Saturday, 25 February 2017 Sydney

Invest In Australia News::

  • Supporting skills and jobs in the forestry sector

    The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to ensuring a sustainable and vibrant forestry sector to boost local economies and support jobs in regional Tasmania.

    Today’s launch of the new $6 million Forestry Training and Skills Development Service being delivered by ForestWorks is a great example of confidence in the resurgent forestry sector.

    This industry-owned not-for-profit organisation will offer vocational training services that will support skills development in the forest, wood, paper, timber and furnishing industries.

  • Get climbing a ‘Munro’ this International Mountain Day

    Celebrate the majestic beauty of our local mountains by climbing one in true Scottish style on International Mountain Day, Minister for Environment and Heritage, Mick Gentleman said today.

    “In Scotland the term ‘bagging a Munro’ means you’ve climbed a mountain above 914 metres (or 3,000 feet) and is a popular bragging claim for keen hikers and walkers,” Minister Gentleman said.


    Melbourne-based Marita Cheng has co-created a smartphone app that uses artificial intelligence to help vision-impaired people see the world around them.

    It was a dream come true for Marita Cheng when she won a rare position at Silicon Valley’s Singularity University (SU) in 2015.

    She had had her eye on SU since 2009, after seeing its co-founder, American engineer and entrepreneur Ray Kurzweil, give a TED talk about the future potential of technology. 

    As a young entrepreneur and roboticist herself, Cheng knew she had to be involved in the University’s Global Solutions Program.

  • ACCC takes court action on “flushable” wipes

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court against Kimberly-Clark Australia Pty Ltd (Kimberly-Clark) and separately against Pental Limited and Pental Products Pty Ltd (together, Pental) alleging that they each made false or misleading representations in relation to ‘flushable’ wipes they marketed and supplied in Australia.

  • Don’t accept gifts from a scammer this Christmas

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is warning online shoppers to watch out for fake parcel delivery scams arriving in email inboxes this Christmas.

    The ACCC’s Scamwatch has received over 4,300 complaints about this scam in 2016, more than triple the number received in 2015. 

    The ACCC says 350 people reported providing their personal information to scammers, including bank account details. 

  • Shortcuts give Sydneysiders a better way to work

    A new walking shortcuts guide will give Chippendale and Redfern residents some inspiration to shake up their daily commute.

    The City of Sydney initiative gives inner city residents an enjoyable way of getting to work, with walking-friendly routes that sidestep busy roads.

    Lord Mayor Clover Moore said many people didn’t realise how easy it was to walk from Redfern to Town Hall.

  • Sydney’s renewables push wins international support

    The City of Sydney has been selected for support by the innovative City Solutions Platform, which will advise on the most effective way to invest $10 million to accelerate renewable energy locally.

    Following the C40 Mayor’s Summit in Mexico City, Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the City’s ambitious target for net zero emissions by 2050 meant half the area’s electricity needed to come from renewables by 2030, and even earlier in the City’s own operations with 50 per cent renewables by 2021.

  • Tasracing ready to invest and grow the industry

    The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to a racing industry that is vibrant and sustainable and supports jobs.

    Following sustainability measures implemented by the Tasmanian Government last year, Tasracing is now operating on a sustainable financial basis for the first time since it was established in 2009 and is now in a position to re-invest those dividends and further grow the industry.

  • Significant reforms to greyhound racing industry

    The Tasmanian Government is taking action to make the necessary reforms to Greyhound Racing in Tasmania.

    Following the 31 recommendations outlined by the Joint Select Committee on Greyhound Racing in Tasmania, we recently announced $230,000 funding for the appointment of a Regulatory Vet and a Stipendiary Steward.

    The Tasmanian Government supports the local greyhound racing industry and the hundreds of Tasmanians it employs, and we are helping provide industry with the opportunity to make reforms.

  • Wellbeing of Peacock Centre patients and staff, a priority

    The wellbeing of patients and staff is the number one concern of the Hodgman Liberal Government and the Tasmanian Health Service (THS), following a fire at the Peacock Centre in North Hobart earlier today.

    The fire started at around 10:30am this morning. It completely destroyed the building, which was used as a day centre for mental health clients and a base for staff caring for clients in the community.

    I am advised that two THS staff members were taken by Ambulance Tasmania to the Royal Hobart Hospital for treatment for non-life threatening injuries.

  • Conference aims to boost NT exploration investment

    More than 200 local and international delegates are expected to attend a conference on the expanding opportunities for minerals and energy exploration in the Northern Territory.

    Registrations are now open for the Annual Geoscience Exploration Seminar (AGES), which will be held at the Alice Springs Convention Centre on 28 and 29 March 2017.

  • Sagittaria Emergency Response in Howard Springs Continues

    The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Weeds Management Branch is currently fighting a battle against the invasive water weed sagittaria on several fronts.

