Employee Share Options Plan survey
Employee Share Option Regulation: Barrier to innovation in Australia?
Following the government’s recent discussion paper, Employee Share Schemes and Start-Up companies: Administration and Taxation Arrangements, we are conducting a survey to obtain more granular information from the Australian business community regarding Employee Share Option Plans (ESOPs).
We continue to be concerned that the current administrative rules and tax laws make the use of ESOPs quite burdensome. This means that fast growth companies are often not able to use ESOP arrangements and this is inhibiting innovation in Australia.
The information will be used in discussions with Treasury and the Government to lobby for appropriate reforms in the employee share scheme area.
This follows our previous report, which highlighted matters that were raised with the government previously to canvass their views and share best practice from other countries.
You can help. We would be grateful if you could spend 5-10 minutes filling out the Employee Share Options Plan (ESOP) survey.
We understand that you may have answered the same or similar questions in the earlier surveys Silicon Beach: A study of the Australian Startup Ecosystem or Deloitte/Norton Rose ESOP survey report: Australian business’ experiences with Employee Share Options, however, since then the Federal Government have released a paper seeking more specific input from industry on this topic. We are now seeking further targeted input from you and to re-set the baseline for the additional information collected in this survey.
We will report back on the results.