Search and rescue training exercises to test skills and interoperability

Source: Tasmania Police

Search and rescue training exercises to test skills and interoperability – Tasmania Police

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Search and rescue training exercises to test skills and interoperability

Friday, 17 September 2021 – 10:17 am.

Search and Rescue personnel will practice skills and interoperability this week with two planned training exercises.
“This weekend, Tasmania Police Search and Rescue squads will be joined by participants from Ambulance Tasmania and several rescue and volunteer groups including the State Emergency Service (SES), Surf Life Saving Tasmania (SLST), Southern Tasmanian Caverneers, Northern Caverneers and the Mole Creek Caving Club undertaking scenario-based training exercises, practicing skills and testing interoperability,” said Sergeant Bernard Peters.
“Regular scenario-based training exercises are invaluable as they provide an excellent opportunity for groups to come together to effectively prepare for real life events.”
Exercises will train members in:
a two-day simulated caving incident in the Mole Creek area, involving around 60 members, including specialist caving volunteers.
a separate marine incident Saturday afternoon-evening in the Frederick Henry Bay and Norfolk Bay areas, involving several police and SLST vessels.
“Members of the public may see an increased police presence in the areas we will be exercising this weekend, but I assure the community it is planned training, which is essential to providing emergency services,” said Sergeant Peters.

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Source: Australian Department of Health

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Drugs which have been taken by only a limited number of pregnant women and women of childbearing age, without an increase in the frequency of malformation or other direct or indirect harmful effects on the human fetus having been observed.

Studies in animals have shown evidence of an increased occurrence of fetal damage, the significance of which is considered uncertain in humans.

The use of any medicine during pregnancy requires careful consideration of both risks and benefits by the treating health professional. This must not be used as the sole basis of decision making in the use of medicines during pregnancy. The TGA does not provide advice on the use of medicines in pregnancy for specific cases. More information is available from obstetric drug information services in your State or Territory.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS UNDERFUNDED AND TEACHERS UNDERPAID, OECD DATA SHOWS

Source: Australian Education Union

Findings in the OECD’s Education at a Glance 2021 released today show Australia continues to fall behind its OECD peers when it comes to investment into public education. The findings highlight the critical need to invest in public schools, address escalating workloads and increase teacher salaries by a substantial margin, the Australian Education Union says.

“We have a responsibility to ensure every Australian child has the opportunity to thrive and achieve to their full potential. This data shows we are lagging on fulfilling that responsibility in comparison with other OECD nations,” AEU Federal President Correna Haythorpe said.

“There is a vast gap in public expenditure on education between Australia and comparable nations and economies, which must be urgently addressed with increased Federal Government funding for public schools.

“The report has also intensified our concerns about low teacher salaries and excessive workloads. It shows that Australian teachers are working harder without the appropriate salary remuneration and recognition of their work.”

The OECD has found that:

  • Australia spends 10.5 per cent of total direct public spending on school and preschool education, less than 12 other nations.
  • Australia’s expenditure on upper secondary education at 1.6 per cent of total public expenditure is 30 per cent below the OECD average (2.3 per cent) and fourth lowest among OECD nations and economies.

Australia compares unfavourably to 18 countries regarding teacher salaries and has a flatter scale for salary progression, leaving senior teachers without appropriate recognition of their skills and experience.

  • Australia has a very flat salary scale with teachers at the top of the scale earning only 1.46 times the graduate salary, well below the OECD average ratio of 1.85 between graduate salaries and the top of the salary scale.
  • To achieve the same level, Australian teachers require a salary increase of more than 25 per cent at the top of the scale.

Despite that, Australian teachers have excessive workloads and spend more time in the classroom than the OECD average.

  • Primary teachers spend 878 hours per year in the classroom, 11 per cent more than the OECD average of 791 hours per year.
  • Lower secondary teachers at 828 hours per year in the classroom, 14.5 per cent more than the OECD average of 723 hours per year.
  • Upper secondary teachers at 821 hours in the classroom per year, 19.9 per cent more than the OECD average of 685 hours per year.

“The OECD report underlines the need for better resources, more teachers and education support staff, and better pay and conditions for all,” Ms. Haythorpe said.

“The Federal Government must acknowledge the need for more investment in public education and urgently provide additional funding. That is how we lift Australia’s performance and how we best ensure every school has what they need to ensure every child has the opportunities they deserve.”

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The OECD’s Education at a Glance 2021 report is available here.

Correna Haythorpe is available for interviews.

