It’s been an active start to 2015 with multiple inquiries likely to affect members underway – the Harper Competition Law Review reported back in March recommending wideranging deregulation, submissions to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Workplace Relations Laws closed in March with an interim report due in July and final report back due in November.
The Miles CRC Review is expected to report back soon, the Higher Education Infrastructure working group chaired by Phil Clark and Denise Bradley reports back in August and the working group on funding research infrastructure will present its report in May.
In April, the Minister for Defence announced the release of the First Principles Review, and the Australian Energy Regulator has released its Draft Determinations for ActewAGL, Ausgrid, Endeavour Energy, Essential Energy and TransGrid.
Minister for Small Business Bruce Billson has also flagged changes to contractor laws including the PSI rules – a longstanding tax issue for technology management consultants delivering business services.
More broadly, with the unemployment rate increasing gradually, the participation rate and average hours worked below their levels of a few years ago and leading indicators of labour demand pointing to only modest employment growth in the near term, both job security and remuneration are major priorities for managers and professionals.
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