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  • Ombudsman welcomes proposed extension of super amnesty

    The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell has welcomed the federal government’s proposal to extend the amnesty to tackle non-payment of workers’ superannuation.

    “The government has reintroduced legislation to extend a one-off amnesty that effectively encourages employers to catch-up on paying superannuation entitlements to staff, without being slugged with the harsh penalties that usually apply,” Ms Carnell said.

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  • Record $26.5m penalty and $56m repayment ordered against training college Empower Institute

    The Federal Court has ordered  $26.5 million in penalties against Cornerstone Investments Aust Pty Ltd, trading as Empower Institute (in liquidation) (Empower), the highest total penalties ever imposed for breaches of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).

    The Court also ordered Empower to repay more than $56 million to the Commonwealth for funding it had received to provide the courses

    Empower ceased trading and in April 2017 entered into voluntary liquidation.

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  • Proposal to authorise big box retailers to negotiate for cheaper electricity prices

    The ACCC has issued a draft determination proposing to authorise members of the Large Format Retail Association (LFRA) to jointly tender and negotiate with electricity suppliers for cheaper power prices.

    The ACCC has also granted interim authorisation to the LFRA, allowing members to begin the initial stages of the tendering and negotiation process while the ACCC completes its assessment.

    “LFRA and its members want to jointly tender so they can pay less for their electricity,” ACCC Commissioner Stephen Ridgeway said.

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  • A slam-dunk for Tasmania

    This year’s NBL Blitz is bringing the competition’s nine teams to Tasmania to play matches across the State, in Devonport, Ulverstone, Launceston and Hobart.

    The Tasmanian Government’s support in bringing top-level basketball here is important to encourage participation and develop grassroots basketball.

    The NBL Blitz is not only bringing the biggest names in the game, but will also deliver community clinics, game day activations, and a coaches’ clinics across the state.

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  • Getting on with the job of delivering the Bridgewater Bridge

    The Commonwealth and Tasmanian governments will deliver on their promise to build a new Bridgewater Bridge.

    Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Michael Ferguson said; “Tasmanians made their voices loud and clear at both the state and federal elections by voting in the Hodgman majority Liberal Government and Morrison Liberal and Nationals Government to deliver the Bridgewater Bridge.

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  • Protecting our heritage and cutting red tape

    The Hodgman majority Liberal Government welcomes the passing of the Historic Cultural Heritage Bill 2019 through the Legislative Council today.

    The amendments align with our commitment to reduce red tape and maximise certainty under the planning system for property owners, developers and other stakeholders and better integrates Tasmania’s historic heritage and planning legislation.

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  • Supporting the West and North-West

    The Hodgman majority Liberal Government is committed to strengthening our regions and the Cradle Coast Prospectus will shine a spotlight on the West and North-West, generating more jobs, economic activity and investment.

    The Prospectus highlights business investment opportunities and promotes the region as a great place for investors to establish new businesses and for people to live, work and play.  The Cradle Coast Prospectus promotes six industrial precincts across the Coast and highlights the key industries, skilled workforce and infrastructure available.

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  • Delivery tech giant dashes into Melbourne

    A multi-billion-dollar US tech company has chosen Melbourne to launch its entry into the Australian market, further cementing Melbourne’s position as Australia’s leading tech city.

    The largest on-demand food platform for door-to-door delivery in the U.S., DoorDash, is expanding into the Australian market and has established their head office in Melbourne, creating around 50 direct jobs.

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  • Small businesses reminded to get Single Touch Payroll ready

    The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has reminded small businesses they have until 30 September to adopt Single Touch Payroll (STP).

    Small businesses with 19 employees or less are required to make the transition to STP by the deadline in two weeks.

    STP became mandatory for small employers on 1 July this year, with the Australian Taxation Office allowing a three month grace period for businesses to transition to the new digital system.

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  • Cooking up careers at Providore Place

    The new $1.4 million training kitchens at Devonport’s Providore Place will help Drysdale students to be job ready to meet the increased demand for cookery and bakery skills in the North-West.

    Funded by the Hodgman majority Liberal Government, the training space will provide more than 200 apprentices and pre-employment students annually with state of the art equipment in a modern open-plan training space.

    It includes a dedicated bakery, barista training area, deck ovens, blast chillers, a walk-in freezer, cool room and dry stores.

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