January 2012 Newsletter

This newsletter provides business news and events on the programs and activities of Business Development, part of the Economic Development Directorate.

Reminder: Have Your Say on Business Development in the ACT

The Canberra business community is invited to have its say on the ACT Government’s role in continuing to build a more robust economy. The closing date for comments is Tuesday 14 February.


Canberra Hosts Students to Showcase Science, Engineering and Technology Careers

The Australian National University has hosted the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) during January. The Forum consists of two twelve-day residential programs for students moving into Year 12 who are thinking about a career in science, engineering and technology.

The Forum aims to expose participating students to the widest possible range of career and study options in science, technology and engineering so that they can make an informed choice as they move towards further studies.

The Forum continues after January with a series of University and Industry Seminars, and National Youth Science Forum participants are able to continue to access the networks they developed as part of the Forum alumni.

More information is available at www.nysf.edu.au External Link - opens in new window.


Call for ACT Screen Investment Fund Applications

The ACT Screen Investment Fund is calling for applications for production investment funding for eligible screen projects. The deadline for the current funding round is 5pm on Wednesday 1 February 2012.

Guidelines for applicants and the applications form are available to download on the Business Development website. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the ACT Screen Investment Fund Manager or Screen ACT Director before submitting their application.


Helping New Residents Establish in the ACT

The Australian National Botanic Gardens hosted the first Welcome to Canberra event of 2012 on Sunday 15 January with 200 new residents in attendance. The next event will be tickets to the Canberra Capitals on Friday 3 February. Over 1,300 people are now registered to attend these events.

Forty new recruits from many different countries who have come to study at the Defence Staff College were given an in depth look at life in Canberra during a ‘Welcome to Canberra’ presentation in mid-January.


Information about 15th CRC Selection Round

The Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education is now calling for applications from potential consortia seeking to establish a Cooperative Research Centre (CRC). To assist potential consortia understand the CRC program and details of the 15th selection round, including the priority areas for this round, the Department is conducting a series of 3-hour information sessions throughout Australia. The Canberra information session details are listed below:

Date: Friday 17 February 2012
Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm
Venue: Level 10 Amenities Room, Industry House, 10 Binara Street Canberra. (Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education)
Registration: Email crc.program@innovation.gov.au. Include your name, organisation, information session city. Please also indicate whether your consortia would like an individual meeting with the department.

More information about the CRC program and the information sessions is available at www.crc.gov.au External Link - opens in new window.


Targeting Skills in the UK

Canberra’s strong economy and low unemployment continues to contribute to skill shortages in Canberra. The ACT Government’s suite of initiatives to combat this shortage includes the promotion of employment opportunities in Canberra to international workers with the right skills.

Business Development will participate in the Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s ‘Skills Australia Needs’ event in London from 25 to 28 February. The campaign will also see participation in a State and Territory Open Day in Manchester and the Working Abroad Expo in Dublin.

More Canberra businesses are now considering international employment markets as a great source of skilled labour. Sponsoring a skilled worker from overseas on a temporary or permanent work visa may be the solution to your business’s skills shortages.

If you would like more information about the upcoming UK campaign or the ACT Government’s State Migration Plan please email businessmigration@act.gov.au or contact:

Justin Keevers
Phone: 6205 0174 or

Julianne O’Brien
Phone: 6207 1957


Register your Interest: Collaborative Approach to Increasing Sales of Cleantech Products and Services

Australian CleanTech is calling for interested companies to express their interest in becoming a member of the Cleantech Industry Capability Teams. The national Teams will provide a mechanism for diverse cleantech companies to effectively collaborate in their dealings with these customer groups, with an aim of increasing sales of products and services to customers.

Cleantech Industry Capability Teams will:

  • Target the following customer groups:
    • Cleantech for the Built Environment and Infrastructure
    • Cleantech for Developing Countries
    • Cleantech for Food and Beverage Production and Processing
    • Cleantech for Manufacturing
    • Cleantech for Mining/Resource and Minerals Processing
  • Unite companies with common customer targets.
  • Be industry-driven and chaired by industry members.
  • Be largely self-sufficient and commercially focussed.
  • Pursue opportunities and market members’ capabilities as a group.

Members will participate in targeted showcasing events, both domestically and internationally, supported by the Clean Technologies Supplier Advocate and Australian CleanTech. Capability Teams will regularly meet to discuss opportunities, determine promotional activities to undertake and network.

For more information or to register your interest, visit the Australian CleanTech website External Link - opens in new window.


Assistance for Elligible ACT Companies to Exhibit at CeBIT Australia 2012

CeBIT Australia returns for its 11th consecutive year from 22 - 24 May at Sydney's Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour. CeBIT is the leading business event in the Asia Pacific region for Information and Communications Technology.

ACT companies may be eligible for financial support to exhibit at CeBIT through the TradeConnect Program.

For more information on CeBIT, including information on exhibiting and registration, is available at www.cebit.com.au External Link - opens in new window.