Earlier this year the Australian Government announced that it planned to introduce a $2000 cap on work-related self-education expenses as part of tax reforms in the 2013 Budget. A Discussion Paper was released in May 2013, and submissions closed 12 July 2013.
AGIA opposes the introduction of such a cap, and supported the Australian Geoscience Council’s (AGC) submission to the Australian Government Treasury Department in response to the Discussion Paper:
“…The Australian Geoscience Council is very concerned by the Government’s proposal to introduce a $2,000 cap on tax deductions for work-related self education. We regard the proposal as short-sighted, one that will have an increasingly adverse impact on productivity in an important part of the Australian economy, and one which will stifle innovative initiatives so necessary for economic growth. If the Government wishes to persevere with this detrimental policy, we urge that the cap be increased significantly to reflect the real costs of self education in this day and age.”
View the AGC’s full submission here: AGC submission on reforms to self-education expenses July 2013
Another professional association of interest to AGIA’s membership – The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) – has joined the #ScrapTheCap Alliance. You can read more about the #ScrapTheCap campaign here.
AGIA Geoscience Data & Information Seminar:
12.30pm – 4.30pm, Thursday 24th October 2013
The National Committee has developed a draft plan for this excellent professional development opportunity. The afternoon seminar will be held in the Perth metropolitan area (venue tbc) and will focus on creating and exposing trusted data and information.
Proposed topics include:
- data management strategies;
- IM Governance;
- data remediation;
- discovering trusted data & information; and
- an update on the public release of petroleum data (per Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Resource Management and Administration) Regulations 2011).
Places will be limited so please register your interest with firstname.lastname@example.org to receive further updates and aid the planning of the event.
AGIA’s National Committee is planning a revival of the Geoscience Information 101 seminar/workshop, tentatively scheduled for October 2013. AGIA is seeking input from members about the content of this professional development event:
What do you want to learn?
Who do you want to hear?
What would you like to share?
Previous Geoscience Information 101 seminars have included topics such as finding geoscience information, issues in managing information transfers and migration, and data available from the Geological Survey of Western Australia. Themes so far suggested for the 2013 seminar/workshop include Geoscience Information Management in the 21st Century, and Preservation of Geoscience Information Today.
Suggestions for topics will be sought from members attending the AGIA Easter Breakfast on 26 March 2013, and these will be shared with the membership via The Great Australian Byte newsletter and AGIA’s LinkedIn® group to encourage further feedback.