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Latest media releases

This is a list of the latest media releases from Australian Government websites arranged under their portfolios. It is generated daily from new media releases collected overnight.

This list was generated on Wednesday, Apr 01 2015.



31 March 2015Improvements to Indigenous Arts, Languages and Culture Funding Programs

Today the government is announcing significant improvements to the way the Australian Government supports Indigenous arts, languages and culture. These programs merge the Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support, Indigenous Culture Support and Indigenous Languages Support programs and the Indigenous Employment Initiative. The Indigenous Languages and Arts program will fund organisations that support the revival and maintenance of Indigenous languages, and provide career opportunities and pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language workers.

31 March 2015Additional assistance for cyclone-affected community in Western Australia

The Hon Michael Keenan. Premier of Western Australia. Commonwealth Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett today announced that disaster assistance has been extended to the local government area of Greater Geraldton in response to Cyclone Olwyn.

31 March 2015Betty Churcher

Australia has lost a cultural icon and a leading figure of our arts sector with the passing of Mrs Betty Churcher AO FAHA. Mrs Churcher was also a strong advocate for the display of Australian art internationally. Mrs Churcher was awarded an order of Australia in 1990 for her services to the arts, particularly in the field of arts administration and education and in 2009 was awarded a Visual Arts Emeritus Medal by the Australia Council for the Arts, for her contribution to the understanding and appreciation of the visual arts by all Australians.

Children's Commissioner launches children's rights resource | Australian Human Rights Commission

The National Children's Commissioner, Ms Megan Mitchell, has launched a document that takes another significant stride for the development of the rights of children. wasdeveloped by Early Childhood Australia (ECA) and theAustralian Human Rights Commission. 'The statement is designed to support teachers, educators, the community, families and children to ethically and authentically support the rights of children in early childhood to understand and implement child rights education in early childhood education and care settings, and to advocate for children's rights,' Mr Page said.

Discover the stories behind the stories with NFSA's Oral Histories // National Film and Sound Archive, Australia

Wally de Backer (Gotye) with Oral History interviewer Graham Dodsworth. The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA ) launched an online showcase of its Oral History interviews with actors, musicians, filmmakers, broadcasters and the many other professionals working in front of and behind the cameras and microphones. NFSA Oral History Coordinator Bronwyn Murphy said: We are delighted to make this selection of interviews available online, so that audiences can explore the fascinating stories we have recorded over the years.


NBN Launches New Fibre to the Basement Services | Minister for Communications

You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull said that the use of the technology would give NBN Co more flexibility in delivering superfast broadband as the company transitions to a Multi-Technology Mix rollout. Malcolm Turnbull is Minister for Communications.


ADF brings relief to Vanuatu over Easter : Department of Defence

Humanitarian assistance will continue to flow into the most heavily affected areas of Vanuatu over the Easter period. he people of Vanuatu have suffered greatly because of Cyclone Pam and the ADF is determined to bring some relief this Easter.?. More than 500 ADF personnel are deployed in Vanuatu as part of Operation Pacific Assist 2015.


PDF version (222 KB ) | Back to Media Releases & Speeches entry page. Launching the Phoenix Australia: Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health at The University of Melbourne, the Minister for Veterans Affairs, Senator the Hon. Phoenix Australia is the new name of the former Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, now in its 20th year of operation.

Defence Ministers » Minister for Defence - ASPI Australia's Future Surface Fleet Conference

It is a great pleasure to address this conference of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI). Along with the White Paper, the Government will deliver a costed acquisition program, a ten-year Defence Capability Plan (DCP) and a new Defence Industry Policy Statement. Both projects will represent a significant investment in Australian defence industry.

Deputy Chief of Air Force appointment - 31 March 2015 : Department of Defence

The Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Geoff Brown AO, today confirmed the appointment of the next Deputy Chief of Air Force. AIRCDRE McDonald on promotion to Air Vice-Marshal will commence his appointment as Deputy Chief of Air Force in July 2015. The current Deputy Chief of Air Force, Air Vice-Marshal Gavin Davies AO, CSC will be appointed Chief of the Air Force on 4 July 2015.


Opening of the Green Chemical Futures Building - Monash University | Ministers' Media Centre

Good morning, it is a pleasure to be here to celebrate the official opening of the Green Chemical Futures Building - the newest and largest building at Monash University. I understand Green Chemical Futures already collaborates with nine international partners. It is my great pleasure to declare this Green Chemical Futures building officially open.


New employment services announced | Ministers' Media Centre

The Australian Government today announced the organisations selected to be part of its new employment services system, to be known as jobactive. 44 organisations have been offered contracts to deliver employment services to help people find and keep a job. In the meantime, job seekers should continue to work with their existing Job Services Australia provider.