Media contact: Alys Gagnon, 0438 379 977, [email protected]

Invitation to comment – Proposed changes to conservation planning decisions

Source: Australian Department of the Environment and Energy

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

Public comment invited

Proposed changes to conservation planning decisions

In accordance with the provisions of Section 269AA of the Act, the Minister for the Environment may change from a decision to have a recovery plan for a listed threatened species or ecological community to a decision not to have a recovery plan.

The public is invited to provide comment to the Minister on the Minister’s proposed subsequent decision (to not have a recovery plan) for 28 ecological communities and 157 species (comprising 104 plant, 14 mammal, 19 bird, 3 fish, 3 frog, 6 invertebrate, and 8 reptile species), details of which are available on the Have Your Say website.

If the Minister decides that a recovery plan is not required for a listed species or ecological community, the reasons for the Minister’s decision will become available on the Species Profile and Threats Database, and a conservation advice will be put in place for that entity. Conservation advices provide information about what could appropriately be done to stop the decline of, or support the recovery of the species or ecological community.

Comments to the Minister can be made electronically or in writing and must be received by Tuesday 2 November 2021. Comments should be provided through any of the following:

Online survey: Have Your Say Website

Email: conservationplanning@environment.gov.au

Postal address:
Protected Species and Communities Branch
Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
(Attention: conservationplanning@environment.gov.au)
GPO Box 858
CANBERRA  ACT  2601

Recipients of new First Nations Creator Program announced by Screen Australia and Instagram

Source: Screen Australia

17 09 2021 – Media release
Design by Jessica Johnson, Nungala Creative
Fifteen of the top First Nations social media stars have been selected by Screen Australia and Instagram today, with the announcement of the 2021 recipients of a new training and funding program.
Launched earlier this year, the First Nations Creator Program is a partnership between Screen Australia’s First Nations department and Instagram Australia for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social media creators, aimed at accelerating up-and-coming local talent and amplifying diverse voices across the social media landscape.
The 15 selected recipients of the inaugural First Nations Creator Program are:
The Program will include training sessions and workshops commencing from 23 September, covering product, creativity, safety and well-being, along with mentored guidance on digital production and social media strategy. Creators will also receive production funding of $7,600 each, to help them create Reels or IGTV content for their Instagram account. 
During the Program, the selected creators will also be connected to key industry contacts including Instagram and Screen Australia representatives, management teams, leading First Nations creatives, and other established social media creators. Upon completion of the program, participants will each be assigned an Instagram partner manager to continue their journey on the platform. 
Graeme Mason, Screen Australia’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We were incredibly impressed with the high level of applications we received from creators across the country and we are excited to announce our successful recipients today. We are constantly looking for new ways to support content creators on the platforms they are connecting with audiences on and the accessibility of social media allows us to, through this Program with Instagram Australia, nurture new voices and champion extraordinary First Nations creators. We look forward to this year’s cohort creating new content and reaching new audiences on Instagram.”
Zaac d’Almeida, Strategic Partnership Manager at Instagram Australia, said: “It’s been thrilling to witness the creativity of the many First Nations creators who applied for this inaugural program. The fifteen recipients for this year’s program represent the diversity of emerging Indigenous creators who are using Instagram to amplify their voices and share their stories. We’re proud to partner with Screen Australia and we look forward to seeing this new generation of creators develop their incredible perspectives in the months ahead.”
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Interview with Jane Marwick, 6PR

Source: Prime Minister of Australia

Jane Marwick: Scott Morrison, good afternoon and welcome, PM Good afternoon. 

Prime Minister: Good afternoon. It’s great to be with you. G’day Western Australia. 

Marwick: Prime Minister, this big announcement from you today, Australia will acquire at least eight nuclear powered submarines in a once in a generation decision that will deliver the nation unprecedented strike capability and a significant boost to defence spending. Now, there has been criticism from our Premier Mark McGowan. I’ll play you a bit of that in a moment. But these new nuclear subs will be delivered under this historic defence technology partnership between Australia, the US and the United Kingdom called AUKUS, to meet rising Chinese strategic threats. Now, I know that you did pick up the phone today to Premier McGowan. Let’s have a listen to what the Premier said in parliament. 

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Marwick: Prime Minister, have you let the great state of Western Australia down? 

