Friday, 22 September 2017 Sydney

Invest In Australia Blog::

  • Jetstar direct Adelaide service in hot demand

    Jetstar’s new service of direct flights between Adelaide and Hobart is already proving popular with a massive 5,000 seats sold in the first 12 hours.

    The new service is expected  to attract more than 46,000 passengers a year and initial demand highlights Tasmania’s popularity as a must see destination.

    Tourism Tasmania has committed to increase its cooperative marketing with Jetstar to capitalise on the new service, and is also expanding its highly successful Go Behind the Scenery marketing campaign this Spring into the Adelaide market.

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  • Spirit Success – Passengers and Freight Up, Fares Down

    The Hodgman Liberal Government’s plan to deliver more passengers and lower fares on the Spirit of Tasmania ferries has been an unequivocal success.

    New figures show the Spirits carried 433,925 passengers in the last financial year, a massive 31 per cent increase on the 330,698 carried four years earlier under the former Labor-Green government.

    According to TT-Line, we have also seen under this Government a reduction in average fare prices of about 15 per cent in real terms.

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  • Northern Territory Operators Take to the UK Birdfair

    Northern Territory tourism operators have hit the road to target birding enthusiasts at the annual UK Birdfair.

    Held annually, the British Birdwatching Fair runs from 18 to 20 August and is the largest bird fair in the world attracting more than 25,000 people and over 300 exhibitors.

    The Northern Territory is a magnet for birding and nature enthusiasts and our involvement in the UK Birdfair helps to attract visitors to the NT and ensure that our destination is kept at front of mind within this niche tourism market.

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  • Unconventional NT Showcase Series targets business event planners

    The NT Convention Bureau’s inaugural Unconventional Darwin Showcase 2017, a four day mega-familiarisation program that ran from Thursday 10 August to Sunday 13 August, has attracted more than 20 business event planners from across Australia.

    Department of Tourism and Culture CEO Alastair Shields said the Unconventional Darwin Showcase was the first in a series of mega-familiarisations, with similar events to follow in Uluru in mid-October and Alice Springs in early May next year.

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  • Independent review confirms value of the ASBFEO

    The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, which was established in March 2016, has welcomed the findings of an independent legislative review into the office.


    Independent reviews are required under the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Act.


    The first independent review was led by Ms Su McCluskey, with support from a secretariat provided by the Nous Group.


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  • ACCC proposes to approve collective bargaining between Licensed Post Offices and Australia Post

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a draft determination proposing to grant authorisation to Licensed Post Office Group Ltd (LPO Group) and its current and future licensed post office members to collectively negotiate with Australia Post.

    LPO Group and its members are seeking to collectively negotiate and enter into a new agreement with Australia Post, or vary the agreements that are currently in place for the provision of postal and distribution services by Licensed Post Offices (LPOs).

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  • New GST law changes impacting overseas businesses

    There are two changes to the application of the Australian goods and services tax (GST) that will impact overseas businesses selling to Australia.

    The changes are:

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  • Competition amendment fairer for small business

    The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell, has welcomed the passing of an “effects test”, which reframes Section 46 of the Competition and Consumer Act.

    “This levels the playing field for small business and safeguards competition,” Ms Carnell said.

    “The legislation will stop large businesses with significant market power from using that power to impact broadly upon a market with adverse consequences for competitors.

    “It doesn’t stifle price discounting or loss-leading behaviour.

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  • Preliminary Outcomes Report 2016-17 shows another balanced budget

    For the second year in a row, the Hodgman Government has balanced the budget.

    Under Labor and the Greens, Tasmania was living on the credit card and the budget was a mess with massive deficits.

    Because we’ve balanced the budget, it means that we can invest more in the important things, like health, education and supporting vulnerable Tasmanians.

    Balancing the budget means we don't need to make Tasmanians pay more for essential services by increasing taxes, which is why I announced yesterday that a re-elected Hodgman Government is committed to no new or increased taxes.

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  • Sydney Dance Company’s brings a wildly powerful double bill to Alice Springs

    Alice Springs audiences are in for a treat when Sydney Dance Company returns to the Araluen Arts Centre on Wednesday 23 August for their national tour, Frame of Mind.

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