes John Denton in The Age.
Keep Politics Out of Emissions Solution
5 May 2009
The government and Opposition must work together to find the best solution to climate change, writes Greig Gailey in The Australian Financial Review.
Keeping a Permanent Watch on Australia's Tax System
5 May 2006
Health Reform Hasn’t Started
14 February 2011
It is time to rethink health and healthcare service delivery, writes Rohan Mead in The Australian.
We're interested in solutions – not personal invective
8 September 2017
This opinion article by Jennifer Westacott was published in The Australian Financial Review on 8 September 2017.
New Report Reveals Surge In Business Engagement With Indigenous Australians
6 December 2016
The campaign by Australia’s biggest businesses to boost their engagement with Indigenous communities is gaining momentum, with Indigenous employment levels surging 30 per cent among Business Council member companies since 2014.
Corporate Tax: Article in the AFR
20 February 2015
The Senate's inquiry is a welcome opportunity for considered and informed discussion about the performance of our corporate tax system.
These Are Good Times, But Not for All
25 October 2007
Economic reform must continue so all can join in Australia’s prosperity, writes Michael Chaney in The Age.
Creating Jobs in the Age of Disruption: Speech by Jennifer Westacott
13 August 2015
Let's approach the workplace relations debate with aspiration and imagination.
Australian Climate Roundtable: Joint Opinion Article
29 June 2015
Broad and durable support is required to effectively tackle climate change.
Speech by Jennifer Westacott to the 2013 Inspire Foundation Breakfast
24 October 2013
Speech by BCA Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott to the 2013 Inspire Foundation Breakfast on the topic of employment and mental health.
Why Mental Health Matters to Business: Presentation by Jennifer Westacott
15 April 2015
BCA Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott discusses the important role businesses play in tackling mental health.
Lack of Policy Won’t Stop NBN
19 November 2010
Getting Australia’s broadband model right is so important for our long-term interest that cost–benefit analysis is essential and in everyone’s interests, writes Katie Lahey in The Australian.
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.
Trans-Pacific Partnership an Economic Opportunity: Article in the AFR
23 October 2014
The Trans-Pacific Partnership will help make Australia more competitive, create jobs and improve our living standards.
Jennifer Westacott: Priorities for Prosperity
28 January 2017
We must continually strive towards a socially just and cohesive society with better jobs, higher wages and a strong social safety net, writes Jennifer Westacott.
NSW Power Play Defies Logic
2 December 2010
The troubled New South Wales electricity privatisation process is lurching to a conclusion that promises to be a poor one for electricity users and for NSW taxpayers, writes Graham Bradley in The Australian Financial Review.
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.
Good Start on Greenhouse Plan
4 June 2007
Emissions trading is now a business reality, Rod Sims writes in The Australian Financial Review.
Official Response to Drought Just Doesn’t Hold Water
2 January 2007
Does it make sense for Australia’s major cities to be on long-term water restrictions as a key solution to managing our water requirements?
This Is No Time to Undermine Corporate Confidence
17 May 2010
Economic policies need to be set and communicated in a way that builds confidence and minimises unnecessary uncertainty, writes Graham Bradley in The Australian.
We Must Commit to Coherent Regulation
18 April 2011
What is regulatory governance? Robert Milliner explains in The Australian Financial Review.
Water Scarcity Is a Myth
18 September 2006
Australia, the driest inhabited continent on Earth, is running out of water so we should cut back our water use and accept that we may have to put the brakes on growth until the rain comes. Right? Wrong.
Energy Can Be One of Our Great Advantages: Article in The Australian
27 February 2014
Australia’s energy and climate change policy settings need to be reorientated to drive economic growth while reducing emissions at least cost.
Change of Policy Must Benefit All Businesses
27 March 2012
The current debate in Canberra about which sector of Australian business, large or small, most needs or deserves a tax cut is dangerously misleading.
Long Way to Go on Crucial Tax Reform
20 July 2011
It is important not to confuse climate change policy with tax reform, argues Robert Milliner.
It’s ACTU thinking in need of change, not the rules
21 March 2018
This opinion article originally appeared in The Australian on 21 March 2018.
Meeting with the Prime Minister of India: Remarks by Jennifer Westacott
18 November 2014
Opening remarks made by the BCA Chief Executive to a roundtable meeting of CEOs with the Honourable Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India.
Jennifer Westacott - Public and Proud
1 February 2016
Jennifer spoke with the Victorian Public Tenants Association about her own experience growing up in public housing, stamping out the stigma and the important role public housing plays in our society.
Stronger Plans Are Needed to Ensure Gender Parity
16 November 2009
It defies belief that, in a sophisticated and modern country such as Australia, we are even talking about paying a woman the same amount as a man for a day’s work – it should already be long-established practice writes Katie Lahey.
Letter to The Age regarding Workplace Relations Reform
17 November 2006
The unions’ campaign against WorkChoices is based on the misleading premise that the legislation is revolutionary in its effect.
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.
It’s a Different Economy, Stupid
25 February 2008
We need to re-think federal budgets to avoid frittering away our prosperity, argues Greig Gailey in The Australian.
Now's time to cut company tax
10 October 2016
The big four professional services firms agree cutting company tax leads to big benefits for Australians, and our national economy.
The True Value of Humanities
4 November 2016
Jennifer Westacott on how humanities can play a fundamental role in the prosperity agenda.
Culture is Critical in Our Workplaces
2 April 2016
Reinstating the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) is the best option we have to drive the fundamental and systemic cultural reform of Australia’s vital building and construction industry.
Sharing Prosperity: Brotherhood of St Laurence Sambell Oration by BCA CEO Jennifer Westacott
23 November 2011
Business and the community sector need to work together to ensure that a wealthy country like Australia doesn’t leave people behind.