Prime Minister: No, of course not. I mean, that can’t be sustained. The facts just don’t bear it up. Let me run through what we’re building in Western Australia. The Arafura class offshore patrol vessels, that’s worth $3.9 billion. The Guardian class patrol boats that’s, $510 million. The Evolved Cape class boats, they’re $343 million. There’s the ANZAC Class sustainment. That’s $338 million per annum. There’s the undersea surveillance support ships. That’s between $6-9 billion. There’s the future mine warfare and hydrographic vessels. That’s between $4.3-6.4 billion. There’s the joint support ships, it’s a long list, I’m sorry, you’ll have to be patient as I run through it. That’s $5.1-7.7 billion. There’s the replacement LHD landing craft. That’s $400-600 million. There’s the Ocean Protector replacement. That’s $400-650 million. There’s a Future Army water and landing craft, there’s $1.9-2.8 billion and the forward support vessel between $500-750 million. 

Now, on top of that, there’s the Collins class intermediate mid cycle docking arrangement. That’s 500 jobs and that goes through until the mid-2040s. And very importantly, a project which the Premier knows full well that we’re very supportive of working together with him on. And that is the large vessel dry berth infrastructure, which means that Henderson becomes such an important part of our naval shipbuilding capability. Now, look, this isn’t something that we should be playing politics with. Anthony Albanese can make his own points in Western Australia. He doesn’t need the Premier to help him do that. I just want to work with the Premier to do good things for Western Australia. We’ve done that on many occasions. The Premier and I have worked on many great projects for Western Australia and we’ll continue to do that. And I look forward to doing that. I rang him this morning out of sheer courtesy because he and I had been discussing the full cycle docking issue for some period of time. I told him on my last visit to WA, that that decision couldn’t be made until a higher level strategic decision had been made. We’ve obviously made that now in relation to the nuclear powered submarines, and that led to us now making the decision on full cycle docking. But of the many other projects that we’re going, Western Australia is a massive part of our naval shipbuilding programme. And the Premier knows that. 

Marwick: Prime Minister, are you disappointed that he said that the Liberals and Nationals have turned their backs on Western Australians? 

Prime Minister: Well, it’s just politics, that’s all it is. There’s an election coming up next year. You’ll probably hear a lot more of that. But I think what Western Australians want us both to do is just get on with projects that are important for Western Australia. And that’s exactly what I’ve always sought to do. And on so many occasions, I believe the Premier has also. We’ve done a lot of important work together. And at the end of the day, it was the federal government, my government that delivered the GST deal for Western Australia and has guaranteed that deal. And that’s something that the Western Australian Premier would know very well because it’s a massive part of his surplus this year. 

Marwick: Prime Minister, this is clearly a lot to do with China. This is clearly very, very strategic. At what point in government did you realise how present and real the threat from China is? 

Prime Minister: Well, that’s not what I’ve said today, and that’s certainly not how I’ve couched the announcements today. And nor has President Biden or Prime Minister Johnson. What we’ve done is announced a partnership between the three of us to ensure that we can contribute to peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific. And Western Australians understand that, probably even more so than right around the country. You’re on the Indian Ocean. The Indo-Pacific is very real in Western Australia and particularly our friends and partners up through the ASEAN countries and South East Asia and Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia. These are places that Western Australians know very, very well and have a deep affinity for. And so what we’re doing together is providing stability and stability brings the peace, which enables the whole region to just get on with what we all want to achieve. And that is what is the best for our people. 

Marwick: What do we know about these nuclear subs that we’re going to order? 

Prime Minister: Well, it’s be using technology which is drawn from both the United Kingdom and the United States, and that will be worked up over the next 18 months. What I think is really important about this, is the United States has only ever once enabled access to the technology for nuclear powered submarines, and that was to the United Kingdom in 1958. Plenty have sought this support in the past and the answer has always been no. And indeed, Australia has been keen on having this capability for some time. This is the first time ever that we’ve been afforded the opportunity to access this technology, and that is a significant leap forward for Australia. 

It is enormously significant for our future defence capabilities, but it’s not just about the nuclear powered submarines. I should stress they’re nuclear powered, they’re conventional weapons that would be on board the nuclear powered submarines. It does not require us to have a civil nuclear capability here in Australia. That is another key game changing issue that has occurred since 2016, when we previously made the decision about the conventional submarines, the Attack Class from the French based Naval Group. So a lot has changed over that period of the last five years. And so this technology that we’ll be able to access will be worked up as to the best pathway forward of the available technologies and designs that are available from the United States and the United Kingdom. 

