NAB confirms again Tasmania has best business conditions in the nation

Source: State of Tasmania Government

Premier of Tasmania – NAB confirms again Tasmania has best business conditions in the nation

14 August 2019

Peter Gutwein, Treasurer

The NAB Monthly Business Survey results for July 2019 confirm, for the seventh month in a row, Tasmania’s business conditions are the best in the nation, three times better than the national result in trend terms.

The Survey also found that Tasmania’s businesses were the most confident in the nation during the month of July.

Such strong results do not happen by accident, they reflect the Hodgman majority Liberal Government’s long-term vision and Plan to grow the economy and create jobs. This Plan is underpinned by our most recent State Budget which will maintain this momentum, and to invest for future growth

It’s a Plan which has seen our economic growth become the strongest in the nation and over 12,500 jobs created since we came to office.

The results follow the recent CommSec State of the States Report which confirmed Tasmania’s strong economic performance, and Deloitte Access Economics’ analysis which revealed Tasmania has the best business conditions in the nation.

We have come a long way in the past five years, but we know there is more to do, which is why we are continuing to deliver on our Plan which is getting results for Tasmania.

Jobs thriving in our visitor economy

Source: State of Tasmania Government

14 August 2019

Will Hodgman, Premier
Minister for Tourism, Hospitality and Events

Tourism is one of Tasmania’s greatest competitive advantages, and today’s Tourism Research Australia data demonstrates how the strength of the sector is helping to grow our economy and create jobs.

The latest TRA figures, from 2017-18, show the number of direct and indirect jobs in the tourism industry in Tasmania has grown 7.8 per cent to 42,800.  This is the second highest growth in the country and well above the national average of 5.3 per cent.

The data also shows Tourism contributed around $3.2 billion, or over 10 per cent of Tasmania’s Gross State Product, up 9.1 per cent from the previous year.

Our whole State benefits significantly from tourism, across a range of businesses from accommodation providers, travel agencies, tour operators, cafes, restaurants, bars and retail.

Our plan to grow regional tourism is working with 67 per cent of visitors now spending at least one night outside of the greater Hobart area, which is exceeding expectations.  Visitor spending is also at record highs, reaching $2.49 billion in the year to March  2019, again ahead of our scheduled target.

Preliminary work has now begun on developing the next strategic plan to guide future growth in the tourism industry, so that even more Tasmanians across the state can benefit from our strong visitor economy.

Young Tasmanian’s Windeward Bound

Source: State of Tasmania Government

14 August 2019

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training

One of Australia’s most famous yachts will be brought back to life by the Windeward Bound Foundation to provide new training opportunities for young Tasmanians.

The restoration of the Mistral ll will provide 18 disadvantaged young Tasmanians with training opportunities and a chance to learn new skills, build confidence and prepare for entering the workforce.

Trainees will undertake a four-day a week training program with TasTAFE, STV Windeward Bound and Seafood and Maritime Training Tasmania, supported by a Government skills grant of $220,000.

In her heyday, the Mistral ll raced in the first six Sydney to Hobart yacht races chalking up three consecutive line honours second places between 1946 and 1948.

Since those glory days, the yacht fell into disrepair and returned to Hobart through the efforts of the Windeward Bound Foundation on the RAN’s heavy load ship HMAS Choules as part of the 2018 Australian Wooden Boat Festival.

The Hodgman majority Liberal Government is focused on developing the skills needed now and in the future to support our growing economy.

The Government is proud to support this program, which will have such a positive impact on the futures of the young Tasmanians involved.

We are working hard to ensure Tasmania has a job ready generation of young people with the skills to participate in a modern economy.

It is hoped a partially restored Mistral II will be ready to meet Sydney to Hobart fleet on the water for the race’s 75th anniversary in 2020 and be fully restored by her own 100th anniversary in 2022.

Collaboration to transform homelessness response

Source: Government of Queensland Regions


To mark the end of Homelessness Week, Housing and Public Works Minister Mick de Brenni joined Redland City Mayor Karen Williams to announce a $1.76 million targeted investment to fund the state-wide change.

