The Tasmanian Government has tabled legislation before State Parliament that aims to increase transparency and certainty for local government rates in Tasmania.

“It is essential that we have legislation that is unambiguous in terms of the authority that is provided to councils to raise rates,” State Minister for Local Government Bryan Green said.

“A major component of the Bill tabled today includes provisions that allow a council to implement a flat rating structure, through the use of an ‘averaged area rate’, but only when a council has extensively consulted with its community,”

The Victorian Government has announced it will only make use of the state’s recently constructed north-south water pipeline in times of ‘critical human need’.

The New South Wales Greens have urged greater attention to be paid for the state’s rural rail branch lines after State Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon savaged the government for being ‘slaves to the truck industry’.

Mining giant BHP Billiton has announced it has finalised an agreement with the Western Australian Government that will see increases to the the royalty rate payable to the State for its iron ore Fines product.

The Victorian Government has revealed its $85 million ICT plan that will aim to support continued growth in the sector while developing global competitiveness.

The South Australian Government has announced the formation of a new urban development authority which will be tasked with overseeing all urban renewal projects from their outset.

The Federal and Victorian governments have announced local governments rebuilding from the effects of the 2009 bushfire will have an additional year to claim funding.

The Western Australian Government has released a public draft framework for its new  regional planning and infrastructure development in the State’s Mid-West.

The South Australian Government has opened a $16 million tender fund for SA registered training organisations, industry and employers to train job seekers throughout the state.

Credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s has confirmed that Victoria will maintain its triple-A rating.

Main Roads WA has achieved international recognition for its 2011 Annual Report’s public sustainability reporting and accountability processes.

The New South Wales Government has established its new integrated transport agency, Transport for NSW.

The Western Australian Government has released a progress report on the first six months of the State Government’s Skilling WA Workforce development plan, finding ‘good progress’ is being made on meeting the state’s current and future skills demand.

The Victorian Government has announced an expansion of its eServices panel in a bid to develop more opportunities for local ICT companies and foster competition in the provision of ICT services to the government.

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has cast doubt over the forthcoming Murray-Darling Basin Authority’s (MDBA) draft basin plan after he declared the buyback of 2,800 gigalitres to be inadequate.

The Queensland Government has released the environmental impact statement  (EIS) for the $6.6 billion Kevin's Corner coal mine project for public comment.

The Queensland Government has unveiled a plan to help attract and accelerate investment and development of the renewable energy industry and projects in Queensland.

The Northern Territory Government has introduced the Constitutional Convention (Election Bill) 2011 before Territory Parliament, as recommended by the bi-partisan Steering Committee and the Northern Territory Constitutional Convention Committee.

The Victorian Government has released a new Fundraising Code of Conduct that will see extensive reform to the state's political fundraising methodology.

The Victorian Government has announced the establishment of the Urban Renewal Authority Victoria and the appointment of the board of directors.

Guidelines for the Australian Government funded $45 million Tasmanian Forest Contractors Voluntary Exit Grants are now available online.

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