Thursday, 27 February 2020 Sydney

Invest In Australia Blog::

  • East coast gas market still tight

    The east coast gas market is unlikely to experience a shortfall in 2020 but supply remains tight and more development and production is needed, the ACCC says in its seventh Gas Inquiry Report, released today.

    The ACCC has found that a gas supply shortfall in the east coast gas market in 2020 is less likely than it was for 2019, mainly because east coast producers expect to produce more gas, about 113 PJ, than in 2019.

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  • Tasmanian whisky to be showcased in Kyoto

    Tasmanian whisky producers will be promoted on the world stage at the prestigious Whisky and Craft Beer Showcase, to be held in Kyoto, on Sunday 25 August 2019.

    Sullivans Cove Distillery, Lark Distillery (Australian Whisky Holdings), Belgrove Distillery, and Old Kempton Distillery have been invited to represent Tasmania at what is the largest whisky showcase in Japan.

    Belgrove Distillery’s involvement is a result of their participation in the Government’s Trade and Investment Mission to Japan earlier this year.

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  • Lifting Stifling GM Moratorium Gives Farmers A Choice

    The Marshall Liberal Government has today announced farmers on mainland South Australia will be given the choice to plant Genetically Modified (GM) food crops next season.

    The decision to lift the Genetically Modified Food Crops Moratorium on mainland South Australia, but retain it on Kangaroo Island, follows recommendations from a high-level independent review undertaken by Emeritus Professor Kym Anderson AC.

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  • Nuts about bees: almond pollination in full swing

    Almond pollination is now buzzing in Victoria.

    This month, about 110,000 rented bee hives from Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland will travel by truck to pollinate Victoria’s almond blossom regions.  

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  • Building the export capability of local businesses

    The Tasmanian Government is delivering increased assistance for our exporters to expand into markets across the world, supporting more local jobs and investment.

    One of the key priorities identified in my Government’s new Trade Strategy was to build the export capability of local businesses, and the appointment of a new TradeStart adviser in northern Tasmania will help do this.

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  • Water filter cartridge business likely to have misled customers

    Saipol Technologies Pty Ltd (Saipol), a water filter cartridges business, has acknowledged it was likely to have breached the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) by engaging in misleading or deceptive conduct and making false or misleading representations regarding its water filter cartridges.

    The ACCC has accepted a court enforceable undertaking in which Saipol admits that from at least 1 January 2017 to 3 July 2018, it is likely to have misled business customers in promotional material for its ‘C grade’ water filter cartridges. 

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  • Transparency improving in cattle and beef industry

    Australia’s cattle and beef industry has taken some steps towards improving transparency in dealings between processers and farmers, but more work is needed, the ACCC has noted today.

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  • 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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