Friday, 29 July 2016 Sydney

Invest In Australia News::

  • Chinese e-commerce platform Alibaba to open office in Melbourne

    E-commerce giant Alibaba will open an office in Melbourne by the end of 2016 in a move to expand its presence into Australia and New Zealand.

    The world's largest e-commerce company already has a large Australian customer base, and 1,300 Australian brands are also sold through Alibaba's online stores.

  • New Facility for Mount Gambier Engineering Company

    Construction is complete on a new $2.1 million facility for Whitty Engineering in Mount Gambier which will allow the company to increase productivity and improve its capacity for large-scale jobs.

    A $300,000 State Government Regional Development Fund grant supported the company’s relocation to larger premises.

    The expansion includes fit-for-purpose sheds with gantries capable of taking up to 10 tonnes, as well as offices and other staff amenities.

  • Ozsale pays $10,800 penalty for alleged consumer guarantee misrepresentation

    Online retailer Ozsale Pty Limited (Ozsale) has paid a penalty of $10,800 after being issued with an infringement notice by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission following an investigation into Ozsale’s consumer guarantees policies and practices.

    Ozsale operates ‘flash sales’ websites including,,, and

  • Australian Tax office warns against 'too good to be true' tax schemes

    The ATO has today launched Project Super Scheme Smart, an initiative aimed at educating advisers and individuals about the potential pitfalls of retirement planning schemes.

    The program – which forms part of the ATO’s broader focus on tax avoidance schemes – provides targeted information for financial planners, accountants, and other advisers to help them identify, avoid and report illegal schemes.

  • Joint funding commitment to transform Adelaide city cycling infrastructure

    Adelaide City Council will partner with the State Government to deliver $12 million in funding to transform the city experience for bike riders with the largest single investment in cycling infrastructure in the city’s history.

    Council will match State Government funding of $6 million to deliver north-south and east-west bikeways in the city, investing in new cycling infrastructure and streetscape improvements that will create connected, high quality routes, with completion anticipated for 2019.

  • Sydney start-ups find two-wheeled success

    Sydney is in a two-wheeled business boom, with an increasing number of savvy entrepreneurs using the humble bike for success.

    New cycling start-ups have joined dozens of bike shops, cafes and retailers, establishing the city as an ideal marketplace for two-wheeled businesses.

    Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the rise of bike-centric businesses was indicative of a wider shift.

  • New shark listening stations to be installed on the NSW coastline

    Five new VR4G shark listening stations will be in the water before summer on the NSW south coast at Kiama, Sussex Inlet, Mollymook, Batemans Bay and Merimbula. A further five will be installed further up the coast at Crescent Head, Old Bar, Hawks Nest, Redhead and Bondi. Coastal engineering and local surf clubs will determine the exact coordinates of the listening stations.

  • New South Wales to have renewable energy map to drive strategic investments

    In a state first, NSW will have a renewal energy map to help drive investment in new renewable projects across Australia.

    The NSW Renewable Energy Resource Map provides renewable energy project developers with free access to geospatial data and information on the state’s renewable energy resources and highlights more than 201 sites across NSW.

  • Australian Inflation subdued in the June quarter 2016

    The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 0.4 per cent in the June quarter 2016, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures.

    This follows a fall of 0.2 per cent in the March quarter 2016.

  • 'Regions in Focus' Roadshow returns to Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu

    Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock is today meeting with leaders and interest groups from the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu, a year on from the 'Regions in Focus' roadshow where the top regional development priorities were identified.

    At last year's roadshow, participants identified three priorities vital to the economic success of the region – regulatory reform in planning, employment and tourism.

  • Stronger NT biosecurity the goal of Timor-Leste trip

    Two staff from the NT Government Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries’ Berrimah Veterinary Laboratory recently returned from a trip to Timor-Leste, where they investigated the possibility of establishing a herd of cattle to act as sentinels for the presence of bluetongue virus.

    Berrimah Veterinary Laboratory staff have over 30 years of experience in setting up and running sentinel herds and the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources contracted the department to investigate a possible sentinel cattle herd in Timor-Leste.

  • New high-tech tourism attraction opens in Darwin

    The Bombing of Darwin Harbour will be brought to life by a new multi-million dollar tourism attraction which opens at Stokes Hill Wharf tomorrow.

