Training opportunities in the Valley

Latrobe City Council and Federation University have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore further opportunities for education and vocational training in the region.

The MOU aligns with council’s bid to secure state and federal government funding to help realise the Latrobe Creative Precinct, which includes a new performing arts centre in Traralgon.

If funding is received, council will not only construct a new arts centre on the current site, but also remodel the existing building to include a community arts space, meeting rooms, digital training hub and other education and training facilities.

Expressions of interest for future board members of Victoria’s 12 publicly owned TAFEs have opened.

The State Government is looking for board members, that along with TAFE chief executives and elected staff members, will drive the government’s strengthened agenda for TAFEs in metro and regional areas across the state.

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Expressions of interest close at midnight tomorrow.

AUSTRALIAN small businesses can now amend their legal structure without attracting a capital gains tax liability after a small business bill passed parliament this week.

Small Business Minister and Assistant Treasurer Kelly O’Dwyer said all tax measures within the Federal Government’s $5.5 billion Growing Jobs and Small Business package were now passed.

The package includes:

tax cuts for all incorporated small businesses to 28.5 per cent;

five per cent tax discount for unincorporated small businesses;

cutting red tape on small business by simplifying the process for establishing and maintaining an employee share scheme; and immediate deductibility of all eligible assets costing less than $20,000.