The Federal Election was held on Saturday 21 May. It is expected that the Australian Labor Party will be able to form government and Anthony Albanese has been sworn in as the 31st Prime Minister of Australia.
We are providing regular updates on the key policy initiatives we have advocated for, as well as providing access to podcast discussions and other election resources.
The key themes that we focused on for this election were:
- support for business to respond and adapt to an era of uncertainty
- enabling long-term, sustainable economic growth and transformation.
Our key policy priorities
Transforming Australian business
• A skills plan for Australia – one that targets and attracts talent to reduce current and future shortages. Australian businesses need access to skilled workers and need the announcement short-, medium- and long-term initiatives to achieve this.
• Investment in building small business, including capability, resilience (especially in the face of increasingly frequent and severe natural disasters), and digital and cyber security capacity.
Sustainability and society
• An increased focus on sustainability reporting and assurance to improve stakeholder confidence in such disclosures and give business better information to consider in their decision making.
• Support the development and adaption of technology that reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to meet and beat our target.
• Adopt a more ambitious GHG emissions target on the condition that it includes a plan showing how businesses and the community will be supported in helping to achieve this target.
• CPA Australia’s vision for Australia includes a fair and equitable society, and a call on government to prioritise removing policies that create disadvantage.
Shift to a digital future
• Further initiatives to modernise business interactions through increased investment in digital infrastructure, including the Australian Business Registry Services.
• Increased investment in building the community’s digital capability to help shift towards a digital future. This should include continued and increased incentives for less technology-capable businesses to invest in technology and cyber security, while also upskilling and attracting a skilled workforce.
• A better ecosystem for start-ups and innovative businesses to succeed.
A prosperous Australia
• Support greater access to affordable professional advice so people can make better decisions about their business, investments, savings and future.
• Support policies that will strengthen Australia’s economy, build technological advantage, improve the efficiency of the tax system, and help protect the economy against global disruptions and climate change.
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