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The final report of the Financial System Inquiry has been released. The 320-page document is the end result of the inquiry headed by David Murray, the former CEO of the Commonwealth Bank. The Inquiry made 44 recommendations relating to the Australian financial system. Murray stated that sustaining confidence in the Australian financial system, and funding the sustainable economic growth of Australia, has been central to the work of the inquiry.

The government has announced that, in an endeavour to support innovative Australian start-up companies and to bolster entrepreneurship, it will reform the current tax treatment of employee share schemes. Employee share schemes give employees a financial share of the company’s potential success and can be used as an incentive by start-up companies to attract and retain high-quality staff. Changes to the tax treatment of employee share schemes that were introduced by the Government in 2009 have effectively brought to a halt the use of such schemes for start-up companies in Australia.