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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 6 Hansard (9 May) . . Page.. 1896..


Table 1: Summary of International Campaigns since 1 July 2009 In Market Activity Date Cost Staff Members Participating South Africa 6 to 18 May 2010 $32,130 2 x SOGC New Zealand 16 to 19 July 2010 $10,050 1 x SOGC; 1 x ASO5 United Kingdom 8 to 21 September 2010 $36,000 1 x SOGC; 2 x ASO5 1 United Kingdom; Ireland; the Netherlands; and South Africa (combined campaign) 9 to 28 February 2011 $38,300 2 x SOGC New Zealand 10 to 15 February 2011 $18,960 1 x SOGA; 1 x ASO5 United Kingdom 31 May to 14 June 2011 $25,500 1 x SOGC; 1 x ASO5 New Zealand 11 to 13 November 2011 $12,150 1 x SOGC; 1 x ASO5 United Kingdom 21 February to 7 March 2012 $30,350 2 x SOGC New Zealand 11 to 13 May 2012 $11,500 1 x SOGC; 1 x ASO5 New Zealand 15 to 18 March 2013 $11,700 1 x SOGC; 1 x ASO5 1. In September 2010 three officers participated in the campaign to the United Kingdom due to its length and complexity. 1. In September 2010 three officers participated in the campaign to the United Kingdom due to its length and complexity.

(d) It is not possible to determine the specific number of applications generated directly from these campaigns given the visa processing pipeline can take several years. Table 2 below shows the top five countries for application approvals over the last four years, with both the United Kingdom and South Africa featured. There is a strong relationship between in market programs and subsequent application activity. Activity from New Zealand is less visible because visa processes are generally not involved.

Table 2: Top five countries for application approvals since 1 July 2009 Top 5 Countries of origin Number of applications approved from highest ranking Percentage of total approved applications United Kingdom 339 18% India 307 16% South Africa 276 15% Sri Lanka 130 7% Iran 84 4%

Business—buy local campaign (Question No 102)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Economic Development, upon notice, on 10 April 2013:

(1) What is the status of the Social Media 'Buy Local' Campaign initiative.

(2) When will this initiative commence, if not already.


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