Sunday, 25 February 2018 Sydney

Invest In Australia News::

  • Publication of Wikileakes Cable - Yemen

    The Australian Government is on the record as saying the large scale distribution of hundreds of thousands of classified United States Government documents is reckless, irresponsible and potentially dangerous.

    The Government’s long-standing position is not to comment on material that has been published by Wikileaks.

    However I note that on occasions in the past, Wikileaks has decided to redact identifying features where security operations or safety could be put at risk.  This has not occurred in this case.

    The publication of any information that could compromise Australia’s national security – or inhibit the ability of intelligence agencies to monitor potential threats – is incredibly irresponsible.

  • Salmonids becomes most valuable fisheries product for first time in 2009-10

    The value of salmonids production increased by 13 per cent to $369.1 million in 2009–10, to surpass rock lobster as Australia’s highest earning fisheries product, according to Australian fisheries statistics 2010, released today by ABARES.

    Australian salmonids production predominantly consists of trout and Atlantic salmon.

    ABARES acting Deputy Executive Director, Terry Sheales, said the higher value for salmonids was underpinned by higher production in the aquaculture sector, more than 95 per cent of which is in Tasmania.

    “Despite higher earnings from the production of salmonids and prawns, the gross value of Australian fisheries production fell by 2 per cent to $2.18 billion in 2009–10,” Dr Sheales said.

  • Possible US mail delays due to Hurricane Irene

    Customers are advised that mail to and from some parts of the East Coast of America may be delayed due to Hurricane Irene.

    30 August, 2011

  • South Sydney villages will grow

    The City has committed nearly $130,000 to encourage new jobs and support new, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses in south Sydney's growing villages.

    Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP said the grant will encourage sustainable business growth in two of the City's key village centres - Redfern Street and the emerging Green Square Town Centre.

    "Redfern and Green Square are fast becoming retail destinations - we want to make sure that growth is sustainable, with jobs for people who live in the area and a particular focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses," the Lord Mayor said.  

  • Time to shine for Housing ACT tenant gardeners

    ACT Minister for Community Services Joy Burch has called on Canberra's public housing tenants to show off their green thumbs and enter this year's annual Housing ACT spring gardening competition.

    "Canberra is blessed with some wonderful gardens and many of those are to be found at the homes of public housing tenants," Ms Burch said.

    The annual competition is now open to all Housing ACT tenants and entries are being invited in seven categories: large garden; small garden; courtyard garden; environmentally-friendly garden; speciality garden; vegetable garden and rose garden.

  • Austrade Office and Australian Consulate-General for Colombia

    Trade Minister and Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs Craig Emerson announced today the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) would open a new office and manage an Australian Consulate-General in Bogota, Colombia, next year.

    “This decision follows improvements in business conditions and increasing levels of foreign direct investment in response to the Colombian Government’s economic reform agenda,” Dr Emerson said.

    Today’s announcement follows a comprehensive reform of Austrade, unveiled in May, under which additional Australian Government resources are being employed in growth and emerging markets.

  • What's important in Australian life?

    The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) launched a national conversation today, asking:
    What do you think is important in Australian life?
    What do you think is important in Australia’s society, economy and environment?

    To kick start the conversation, we asked Michael Stutchbury, Economics Editor of The Australian, and Richard Aedy, host of Radio National's Life Matters program to share their views.

    Mr Aedy reflected on several areas he sees as important for Australia’s progress, saying “Nobody should leave Year 12, including kids who are planning to go into trades ...because all of them are growing up into a world that requires more understanding of complexity".

  • Future of Financial Advice Reforms Draft Legislation

    More Australians will seek financial advice following the announcement of the draft legislation to implement the Gillard Government's Future of Financial Advice reforms.

    The Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation, Bill Shorten, today released the first tranche of draft legislation of the Future of Financial Advice (FOFA) reforms for public consultation.

    "It is a concern that only one in five Australians access financial advice. These reforms will restore trust and confidence in the sector following collapses such as Storm, Westpoint and Trio. They also remove the red tape that has prevented low-cost, good quality advice being delivered to millions of Australians."

