MEDIA RELEASES

protecting workers

16 Apr 2021: Qld’s labour hire scheme stamps out rogues

On the third anniversary of Queensland’s nation-leading labour hire licensing laws, the state’s Industrial Relations Minister has once again called for national action to protect workers.

“Our nation-leading scheme continues to protect workers by clamping down on the rogue operators, as well as providing our 3350 legitimate operators the level playing field they sought.

Additionally, the scheme has meant our inspectors can work with agencies like the Australian Tax Office, Australian Border Force, the Fair Work Ombudsman and other Commonwealth, state and local government regulators, sharing intelligence and resources to tackle criminal activity and serious offences, such as wage theft and tax evasion.

Queensland introduced Australia’s first labour hire licensing scheme three years ago. Since then:

  • 255 licences have been suspended for non-compliance.
  • 83 licences have been cancelled for non-compliance
  • 251 licence applications have been refused or withdrawn
  • 61 licences have been granted with conditions

As well 10 businesses and five company directors have been successfully prosecuted, with courts issuing a total of $820,000 in fines.

 

screen shots of new check in queensland app

19 Apr 2021: Hospitality businesses rush the Check In Qld app before May 1st deadline

While the response has been great, I remind those hospitality businesses that haven’t already signed up to do so now. From May 1 it will be compulsory for all involved in this sector to be using the Qld Check In app…

“This is a safe and simple way for customers and staff to record their contact details and support businesses to comply with public health directions, keeping everyone safe.

“One of the best features of the app is that you only need to enter your details once and the app remembers them for future check ins, including details of any dependents…

Businesses can register at https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/check-in-qld/check-in-qld-registration-form

 

QLD Multicultural awards poster

14 Apr 2021: Nominations open for Multicultural QLD Awards

Nominations are now open for this year’s Multicultural Queensland Awards.

The annual awards recognise the outstanding contributions by organisations or individuals helping to build an inclusive Queensland…

Nominations close at 5pm on Monday 10 May and winners will be announced during Multicultural Queensland Month in August.

For more information, to nominate online or to download the nomination form visit  www.qld.gov.au/MQA

 

 

lady shopping

14 Apr 2021: The great outdoors beckon as QLD relaxes restrictions

From 6am, Thursday, 15 April 2021:

• Face masks will only be mandatory in airports and on planes. Masks will no longer be required in indoor spaces such as shopping centres, supermarkets, retail outlets or public transport or outdoors when you can’t physically distance, however masks will still be required in high risk settings such as hospitals and aged care facilities.

 

 

algae growing in pods

13 Apr 2021: Heavy vehicle health check to kick off in May

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is urging heavy vehicle operators to use their Daily Safety Checklist, ahead of the second major health check of Australia’s heavy vehicle fleet…

“From next month the NHVR will undertake the second National Roadworthiness Survey, which will check the mechanical health of Australia’s heavy vehicle fleet,” Assistant Minister Buchholz said.

 

 

algae growing in pods

12 Apr 2021: Online window to Aussie agricultural innovation opens

A game-changing online digital platform connecting the world to Australian agricultural innovation will drive investment, commercialisation and make research and development outcomes transparent for levy payers and the community.

Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud said growAG will showcase success stories, research projects and commercial opportunities in one centralised location…

GrowAG was developed by Agrifutures Australia with the support of the 14 other Research and Development Corporations through a $2 million Australian Government grant.

Visit growag.com to explore Australia’s innovation system in one location.  

 

 

selfie of seniors on a beach

07 Apr 2021: October to be a month-long celebration of QLD’s seniors

For the first time, the State’s annual Seniors Week will become a month-long celebration of our state’s seniors with $100,000 provided by the Palaszczuk Government to schools, community groups, non-government organisations and local councils to host events and activities.

“This year, with grants of up to $1000 available, we’re gearing up for a month of celebration – under the theme of Social Connections — imagine how many events we could have registered for a whole month of seniors celebrations?”

 

 

people with facemasks on in the community

01 Apr 2021: Greater Brisbane lockdown ends; some restrictions remain to keep QLD safe

From 12 noon Thursday 1 April to 12 noon Thursday 15 April 2021 all Queenslanders will be required to adhere to the following restrictions to protect against the ongoing threat of COVID19:

1. Queenslanders must carry a face mask at all times when you leave home, unless you have a lawful reason not to. You must wear a mask in all indoor spaces, such as:

  • shopping centres and supermarkets
  • hospitality venues eg clubs, pubs etc
  • hospitals and aged care facilities
  • indoor workplaces (where safe to wear a mask and you can’t physically distance)
  • public transport, taxis and rideshare, and waiting places or queues for this transport
  • airports and travelling on planes.

2. Businesses will need to adhere to the one person per two square metre rule

3. Restaurants, cafés, bars and nightclubs are able to open for indoor eating and drinking whilst seated and outdoor eating and drinking whilst standing. Outdoor dancing is permitted.

 

Large LED Light on pole

31 Mar 2021: Lower power bills for high energy using businesses

Through the Government’s Energy Efficient Communities Program, 48 businesses that consume more than 0.05 petajoules of energy annually have been awarded grants of up to $25,000 to implement energy efficiency opportunities that will help lower their power bills.

The Energy Efficient Communities Program was announced as part of the Government’s $3.5 billion Climate Solutions Package to deliver on Australia’s 2030 climate commitments.

The full list of successful applicants for the High Energy Using Business grants is available on the business.gov.au website.

 

screen shots of new check in queensland app

31 Mar 2021: Mandated Check In Qld to aid contact tracing at pubs, restaurants and cafes

The Palaszczuk Government’s new COVID-Safe check-in app will be mandated for most hospitality businesses across Queensland from 1 May to assist with contact tracing efforts. 

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said that mandating Check In Qld for Queensland pubs, restaurants and cafes would allow contact tracers to more readily access information at a critical time for the State’s public health response. 

Data collected via Check In Qld is stored securely for 56 days and is only accessed for contact tracing purposes. 

For more information and to register for Check In Qld, visit https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/check-in-qld 

 

aeroplane landing at sunset

31 Mar 2021: Half-price airfares to power tourism recovery

Australians are expected to snap up 800,000 half-price airfares with the first tickets going on sale at midnight tonight…

The half price flights are on sale from 1 April until 31 July and tickets can be purchased for travel to 30 September 2021.

The Holiday Here This Year – Full on holidays campaign will run from 1 April until July 2021 and will be supported by partnerships with a range of airlines, travel retailers and the states and territories to drive demand for accommodation and experiences.

More information on the campaign can be found at: Holiday Here This Year.

 

man installing solar panels on roof

30 Mar 2021: Lowering energy costs for community groups across Australia

Community groups across Australia will be supported by a new Morrison Government program to lower energy costs, support local jobs and help reduce global emissions.

Through the Powering Communities Program, thousands of community organisations will be able to apply for a grant to help lower their power bills.

The $10.2 million program will fund up to 12 projects worth a total of $67,700 in each federal electorate. Grants of between $5,000 and $12,000 will be available to eligible community organisations, with no co-contribution required.

 

map of greater brisbane

29 Mar 2021: Greater Brisbane lockdown and Queensland restrictions

The Greater Brisbane region has now entered a three-day lockdown and increased restrictions are in place across Queensland as evidence of community transmission of the UK strain of COVID-19 continues to emerge.

The Greater Brisbane region includes: 

  • Brisbane City Council; 
  • Logan City Council; 
  • Moreton Bay Regional Council; 
  • Ipswich City Council; and 
  • Redland City Council.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the three-day lockdown would be reviewed on Wednesday and allow Queensland Health to carry out vital contact tracing.

