Tuesday, 19 June 2018 Sydney

Invest In Australia News::

  • Screen Australia to strengthen expertise in digital storytelling culture

    Screen Australia is proud to announce the inaugural Digital Ignition Multi-platform Clinic, a five-day workshop to support up to seven teams to develop a multi-platform strategy for an existing project.

  • $150 million in round one Regional Development Australia Funding

    Community buildings, cultural and tourist projects, training centres and regional airport upgrades are just some of the shovel-ready projects supported in Round One of the $1 billion Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF).

    Regional Australia Minister Simon Crean said the Federal Government would invest $150 million in 35 projects worth almost $418 million in the first stage of the five-year regional funding program.

    "The RDAF is part of our record $4.3 billion Budget commitment towards regional investments including health and hospitals, skills, higher education and infrastructure," Mr Crean said.

  • New Zealand and Australian work together to improve Pacific education

    New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and have reaffirmed their commitment to improving education in the Pacific by extending funding for language and literacy education across the region.

    Australia and New Zealand are aiming to ensure 500,000 more children in the Pacific are enrolled in school and 75 per cent of all children in the region can read by age 10 by 2021.  Almost one million school-aged children in the Pacific currently do not attend school.

  • Australian Immigration to host Skills Australia Needs events in Berlin and Athens

    The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) will host Skills Australia Needs information sessions on October 6 in Berlin, Germany and October 8-9 in Athens, Greece.

    “The information sessions will provide an opportunity for skilled workers in Germany and Greece to hear about skilled visa options and possible sponsorship and employment opportunities in Australia,” a departmental spokesman said.

    Skills Australia Needs events help address current skill shortages in areas of occupational demand in Australia, particularly health care, engineering and select trade occupations.

  • ABC TV & Opera Australia Bring Opera Back To Our Screens

    ABC TV and Opera Australia have forged a new partnership to benefit all lovers of opera. Over the next three years, 15 of the most recent and popular operas will be broadcast on ABC1 and ABC2.

    “This great partnership deepens ABC TV’s ongoing commitment to the delivery of the very finest in Arts programming,” said Kim Dalton ABC Director of Television. “Opera Australia and ABC TV have worked very hard to make sure that all Australians have the opportunity to enjoy the work of one of the premier performing arts organisations in Australia.”

  • Minister welcomes boost for the dairy industry

    Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, has welcomed today’s announcement by Bega Cheese and Coles supermarkets that 100 per cent of Coles–branded cheese will be Australian sourced as a significant boost for local industry.

    Minister Ludwig and Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Dr Mike Kelly, travelled to Bega today for the announcement that Bega Cheese will produce all Coles branded cheese from November this year.

    “As a result of this partnership, Bega Cheese will be sourcing an extra 70 million litres of Australian milk and that’s great news for the dairy industry,” he said.

  • B-Pods Pty Ltd Receives $236,000 Grant from Commercialisation Australia

    Renewable technology is the way of our future and Southport based company B-Pods Holdings is one of its biggest fans. B-Pods have amalgamated solar panel and hot water system technologies into a single roof tile, the ‘Tractile’. Tractile is an innovative interlocking roofing system that can be utilised across the building industry, from residential through to commercial, with a focus on being fast and easy to install.

    Made from lightweight and high strength composite materials, Tractile is engineered to withstand extreme weather conditions, insulate the building and incorporate solar technology to generate both electricity and hot water within each tile.

  • Budget drives trade and investment in NSW

    The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government will focus on improving the performance of the NSW economy and driving economic growth in regional NSW with a $221.753 million commitment to trade and investment, NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Stoner announced today.

    "We are committed to attracting jobs and investment to NSW, with $130 million funding set aside to attract industry and develop businesses through the State Investment Attraction Scheme and the Regional Industries Investment Fund," Mr Stoner said.

    "This major funding commitment will help to improve the performance of our State's economy, drive economic growth in our regional areas and complement the Jobs Action Plan.

  • Boosting support for small business in NSW

    The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government will invest more than $5 million in the 2011-12 Budget to boost the level of support available to the small businesses and rebuild business confidence across NSW, the Minister for Small Business, Katrina Hodgkinson, announced today.

