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FPL Advisory Small businesses are considered among the winner in the 2019-20 Federal Budget announcement with Treasurer Josh Frydenberg heaping praise on them as the ‘the engine room of the economy’. On Tuesday 2nd April, the Coalition Government announced that Australian small and medium businesses would be supported through tax relief and by increasing and expanding access to the instant asset write-off. The instant asset writeoff threshold will be increased from $25,000 to $30,000 and small business will be allowed to make a deduction every time an asset under that amount is purchased. In addition, Mr. Frydenberg presented a $525 million skills package that would include establishing a National Skills Commission, trial 10 national training hubs for school-based vocational learning, increase existing incentives for areas of identified skills needs and boost apprenticeship incentives for trades with skills shortages. Further, the Coalition’s Budget pledged over $20 million dollars to identify emerging skill needs as part of the national agenda to combat unemployment, boost literacy and encourage apprenticeships in trade related industries.

In 2019, the Robin Boyd Centenary of Design program celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of arguably Australia’s most influential architect Robin Boyd. In a year-long series of events, the Robin Boyd Foundation and its program partners will showcase exhibitions and activities connected to the legacy of Boyd’s work, not only as an architect but also as a social commentator and design provocateur. Currently there are over 40 events in Melbourne, regional Victoria, Adelaide and Sydney, with a great mix of exhibitions, tours, talks, and publications. Join in the celebration of Robin Boyd’s life, work, and legacy in this historic year. More information on the calendar is available at

In his Budget reply speech, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten backed the Government’s tax cuts and promised to support small businesses and industries by providing a further twenty per cent tax break for businesses that invest in productivity-boosting equipment above $20,000 and committed to championing wage growth for Australians so capital is able to flow back and support local business. The Labor Opposition have also promised to back education through lifting the current university cap and backing public TAFE to make vocational learning accessible for future apprentices and those enrolled in trades. With polling trends indicating a likely change of Government at the May 18th Federal Election, it will be interesting to observe over the next month if the Budget initiatives assist the Coalition Government claw back ground as voters head to the polls.

L S Planning Pty Ltd offers experience and expertise across a broad range of planning issues, such as:  Planning permit application preparation and management  Planning reports  Representation at VCAT  Expert witness advice and representation  Planning Scheme amendments  Strategic planning  Residential development concept preparation Town Planning is a complex field which is constantly evolving and requires a level of expertise to achieve a successful outcome. Please call to find out how the team at L S Planning can assist you, with your next project.

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