Marwick: Earlier this week, Anthony Albanese said that he would make climate change a hallmark of the US-Australia alliance if he wins the next election. Does an announcement, an announcement like this blow that out of the water? 

Prime Minister: Well, look, of course, climate change is important. I believe climate change is important, my government does. It’s important that we transform our energy economy as the world transforms its energy economy over the next 30 years. We understand that. The Americans understand that, too, and are taking a strong position, as are the United Kingdom. But when it comes to the alliance relationship we have with the United States, it is grounded in one thing first and foremost, and that is our national security. And that has always driven that partnership from when Robert Menzies first secured the ANZUS Agreement 70 years ago, and indeed before that time, when it was Prime Minister Curtin from Western Australia, who really was the first to engage in that pivot towards the United States. So I think I’m in good company with Curtin and Menzies and in so many fine prime ministers since, in particular John Howard. 

Marwick: Well, speaking of fine prime ministers of the past, this French sub deal that we’ve now just put on the scrap heap under Prime Minister Turnbull and ably assisted by Christopher Pyne has cost us, what, $2.4 billion and many years, how much has that cost us? 

Prime Minister: $2.4 billion. That’s why we said today, that was an important investment that has enabled us to be where we are today. And that investment has been building up our people, their skills, their abilities, and much has been gained from that. And we wouldn’t be able to be where we are today had we not done so. 

Marwick: So that money was well spent, the $2.4 billion?

Prime Minister: In 2016, the option of having a nuclear powered submarine was not available. It wasn’t on the table. We couldn’t access that technology. We had to go forward with the best possible conventional submarine that was available to Australia, and that was the Attack Class submarine from France. And a lot has changed since 2016. And I’m sure you would agree, I’m sure your listeners would agree that if we have the opportunity now, you have gates in contracts for a reason and we were approaching a very important, effectively final gate on that contract, from which there was no point of return. And to have that opportunity to go down the nuclear submarine pathway, it was incredibly important. And the decision had to be made to ensure that we did that and to do that then obviously, we couldn’t proceed with the Attack Class submarine programme.

Marwick: Prime Minister, we’re out of time. Thank you for joining us this afternoon on 882 6PR. Let’s hope, let’s hope that you and the Premier can be friends again. 

Prime Minister: Oh, we already are friends, we’re always good friends and we get on just fine. And politics will go round and round and round. But the Premier and I will keep getting things done for Western Australia. 

Marwick: All right. Good to talk to you. Thank you. There he is, the Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Expressions of interest open for Heritage Advisory Committee

Source: State of Victoria Local Government

The City of Greater Bendigo is calling for expressions of interest from community members to join the Heritage Advisory Committee.

The Heritage Advisory Committee provides strategic guidance and advice to Council on built, Aboriginal and natural cultural heritage issues to ensure that precious heritage assets continue to contribute to the City’s liveability and economic prosperity.

The Committee meets six times a year to:

  • Provide advice to Council’s strategic planning processes
  • Provide advice to Council on the conservation, restoration and promotion of places of heritage significance
  • Promote community participation in heritage issues
  • Provide advice to Council on current and emerging issues and opportunities in heritage
  • Assist in the development of partnerships and communication networks

City of Greater Bendigo Mayor Cr Dr Jennifer Alden said heritage was very important to the City’s liveability, identity and economy, and the committee played an important role.

“The Heritage Advisory Committee provides valuable support to Council by providing advice on the challenges and opportunities for heritage protection, management and promotion in our city,” Cr Alden said.

“Recent agenda items for the Heritage Advisory Committee have included the Victorian Miners’ Housing Study, future of Golden Dragon Museum, City heritage collections plan and the Bendigo Creek Project.

“A key future project for the new committee will be to have input into the Council’s Heritage Strategy.

“We are looking for people who are passionate about heritage or who work with heritage that can contribute great ideas and review Council’s strategic documents to ensure heritage issues are considered.”

Expressions of interest are sought from individuals with a background, interest or involvement in heritage and conservation issues across Greater Bendigo.

The City encourages applications from people with diverse cultural backgrounds, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and people of all abilities.

Applications close on Friday October 15, 2021. A copy of the Heritage Advisory Committee’s Terms of Reference and an online expression of interest form can be found on the City’s website at https://bendigo.vic.gov.au/heritagecommittee

Please email [email protected] if you have any enquiries about the committee role.

35 year old male charged with escape from Risdon Prison

Source: Tasmania Police

35 year old male charged with escape from Risdon Prison – Tasmania Police

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35 year old male charged with escape from Risdon Prison

Friday, 17 September 2021 – 8:51 am.