 

food processing factory

29 Mar 2021: Food and Beverage grants open in $1.3B initiative

The Morrison-McCormack Government is helping local food and beverage manufacturers capitalise on the global appetite for Australian made products, with funding now available for projects in the sector under the $1.3 billion Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI).

Food and Beverage is the fourth of six National Manufacturing Priorities to be supported under the MMI to help manufacturers to scale-up production, commercialise their products and operations, and integrate into domestic and global supply chains.

 

jobkeeper

28 Mar 2021: JobKeeper

Today the temporary emergency support program JobKeeper comes to an end. It has achieved its objectives of supporting businesses and saving jobs, preserving employment relationships and delivering much needed income support across the economy.

JobKeeper was an economic lifeline which helped keep around a million businesses in business and 3.8 million Australians in a job at the height of the pandemic. The RBA estimated that JobKeeper saved at least 700,000 jobs

As of the end of February, ATO data indicates around 680,000 businesses employing 2.8 million people have graduated from JobKeeper with the unemployment rate today at 5.8 per cent.

While JobKeeper comes to an end, the Government’s economic support does not, with around $100 billion of our $251 billion in unprecedented economic support still to flow.

As we move to the next stage of the Government’s Economic Recovery Plan, private sector activity will continue to be boosted through a number measures including tax cuts, unprecedented business investment incentives, more skills and training places, new infrastructure projects and targeted support like the $1.2 billion aviation and tourism package.

 

strawberries in a box ready for sale

26 Mar 2021: Making it easier for ag exporters to do business

A new legal framework for Australia’s agricultural exports commenced today, streamlining the way farmers, other primary producers and exporters do business with our trading partners.

Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud said the Australian Government was committed to ensuring relevant, responsive and efficient export legislation.

“We are making it easier for farmers, other primary producers and exporters to send their products abroad while safeguarding our reputation as a reliable, high-quality source of food and fibre,” Minister Littleproud said.

 

bounce back better

24 Mar 2021: Queensland Small Business Month to spread ‘Bounce Back Better’ message

The Palaszczuk Government is offering $100,000 in sponsorship through a partnership program to help spread the ‘Bounce Back Better’ message during Queensland Small Business Month 2021, being held in May…

 Queensland businesses, local councils and chambers, peak industry associations and other groups working with small businesses have until 5pm Friday, 9 April 2021 to submit a partnership application.

 

prawns on a bbq

25 Mar 2021: Enjoy Easter with family friends and sustainable Aussie seafood

This Easter as Aussies reconnect with family and friends the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is encouraging them to shop at their local fish shop or fresh seafood market and enjoy sustainable Aussie seafood. 

Buying sustainable seafood caught by local commercial fishers is not only fresh and healthy it supports an industry that is vital to many communities around Australia. 

 

caboolture west plan

25 Mar 2021: Caboolture West SEQ’s first new growth area selected

A new suburb at Caboolture West has been selected by the Palaszczuk Government’s Growth Areas Delivery Team as a pilot site to accelerate land supply in South East Queensland…

“Caboolture West will ultimately be the size of a regional city; supporting 17,000 jobs and delivering many social benefits including new health and education centres, along with new sport and recreation facilities.

 

caboolture west plan

25 Mar 2021: Caboolture West SEQ’s first new growth area selected

A new suburb at Caboolture West has been selected by the Palaszczuk Government’s Growth Areas Delivery Team as a pilot site to accelerate land supply in South East Queensland…

“Caboolture West will ultimately be the size of a regional city; supporting 17,000 jobs and delivering many social benefits including new health and education centres, along with new sport and recreation facilities.

 

tourism poster

25 Mar 2021: Financial Counselling for Tourism Businesses

The Palaszczuk Government is delivering $2 million to support Queensland tourism businesses facing hardship with Sunday’s axing of JobKeeper by the Federal Government. 

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Tourism Business Financial Counselling Service would provide expert advice to tourism operators who need guidance on a range of matters including scaling down or pausing some parts of their business. 

 

artist impression of nolan park bmx track

23 Mar 2021: Moreton Bay Regional Council is receiving $9.3 million for community infrastructure

Moreton Bay Regional Council is receiving $9.3 million for shovel-ready community infrastructure projects that could create hundreds of jobs. 

The council will share in $100 million over the next three years through the Palaszczuk Government’s South East Queensland Community Stimulus Program (SEQCSP).

Attributable to Member for Bancroft Chris Whiting:

“Moreton Bay’s economic recovery is well and truly underway and this Stimulus Program will deliver more jobs on top of the 310 we’ve already delivered through previous rounds.”

 

laptop with shopping online

22 Mar 2021: Grants to help QLD export businesses grow overseas

A new grants program has opened aimed at helping Queensland export businesses better sell their products online to overseas customers.

The new $400,000 E-commerce Grants Program will offer up to $10,000 to Queensland exporters that already have an e-commerce deal but want to ramp up their online activity in Queensland’s key export markets…

Townsville-based mango grower Manbulloo has been using e-commerce for the past five years and now sells its mangoes through digital channels in Korea, China, Canada and the USA.

For more information or to apply for an e-commerce grant, visit tiq.qld.gov.au

 

busby marou

21 Mar 2021: Sydney and Melbourne targeted in aggressive new tourism campaign

The Palaszczuk Government’s successful Good to Go tourism marketing campaign has been re-worked ahead of a roll out in Sydney and Melbourne in an ‘aggressive bid’ to lure more southerners to sunny Queensland this winter.

New television advertising again featuring Queensland musicians Busby Marou and showcasing the very best of our state’s attractions are the centrepiece of the $2 million promotional ad blitz.

“We’ve been listening to tourism operators right across the state, and while international borders remain closed, we will continue to focus our efforts on getting as many Australians to visit Queensland as possible.”

 

artists impression of new dakabin train station

20 Mar 2021: Public transport upgrades sparking accessibility, jobs

There’s $26.9 billion worth of transport and road projects coming over the next four years plus the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail project, all supporting close to 30,000 jobs, and I think we can all agree that we want them to be as accessible to as many people as possible…

Mr Bailey said in addition to works happening at Cannon Hill, station upgrades were also in full swing at Dakabin, Auchenflower, East Ipswich, Fairfield and Yeronga, with upgrades at Yeerongpilly, Moorooka, Rocklea, Salisbury, Banyo, Bundamba, Burpengary, Wooloowin, Lindum and Morningside to follow.

 

man with one leg, weight training

20 Mar 2021: Up to $200,000 for Active Innovations

Innovation and Sport Minster Stirling Hinchliffe said the $4.34 million ActiveKIT fund would support start-ups, or small to medium-sized business to develop new innovative services and products that encourage Queenslanders to increase activity levels.   

“We want to support sports-tech companies, businesses and local governments to help Queenslanders become physically healthy by being physically fit and active.” Mr Hinchliffe said. 

 

my business health website

19 Mar 2021: My Business Health connects stressed small business owners with new support service

Stressed small business owners can now connect to a new, tailored mental health support service by visiting My Business Health.

The New Access for Small Business Owners program, delivered by leading mental health organisation Beyond Blue, is now operational and fully integrated into the redeveloped My Business Health web portal.

Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Bruce Billson says it’s important for small business owners to consider their mental health and to reach out if they are not coping…

Beyond Blue’s New Access for Small Business Owners program is now taking registrations here.  

 

business credit application

19 Mar 2021: Government extends credit relief form small businesses

On 15 March 2021, the Morrison Government secured passage of the National Consumer Credit Protection Amendment (Supporting Economic Recovery) Bill 2020 through the House of Representatives.

