Thursday, 20 June 2019 Sydney

Invest In Australia News::

  • Environment Grants Help Territorians Breathe Easier with AirRater

    Top End residents with lung conditions such as asthma are set to breathe a little easier following today’s launch of the Northern Territory’s AirRater smart phone app.

    The Northern Territory Government, through Environment Grant funding, has supported the University of Tasmania to develop and release the AirRater app in the Northern Territory.

    The AirRater app alerts vulnerable residents when they are at risk from air-borne pollutants such as smoke from wildfires.

    The app can also:

  • New high-security cells have been built at the Goulburn Correctional Complex for extremist and terrorism-related offenders.

    The new 46-bed unit will house offenders who have demonstrated a commitment to disengage from radical behaviour.

    Security features at the unit include high-definition digital CCTV cameras, thermal-imaging cameras and a high-voltage electric fence.

    These security measures will ensure inmates remain securely inside the facility and will also stop contraband from entering the prison.

  • US company chooses Sydney for Australian HQ


    US company Signal Energy, LLC has chosen Sydney for its Australian headquarters secured with the assistance of the NSW Government, creating more than 40 jobs and hundreds of indirect jobs in the renewable energy sector.

    Minister for Investment Stuart Ayres said the Tennessee-based company has established an Australian subsidiary, Signal Energy Australia Pty Ltd, based at Barangaroo.

    “Signal Energy is a major engineering, procurement and construction services company and its choice of Sydney is a vote of confidence in our industry’s future,” Mr Ayres said.

  • Tasmanian artists exploring interstate and international opportunities

    The Hodgman Liberal Government has committed more than $50 000 to helping Tasmanian artists and arts organisations connect with their interstate and international counterparts through Arts Tasmania’s latest funding round.

    Six Artsbridge program recipients will share in more than $36 000 - allowing them to participate in exciting opportunities interstate and overseas, or attract visiting arts professionals to Tasmania.

  • Strong housing results for Tasmania

    Tasmania’s housing sector remains strong, according to lending finance data released by the ABS today.

    The data shows that lending for the construction of new homes in the year to March 2019 grew 19.2 per cent in Tasmania compared to the previous year. This was the highest in the country and Tasmania was one of only two states that had positive growth.

    The number of first home buyers entering the market continues to grow with 20.5 per cent more first home buyers in the year to March 2019, compared to the previous year. This was the fastest growth rate in the country.

  • New report tracks internet activity on mobile and fixed lines

    Mobile handsets continue to be the most common way consumers are accessing the internet while the largest volume of data is downloaded over fixed lines, as shown in a new ACCC data report on internet activity.

    The report, for the period ending 31 December 2018, also provides information on the number of retail services in operation (SIOs) by connection type and download speeds as well as the volume of data downloaded within Australia.

  • National energy market blown away by Tasmanian wind farms

    Today’s unveiling of the first wind turbine at the Cattle Hill Wind Farm is a clear sign of confidence in our State’s renewable energy sector and highlights the huge contribution the sector makes to jobs and investment in Tasmania.

    Such a significant development helps underpin the importance of our Battery of the Nation Plan and the State and Federal Liberal Government’s $86 million investment in that plan and Project Marinus – nationally significant energy developments that have the potential to inject billions into the Tasmanian economy and deliver thousands of local jobs.

  • West Wyalong solar farm approved

    A new solar farm in West Wyalong will generate 150 jobs during its construction and create renewable energy to power up to 37,500 homes.

    The NSW Government has approved a 100-megawatt solar farm that has the potential to save up to 212,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions and reduce overall emissions.

  • Sydney Metro to open in May


    Customers will be able to travel from Rouse Hill to Chatswood on the Northwest Metro from Sunday, 26 May 2019.

    The Northwest Metro, the first of four Sydney Metro projects, is a turn-up-and-go rail service with 13 stations between Tallawong and Chatswood. 

    Trains will run every four minutes in each direction at peak times on the Metro Northwest Line.

    In the future, trains may run up to every two minutes. 

  • Retail turnover rises 0.3 per cent in March

    Australian retail turnover rose 0.3 per cent in March 2019, seasonally adjusted, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Retail Trade figures. 

    This follows a 0.9 per cent rise in February 2019.

  • International Investment Position, Australia: Supplementary Statistics, 2018


    Australia's net international liability position as at 31 December 2018 was $975.7b, an increase of $6.9b on the previous year.

    Level of foreign investment in Australia

  • Have your say about your capital city’s budget plans

    A renewed focus on main streets, city businesses growth, street greening, and unique experiences and activations form the budget’s centrepiece.

    Acting Lord Mayor Houssam Abiad said all councillors were keen to hear from their community, either online or in person.

    “Following five months of discussion and collaboration, I’m confident that we have crafted a balanced Integrated Business Plan which will support the city’s continued economic and cultural growth.

