Archived News for Professionals in Federal Government - November, 2012
Consumer sentiment has recorded a 5.2 per cent bounce, with the Westpac Melbourne Institute of Consumer Index tracking it at 99.2 points in October to 104.3 points in November.
The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released its 2012 World Energy Outlook, concluding that the global energy map is changing in a ‘dramatic fashion’ and that changes will recast expectations about the role of different countries, regions and fuels in the global energy system over the coming decades.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has released the first consultation paper on the Special Access Undertaking (SAU) lodged by the National Broadband Network Co (NBN Co) in later September.
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency’s (ARENA) has released its inaugural funding strategy, marking the beginning of its investing in renewable energy technologies in Australia.
The rate of homelessness in Australia was 49 persons for every 10,000 persons enumerated in the 2011 Census, up 8% from 45 persons in 2006, according to estimates of the prevalence of homelessness released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
The Federal Government has announced the second round of the Illawarra Region Innovation and Investment Fund (IRIIF), generating over 500 jobs and $48.8 million in investment.
The Victorian Government has announced it will allocate a further $40 million in capital grants to be shared between 92 services throughout the state.
The Federal Government has announced $1.1 billion in new funding for preschool and kindergarten in a bid to ensure all children can access 15 hours a week of early childhood education in the year before they start school.
The Federal Government has announced it has abandoned plans for the ever unpopular internet filter, with Minister for Communications, Broadband the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, announcing the Government will instead use pre-existing legislation to block child abuse websites identified by Interpol.
Australia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased slightly but the rounded estimate remained at 5.4 per cent in October, as announced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has commenced the largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey which will improve our knowledge of the health issues affecting this group of Australians.
International arrivals to Australia have continued to surge after recent data have shown a 9,6 per cent increase growth in September on the back of a surge from the US and Asia.
The Federal Government has passed amendments to the Fair Work Act that apply transfer of business rules to protect the entitlements of state public sector employees in Queensland, NSW, South Australia and Tasmania through Parliament.
Research efforts at Australian universities have been given a shot in the arm after the Federal Government announced a $360 million investment for a range of programs across the country.