Inquiry into Access to Free-Trade Agreements by Small and Medium Sized Enterprises

Business SA recognises the critical role of exporting in South Australia’s economy, particularly with an ageing population constraining local demand. Our submission to the Senate Inquiry into SMEs accessing Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) focuses on the positive outcomes to date, and the further work the Federal Government needs to do to reduce non-tariff barriers, and on future FTAs with Britain and the EU.

Business SA lobbies on behalf of members to ensure the voice of South Australian business is heard and that we achieve the best environment in which to do business. A significant part of that lobbying effort is through written submissions we make to all levels of government and other organisations such as utility companies, either in response to formal reviews of for example, legislation, or proactively where we wish to progress a particular issue not high enough on the government’s agenda. This might include submissions before the State Budget or where say, the government is reviewing options to reduce red-tape. We also make regular submissions to the Fair Work Commission to advocate the interests of our members with respect to Modern Awards and other industrial matters.

Business SA’s policy team relies heavily on member input into our submissions to ensure that we have the most comprehensive and current perspective from members for any position we take on your behalf. So if you are asked to complete a survey, speak with a policy team member on the phone or participate in a member forum, we appreciate your involvement as it all helps to strengthen the case of business.

Inquiry into Access to Free-Trade Agreements by Small and Medium Sized Enterprises

Date Published: May 2018

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