At approximately 9.05am on 16 September 2021 a 35 year old male from the Ron Barwick section of the prison escaped.
The male stole a vehicle from a nearby residence in Risdon Vale and drove toward the Bridgewater area.  A  vehicle immobilising device was successfully used to disable the vehicle.  There were a number of civilian and police vehicles damaged by the driving behaviour.  The male was apprehended shortly after in the Bridgewater area after crashing the vehicle into a tree.
Two police officers received minor injuries as a result of the evading vehicle. There were no injuries to any members of the public.
The male was later interviewed and charged with numerous offences including evade police (aggravated circumstances), escape and motor vehicle stealing and will be held to appear in court on the 17 September 2021.
Tasmania Police wish to thank members of the public for their assistance in relation to this matter.

Grants to help make Bass Coast more accessible

Source: State of Victoria Local Government

Bass Coast businesses and community organisations are improving access for people with disability, thanks to funding from Bass Coast Shire Council’s Building Inclusive Businesses and Community Organisations Grant Program.

Successful applicants have now been announced and will each receive up to $1,000 to make access and inclusion improvements to their business or service.

“Congratulations to the 10 recipients of the funding who took the time to check their premises, programs and services to identify what barriers existed and what changes could be made to improve access and inclusion of people with disability,” Bass Coast Shire Mayor, Cr Brett Tessari said.

“This small capital investment has big social benefits, as we know that when you provide access for all, you have a greater wellbeing and a more connected, participating community.

“It is great to see this year’s focus on improving access and inclusion for people with disability in our community, which will also benefit everyone,” Cr Tessari concluded.

The successful applicants are:

  • Wonthaggi Table Tennis – compliant toilet signage and hands free soap dispenser and hand dryer
  • Wonthaggi Baptist Church – modify access to stage to include wider steps and handrails
  • Brinnie T Design, Cowes – develop a Disability Action Plan to improve access and inclusion for current and future employees and customers
  • Island Bay Ranch, Newhaven – replace dangerous/uneven path with a safer and more accessible path
  • Woolamai Recreation Reserve – Riding for the Disabled, Woolamai – purchase a portable hoist to assist RDA riders
  • Woolamai Beach Surf Life Saving Club – purchase a beach wheelchair
  • Gippsland Disability Advocacy Inc – a community event during Social Inclusion Week 2021 to showcase ‘Remote Connections’ film – the lived experience of people with disability and COVID-19 in Bass Coast
  • Bass Coast Adult Learning, Wonthaggi – a business breakfast event to promote the value and benefits of employing people with disability
  • Bass Coast Landcare Network – resurface and widen existing pathways to the River Bed Community Garden in Bass
  • Harman’s Wines, Inverloch – purchase a new printer to print large print menus and gravel to improve pathway access to building entrances

For more information, please contact Council’s Access and Healthy Ageing Officer on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211 or email basscoast@basscoast.vic.gov.au. For people who are deaf, hard of hearing and/or have a speech impairment please contact Council via one of the National Relay Service call numbers at www.communications.gov.au.

ACCC Chair Rod Sims appointed to International Competition Network role

Source: Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

ACCC Chair Rod Sims has been confirmed by the steering group of the International Competition Network (ICN) as the new Vice Chair Digital Co-ordination and Asia-Pacific Liaison.

Mr Sims’ role was confirmed at an ICN meeting on Wednesday night.

He will focus on co-ordinating ICN projects and discussions about competition in the digital economy and will also act as a liaison between the ICN Steering Group and ICN members in the Asia-Pacific region.

“I am very pleased to take on this role. Competition regulators are increasingly dealing with global issues that require global responses, underscoring the importance of the ICN’s work,” Mr Sims said.

“Competition authorities around the world have much to discuss and learn from each other as we continue to face the challenges posed by the need to promote competition and good consumer outcomes in many areas of the digital economy.”

Mr Sims will work closely with ICN Chair Andreas Mundt, the President of the German Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt), together with the ICN’s other Vice Chair, Tembinkosi Bonakele, Commissioner of the South African Competition Commission.

Background

The ICN is a consensus-based organisation of national and multinational competition law enforcement authorities. It creates opportunities for authorities to work collaboratively to consider and address competition enforcement and policy issues.

Australia was a founding member of ICN in 2001 together with 13 other jurisdictions –Canada, European Union, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States, and Zambia. The ICN now has over 120 member agencies.