The credit reforms contained in the Bill are important for continuing to enable the Australian economy to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The reforms will reduce the cost and time it takes to access credit for Australian consumers and businesses, removing unnecessary barriers to accessing credit, which in turn will facilitate more economic activity.

These reforms follow on from the Government’s swift action during the onset of the pandemic to exempt the provision of credit to small businesses from the responsible lending obligations. This exemption is due to expire on 2 April 2021.

As part of the Government’s commitment to these reforms, the small business exemption will be extended until the Government secures passage of its credit reforms through the Senate.

 

strawberry plants

19 Mar 2021: $2 million budget for pre-farm gate waste investment – Open call seeks innovative ideas

Australians produce over 74 million tonnes of waste per year, with the amount of waste produced by farmers, fishers and foresters presenting a significant challenge. Limited support and practical options exist to avoid waste in the first place or manage it as part of the production process.  

Jen Medway, Senior Manager of Rural Futures at AgriFutures Australia, said the pre-farm gate waste program has been launched to support innovative ideas and options for the avoidance, recycling and reuse of pre-farm gate waste, and ensure there is clear direction and coordination of activities for the sector to achieve the required change.  

…The open call seeks to explore opportunities and challenges related to pre-farm gate waste and scope out a research program which looks holistically at the issue of waste across rural industries 

 

car crash

19 Mar 2021: QLD brings written-off vehicles into line

Laws governing repair standards for written-off vehicles will be updated to reduce the number of unsafe vehicles on Queensland roads.

The changes, which come into effect in 2022, will bring Queensland into line with other states.

The Written-off Vehicle Scheme was developed as part of a national initiative to ensure written-off vehicles being re-registered for sale do not contain stolen parts.

 

we are hiring

19 Mar 2021: QLD leads nation in jobs and population growth

Treasurer and Minister for Investment Cameron Dick said the ABS data Queensland was responsible for more than 60 per cent of all full- time jobs created in Australia in February 2021.

“While Queensland leads the nation in replacing the jobs lost during the COVID-19 pandemic, we know those are not all the same people and not all the same jobs.

“That’s why it’s particularly pleasing to see the number of full-time jobs in Queensland rise by almost 54,000 in just one month,” the Treasurer said.

 

screen shots of new check in queensland app

19 Mar 2021: Check In Qld app now used 1 million times

More than 1 million check-ins have been recorded across Queensland with the Palaszczuk Government’s new Check In Qld app.

Minister for Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said more than 7600 Queensland businesses had registered for the app, and it had now been used to check in patrons more than 1 million times.

 

beach with queensland written in the samd

19 Mar 2021: Industry heavyweights set to develop a blueprint for QLD’s tourism recovery

The Palaszczuk Government has today formed an Industry Reference Panel to chart a COVID‑19 recovery course for the former $25.5 billion Queensland tourism industry.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today announced aviation leader Liz Savage as Chair of the panel alongside former Tourism Australia CEO Andrew McEvoy and Tourism and Events Queensland Chair Brett Godfrey who will work with all sectors of the tourism industry to explore recovery options.

The Panel will oversee the development of an Action Plan for Tourism Recovery that will identify new recovery initiatives that position Queensland’s tourism industry for success after COVID-19.

 

warehouse full of chemicals

18 Mar 2021: Cleaning up chemical confusion to fight pollution

The Morrison Government has delivered ground-breaking improvements to the way environmental risks from chemicals are managed in Australia with the passing of the Industrial Chemicals Environmental Management (Register) Bill 2020 in Parliament today.

Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley said that with more than 40,000 chemicals used in Australia, the establishment of the Industrial Chemicals Environmental Management Standard would provide greater protection for households, workplaces and agriculture.

“Chemicals are used in household items, from cosmetics to paints, cleaning products, plastics and packaging materials. They are used in agriculture, manufacturing, mining and fuel production and a wide range of applications,” Minister Ley said.

“We will now have a consistent system of Commonwealth management that ensures consistency across all states in relation to the use, storage, and disposal of chemicals.

 

bricklayer laying bricks

18 Mar 2021: $2.4 billion boost to the economy as government cuts red-tape for tradies.

The Morrison Government will provide a $2.4 billion boost to the economy by cutting red tape as part of our Economic Recovery Plan to allow for a uniform scheme for automatic mutual recognition (AMR) of state and territory based occupational licences and registrations.

Under this reform, builders, electricians, plumbers, architects, real estate agents, security guards and other workers who hold an occupational licence in their home state or territory and who want to do the same work in another state or territory will be automatically deemed to have the necessary licence. These workers will also not need to pay any additional fees or apply for additional licenses.

 

marine litter on a beach

18 Mar 2021: Global Recycling Day marked by launch of marine clean up

Global Recycling Day is being celebrated with the launch of a new round of grants that will help community groups clean up Queensland’s beautiful parks and waterways.

It is just the latest program in the Palaszczuk Government’s strategic plan for Queensland to become a zero-waste society by reducing how much waste is generated and increasing recycling rates.

The Community Sustainability Action Grants (CSA) Litter and Marine Debris Clean up and Prevention program is offering up to $700,000 in funding to reduce the amount of litter and debris in Queensland’s environment.

 

shipping containers at a dock with plane flying over

17 Mar 2021: Digital tools to help Australian businesses

The Morrison Government today launches a range of digital tools to help Australian businesses to reach new international markets and customers. 
 
The export.business.gov.au website features interactive market insights, trends as well as information on grants, funding, local laws and regulations, distribution and shipping. 

“If you’re thinking about going global, but unsure where to start, Austrade’s digital export services can take the guess work out of the research process and fast-track your export journey,” Ms Tipping said. 

 

map of queensland

17 Mar 2021: Funding accelerates vital infrastructure

The Palaszczuk Government will release a new State Infrastructure Strategy to support Queensland’s economic recovery.

“Queenslanders are invited to help shape this work and identify priorities for their region by completing a survey online.

“Targeted stakeholder engagement will also begin soon.”

To have your say visit https://www.statedevelopment.qld.gov.au/industry/infrastructure/infrastructure-planning-and-policy/state-infrastructure-strategy

 

old golf clubs

16 Mar 2021: New stewards bring a hole-in-one approach to recycling

The Morrison Government is taking its investment in product stewardship to close to $15 million and will now see a million sports shoes a year diverted from landfill, 200 tonnes of golf clubs recycled as well as industrial tyres and commercial furniture.

Four new schemes join a range of organisations represented at the launch of the Product Stewardship Centre of Excellence at Parliament House on Monday night.

In just one of the newly funded schemes, a national pilot will see around 220 collection sites take in 200 tonnes of golf clubs, 10,000 basket balls and 700,000 tennis balls – usually destined for bins and landfill.

 

fruit and vegetables

15 Mar 2021: Cracking down on dodgy greengrocers this Easter

The Morrison Government is making sure there are no underweight carrots left out for the Easter Bunny this year, with a week-long blitz of fruit and vegetable retailers beginning ahead of the Easter weekend.

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said inspectors from the National Measurement Institute (NMI) will hop to it from today until 21 March, auditing 550 greengrocers.

… For more information on trade measurement law or to report a suspected breach of the rules, contact the national helpline on 1300 686 664 or infotm@measurement.gov.au 

 

covid 19 vaccination information

14 Mar 2021: Is it True? Countering the misinformation on COVID-19 Vaccines

The Australian Government is ramping up its campaign against misinformation on the COVID-19 vaccines, as the vaccination program ramps up moving into Phase 1B.

Australians can get all their questions answer on the health website to find out what they want – and need – to know about the COVID-19 vaccines.

The new material on the website, called Is it true?  www.health.gov.au/covid19-vaccines – will help answer questions people may have about the vaccine, and respond to vaccine misinformation they may have heard.

