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.

Screen Australia and VidCon Australia announce Pitcher Perfect - Screen Australia

Screen Australia and VidCon Australia have today announced a new pitching competition - Pitcher Perfect.

New provider for the National Relay Service | Department of Communications and the Arts

The department has awarded Concentrix Services Pty Ltd the new contract to deliver the National Relay Service (NRS), following a limited tender process.

APRA responds to first phase of consultation on revisions to ADI capital framework | APRA

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) has released its response to the first round of consultation on proposed changes to the capital framework for authorised deposit-taking institutions (ADIs).

HMAS Newcastle completes final international deployment | Defence News

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) today celebrated the completion of the final overseas deployment by an Adelaide Class guided missile frigate, with HMAS Newcastle arriving back in Australia.Commander Australian Fleet Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead AM, RAN, said the Adelaide Class frigates have been an indispensable part of Navy’s role in protecting Australia’s maritime interests

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Two ABC titles have won prestigious Rockie Awards at the Banff World Media Festival in Canada, leading the way for outstanding Australian content on the international stage....

Screen Australia’s Code of Conduct replaced by industry code from 1 July 2019 - Screen Australia

In April 2018, Screen Australia introduced a mandatory Code of Conduct to Prevent Sexual Harassment for all recipients of Screen Australia production funding....

Defence science early career achievers | DST

Defence scientists Dr James Brooks and Daniel Butler have come a long way in a short time at DST, and both have been lauded for their outstanding early career achievements.


The CEFC has announced its third equity investment in a large-scale renewable energy development, with a $51 million stake in Victoria’s 200MW (AC) Kiamal Solar Farm.

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Singer Gawurra Gaykamangu is in a class of his own. His voice is resonating around the world due to his modern twist on his ancient Yol?u language.

National Week of Action, targeting GBL and 1,4-Butanediol, keeps dangerous drugs off streets | Australian Federal Police

Australian and Hong Kong authorities have seized 20 litres of gamma-butyrolactone (GBL) and a range of other drugs, conducted over 40 search warrants and other activities across Australia as part of a National Week of Action targeting the dangerous border controlled substances.

Iraqi Army School of Infantry reaches significant milestone | Defence News

The Iraqi Army School of Infantry Non-Commissioned Officer II (SINCO II) marked a significant milestone last week by achieving Initial Operating Capability ahead of schedule.The School, based at the Taji Military Complex, 20 kilometres north of Baghdad, can now conduct 75 per cent of its training activities without coalition assistance.SINCO II has been supported by the

HMAS Melbourne returns to Australia for final time | Defence News

The Royal Australian Navy’s oldest Adelaide Class warship, HMAS Melbourne (III), has returned to Australia from her final overseas mission.The 138 metre-long Guided Missile Frigate arrived at Gladstone Port in Queensland today, following a three month deployment throughout the Asia-Pacific region.Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead AM RAN, said Melbourne’s

Marking Reconciliation Day at Reconciliation Place | National Capital Authority

The National Capital Authority (NCA) will be marking Reconciliation Day with a free community event, which will include a traditional welcome, a smoking ceremony and an Indigenous dance performance.

Improvements to NCA roads underway | National Capital Authority

The National Capital Authority (NCA) is currently undertaking heavy patching and road maintenance works throughout the National Capital Estate until 4 July 2019, weather permitting. Changed traffic management conditions will be in place at a number of locations.

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Songman Roy Ashley Wa?apuy?u was dedicated to maintaining and passing on his people’s language, stories, songs and cultural knowledge.

ABF detector dogs move to new share kennel with AFP | Australian Federal Police

Australian Border Force (ABF) detector dogs in Darwin have been welcomed into their new home at the Australian Federal Police (AFP) kennel at Darwin International Airport, continuing a co-sharing trend across the country and helping keep the Northern Territory safe.

$4.2 million in assets forfeited to the Commonwealth | Australian Federal Police

Three Victorian properties valued at $4.2 million were today forfeited to the Commonwealth by order of the Melbourne Supreme Court. This is the first forfeiture action under the terms of the Joint Agency Arrangement (JAA) on economic crime cooperation between the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the People’s Republic of China, Ministry of Public Security (MPS).

