Trade Apprenticeships in the South West

Trade Apprenticeships in the South West

Trade Apprenticeships in the South West

If you’re thinking of joining a trade or would like to find out what support is available for your business head to https://www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au/

Nominate Australia’s most difficult to recycle products


24th November 2021

What is Australia’s’ most difficult to recycle product? Nominate your suggestion for inclusion on the Minister for Environments national Product Stewardship Priority List.

Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino MP said the Federal Government wants to hear from all levels of government, academia, peak bodies, designers, manufacturers, importers, distributers, recyclers and consumers in the South West with their ideas.

“Nominations will help drive industry led schemes to make sure less products and materials end up in landfill. It calls out products and industries that need to take greater action.

“It is not good enough to design a product without reducing waste during its manufacture, as well as addressing the recycling options at the end of its life or without considering the recycled materials that can be used in its remanufacture.”

The Minister’s Priority List identifies the products and materials considered to be most in need of a product stewardship approach. The list includes reasons a product has been identified, recommended actions and timeframes for action. It is reviewed every 12 months and the Minister may edit the list to remove products, identify further actions, and add new products. This may include the Minister making a decision to implement regulatory measures where adequate industry action has not been taken.

For further information and to have your say visit here.

Nominations are now open and close 17 December 2021.

New online tool to enhance digital capability of SW businesses


17th November 2021

The Federal Government is launching a free online tool to help businesses assess their digital maturity and digitise their operations.

The Digital Ready Assessment Tool will enable business to measure and upgrade their digital capability, compare themselves against their peers, and access government support programs.

Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino MP said the tool would help benefit many local South West businesses.

“This tool will help many businesses understand their digital footprint and how it compares to that of their competitors, while providing insights and ways to help them become more digitally competitive and make smart digital improvements.

“COVID-19 has shown us that businesses in the South West that are digital enabled are more resilient, able to adapt, and were able to bounce back stronger.

“I encourage all South West Businesses to use the tool annually.”

The Digital Readiness Assessment Tool takes 10 minutes to complete and will provide businesses with a report containing recommendations on improving their digital maturity.

Businesses that complete an assessment will be directed to relevant products and services, including existing grant opportunities such as the Treasury’s Digital Solutions program and support services administered by the Government funded NGO website, navii.com.au.

To access the tool visit here.

New plan to support Australians in the South West with diabetes


17th November 2021

The Australian Government has marked World Diabetes Day by releasing a new 10-year plan to better support people living with all forms of diabetes.

The Australian National Diabetes Strategy 2021–2030 will drive real improvements in the prevention, early detection, management, and care of people with diabetes.

Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino MP said with approximately one in 20 Australians affected by diabetes, the new strategy will bring together the latest research and evidence to ensure our health response continues to adapt to the changing health environment.

“The Strategy will help support those living locally with diabetes, with the plan updated to include information relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic and living in a COVID safe manner, plus guidance and support for diabetes self-management.”

The Strategy also features specific details and actions for priority population groups, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and expectant mothers.

This year also marks 100 years since the discovery of insulin, a medical breakthrough that has saved the lives of millions over the last century.

In just 12 months, the number of Australians with diabetes registered with the National Diabetes Services Scheme increased by more than 120,000 people, climbing to around 1.4 million in June 2021.

The Federal Government provides funding to support people with diabetes through the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) which includes programs such as KeepSight, Diabetes in Schools, FootForward and MyDesmond; the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), the Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) initiative, and research funding.

In 2020–21, the NDSS delivered more than 5.9 million diabetes products worth more than $186 million, more than $709 million in medicines were dispensed under the PBS and more than $300 million in the CGM initiative over four years. Significant investments have been made in diabetes research, including $626 million through the National Health and Medical Research Council since 2010, and $78 million through the Medical Research Future Fund since 2015.

The Australian National Diabetes Strategy 2021–2030 is available online here.

New online tool to enhance digital capability of South West businesses

17th November 2021

The Federal Government is launching a free online tool to help businesses assess their digital maturity and digitise their operations.

The Digital Ready Assessment Tool will enable business to measure and upgrade their digital capability, compare themselves against their peers, and access government support programs.

Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino MP said the tool would help benefit many local South West businesses.

“This tool will help many businesses understand their digital footprint and how it compares to that of their competitors, while providing insights and ways to help them become more digitally competitive and make smart digital improvements.

“COVID-19 has shown us that businesses in the South West that are digital enabled are more resilient, able to adapt, and were able to bounce back stronger.

“I encourage all South West Businesses to use the tool annually.”

The Digital Readiness Assessment Tool takes 10 minutes to complete and will provide businesses with a report containing recommendations on improving their digital maturity.

Businesses that complete an assessment will be directed to relevant products and services, including existing grant opportunities such as the Treasury’s Digital Solutions program and support services administered by the Government funded NGO website, navii.com.au.

To access the tool visit here.