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  • Increased Safety Measures for North Adelaide Streets

    Adelaide City Council has recently completed the installation of lighting, wayfinding signs and CCTV in North Adelaide as part of a project funded by the Australian Government’s Safer Streets Programme.

    The Safer Streets Programme aims to enhance community safety and security by reducing street crime, violence and antisocial behaviour and increasing feelings of safety in the community.

    Additional lighting has been installed along the western end of Pennington Terrace and along Palmer Place, improving safety for those walking and parking in the area at night including hospital staff and students at the local residential colleges.

  • New loan schemes to help Tasmanian farmers

    From today, Tasmanian farmers will have access to two new loan schemes to assist those recovering from the drought and those impacted by the reduction in milk prices.

    Following an agreement between the Tasmanian and Federal Governments, $10 million is now available through the Drought Recovery Concessional Loans and the Dairy Recovery Concessional Loans.

    Both schemes allow eligible farmers to borrow up to 50 per cent of eligible farm business debt, up to $1 million, over a maximum of 10 years, and will be administered by Tasmania Development and Resources.

    The Deputy Premier and Minister for Primary Industries and Water Jeremy Rockliff said this would provide additional assistance to eligible Tasmanian farmers.

  • Child Protection Systems Royal Commission interim recommendations accepted by South Australia

    The Government has today accepted interim recommendations from the Child Protection Systems Royal Commission to create a new Department for Child Protection, and the recruitment of a new Chief Executive.

    The creation of a new standalone Department with a clear blueprint for how it should operate will allow for a fresh start in child protection.

    An international recruitment process for a Chief Executive for the new department has also begun today.

    Background

    The Child Protection Systems Royal Commission, headed by Royal Commissioner Justice Margaret Nyland, was established in August 2014.

    The terms of reference provided allow for the Commissioner to make interim recommendations to the State Government.

  • Fourteen NSW community projects shortlisted for a share of $32 million infrastructure funds

    Fourteen local economic and social infrastructure projects from around the State have been shortlisted for a share of $32 million in funding available under the NSW Government’s 2015-16 Resources for Regions program.

    Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business John Barilaro said the funding would help local communities most impacted by mining activity.

    “The shortlisted projects include road and sewerage upgrades, CBD renewal and expansion of health and tertiary education facilities across the Hunter, Central West, Illawarra, Western Riverina and North West region,” MrBarilaro said.

  • ACT Prioritising more sexual health and blood borne virus services

    A plan to address hepatitis B, C, HIV and sexually transmissible infections (STIs) cases in the ACT and increase access to sexual health services has been released today by Assistant Minister for Health MeeganFitzharris.

    The ACT Statement of Priorities (2016-2020) outlines the ACT Government’s commitment to expanding access to services, including prevention and treatment to meet a range of national targets across hepatitis B, C, HIV and STIs.

    The framework is backed up by the allocation of $1.3 million over four years in the 2016-17 ACT Budget to improve access to sexual health services and blood borne virus vaccination, testing and treatment services to the most vulnerable Canberrans and those at risk of infection.

  • Dutch cold-storage company establishes Asia-Pacific HQ in Melbourne

    NewCold, a Dutch cold storage and logistics company, will establish its Asia-Pacific headquarters and an automated cold storage warehouse in Truganina, Melbourne.

    Opening in 2017, the NewCold facility will create 127 new full-time jobs in IT, engineering, software development and management. The facility will bring new technology to Victoria with the company planning to use oxygen reduction fire safety technology. NewCold also uses state of the art systems that significantly lower electricity consumption when compared with conventional cold storage warehouses.

    Founded in 2012, NewCold’s operations now extend from The Netherlands to France, Germany, the UK and Poland.

  • Going West: PwC bolsters Parramatta presence with a new office and a new partnership with Western Sydney University

     

    AUSTRALIA – PwC has today announced that up to 200 staff will work from the new, high-rise Western Sydney University (WSU) Parramatta City campus, cementing PwC’s commitment to greater western Sydney clients and bringing flexible work opportunities to life for staff who live in the area.  

    PwC’s new offices in the University’s Parramatta City Campus will consolidate the existing Private Clients business in Norwest and staff from the consulting, economics, deals and infrastructure teams who are working on local engagements. It also provides the opportunity to strengthen relationships with the University, particularly with its School of Business.

