Saturday, 22 July 2017 Sydney

Invest In Australia News::

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Local infrastructure to support Stronger Country Communities

    Applications are now open for the $200 million Stronger Country Communities Fund.

    Announced in the 2017-18 budget, the fund is part of the Regional Growth Fund and will help rebuild and refurbish local infrastructure projects in regional communities.

    The fund will support projects between $100,000 and $1 million, or higher with financial co-contribution, across 92 local government areas (LGA) in regional NSW, as well as Lord Howe Island and the Unincorporated Far West.

    Projects include:

  • Government investing in keeping Canberra community safe

    Minister for Police and Emergency Services Mick Gentleman today unveiled his key priorities for ACT Policing for 2017-18, including a focus on responding to domestic and family violence, and preventing terrorism in the ACT.

    “The key priorities I have issued today as part of my Ministerial Direction are focused on keeping the Canberra community as well as our frontline Police officers safe,” Minister Gentleman said.

    “The ACT Government is committed to the safety of all Canberrans, and these priority areas will build on the community’s confidence and trust in ACT Policing.”

  • ACCC appeals Tribunal decision in Tabcorp-Tatts merger

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has applied to the Federal Court for judicial review of the Australian Competition Tribunal’s decision to grant authorisation for Tabcorp Holdings Limited (ASX:TAH) to acquire Tatts Group Limited (ASX:TTS). 

    The Tribunal’s reasons for its decision found that the proposed acquisition was likely to result in substantial public benefits and no material detriment.

  • Melbourne reaffirmed as Australia’s cultural capital in BCG report

    Boston Consulting Group's new report has ranked Melbourne as the top cultural destination in Australia, third in the Asia Pacific and twelfth in the world, by a new report.

    The report investigated Melbourne's cultural strengths – from the number of creative events and venues to the number of residents employed in the creative sector – to assess how the city compared locally and globally.


    Video: Melbourne ranked as the top cultural destination in Australia.


  • Customers and tourists travelling between Manly and Circular Quay on a Sydney Ferry can use their Mastercard at the Opal gate to pay for their trip.

    In an Australian first trial, customers can tap a credit or debit Mastercard, or a mobile device linked to a Mastercard, at the Opal Card readers for the Manly to Circular Quay ferry.

    The cost of a journey using contactless payment will be the same as an Adult Opal single trip ticket.

    Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said it made sense to trial contactless payments for public transport customers.

  • Canadian connection builds on international experience

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is pleased to announce that Ms Jeanne Pratt of the Canadian Competition Bureau will be acting Executive General Manager of its Merger and Authorisation Review Branch as part of a 12-month interchange.

    Ms Pratt will be replacing Mr Rami Greiss, who will take on the position of Senior Deputy Commissioner, Cartels and Deceptive Marketing Practices Branch at the Canadian regulator, where Ms Pratt is currently Senior Deputy Commissioner, Mergers and Monopolistic Practices Branch.

    “The ACCC is looking forward to Ms Pratt sharing her knowledge, experience, and expertise,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.

  • A 3D map of Melbourne’s future skyline

    Melbourne's future streetscape can now be viewed for the first time as an interactive 3D model that shows its building development activity.

    Melbourne City Council's colour coded model lays out existing buildings, those approved, under construction or under application.

  • Thousands of bus services to support Sydney Metro upgrade

    New buses, extra routes and additional bus services will keep customers moving during the upgrade of the Epping to Chatswood line in late 2018.

    Customers will be able to catch seven new bus routes connecting them to stations affected by construction of the Sydney Metro Northwest, including a dedicated shuttle service to Macquarie University.

    More than 30 bus services will be added in the morning peak hour from Epping to the Macquarie Park precinct and Chatswood.

  • Setting the story straight on ATO systems

    ATO systems are back up and running with full functionality, following a disruption this afternoon.

    The issue experienced today does not relate to the ATO’s capability and capacity to deliver for Tax Time 2017. It is not related to recent hardware issues or our storage area network (SAN). No data has been lost and our systems were not compromised or subject to a cyber-attack.

    We identified intermittent system issues early this afternoon affecting our mainframe and impacting on our services to the community. This was caused by applications running incorrectly. We took controlled action to reboot our mainframe and resolve this issue.

  • May retail stats confirm continued growth

    Tasmania’s retail sector has registered yet another month of consecutive growth, bringing the total to a record-breaking 31 months of month-on-month growth.

    Statistics released by the ABS today show the nominal value of retail trade in Tasmania was estimated at $516.6 million in trend terms for the month of May, up 0.4 per cent compared to the previous month.

    Nationally, retail turnover was estimated to have increased by 0.3 per cent from the previous month.

    Today I joined Debbie Hingston, founder and proprietor of Nurture by Nature, one of the North-West Coast’s recent success stories.

  • $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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Don’t take your tax return for a ride

    Tax time is coming and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) wants people involved in ride-sourcing to make sure they understand their tax obligations.

    Assistant Commissioner Tom Wheeler said that drivers in the sharing economy should be aware that anything they earn is assessable income that needs to be included in their tax return.

    “It pays to know what your tax obligations are as a driver so you can report and fulfil them correctly from the start,” he said.