First 5000 is a business network for Australia's most significant mid-sized companies. It's a vehicle to connect and network with local and international big business as well as policy makers and each other.
Despite 80 per cent of mid-sized Australian business CFOs claiming innovation is a priority for their business, an alarming 32 per cent have not allocated any funding to innovation over the next 12 months.
A survey conducted by American Express among CFOs of 252 mid-sized Australian companies found innovation is crucial for businesses, but many organisations have failed to meet their innovation goals, often due to lack of a plan for the future, or a “game plan.”
Development of Northern Australia has implications for the entire nation -– bringing both potential benefits and also enormous risks.
There have been numerous reports on Northern Australia, most recently the government white paper ‘Our North, Our Future’ in June 2015. Many reports have adopted either strongly optimistic or pessimistic positions influenced by pre-existing agendas.
The Global Access Partners (GAP) Taskforce on The North, Agriculture and Environment brought together a group of stakeholders with specific interest and expertise in the development of Northern Australia.