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  • Hike in minimum wage would savage small business

    An increase to the minimum wage as suggested by Labor yesterday would be a devastating blow to small business operators across Australia, said the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman today.

    “Let’s be quite clear that this proposal is a war on small business, not big business,” Ms Carnell said.

    “The greatest impact would be on businesses that use awards, and that is small to medium businesses, which make up more than 97% of businesses in Australia.

  • Dairy Rises To The Occasion For Water Savings

    An innovative 'pipe and riser' project is taking Golders Dairy Farm in Jervois to a new level of water efficiency and savings.


    Based in the Lower Murray, Lawrie and Michelle Golder have replaced old open channels with the new underground pipe system, which sees water bubble up through risers and spreads evenly across the paddocks.

    As a result, Lawrie said he can now water his pastures more efficiently – using 20% less water - and quickly, with much more control.

    The move to a pipe and riser system was made possible through a grant under the South Australian River Murray Sustainability (SARMS) Program.

  • Regional bus fares reduced by 29 per cent

    Customers in regional NSW will pay up to 29 per cent less to travel by bus from 5 March 2018.

    People living in rural and regional NSW will soon find it easier to stay connected with friends and family and reach the everyday services they need.

    Under the previous fare structure, customers pay $2.30 for one section or $3.40 for two sections.

  • Big penalties for small business with new reporting laws

    The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman today urged small businesses to urgently prepare for the introduction of mandatory data breach reporting laws that come into effect from 22 February this year.

    “If an unauthorised entity accesses anyone’s personal information from a business computer system, where it is likely to result in serious harm to that individual, that data breach will have to be reported to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC), as well as the individual affected.

  • Snapper Closures End This Wednesday In Sa Waters

    All SA waters will reopen to Snapper fishing this weekend, as the Snapper spawning spatial closures come to an end at midday on Wednesday 31 January.

    Five key Snapper spawning aggregation areas - four in Spencer Gulf and one in Gulf St Vincent - have remained closed to Snapper fishing since the statewide Snapper fishing ban ended on 15 December 2017.

    Quotes attributable to PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture Director Policy, Peter Dietman

  • Peter Foster declared bankrupt

    The Federal Court declared Peter Foster bankrupt last week, granting the ACCC’s application for a sequestration order after he failed to pay costs in the SensaSlim matter.

    “The ACCC took this action because we are committed to enforcing compliance with court orders made against individuals and companies for breaching consumer law,” ACCC Commissioner Sarah Court said.

    In April 2014, the Court found SensaSlim had engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct and had made false or misleading misrepresentations by failing to disclose Mr Foster’s involvement in the SensaSlim franchise. The Court also found Mr Foster was knowingly concerned in the conduct.

  • Deloitte Access Economics report confirms Tasmanian economy “performing solidly”

    The Deloitte Access Economics Business Outlook Report for 2017 confirms that Tasmania is surging ahead under the Hodgman Government.

    Under our long-term Plan, Tasmania has come a long way after a disastrous period of Labor-Green minority Government slammed the State into a deep recession.

    The Report says that “…Tasmania’s growth has been steady at a decent pace over the past four years. There’s good news in plenty of indicators.”

    The Report says that:

  • Flinders Ranges’ Jacka Brothers Brewery To Become Tourism Destination

    Plans to transform a defunct heritage site into a microbrewery, cellar door, function centre, and accommodation provider – while creating 13 new jobs in the process – are being backed by a $400,000 State Government grant.

     

    The $1.7 million project will breathe new life into the Jacka Brothers Brewery, located at the base of Mount Remarkable.

    The site is owned by the Hobbs family, who are proposing to turn the historic buildings in Melrose into a significant destination landmark for the region with flow-on benefits into the Clare Valley and Outback.

  • A statistical analysis of Australia Day BBQs by the ABS

    Australia Day is a day that many of us take a break, socialise, and think about our national identity. 

    To mark the occasion, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has checked the statistics to answer the question: What are we actually like?


    Getting Born

  • Government Taskforce Helps Thomas Foods With Recovery Effort

    The State Government has continued to support Thomas Foods International in its recovery, after a fire destroyed a large section of its Murray Bridge abattoir.

    In an effort to address the regional impact from the fire and support recovery plans, the Thomas Foods International (TFI) Fire Coordination Taskforce has coordinated state and local government requirements to help TFI get staff back to work and increase production at its Lobethal facility.

    The cross-government taskforce worked quickly to address road and transport, environmental and water and town planning requirements needed to support the partial move to Lobethal.

  • Victims scammed via Western Union may get refunds

    The ACCC’s Scamwatch is urging all Australians who lost money to a scammer through Western Union from 2004 to 2017 to take action by 12 February to try to get it back.

    Western Union has agreed to pay a penalty of US$586 million to the United States’ Department of Justice (DOJ) after admitting to aiding and abetting wire fraud. The DOJ is using this penalty to provide refunds to eligible people worldwide who were tricked into paying scammers via Western Union.

  • Agriculture productivity growth stands out in 2016-17

    Multifactor productivity across 16 of Australia’s industries increased 0.6 per cent in 2016-17, driven in part by growth in agriculture productivity, according to data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

    ABS Chief Economist Bruce Hockman said the latest multifactor productivity (MFP) estimates show that the annual rise was below the long term annual average of 0.9 per cent and included "significant variations across industry groups".

    "An exceptionally good season for agricultural products in 2016-17 saw agriculture productivity rise 18.3 per cent, the fastest rate of growth since 2003-04," said Mr Hockman. 

