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.
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.
ABCC essential to combatting unlawful union behaviour on construction sites
19 October 2016
Unlawful behaviour by unions on Australia’s building and construction sites may reach crisis point unless Parliament acts now to restore the ABCC
No Reason Left for Parliament to Delay Restoring the ABCC
18 October 2016
No Reason Left for Parliament to Delay Restoring the ABCC
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.
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.
BCA Statement on Government’s Smart Cities Plan
29 April 2016
The government’s Smart Cities Plan will position us better to capitalise on the growth opportunities of our major centres.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BCA Sets Out a Vision for a 21st Century Agrifood Sector
1 December 2015
The agrifood sector is well placed to be one of the most competitive and successful parts of our economy.
Statement on Investment in Australian Agriculture
24 November 2015
This Act will hinder foreign investment into sectors that need it to reach their full potential.
Competition Policy Discussions a Crucial First Step
14 October 2015
State and territory Treasurers discussing competition policy reform is a crucial first step.
Statement on Australia Joining the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
24 June 2015
As a founding member, Australia can play a key role in setting the direction of this body and the decisions it will make to finance projects.
Statement on the Australian Infrastructure Audit
22 May 2015
If we don’t fix congestion in our capital cities the cost to the economy will be $53 billion by 2031.
National Press Club Address by Catherine Livingstone: Q&A Transcript
29 April 2015
A transcript of the Q & A section of Business Council of Australia President Catherine Livingstone’s National Press Club Address on 29 April 2015.
Statement on the East-West Link Agreement
15 April 2015
The level of sovereign risk and uncertainty created by the decision not to proceed with the East West Link project is simply unacceptable.
Statement of Expectations Locks Infrastructure Australia Role
6 November 2014
The Statement of Expectations will help to cement Infrastructure Australia’s role as the lead adviser to governments on national infrastructure priorities.
Reckless Senate Undermines Australia's Key Advantage
2 October 2014
Frustrating attempts by federal and state governments to streamline the approvals process for major projects puts investment in Australia at risk.
Political Horse-Trading on EPBC Act Compromises Australia's Interests
1 October 2014
A Greens and PUP deal to block reforms that would remove unnecessary double-handling under the EPBC Act is a backward step for our competitiveness.
Coastal Shipping Reform Needed to Boost Competitiveness
18 September 2014
The government should prioritise an objective for a globally competitive coastal shipping sector and remove cabotage restrictions.
Actions Needed to Build Australia’s Comparative Advantages
28 July 2014
Policy needs to address the needs of each sector to maximise competitiveness, jobs and prosperity.
BCA Welcomes B20 Recommendations
18 July 2014
The B20’s recommendations provide clear and actionable measures to remove significant barriers and impediments to growth.
Major Milestones on Streamlined Environmental Approvals
14 May 2014
The Commonwealth Government achieved several important milestones today in its plans to remove Commonwealth–state duplication on environmental approvals.
COAG Deal on Asset Recycling Paves the Way for Better Infrastructure
2 May 2014
The COAG agreement on asset recycling will help expand the pool of funds for new infrastructure, kick-start investment and lift productivity.
Statement on Second Sydney Airport
15 April 2014
A second airport for Sydney is overdue recognition of the city’s long-term aviation needs and a valuable investment in jobs and future growth.
Statement on Standards of Accreditation for Environmental Approvals
28 March 2014
An important milestone towards removing the unnecessary double handling of environmental assessments and approvals between levels of government.
Intergovernmental Statement of Shared Intent on Infrastructure
28 March 2014
Infrastructure deal is a win for the economy, community and government.
Response to Productivity Commission Draft Report on Public Infrastructure
13 March 2014
The report highlights the need for action on a range of fronts to address Australia’s major infrastructure shortfall.
Assessment Process Agreement is a Model to Follow
20 December 2013
Commonwealth and NSW Governments progress a bilateral agreement that continues momentum towards a national one-stop-shop for environmental approvals.
Statement on the COAG Meeting
13 December 2013
Statement by BCA Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott on the Council of Australian Governments meeting.