Jennifer Westacott on Sky News
29 March 2016
Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott interviewed on Sky News discusses the path for transforming the tax system to improve the living standards of all Australians by supporting economic transition and accelerating growth.
BCA–Clayton Utz BEPS Workshop: Speech by Jennifer Westacott
15 May 2014
We need to align the problem with a fit-for-purpose solution when it comes to base erosion and profit shifting.
Political Uncertainty on Emissions Will Cost Jobs and Investment
16 October 2009
Bipartisanship is the key to addressing two key areas of uncertainty relating to Australia’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, writes Katie Lahey.
Purposeful Business, Purposeful Country
24 September 2016
We have an expression we use constantly at the Business Council: “Doing nothing doesn’t mean nothing will happen”.
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.
Where To Now on Section 46?
21 March 2016
The changes to Section 46 pose a major problem for the growth of our economy and add a new regulatory risk that will make the decision to innovate less attractive.
Innovate or Detonate: Let's Talk Turkey
17 November 2006
It’s Time to Rethink Trade Talks
11 August 2008
As we pick over the bones of the failed Doha Round, it can be easy to forget the reason 153 countries gathered together in the first place, John W.H. Denton writes in The Australian Financial Review.
Be Prepared for Emissions Trading
12 October 2007
Business cannot afford to sit back and wait for the scheme to start, writes Katie Lahey in The Age.
Reinstating the ABCC the Easiest Decision the Senate Can Make
27 February 2016
Reinstating the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) should be the easiest decision the Australian Senate can make, and an opportunity to show leadership at a time when its capacity to represent the interests of voters is under question.
Jennifer Westacott's address to the Roads and Maritime Services Leadership Forum
10 May 2016
Jennifer Westacott's address covered the importance of leadership, innovation and future trends for infrastructure.
National Productivity: Article by Jennifer Westacott
24 August 2015
The National Reform Summit will centre on four issues which are pre-requisites for the goal of sustainable economic growth.
FTA with Korea Important for Australia’s Trade Agenda
18 February 2014
Striking free trade agreements with our largest trading partners will be beneficial for all Australians, Jennifer Westacott writes in Business Spectator.
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.
Tough Talk Needed to Plan Equal Future for All
31 December 2011
Creating true wealth is a shared responsibility that has a shared benefit.
Business Council Statement on 2017 Climate Change Review Terms of Reference
5 December 2016
The Business Council welcomes the release of a broad and comprehensive Terms of Reference for the 2017 Review of Climate Change Policies that will enable all relevant issues to be considered.
Building Australia’s Innovation System: Article in The Australian
4 October 2014
Innovation is the key to improving productivity and the only way to keep us competitive, create jobs and improve living standards.
Willingness Needed to Establish Emissions Trading Scheme
7 June 2007
Governments and businesses must work together to establish a national emissions trading scheme, Katie Lahey writes.
Article on Tax Reform by Toby Hall and Jennifer Westacott in The Age
26 August 2013
If political parties were being honest, they would explain the structural problems with the current tax system that make careful and comprehensive reform essential.
Time to End Haphazard Approach to the Basics
26 October 2009
If good infrastructure is the groundwork for economic growth, Australia’s recent economic growth has been built on shaky foundations, writes Rod Pearse in The Australian Financial Review.
Region Holds Key to Our Prosperity
17 June 2008
A new framework to enable investment in the region is needed, writes John W. H. Denton in The Australian Financial Review.
Action Plan for Enduring Prosperity: Fifth Column in The Australian
7 September 2013
Jennifer Westacott writes about the importance of infrastructure as part of a series discussing the BCA Action Plan for Enduring Prosperity.
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.
Workplace Relations: Third Article in The Australian
21 March 2015
Rather than more tinkering what is required is a new framework that gets the balance right.
Scrap RSPT and Start Again from Ground Up
21 June 2010
The BCA, representing all industry sectors, calls on the government to instigate the appropriate reform process in developing its approach to resource taxation, writes Graham Bradley in The Australian Financial Review.
Services the Key to China FTA
20 November 2006
Bringing down barriers to exporting know-how is vital for our future, writes John Denton.
Lack of Discipline a Real Concern: Article by Tony Shepherd in the AFR
15 March 2013
Disciplined regulation making is part and parcel of governing in the best interests of the nation and all Australians, writes Tony Shepherd in the AFR.
Carbon Tax Repeal: Article by Jennifer Westacott in the AFR
19 November 2013
Australia's carbon tax is one of the highest in the world and makes our important industries less competitive every day it stays in place.
Letter to the AFR regarding Workplace Relations Reform
17 November 2006
For the past two years, the Business Council of Australia has advocated the importance of reform in four key areas of the economy to sustain current levels of economic growth into the long term. Workplace relations is one of the four areas.
Prepare to Share Pain
14 May 2009
The government must tighten its belt and let the private sector grow, urges Greig Gailey in The Australian.
National Approach to Water
23 July 2007
Nature can only do so much to alleviate water shortages; the rest is up to us, writes Katie Lahey in The Courier-Mail.
Resources Growth Can’t Be Taken for Granted
24 August 2012
Australia must lock in a future investment pipeline by increasing competitiveness, encouraging skills development and building economic infrastructure.
R&D OK, but There’s Much More to Do in an Innovative Aussie Way
3 July 2006
The ability of Australian businesses to innovate will be crucial to the country's future capacity to compete and prosper.
Get Costs under Control or We’ll All Be Poorer
7 September 2012
Edited published extract of a speech BCA Vice President Graham Bradley to the Infrastructure Partnerships Australia conference.
Unlocking Opportunities for Infrastructure Investment
23 October 2013
Unlocking opportunities for infrastructure investment is an idea whose time has come; the challenge now is execution, Tony Shepherd writes in the AFR.
