Mining giant BHP Billiton has announced it has sold off its 8.3 per cent stake in the East Browse Joint Venture and 20 per cent interest in the West Browse Joint Venture for USD$1.63 billion to PetroChina International.

The Australian construction industry has marked its third consecutive year of decline, with the latest Australian Industry Group/Housing Industry Association report confirming the sector is still continuing to contract.

The Federal Government has come out in support of calls for the establishment of a code of conduct between independent automotive repairers and car manufacturers to allow repairers access to crucial data needed to service modern cars.

Australia is on the cusp of a uranium boom that would see the country ride a massive spike in demand for the resource, according to Federal Minister for Resources Gary Gray.

The Federal Government has announced the formation of the country’s first National Asbestos Exposure Register.

The Northern Territory has launched its new $3.95 million Creating Opportunities for Resource Exploration initiative aimed at assisting mineral and petroleum explorers make the ‘next major discovery in the Northern Territory’.

The Queensland Government has released new training and skills plan which it says will see significant investment directed towards essential courses and qualifications.

The Queensland Government is calling for community feedback on Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed $1.76 billion Byerwen Coal Mine, north of the Bowen Basin.

The nation’s residential construction sector has stagnated, with the recent GDP figures showing now growth in the industry in the March 2013 quarter, according to the Housing Industry Association (HIA).

The Victorian Government has announced it has met with national and international organisations interested in the delivery of stage one of the East West Link.

The Queensland Government has announced it will invest a further $30 million over three years to support the state’s resources and exploration industries.

For the fifth consecutive year, the number of students enrolled in the national publicly funded training system increased, with 1.943 million students studying last year, up 3.3% from 2011.

The Queensland Government has announced $4.2 billion will be allocated in the 2013-14 State Budget to rebuild the state after this year’s floods, with $2.1 billion of that going to road rebuilding.

Sydney Airport has released its Preliminary Draft Master Plan, which it promises will deliver significantly improved traffic and passenger flow.

The Federal Government has announced it will form the first National Asbestos Exposure Register to be maintained by the newly formed national Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency.

Mining giant Rio Tinto has announced the appointment of Paul Dean as the Chief Financial Officer for Rio Tinto Diamonds.

The Queensland Government has announced the roll out of a new, two-year, $350 million plan to tackle the state’s rising road toll.

The South Australian Government has announced it will invest $27 million to spend on training over the coming two years in a bid to help the state’s industries meet critical skills needs.

The Victorian Government has released an action plan it claims will reinvigorate the State’s earth resources industry by streamlining processes, establishing a new single point of contact for investors and launching a major new investment attraction program.

The Victorian Government’s $28 million Transport Solutions Regional Freight Initiative has officially begun with the announcement of $4.5 million in funding being allocated to three projects in the Geelong area.

The Western Australian Government has announced a range of regulatory support changes for the sustainable use of water by the mining industry.

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