Sunday, 21 December 2014 Sydney

Invest In Australia News::

  • Reebok Australia to pay $350,000 for false and misleading representations

    The Federal Court has by consent ordered Reebok Australia Pty Ltd (Reebok) to pay a pecuniary penalty of $350,000 for making false and misleading representations about the benefits of Reebok EasyTone shoes, in proceedings brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

  • Melbourne leads the world in community engagement

    The City of Melbourne has been recognised as a world leader in community engagement, winning International Organisation of the Year at an awards ceremony for public participation.
    The City of Melbourne was named Australasian and International Organisation of the Year at the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Core Values Awards last night. It also won an Environment category award for its Urban Forest Strategy consultation.

  • Launch of the National Music Teachers Mentorship Pilot Programme

    We are delighted to announce $594,000 in funding for a new national music mentorship programme that will bring high quality music mentorship to classroom teachers across Australia.

    The National Music Teachers Mentorship Pilot Programme has been developed in close consultation between the Australian Government, the Australian Youth Orchestra and Mr Richard Gill OAM. It will be hosted by the Australian Youth Orchestra who will utilise their well-established connections within the music and education sectors to deliver the programme.

  • Renewed funding continues work on bores

    Remote communities will benefit from the Australian Government's announcement of $15.9 million to extend the Great Artesian Basin Sustainability Initiative (GABSI) for a further three years.

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the program provides funding support to repair uncontrolled bores that threaten the long-term viability of the Great Artesian Basin.

    “The Great Artesian Basin is Australia's most significant underground water resource, directly supporting more than 180,000 people in more than 120 towns and 7,600 enterprises in regional and remote Australia,” Mr Truss said.

  • $60 million to boost successful manufacturing in South Australia and Victoria

    Join release with the Hon. David Hodgett MP, Victorian Minister for Manufacturing amd the Hon. Susan Close MP, South Australian Minister for Automotive Transformation, Manufacturing and Innovation

    Manufacturers in South Australian and Victoria will have the opportunity to capitalise on new market opportunities and create new jobs and investments, through the $60 million Next Generation Manufacturing Investment Programme.

  • Applications now open for $18 million programme to help small businesses grow

    Small business advisory service providers can now apply for funding of up to $200,000 per annum over three years to provide expert advice to small businesses under the Australian Small Business Advisory Services programme.

    Supporting small business is a central part of the Abbott Government’s Economic Action Strategy to build a strong, prosperous economy and a safe, secure Australia.

    Over the next three years funding of up to $600,000 will be made available per organisation through the ASBAS programme to provide the engine room of our economy with easy access to low cost, high quality, expert advice.

  • 14-272MR ASIC action leads to $1.128 million refund to consumers

    PAID International Ltd (PAID) (formerly First Stop Money Ltd) will refund $1,128,142 to customers who were charged an excessive fee after taking out loans of up to $5,000, including small amount loans.

    The refunds will be made as part of an enforceable undertaking (EU) accepted by ASIC to 6,650 consumers in relation to 20,273 loans. 

    The EU was offered to ASIC by PAID, a licensed credit provider which mainly offers small amount loans to consumers, after an ASIC investigation found that between 1 July 2011 and 30 June 2013, PAID: 

  • Growth Centres to boost competitiveness

    The Australian Government will invest $188.5 million in Industry Growth Centres to pursue global excellence in areas of competitive strength.

    These centres will provide the infrastructure needed to drive growth and jobs creation in five key sectors of the Australian economy:

    • food and agribusiness;
    • mining equipment, technology and services;
    • oil, gas and energy resources;
    • medical technologies and pharmaceuticals; and
    • advanced manufacturing sectors.

    A key part of the Government’s Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda, the centres will help industry exploit new global markets and supply chains, invent and commercialise new products and services and generate new jobs.

  • Australia's trade with East Asia grows

    Australia’s trade with East Asia grew to $366.7 billion in 2013, up 7.6 per cent on 2012, according to one of three new publications on geographic trade statistics released by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade today.