The Tax Attack: Governments Hit Companies
10 April 2007
There is a compelling case for a major rethink of Australia’s business taxation system, Katie Lahey writes.
Beyond Tomorrow: Speech by BCA CEO Jennifer Westacott to the Committee for Sydney
14 July 2011
Australia’s fate is linked to Sydney’s, and to the success of our largest businesses.
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.
The Need for Corporate Tax Review Is Urgent
Taxation rates and structures play a fundamental role in providing the right environment for businesses to operate effectively and efficiently, improve productivity and take advantage of market opportunities in an increasingly competitive world.
Article on Economic Challenges by Tony Shepherd in The Australian
30 August 2013
Political attention should focus on the challenge of budget and fiscal reform and how to keep our economy growing, writes Tony Shepherd in The Australian.
How We Can Use Technology to Improve Productivity
11 December 2009
When it comes to skills we need to think broadly and remember the importance of effective use of ICT by our businesses, governments and households.
Prosperous Australians Reach for the Stars
26 October 2006
There is an emerging shift in the community – a shift that brings the potential to lift the nation to a new trajectory of economic growth and community achievement – providing it's recognised and nurtured.
No Need to Delay Health Reform
15 June 2011
The Council of Australian Governments meeting today will once again test the mettle of government leaders on their commitment to creating a sustainable healthcare system.
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?
We Need to Get the NDIS Right from the Outset
7 March 2016
We must get the NDIS right from the outset to avoid a harsh impact on the most vulnerable people in the community.
Middle Ground Needed on the Renewable Energy Target: Article in the AFR
8 September 2014
The best outcome for the community, business and the renewable energy industry is a form of a true 20 per cent RET.
A Force for Good
12 November 2010
Australia is uniquely placed to help the effectiveness of the G20 for the betterment of the planet, writes John Denton in The Age.
Radical Reform Changes Game
6 May 2010
The resource super profits tax is truly radical, and raises issues which need to addressed, writes Katie Lahey in The Australian Financial Review.
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.
The Purple House Fund Launch
16 April 2015
Business Council of Australia Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott will launch the fund at a celebration in Melbourne in support of the Purple House (Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation).
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.
Statement On The Australian Building And Construction Commission
30 November 2016
The passage of the ABCC legislation shows that the parliament can work together to improve Australia’s competitiveness, a critical factor in driving our ongoing prosperity and creating meaningful jobs in a volatile world
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.
Good Process Avoids Poor Regulation: AFR Article by Jennifer Westacott
25 February 2014
The Workplace Gender Equality Act and the Australian Jobs Act are examples of the “wrong solution to the right problem”.
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.
Jennifer Westacott on Sky News 12 May 2016
12 May 2016
Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott on Sky News with Kristina Kenealy and Peter van Onselen.
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.
Business Council Welcomes Activation of New Trade Agreement
23 February 2017
When an agreement has the potential to add $1 trillion to the world economy and create 21 milion jobs, it’s worth pausing to welcome its entry into force, says Jennifer Westacott.
North Asia Trade Opportunities: Article by Catherine Livingstone
28 April 2014
The Prime Minister’s visit to Korea, Japan and China marks a turning point in Australia’s economic engagement with the region.
Right Approach and Facts Needed for Workplace Relations Reform
26 October 2015
Our fundamental point is we have to be willing to put the facts on the table and ask honestly if the current regime is fit for a modern, 24-7 economy.
BCA CEO Jennifer Westacott’s Address to the Australian Government 2011 Tax Forum
4 October 2011
Opening Remarks by Jennifer Westacott to the Business Tax Session of the Australian Government 2011 Tax Forum.
BCA–Regional Australia Institute Consultations in Townsville
22 October 2013
Article in the Townsville Bulletin by BCA Deputy CEO Maria Tarrant on the BCA–Regional Australia Institute economic development consultations in the region.
Remove Racism of a Previous Era from the Heart of our Constitution
8 December 2011
Full and equal recognition of Indigenous Australians our Constitution is essential, argues Graham Bradley in The Australian.
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.
We Need to Talk about Refurbishing All Our Safety Nets
23 January 2012
In looking at the adequacy of the Newstart Allowance, we need to look at reform that will afford Australia true wealth in terms of a sustainable, meaningful social safety net.
APEC Should Heed Signs of the Changing Times
13 November 2009
APEC is important to Australia’s interests and is an influential institution for economic dialogue and policy, writes John Denton in The Age.
Raise the GST, and Cut Personal and Company Tax to Support Growth
18 March 2010
A switch in the tax mix to reduce personal income and company taxes and make greater use of the GST will encourage investment and offer greater incentives to working Australians writes Katie Lahey in The Australian.
Red Tape on a Roll and it Must Stop
30 August 2005
For Australia to stay competitive, we need to address the red tape deluge, writes Katie Lahey in The Age.
BCA–Regional Australia Institute Consultations in Geelong
29 October 2013
Article in the Geelong Advertiser by BCA Deputy CEO Maria Tarrant on the BCA–Regional Australia Institute economic development consultations in the region.
Bold Vision Still Needed, Whoever’s in Charge
23 August 2010
Reform remains a priority for the economy despite a hung parliament, writes Graham Bradley in The Australian Financial Review.
Praise for Indigenous Core Values
15 October 2012
BCA member companies are experiencing the two-way benefits of working with Indigenous organisations and individuals.
Chasing the Fast Boat to Asia
20 December 2011
Lifting productivity and competitiveness will be the key to making the most of our opportunities within Asia.
Four Ways in Which the Fair Work Act Is Reducing Productivity
7 November 2011
The Fair Work Act is turning out to be another example of poorly thought-through regulation whose costs and risk outweigh the benefits.