“This year, the focus for Homelessness Week was ‘Housing ends Homelessness’,” he said.

“We all know how important it is for Queenslanders to have a safe, secure and sustainable place to call home.

“But we also know that, for some people, remaining in that home and ending their homelessness also depends on ensuring the right support is provided to them at the right time in their local community.

“We have some outstanding organisations working hard to help people and what we want to do is strengthen their capacity to do so.”

“We’ll be working with networks in key areas to look at how they currently operate and what is required to better integrate services in each location.”

The Redlands-Bayside Housing and Homelessness Network includes representatives from the department, Redland City Council, community organisations and other government agencies.

Mayor Karen Williams welcomed the announcement by Minister de Brenni, which followed a number of meetings between the two community leaders to discuss homelessness.

“Like all communities, Redlands Coast sadly has residents who don’t have a safe place to lay their head each night, and I am pleased this initiative will help give them the support they need,” Cr Williams said.

“I regularly speak with our amazing local community groups who were telling me they needed more support to provide Redlanders with a safe place to sleep.

“On behalf of my community I took this message to Minister de Brenni earlier this year and I am genuinely appreciative of the speed and enthusiasm with which he has responded and I know all Redlanders share my appreciation.”

Member for Redlands Kim Richards welcomed the investment and encouraged services to work collaboratively on addressing homelessness, especially on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands.

“The Southern Moreton Bay Islands face many challenges and an integrated and targeted approach to tackle homelessness on the islands will help to alleviate many of these challenges.” she said.

Member for Capalaba Don Brown  said that bringing together government and non-government services ensures the best service response is provided for individuals with the resources available in the Redlands.

“By strengthening these networks and partnerships across Queensland, we can more effectively help people get the range of services and support they need to achieve safe, secure and sustainable housing.” He said

Mr de Brenni said as well as supporting regional networks, the response to homelessness in Brisbane would be boosted.

“We will be working closely with Brisbane-based housing and homelessness services to design and invest in new measures which will strengthen our collective response to homelessness,” he said.

This targeted investment to support integrated service responses across regional networks will complement ongoing partnership projects being rolled out in the Queensland Homelessness Compact Workplan 2018-2020.



Media contact: Ben Brew – 0468 839 551

Monthly tram trips cruise past the million mark

Source: Government of Queensland Regions


Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon said the popular service had been expected to break the monthly million mark this year and was pleased to see the record confirmed by TransLink’s latest numbers for July.

“The fact we’re still seeing strong and consistent passenger growth five years after light rail started shows what a valued and dependable public transport service it has become for the Coast,” Ms Scanlon said.

“More than 42 million trips have been taken on the ‘G’ over that full five year journey and the latest monthly record just confirms how important it is to get a fair deal from Canberra to help us get on with the next stage to Burleigh.”

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the Palaszczuk Government’s $351 commitment to that stage announced last week showed it was serious about getting on with the job.

“We’re on board, Mayor Tom Tate and his council is ready to go – the only thing holding the project back is the lack of a serious offer from Canberra,” Mr Bailey said.

“They’ve put up $112 million, just 16% of what it will cost to deliver Stage 3A, which is frankly an insult for a large city like the Gold Coast.

“We need the Morrison Government to get on board to allow construction to start next year.”

Stage 3A would extend the route by seven kilometres from Broadbeach South to Burleigh Heads and include eight new train stations.

It’s expected to create more than 760 jobs during construction.

Translink data released last monyh confirmed more than 42.1 million passengers boarding G:link trams since services began in July 2014.

Busiest stations in 2018-19 were Cavill Avenue with (1.67 million boardings) followed by Broadbeach South (1.49 million), Southport (1.1 million), Helensvale (1.09 million) and Gold Coast University Hospital Station (900,000). 

The figures support a wider trend in record public transport use in south east Queensland.

Close to 190 million trips taken were on south east buses, trains, trams and ferries in 2018/19 – seven million more than the previous financial year.