 

older female getting a needle in the arm

14 Mar 2021: Over $1.1 Billion to extend Australia’s COVID-19 Health response

The Government will invest more than $1.1 billion to extend our successful national COVID-19 health response and suppression strategy until 31 December 2021.

Australia is leading the world out of the global COVID-19 pandemic and recession. As COVID-19 vaccines roll out across the nation, protecting Australians from the ongoing threats of the pandemic remains a priority.

This $1.1 billion is in addition to more than $22 billion spent in these areas to date, including more than $6 billion to support the COVID-19 vaccine roll out.

 

beer bottles on ice

10 Mar 2021: Boutique alcohol producers to benefit from new licence

Queensland’s artisan distillers and craft brewers now have more opportunities to grow their business by operating under their own, tailor-made, liquor licence.

…“This is all about backing small business, creating jobs, and helping Queensland kickstart its economy after COVID,” said Minister Fentiman.

“And this is fantastic news for Queensland’s artisan distillers and craft brewers to help them grow their business, and their brand.”

Applications for the new licence are now open for any small business operator who currently produces or intends to produce their own craft beer or artisan spirits.

 

single use plastics poster the last straw

10 Mar 2021: Less Plastic is Fantastic

Queensland now has new laws to ban single-use straws.

Polystyrene foam food containers and cups as well as single-use plastic straws, stirrers, cutlery and plates will all be banned from September 1, 2021 under new legislation passed by Queensland Parliament today (WED).

 

speaker in front of people at conference

10 Mar 2021: New program targets national conferences for Queensland

The Palaszczuk Government has launched a new national program to recruit Australian corporates to hold business events, conferences and conventions in Queensland.

The Business Events Council of Australia estimates up to $35.7 billion to be lost to the Australian economy from dwindling corporate events.

The Palaszczuk Government’s National Business Events Program fund will focus on national associations or corporate events with more than 350 delegates.

 

hydrogen fuel pump

10 Mar 2021: Applications open for second round of Hydrogen Industry Development Fund

Queensland will remain at the forefront of renewable hydrogen with the second round of the Hydrogen Industry Development Fund opening today.

… Applications will be assessed in a competitive merit-based process for funding across two priority categories, which are:

  • Application of hydrogen technologies related to mobility or transport sector projects, such as cars, buses, marine transport; machinery such as forklifts or farm equipment; refuelling infrastructure or hydrogen production equipment; and
  • Integration of hydrogen technologies with wastewater treatment plants (WWTP), including WWTP hydrogen production components.

 

apprentice learning how to use drill

09 Mar 2021: Thousands of New Apprentice and Trainee Jobs

Tens of thousands of new job opportunities will be created for apprentices and trainees across Australia with the expansion of the targeted wage subsidy program as part of the Morrison Government’s National Economic Recovery Plan.   

The Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy program is fully subscribed, helping to create 100,000 apprenticeships in less than five months.

Further information on the support available to eligible businesses and employees is available at: https://www.dese.gov.au/boosting-apprenticeship-commencements

 

tourism poster with words only

08 Mar 2021: Queensland Government loan supports local tourism providers

Treasurer and Minister for Investment Cameron Dick said a conditional loan was provided to Imperium Tourism Holdings through the government’s Industry Support Package.

…“This loan has enabled over 540 payments to Queensland tourism businesses and Queensland-based suppliers.

 

two female entrepreneurs checking graphs

08 Mar 2021: Helping businesswomen take on the world

The Morrison Government is supporting female entrepreneurs to build their businesses, take on global markets and create local jobs, with the opening of a new $11.6 million funding round under the Boosting Female Founders Initiative.

The Boosting Female Founders Initiative provides grants of between $25,000 and $400,000 to Australian start-up businesses that are majority owned and led by women.

Applications for the current funding round will be open until 22 April 2021, and can be submitted at business.gov.au/bff.

 

epirb on mast of boat

05 Mar 2021: National float-free EPIRB inspection campaign delivers great results so far

Since the 1 February 2021, AMSA inspectors have been conducting a national float-free EPIRB focused inspection campaign to ensure operators meet their obligations.

So far 90 per cent of vessels inspected have a correctly fitted float-free EPIRB registered with AMSA. This is a good result, well done to owners, masters and crew of these vessels!

 

three seedling plants growing from small to large

05 Mar 2021: Roadmap to guide National Ag Workforce vision

The Australian Government has released the National Agricultural Labour Advisory Committee’s report – National Agricultural Workforce Strategy: Learning to excel, together with a Roadmap to attract, retain, upskill and modernise the agricultural workforce.

…“The Roadmap outlines the government’s vision for the sector and broadly outlines the next steps for taking the roadmap themes forward,” Minister Littleproud said.

 

 

robotic arms taking cement from conveyor belt

04 Mar 2021: Using our resources strengths to grow manufacturing

The Morrison Government is leveraging Australia’s world-leading critical mineral and resources sector to create more jobs and economic opportunities for manufacturing businesses with the release of a new ten year plan.

The Resources Technology and Critical Minerals Processing road map shows how businesses can capitalise on Australia’s access to resources, which will be needed to manufacture many new technologies.

Applications under the Government’s $1.3 billion Modern Manufacturing Initiative also opened today to projects in the priority area, to help manufacturers scale-up production, commercialise products and tap into global supply chains.

 

prawn trawler

04 Mar 2021: Seafood to rise steadily out of a tough year

Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries Jonno Duniam has welcomed the release of figures in the Australian Fisheries and Aquaculture Outlook 2021 confirming the value of exports and production would rise steadily in the five year outlook.

Assistant Minister Duniam gave the opening address at today’s ABARES Outlook 2021 conference Fisheries and Aquaculture session and said the forecast of seafood’s aquaculture-led recovery is a tribute to the work and resilience of all industry participants.

 

plastic bottles on an assembly line

04 Mar 2021: Backing our local manufacturing businesses to grow

The Morrison Government’s game-changing investment to super-charge manufacturing and grow jobs is now open to local businesses, with applications sought under the $1.3 billion Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI).

More information on the grants is available at www.business.gov.au/mmii and www.business.gov.au/mmit 

 

woman in hard hat

04 Mar 2021: Palaszczuk Government encourages women to consider hard-hat careers

More women are being encouraged to get on the tools as the Palaszczuk Government exceeds women in construction targets on an exemplar project designed to put a spirit level to workforce participation.

Twenty-one female school students met with female tradies working on the QBuild social housing construction site today, where the Palaszczuk Government has joined forces with the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) to set a new industry precedent for female participation.

 

bribie island 4WD beach access

04 Mar 2021: More funding for bushfire recovery in QLD communities

Minister for Emergency Management David Littleproud announced 21 projects in the final round of the $36.8 million Local Economic Recovery Program (LER), jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

Funding provided by the Australian and Queensland Governments for projects approved under the fourth round of the LER Program in Queensland:…

    • $205,000 for Bribie Island fire line enhancement and access tracks

 

womens week poster

03 Mar 2021: Get set for Queensland Women’s Week 2021

Queensland Women’s Week 2021 (QWW) kicks off today with a jam-packed program of events aimed at celebrating Queensland women and girls and supporting them after a challenging 2020…

A full list of the events and activities held during QWW can be found at: www.cyjma.qld.gov.au/campaign/queensland-womens-week/events.