No Reason Left for Parliament to Delay Restoring the ABCC
18 October 2016
No Reason Left for Parliament to Delay Restoring the ABCC
Senate Must Put the National Interest First: Article by Jennifer Westacott
17 July 2014
Jennifer Westacott writes of the need for a more inclusive and positive approach where different sectors work together, and in the interests of the nation.
Five-Pronged Approach to Climate Change Challenge
11 May 2007
Australia has to protect its economy in the transition to a low-emissions world, writes Rod Pearse.
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.
Lower company tax rate key to higher living standards
20 December 2016
Arguments for burdening enterprises with high taxes demand to be challenged, writes Jennifer Westacott.
Respond to Carbon with Care
10 July 2008
An emissions trading scheme must not weaken the economy, Greig Gailey writes in The Australian.
Asia Pacific Has to Be in Focus
19 June 2012
If Australian businesses are to create wealth and generate new jobs now and in the future, then they must be internationally competitive.
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.
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.
Competition Policy Review: Opinion article in the AFR by Jennifer Westacott and Danny Gilbert
13 February 2014
Three key lessons from the Hilmer process that can usefully be applied to the review of competition policy.
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.
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.
Pollies must stop playing the David v Goliath game
29 June 2017
This opinion article by Jennifer Westacott was published in The Australian on 29 June 2017.
Ambitious China Need Not Be an Emerging Problem
28 December 2010
Australia has an important role to play in nurturing the relationship between the United States and China, writes John Denton in The Australian.
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.
Address by BCA CEO Jennifer Westacott to the Prime Minister’s Economic Forum
13 June 2012
Responds to comments made by the Prime Minister on the need to lift Australia’s productivity as a key to ensuring a more competitive, resilient economy.
COAG Needs Well-Defined Process for Key Reforms
26 July 2005
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.
Article on Retail Red Tape by Tony Shepherd in the AFR
15 May 2013
State parliaments have struggled to accept the new retailing reality and the challenge that international online retailing presents, Tony Shepherd writes.
Keep the Pressure on, Prosperity Is up for Grabs
1 December 2005
The lack of clear and robust lines of accountability and transparency across federal–state jurisdictions is inhibiting lasting reform.
Real Growth Needs Real Tax Reform
9 March 2016
Doing nothing on tax is not an option because the tax system affects so many decisions that influence how quickly we can grow the economy in this challenging new world.
IR Isn’t Working So Let’s All Fix It
20 July 2012
Business wants to work with government to raise wages by boosting productivity.
BCA Statement on Brexit Vote
28 June 2016
Australian businesses are carefully monitoring global markets, following the British decision to leave the EU last week.
The need for company tax cuts is now becoming urgent
18 June 2018
This opinion article by Jennifer Westacott was published in the Australian Financial Review on 18 June 2018.
Competition Reform Needs to Focus on Consumers
28 November 2015
Consumer sovereignty and empowerment is the key to unlocking innovation in the economy.
The Mutual Benefits of Giving
14 June 2007
Geoff Allen of the Centre for Corporate Public Affairs discusses the release of the ACCPA–BCA report, ‘Corporate Community Investment in Australia’ in an op-ed in The Australian Financial Review.
Opportunity Too Good to Waste
4 September 2007
Enabling investment and trade among its members should be APEC’s top priority, writes John W.H. Denton.
Push Aside the Fog and Close the Gap
31 October 2008
The Business Council of Australia has a multifaceted social impact, writes Greig Gailey in The Age.
Superannuation Governance: Article by Jennifer Westacott
9 July 2015
The Parliament should get behind this sensible modernisation of one of Australia's most important endowments.
G20 Role Needs Greater Clarification
22 February 2010
The Group of 20 has the potential to provide the leadership needed for a new era of global co-operation and stability writes John Denton in The Australian Financial Review.
Reform Still a Work in Progress
24 May 2005
Presentation to the Smart Cities Summit by Jennifer Westacott
29 April 2016
This speech was delivered by BCA Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott at the Smart Cities Summit in Melbourne on 29 April 2016.
The Changing Nature of Work
4 December 2015
The nature of our work and workplaces is changing rapidly.
Reform Must Anticipate Change, Not React To It
12 May 2006
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.
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.
2016 Garma Key Forum: Corporate Australia and Indigenous Economic Development
30 July 2016
Business Council Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott chaired a panel at the Key Forum on Corporate Australia and Indigenous Economic Development.
Workplace Relations: Second Article in The Australian
28 February 2015
The national discussion about workplaces must be about creating a culture of collaboration and innovation.
Speech by Jennifer Westacott to the YFoundations Conference 2013
20 September 2013
How are changes in the economy changing work opportunities for young people?
Australian Learning Lecture 2017
We’ve spent so much time tinkering at the margins of education policy because it’s seen to be easier, but we end up with no sense of purpose or end goal, says Jennifer Westacott.
Children of the Contract Revolution
13 July 2006
Long-term and coordinated planning is needed by governments to facilitate infrastructure investment on the scale and quality that business and the economy requires to support future growth.
The Planet Needs Both Sides
22 June 2009
The emissions trading scheme must not come at the cost of competitiveness, writes Greig Gailey in the Herald Sun.
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.
Federal Budget: Article by Jennifer Westacott
21 May 2015
The 2015-16 federal budget is a pragmatic and sensible budget.
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.
Next Election Vital for Future Prosperity
18 April 2007
Lifting living standards is the goal of the reform agenda, op-ed outlines.
Time to Put in Hard Yards for China
12 September 2012
In our relationship with China, we cannot expect what has worked in the past to work in the future, Tony Shepherd writes in The Australian Financial Review.
Opening Remarks to Productivity Commission Hearing on Workplace Relations
11 September 2015
Australia needs a workplace relations system that encourages, rather than stifles, innovation and productivity.
