REGIONAL AUSTRALIA SUPPORTED THROUGH ROUND FIVE OF THE BUILDING BETTER REGIONS FUND
16 December 2020
Local communities across Australia, especially those hardest hit by the loss of regional tourism, are a step closer to sharing in $200 million under a fifth round of the successful Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).
The guidelines have now been released and can be found at meaning local proponents can now start developing their applications.
Applications open on 12 January 2021 and close on 5 March 2021.
Virtual and Face to Face information sessions are opportunities to talk with our uniformed personnel who can impart their experience of life in the Australian Defence Force.
In these sessions the team explains ADF lifestyle and benefits, roles that are available and the different methods of entry, education and citizenship eligibility requirements and the fitness standards. They also talk about the application process, how to get started and what resources are available to assist.
The Australian 5G Innovation Initiative, announced as part of the 2020-21 Commonwealth Budget, will assist businesses to test and develop 5G applications, services and products. It is an open and competitive grants program to fund trials demonstrating different future 5G use cases to help build Australia's 5G ecosystem.
A discussion paper for the Initiative has been released, with feedback to inform the development of the grant guidelines for the initiative. Your comment and feedback to the dsicussion paper by 11 December 2020 would be appreciated.
Applications are now open for chair positions for the six Regional Development Committees across Australia.
From 2021, RDA Chairs will lead their Committees under a refreshed charter that focuses their role on driving investment and local procurement opportunities and through this, creating jobs and economic growth for our regions.
Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, today announced a range of changes to CDIC grant programs to provide greater support for Australia’s defence industry.
The changes are part of a $1 billion investment package to boost Australia’s defence industry and support thousands of jobs across the country. This includes the announcement of an additional $24 million in funding for defence industry grants over the next 2 financial years.
Key changes include increases in minimum and maximum grant funding and lowering of the co-contribution requirement for industry. The changes will make it easier for Australian small to medium businesses to access funding support.
RDA SYDNEY WELCOMES AUSTRALIA WIDE RDA SUPPORT FOR THE CHARTER FOR AVIATION SKILLS
28 October 2020
RDA Sydney is privileged to be able to share the opportunity to advance the Charter for Aviation Skills in Australia with its counterparts in the RDA network, industry and associations across the country. Inviting all RDAs to participate is a feature of RDA Hunter’s MOU with Pennant International Group’s Aviation Skills Foundation, which was signed in January this year.
RDAs in ACT, Goldfields Esperance (WA), Hunter, Illawarra, Murraylands Riverland (SA), Northern Rivers, Riverina, Sydney, Townsville NWQ, Wide Bay Burnett and WA’s Wheatbelt have joined together to recognition of the importance of aviation as an economic driver in our regions and signed on to support the Charter.
The Charter for Aviation Skills sets out a straightforward five-point plan to address the sector’s skills shortages by working collaboratively on activities to build skills pathways and careers in aviation.
The Morrison Government is launching a new era of Australian manufacturing, as part of our JobMaker Plan to rebuild the economy, create jobs and recover from the COVID-19 recession.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said around $1.5 billion in new funding will be invested over the next four years in the Modern Manufacturing Strategy to make Australian manufacturers more competitive, resilient and able to scale-up to take on the world.
The centrepiece of the Strategy is the $1.3 billion Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI), which will see the Government strategically invest in projects that help manufacturers to scale up and create jobs.
The MMI will support projects within six National Manufacturing Priorities which reflect Australia’s established competitive advantages or emerging areas of priority:
Resources technology and critical minerals processing
Food and beverage
Recycling and clean energy
Industry will be engaged to co-design tailored road maps for each of the priority sectors to set clear goals over the next two, five and 10 years, and identify the barriers and opportunities that will guide action and investment.
The Strategy will also address the competitiveness of individual manufacturers in our priority sectors, with a $52.8 million expansion of the Manufacturing Modernisation Fund.
A $107.2 million Supply Chain Resilience Initiative will support projects that address an identified supply chain vulnerability.