    Ms Hodgkinson said the 2011-12 Budget will deliver a better deal for the State’s 650,000 small businesses while also providing the necessary policy framework to drive small business growth.

    “Small businesses are the key drivers for the NSW economy, employing more than 1.8 million people in metro and regional areas throughout the State,” Ms Hodgkinson said.

  • Emerson to co-chair Cairns Group meeting in Canada

    Trade Minister Craig Emerson departs today for Canada to chair the 36th Cairns Group Ministerial Meeting, which brings together many of the world's leading agriculture exporting nations.

    The Ministerial Meeting will be held from September 7 to 9 in Saskatoon, in the central-south province of Saskatchewan. It will be hosted and co-chaired by Canadian Minister for Agriculture Gerry Ritz.

    The Cairns Group comprises 19 developed and developing agricultural exporting countries with a commitment to achieving further trade liberalisation in agriculture. Members include Indonesia, Brazil, Malaysia, Chile, New Zealand, Argentina and Peru.

  • Australia and Singapore pledge commitment to further scientific collaboration

    Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote exchange between the two countries in the areas of health and medical research.

    Under the MOU, A*STAR and NHMRC will commit a total of SGD$4.5m (AUD$3.5m) to a joint grant call over the next three years.  The grant will fund collaborative research projects between groups in Singapore and Australia, in areas such as emerging infectious diseases, regenerative medicine, non-communicable diseases, bioinformatics and nanotechnology.

  • Australia's First E-Mental Health Strategy

    Australians living with mental illness are a step closer to being able to access online care and support following the establishment of a new e-mental health expert committee which will advise on the rollout of the nation’s first mental health online portal and virtual clinic.

    The rollout of these new online initiatives will be considered by the expert committee in its development of Australia’s first national e-mental health strategy.

    “Continuing advances in technology are revolutionising the way we provide health care, in particular for patients with chronic illnesses and conditions, such as mental illness,” Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler said.

  • NBN Co signs new contracts for Victoria and WA rollout

    Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Senator Stephen Conroy today welcomed the signing by NBN Co of new contracts for the further rollout of Australia’s world class National Broadband Network.

    NBN Co today announced it had signed agreements for the large-scale deployment of the NBN with Transfield Services in Victoria and with Syntheo – a Lend Lease/Service Stream joint venture – in Western Australia.

    "Today’s announcement of contracts for the fibre deployment and design in Victoria and Western Australia are a further example of how the Gillard Government is getting on with the job of building our world class NBN for all Australians," Senator Conroy said.

  • Funding to boost natural disaster resilience across Victoria

    Communities across Victoria will benefit from more than $6 million in funding to improve preparedness for natural disasters, Commonwealth Attorney-General Robert McClelland and Victorian Deputy Premier and Minister for Emergency Services Peter Ryan announced today.

    Mr McClelland said $4.7 million in Commonwealth funding has been allocated to agencies, community groups and local councils across Victoria to improve disaster protection and local strategies to deal with disasters.

    A further $2.4 million has been allocated by the Victorian Government specifically for flood-related projects.

  • Global Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Institute Opens First Office in Asia

    The work of the Global Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Institute to accelerate the development and uptake of carbon capture and storage technologies round the world will be further facilitated by the opening of an office in Tokyo.

    The new office is the first in Asia and builds on the Institute’s existing presence in Europe and North America. Japan is well-represented at the Global CCS Institute, which now has over 320 members and Japanese nationals will staff the new office.

    Attending the official opening in Tokyo today, Australian Minister for Resources and Energy, Martin Ferguson AM MP, commended the Institute for its ongoing work and welcomed the enhanced engagement with Asia on CCS technologies.

  • Australia and EU emphasised new phase of closer relationship

    Prime Minister Julia Gillard and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso emphasised the new phase of closer cooperation between Australia and the European Union (EU), during bilateral talks in Canberra on 5 September 2011.

    Prime Minister Gillard and President Barroso underlined the shared values and strong cultural, historical and people-to-people links between Australia and Europe. They also noted the depth of the economic relationship, with EU Member States as a group being Australia’s largest source of foreign investment and EU companies creating some 500,000 jobs in Australia.

  • Australia nurturing excellence in tourism and events industry

    The Australian Government is supporting the tourism industry by helping it draw on its traditional strengths to improve its product and attract more international visitors, the Minister Assisting on Tourism, Senator Nick Sherry, has told the Tourism and Events Excellence Conference in Melbourne today.