Higher Education: Article by Catherine Livingstone
16 March 2015
When they are leading, the impact universities can have is nothing less than intergenerational transformation.
Devil in Detail of Getting ETS Right
17 July 2008
The economic realities should not be forgotten in an emissions trading scheme, writes Greig Gailey in The Age.
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.
Focus on Big Picture
3 August 2006
The interest rates rise should be a timely reminder to cast ahead to the longer term and consider the challenges Australia faces to sustain strong economic growth in the years ahead.
Repeal Carbon Tax to Reclaim Our Lost Advantage in Energy
12 July 2014
In an article in The Australian, BCA CEO Jennifer Westacott calls for bipartisanship on the critical principles for energy and climate change policy.
COAG’s Choice: Foresight or Failure
6 February 2006
Not addressing structural imbalances and underlying barriers to growth now will make reforms more difficult and less palatable later, writes Katie Lahey in The Australian Financial Review.
The More Things Change
11 November 2016
Jennifer Westacott's speaks to the Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce WA about how the more things change, the more business must lead in an uncertain world.
Agenda is an Opportunity for Australia to Realise our Potential
8 December 2015
The government's National Innovation and Science Agenda is an opportunity to imagine our own future and realise our enormous potential as a nation.
Article on Innovation by Ian Chubb and Jennifer Westacott in the AFR
26 August 2013
Australia needs to focus on areas of comparative advantage, particularly its people and their capacity to innovate.
Intergenerational Report: Article by Jennifer Westacott
7 March 2015
Both major parties must put forward a compelling vision and a practical plan of action for how to manage the enormous transformation of our society.
Regulation Repeal Day: Daily Telegraph Article by Jennifer Westacott
26 March 2014
Removing poor regulation is one of the best and fastest ways to help business flourish and make the economy stronger, BCA CEO writes in the Daily Telegraph.
Doha Failure a Disservice to All Parties
28 June 2006
Europe remains at the heart of blockages within the Doha round of trade negotiations centred on agriculture. At risk is the expansion of international trade in services and industrials.
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.
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.
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.
Australia’s Prosperity Rides on Tax Revamp
28 February 2006
We need faster, better ways to review and improve the tax system before it becomes a barrier to competitiveness and growth, writes Katie Lahey in The Age.
Action Urged on Crucial Infrastructure
23 March 2006
Implementing a major infrastructure reform program over five years will deliver an extra 2 per cent to GDP a year. But each year’s delay in implementing COAG’s decisions on infrastructure reform will cost about $10 billion in lost growth.
Everyone Wins if We Simplify Tax
11 February 2016
Real tax reform is not a bookkeeping exercise; it is about reshaping the system to better support our economy to adapt and thrive in the face of significant global economic, demographic and technological change.
Industry Role Vital to Recovery
2 April 2009
If the G-20 is going to truly promote recovery, it must anticipate the responses of the global business community, writes John Denton in The Australian Financial Review.
Make Sure We Don’t Waste Our Wealth
26 October 2007
In the midst of so much prosperity, it is easy to overlook the many Australians who continue to confront a vastly different reality, Michael Chaney argues.
Action Plan for Enduring Prosperity: Sixth Column in The Australian
12 October 2013
Jennifer Westacott writes about the need for a national energy policy framework as part of a series on the BCA Action Plan for Enduring Prosperity.
Supply Nation's Connect 2016 Keynote Speech by Jennifer Westacott
2 May 2016
Jennifer Westacott speaks about innovation in the face of major technological disruption, and the implications for supplier relationships, entrepreneurship and enterprise creation.
Nation Needs Population Strategy
1 March 2011
Low or no population growth is not the way to preserve the way of life we all cherish.
Real Trade Reform Begins After Doha
6 October 2009
Trade liberalisation is the missing piece of the global policy response to the financial crisis and recession, writes John Denton in The Australian Financial Review.
Tax Reform Key to Our Future Growth
28 April 2006
Innovative Ideas Needed to Boost Business
21 July 2008
If Australia is to keep up with the world then businesses and research groups must work together, writes Hutch Ranck in The Courier-Mail.
Easing Companies Burden Lifts The Load For Us All
27 October 2016
When Australian businesses are not globally competitive, the consequences are felt in suburban streets and regional towns.
As Business Fills Canberra’s Coffers, We Need to Move on Tax Reforms
24 August 2007
Despite Treasury indicators of a strong economy, this is no time for complacency on tax reform, Katie Lahey argues.
BCA Represents Wide Interests
10 January 2011
The argument that members of the BCA represent narrow sectional interests and could therefore be ineligible for appointment to the RBA Board is thin on several levels.
Tax in Need of Change
17 November 2006
Path to Progress Hinges on Commitment to Aussie Values
03 December 2016
Australia’s different value system and societal structure – evidenced by Medicare, mass education and the welfare safety net – are our greatest protection against division.
Needed: One Push-Start to Doha Round
2 February 2006
Multilateral trade liberalisation is at this moment in danger of grinding to a halt, writes John Denton in The Age.
BCA Statement on ABCC and Registered Organisations Bills
21 March 2016
The Prime Minister’s announcement today that the parliament will be recalled on 18 April for three weeks provides plenty of time for the Senate to complete its deliberations and pass these bills without further delay.
Digital Disruption: Article by Catherine Livingstone
30 April 2015
Given the disruption of a hyper-connected world, many of our policy settings are simply not fit for purpose.
Capital Investments Will Grow Our Economy
8 June 2012
If Australia is able to deliver on an unprecedented $921 billion pipeline of major capital investment projects, we will transform our cities and regions for the better.
Productivity Lift Overdue
28 June 2012
Australia is a high-cost place in which to invest and do business.
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.
Job Flexibility Tops the List for Staff and Bosses
11 February 2012
Far from being a source of insecurity, our changing labour market has provided the foundation for the nation’s wealth to be shared more broadly.
