Saturday, 25 November 2017 Sydney

Invest In Australia Blog::

  • Connecting Country Communities Fund announced

    The NSW Government will invest at least $50 million to improve phone and data connectivity in regional and rural NSW. 

    Part of the $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund, the Connecting Country Communities Fund will invest in communications infrastructure to connect regional NSW businesses to global markets and schools with innovative learning resources.

    Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said poor mobile and slow internet coverage were two of the biggest issues faced by people living in regional and remote NSW.

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  • ATO supports small business mental health awareness

    The Australian Tax Office reaffirmed its commitment to supporting the mental health of small business owners in the lead up to World Mental Health Day on the 10th of October.

    The ATO’s Deputy Commissioner for Small Business Deborah Jenkins said “We recognise the enormous pressure small business owners are under when dealing with mental health issues. We want to use this day to reiterate our support to those who need help with their tax and super commitments”.

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  • Don't let the deadline be a dread-line

    The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is reminding taxpayers that there is just one month left to lodge their own tax returns. Assistant Commissioner Kath Anderson said that over 2.5 million people have already lodged their own returns via myTax, with another 5.2 million people lodging via an agent, and she expects millions more in October.

    “The upcoming deadline shouldn’t be cause for concern though, because our suite of online services makes it easier than ever before to get your return in on time,” she said.

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  • Developing the Building Surveyor industry in Tasmania

    Tasmania’s building and construction industry is essential to Tasmania’s economic revival under a Hodgman Liberal Government, employing more than 22,000 people across the State, compared with just 16,100 in the last year of the Labor-Green Government.

    That’s why we’ve set a target to increase the number of people employed in the building and construction sector by 25 per cent over the next five years.

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  • Desert Mob smashes all records and looks to nudge $1M in sales

    Desert Mob 2017 has recorded its highest sales records in its 27-year history, with more than $420,000 in exhibition sales achieved as of the end of September, and an estimated $500,000 worth of additional sales at the ever-popular Desert Mob MarketPlace during the opening weekend.

    With three weeks still to go, Desert Mob 2017 is tipped to reach an unprecedented result of close to $1 million in total sales. Exhibition sales have eclipsed the previous records at the height of the contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art market a decade ago. This year’s MarketPlace sales also outstripped last year’s record.

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  • Global connections strengthened with new Boston office

    The State Government of Victoria has expanded its international trade and investment network with the opening of a new US office in Boston, Massachusetts.

    The new office will promote Victoria’s medical technology and pharmaceuticals capabilities and will help connect Victorian companies to North American markets, while encouraging foreign investment in Victorian companies.

    Victoria has the largest network of international offices of any Australian state, with the Boston office joining other recent openings of offices in Singapore and Santiago.

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  • National Warranty Company agrees to change extended warranties

    Davantage Group Pty Ltd trading as National Warranty Company (NWC) has agreed to make changes to its ‘Extension to Manufacturer’s Warranty’, which is primarily sold through used-vehicle dealerships, following concerns raised by the ACCC.

    NWC’s extended warranties are available nationally through dealers for new and used vehicles. The ACCC investigated following concerns that NWC’s extended warranties had the potential to mislead consumers about the benefits, and need for, purchasing an extended warranty.

    In particular, the ACCC was concerned that:

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  • ACCC proposes to authorise independent cinemas to bargain collectively

    The ACCC has issued a draft determination proposing to grant authorisation to Independent Cinemas Australia (ICA), and its current and future independent cinema members, to share information and collectively bargain with film distributors.

    ICA and its members are seeking to share information with each other and collectively bargain with film distributors on the terms of film licensing agreements.

    “Independent Cinema Australia’s proposal is likely to benefit the public as it should reduce negotiation costs for independent cinemas and distributors who participate,” ACCC Commissioner Roger Featherston said.

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  • Don't dodge when you lodge

    The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is reminding taxpayers there are serious consequences if they choose not to meet their tax obligations this tax time.

    Assistant Commissioner Kath Anderson said most Australians want to do the right thing, but some refuse to pay their share, or pay at all.

    “In the first instance we always try to help and educate taxpayers about how to get their tax right. Unfortunately in some cases people don’t respond or deliberately make false statements to avoid paying the right amount of tax – and we have to pursue this,” she said.

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  • Population growth soars under Hodgman Government’s long-term Plan

    Under the Hodgman Government’s long-term Plan, Tasmania’s population is growing at the fastest rate since early 2011.

    Importantly, interstate migration is at the highest level in seven years.

    Under Labor and the Greens, Tasmanians were leaving in droves to look for work on the mainland.  Under the Hodgman Government’s long-term Plan, people are returning to Tasmania, because there are more jobs than ever before, the economy is growing, our lifestyle is second-to-none and they see tremendous opportunities.

    When we were elected, we rolled out a population plan, which is clearly working.

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