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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Federal Budget: Article by Jennifer Westacott
21 May 2015
The 2015-16 federal budget is a pragmatic and sensible budget.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.’
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Speech by Jennifer Westacott to the YFoundations Conference 2013
20 September 2013
How are changes in the economy changing work opportunities for young people?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jennifer Westacott on PVO Newsday
28 September 2016
Business Council Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott on PVO Newsday, Sky News Live 28 September 2016.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tough Talk Needed to Plan Equal Future for All
31 December 2011
Creating true wealth is a shared responsibility that has a shared benefit.
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.
Jennifer Westacott - Fran Kelly, ABC Breakfast
16 November 2017
Topics: marriage equality, company tax, business reputation, workplace diversity
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Australian Climate Roundtable: Joint Opinion Article
29 June 2015
Broad and durable support is required to effectively tackle climate change.
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.
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.
What Will Brexit Mean for Australian Business?
22 June 2016
Business Council of Australia Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott is interviewed on BBC World News.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
University of Newcastle Graduation Address
8 April 2016
Jennifer Westacott addresses the graduates of the University of Newcastle.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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-Australia Free Trade Agreement Must be Passed
7 September 2015
Australians who stand for a stronger future should all demand this agreement be passed.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No Reason Left for Parliament to Delay Restoring the ABCC
18 October 2016
No Reason Left for Parliament to Delay Restoring the ABCC
A Servant to Short-Termism
21 September 2012
Edited extract of speech by Jennifer Westacott to the Institute of Public Administration Australia.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cyber Security: Article by Jennifer Westacott
8 July 2015
Because we all share the consequences of cyber crime, working together is critical.
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.
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?
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”.
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.
Global Challenges, Smart Solutions
All major institutions in our society – government, academia, businesses, and religious organisations – have a moral imperative to contribute to policy to improve our country.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Response to the Federal Budget 2016–17
4 May 2016
Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott responds to the 2016–17 Federal Budget.
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).
The True Value of Humanities
4 November 2016
Jennifer Westacott on how humanities can play a fundamental role in the prosperity agenda.
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.
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.
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.
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.