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  • Trump plan pushes Australia to the back of the pack

    The decision by the United States to slash its federal company tax rate from 35 to 21 per cent underlines the urgency for Australia to boost competitiveness to continue to attract new jobs and investment and power a growing economy. More

  • Climate change policy review provides practical plan for the future

    The Climate Change policy review released today outlines a sensible and practical plan to ensure Australia remains on track to meet its international emissions reductions targets. More

  • MYEFO highlights that a stronger budget needs stronger businesses

    MYEFO shows welcome signs of improvement but it also signals the key role the business community will play to strengthen the budget in the future. More

  • Have your say: Business Council consulting on our future tertiary system

    BCA chief executive Jennifer Westacott is encouraging people to have their say on designing a more responsive tertiary education and training system to prevent Australians falling through the cracks as technology continues to transform the economy. More

Our policy agenda

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    Why Australia needs a competitive company tax rate

    Our economy is beginning to show green shoots so now is the time to pull out all stops to super charge that growth.

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    Australian Supplier Payment Code

    The Business Council Australian Supplier Payment Code commits signatory companies to pay eligible Australian small business suppliers on-time and within 30 days of receiving a correct invoice.

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    Skills and Education

    We must enhance Australian's skills and education, boost participation, and create an environment where people can innovate and be productive at work.

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    Infrastructure

    Better planning of infrastructure is needed to support growth, productivity and improved living standards.

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    Energy and Climate Change

    Energy policy must maximise competitive advantage via efficient markets and drive growth in exports, while managing emissions in line with global efforts.

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    Innovation

    Australia needs to create an effective innovation system that will provide individuals and businesses with the capabilities and incentives to drive innovation.

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    Tax and Fiscal Policy

    The Business Council of Australia has long highlighted the economic necessity of a competitive tax system.

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    People and Workplaces

    Australia needs a modern workplace relations system which enables enterprises to change their business models to meet these global challenges.

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    Trade and Investment

    Trade and investment is critical to Australia’s ongoing prosperity. Business and government need to adopt a global outlook in everything they do.

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    Population and Cities

    Australia needs to commit to well-managed population growth in our cities and regions. How well we manage that pathway of population and growth will determine the quality and sustainability of our economy, our societies and our environment.

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    Business Regulation

    Poorly designed and administered regulation imposes significant costs on the community in terms of less consumer choice, higher prices, lower wages and reduced job creation

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    Big and Small Business: "Stronger Together"

    Businesses in Australia employ 10 million of the nation's 12 million workers, and trade between big and small business is valued at more than $550 billion annually. Here's how we are working together.

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Topics

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    Workplace Diversity

    Businesses want diverse workforces that reflect the community, as well as attract and retain the best and brightest from all backgrounds and circumstances.

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    Jobs

    Australia needs to undertake a suite of policy reforms to help us respond to disruption, grow our economy and ensure all Australians are equipped to work.

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    Indigenous Engagement

    The Business Council of Australia believes business can help create the social and economic conditions in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can prosper and thrive.

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    Health

    The Business Council of Australia advocates for a world-class, financially sustainable Australian health care system that increases life expectancy and quality of life.

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    Community and Diversity

    Australian businesses have a role to play in fostering community wellbeing and promoting social and economic inclusion.

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    Budget

    Budget policy gives governments capacity to deliver the services and public investments that maximise community value today and into the future.

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    Federation

    A better functioning federation is the only way of making services more efficient and sustainable, while achieving better outcomes for the people who use them.

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    Retirement Incomes

    Australia’s retirement income system is based around the three pillars of superannuation, the age pension, and voluntary retirement savings.

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