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Businesses which provide jobs to older Australians are now eligible to receive up to $10,000 (GST inclusive) in assistance from the Australian Government.

Monday, 20 October 2014 00:00

Science to Boost Competitiveness in Bradfield

Schools in Bradfield will benefit from a significant Australian Government investment to improve the focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

Paul Fletcher is encouraging eligible students in Bradfield to nominate for the nation’s top prize for Year 12 students undertaking vocational education and training in school.

Residents across the Colac Otway region are a step closer to entering the superfast broadband era, with community consultation now underway for the construction of 11 new fixed wireless facilities.

Sarah Henderson, Federal Member for Corangamite, and Paul Fletcher MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications, visited Cororooke today to make the announcement.

Australian Financial Review, Chanticleer by Tony Boyd, 20/10/2014

Google's eye on garages

When Google's top engineer in Australia, Alan Noble, was this week asked what was the biggest threat to Google, his rapid-fire answer was: 'Two people in a garage." 

From Startup Smart, 15/10/14 by Kye White http://www.startupsmart.com.au/leadership/atlassians-scott-farquhar-warns-youre-either-becoming-a-software-company-or-being-disrupted-by-one/2014101413415.html?utm_source=StartupSmart&utm_campaign=5c865e2505-SuS_Daily_15_10_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_354a773c4a-5c865e2505-153499097

Every company is a software company, or is becoming one, according to Atlassian co-founder Scott Farquhar.

Giving the 2014 JJC Bradfield Lecture in Sydney on Monday night, Farquhar compared software to the invention of electricity in terms of the impact it is having on society.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 00:00

In the Media: Start-ups win on share options

From Technology Spectator, 15/10/14 by Supratim Adhikari http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2014/10/15/technology/start-ups-win-share-options

Australia’s start-up scene has just received a welcome dose of wish-fulfilment and after labouring long and hard to get changes made to the tax treatment of employee share options, the Coalition government has finally delivered the goods for tech-focused entrepreneurs.

It's no magic bullet, but it's a healthy step in the right direction, and, at the very least, expunges some of the deterrents set in place by the previous Labor government.

From Business Insider, 15/10/14 by Alex Heber http://www.businessinsider.com.au/the-tech-sector-could-get-a-boost-today-from-the-federal-governments-new-industry-investment-and-competitiveness-agenda-2014-10

The Federal Government will release its National Industry Investment and Competitiveness Agenda today and it’s expected to include changes to employee share schemes, something Australia’s tech sector has been calling for since the Labor government killed off the program in 2009.

From Computerworld, 15/10/14 by Adam Bender http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/557298/australian-startups-win-reform-abbott-competitiveness-agenda/

The Australian government will reform how employee share options are taxed to make it easier for startups to attract and retain talent, as part of a $400 million Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda unveiled today by Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

The legislation will come into effect 1 July 2015, following consultations between the Treasurer and industry.

From Communicatiions Day, 15/10/14 by Richard van der Draay

Atlassian co-founder and CEO Scott Farquhar has called for Sydney to be turned into a tech startup hub, as well as for a greater general government focus on technological skills, particularly software, in the classroom. Parliamentary secretary to the Communications minister Paul Fletcher, hosting Farquhar’s JJC Bradfield Institute lecture in Sydney, expanded on the Commonwealth’s current direction in the startup space – and shortly afterwards, the government also announced the launch of a new innovation strategy.

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