Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced the Australian government’s Innovation Statement.  

This begins a major transformation of Australian business by allowing companies and directors to take “necessary risks to innovate”.

The policy embraces the risk of failure, in order to allow innovation to succeed.  This means recognising that, in pursuing new ideas and opportunities, unfortunately, some businesses will fail.

The reforms announced by the government will help change the Australian business culture. The key components of the announcement, as they relate to businesses, include: 

  • Introducing a “safe harbour” for directors from personal liability for insolvent trading if they appoint a restructuring adviser to develop a turnaround plan for the company.
  • Making “ipso facto” clauses, which have the purpose of allowing contracts to be terminated solely due to an insolvency event, unenforceable if a company is undertaking a restructure.
  • Reducing the current default bankruptcy period from three years to one year.
  • Tax incentives for “angel” investors providing funding to start-ups.
  • Favourable changes to tax treatment for the acquisition of intangible assets such as patents, trademarks and copyrights.
  • Changes to disclosure requirements for employee share schemes.
  • Additional investment through the creation of a Cyber Security Growth Centre.
  • New laws that make it easier for companies to access crowd-sourced equity funding.
  • Changes to the tax treatment of Early Stage Venture Capital Limited Partnerships (ESVCLPs) to attract more investment into start-ups.

New Zealand offers great opportunities for Australian businesses thinking of expanding into a new market.

The ANZCERTA has opened up the New Zealand market for many Australian industries, and significant numbers of businesses are already taking advantage.

Understanding the key considerations, as well as the steps to embracing innovation, will enable your business to navigate entry in the New Zealand market.

If you’re an Australian business looking to operate in the New Zealand market, Alliotts NZ provides strategic business guidance and practical financial advice on how to structure your business here. Please contact Greg Millar or Vanessa Williams on +64 9 520 9200 to discuss your particular situation and receive advice that is relevant to you.

Source Collins Hume