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  • A statistical analysis of Australia Day BBQs by the ABS

    Australia Day is a day that many of us take a break, socialise, and think about our national identity. 

    To mark the occasion, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has checked the statistics to answer the question: What are we actually like?


    Getting Born

  • Government Taskforce Helps Thomas Foods With Recovery Effort

    The State Government has continued to support Thomas Foods International in its recovery, after a fire destroyed a large section of its Murray Bridge abattoir.

    In an effort to address the regional impact from the fire and support recovery plans, the Thomas Foods International (TFI) Fire Coordination Taskforce has coordinated state and local government requirements to help TFI get staff back to work and increase production at its Lobethal facility.

    The cross-government taskforce worked quickly to address road and transport, environmental and water and town planning requirements needed to support the partial move to Lobethal.

  • Victims scammed via Western Union may get refunds

    The ACCC’s Scamwatch is urging all Australians who lost money to a scammer through Western Union from 2004 to 2017 to take action by 12 February to try to get it back.

    Western Union has agreed to pay a penalty of US$586 million to the United States’ Department of Justice (DOJ) after admitting to aiding and abetting wire fraud. The DOJ is using this penalty to provide refunds to eligible people worldwide who were tricked into paying scammers via Western Union.

  • Agriculture productivity growth stands out in 2016-17

    Multifactor productivity across 16 of Australia’s industries increased 0.6 per cent in 2016-17, driven in part by growth in agriculture productivity, according to data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

    ABS Chief Economist Bruce Hockman said the latest multifactor productivity (MFP) estimates show that the annual rise was below the long term annual average of 0.9 per cent and included "significant variations across industry groups".

    "An exceptionally good season for agricultural products in 2016-17 saw agriculture productivity rise 18.3 per cent, the fastest rate of growth since 2003-04," said Mr Hockman. 

  • New Cultural and Creative Industries Register EOI opens

    The Hodgman Liberal Government is focused on implementing best practice for funding and governance within our creative industries, and is now seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) to be included on the Cultural and Creative Industries Expert Register.

    Under the Cultural and Creative Industries Act 2017, new applications for support from Arts Tasmania and Screen Tasmania will be peer-assessed by industry experts drawn from the register of people who work or are engaged in our cultural and creative industries.

  • Mid North Feedlot Expansion To Create Jobs And Drive Exports

    The expansion of a Mid North feedlot will create new jobs and boost production of top quality South Australian beef for export to markets in Australia and Europe – a project being backed by a State Government grant.



    A $250,000 contribution from the Regional Development Fund to the Princess Royal feedlot near Burra will create up to 31 construction jobs and five new full-time equivalent positions.

  • Victims scammed via Western Union may get refunds

    The ACCC’s Scamwatch is urging all Australians who lost money to a scammer through Western Union from 2004 to 2017 to take action by 12 February to try to get it back.

    Western Union has agreed to pay a penalty of US$586 million to the United States’ Department of Justice (DOJ) after admitting to aiding and abetting wire fraud. The DOJ is using this penalty to provide refunds to eligible people worldwide who were tricked into paying scammers via Western Union.

  • Regional Development Fund Grows Green Grain Freekeh Industry In South Australia

    A South Australian company that is already a world leader in one of the world's top superfoods is busily investigating how it can use other grains to create high protein, fibre and nutrition products to feed the world.

    Greenwheat Freekeh received a $900,000 Regional Development Fund grant for the expansion of its production plant at Dublin on the Adelaide Plains.

    Named as one of the top 100 foods of 2017, freekeh is actually a process, rather than a grain.

  • Small business contacts up 30 per cent

    Almost 5,000 small businesses contacted the ACCC in the second half of 2017, up from 3,700 in the preceding six months, according to the latest edition of the Small business in focus released today.


    “Alleged misleading conduct, false representations and consumer guarantees remained the top issues reported to the ACCC by business last year,” ACCC Acting Chair Dr Michael Schaper said.


    The report highlights a number of recent changes affecting small businesses including competition law reform, the ban on excessive payment surcharges and the new laws for unfair contract terms.

  • Tasmanian Export Wine Of The Year 2018

    Accolade Wines’ Eddystone Point Tasmania Pinot Noir 2016, signature wine from producer Bay of Fires, has been announced as the winner of the inaugural Export Wine of Show International Judges Trophy at the 2018 Tasmanian Wine Show Awards held at Josef Chromy Wines near Launceston.

    The Tasmanian Government remains committed to showcasing Tasmania’s best products to the world and is a proud supporter of our world-class local producers.

    Year-on-year the Tasmanian wine industry continues to grow both in production and in international reputation with wine exports alone bringing in some $3.7 million in sales to the state each year.

  • Completion of Aluminium Composite Panel Cladding Audit

    Following the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire in London, the Minister for Building and Construction asked me to undertake an audit of non-compliant Aluminium Composite Panel (ACP) cladding.

    ACP is available in Australia in different forms.  Many ACP products have been tested for fire-resistance and are compliant.  The audit focused on ACP with a flammable polyethylene core (PE).

    The audit report has been completed and released.

  • Regional Development Fund Helps To Engineer Jobs In Mount Gambier

    The $2.1 million expansion of Whitty Engineering’s Mount Gambier operations is opening doors in the United States and around the world.



    Whitty Engineering managing director Will Whitty said the company had secured a world-exclusive agreement with expert wood chipping company Acrowood Corporation to enhance its operations in Australia.

    Mr Whitty said that since receiving a $300,000 Regional Development Fund grant in July 2016, and moving into the bigger premises built later in that year, the business had secured several large projects.