    Of the 27 plants sold at Bunnings in Darwin and Palmerston, 12 have not been returned.

    And the one plant sold at Katherine Mitre 10 has not been returned.

  • Oil and gas exploration in South Australia increases 47 per cent

    Oil and gas exploration expenditure increased an incredible 47 per cent on original terms last quarter, the highest rate of growth in 18 months.

    A total of $34.8 million was spent by oil and gas companies on exploration, representing a huge endorsement for a sector that employs more than 3000 South Australians.

    The growth in exploration was driven primarily by the commencement of drilling at 10 new wells in the Cooper Basin.

  • Economy declines 0.5 per cent in September quarter

    The volume of activity in the Australian economy decreased 0.5 per cent in the September quarter 2016, the first quarter of negative growth since the Queensland flood affected March quarter 2011. Through the year growth remains positive at 1.8 per cent, reflecting the three previous quarters of growth. 

  • Current account deficit narrows to $11.4 billion

    Higher export commodity prices contributed to an improvement in the current account deficit in the September quarter 2016, according to latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

    The seasonally adjusted current account deficit fell $4,585 million (29 per cent) to $11,358 million in the September quarter 2016. Exports of goods and services rose $2,860 million (four per cent) and imports of goods and services rose $162 million. The primary income deficit fell $1,946 million (24 per cent).

  • River Users To Remain Vigilant As Blackwater Reaches SA

    River Murray water users may notice a darker water colour and dead or distressed fish in parts of the River Murray as a natural phenomenon, known as Blackwater, moves through South Australia’s River Murray system.


    Blackwater occurs when organic material, such as leaves and wood from the forest floor and floodplain, are washed into waterways. As its name suggests, blackwater creates a black appearance in the water and a strong smell.

  • World’s most liveable city exports expertise in built environments

    Melbourne owes its status as the world's most liveable city to its creative, adventurous culture and strong talent pool.

    Melbourne boasts a cosmopolitan city centre, multicultural suburbs, great public transport and cutting-edge architecture. But it is the city's social assets that deserve the credit for its international reputation as a centre of design excellence, says one of its most respected architects.

  • Innovative businesses more likely to achieve higher income, profitability and productivity

    Australian businesses that are active innovators outperform non-innovators on a range of measures, including sales, value added, employment and profit growth.

    This is one of the key findings of the Australian Innovation System 2016 report, released by the Office of the Chief Economist on 30 November. The report explores the impact of innovation and related activities on business, industry and national performance.

  • Australian students to launch first Australian space mission to the International Space Station

    On Friday 9 December, 2016 history will be made when the experiments created by 1000 Australian students from 60 schools across Australia will be launched into space in the first ever Australian space mission to the International Space Station.

  • Don't book a holiday with a scammer

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is warning holiday makers to watch out for scams on popular accommodation booking sites such as Airbnb.

    The ACCC’s Scamwatch has received over 150 reports about scams on sharing economy platforms this year, with $80,000 reported lost. Complaints have tripled from 2015, when there was $65,000 reported lost to these scams.

  • Softbank Robotics to establish its first presence in Australia

    Japanese company, SoftBank Robotics, has announced it will be establishing its first presence in Australia with an outpost in one of Queensland’s Fortitude Valley startup and innovation precincts. The company currently has international offices in France, the US and China.

    SoftBank Robotics will partner with the Queensland Government and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) as part of the state’s Advance Queensland initiatives to expand the use of robotics technology in collaboration with business, researchers and startups.

  • Advanced Medical Institute owners fined $350,000 for contempt of court

    The Federal Court has fined NRM Corporation Pty Ltd and NRM Trading Pty Ltd (together, NRM) $350,000 for contempt of court. NRM owns and operates the business known as the Advanced Medical Institute (AMI).

    This decision follows an earlier finding by Justice Moshinsky that NRM had failed to comply with court orders made by Justice North on 22 April 2015 in previous proceedings brought by the ACCC.

  • ACCC releases guidance to consumers and businesses in the disability sector

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has today released guidance to empower people with disability to use their consumer rights when buying goods and services under the new National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

    The roll out of the NDIS, which commenced on 1 July, is one of the biggest policy reforms in generations that will affect over 460,000 Australians with disability and introduces a fundamental change to the market for goods and services in the disability sector.

  • ACCC welcomes Jetstar’s plan to stop pre-selecting extras

    Following discussions with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Jetstar has advised it plans to stop pre-selecting extras on its online booking platforms.

    This follows yesterday’s announcement that Virgin Australia had decided to cease its practice of pre-selecting travel insurance. 

    As of 1 July 2017, Jetstar will no longer pre-select checked baggage, seat selection, travel insurance and charity donations on its online booking platforms.