Industry Specific Issues

Innovation is the key to survival for Australian Manufacturers

March 17th, 2015

A recent manufacturing showcase in Dandenong, Melbourne, hosted by the Industry Capability Network and the Victorian Department of State Development, Business and Innovation brought together more than 550 representatives from various manufacturing sectors to discuss future changes and opportunities in the manufacturing industry. The event provided a valuable forum that focused on how manufacturing businesses are evolving through innovation in areas such as product design, R&D, information and communications technology and leadership. There was a strong focus on the importance […]

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WA Manufacturing Lobby Seeks Reform

January 16th, 2015

Western Australia’s manufacturing sector could be shaken up as the state’s peak business lobby looks into boosting the international competitiveness through significant reforms. Some of the proposed changes include slashing the company tax rate to 25%, increasing R&D incentives and privatising electricity assets. Further, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia (CCIWA) is releasing a key report on Thursday, titled The Future of Manufacturing, following the decade of significant expansion in WA that benefitted manufacturers. The report entails […]

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New Grant – Good News for Aussie Manufacturers

September 11th, 2014

After a tough trot, Australian manufacturers can breathe a sigh of relief after the Australian Government revealed applications are now open for the Manufacturing Transition Program. The program will provide manufacturers with a $50 million boost to become more competitive and sustainable. Available to any manufacturer spending over $4 million on capital expenditure / expansion activities, the program focuses on businesses looking to transition or expand their operations to higher value-added or more knowledge intensive manufacturing. A great help to […]

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Tech Investors Push for Tax Breaks

September 1st, 2014

Tax breaks enjoyed by property investors should be diverted to support innovative, job-creating companies instead, according to tech entrepreneurs. A lower tax rate on start-up income, a zero capital gains tax and a way for investors to use losses would boost the start-up industry and create jobs in a tumultuous market. Freelancer.com Chief Executive, Matt Barrie says it was the tech industry who created the world’s youngest billionaire – Mark Zuckerberg. “I cannot think of any other industry other than […]

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