    Australia’s trade with East Asia also reports that exports to East Asia increased 10.6 per cent to $218.8 billion. Iron ore exports to East Asia accounted for over a quarter of total exports, valued at $69.5 billion. Gold (up 30.5 per cent), beef (up 24.6 per cent) and other ores and concentrates – mainly manganese, lead and zinc ores and concentrates (up 15.1 per cent) all grew strongly in 2013.

  • $2.93 Million to Support Ballarat Medical Students

    The Federal Assistant Minister for Health, Fiona Nash, was in Ballarat today to open a new student accommodation facility designed to help universities train medical students locally, giving them a taste of living and working in regional Victoria.

    Opening the University of Melbourne's Rural Health Academic Centre Student Accommodation in Alfredton, Minister Nash said the Australian Government had invested $2.93 million to develop the modern facility.

    The fully-furnished accommodation consists of eight two storey units and can house up to 32 people. It will be used by medical students from the University of Melbourne and Deakin University while they undertake clinical placements.

  • Green Light for Werrington Arterial Stage 1

    The Australian and New South Wales Governments are getting on with building a stronger and more prosperous Western Sydney by today committing $70 million towards the Werrington Arterial Road Stage 1 upgrade and announcing tenders for construction.

    This new funding increases our joint Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan to $3.6 billion further boosting the region's productive capacity to capitalise on the economic gains from developing an airport at Badgerys Creek and cutting journey times for residents travelling to the M4.

  • $22 million investment brings new jobs to Colac

    Up to 200 jobs will be created in Colac in a project to be funded by the Australian and Victorian Government’s $29.5 million Geelong Region Innovation and Investment Fund (GRIIF) that is also supported by Ford Australia and Alcoa of Australia.

    Australian Minister for Industry Ian Macfarlane, Victorian Minister for Manufacturing David Hodgett, Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson and State Member for Polwarth Terry Mulder today announced a grant of $3.25 million to Colac business Australian Lamb (Colac) Pty Ltd.

    This grant will allow Australian Lamb to put in place their $22 million Production Expansion and Export (PEEP) Program.

  • G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting Washington, DC

    We have just completed the final working session of G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors under Australia’s Presidency.

    We have spoken a lot about economic challenges. While some key economies are recovering, others face renewed weakness. 

    But we have emerged with optimism. We are determined to achieve outcomes that will strengthen the recovery as we head to the Brisbane Leaders’ summit in November. 

    Our new growth strategies will deliver a 1.8 per cent increase in global GDP over five years. This will mean $2 trillion to the world economy and millions of new jobs.

    We will not stop there. We will continue to work hard to achieve the 2 per cent goal that was set in Sydney.

  • Applications open soon for $18 million Australian Small Business Advisory Services programme

    A new funding round will soon open to improve the accessibly, volume and quality of low cost business advisory services available to small businesses and family enterprises as part of the $18 million Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) programme.

    The Abbott Government is committed to helping established not-for-profit small business advisory service providers to deliver low cost advice and information services to new and established small businesses, family enterprises and start-ups.

    We know small businesses and family enterprises often have limited time, resources and financial capacity to find and obtain accurate information to help grow their business.

  • 23 new jobs to be created in Broadmeadows through $1.1million MNIIF grant

    The Victorian Coalition Government, in partnership with the Federal Government and Ford Australia, today announced funding assistance to a Broadmeadows-based manufacturer to help expand its local operations and create new jobs.

    Federal Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane said the $1.1 million Melbourne’s North Innovation and Investment Fund (MNIIF) grant would assist food manufacturer Colonial Farm to establish a third production line at its new manufacturing and warehouse plant.

    "The $4.3 million third production line will enable Colonial Farm to substantially expand the range and volume of food products that it manufactures.

  • Cloud adoption streamlined for Government

    The Government is committed to the use of cloud to improve the efficiency of its services while maintaining data security and provide services that are more responsive to business and community needs.

