Saturday, 25 February 2017 Sydney

Invest In Australia News::

  • Melbourne company Aubot unveils brain-controlled telepresence robot

    Melbourne-based company Aubot created the brain-controlled telepresence robot dubbed 'Teleport', which uses the MindWave mind control interface to track the focus of a user's brain.  Aubot was founded by Melbourne tech entrepreneur Marita Cheng, the 2012 Young Australian of the Year.

    By concentrating over a certain threshold, a user can control the robot's movement.  The 1.1 to 1.7 metre robot can also be made to move through blinking and via a touchscreen tablet or internet connected device.

  • Sydney scores top marks with international students

    Nine out of 10 international students recommend Sydney as a great place to live and study, according to new research.

    The City of Sydney’s international student wellbeing survey also revealed the vast majority of respondents felt safe in Sydney, and that Sydney’s culturally diverse community provide them with a valued support network.

    The City’s survey is the first in Australia to measure the wellbeing of international students. It comes as new data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows the education of international students is Australia’s third biggest export income earner, generating $20 billion a year.

  • Strong support for salmon farming welcomed

    It was extremely heartening to attend today’s rally and see the strong support for Tasmania’s world class salmon industry.

    The salmon farming industry directly and indirectly support more than 5200 jobs in Tasmania and interstate with many of these jobs in regional areas like the West Coast, Huon and Channel region, Tasman Peninsula, Tamar Estuary, North-West Coast and Northern Midlands.

    These are real people and real families employed in a sustainable industry that optimises our clean and natural Tasmanian Brand and is our most valuable interstate food trade item estimated at more than $700 million.

  • Unemployment falls to 6.4%

    Tasmania’s unemployment rate has fallen to 6.4 per cent, with 225 new jobs created last month.

    ABS statistics released today show since the March 2014 election, over 3,300 new jobs have been created in Tasmania.

    Despite this good news, the Hodgman Government knows that not everyone is feeling the benefits of our growing economy, which is why we remain firmly focussed on supporting job creation as our number one priority.

    That is why we have implemented our $100 million Northern Economic Stimulus, which will stimulate the Northern economy and create employment in the North and North West of the State.

  • Steady as she goes (maybe): IMF updates its global outlook for trade and growth

    The IMF has released the January update to its world economic outlook (WEO). The projection for global growth is unchanged from the previous round of forecasts the Fund released last October, with world real GDP growth still expected to pick up from a soft 3.1 per cent last year to 3.4 per cent this year before rising again to 3.6 per cent in 2018[1].

  • Sensis Small Business Index shows Hodgman Government listening to small business

    The Sensis Small Business Index shows that the Hodgman Government is listening to the concerns of small business and working with the sector to grow the economy and create jobs.

    Small businesses across the country were asked to rate their state or territory government, with the Hodgman Government given the highest rating of any jurisdiction in Australia, a rating that was more than double that of the second best government, and four times higher than it was under the previous Labor-Green government.

  • Murray Valley encephalitis warning for Central Australia

    Residents in the Barkly and Alice Springs regions are being urged to take precautions to protect themselves against mosquitoes, with numbers expected to increase following extensive rainfall across the region.  

    Director of Medical Entomology, Nina Kurucz explained that the heavy rainfall across Central Australia has created favourable environmental conditions that might trigger an early start to the Murray Valley encephalitis (MVE) season.  

  • Holden to cease domestic manufacture of cars from October 20

    The State Government says its thoughts are with Holden workers and their families, as the company today announced the last car will roll off Holden’s Elizabeth plant production line on October 20.

    The government will continue its support for workers, suppliers and northern Adelaide, by continuing to provide millions of dollars in support to help workers move into new employment, transition supply chain companies and create new industries.

  • Stunning summer blooms brighten up Sydney

    Workers feeling gloomy about returning to the office will be cheered up by bright summer blooms at some of the city’s most popular public spaces.

    The summer edition of the City of Sydney’s Living Colour display is underway, with more than 100,000 blooms including zinnia, salvia, petunias, marigolds, celosia, echinacea and parsley popping up around the city until 5 March.

    “Our biannual Living Colour displays accentuate Sydney’s beauty while showcasing some of Australia’s finest native plants and flowers,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

  • Labor doubles-down on school closure plan

    Labor has today doubled-down on their plan to unwind our successful 7-12 school extension program with Michelle O'Byrne's latest attack.

    The fact is, schools which have extended to year 12 have already produced positive results, with a 57 per cent increase in enrolments at participating schools since 2014, and an improvement in our apparent retention rates now up to 74 per cent, up from a low 67 per cent under the previous Government.

    This year, another 18 schools will extend, bringing the total of extension schools to 30.

  • Melbourne research program aims to give children the gift of speech

    A Melbourne research program is giving children the gift of speech after finding links between genetics and childhood language problems.

    The A$2.5 million research program aims to discover the genetics behind stuttering, speech apraxia and language difficulties.

    Researchers are attempting to target treatments that address the underlying causes of speech disorders, unlike current speech therapies that target the symptoms.

    They are hoping to develop genetic testing that quickly diagnoses these disorders within five years.

  • Sydney icons light up for Lunar New Year

    The City of Sydney and Westpac are Painting the Town Red – lighting some of Sydney’s most iconic landmarks bright red to mark the beginning of the City’s Chinese New Year Festival.

