From all of us at the SAS Group, we hope you had a wonderful summer break and are starting the new year re-energised.
As we start 2021, we can be confident that our nation’s health response to COVID-19 will stay strong, and we hope for success with the vaccination roll-out which is planned to start in mid to late February. Along with the health benefits, hopefully we will also see greater consistency and certainty in the manner State and Territory Governments are managing border restrictions. The most common criticism we hear from our clients is not about the restrictions per se, rather about the inconsistency of rules adopted by the jurisdictions. This has created massive impacts on many sectors in our domestic economy and we hope that, through National Cabinet, agreement on a more consistent approach can be found.
The US election spectacular has wrapped up and our congratulations go to Joe Biden as he commences his term as the 46th President of the United States of America. Expectations and anxiety will be high, depending on the side of the fence people sit, but let us hope for a quick resolution to the social unrest that we have seen in recent times.
January is usually a quiet time for our Government institutions but the team at the Productivity Commission were busy finalising their review of the National Agreement for Skills and Workforce Development. It is a detailed report covering many of the challenges facing the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector, with the Commission highlighting that “there is a manifest capacity for governments to achieve a better return on the $6.4 billion spent on VET”.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison’ gas-fired COVID recovery reached an important milestone this week with the announcement that the Government and large East-coast LNG exporters have reached a deal aimed at reducing domestic gas prices by offering up uncontracted gas first to Australian companies on competitive terms before it can be sold into export markets.