Monday, 19 August 2019 Sydney

Invest In Australia Blog::

  • Jobs Victoria linking job-seekers and employers

    Since 2016, Jobs Victoria has helped almost 10,000 people find, and keep, a job.

    By far the single biggest Victorian Government investment in terms of getting more people into work, Jobs Victoria is an almost $100 million program focusing on long-term unemployed or those at risk of long-term unemployment.  

    With around 70 partners across the state, it helps people find work and helps business find staff through flexible, no-cost to the recruiter, localised recruitment.  

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  • Digital Innovation Festival leads the way across Victoria

    Victoria is set to host its fourth Digital Innovation Festival celebrating technology and Victoria’s culture of innovation.  

    From 23 August to 6 September, the Digital Innovation Festival (DIF) will bring together visitors and digital experts to share ideas, network and learn new skills, with hundreds of events staged throughout the state.

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  • Ombudsman urges action on small business growth “collapse”

    The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell says she is deeply concerned by fresh data showing small business growth is in crisis, urging the government to do more to break down the barriers to business expansion.

    “The Institute of Public Affairs’ (IPA) latest research has found an alarming decline in the rate of small business growth,” Ms Carnell says.

    “What concerns me greatly about this report’s findings is the sharp drop in the percentage of small businesses hiring additional staff.

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  • Nation’s strongest growing economy delivering more jobs

    Under the Hodgman majority Liberal Government, Tasmania has seen a dramatic turnaround in economic performance from just five years ago.

    Today’s Australian Bureau of Statistics’ labour force data for July 2019 shows 13,000 jobs have been created since we came to office.

    In July, there were 200 jobs added to Tasmania's economy, all of which are full time positions.

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  • Cruise Ship strategy a blueprint to deliver sustainable growth across the state

    Cruise ships are an important contributor to Tasmania’s visitor economy, injecting $30.5 million into the state last year.

    The Sustainable Cruise Blueprint, released today, outlines our plan to grow this to $50 million by 2022, by encouraging smaller, expedition vessels to visit our regional ports.

    The Blueprint will ensure the benefits of cruise ships are shared by even more Tasmanians and supports our plan for visitors to stay longer and spend more time in regional areas.

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  • Taskforce to investigate stronger button battery safety


    The ACCC has established a Button Battery Taskforce to investigate ways to reduce risk to the Australian community, particularly children, of button batteries.

    In Australia two children have died in the past six years after swallowing a button battery, and hundreds of children suspected of swallowing button batteries have ended up in hospital emergency rooms.

    At least 64 children have died globally.

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  • More competition in NBN wholesale market

    More retail service providers (RSPs) are directly accessing the NBN in more locations around Australia, offering greater choice and potentially better services for consumers and businesses, according to the ACCC’s latest quarterly Wholesale Market Indicators Report released today.

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  • Concerns about Emergent, Oxford cold storage deal

    The ACCC has raised preliminary competition concerns about Emergent Cold’s proposed acquisition of rival cold storage operator Oxford, outlined in a statement of issues published today.

    Oxford and Emergent Cold are the second and third biggest suppliers of third-party cold storage services in Victoria.

    Cold storage is an integral part of the domestic and international supply chains for food products including dairy, seafood, raw and cooked meat, poultry, frozen vegetables and other frozen or chilled foods.

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  • Trend unemployment rate at 5.3%

    Australia's trend unemployment rate increased in July 2019 to 5.3 per cent, from 5.2 per cent in June, according to the latest information released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). 

    ABS Chief Economist Bruce Hockman said: "Australia's trend unemployment rate increased to 5.3 per cent in July 2019, the same level as this time last year." 

    "The trend participation rate increased further to 66.1 per cent, while employment growth continues to show strength," added Mr Hockman.

    Employment and hours

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  • Rail trespassers put lives at risk and face fines of up to $5,500

    Offenders are being warned of the consequences of trespassing on the Sydney Trains network after more than 2,100 illegal incidents were recorded on the network in the past year.

    Offenders who get caught trespassing on the Sydney Trains network and are fortunate not to be injured or killed, face up to $5,500 in fines.

    Speaking during Rail Safety Week, NSW Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said people were putting lives at risk when taking shortcuts across train tracks.

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