MUA Federal Court condemnation | Ministers' Media Centre

The Federal Court has handed down a record payout against the Maritime Union of Australia for breaching the Fair Work Act after the union was found to have deliberately acted to prevent a Perth couple from gaining employment with a maritime labour hire company on the basis that they were not union members. The Fair Work Ombudsman launched proceedings against the MUA and Offshore Marine Services after the couple were told that they would need to join the union if they wanted jobs at the company in direct contradiction to Fair Work Act. This important decision is a welcome showing of support for the honest worker over the militant union boss.


Biggest week yet for Green Army as project numbers continue to soar - media release 31 March 2015

Minister for the Environment. We continue to hear positive stories of Green Army participants finding employment in environmental fields, or going on to become Project Supervisors in other Green Army projects. | Minister for the Environment | Parliamentary Secretary | Archives |.


Media Release MC 12/15 - Government Progresses the Intra Government Communications Network Scoping Study

The Government is pleased to announce the appointment of business and legal advisers for the scoping study into the future management, operations and ownership of the Intra Government Communications Network (ICON). In addition to considering options for the future management, operations and ownership of Intra Government Communications Network, the scoping study will assess the likely sale environment for this business operation. No decision on the future ownership of Intra Government Communications Network will be made until this time.

Media Release MC 11/2015 - Australian Government General Government Sector Monthly Financial Statements February 2015

$m Net operating balance -833 -37,123 -41,292 -37,022 Net capital investment 162 -665 2 2,784 Receipts(a) 27,738 233,537 233,593 379,483 Payments(b) 29,280 271,171 275,513 416,526 Net Future Fund earnings 207 2,847 2,644 3,319 422,234 651,715 -229,481 244,836. $m Taxation revenue 1, 2 29,293 222,678 222,474 361,959 Sales of goods and services 836 5,879 5,840 9,190 Interest income 263 2,288 2,735 3,987 Dividend income 321 2,771 2,679 3,396 Other 395 4,511 4,238 7,344 Gross operating expenses Wages and salaries(a) 1,505 12,170 12,572 19,221 Superannuation 585 4,161 3,837 6,777 Depreciation and amortisation 573 4,400 4,477 6,787 Supply of goods and services 6,147 50,995 52,265 80,809 Other operating expenses(a) 484 3,793 3,596 5,472 Total gross operating expenses 9,295 75,519 76,747 119,067 Superannuation interest expense 750 5,978 6,034 8,989 Interest expenses 1,265 10,538 10,725 16,387 Current transfers Current grants 9,207 81,236 82,479

Foreign Affairs and Trade

Visit to Kiribati, the Cook Islands and Tonga, Media release, 31 Mar 2015, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP

Today I depart for a three day visit to Kiribati, the Cook Islands and Tonga to reinforce Australia's commitment to and engagement in the Pacific. On behalf of the Australian Government, I will congratulate the Cook Islands Government and its people on this year's 50 th Anniversary of self-government. I will meet Prime Minister Puna and address the Cabinet. I will also launch the New Colombo Plan (NCP) in Kiribati, the Cook Islands and Tonga.

Visit to Kiribati, Media release, 31 Mar 2015, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP

Today I visit Kiribati to highlight Australia's strong bilateral relationship, underpinned by development, economic growth and security initiatives. Kiribati's participation in the New Colombo Plan will be launched, with ten Australian students from the University of New South Wales funded to visit this year and work collaboratively with IKiribati communities on climate resilience. Meetings will include I-Kiribati people, who are benefiting from Australian funded projects, women who are establishing microenterprises to undertake routine road maintenance as part of the road rehabilitation project funded by Australia, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.

Expanded sanctions against Russia come into force, Media release, 31 Mar 2015, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP

Expanded sanctions have come into force in response to Russia's ongoing threat to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. These sanctions were announced by the Prime Minister on 1 September 2014 and closely match those implemented by the European Union, Canada and the United States. They supplement targeted financial sanctions and travel bans, which Australia imposed in June and September 2014.. The expanded sanctions include restrictions on the following activities:.