  • Drones used to save teenage swimmers

    Lifeguards used a drone fitted with a flotation device to rescue two swimmers struggling in heavy surf at Lennox Head.

    In a world-first rescue, lifeguards at Lennox Head have used a drone to spot two swimmers in powerful surf about one kilometre north of the flags.

    The lifeguard used the drone to drop a Rescue Pod into the water. Once expanded, the swimmers were able to grab hold of the pod to help them stay afloat and make their way to shore.

  • Light Rail under City Deal will benefit local businesses

    A Hobart City Deal that incorporates Light Rail will be a game-changer for residents and businesses along the currently non-operational rail line.

    Today, it was my pleasure to visit St Albi Bar and Eatery in Moonah, where I spoke to the proprietor Lucy Baker and Hobart Northern Suburbs Rail Action Group President Ben Johnston about the benefits that Light Rail can bring to Hobart and the northern suburbs.

    Light Rail would be a boon for all businesses, and especially those along the rail line in the northern suburbs as it gives people another avenue to get out, visit the suburbs and spend money in local shops and eateries.

  • OBS Growth In New Naracoorte Specialist Seed Processing Plant

    Ten new FTE jobs will be created and the Limestone Coast will become a world-leading specialist seed processing hub with the construction of a new $5.4 million plant.



    A $300,000 State Government Regional Development Fund grant will assist South Pacific Seeds (SPS) to build the new plant in Naracoorte, allowing locally grown seeds to be processed and exported directly to markets in Asia, Europe and Australia.

  • This week in small business with Ombudsman Kate Carnell

    The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell, talks this week about planning for the year ahead, managing cash flow and how to understand and prevent cyber-attacks.

    Planning for the year ahead: “As small business owners, this is a time to look at things you’ve put off since last year; the first one on the list is cash flow. Sit down with your accountant and look at your cash flow, your business plan, for the next 12 months.”

  • White confirms will scrap wages cap, wreck budget

    After months of trying to dodge the issue, the Leader of the Opposition Ms White has finally come clean on public sector wages – revealing to the Australian newspaper today that she will “scrap” the two percent wages cap.*

    Now, she must outline exactly how much of a pay-rise she intends to give Tasmania’s public servants, noting that every one percent increase is an additional $25 million per year.

    This could only mean cuts to health, cuts to education, and cuts to police numbers.

  • Water Users At West Lakes To Remain Vigilant

    Waters users at West Lakes can still enjoy recreational fishing and boating, however should remain vigilant following yesterday’s discovery of a fish kill.

    On Thursday 11 January, Primary Industries & Regions SA (PIRSA) Fisheries and Aquaculture was alerted to a fish kill of approximately two to three hundred fish including Bream, Snapper, Mulloway, Trevally, Mullet and Crabs at West Lakes, near the Trimmer Parade inlet.

  • Grant Bolsters Spirits At Mclaren Vale Winery

    A joint venture between a McLaren Vale winery and a new spirits distillery will create 15 fulltime equivalent jobs, while showcasing some of South Australia’s best wine and spirits in the one place.

    A $400,000 State Government Regional Development Fund grant will contribute to a $1.6 million project to  help Royal Park-based Never Never Distilling Co. move to McLaren Vale, where it will expand its operations at the Chalk Hill Wines site.

  • Sky scrapers out of major projects legislation

    The Hodgman Government has a Plan to Build Your Future.

    A key part of our Plan is encouraging investment, creating jobs and growing the economy.

    That’s why we are developing draft laws that change how major projects are considered.

    The aim of the draft laws is to streamline the approval process and provide greater certainty, while also requiring that all relevant and necessary approvals including environmental, Aboriginal and heritage approvals must be granted by the relevant regulators.

  • Korean manufacturer Nutribiotech chooses Melbourne for new plant

    Nutribiotech, a leading nutritional supplement producer with factories in China, Korea and the US, has chosen Victoria as the location of its fourth global manufacturing facility.

    The leading Korean manufacturer has opened a new state-of-the-art factory in Dandenong South (in Melbourne's south-east) that will create 150 new full time jobs.

  • Black Friday and iPhone X sales drive 1.2 per cent rise

    Australian retail turnover rose 1.2 per cent in November 2017, seasonally adjusted, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Retail Trade figures. 

    This follows a 0.5 per cent rise in October 2017.

    "In seasonally adjusted terms, rises were led by the household goods (4.5 per cent) and other retailing (2.2 per cent) industries," the Director of the Quarterly Economy Wide Surveys, Ben James, said. "Seasonally adjusted sales in both these industries are influenced by the release of the iPhone X and the increasing popularity of promotions in November, including Black Friday sales." 

  • Strong November Retail Trade statistics

    Since the March 2014 election, the Hodgman Liberal Government has been working hard to implement our long-term Plan for economic growth and job creation in Tasmania.

    Business confidence is up, retail and export statistics continue to go from strength-to-strength, and more than 10,000 jobs have been created since the election of a majority Hodgman Liberal Government.

    The latest figures released by the ABS today confirms that November was the 18th consecutive month where retail turnover has topped more than $500 million.

  • Signing of new Spirits contract vindicates Government’s policy

    Today’s announcement by TT-Line that it has entered into exclusive negotiations with a German shipyard to build the replacement Spirits of Tasmania is an affirmation of the success of the Hodgman Liberal Government’s policy on the vessels.

    This Liberal majority Government came to office with a policy to increase the number of visitors coming to Tasmania via the Spirits and the result has even exceeded our own expectations, with a 31.5 per cent increase in passengers in just four years.