Wednesday, 29 March 2017 Sydney

Invest In Australia News::

  • 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.

  • ACCC releases draft access determinations for non-NBN superfast broadband services

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released its draft decision for the declared superfast broadband access service (SBAS) and the local bitstream access service (LBAS). The draft determination outlines the prices retail service providers will pay, in the absence of a commercial agreement, to acquire NBN-like fixed line superfast broadband wholesale services on non-NBN networks.

    “A key objective has been to ensure that retail service providers and customers supplied via SBAS and LBAS networks would not be any worse off than if they were supplied by the NBN,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.

  • Dwelling approvals fall in November

    The number of dwellings approved fell 2.9 per cent in November 2016, in trend terms, and has fallen for six months, according to data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today.

    In November dwelling approvals decreased, in trend terms, in the Northern Territory (5.0 per cent), New South Wales (4.3 per cent), Queensland (3.9 per cent), the Australian Capital Territory (3.4 per cent), Victoria (2.5 per cent) and South Australia (1.1 per cent). Dwelling approvals increased, in trend terms, in Western Australia (1.9 per cent) and were flat in Tasmania.

  • Names Adelaide the World’s Rising Star

    Most of us already know Adelaide is a rising star but, it’s now official, with internationally renowned travel advisor website rating our city 2017’s number one destination in its Rising Star Awards.

    Tourism hot spots like Malta, Stuttgart, Cairo and Bucharest are well known throughout the world but these destinations all follow Adelaide in the top ten listing. 

  • Secure your home this summer

    The City of Sydney is working with NSW Police over the summer to help Sydneysiders protect their homes from opportunistic crime.

    The Safe City team has created a number of tips for residents to consider before leaving their homes unattended. These include:

  • 100 new buses to be built on the North West

    The Hodgman Liberal Government’s number one priority is jobs, and I am pleased to announce Metro’s 100 new buses will be built in North West Tasmania.

    Southern Prospect will partner to manufacture the new fleet, resulting in the creation of over 40 new full time jobs in the North West.

    The new fleet represents the single biggest investment in public transport in Tasmania’s history and highlights our commitment to create jobs for Tasmanians and provide a sustainable public transport system both now and in the future.

  • Improved access to child health services

    Improved access to child health services and better staffing will result from the move of the Child Health and Parenting Service (CHaPS) from DHHS back into the Tasmanian Health Service (THS).

    The transfer reverses a decision by Labor, who in Government separated child health from other health services, which has made it more difficult to sustainably and effectively deliver the service.

  • First $10,000 barramundi hooked for 2017

    The first barramundi for 2017 has been caught in the NT Government’s Season 2 Million Dollar Fish competition, in Darwin River.

    The 55 centimetre fish is the seventh prize-tagged barramundi worth $10,000 which was hooked by Palmerston resident Benjamin Kaart last night.

    “Congratulations to Benjamin on this great catch, the first for 2017, in the Million Dollar Fish competition,” said Department of Tourism and Culture Acting CEO Susan Kirkman.


    A median break intersection on the Stuart Highway in front of the Coolalinga United fuel station will be upgraded to improve safety for all road users.

    Ongoing population and development growth of the Coolalinga area has increased traffic and created road safety and accessibility issues at the median break.  

    The median break intersection currently in place was not built to service high volume turning traffic from new developments in the growing business precincts located adjacent to the highway.

  • Motorists should buy now to avoid petrol price spikes

    Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Chairman Rod Sims has urged motorists to shop around now to find the best deal before price cycles push petrol prices higher. The ACCC is concerned that petrol prices are increasing in Sydney, and those in Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide may increase in coming days, following largely OPEC-inspired recent increases in wholesale petrol prices.

  • Labor/Green priorities for 2017 very revealing

    The nominated priorities for 2017 of Bryan Green and Cassy O’Connor are very revealing, and confirm that Labor and the Greens have no plan for Tasmania’s future.*

    When asked about his top priorities for 2017, Labor leader Bryan Green revealed he is more interested in himself than the people of Tasmania, with two of his five priorities for the year being about elections.

    Notably, Mr Green failed to mention altogether the need to balance the budget, which is no surprise given Labor’s appalling financial record.

  • Redevelopment of Allied Health facilities another step in fixing the health system

    The redevelopment of the Launceston General Hospital’s Allied Health Department is part of a $4 million capital works package funded by the Hodgman Liberal Government.

    We made a commitment to fix Tasmania’s ailing health system and it will continue to be a major focus of the Government this year.

    With a record $6.4 billion spend over four years, we have already made major improvements to our health system such as the redevelopment of the Allied Health Department that had not been upgraded since the hospital was built more than 30 years ago.

  • Green Front Group Farce Gets Worse

    The attempts of Tasmania’s newest Green front group to hide from public scrutiny have become farcical and left any credibility it may have had left in tatters.

    We now have a spokesperson for the anti-fish farming group Let’s Grow Tasmania’s Future commenting anonymously to the media.*

    If it wasn’t so serious it would be laughable – a secretive, cashed-up group running a misleading and offensive campaign against Tasmanian jobs where even the so-called spokesperson hides behind a veil of secrecy.

  • Building Reforms to Support Booming Property Market and Job Creation

    A booming real estate sector and a bumper tourist season will encourage further investment in Tasmania’s building and construction industry as the Liberal Government’s nation-leading building reforms come into effect.

    Gaining approval to build in Tasmania is now faster, fairer, simpler and cheaper with the commencement of the new Building Act and its new approach to cutting red tape, which will help to create jobs – our number one priority.

  • Mailbox safety to prevent identity theft and fraud

    The City of Sydney is calling for new design standards on apartment mailboxes to protect residents from identity theft and fraud.

    In a submission to Standards Australia, the City of Sydney has called for the existing Aust–NZ Standard for mailbox location and lock requirements to be extended to cover apartment buildings.

    A revised design standard would allow the City and other councils to amend planning controls and require new developments to have mailboxes installed inside secure areas, with individual locks and keys for each apartment mailbox.