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Thinking Business - Thought Leadership Reports

The NSW Business Chamber’s Thinking Business program is a research and insight initiative that aims to:
  • Identify issues concerning NSW businesses;
  • Investigate how these issues might best be addressed;
  • Act on business’ behalf across government and industry to resolve these problems and build a better environment for business to operate.
Thinking Business identifies existing or emerging issues that are not being sufficiently addressed in public debate and provides a platform for business to contribute its perspective on how these issues might best be resolved.

Thinking Business looks to bring about change that supports growth, development, jobs and lasting prosperity for businesses like yours:
  • By leveraging the insight and dialogue developed with our diverse membership,
  • Working in partnership with the top research minds in the nation,
  • Building on the strong relationships built with leaders across business and
  • government.

MAY 2015
A Western Sydney Aerotropolis

Utilising the experience of best practice international airport development, this report identifies the steps necessary to ensure the economic benefit of a Western Sydney Airport is maximised.

Reforming Post Year 10 Education and Training

Youth disengagement from education, training and employment has significant economic and social costs. This report, developed with the University of Melbourne's Graduate School of Education examines the
transitions young people in NSW from school to work and further study and how we can make these transitions more successful. A copy of the report can be found here and an accompanying media release here.

JULY 2014
Industry Research Collaboration

Australia’s research capabilities are world class. Despite this, Australia’s application of research to address commercial problems is substandard. Drawing on feedback from over 100 industry, government and research sector leaders, this report identifies ways to  improve commercial outcomes through industry-research sector collaboration. View. An insights  paper detailing the challenges addressing these issues can be found here.

Small Business Access to Finance

With access to finance affecting more than 200,000 Australian businesses, this report evaluates the lending environment and provides policy solutions to ensure small business can continue to innovate and grow. Drawing on knowledge from Australia and the UK the report identifies a partial credit guarantee scheme and improvements to the quality of financial advice as clear options in addressing collateral and information gaps.  View

Economic Impact of a Western Sydney Airport

While its population continues to grow and diversify, the Western Sydney region is facing a dramatic jobs deficit. Estimates have put this shortfall to reach 320,000 by 2036. This report identifies that by 2050, an airport at Badgerys Creek could support up to 33 million passenger movements and help create more than 30,000 additional jobs for the region.  View

Small Business Barometer – What’s impacting the Illawarra?

In conjunction with the “Small Business - Too Big To Ignore” 2013 federal election campaign, this report analyses how small businesses in the Illawarra are bearing the brunt of not only changes in the wider economy,  but also challenging regulatory environment. Inefficient taxes and inflexible workplace laws are highlighted in the report as contributing unnecessarily to the stress of running a small business. View


Liveable Sydney - How would High-Speed Rail Change Sydney and NSW?

This report identifies that current state and federal infrastructure planning needs to be coordinated in a way that ensures that the future delivery of an intergrated east coast High Speed Rail (HSR) network remains affordable.  The report found that integrating HSR into Sydney’s existing rail network would significantly reduce costs and increase the likelihood that HSR could be delivered within the next 15 years. View

JUNE 2012
Diversity and Contestability in the Public Service Economy

Authored by Gary L. Sturgess, Adjunct Professor of Public Service Delivery at the Australian School of Business, this report sets out seven guidelines to improve the delivery of public services in NSW by introducing new competition and contestability principles. The report identifies that as governments are no longer directly responsible for the delivery of many public services, greater participation by the private sector needs to be recognised, encouraged and supported.  View

MAY 2012
ctivity and Fair Work

Utilising indepth interviews with 70 business leaders from small, medium and large enterprises, this report identifies how the Fair Work system is operating and the impact it is having on the workplace and productivity. The report suggests that a flexible workplace relations system that promotes a constructive rather than adversarial relationship between employer and employee would have a positive influence on improving the nation’s productivity. View

This report identifies that the quality and competence of people working in manufacturing are decisive to the success of the sector and that improving Australian management practices and workforce skills are vital to boosting innovation performance and productivity.The report suggests that manufacturing in the 21st century requires collaboration between manufacturing enterprises, customers, suppliers and knowledge sources providing new ideas and transforming them into new competitive capabilities. View

Governance Arrangements for Sydney's Local Government Authorities

Prepared on behalf f the Sydney Business Chamber by KPMG this report identifies that to support a global and growing Sydney significant structural reform to Sydney’s local councils must be undertaken.  View

Previous NSW Business Chamber Research

Through its former reseach and thought leadership arm, the Australian Business Foundation, the NSW Business Chamber produced a number of white papers on issues impacting on the business environment. The white papers can be accessed here.