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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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Major Challenges for Australian Innovation

May 1st, 2017

Innovation is as important as ever, especially for traditional industries. While Australia already has world-class sectors and companies, it is necessary for us to encourage the next generation of great companies. In 2015, Australia was labelled a ‘stall out’ country by Harvard Business Review, meaning a country that evolved quickly in the past but has now stalled and is slowly receding. We have fallen behind other nations in areas like data analysis. To address this, Bill Ferris, Chair of Innovation and […]

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ANU Poll Reveals Attitudes to Business, Science and Innovation

April 27th, 2017

A poll of 1,202 people by the Australian National University (ANU) found that the majority of Australians strongly value science and innovation. The survey conducted by the ANU Social Research Centre found that Australians understood the importance of research for Australia’s future even if they didn’t feel confident when it came to adapting to technological change themselves. 45% of respondents believed that technological change occurs too quickly to keep up with, with only 12% strongly agreeing that they can keep […]

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May 1 Registration Deadline for R&D Tax Incentive

April 26th, 2017

The registration deadline for the R&D tax incentive is less than a week away. This year, registrations are due on Monday, 1 May 2017, as 30 April falls on a Sunday. Companies who cannot lodge their application before this date can contact AusIndustry to request an extension. If received before the deadline, the business may be granted an extension of 14 days. The R&D Tax Incentive aims to boost competitiveness and improve productivity across the Australian economy. The tax credit […]

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Bryce Steele
Principal, Melbourne
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Principal, Sydney
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Principal, Brisbane
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Principal, Perth
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