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Australian 5G Innovation Initiative

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications is seeking industry input into the Australian 5G Innovation Initiative, a program which will assist businesses to test and develop 5G applications, services and products.A discussion paper has been released, with feedback to inform the development of guidelines for a grants program that will fund trials of the 5G system.The information…

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A new charter for RDAs

The Australian Government has re-committed to the national Regional Development Australia (RDA) program under a new 4.5-year funding agreement and revised Charter.Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories Nola Marino aims to reintroduce indexation to the Budget’s appropriation to provide RDAs with greater operational stability and the confidence to attract and retain qualified staff. The revised Charter will assist with…

RDA Orana welcomes minerals report

RDA Orana Director for Regional Development Megan Dixon has welcomed a report released by the NSW Minerals Council which outlines the future of mining development across the state. Entitled ‘Seizing opportunities for jobs and investment in NSW’, the report outlines 32 proposed mining projects which would have the potential for 15,000 jobs and an economic benefit of $13 billion. Mrs…

COVID-19 Migrant Survey

Are you a migrant, living in the Orana region who has been impacted by COVID-19? We’ve been in contact with Home Affairs and accordingly advise that in the short term, the best thing to do is to monitor Home Affairs news and media website, as linked: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/news-media/current-alerts/novel-coronavirus Also, as welfare programs are administered by Services Australia, please ensure you follow their COVID-19…

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COVID-19 Business Resources

This is a difficult time for most businesses across Australia, with the health crisis that is unfolding across the globe being unpredictable. RDA Orana wants to continue to support our great local businesses and their employees and we want to work with you to ensure continued operation and future growth. Government Support Business hotline:  13 28 46. Open 7 am to…

COVID-19 Should I close?

We’ve done a quick check around the region and are hearing that some businesses are confused about if they should close their doors. The instructions that have been published on various government websites are fairly explicit – but we think some businesses are confused about if they fall into the definition. A great example is a gift store that also…

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COVID-19 Business Preparation

I think we can all agree that COVID-19 has caught many of us out and with the information constantly being updated, its never been more important to be agile in business. Thankfully, (though not perfect) we do live in a time when technology enables us to be more adaptable and for some professions, working out of the office is easily…

COVID-19 Business Support

This afternoon the Prime Minister announced an additional $66 billion economic response package on top of the previous $123 billion stimulus package, bringing the total Federal Government response to $189 billion. The package not just provides some certainty in an exceptionally uncertain world, but also provides some hope to our business community that they can hold on. The key areas of focus in the…

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Orana skills survey begins

RDA Orana has begun its second skills survey in the region this week in the lead-up to the annual Orana@Work summit. The survey will run for four weeks and aims to gauge Orana’s workforce needs. RDA Orana Director of Regional Development Megan Dixon said the data gathered will be used to inform the region’s skilled occupation list, along with an update…

Water Summit success

10 February 2020 Regional Development Australia (RDA) Orana Director of Regional Development Megan Dixon was thrilled to welcome over 100 attendees to the second annual Inland Growth Summit on January 30th. Mrs Dixon said, “It was fantastic to have attendance from a cross-section of Government, Industry and the local community on the day,” “The theme was all about the future…