And in Other News...Picturing Australia
More than 200,000 people and organisations worldwide follow Tourism Australia’s Instagram profile, @Australia, making it the most followed holiday destination globally.
Tourism Australia’s Instagram profile is powered by its followers who hashtag their own images with #seeaustralia. The best of these images are chosen to become the six daily posts on @Australia.
To view the ‘@Australia on Instagram’ infographic click here.
Easier online at IP
IP Australia has launched a new capability within eServices and B2B that enables online submission of the majority of transactions and correspondence to the Agency.
The new General eService includes: Examination responses for all IP rights types; extension of time requests (patents, designs and trade marks); assignment of ownership for all IP rights types and various amendments and or variation requests for all IP rights types.
Using eServices provides a range of benefits such as the convenience of transacting online 24/7; immediate confirmation of online submissions; upfront fee calculation and a consistent user experience across all IP rights.
Innovation patents review
An options paper for the review of the Innovation Patent System has been published by the Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP).
ACIP is seeking stakeholder comments on policy issues that address the full range of possibilities for the Innovation Patent System, from abolition of the entire system to waiting to see how the recent intellectual property legislative changes bed down. Submissions close on 4 October.
Find out more about the ACIP Review of the Innovation Patent System, and download a copy of the Options Paper.
Stamping Aussie chooks
The release of a new stamp issue by Australia Post recognises various Australian breeds of poultry.
The Australian Game, Australian Pit Game and Australorp feature on three domestic base-rate (60c) stamps; the fourth breed, the Australian Langshan, appears on the miniature sheet design.
The Australian Poultry Breeds stamp issue is available now at participating Australia Post retail outlets, via mail order on 1800 331 794 and online at auspost.com.au/stamps while stocks last.
Top shots wanted
The Top GeoShot photographic competition, run by Geoscience Australia, is one of the highlight events for Earth Science Week 2013.
The theme for this year's competition is Exposed to the Elements, with entry open to all members of the Australian public.
Entries for the 2013 Top GeoShot competition close on 23 September.
For further information go to this PS News link.
Earlier this weekVale Dan O’Dea
A full-time member of the National Native Title Tribunal, Dan O’Dea, has died.
Mr O’Dea was appointed a full-time member of the tribunal in 2002. Before that he was the Principal Legal Officer of the Ngaanyatjarra Council, achieving many valuable native title outcomes for the Aboriginal people of the Western and Central Desert region.
Tribunal President, Raelene Webb said Mr O’Dea continued this work as a Tribunal member and his expertise in mediation and arbitration would be missed.
Migrant stories revealed
The National Archives of Australia has revealed a number of stories involving British migrants coming to Australia.
Director of the Archives Adelaide office, Nick Gleghorn said because British migrants didn't have to apply for citizenship or visas, people often assumed the Archives held less information on them than for other European migrants.
However, there were many stories relating to British migration in the Archives collection and he encouraged family historians and other researchers to access them.
Rail safety on track
A memorandum of understanding aimed at boosting rail safety and productivity has been signed by the National Transport Commission (NTC) and the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator.
The agreement formally facilitates collaboration between the two bodies and was a recommendation of the 2012 Review of the NTC and other bodies.
The MOU is available to download from this PS News link.
Three-year funding of $677,051 for the Centre for Native Title Anthropology at the Australian National University has been announced by the Department of the Attorney-General.
The Centre, a collaboration between ANU and the Attorney-General’s Department, was established in response to an identified shortage of Native Title Anthropologists.
The funding will expand the capacity of groups working with native title claimants around Australia.
Edition 377, 3 September 2013