Seventy-seven River Murray-based irrigation projects have been offered a share of $38 million in funding under the fourth and final round of the highly successful Irrigation Industry Improvement Program (3IP).
If all projects accept their offers, it will mean a total of 259 projects will have received funding under the $240 million program since it first opened in 2014.
Round Four proposals include new solar energy and netting projects, as well as new winegrape plantings and uptake of new food manufacturing technology.
Advanced Hair Studio Pty Ltd (Advanced Hair) will partly refund some customers who purchased the Advanced Laser Therapy Program between April 2015 and June 2017, following ACCC concerns that Advanced Hair’s contract contained terms that were unfair.
Advanced Hair supplies hair loss treatments and procedures including laser therapy as part of 3-12 month programs.
One of the cancellation clauses in Advanced Hair’s contracts required customers to pay the entire cost of the program even if they had attended only one or two laser sessions.
The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman has welcomed the Federal Court’s judgment to uphold the Fair Work Commission decision on penalty rates.
The Federal Court has found the Fair Work Commission met its legal obligations through the exhaustive two-year process it undertook to reach a decision.
Comments attributable to Ombudsman Kate Carnell:
“Small business operators will be relieved at this decision, which levels the playing field in competition against big business.
Freycinet is one of Tasmania’s premier tourism hotspots, with locals and visitors flocking to the area in droves to experience the region’s stunning natural areas.
With visitation up seven per cent to a record 292,000 for 2016-17, Freycinet is still the State's most visited national park and remains vitally important to the East Coast as tourists visit and spend in our local tourism businesses, shops and eateries.
We want to ensure the area continues to build and attract even more visitors, and I am pleased to announce Emma Riley and Associates have been selected to develop a long-term master plan for the area.
This Stay Smart Online Week, the ACCC is warning the community to watch out for common online scams they might encounter.
The online sphere – email, the internet, social media and mobile apps – has overtaken telephones as scammers’ preferred tool of the trade to contact potential victims. In 2017, the ACCC’s Scamwatch site has received more than 51,000 reports of scammers trying to con people online. Online scam losses total nearly $37 million so far in 2017, with people aged 45 to 54 most likely to lose money.
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is providing taxpayers with simple ways to protect themselves from scammers as part of Stay Smart Online week.
Assistant Commissioner Kath Anderson says it’s important for taxpayers to remember to stay vigilant and to help family and friends be wary of emails, phone calls and SMS during tax time that claim to be from the ATO, even if they seem legitimate.
Think about neighbours, particularly with vineyards, and don’t underestimate the potential distance of impact before spraying weeds this spring, PIRSA is warning crop producers.
Actively growing grapevines are highly susceptible to herbicides and were the subject of off-target damage from spray drift or chemical trespass following summer rainfall events early in 2017.
Certain weather conditions such as inversions, can result in spray drift damage up to tens of kilometres from the application site, so producers must consider sensitive crops that might be some distance away when planning a spray operation.
The ACCC today announced it will not make a decision on NBN Co’s proposed variation to its special access undertaking (SAU) until NBN Co further progresses its consultation with customers on its pricing model.
NBN Co submitted its revised SAU variation in June 2017 to incorporate fibre-to-the-node, fibre-to-the-basement and hybrid fibre coaxial technologies (multi technology mix services) into the SAU, to reflect the current NBN model. This has the effect of extending the current SAU pricing arrangements to these MTM services.
The ACCC has today released the findings of its study into the Brisbane petrol market, which shows a lack of competition is causing Brisbane motorists to pay more for petrol than in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.
Between 2009–10 and 2016–17, Brisbane motorists paid 3.3 cents per litre (cpl) more for petrol on average than motorists in Australia’s other four largest cities.
“The ACCC’s report confirms Brisbane drivers’ suspicions that they are paying too much for petrol, and that some local fuel retailers are enjoying high profit margins at their expense,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore will join forces with transport experts, health experts and community representatives at a public meeting next week to call on the NSW Government to rethink WestConnex to deliver a better deal for all Sydneysiders.
The discussion will explore why WestConnex won’t solve Sydney’s transport needs, why it will increase congestion and how its $50 billion budget could be better spent.
A registered tax agent has been sentenced to 29 months’ imprisonment with 18 to serve for attempting to defraud the Commonwealth of approximately $550,000, and dealing with the proceeds of crime.
Arjuna Samarakoon was sentenced at Melbourne County Courthouse on Wednesday for his role as a tax professional in a company which fraudulently claimed refunds on two separate occasions in 2013 from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) under the Research & Development (R&D) Tax Incentive, with a total value of $549,719. Mr Samarakoon transferred the majority of the funds to his individual bank account making a personal gain of $380,000.
The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman has welcomed the introduction of shorter, plain English loan contracts by National Australia Bank for small business borrowers.
The bank announced yesterday that more than 130,000 Australian business owners would benefit from a complete overhaul of its existing business standard loan form contract.
Ombudsman Kate Carnell said this was a positive step.
Deputy Premier John Barilaro and Minister for Health Brad Hazzard today announced the opening of a new warehousing and distribution hub by global medical device manufacturer Medline, supporting hundreds of jobs in Western Sydney.
Mr Barilaro said the 25,000 square metre Marsden Park facility was secured with assistance from the NSW Government-backed Jobs for NSW.
The Full Court of the Federal Court has upheld an ACCC appeal, and dismissed a cross appeal by Cement Australia, against the penalties imposed on Cement Australia Pty Ltd and its related companies for making and giving effect to anti-competitive agreements.
The trial judge had imposed penalties of $17.1 million against the Cement Australia companies. The Full Court has now ordered these companies to pay increased penalties totalling $20.6 million for breaching the anti-competitive provisions of the Act. This is the third highest total penalty imposed for an ACCC case.
A 25 year old man has today been arrested on 106 charges related to Commonwealth fraud and identity crime.
Today’s arrest follows a joint investigation between the Financial and Cyber Crime Group, State Crime Command and the Criminal Law Investigations area of the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).
It is alleged the man has been linked to 63 fraudulent tax return lodgements via myTax, from September 2015 to July 2016.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.