Australia and New Zealand’s rich primary resources have allowed them to develop world-class agricultural industries. Both countries have built enviable reputations for the quality, competitiveness and innovation of their farmers, established supply chains and related infrastructure, and enjoy low sovereign risk.

Australia’s automotive industry is set for a period of immense change. Ford’s announcement that it will cease manufacturing vehicles in Australia in 2016 has exacerbated the ‘perfect storm’. For years, Australia’s 1,100 locally owned, small- to medium-sized businesses have seen reduced domestic demand and a high Australian dollar affecting export opportunities. Manufacturers, component manufacturers and dealerships are considering a very different industry and future.

The education market is complex and unique, and involves numerous stakeholders. Educational institutions must provide a rich learning environment and also care for students’ physical and emotional welfare. High levels of regulation and risk management are features of this sector, so educational institutions must have strong governance in place to succeed.

Australia has a sophisticated financial services sector comprising highly developed financial markets that have contributed to strong growth and opportunities throughout the region. As the fourth-largest sector of the economy, it is further buoyed by an active investment funds management segment. The sector’s stability has benefitted from major structural and regulatory reform.

The future demand for Australian health including pharmaceutical and aged care services is underpinned by an ageing population who are living longer but with complex care needs. Many operators, for various reasons, are not in a position to capitalise on the long term growth potential within the industry.

The hospitality, tourism and leisure industry is a significant contributor to the Australia and New Zealand economies. It is deeply-embedded part of the community in every city, town and suburb. Direct and hands-on experience in the industry is essential, as well as understanding the opportunities and challenges required to running successful businesses.

Manufacturing is an integral part of many developed economies. Yet in many of these economies, the manufacturing sector is being termed a ‘sunset industry’. However, this perception of manufacturing is becoming as outdated as its traditional model that focused on increasing output at a lower cost per unit. Today, innovation and ingenuity is the cornerstone of any successful manufacturer.

Australia has prospered for decades as one of the world’s leading mining nations. After years of strong growth and aggressive expansion, the sector is vulnerable to the pressures of a severe contraction in investment activity, rising production costs, diminished and volatile commodity prices resulting in the deferral or cancellation of a significant number of major projects in key mining regions across Australia. The flow-on effect has been immediately felt most by high-cost producers, mining services companies and those with rigid financial structures.

It has become a national obsession to follow the ebb and flow of the real estate and construction industry. It’s a market that has shown incredible strength by historical standards, yet in recent times has begun to reveal pockets of volatility. Taking advantage of this market requires meticulous planning, in-depth analysis and careful management. 

The retail industry is at the heart of the Australian and New Zealand economy. Yet never before has the industry faced such immense change, competition and opportunity. Gone are the days when a bricks and mortar shop front symbolised retail. Today an increasing proportion of retailers have no physical presence, their trade conducted online, across borders and time zones and with an increasingly savvy consumer base.

The transport and logistics industry in Australia and New Zealand encompasses a diverse range of service providers including freight, rail, air, road and related support. As the industry continues to consolidate to meet the increasing demands of its customers for ‘end to end’ services, smaller road haulage companies in particular are facing a unique and complex set of challenges.

PPB Advisory is a leading independent professional services firm with a proven track record of assisting government and public sector clients across all facets of public policy and administration - from strategy and program design, through to implementation, evaluation and benefit realisation.

Despite Australia’s sustained economic growth over the past two decades, Australia is still characterised by significant ageing and underdeveloped infrastructure. Investment in essential services such as hospitals, prisons, schools, roads and utilities is progressing, but slowly. There remains a lack of clear policy and leadership to address the significant backlog of infrastructure projects. These projects require immediate investment to ensure that Australia can support its population and grow its economy.

We understand the unique challenges facing owners of family businesses. Family businesses often face financial difficulties, from managing short term cash flow to undertaking a complex restructure or divestment of assets. This is often further complicated by the sensitivities and relationships that come with family owned businesses.

Australia and New Zealand have one of the most advanced energy markets in the world. Reforms over the past 15+ years has placed the industry in a good position to deal with the transformation underway from older technologies to new developing technologies. This is an environment where customers are increasingly demanding more.