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Policy priorities

Chemistry Australia and its members have outlined the sector’s ambitions for a competitive and sustainable Australian economy with our Policy Priorities whitepaper.

cover 350 x 506The Chemistry Australia 2022 Policy Priorities defines the policy settings and urgent actions needed for the Australian chemistry industry to help Australia leverage its strengths and natural endowment to deliver prosperity and security for current and future generations.

Australia is confronted with numerous significant challenges ahead.

These challenges are widespread and range from living with an evolving COVID-19 situation and its impact to the economy, supply chain vulnerabilities and risks from Australia’s declining economic complexity, climate change and need for transformation to sustainable development, and opportunities presented by new [generation] technologies.

Our industry is uniquely positioned to supply the solutions, innovations, people and products to address these challenges.

By governments, businesses, and communities working together, we can all help Australia realise its potential.

These policy position statements address a number of critical areas that reflect the collective priorities and views of the industry. These include:

  • Climate neutrality
  • De-risking our economy
  • Competitive, low emissions energy
  • Circular economy
  • Innovation and manufacturing
  • Balanced regulation
  • Education and skills

Climate Neutrality

The challenge of climate change cannot be addressed by a single policy, technical solution, industry, or government. A combination of technology, market-based and policy solutions will be needed to reduce GHG emissions and achieve climate neutrality. The role of government is to provide the competitive policy framework and certainty to facilitate investment by industry and support informed consumer choices that…

De-risking Our Economy

The expansion of global trade and supply chains has enabled the world economy to expand over many decades, improving living standards as more people have shared in the prosperity this growth has delivered. However, this shift in trade has had a significant impact on Australian manufacturing. It has struggled to remain globally competitive against manufacturing in lower-cost jurisdictions operating with…

Competitive, Low Emissions Energy

Globally competitively priced gas and electricity are essential for Australia to recover from the economic cost of COVID-19, support those Australians whose livelihoods have been impacted, and get people back to work. Affordable and globally competitive gas and electricity are also vital elements in strengthening Australia’s sovereign capability and for the continued viability of Australian manufacturing and many other industries.…

Circular Economy

A circular economy prioritises resource conservation and efficiency to capture the greatest value from traditionally discarded materials. In addition, a circular economy reduces pollution, litter, and waste. A more circular stewardship approach (creating an Australian Plastics Circular Economy) to plastic materials and products will help achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and Australian National Plastics recycling targets. A strong,…

Innovation and Manufacturing

Manufacturing provides nations with economic resilience and strengthens sovereign security. At its peak in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Australian manufacturing represented around 30 per cent of Australian GDP. The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science has described Australia’s economic complexity “as an anomaly among advanced economies, with the economic complexity closer to that of a developing country”. 1…

Balanced Regulation

Regulation in Australia is recognised as inconsistent, complex and costly, causing businesses to avoid investment. Companies seeking to invest here comment that while other economies roll out the red carpet, Australia rolls out the red tape. A balance needs to be restored. Chemistry Australia has long advocated for minimum effective regulation that safeguards the community and environment while attracting and…

Education and Skills

Australia needs to continually update the skills of its workforce to maintain its sovereign capability and ensure it remains ahead of changing market opportunities rather than falling behind. This will enable Australia to compete for skilled technical workers in a global market, ensure today’s STEM graduates play a role in tomorrow’s challenges and respond to future crises like COVID-19. Australia…

Become a member of Chemistry Australia

  • Membership of Chemistry Australia signals your commitment to the industry and ensures your organisation can play an active role in shaping the future for Australia’s chemistry sector.
    By working together, we can have a stronger voice to prosecute the key challenges facing our industry and advance chemistry as a critical enabler of a safer, more sustainable future for Australia and the broader community.

    Chemistry Australia Chair, David Hawkins

    • Effective and more influential industry advocacy to complement your business’ strategic objectives
    • Opportunities to influence the industry’s position on key policy and regulatory matters
    • Timely industry intelligence, analysis, and services to help inform your business decisions
    • Tailored tools and resources to save your organisation time, effort and money
  • We offer membership packages tailored to best meet the needs of businesses in, and associated with, the Australian chemistry industry:
    Corporate membership for businesses that manufacture chemical products, import, store, handle and/or distribute chemical and plastic products, convert plastics, or are involved in research, technology and education.
    Affiliate membership for organisations that represent a sector of the industry in Australia and internationally.
    Partner membership for organisations that provide services, equipment and professional development to the industry.
    Associate membership for SMEs and organisations in the chemistry industry value chain. 

  • All membership enquiries are welcome.
    Please contact Chemistry Australia on 03 9611 5400 or email .
    We look forward to working with you.