Saturday, 15 August 2020 Sydney

Invest In Australia News::

  • Supporting Tasmania’s Meat Industry

    When will Shane Broad stop his unfounded scaremongering and consistent attacks on Tasmania’s meat industry?

    Labor is all hat and no cattle, pretending to understand rural Tasmania, despite having no plan, no policies and no solutions to grow the agricultural sector.

    We responded decisively to the JBS closure, establishing the Tasmanian Meat Industry Working Group and accepting all 26 of their recommendations to provide a long-term strategy for Tasmania’s $400 million red meat sector.



    Protecting the state’s sheep and cattle industries from biosecurity threats, controlling wild dogs, and enhancing animal health and disease surveillance are the focus for $3.8 million of livestock industry funds.

    Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone has approved $3.17 million from the Sheep Industry Fund and $667,000 from the Cattle Industry Fund to support initiatives recommended by the South Australian sheep and cattle advisory groups.

  • Water Storage Project To Provide A $33 Million Boost For Mclaren Vale Wine Region

    The McLaren Vale wine industry is set for a $33 million boost in productivity and the creation of more than 150 jobs as a result of a $7.3 million water storage project which is about to commence.

    The project includes the construction of a 600ML water storage facility at Seaford Heights which will redirect recycled waste water from the Christies Beach Waste Water treatment plant to McLaren Vale irrigators to use in the production of wine grapes.

  • ACCC finds food franchisors not disclosing critical information

    The ACCC has found that franchisors in the food services sector are commonly providing inadequate information to potential franchisees.

    In its most recent round of compliance checks of the franchising industry, the ACCC reviewed disclosure documents from a sample of 12 franchisors in the food services sector and found many were problematic.

  • Strategy funds new app and sanctuary to help save NSW’s koalas

    A $45 million NSW Koala Strategy will fund a hospital and accommodation facility in Port Stephens, along with a mobile app to help preserve NSW’s koala population.

    The ‘I Spy Koala’ app was developed to get NSW communities involved in mapping where they have seen koalas in the wild.

    The strategy will allocate $3 million toward the two initiatives.

  • Company fined $88k for unlawful creek front activities

    A company operating at Bundabah in the Port Stephens area was given the maximum penalty after being found guilty in Raymond Terrace Local Court on Thursday of four counts of unlawful activities on waterfront land.

    In the case brought by Grant Barnes of the Natural Resources Access Regulator, Tea Garden Farms Pty Ltd was ordered to pay $22,000 for each of the offences plus professional costs of $20,000.

    The offences involved removing vegetation at three sites on Nanabah Creek, and depositing rock and turf at one of the sites.

  • Small businesses to benefit from national energy check program

    Speaking at the launch of the Business Energy Advice Program today, the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell commended the introduction of free advice to help small businesses with 20 or less employees choose the best-priced energy options to suit their needs.

    “These small businesses make up more than 97% of businesses in Australia and when it comes to energy consumption, they really feel the pain,” Ms Carnell said.

  • Global shipping company Wallenius Wilhelmsen charged with criminal cartel conduct

    Following continuing investigations by the ACCC, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean AS (WWO), a Norwegian-based global shipping company, has today been charged with criminal cartel conduct.

    The charge relates to alleged cartel conduct concerning the international shipping of certain vehicles to Australia between June 2011 and July 2012.

    The charge was laid by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecution (CDPP) in the NSW District Registry of the Federal Court. The matter has been set down by the Court for a first mention on 29 August 2019.

  • Weak Australian dollar sees petrol prices at highest level in four years



    The annual average retail petrol price in 2018–19 was the highest in real terms (i.e. adjusted for inflation) in four years according to the ACCC’s latest report on the Australian petroleum market for June quarter 2019.

  • ABS selects Census Privacy Impact Assessment provider

    The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has announced it has selected Galexia to undertake the 2021 Census of Population and Housing Privacy Impact Assessment.

    Galexia will identify and evaluate the potential impact of the Census on the privacy of individuals. It will also recommend ways to minimise or manage possible privacy issues or risks.

    General Manager, Census Division, Chris Libreri said the commencement of the Privacy Impact Assessment is an important stage in the development of the next Census.

    “We are taking a ‘privacy by design’ approach to planning and conducting the Census. This ensures the privacy of individuals is considered at every step, right across the program.

  • ACCC continues to focus on supporting small business

    Unfair contract terms are a key focus in the ACCC’s latest Small Business in Focus report.

    The twice yearly report, which provides an update on key developments in the small business, franchising, and agriculture sectors, reports on the ACCC’s continued actions to protect small businesses against terms in a standard form contract that may be considered unfair.

  • Landmark and Ruralco rural services deal not opposed

    The ACCC will not oppose the proposed acquisition of rural services company Ruralco (ASX:RHL) by Nutrien, which operates in Australia through its wholly owned subsidiary, Landmark.

