Wednesday, 29 March 2017 Sydney

Invest In Australia News::


    A project to identify future infrastructure requirements to provide improved road access to Alice Springs through Heavitree Gap for commuters, travellers, and freight providers is now out for public tender.

    The section of the Stuart Highway which passes through the area known as The Gap in the picturesque MacDonnell Ranges is the only sealed road link connecting the Northern Territory to South Australia. It also connects the Alice Springs CBD to the rural residential and industrial developments south of Alice Springs and the Alice Springs Airport, as well as being a connecting link along the alternative route to Uluru.

  • New pest animals declared to protect environment

    The ACT Government has declared the European Red Fox, the European Wasp and certain exotic fish species to be prohibited pest animals in the ACT, Minister for the Environment and Heritage Mick Gentleman said today.

    “From today, it is prohibited to supply or keep the European Red Fox and European Wasp,” Minister Gentleman said.

    “Anyone already keeping exotic fish species that have become prohibited now has a legal responsibility to prevent them escaping into the wild and cannot sell them.

  • Valve to pay $3 million in penalties for misrepresenting gamers' consumer guarantee rights

    On 23 December 2016 the Federal Court ordered Valve Corporation (Valve) to pay penalties totalling $3 million for breaching the Australian Consumer Law. Valve is one of the world’s largest online game retailers and operates the Steam game distribution platform. 

    In March 2016, the Court found that Valve had breached the Australian Consumer Law by making false or misleading representations to consumers in relation to its online gaming platform, Steam.

  • 20,000 complaints by shoppers about consumer guarantees

    More than 20,000 shoppers complained to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission about consumer guarantees in 2016, with more than a quarter reporting problems returning electronics and whitegoods to retailers.

    As the Christmas period ends and Boxing Day sales wind down, the ACCC is reminding shoppers they have automatic guarantee rights that a product will work for a reasonable period of time under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).

  • Sydney NYE a sweeping success

    Sydney Harbour foreshore erupted into a kaleidoscope of colour last night as the City’s biggest-ever fireworks display welcomed in the New Year.

    More than one million people flocked to vantage points across the city to witness 20,000 fireworks launch from the coathanger of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and 800 pyrotechnic effects shoot high above the Sydney Opera House sails.

    For the first time ever, Sydney’s New Year’s Eve fireworks were live streamed on Facebook, with viewers joining over one billion people tuning in on screens across the globe.

  • 2016 Road toll

    The Hodgman Liberal Government is strongly committed to reducing the number of deaths and serious injuries on Tasmania’s roads through our Towards Zero vision.

    Sadly, 2016 has seen 279 people seriously injured and 38 killed on Tasmanian roads.

    Last year’s road toll of 38 fatalities is five more than the previous year and four more than that of the five year average.

    In a small state like Tasmania, it is highly likely that one of those people was somebody you know or love.

  • Full disclosure needed on ad campaign

    Tasmanians urgently need full disclosure from the shadowy organisation attempting to drum up opposition to plans for the salmon industry expansion near Triabunna.

    This organisation, which calls itself Let’s Grow Tasmania’s Future, appears to be just another front for the anti-jobs coalition of radical environmentalists and the Greens.

    There is nothing on their website to disclose their origins, membership, or backers, apart from a blatantly misleading claim to be ‘non-politically-aligned and not anti-salmon farming’.

  • More access the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) from 1 January 2017

    People aged 25-28 transition to the life-changing NDIS from tomorrow, giving participants aged between 12 – 28 years more choice and control around their care needs and their ability to participate in the broader community and to achieve their goals and their aspirations.

    With the Budget back on track the Hodgman Liberal Government is able to invest more in essential services that support the vulnerable. We have committed $572 million to fund the NDIS over the next four years, including over $230 million to deliver specialist supports in 2019.

  • A New Era for Tasmania’s Building Industry

    New Year’s Day will mark the beginning of a new era for Tasmania’s building and construction industry.

    From tomorrow, gaining approval to build in Tasmania will be faster, fairer, simpler and cheaper as the Liberal Government’s building reforms come into force with the commencement of the Building Act.

    The changes cut red-tape and help to encourage investment and the creation of new jobs. The amendments also introduce a risk-based approach to approvals.

  • Music at the heart of NYE celebrations

    Revellers are being encouraged to look up and listen for the full fireworks effects this New Year’s Eve as Sydney sees out 2016 with its biggest fireworks show yet set to a rocking soundtrack.

    A soundtrack that includes songs from rock legends Prince and David Bowie, Australian artists Sia and Flume and international stars Coldplay and Guns N’ Roses will take the fireworks to another level.

    Sydneysiders can tune in to 104.1 2DayFM for the exclusive soundtrack at 9pm and midnight.

  • Call to ban all super trawlers

    Following reporting about the alleged involvement of a person associated with the super trawler Margiris/Abel Tasman in alleged drug importation, Liberal MP for Lyons Mark Shelton today revealed he had recently written the Deputy Prime Minister requesting the Federal Government to ban all super trawlers.

    "When the Geelong Star left Australian waters it was good riddance to bad rubbish", Mr Shelton said.

