Tuesday, 21 November 2017 Sydney

Invest In Australia News::

  • Independent review confirms value of the ASBFEO

    The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, which was established in March 2016, has welcomed the findings of an independent legislative review into the office.


    Independent reviews are required under the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Act.


    The first independent review was led by Ms Su McCluskey, with support from a secretariat provided by the Nous Group.


  • ACCC proposes to approve collective bargaining between Licensed Post Offices and Australia Post

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a draft determination proposing to grant authorisation to Licensed Post Office Group Ltd (LPO Group) and its current and future licensed post office members to collectively negotiate with Australia Post.

    LPO Group and its members are seeking to collectively negotiate and enter into a new agreement with Australia Post, or vary the agreements that are currently in place for the provision of postal and distribution services by Licensed Post Offices (LPOs).

  • New GST law changes impacting overseas businesses

    There are two changes to the application of the Australian goods and services tax (GST) that will impact overseas businesses selling to Australia.

    The changes are:

  • Competition amendment fairer for small business

    The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell, has welcomed the passing of an “effects test”, which reframes Section 46 of the Competition and Consumer Act.

    “This levels the playing field for small business and safeguards competition,” Ms Carnell said.

    “The legislation will stop large businesses with significant market power from using that power to impact broadly upon a market with adverse consequences for competitors.

    “It doesn’t stifle price discounting or loss-leading behaviour.

  • Preliminary Outcomes Report 2016-17 shows another balanced budget

    For the second year in a row, the Hodgman Government has balanced the budget.

    Under Labor and the Greens, Tasmania was living on the credit card and the budget was a mess with massive deficits.

    Because we’ve balanced the budget, it means that we can invest more in the important things, like health, education and supporting vulnerable Tasmanians.

    Balancing the budget means we don't need to make Tasmanians pay more for essential services by increasing taxes, which is why I announced yesterday that a re-elected Hodgman Government is committed to no new or increased taxes.

  • Sydney Dance Company’s brings a wildly powerful double bill to Alice Springs

    Alice Springs audiences are in for a treat when Sydney Dance Company returns to the Araluen Arts Centre on Wednesday 23 August for their national tour, Frame of Mind.

  • How the government can help fund your exports

    Most people think of small business as the local store or service provider selling goods or services to local people.

    The fact is that many small businesses are exporting and the number is increasing, which is good for Australian employment and the economy.

    In 2013-14 there were nearly 20,000 small businesses exporting goods, representing 44 per cent of all exporters.

    In recent years there has been an increase in small firms that are “born global”, meaning that they are exporting from the outset.


    The newly redeveloped Loxton Research Centre has topped the state at the Master Builders SA 2017 Building Excellence Awards.


    At an award ceremony on Friday, Riverland-based company Michael Kregar Building Pty Ltd received the Excellence in a Commercial/Industrial Building ($2 million – $5 million) Award for its work on the new component of the Loxton Research Centre.


    The total redevelopment, which included refurbishment of the existing centre and the building of the new conference facility, was valued at $7.5 million.

  • ACCC takes action to enforce $50,000 penalty

    The ACCC has commenced proceedings in the Federal Court against Mr Tuan Nguyen to enforce payment of a $50,000 penalty previously ordered for breaches of consumer law.

    In 2013, the Court found that Mr Nguyen was knowingly concerned in false or misleading representations made by Artorios Ink to five small businesses to sell printer cartridges.

    The Court ordered Mr Nguyen to pay a penalty of $50,000 but he made no payments and filed for bankruptcy. 

  • Policy forum unites small business sector

    An alliance of small business organisations is being formed to present a united front on policy issues of mutual interest.

    The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell, says the group will consider making joint submissions on the Federal Budget and other consultations.

    “The small business sector is fragmented to some degree along state and industry lines,” Ms Carnell said.

    “Different organisations and states sometimes have different issues they want to push with governments.

  • Property spruiker made false or misleading representations

    Today the Federal Court found that We Buy Houses Pty Ltd (We Buy Houses) and its sole director, Rick Otton, made false or misleading representations in promoting a number of wealth creation strategies involving real estate, following ACCC action.

    We Buy Houses promoted these strategies throughout Australia via published material, seminars, boot camps and mentoring programs. Consumers were enticed by these false or misleading representations to attend training programs, including paid boot camps and mentoring.

    The Court found that We Buy Houses did not have a reasonable basis for representing that, by following its strategies, consumers could:

  • ACCC releases quarterly report on the NBN wholesale market

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released its sixth quarterly National Broadband Network Wholesale Market Indicators Report for the period ending 30 June 2017.

    “The market indicators report is a key tool that provides transparency on the level of competition developing over the NBN,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.

  • ACCC takes action against domain registration businesses

    The ACCC has instituted proceedings against Domain Name Corp Pty Ltd and Domain Name Agency Pty Ltd (also trading as Domain Name Register) (the Domain companies) alleging that they engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct and made false or misleading representations to Australian businesses about the domain name services they offered.

    The ACCC is also alleging that the sole director of both the Domain companies was involved in the conduct.