 

map of new infrastructure brisbane north

03 Mar 2021: Infrastructure Australia’s 2021 Priority List welcomed

“The Priority List drew on 124 new submissions received since the last edition’s release in August 2020, highlighting a $59 billion pipeline of investments for nationally significant priorities across a range of sectors including transport, energy, water, communications, housing and education,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

 

aquaculture

02 Mar 2021: Aquaculture to lead seafood’s pandemic recovery

Australia’s seafood industry is on the cusp of an aquaculture -led recovery, with salmon, prawns and oysters expected to help lift the sector back into positive territory.

Latest ABARES data reveals production value is forecast to slide six per cent in 2020-21 to $2.9 billion because of COVID-19 and trade disruptions.

But thanks largely to a projected uplift in aquaculture production, overall industry values are set to climb again — at an average annual rate of 1.6 per cent to 2025–26 — with export values also on the up.

 

aquaculture

02 Mar 2021: How to prevent inadvertent activations of your float-free EPIRB

It is important to know how to avoid and what to do if your float-free EPIRB inadvertently activates.  

If for non-distress purposes you need to remove the float-free EPIRB from the bracket and the water activation switch gets wet this will activate the EPIRB and transmit a distress signal to AMSA.  Please remember to keep the float-free EPIRB dry when removing from the bracket for maintenance or storage purposes.

 

agriculture

02 Mar 2021: Ag production on track to reach record $65.9 billion

Australian agricultural production is on track for a record-breaking year, with an expected farmgate value of $65.9 billion helping to drive the nation’s recovery.

Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud said ABARES figures released today confirm the sector’s extraordinary turnaround from drought.

 

food waste

02 Mar 2021: Food Rescue Grant Applications Now Open

The Palaszczuk Government is helping food rescue organisations buy new vehicles and equipment so surplus food can be diverted from landfill to Queenslanders in need.

A total of $850,000 is now available for Queensland not-for-profit food rescue organisations which are encouraged to apply for grants of up to $200,000 for eligible projects.

 

screen shots of new check in queensland app

28 Feb 2021: New Check In QLD app makes COVID-Safe simpler in QLD

A new, free, check-in app which makes it much easier for Queensland’s hospitality businesses and their customers to stay COVID safe rolls out statewide from today.

“It simplifies compliance with Public Health Directions for all hospitality venues, with patrons and customers able to self-check-in and have their information stored securely.

“Once people have used the Check In Qld app at one business, it remembers your details, saving you time in the future and providing easy on-going, check-in across all participating venues.

 

indigenous play

26 Feb 2021: More than $800,000 in funding for QLD arts

Queensland arts projects are receiving a funding boost from the Palaszczuk Government, with 21 projects sharing in $812,037 of funding in the latest round of the Queensland Arts Showcase Program (QASP) to deliver diverse cultural experiences across the state.  

For more information about Queensland Arts Showcase Program (QASP), and other Arts Queensland funding programs, visit www.arts.qld.gov.au

Applications for QASP Round 3 are now open, for more information visit: https://www.arts.qld.gov.au/aq-funding

 

coffee shop with 3 workers

26 Feb 2021: Palaszczuk Government steps up again for ripped-off workers

Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace said a new quick, simple and low-cost wages recovery system would be in place from Monday (1 March).

“The new streamlined process means all Queensland workers who’ve been underpaid can recover what they’re owed more easily – whether it’s penalty rates, superannuation or unlawful or unreasonable deductions from their wages,” she said.

From Monday (1 March), workers employed under the Federal Fair Work Act can lodge a claim for unpaid entitlements in the Industrial Magistrates Court.

The court will deal with small claims informally – claims of up to $20,000 for workers in the Federal system and $50,000 for workers in the Queensland state system.

 

petrie intersection

24 Feb 2021: Roads, transport to steer economic recovery, jobs

Major road and transport projects across Queensland are set to drive the Palaszczuk Government’s plan for economic recovery and jobs with billions of dollars’ worth of upgrades set to start or finish in 2021.

Projects like the $1.5 billion second M1, $662 million Bruce Highway upgrade between Caboolture and the Sunshine Coast and $230 million Townsville Ring Road Stage 5 will see shovels in the ground over the next 12 months, sparking a four-year pipeline of 23,600 jobs.

Including:

  • $662 million Bruce Highway – Caboolture to Sunshine Coast upgrade
  • $30 million Strathpine Road Diverging Diamond Interchange
  • $30 million Petrie Roundabout upgrade
  • $163 million Bruce Highway – Deception Bay Interchange upgrade

 

jobtrainer

24 Feb 2021: JobTrainer program set to deliver more cheap training courses for Queenslanders

More Queensland job seekers are set to benefit from $200 million in JobTrainer funding to access free or low-cost training for high demand jobs.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today revealed more than 21,000 Queenslanders had already enrolled in training courses under the joint State and Federal Government JobTrainer programs.

The Premier said JobTrainer would today be expanded to include 32 more courses.

 

machine tending crops

23 Feb 2021: Fresh look at the megatrends shaping Australian agriculture

ABARES and CSIRO have analysed how five megatrends shaping Australia’s food and fibre industries in coming decades will present both great opportunities and challenges for farmers, government and the economy.

The Insights article Stocktake of Megatrends shaping Australian agriculture, released today, examines these multiple transformative changes and the impacts for Australian agriculture using latest data and research.

The five megatrends are identified as:

  • Growth juggernaut: Three billion empowered consumers
  • Fractal politics: Beware the dance of giants
  • More from less: The permanent race for advantage
  • Cascading planetary risks: Coming, ready or not
  • Disruptive technologies: Opportunities for the brave.

 

defence industry security program poster with close up of jet

22 Feb 2021: Morrison Government launches guide to bolster industry security 

The Morrison Government has joined forces with Australia’s defence industry to develop a ‘go-to’ guide for small businesses on how to improve their security practices to help them win Defence work.

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price today launched the Working Securely with Defence guide alongside Australian Industry Group national president Chris Jenkins

About 40 per cent of businesses that apply to win Defence work have insufficient cyber security measures to meet Defence’s standards. 

The guide will help industry overcome those issues to become ‘Defence-ready’, in turn supporting the Government’s $270 billion investment in Defence capability over the next decade.

 

fresh prawns

19 Feb 2021: Independent experts to review imported prawn biosecurity risks

A scientific advisory group will independently evaluate how the department has assessed the biosecurity risks posed by imported raw prawns.
 
Minister for Agriculture, David Littleproud, said that protecting the health of Australia’s $3.4 billion seafood industry was a top priority for the government.
 
“Imported raw and uncooked seafood can bring in a range of pests and diseases of biosecurity concern such as white spot syndrome virus and the government is fully committed to protecting our industries from these critical threats,” Minister Littleproud said.

 

man checking size of item in factory with yellow hardhat on

19 Feb 2021: $1.3 billion Modern Manufacturing Initiative blasts off

The Morrison Government’s game-changing investment to super-charge manufacturing and grow jobs is now open to businesses, with applications sought under the $1.3 billion Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI). 

Businesses with projects in the space sector are the first to be able to apply for grants to help them commercialise ideas or processes, or integrate into global supply chains.

 

toddler looking at a book

19 Feb 2021: Government backs skills boost for kindies

Queensland kindies and early childhood services can now bid for grants from a $3 million pool to boost the skills of their staff.

Education Minister Grace Grace said the Plan Your Future Workforce Grants of up to $30,000 aimed to future proof the growing early childhood education sector.

Grant applications close on Friday, 12 March 2021 and the Education Department is holding information sessions by teleconference on the funding criteria and application process.

 

Dr Kim Cecile Elton at the piano

19 Feb 2021: Individuals Fund supports local artists and arts workers to expand skills

Applications are now open for the Individuals Fund, providing financial support for Queensland-based artists and art workers to gain professional and career development opportunities.

Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said it is important to invest in local artists and arts workers, as the Palaszczuk Government continues to deliver the plan for economic recovery.

