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2021 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, innovation and entrepreneurship and incentivises free markets.
  • A modern and increasingly digital economy that is underpinned by a transparent, competitive tax system and a simple, nationally consistent regulatory environment that meets community expectations and drives investment across our cities and regions.
  • That Australia sets a national goal of net-zero emissions by 2050 and establishes nationally consistent regulations to drive private-sector investment in new technologies to achieve this goal, build new export industries and improve environmental outcomes.
  • Productive, inclusive, flexible and diverse workplaces that bring out the potential of their employees, including policy settings to encourage gender equity through greater economic participation.
  • A growing population with access to an education and skills system built for the modern era, complemented by an effective and targeted skilled migration program, to drive productivity and economic growth.
  • Empowerment of Indigenous Australians through full participation in the Australian economy and constitutional recognition of a Voice to the parliament.

NSW Planning System: Short Term Reform Proposals

19 May 2022

NSW is the most populous State in the nation and has the largest economy of any state or territory. It represents almost a third of both Australia’s population and overall...

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Half a million job vacancies holding us back

30 June 2022

New ABS data underscores the critical worker shortages holding back our economic recovery and punishing customers who want to travel, go out and boost small businesses, Business Council chief executive...

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Jennifer Westacott interview with Leon Byner, FIVEaa

1 July 2022

Event: Jennifer Westacott interview with Leon Byner, FIVEaaSpeakers: Leon Byner, host, FIVEaa; Jennifer Westacott chief executive, Business Council of AustraliaTopics: Labour shortages; skilled migration; skills E&OE Leon Byner, host, FIVEaa:...

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Queensland’s budget falls short

21 June 2022

Queensland’s budget falls short of the reform task needed to lock in the state’s post COVID recovery and ensure Queenslanders have access to good, secure and well-paid jobs into the...

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