100,000 NEW APPRENTICESHIP POSITIONS TO LEAD TO COVID-19 ECONOMIC RECOVERY
05 October 2020
Yesterday, the Hon. Michaela Cash (Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business), announced that as part of the Morrison Government's COVID-19 economic recovery plan there would be an additional $1.2 billion to support Australian businesses to employ 100,000 new apprentices or trainees.
The subsidy will be available to employers of any size or industry, Australia-wide who engage an Australian apprentice or trainee from today, 5 October 2020 until the 100,000 cap is reached.
Under the new measure, employers will be eligible for 50 per cent of the wages for a new or recommencing apprentice or trainee for the period up to 30 September 2021, up to $7,000 per quarter.
Over 50 startups and a dynamic startup ecosystem were identified in North Sydney through a research project conducted by North Sydney Council and Regional Development Australia (RDA) Sydney.
Dr Robert Lang, Chair of RDA Sydney, stated that “Startups, and the ecosystem they are part of, have the potential to provide innovative solutions to market challenges, scale quickly and grow local jobs. As we adapt to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, startups will be more vital than ever.”
Recommended by this research project, is a joint Council and RDA Sydney roundtable discussion inviting relevant stakeholders and experts, which will be held on 24 September 2020.
RELEASE OF ISSUES PAPER ON EMERGING AVIATION TECHNOLOGIES
14 September 2020
To encourage the uptake of drones and electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicles, the Australian Government has released a National Aviation Policy Issues Paper on Emerging Aviation Technologies.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development the Hon Michael McCormack MP said the consultation process would help the Government implement a National Emerging Aviation Technologies Policy to support the development, jobs and growth of this emerging sector.
The Department welcomes submissions from RDA Committees and other regional stakeholders.
The Government has announced a $50 million injection to help restart Australia’s vital business events sector.
Businesses will be encouraged to attend events, trade shows and conferences within Australia through grants to help cover the costs associated with exhibiting such as the hire of exhibition spaces, the design and manufacture of displays, travel and accommodation.
Australian businesses exhibiting at an approved business meeting, convention, conference and incentives event in 2021 will be able to apply for upfront grants to cover up to 50 per cent of their costs ($10,000 - $250,000).
The program will be administered through the Australian Government’s Business Grants Hub, with guidelines developed in consultation with the government and industry stakeholders.
North Sydney Council engaged Regional Development Australia Sydney and a UTS student to undertake a research project to scope the North Sydney startup ecosystem.
The research findings identify that North Sydney has startups across a range of industries with a relative focus on finance, medtech, business services, health and well-being, and IT/software. Other key elements of the ecosystem include business support, networks, research, investors and funding.
More than 900,000 job seekers are set to benefit from local jobs taskforces with specialised expertise and knowledge to get more Australians back into work.
Recognising the importance of local knowledge, the Morrison Government is investing $62.8 million in a Local Jobs Program to support the nation’s recovery. As part of the program, 14 Employment Facilitators, in addition to the existing 11 facilitators, will be engaged and expanded to help connect job seekers to local employment opportunities.
Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, said tailoring solutions specific to each local area was vital to helping regions recover. “Small and family businesses rely on their local communities and we want to tap into their expertise and connections to get people working again” Minister Cash said.
The Australian Government will invest $2 billion to give hundreds of thousands of Australians access to new skills by retaining and upskilling them into sectors with job opportunities.
The package consist of:
The new $1 billion JobTrainer program to provide up to an additional 340,700 training places to help school leavers and job seekers access short and long courses to develop new skills. Courses will be free or low cost in areas of identified need, with the Australian Government providing $500 million with matched contributions from state and territory governments.
An additional $1.5 billion will expand the wage incentive program to help keep apprentices in work. This builds on the initial $1.3 billion package announced in March. In addition to small businesses already covered, the wage subsidy will now be available to medium businesses with less than 200 employees for apprentices employed as at 1 July 2020.
The Australian Government commends the outstanding work of RDA Sydney in supporting the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Led by Chair Dr Robert Lang, RDA Sydney’s engagement with their community, businesses and all levels of Government has been vital in identifying emerging issues throughout the crisis and opportunities for the recovery phase.