Visit to Fiji, Media release, 31 Mar 2015, Australian Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Trade and Investment, The Hon Steven Ciobo MP

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and to the Minister for Trade and Investment, the Hon Steven Ciobo MP, is travelling to Fiji from 31 March 2 April. This will be Mr Ciobo's first visit to Fiji as Parliamentary Secretary. Mr Ciobo will meet with senior members of the Fiji Government, including the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola and Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, the Hon Faiyaz Koya. Mr Ciobo will reaffirm Australia's commitment to taking our relationship with Fiji into a new era of partnership and prosperity.. Mr Ciobo will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Hon Jioji Konrote, Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, marking Fiji's inclusion in the Seasonal Worker Program. This will provide valuable opportunities for Fijian workers to secure short-term employment in Australia and is consistent with Australia's focus on creating jobs and boosting incomes across

Talking tourism and trade in Tasmania, Media release, 31 Mar 2015, Australian Minister for Trade and Investment, The Hon Andrew Robb AO MP

Tourism and trade in Tasmania will dominate discussions during a two-day visit to the state by Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb kicking off today. Over the coming days, Mr Robb will visit local exporters to discuss the opportunities that have been created for Tasmanian businesses by the Free Trade Agreements with Japan, Korea and China. While in Launceston, Mr Robb will meet with honey manufacturers Oz Honey who were recently granted $1 million in funding to expand their operations as part of the Australian Government Innovation and Investment Fund' before travelling on Wednesday to meet with staff at Abalone Farms Australia in Bicheno.

Additional $20 million support for Syrian crisis, Media release, 31 Mar 2015, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP

The Australian Government has today announced it will provide ongoing support for life-saving assistance to help people impacted by the continuing violence in Syria. Australia will provide an additional $20 million for food, medical assistance, shelter and protection to people in need inside Syria, as well as refugees and their host communities in Lebanon. Our assistance will help the UN Refugee Agency provide protection and shelter to Syrian refugees and support vulnerable Lebanese communities.


Alcohol and drug treatment funding extended

Alcohol and drug treatment organisations which receive funding from the Australian Government will have their funding extended until 30 June 2016. PDF printable version of Alcohol and drug treatment funding extended (PDF 262 KB). Alcohol and drug treatment organisations which receive funding from the Australian Government will have their funding extended until 30 June 2016.


Academy boosts science and technology teaching in NSW schools

Industry and Science Minister Ian Macfarlane has congratulated 62 participants who are completing the teacher enrichment and professional development programme offered at a new academy at the University of Sydney. The 62 participants from 13 NSW schools are completing their second residential in-service at the university and have been supported in their classrooms by teacher mentors and new resources. The University of Sydney's STEM Teacher Enrichment Academy is an important asset in delivering this objective.

Infrastructure and Regional Development

Riverside Soccer redevelopment opens

Federal Member for Eden-Monaro. The Australian Government continues to invest in community infrastructure with the opening of the Riverside Soccer Club Playing Fields and Clubhouse Facilities upgrade. The $170,000 Upgrade of the Riverside Soccer Club Playing Fields and Clubhouse Facilities project was fully funded by the Australian Government.

Australian Government building a better, safer Kennedy Highway

Work will start this week to upgrade three kilometres of the Kennedy Highway near Ravenshoe, Queensland. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the road works are part of a $10.5 million investment in the Kennedy Highway by the Australian Government designed to deliver a faster and safer journey for motorists. 'The project will also significantly widen the road—from 7.4 metres to 8 metres—providing a better buffer for drivers and making the highway a lot safer for anyone passing trucks on the highway.

Prime Minister and Cabinet

New jobactive services to help more jobseekers into work | Prime Minister of Australia

The Commonwealth Government will help more job seekers secure a job and to assist employers find the employees they need to grow their businesses. From 1 July 2015, 66 organisations will deliver one or more jobactive services to job seekers and employers across Australia. The Job Commitment Bonus programme will encourage young, long-term unemployed job seekers aged 18-30 to find and keep a job.


ACCC obtains court undertakings to restrain supply of potentially unsafe baby cots and strollers by Online Dealz and Janet Lucas | ACCC

Following legal proceedings filed by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in the Federal Court, Online Dealz Pty Ltd (Online Dealz) and its director and sole shareholder Janet Lucas have provided undertakings to the Court to refrain from supplying baby cots and strollers which the ACCC alleges do not comply with mandatory safety standards pending further orders. The undertakings given to the Court by Online Dealz and Ms Lucas are given without prejudice to their rights to contest the ACCC's proceedings on an interlocutory and final basis, and that they make no admissions by giving the undertakings. The ACCC also alleges that Online Dealz and Ms Lucas misled consumers as to the characteristics and suitability for purpose of the baby cots and stroller by representing that the products were safe, and that they complied with the relevant safety standard.

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ACCC welcomes pro-competitive recommendations of Harper review | ACCC

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission welcomes the release of the Competition Policy Review Panel's final report, the most significant review of its kind in over 20 years. It sets out many pro-competitive reforms which, if adopted, could significantly enhance economic productivity over the years ahead, ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said. The ACCC looks forward to working constructively with the Government as it considers its response to the Competition Policy Review Panel's final report.

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