National Reform Summit: Article by Jennifer Westacott
25 July 2015
This could be the best chance we’ve had for some time for a more informed, sensible and forward-looking public debate.
Crawford Leadership Forum Opening Remarks by Jennifer Westacott
20 June 2016
Jennifer Westacott gave some opening remarks at the plenary session of the Crawford Australian Leadership Forum on empowered consumers.
National Accounts Underscore Threat To Australia From Trump Tax Plan
1 March 2017
This mixed bag of economic indicators is a sobering reminder that Australia must urgently boost its international competitiveness by reducing business taxes and overhauling bad regulation that are together strangling investment, says Jennifer Westacott.
Prosperity Depends on Further Reform
23 January 2006
The year 2006 should be remembered as a unique chance for real reform that was fully grasped, not a golden opportunity squandered.
Statement On Company Transparency Report For 2014-2015
9 December 2016
The Tax Office’s company tax data underscores that Australia has some of the strongest transparency and integrity measures of any country in the world.
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.
A Blueprint for Preserving Prosperity
7 February 2007
In the 2007 election year, policies must be focused on the longer term.
Can't Grow Economy by Killing Golden Goose
9 June 2016
Politicians who wish to spend more of other people’s money, but fail to understand that it is future investment decisions that deliver future revenues, keep trying to squeeze more out of the same business golden goose.
Unions Want to Turn Back the Clock
26 March 2007
Labour market reforms underpin our prosperity, op-ed explains.
Standing Still Not an Option
1 April 2005
Speech to the BCA-Clayton Utz BEPS Workshop
6 November 2014
BCA Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott discusses the base erosion and profit shifting agenda and the need for tax reform to help drive competitiveness.
Australia's Inevitable Reforms
2 May 2006
Second-Track Diplomacy Aids Foreign Policy
17 July 2009
The private sector can improve Australia’s relationships abroad, argues John Denton in The Australian.
What Will Brexit Mean for Australian Business?
22 June 2016
Business Council of Australia Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott is interviewed on BBC World News.
National Disability Insurance Scheme: Daily Telegraph Article
3 May 2013
The NDIS is groundbreaking, but it must be properly designed and budgeted for, writes Tony Shepherd in The Daily Telegraph.
Labor Shows Its Lack of Credibility
14 June 2006
Regulation Reform Is Needed: Article by Jennifer Westacott
1 November 2014
Good regulation is needed to protect the community, but bad or unnecessary regulation is a dead weight on the economy and costs jobs.
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.
Business and Community Wellbeing: AFR Article by Jennifer Westacott
12 May 2014
The role of business in generating community wellbeing goes beyond its corporate social responsibility activities.
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.
Now you are students but you must prepare to lead
20 September 2018
This opinion article by Jennifer Westacott was published in Herald Sun on 20 September 2018.
Reject Devilish Detail in Carbon Laws
21 May 2009
Legislation should not be approved until the scheme’s design is resolved, argues Greig Gailey in The Australian.
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.
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.
Coalition of Business Groups Calls for Decisive Action to Rescue Australia's Ailing Apprenticeship System
14 March 2017
Governments must take urgent action to avert an imminent crisis in our apprenticeship system, one that risks leaving young people without pathways to work and many businesses unable to access the skills they need to grow.
Article on Trade Liberalisation by John Denton in the AFR
19 September 2013
Trade liberalisation is a strong engine for job creation and higher wages, writes John Denton in The Australian Financial Review.
Harper competition recommendation too broad, will deter rivalry
5 October 2016
All competition laws should be well drafted, but those addressing the misuse of market power matter more than most. Following the Government’s decision to implement the recommendations of the Harper Review, more needs to be done to get the drafting right.
Climate Solutions Must Be Genuinely Global
24 March 2007
Australia’s economy needs to be strong in a changing world, op-ed outlines.
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.
Support for Workers with Disabilities Calls for Three-way Partnership
1 September 2011
Countries such as New Zealand could serve as a model, writes Graham Bradley in The Age.
China-Australia Free Trade Agreement: Article by Jennifer Westacott
8 August 2015
ChAFTA will make our economy stronger and create more jobs for Australians long into the future.
World-Class Model for Major Project Approvals
25 November 2016
The Business Council of Australia today released a new blueprint for streamlining the planning and approvals system, saying it was unacceptable that more than $375 billion of proposed projects across Australia were potentially facing lengthy delays.
Jennifer Westacott Discusses the China–Australia FTA on Bloomberg
18 November 2014
Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott discusses the China–Australia Free Trade Agreement on the Bloomberg ‘On The Move Asia’ program.
Time for Business to Fight Back
10 June 2016
Having a vibrant business sector, one that continually strives to grow by investing, employing more workers, paying decent wages and making strong returns for shareholders, has been fundamental to Australia’s unbroken growth over the last quarter century.
BCA Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott Appointed IPAA National Fellow
9 October 2012
Jennifer Westacott has been appointed a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia.
Speech by BCA CEO Jennifer Westacott to the City of Melbourne Women in Business Luncheon
28 October 2011
Reflections on three of the women who have made the most impact on Jennifer Westacott’s life.
Please Keep It Much Simpler, Stupid
9 March 2006
Society cannot operate without clear and strong rules – but we do not need regulation which is poorly conceived, writes Steven Munchenberg in The Age.
Workplace Relations Reform: Article by Jennifer Westacott
14 August 2015
As our economy undergoes enormous transformation we must prepare ourselves for the jobs of the future in a way that will offer people rewarding work.
Folly to Shackle Growth
19 October 2006
A call by the ACTU last week for a raft of workplace regulations and conditions to be mandated highlights what has become a fundamental debate about the future direction of Australia's economy.
