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SA leading growth in training and apprentice numbers

The Marshall Government is continuing to turn around the state’s training system, with growth in government funded VET activity in the six months to 30 June 2019.

The latest preliminary National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) figures show South Australia experienced a large increase in government funded VET activity when compared to the first six months of 2018.

Designs concepts released for school upgrades across state

Initial concept plans for 13 public schools being upgraded as part of the Marshall Liberal Government’s $1.3 billion investment in capital works can now be revealed to local communities.

The Government’s massive investment will improve school facilities across the state, support sustainable enrolment growth in government schools and help transition Year 7 into high school.

Tenders open for $25 million Dog Fence rebuild

Businesses are being sought to participate in the $25 million rebuild of the South Australian Dog Fence with tender documents revealing the extent of the project, requiring up to 71,000 timber posts, 127,500 steel droppers and more than 7,000 kilometres of wire.

Tenders open today for the once-in-a-generation rebuild of 1,600 kilometres of the fence, which is expected to create up to 63 full-time jobs by the third year of the project.

New traineeship pathway for Aboriginal Health Practitioners

A new traineeship has been established to support Aboriginal Health Practitioners prepare for their vital role helping to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Following an application from the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia (AHCSA), the Training and Skills Commission (TaSC) has declared the Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice a vocation, allowing the course to be delivered through a paid traineeship model for the first time.

Astro-STEM day for SA’s Astro-kids

South Australian students will be able to learn more about future careers in science, technology, engineering and maths at the 2019 Edinburgh Air Show today with 600 students participating in Astro-STEM day as part of the 2019 Edinburgh Air show.

For the first time ever, the Royal Australian Air Force along with Boeing, BAE, Airbus, Lockheed Martin, Northrup Grumman, SAAB, South Australian universities and TAFE are working together to inspire South Australian students to pursue opportunities in our booming space and defence sectors.  

Deck the Mall and ’Burbs with boughs of holly as Christmas extended shop trading hours announced

The Marshall Liberal Government has announced it has approved Boxing Day retail trade in the suburbs again this year, following the “roaring success’’ of historic post-Christmas sales across Adelaide in 2018.

More than 130,000 people flocked to suburban retailers on Boxing Day last year, in addition to the CBD, with retail sales in the suburbs almost trebling (an increase of 192%) those of the public holiday the year before when only smaller, exempt shops were allowed to trade*.

SA exporters going strong in China as Shanghai trade office celebrates one year

The first of the Marshall Liberal Government’s network of new overseas trade offices celebrates its first anniversary today, strengthening and building new opportunities for South Australian exporters.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment David Ridgway said he was thrilled to be in Shanghai for the anniversary of South Australia’s Shanghai trade office and to acknowledge the great work that has already been achieved.

“Since opening its doors, the Shanghai office has introduced many new opportunities to South Australian exporters.

South Australians to paint the town red as 'Black Friday' shop trading extension granted for first time in city, suburbs

In a South Australian first, retailers across the Adelaide CBD and suburbs will be given the opportunity to trade until midnight on Friday, November 29 to capitalise on the burgeoning popularity of ‘Black Friday’ sales.

Treasurer Rob Lucas has granted the Ministerial exemption under section 5 of the Shop Trading Hours Act 1977 in response to strong demand from consumers and will allow bargain-hunters to “shop ‘til they drop” and get a head-start on their Christmas shopping.

Screen industry goes from strength to strength with record production spend and fourth year of growth

South Australia has recorded the fourth consecutive year of growth and a 29 per cent increase in drama spend in the state according to Screen Australia’s 2018/19 National Drama Report.

A new record-breaking high of $110 million was spent in the state on production and post production, up from $85 million in 2017/18.

South Australia has sustained 9 per cent of the national share, with the state achieving a record 11 per cent in 2017/18, up from 3 per cent in 2016/17.

Gawler Rail Electrification sparks into construction

The Federal Liberal and Nationals Government in partnership with the South Australian Government has announced the commencement of construction works on the electrification and modernisation of the Gawler Rail Line.

Jointly funded by the Federal and State Governments the multi-million project is expected to support approximately 250 full-time equivalent jobs a year over the life of the project, with completion anticipated in 2021.