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15,000 Expected to Attend the 16th CeBIT Technology Forum

May 16th, 2017

CeBIT is Australia’s premier business technology event, connecting technology professionals from established industry leaders and start-ups from around the Asia Pacific region. This year, CeBIT is expecting around 15,000 attendees including 350 exhibitors from 34 countries. Over 50 presentations ranging from digital marketing, user experience, cybersecurity and future workforce planning are scheduled. Eight keynote speakers will present, including NASA’s Dennis Andrucyk, who will discuss how to make use of data collected from space. Another topic of discussion will be the […]

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2017 Federal Budget for Small Business

May 12th, 2017

Small business has done well in this year’s federal budget. To encourage faster growth, an extension of the $20,000 instant asset tax write-off has been granted and a further $300 million will be provided to State Governments to reduce small business compliance costs. Companies will benefit from a $100 million advanced manufacturing fund to drive business growth to compete internationally. About half of this funding will be set aside for an Advanced Manufacturing Growth Fund to help the industry adjust […]

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The R&D Tax Incentive Makes It Through Federal Budget Cuts Unharmed

May 10th, 2017

As a relief to many, no adverse changes were proposed to the R&D Tax Incentive within the Federal Budget delivered by the government on May 9. The R&D Tax Incentive has played an important role in attracting investment to Australia, particularly in knowledge intensive industries. It has also provided small business valuable working capital in the early stages of their life cycle. The government is still yet to respond to the Ferris, Finkel & Fraser review which recommended potential adverse […]

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Australia’s First Indigenous Innovation Hub Opens in Cairns

May 9th, 2017

Founded by Indigenous entrepreneurs Leigh Harris and Julie-Ann Lambourne, Digital Hive (DHIVE) aims to achieve social equality in the digital age. The innovation hub opened on May 3 and will enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, refugees, recent migrants, people with disabilities or anyone with a social and digital disadvantage to participate in and contribute to the growth of the digital economy. “We must be more innovative in the way we ensure that the benefits of the new digital economy […]

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