COAG Needs to Act on Productivity Commission’s Major Projects Report
10 December 2013
Now more than ever, Australia’s economic success is tied to the delivery of major projects.
Treasurer’s Decision to Reject ADM’s Proposed Acquisition of GrainCorp
29 November 2013
It is important that this decision does not increase uncertainty in the global community about Australia’s foreign investment credentials, BCA CEO says.
Time for COAG to Sweat the Big Stuff
6 November 2013
The COAG Reform Council's latest report on the slow pace of reform highlights the importance of streamlining the COAG agenda to what really counts.
Commonwealth and New South Wales Continue One-Stop-Shop Momentum
5 November 2013
BCA welcomes Prime Minister Abbott and NSW Premier O’Farrell's signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to streamline the environmental approvals process.
Unlocking Opportunities for Infrastructure Investment
23 October 2013
Unlocking opportunities for infrastructure investment is an idea whose time has come; the challenge now is execution, Tony Shepherd writes in the AFR.
A New Framework for Delivering Economic and Environmental Objectives
16 October 2013
New framework for one-stop-shop for environment approvals will boost confidence and protect the environment, Business Council of Australia statement says.
Speech to the International Symposium for Next-Generation Infrastructure
30 September 2013
In a speech to a University of Wollongong symposium, Tony Shepherd discusses ways and means of cutting through Australia’s infrastructure impasse.
Action to Progress Environmental Assessments Welcome
26 September 2013
The BCA welcomes the clearing of a backlog of 50 applications for coal and coal seam gas developments by Environment Minister Greg Hunt.
Speech by Tony Shepherd to the John Grill Centre for Project Leadership
25 September 2013
BCA President Tony Shepherd explains why technical and project management skills and capability must be backed up by effective and strong leadership.
Action Plan for Enduring Prosperity: Fifth Column in The Australian
7 September 2013
Jennifer Westacott writes about the importance of infrastructure as part of a series discussing the BCA Action Plan for Enduring Prosperity.
Business Looks Beyond the Boom
8 August 2013
The key challenge in continuing economic growth is how to manage the transition from the peak of the resources boom.
Statement on the Coalition’s ‘One-Stop Shop’ for Environmental Approvals
26 June 2013
The Business Council of Australia welcomes the Coalition’s policy to establish a single approvals process for environmental assessment and approvals
Australia’s Laws Must Not Be Used for Political Purposes
16 June 2013
The government should wait for Productivity Commission report before considering changes to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.
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.
All Pain for No Environmental Gain
12 March 2013
Proposed amendments to the EPBC Act would duplicate state and territory processes and add new layers of uncertainty, complexity and cost.
Build a Better Road and the People Will Come: Article by Tony Shepherd
5 March 2013
Vital transport connections cannot be caught up in drawn-out approval processes or intergovernmental bickering, Tony Shepherd writes in The Daily Telegraph.
Building Code 2013 an Unwelcome Cost to the Economy
14 February 2013
The BCA calls on the government to withdraw the Building Code 2013 and consult with the states and business before progressing the code further.
Statement on the COAG Business Advisory Forum
6 December 2012
There has been failure to make meaningful progress on the critical reform of eliminating costly double handling of environmental assessments and approvals under the national Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.
Draft Standards Can Be a Win for Environment and Economy
2 November 2012
Draft environmental approval standards an important step in ensuring protection needed for Australia's unique environment and reduce the double handling in the current system.
Key Reports Highlight the Infrastructure Privatisation Prize
18 October 2012
Reports reinforce the need for ongoing energy market reform and set out a compelling case for selling publicly owned infrastructure assets to the private sector.
Infrastructure NSW Presents a Plan Worth Paying For
3 October 2012
The release of the Infrastructure New South Wales report paves the way for the state's economic infrastructure future.
Speech by Graham Bradley to the Infrastructure Partnerships Australia 2012 Conference
7 September 2012
Speech delivered by Graham Bradley to the Infrastructure Partnerships Australia ‘Partnerships 2012: Infrastructure and Investment Conference’ in Melbourne.
