Wednesday, 26 July 2017 Sydney

Invest In Australia Blog::

  • $60m Economic Stimulus Scheme rolls out State-wide

    Southern councils are being urged to apply for a government loans scheme which will allow important community infrastructure projects to be brought forward to stimulate the economy, create jobs and provide better local facilities.

    The number one priority for the Hodgman Liberal Government is to create jobs, especially in regional Tasmania, and 8400 jobs have been created since we came to Government.

    The Tasmanian Economic Stimulus Scheme follows a highly successful pilot in the North and North-West.

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  • Call for fairer treatment of freelancers

    The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has backed freelancers in their push for fairer treatment from large corporations.

    Following her inquiry into payment times and practices, Ms Carnell said there was a demonstrated need for quicker payments to small businesses operating as creative soloists, contractors and freelancers.

    “Some larger companies are pushing freelancers to breaking point and there are no rules in Australia that prevent this,” she said.

    “Freelancers generally work alone and can’t afford to be waiting three months or more for payment.

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  • New Trainees Get Their First Taste Of Local Government

    Young trainees from the Murraylands and Riverland will today attend their first induction as part of the State Government’s $4 million Regional Youth Traineeship Program.

    The Welcome to Local Government Induction event in Karoonda is the third of a series of inductions across South Australia this year designed specifically for program trainees and supervisors.

    The 13 trainees attending the induction today are part of 57 Round two inductees, bringing the total number of trainees recruited under the program across the State to 114.

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  • Smart technology that beams real-time information to electronic signs on major roads has expanded to 42 more locations across Sydney.

    The updated technology shows motorists how many minutes it will take for them to reach key landmarks or destinations.

    Electronic message signs displaying this new travel time information will be located across six corridors:

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  • Tackling the mounting e-waste problem

    Australians are among the biggest users of technology in the world, buying millions of items a year. We love our gadgets and regularly update our devices, but the flip side of all this consumption is that electronic waste is one of the fastest growing types of waste.

    As more and more outdated electronic equipment - like computers, photocopiers, printers, faxes, monitors, batteries and mobile phones - ends up in landfill, the negative impacts of e-waste on the environment and society will increase.

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  • AIIA welcomes expanded 457 visa MLSSL for ICT specialists

    The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the nation’s peak member body for the ICT industry, has issued the following statement in relation to the Government’s decision to revise the list of eligible skilled occupations on the 457 visas that bring temporary foreign workers into the country:

    ‘The revisions to the occupations list address the critical skills shortages that exist in cyber security, cloud and data, analytics, and other ICT related areas,” said Rob Fitzpatrick, Chief Executive Officer of the AIIA.

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  • Small business urged to review their payment surcharges

    The ACCC is urging small business owners to start preparing now for the ban on excessive payment surcharges that will apply to all businesses across Australia from 1 September 2017.

    The new law limits the amount that a business can charge customers for use of payment methods such as EFTPOS (debit and prepaid), MasterCard (credit, debit and prepaid), Visa (credit, debit and prepaid) and American Express cards issued by Australian banks. It came into effect for large businesses last year.

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  • Dairy Code of Practice welcomed

    The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman has welcomed the new dairy industry Code of Practice for Contractual Arrangements between farmers and processors.

    Ombudsman Kate Carnell had input to the code and said she will monitor its effectiveness over the next 12 months.

    Ms Carnell said the voluntary code addresses issues that may be contested under the Unfair Contract Terms law for Small Business, which began operating on November 12.

    “I’m very pleased that all the major processors and farmer organisations have signed the code,” Ms Carnell said.

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  • Petrol prices increased during the March quarter but fuel price apps can help motorists

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s tenth quarterly report on the Australian petroleum industry has found that the quarterly average price for petrol in the March quarter 2017 was 129.1 cents per litre (cpl), which is the highest since the September quarter 2015 (133.2 cpl).

    Prices in the five largest cities (i.e. Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth) increased by 7.1 cpl. Retail prices in Perth were the highest with the average retail petrol price in Perth reaching 132.1 cpl.

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  • ACT Government delivers changes to build a better city

    ACT Labor took a bold agenda of reform and investment to the 2016 ACT Election. The people of Canberra overwhelmingly supported this agenda and since October the ACT Government I lead has set about implementing it. While we have achieved much already, July 1 is an important date to recognise because it is the beginning date of some important legislation, regulations and programs that will improve our city.

    A wide range of changes and new programs come into effect tomorrow and are an important step in the delivery of an even better Canberra. A list of highlights, as well as a link to a comprehensive list of changes, can be found below.

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