Smart Farms Small Grants open for big impact

Smart Farms Small Grants fund short-term projects that build the capacity of farmers, fishers and foresters to adopt best practice natural resource management. Up to $6.5 million is available for Round 4, with funding of between $5,000 and $100,000 (GST exclusive) for each grant. Applications open 21 August 2020 and close 11pm AEDT on 9 October 2020. Farmers, fishers and foresters can now apply for Australian Government funding of up to $100,000 to support their natural resource management efforts. Senator Read more…

24 August 2020

National skills week highlights critical role vocational education and training has in the national recovery

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH MINISTERS CASH AND IRONS National Skills Week 2020 will focus on the critical role the vocational education and training (VET) sector has in the nation’s economic recovery from COVID-19. As a part of the Morrison Government’s economic response to COVID-19, we have committed a further $3.3 billion to skills, including funding the creation of an additional 340,700 VET training places in areas of demand. The Government’s reforms and investments in the VET sector will strongly assist Read more…

24 August 2020

New mental health clinics to support Victorians during the COVID-19 pandemic

JMR WITH HEALTH MINISTER GREG HUNT The Australian Government will provide an additional $31.9 million to create 15 mental health clinics across Victoria and further enhance essential support during the COVID-19 pandemic. $26.9 million of the new funding will establish 15 dedicated mental health clinics across Victoria, with nine clinics in Greater Melbourne and six in regional Victoria. Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson said the clinics will be located at existing GP clinics, headspace centres or other community sites where Read more…

17 August 2020

A big future for Geelong’s ATO office

I am absolutely delighted that the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has decided to maintain its presence in Geelong. The ATO’s commitment to a vibrant and viable future in Geelong is wonderful news.  This is a big win not just for the ATO’s local workforce but for the entire Geelong community. I am very pleased to have helped lead the community fight against the closure of the Geelong ATO office. Following an internal review, I thank the Commissioner of Taxation for Read more…

17 August 2020