Item 1: X-Ship Focus Group Meeting at TAFE NSW in Sydney on 30 July 2018 – Register Now

Members, following a survey you might have completed we are now at the next stage of running a focus group session to further develop the business case and training model for an ICT higher apprenticeship employment-based learning pathway.

REGISTER HERE NOW to be part of developing a training model that targets your business needs. Registration closes Monday 23 July.

A detailed discussion paper will be provided prior to the focus group session. In the meantime you can learn more about the X-Ship project here.

Item 2: AIIA submits feedback on draft Chinese Cybersecurity Regulations to DFAT

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade requested member feedback on draft Chinese regulations, the Multi-Level Protection Scheme (MLPS) that, if implemented, will significantly affect Australian businesses operating in China. The MLPS is a network security classification system, which imposes significant IT-related security assessment, compliance and reporting obligations on foreign firms operating in China.

The AIIA supports Australia’s aim to encourage China to adopt international standards and internet governance practices that do not act as barriers to trade, competition or innovation. Australia is seeking to strike a balance between managing cyber risks and leveraging opportunities for business and economic growth.

The AIIA’s comments will be used in an Australian submission to advocate the views of Australian firms to China authorities.

Item 3: Update on the R&D Tax Incentive

The government is now holding face to face consultations around the country to get feedback on the exposure draft. One of the AIIA’s strategy is to highlight real case studies on what the R&D tax incentive means for local businesses and the practical considerations they have to make when deciding whether or not to invest in R&D.

If you have a case study that you’d like to share please contact Kishwar Rahman.

Formal consultations close 26 July 2018. See the consultation page for more details.