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VDRZ and Innovation Australia [2017] AATA 123

May 25th, 2017

Introduction Tribunal: Justice D Kerr, President Date: 27 January 2017 Place: Sydney The proceeding involved a dispute regarding VDRZ’s entitlement to research and development tax concessions in accordance with s 39J of the Industry Research and Development Act 1986 (Cth) (the Act). It was referred for conciliation pursuant to s 34A of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 (ATT Act) on 21 September 2016. Background Conciliation was conducted by Senior Member Lazanas on 12 December 2016. An agreement was reached […]

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DZXP, KRQD and QJJS v Innovation and Science Australia [2017] AATA 576

May 25th, 2017

Introduction In the case of DZXP, KRQD and QJJS v Innovation and Science Australia [2017] AATA 576, Innovation Australia’s decision to evaluate the application of DZXP, KRQD and QJJS R&D as unsuccessful was contested by the respective companies and subsequently taken to Tribunal. Innovation Australia’s position, with respect to this, was that by virtue of the operation of s 31 of the Industry Research and Development Act 1986 (IR&D Act), the outcome of any review by the Tribunal will be […]

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A2emCo to Manufacture Australian Electric Vehicles by 2020

May 22nd, 2017

Plans have been made by new company A2emCo to manufacture autonomous electric vehicles in Australia. The prototype has already been designed and CEO Michael Molitor expects the cars to be on the road by Q1 2020. An Australian battery gigafactory is also a possibility. Former head of operations at Tesla, Peter Carlsson, believes that 120-150 gigafactories will be required between 2020 and 2030. Molitor concludes, “So there’s going to be a gigafactory in Australia; there are going to be gigafactories […]

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European Dung Beetles To Help Farms All Year Round

May 18th, 2017

A five-year, $23.7 million dung beetle project has been announced this week that will help control parasites. Two new species of French dung beetle will be provided to over 1,000 livestock producers around south-eastern Australia. The scheme will use dung beetles as ‘ecosystem engineers’ in order to improve the health of soil and pastures and reduce the spread of diseases and nutrient run-off into waterways. These beetles will be active in spring and it is hoped that they will decimate […]

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Bryce Steele
Principal, Melbourne
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Tom Parkhouse
Principal, Sydney
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Andy Nguyen
Principal, Brisbane
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Kieu McKellar
Manager, Adelaide
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David Greatwich
Principal, Perth
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Krishna Gungaram
Manager, Hobart
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