The package addresses urgent needs within the sector and complements existing whole-of-economy support and assistance measures already in place. It builds on $27 million provided through the Relief and Recovery Fund to support Indigenous visual arts, regional arts and live music and performance. In total, the Government has now provided $277 million of targeted specific assistance to the cultural and creative sector in 2020, on top of support through JobKeeper, JobSeeker and Cashflow Payments.
International startups go online to strengthen Sydney’s economy
24 April 2020
The #City of Sydney partnered with #Haymarket HQ to provide virtual support to #startups and #entrepreneurs by linking them to a #mentor expert in their area. Since the program started, 10 startups valued at $50 million have entered the #local #market!
City of Parramatta supports businesses with new interactive website
24 April 2020
The City of Parramatta recently launched the #COVID19 'Local Business Finder' - an interactive online map that helps people find businesses in the Parramatta CBD that are still trading, as well as nearby free and short-term parking spots.
Job ads collapse as one in five workers lose their income in a month
16 April 2020
The Australian jobs market is in free fall, with a collapse in the number of positions vacant across every industry and claims up to one in five people have already lost their income as the coronavirus pandemic shuts down the economy.
Ahead of Thursday's release of the March jobs report, which is expected to show one of the biggest monthly increases in unemployment on record, special analysis of job advertisements by online search company Indeed points to the trouble facing at-risk workers and those hoping for employment.
The $50 million Manufacturing Modernisation Fund supports manufacturers to modernise, adopt new technologies, become more productive and create more jobs by co-funding capital investments and associated re-skilling. Modernisation can include technology upgrades, efficiency upgrades, such as energy or process optimisation, or more transformative changes to your business, which will allow you to produce new products or diversify into new markets.
The 2019 Australian Infrastructure Audit has been released and covers transport, energy, water, telecommunications and – for the first time – social infrastructure, and looks at the major challenges and opportunities facing Australia’s infrastructure over the next 15 years and beyond.
Household, Income & Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey
16 July 2019
The 14th annual statistical HILDA report has been released. Produced by The Melbourne Institute, the latest findings from this longitudinal survey show Australians how different aspects of their lives have changed over time.
Star Wars comes to Sydney as ILM commits to studio
16 July 2019
More than 500 local jobs will be created when Disney-owned visual effects company Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) sets up a new studio in Sydney, establishing NSW as a global destination for post, digital and visual effects (PDV).
This report illustrates the range and distribution of employing businesses in NSW and the Australian economy, from micro to large size categories. It explores each size category’s economic contribution, dominant industries and innovation and productivity characteristics.
Did you know that Liverpool (postcode 2170) is the 4th leading online buying location by volume in Australia? Some interesting facts and amazing trends in online shopping can be found in this recently released report by Australia Post.
Defence Industry minister Melissa Price has recommitted government to maximising opportunities for local SME’s in Defence procurement, and to focus on harnessing the innovation potential of the Australian defence sector.
NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro has announced the state has successfully locked-in Sydney as the home of one of the world’s largest biannual defence and maritime industry events, the PACIFIC International Maritime Expo, for 2019 and 2021.
The New South Wales Government (NSW) is set to invest more than $12.5 million into the Australia Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation’s (ANSTO) Innovation Precinct at the Lucas Heights campus in Sydney.
NSW Department of Planning and Environment Executive Director, Justin Douglas, said the new forecast shows almost 192,000 new dwellings will be built across the city during 2018/19-2022/23. “Sydney needs to build 725,000 new homes in the next 20 years, or around 36,000 per annum, to accommodate a growing population,” Mr Douglas said.
USyd a key player in CRC for Smart Satellite Technologies
16 May 2019
The University of Sydney will be a key player in one of the most significant space industry research concentrations in Australia as part of a new Cooperative Research Centre for Smart Satellite Technologies and Analytics.
In addition to its location along Sydney’s major North South transport route and designation as a Growth Centre, Campbelltown’s strengths include being a source of jobs, a relatively young population, affordable housing and commitment to urban planning.
The City of Sydney is calling for ideas to boost the diversity of housing across the city and wider community, with a focus on identifying and developing new models to increase affordable alternative housing supply.