    Senator Sherry briefed industry leaders on how the Australian Government was working to raise productivity and promote quality tourism products in a competitive, global marketplace.

    "Emerging markets give us one of the biggest opportunities in our history to refresh our tourism products and services," Senator Sherry said.

  • Predicting the 'next big thing' in IT

    The ICT Centre has again shown its support of innovative information and communications technologies by getting behind Tech23, an initiative of the well-respected news and events company Slattery IT, held in Sydney recently.

    Twenty-three young tech companies, from three-person start-ups to those with 50 staff, had five minutes to pitch their ideas and their business model to more than 400 potential investors, partners and clients. While on stage, the companies were grilled by a panel of industry experts such as the co-inventor of Google Maps, Lars Rasmussen, Anthony Glenning of Starfish Ventures, Doron Ben-Meir, CEO of Commercialisation Australia, and CSIRO Group Executive Information Sciences, Alex Zelinsky.

  • Capital grants available for Australian Disability Enterprises

    Organisations that provide supported employment opportunities to people with disability will be able to apply for new funding for capital improvements from today.

    Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Senator Jan McLucas, announced the opening of the new Capital Fund for Australian Disability Enterprises at the National Disability Services’ Employment Forum in Sydney today.

    Australian Disability Enterprises can apply for grants up to $20,000 for capital improvements that enhance their business viability.

  • ACT to keep electricity price regulation for Canberra households

    Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, has affirmed the ACT Government's commitment to maintain the current electricity price regulation process for the ACT.

    In March 2011 the Australian Energy Market Commission's (AEMC) concluded its Review of the Effectiveness of Competition in the Electricity Retail Market in the ACT.

    "The AEMC review accurately reflects some of the unique characteristics of the ACT electricity market, including its small size, dominance by a single retailer, relatively low prices and the high levels of customer satisfaction experienced by ACT electricity consumers and recommended the removal of price regulation for small customers, such as households," said Mr Corbell.

  • Major renewable energy boost for South Australia

    South Australia’s nation-leading role as a renewable energy hub has received a major boost with Suzlon Energy Australia announcing plans to invest $1.3 billion building one of the world’s largest wind energy projects on the Yorke Peninsula.

    Premier Mike Rann has announced the Suzlon Group – which is the world’s fifth largest wind turbine supplier with operations in 32 countries – proposes to erect up to 180 turbines, 20 kilometres south-west of Ardrossan in what the company has called the Ceres Project.

    The proposed project would be able to generate up to 600 megawatts (MW) directly into the metropolitan Adelaide grid via a High Voltage Direct Current connection across Gulf St Vincent.

  • The Smart Grid, Smart City Information Centre launched in Newcastle

    The Smart Grid, Smart City Information Centre was today launched in Newcastle to engage consumers and business in new technologies that are being trialled in the region to use energy more efficiently.

    The Smart Grid, Smart City project is a $100 million commitment by the Australian Government to work with industry to demonstrate and test the integration of a range of new technologies such as smart grids, smart meters, electric vehicles and ceramic fuel cells into an existing community.

    The Minister for Resources and Energy, Martin Ferguson AM MP said the project will test the possibilities of smart grid technologies including the potential to help consumers reduce their energy use and ultimately reduce their electricity bills.

  • Growth in visitors to Australia from the world's major regions remains uneven

    Growth in visitor arrivals to Australia from the world's major regions remains uneven, according to the latest tourism figures.

    Today's release of Overseas Arrivals and Departures data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that while the number of international tourists to Australia continues to build on last year's record arrivals and is up 0.4 per cent this year, the month of July saw a decline of 1.7 per cent.

  • Australia supports the people of South Sudan build secure future

    The Australian Government today offered to contribute up to 25 Australian Defence Force (ADF) and ten Australian Federal Police (AFP) personnel to the new United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

    The Prime Minister made the offer to the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, during their meeting today. The Secretary-General thanked the Prime Minister for the offer, and noted Australia’s enduring support for UN peacekeeping missions.

    This contribution is part of the Government’s commitment to support the people of South Sudan build a viable and secure future, following South Sudan’s declaration of independence on 9 July 2011.