The federal government has announced a $1 billion plan to promote jobs and productivity.
The Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, appeared today at the Boeing factory in Melbourne with the Minister for Industry and Innovation, Greg Combet, to launch the plan.
The plan provides for measures to assist Australian companies to win more local work, increase exports and win new business overseas, and support the growth of small to medium Australian businesses.
- Download a summary of the Industry and Innovation Statement (PDF)
- Download the complete Industry and Innovation Statement (PDF)
- Listen to Gillard and Combet (9m)
- Watch the government video accompanying the Statement:
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- Watch Channel 7 News report:
Statement from Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
The Plan at a glance
Australians expect and deserve well-paid jobs that support their families and look after our communities.
That is why the Australian Government is investing $1 billion to keep Australian jobs safe.
We are introducing changes to help Australian companies that are doing it tough.
As well as giving a boost to companies with high-growth potential.
We want to see local Australian companies get a fair go. That’s why we are also making changes to encourage new businesses in new industries to create new opportunities and new jobs.
We want to make sure that our kids and our kids’ kids have high-skilled, well-paying jobs now and in the future. Our focus is squarely on jobs and growth.
Our economy thrives when we have a strong workforce and profitable innovative businesses.
A Plan for Australian Jobs is a roadmap for creating jobs and lifting productivity.
It is a plan to put Australian businesses and industries on a firmer footing so they are able to take up opportunities to compete globally.
The Australian Government acted quickly to keep the economy strong during the Global Financial Crisis.
While the rest of the world is still recovering, Australia’s economy has continued to grow.
But we can’t stand still. We need to create the jobs of the future.
The strong Australian dollar and an increase in global competitors are hurting many Australian businesses and threatening jobs.
And the world is changing. Economies in Asia, such as China, are growing quickly. Their citizens want high-quality goods and services, which Australian companies can provide.
Innovation is central to the success of our industries and our capacity to respond to the needs of markets in Australia and overseas.
Our vision is for Australia’s innovation system to be ranked in the top 10 globally. This is an ambitious goal, but we have the right framework to achieve it. [Read more...]