In June, the Chair of the Black Economy Taskforce, Mr Michael Andrew AO, led a national roadshow with industry roundtables and public forums in all state capitals and some regional centres. Since its inception in late 2016, Mr Andrew has held over ninety meetings with key business, union and community organisation representatives.
The 54 ideas outlined in the taskforce’s paper are not recommendations, but intended for public comment and reaction. The feedback the taskforce receives on them will help it finalise the final report.
The policy ideas respond to concerns raised by businesses and the community during Mr Andrew’s consultations, including: the need to tackle the question of individual identity, the abuse of the ABN system, phoenixing, the need for stronger enforcement action and visibility, the use of electronic payment systems, dealing with criminal elements of the black economy and industry specific problems including tobacco, horticulture, certain segments of the labour hire, and security industries.
The Black Economy Taskforce's interim report was released in May 2017. Final submissions close 14 August 2017.