Stimulating Venture Activity Through Government Investment – UNSW March 2012

Innovation and research can encourage economic and social development. The government can increase innovation by directly investing in research. However, public expenditure may be sub-optimal due to a lack of resources and the latent inefficiencies of a government bureaucracy. An alternative way to stimulate innovation is to provide grants and subsidies to private organisations that […]

China Overview of Foreign Direct Investment EIU Jan 2012

China Overview of Foreign Direct Investment – EIU Jan 2012

There is growing speculation surrounding the future of foreign direct investment (FDI) in China. A combination of rising domestic wages, concerns about growing impediments to market access and reduced export demand in advanced markets has fuelled conjecture that foreign investment into China may slow in the coming years. The Economist Intelligence Unit argues that China […]

Free Legal Agreements for Entrepreneurs

1st Jan 2012. In conjunction with law firm DLA Piper, Sydney incubator Startmate has made available a free series of legal agreements suited to entrepreneurs. These can be downloaded below. Term Sheet: A summary of the terms of the investment. IP Deed of Assignment: The company owns the stuff you create not the people. Subscription […]

Australian Communications Report ACMA Dec 2011

Australian Communications Report – ACMA December 2011

The Communications report 2010–11 incorporates the statutory reporting requirements of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (the ACMA) under the Telecommunications Act 1997 (the Act). Section 105 of the Act requires the ACMA to report on the performance of carriers and carriage service providers (CSPs) with particular reference to consumer satisfaction, consumer benefits and quality […]

2nd Australian Innovation System Report – DIISR August 2011

This is the second of a series of annual reports on the performance of Australia’s National Innovation System. It provides new innovation metrics, analysis and where possible updates of baseline indicators established in the Australian Innovation System 2010 Report. Most of these indicators benchmark Australia’s innovation performance against other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development […]

Australian Government Programs and Incentives – ICT Industry August 2011

This guide provides a summary of Australian Government assistance programs that are available to the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Industry. It has information about a range of Australian Government programs which can help you to create, innovate, grow and compete globally. There are five sections: Creating innovative ICT solutions, products and services Getting advice, […]

Discussion Paper Review of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 – August 2011

The Interactive Gambling Act 2001 (the IGA) was drafted with the aim of minimising the scope for problem gambling among Australians by limiting the provision of gambling services to Australians through interactive technologies such as the internet. Under the IGA, it is an offence to provide certain interactive gambling services to customers physically located in […]

Media Convergence – ACMA Occasional Paper on Converged Legislative Frameworks

30th July 2011. Over the last few months, the Australian government has been seeking submissions on the issue of convergence. Legislative convergence – the amalgamation of communications, internet and media legislation under a single, converged legislative framework – has often been viewed as a best practice response to convergence issues. Click here to download the […]

2011 NBN Senate Inquiry Responses

2011 Industry Submissions to the Inquiry into the Role and Potential of the National Broadband Network

The Australian Government held an inquiry in to the role and potential of the National Broadband Network via the House Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Communications. The terms of reference was to examine the capacity of the National Broadband Network ref the delivery of government services and programs; achieving health outcomes; improving the education; impacting […]

Corruption Risks - Recommendations to NSW Government - ICAC June 2011

Corruption Risks – Recommendations to NSW Government – ICAC June 2011

The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has identified procurement as a major risk area for corruption in the NSW public sector. Each year, approximately 12% of complaints received by the ICAC include allegations of corruption in NSW government procurement and approximately 30% of our public inquiries make findings of corrupt conduct related to NSW government […]