Monday, 06 July 2015 Sydney

Invest In Australia News::

  • Legislation to fund strong biosecurity and export certification passes the Senate

    New exports and imported food legislation designed to implement fairer, more equitable funding arrangements for users of export certification and biosecurity systems passed the Senate this week. 

    Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said the new legislation does not amend current fees and charges but it will now allow the Australian Government to progress the redesign of export certification and biosecurity cost recovery arrangements with industry and stakeholders. 

    "Improving the performance and efficiency and reducing unnecessary red tape in export certification was a commitment made by the Coalition prior to the last election and I am pleased that this legislation has passed, enabling us to continue this work. 

  • $1 million for Wild Dog Alert early warning system

    The Australian Government will invest over $1 million in a project, in partnership with industry, to develop and test an early warning system that has the potential to reduce wild dog attacks. 

    Launching the project today at a farm outside Walcha, New South Wales, Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said the Wild Dog Alert system would use cutting-edge technology, such as automated image recognition software, to get farmers on the front foot in the fight against wild dogs. 

    "Wild dogs cost Australia's agricultural sector as much as $66 million per year through livestock losses, disease transmission and control costs—and that doesn't even begin to take into account the emotional impact that wild dog attacks have on farmers," Minister Joyce said. 

  • "Australian Growth Company Awards Celebrating success in the mid-market"

    Launched in 2012, the Australian Growth Company Awards celebrate excellence in the mid-market. They recognise companies that demonstrate high rates of growth, as well as innovation, integrity, contribution to community and sustainable growth.


    Nominations open on 1 July 2015 and close on 1 September 2015. Access the 2015 nomination form here

    Join The Australian Growth Company Awards LinkedIn Group to keep up to date on the 2015 Awards.

  • "Australian Growth Company Awards Celebrating success in the mid-market"

    Launched in 2012, the Australian Growth Company Awards celebrate excellence in the mid-market. They recognise companies that demonstrate high rates of growth, as well as innovation, integrity, contribution to community and sustainable growth.


    Nominations open on 1 July 2015 and close on 1 September 2015. Access the 2015 nomination form here

    Join The Australian Growth Company Awards LinkedIn Group to keep up to date on the 2015 Awards.

  • ​Big opportunity in digital agriculture with $1.5 million investment​

    Australia’s Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce, today announced $1.5 million in funding for a CSIRO project to provide farmers with practical information and advice on ways to use soil to reduce input costs and improve production in their cropping paddocks and pastures.
     Minister Joyce, speaking at the Soil, Big Data and the Future of Agriculture event in Canberra, said the nation’s farmers relied on healthy soil to support the $54 billion in agricultural production expected in 2015–16.
     “Agriculture plays a critical role in building our nation’s wealth today and tomorrow—and soil management plays a critical role in building agriculture,” Minister Joyce said.

  • Local economy, Local Investment Solutions with Geospacial Economic Modelling

    Unique granular modelling of over 2,000 locations across Australia uncover how fragmented and concentrated our economy is, PwC Economic Director Rob Tyson said today.

    "This information provides a huge opportunity for business and government to tailor investment strategies to local nuances," Mr Tyson said while releasing new Geospatial Economic Modelling (GEM) that reveals the patchwork economy.

    "When you understand the individual characteristics of Australia's 2,214 economies it becomes clear how diverse the Australian economy really is.

    "This is important because business and Government invested close to $350B in these 2,214 diverse locations last year.

    Business and government need to know four things about our granular economy:

  • PwC bolsters Family, Business & Wealth practice

    PwC Australia has appointed David Smorgon OAM as the Executive Chairman of its Family, Business & Wealth practice in Private Clients, furthering its commitment to family business advisory.

    PwC's Private Clients Leader David Wills said David Smorgon's role bolsters the firm's already successful Family, Business & Wealth practice and is a reflection of the growing interest in succession planning and building family harmony.

    "David Smorgon has been working with PwC for the past year as a consultant, helping families develop strategies that will give them the best possible chance of success - both in terms of growing the family business as well as achieving and maintaining family harmony," Mr Wills said.

