Recent research by Deloitte suggests that there is $49 billion up for grabs in Australia if companies worked more collaboratively. Google for Work — is a great way to realise those savings, with collaboration at its heart. Actually, we're so confident that Docs has all the features you need, without the ones you don't, that we're making it even easier for Australian businesses to give it a try.

Starting today, we’ll cover the fees of Google Apps for up to 3,000 users for businesses locked into an enterprise agreement (EA) with another provider until its contract runs out, when that business then signs up to Google Apps for the rest of its EA plus one year.  We'll even chip in on some of the deployment costs to set companies up for success with one of our Google for Work Partners. Visit our website to learn more about the terms and conditions for this offer.

Nine years ago with Google Docs, we saw an opportunity to build something that would enable people to work together in new ways. Fast forward to today and Docs is a productivity powerhouse. Now’s a great time to give it a fresh look if you want to take advantage of its unmatched collaboration tools. We’ve made it easy by covering most of the features some claim to be missing and adding nifty new stuff like Voice Typing and Explore. All in all, we think businesses will find Google for Work offers the perfect tools for work. A number of well-known Australian businesses like Dick Smith and Salmat have already turned to Google Apps to power their IT.

There’s a new way of working, and we think that once businesses see Docs and the rest of Google Apps for Work in action, they’ll never want to go back. We want to help Australian companies experience it now, even those locked into an existing EA. You can read more here.

For years, my family and I have watched countless hours of videos on all kinds of topics. We use video to learn and listen to nursery rhymes, to enjoy the shows we love, and to ask and answer questions on maths, science, space and beyond. With a world of video in our pockets, there’s a world of possibility and knowledge at our fingertips.

Today, we’re introducing the YouTube Kids app to Australia - an app built with parents and children in mind, that makes it safer and easier for kids to find videos on topics they want to explore. Since its release in the United States in February, the YouTube Kids app has been downloaded more than 10 million times, by families who rate it among the top kids apps available.

Now, Aussie families will have a new way to discover and explore videos on every topic in, well, the universe. YouTube Kids is our first step in reimagining YouTube for families, built from the ground up with little ones in mind. Our family-friendly app makes it easier for parents and kids to enjoy the family content they love, and it’s now available to download for free on Google Play and the App Store.

Here are some of the key features:

Bright and playful design 
We’ve designed the app to be easier for kids to use, with a brighter and bigger interface that’s perfect for little thumbs to navigate. And we’ve built in voice search so that even if your child can’t spell or type, they can still find videos of things they’re curious about. Your family can even enjoy their favourite videos on the big screen, using Chromecast, Apple TV, game consoles or a smart TV.

With larger images and bold icons, it’s fast and simple. And we’ve built in voice search so that even if your child can’t spell or type, they can still find videos of things they’re curious about. 

Family-focused content 
We’ve built the YouTube Kids app to be a safer version of YouTube, a family-friendly place for kids to explore their imagination and curiosity. You can browse channels and playlists in four categories: Shows, Music, Learning, and Explore, or search for videos of particular interest to your family. Your favourite Aussie shows from ABC Kids — Play School, Jemima's Big Adventure, and Giggle and Hoot — are in YouTube Kids alongside Thomas & Friends, HooplaKidz, and National Geographic Kids. You’ll also find popular content from Australian creators such as Charli's Crafty Kitchen, Bounce Patrol, and Hi-5 TV.

Parental controls 
We’ve built options into the app that help you control the experience for your kids and put parents in the driving seat.
  • Learn how the app works: When parents open YouTube Kids, we explain upfront how our systems choose and recommend content and how to flag videos. We always try to make the videos available in the app family-friendly but no system is perfect, so if you ever find a video you’re concerned about, please flag it. This helps make YouTube Kids better for everyone. 
  • Search settings: We’ll also prompt you to make a choice about how broadly you want your child to explore - turn search on to access millions of family-friendly videos, or turn search off to restrict your child’s experience to a more limited set. Either way, parents decide the right experience for their family from the get-go. 
  • Timer: Let the app be the bad guy with a built-in timer that lets you limit kids’ screen time. The app alerts your child when the session is over, so you don’t have to. (You’re welcome. ;) ) 
  • Sound settings: Sometimes you need a little peace and quiet! You have an option to turn off background music and sound effects, so your kids can keep watching while you catch a breath. 
  • Custom passcode: Parents have the ability to set their own passcode. 

