The preceding two-year period has been like no other in living memory with unforeseen challenges, seismic global shifts, significant changes to how we work and the emergence of new opportunities.

The new Government is focussed on these unprecedented opportunities with Premier Peter Malinauskas stating: “There is an appetite for ambition and boldness in policy, a vision for the future of the country.”

The Premier is correct. However, the challenge will be to deliver a budget that not only recognises this unique moment in time but provides the streamlined processes and targeted investment necessary - in a tight fiscal environment - to ensure these opportunities can be achieved.

This challenge is further compounded by proposed industrial relations reforms which, although part of an attempt to realise these opportunities, could place far greater pressure on South Australian businesses and create unintended consequences such as unfairly penalising businesses which seek to do the right thing.

Ai Group has prepared this pre-budget statement under four key themes:

  • Skill Shortages
  • Industry Development (including industrial relations and WHS)
  • Energy, Climate and Circular Economy
  • Taxes and Levies

Ai Group calls on the new Government to create a robust environment for strong economic growth, ensuring that private enterprise has the opportunity to invest, innovate and create new jobs securing an industry-led recovery that provides a better future for all.

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