New Statement of Expectations to support CSIRO in becoming the world’s premier public research organisation

The Australian Government wants CSIRO to become the world’s premier public research organisation by building on its current standing and capabilities. I have written to David Thodey, CSIRO’s chair, with a new Statement of Expectations that outlines the Turnbull Government’s vision for CSIRO for the next decade and puts a clear focus on world leading…

New national simplification initiative to make it easier to get on with doing business and creating jobs

The Turnbull Government has struck a landmark agreement with state and territory governments for a new National Business Simplification Initiative – which will reduce the complexity of regulation for businesses and make dealings with government easier. Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Greg Hunt chaired a meeting of representatives from state and territory industry portfolios…

ABC AM – Interview with Michael Brissenden

E&OE… Topics: Agreement with state and territory governments for a new National Business Simplification Initiative; company tax cuts; 457 visas GREG HUNT: Good morning, Michael. MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: So you want to make it easier to do business. How will you do it? GREG HUNT: So what we're doing is essentially slashing the number of steps…

Turnbull Government delivers $7.6 million boost to help Australian businesses bring new products to market

Twenty-two Australian businesses will turbocharge their bright ideas and take them to market sooner with a $7.6 million boost from the Turnbull Government. The businesses have all developed innovative new products but need financial support and expert advice to commercialise their ideas. The grants are provided as part of the Australian Government’s Entrepreneurs’ Programme and…

Government enhances protections for Phillip Island small businesses

Phillip Island small businesses will have increased protections under Australian consumer law, thanks to new laws passed by the Turnbull Government. Changes to Australian unfair contract terms under consumer law will provide close to 900 small businesses on Phillip Island the same protections as available to consumers, following an extensive consultation and implementation period. This…

Australian Financial Review Op-Ed – Why Australian innovation has to be about more than start-ups and tech companies

There is absolutely no doubt that the global economy is more competitive than ever. For Australia to remain productive and prosperous, it’s vital for business to continue to change and evolve. But when we talk about “innovation”, what exactly do we mean? Put simply, it’s about challenging the norm and doing things differently. It’s not…