Get Costs under Control or We’ll All Be Poorer
7 September 2012
Edited published extract of a speech BCA Vice President Graham Bradley to the Infrastructure Partnerships Australia conference.
Resources Growth Can’t Be Taken for Granted
24 August 2012
Australia must lock in a future investment pipeline by increasing competitiveness, encouraging skills development and building economic infrastructure.
Cross-sector Synergy on Infrastructure Reform
13 June 2012
The Business Council of Australia responds to recommendations found in the Infrastructure Finance Reform Working Group’s report.
New Research Uncovers What’s at Stake If We Don’t Get It Right on Major Projects
7 June 2012
The story of our Australia’s massive investment pipeline is really about an economy-wide investment boom, not just a mining boom, but this investment is far from assured.
Statement from BCA President Tony Shepherd on the April 2012 COAG Meeting
13 April 2012
The outcomes of the meeting should give people confidence that our governments can work together effectively to deliver important outcomes for productivity and competitiveness.
Discussion Paper for the COAG Business Advisory Forum
10 April 2012
How can COAG more effectively deliver on its agenda and lift national competitiveness and productivity?
Not Too Late for Cost–Benefit Analysis of NBN Policy
8 December 2011
The Productivity Commission’s finding that NBN Co’s business model is potentially in breach of the federal government’s own competition policy underlines the need for a cost–benefit analysis of the National Broadband Network.
Transparency Essential in Major Infrastructure Spending
4 July 2011
The report to COAG released by Infrastructure Australia is an important step towards greater transparency in assessing the merits of major projects under consideration by state governments.
A Positive Step Taken on the Road to Better Infrastructure
14 April 2011
The infrastructure policy announced by Opposition Leader Tony Abbott today is a positive step towards better infrastructure provision in Australia.
Ports Strategy a Chance for COAG to Shine
7 January 2011
The national port strategy provides an opportunity COAG to support an important piece of economic reform.
Lack of Policy Won’t Stop NBN
19 November 2010
Getting Australia’s broadband model right is so important for our long-term interest that cost–benefit analysis is essential and in everyone’s interests, writes Katie Lahey in The Australian.
If We Want More People We Have to Plan Better
31 March 2010
We can build a ‘Big Australia’ – but only with strong community support and government leadership writes Graham Bradley in The Australian.
Straightshooting Report Pushes COAG to Lift Its Pace
23 February 2010
The report, the 'National Partnership Agreement to Deliver a Seamless National Economy Report on Performance 2008-09', provides an admirably honest assessment of where microeconomic reform can be improved.
How We Can Use Technology to Improve Productivity
11 December 2009
When it comes to skills we need to think broadly and remember the importance of effective use of ICT by our businesses, governments and households.
Time to End Haphazard Approach to the Basics
26 October 2009
If good infrastructure is the groundwork for economic growth, Australia’s recent economic growth has been built on shaky foundations, writes Rod Pearse in The Australian Financial Review.
Seize the Moment of Infrastructure Opportunity
25 October 2009
A report on the infrastructure reforms required to improve both our economy and the quality of life in our cities and communities.
Keeping Tabs on Infrastructure Effort
29 July 2009
More can be done to ensure that expensive projects will make a real contribution to national productivity, writes Rod Pearse in The Australian Financial Review.
COAG Steps Forward But Must Improve to Avoid Stumbling
1 May 2009
Some positive steps were taken at yesterday’s COAG meeting but a risk remains that the pace of key national reforms is slowing, BCA Chief Executive Katie Lahey said.
Plans Must Be Shovel Ready
28 April 2009
This is the right time to fix the problems with Australia’s system of economic infrastructure, and to start delivering the better infrastructure we know we should have, writes Greig Gailey in The Australian.
Broadband Rollout Holds Productivity Potential
7 April 2009
Investment that raises the speed, quality and coverage of high-speed broadband provision in Australia has the potential to contribute to productivity and economic growth in the coming decades.
Statement on Infrastructure Australia’s Report to COAG
19 December 2008
The BCA welcomes this comprehensive and robust analysis of Australia’s infrastructure and its role in ensuring economic productivity and growth.
