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Here’s what business needs to know about the government’s coronavirus stimulus package

- March 12, 2020 2 MIN READ

It’s the news small business owners have been waiting for. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has finally announced a $17.6 billion stimulus package in response to the economic uncertainty around the coronavirus. Businesses will be eligible for up to $25,000 and instant tax relief while members of the community on Centrelink benefits will get one-off cash payments.… Read more »

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FinTech Australia says government should invest directly in the sector to create a startup boom

- March 5, 2020 4 MIN READ

FinTech Australia managing director Rebecca Schot-Guppy appeared before the Senate Select Committee on Financial Technology and Regulatory Technology last week. The committee is investigating the potential and opportunities in FinTech and RegTech for Australian business and consumers and initiatives to promote startups in the sectors. The committee is due to hand down its final report in… Read more »

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The Coalition government’s signature NBN strategy is causing the biggest problems for users, the ACCC finds

- February 12, 2020 2 MIN READ

Fibre-to-the-node (FTTN), the key broadband delivery method instigated by former communications minister Malcolm Turnbull in the Coalition government’s NBN policy, is failing to deliver for around a quarter of users, the latest review of broadband speeds by consumer watchdog the ACCC has found. The latest Measuring Broadband Australia report – the eight by the Australian… Read more »

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The Australian government is cracking down on Facebook and Google

- December 12, 2019 4 MIN READ

Image: Jurassic World, Universal Pictures/Amblin Entertainment The Morrison government’s response to the ACCC’s concerns about the market power of Google and Facebook include $27m to the competition watchdog to boost monitoring and enforcement against the tech giants A voluntary code of practice, overseen by the ACCC, to address bargaining power imbalances between the tech companies… Read more »

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An $18 million government program backing female founders is seeking feedback

- August 26, 2019 < 1 MIN READ

The Australian Government is currently seeking feedback on its $18 million Female Founders Initiative, due to roll out in 2020. Industry, Science and Technology Minister Karen Andrews said the program is designed to support female business founders and consultation on it is underway until September 30. “We want to give businesses led by women the best… Read more »

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The federal government is offering $50,000 grants so you can take your idea global

- June 3, 2019 < 1 MIN READ

The Australian government is offering researchers and businesses up to take their products global under round four of its Global Connections Fund (GCF) Bridging Grants. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the grants are designed to strengthen international partnerships between small businesses and researchers. “Connecting small and medium enterprises with the research… Read more »

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KAREN ANDREWS: Here’s why 95 CRC projects funded by the Australian government are the future of industry and innovation

- May 30, 2019 4 MIN READ

Nearly three decades after its establishment, the CRC Program continues to go from strength to strength. It is a testament to the power of collaboration … of bringing industry and research together to achieve a common goal. I’m proud of the excellent track record of our CRCs in delivering tangible outcomes and developing commercial solutions… Read more »

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Fintech is now a ministerial responsibility as startup sector rejoices in keeping its minister

- May 27, 2019 2 MIN READ

The reappointment of Queensland MP Karen Andrews as Minister for Industry, Science and Technology has been welcomed by a startup community relieved that they don’t have to start from scratch with a new minister once again. While most attention focused on the prime ministerial revolving door, the industry and innovation portfolios were led by eight… Read more »

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Thank you, Alan Joyce

- May 11, 2017 3 MIN READ

Being a business leader and an activist takes a huge amount of courage. Young gay men need more strong role models like Alan Joyce in corporate Australia.