The Federal Government has launched the $30 million Illawarra Region Innovation and Investment Fund, which will support businesses with innovative projects in and around the Wollongong area .

The fund is a jointly funded program, with the Federal Government providing $20 million, the NSW Government providing $5 million and BlueScope Steel providing $5 million over the next three years. It forms part of the Federal Government’s Innovation and Investment Fund, which supports projects with long-term growth potential.

The minimum grant under the Illawarra Fund is $50,000, matched dollar-for-dollar by successful applicants. There is no maximum funding limit.

The Western Australian Government has finalised its submission to the review of the distribution of Goods and Services Tax revenue commissioned by the Prime Minister earlier this year.

The Queensland Government has announced the line-up of speakers at Queensland’s Major Projects Conference.

The Queensland Government has announced the appointment of a Blair Davies as the state’s new Business Commissioner.

The Queensland Government has announced a call for tenders for the planned $150 million aerospace and defence industry hub at Amberly in the state’s south east.

The Queensland Government has passed its Waste Reduction and Recycling Bill  that will aim to halve the amount of rubbish directed to landfill within a decade .

Recruitment specialists Hays has published the October Quarterly Report, finding a number of hotspots in public sector labour demand.

The Commonwealth Ombudsman, Allan Asher, has released a new report on whistleblowing, ‘Whistling while they work: A good-practice guide for managing internal reporting of wrongdoing in public sector organisations’  which argues that the public sector would benefit greatly from the establishment of best practice guidelines for whistleblowing.

The Queensland Government has introduced the Vocational Education and Training (Commonwealth Powers) and Other Acts Amendment Act 2011 before the State Parliament that will aim to deliver national consistency for the vocational education and trade sector.

The Victorian Government has tabled the final Terms-of-Reference for the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council investigation into the state’s existing marine parks and other marine protected areas.

The Queensland Government has announced $7 million in funding for new Hendra Virus research projects.

The Victorian Government has opened the second round of the Broadband-Enabled Innovation Program (BEIP), inviting applicants to apply for funding for projects that develop innovative broadband solutions to boost productivity.

The Western Australian Government has launched its new Mental Health 2020: Making it personal and everybody’s business 10 year mental health plan. The plan will aimed at improving the connections between public and private mental health services and community organisations to help ensure better support for people with mental illness.

The Federal Government has announced the proposed expansion of BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam mine in South Australia has received environmental approval.

The Tasmanian State Government has published the latest report of the Climate Futures for Tasmania Project, entitled ‘Extreme Events’.

The Victorian Government has announced a new $15 million program to promote demand-driven innovation in the state’s healthcare system.

The Tasmanian Government has detailed how the state’s Department of Health and Human Services will meet the remaining $30 million of the $100 million savings task set out in the State Budget.

The Federal Government has announced $8 million in funding as part of the Tasmanian Innovation and Investment Fund (TIIF), aimed at delivering long-term sustainable employment and promoting regional economic diversification in Tasmania.

Chevron Australia has announced constriction will begin immediately on the company’s Wheatstone LNG Project at Ashburton North on the Pilbara Coast.

Western Australia’s Auditor General Colin Murphy has submitted a report to State Parliament outlining the need for increased focus on compliance with mining conditions in the state.

Resourcestocks magazine has published its 2011 World Risk Survey, finding that Western Australia shares first place with South Australia and Novia Scotia in the Australian States and Canadian Provinces survey.

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