    The ACCC’s decision is subject to an undertaking requiring Nutrien to divest three rural merchandise stores located in Broome (WA), Alice Springs (NT) and Hughenden (Qld), to a purchaser approved by the ACCC.

  • East coast gas market still tight

    The east coast gas market is unlikely to experience a shortfall in 2020 but supply remains tight and more development and production is needed, the ACCC says in its seventh Gas Inquiry Report, released today.

    The ACCC has found that a gas supply shortfall in the east coast gas market in 2020 is less likely than it was for 2019, mainly because east coast producers expect to produce more gas, about 113 PJ, than in 2019.

  • Tasmanian whisky to be showcased in Kyoto

    Tasmanian whisky producers will be promoted on the world stage at the prestigious Whisky and Craft Beer Showcase, to be held in Kyoto, on Sunday 25 August 2019.

    Sullivans Cove Distillery, Lark Distillery (Australian Whisky Holdings), Belgrove Distillery, and Old Kempton Distillery have been invited to represent Tasmania at what is the largest whisky showcase in Japan.

    Belgrove Distillery’s involvement is a result of their participation in the Government’s Trade and Investment Mission to Japan earlier this year.

  • Lifting Stifling GM Moratorium Gives Farmers A Choice

    The Marshall Liberal Government has today announced farmers on mainland South Australia will be given the choice to plant Genetically Modified (GM) food crops next season.

    The decision to lift the Genetically Modified Food Crops Moratorium on mainland South Australia, but retain it on Kangaroo Island, follows recommendations from a high-level independent review undertaken by Emeritus Professor Kym Anderson AC.

  • Nuts about bees: almond pollination in full swing

    Almond pollination is now buzzing in Victoria.

    This month, about 110,000 rented bee hives from Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland will travel by truck to pollinate Victoria’s almond blossom regions.  

  • Building the export capability of local businesses

    The Tasmanian Government is delivering increased assistance for our exporters to expand into markets across the world, supporting more local jobs and investment.

    One of the key priorities identified in my Government’s new Trade Strategy was to build the export capability of local businesses, and the appointment of a new TradeStart adviser in northern Tasmania will help do this.

  • Water filter cartridge business likely to have misled customers

    Saipol Technologies Pty Ltd (Saipol), a water filter cartridges business, has acknowledged it was likely to have breached the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) by engaging in misleading or deceptive conduct and making false or misleading representations regarding its water filter cartridges.

    The ACCC has accepted a court enforceable undertaking in which Saipol admits that from at least 1 January 2017 to 3 July 2018, it is likely to have misled business customers in promotional material for its ‘C grade’ water filter cartridges. 

  • Transparency improving in cattle and beef industry

    Australia’s cattle and beef industry has taken some steps towards improving transparency in dealings between processers and farmers, but more work is needed, the ACCC has noted today.

  • Jobs Victoria linking job-seekers and employers

    Since 2016, Jobs Victoria has helped almost 10,000 people find, and keep, a job.

    By far the single biggest Victorian Government investment in terms of getting more people into work, Jobs Victoria is an almost $100 million program focusing on long-term unemployed or those at risk of long-term unemployment.  

    With around 70 partners across the state, it helps people find work and helps business find staff through flexible, no-cost to the recruiter, localised recruitment.  

  • Digital Innovation Festival leads the way across Victoria

    Victoria is set to host its fourth Digital Innovation Festival celebrating technology and Victoria’s culture of innovation.  

    From 23 August to 6 September, the Digital Innovation Festival (DIF) will bring together visitors and digital experts to share ideas, network and learn new skills, with hundreds of events staged throughout the state.

  • Ombudsman urges action on small business growth “collapse”

    The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell says she is deeply concerned by fresh data showing small business growth is in crisis, urging the government to do more to break down the barriers to business expansion.

    “The Institute of Public Affairs’ (IPA) latest research has found an alarming decline in the rate of small business growth,” Ms Carnell says.

    “What concerns me greatly about this report’s findings is the sharp drop in the percentage of small businesses hiring additional staff.

  • Nation’s strongest growing economy delivering more jobs

    Under the Hodgman majority Liberal Government, Tasmania has seen a dramatic turnaround in economic performance from just five years ago.

    Today’s Australian Bureau of Statistics’ labour force data for July 2019 shows 13,000 jobs have been created since we came to office.

    In July, there were 200 jobs added to Tasmania's economy, all of which are full time positions.

  • Cruise Ship strategy a blueprint to deliver sustainable growth across the state

    Cruise ships are an important contributor to Tasmania’s visitor economy, injecting $30.5 million into the state last year.

    The Sustainable Cruise Blueprint, released today, outlines our plan to grow this to $50 million by 2022, by encouraging smaller, expedition vessels to visit our regional ports.

    The Blueprint will ensure the benefits of cruise ships are shared by even more Tasmanians and supports our plan for visitors to stay longer and spend more time in regional areas.