Thursday, 27 February 2020 Sydney

Invest In Australia Blog::

  • New guidelines on repeal of intellectual property exemption issued

    Changes to parts of Australia’s competition law relating to intellectual property (IP) matters, which come into effect on 13 September 2019, are explained in new ACCC guidelines published today.

    The guidelines on the repeal of subsection 51(3) of the Competition and Consumer Act are designed to explain the ACCC’s enforcement approach to IP rights.

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  • Action against BlueScope for alleged cartel conduct

    The ACCC has instituted civil proceedings in the Federal Court against BlueScope Steel Limited (BlueScope) and its former general manager sales and marketing, Mr Jason Ellis, for alleged cartel conduct in relation to the supply of flat steel products.

    The ACCC alleges that between September 2013 and June 2014, BlueScope and Mr Ellis attempted to induce various steel distributors in Australia and overseas manufacturers to enter agreements containing a price fixing provision. 

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  • ABS Corporate Plan, 2019-20

    This Corporate Plan provides a high-level description of the work of the ABS for the 2019-20 financial year in line with our Strategic Directions for the next four years, to give our staff, stakeholders, partners, business, and the Australian community an understanding of how we intend to continue to deliver high quality, relevant and trusted official statistics.

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  • New report reveals challenges facing small business sector

    The Australian small business sector is facing a major shake-up over the coming decade, with the highest proportion of small business owners aged between 45 and 59 years.

    That’s according to the Small Business Counts report released at the COSBOA National Small Business Summit today by the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell, which has revealed 61% of employing small business owners are approaching retirement age.

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  • Next step for consumer data right in energy

    The ACCC is progressing the most reliable, secure and efficient way to share data with energy service providers under the Consumer Data Right (CDR) reforms, bringing consumers one step closer to being able to better determine the right energy plan for them.

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  • Outer suburbs have highest concentrations of children

    Australia's outer suburbs were home to some of the highest concentrations of kids in the country in 2018, according to data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). 

    Children under 15 years of age made up less than a fifth of the population in Australia's capital cities, but in some suburbs the proportion of children rose to close to a third.

    ABS Director of Demography Beidar Cho said the areas with the highest concentration of kids were generally located on the outskirts of our capitals, such as Bonner on the northern fringe of Canberra where children made up 32 per cent of the population, and Point Cook - South in outer Melbourne (31 per cent).

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  • Ensuring foreign investors pay their fair share

    The Hodgman majority Liberal Government welcomes foreign investment in Tasmania, however we believe all participants in the property market must pay their fair share to allow us to invest further in the essential services and infrastructure our growing state needs.

    In recent months, the Government has been consulting with stakeholders, including the TFGA, Tasmanian Law Society and Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand, on taxation arrangements for foreign investors, including proposed changes to the definition of ‘foreign person’ in the Duties Act 2001.

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  • Tasmania’s building and construction boom

    The Hodgman majority Liberal Government is a strong supporter of our building and construction sector, and we are committed to maintaining the momentum and investing for further growth, to create more jobs across the industry.

    Tasmania’s building and construction sector continues to lead the nation as indicated by June 2019 quarter data released today by the ABS.

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  • Supporting Tasmania’s Meat Industry

    When will Shane Broad stop his unfounded scaremongering and consistent attacks on Tasmania’s meat industry?

    Labor is all hat and no cattle, pretending to understand rural Tasmania, despite having no plan, no policies and no solutions to grow the agricultural sector.

    We responded decisively to the JBS closure, establishing the Tasmanian Meat Industry Working Group and accepting all 26 of their recommendations to provide a long-term strategy for Tasmania’s $400 million red meat sector.

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    Protecting the state’s sheep and cattle industries from biosecurity threats, controlling wild dogs, and enhancing animal health and disease surveillance are the focus for $3.8 million of livestock industry funds.

    Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone has approved $3.17 million from the Sheep Industry Fund and $667,000 from the Cattle Industry Fund to support initiatives recommended by the South Australian sheep and cattle advisory groups.

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