Sunday, 23 October 2016 Sydney

Invest In Australia News::

  • Strong Jobs Growth in September

    Four hundred more jobs have been created in Tasmania in the past month, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics’ figures.

    This means there are 3000 more Tasmanians employed now than there were at the March 2014 election.

    The Hodgman Liberal Government has made clear that our first priority is jobs, and we know that by working with businesses to grow the economy we are supporting jobs growth.

  • Container deposit scheme becomes a reality

    NSW's container deposit scheme will begin on 1 July 2017.

    Community groups and keen recyclers will be able to swap their cans and bottles for cash from 1 July 2017, as the landmark 10-cent container deposit scheme (CDS) passes through parliament.

    The Waste and Resource Recovery Amendment (Container Deposit Scheme) Act 2016 paves the way for a cost-effective, best-practice scheme that will benefit both the community and the environment, while helping to meet the Premier's Priority target of reducing litter by 40 per cent by 2020.

    NSW Minister for Environment Mark Speakman said the community had been asking for a container deposit scheme for decades.

  • Asian popular culture enhances export revenue and soft power

    The rise of the Asian middle-class consumer is a trend now widely expected to drive Australia’s economic prosperity.

    In the past few years we’ve seen some interesting examples of how Australian products and services interact with Asia’s consumer markets.

  • ACCC will not oppose Australian Paper's proposed acquisition of Edwards Dunlop Office Products

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will not oppose Australian Paper's proposed acquisition of the Edwards Dunlop Office Products division (EDOP) of BJ Ball.

    The ACCC review focused on the supply of copy paper in Australia and included market inquiries with a range of suppliers of copy paper, customers and buying groups, and including current and some potential competitors of Australian Paper

  • Shift to part-time employment continues

    Monthly trend employment in Australia increased slightly in September 2016, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today.

    In September 2016, trend employment increased by 3,900 persons to 11,959,500 persons - a monthly growth rate of 0.03 per cent. This is down from the monthly employment growth peak of 0.28 per cent in September 2015. Trend part-time employment growth continued, with an increase of 11,800 persons, while full-time employment decreased by 7,900 persons. 

  • Additional funding for Women’s Legal Service

    I am pleased to announce that agreement has been reached with the Women’s Legal Service and the Legal Aid Commission to fund additional on-the-ground legal support for people in the North and North East dealing with family violence.

    The Government will allocate $200,000 to the Women’s Legal Service to establish a specialist family violence presence in Launceston. The service will deliver an additional full-time equivalent specialist family violence and family law solicitor to provide advice, assistance and representation, including outreach and home visits, to women in northern and north-eastern Tasmania.

  • ACCC steers toward effective port regulation

    At the Ports Australia Conference in Melbourne, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Chairman Rod Sims spoke about ensuring proper regulation of privatised port assets and noted some positive outcomes in the ACCC’s engagement with governments.

    Mr Sims said the current preference of governments to implement price monitoring regimes fails to ensure there is an effective constraint on monopoly pricing at Australian ports.


    The State Government is investing $1.8 million in three new industry initiatives to help increase wine sales, visitor numbers and create jobs.

    The initiatives – which are part of the Wine Industry Development Scheme – include:

  • Providing certainty for Education reforms

    The Tasmanian Government is committed to reforming Tasmania’s education system and to improving education outcomes. We want to maintain the integrity of the Education Bill 2016, and to pass the legislation as it provides the certainty required to plan and get important reforms right.

    The Government acknowledges the ongoing concerns raised by the Early Childhood Education and Care Sector, particularly in rural and regional areas. We are committed to working with the sector to get the implementation right.

  • China to Grow Tasmania’s Visitor Economy

    China is a significant market for Tasmania and local tourism operators are urged to make the most of the opportunity.

    Congratulations to the Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania on its inaugural China Tourism Operators Networking Event today. It creates an opportunity for tourism operators to learn more about the Chinese market and to hear from guest speakers on the topic.

    In the space of just seven years the number of visitors coming to Tasmania from mainland China has grown from around 2,700 to more than 24,000 today.

  • Nightcliff Jetty Upgrade Works Continue

    The Northern Territory Government is continuing to deliver structural improvements to the iconic Nightcliff jetty to increase public safety.


    The first stage of improvement works was completed in March this year, allowing the reopening of the facility after a temporary closure, and a second stage of works is now underway.


    This second stage of upgrade works will be carried out by local contractor, Akron Group, and includes replacement of the decking planks, and continuation of repairs to the footings and T-head of the jetty.

  • CBH undertaking ensures increased opportunities for grain growers and marketers to use alternative grain transport services

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has accepted a court enforceable undertaking from Co-operative Bulk Handling Limited (CBH) that ensures greater opportunities for West Australian grain growers and grain marketers to use alternative grain transport services to those offered by CBH.