YouTube Kids is available for free starting today in Australia on Google Play and the App Store. We’re so excited to help kids and families discover, learn and create in new ways. From our family to yours, happy exploring!

Outback Australians have always found ways to overcome distance with technology, from the Royal Flying Doctor Service to the School of the Air. These days, it’s the internet that is helping Australia’s rural communities by giving a boost to their small businesses.

Last week, in partnership with the Regional Australia Institute, we welcomed ten winners from our Regional Online Heroes initiative to Google in Sydney, selected by a panel including Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and Birdsnest founder Jane Cay.

One of our Regional Online Heroes, Eric from Farmanco, swaps notes with a Googler on getting the most out of the internet 

These business owners are getting on with growing their businesses, creating jobs and giving back to their local communities. For instance, Rae from Mind my Farm in Parkes has set up a business that matches farmers with expert farm sitters, allowing farmers to take a well-deserved break. Sheree from Wheatbelt Beads uses the internet to find new customers for her beads and other jewellery - and now exports from Merredin, WA to places as far afield as the UK, Mexico, Bulgaria and Canada. 

Resourceful business owners like Rae and Sheree are using the internet to make their regional businesses thrive in a digital age.

Another great example is the national winner of our Regional Online Heroes competition. Tambo Teddies. The business was set up in the outback town of Tambo, QLD (population: 340) in the middle of a drought as a way of using discarded wool products, but is now a huge success, relying on the internet to sell teddies across Australia - and internationally. Alison, Kiralee and Tammy have used the internet to put Tambo on the map, create jobs and put a smile on the face of kids across the world.

Businesses that are making the most of the internet are twice as likely to be growing, and four times as likely to be hiring staff (Deloitte).

So we want to say a big good on ya to our ten regional online heroes - and to all those other businesses in regional Australia using the internet to grow and give back.

Regional Online Heroes 2015 
4 Ingredients 
Dingo Australia 
Knobel Honey 
Mind My Farm 
Outback Astronomy 
Tambo Teddies (national winner)
The Rural Woman
Therapy Connect 
Wheatbelt Beads 

Posted by John Ball, Head of Small Business, Google Australia

The Google News Lab is a team within Google that collaborates with journalists and entrepreneurs to help build the future of media. The Google News Lab Fellowship is one of the Lab’s programs that aims to develop the next generation of reporters by placing journalism students and graduates at host organisations for eight weeks to work on projects at the intersection of media and technology.

Now for the first time we’re bringing the News Lab Fellows program to Australia. We’re seeking a university student or graduate to spend the 2016 mid-year break embedded in the Sydney Morning Herald newsroom, working on data journalism and coding projects that will help the newsroom experiment and innovate with the latest storytelling technologies and techniques, and in doing so help push forward the state of journalism in Australia.

The Fellowship is open to undergraduate and graduate students who have technology skills that they’d like to apply to create new innovative forms of journalism, under the guidance of some of Australia’s most experienced journalists, editors, photographers, and editorial developers. Preference will be given to students currently involved in computer science or related specialties, or current journalism students who can demonstrate strong proficiency in technology.

Interested students can apply here. Applications close on November 22, and the successful applicant will spend eight weeks in the Sydney Morning Herald newsroom from May 30, 2016.

We introduced Android as an open platform that anyone can build on, and today there are 4,000+ Android devices in all shapes and sizes. Android’s diversity is why it’s become the most popular mobile platform in the world, and the latest version, Marshmallow, takes Android to a new level of performance.

Every year, the people who build Android also build Nexus devices to show off the latest and greatest of Android. And this year, they built not one, but two Nexus phones. Today we’re introducing two new Nexus treats and opening pre-orders for both phones in Australia. They both run Android Marshmallow 6.0 and are sweetened by amazing apps — sandwiched by some cutting-edge hardware (see what we did there?).