Media contact: Toby Walker – 0439 347 875

14/15:51 EST Frost Warning for North East forecast district

Source: Australia Bureau of Meteorology


Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology

Frost Warning
for the North East forecast district

Issued at 3:51 pm EST on Wednesday 14 August 2019.

Please be aware
Temperatures at ground level can be many degrees lower than those recorded by standard weather stations, especially in calm conditions with very clear skies.

Frosts with temperatures down to -1 degrees are forecast for Thursday morning in parts of the North East forecast district

No further warnings will be issued for this event.

Palaszczuk Government backs Ayr jobs and Works for Queensland

Source: Government of Queensland Regions


Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe inspected the progress of the two projects and said he was pleased the Palaszczuk Government could support the Burdekin Shire Council with funding for the facilities.

“The Plantation Nature Play was funded with a $1.5 million election commitment and the council allocated a further $500,000 from the Works for Queensland 2017-19 budget,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“The new Visitor Information Centre was supported with $800,000 from Works for Queensland.

“But what’s really important for this community and this region is that the Works for Queensland program has already created or supported about 320 jobs with another 218 in the pipeline.

“That’s security for residents who are raising their families here and it means jobs for young people heading into the workforce.

“Works for Queensland is a practical way the Palaszczuk Government helps regional councils build important infrastructure and continue to create jobs.

“The all-abilities play space includes sand and water features, climbing spaces and all-abilities swings, which will be great fun for children who live here or who are visiting.

 Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the projects would be a valuable asset to residents and travellers for many years.

“The Visitor Information Centre will have plenty of space for caravans and motor homes and is an excellent place to take a break and talk to the knowledgeable tourist information staff about your travel options,” she said.

“I want to thank the Palaszczuk Government for the election commitment and the funding from Works for Queensland for these projects.

“These projects show what can be achieved when two levels of government work well together.”

The total allocation to the Burdekin Shire Council across the three rounds of Works for Queensland is $9 million, which funded 55 projects and created or supported 320 jobs across the first two rounds.

The council estimates another 218 jobs will be created or supported during the third round. 

Media contact: Bernadette Condren 0417 296 116


14/15:17 CST Marine Wind Warning Summary for South Australia

Source: Weather Warnings – Australia


Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
South Australia

Marine Wind Warning Summary for South Australia

Issued at 3:17 pm CST on Wednesday 14 August 2019
for the period until midnight CST Thursday 15 August 2019.

Wind Warnings for Thursday 15 August

Strong Wind Warning for the following area:
Lower South East Coast

The next marine wind warning summary will be issued by 3:50 pm CST Wednesday.

Check the latest Coastal Waters Forecast or Local Waters Forecast for information on wind, wave and weather conditions for these coastal zones.

BLOG: Take supplements “at your own risk”

Source: Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority

ASADA’s long standing advice is that no supplement is safe to use and athletes should not risk their careers by taking a supplement.

CEO David Sharpe says ASADA does not approve or endorse any supplements.

“We have not and will not approve or endorse supplements, they pose too much of a risk to an athlete’s health and career,” Sharpe says.

Supplements are the largest cause of inadvertent doping cases in Australia, Sharpe says, with many anti-doping rule violations (sport bans) in Australia over the last five years associated with supplement use.

It is estimated almost 45 per cent of 14-16-year-olds are using supplements or protein powders so “we need to educate what the dangers of that are”.

A 2016 survey found that of the 67 common Australian supplements analysed, almost one in five contained banned substances.

“Worryingly, none of those products surveyed listed any banned substances on their ingredients list.”

Supplements can be accidentally cross contaminated by other substances made in the same factory, Sharpe says, or can contain prohibited substances deliberately included, but not included in the list of ingredient on labels.

He advises athletes if they are still considering taking supplements to first check the ASADA Clean Sport app.

“The app gives athletes access to information of supplements sold in Australia that have been screened for World Anti-Doping Code (WADC) prohibited substances by an independent laboratory,” he says.

