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  • Australians on notice to keep their receipts

    The ATO is warning taxpayers they will be paying close attention to claims for ‘other’ work-related expenses this year, and is reminding people to keep appropriate records.

    Assistant Commissioner Kath Anderson said that last year 6.7 million taxpayers claimed a record $7.9 billion in deductions for ‘other work-related expenses’. “It’s a significant amount of money and Australians expect us to ensure that people are not over-claiming”.

    This year the ATO is shining a spotlight on ‘other’ deductions. Legitimate ‘other work related expenses’ can include home office, union fees, mobile phone and internet, overtime meals and tools and equipment.

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  • Growing the food industry in Melbourne

    A new food manufacturing industry group in the norther regions of Melbourne, Australia, will strengthen food and beverage manufacturing and investment in Victoria.

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  • Sydney’s red hot start to Chinese New Year

    The Sydney Harbour Bridge decked out in auspicious red and a glowing eight-metre-high guard dog unleashed the start of the biggest celebrations of the Lunar New Year outside Asia.

    Sydney officially welcomed the Year of the Dog this evening, launching the City of Sydney’s 22nd Chinese New Year Festival in spectacular style.

    A traditional lion dance and eye dotting ceremony below the giant animated dog lantern at the Sydney Opera House kicked off activities around the harbour foreshore.

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  • Apprentices kicking goals at Moorabbin Reserve

    Victorian apprentices are kicking goals and learning valuable skills on the $30 million re-development of St Kilda Football Club’s Moorabbin Reserve thanks to the Victorian Government’s Major Project Skills Guarantee.

    Funded by the Victorian Government, St Kilda, the AFL, Kingston City Council and local sporting leagues, the re-development will include a training facility, indoor netball and basketball courts, the club’s headquarters and a retail hub.

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  • Connecting Melbourne with UK and France for innovation and growth

    Melbourne’s position and capability as a major centre for innovation and manufacturing will be enhanced through closer partnerships with France and UK - the focus of discussions with Australia's Victorian Government.

    Melbourne’s capabilities in digital technology, cyber security and defence are the focus of investment discussions between the Victorian Government and business and government organisations in the UK and France.

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  • ABS reveals insights into Australia’s Chinese population on Chinese New Year

    Like the fireworks on Sydney Harbour every 31 December, Chinese New Year is one of the most colourful events on the global calendar. 

    The ABS’s most recent Estimated Resident Population figures show that there are 526,040 Australian residents born in China, up from 387,420 over the previous five years. 

    In 2016 – the Year of the Monkey – the Census of Population and Housing found that China remains one of the top countries of birth for Australian residents, trailing behind only Australia, England and New Zealand. Over the past 20 years, Chinese-born residents have overtaken other countries of birth, such as Italy, Vietnam and Greece, highlighting changes in Australia’s migration intake. 

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  • Half a million Australians physically assaulted in 2016-17

    Nearly half a million Australians aged 15 years and over (454,900 or 2.4 per cent) have experienced one or more incidents of physical assault in the last 12 months, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

    Results from the 2016-17 Crime Victimisation survey found that men and women experienced physical assault at a similar rate: 2.4 per cent of men (228,700) and 2.3 per cent of women (226,900), with just over half reporting the most recent incident to police (52 per cent of men and 56 per cent of women). There was no change in the rate of victimisation or reporting to police since the survey was last run in 2015-16.

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  • Transport Project Reaps $80 Million In Industry Benefits

    Primary producers and road transport operators have received estimated industry benefits of at least $80 million from the 90 day Improving Road Transport for the Agriculture Industry project.



    The benefit figure has more than doubled from the original estimate of $36 million in 2016 and is expected to further rise as route extensions and last mile access issues are addressed across the State.

    Following on from the success and momentum of the first project, a second survey was undertaken last year to identify any remaining issues.

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  • Criminal cartel proceedings commenced against Country Care and its managers

    Following an investigation by the ACCC, criminal charges have been laid against The Country Care Group Pty Ltd (Country Care), its Managing Director, Robert Hogan, and a former employee, Cameron Harrison. 

    The charges relate to alleged cartel conduct involving assistive technology products used in rehabilitation and aged care, including beds and mattresses, wheelchairs and walking frames. 

    Country Care is based in Mildura, Victoria.

    The charges are listed for mention before the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria in Mildura on 14 March 2018.

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  • Female labour force participation reaches all-time high

    Australia's female labour force participation rate reached an historic high of 60.5 per cent in January 2018, while the overall participation rate of 65.6 per cent in January was the highest since February 2011, according to latest figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today.

    Program Manager for the ABS Labour and Income Branch Bjorn Jarvis said the trend unemployment rate for January remained steady at 5.5 per cent, where it has hovered for the past seven months.

    "Australia's labour force participation rate continues to strengthen, reaching a new high for females in January and a seven-year high overall," Mr Jarvis said. 

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