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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.
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).
08/09/2017 | Public Access
The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Australian Chamber) welcomes this opportunity to comment on an issue of concern to its members. The current disparity in students’ results and outcomes, seemingly in part determined by geographic location, is something that needs to be addressed because the consequences of this disparity extends far beyond the individual student. A graduating student’s successful transition from school to work or further education is a critical objective in order to minimise the economic and societal cost of youth unemployment and negative social and health outcomes for the individual. For regional, rural and remote students poor...
25/08/2017 | Public Access
The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Australian Chamber) welcomes this opportunity to provide input to the Committee about an issue of high priority to our members. A student’s successful transition from school to work or further education is a critical objective in order to minimise the economic and societal cost of youth unemployment and negative social and health outcomes for the individual. This submission outlines suggestions on how to improve and enhance a student’s transition from formal education to the workplace and provides the following recommendations: Commission a review of the evidence and outcomes Improve access to career information...
21/08/2017 | Public Access
The International Trade Toolbox is a resource for businesses that are thinking about taking their domestic business to an international one. It offers tools, contacts and inspiration to assist in navigating the international business environment. The Toolbox offers assistance for each stage of internationalisation, from assessing your preparedness through to ongoing management of operations.
14/08/2017 | Public Access
The Australian Chamber welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Interim Report of the Black Economy Taskforce. As acknowledged in the Black Economy interim report, high taxes, a high regulatory burden and low profit margins are the most important determinants of the size of the black economy.
11/08/2017 | Public Access
The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry thanks Treasury for the opportunity to comment on its draft bills, the Treasury Legislation Amendment (Improving Accountability and Member Outcomes in Superannuation) Bill 2017 and the Treasury Legislation Amendment (Improving Accountability and Member Outcomes in Superannuation) Bill 2017: superannuation guarantee (salary sacrifice integrity measures).
10/08/2017 | Public Access
The Emerging Exporters Guide gives you a good overview of what emerging exporters should know. Used in conjunction with the Women Mean Business - Digital Toolbox, it offers information, questions and check lists to assist in the export process.
08/08/2017 | Public Access
The Australian Chamber views AANZFTA as Australia’s leading Free Trade Agreement and should be held up as the model agreement from which others should be based. It is well accepted and has provided benefits to our members and Australia in general. We appreciate that the General Review is being conducted under a directive of the member Governments, however, we suggest that this review is premature given that the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is under negotiation, along with the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership (IA-CEPA) and potentially a revised version of the TransPacific Partnership Agreement (TPP2). Collectively these other agreements cover...