Wednesday, 28 September 2016 Sydney

Invest In Australia News::

  • Potential For 5000 Jobs As Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme Progresses

    A proposal to expand the use of recycled water for primary production in the Northern Adelaide Plains suggests there is the potential to create more than 5000 jobs.

    The water would help produce crops in high-tech greenhouses which maximise production and water-use efficiency, while also minimising the requirement for water storage in winter.

  • UNSW–China research partnership to transform electricity transmission

    Shanghai Stock Exchange–listed Hangzhou Cable Co. and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) have opened the UNSW and Hangzhou Cable Joint Laboratory in Sydney.

  • ACCC urges Australian businesses to adopt new button battery code

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is urging businesses to adopt a new Code designed to reduce the number of deaths and injuries from children swallowing button batteries in Australia.

    With the miniaturisation of electronic devices, unsecured button batteries are becoming increasingly accessible to young children. Button batteries are used to power many consumer goods found around the home including TV remote controls, cameras, watches, calculators, greeting cards, scales and torches. They are also increasingly used in children’s toys, novelty items and LED lights.

  • $3m investment in Early Years Facilities

    The Tasmanian Government will invest an additional $3 million to enhance play-based early learning facilities at Tasmanian schools as part of our Education Act reforms.

    This $2 million investment in indoor play spaces, and $1 million in outdoor areas is in addition to the more than $100 million already committed to - providing for more teachers, teacher assistants, specialist staff to support children with a disability and improved infrastructure as part of the Education Act changes.

  • Millions of Chinese need Australian health and aged care skills

    Today I launch the report Health and Aged Care Industry in China: A Guide for Australian Business, which outlines the key opportunities emerging from our biggest trading partner.

    The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) is providing greater opportunities for Australian health and aged care providers to do business in China.

    Under ChAFTA Australian medical services providers are able to establish wholly-Australian owned aged care facilities in China with no geographical restrictions.

  • New hi-tech hub for GM Holden site at Fishermans Bend

    The State Government of Victoria has purchased the General Motors Holden (GMH) site at Fishermans Bend to develop it a leading design and engineering hub.

    The site will be the centrepiece of the Fishermans Bend Employment Precinct. The new suburb of Fishermans Bend will support 80,000 residents and 60,000 jobs by 2050.

    Fishermans Bend has been home to Victorian manufacturing and the home of Holden for more than 80 years. The purchase of the site will means more jobs, more investment, more research and more development.

  • Tourism verges on magic million milestone

    The hard work is paying off for our tourism industry, which is putting an end to the traditional slower months and reaching striking distance of the magic million interstate visitor milestone.

    The latest Tasmanian Visitors Survey reflecting the year to June has shown that more visitors are coming to our state, they’re staying longer and spending more.

    This is great news for our economy, Tasmanian businesses and local jobs.

  • Green building leases set a new gold standard

    A world-first green leasing standard will help landlords and tenants benchmark their agreements against others and save on power and water bills thanks to a City of Sydney-led partnership.

    The award-winning Better Buildings Partnership (BBP), a collaboration of major property owners, building managers and the City of Sydney, this week released the new commercial green leasing standard to deliver better sustainability outcomes for tenants and landlords.


    Australia will manage the secretariat of an international technical committee for the development of blockchain standards after the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) approved Standards Australia’s proposal for new international standards on blockchain.

  • Institute opens window to future of industry innovation

    The University of South Australia’s $60 million Future Industries Institute is set to help job creation and economic growth in the state through innovation and collaboration.

    Manufacturing and Innovation Minister Kyam Maher officially opened the Institute, which brings together researchers and expertise across industry sectors, encourages and promotes collaboration, and supports new and evolving industries.

  • Consultation begins on new strategy to support small businesses across the State

    Small businesses and industry groups are invited to have their say about the priorities and challenges facing small businesses, and how Government and industry could work together to address these.

    The feedback, ideas and business intelligence gathered through the consultation will inform a new Small Business Statement for South Australia to support small business growth and jobs. The survey closes on 23 September – to have your say visit

  • ACT Digital Strategy bringing cohesion to the digital landscape

    The ACT Digital Strategy released today will shape the digital future of Canberra by building on the work that is already underway to make Canberra one of the world’s smartest, most liveable and most innovative cities.

    “Under the new ACT Digital Strategy our reputation for being Australia’s most connected city will be further cemented as we implement new projects, programs and initiatives that will grow our digital economy and benefit Canberrans,” said, Chief Digital Officer, Jon Cumming.

