Sunday, 25 February 2018 Sydney

Invest In Australia News::

  • 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.

  • Australian Immigration released submission guidelines for Enterprise Migration Agreement

    The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) today announced the release of the submission guidelines for Enterprise Migration Agreements (EMA), to assist project owners and prime contractors on eligible resources projects.

    The guidelines contain all the necessary information for those who wish to make a submission for an EMA. The agreements are a new migration initiative that will allow major resource projects to gain access to overseas skilled workers for genuine vacancies that cannot be filled from the Australian skilled labour market.

    “Now that the submission guidelines have been released, eligible projects will be able to make submissions for access to an EMA,” a departmental spokesman said.

  • New Appointments to the Austrade Executive

    The Chief Executive of Austrade, Peter Grey, today announced Austrade’s new Senior Executive Group which will lead and shape Austrade’s trade, investment and international education efforts.

    The Senior Executive Group reflects the new organisational structure of the recent Review of Austrade’s operations and will report to the Austrade CEO from 1 October.

    • Laurie Smith, former Regional Director for North East Asia will be Executive Director, International Operations.

    • Tim Beresford will be Executive Director, Australian Operations. Tim had a strong record of achievement in business prior to joining Prime Minister and Cabinet where he is currently Head of the Social Policy Division.

  • Marles promotes UN cooperation on Pacific visit

    Regional security and climate change will be high on the agenda when Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs Richard Marles visits Solomon Islands and Kiribati in the coming days.

    Mr Marles is travelling with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who is making his first visit to the Pacific.

    In Solomon Islands, a focus of the visit will be the work of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI).

    'Australia is a strong supporter of international peace and security, through its extensive commitments to UN and other multilateral operations,’ Mr Marles said.

  • Ingleburn development to create more jobs and houses

    The Federal Government will sell the former Defence army camp at Ingleburn to the NSW Government’s development agency, Landcom, in a decision that will support jobs and provide more housing and community facilities in the region.

    The Special Minister of State, Gary Gray, said the sale of the site was another example of the Government’s commitment to release suitable surplus land for affordable housing along with appropriate infrastructure under the revamped Commonwealth Property Disposals Policy (CPDP).

  • Regional students lead growth in higher education enrolments in Australia

    Minister for Tertiary Education, Senator Chris Evans, today released new figures showing strong growth in higher education student numbers – with some of the greatest gains made by students from regional Australia.

    The new figures show that, in 2010, a total of 67 130 students from regional and remote areas commenced a university course, an increase of 10.1 per cent from 2009.

    Total commencements for all domestic students in 2010 was 487 917 – an increase of 3.7 per cent.

    “What this clearly demonstrates is that students from regional areas are making the most of the new opportunities to access a university education that have come from the Government’s massive investment in higher education,” Senator Evans said.

  • New Fair Work Australia Commissioners appointed

    Minister for Workplace Relations, Senator Chris Evans, today announced that he would recommend to the Governor-General the appointment of Ms Susan Booth, Ms Suzanne Jones and Mr Tim Lee as Commissioners at Fair Work Australia.

    Senator Evans said the appointments would bring a broad range of experience to Fair Work Australia.

    “All candidates have significant and broad experience in workplace relations, in law, government, tribunals and advocacy, which would add to the already valuable range of skills in Fair Work Australia,” Senator Evans said.

  • R&D Tax incentive all set to support Australian Businesses

    Information sessions, held across Australia in September and October, will help businesses learn how to access and best use the new R&D Tax Incentive to drive the development of new ideas, products and processes.

    Encouraging people to attend, Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr, said the R&D Tax Incentive, as the program will be now known, will support and reward the creativity of Australian businesses.

    "We are a clever country. We have renamed the tax credit an incentive because that is what it is - an incentive for our creative firms and individuals to invest in new ideas, products and services.

  • Australia Supports the New Libya at International Conference

    Speaking at a conference on the new Libya, Acting Foreign Affairs Minister Craig Emerson today pledged Australia’s support for international efforts to meet Libya’s urgent humanitarian needs and for reconstruction and the transition to democracy.

    The International Conference in Support of the New Libya, held in Paris, was co-chaired by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and UK Prime Minister David Cameron.

