And in Other News...Yeend building opened
Prime Minister, Julia Gillard has officially opened a new section of the Australian National University’s (ANU) Crawford School National Security College.
The J G Yeend wing has been named after Sir Geoffrey Yeend, a former Chancellor of the ANU and Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Tax break for fire victims
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has announced that tax refunds are to be fast tracked for people directly affected by bushfires.
The ATO said eligible people will also have additional time to lodge activity statements after it deferred their lodgement and payment dates (excluding large Pay As You Go withholders) for activity statements to 29 April 2013.
More information is available from PS News link.
Students win sports academies
Indigenous female school students in WA are the focus of a new initiative which aims to help them stay in school and complete their education.
Students in Derby, Roebourne and Kununurra will benefit from three new Sporting Chance Academies to be established over the next two years as part of efforts to keep them engaged in their schooling.
More information on the program is available from PS News link.
Previously this week... Bushfire payments out
The first disaster recovery payments for those affected by the Wambelong bushfires have been processed.
The one-off payments into the bank accounts of those affected by the fires in north-western New South Wales were made after 26 claims for Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payments ($1000 for eligible adults and $400 for eligible children) were approved.
The Capital Women group has invited people to the national Library for an evening with prominent women, Christine Gee, Judy Horacek, Karen Middleton, Susan Ryan and Petria Thomas.
To be held on Friday 8 February as part of the Centenary of Canberra, the event will allow the high-profile panellists to reflect on what the national capital means to them.
The evening is scheduled to begin at 6pm with the $50 tickets including champagne and canapés.
Bookings can be made at this PS News link.
A new $1000 bonus has been made available to businesses that hire a mature-aged worker.
The “Experience+ Jobs Bonus” is part of a package of initiatives aimed at increasing mature-age participation in the workforce.
A total of 2500 Jobs Bonuses worth $1000 each were now available each financial year until 2016.
Edition 345, 22 January 2013