Government Policy and Treasury

Australian Innovation: Go Hard or Go Home…

August 3rd, 2014

With troubled commodity prices, higher employment costs and a diminishing manufacturing sector, Australia’s immediate future doesn’t look bright. Unlike the United Kingdom, the United States and most of the developed world, Australia has no current innovation strategy or policy. If we don’t act quickly to develop a plan to support innovation, particularly SME’s in the manufacturing sector, business confidence will fall, and investment in long term projects will disappear. It is the responsibility of Government to plan and incentivize our future. […]

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Australian Innovation System Senate Inquiry

July 31st, 2014

On 18 March 2014 the Senate referred the inquiry into Australia’s innovation system to the Senate Economics References Committee. The Economics Legislation Committee inquires allow interested parties to submit their views on the Australian Innovation System. Swanson Reed’s submission focused on key areas of policy and investment in order to ensure Australia remains globally significant in an increasingly competitive world. Our key points are illustrated below: With the rise of Asia, a well executed innovation strategy involving full and fair stakeholder […]

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2014 Budget Update: Minor Reduction in R&D Tax Offset – Grant Funding Abolished

May 14th, 2014

Announced in the recent Federal Budget was the Government’s plan to raise over $1 Billion by cutting funding to the R&D Tax Incentive and a range of grants. The savings from these measures will be redirected to repair the Budget and fund policy priorities. Proposed Reduction to the R&D Tax Incentive The R&D Tax Incentive operates whereby a company forfeits a general income tax deduction for their R&D expenditure in exchange for a turnover determined R&D Tax Offset. The permanent […]

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R&D Tax Incentive Advisory Committee revoked

April 14th, 2014

On 24 March 2014 the Minister for Industry, Ian Macfarlane announced that effective from 31 March 2014 the R&D Tax Incentive Advisory Committee of Innovation Australia would be revoked, pursuant to subsection 22(1) of the Industry Research and Development Act 1986 (IR&D Act). The committee was part of the Industry portfolio and functioned in an advisory capacity. The committee’s primary responsibility was providing advice to the Innovation Australia Board regarding the operations of the R&D Tax concession program for income […]

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