Thursday, 27 April 2017 Sydney

Invest In Australia News::

  • New Technology To Protect Australia's Grain Industries

    A suite of new smart trapping technology is being developed by the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) to protect Australia’s grain industries from airborne pests and diseases.

    Field testing starts this month for the Mobile Jet Spore Sampler – a smart device fixed on top of a vehicle that sucks up air-borne fungal pathogen samples 45 times greater than standard fixed trap technology.

  • New truck wash facilities for regional NSW

    Tenterfield will receive funding for a new truck wash facility from the Fixing Country Truck Washes program. 

    Users of the Tenterfield Livestock Selling Centre Truck Wash will have their average driving distance reduced by about 100 kilometres to the next available truck wash at Glenn Innes.

    The truck wash will provide safety, productivity, and environmental benefits to the local community, including disease control and weed management.

    It will also provide livestock carriers with a quicker and easier way to wash-out and re-load their trucks.

  • Inflation rises 0.5 per cent in the March quarter 2017

    The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 0.5 per cent in the March quarter 2017, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures.

    This follows a rise of 0.5 per cent in the December quarter 2016.

    The most significant price rises this quarter are automotive fuel (+5.7 per cent), medical and hospital services (+1.6 per cent) and new dwelling purchase by owner-occupiers (+1.0 per cent). These rises are partially offset by falls in Furnishings, household equipment and services (-1.0 per cent) and Recreation and culture (-0.7 per cent). 

    The CPI rose 2.1 per cent through the year to March quarter 2017.

  • Lord Mayor Calls for National Population Strategy

    Lord Mayor Martin Haese is calling for a National Population Strategy to address the inequity of population growth in Australia.

    The Lord Mayor has welcomed ABS data released showing City of Adelaide Estimated Residential Growth (ERG) of 2.1 per cent over the past twelve months, outstripping the national ERG of 1.4 per cent.

    “While this number falls short of previous targets set by both Council and the State Government for the city, considering the enormous economic transition we are making to be a globally competitive 21st century economy, we are doing well; but can do better,” said Martin.

  • A Golden Era for Tasmanian Screen Production

    The Tasmanian Government congratulates The Kettering Incident on winning an extraordinary two TV Week Logie Awards:

    • Most Outstanding Miniseries or Telemovie, and
    • Henry Nixon for Most Outstanding Actor

    Tasmanians can be incredibly proud of our inspiring screen industry after The Kettering Incident won two Logies tonight.

  • New NDIS grants to support Canberrans with a disability

    The ACT Government welcomes yesterday’s announcement by the Federal Minister for Social Services’ on the successful organisations in the NDIS Information Linkage and Capacity Building (ILC) grant process.

    The $2.9 million investment brings a new mix of programs that will build the capacity of people with a disability in the ACT, link them with services and help break down barriers to accessing mainstream services.

    The ACT is the first jurisdiction to participate in the new ILC funding process, and has received a $1.6 million increase in funding for ILC-type services for 2017‑18, compared with the current transition year.

  • Entura to enjoy jobs growth spurt off the back of hydro opportunity

    The announcement earlier in the week that the Hodgman and Turnbull Governments are working together to deliver a second-wave of hydro development will generate enormous benefits to Tasmania.

    Importantly this will mean new job opportunities for Tasmania.

    At the forefront of this opportunity will be the Hydro-owned engineering firm Entura.

    Entura is at the cutting edge of developing innovative technology for power generation including the planning, design and construction of hydro power stations.

  • We’re moving closer to you

    The Darwin Territory Business Centre (TBC) will relocate from its current location in the CBD to Darwin Corporate Park in Berrimah on Monday 24 April.

    Executive Director for Business and Innovation, Craig O’Halloran said "The new offices are centrally located and closer to where the majority of clients live and work."

    "With approximately 80% of Darwin TBC customers being located in the greater Darwin area outside the CBD, the relocation to Darwin Corporate Park will provide greater convenience and access, particularly to small businesses and tradespeople who frequent the TBC for occupational licenses."

  • Bank Negara Indonesia chooses Melbourne for its Australian HQ

    Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) has joined the growing list of international companies to pick Melbourne for their Australian headquarters.

    The Indonesian bank's Melbourne operations are set to commence in 2018 once approvals from Australian and Indonesian regulators have been obtained.

    BNI is Indonesia's fourth largest bank, with assets worth more than A$40 billion and an established international footprint.

  • Maltec a shining success in the North West

    The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to job creation, and supporting the advanced manufacturing industry is an important part of our Plan.

    Maltec is a wonderful example of a North West business which has been able to bounce back after the closure of Caterpillar to the point they are currently doing double shifts to keep up with new orders and have employed four new staff.

  • New TV Writing Program Brings Best In The Business To Victoria

    Victoria’s reputation as the home of television drama is set to grow with the launch of an initiative that will give Victorian creatives unprecedented access to the expertise of a top international writer and producer to help them prepare their projects for the local and international TV market.

    Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley today called on Victorian screenwriters and producers to apply for the opportunity to work with acclaimed UK producer and writer Simon Mirren, as part of the new Writer in Residence TV Drama Initiative.

  • Melbourne startup Freestyle Tech signs IoT water deal in Korea

    Melbourne company Freestyle Technology has signed a A$5.8 million contract to roll out an Internet of Things (IoT) water management solution for a South Korean county.

    The company's system of smart water meters, communications equipment and cloud-based software will be deployed to 24,000 residences in a five-year agreement with the city of Gochang, located in southwest Korea.

