The first Indigenous Training, Employment and Supplier Plan has been approved under the Federal Government’s enhanced Indigenous Opportunities Policy (IOP).

The enhanced IOP is part of the Government’s commitment to Closing the Gap on Indigenous disadvantage, aiming to halve the gap in Indigenous unemployment within a decade.

From 1 July 2011, in regions with a significant Indigenous population, tenderers for Government contracts over $5 million ($6 million for construction projects), will need approved plans for employing and training local Indigenous people and for using Indigenous suppliers.

Two National Water Commission reports on the performance Australia’s urban water utilities and rural water service providers have been released by the Federal Government.

Energy Ministers from 23 different governments have met in Abu Dhabi earlier this week as part of the second Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) focussed on speeding up global efforts to transition to clean energy technologies.

The Federal Government should justify why mandatory collection and retention of personal data is necessary for law enforcement, a senate report into online privacy has found.

CSIRO has launched a new Climate and Health Cluster, with funding of  $3.15 million over three years from CSIRO’s Flagship Collaboration Fund.

The Federal Government says it is too early to speculate how much the proposed carbon tax would increase household expenses, after Treasury documents revealed it may add almost $900 a year to bills.

The Australian Centre for Renewable Energy (ACRE) has released its Strategic Directions report setting out priorities for renewable energy technology development and recommends initiatives to support its development, commercialisation and large scale deployment.

Australia has the opportunity to play a leading role in international efforts to increase the deployment of renewable energy technologies and drive down their costs with its election to the Council of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

The National Water Commission has issued a landmark report urging Australian governments to overhaul the way urban water supplies are managed.

The Minister for Home Affairs and Justice Brendan O’Connor has launched new measures to help Commonwealth agencies prevent and combat fraud. 

The Australian Government has announced plans to develop a national strategy to guide the uptake of the National Broadband Network (NBN) with the aim of making Australia a world leading digital economy by 2020.

Two new papers have been released by Professor Ross Garnaut as part of his Climate Change Review for the Australian Government.

The Federal Government has announced that the carbon price scheme will begin on 1 July 2012, subject to the passage of legislation to be introduced in the Spring sittings of Parliament.

An audit of four federal government agencies by the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) has found that while overall they were taking appropriate steps to protect sensitive material from cyber attack, in some instances their information security policies were out of date.

The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) has released a Better Practice Guide for fraud control in Australian government entities, designed to complement a recently updated version of the Commonwealth Fraud Control Guidelines (the Fraud Control Guidelines).

The Federal Government has commissioned a review of the distribution of revenue from the Goods and Services Tax to the States and Territories.

The Federal Government has announced a range of initiatives designed to keep mature age Australian people within the workforce.

While overall our life expectancy continues to climb and our educational attainment increases, gaps remain between the health and education outcomes of Australians living in cities and those living elsewhere, according to the Australian Social Trends report released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

In September 2010, there were 1.3 million Australians who were not in the labour force but wanted to work according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission has launched the National Financial Literacy Strategy, designed to deliver quality financial literacy education to all Australians through schools, workplaces, higher education institutions and in the community.

The Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics and Sciences has released its annual report into energy use and consumption throughout the country.

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