Infrastructure Efficiency Now Even More Important
20 October 2008
The changing investment climate makes the need for efficient investments in infrastructure even more important, the BCA argues in a submission to Infrastructure Australia.
A National Perspective to Benefit All
22 May 2008
The renewal of Australia’s infrastructure and reform of infrastructure markets are two of the key challenges the federal government must address, writes Rod Pearse in The Australian Financial Review.
Water Reform: Announcement by the Minister for Climate Change and Water
29 April 2008
Response by BCA Chief Executive Katie Lahey to an announcement regarding water reform by the Minister for Climate Change and Water, Senator Penny Wong, in a speech today to the 4th Annual Australian Water Summit.
Infrastructure Is a Road Half Travelled
4 October 2007
World-class infrastructure won’t happen without competitive national markets, rational pricing and more private ownership, op-ed argues.
BCA Shines High Beam Down Road to Infrastructure Reform
4 October 2007
The BCA has launched a roadmap for infrastructure reform to address challenges faced by the Australian economy to maintain and build on prosperity.
National Approach to Water
23 July 2007
Nature can only do so much to alleviate water shortages; the rest is up to us, writes Katie Lahey in The Courier-Mail.
BCA Welcomes Big Step Forward on Water Reform
25 January 2007
The Business Council of Australia welcomes the long-term plan to address Australia’s water crisis outlined by Prime Minister John Howard.
Official Response to Drought Just Doesn’t Hold Water
2 January 2007
Does it make sense for Australia’s major cities to be on long-term water restrictions as a key solution to managing our water requirements?
Politicians Fiddle Over Ports, Roads, Rail, Power and Gas
17 November 2006
Time to Fix Australia’s Urban and Rural Man-Made Water Problems
18 September 2006
Fixing the nation’s water supply system is achievable and would boost our economy by $9 billion, according to a new report released by the Business Council of Australia.
Water Scarcity Is a Myth
18 September 2006
Australia, the driest inhabited continent on Earth, is running out of water so we should cut back our water use and accept that we may have to put the brakes on growth until the rain comes. Right? Wrong.
Children of the Contract Revolution
13 July 2006
Long-term and coordinated planning is needed by governments to facilitate infrastructure investment on the scale and quality that business and the economy requires to support future growth.
Action Urged on Crucial Infrastructure
23 March 2006
Implementing a major infrastructure reform program over five years will deliver an extra 2 per cent to GDP a year. But each year’s delay in implementing COAG’s decisions on infrastructure reform will cost about $10 billion in lost growth.
Infrastructure Reform: Time for Action
22 March 2006
Failing to improve infrastructure planning and development could cost Australia $10 billion a year in lost economic growth.
How Do We Recapture the Longer-Term View of Infrastructure: Speech by Rod Pearse to the ADC–BCA Summit
19 October 2005
A national infrastructure reform agenda is critical to ensuring impediments to growth are removed.
Australia’s Infrastructure in Need of an Audit: BCA
21 August 2005
The Business Council of Australia has called for a biennial ‘state of the nation’ audit to assess the adequacy and performance of Australia’s key infrastructure.
BCA Backs National Competition Plan for Infrastructure
29 June 2005
Business today welcomed moves by the federal government to make reform of Australia’s vital infrastructure a central part of a reinvigorated national competition policy.
Export Infrastructure Report: The Right Approach to Part of the Problem
1 June 2005
The report into the capacity of Australia’s infrastructure to handle growing exports should now form the basis of a major Council of Australian Governments review into infrastructure generally, the Business Council of Australia said today.
CEDA Report Underlines Need for New Approach to Nation’s Infrastructure
14 April 2005
The Business Council of Australia said today a report released today by CEDA examining widespread shortfalls in infrastructure planning and coordination underlined the imperative for a new approach by federal and state governments on the issue.
We Can Avert a Crisis and Seize Opportunities
28 March 2005
Urgent National Plan Needed for Infrastructure Says BCA
26 March 2005
Business today called for an urgent national approach to Australia’s infrastructure problems, warning the problem was the single, biggest barrier to the nation’s future prosperity.