  • Strengthening trade and smart city links with China and Indonesia

    City of Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp will visit Indonesia and China later this week to promote Melbourne businesses and foster economic, trade and smart city relationships with our major trading partners.

    The Lord Mayor will travel to Bandung in Indonesia and Guangzhou, Nanjing, Tianjin and Beijing in China on a 10-day visit from Thursday 9 May to Tuesday 21 May 2019.

  • Smart locker at the Chigwell Child and Family Centre

    The Hodgman Liberal Government has made the library network more accessible to all Tasmanians.

    Today I was pleased to visit the Chigwell Child and Family Centre (CFC) to launch the installation of a Smart Locker.

    This will allow people access to the library online and the ability to collect items placed on hold without needing to visit a Libraries Tasmania site. For busy families or families who face barriers, like transportation, this is an opportunity for them to still have access to library materials in a setting they are familiar with.

  • Sydneysiders support plans for a 24-hour city

    New rules allowing city centre businesses, shops and restaurants to trade late into the night could take effect from next month after Sydneysiders overwhelmingly backed a major overhaul of the city’s late-night planning controls.

    The City of Sydney’s new controls include some of the biggest changes to city planning in a decade. They allow for:

  • Tasmania leads the way in the Sensis Business Index

    The latest Sensis Business Index confirms the Hodgman Liberal Government’s policies are working, as Tasmanian business confidence remains among the strongest in the country.

    For the March 2019 quarter, the Survey shows that businesses rated the Hodgman Liberal Government’s policies the most popular in the nation for the seventh quarter in a row.

    This confidence in our Plan is why the private sector continues to invest in our state, as demonstrated by our nation leading results in new capital expenditure, building approvals and engineering construction work done.

  • Climate change takes centre stage in Australia's election

    Two contenders for PM have very different messages about how to address environmental emergency

    As political leaders travel across Australia to deliver their election talking points in farms, factories and sports fields, they are criss-crossing a country in the grip of a rolling climate emergency.

  • Major parties stare down election eligibility questions in two Victorian marginal seats

    Labor denies Deakin candidate Shireen Morris has dual citizenship while Liberals say Higgins’ Katie Allen has resigned from her research role

    The major parties are defending their candidates in two key Victorian marginal seats after concerns were raised about the eligibility of Labor’s Shireen Morris in Deakin and Liberal Katie Allen in Higgins.

  • Sky News Australia closes its dedicated business channel Your Money

    Joint venture with Nine shuts down eight months after its rebranding with the loss of 70 jobs, citing lack of advertisers

    Sky News Australia has closed down its dedicated business channel just eight months after it was rebranded Your Money in a joint venture with Nine Entertainment.

    The 24-hour business, personal finance and lifestyle channel failed to attract the cross-platform advertisers in subscription, pay and digital that the joint venture partners Sky and Nine had hoped.

  • First person charged under Western Australia's new revenge porn laws

    Perth man accused of creating fake Instagram pages under his ex-girlfriend’s name and sharing intimate photographs

    A Perth man has become the first person to be charged under Western Australia’s new revenge porn laws for allegedly creating fake Instagram pages under his ex-girlfriend’s name and sharing intimate photographs.

    The 24-year-old, from Spearwood, is alleged to have taken the images of his 24-year-old girlfriend, with her knowledge and consent, during their relationship.

  • Australia's capital cities face water restrictions as dams near 50%

    Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane have seen water levels hit near-decade lows after a hot summer and dry autumn

    Sydney, Darwin, Brisbane and Melbourne are all facing the prospect of dams below 50% capacity after low rainfall and high temperatures across the country.

  • Labor fails the community and workers, again

    Labor’s pattern of contempt for the views of the community continues as they confirm their opposition to our Bill to guarantee mandatory minimum sentences for serious assaults against nurses, paramedics, correctional officers and other frontline workers.

    Debate has begun on the Sentencing Amendment (Assault of Certain Frontline Workers) Bill 2019, and the Labor Party has revealed it is once again soft on crime and willing to allow a free pass for violent offenders who assault frontline, critical staff serving our community.

  • Abbott v Steggall: former PM suggests Australia reopen car industry – despite role in collapse

    Tony Abbott and Zali Steggall clashed over climate change at Warringah election debate

    Tony Abbott has appeared to countenance reopening the Australian car industry – an industry he effectively shut down while prime minister by ending subsidies – in a robust debate with his rival, the independent candidate Zali Steggall.

  • Of course rich people think inequality doesn’t matter. They don’t see it

    The ‘gated community’ effect means the more inequality grows, the easier it is for the rich not to notice

    Before dawn, a group of men shuffle into a cold storage factory in outer Melbourne. They’re weary but grateful for the work. There are no standard start times, no minimum shift lengths and no guarantee of future shifts. For now though, they have work.