  • RSRT Payments Order Stressful And Discriminatory Towards Owner-Truckies

    Small business owner-truck drivers impacted by the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal’s (RSRT) Payments Order suffered significant financial and emotional distress as a result of the now defunct Order, according to the findings of an inquiry undertaken by the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) Kate Carnell.

    The ASBFEO was instructed by the Small Business Minister in May, to undertake the inquiry looking into the ramifications of the Order for small businesses.

  • ACCC Chairman says Northern Territory gas has potential for East Coast market

    The Northern Territory has an opportunity to play a significant role in the east coast gas market, ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said at the South East Asia Australia Offshore & Onshore Conference in Darwin today.

    “However, for the Northern Territory to realise its potential in the east coast gas market it is imperative we have some onshore gas development. We also need to avoid pipeline charges making the cost of transporting the gas to the east coast prohibitive,” Mr Sims said. 

  • Chief Minister Launches October Business Month

    Chief Minister and Minister for Trade, Business and Innovation, Michael Gunner today announced an exciting line-up of 171 events across the Territory as part of October Business Month (OBM).

    “This year’s program of events includes over 90 free business events to support small to medium enterprises to start, run and grow,” Mr Gunner said.

    “Entrepreneurs, bestselling authors, industry leaders and innovators are among the line-up of high calibre speakers who will share their knowledge with Territory business.

  • Another $7 million awarded to local business as RHH Redevelopment progresses

    Three respected Tasmanian businesses will be part of the state's biggest construction project after they were awarded sub-contracts for the $689 million Royal Hobart Hospital (RHH) Redevelopment.

  • Pitt Street Mall to go smoke-free

    A permanent ban of smoking in Pitt Street Mall has been welcomed by major retailers in the popular shopping strip.

    As of Monday September 26, Pitt Street Mall will be a smoke-free zone, following a successful trial in Martin Place and several requests from major retailers.

    City of Sydney CEO, Monica Barone, said that Pitt Street Mall is one of the world’s most popular retail strips, with more than 65,000 pedestrians visiting daily, but shoppers are being turned off by the stench of second-hand smoke and the associated health risks.

  • Papercloud creates more jobs for Victoria’s Tech industry

    Melbourne's digital product studio Papercloud has created 60 new highly skilled jobs over the next two years through the opening of new offices in Carlton just on the outskirts of the Melbourne city centre.

    Papercloud specialises in mobile app development, backend development and digital product strategy and has been a prominent player in Victoria's A$34 billion tech industry since it was founded in 2011.

  • Victorian solar energy innovator MIL-Systems awarded New Energy grant

    An innovative manufacturer of solar inverters has become the first recipient of Victoria's A$20 million New Energy Jobs Fund.

    MIL-Systems will receive a grant of A$180,000 to help the company manufacture its ground breaking Reactive Power Control (RPC) solar inverter.

  • NSW takes most popular state

    New population projection data shows NSW is the most popular state in the country to live and work.

    The latest update to the state's projections predicts the NSW population will grow to 9.9 million by 2036 - an increase of 2.7 million residents from 2011.

  • AIIA undertaking significant survey on analytics and data usage by Australian businesses, government and NGOs

    The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, today announced it is undertaking a major survey of Australian organisations on analytics and data usage. The purpose of the survey is to find out what differentiates those business, government and NGO organisations that effectively use data and analytics for senior decision making.

  • SE Asia Trade Mission builds business relationships and opportunities

    Tasmania’s first ever Government led trade mission to SE Asia has resulted in the establishment of important business relationships and generated strong investment interest in Tasmania.

    Creating future economic opportunities from the fast growing countries of India, Sri Lanka and Singapore requires relationship building which has been achieved across a range of areas including tourism, advanced manufacturing, education and skills, and agriculture.

    Outcomes from the trade mission include:

  • Suspension on taxi licences

    The Hodgman Liberal Government is embracing the opportunities presented by the sharing economy, and our ride-sharing legislation was widely supported by stakeholders as an example of how to deal responsibly with a change in the light passenger transport market.

    However, we have consistently acknowledged the long-stated concerns of the taxi industry in relation to the legislated annual release of taxi licences and its dampening effect on the value of taxi licences.

  • Export boom creating jobs

    Tasmania’s export boom is driving economic growth and creating jobs right across the State.

    Our export sector is the fastest growing in the nation and has bucked the national trend of declining exports over the past 12 months.

    The rest of the world understands how good our products are and they want more of them.

    There has been significant growth in seafood, meat, fruit and vegetable exports and this is leading to businesses expanding and employing more people, especially in regional areas.