VIC taxes and Albo’s ‘Future Made in Australia’ plan are affecting SMEs, says SEMMA

The Victorian Government’s latest round of taxes delivered in this year’s State Budget are, according to the Treasurer Tim Pallas, designed to “(The Commercial and Industrial Property Tax) be set at a single flat rate of one per cent of a property’s unimproved land value – there are no complicated graduated rates – and exemptions that apply to land tax will also apply. Administration will also be similar to arrangements for land tax, to streamline compliance”. Word from Honi Walker, CEO SEMMA Read More

Manufacturing Industry Skills Alliance building solutions to workforce challenges

The Manufacturing Industry Skills Alliance actively addresses manufacturing skill shortages. Collaborating with both industry and government, the Manufacturing Alliance engages with industry through initiatives including the National Manufacturing Workforce Forum, working to identify and build solutions to deliver to the industry’s skills needs. Manufacturers’ Monthly reports.
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Weld Australia demands answers: will the Australian Government manufacture wind and transmission towers locally or outsource to China?

Weld Australia calls upon the Australian Government to provide a clear and immediate public response regarding the manufacture of wind and transmission towers. Will wind and transmission towers be manufactured locally in Australia, or offshored to China?  Comment from Geoff Crittenden  –  CEO, Weld Australia Read More

Governments must drive SME business costs down through Future Made Act

SEMMA is concerned that the recent announcement by the Federal Government’s new “Future Made in Australia Act” will effect SMEs in the manufacturing sector as it believes the Act may not address the industry’s critical needs and concerns. A Word From Honi Walker, CEO SEMMA
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The 5 Key Data-Driven Levers of a Manufacturing Business – Know your Numbers

When people talk professional services for Manufacturing businesses, often niche services like Grant and Investor Funding, Research and Development (R&D) Tax Incentives, Cyber Security and Risk and ESG, to name a few, are mentioned first.
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Productivity: An essential ingredient for sustainable economic growth

The Productivity Commission’s recently released Annual Productivity Bulletin 2024 shows that Australia’s labour productivity fell sharply in 2022-2023, as a record-breaking increase in hours worked failed to generate a corresponding increase in economic output. COMMENT from Geoff Crittenden  –  CEO, Weld Australia
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With the expansion of the Capacity Investment Scheme, Weld Australia is calling on the governments to legislate local content policies.

Weld Australia calls for a prioritisation of net zero targets

With the expansion of the Capacity Investment Scheme, Weld Australia is calling on the federal and state governments to legislate local content procurement policies. These policies must state that stipulate that 60 per cent of all fabricated steel used in renewable energy projects is manufactured in Australia by local welders. Read More