South Australia man charged with child exploitation offence | Australian Federal Police

A 42-year-old man from the Lower Eyre Peninsular of South Australia has been charged with a child exploitation offence. He was arrested by detectives from the South Australia Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (SA-JACET), which comprises of members from the Australian Federal Police and South Australia Police Force.

Four Successful Drug Interdictions by Hmas Ballarat | Defence News

Royal Australian Navy Frigate HMAS Ballarat has seized another four illicit drug shipments in three days while deployed to the Middle East region.The four boardings took place over the period 2–5 June 2019, as Ballarat conducted a routine patrol in the Arabian Sea in support of the Combined Maritime Forces.The drug seizures included a large quantity of hashish and illegal

Digital hazard mapping used during the federal election | Geoscience Australia

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Trafficker who boasted of wildlife smuggling crimes sentenced | Department of the Environment and Energy

Department of the Environment and EnergyMEDIA RELEASE 7 June 2019 Former rugby league football player Martin Kennedy has been sentenced to a three-year suspended sentence after pleading guilty to importing and exporting native and regulated animals under national environment law.

Media Release - Bureau of Meteorology Newsroom

Supervising Meteorologist, Simon Louis, from the Bureau of Meteorology Tasmania discusses the Queen's Birthday long-weekend forecast, including:...

ABC and Screen Australia announce DisRupted films - Screen Australia

ABC and Screen Australia are pleased to announce the successful films selected for DisRupted following a nation-wide call out.


The CEFC has congratulated Carbon Revolution on its successful capital raising, which will support the continued growth of the Geelong-based high tech manufacturer. The CEFC, which invested $10 million in equity in Carbon Revolution in 2016, has now extended its commitment to the company with a further $2 million investment.

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The 50th anniversary of the battle of Binh Ba in Vietnam was marked at the Australian War Memorial today with a special Last Post Ceremony that commemorated the service of Private Wayne Teeling, the o...

Putting the faces of missing people back on milk cartons | Australian Federal Police

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Canberra Milk are joining forces to put the faces of missing people back on milk bottles in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). AFP Assistant Commissioner Debbie Platz said the initiative – which launches in the ACT region on 6 June – will see 12 long-term missing people with connections to the Canberra region featured on one litre fresh milk bottles for six weeks.

Feedback sought on collective bargaining plan for small businesses | ACCC

The ACCC is seeking views on its proposal to implement a class exemption that would allow small businesses to collectively negotiate with their suppliers and processors, and franchisees and fuel retailers to collectively negotiate with their franchisor or fuel wholesaler, without first having to seek ACCC approval. Currently, groups of competitors seeking to negotiate together

Exercise Southern Jackaroo wraps up trilateral exercise | Defence News

A two-week military field exercise has been completed this week, consisting of over 700 Australian Defence Force, United States Marine Rotational Force-Darwin and Japan Self Defense Force soldiers and marines.Exercise Southern Jackaroo provided soldiers and marines the opportunity to complete urban assault training, engineering clearances, artillery fire missions and live-fire

Australian KC-30A supporting Coalition air operations | Defence News

An Australian KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft has recommenced operations in the Middle East.The KC-30A deployment is part of Operation OKRA, supporting the US-led Operation Inherent Resolve mission to defeat Daesh.Despite its territorial defeat, Daesh continues to pose a security threat in the Middle East region and beyond. The KC-30A will provide important

Call for submissions: Clarifying herbs and spices irradiation permission

?Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) called for submissions today on an application to clarify the meaning of the terms herbs and spices in the food irradiation standard of the Food Standards...

Call for submissions on a GM processing aid application

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today called for submissions on an application to approve an enzyme from a genetically modified microorganism, for use as a processing aid.  ...

eSafety joins global project combating online child abuse with AI | Office of the eSafety Commissioner

The eSafety Commissioner has signed on to a pilot with Project Arachnid, an innovative tech platform based at the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, designed to reduce the availability of child sexual abuse material online.

New Video Relay video resources available | Department of Communications and the Arts

We’ve launched two new videos today on Accesshub to help step you through the process of setting up and making a Video Relay call.