    Our E-Government and the Digital Economy plan recognises that the community expects Government services to be responsive and available where and when they want them. By adopting cloud, the Government will be able to deliver better and more efficient services.

    The Government procures approximately $6 billion of ICT services annually, but only a fraction of this is spent on cloud services.

  • EFIC’s renewed focus on SMEs to boost jobs and growth

    Australia’s Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC) will be refocused to increase its capacity to finance small and medium sized businesses seeking to capitalise on global trade opportunities.

    Traditionally, SMEs find it more difficult to secure export finance through banks, particularly when exporting to emerging markets.

    Under CEO Andrew Hunter, EFIC has been focused on simpler and more streamlined credit application processes, to reduce the time and cost of doing business with EFIC.

  • Tender open for Employment Services 2015-20

    The Australian Government today released the Request for Tender for Employment Services 2015-20, and invited bids from organisations that have the capacity and determination to help more job seekers find and keep a job.

    Minister for Employment Senator Eric Abetz said the Government was investing $5.1 billion in a new model to operate from 1 July 2015 to better meet the needs of job seekers, employers and employment-services providers.

    “The Government is committed to helping more job seekers move from welfare to work so as to enjoy the financial and personal benefits that work brings,” Senator Abetz said.

  • $5 million in National Landcare Programme grants to celebrate 25 years of Landcare

    Australian communities will share in $5 million in 25th Anniversary Landcare Grants 2014-15 to help restore local environments in a new initiative as part of the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

    Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt, and Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, were pleased to announce the new 25th Anniversary Landcare Grants 2014-15 as part of Landcare’s 25th anniversary celebrations, saying the grants would be available from mid-September.

  • $5 million in National Landcare Programme grants to celebrate 25 years of Landcare

    Australian communities will share in $5 million in 25th Anniversary Landcare Grants 2014-15 to help restore local environments in a new initiative as part of the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

    Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt, and Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, were pleased to announce the new 25th Anniversary Landcare Grants 2014-15 as part of Landcare’s 25th anniversary celebrations, saying the grants would be available from mid-September.

  • $40 million boost for QLD and NSW farmers in need

    Additional funding will be available to farm businesses through the Farm Finance concessional loans scheme with Queensland and New South Wales each receiving an additional $20 million boost.

    Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said he had allocated the reserve funds for 2014-15 to Queensland and New South Wales because farmers in these states were doing it tough and experiencing financial hardship.

    "Farmers in Queensland and NSW have been battling the drought, and many continue to deal with the effects of drought conditions on their farms. These loans are just one way we can help farmers get through these hard times.

    Minister Joyce said this announcement should put to rest Labor's mischievous claims about the "missing $40 million".

  • Trade data shows resources and energy transition

    New data released today shows the ongoing transition in our resources and energy sector, with production increases translating into increased export volumes, Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb said.

    Australian Bureau of Statistics Trade in Goods and Services data shows that Australian metal ores and minerals exports rose 0.4 per cent (seasonally adjusted) in the month of August to $7.3 billion. Coal exports were up 3.7 per cent to $3.2 billion.

  • 20 Million Trees launched with first grants round now open

    The Australian Government is inviting communities across the country to get involved in the 
    20 Million Trees Programme with the first competitive grants round now open for applications.

    The 20 Million Trees Programme was a key Coalition election commitment and is a vital part of the Australian Government's National Landcare Programme.

    The Government is investing $50 million over the next four years to re-establish Australia's green corridors and urban forests through the 20 Million Trees Programme.

    It's an important part of the Government's total investment in natural resource management which amounts to over $2 billion over the next four years.

  • Roads to Recovery on the way to councils

    Local councils across Australia will this week receive advice of their allocation under the Australian Government's Roads to Recovery programme.

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss today confirmed he will be writing to all councils to advise each local government authority of its share of the Australian Government's $2.1 billion injection into Roads to Recovery over the 2014–15 to 2018–19 period.

    “This year, the Australian Government is allocating $350 million to councils under Roads to Recovery,” Mr Truss said.