  • Disciplined innovation key to luxury companies’ longer term success

    Global luxury brands need to respond smartly to new key market forces and raise their game when serving the evolving expectations of the luxury consumer, according to the third annual Global Powers of Luxury Goods report issued by Deloitte Global.

    The report examines and lists the 100 largest luxury goods companies globally, based on publicly available data for consolidated sales of luxury goods in financial year 2014 (defined as financial years ending within the 12 months to 30 June 2015). It also provides an outlook on the global economy; an analysis of merger and acquisition activity in the industry and discusses the key forces shaping the luxury market.

  • ACCC takes action against alleged cartel conduct in the polycarbonate roofing industry

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court against four companies and three individuals for alleged cartel conduct in relation to the supply of polycarbonate roof sheeting (‘polycarb’) to retailers in Australia. Polycarb is commonly used in commercial and home building projects such as pergolas and verandas.

    Proceedings have been instituted against:

  • MySmallBusiness Column - Beginners' Guide to Exporting for Small Business

    So, you’ve heard a lot of talk about the Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) Australia has secured with some of our largest trading partners in Asia – Korea, Japan and China – and the new growth opportunities they’ve created, and you’re now wondering how you can tap into these vast – yet somewhat daunting – markets.

    While it’s true, businesses of all sizes can take advantage of the lower tariffs and market access secured in these agreements to export their products or services, it’s important to take a measured approach when venturing offshore; like all business decisions, it’s vital you do your homework!

  • Women outnumbering men in Australia

    Australia's female population has hit 12 million, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today.

    There are still 96,300 men to go to reach the 12 million milestone.

    ABS Director of Demography, Beidar Cho said that as at 31 December 2015 Australia’s sex ratio was 99 males per 100 females.

    "With the exception of Western Australia and the Northern Territory, all states and territories have more females than males. Western Australia has 102 males for every 100 females and the Northern Territory has 112 males for every 100 females," Ms Cho said.

  • Good news for Adelaide City Council ratepayers

    Adelaide City Council has endorsed its 2016-17 Integrated Business Plan and for the second year in a row has put a freeze on its rate in the dollar.

    Lord Mayor Martin Haese said that this was a great outcome for the city’s ratepayers.

    “Due to high growth from new development in the city over recent years, the City of Adelaide’s rate base has grown significantly. This is the direct result of new construction projects coming on line. This has placed us in the fortunate position where we can take the pressure off existing rate payers by not increasing the rate in the dollar for the 2016-17 financial year,” Martin said.

    “This means that the majority of property owners will once again have a zero increase on what was paid in rates last year.”

  • Perth City to plant more trees to cool streets

    The City of Perth aims to plant approximately 450 new trees annually for the next four years to help cool its streets and public spaces. 

    Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said reducing City temperatures is one of the priorities of the City of Perth Urban Forest Plan - a draft of which is now available for public comment. 

    “One of our goals is to increase the level of canopy cover within the City’s Urban Forest by 34 per cent, and to specifically cool those areas of the City that we have identified as hot-spots,” MsScaffidi said.

    “Priority will be given to planting trees in areas with high levels of pedestrian activity, as well as to select the right species of trees to maximise cooling.”

  • Master Plan sets future direction for Melbourne City Road

    Melbourne City Council last night endorsed a seven-year capital works plan to transform City Road.Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said the City Road Master Plan would deliver a range of projects to create a safer and more environmentally sustainable road and surrounding areas.

    'The City Road Master Plan delivers $38.5 million in funding for capital works projects that will better connect Southbank to the city’s Arts Precinct, the Yarra River and our much-loved gardens,' the Lord Mayor said.

  • Electricity Prices remain lower under Liberal Government in Tasmania

    Today’s electricity price determination by the Independent Economic Regulator confirms Bryan Green is wrong again.

    Mr Green has repeatedly peddled falsehoods about the energy crisis including a scare campaign that households would end up paying the price for diesel generators.  

    The Tasmanian Economic Regulator has once again confirmed that costs associated with the Government’s Energy Supply Plan are being covered by Hydro and are not linked to regulated customer pricing.

    The 3.43 per cent increase approved by the regulator is less than recent price movements for electricity in other states such as ACT of 6 per cent and South Australia of up to approximately 10 per cent.