… The Individuals Fund is open until 28 March for projects commencing 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022.

For more information: 
https://www.qld.gov.au/recreation/arts/funding/individuals/fund 

 

 

skilling queenslanders for work logo

19 Feb 2021: More than $13.7 million in projects for jobseekers

More than 2,000 Queensland jobseekers will undertake training and jobs, with the green light given to more than 80 community projects under the Skilling Queenslanders for Work (SQW) initiative.

Minister for Training and Skills Development Di Farmer today announced the successful projects that will share in the $13.7 million SQW funding.

This second funding round for 2020-21 brings the total SQW investment for the financial year to more than $55.8 million for 284 projects that will provide training and assistance to a total of more than 7,400 jobseekers.

 

 

Future Drought Fund logo

17 Feb 2021: Future Drought Fund – Self-assessment tool to assist farmers build drought resilience

  • The Drought Resilience Self-Assessment Tool (DR SAT) will enable primary producers to self-assess their resilience against a range of environmental, economic, and social indicators.
  • The tool will be delivered through pilots, with a prototype for extensive end user testing expected mid-year.
  • Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu will co-design the technology with farmers.
  • DR SAT is a $3 million foundational program from the $5 billion Future Drought Fund.

 

 

electricity pole

17 Feb 2021: Electricity bills expected to keep falling

Electricity bills are expected to fall in the second half of 2021 and beyond, thanks to continued action by the Morrison Government to reduce energy prices for families and businesses.

…Small businesses in New South Wales could end up slashing their energy costs by $577 a year compared to 2020-21, while those in south-east Queensland and South Australia will save more than $300.

 

 

ship through waves

16 Feb 2021: Webinar on proposed standard for watertight and weathertight integrity

Attend our (AMSA) webinar to find out about the proposed new standard for watertight and weathertight integrity. The webinar will take you through the proposed changes, what triggered the changes to the standard and how you can provide your feedback.

The proposed changes to the requirements for watertight and weathertight integrity take into account developments in technology and better align the requirements with international standards and best practice. 

Date: 9 March 2021, 2:30 pm AEST

 

 

qld training awards logo

15 Feb 2021: Call out for state’s top training talent

The call is out for stars of the state’s training sector to enter the 2021 Queensland Training Awards — celebrating the transformational power of skills for 60 years…

For a full list of award categories, nomination details and eligibility criteria for 2021, visit www.qta.qld.gov.au. Nominations close Sunday 21 March 2021.

 

electric car

15 Feb 2021: Future Fuels Fund opens

The Morrison Government has launched the first round of the Future Fuels Fund to expand the number of public fast-charging stations for electric vehicles to drive uptake and improve motorist confidence. 

Applications for the first round of the Future Fuels Fund are now open and will close on Tuesday 6 April 2021. For more information visit: https://arena.gov.au/funding/future-fuels-fund/ 

 

army tanks and trucks

15 Feb 2021: Qld committed to landing multi-billion defence contract

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Rheinmetall Defence Australia reconfirming a long-term partnership that is now firmly focused on attracting to Queensland the LAND 400 Phase 3 contract valued at up to $27 billion.

 

seaweed Asparagopsis

14 Feb 2021: Seaweed driving down emissions and driving up jobs

A world-first company cultivating a special seaweed to reduce livestock emissions has been given $1 million from the Morrison Government to scale up production.

Agricultural science company Sea Forest will use its matched funding to increase supplies of its seaweed additive for livestock feed, which both reduces livestock methane emissions by more than 99 per cent and improves herd health.

It’s among seven businesses sharing in $4.2 million in matched funding in the latest round of the Accelerating Commercialisation grants.

Accelerating Commercialisation is part of the Australian Government’s Entrepreneurs’ Programme, which has provided 519 grants worth $251 million to Australian businesses since its establishment in 2014.

 

illegal waste

12 Feb 2021: $100,000 in fines for illegal waste operators

More than $100,000 in fines have been issued in the past three months to people who have been illegally operating in the waste industry in Queensland.

…“The safe management of Queensland’s waste is a shared responsibility and involves everyone in the supply chain,” Mr Smith said.

“For the waste and recycling industry, they can eliminate, reduce and manage their risks through the adoption of the government’s guideline.

“Others in the supply chain should look to understand their role in fire prevention. For example, the public play a role here which includes not putting batteries into the landfill or recycling bin.”

The new Guideline – Prevention of fires in waste stockpiles is available at https://environment.des.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0024/222954/cm-gl-waste-stockpile-fire-external.pdf

 

Hydrogen fule

11 Feb 2021: Sod turning marks $20 million investment in future hydrogen workforce

Queensland has taken another step towards ensuring Australia emerges as a global hydrogen superpower.

The sod has been turned to mark the start of construction of the Palaszczuk Government’s $20 million Hydrogen Training Centre of Excellence at Beenleigh.

Treasurer Cameron Dick said the new facility is a key part of the government’s plan to fast track the development of the industry and ensure Queensland is at the forefront as the supplier of choice for hydrogen.

 

mon koma redcliffe qld

11 Feb 2021: Helping hotels lower their power bills

Small and medium hotels are being supported by the Morrison Government to lower their power bills so they can invest in their business and employ more Australians.

Through the Government’s $10.2 million Hotel Energy Uplift Program, hotels, motels and serviced apartment complexes with up to 99 rooms will be able to access grants of up to $25,000 for energy-saving projects, with at least 400 grants on offer.

 

prickly acacia and fall armyworm

11 Feb 2021: Backing research and industry collaboration to drive growth

Funding of between $100,000 and $3 million is available under Round 11 of the Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P) grants program.

“We want to support our industries and researchers to work together to find innovative solutions to challenges and improve the productivity, competitiveness and sustainability of their operations.”

Further information on CRC-Ps is available at http://www.business.gov.au/crc-p

 

prickly acacia and fall armyworm

10 Feb 2021: Revolutionary pest animal and weed control projects

  • 19 innovative projects will be funded through the $13 million Advancing Pest Animal and Weed Control Solutions Competitive Grant Round 
  • Projects will deliver a range of control solutions leading to more cost effective and safer alternatives to manage pest animals and weeds
  • Projects will target over 30 weed species and 15 pest animals/invertebrates

 

textile waste

09 Feb 2021: Tackling textile waste – from school uniforms to tradies gear

Having already set in train a billion-dollar transformation of Australia’s Recycling industry to tackle plastics, paper, glass and tyres, the Morrison Government is setting its sights on the 800,000 tonnes of clothing and textiles discarded by Australians each year.

Australians discard an average of 31 kilos of textiles per person annually, at a national rate of 15 tonnes of textile waste every ten minutes.

Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley today announced $350,000 to support Circular Threads – a new group to be led by The Australasian Circular Textile Association (ACTA) which will help tackle this growing problem.

The Circular Threads funding is part of the $20 million National Product Stewardship Investment Fund which has attracted strong industry support and is being implemented across a range of sectors.

For more information on the fund and related product stewardship schemes, head to https://www.environment.gov.au/protection/waste/product-stewardship/national-product-stewardship-investment-fund 

 

stayafloat

08 Feb 2021: Community resilience grants to help commercial fishers Stay Afloat

Applications are now open for Community Resilience Grants of up to $2000, as part of the Stay Afloat program to support and improve the mental health of those in the seafood industry. 

There are 35 grants available thanks to the Morrison Government’s $600,000 election commitment for Seafood Industry Australia (SIA) to deliver the first industry-specific mental health support program. 

 

float free epirb

05 Feb 2021: A reminder to keep your float-free EPIRB dry

Once the EPIRB is exposed to water, it automatically activates via the water activation switch.

