Wednesday, 26 July 2017 Sydney

Invest In Australia Blog::

  • Rising parcel delivery costs hit small business

    Small business operators have raised concerns with the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman regarding the cost of sending parcels.

    It appears that Australia Post provides volume discounts to big customers who send large amounts of parcel mail.

    Ombudsman Kate Carnell is considering options to level the playing field for small businesses.

    “Concerns have been raised with me by small business operators regarding their capacity to compete with big business when it comes to online sales,” Ms Carnell said.

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  • Tasmanian defence industries taking on the world

    The Hodgman Liberal Government continues to back our State’s capabilities in the manufacturing and defence contracting sectors, and welcomes the latest international successes of two home-grown companies, which cements what should be our place in Australia’s own defence building sector.

    CBG Systems and Liferaft Systems Australia (LSA), both based at Derwent Park, are taking Tasmanian know-how and innovation to the world’s defence forces.

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  • Mice Baiting And Chemical Use Alert To Combat Plague

    Famers are being advised to follow best practice chemical use when combatting mice numbers, which have now reached plague proportions in some areas of South Australia.

    Under the Agricultural and Veterinary Products (Control of Use) Act 2002 it is an offence to NOT follow these specific mandatory instructions when an approved chemical label includes instructions that contain the words MUST, MUST NOT, DO NOT, NOT TO BE USED or USE ONLY.

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  • ACCC releases findings of beer taps investigation

    The ACCC has conducted an in-depth investigation into the contracts of Carlton United Breweries (CUB) and Lion Pty Limited (Lion) after allegations from some craft brewers that the major brewers were locking them out of beer taps in pubs, clubs and live venues through the use of exclusivity provisions and volume requirements.  

    The ACCC investigation examined contracts and practices at 36 venues across NSW and Victoria and found that their impact is unlikely to substantially lessen competition in any of the markets we investigated. However, the competition watchdog says it will continue to closely monitor conduct and developments in the market.

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  • Second Commissioner’s Statement: ATO digital forensic capability

    I would like to reassure the community about the ATO’s use of digital forensic capability, following media reports today.

    The ATO does not monitor taxpayers’ mobile phones or remotely access their mobile devices.

    Circumstances where the ATO uses technology such as the Universal Forensic Extraction software provided by Cellebrite, is to support criminal investigations. For example, where assets such as laptops or mobile devices may contain information about activity related to suspected organised crime or alleged large scale promotion of aggressive tax schemes.

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  • Certainty for stakeholders who rely on ATO systems

    The ATO remains committed to ensuring the ongoing stability, availability and resilience of our IT systems for Tax Time 2017 and into the future.

    The issues we have encountered with our systems over the past few weeks highlight the sheer size, scale, and complexity of the ATO’s IT environment. We continue to examine the triggers and cause of these issues and this analysis is informing the ongoing remediation work we are undertaking. We can confirm recent events have not been related to our storage area network (SAN), but have been caused by other hardware or mainframe issues, and sometimes simply human error.

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  • Judicial review of procurement complaints welcomed

    The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman has welcomed the Government Procurement (Judicial Review) Bill as a “first step in the right direction” to provide small businesses with a legislated mechanism to raise complaints.

    Ombudsman Kate Carnell says the Australian Government spends between $50-60 billion each year on goods and services.

    In 2015–16, small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) accounted for 24 per cent of procurement by value ($13.7 billion).

    Ms Carnell said the percentage, as a share of overall total value, had been steadily declining over the past three years.

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  • Freycinet Lodge expansion

    Tasmania’s national parks are genuinely world class and the Hodgman Liberal Government’s policy to attract investment for new tourism experiences in our natural areas is ensuring that they continue to attract visitors from around the world in record numbers.

    I am very pleased that work has now commenced for the redevelopment at the award-winning Freycinet Lodge that will help attract even more tourists to the beautiful East Coast of Tasmania.

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  • Relaunch of Business Tasmania website

    The Hodgman Liberal Government is a strong supporter of the over 36,000 small businesses operating in Tasmania and the 100,000 people they employ.

    Today, I was pleased to officially relaunch the Business Tasmania website, which has been refreshed and updated with additional funding from last year’s budget.

    Business Tasmania provides businesses with a one-stop-shop providing access to useful tools and programs including personalised business advice, business mentoring, information on available grants and loans and other content.

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  • Temporary Fishing Closure For Yorke Peninsula Shellfish Reef

    The Yorke Peninsula shellfish reef will officially open to recreational fishers later next month, following a month long closure to allow the newly constructed reef time to stabilise and settle.


    Maritime Construction concluded building the reef earlier this week, with the final concrete structures and locally picked limestone set in place.

    Fishing within the four-hectare reef site will be closed to all fishing sectors from Friday 14 July 2017 until Friday 18 August 2017.

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