  • ​Half a billion dollars spent supporting our farmers through drought​

    The Agriculture Ministry exists to both help those who are doing well to do better and also help those, who through no fault of their own, are doing it tough. 
    This Government has overseen record prices for cattle, sheep, and wool, finalised three Free Trade Agreements, and established new markets for a range of commodities from live cattle to tropical fruits. 
    Despite this, parts of our nation continue to battle severe drought and thus it is important to acknowledge that we have now paid out more than half a billion dollars to support those in need. 

  • "Deloitte continues to shape the digital market place And launches a new studio in Canberra "

    25 June 2015: Deloitte Digital has continued to build momentum and strengthen its digital capabilities by establishing a new studio in Canberra. This studio will cater for a rapid increase in demand for transformational digital services due to recent policy developments and whole-of-government initiatives that create new momentum for change within the public sector.

    Frank Farrall, Deloitte Digital lead partner noted that over the last two years digital disruption has moved from the edges to the core of the Canberra economy.

  • Agreement enhances opportunities for Australian scientists

    Australia’s CSIRO (the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) has signed an agreement with theEuropean Space Agency which will allow for more sharing of scientific expertise and give the country’s researchers better access to massive new datasets produced by the agency’s programs.

  • Further Australian Government assistance for banana growers

    The Australian Government will deliver additional assistance to banana growers following the detection of Panama disease, Tropical Race 4, in Queensland, including financial compensation to growers affected by the initial response as well as funding to develop detailed mapping of major banana producing regions.
    Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said that the Australian Government had now provided more than one million dollars as part of response efforts.
    The measures now committed by the Australian Government to date include:

  • ​Research plan to enhance Australian horticulture against fruit fly​

    Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, today welcomed the unveiling of a research, development and extension (RD&E) plan that will enhance Australia’s capability to manage fruit fly that threatens parts of our $9.3 billion a year horticulture industry and up to $795 million in horticultural exports.
    “The National Fruit Fly Research Development and Extension Plan builds on the significant investment by industry and governments on operational, regulatory, research and development and market access programmes to manage fruit fly,” Minister Joyce said.
    “Fruit fly is a significant pest. Management of this pest will be central to our horticulture industry’s continued supply of quality produce to domestic and international markets.

  • Thai hotel group expands presence in Australia

    The Minor Hotel Group, part of Minor International PLC, one of the largest hospitality and leisure companies in the Asia Pacific region, has announced plans to expand its presence in Australia with two new properties.

    The Thai-based company will invest more than A$110 million for a new hotel and residential development within the A$5 billion City Link project in Perth, Western Australia.

  • Global tech company Square arrives in Melbourne

    The announcement is a major win for the vibrant and diverse Victorian tech industry, reaffirming its reputation as Australia’s technology leaders.

    Started by Twitter co-founder, Jack Dorsey, Square is a global payments technology company that has revolutionised commerce for small to medium enterprises (SMEs) with its innovative credit card payment reader and free point-of-sale app. 

    The Square Register App is already in high demand in Australia, following its release in November 2014. The unique app takes care of digital receipts, recording cash, card and cheque transactions, inventory and sales reports all in one place. This provides SMEs in Victoria with valuable analytics and feedback, which allows them more time to focus on customers.

  • Australians urged to leave South Sudan

    The Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop is urging Australian citizens in South Sudan to leave immediately while commercial options are available.

    The security situation in South Sudan is exceptionally volatile. Fighting broke out in the South Sudanese capital Juba earlier in the week and while reports indicate calm in the capital, fighting is escalating in other parts of the country.

    I am aware there are a number of Australians who remain in South Sudan however I have not received any reports from local authorities of any Australians being injured as a result of the violence.

    A number of Australian nationals have departed the country and I strongly recommend that remaining Australians make urgent plans to leave as soon as possible.

  • Danish geophysical company opens regional office in Perth

    The Copenhagen-based geophysical technology company, Qeye Labs, has opened a regional office in Perth, Western Australia, to service clients in the South East Asian region.

    Qeye Labs specialises in the science of quantitative interpretation (QI), providing resources sector clients with customised data analysis and software solutions to de-risk exploration, optimise field (re)development and boost production. Qeye Labs’ services include rock physics analysis and modelling, seismic conditioning, simultaneous seismic AVO inversion and rock physics inversion.