Landmark terrorism sentences handed down on same day | Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions

Australian courts have today sentenced two individuals for engaging in terrorist acts in Australia. While the two cases are not related, this is the first time in Australia that any person has been sentenced for the substantive offence of engaging in a terrorist act.

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FRAN KELLY: Earlier in the program, we were talking about the police raid yesterday on the home of political journalist, News Corp journalist Annika Smethurst. There's been widespread condemnation of ...

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It’s World Environment Day in the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages (IY2019) and we are celebrating both events by highlighting some of the many heritage sites in Australia that have names based on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders words.

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AFP statement on search warrant in Sydney | Australian Federal Police

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has executed a search warrant on the Ultimo premises of the ABC today (Wednesday, 5 June 2019) in relation to allegations of publishing classified material, contrary to provisions of the Crimes Act 1914.

AFP statement on activity in Canberra and Sydney | Australian Federal Police

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) can confirm there is no link between the execution of search warrants in the ACT suburb of Kingston yesterday (4 June 2019) and those on the Ultimo premises of the ABC today (5 June 2019).

Proposal for more transparency on music performing rights licensing | ACCC

The ACCC is calling for feedback on a proposal to reauthorise the Australasian Performing Right Association’s (APRA) musical works licensing arrangements for a further five years with additional conditions. APRA and its members, including composers, songwriters and publishers, hold performing rights for virtually all music played or performed in Australia, and earn royalties

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A two-time Walkley Award winner for his political interviewing, Speers has been at Sky News Australia since 2000 and is currently its Political Editor....

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In a milestone for ABC Classic FM, the national classic music station turns 30 this year. Still with the most beautiful sounds around, 2006 also sees a number of exciting changes to the program line-u...

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Results in Brief: Seminar on the Future of Public Law Reform | ALRC

On 29 May 2019, the Australian Law Reform Commission and the University of NSW hosted a conversation on the future of law and constitutional reform in Australia. To find out more about the discussion a short summary is available here.

AFP statement on search warrant in Kingston, ACT | Australian Federal Police

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) can confirm it has executed a search warrant at a residence in the ACT suburb of Kingston today (4 June 2019).

New Research into Advanced Materials for Defence Applications | Defence News

Defence has selected seven innovative research proposals from Australian universities and industry to develop and integrate advanced materials that will provide enhanced protection for military platforms.Research will enable the development of new adhesives for joining high temperature structures, processes for integration and repair of different composite types, and bonding

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The ABC is pleased to announce the appointment of Libbie Doherty as Head of Children’s Production, overseeing our outstanding Australian children’s content across ABC KIDS, ABC ME, ABC KIDS listen and...

Augmenting reality to make the unseen seen | DST

When it comes to augmented reality (AR), more is not necessarily better.

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Anthropologist and linguist Dr Bentley James is close to realising his dream, and the vision of the woman who inspired him, to ensure the children of North East Arnhem Land continue to use Yol?u Sign Language (YSL).

Misinformation about Australia’s 5G network | ARPANSA

ARPANSA is aware that there is a lot of concerning misinformation circulating throughout the community about the possible impacts of Australia’s planned roll-out of the 5G mobile network.

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APRA calls out private health insurers over inaction to address financial sustainability challenges | APRA

The Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority (APRA) has warned private health insurers (PHIs) to urgently address rising challenges that threaten the industry’s financial sustainability.

More transparency needed in wine grape sector | ACCC

Harmful market practices are restricting competition in some Australian wine grape growing regions and limiting the potential for growth of Australia’s wine industry, according to an interim report released today by the ACCC. Through its detailed market study into the wine grape sector, the ACCC has proposed measures to address concerning practices it believes are common

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The ABC is searching for Australia’s next big online series with submissions now open for the Pitch-o-rama competition at the annual Screen Makers Conference....

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The inaugural Jesse Cox Audio Fellowship has been announced with, the Australian arm of the world’s leading provider and producer of audiobooks and spoken word entertainment, as the Fou...

New emergency exposure guide | ARPANSA

We have published the Guide for Radiation Protection in Emergency Exposure Situations.

