Industry Specific Issues

Biotech Industry Wary of Proposed Changes to R&D Tax Incentive

May 2nd, 2017

The Australian biotech industry has concerns about an overhaul of the R&D tax incentive scheme, which could involve eligibility restrictions and cuts. The government has proposed capping R&D tax refunds at $2 million, which could be realised in this month’s federal budget. The uncertainty has already impacted the sector, with both Australian and international companies reconsidering doing clinical trials here. As Chris Nave, managing director of Brandon Capital Partners commented, “$2 million isn’t worth the cost of setting up an […]

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Australia’s Cyber Security Sector Could Triple by 2026

April 24th, 2017

The Australian Cyber Security Growth Network (ACSGN) estimates that Australia’s cyber security sector will triple in the next decade, reaching revenues of $6 billion by 2026. By 2020, the global cyber security market could be worth $170 billion US. On 20th April, the Australian Government launched its Cyber Security Sector Competitiveness Plan (SCP), which aims to grow and strengthen the Australian cyber security sector. There is a huge growth in demand for security across the Indo-Pacific, giving Australia an advantage […]

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Apple’s ambitious R&D spending continues to increase

April 18th, 2017

After spending the highest annual amount on research and development ever, apple shows no signs of slowing down in its R&D investment for 2017 despite a drop in the company’s overall revenue. In 2016, Apple spent $10.39 billion on R&D which was a significant increase, over $2 billion, from the previous year. This equates to 5% of its total net sales on research alone in 2016.               In early 2017, there was vast speculation regarding what projects the company would be investing in. […]

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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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