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  • Deloitte Digital named Sitecore Platinum Implementation Partner

    10 April 2015: Deloitte Digital announced they are a Sitecore Platinum Implementation Partner. Sitecore, the global leader in customer experience management software, recently rolled out a new Solution Partner Program that will more closely align the needs of its customers and partners. Sitecore established its partner program to ease integration and maximize the value of its solution to customers. The new partner program is structured to support Sitecore’s partner-led business model and provide additional opportunity to grow and scale our Sitecore business.

  • Strong prospects for Australian companies in Latin American oil and gas sector

    Latin America’s oil and gas sector holds a wealth of opportunities for Australian companies, with the region set to be one of the fastest-growing areas for oil and gas production over the next decade following widespread reform in multiple markets.

    ‘The opportunities for Australian oil and gas companies in Latin America are unprecedented. We’ve seen reform across many economies in the region that we expect will trigger a new era for Australian trade and investment in the sector,’ said Chris Rodwell, Austrade’s Trade Commissioner for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, during a Latin America energy roadshow to Perth in March.

  • Melbourne shines as entrepreneurial hub

    YBF provides a collaborative, professional environment for start-ups and entrepreneurs to co-work, share ideas and experiences, and split generally unaffordable office space in Melbourne.

    David McGregor, EY Technology, Media & Entertainment and Telecommunications Leader said the sponsorship of YBF was centred around assisting the three-year-old business with the next stage of its growth strategy and broadly supporting the Melbourne entrepreneur ecosystem.

  • Why banks need to ‘switch on’ to Gen Y now

    They don’t see themselves using social media channels to bank in the future. Security measures are a bore and ‘annoying’. And almost all currently don’t have a financial planner, however most would like financial coaching . . . for free.  These are among the views of today’s Gen Y professionals, who will become a significant customer group for retail banking by 2030.

    KPMG Australia’s second report in its series, Banking on the Future: The expectations of the Gen Y professional, is based on a study undertaken by the firm into the banking and wealth desires of Gen Y professionals. It has revealed a fundamental change in the way this generation is thinking about banking – and highlights significant implications for banks.

     

  • Key milestones reached in Princes Highway East duplication

    Duplication of the Princes Highway between Traralgon and Sale is a step closer with the commencement of works between Sale-Heyfield Road, Fulham, and Reid Drive in Wurruk.

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the milestone coincided with the completion of works from east of Denison Road to east of Nambrok Road, Rosedale.

    “The $260 million duplication will improve road safety, cut travel times and associated costs and improve freight efficiency to and from the Gippsland area,” Mr Truss said.

    “This project will also be a major boost to key industries of the region such as the dairy, timber and paper industries.”

    Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester was on hand today for both milestones.

  • Deadline approaching for EMDG Review survey responses

    Australian businesses that received a survey on the Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme have until 20 April to respond. Your feedback is vital to ensuring a comprehensive review of the scheme and identifying areas for improvement.

    Austrade is facilitating a survey of Australian businesses to find out their opinions of the EMDG scheme on behalf of the independent Reviewer, Mr Michael Lee. The survey was launched on 25 March and is open until 20 April. It is a key component of the 2015 Review of the EMDG scheme and is being implemented by research firm TNS Australia.

    Two groups of respondents are being surveyed: current EMDG grant recipients, and Australian businesses that have not used the EMDG scheme.

  • New Business Envoy launched to share market insights with Australian business

    The first edition of Business Envoy – a novel publication that shares market insights from DFAT’s global diplomatic network – is now available to Australian businesses.

    Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb said “the bi-monthly Business Envoy will better inform Australian business on the economic and market implications of geopolitical events and trends”.

    “The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade produces high quality assessments and analyses of key political and economic issues around the world. This publication will help share that knowledge with Australian exporters and Australian businesses that have overseas operations or are looking to expand overseas,” Mr Robb said.

  • Iran nuclear negotiations – framework agreement

    The Australian government welcomes progress towards a comprehensive agreement over Iran’s nuclear program, following the establishment of a framework agreement between permanent members of the Security Council and Germany (P5+1) and Iran.

