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ARENA’s perspective on the future of large scale batteries

Large scale batteries (LSB) were recently thrust into the spotlight when Minister Frydnenberg described storage as “the missing piece of the energy jigsaw”. Since then, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) - on behalf of the Australian Government – has committed $25 million to jointly fund two LSB projects in western Victoria, with the Victorian…

10 Jul 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Banking & Finance | Legal

What does a bankrupt look like?

What does a bankrupt person look like? Is it a corporate highflyer who has recklessly thrown money into a high-risk, undiversified investment portfolio in an attempt to get rich quick, or perhaps, an aspiring entrepreneur who is shamelessly hiding assets from creditors? Contrary to existing stereotypes, statistics say that a bankrupt is most likely a…

6 Jul 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Banking & Finance | Business | Healthcare

Growing the health tech firms of the future – LaunchVic’s bid to provide better access to capital and mentorship

Health technology is Victoria’s fastest growing source of employment, grossing $30 billion per annum for the state; yet, up to 57 per cent of Victorian health-tech start-ups do not know how to access accelerator or investor support - according to a recent report by LaunchVic. The 'State of HealthTech – Victoria' report revealed that, despite…

20 Jun 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Banking & Finance | Mining & Resources

Is the current coal boom sustainable – and how should industry respond?

It has been a tumultuous few years for the coal mining industry. On the one extreme, record price surges, broadening import markets and increased global demand have boosted investor confidence and been cause for industry-wide celebration. On the other, railway disruptions, severed balance sheets and a blighted talent pool (post bust) have stunted supply chain…

13 Jun 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Banking & Finance | Infrastructure

Meeting infrastructure demand – who will pay and how?

The private sector has a big part to play in helping Australia catch up with infrastructure demand, says Michael McCormack; who presented at the AFR National Infrastructure Summit last week. In association with Deloitte, the Summit challenged state leaders on their varying approaches to paying for infrastructure; and explored the latest funding and delivery models…

12 Jun 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Banking & Finance | Business | Healthcare | Uncategorised

PitchFest at Innovate Health – what health tech solutions does Australia really need?

The world of healthcare is undoubtedly becoming more digital. But what health-tech solutions do clinicians and patients really need? Too often, healthcare startups are criticized for failing to tap into the needs of the sector; or for lacking a robust commercial underpinning. Clinical evaluation, technology validation and a scalable business model are all critical to…

5 Jun 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Banking & Finance | Infrastructure

Collaborative funding to deliver large scale infrastructure projects

Australia’s population is set to exceed 25 million; and this unprecedented increase demands equivalent growth in infrastructure. But who should pay; and how? With large scale infrastructure projects now scaling tens of billions of dollars, funding and financing these projects presents an increasing challenge. On the private side, many banks have restricted the value of…

30 May 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Banking & Finance | Healthcare

Australia’s private health insurance industry – a refreshed view from the sidelines

The last few years have seen a ‘crisis in confidence’ in Australia’s private health insurance (PHI) industry. Rising premiums versus flat salaries are making it increasingly tough for providers to demonstrate value for money to an already unconvinced consumer base. Further fueling this skepticism, Labor’s recent proposal to conduct an industry-wide review and impose a…

1 May 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Banking & Finance | Healthcare

Debunking the myths around private health insurance

The Australian Labor Party recently announced a policy commitment to imposing a 2% cap on private health insurance (PHI) premiums, for at least two years pending a productivity Commission review. The proposal was designed to increase affordability within the sector, as flat income rates fail to keep up with premiums rising above CPI. As expected,…

24 Apr 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Banking & Finance

Rebuilding trust in financial services at the AFR Banking and Wealth Summit 2018

Financial Services providers were scrutinized for their lending practices, remuneration models and misconduct handling procedures at the Australian Financial Review’s Banking & Wealth Summit this week. The Summit analysed a widening ‘trust deficit’ in the sector and explored how industry could resolve the issue to avoid more complex and intrusive regulation. Wayne Byres, Chairman of…

6 Apr 2018, by Amy Sarcevic
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