    In 2016, CBH has begun offering new services for growers and marketers who use its storage and handling network including:

  • ATO warns small businesses: time running out to meet super payment compliance

    Time is running out for small businesses to start paying their superannuation contributions in the new and mandatory electronic standard called SuperStream.

    The 28 October deadline is right around the corner meaning small businesses, those with 19 or fewer employees, have just one super guarantee payment date left.


    Small business owners across Australia are being invited to join a national conversation on a proposal to develop a ‘loaded rates’ schedule that provides higher hourly rates of pay for employees in lieu of penalty rates within the retail and fast-food awards.

    Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) Kate Carnell has launched a small business consultation period to encourage debate on the idea.

  • Almost 2.7 million Australians informal carers

    Almost 2.7 million Australians were informal carers in 2015 and one in 10 carers were under the age of 25, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

    Results from the 2015 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers also show that primary carers are more likely than non-carers to live with disability. 

    “Over one-third of primary carers reported having disability themselves, compared with around one in six non-carers,” said ABS Program Manager of Health and Disability Statistics, Justine Boland.

  • Government Committed to Supporting Strong Growth in Forestry

    The resurgent Tasmanian forest industry is experiencing strong growth, with new figures showing a massive 48.5 per cent rise in the private forest harvest last year.

    This dramatic turnaround has occurred under a majority Hodgman Liberal Government that backs the sector, as opposed to the previous Labor-Green government that brought it to its knees.

    The Liberal Government remains absolutely committed to securing a sustainable future for the industry because we know how important it is in regional communities, such as Triabunna, where we are visiting today.

  • Top five government grants for startups

    The government support offered to startups across Australia is the envy of many entrepreneurs around the world, but these grants can be a tough nut to crack.

    The lengthy applications, process times and chance of rejection are enough to put most off, but for those who win it can be a game changer for their venture.

    Here are five grants for the startup sector that may be well worth your time.

    1. Entrepreneurs' Programme

  • Australian Cyber Security Centre reveals new details about BOM hack

    A report from the Australian Cyber Security Centre has revealed new details about a devastating hack of the Bureau of the Meteorology.

    It reveals that the bureau's computer systems were so badly infiltrated that evidence suggests that all passwords used on the network were compromised.

    Experts from Defence's Signals Directorate discovered file servers contained malicious software and ransomware.

  • UTS joins national initiative to boost female leadership in the start-up economy

    UTS has teamed up with Australian start-up and innovation group BlueChilli to launch SheStarts – a national accelerator program and campaign to turbocharge female leadership in the start-up economy.

    The program is offering ten women $100,000 each in pre-seed capital and a spot in the SheStarts accelerator backed by corporate diversity champions including foundation partners ANZ, MYOB and Sunsuper, with UTS as higher education partner.

  • ACCC releases issues paper for new car retailing industry market study

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has today released an issues paper for the new car retailing industry market study announced in June this year, providing detailed information on the scope of the study and how interested parties can participate.

    “A new car is one of the most significant purchases that a consumer will make and issues with these purchases can have a significant financial consequence,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.

  • Let’s talk about building a stronger Sydney

    The man tasked with making the world’s cities more resilient will share his insights with Sydneysiders next month.

    Michael Berkowitz, President of 100 Resilient Cities, will talk about how Sydney can deal with disruptive shocks and stresses at a CityTalks Sydney event at Town Hall on Tuesday 8 November.

    100 Resilient Cities, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, selected Sydney as one of its cities following a competitive program which received almost 1100 applications.

  • Expressions of Interest called for horticulture venture

    The NT Government is calling for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) to lease land near Ti Tree for the establishment of a horticultural enterprise.

    The Territory is providing an opportunity to increase horticulture activities in the Ti Tree region and provide economic development through the leasing of this land for agricultural development.

  • Fourth $10,000 barramundi hooked in the Northern Territory

    A fourth barramundi worth $10,000 has been caught just two weeks into the NT Government’s Million Dollar Fish competition.

    The $10,000 72 centimetre prize-tagged barra was caught at Daly River late on Wednesday night by local, Kurt Baumann who remarkably was also a winner in Season 1 of the competition.

    “Congratulations to Kurt on his second win in the Million Dollar Fish competition, what an amazing achievement,” said Department of Tourism and Culture CEO Alastair Shields.

  • ACCC draft decision maintains wholesale ADSL regulation during transition to NBN

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission today released its draft decision to continue regulating the wholesale asymmetrical digital subscriber line (ADSL) service for a further five years.

    The ACCC considers that continuing to regulate the wholesale ADSL service will benefit customers by promoting competition in broadband markets until the NBN rollout is complete.

    “Telstra retains its dominant position in both the wholesale and retail markets for the supply of ADSL fixed-line broadband services on a national level,” ACCC Commissioner Cristina Cifuentes said.