Friday, 23 August 2019 Sydney

Invest In Australia News::

  • Budget to invest heavily in job creating infrastructure

    This year’s State Budget will be about maintaining the momentum in Tasmania and investing for growth.

    It will see the Hodgman Liberal Government invest heavily in intergenerational infrastructure that sets Tasmania up for the future.

    That means roads, schools, hospitals, and housing, as well as key economic infrastructure such as water and sewerage, irrigation and rail.

    It’s infrastructure that creates jobs and helps us deliver better essential services.

  • More Tasmanians in work

    Australian Bureau of Statistics labour force data release today for April shows there are now nearly 13,000 more Tasmanians in work than when the Hodgman Liberal Government came to office.

    Importantly, today’s data shows that 200 more Tasmanians found work compared to March which is a positive boost for the State.

    Today’s figures demonstrate that the Hodgman Liberal Government’s economic leadership is working for Tasmanians.

  • No reporting rules for dark fibre, NBN aggregation providers

    The ACCC will not require dark fibre and NBN wholesale aggregation service providers to regularly provide it with pricing and supply data.

    The services in question create more choice for consumers, by helping retail service providers (RSPs) deliver NBN to retail customers and by providing smaller RSPs with wholesale NBN access.

  • Statement on merger decision disclosure

    The ACCC has expressed its deep regret regarding the inadvertent disclosure of a merger decision last week on the afternoon before it was due to be announced.

    The competition regulator has conducted a full investigation into the incident and identified that it was caused by a flaw in its website content management system, which has been rectified. 

  • Launch of the newly relocated Haven in Launceston

    As part of National Families Week, I’m pleased to welcome the launch of the newly relocated Haven in Launceston.

    In a partnership between the Child Health Association Tasmania (CHAT) and TasTAFE, the Haven is a safe space for families to meet other parents, get up to date and practical information about your family’s health and wellbeing, access support and education services.

  • Second new Bruny Island Ferry ready to be built locally

    The Hodgman Liberal Government welcomes today’s announcement that SeaLink Travel Group has entered into a contract to build a second new passenger and vehicle ferry for the Bruny Island community.

    The $7.5 million vessel will be built by Tasmanian ship builder Richardson Devine Marine (RDM) which is a strong show of confidence in our local advanced manufacturing industry.

    SeaLink’s two new vessels will provide a more reliable, efficient and comfortable service, adding new schedules, faster turn around and a greater crossing capacity.

  • Court dismisses ACCC proceedings opposing rail freight consolidation

    The Federal Court has dismissed the ACCC’s proceedings against rail companies Pacific National and Aurizon, which related to control of Acacia Ridge Terminal, a key asset in Australia’s intermodal rail network.

    The Court indicated that it would have found that the proposed acquisition had the likely effect of substantially lessening competition in breach of the Competition and Consumer Act had it not been for the undertaking offered to the Court by Pacific National on the last day of the hearing. 

  • Environment Grants Help Territorians Breathe Easier with AirRater

    Top End residents with lung conditions such as asthma are set to breathe a little easier following today’s launch of the Northern Territory’s AirRater smart phone app.

    The Northern Territory Government, through Environment Grant funding, has supported the University of Tasmania to develop and release the AirRater app in the Northern Territory.

    The AirRater app alerts vulnerable residents when they are at risk from air-borne pollutants such as smoke from wildfires.

    The app can also:

  • New high-security cells have been built at the Goulburn Correctional Complex for extremist and terrorism-related offenders.

    The new 46-bed unit will house offenders who have demonstrated a commitment to disengage from radical behaviour.

    Security features at the unit include high-definition digital CCTV cameras, thermal-imaging cameras and a high-voltage electric fence.

    These security measures will ensure inmates remain securely inside the facility and will also stop contraband from entering the prison.

  • US company chooses Sydney for Australian HQ


    US company Signal Energy, LLC has chosen Sydney for its Australian headquarters secured with the assistance of the NSW Government, creating more than 40 jobs and hundreds of indirect jobs in the renewable energy sector.

    Minister for Investment Stuart Ayres said the Tennessee-based company has established an Australian subsidiary, Signal Energy Australia Pty Ltd, based at Barangaroo.

    “Signal Energy is a major engineering, procurement and construction services company and its choice of Sydney is a vote of confidence in our industry’s future,” Mr Ayres said.

  • Tasmanian artists exploring interstate and international opportunities

    The Hodgman Liberal Government has committed more than $50 000 to helping Tasmanian artists and arts organisations connect with their interstate and international counterparts through Arts Tasmania’s latest funding round.

    Six Artsbridge program recipients will share in more than $36 000 - allowing them to participate in exciting opportunities interstate and overseas, or attract visiting arts professionals to Tasmania.

  • Strong housing results for Tasmania

    Tasmania’s housing sector remains strong, according to lending finance data released by the ABS today.

