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  • The Business Council's 2017 Budget Blitz

    The federal budget is one of the most feverish times for the Business Council’s members and staff, and Budget 2017-18 was no exception.

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  • Action Plan for Enduring Prosperity

    Our action plan for Australia’s future, identifying nine policy areas we must get right to achieve our goal of securing enduring prosperity for all Australians.

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  • Indigenous Engagement Survey

    Read about how large businesses are working hand-in-hand with Indigenous communities across our nation to create new economic and employment opportunities, from land management projects in the remote desert to designing apps for Indigenous businesses in our towns and cities.

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Latest Media

  • Booking The Indigenous Success Dividend

    Countless well-meaning programs have tried to close the persistent gaps in life outcomes experienced by indigenous people but all the best evidence indicates economic advancement is the key to overcoming entrenched disadvantage, Jennifer Westacott writes. More

  • Only Business Can Deliver On Budget Hopes

    What differentiates this budget from previous ones is that we’ve let the proverbial genie out of the bottle by relying on tax increases to restore the budget, writes Grant King. More

  • Business Council Statement On Budget 2017-18

    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, says Jennifer Westacott. More

  • What Does A Fair Budget Look Like?

    Our nation has two broadly competing philosophies of what’s fair, both of which are understandable, but one of which is unsustainable over the long term, Jennifer Westacott writes in The Weekend Australian. More

Our policy agenda

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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Topics

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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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    Community and Diversity

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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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