The Victorian Government has announced it introduce sweeping reforms to the oversight of the state's building industry regulation to meet 21st century requirements.

The Western Australian Government has released its first comprehensive report card for the State's workforce development plan, finding that record numbers of Western Australians are enrolled in Government-funded training positions.

Nearly 60 per cent of Australians now have a non-school qualification such as a degree or certificate, a report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows. 

Global giant General Electric has opened its new technology and learning centre in Perth, which is designed to support the growing oil and gas industry in the region.

The Federal Government has announced a new coordinated, whole-of-government approach to research funding, which it says will ensure that Australians will continue to reap the rewards of unprecedented investment in science and research.

The Victorian and Federal Governments have hailed the progress being made on the ongoing duplication work of the Princes Highway with the opening of a new section between Wurruk and Sale.

The Queensland Government has passed legislative reforms through State Parliament that it says will provide greater certainty for the mining and exploration sectors.

Mining giant Rio Tinto has announced it will take ‘tough action’ to roll back unsustainable costs as the company faces an increasingly volatile international commodity market.

The Adelaide Council has approved a new ten-year transport and movement strategy that it claims will make the city’s streets safer, more connected and easier for people use.

The Federal Government has announced the membership of the new Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development.

The Queensland Government has opened Expressions of Interest (EoI) for the development rights to the Aurukun bauxite resource on Cape York.

The Queensland Government has introduced the Gasfields Commission Bill 2012 into the State Parliament, which seeks to formalise the powers of the Gasfields Commission.

Australia is sinking record quantities of cash into resources and energy projects, with the latest data showing that a record $268.4 billion has been spent on the sector this year alone, according to the Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics (BREE).

Engineering contracting firm Theiss has announced it has been awarded two new contracts, valued at approxminately $220 million, with the BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA).

BHP Billiton has sold its diamonds business after the company announced it has signed agreements with Harry Winston Diamond Mines for a reported US$500 million.

Perth-based miner Crusader Resources has been granted approva by the Brazilian Governmentl to proceed with its Posse Iron Ore project.

Fortescue Metals has broken the record for the largest single shipment of iron ore to depart from Port Hedland, after the Herb Elliot Port facility leaded 254,010 tonnes of iron ore onto the vessel Abigail N last week.

Deakin University’s $55 million Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training (CADET) is set to proceed after the Federal Government announced it will receive $21.5 million in funding under the Regional Priorities round of the Education Investment Fund.

The Federal Government has selected the Theiss and McMahon Contractors joint venture to deliver the $762 million Pacific Highway upgrade between Frederickton and Eungai, with work expected to begin in the middle of next year.

The Federal Government is calling for companies interested in completing survey and geotechnical investigations of the upgrade of the Pacific Highway between Glenugie and Ballina.

Iron Ore Holdings (IOH) has announced it has secured a Native Title Land Access Agreement with the Kuruma Marthudunera (KM) Native Title claimant group, which provides consent for the company’s exploration, mining and infrastructure activities in the KM claim area.

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