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Taxpayer alert released by ATO for Software R&D Activities

March 1st, 2017

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) have recently released joint taxpayer alerts on a range of R&D Tax issues. The alerts have highlighted issues identified by the ATO and AusIndustry, such as: Activities registered being ordinary business activities that are not eligible for the R&D Tax Incentive; Expenses included in the calculation of claims that are not for amounts that relate to eligible R&D activities; Expenses included in the calculation of claims that relate to […]

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Ford Invests $450 Million Into Research And Development

February 21st, 2017

In October 2016, Ford Australia permanently ended local manufacturing in Australia which consequently terminated the employment of 580 workers. Ford had been manufacturing locally for 91 years prior to this decision. In 2017, following from this decision, Ford transformed what was previously the Australian head office into the Asia Pacific Product and Development Centre. This newly created facility is the central hub for research and development, driving the innovation of products and mobility solutions, and producing state-of-the-art virtual design and […]

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R&D Revolutionising Australian Wine Industry

February 7th, 2017

Australia is home to some of the most prestige grapevines, with the Australian Shiraz being one of the oldest in the world. It holds unquestionable value and relevance to the success of Australia’s wine industry. In recognition of the significance which the Australian wine industry holds, a six year R&D invests worth $5.3 Million has been announced by Wine Australia. The announced R&D initiatives intends to utilise the country’s unique and natural resources, with hope to uncover further understanding of Australia’s […]

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Future OECD Countries R&D Spending

December 12th, 2016

            At a time when aging populations and the environmental challenges of climate change are in need of innovative solutions the decline in public-backed science and technology research is a concern. Data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) shows the first fall of R&D spending in government and higher education in 2014 since the organisations conception in 1981. The OECD Science, Technology and Innovation Outlook Report showed increased R&D spending from 2000 […]

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