    This framework agreement is an important step towards a final agreement, which will address international concerns about Iran’s nuclear program.

    There remain many details that need to be addressed over coming few months and I encourage all parties to continue to engage constructively in these negotiations.

    I look forward to visiting Iran on 18 April to discuss the nuclear issue and other important bilateral and regional issues with Foreign Minister Zarif and other Iranian leaders.

  • Choose Australian seafood for your Easter feast

    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck, is encouraging consumers to buy Australian seafood this Easter – or catch your own!

    “Easter is a time of year when many Australian families enjoy a traditional meal of seafood. To make sure you’re getting the best quality and most sustainably sourced seafood this Easter, I urge you to buy Australian,” Senator Colbeck said.

    “Or you could spend some time with your family in the great outdoors and have a go at catching your own seafood feast.”

    “Recreational fishing is a great activity and has been shown to have a range of benefits for health and wellbeing – regardless of whether you catch anything or not!”

  • International cooperation on illegal fishing reaps benefits

    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck, welcomed action by Malaysian authorities who have detained the Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) listed fishing vessel Viking.

    Senator Colbeck said Australia fully supports Malaysian authorities taking strong action against IUU fishing and offers its support as part of the ongoing investigation.

    “The vessel has a long history of IUU fishing in the Southern Ocean and is the subject of an INTERPOL Purple Notice seeking information on the individuals and networks that own, operate and profit from the actions of the vessel,” Senator Colbeck said.

  • UK’s Tracerco opens new reservoir analysis lab in Western Australia

    British industrial technology specialist Tracerco (part of FTSE 100 Johnson Matthey Group) has opened new laboratory facilities in Perth, Western Australia, to provide reservoir tracing services to customers in Australia.

    The new laboratory is the second in the Australasian region, joining a facility in Malaysia. It will enable Tracerco to provide a faster service to its growing customer base, helping oil companies to optimise their well strategies.

  • First Australian Foreign Minister visit to the Cook Islands

    Today I visit Rarotonga to advance Australia’s close relationship with and interest in the Cook Islands.  I am delighted to be making the first visit to the Cook Islands by an Australian Foreign Minister and to be able to congratulate the Cook Islands Government and its people on this year’s 50th anniversary of self-government.

    I will hold a series of talks with Prime Minister Puna and the Cook Islands’ Cabinet, and will also meet with the Queen’s Representative to the Cook Islands, HE Tom Marsters.

    I will meet the Speaker of the House and representatives from the National Council of Women to discuss women’s economic empowerment and political participation in the Cook Islands.

  • Australian exporters continue to reap benefits from JAEPA

    Australian exporters are encouraged to take full advantage of the benefits of the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA), with the second round of tariff cuts taking effect today.

    “This is the second tariff cut under JAEPA in quick succession. The first came on entry into force on 15 January 2015 and the second reduction comes into effect today 1 April 2015,” Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said.

    Minister Joyce said the Australian agriculture industry is already seeing some real benefits of JAEPA across a range of sectors under this historic trade deal.

  • Australian exporters continue to reap benefits from JAEPA

    Australian exporters are encouraged to take full advantage of the benefits of the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA), with the second round of tariff cuts taking effect today.

    “This is the second tariff cut under JAEPA in quick succession. The first came on entry into force on 15 January 2015 and the second reduction comes into effect today 1 April 2015,” Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said.

    Minister Joyce said the Australian agriculture industry is already seeing some real benefits of JAEPA across a range of sectors under this historic trade deal.

  • Australian exporters continue to reap benefits from JAEPA

    Australian exporters are encouraged to take full advantage of the benefits of the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA), with the second round of tariff cuts taking effect today.

    “This is the second tariff cut under JAEPA in quick succession. The first came on entry into force on 15 January 2015 and the second reduction comes into effect today 1 April 2015,” Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said.

    Minister Joyce said the Australian agriculture industry is already seeing some real benefits of JAEPA across a range of sectors under this historic trade deal.

  • Australian exporters continue to reap benefits from JAEPA

    Australian exporters are encouraged to take full advantage of the benefits of the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA), with the second round of tariff cuts taking effect today.

