Business enterprises

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07 Jun 2017

Australian men and women lead very different working lives. Men and women often do not work 'side by side'—but instead work in industries or occupations which are dominated by one gender or another. By international standards, we have a highly gender segregated workforce.

In 2015 ̶ 16,...

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Briefing paper

12 May 2017

This paper features a timeline of privatisations that have occurred in NSW since 1989 up to and including the recent sales of the titling and registry business of Land and Property Information, and Endeavour Energy. It identifies the proceeds from each sale in nominal terms. The paper also lists...

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Report

09 May 2017

The Black Economy Taskforce has been established to develop an innovative, forward-looking, whole-of-government policy response to combat the black economy in Australia, recognising that these issues cannot be tackled by traditional tax enforcement measures alone.

The black economy refers...

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Discussion paper

04 May 2017

Summary

• Red tape costs the Australian economy $176 billion, 11 per cent of GDP, each year in foregone economic output. Similarly, in the US red tape is estimated to cost $2 trillion annually, or 12 per cent of GDP.

• On 30 January 2017, the Trump Administration...

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Commentary

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Audio podcast

02 May 2017

Founded in London in 1997, the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) is one of the world's leading social enterprise development organisations. A charity that supports people using entrepreneurial approaches to tackle...

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Research report

01 May 2017

This May 2017 report is the latest in a series of Demystifying Chinese Investment in Australia reports, by KPMG and The University of Sydney's China Studies Centre. It analyses Chinese outbound direct investment into Australia in...

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Commentary

Article

27 Apr 2017

Almost a third of Australians perceived some form of age-related discrimination while employed or looking for work in the last 12 months - starting as early as 45 years of age.

We conducted a national survey of 2,100 men and women aged 45 years and over, and 100 telephone interviews. The...

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Research report

27 Apr 2017

This report assesses whether Australia has the right institutional setting to support an outbound focus for business, and discuss case studies of successful foreign investments by Australian businesses.

This report examines:

  • The importance of ensuring new trade
  • ...
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Journal article

11 Mar 2017

Creating a sustainable bioeconomy—which takes advantage of unused or underexploited bio-resources, turns them into replacements for fossil-based fuel, energy, and products and contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the protection of local environments—is a truly monumental...

Discussion paper

02 Mar 2017

Despite widespread coverage, little is known about the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) or the $1 billion NAIF loan proposal for Adani’s coal rail. Lacking robust governance policies, including some required by its legislation, and poorly resourced, NAIF should reject the...

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Research report

28 Feb 2017

This report was based on survey responses from the CEOs of 285 private-sector businesses across Australia in October and November 2016.

It draws on multiple lines of evidence that confirm that energy prices are rising fast across the National Electricity Market and Eastern Australian gas...

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Report

01 Feb 2017

Fraudulent phoenix activity is of great concern to Australian policymakers. It occurs where there is the deliberate liquidation of a company to avoid paying debts but the business continues through another company, and in corporate groups through the liquidation of undercapitalised subsidiaries...

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Research report

30 Nov 2016

This monograph provides a detailed summary of how Australian firms report their financial performance. While applicable standards within Generally Accepted Accounting principles (GAAP) have increasingly restricted the ability to exclude certain components from the calculation of periodic income...

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Working paper

16 Nov 2016

Firms in big cities    
hire well and price to compete    
Are they better firms?

This study estimates differences in productivity (mfp) across New Zealand urban areas, with a focus on the size of Auckland’s productivity premium. The estimates are based on analysis of firm-...

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Other text

16 Nov 2016

In the increasingly challenging and dynamic operational and strategic environments in which organisations are required to function, there may be a quite natural temptation to fit the needs of organisational resilience (OR) to the organisation by incoherently using a blend of existing functions...

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Working paper

19 Oct 2016

Many tax policies in Australia and comparable countries are based on a completely rational individual decision maker. However, recent evidence in the fields often referred to as behavioural insights (combining behavioural economics and psychology) have shown that people are neither completely...

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Working paper

19 Sep 2016

Multinational enterprises (MNEs) operating by way of wholly owned subsidiaries are responsible for an increasing percentage of global trade. This paper looks at how the existing rules based on the arm’s length principle allocate a MNE’s profit between the taxing jurisdictions in which it...

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Report

14 Sep 2016

Innovation is firmly on the economic policy agenda, with all sides of politics converging on the importance of boosting and sustaining innovation and maximising the benefits that Australia derives from it. And innovation has never been so important for Australian businesses, as they confront...

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Research report

14 Sep 2016

Austrade plays a role in helping secure Australia’s economic prosperity, through our work as the Australian Government’s international trade, education and investment promotion agency, and through working to strengthen Australia’s tourism sector.

The past year has been one of achievement...

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Commentary

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08 Aug 2016

Penalty rates for working on weekends were an important 'sleeper' issue in the recent federal election. On the surface, both Labor and the Coalition agreed the future of penalty rates would be determined by the Fair Work Commission (FWC). But that superficial consensus couldn’t hide deep...

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