Government adds flexibility to R&D but when will incentive cuts take effect?

The end of the financial year is fast approaching, but manufacturers still do not know when controversial cuts to R&D tax incentives will apply. With the Covid-19 pandemic highlighting the role of innovation, Kris Gale calls for the federal government to abandon its reforms. The federal government is to be congratulated for announcing additionally flexibility…

Manufacturing for a Post COVID World by John H. Howard

Australia has boosted its investment in medical research, but neglected those in engineering and manufacturing. Here, John H Howard, managing director of Howard Partners, calls for a national commitment to engineering and technology renewal. Australia is looking to rebuild its industrial base to achieve greater self-sufficiency in manufacturing. But we are seriously underinvesting in creating…

Healthcare PPE, standard protocols and contingency planning: How do we flatten the curve of demand for PPE as we flatten the curve of infection rates?

How then have we managed to have decades of WHS processes and procedures, outsourcing and supply chain protocols, and pandemic and emergency planning, yet no-one has run a scenario of the risk of completely running out of single-use PPE, (in particular, gowns and masks), locally, nationally and globally?

A new deal plan for manufacturing – how Geelong can show the way by Lyn George

The Australian Manufacturing Forum and @AuManufacturing’s campaign to crowd source a new deal plan for manufacturing is in its final day. Lyn George closes it out, sharing ways to back the brilliant ideas that could reshape entire industries via some lessons from the manufacturing heartland of Geelong.    The current Covid-19 crisis has brutally exposed Australia’s…