Tuesday, 19 June 2018 Sydney

Invest In Australia News::

  • Clean machines slash vehicle emissions in Sydney

    The City of Sydney is investing in cleaner, greener vehicles to drive down greenhouse gases and help save our environment.

    The City has also cut back its fleet by 30 per cent in the past five years by using better fleet management techniques.

    Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP said the Council is on track to reduce CO2 emissions from its vehicles 20 per cent in three years.  

    "We've added more than 43 hybrid cars and 20 diesel-electric hybrid trucks, with another 10 due later this year. These replace petrol-guzzling polluters and help us save up to 30 per cent in CO2 emissions for each vehicle.

  • New Greening Sydney Plan on the cards

    More street trees, green walls and community gardens are part of a new plan by the City of Sydney for a greener city, improved air quality and more habitat for wildlife.

    The projects, contained in the City's draft Greening Sydney Plan, include six new key programs to encourage people to make green lifestyle choices such as greening shared gardens, verges and median strips and getting involved in, community gardens, junior rangers and land care groups.

    The Lord Mayor of Sydney Clover Moore said a greener city brought not only social, ecological and environmental benefits, but economic advantages.

  • DTED Gateway information sessions now available for South Australian Businesses

    The Department of Trade and Economic Development (DTED) is now taking registrations of interest from South Australian business interested in attending an information session about the Gateway Business Program.

    The Gateway Business Program provides funding assistance to established local companies who are ready to take the next step and begin exporting.

    These information sessions will provide further details of the Gateway Business Program, and answer queries participants may have regarding the Program.

    Applications for the third round of funding under the Program close on 15 September. Eligible companies are encouraged to submit an application.

  • Nuplex to purchase Acquos’ Masterbatch business

    Nuplex Industries Thursday announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Acquos’s Masterbatch business, one of Australia’s leading providers of concentrated pigments and additives (known as 'masterbatch') to the plastics industry.

    The transaction is subject to ACCC approval. If approved Nuplex expects the transaction to make a positive contribution to its 2012 financial year, earnings per share. Nuplex will make a further announcement once the ACCC has made its decision.

    Emery Severin, CEO of Nuplex said Culamix, the company’s own color and additive masterbatch business, has built its reputation based on flexible and responsive customer service.

  • SABMiller plc makes takeover offer for Foster’s Group Limited at A$4.90 per share

    SABMiller plc Wednesday proposed, through its indirect wholly owned Australian subsidiary SABMiller Beverage Investments Pty Ltd, to make a conditional, off-market, cash takeover offer for all of the issued shares in Foster's Group Limited at A$4.90 per fully paid ordinary share, reduced by the amount of any dividend or distribution paid or declared by Foster's after Wednesday's announcement.

  • ACCC begins public consultation on non-NBN local bitstream access service description

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a discussion paper seeking submissions on the service description for a Layer 2 bitstream service. The consultation is the first step in issuing a declaration that creates the ACCC’s role in regulating this service.

    Layer 2 bitstream services, also known as the local bitstream access services are used to carry digital data on telecommunications networks.

    “Given the importance of these networks in providing access to high-speed broadband, the ACCC strongly encourages owners and retailers providing services covered by the local bitstream access service description to make a submission,” ACCC chairman Rod Sims said.

  • Sustainable development for the Perth and Peel regions

    The Australian and Western Australian governments have agreed on a process to provide long‑term certainty and cut red tape in the Perth and Peel regions, Environment and Communities Minister Tony Burke announced today.

    “This strategic assessment of the Swan Coastal Plain under national environment law will enable sustainable communities to accommodate Perth’s growing population, while safeguarding our environment,” Mr Burke said.

    “Once the Strategic Assessment is complete business will no longer have to go through a year long process to conduct an Environmental Impact Statement.

  • CSIRO and Clover to develop new, healthy ingredients for infant formulas

    CSIRO and leading Australian ingredients manufacturer, Clover Corporation Limited, have agreed to work together on the development of the next generation of nutritional ingredients for infant formulas.

    “While natural breast milk is the gold standard, when infant formulas are needed to supplement or replace it, those formulas need to be as close to the real thing as possible,” said research team leader, CSIRO’s Ms Luz Sanguansri. “Many of the bioactive components of breast milk are not stable and their inclusion in infant formula is not straight forward.”

