Pre-Budget Submission 2017-2018

AACB Pre-Budget Submission Front Cover

Background

On 9 December 2016 the Minister for Small Business called for Pre-Budget Submissions from individuals, businesses and community groups on their views regarding priorities for the 2017-18 Budget. For further information, please see the press release by the Minister for Small Business on 9 December 2015. Submissions closed on 17 February 2017. 237 submissions were received by the Treasury in response to this consultation.

The AACB’s five budget priorities 

1. Invest in a national convention bid fund of up to $10 million per year to increase Australia's competitiveness in bringing conventions and exhibitions of national significance to our cities. 
2. Grant access to the fee-free online Electronic Travel Authority visa scheme for attendees of major business events. Estimated foregone revenue of $10 million per year.
3. Fund a dedicated $10 million business events marketing campaign to change perceptions of Australia as a knowledge economy.
4. Allocate $4 million of Australian aid per year for travel bursary to bring academics, scientists and business leaders from the Indo-Pacific to international conventions held in Australia. 
5. Restore the rules around the Export Market Development Grants to allow approved bodies to receive full funding for international marketing.

 

Business Events Fast Figures

  • Conferences, meetings, exhibitions and incentive group travel collectively contribute over $28 billion in direct expenditure and around three times that in flow-on expenditure.
  • 180,000 Australians are employed directly or indirectly by business events
  • 37 million people attended the more than 412,000 business events across Australia in 2013-14.
  • Expenditure by international business events delegates generated an estimated $2.2 billion in gross domestic product in 2012.
  • Total business events delegate spend was up 3% to in 2014, with international delegate opening up 8%.

 

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