China FTA signing brings expanded agricultural trade a step closer

The opportunities created by the historic China–Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) took another step towards reality today following the official signing of the agreement by trade ministers from both countries. Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said the agreement would deliver significant benefits to Australian farmers upon entry into force later this year. “The China–Australia FTA…

Local Government gets 2015-16 funding boost

LOCAL councils will remain a focus of the Australian Government with extended funding set to be available in 2015–16 through the Bridges Renewal, National Stronger Regions and Roads to Recovery programmes. Speaking at the opening of the annual Australian Local Government Association conference in Canberra, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development…

Australian Government responds to FIFO report

TODAY the Australian Government released its response to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Regional Australia report Cancer of the bush or salvation for our cities? Fly-in, fly-out and drive-in, drive-out workforce practices in Regional Australia. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said that the Government recognises that…

Depreciation for farmers brought forward

Australian farmers can now claim a tax deduction on all capital expenditure on water facilities, fodder storage assets and fencing incurred since the 2015 Budget was handed down at 7:30pm on 12 May. Farmers can fully deduct the cost of water facilities and fencing in the year they are purchased and deduct the cost of fodder…

SOME 450 RURAL AND REGIONAL TOWNS RECEIVE BOOST

Some 450 rural and regional towns will receive greater incentives to attract GPs from July 1, under changes announced by Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash today. Speaking at the National Rural Health conference in Darwin, Minister Nash announced an overhauled and much fairer GP Rural Incentives Program (GPRIP) which means smaller rural communities would…

Roads to Recovery: Local governments get another $135 million today

THE final 2014-15 quarterly instalment of the Australian Government’s $2.1 billion Road to Recovery programme is being paid to 354 local governments across Australia today. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said payments totalling more than $135 million under Roads to Recovery will deliver much-needed local road construction and…

National Stronger Regions Fund: Round Two now open

LOCAL councils and incorporated not-for-profit organisations can now apply for funding of between $20,000 and $10 million for capital infrastructure projects under Round Two of the $1 billion National Stronger Regions Fund. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss, at Ronald McDonald House in Brisbane today for the announcement, said…

Partnership for Regional Growth

THE 2015-16 Budget is part of the Commonwealth Government’s plan to build a strong, safe and prosperous future for all Australians. The Government is committed to improving vital infrastructure and services in communities across regional Australia. Funding will continue to be targeted towards projects with a long term positive impact on the social and economic…

BUDGET 2015

Joe Hockey will deliver the 2015-16 Budget in Parliament tonight at 7:30pm AEST. The Budget is the next step in our responsible, long-term plan to build a strong, safe and prosperous future for all Australians. The Treasurer’s speech will be broadcast live on ABC1, ABC24 and Sky News. Budget information will be available tonight on budget.nationals.org.au

Jobs for Families child care package delivers choice for families

The Government’s $3.5 billion Jobs for Families child care package will provide greater choice for more than 1.2 million families by delivering a simpler, more affordable, more flexible, and more accessible child care system. The Government will establish a new and simpler Child Care Subsidy from 1 July 2017. Families using child care in 2017,…