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Top gear for Santos Tour Down Under

South Australia will kick off the UCI WorldTour men’s international cycling season tomorrow when the 2019 Santos Tour Down Under returns to the streets of Port Adelaide.

The Santos Women’s Tour Down Under and Down Under Classic provided an exhilarating precursor to the race – with thousands of fans flocking to the roadside to get a glimpse of cycling sensations like three-time UCI World Road Champion, Peter Sagan.

Premier Steven Marshall said it has been exciting to see so many people out celebrating the event over the last four days.

South Australian businesses say G’DAY USA

In another move to grow South Australia’s exports and create jobs, the Marshall Liberal Government will resume sponsoring the major annual event G’Day USA.

“The State Liberal Government has a clear plan to drive an export-led transformation of the South Australian economy, with a focus on improving our trade relationships and supporting our exporters,” said Premier Marshall.

“Sponsoring G’Day USA will showcase our state and exporters to thousands of United States’ businesses and investors.

South Australia’s Wheels in Motion for Santos Tour Down Under

South Australia’s streets are preparing to welcome thousands of spectators, with the Santos Festival of Cycling kicking off today.

The Santos Women’s Tour Down Under will once again open the international cycling calendar - traveling a 112.9km undulating course through the picturesque Adelaide Hills from Hahndorf to Birdwood.

Premier, Steven Marshall, said South Australia’s small businesses, hotels, bars and retailers are gearing up for eleven bumper days of trade.

2019 TAFE SA offers released following clean bill of health from training authority

Offers for 2019 TAFE SA courses have been published today, with a total of 12,144 applications received for the January round of offers and 8,133 placement offers made.

The most popular courses this year include Nursing and Pathology, which attracted 1234 applications, Children’s Education and Care (954 applications), Business and Administration (779 applications) and Aged and Disability Services (713 applications).

Today’s round of offers come after TAFE SA received a clean bill of health from the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) late last year.

Payroll tax cuts herald a Happy New Year for small business

Small businesses across South Australia will be ringing in the New Year with a major tax cut, as the Marshall Government delivers on a key election commitment to exempt them from paying any payroll tax – a saving of up to $44,550 a year.

The change, which takes effect today, will help stimulate the economy and abolishes payroll tax for the state’s 3,200 businesses with taxable payrolls of up to $1.5 million.

Boxing Day trade in the suburbs a shopping bonanza as consumers vote with their feet

The Marshall Government’s move to give all suburban retailers the opportunity to open on Boxing Day, for the first time, has been declared a ‘huge success’ as thousands of shoppers right across Adelaide flocked to take part in the post-Christmas sales.

From Elizabeth, Noarlunga and Port Adelaide to Tea Tree Gully and Marion, crowds queued from the early hours of the morning to be among the first through shopping centre doors to grab a Boxing Day bargain.

TAFE SA receives clean bill of health in final audit report

TAFE SA has received a positive final report from the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), with no sanctions applied to any of the 16 qualifications that were audited in 2018.

Across the entire report just one minor technical matter was identified, which TAFE SA will fully rectify before training commences in 2019.

In communications following the audit, ASQA noted a marked improvement in quality since the previous audit of 2017.

Education Minister John Gardner said the findings represent a significant milestone in delivering a fresh start for TAFE.

Proactive campaign against oyster virus risk

Blowtorches and hammers are being used to destroy feral oysters in Adelaide’s Port River this December.

Protecting South Australia’s $32 million commercial oyster industry lies at the heart of this proactive campaign.

A specialist team contracted by the South Australian Government are busy in the Port River area, using hammers and blowtorches to kill the feral oyster population at high density sites to reduce the risk of the Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome (POMS) virus spreading to oyster farming areas this summer.

Disability sector traineeship pilot program

A new pilot program has been launched to deliver up to 80 traineeships for the disability sector, in partnership between the State and Federal governments, and National Disability Services (NDS).

Minister for Industry and Skills, David Pisoni said the Disability Sector Traineeship Pilot Project represents a signature project under Skilling South Australia, to boost the number of traineeships in the disability sector.