  • Darwin Waterfront Corporation seeking EOI from transport providers to Improve visitor access to Stokes Hill Wharf

    The Darwin Waterfront Corporation is now seeking Expressions of Interest from transport providers to deliver a free, continuous shuttle service through the Darwin Waterfront precinct and car parks to Stokes Hill Wharf from 4pm to 10pm daily.

    In addition, changes will be made to the Stokes Hill Wharf car park layout to soon allow access for large tourist coach buses, and facilitate safe pedestrian access from the car park to Wharf businesses.

    “Stokes Hill Wharf is an iconic location for harbour-side dining, fishing and harbour cruises and tours,” Sam Burke, General Manager of Darwin Waterfront Corporation said.

  • Melbourne-based VC firm Rampersand to raise A$50 million for its second early growth stage fund

    Melbourne-based venture capital (VC) firm Rampersand announced it is in the process of raising up to A$50 million for its second fund, with almost half raised. Structured as an Early Stage Venture Capital Limited Partnership (ESVCLP), Rampersand's focus in its second fund will continue to be on early growth stage tech startups.

    PromisePay, a Melbourne-based startup has been the recipient of the firm's first investment, with Rampersand participating in the payment of the PromisePay's recent A$14 million Series A round, and two other opportunities at a further stage.

  • NSW Government is investing around $1billion in schools

    The NSW Government is investing nearly $1 billion extra for new and upgraded schools across the State, bringing the total spend on education capital works to $2.6 billion over four years.

    The commitment detailed in yesterday’s Budget is in response to growing enrolments and to ensure students benefit from innovative technology and teaching practices. The commitment equates to around 3,000 classrooms.

    “By increasing investment in new and existing schools, we can ensure we are prepared for a once in a generation rise in enrolments and that all children receive the highest quality education,” said NSW Premier Mike Baird.

  • 2016-17 NSW Budget Overview

    Key areas of spending include:


    Jobs and investment

  • Fourteen community projects shortlisted for a share of $32 million infrastructure funds in NSW

    Fourteen local economic and social infrastructure projects from around the State have been shortlisted for a share of $32 million in funding available under the NSW Government’s 2015-16 Resources for Regions program.

    Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business John Barilaro said the funding would help local communities most impacted by mining activity.

    “The shortlisted projects include road and sewerage upgrades, CBD renewal and expansion of health and tertiary education facilities across the Hunter, Central West, Illawarra, Western Riverina and North West region,” MrBarilaro said.

  • Julie McKay joins PwC Australia to boost diversity advisory capability

    One of Australia’s leading advocates for the social and economic empowerment of women, Julie McKay, will join PwC Australia as the firm’s lead partner for diversity and inclusion.

    Julie will be admitted as a partner of the firm in a dual role that will see her taking responsibility for PwC’s diversity and inclusion advisory business, as well as the firm’s own diversity and inclusion strategies and targets. Julie comes to PwC after nearly 10 years as Executive Director of UN Women Australia and more recently, as Gender Advisor to the Chief of the Defence Force.

  • Flexibility for small business to become SuperStream compliant in Australia

    With only days to go until the 30 June SuperStream deadline, more than 450,000 small businesses have implemented the required changes. And for those who will not be ready in time, the ATO will offer a helping hand.

    Deputy Commissioner James O’Halloran says it is encouraging that so many small businesses have implemented SuperStream ahead of the deadline.

    ‘We expect that many more small businesses will be SuperStream compliant when they make their super contributions for the June quarter,’ Mr O’Halloran said.

    However, he noted that while many have made the change, some small businesses may need extra time and help to become SuperStream compliant.

  • 2016-17 NSW Budget

    Key areas of spending include:

  • What's changed since the launch of the new business.gov.au?

    Since launching the new business.gov.au website in early May, we’ve heard your feedback and made changes from your suggestions.

    What’s new?

    Site search

    We’ve improved your experience when searching the website.

    Now when you search the website, results at the top of the list will contain the term that you’ve searched for, even if you only enter part of a single word (for example, type in ‘bus’ and you’ll get results which have the word ‘business’ in them).

    Grants & Assistance

    When you’re looking for an item in the Grants & Assistance feature, you’ll notice that results which are “Open and accepting applications” are now at the top of the list.