What do you think of SA's proposed new modern industry policy?

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Luis lafosse

04 Mar 2019

Is there any way I can download the Submission Form to complete it off line and then complete it in line?
I need to work off line on it and I'd need to pen down manually all the directions.
It doesn't even allow me to to copy the questions and paste them in a Word file.
Thank you in advance,

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Department for Industry and Skills > Luis lafosse

04 Mar 2019

Hi Luis,
Thanks for getting in touch. If you could send an email to georgette.elston2@sa.gov.au we would be happy to provide a Word version of the submission form. You can also call Georgette on 8226 3821.
We're looking forward to your ideas!

Kym Clarke

01 Mar 2019

To me, if the state government spends a dollar, it must be in this state! A registered office, here in Adelaide not interstate. Preference to be given firstly to local companies or companies that registered offices in this state.

Advertising is the same, media offices are interstate, managed and controlled! There is a current trend to quote for contracts, bring their management team with them, lower pay packets to make room in their budgets to accommodate their people! The locals get left with no structural contents, just the crappy jobs. Which I might add is based on interstate rulings and not ours! The government contracts, must also be open to government inspectors and or auditors.

The thing with politicians and the beauocrats, in this day every one has a camera, information is more freely available, and the ability to extrapolate is very high.

Recently there was talk about a tunnel, to complete South Road, it’s not talk, it will happen! As all other options are impossible! I mean, Darlington upgrade, another set of lights at McDonalds, wtf! That now makes three sets of traffic lights within a kilometre. I was under the impression the the aim was to ease and help traffic flow. And how in hell Did they get the work done there under state development? Would rather see a donation to the university to let them solve our roads, transport infrastructure! Most decisions are made with financial incentives, and most of that money goes interstate!

Making a financial loan to Adelaide Oval is not aiding any industry, except construction, and that should be a local company, it’s for political manipulation, especially at the Adelaide Oval, but mind you, this has been on the cards for years, it was planned?

The ideal plan would be to help the locals first, and encourage them to spend their dollars here! Do not support fifo, (fly in, fly out) from other states or countries, no 457’s. Unless you don’t mind paying me to sit at home. I suppose in the safety context, the governments ‘ Duty of care’ is to its residents! So why hasn’t it?

John Davison,

13 Feb 2019

The greatest problem that we face as an industry is the lack of employees that want to turn up for work and if they do want to work. We are employing over 20 casual labour hire people over and above our perm. Employees. If there was anyone that was of real value within this group we would be only to pleased to give them full time employment. Drugs are a major problem and in our industry and it is rife. We have a drug testing policy in place and if all companies were to have a drug testing policy in place it would go a long way to improving work ethics and drug problems as they are today John Davison

Bill Lane

13 Feb 2019

One of the biggest hurdles to serving my customers (which are other SA businesses), and hence growing my and their businesses, is a lack of skilled, well balanced, trade qualified employees. You can hire as many bottom of the barrel types as you want in Adelaide, (or anywhere else in Australia for that matter) but all they will do is burn your business, your good employees and your customers. So if they are just warm and breathing we don't bother. We have 25 apprentices - 20% of our total workforce - all great kids - so at our significant cost we are doing our part re up-skilling SA. But trying to add normal well balanced skilled tradesmen, which will also help train the apprentices - serve our customers, grow their and our business - is very hard. The changes to RSMS / 482 visas now make it extremely difficult and expensive to hire skilled labour from overseas. Which we used to do, in addition to a high apprentice intake. For example if we hire an experienced skilled diesel mechanic from the UK on a 482 visa - we have to pay $5000 a year to the Skilling Australia Fund - when we have 20% of our workforce as apprentices which we are paying to train! Plus the SA Government will charge 482 migrants $5000+ per child to attend SA public schools. With 457 it used to be free. Its just too expensive and too hard for skilled migrants to be sponsored by businesses to come to SA. Meanwhile migrants are flooding into the Eastern Seaboard, as it is seen as a better place to live. SA Government should lobby the Feds to free up skilled migration in SA, increase our population, increase the available pool of talent for SA businesses to hire. That will drive housing growth, retail spending, services to other businesses, allow SA to be competitive. We already have distance / location, high taxes against us - and the way its going - we being stagnant and Eastern seaboard growing - SA will shrink from 7.5% of Australian GDP / population a few years ago to 5% next decade or so. SA businesses don't need Government money - we need support / less red tape and you charging us less money to grow our business and support other SA businesses.

Susanne Mitchell

13 Feb 2019

In years gone by, Commonwealth and State owned utilities realised that the best way to obtain the skilled manpower needed to establish and man their workshops quickly and efficiently was to recruit and train their own apprentices. Any resultant excesses over their own needs would help Australian industry.
The normal industry practice of pairing an apprentice with a tradesman(s) for practical training, limits the rate at which skills could be learned and retained. To meet SA’s obligation against the SAF national target, SA needs all the skills it can muster to be implanted into apprentices as quickly as possible.
An interesting anecdote – in 1996 DSTO held a once-off apprentice reunion which was attended by approximately 50% of all past apprentices (700 or so). A great deal of effort was made to contact as many ex apprentices as possible. Of all of those who were not retired or deceased, only one was not still working - he was incarcerated.
Large government agencies or utilities managed apprentice training schools (colleges) may be expensive but they are effective.

Darrell O'Brien

13 Feb 2019

the biggest hurdle is the cost of doing business in Australia. Electricity Cost is high ,water cost is high and in short supply (need to reduce power cost and to desalinate water).
South Australia used to manufacture goods but now there is very little manufacturing and Australian Companies importing from overseas companies and having a race to the bottom or bankruptcy policy. If there is a company that goes bankrupt it affects the suppliers of that company.