    The system will detect water leaks across the residences and calculate the best solution, once accounting for the environment and the temperature around the fault.

  • Canberra’s Little Eagle travels a long way

    A small GPS tracker attached by a harness to the back of a male Little Eagle over a year ago is revealing surprising information about one of the ACT’s rarest birds of prey, Minister for the Environment Mick Gentleman said today.

    “A joint research project being undertaken by the ACT Government, University of Canberra, CSIRO and Ginninderry Joint Venture, is providing a fascinating insight to the travel patterns of the little eagle. It is the first time this threatened species has been subject to satellite tracking,” Minister Gentleman said.

  • ACCC to investigate and report on Australian gas markets and market transparency

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will use its inquiry powers, including its ability to compulsorily acquire information, to increase transparency and address opaqueness in the gas market. The ACCC will provide regular information to the market over the next three years on the supply and pricing of gas under a broad reference from the Federal Government.

    “This new measure is an important element of the Government’s plan to make sure more affordable gas is available to industry and consumers,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.

  • ACCC issues draft decision on Hunter Valley rail network access undertaking

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a draft decision not to accept the proposed Hunter Valley rail network access undertaking lodged by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC).

    The ACCC considers that the access undertaking is not appropriate in its current form as the key terms, such as the rate of return and approach to calculating weighted average mine life, do not reflect the regulatory and commercial risks faced by ARTC.

  • Wire-free light rail for Newcastle

    Newcastle is set to be Australia’s only city with a wire-free light rail system.

    As part of the Revitalising Newcastle program, overhead wires from the planned light rail system will be removed.

    Newcastle light rail vehicles will be fitted with onboard storage to remove the “spider-web” of overhead wires.

    Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said the upgrade is a game changer for the urban amenity and sustainability of Newcastle light rail.

  • Ararat wind farm now producing clean power: ACT on track to deliver 100% renewable energy by 2020

    Seventy-five turbines at the Ararat wind farm in Victoria are now feeding renewable electricity into the national grid as part of the ACT’s 100% renewable electricity target, Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury said today.

    “The farm will generate about 272,000 megawatt-hours of clean, renewable electricity each year which is enough to power around 37,000 Canberra homes and ensure we are well on the way to achieving our 100% renewable electricity target,” Mr Rattenbury said.

  • Green waste bin pilot program begins in Weston today

    The first green waste bin collections have taken place in Weston today as part of the ACT Government’s green waste bin pilot program.

    The pilot program will cover suburbs in Canberra’s south, including Chapman, Duffy, Fisher, Holder, Rivett, Stirling, Waramanga, Weston and Kambah.

    Minister for Transport and City Services, Meegan Fitzharris said the bins provided residents with a cheaper, more convenient way to dispose of their green waste.

  • Bang for your buck over Easter

    The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to reducing the cost of living for Tasmanians.

    The fickle price of petrol can be a frustration for motorists, particularly through periods of high demand like Easter.

    To help reduce the impact of petrol prices on the household budgets this Easter, I encourage Tasmanian motorists to download the GasBuddy petrol price app.

    GasBuddy, supported by the RACT and enabled by a $60,000 one-off grant from the Hodgman Government, helps connect motorists with timely information on petrol prices in their area.

  • $6.4 billion record investment in Tasmania's health system

    The Hodgman Liberal Government has made rebuilding Tasmania's health system a key priority and this is reflected in the actions we have taken.

    We are investing an unprecedented $6.4 billion over the 2016-17 Budget and Forward Estimates, $600 million more than the former Labor-Green Government's last Budget -  including opening beds, conducting more surgeries and employing more frontline clinical staff.

  • ACCC proposes to grant authorisation to SA businesses for the joint purchase of electricity

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a draft determination proposing to allow the South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy, along with 24 other South Australian businesses, to establish a joint electricity purchasing group. The ACCC proposes to grant authorisation for 11 years.

    The ACCC has also granted interim authorisation to allow the parties to commence a joint tender for the supply of electricity immediately. 

  • ACCC approves cane growers collective bargaining

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has authorised members of the Canegrowers Organisation to collectively bargain cane supply and related contracts with mill owners and sugar marketers for ten years.

    “This authorisation can provide an opportunity for growers, millers and sugar marketers to negotiate mutually beneficial contracts without breaching competition laws. It is up to the parties to decide the extent to which they take up this opportunity,” ACCC Commissioner Mick Keogh said.

  • Trend employment growth strengthens in March

    Trend employment increased by 16,500 to 12,033,400 persons in March 2017, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today. Total employment growth over the year was 1.0 per cent, just over half the average growth rate of the past 20 years (1.8 per cent).

    “We have seen strengthening in full-time growth over recent months, following falls in full-time employment recorded through much of 2016” said the Acting General Manager of ABS' Macroeconomic Statistics Division, Jacqui Jones. 

    The trend monthly hours worked decreased by 0.4 million hours (0.02 per cent), with decreases in total hours worked by both full-time and part-time workers.

  • Research opens up opportunities for African mahogany industry

    A project to optimise value from African mahogany plantations has become the first Territory project to attract forest wood products industry R&D funding.

    Department of Primary Industry and Resources Principal Research Scientist Dr Mila Bristow said plantation forestry was an increasingly important industry and the second largest production land use in the Northern Territory after cattle grazing, with more than 49,500ha of the NT currently used to produce forestry products in managed plantations.