Wednesday, 27 July 2016 Sydney

Invest In Australia News::

  • ACCC invites feedback on NBN Co’s proposed Special Access Undertaking variation

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has today published a consultation paper inviting submissions on NBN Co’s proposed variation to its Special Access Undertaking.

    The Special Access Undertaking is a key part of the regulatory framework for governing prices and other terms upon which NBN Co will supply services over the NBN to retailers until 2040. NBN Co lodged a proposed variation to the undertaking with the ACCC on 27 May 2016.

  • New facilities to meet growing community’s needs in Sydney

    Green Square residents enjoyed a sneak preview of the City of Sydney’s new $18 million creative hub and childcare centre over the weekend.

    Lord Mayor Clover Moore joined local residents on a tour of construction at the Green Square Community and Cultural Precinct at the former South Sydney Hospital site on Sunday morning. The new facilities will service the 61,000 people who will soon call the area home.

  • Up to $1.6 million for projects in South Australia to help 900 job seekers gain skills for employment

    Hundreds of job seekers will have the opportunity to be connected to jobs through the latest round of a State Government employment program.

    A total of 16 private service providers are sharing up to $1.6 million from round two of the WorkReady Jobs First Employment Projects to help create employment opportunities for up to 900 people.

  • Victoria’s Health and Medical Research Strategy 2016-2020 to create new vision for medical research

    A new A$20 million plan by the State Government of Victoria will ensure the state continues to be a world leader in ground breaking health and medical research that is changing lives.


  • Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory construction to begin in Victoria

    Construction is set to begin on the Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory (SUPL), which will establish the city as a regional centre for scientific excellence.

    The building site, which is being constructed more than one kilometre underground in an existing gold mine, will create 19 construction jobs and 15 full time jobs.


  • News South Wales reforms to the Higher School Certificate

    From 2020, students in NSW will need to demonstrate they meet a minimum standard in both literacy and numeracy skills to receive the Higher School Certificate (HSC).


    Reforms to the HSC aim to boost the standard of NSW school graduates and prepare students for career opportunities of the future.


  • Australian Inaugural health mission to Vietnam explores business opportunities

    The first medical science and health services mission to Vietnam will showcase Australian capabilities and forge partnerships with the country’s growing health and medical sectors from 18-22 July.

    The 14 member delegation, organised by Austrade, is being led by Professor Ian Frazer one of Australia’s most innovative immunologists and researchers, President of the Australian Academy for Health and Medical Sciences, and 2006 Australian of the Year.

  • New law on unfair contract terms to provide protections for Australian farmers and agriculture businesses

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is urging businesses in the agriculture sector to review the standard form contracts that are provided to farmers and other small businesses. 

    From 12 November 2016 a new law comes into place that will protect farmers and small businesses from unfair contract terms.

    “Many small businesses entering into contracts with larger businesses have no option but to accept all the terms of the standard form contract that they are given. However, this new law will allow the courts to strike out any contract terms that unfairly benefit one party over the other,” ACCC Commissioner Mick Keogh said.

  • Australia’s first criminal cartel charge laid against NYK

    Following an investigation by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), a global shipping company based in Japan, has today pleaded guilty to criminal cartel conduct in the Federal Court.

    “This is the first criminal charge laid against a corporation under the criminal cartel provisions of theCompetition and Consumer Act,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.

    The charge was laid by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) under section 44ZZRG of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) on 14 July 2016. 

  • Australian Tax Office warns against identity theft

    The ATO is reminding Australians to protect themselves against identify theft this tax time.

    Assistant Commissioner Graham Whyte said identity theft was more common during tax time because of the large number of people lodging tax returns.

    “With the amount of personal information being exchanged at tax time, it is a prime opportunity for fraudsters,” Mr Whyte said.

    “Highly organised crime networks use a range of methods to steal personal information in order to commit refund fraud.”

  • ATO Tax tips for small business

    This tax time, the ATO is making things easier for small business. Whether you use a registered tax agent or manage your own tax affairs, we have a range of tips and have improved online tools to help you get it right.

    Include all your income

    It is important to make sure you declare all your cash and online sales in your tax return.

  • Celebrate World Ranger Day with 4x4 tour at Owen Springs Reserve

    In celebration of World Ranger Day, Parks and Wildlife Commission NT (PWCNT) Owen Springs Reserve rangers are inviting the public to take part in a ranger-guided 4x4 tour around the reserve.

    PWCNT Senior Ranger Sheridan Martin said the public were invited to join the scenic tag along tour through the Owen Springs Reserve on the Picnic Day public holiday, Monday 1 August, from 1pm until 6pm.