  • Jail terms a strong deterrent against migration fraud in Australia

    The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) today welcomed the tough sentences handed down by the Perth District Court to a group of people involved in fraud of the English language testing process relating to visa applications.

    Over the past fortnight and concluding today, a total of nine people have been sentenced following the investigation by DIAC and the WA Corruption and Crime Commission into a racket to falsify English language test results at the Curtin University language testing centre. The fraudulent results were then used in support of visa applications to remain in Australia.

  • Queensland agreement puts local jobs first in mining boom

    The State Government and the resources sector today reached an agreement to seek out new workers for the resources industry from coastal areas with high unemployment and plug them into the mining boom.

    Premier Anna Bligh said the agreement to hold Work for Queensland jobs expos was reached at the summit between senior resource company on the Gold Coast today.

    The mining and jobs expos will be held in Cairns, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, the Whitsunday region and Wide Bay Burnett starting in October.

    “This is about giving people choice and opportunity. We have significant numbers of Queenslanders, particularly in some regional areas, out of work and yet the mining industry is facing a skills shortage,” Ms Bligh said.

  • 460,000 Australians building better futures in training

    A report released today has revealed a record 460,000 apprentices and trainees are in training, showing the Government’s historic investment in skills is paying off.

    The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) report revealed the number of people in apprenticeships and traineeships across the country had increased from almost 436,000 in March 2010 to 458,900 in March this year.

    Minister for Jobs and Skills, Senator Chris Evans, said there were 5.3 per cent more Australians in training than the same time last year.

    “The Gillard Government is taking action to meet our future skills needs through a record investment in skills and training initiatives,” Senator Evans said.

  • Committee Report on Cybercrime Legislation Amendment Bill

    Attorney-General Robert McClelland and Minister for Home Affairs and Justice Brendan O’Connor today welcomed the report from the Joint Standing Committee on Cyber Safety into the Government’s Cybercrime Legislation Amendment Bill 2011.

    “Cybercrime poses a significant challenge for our law enforcement and criminal justice system. Indeed, cybercrime has overtaken the drug trade as the most profitable form of crime in the world,” Mr McClelland said.

    “The increasing cyber threat means that no nation alone can effectively overcome this problem and international cooperation is essential.”

  • Al Messilah sheep welfare ensured in Adelaide

    The federal Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has been advised that the live animal export vessel “Al Messilah” cannot be repaired quickly and the owner has now decided to begin unloading approximately 67,000 sheep at Port Adelaide tomorrow, Friday, 19 August 2011.

    The sheep remain in good condition and the welfare of the animals continues to be given the highest priority. The sheep have ongoing access to feed, water and veterinary care.

    Australian quarantine veterinarians will supervise the unloading and movement of the sheep to an approved feedlot nearby.

    The sheep will be held under strict quarantine conditions pending their re-export or processing within Australia.

  • Making the Superannuation Contribution Caps Fairer in Australia

    People who make excess concessional contributions to their superannuation may benefit from changes contained in a consultation paper released today by the Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation.

    Individuals who breach their concessional contributions caps by up to $10,000 for the first time will be given the option to have the excess concessional contributions refunded to them.

  • Australia Council announces new publishing subsides

    The Literature Board of the Australia Council for the Arts is excited to announce a new structure for its publishing subsidies which will provide publishers with greater flexibility and recognise the contribution and track record of Australia’s small and medium sized publishers.

    Under the new Publishing Program Grants, which commences in 2012, publishers will apply for annual funding towards their literary publishing program rather than applying for funding for individual titles.

  • Sleeping Beauty joins the Australian line-up at Toronto

    Julia Leigh’s Sleeping Beauty was announced overnight to join an outstanding line-up of Australian films screening at the Toronto International Film Festival next month.

    Completing the Australian line-up at the festival, Sleeping Beauty will join five other feature films screening at Toronto – The Tall Man, Snowtown, The Eye of the Storm, Burning Man and The Hunter.

    Sleeping Beauty, written and directed by Julia Leigh, produced by Jessica Brentnall and starring Emily Browning, Michael Dorman and Mirrah Foulkes, had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2011. The Toronto screening will be the film’s North American premiere.