  • Increasing transparency and accountability for MPs

    The Tasmanian Liberal Government is committed to the highest stands of public disclosure, transparency and accountability.

    As part of that commitment, the Government will next year introduce amendments to the Parliamentary Disclosure of Interests Act which will:

  • Saltwater Crocodile Removals for 2016

    The Parks and Wildlife Commission NT (PWCNT) crocodile management team has removed 223 estuarine (saltwater) crocodiles from Northern Territory waterways as part of its crocodile management program.

    PWCNT Crocodile Management Chief Ranger Tom Nichols said last year’s total of 290 represents a significant decline in 2016. The record of 318 in 2012 still stands.

    “We want everyone to have a safe and happy holiday season, so if you and your family members are on or near the water please remember to BE CROCWISE.

  • Blood Service Still Saving Lives During Holiday Season

    While most people are enjoying a summer break, the Australian Red Cross Blood Service is open for business and the Andrews Labor Government is reminding blood donors not to cancel their appointments to give blood during the holiday season.

    Earlier this year, the Australian Red Cross Blood Service opened its state-of-the-art, new Melbourne CBD Blood Donor Centre on Collins St – the largest blood donation centre in Australia.

    The centre will remain open throughout summer from 8am – 3.30pm – closing only on New Year’s Day.

  • Camera technology helps in early bushfire detection

    Remote camera monitoring technology is helping with early bushfire detection in some of the State’s most remote and fire-prone areas, thanks to assistance from the NSW Government.

    The RMTek system could prove vital this summer by helping authorities detect blazes, giving residents time to leave for a safe place with family members, pets and belongings.

    Acting Premier and Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business, John Barilaro, said the Armidale-based company RMTeK, has installed its cameras at a range of locations.

  • Report shows renewable electricity

    Canberra’s renewable energy generation has risen from 18.8% in 2014-15 to 20.2% in 2015-16, announced Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury. The report released today shows we are well on our way to meeting our target of 100% renewable electricity by 2020.

  • Western Greenway community panel report released

    A community report on the potential for urban development in western Greenway has been released, Minister for Planning and Land Management, Mick Gentleman, announced today.

    The report was prepared by the western Greenway community panel, a group of key community representatives brought together earlier this year to help explore the suitability of land and potential urban development to the west of Tuggeranong town centre.


    Recreational fishers are being reminded to brush up on their knowledge of the correct Murray Cod handling techniques ahead of the season start on New Year's Day.

    The Murray Cod fishery will open on 1 January 2017, allowing fishers to catch and release the popular species until 31 July.

    The following handling techniques are recommended:


    The South Australian Government has implemented a ban on importing raw crustaceans and bait worms sourced from the Logan River area in south-east Queensland, following the detection of White Spot Disease (WSD) in Queensland.

    The disease is not present in South Australia and the state's premium wild caught prawns remain disease free, however the ban has been implemented as precautionary measure.

  • Summer Level Crossing Construction Blitz Begins

    Construction has kicked off to remove two more dangerous and congested level crossings in Melbourne’s east.

    Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan visited Blackburn today to inspect work on the removal of the Blackburn and Heatherdale Road level crossings, which will ramp up this summer.

    More than 800 staff will work around-the-clock for the next six weeks to excavate 80 Olympic swimming pools-worth of soil to lower the Belgrave/Lilydale line so trains can run safely under Blackburn and Heatherdale Roads for the first time.

  • Water Flows To Secure The Anglesea River

    Water has started to flow into the Anglesea River to maintain water levels that deliver social, economic and environmental benefits for the local community.

    Since 1969, Alcoa has operated the Anglesea power station, during which time groundwater was extracted for use in the power generation process and subsequently discharged into the Anglesea River. With the station’s closure, river levels would be expected to drop considerably over summer periods.

  • Know Your Boxing Day Bargain Rights

    The Andrews Labor Government is reminding Victorians of their consumer rights as thousands head to the shops to make the most of the annual post-Christmas sales.

    In 2015-16, Consumer Affairs Victoria was contacted more than 3,600 times regarding refunds and returns, more than 10,000 times about defective goods and more than 400 times about gift cards.

    If you buy or receive a gift that turns out to be faulty you are entitled to a repair. If the item can’t be fixed you are entitled to a refund or replacement, even if it was bought on sale.

  • Fintech businesses to benefit from licensing exemptions

    The Australian Government has introduced a ‘regulatory sandbox’ to provide companies in the financial services sector with flexibility to test new financial technology (fintech) products.

    The Australian Security & Investments Commission (ASIC) says fintech companies can take advantage of ‘class waivers’ that let eligible businesses test products without holding an Australian financial services or credit licence.

  • Hilton Food Group invests $115 million in new meat processing facility

    UK-based Hilton Food Group plc (Hilton) is expanding its presence in Australia by constructing a new meat processing facility in Queensland.

    The facility will enable Hilton to supply meat products to Australian retailer Woolworths, via its Australian joint venture, Woolworths Meat Co Pty Ltd. In a media release, Hilton valued its investment in new plant and equipment at approximately A$115 million, and stated it expected production to commence in 2020.