    The data shows that lending for the construction of new homes in the year to March 2019 grew 19.2 per cent in Tasmania compared to the previous year. This was the highest in the country and Tasmania was one of only two states that had positive growth.

    The number of first home buyers entering the market continues to grow with 20.5 per cent more first home buyers in the year to March 2019, compared to the previous year. This was the fastest growth rate in the country.

  • New report tracks internet activity on mobile and fixed lines

    Mobile handsets continue to be the most common way consumers are accessing the internet while the largest volume of data is downloaded over fixed lines, as shown in a new ACCC data report on internet activity.

    The report, for the period ending 31 December 2018, also provides information on the number of retail services in operation (SIOs) by connection type and download speeds as well as the volume of data downloaded within Australia.

  • National energy market blown away by Tasmanian wind farms

    Today’s unveiling of the first wind turbine at the Cattle Hill Wind Farm is a clear sign of confidence in our State’s renewable energy sector and highlights the huge contribution the sector makes to jobs and investment in Tasmania.

    Such a significant development helps underpin the importance of our Battery of the Nation Plan and the State and Federal Liberal Government’s $86 million investment in that plan and Project Marinus – nationally significant energy developments that have the potential to inject billions into the Tasmanian economy and deliver thousands of local jobs.

  • West Wyalong solar farm approved

    A new solar farm in West Wyalong will generate 150 jobs during its construction and create renewable energy to power up to 37,500 homes.

    The NSW Government has approved a 100-megawatt solar farm that has the potential to save up to 212,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions and reduce overall emissions.

  • Sydney Metro to open in May


    Customers will be able to travel from Rouse Hill to Chatswood on the Northwest Metro from Sunday, 26 May 2019.

    The Northwest Metro, the first of four Sydney Metro projects, is a turn-up-and-go rail service with 13 stations between Tallawong and Chatswood. 

    Trains will run every four minutes in each direction at peak times on the Metro Northwest Line.

    In the future, trains may run up to every two minutes. 

  • Retail turnover rises 0.3 per cent in March

    Australian retail turnover rose 0.3 per cent in March 2019, seasonally adjusted, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Retail Trade figures. 

    This follows a 0.9 per cent rise in February 2019.

  • International Investment Position, Australia: Supplementary Statistics, 2018


    Australia's net international liability position as at 31 December 2018 was $975.7b, an increase of $6.9b on the previous year.

    Level of foreign investment in Australia

  • Have your say about your capital city’s budget plans

    A renewed focus on main streets, city businesses growth, street greening, and unique experiences and activations form the budget’s centrepiece.

    Acting Lord Mayor Houssam Abiad said all councillors were keen to hear from their community, either online or in person.

    “Following five months of discussion and collaboration, I’m confident that we have crafted a balanced Integrated Business Plan which will support the city’s continued economic and cultural growth.

  • Strengthening trade and smart city links with China and Indonesia

    City of Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp will visit Indonesia and China later this week to promote Melbourne businesses and foster economic, trade and smart city relationships with our major trading partners.

    The Lord Mayor will travel to Bandung in Indonesia and Guangzhou, Nanjing, Tianjin and Beijing in China on a 10-day visit from Thursday 9 May to Tuesday 21 May 2019.

  • Smart locker at the Chigwell Child and Family Centre

    The Hodgman Liberal Government has made the library network more accessible to all Tasmanians.

    Today I was pleased to visit the Chigwell Child and Family Centre (CFC) to launch the installation of a Smart Locker.

    This will allow people access to the library online and the ability to collect items placed on hold without needing to visit a Libraries Tasmania site. For busy families or families who face barriers, like transportation, this is an opportunity for them to still have access to library materials in a setting they are familiar with.

  • Sydneysiders support plans for a 24-hour city

    New rules allowing city centre businesses, shops and restaurants to trade late into the night could take effect from next month after Sydneysiders overwhelmingly backed a major overhaul of the city’s late-night planning controls.

    The City of Sydney’s new controls include some of the biggest changes to city planning in a decade. They allow for:

  • Tasmania leads the way in the Sensis Business Index

    The latest Sensis Business Index confirms the Hodgman Liberal Government’s policies are working, as Tasmanian business confidence remains among the strongest in the country.

    For the March 2019 quarter, the Survey shows that businesses rated the Hodgman Liberal Government’s policies the most popular in the nation for the seventh quarter in a row.

    This confidence in our Plan is why the private sector continues to invest in our state, as demonstrated by our nation leading results in new capital expenditure, building approvals and engineering construction work done.

  • Climate change takes centre stage in Australia's election

    Two contenders for PM have very different messages about how to address environmental emergency

    As political leaders travel across Australia to deliver their election talking points in farms, factories and sports fields, they are criss-crossing a country in the grip of a rolling climate emergency.