  • Expressions of interest open for redevelopment of the Australian Pavilion in Venice

    The Australia Council for the Arts invites expressions of interest (EOI) from Australian registered architects and architectural practices for the redevelopment of the Australian Pavilion in Venice, Italy.

    The Australia Council announced its intention to redevelop the pavilion at the opening of the 2011 Australian exhibition at the Venice Biennale in June. The call for Expressions of Interest is the first step in a two-stage process to select an architect to develop the new pavilion.

  • World class export grains innovation centre for WA

    The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) today announced that it will partner with the WA State Government to establish a new Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre (AEGIC) in Western Australia.

    GRDC chairman Keith Perrett and WA Agriculture and Food Minister Terry Redman made the announcement at the Dowerin GWN Machinery Field Days in WA.

    Mr Perrett said the new centre was an exciting initiative which would establish world class skills and capability in export grains innovation and industry development.

    “The AEGIC is the second National Centre of Research Capability to be established under the grains industry’s National Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) Strategy,” he said.

  • GRDC panel to canvass Victorian grain research priorities

    Victorian grain growers’ research priorities will soon be canvassed by the Grains Research and Development Corporation’s Southern Regional Panel.

    Panel members will be travelling through the State during their annual spring tour of growers’ properties, research facilities and trial sites. They will also be meeting with farming systems groups, researchers and advisers.

    The tour from Monday, September 5, to Friday, September 9, will provide panel members with critical insights into the research, development and extension needs and requirements of Victoria’s grain-growing community.

  • Cash for ideas and projects that improve lives of ACT residents

    Organisations and individuals can now apply for up to $50,000 from the ACT Government for initiatives or projects that will improve the lives of vulnerable Canberrans, including those with a disability.

    Minister for Community Services Joy Burch said the ACT Government's 2011-2012 Innovations Grants were now open and a total of $200,000 will be awarded to successful applicants.

    "Each year, our Innovation Grants are made available for people individually or representing an organisation for one-off strategic projects and initiatives that seek to do something new or something differently," Ms Burch said.

  • ACCC institutes proceedings against Energy Watch

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court, Melbourne against Energy Watch Pty Ltd and Mr Benjamin Polis for alleged misleading or deceptive conduct and making false representations in contravention of the Australian Consumer Law.

    Energy Watch provides an energy price comparison service (electricity and natural gas) to residential and business consumers.

    The ACCC alleges that Energy Watch made false or misleading representations through a range of media, including television, radio and print advertising, and on websites and billboards, and advertising displayed on a scoreboard at the MCG during AFL games

  • Further Details for the October Tax Forum

    The Gillard Government is pleased to announce the invitation list, program and facilitators for the Tax Forum to be held in Canberra on 4 and 5 October.

    There was a fantastic response from individuals, community groups, businesses and organisations applying to attend the Tax Forum, with around 500 expressions of interest received.

    The Tax Forum will help identify priorities and directions to build on this Government's already strong record of tax reform.

    As part of the discussion, participants will need to keep in mind the Government's commitment to fiscal discipline. To this end, participants will be invited to provide a statement that outlines their proposals and how they can be funded.

  • First Report on Economic Potential of Senior Australians [26/08/2011]

    The Gillard Government has today received the first report from the Advisory Panel on the Economic Potential of Senior Australians (the Panel) that looks at how our nation can best harness the opportunities presented by a larger and more active community of older Australians.

    This important work is about ensuring that we don't lose the valuable experience and skills of older Australians as they move into retirement, and that all seniors have the opportunity to stay involved in the community.

  • Exposure Draft: Petroleum Resource Rent Tax Bill

    The Treasury has today released for public comment exposure draft legislation for the extension of the Petroleum Resource Rent Tax (PRRT).

    The Government's resource taxation reforms ensure Australians receive a fairer return from the development of their non-renewable resources and will help strengthen our economy through increased superannuation, new and better infrastructure, and tax cuts for businesses that are not in the resource boom fast lane.

    The Government announced last year the extension of the PRRT to all Australian onshore and offshore oil and gas projects, including the North West Shelf, as part of our plans to spread the opportunities and benefits of the boom to more Australians.  

