The Federal Government has announced major federal grants of $20 million or more will be made available in the interest of ‘maximising opportunitites for Australian businesses’.

The government announced a series of provisos for grant applicants, including future developers to publish more extensive details on opportunities available for Australian businesses.

“We will now move to extend the requirement for AIP Plans for federal grants of $20 million or more and for grants of $20 million or more to the States and Territories where they do not apply their own industry participation plans,” Prime Minister Julia Gillard said.

The Federal Government has announced applications for the Building Better Regional Cities will be open for local councils in regional centres across the country.

The Society for Knowledge Economics (SKE) has released a two year study into leadership and management capability, finding that progressive and innovative leadership and sound management are key to boosting the country’s productivity.

Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan has officially closed the October Tax Forum after announcing the government would not conduct inquiries into issues raised by participants.

The Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) has released the 2011 Benchmark Report: Australia – A wealth of Opportunities, highlighting Australia’s economic strength and attraction as a regional financial services centres.

A discussion paper on whether local government should be recognised in the Australian Constitution has been released by the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Local Government for public consultation.

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has announced its decision to leave the cash rate unchanged at 4.75 per cent.

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) has proposed major reform to the country’s media content classification system after publishing the National Classification Scheme Review Discussion Paper.

Following findings by the Australian Statistician, the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) has found no reason to increase the number of seats in the House of Representatives.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has released a request for tender (RFT) for a supplier to provide a comprehensive and integrated new system for issuing passports.

The Victorian State Government has called for a 12-month delay to the implementation of national occupation health and safety (OH&S) harmonisation.

The Federal Government has released the 2011 Strategic Roadmap for Australian Research Infrastructure which sets out the Government’s priority areas for national, collaborative research infrastructure over the next five to ten years.

Federal Treasury has released the 2010-11 Final Budget Outcome, finding that the global financial downturn had wiped $40 billion off  forecasted growth rates.

Governments need a range of mechanisms to ensure that regulations remain 'fit for purpose' and to identify priority reforms, according to a discussion draft released by the Productivity Commission.

The Federal Government has released two discussion papers in the lead up to the October Tax Forum.

A liquefied natural gas project proposed by Chevron in Western Australia’s Pilbara region will go ahead after the Federal Government approved the project under national environmental law.

The Federal Government has released a public discussion paper to seek community views on the recent consolidation of Federal anti-discriminatory laws.

The September quarter 2011 issue of the Australian Consumer Price Index to be released 26 October 2011, will incorporate several key recommendations from the Outcome of the 16th Series Australian Consumer Price Index Review by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

The Federal Government has announced its response to the Knight Review, confirming a suite of measures designed to streamline student visa applications and increase international competitiveness for the lucrative international student market.

Federal Treasuer Wayne Swan has met with G20 Finance Ministers in Washington DC before attending annual IMF and World Bank meetings.

The Federal Government has released an updated model of the impact of the carbon price which states the Australian economy will continue to grow strongly at the same time making reductions in carbon emissions.

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