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Thursday 7 July 2016Canberra and Wellington sister city agreement

In Wellington on Wednesday 6 July 2016, a formal sister city relationship agreement between Canberra and Wellington was signed. The agreement included programs that aim to facilitate enhanced business partnerships, tourism promotion education and cultural exchange, research and knowledge sharing. ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr is in Wellington leading a 3-day delegation promoting the economic, cultural and social relationship between the two capital cities. Read the full media release 'Canberra and Wellington strengthen ties in time for direct international flights' External Link - opens in new window.

Monday 4 July 2016Congratulations to Alliance FM

Congratulations to 2016 NAIDOC ACT Indigenous Business of the Year, Alliance FM! The Award was accepted by Justin Harris, CEO Alliance FM at the Canberra and District 2016 NAIDOC Awards Ball on 2 July. Read more about the ACT NAIDOC Business of the Year External Link - opens in new window.

Tuesday 14 June 20162016 ACT Chief Minister's Export Awards open for application

The 2016 ACT Chief Minister's Export Awards are now open to applicants. This year's awards program offers 12 award categories.

Wednesday 8 June 2016ACT Budget 2016-17: Buidling a strong and diverse economy for Canberra

The 2016-17 ACT Budget continues to support economic growth with $10.1 million over two years to support local business, innovation and investment. Read the budget media release 'Building a strong and diverse economy' External Link - opens in new window.

Sunday 5 June 2016Funding to support Canberra's Screen Industry

The ACT Government has committed funding for 2016-17 for ScreenACT to support its ongoing work in attracting and supporting a diverse range of film and television productions. Read the media release 'Funding to help Canberra continue to be a TV star' External Link - opens in new window.

Friday 3 June 2016Canberra's retail sector leading nation

According to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Canberra's retail sector is leading the nation. Read the media release 'Retail figures latest indicator to back govt's economic agenda' External Link - opens in new window.

Thursday 2 June 2016ACT the fastest growing economy in Australia

New figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show the ACT economy is the fastest growing of any State or Territory in the March 2016 quarter, with an increase in State Final Demand of 1.3 per cent. Read the media release 'ACT the fastest growing economy in Australia' External Link - opens in new window.

Wednesday 1 June 2016Record number of international visitors

Canberra has recorded its highest number of international visitors in the year ending March 2016 with almost 200,000 international visitors. This represents an increase of 12.8 per cent on 2015 results and was the highest growth of all states and territories. Read the media release 'Record number of international visitors come to CBR' External Link - opens in new window.

Tuesday 31 May 2016Small Business to benefit from increase to payroll tax threshold

A further increase to the payroll tax threshold will be provided in the 2016/17 ACT Budget. From July 2016, Canberra businesses with a payroll under $2 million will be exempt from payroll tax. Read the media release 'Small business boost as payroll tax threshold increased' External Link - opens in new window.

Tuesday 24 May 2016New Venture Capital initiative for Canberra start-ups

Canberra entrepreneurs whose firms have potential for high growth will be able to access funds to build their business under a new scheme launched by ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr on 24 May. Read the media release 'Venture Capital initiative to take smart CBR ideas to market' External Link - opens in new window.

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