H.I.Fraser Awarded Key Role in Submarine Rescue Service
7 March 2019
The Department of Defence has awarded Phoenix International Australia the Submarine Rescue Service (SRS) contract valued in excess of $255M and H.I.Fraser’s wholly owned subsidiary, H.I.Fraser Hyperbaric Solutions (HIFHS) is proud to be a key subcontractor during the acquisition phase of this venture.
Digital Western Sydney Parkland - call for prospectus
1 March 2019
The NSW Government, with the Australian Government and the eight Local Government partners are putting a call to industry to assist in the development of the Digital Western Parkland City.This Call for Prospectus is the first step in helping Government assess the level of industry interest in being involved in the Digital Western Parkland City Program.
New data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows NSW is leading the country in small business creation with net growth of close to 30,000 actively trading NSW small businesses in the 2017-18 financial year.
The Internet Vacancy Index (IVI) increased by 1.3% in January 2019, reaching its highest level since March 2012. The IVI stands 3.3% above the level recorded a year ago and 30.7% (or 44,300 advertisements) higher than the level recoded five years ago.
NSW advanced manufacturers are invited to register to participate in the Advanced Manufacturing Connect program. The Connect program aims to strengthen engagement and collaboration across the industry.
Economic Development Growth and the Craft Beer Industry
12 November 2018
Regional Development Australia Sydney, Economic Development Australia and Inner West Brewery Association invite you to a forum to explore the growth of the craft beer industry and local economic impact.
The economic significance of industrial and urban services lands in Greater Sydney is the focus of the first in a series of new thought leadership papers by the Greater Sydney Commission. A Metropolis that Works, raises awareness of the challenges Greater Sydney faces in best managing its industrial and urban services lands.
The Western Sydney Investment Attraction Fund is a $5 million investment by the NSW Government that will supercharge fast-growing small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Western Sydney and attract new high-value knowledge-based jobs and investment to the region.
The $641.6 million Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) supports the Australian Government’s commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future. For Round 3, $200 million is available, with up to $45 million of this funding earmarked to support tourism related infrastructure projects.
Nokia and University of Technology Sydney launch 5G skills accelerator
8 October 2018
Nokia has partnered with the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) to launch a new training facility - the Nokia 5G Skills Accelerator - that will increase Australian industry knowledge and skills in next-generation telecommunications technologies such as 5G and foster their integration into Australian academic programs.
2019 Science and Innovation Awards for young people in agriculture, fisheries and forestry
21 September 2018
Applications are now open for the 2019 Science and Innovation Awards. If you’re 18-35, this is your chance to apply for a grant of up to $22,000 (inc GST) to fund your project on an innovative or emerging scientific issue that will benefit Australia’s primary industries. Be part of making a difference in agriculture.
Provides grants from $150,000 to $1.5 million to help establish and/or operate Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) export hubs in the six Growth Centre sectors. The export hubs will work with Growth Centres to facilitate SME export opportunities. Deadline for applications is 15th October 2018.
Seeking Applications for Project Officer Economic Development - NOW CLOSED
10th July 2018
The Project Officer Economic Development will provide support to the Executive Officer and Snr Project Manager to develop new project opportunities, deliver SME workshops currently contracted, conduct desk research as required, reach out to current and potential partners to scope needs and challenges, provide secretariat support to sector networks when required.
The NSW Government will establish a new world-class health, research and education precinct in Liverpool
26th June 2018
The precinct, to be located at Liverpool Hospital, will showcase Liverpool as a hub for innovation and emerging technologies, boost the economy and double the number of jobs in the health and education sectors to about 30,000 by 2036.
City of Sydney night-time diversification grants support new events and activities to help businesses attract customers in the evenings.
Businesses can apply for up to $30,000 matched cash funding for projects. This means if the project application is successful City of Sydney will match what is spent over the course of the project dollar-for-dollar up to $30,000.
EOI: The Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition (AUSA) is the largest land warfare exposition in North America. Each year it attracts approximately 30,000 attendees from the world-wide defence community, including senior Army leaders, key military decision makers, the United States defence industrial base and international delegations. AUSA provides a valuable opportunity for the Australian defence industry to showcase its cutting edge capabilities.