Wednesday, 20 February 2019 Sydney

Invest In Australia News::

  • 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.

  • Melbourne Lord Mayor to lead business delegation to China

    Lord Mayor Robert Doyle today announced he will head a business mission to China that will showcase some of Melbourne’s most prominent industries including biotechnology, urban design, sustainability, tourism and education.

    In 2010, the Lord Mayor hosted three business delegations from China including one that was headed by Mayor of Tianjin Huang Xingguo and involved more than 130 delegates.

    The Lord Mayor said the City of Melbourne has also sent two delegations to China recently – one in 2010 to recognise the 30th Anniversary of the Melbourne Tianjin sister city relationship and another earlier this year to develop urban and eco-city planning agreements.

  • Business Workshop to help grow Fashion Exports

    The NSW Government will today host a workshop to boost the skills and export competitiveness of fashion industry businesses, Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Stoner said.

    The Department of Trade and Investment is hosting the workshop in partnership with the Council of Textile & Fashion Industries of Australia and Austrade.

    “This four hour workshop will be a practical, hands-on event for about 20 companies to help them build their own business operations manuals,” Mr Stoner said.

    “It will be presented by Paula Rogers, who has 25 years experience in international supply chain management including product development, factory sourcing, production operations and sustainability governance.

  • United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visiting Australia

    The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, will visit Australia on 3 September and then from 7 to 9 September as a guest of the Australian Government.  Australia is a founding member of the United Nations and is the twelfth largest contributor to the UN regular and peacekeeping budgets.  This will be the first visit by a UN Secretary-General in over a decade.

  • Australia Bolsters Global Mine Sustainability

    A new reference guide is raising the bar for sustainable mining in Australia and overseas.

    The Minister for Resources and Energy, Martin Ferguson AM MP, today launched A Guide to Leading Practice Sustainable Development in Mining at the Australian Centre for Sustainable Mining Practices, which builds on the internationally successful Leading Practice Sustainable Development in Mining series.

    The new guide draws together the major lessons of the leading practice handbooks and case studies from around the world in a single reference point for mine managers, senior operating personnel at mine sites, consultants, regulators and others involved in implementing practical and sustainable mining solutions.

  • Funding for documentary stories with a bold vision

    Screen Australia's new Signature Documentary Program is open for applications until 9 September. The Signature program provides production funding for projects that are bold in form and content. The stories can be local or international but they must have an Australian team with a strong vision.

    "Signature docs often attract critical recognition and have a healthy life on the festival circuit. They are the stories documentary makers infuse with passion and craft to connect to their audience. In a world of shrinking time slots for the one-off documentary, the Signature program is a breath of fresh air," said Liz Stevens, Screen Australia’s Documentary Manager.

  • Performing arts groups to tour Regional and Remote Australia

    Australians living in regional and remote areas will soon see world-class performances often reserved for major metropolitan cities when companies such as the Bangarra Dance Theatre, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and The Australian Ballet tour their towns.

    Arts Minister Simon Crean today announced $3.6 million in funding for 21 performing arts companies to tour Australia with a focus on regional and remote Australia through the Playing Australia program.

    The funding will support nearly 1550 performances at more than 600 venues across Australia in 2012 and 2013.

  • More buildings go green under expanded green building fund

    Shopping centres, hotels and office block owners are finding it easier to upgrade and reduce greenhouse gas emissions thanks to the Gillard Labor Government's Green Building Fund and Tax Breaks for Green Buildings Program.

    Announcing $35.2 million in funding to green-up 90 buildings nationally, Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr said Australia's commercial buildings generate significant greenhouse gas emissions every year.

    "The Government and building owners must work together to improve our buildings and create a richer, fairer and greener Australia," Senator Carr said.

  • EFIC and CBA sign Master Working Capital Guarantee Facility

    Commonwealth Bank and Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC) today announced the signing of a Master Working Capital Guarantee Facility to help Australian exporters gain additional working capital to finance export contracts.

    A common challenge for small to medium enterprise (SME) exporters is stretching their working capital to meet the many demands of a growing business, from developing business opportunities, to winning contracts, and delivering on their contracts.

    Under this arrangement , EFIC can provide a guarantee to Commonwealth Bank, enabling the Bank to lend to its SME customers the additional working capital they need to finance their international sales contracts.