  • Draft decision on newsagents collective bargaining with NSW Lotteries

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission today issued a draft decision proposing to allow the Newsagents Association of NSW and ACT (NANA) to collectively bargain with NSW Lotteries on behalf of member newsagents.

    NANA represents around 500 newsagents in NSW and ACT which sell lottery products supplied by NSW Lotteries. This represents approximately a third of newsagents which sell lottery products in NSW and the ACT.

    "Lottery products can be an important part of a newsagent’s business, so the terms on which NSW Lotteries supplies these products are important," ACCC deputy chair Peter Kell said.

  • Committee to inquire into FIFO and DIDO workforces

    Regional Australia Minister Simon Crean this week announced the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Regional Australia would inquire into and report on the use of 'fly-in fly-out' and 'drive-in drive-out' workforce practices in regional Australia.

    Mr Crean said the inquiry would add to the community, industry and government understanding of the issues surrounding a fly-in fly-out (FIFO) or drive-in drive-out (DIDO) workforce.

    "A fly-in fly-out or drive-in drive-out workforce is an inevitable part of coping with the skills demands and the huge growth in the resource sector," Mr Crean said.

  • Establishment of the National Skills Standards Council

    Minister for Skills and Jobs, Senator Chris Evans, has announced the establishment of the new standards setting body for the vocational education and training(VET) sector which will improve quality and consistency of VET regulation throughout the nation.

    “The National Skills Standards Council will advise Commonwealth (NSCC) and state and territory Ministers with responsibility for vocational education and training on the development of national standards for the regulation of vocational education and training,” Senator Evans said.

    The key functions of the National Skills Standards Council are to:


  • New reference group to advise Government on university performance measurement

    Professor Ian O’Connor, Vice Chancellor of Griffith University, will chair a reference group to provide advice on the implementation of four higher education performance measurement instruments under the Australian Government’s $1.3 billion Advancing Quality in Higher Education initiative.

    Minister for Tertiary Education, Chris Evans, today said Advancing Quality in Higher Education would improve outcomes for students and pursue national quality, participation and attainment objectives, and welcomed Professor O’Connor’s involvement.

  • Arts at the heart of new Australian Curriculum

    The Arts will be given a central place in the new Australian Curriculum with the release today of shaping paper setting out how drama, dance, music, visual arts and media arts will be studied in all schools.

    Minister for School Education, Peter Garrett, announced the release of the final Shape of the Australian Curriculum: The Arts paper at an event at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney today.

    The final shaping paper was developed by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) following a consultation period earlier this year.

  • City of Melbourne events nominated for Australian awards

    The City of Melbourne has cemented its position as the events capital of Australia after it was named as a finalist in three separate categories at the 2011 Australian Event Awards.

    Last year’s inaugural Melbourne Music event is a finalist under the ‘Best New Event’ category, while the 2010 New Year’s Eve Family Festival is in the running for ‘Best Community Event’.

    The City of Melbourne events team is also competing against three other companies to take home the prestigious ‘Event Manager of the Year’ award.

    The nominations are a great honour for the City of Melbourne, which is the only organisation  to receive three finalist nominations.

  • New multi-purpose sports stadium for Perry Park

    The City of Sydney has given the green light to a multi-million dollar development for brand new indoor and outdoor community sports facilities at Perry Park, Alexandria.

    The new recreational facilities will include six indoor multi-purpose courts for basketball, netball, futsal, volleyball, gymnastics and badminton and an outdoor multi-purpose synthetic field.

    Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP said there was a huge demand for sporting facilities with more than 200,000 people a year expected to use the courts after they open in 2014.

    "At the moment demand exceeds availability and existing community groups compete for limited facilities in local school halls or are forced to travel outside the area," the Lord Mayor said.

  • Social media and PR boot camp for small business

    Fathoming the techniques to get publicity for a product or service and using social media tools to do so is the focus of a free workshop for small business operators wanting to learn the art of public relations during Small Business September.

    Small business operators will benefit from the combined knowledge of seven experienced social media, marketing and public relations practitioners at a free seminar in Sydney.

    With a recent survey* showing 42 per cent of Australian businesses are using social media to reach their customers, only 14 per cent are small businesses.