As the voice of business for more than 125 years, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA (CCIWA) has a long and proud history of calling for change on behalf of the business community.
As WA’s peak business advocate and we work closely with State and Federal Governments to ensure the interests of the business community are top of the political agenda.
CCIWA communicates the concerns of our Members to media, government, drivers of change and the wider community through the coordination of our policy, communications, marketing and events departments, which together form an integrated advocacy team.
And our advocacy platform amplifies the voice of industry and aims to ensure WA is a world leading place to live and do business.
Our policy priorities are shaped by the experiences of our members, which we listen to through a range of working groups and forums. CCIWA forums aim to identify issues of concern for WA business and industry. And the outcomes inform and advise our policy agenda and key advocacy priorities. Our policy forums include:
As Australia’s population ages, the demand for bespoke and sophisticated aged care is expected to increase, applying considerable pressure to the broader health system. The Aged Care Forum considers how WA can prepare for these challenges and ensure that the best policy and regulatory settings are in place.
The Economic Development Forum considers a diverse range of economic and political issues, including the structure and efficiency of government taxes and charges, the role of Local, State and Federal Governments in business regulation, the structure and operation of the public sector and the responsible management of government finances.
Energy and Resources
The Energy and Resources Forum focuses on issues affecting the affordability, reliability and security of energy supply in WA, nationally and internationally, as well as the efficient production, supply and consumption of energy and resources. The Forum identifies the enablers and inhibitors of growth in the energy and resources sectors and future opportunities for the exploration and development of WA’s energy and minerals resources.
The Infrastructure Forum considers major State Government transport and infrastructure priorities, along with other issues affecting WA’s infrastructure needs in the future. Key considerations include WA’s planning network and identifying opportunities for infrastructure funding by non-government sources, which includes the private sector.
WA’s manufacturing industry is a world leader in specialised industrial machinery and advanced manufacturing. Increasing international competitive, upward pressure on operating costs and a shortage of suitably skilled workers are ongoing challenges for the manufacturing sector. However, there are also opportunities in the transition to ‘Industry 4.0’. The Manufacturing Forum discusses these challenges and opportunities and considers innovative solutions to ensure WA manufacturing remains competitive in an increasingly unpredictable economic environment.
Globalisation, rapid technological advances and changing employment environments are fundamentally changing the nature of work. The Workforce Skills Forum discusses how industry and government can effectively support WA businesses to improve workforce productivity and ensure they have access to the knowledge and skills required to be competitive as the economy evolves.
WA's workplace relations system should encourage and support job creation, deliver flexibility for both employers and employees and remain simple and practical. The Workplace Relations Forum considers these matters through discussion of relevant policy areas including industrial relations, workers compensation and workplace health and safety.
For more information about our forums and working groups, please email Policy Manager - Justin Ashley firstname.lastname@example.org
Advocacy in Action
CCIWA plays an active role in representing the interests of the business community at important inquiries, reviews and on major issues. These include:
State and Federal Budgets
Managing public sector finances is critical to the long-term well-being of our state and nation, as it promotes strong economic growth and better standards of living. A sound fiscal position guards against international shocks and creates an environment that encourages investment and allows for a lower and more stable tax burden over time.
CCIWA plays an active role in informing the business community on issues related to State and Federal Government finances, while working with all levels of government to deliver reforms needed to get budgets back under control. Every year, we develop a pre-budget submission that outlines CCIWA’s key policy recommendations for the next year.
2018-19 Pre-budget Submission
The current workplace relations framework was designed for a bygone era and is inefficient and complex, especially for small business.
It promotes an adversarial approach and is incompatible with the future of the world of work in a modern Australian economy operating in a globally competitive environment.
Australia needs a workplace relations framework that is genuinely fair for both business and employees, is pro-employment, small business friendly, and provides greater flexibility to make our workplaces more productive and competitive.
Our workplace laws must be built on the principle of direct engagement between employers and employees to work together cooperatively to ensure that businesses remain competitive, flexible and responsive to the changing needs and demands of the market.
The regulatory framework should encourage and support business growth, investment and job creation. It must also importantly reduce business compliance costs and complexity, ensuring that workplace regulations are easily understood by employers and employees, particularly small business.
Ensuring productive, profitable and sustainable businesses will create more jobs, deliver higher earnings and increased living standards, and encourage balance between work, incomes, family and lifestyle.
On behalf of industry, CCIWA has led the charge to advocate for GST reform. The GST was introduced in the year 2000 under a system of Horizontal Fiscal Equalisation (HFE), which was intended to equitably distribute the GST pie by raising the service delivery capacity of each state up to that of the leading state.
Whilst the principle of HFE has merit, it disincentivises State Governments from increasing their revenue base as they know they will receive a significantly diminished amount of GST if their state-based revenue increases through the development of under-utilised industries.
As a result, the Productivity Commission concluded in its final 2018 report that the current GST arrangements hold back the national economy and backed CCIWA’s model of ‘equalising to the average’ to fix the GST – the only organisation to have achieved this support.
Although the Federal Government did not adopt CCIWA’s ambitious model of ‘equalising to the average’, the proposed reforms transcend the zero-sum game of GST reform, ensuring that every state and territory receives a greater amount of GST while structurally improving the system.
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