  • Pacific Highway works Delivery Partner contract signed and sealed

    Progress towards a stronger national road network has continued with Pacific Complete officially awarded the contract for the delivery partner role to deliver the final section of the Pacific Highway upgrade between Woolgoolga and Ballina.

    The delivery partner contract between Roads and Maritime and Pacific Complete was signed in Sydney this morning.

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the announcement continued the Australian Government's $5.64 billion commitment to completing the full duplication of the highway by the end of the decade.

  • First track installed for Epping to Thornleigh Third Track project

    Sydney's freight rail network has received another significant boost with the first section of the Epping to Thornleigh Third Track project installed, forming part of the $1 billion Northern Sydney Freight Corridor programme.

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the installation of the first section—two 85-metre track turnouts at Thornleigh over the June long weekend—is another step towards a stronger national freight rail network.

    “The $477 million Epping to Thornleigh Third Track is a key part of the North Sydney Freight Corridor programme, with the addition of six kilometres of new track set to increase freight rail capacity across the national network,” Mr Truss said.

  • $1.35 million additional funding for National Wild Dog Action Plan

    The Coalition Government will provide an additional $1.35 million to support the continued implementation of the National Wild Dog Action Plan over the next two years.
    Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, announced the funding in Michelago with the Member for Eden-Monaro, Peter Hendy, and said this funding will provide continuity and certainty for the roll-out of the Plan over the longer term as well as a lever for attracting co-investment dollars from industry and other governments.
    “Last year we provided start-up funding of $280,000 towards the Plan, which funded a number of outcomes including the updated PestSmart Connect National Wild Dog Action Plan portal that I launched on Tuesday. 

  • Native title support to boost economic development

    The Commonwealth will invest more than $20 million to help native title holders make the best use of their land and benefit from economic development opportunities.

    Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, told this week’s National Native Title Conference in Port Douglas, native title holders will now get the support they need to develop a stronger future.

    “This new funding from the Commonwealth will support native holders that want to take the next step after their native title has been recognised - it’s about helping Indigenous communities make the most of what they have, economically and culturally.


    MATHIAS CORMANN: The Government continues to make progress implementing our plan for stronger growth, more jobs and to repair the Budget. This week, we have been able to pass our small business and jobs package and we've been able to lock away more than $6 billion in additional savings. We are making progress, heading in the right direction. Economic data is showing that the economy is strengthening, that more new jobs are being created across the economy. We’re very confident that over the weeks and months ahead, we’ll be able to pass further Budget improvement measures through the Senate. In the meantime, Bill Shorten has added another $2.4 billion hit on his Budget black hole.

  • Agriculture a big winner in Northern Australia White Paper​

    Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, today welcomed the announcement of the White Paper on Developing Northern Australia by Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, Deputy Prime Minister, Warren Truss, and Trade Minister, Andrew Robb.
    “Northern Australia has huge potential for development, particularly for agriculture,” Minister Joyce said.  
    In highlighting the potential of the north, Minister Joyce said that a four metre extension on the Lake Argyle spillway would increase storage capacity by nearly five million megalitres. If found to be feasible, this extension alone would make it the biggest increase in public water storage in Australia in more than four decades.

  • New pilot visa to boost Australian tourism

    Australia will benefit from increasing Chinese tourism through a new pilot ten year visitor visa announced today.

    The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton said the agreement will allow more Chinese visitors to come and experience all that Australia has to offer while simultaneously providing immense benefits to Australia.

    "Australia is a diverse and unique destination for international travellers and the Coalition Government is committed to ensuring we capitalise on our tourism opportunities," Mr Dutton said.

    A landmark Free Trade Agreement with China was signed today by the Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb and his counterpart Chinese Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng.

  • International experts cast net for big ideas on fisheries governance

    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck, joined prominent academics and leading experts in fisheries management today for a workshop to think big about challenges and opportunities in international fisheries governance.
    Senator Colbeck said that as a leader in sustainable and ecosystem-based fisheries management, Australia is well-placed to make a valuable contribution to a global dialogue on international fisheries governance.