The Nexus 6P is the first full metal-body Nexus phone. Built by Huawei, this 5.7” phone is crafted from aeronautical-grade aluminum, with a powerful processor, a 12 megapixel camera and a new type of USB port —called USB Type-C — for fast charging.


Many of you told us how much you loved the Nexus 5. So, we’ve brought it back with the new Nexus 5X, giving you great performance and a beautiful 5.2” screen, in a compact and light package.

With Android Marshmallow, the new Nexus phones offer Now on Tap to help you get fast answers when you need them, fingerprint support for quick and secure access, more control over app permissions, and Doze to help your battery work smarter. 

Starting today in Australia, you can pre-order the new Nexus phones from the Google Store. The Nexus 5X starts at $659 and the Nexus 6P starts at $899. You can also get the Nexus 5X on a plan or outright through Telstra, while the Nexus 6P is available through OptusVodafone and Virgin Mobile. In early November, you can pop into a JB HiFi or Harvey Norman to pick up a new Nexus device.

Posted by Venkat Rapaka, Director of Product Management, Android and Chrome

Earlier this year we announced our latest Doodle 4 Google competition, in which we asked school students across Australia to draw their own version of the Google logo, inspired by the theme “If I could go back in time I would...” Now, more than 26,000 doodles later, we can announce the winning entry.

Congratulations to Ineka Voigt of Canberra High School in ACT who has just been named the overall national winner for this year’s Doodle 4 Google competition. Ineka has won a Chromebook laptop and Nexus tablet for herself and $10,000 worth of technology for her school. Her doodle will be featured on the homepage next year. 

Ineka’s doodle is titled “Stolen Dreamtime”. Ineka said: “ If I could travel back in time I would reunite mother and child. A weeping mother sits in an ochre desert, dreaming of her children and a life that never was... all that remains is red sand, tears and the whispers of her stolen dreamtime.” 

Congratulations also to our other national age group winners, Years 1-3 Billy Mahaffy, Scotch College Junior School, WA; Years 4-6 Samuel Nelson, St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, QLD; and Years 7-8: Shalayne Smith, Marymount College, QLD.

The National Age Group Winners spent yesterday at the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney for the unveiling of the National Winner. The young doodlers also saw their work in a special display at the gallery. Special thanks to Leanne Carr from the Art Gallery of NSW for her generous support of the competition and for an unforgettable day at the Gallery.

Thank you to all our thousands of doodlers from across Australia, and look out for Ineka’s doodle on our homepage.

Technology doesn’t stand still. Neither do careers, or the skills that we need for the jobs of the future. Just as careers like ‘knocker uppers’ (yep it was a real job) were replaced by alarm clocks, ice cutters by refrigeration, and lamp lighters by electricity, so too are we seeing a transformation in the types of jobs we’ll need and want as a future society.

As few as eight years ago there were no Android or iOS developers - because there were no smartphones! Self-driving cars were just a dream. And 3-D printing of prosthetics wasn’t even imaginable. Yet today, all those these sectors are thriving and likely to supply many of tomorrow’s jobs.

Last year we helped to publish the Careers with Code guide, which showed the wide variety of careers that computer science can lead to - everything from art and music to medicine and agriculture. In Australia alone, demand for skilled computer scientists is growing rapidly. In this year’s guide we’ve showcased more amazing and diverse Computer Science careers in fields such as sport, gaming, health, sustainability, and more.

Australia needs technically-capable grads with a passion to solve the really tough challenges facing the world. We hope this guide will inspire your students to take up the challenge and become the change makers, innovators, and creators of the future.

Today, with Refraction Media and we're launching the 2015 edition of Careers with Code, with an unprecedented distribution of 175,000 magazines – 50 copies for every Australian high school, university careers centres and science outreach programs - being distributed across the country.

Careers with Code, a magazine, digital e-zine and website, shows high school students the wide variety of careers that computer science can lead to – everything from art and music to business, sports, health and conservation. We encourage you to share this resource with the widest possible audience of students, teachers and parents - it’s not just for the tech, science or maths classes!

Help us start the conversation about the careers of the future with your community, and inspire the next generation to change the world.