The Federal Government has announced it will implement greater environmental protection for water resources impacted by coal seam gas and large coal mining developments.

Applications for the skilled migrant 457 visa have jumped by 9.5 per cent in the last year, while approvals are up by 6.6 per cent.

The Federal Government has provided further details of reforms it expects to make to the Fair Work Act in a bid to provide stability and certainty to the nation’s employers.

The Federal Government has announced it will introduce new, more rigorous standards for teaching training courses in a bid to improve the quality of new graduates coming from universities and being employed in Australian schools.

Australia needs to adapt to a change global labour market, where work can be moved around the globe at the stroke of a pen and restructuring is increasingly becoming a regular occurrence, according to the Australian Workplace Productivity Agency (AWPA).

Australia’s largest industry lobby group has called for the immediate transition to an internationally linked market based emissions trading scheme.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has launched the country’s first multi-disciplinary research centre dedicated to addressing key issues of food security and environmental challenges.

The latest ABS figures show that in seasonally adjusted, current price terms, the current account deficit fell $370m (2 per cent) to $14,678m in the December quarter 2012. Exports of goods and services rose $734m (1 per cent) and imports of goods and services rose $897m (1 per cent). The primary income deficit fell $518m (6 per cent).

Latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures show that GDP, in seasonally adjusted volume terms, grew 0.6 per cent in the December quarter 2012.

The Federal Government has announced it wills tump up $1.2 billion to pay for increases for the nation’s 350,000 aged care workers under the Living Longer Living Better aged care reforms.

The Federal Government has released further details of the rules that will guide how the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) works for people with a disability, their families, carers and service providers.

The latest ABS Retail Trade figures show that Australian retail turnover rose 0.9 per cent in January 2013, seasonally adjusted, following a fall of 0.4 per cent in December 2012.

Adelaide has been named the country’s most liveable city for the third year running, dominating other state’s capital cities in a poll conducted by the Property Council of Australia.

The Federal Government has announced it will commit funding to towards the Westconnex road project, subject to a number of conditions outlined by the Prime Minister.

ABS Building Approvals show that the number of dwellings approved fell 2.4 per cent in January 2013, in seasonally adjusted terms, and has fallen for two months.

Inflation levels have remained relatively flat in February, according to the TD Securities – Melbourne Institute Monthly Inflation Gauge.

The job ad market is showing tentative signs of life, according to the latest monthly statistics released by the ANZ bank.

The Federal Government has announced it will invest an extra $41.1 million in a new National Partnership agreement to boost literacy and numeracy results in Victorian Schools.

A new report released by the Federal Government’s Climate Commission has concluded that climate change was partially to blame for the ‘angry summer’ seen over the last few months.

A Coalition Government would demolish the National Broadband Network, according to Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy.

Billions of dollars worth of investment stands to be unlocked in South Australia’s Spencer Gulf following the announcement of a Federal, State and Local government collaboration.

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