31-year-old South Australia man charged with child exploitation offences | Australian Federal Police

Detectives from the Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (a partnership between SAPOL's Special Crimes Investigation Section and the Australian Federal Police) arrested a 31 year old male from the North Eastern suburbs of Adelaide for 4 x Counts of making a child amenable to sexual activity.

Lower petrol prices in March quarter but trending upwards | ACCC

Average petrol prices in the five largest cities, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, were at their lowest levels in more than two years during the March quarter but prices are trending upwards.

Urban warfare training concludes with trilateral assault | Defence News

Over 360 Australian, United States and Philippine soldiers and marines have completed their final urban assault mission at a fictional town in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area. Exercise Carabaroo involved static live-fire range shoots and blank fire training in urban operations training facilities to improve drills, increase lethality and enhance the ability of the three

Australia - Japan - United States Defense Ministers meeting | Defence News

Australian Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds, Japanese Minister of Defense Takeshi Iwaya, and U.S. Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, convened a trilateral defense ministerial meeting in Singapore on June 1 on the margins of the 18th International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Asia Security Summit (2019 Shangri-La Dialogue).  The ministers were united in

Air Force pays respects to Torres Strait Island community | Defence News

Senior members of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) have visited Horn and Thursday Islands in Far North Queensland, attending a ceremony honouring those who served on the islands during World War Two.Led by Officer Commanding 84 Wing, Group Captain Nicholas Hogan, the Air Force contingent joined Horn Island Mayor, Mrs Vhonda Malone, the local Torres Strait Islander

Inaugural maritime Exercise Pacific Vanguard concludes off the coast of Guam | Defence News

The first iteration of Exercise Pacific Vanguard was successfully held off the coast of Guam over the period 22-28 May 2019.Exercise Pacific Vanguard is a combined maritime exercise involving key regional defence partners from Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea and the United States.Exercises included combined manoeuvres, live firing, as well as defensive counter-air and

Firing of a Japanese howitzer on Australian soil strengthens bilateral ties | Defence News

Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) personnel have successfully fired two FH-70 howitzers out to 25 kilometres while in Australia.This marks a historic first for the JGSDF, as there is no military range large enough in Japan to conduct such a long-range firing activity. Japan’s firing of its howitzers took place at the ADF’s Shoalwater Bay Training Area during Exercise

Saddle up Queensland, the Bushrangers are headed your way in June! | Royal Australian Mint

This year the Royal Australian Mint’s Roadshow, Bushrangers – The Bold, the Bad and the Ugly commemorates some of Australia’s most notorious bushrangers. As Australia’s colonies developed, bushrangers roamed the countryside: some were anti-establishment heroes to the common people, whilst some were forced into a life of crime. Although feared, Australia’s wild colonial Bushrangers also sparked a legacy of art and folklore, that continues to shape our nation’s psyche, and helped to create the myth of the Australian ‘larrikin’.

Cybernetic cells: blurring the boundaries of biology and technology – an essay by Dr Catriona Bruce | IP Australia

Catriona was one of the finalists in Nesta’s Tipping Point Prize, describing the work of the Australian Cell Design Network.


The CEFC has confirmed investment commitments of almost $1 billion in Australia’s wind sector, delivering 2GW of wind energy across regional Australia, with its latest investment being a $180 million commitment to the Collector Wind Farm in NSW.

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The Australian War Memorial today welcomed a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) RF-111C A8-134 aircraft into its collection. It will be housed in the recently built and completed storage facility at th...

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Today the Australian War Memorial launched the second in its On Closer Inspection series of interactive digital experiences, giving visitors a new way to explore the large technology objects in the Me...

6PR Mornings with Gareth Parker

GARETH PARKER: The question around whether your employer can have anything to say about your religious beliefs is very much live as a result of the Israel Folau case. That looks as though it's headed ...

National minimum wage case decision

The Morrison Government today welcomed the Fair Work Commission's decision to increase the National Minimum Wage rate and award wages by 3 per cent from 1 July 2019....

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The ABC and First Languages Australia are seeking entries for the 2019 Indigenous Language Song Competition, which enables schoolchildren across the country to support the languages and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

APRA releases life insurance statistics for March 2019 | APRA

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) has released its Quarterly Life Insurance Performance Statistics publication for the March 2019 quarter.

