Trade and industry

October 2017

Government agreement with gas companies on domestic gas supplies. – October 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry, Energy,

After the latest meeting between the federal Government and the heads of the three big east coast gas exporters, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says the companies have given commitments to ensure that the east coast gas market will be supplied.

Government looking at reforms to address ‘phoenixing’ – October 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry, Regulation,

The Productivity Commission has published a consultation paper for its inquiry into “phoenixing” – the practice of stripping and transferring assets from one company to another to avoid paying liabilities.

Government to move on illegal logging imports – October 2017

Filed under: Politics, Trade and industry, Trade,

Assistant Minister for Agriculture Anne Ruston says Australia’s illegal logging laws are being improved to reduce compliance costs for timber importers and processors.

Government progresses plans for national online digital identity – October 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry, IT,

The federal Government is asking industry for final feedback on a framework of standards for an opt-in digital identity for Australians.

Government reaffirms support for displaced Toyota employees – October 2017

Filed under: Trade and industry, Business,

The federal Government has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting workers affected by the cessation of Toyota’s automotive manufacturing operations in Melbourne.

Government backs app for safer car choices – October 2017

Filed under: Trade and industry, Infrastructure, IT,

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester says a new road safety app is set to help drivers make better choices and save lives on Australian roads.

Turnbull wins with gas producers as Tony Abbott maintains pressure – October 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry, Energy,

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull continues to nag the major gas suppliers about shortages on the east coast but finds himself under growing pressure to act rather than talk.

Gas agreement a small but important step on long road to energy security – October 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry, Energy,

By general consensus the Government’s meeting with the major gas producers last week has averted an immediate crisis of a major gas shortage in 2018 and 2019.

Consultation starts on affordable housing measures – October 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry, Housing,

The federal Government has released a paper for public consultation on the proposed National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC).

Legislation extends crowd funding to proprietary companies – October 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry, Business,

The Government has introduced legislation in federal Parliament to extend crowd-sourced equity funding to proprietary companies.

Government funds establishment of Cyber Security CRC – October 2017

Filed under: Employment and Education, Research, Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector,

The Federal Government has announced a new industry-led cyber security Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) to build Australia’s cyber security capability and deliver solutions to ensure the safety of businesses and citizens in cyberspace.

Government announces largest ever product recall for airbags – October 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry, Regulation,

The minister responsible for consumer affairs, Small Business Minister Michael McCormack has made a directive for a recall notice for the controversial Takata airbags.

Information Paper released ahead of Digital Economy Strategy – October 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry, Industry Policy,

The Australian Government will develop a new Digital Economy Strategy, described by the Industry Minister Arthur Sinodinos as “a forward-looking plan to maximise the potential of digital technology to improve the nation’s productivity and competitiveness, while minimising its negative effects”.

September 2017

Why the Government’s Liddell intervention threatens long term energy strategy – September 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry, Energy,

Before he took the Liberal leadership from Tony Abbott one of the key elements that distinguished Malcolm Turnbull from his predecessor was his support of market-based solutions for economic problems.

Turnbull under attack from left and right on energy strategy – September 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry, Energy,

The Coalition continues to be bedevilled by energy policy and the high gas and electricity bills being delivered to households around the country.

Energy regulator warns of short and medium-term energy shortfalls – September 2017

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Climate Change, Trade and industry, Energy,

The Australian Energy Market Operator has cited climate change, and the potential for large fossil fuel generators to fail in the summer heat-wave as the biggest threats to Australia’s electricity supplies in the coming years.

New steps towards simpler business registration – September 2017

Filed under: Trade and industry, Business, Small Business,

Commonwealth agencies are teaming up to streamline business registration to make it easier to start a new business in Australia.

Tougher rules on credit card surcharges from 1 September 2017 – September 2017

Filed under: Economy and Finance, Banking, Trade and industry, Business,

The Government’s ban on excessive credit card surcharging for all businesses took effect from 1 September.

Legislation introduced for Budget housing affordability measures – September 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Legislation, Trade and industry, Housing,

Legislation to implement the housing affordability package announced in the Budget has been introduced in federal Parliament.

New tax incentive for small minerals’ explorers – September 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry, Mining,

The federal Government will commit $100 million to secure additional private investment in vital greenfields mineral exploration “to drive the next wave of mineral discoveries crucial to the resources sector and the Australian economy”.

Registration of interest called for Inland Rail – September 2017

Filed under: Trade and industry, Infrastructure,

Companies now have the first opportunity to register their interest to construct a section of the historic Inland Rail project.

Update of copyright laws begins – September 2017

Filed under: Trade and industry, Regulation,

As part of its review of copyright laws, the Communications Department has published a consultation paper and draft regulations.

New IT procurement guidelines to support smaller businesses – September 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector, Trade and industry, IT,

The Commonwealth Government has announced significant changes to the way businesses can sell IT services to the Government.

Government takes first steps towards Intellectual Property reform – September 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry, Regulation,

The Commonwealth Government has released its response to the review of Australia’s intellectual property arrangements and begun a consultation process on proposed changes.

Governments and industry asked to nominate infrastructure priorities for 2018 – September 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry, Infrastructure,

Infrastructure Australia is calling on Australian governments and industry leaders to identify infrastructure problems and opportunities of national significance as part of its 2018 Infrastructure Priority List (IPL) update.

New agricultural export legislation released for public consultation – September 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry, Agriculture,

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce says exporters in new and emerging industries and those in established ones will benefit from simplified agricultural export legislation, released for public consultation, making the regulations easier to follow to save exporters time and money.

ISP’s key role in cyber security, says Government – September 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry, IT,

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security Dan Tehan says government and the private sector must continue working together to improve Australia’s cyber security.

August 2017

Prime Minister gets agreement from energy retailers on disclosure – August 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry, Energy,

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says “it is simply not good enough” that some electricity consumers cannot always afford to turn on their lights, heating and equipment.

Government announces Social Impact Investment principles and investments – August 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry, Investment,

The federal Government has announced a set of principles to guide its investment in programs that help the most vulnerable Australians.

Government consults on business registration changes – August 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry, Business,

The Government has started consultation on ways to modernise business registers to make it simpler for business to get on with business.

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