Business leaders from across all sectors of the economy and from all parts of the country gathered in Brisbane on Friday 28 July 2017 to debate the policy settings Australian businesses need to grow and invest, to increase the prosperity of all Australians.
Members of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry represent over 300,000 businesses from across all sectors of the economy employing four million people. The General Council meets three times a year and is the policy making body of the Australian Chamber, which is the largest and most representative business network in the nation.
The Council considered issues from wages and industrial relations to apprenticeships and skills policy.
James Pearson, Chief Executive of the Australian Chamber, said:
“Governments at all levels are looking for ways to unlock growth and prosperity. It is more important than ever that business, the driver of economic growth, is contributing to policy debate and development.
“Government does not have all the answers – engaging with business is the best way to ensure we get our economic, employment and training policy settings right. We need business to be creating more good jobs for Australians, and that will require governments at all levels to be working on regulatory reform and policies that encourage businesses to grow and invest.”
Debate focused on opportunities to drive economic growth in a low inflation environment and the challenge of rising energy prices and its impact on business. Members discussed how Australian business tells its story at home and abroad.
Hosted by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland, the Australian Chamber’s General Council took place at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Stephen Tait, Chief Executive of CCIQ said:
“Hosting the Australian Chamber’s General Council has given Queensland business the opportunity to showcase what it can do to the rest of the country.
“It is really important that in forums like this, we are able to articulate the challenges specific to Queensland businesses and to gain a national consensus on how to address them.”