Government Policy and Treasury

Industry Portfolio to be Shared by Two Cabinet Ministers

October 5th, 2021

The Government announced the resignation of Christian Porter from the Industry portfolio in September 2021 after approximately 6 months in the role. Energy Minister Angus Taylor was then appointed acting Industry Minister following the departure of Christian Porter. The Government has now announced that the industry portfolio will be shared, with Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price taking on the extra responsibility of science and technology and Angus Taylor permanently taking on the industry aspect of the portfolio. Liberal MP Tim Wilson […]

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Australian Based Immunetep Ltd (ASX:IMM) receives $3.4M AUD in French R&D Tax Incentives

September 30th, 2021

ASX listed, Sydney based company Immunetep Ltd recently announced that it has received a €2,126,617 (around A$3,400,000) payment in cash from the French Government under its Crédit d’Impôt Recherche scheme (CIR). A similar magnitude payment was received in the previous year. The payment relates to activity the company is conducting in Paris to develop its novel Immunotherapy treatments. Immunetep Ltd also registers activities under the Australian R&D Tax Incentive and has previously reported the following receipts: YE 30 June 2018 […]

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Government and Opposition Comments on New ABS Report on BERD

September 14th, 2021

InnovationAus has cited a new ABS report finding that business expenditure on R&D (BERD) was $18.17 billion in 2019-20, slightly below the $18.32 billion that businesses spent in 2011-12 at today’s prices. The article included comments from recently appointed Industry Minister, Christian Porter, noting that: “The increase in business expenditure on research and development of 4.2 per cent to more than $18 billion during 2019-20 is encouraging to see, especially given it includes a significant period of time affected by […]

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Government Discussion Paper and Consultation on Patent Box for Medical and Biotechnology Sectors

July 19th, 2021

In the May federal budget, the Australian Government announced that it will introduce a patent box for eligible income associated with new patents in the medical and biotechnology sectors. The patent box will apply to companies for income years commencing on or after 1 July 2022, and for new Australian patents since budget night.   The aim of such a policy is to encourage companies to base their medical and biotechnology R&D activity in Australia and to retain associated patent […]

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