Independent News For The Australian Public Service
Edition Number 397. Updated Tuesday, 18 February 2014

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Mental health help

beyondblue and the ACT and Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry are delivering tips on improving mental health in the workplace.

They say a mentally healthy workplace improves the mental health of all employees and managers, which can lead to increased productivity, improved staff engagement and morale.

"Take 1 Step" will be held at the National Convention Centre Ballroom on Tuesday (25 February 2014) from 6pm to 8pm.

CensusAtSchool opens

The 2014 CensusAtSchool Questionnaire has been opened by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

CensusAtSchool is a free and voluntary online questionnaire and analysis resource for students in Years 5 to 12.

Students submit real data about everyday interests and opinions on various environmental and social issues, building a foundation for their future participation in the Australian Census of Population and Housing.

The CensusAtSchool questionnaire will remain open until 1 August.

It can be found at this PS News link.


Vegetable growers survey

The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) will shortly conduct its annual survey of vegetable growers across Australia to help the industry plan for its future.

The survey will collect information about production, financial performance and socio-economic characteristics of vegetable-growing farms.

The survey is co-funded by Horticulture Australia Limited and the Department of Agriculture.

Results from past surveys are available on this PS News link.


Tasmania in the Archives

Permission to export Tasmanian tigers, false passports for former SS officers, and early weather records are among stories in the National Archives' research guide to Tasmanian records.

The Commonwealth Government Records about Tasmania, by Michael Piggott, was launched by Director-General of the National Archives, David Fricker.

It is available in hard copy from the National Archives shop or its online e-shop.

It can also be downloaded free of charge at this PS News link.


Defence housing plan

Defence has announced a plan to build an extra 2,300 homes in Darwin.

Eight hundred houses will be built for Defence members, and 1,500 for the general public.

The plan will deliver more land for residential developments for the general community when Defence members move into their new housing.

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