Be careful when you wash down your vessel, in particular if you are using a high pressure hose, or it is exposed to significant weather conditions, your float-free EPIRB may become dislodged from the correct position in the bracket and unintentionally activate.

If your float-free EPIRB is accidentally activated, dry the water activation switch immediately and contact AMSA on 1800 627 484. There is no penalty for accidental activation.

 

hydrogen fuel cell car

05 Feb 2021: Supporting future fuel technologies and consumer choice

Australians should be able to choose the type of car they drive and the Morrison Government will continue to empower them in making these new technology decisions.

Today, the Government has released a discussion paper to further inform the development of Australia’s Future Fuels Strategy.

The Future Fuels Strategy Discussion Paper outlines the Government’s vision to create an environment that enables consumer choice, stimulates industry development and reduces emissions in the road transport sector.

The paper considers the role of a mix of technologies, including traditional fuel, hybrid, hydrogen fuel cell, electric and bio-fuelled vehicles.

To contribute to this important national conversation through the discussion paper or learn more about the Strategy process, visit: https://consult.industry.gov.au/climate-change/future-fuels-strategy/

Written submissions are open until Friday, 2 April 2021.

 

 

small business loan

04 Feb 2021: Loan scheme a lifeline to small businesses hit by COVID crisis:

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has welcomed media reports that Treasury is considering a revenue-contingent business loan scheme, saying it would provide a lifeline to small businesses recovering from the COVID crisis.

Ms Carnell, who has been calling on the Federal Government to introduce a revenue-contingent loan scheme since April last year, says the program would provide otherwise viable small businesses with the cash flow they need to survive the next 12 months, particularly as JobKeeper is phased out.

 

poster with multicoloured swirly lines and words truth healing and reconciliation grant

04 Feb 2021: Latest grants open for truth, healing and reconciliation

Queenslanders are encouraged to apply for up to $10,000 in grants as part of the Palaszczuk Government’s Truth, Healing and Reconciliation grants program.

Minister for Children Leanne Linard said the grants, which opened today, were running for the second time and aimed to support communities to deliver activities that contributed to truth, healing and reconciliation of people with a lived experience of institutional child abuse.

 

investing in qld women poster

04 Feb 2021: Grants to advance gender equality for QLD women

The Investing in Queensland Women program will provide $540,000 through two rounds of funding each year, with grants of up to $15,000 awarded to successful applicants to deliver community initiatives, including projects that prevent and respond to domestic and family violence and sexual assault.

Applications for round 1 of the grants can now be submitted, and close 5 March 2021.

For more information or to apply for a grant, visit https://www.justice.qld.gov.au/initiatives/grants-for-queensland-women

 

multicultural festival canberra

03 Feb 2021: Record $1 million grant program to celebrate multicultural QLD

Young people will be a focus of this year’s record $1 million grants program to celebrate Queensland’s multiculturalism.

Applications close on Monday, 15 March 2021.

For more information about the Celebrating Multicultural Queensland program and how to apply: www.dlgrma.qld.gov.au/cmq-program 

 

poster for yma qld youth parliament

02 Feb 2021: QLD Youth Parliament calls for nominations

YMCA Brisbane is searching for young people from all over the state who have an interest in leadership, the political process, or helping their community, to become members of the 2021 Queensland Youth Parliament. 

Nominations for the 26th Youth Parliament are now open (25 January) and Queenslanders aged 15-25 years with an interest in influencing change, political science, public speaking and policy or government are encouraged to take up the opportunity.

 

farmer on tractor

01 Feb 2021: RIC interest rate cut continues to back farmers

Farmers and farm-related small businesses across regional Australia will be further supported from today, with the interest rate on Regional Investment Corporation (RIC) loans dropping to a record low of 1.77 percent. 

This interest rate drop to record low levels, comes as part of a regular six-monthly review of the RIC’s concessional interest rate.

Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, David Littleproud, and Minister for Finance, Simon Birmingham, said the reduced interest rate would provide significant financial assistance to farmers and farm-related small businesses that are in most financial need.

 

files with a tab called insolvency

01 Feb 2021: Small businesses urged to register assets before insolvency explosion

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) Kate Carnell says it is essential for small business owners to secure their assets and business loans, with economists predicting a steep rise in insolvencies this year.

Ms Carnell says small businesses need to secure their assets through the Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR) so they are better protected in the event of an insolvency.

 

beach with holiday written in sand

31 Jan 2021: Ad blitz to send Aussies packing

A week-long tourism advertising blitz launched today will drive Australians to book domestic holidays and give our tourism industry a much-needed boost.

The $5 million marketing push will inspire Australians to holiday in Australia by highlighting destinations, tourism products and experiences, including areas impacted by last summer’s bushfires, across national advertising, TV program and event sponsorships, publisher created content and in-program editorial integration.

 

di farmer

30 Jan 2021: Minister hits the road to support small businesses

Queensland Minister for Employment and Small Business Di Farmer is touring the state next month to exchange ideas and insights with small business owners as they drive economic recovery across the state.

Ms Farmer said she was looking forward to the opportunity to hear from small business owners about the recovery measures put in place throughout the pandemic, and additional measures unveiled in the State Budget including the $140 million investment in Big Plans for Small Business.

Business owners can also visit www.business.qld.gov.au and use the COVID-19 business assistance finder tool to find what support is currently available or call the Small Business Hotline on 1300 654 687.

Business owners can also complete the current online business survey to help the Queensland Government develop programs to better meet their needs.www.business.qld.gov.au/smallbusinessroadshow 

To register for a Small Business Roadshow in your area, go to  www.business.qld.gov.au/smallbusinessroadshow

 

 

gambling community fund

29 Jan 2021: Queensland communities get $16 million boost

The grants are used to assist not-for-profit community groups provide services, host events and upgrade equipment and facilities that benefit their local community.

Round 108 of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund is open for application until 28 February 2021. To view the full list of recipients from Round 106 and apply for Round 108 visit www.justice.qld.gov.au/grants.

 

beach with qld inscribe in the sand

28 Jan 2021: Queensland good to go for New South Wales

Queensland will reopen to all of New South Wales at 1am on Monday, 1 February.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said authorities were working overtime to ensure a smooth border re-opening from next week.

 

Driver reviver sign

21 Jan 2021: Greater Brisbane restrictions set to ease

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has thanked the people of Greater Brisbane for their success in stopping the spread of a new, highly contagious strain of COVID-19 allowing businesses to get back to normal.

It came as restrictions including the mandatory use of masks were lifted 14 days after a hotel cleaner tested positive.

 

epirb on the water

19 Jan 2021: Focused inspection campaign – float-free EPIRBs

Over the period of 1 February to 30 April 2021, marine inspectors will be conducting an inspection campaign

To support the new requirement for certain types of domestic commercial vessels to be fitted with a float-free EPIRB, we will be conducting a focused inspection campaign to check and help operators to meet their obligations.

Marine inspectors will be conducting this inspection campaign over the period of 1 February to 30 April 2021. This will happen in conjunction with their regular inspections on domestic commercial vessels.

 

Driver reviver sign

15 Jan 2021: Applications open to fund lifesaving Driver Reviver upgrades

Owners of Driver Reviver locations across the nation can now apply for a share of $7.3 million in Australian Government funding to upgrade their lifesaving rest sites.

“Driver Reviver owners will be able to use this round’s funding for a range of much-needed amenities to entice road users to make good use of their sites, such as shelters, picnic tables, power and water facilities, barbecues, parking, lighting and of course equipment such as fridges or hot-water urns that allow them to offer that much-needed cuppa with their friendly chats.