    “This is the second tariff cut under JAEPA in quick succession. The first came on entry into force on 15 January 2015 and the second reduction comes into effect today 1 April 2015,” Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said.

    Minister Joyce said the Australian agriculture industry is already seeing some real benefits of JAEPA across a range of sectors under this historic trade deal.

  • Have your say on marine pest biosecurity

    The Australian Government is calling for people with an interest in Australia’s marine environment, including those in the fishery and aquaculture industries, to get involved in a review of national marine pest biosecurity arrangements.​
    Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck, encouraged anyone with an interest in Australia’s marine environment to have their say on the discussion paper as part of the government’s Review of National Marine Pest Biosecurity.

  • Have your say on marine pest biosecurity

    The Australian Government is calling for people with an interest in Australia’s marine environment, including those in the fishery and aquaculture industries, to get involved in a review of national marine pest biosecurity arrangements.​
    Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck, encouraged anyone with an interest in Australia’s marine environment to have their say on the discussion paper as part of the government’s Review of National Marine Pest Biosecurity.

  • Have your say on marine pest biosecurity

    The Australian Government is calling for people with an interest in Australia’s marine environment, including those in the fishery and aquaculture industries, to get involved in a review of national marine pest biosecurity arrangements.​
    Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck, encouraged anyone with an interest in Australia’s marine environment to have their say on the discussion paper as part of the government’s Review of National Marine Pest Biosecurity.

  • Government Progresses the Intra Government Communications Network Scoping Study

    The Government is pleased to announce the appointment of business and legal advisers for the scoping study into the future management, operations and ownership of the Intra Government Communications Network (ICON).

    Following a robust competitive procurement process, KPMG has been appointed as business adviser and King & Wood Mallesons has been appointed as legal adviser to assist with the scoping study.

    In addition to considering options for the future management, operations and ownership of Intra Government Communications Network, the scoping study will assess the likely sale environment for this business operation.

  • Green light for Coomera Interchange upgrade

    Joint funding from the Australian and Queensland Governments has been secured for the upgrade of the Coomera Interchange (Exit 54) on the Pacific Motorway, which will ensure a new commercial and retail precinct goes ahead at Coomera Town Centre.

    The Queensland Government is providing funding of $47.4 million, together with a $10 million commitment from Australian Government and a $17.3 million contribution from the developers of the Coomera Town Centre.

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said construction on Stage 2 of the interchange upgrade will begin later this year.

  • Australian Government building a better, safer Kennedy Highway

    Work will start this week to upgrade three kilometres of the Kennedy Highway near Ravenshoe, Queensland.

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the road works are part of a $10.5 million investment in the Kennedy Highway by the Australian Government designed to deliver a faster and safer journey for motorists.

    “Once the works are complete, the speed limit west of Cemetery Road will increase from 80 kilometres per hour to 100 kilometres per hour—significantly increasing freight productivity and saving locals travel time every day,” Mr Truss said.

  • Australia moves to strengthen cockpit security

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss today announced that Australia's domestic and international airlines will strengthen their cockpit safety and security requirements, effective immediately.

    “The Australian Government and the aviation industry are taking a precautionary approach to ensure the ongoing safety and security of the travelling public,” Mr Truss said.

    “Australian airlines will immediately update their Standard Operating Procedures to require two members of the operating crew or authorised persons on the flight deck at all times.

    “These arrangements will apply at all times, to all regular passenger transport services where the aircraft has seating capacity for 50 passengers and above.

  • EY calls for focus on tax policy process to address ongoing disarray

    The consultation process associated with the paper will allow the public to get involved in the development of long-term solutions to urgent problems.

    Alf Capito, EY Tax Policy Leader, said the focus needs to be on improving the way we produce tax law.

    “Australia needs to develop institutional frameworks that enable a better tax policy making system.

    “The need for change is readily apparent to anyone who has had to deal with the complexity and uncertainty that have become the hallmarks of Australia’s tax system. The challenges are clearly identified in the discussion paper.

    “The current system is inflexible, impractical, fails to support our international competitiveness and out of step with our revenue needs,” Mr Capito said.