  • Queensland flood-affected manufacturer back in Business

    Queensland businesses, like Brisbane's Chaotech, are showing the world that Australian manufacturing is robust and can prosper even in the face of adversity.

    Seven months ago, Chaotech - a manufacturer of highly-specialised electrical switchgear components - was three metres under water and mud.

    Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr today visited the company, which is now in full production again.

    Congratulating Chaotech owners Rex and Susan Manderson and their staff on this milestone, Senator Carr said the company was a great example of the resilience and courage of Queensland businesses and Australian manufacturing.

  • Productivity Commission inquiry into the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation

    The Government today announced an inquiry by the Productivity Commission into the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC).

    The previous review of EFIC, which provides finance to exporters, was undertaken in 2006 by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. It recommended then that a more detailed and independent inquiry be carried out.

    Australian capital markets have changed considerably since existing export credit arrangements were established. Australia now has extensive and sophisticated capital markets, providing a diverse range of instruments and services.

  • Australian Government funding for Red Cross to help meet humanitarian needs in Libya

    Australia is helping to meet the continuing medical, food and water needs of the Libyan people as the conflict reaches its final stages.

    Acting Foreign Minister Craig Emerson will announce an additional contribution of $4.6 million to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) at an international meeting on Libya being held in Paris this evening.

    The money has been assigned from Australia's existing aid budget.

    Australia is the third-largest donor to the humanitarian effort in Libya. The latest tranche of aid this will bring Australia's total assistance to the crisis to $41.1 million.

  • Local banana farmers become Reef Guardians - GBRMPA

    A far north Queensland family owned banana operation will be recognised today (Thursday 1 September 2011) for their sustainability initiatives to help protect the Great Barrier Reef.

    They will become the first participants in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's (GBRMPA) Reef Guardian Farmer Banana Pilot Program.

    GBRMPA Director of Reef Guardians Ms Karen Vohland said the Reef Guardian Farmers program recognises the valuable environmental initiatives and innovative business practices undertaken by farmers to help build the health and resilience of the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Australian School kids show improvement in literacy and numeracy

    Australian students taking part in the Government’s Smarter Schools National Partnership for Literacy and Numeracy are showing encouraging signs of improvement, School Education Minister Peter Garrett said today.

    “Under the National Partnership, around 1100 schools across Australia have access to $540 million over four years, including up to $350 million in reward payments, to improve the literacy and numeracy skills of students who need it most,” Mr Garrett said.

    “Literacy and numeracy are vital skills for all young Australians, enabling them to get a great education and to go on to further study or work.

  • Libyan Students Helped to Keep Studying in Australia

    The Australian Government will assist around 650 Libyan students, and their dependants, who have been left stranded in Australia without funds for study and living costs due to the conflict in their home country.

    The Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs, Craig Emerson, and the Minister for Tertiary Education, Senator Chris Evans, today announced a $1.5m loan to the Libyan Embassy to support the students and their families for the coming month.

    Dr Emerson said the Government would continue to work with the Libyan authorities to ensure the resumption of funding for the students as soon as possible.

  • NBN switched on in Townsville

    Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Wayne Swan today launched the National Broadband Network in Townsville, marking the first location in Queensland to benefit from the NBN.

    Residents and businesses in Townsville can now start work on realising opportunities that the NBN will enable in education, healthcare, business and government services delivery.

    "The launch of the NBN today is yet another example of how the Gillard Government is delivering for North Queensland," Mr Swan said.

    "The NBN will significantly support growth and create business opportunities for Townsville with its diverse regional economy and strengths in mining and agriculture."

  • Live export assistance package helps producers and businesses

    The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) is reminding people affected by the recent temporary suspension of live exports to Indonesia that assistance is available if they are experiencing financial difficulties.

    Acting Deputy Secretary, Paul Morris, said the government has announced a range of assistance measures to help alleviate some of the immediate pressure on individuals, pastoralists and supporting industries.

    “On 27 June 2011, the government announced a $3 million financial package for individuals that includes immediate Income Recovery Subsidy payments for eligible people, who have experienced a loss of income due to the trade suspension,” Mr Morris said.