Round 2 of the Driver Reviver Site Upgrade Program is a targeted competitive grant round with applications closing 25 February 2021.

 

coral trout swimming

14 Jan 2021: Still time to have your say on new chapter of fisheries reforms

Acting Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Yvette D’Ath said public consultation on draft fisheries harvest strategies is open and expressions of interest are sought for stakeholders to join fishery working groups.

“Public consultation has been a key tenet of the Sustainable Fisheries Strategy since the reforms commenced and this is a continuation of that process.

“A formal period of consultation by Fisheries Queensland is open until 31 January 2021 and I encourage all fishing stakeholders to provide feedback on the harvest strategies online.”

 

mortlake

13 Jan 2021: nbn sets 5G long-range transmission world record

nbn has achieved a world record for long-range 5G transmission using mmWave as it develops new options to further optimise the performance and customer experience of the nbn™ Fixed Wireless network.

nbn is exploring 5G technology operating in mmWave spectrum as part of its commitment to continually enhance customer experience and evolve the Fixed Wireless network for future needs. The network currently covers more than 620,000 premises across regional and rural Australia with more than 90% of customers currently within 7.3km of a Fixed Wireless cell.

 

two people harvesting vegetables

13 Jan 2021: Harvest Trail Services Collaboration Trial to Help Australian Farms

Five organisations are being funded as part of the $1 million Harvest Trail Services Industry Collaboration Trial to find new ways to encourage people to take up opportunities in the horticulture sector, while meeting employer demand…

As part of Harvest Trail Services, we have provided additional funds to a number of growers groups for them to develop innovative approaches to promote new opportunities in the horticulture sector.”

 

 

bottles of wine in a wine bar

13 Jan 2021: Takeaway liquor sales to support businesses and jobs

Queensland’s liquor licensees will continue to benefit from takeaway liquor sales with the Palaszczuk Government extending its support for small businesses during COVID-19.

Attorney General and Minister for Justice Shannon Fentiman said under the Queensland Government’s Emergency Response to COVID-19, the Commissioner for Liquor and Gaming had authorised an extension for certain licensees to sell takeaway alcohol until April 2021.

 

 

qld reconciliation awards poster

13 Jan 2021: 2021 QLD Reconciliation Awards open for nominations

Queenslanders are being encouraged to once again recognise the outstanding efforts to foster a more inclusive Queensland on the road to reconciliation with nominations now open for the 2021 Queensland Reconciliation Awards.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Queensland businesses, community organisations, educational institutions and government entities whose work acknowledges the State’s rich histories of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples and advances reconciliation can now be nominated.

“With 2021 Awards nominations now open, we look forward to hearing more inspiring stories of how Queenslanders are working together for a fair and harmonious future for our State.”

 

 

job vacancy sign

13 Jan 2021: Job Vacancy rebound latest sign of strength for QLD economy

Job vacancies in Queensland rose to their highest level on record in the three months to the end of November 2020 according to data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Treasurer and Minister for Investment Cameron Dick said the data demonstrated once again that Queensland’s strong health response and the delivery of our economic recovery plan are enabling Queensland’s economic recovery.

“Job vacancies increased to 47,900 in the November quarter, according to the ABS,” the Treasurer said.

“That’s close to double the 25,200 vacancies seen in the May quarter last year, the period which covered the tightest COVID-19 restrictions in Queensland.

 

 

person holding lightbulb in front of a laptop with a graphic of a brain inside

12 Jan 2021: Grants helping to develop clever business ideas

Twenty-three small and medium businesses will share in more than $2 million from the Morrison Government to test their great ideas on how to improve the natural environment. 

The latest round of the Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII) is supporting the early-stage development of solutions to tackle five specific government policy and service delivery challenges. 

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said, following the feasibility tests, the most successful projects may be eligible for a grant of up to $1 million to develop a prototype or proof of concept.

 

 

lockdown easing

11 Jan 2021: Greater Brisbane lockdown ends tonight

Greater Brisbane’s strict lockdown will end at 6pm tonight.

But the need for some sensible precautions will remain in the Greater Brisbane hotspot, and for people who have been in the Greater Brisbane hotspot since January 2, for a further 10 days.

Until 1am, Friday January 22:

MASKS

  • Must be worn in indoor places including shopping centres and supermarkets, gyms, workplaces where people cannot socially distance and where it is safe, places of worship, libraries, public transport, taxis and ride share vehicles 
  • Must be carried at all times
  • Are not required to be worn when outdoors at a safe distance from other people (for example, walking a dog), in private vehicles or doing strenuous exercise

BUSINESSES AND VENUES

  • Indoors: 1 person per 4 sqm
  • Outdoors: 1 person per 2 sqm
  • Seated eating and drinking only
  • Smaller venues up to 200 sqm: 1 person per 2sqm up to a maximum of 50
  • No dancing except for weddings

GATHERINGS

  • Up to 20 in homes and public spaces
  • Weddings: up to 100. No restriction on dancing
  • Funerals: up to 100
  • Indoor concert venues or theatres: 50% capacity or 1 person per 4 sqm whichever is greater
  • Outdoor stadiums: 50% capacity with COVID-safe plans

 

 

seasonal workers in a lettuce field

08 Jan 2021: New rules will keep Australians safe and ensure seasonal worker recruitment can continue

National Cabinet has today agreed to implement new pre-departure COVID testing processes and reduced international arrival caps that will ensure seasonal workers can still come to Australia to work on farm this harvest. 
 
Minister for Agriculture and Deputy Leader of the Nationals, David Littleproud, said that exempting seasonal workers from the pre-departure testing demonstrated the government’s commitment to supporting our farmers at this time of severe workforce shortage.

 

 

mask and hand gel

08 Jan 2021: Urgent Steps to Keep QLD Safe

Brisbane will enter a three-day lockdown to stop the spread of the highly contagious UK strain of COVID-19.

From 6pm tonight until 6pm Monday, people in the local government areas of Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Redlands and Logan will be required to stay at home except:

  • to attend work if you can’t work from home;
  • to buy essentials like groceries and medicine;
  • look after the vulnerable; and
  • exercise within their neighbourhood

Masks will also need to be worn everywhere in those local government areas except if people are at home.

Cafes, pubs and restaurants will be open only for take-away service.

Funerals will be restricted to 20 guests and weddings restricted to 10 guests.

 

 

faulty airbags

06 Jan 2021: Queenslanders reminded to check for faulty airbags

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has conducted inspections at 679 second-hand motor dealers, auction houses and wreckers across Queensland to ensure dangerous vehicles were not being sold to unsuspecting consumers, as part of a national compliance operation for the Compulsory Takata Recall Notice

Acting Attorney-General Mick de Brenni said more than 20,000 vehicles were checked which found 105 vehicles fitted with the faulty Takata airbags.

“Airbags save lives and we want to protect Queenslanders from serious injury due to faulty airbags,” Mr de Brenni said.

 

 

avocado under biodegradable cling wrap

02 Jan 2021: Projects to transform Australia’s recycling sector

A project to turn food waste into biodegradable cling wrap and another using AI to sort plastic recycling are being supported by the Morrison Government, in an effort to grow the economy and help the environment.

The Government is investing $14.9 million into nine projects worth more than $40 million under Round 10 of Cooperative Research Centre Projects (CRC-P) initiative…

 

 

Farmer on tractor tending his crops

01 Jan 2021: Regional Investment Corporation AgriStarter Loan open for applications

The AgriStarter loan applications open today to support the next generation of farmers. The loan encourages new entrants to farming and can assist with succession arrangements. Up to $2 million can be borrowed over 10 years with the first five years interest only, followed by five years’ principal and interest repayments.