However “anything you take you do so at your own risk”, he cautions.

“These companies cannot offer a 100% guarantee that an athlete will not test positive for the supplements they screen, but batch-tested products are significantly less risky than other supplements.”

Dr David Hughes, Chief Medical Officer at the AIS and Medical Director of the Australian Tokyo Olympic Team, concurs, describing supplements as expensive urine.

There are increasing rates of individuals presenting at emergency departments with side effects from taking supplements, he warns.

“Those side effects can include heart arrhythmias, anxiety, panic attacks, nausea, vomiting and a range of other conditions,” Dr Hughes says. “We have known people who have gone into liver failure as a result of taking supplements.”

Before taking any supplements, Dr Hughes recommends athletes seek the advice of their doctor or sports dietician about whether they really need them, or whether changes to their diet or training program could get better results instead.

“In the vast majority of cases supplements are not required if you have good diet, if you get good sleep and if you undertake good scientifically-based training.”

 ++ ASADA recommends you check all your substances before you take them on the ASADA Clean Sport app. For more information visit: ASADA tech.

Submissions received: Proposal to introduce a Unique Device Identification (UDI) system for medical devices in Australia

Source: Australian Department of Health

The TGA thanks respondents who provided submissions in response to the public consultation paper Proposal to introduce a Unique Device Identification (UDI) system for medical devices in Australia.

A total of 49 submissions were received.

TGA summary

The consultation sought feedback on the proposal to introduce a UDI System in Australia, with the requirements aligned with the International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF) UDI Application Guide. The consultation also sought feedback on options for establishment of the Australian UDI database (AusUDID); the scope of devices to which UDI requirements should apply; the core data elements; and linkages between the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) and AusUDID as well as broader data linkages with other data systems.

Submissions received in response to the consultation showed a strong consensus across all stakeholder groups for the need to introduce the UDI system in Australia. The majority of respondents also considered that the TGA should be responsible for establishing and managing the AusUDID, and that it should be linked to the ARTG as well as other databases.

Most submissions also supported the use of the IMDRF guidance as the basis for establishing the system, with several respondents also suggesting that there should be consistency with other international jurisdictions.

Stakeholders also provided feedback on a number of other issues raised in the consultation, including:

  • The Australian UDI requirements, including UDI labelling requirements, should be aligned with the IMDRF guidance, and be consistent with major jurisdictions.
  • Australia should accredit internationally recognised Issuing Agencies (organisations that issue unique device identifiers for individual products).
  • There is the need for clarity on who is responsible for submitting the UDI data into the AusUDID, especially where more than one sponsor holds pre-market authorisation for the same device.
  • Some respondents proposed the exemption of low-risk devices (Class I non-sterile with no measuring function) from the UDI requirements suggesting that there is minimal safety benefit (but some regulatory burden) in including them in this system. A few other responses suggested excluding other categories of devices (e.g. devices sold through retail outlets, custom-made devices, or investigational devices).

There was strong support for a staged implementation of the UDI system and alignment with the European timeframes. Several submissions also considered that proposed transition time frames should take into account the time required to develop and implement an Australian UDI database.

Some respondents raised concerns about possible cost and resource impacts on industry associated with populating and maintaining the AusUDID, especially cost implications for some manufacturers and sponsors supplying low cost/low margin products. However some respondents saw positive impacts and broad savings in terms of improved ability of health systems to store and access information about individual devices, simplified device tracking and communication, the ability to link device information to individual patients through registers, and the improvement in access to information about post-market issues.

This feedback has informed work to develop proposed legislative amendments to support the introduction of a UDI system in Australia.


All submissions that gave permission to be published on the TGA website are available below in PDF format.













  • Consultation submission: Orion Laboratories Pty Ltd T/A Perrigo Australia




  • Consultation submission: Safer Care Victoria
  • Consultation submission: Seqirus
  • Consultation submission: Smith & Nephew Pty Ltd
  • Consultation submission: St Vincent’s Hospitals Australia
  • Consultation submission: Stryker (pdf,163kb)