Australian Information Industry Association

  

Policy Update 4 June 2018

The AIIA are calling for Industry Feedback on changes to the R&D Tax Incentive recently introduced by Government through the 2018-19 Budget

Members, as you’re aware there have been significant changes introduced to the R&D Tax Incentive through the 2018-19 Budget. These range from an introduction of intensity testing based on company turnover affecting accessibility to the incentive, to changes to the guidance material for companies that build software products, amongst a raft of other changes that are already having an impact on industry.

The AIIA are speaking with Government and the Opposition about these changes to ensure that Government understand how they affect industry. Members, to lobby effectively we need to hear directly from you and your organisations with specific examples that we can take to Government and the Opposition.

The AIIA are taking these changes very seriously and are working to establish a fund that will be used to help counter these changes and other key priority reforms, through effective representation and advocacy. If you would like to provide feedback or discuss how these changes have affected your organisation you can contact our CEO Rob Fitzpatrick, in addition to Kim Hicks or Damien Lewis in the Policy team.

Opportunity to join the AIIA’s X-Ship Project Steering Committee

As you might be aware, the AIIA in partnership with TAFE NSW is developing an X-ship employment-based learning pathway. The aim is to have a higher apprenticeship learning pathway that produces employees who have the relevant technical and soft skills to be productive and effective contributors in an organisation.

Funding has been received to develop the business case for submission to the NSW Government and a critical step in establishing the project governance is the formation of the Project Steering Committee.

The Steering Committee will include a representative from the Department of Industry and AIIA member/network of employers. You will play a critical role in providing direction in the shaping of the X-ship program model. The commitment required of a member of the Steering Committee is:

  • Attendance in person or through video conference at two meetings. The first meeting is proposed for mid-July and the final meeting will be before the end of August.
  • Availability for regular consultation in the form of a phone call or email.

Members, we are seeking expressions of interest by COB 8 June 2018 to participate as a member of the Steering Committee. Please contact Kim Hicks or Damien Lewis if you would like to take up this exciting opportunity.

The Department of Communications Copyright Submission has been extended until July 4 – this is your chance to provide feedback on the modernisation of the Copyright Act

The Department of Communications has extended their consultation period by one month. The Department are seeking stakeholder feedback on the Copyright Act. The government signalled in 2017 that it would consult on options for copyright reforms arising from the government’s response to a 2016 Productivity Commission report. This is your chance to express your preferred options and the reasons for your position. Read the Department discussion paper here. The Department are consulting to:

  • establish whether there is general support for any of the options for copyright reform proposed by the Productivity Commission in its report on Australia's Intellectual Property Arrangements, which relate to three areas including:
    • flexible exceptions
    • access to orphan works
    • contracting out of copyright exceptions
    • understand your views as promised by the government in its response to the Productivity Commission report
    • inform advice to the government to support copyright policy that reflects the interests of copyright creators, users and distributors.

Members, if you would like to provide feedback, please do so by COB June 19th to Damien Lewis.

AIIA Met with NZ Tech (New Zealand Technology) to discuss developments across the sector

The AIIA held a meeting with counterparts from NZTech to discuss the local sector and lessons learned across the policy space in addition to our respective forward agendas as we move through 2018. These meetings are an opportunity for the AIIA and NZTech to explore ways to provide a more focused and targeted experience for our members by drawing on a broader service offering.

The AIIA holds relationships with Associations across Asia, Europe and the US. Our aim is to ensure that we continue to track trends globally and ensure that what we are reporting on and covering from a policy perspective tracks the domestic markets but does so from a holistic world view. You’ll continue to see this as we collaborate with greater frequency with partner Associations.

Members, if you would like more information on our discussions with NZTech or how we engage our counterparts overseas, you can reach out to Kim Hicks or Damien Lewis.

The AIIA call out IoT IMPACT 2018 | 10-11 SEPTEMBER | UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, SYDNEY

IOT Impact is a new event for 2018, organised by IOT Alliance Australia, focusing on the “Internet of Things” (IoT) and its impact on people, business and government in the years ahead.

Located at the University of Technology Sydney, the event will consist of an exhibition of 50-Australian and international companies, and an extensive conference and workshop program.
IOT Impact is aimed at business and technology professionals across the key industries that IOT will impact the most - Agriculture/Food, Water, Energy, Smart Cities, Transport/Logistics and Manufacturing.

Targeting 400 delegates, the objective of IOT Impact is to raise awareness of the issues confronting Australia business and government with IOT, and to empower industry to accelerate its adoption of IOT.

For more information visit www.iotimpact.com.au