Tax Reform: Article by Jennifer Westacott
6 August 2015
A better tax system that will grow the size of the pie by growing the economy is also a key to paying for a good health system and our social safety net.
Complacency Will Cost Us Dearly
15 August 2005
Doing nothing risks letting our hard-earned prosperity slip away, writes Hugh Morgan in The Australian Financial Review.
Smarten up Our Act on Innovation
16 March 2006
Australia needs a new national debate on innovation policy, and not just because of the potential gains innovation can contribute to growth and productivity when the nation’s productivity levels are lagging.
Better Value and Better Health
6 November 2012
Australia’s rising healthcare costs are unsustainable writes Australian Unity’s Group Managing Director, Rohan Mead in The Australian Financial Review.
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?
Australia’s Energy Advantages: Speech by Jennifer Westacott
10 November 2014
Australia’s energy policy needs a vision that aligns energy and climate change policy, and maximises our comparative advantage.
Statement on the Decision by Heather Ridout to Move on from the Australian Industry Group
6 December 2011
Heather Ridout has made an outstanding contribution to debates about the policies that are required to lift productivity and maintain business competitiveness.
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.
Australia Must Run Harder Than its Competitors
16 June 2005
G20 the Right Body for Economic Leadership
29 September 2009
The group has proven itself the best forum for its times, writes John Denton in The Age.
Jennifer Westacott - Fran Kelly, ABC Breakfast
16 November 2017
Topics: marriage equality, company tax, business reputation, workplace diversity
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.
Aboriginal Jobs Push Here to Stay
8 February 2012
Creative initiatives by Australia’s largest businesses are having an increasingly significant impact in supporting Indigenous employment and economic development.
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.
China-Australia Free Trade Agreement Must be Passed
7 September 2015
Australians who stand for a stronger future should all demand this agreement be passed.
Parliament Must Focus on Reform Where There Is Broad Agreement
16 September 2010
Edited extract of a speech by Business Council of Australia President Graham Bradley to the National Press Club in Canberra.
Taking Care of Business
25 June 2010
If there is to be a sustained financial recovery, then G20 leaders must listen to the private sector, writes John Denton in The Age.
Make the Most of New Review of Old Red Tape
17 November 2006
Statement on the Release of Infrastructure Australia Plan
17 February 2016
This plan to meet our infrastructure challenges is a blueprint that all governments, working together, can support and implement.
A New Approach to Innovation Depends on Much Stronger Collaboration
22 November 2006
Innovation capabilities will help Australia maximise the contribution of its people to economic and social progress and prosperity, writes Steve Vamos.
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.
Productivity the New Focus
31 March 2009
Behavioural changes are crucial to new workplace laws, writes Greig Gailey in The Age.
Injection of Facts into the IR Debate
9 August 2007
By debunking union myths about workplace reform, business groups are fighting a threat to the economy, argues Michael Chaney.
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.
Aussies Should be Barracking for a Better Tax System
11 April 2016
The harsh truth is that Australia’s global economic competitiveness ranking has fallen from tenth a decade ago to 21st, behind New Zealand.
Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW Address by Jennifer Westacott
2 June 2016
Mental Health Australia Chair and Business Council of Australia Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott addressed the NSW State Parliament and members of the Schizophrenia Fellowship about mental health reform, community and innovation.
Doha Deal Crucial to World Economies
21 July 2006
Breaking the Doha Round impasse is the key to reducing poverty and improving the financial health of the world.
Jennifer Westacott’s challenge to graduates: live your gifted lives with purpose, generosity
9 May 2018
Jennifer Westacott’s challenge to graduates, live your gifted lives with purpose and generosity
The Vote to Secure our Fiscal Future
18 April 2007
Sound reform, not petty politics, will sustain our prosperity, says Michael Chaney.
Jennifer Westacott on PVO Newsday
28 September 2016
Business Council Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott on PVO Newsday, Sky News Live 28 September 2016.
We Must Join the Asian Century
18 October 2011
The economic opportunities available from engagement with Asia won’t wait for those who are unprepared to grasp them.
Warming to a Vital Task
7 June 2007
A market-based, national emissions trading scheme is key to Australia’s effort to reduce greenhouse gases over the long term, Katie Lahey writes in The Courier-Mail.
Article on Company Tax by Jennifer Westacott and Frank Drenth
7 October 2014
Misleading report unfairly tarnishes the reputation of many Australian companies, the ATO and risks setting back the tax reform debate Australia needs.
Paying the Price for a Tiered System
4 December 2006
Our federation can be a co-operative or a takeover, writes Michael Chaney.
The Australia Institute: climate wreckers
30 August 2018
This opinion article by Jennifer Westacott was published in The Australian Financial Review on 30 August 2018.
Growth Key to Emissions Plan
3 July 2008
Business will provide the base for the successful move to a low-emissions economy, argues Greig Gailey in The Age.
Message from the CEO: Why ChAFTA must be ratified
6 September 2015
The Business Council of Australia launch a communications and advertising campaign in support of the most important bilateral trade deal Australia has ever done - the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA).
Threshold Adjustment Only a Beginning
12 May 2005
A Workplace System for a Modern Economy: Article by Jennifer Westacott
24 October 2015
We need to design a workplace relations system fit for a modern economy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Disadvantaged Still Missing Fair Share of Rich Pickings
12 October 2012
Anti-Poverty Week gives the community the chance to reflect on what has been achieved in tackling poverty and disadvantage, and on continuing failures in breaking cycles of disadvantage.
Improved Gender Reporting: Article in Women's Agenda
13 March 2015
The new reporting regime takes us a step closer to advancing gender equality so that women and men can thrive equally in the workplaces of Australia.
2016 Opinion Articles
Read opinion articles authored by Business Council of Australia members or executives in 2016 here.