    For three nights, 27-29 January, buildings across the city – including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and Sydney Town Hall – will be lit up in the colour of happiness, good fortune and joy, to ward off evil spirits in preparation for the Year of the Rooster.

    Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the illuminations were the perfect way to launch one of world’s largest celebrations of the Lunar New Year.

  • New Jobs are Gold for the West Coast

    More than 100 new jobs have been created with the return to operation of the Henty gold mine, near Queenstown, in a confidence boost for the local community and the wider mining industry.

    Today, Premier Will Hodgman joined the celebrations for the achievement of a major milestone for the new owners of the Henty mine, Diversified Minerals.

    “The pouring of the first gold since Diversified Minerals commenced operations is not only a great occasion symbolically, it also marks the beginning of the mine providing a return on the company’s strong investment,” Mr Hodgman said.

  • Introducing the new 2017 Benchmark Report

    The 2017 Benchmark Report (BMR) was released today by the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade).

    Now in its 17th year, Austrade’s BMR provides a wide range of economic and financial data that aims to demonstrate why there is no better partner for trade, investment and collaboration than Australia. In addition to five key areas - Growth, Innovation, Talent, Location and Business - highlighted in previous Benchmark Reports, we have now added a new chapter, Industries, to the 2017 edition.

  • Funding to help local exporters grow in 2017

    More than $797,000 in funding has gone to 43 local exporters to help them grow their exports and create jobs in 2017.

    The funding is part of the State Government’s Export Partnership Program, targeted at helping South Australia’s small and medium-sized businesses access new global markets through marketing and export development opportunities.

    The local manufacturing industry makes up 14 of the 43 successful applicants, worth $307,648, or almost half of the total granted.

  • CSL launches new treatment for haemophilia

    A new treatment for haemophilia A is to be launched in Europe by CSLfollowing approval by the European Commission.

    Haemophilia A is a congenital bleeding disorder characterised by a deficient or defective blood-clotting protein known as factor VIII.

    People with haemophilia A can experience prolonged or spontaneous bleeding into the muscles, joints or internal organs.

    CSL's new treatment, called AFSTYLA, is designed for greater molecular stability and longer duration of action, and can be used for all ages.

  • New advocate appointed to promote energy consumer interests in the ACT

    The ACT Government has partnered with Energy Consumers Australia to give ACT electricity and gas consumers a greater voice, Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, Shane Rattenbury, announced today.

    “Energy regulation is a complex and contested space. Having a dedicated and well connected consumer advocate will mean the community’s interest is always at the forefront of regulatory decisions,” said Minister for Climate Change and Energy Shane Rattenbury

  • Definium Technologies is a manufacturing success story

    The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to job creation and building a stronger economy and advanced manufacturing is a vital part of that plan.

    This is why we established the Caterpillar Transition Taskforce in 2015 with a goal to support Tasmania’s advanced manufacturing industry to secure a sustainable and globally-competitive future.


    Riverland hailstorm recovery assistance grants of up to $10,000 are available to help affected primary producers with the clean-up and recovery.

    Some of the more commonly funded activities the reimbursement grants can be used for include:  

  • Over half of single parents are employed

    Over half (363,200 or 59 per cent) of one parent families with children or dependent students (aged 15–24 years) had an employed parent in June 2016, according to statistics released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today.

    Jennifer Humphrys, Director of Household Income and Labour Market Section at the ABS, said that in recent years the proportion of one parent families with an employed parent with children or dependent students had remained stable.

  • Ten Gigabit City Plans Speed Up

    The next step in Adelaide’s game changing Ten Gigabit City broadband plans is underway with a worldwide invitation calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) to build and operate this critical capital city infrastructure.

    The City of Adelaide is seeking EOIs from international investors, technology enterprises, and interstate investors.

  • Retail turnover rises 0.2 per cent in November

    Australian retail turnover rose 0.2 per cent in November 2016, seasonally adjusted, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Retail Trade figures. 

    This follows a rise of 0.5 per cent in October 2016.

    In seasonally adjusted terms, there were rises in food retailing (0.4 per cent), clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing (1.7 per cent) and household goods retailing (0.2 per cent). There were falls in cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (-0.8 per cent), department stores (-0.3 per cent) and other retailing (-0.1 per cent). 

  • Midland Highway 10 year Action Plan delivering in the north

    Rene Hidding, Minister for Infrastructure

    Darren Chester, Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

    Senator Jonathon Duniam, Liberal Senator for Tasmania

    Significant progress has been made on delivering safety upgrades in Tasmania through the Australian and Tasmanian Government’s $500 million Midland highway 10 year Action Plan.

    The Perth to Breadalbane Duplication, which began in early 2016, is on track and scheduled for completion in early 2018.

  • Melbourne a world leader in super

    Australia has a national retirement savings pool of A$2.2 trillion, the fourth largest in the world, and yet only has a population of 22 million. Melbourne, as the home of many super funds, is highly influential in achieving this feat.

    The singular reason behind this is the country's compulsory pension system, or superannuation, which has ensured that since 1992 employers must pay 9 per cent – and now 9.5 per cent – of an employee's wages into a retirement fund.