    “Participants of the tag along tour will be joined by a local ranger who will share insights into the reserves fascinating rich history and management,” Ms Martin said.

  • New South Wales Funds to ease transition for taxi industry

    NSW taxi licence holders can apply for $20,000 in assistance funding to help licensees transition to a new business environment as a result of the point to point transport reforms.

    Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said the payments are part of the first stage of the NSW Government’s $250 million industry adjustment package fund.


  • Australia has a new minister for small businesses

    Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) Kate Carnell has congratulated incoming Small Business Minister Michael McCormack on his new appointment, and has welcomed the Prime Minister’s pledge to make small business engagement a key performance measure of his Government.


    Ms Carnell said she will look to meet with the incoming Minister in the near future, to brief him on the work of the ASBFEO office, and the pressing issues facing the sector.


  • Tasmania’s Dark Mofo secure support for five years

    Dark Mofo is Tasmania’s most popular annual event, and the Tasmanian Government is proud to partner with the Museum of Old and New Art in a new five year funding agreement.

    Dark Mofo has been a cultural beacon in Tasmania since its inception in 2013, bringing locals out of hibernation and attracting visitors to the state in the traditionally quiet winter months.

  • Canberra appoints first commissioner for international engagement

    Brendan Smyth MLA will be appointed as Canberra’s first commissioner for international engagement, as our city further builds its international profile ahead of international flights starting in September.

  • Australian Competition and Consumer Commission restricts advertising of infant formula

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has re-authorised an agreement between manufacturers and importers of infant formula that prohibits them from advertising and promoting formula for babies under 12 months of age directly to the public. This five-year agreement is designed to promote breastfeeding in Australia, which has significant public health benefits.

  • Australian Tax Office showcases business services to local business

    The ATO is opening its doors to the business community in Brisbane on Tuesday 19 July to showcase the range of digital services it offers them.


    Deputy Commissioner, Steve Vesperman said the ATO wants to make it as easy as possible for business to manage their tax and super affairs and the showcase will demonstrate the range of services available.


  • City of Melbourne to trial non-amplified busking in Swanston St

    The City of Melbourne will conduct a three-month trial of non-amplified busking along Swanston Street from 1 August to the end of October 2016.  ​​​​Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said the City of Melbourne received 264 formal noise-related complaints about buskers from 1 January 2013 to 30 June 2016.


  • The City of Sydney Skyline vision to boost economy and employment

    The City of Sydney has developed a strategic vision for Sydney’s future skyline with potential building heights in excess of 300 metres – 80 metres taller than Governor Phillip Tower – while still protecting sun access to the city’s important public places and parks.


    In the most comprehensive urban planning strategy for Central Sydney in 45 years, the City has identified opportunities to unlock up to 2.9 million square metres of additional floor space for retail, hotel, cultural and office needs to meet long-term targets for the city centre’s growth.

  • Feedback Sought on South Australian Prawn Fishery Management Plan

    PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture is seeking feedback from industry and community members on a draft management plan for the South Australian Gulf St Vincent Prawn Fishery.



    The draft Management Plan for the South Australian Commercial Gulf St Vincent Prawn Fishery provides a clear framework to support the ecologically sustainable development of the fishery over the next five years.


  • Road to Rio: Australian App Helps Olympic Visitors Get around Rio

    For the 500,000 visitors arriving in Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, navigating their way around the sprawling city will be made easier with RioGo.


    RioGo is a trip- and event-planning app developed by SkedGo, a Sydney-based startup. 

    SkedGo recently won the ‘Experience the Olympics’ category of the Olympic City Transport Challenge (OCTC), a competition run by a group of public- and private-sector organisations to design apps for visitors to the Rio Games.

  • ‘Regions in Focus’ Roadshow returns to far North Australia

    Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock is today meeting with leaders and interest groups in the Far North region, a year on from the ‘Regions in Focus’ roadshow where the top three regional development priorities were identified.

    At last year’s roadshow, participants identified the priorities of digital connectivity and capability, tourism, and road transport as vital to the economic success of the Far North region.

  • $200,000 Grant For Port Augusta Training Facility

    Job seekers and businesses in the Upper Spencer Gulf and Outback will have greater access to local training opportunities thanks to a new purpose-built training facility in Port Augusta.

    Access Training Centre has been offered a $200,000 Upper Spencer Gulf and Outback Futures Program grant to develop a training facility that will address the increased demand for training throughout the Upper Spencer Gulf area across a number of industries.