Queen’s birthday honours go to manufacturing

Manufacturers and researchers involved in the sector have figured in the Queen’s Birthday 2020 Honours List which recognised 933 Australians this year. The highest honour of Companion in the general division (AC) was awarded to Belinda Hutchinson (pictured), for eminent service to business, tertiary education, and scientific research. Hutchinson is Chairman of defence manufacturer Thales…

R&D tax scheme crackdown has eased

By Denham Sadler The crackdown on research and development tax incentive claims has eased, with a more collaborative and fair approach to audits adopted and a number of recent successful appeals, according to specialist RDTI advisor Damian Smyth. The ATO and AusIndustry’s “aggressive” approach to R&D tax incentive (RDTI) audits and compliance checks in recent…

BlueScope to supply steel for frigate build

BAE Systems subsidiary ASC Shipbuilding today signed a contract with BlueScope Steel AIS for the supply of steel for the prototyping phase of the Hunter class frigate construction programme. Under the $2.6 million contract, BlueScope will deliver more than 1,500 tonnes of steel plate to ASC Shipbuilding’s Osborne shipyard (pictured) in Adelaide. This is the…