Industry Specific Issues

New Tax Incentives for Start-Ups & Investors

March 30th, 2016

In a proposition to develop the economy away from a reliance on mining, the Australian government launched the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) last December. Now, the Turnbull government has followed through on the agenda’s proposal to offer tax incentives to entrepreneurs and start-ups. The Bill, coined the Tax Laws Amendment (Tax Incentives for Innovation) Bill, was announced in March 2016 and aims to amend the tax laws to provide generous tax incentives for innovative start-ups and investors. In specific, […]

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Can the R&D Tax Incentive Offset Deindustrialisation?

March 29th, 2016

In the contemporary period, the idea of a ‘national economy’ in Australia is continually reinforced by national discourses of competitiveness and innovation. Our past, as described by Turnbull in his idea’s boom speech, has relied too much on the mining boom and has subsequently condensed other industries. However, unless there is a leap in investment and a long-term effort to innovate in “what we are good at producing”, a downward trend in the wealth of the original country is to […]

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R&D Tax Incentive Deadline Looms

March 17th, 2016

‘Innovation’, the term alone has somewhat formed a place in the Australian vernacular in recent months. The buzzword skyrocketed into popularity when Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull issued its National Innovation and Science Agenda in December, detailing plans to increase innovation, entrepreneurship and reward risk tasking. Thus, with Australia embarking on an ‘ideas boom’ in 2016, the role of research and development (R&D) may become pivotal to businesses in the private sector. With this in mind, when it comes to government incentives […]

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Biotech Firms Warn Against Changes to the R&D Tax Incentive

March 14th, 2016

There is a pervading fear in Australia that our best and brightest are failing to find opportunities locally and are instead vying for work overseas. ‘Brain Drain’, as it’s coined in public discourse, has subsequently become one of the key concerns for the Australian Government. Thus, as a response to dwindling innovation levels and in attempts to reverse the ‘brain drain’, the Australian government released the National Innovation and Science Agenda in December last year. In launching the agenda, the […]

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