Monday, 18 March 2019 Sydney

Invest In Australia Blog::

  • Sydney’s new light rail system has reached a new milestone with a tram being tested along Alison Road in Randwick for the first time.

    The first phase of testing will allow engineers to monitor how the tram performs and prepare it for operations.

    Testing will initially be carried out at night with the tram operating at low speeds. Daytime testing will start in the coming months.

    Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said the first tram test for the project was a milestone marking the next phase of the project.

    “We know Sydney customers are going to be just as excited as us when the new trams start running from the CBD to Randwick and Kingsford,” Mr Constance said.

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  • Netgear likely misled customers

    Networking equipment manufacturer Netgear will provide remedies and refunds to customers who were misled by its warranty and technical support representations, following action by the ACCC.

    From June 2016, Netgear incorrectly told customers they could not receive a remedy for a faulty product, unless they were covered by Netgear’s manufacturer’s warranty or they purchased a technical support contract.

    “Netgear admits that it is likely to have misled customers about the remedies they were legally entitled to under the Australian Consumer Law,” ACCC Commissioner Sarah Court said.

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  • Australians' journeys through life: rich data source now available

    New statistics released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today showcase Australians' journeys through life. 

    With the aim of building a long-term picture of Australian society, the Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset (ACLD) brings together a sample of Census data from 2011 and 2016, to provide new insights into the dynamics that drive social and economic change.

    ABS Data Integration Partnerships Branch Program Manager, Dr Phillip Gould, said the ACLD has great value in showing life transitions of Australians, including movements in and out of the workforce and through the education system. 

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  • Sydney education a major international export

    The City of Sydney will work hand-in-hand with government agencies, education providers and businesses to support international students as education has become one of Australia’s leading exports.

    The new program is part of the City of Sydney’s draft international education action plan that includes programs and funding to welcome students to Sydney, promote health and wellbeing services and increase their employability.

    Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the City’s first formal program to support the international education sector would further strengthen global connections and help maintain Sydney’s status as Australia’s leading education destination.

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  • ACCC seeking views on news and digital platforms inquiry

    The ACCC is looking forward to hearing the views of consumers, media organisations, digital platforms, advertising agencies and advertisers after today outlining the key issues it will be considering in its digital platforms inquiry.

    As part of its public inquiry into the impact of digital platforms on media and advertising markets in Australia, the ACCC is seeking feedback on:

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  • Small Business Ombudsman congratulates new Deputy Prime Minister

    The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell, congratulated Michael McCormack on his appointment as leader of the National Party of Australia and Deputy Prime Minister this morning.

    “Michael McCormack was a diligent and committed Small Business Minister, so we are particularly pleased with this outcome.

    “Mr McCormack ran his own small business before entering Parliament so he knows what it’s like, and has great empathy for the challenges and opportunities small businesses face every day.

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  • Sale paves way for inner-city childcare and sport

    The sale of a disused depot in Ultimo will help deliver a new childcare centre and multi-use indoor recreational centre for the local community under plans proposed by the City of Sydney.

    Subject to development consent, the purchaser of the 12,000sqm property at 14–26 Wattle Street would be required to build an 80-place childcare centre and a multi-use two-court indoor recreational centre on the site. The developer would transfer stratum ownership of the public facilities back to the City, allowing for important services to be delivered for the local community.

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  • ADMA's Data Day brings together the best in data, technology and marketing

    The Victorian Government is proud to be supporting ADMA’s Data Daywhich brings together both local and global leaders across data, technology and marketing to share how they have used data to overcome challenges for maximum business impact.

    The Day, delivered by the Association for Data-Driven Marketing & Advertising (ADMA), includes renowned data leaders including:

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  • Consumers urged to fight back against record retailers' margins

    Average petrol prices in Australia’s five largest cities increased significantly in the December 2017 quarter and hit their highest levels since 2015, according to the ACCC’s latest quarterly petrol report.

    The ACCC found that average petrol prices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth increased by 12.6 cents per litre in the quarter to 135.1 cents per litre.

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  • Wages rise 0.6% seasonally adjusted

    The seasonally adjusted Wage Price Index (WPI) rose 0.6 per cent in December quarter 2017 according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

    The WPI rose 2.1 per cent through the year seasonally adjusted to December quarter 2017.

    ABS Chief Economist Bruce Hockman said "The annual rate of wage growth has increased for the second consecutive quarter reflecting falling unemployment and underemployment rates, and increasing job vacancy levels."

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