Federal Budget 2018-19

Off the back of the 2017-18 Federal Budget, which only saw a handful of wins for Queensland's SMEs, it is critical the Australian Government reinvigorate their focus on kick-starting the small business economy.

As the peak association for employers across Queensland, we believe the 2018-19 Federal Budget needs to boost the confidence and competitiveness of small businesses across the nation.

CCIQ is also seeking commitments from the government for a more ambitious fiscal strategy that will repair budget deficit. We are calling for a more credible path to surplus by 2019-20 - one that doesn't solely rely on wage growth forecasts and bracket creep.

The budget affects us all, and proactive policy is needed to spur business growth to the benefit of employers, employees, and local communities. 

Download our Federal Budget 2018-19 - Small Business Priorities Fact Sheet


CCIQ's Key Principles

At CCIQ, we are guided by the following principles which are the key levers for small business prosperity:

  • Increase the digital capacity of SMEs;
  • Ensure access to procurement opportunities;
  • Reduce business operating costs;
  • Streamline and reduce red tape;
  • Simplify the tax system
  • Invest in skills needs and workforce development; and
  • Deliver productive infrastructure.

Federal Budget Priorities

Our advocacy agenda for the 2018-19 Federal Budget is focused on six key themes. Click on any of the buttons below to read more on each topic:

Budget Debt and Deficit

Raising family and business taxes is not the solution to addressing Australia's budget deficit. Action to curtail spending must be the immediate priority for the 2018-19 Federal Budget.

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Tax Reform

Australia's tax mix has remained relatively unchanged since the 1950's. Coupled with inefficient State taxes, Queensland businesses consider the tax system to be outdated and a brake on economic growth. The business community needs to see leadership on national tax reform to address impending revenue shortfall and to tackle the fiscal deficit.

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Workforce Skilling

An investment in education and training, alongside a robust skilled migration program, will ensure businesses can access the skills our future economy needs.

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