    Tourism NT CEO, Tony Mayell, said the new facility uses cutting edge technology to provide never-before-seen virtual reality and holographic experiences of the Bombing of Darwin Harbour.

  • NSW trials medicinal cannabis cultivation

    In an Australian first, NSW is researching medicinal cannabis cultivation.

    The Federal Government has given the NSW Department of Primary Industries the go-ahead for the pilot cannabis cultivation program.

    NSW Minister Primary Industries Niall Blair said the program paves the way for non-government cultivation in the future.

  • New energy efficiency opportunities for ACT businesses

    ACT businesses are set to save on their energy bills with commercial lighting and commercial refrigerated display cabinets on the next round of a scheme to help Canberra become more energy efficient.

    Mr Corbell said all electricity retailers authorised to sell electricity in the ACT are obliged to contribute towards energy savings in the ACT.  

  • Tourism businesses' contribution to Australian GDP strengthens

    The contribution of the tourism industry to Australia's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has increased by almost 18 per cent, highlighting the importance of the sector to Australia's transitioning economy.

    Tourism Research Australia's report Tourism Businesses in Australia, released today, shows the contribution of the tourism industry to GDP increased 17.8 per cent over the past four years to reach $47.5 billion.

  • Iconic Kidman Springs Research Station mustering to celebrate 50 years

    An iconic Territory research facility is inviting past and present stakeholders to help it mark half a century of achievement.

    The Victoria River Research Station is the Territory’s principal pastoral research station. Better known as Kidman Springs, the station is located in the heart of the Victoria River district, one of the NT’s major cattle producing regions.

  • ZEN Energy to install $1m battery storage on South Australian Government-owned buildings

    Adelaide will take another significant step toward a carbon neutral future with ZEN Energy winning a $1 million tender to install lithium ion batteries at three sites around the city.

    Three government-owned buildings – State Library of South Australia, the Art Gallery of South Australia and Adelaide High School – will be fitted with battery storage demonstration systems, in what is believed to be a national first.

  • Victorian Cancer Plan aims to save lives

    Victoria has developed a coordinated plan designed to save 10,000 lives by 2025 from cancer in the next 10 years

    The Victorian Cancer Plan 2016-20 contains a range of initiatives in prevention, detection, treatment and research to support people who develop cancer.

  • Modern workers will need a diverse skill set: Australian Council of Learned Academies report

    A new report has found that Australia's top-flight innovators will draw on a mix of skills – creative, business and technical– to tap new sources of wealth in the future.

    The report from Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA), called "Skills and capabilities for Australian Enterprise Innovation," examines the current business practices of innovation leaders and provides insight to the expectations of workers in the decades ahead.

  • Melbourne researchers help develop Alzheimer’s blood test for early detection

    Melbourne researchers are on the brink of developing a blood test to detect Alzheimer's disease potentially years before symptoms appear.

    Researchers from Melbourne's La Trobe University have identified abnormalities in the blood  linked to the degenerative condition affecting more than 350,000 Australians.

  • Accessible lifts for Sydney Harbour Bridge

    More Sydneysiders and visitors from around the world will be able to access the Sydney Harbour Bridge with new lifts to be installed to make the scenic walk across Australia’s most recognisable landmark accessible.

    Lifts will be installed at Kirribilli and The Rocks so that people with prams, the elderly or those in a wheelchair can access the Sydney Harbour Bridge walkway.

  • Seeing harmony in the heart of Chinatown Sydney

    Chinatown residents and business owners enjoyed a guided tour of the area’s new people-friendly central plaza on Sunday.

    The City of Sydney has transformed Thomas Street in Haymarket into a pedestrian-friendly walkway and public space, with more trees, lighting, seating and a new artwork.


  • Co-working revolution has led to the rise of co-working hubs in Melbourne

    Co-working hubs are growing rapidly in popularity across Melbourne indicating a shift in the way we are choosing to work.

    Research conducted by property experts Knight Frank has found the amount of space occupied by co-working hubs has risen by a significant 750 per cent in the past three years.

  • Victoria’s biggest wind farm to provide power for 140,000 households

    A wind farm generating enough power for 140,000 households will be Victoria's most productive and is to be established in Victoria's south west near Dundonnell, 200 kilometres from Melbourne.

    Once the A$650 million wind farm is complete, it will have 96 turbines and will produce enough power to supply around 140,000 residents.