  • Code to Ensure Clear Petrol Price Displays

    The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to reducing the costs of living for Tasmanians.

    The cost of filling up a car is a major impost on the household budget for a great many Tasmanians, and fluctuating petrol prices are a source of constant frustration.

    We know motorists want clear information on prices so they can make informed choices on where to buy their fuel.

    That’s why we are introducing a Code of Practice for Fuel Price Boards that will, once passed, ensure that only normal, not discounted petrol prices are displayed on price boards at service stations.

  • Tax Time 2017 off to a flying start

    With lodgments up, complaints down and strong systems performance, the ATO is on track for another record-breaking year just five weeks into tax time.

    Tax Commissioner Chris Jordan said the ATO had worked extremely hard over the past few years to deliver a system which made completing your tax return as quick and painless as possible.

    “We understand that for the vast majority of Australians tax time is their only interaction with us each year, so delivering a seamless and straightforward service is paramount for us,” Mr Jordan said.

  • Insolvency sector urged to embrace accountability

    The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman has called on the insolvency sector to improve its accountability and transparency or face louder calls for increased regulation.

    Speaking at the Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association (ARITA) conference in Melbourne, Ombudsman Kate Carnell said there should be an external dispute resolution process or tribunal to hear complaints.

    “Small business operators are often confused about the role of receivers, how they charge and what their timeframes are,” she said.

  • Government response to Coroner recommendations on baby Bjay

    In Parliament today I tabled a copy of the Government’s response to the Coroner’s recommendations on the death of Bjay Johnstone in 2012.

    The Tasmanian Government accepts all 18 of the Coroner’s recommendations to improve our Child Protection System and services, and all recommendations have either been completed or are in the process of being actioned - including those involving Tasmania Police.

    As has also been noted by the Coroner, frontline child safety officers work in an incredibly difficult and challenging field. Such deaths, when they do occur, place an enormous emotional toll on the staff directly connected or associated with this work.

  • Work underway to make Tasmania the renewable energy battery of the nation

    Work is well underway to revitalise Tasmania’s iconic hydro generation system and cement Tasmania’s place as the renewable energy battery of the nation.

    Today I visited Hydro Tasmania’s Cambridge workshop and saw what Tasmanian ingenuity and hard work can achieve, with the refurbishment of components of the Cluny Power Station.

  • Strong action to crack down on dangerous driving

    The Hodgman Liberal Government has today tabled new laws that will crack down on the scourge of dangerous driving.

    The consequences of dangerous driving can be catastrophic for individuals, families and communities, and a stronger message must be sent to ensure it is not tolerated on our roads.

  • $20 million energy rebate for Tasmanian businesses

    The Hodgman Government continues to do all we can to keep power prices as low as possible.

    We recognise that the ongoing volatility in the national electricity market has caused a significant increase in the national wholesale price of power over the course of this year.

    While 99 per cent of customers in Tasmania have the benefit of regulated power prices and have therefore been protected from these increases, there are a number of larger businesses that are unregulated and have been exposed to price increases.

  • Tourism set to soar higher as direct flights from Adelaide cleared for take off

    Tasmania’s visitor economy is set for a major boost with Jetstar announcing it will commence direct flights between Adelaide and Hobart later this year.

    The new service will add 56,000 seats to Tasmania per annum and will help attract an estimated 46,000 visitors to Tasmania from South Australia each year.

    The three-times a week service will strengthen links to South Australia, which is a market we see as ripe for growth.

    Currently, around five per cent of all interstate visitors to Tasmania are from South Australia and my Government is committed to working with Jetstar to help grow this figure.

  • Monash Food Incubator and Rocket Seeder partner to launch agtech accelerator

    Victorian-based startups in the food and agtech sectors can now apply for development help from a new accelerator program.

    Rocket Seeder, in partnership with Monash University’s Monash Food Incubatorin Clayton (30 minutes south east of Melbourne’s city centre), is looking to assist early-stage entrepreneurs with an idea through to those with an MVP and paying customers.

    Solutions must address aspects of the value chain, from production to consumption, such as:

  • New Ceduna Patrol Vessel Launched

    A purpose-built Fisheries Patrol Vessel (FPV) is joining the Primary Industries and Regions SA Fisheries and Aquaculture fleet, and fittingly the vessel has been named by the local community.

    On recommendation from the Far West Coast Aboriginal Corporation, the new vessel will be known as the ‘FPV Wunna’.

    Wunna is the Wirangu word for ‘sea’, a vital resource for the Wirangu people and other Aboriginal traditional landowners who have been living and fishing in these coastal areas for thousands of years.

  • New Trainees Get Their First Taste Of Local Government

    Young trainees from the Eyre and Western region and the Whyalla City Council are today attending their first induction as part of the State Government’s $4 million Regional Youth Traineeship Program.

    The Welcome to Local Government Induction event in Kimba is the fifth of a series of inductions across South Australia this year designed specifically for program trainees and supervisors.

    The 9 trainees attending the induction today are part of 57 Round 2 inductees bringing the total number of trainees recruited under the program across the State to 114.