University of Newcastle Graduation Address
8 April 2016
Jennifer Westacott addresses the graduates of the University of Newcastle.
Opportunity Is Measure of True Wealth: Edited extract of Jennifer Westacott’s Brotherhood of St Laurence’s Sambell Oration
24 November 2011
Unless our industries and businesses are prosperous, thriving and competitive, we cannot create national wealth and we certainly cannot use or share something we do not have.
If We Want More People We Have to Plan Better
31 March 2010
We can build a ‘Big Australia’ – but only with strong community support and government leadership writes Graham Bradley in The Australian.
Australia Has To Compete In The Race For Foreign Investment
28 June 2016
Global uncertainty in the wake of Brexit reinforces the imperative for consistent policies to ensure Australia is a competitive destination for foreign investments.
CSR Belongs at the Very Core of Business
6 February 2007
We can’t sustain a first-rate economy with a second-rate community, writes Katie Lahey in The Age.
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.
Time to Give Business a Break
27 May 2016
Who are the taxpayers who ultimately foot the bill for the promises made during an election campaign, whether on a “spend-o-meter” or elsewhere?
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.
$300 Payment Feels Like a False Step
1 June 2006
In some areas, the age-old divide between good policy and good politics is seemingly still alive and well.
Start from the Right End of the Tax Reform Debate: Article by Jennifer Westacott
12 November 2015
Let’s focus on what we want the tax system to do and what needs to be fixed.
Restoring a High-Performing Public Service: Speech by BCA CEO Jennifer Westacott to the IPAA 2012 International Congress
20 September 2012
Speech by BCA Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott to the IPAA 2012 International Congress in Melbourne.
A Commodity Just Too Valuable to Miss the Export Boat
3 August 2007
Australia’s prosperity depends on providing services to the world, writes IBM’s Glen Boreham.
Red-Tape Removal Gets Green Light
24 August 2006
The BCA applauds the federal government’s decision last week to accept most of the recommendations in the Banks taskforce report on reducing business red tape.
Senator Xenophon Urged to Back Lower Taxes For All Businesses
19 October 2016
Senator Xenophon urged not to miss a massive opportunity to revive South Australia's flagging economy.
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.
Statement On Company Tax Negotiations
31 March 2017
We welcome this historic step towards rebooting Australia’s international competitiveness and prosperity, and it is now imperative that parliament continue negotiating the full passage of the Enterprise Tax Plan, says Jennifer Westacott.
Complex Tax System Needs Modernising
26 April 2006
Bad or outmoded tax policy spreads its way through the economy like a worm in an apple.
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.
Action Plan for Enduring Prosperity: Fourth Column in The Australian
5 August 2013
Jennifer Westacott writes about the importance of economic growth as part of a series discussing the BCA Action Plan for Enduring Prosperity.
Indigenous Job Creation: Article by Tony Shepherd in the AFR
30 May 2013
Business, governments and communities must work with Indigenous Australians to create sustainable jobs and inclusive, respectful workplaces and communities.
Doha Round Needs Strong Leadership
18 January 2007
International trade reform needs to be given a much higher priority or a vital opportunity to lift economic growth may be lost.
Getting the Measure of Unis’ Output
20 February 2006
Research impact is measurable, despite what critics say, and we must include impact measures as well as quality, and recognise that one cannot exist without the other.
Address to the ANU–BCA Forum on Chinese SOEs and Global Investment
29 August 2014
A call for a broad, open discussion about the benefits and risks of foreign state-owned enterprise investment in Australia.
The Great Tax Debate: How Should the Government Spend Our Surplus?
15 January 2006
Australia can do nothing, or it can face the future and our competitors with confidence, writes Katie Lahey in The Sunday Herald Sun.
Teacher quality key to better schools
12 December 2016
High-quality teaching is the biggest in-school factor determining student outcomes, so it’s vital that governments increase focus on teacher quality, writes Jennifer Westacott.
Build a Better Road and the People Will Come: Article by Tony Shepherd
5 March 2013
Vital transport connections cannot be caught up in drawn-out approval processes or intergovernmental bickering, Tony Shepherd writes in The Daily Telegraph.
Back Stronger Businesses so Australians Get Ahead
9 June 2016
This election, politics has obscured and distorted the facts that the community needs to know to properly appreciate the deep benefits we all gain from a strong businesses environment, including a more competitive business tax system.
BCA Statement on Victoria’s Renewables Targets
15 June 2016
Victoria’s latest announcement of renewable targets represents an unwelcome return to competing state climate change policies that risk driving up the cost of emissions reduction and threaten the orderly transformation of the electricity sector.
Benefits of Privatisation: Article by Jennifer Westacott
20 February 2015
The people of NSW are set to gain substantially from the government’s plans to privatise its energy assets and reinvest the proceeds in new infrastructure.
When The Dust Settles Corrupt Construction Culture Needs A Major Repair
22 June 2016
The election winner must not forget the issue that triggered the double-dissolution - restoration of the ABCC.
Workplace Relations Reform: Article by Jennifer Westacott
26 September 2015
We must acknowledge and respond to the changes and disruption which are transforming Australia's economy.
Trump’s tax changes mean we all must knuckle down
28 December 2016
The essential challenge for 2017 is to seize the opportunities, and avoid the pitfalls, that have been left the wake of a tumultuous year, writes Jennifer Westacott.
With Trade Barriers Reappearing, G20 Leaders Must Get Serious
1 November 2011
As the principal international body for economic policy, the G20 has a particular responsibility to set an example to removing or reducing barriers to trade and investment.
Politicians Fiddle Over Ports, Roads, Rail, Power and Gas
17 November 2006
The Vow to Cut Through the White-Out of Red Tape? It's Just Another Pink Elephant
17 November 2006
Regulation is significant cost and resource burden, writes Katie Lahey in The Age.