  • Australias trade with East Asia, the Americas, and the European Union: 2010

    The following geographic statistical publications have just been released are available on the DFAT website:



    Australia’s Trade with East Asia 2010


  • Gary Gray welcomes resumption of live cattle exports by Wellard

    WA Federal Minister and Member for Brand Gary Gray today welcomed the announcement that Western Australian company Wellard Rural Exports will resume cattle exports to Indonesia this week.

    Mr Gray said he expected that approximately 7,000 cattle would be sent from Wyndham to Indonesia from the end of this week, following a decision by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry to issue the company with an approved export plan.

    “The cattle will be sent to two companies in Indonesia which have been audited to check animal welfare standards and the ability to trace the origin of livestock,” Mr Gray said.

  • Apple trade between Australia and New Zealand to commence

    Australia’s Director of Animal and Plant Quarantine has made a policy decision to allow the importation of New Zealand apples into Australia.

    New Zealand had taken a dispute over a 2006 risk analysis to the World Trade Organization and the decision comes after the WTO ruled in November 2010 that Australia’s quarantine measures were not supported by science.

    In considering the WTO ruling, the government decided to review the existing quarantine policy for the three pests that were the subject of the WTO dispute: fire blight, European canker and apple leaf curling midge.

  • China’s Bright Food Ltd finalizing acquisition deal with Australia’s Manassen Foods

    Xinhuanet Monday reported that China’s Bright Food Group Co Ltd, a leading Chinese food manufacturer, is finalizing an acquisition deal with an Australian food distributor in a bid to expand its presence overseas.

    Xinhua quoted a company spokesman Monday announcing the deal, in a move that would see Bright Food create a comprehensive strategic partnership with Manassen Foods Australia Pty.
    The State-owned Chinese company is seeking to boost overseas sales to as much as 30 percent of its total in five years, said the company spokesman, Pan Jianjun.

  • Phosphate Australia Ltd acquires 100% of the historic Tuckanarra gold project in WA

    Phosphate Australia Limited (POZ) announced the acquisition of 100% of the historic Tuckanarra gold project in the prolific gold producing Murchison district of Western Australia. This acquisition includes almost all of the historic workings and all four of the open pits at Tuckanarra that produced a total of around 95,000 ounces up to 1995. The project consists of three exploration tenements and eight prospecting tenements, with a combined area of 270.4 km2.

    These permits are all currently in application and it is anticipated the main tenements will be granted by mid October. Heritage agreements have already been signed with the traditional owner claimant group for the area.

  • Jobs growth continues in Queensland despite tough conditions

    Queensland has recorded over two-thirds of the nation’s jobs growth in July, taking another step towards the Bligh Government’s 100,000 jobs target, ABS employment data revealed today.

    Treasurer Andrew Fraser said momentum had been maintained in tough times with 2,200 of Australia’s 3,000 jobs being created in Queensland.

    “In the midst of global economic uncertainty, this is a strong result that should boost business confidence,” Mr Fraser said.

    “Queensland powered to record a fourth month of consecutive jobs growth since the natural disasters disrupted the 16 month streak from July 2009 to December 2010.

  • EFIC supports Bothar to upgrade Kuwaiti sewerage system

    Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC), the Australian Government’s export credit agency, has provided a performance bond to support the participation of Bothar Boring & Tunnelling (Bothar) in a KWD (Kuwait Dinar) 2.35 million (approximately AUD8.2 million) subcontract to provide tunnelling services on a sewerage construction project in Kuwait.

    The project is funded by Kuwait’s Ministry of Public Works to upgrade sewerage systems in the Al Firdous and Ardiya areas. The main contractor is the Kuwait Company for Process Plant Construction & Contracting K.S.C. (KCPC).

  • Australian Trade Minister welcomes IAG's China move

    Trade Minister Craig Emerson today welcomed the announcement that Australian insurer Insurance Australia Group Limited (IAG) had agreed to buy 20 per cent of Chinese group Bohai Property Insurance, saying it represented the future of the two countries' commercial relationship.

    "Australia has been a reliable supplier of China's huge mineral and energy needs for decades now," Dr Emerson said.

    "This will not change. But as China transforms its economy towards domestic consumption, Australian companies are being offered a panoply of new investment opportunities.

    "Today's agreement between IAG and Bohai is a pioneer of this diversifying economy."