  • New Cultural and Creative Industries Register EOI opens

    The Hodgman Liberal Government is focused on implementing best practice for funding and governance within our creative industries, and is now seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) to be included on the Cultural and Creative Industries Expert Register.

    Under the Cultural and Creative Industries Act 2017, new applications for support from Arts Tasmania and Screen Tasmania will be peer-assessed by industry experts drawn from the register of people who work or are engaged in our cultural and creative industries.

  • Mid North Feedlot Expansion To Create Jobs And Drive Exports

    The expansion of a Mid North feedlot will create new jobs and boost production of top quality South Australian beef for export to markets in Australia and Europe – a project being backed by a State Government grant.



    A $250,000 contribution from the Regional Development Fund to the Princess Royal feedlot near Burra will create up to 31 construction jobs and five new full-time equivalent positions.

  • Victims scammed via Western Union may get refunds

    The ACCC’s Scamwatch is urging all Australians who lost money to a scammer through Western Union from 2004 to 2017 to take action by 12 February to try to get it back.

    Western Union has agreed to pay a penalty of US$586 million to the United States’ Department of Justice (DOJ) after admitting to aiding and abetting wire fraud. The DOJ is using this penalty to provide refunds to eligible people worldwide who were tricked into paying scammers via Western Union.

  • Regional Development Fund Grows Green Grain Freekeh Industry In South Australia

    A South Australian company that is already a world leader in one of the world's top superfoods is busily investigating how it can use other grains to create high protein, fibre and nutrition products to feed the world.

    Greenwheat Freekeh received a $900,000 Regional Development Fund grant for the expansion of its production plant at Dublin on the Adelaide Plains.

    Named as one of the top 100 foods of 2017, freekeh is actually a process, rather than a grain.

  • Small business contacts up 30 per cent

    Almost 5,000 small businesses contacted the ACCC in the second half of 2017, up from 3,700 in the preceding six months, according to the latest edition of the Small business in focus released today.


    “Alleged misleading conduct, false representations and consumer guarantees remained the top issues reported to the ACCC by business last year,” ACCC Acting Chair Dr Michael Schaper said.


    The report highlights a number of recent changes affecting small businesses including competition law reform, the ban on excessive payment surcharges and the new laws for unfair contract terms.

  • Tasmanian Export Wine Of The Year 2018

    Accolade Wines’ Eddystone Point Tasmania Pinot Noir 2016, signature wine from producer Bay of Fires, has been announced as the winner of the inaugural Export Wine of Show International Judges Trophy at the 2018 Tasmanian Wine Show Awards held at Josef Chromy Wines near Launceston.

    The Tasmanian Government remains committed to showcasing Tasmania’s best products to the world and is a proud supporter of our world-class local producers.

    Year-on-year the Tasmanian wine industry continues to grow both in production and in international reputation with wine exports alone bringing in some $3.7 million in sales to the state each year.

  • Completion of Aluminium Composite Panel Cladding Audit

    Following the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire in London, the Minister for Building and Construction asked me to undertake an audit of non-compliant Aluminium Composite Panel (ACP) cladding.

    ACP is available in Australia in different forms.  Many ACP products have been tested for fire-resistance and are compliant.  The audit focused on ACP with a flammable polyethylene core (PE).

    The audit report has been completed and released.

  • Regional Development Fund Helps To Engineer Jobs In Mount Gambier

    The $2.1 million expansion of Whitty Engineering’s Mount Gambier operations is opening doors in the United States and around the world.



    Whitty Engineering managing director Will Whitty said the company had secured a world-exclusive agreement with expert wood chipping company Acrowood Corporation to enhance its operations in Australia.

    Mr Whitty said that since receiving a $300,000 Regional Development Fund grant in July 2016, and moving into the bigger premises built later in that year, the business had secured several large projects.

  • Drones used to save teenage swimmers

    Lifeguards used a drone fitted with a flotation device to rescue two swimmers struggling in heavy surf at Lennox Head.

    In a world-first rescue, lifeguards at Lennox Head have used a drone to spot two swimmers in powerful surf about one kilometre north of the flags.

    The lifeguard used the drone to drop a Rescue Pod into the water. Once expanded, the swimmers were able to grab hold of the pod to help them stay afloat and make their way to shore.

  • Light Rail under City Deal will benefit local businesses

    A Hobart City Deal that incorporates Light Rail will be a game-changer for residents and businesses along the currently non-operational rail line.

    Today, it was my pleasure to visit St Albi Bar and Eatery in Moonah, where I spoke to the proprietor Lucy Baker and Hobart Northern Suburbs Rail Action Group President Ben Johnston about the benefits that Light Rail can bring to Hobart and the northern suburbs.

    Light Rail would be a boon for all businesses, and especially those along the rail line in the northern suburbs as it gives people another avenue to get out, visit the suburbs and spend money in local shops and eateries.

  • OBS Growth In New Naracoorte Specialist Seed Processing Plant

    Ten new FTE jobs will be created and the Limestone Coast will become a world-leading specialist seed processing hub with the construction of a new $5.4 million plant.



    A $300,000 State Government Regional Development Fund grant will assist South Pacific Seeds (SPS) to build the new plant in Naracoorte, allowing locally grown seeds to be processed and exported directly to markets in Asia, Europe and Australia.

  • This week in small business with Ombudsman Kate Carnell

    The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell, talks this week about planning for the year ahead, managing cash flow and how to understand and prevent cyber-attacks.

    Planning for the year ahead: “As small business owners, this is a time to look at things you’ve put off since last year; the first one on the list is cash flow. Sit down with your accountant and look at your cash flow, your business plan, for the next 12 months.”