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2023 - 2024 policy platform

The Business Council will anchor its advocacy priorities in the following key policy platforms:

  • Australia remains an open, competitive, trading nation that supports private enterprise, free markets and innovation and entrepreneurship through efficient supply chains and access to talent.
  • A modern, diversified and resilient economy underpinned by stronger productivity, research, innovation and competitiveness, a tax system that drives investment and a regulatory environment that makes it easier to do business and meets community expectations.
  • Australia pursues a national goal of net-zero emissions by 2050, including working on a 2035 target, through a coordinated and well managed transition that drives investment in new technologies, develops new export industries, preserves energy security and affordability and actively supports regions and communities.
  • A simplified workplace relations framework that supports productive, inclusive, flexible and diverse workplaces that maximise the potential of employees and businesses, supports innovation and competitiveness, and includes policy settings to encourage equity through greater economic participation.
  • Australia should lead the world in talent, skills and capabilities, driven by a world class modern education, research and training system and complemented by an effective, targeted skilled migration program that tackles immediate workforce shortages and resets skilled migration to drive innovation and productivity.
  • Empowerment of Indigenous Australians through full participation in the Australian economy and constitutional recognition of a Voice to the parliament.

Submission to the Senate Committee – Net Zero Economy Authority Bill(s) 2024

24 April 2024

The Business Council of Australia (BCA) welcomes the introduction of the Net Zero Economy Authority Bill(s) to Parliament by the Australian Government on 27 March 2024. The BCA represents 130...

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Environmental law reform needs to improve outcomes and not risk future investment

16 April 2024

Australia’s environmental laws need to strengthen environmental outcomes, while also providing greater certainty for future investment in projects linked to the net-zero economy and additional housing. The Business Council has...

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Hearings are for helping Australians, not showboating

22 April 2024

This opinion article by Business Council President Geoff Culbert and Chief Executive Bran Black was published in The Australian Financial Review on 22 April 2024 In 1954, United States Senator...

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Competitive settings must be central to Government’s IRA response

11 April 2024

Addressing Australia’s competitiveness settings must be at the heart of the Government’s new Future Made in Australia approach to ensure the private sector also invests in critical projects, according to...

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