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13/03/2018 | Public Access
This submission has been prepared by the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Australian Chamber) in consultation with our members to assist the Expert Panel (Panel) in conducting and completing its 2017-2018 annual review of the national minimum wage (NMW) and modern award minimum wages (AWR 2017-2018). The Australian Chamber recommends an increase in the National Minimum Wage and award wages not exceeding 1.9%.
22/02/2018 | Public Access
The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Australia’s largest and most representative business organisation, has approached this inquiry from the perspective of the foundations businesses need to survive and thrive in the modern, global economy and therefore generate and participate in paid work opportunities. We have also tackled the question of the policy settings needed to ensure Australia will be an attractive place for investment and employment in a global marketplace, creating flow-on business opportunities for SMEs, local jobs and revenue for the benefit of the community as a whole. Any consideration of the future of work in Australia must be predicated on supporting the future for...
13/02/2018 | Public Access
There is no such thing as the “digital” economy. We need to recognise that there is only the economy in a digital world. Technological change is a constant but it is increasing and will be disruptive to traditional ways of doing things, including the global trade in goods and services. Australia needs dynamic policy settings that recognise that the increasing availability of access to cloud based computing, high speed broadband, additive manufacturing (3D printing) and the internet of things will all challenge our previous thinking.
02/02/2018 | Public Access
The Australian Chamber welcomes the opportunity to provide input to the Department of Home Affair’s consultation process into the Migration Program for 2018-19. The Chamber has maintained a strong engagement with migration policy over many years, providing a highly considered and evidence-based viewpoint on the business impacts of migration policy. The needs of business and the broader community must underpin Australia’s migration program. This submission sets out the case in support of maintaining permanent skilled migration at a similar level to the current cap and seeks that the Department return to a system where it was possible for permanent migrants to...
22/01/2018 | Public Access
The Australian Chamber welcomes the opportunity to provide input to the Department of Education and Training’s revised In Home Care National Guidelines. Given the importance of child care policy, the Chamber has maintained strong engagement with the Government over many years, providing views on business impact. This submission does not set out to provide detailed commentary on every aspect of the In Home Care National Guidelines; rather it takes a high level approach.
22/01/2018 | Public Access
As the peak body for businesses operating in tourism, Australian Chamber – Tourism recommends the 2018-19 Budget include initiatives to support tourism growth in order to contribute to Australia’s future economic and social well-being and importantly spread the benefits across the country.
18/12/2017 | Public Access
The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Australian Chamber) is a strong advocate for a robust workforce development strategy that encompasses the skills development of Australian workers supplemented by a flexible and responsive migration system. The SAF Bill and Charges Bill impose significant burdens on employer sponsors seeking to use the skilled migration system to meet their workforce needs and have the potential to severely constrict business growth. To ensure skilled migration remains accessible, it is recommended that Parliament consider imposing substantially lower training levies and remove the requirement for labour market testing.
15/12/2017 | Public Access
The Australian Chamber supports the role of government to ensure the health, welfare and security of the Australian community, recognising that there is an important role for the private sector in providing goods and services to this end, either via government or in its own right. The responsibility is not just to the current generation that a government represents, but also to future generations. A critical element of the Chamber’s ‘Top 10 in 10 strategy’ (10 steps outlined at the 2016 election focusing on making Australia more competitive) was for policy makers to look over the horizon, past the election...
11/12/2017 | Public Access
The Australian Chamber-Westpac Survey of Industrial Trends has been conducted for nearly 50 years. It provides a timely update on the manufacturing sector and insights into economy-wide trends. The December 2017 Quarter result shows continued solid output, backlog and new orders, while employment and overtime are expanding.
04/12/2017 | Public Access
Australian businesses want to interact with government online. While Australian businesses welcome the government’s intentions to simplify and streamline business interactions with government, the Australian Chamber encourages the Australian Government to do more to support the growth of the Australian digital economy. The Australian Chamber recommends the Government focus on facilitating and driving the rollout of infrastructure that allows businesses to access reliable, fast and inexpensive telecommunications and mobile networks as a priority.
24/11/2017 | Public Access
To coincide with the meeting of Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Industry and Skills Council on 24 November 2017, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry released its assessment of the Vocational Education and Training system using one of the most recognised business tools for strategic review – SWOT – Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id="13" gal_title="Vocational Education and Training SWOT analysis"]
06/11/2017 | Public Access
The Australian Government released Modern Slavery in Supply Chains Reporting Requirement – Public Consultation Paper and Regulation Impact Statement (Consultation Paper) inviting comment. The Consultation Paper has been informed by the recommendations of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade in 2013 and the multi-stakeholder supply chains working party. The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Australian Chamber) was not a member of the working party.
04/11/2017 | Public Access
Thank you for inviting us to be part of the consultation process on the Skilled Migration Occupation List. The Australian Chamber would like to highlight issues which has relevance to the ongoing review process, and to some extent the specifics of the current review.
01/11/2017 | Public Access
IN THE FAIR WORK COMMISSION MATTER NO: AG2017/1925 Aldi Prestons Agreement AG2017/1943 Aldi Stapylton Agreement AG2017/3027 Workpac Pty Ltd Manufacturing Agreement 2017 OUTLINE OF SUBMISSIONS - AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY
30/10/2017 | Public Access
M2015/2 Family Friendly Working Hours Submissions in Response | 30 October 2017
25/10/2017 | Public Access
The Australian Chamber welcomes this opportunity to input the independent review of the operation of Part 5 of Schedule 1 of the Fair Work Amendment Act 2015 (the 2015 Amendments) and the changes made to Greenfield (GF) enterprise agreement making under the Fair Work Act 2009 (FW Act).
06/10/2017 | Public Access
Proposed amendments to the Poisons Standard - Joint ACCS/ACMS meetings, November 2017 (Helium) The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Australian Chamber) is the largest and most representative business advocacy network in Australia. We represent more than 300,000 businesses in every state and territory and across all industries. Our network employs around 4 million employees, ranging from the top 100 companies to small and medium businesses. The Australian Chamber welcomes the opportunity to provide comment on the Scheduling Advisory Committees pre-meeting proposal for helium. The chemical industry is a vital part of the Australian economy now and in the future. Businesses, governments, community consumers and our natural...
14/09/2017 | Public Access
Australia’s manufacturers are benefitting from a strong upswing in public infrastructure spending, with stronger world growth and a relatively low dollar supporting growing exports, the latest Australian Chamber-Westpac Survey of Industrial trends has found
14/09/2017 | Public Access
The Australian Chamber welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback on Queensland’s Work Health and Safety and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 to the Committee. We support the submissions provided by our member organisations and the issues they raise, and like them, we do not believe that the Bill in its current form will achieve its intended objectives and deliver safer workplaces.
08/09/2017 | Public Access
The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Australian Chamber) thanks the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee (Committee) for this opportunity to make submissions in relation to its inquiry into the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment (Ensuring Integrity) Bill 2017 (Cth)(Bill).