East coast gas prices need to follow export prices down | ACCC

High gas prices remain a critical issue for domestic gas users and could see more businesses move or close in the east coast, according to the Gas Inquiry 2017?20 Interim Report released by the ACCC today. The report shows that most commercial and industrial Australian gas users will pay more than $9/GJ for gas this year, and some more than $11/GJ.

Garuda ordered to pay $19 million for price fixing | ACCC

The Federal Court has ordered PT Garuda Indonesia Ltd (Garuda) to pay penalties of $19 million for colluding on fees and surcharges for air freight services. The penalties follow the ACCC’s court action against a global air cargo cartel, which has so far resulted in penalties of $132.5 million against 14 airlines, including Air New Zealand, Qantas, Singapore Airlines and

Jetstar to pay $1.95 million for false or misleading claims on refunds | ACCC

The Federal Court has ordered Jetstar Airways Pty Ltd to pay $1.95 million in penalties for making false or misleading representations about consumer guarantee rights under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). The Court found that between April 2017 and March 2018, Jetstar made false or misleading representations on its website about the rights and remedies available to

Air Force pays respects to Torres Srait Island community | Defence News

Senior members of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) have visited Horn and Thursday Islands in Far North Queensland, attending a ceremony honouring those who served on the islands during World War Two.Led by Officer Commanding 84 Wing, Group Captain Nicholas Hogan, the Air Force contingent joined Horn Island Mayor, Mrs Vhonda Malone, the local Torres Strait Islander

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As much of the country shivers through a cold end to autumn, the Bureau's winter outlook shows the next three months are likely to be warmer and drier than average for large parts of the nation....

Screen Australia announces nearly $700,000 of development funding - Screen Australia

Screen Australia has announced seven television series, four online projects and 10 feature films to share in nearly $700,000.

Australia’s Dollar Discovery Winners | Royal Australian Mint

Have you won a prize in the Australia’s Dollar Discovery competition?We are currently sending out minor draw prizes to the winning entrants.Please check your email or go to the Australia’s Dollar Discovery website to see if you are a winner.Winners will receive an email from Auspost advising them of tracking information.

Story of Sydney’s legendary Eternity restored by NFSA | NFSA

NFSA digitally restores 1994 award-winning documentary about Arthur Stace ‘Mr Eternity’ for Sydney Film Festival premiere.

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One of the highlights of Reconciliation Week in Canberra has been a performance of dance, song, storytelling and language from the Wiradjuri Echoes.

Allegations Sony breached consumer law for PlayStation games | ACCC

The ACCC has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court against Sony Interactive Entertainment Network Europe Limited (Sony Europe) for making false or misleading representations to Australian consumers on its website and in dealings with Australian customers of its PlayStation online store. The ACCC alleges that from around September 2017, Sony Europe told consumers seeking

Over $1 billion of narcotics seized by HMAS Ballarat on Operation Manitou | Defence News

The crew of HMAS Ballarat has stopped illegal narcotics in excess of AUD$1 billion from funding terrorism and other illegal activity.The Australian Navy frigate recently seized over 12.9 tonnes of hashish, 1.4 tonnes of heroin and a small amount of methyl amphetamines, with a combined worth of AUD$1.073 billion*.The combined hauls were confiscated in 10 separate seizure

Statement on Ministerial appointment | Ministers' Media Centre, Australian Government

I am honoured to have been sworn in today as Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business in the re-elected Morrison Government. The Australian people voted on Saturday 18 May in support of the Coalition’s plan to create 1.25 million jobs over the next five years, building on the more than 1 million jobs created since the Coalition was first elected in September

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The ABC and First Languages Australia have called for entries to the 2019 Indigenous Language Song Competition, which enables schoolchildren across the country to support and sustain the languages and...

Transformative Energetic Materials on the Horizon | DST

These weapons are set to offer disruptive performance gains and a level of operational flexibility that is unachievable at the moment.


The CEFC through the Clean Energy Innovation Fund is supporting Morse Micro as part of a broader capital raising which will help the innovator take its ultra low power Wi-Fi HaLow chip to mass production.