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23 Jan 2020: Palaszczuk Government’s economic plan continues to deliver job for Queenslanders

Over the past year alone, 12,300 new jobs have been added in agriculture, 11,400 new jobs have been created in construction, and 13,900 jobs have been added in accommodation and food services. …continue reading

23 Jan 2020: Government Support for community-led environmental projects

More than 900 local environment projects have already been funded through the $22.65 million Communities Environment Program, with more successful grant recipients expected in coming months. …continue reading

22 Jan 2020: Australia-China agricultural grants open

 Allows grant applicants to apply for funding to cover projects and trade missions in priority areas, including food safety, regulatory, biosecurity, trade and investment, service and technology cooperation, post-harvest storage and waste and exploration of niche markets” …continue reading

22 Jan 2020: Queensland eyes largest-ever road rollout in 2020

Major projects getting underway in 2020 included:..$662 million Bruce Highway upgrade from Caboolture to Steve Irwin Way – 664 jobs. $150 million Bruce Highway interchange upgrade at Deception Bay – 270 jobs. …continue reading

22 Jan 2020: A new opportunity for organisations or industry to support the “next gen” of Australian agriculture

This is a great opportunity for any organisation who is committed to Australian agriculture by training, mentoring and supporting a young person through the final two years of their degree …continue reading

22 Jan 2020: Application Open: AgriFuture Honey Bee and Pollination Program Advisory Panel

 AgriFutures Australia is seeking applications from suitably qualified individuals for an advisory panel member to join the AgriFutures Honey Bee & Pollination Program Advisory Panel …continue reading

21 Jan 2020: Aussie shoppers can help struggling farmers by enjoying ‘flawed but adored’ fresh produce

The best way Aussies can help farmers is to keep buying Australian-grown food, even if it’s out of shape, has cosmetic blemishes or is smaller than usual. …continue reading

20 Jan 2020: Big Milestone for leading Australian recycler

“Australians care deeply about recycling, and by disposing of coffee cups at a designated Simply Cups collection point, they will be doing their part to increase recycling and reduce waste.” …continue reading

17 Jan 2020: Queensland takes a bigger slice of the American pie

“Diversifying our visitor mix is an important part of that strategy. That’s why it’s great to see more Americans than ever before coming to Queensland” …continue reading

15 Jan 2020 – She’s a Great Queenslander – let’s tell everyone

Queenslanders are urged to nominate the many marvellous women who have played their part in shaping and developing the state.. Nominations close 5pm, Friday 31 January 2020. …continue reading

15 Jan 2020: Applications extended for job-creating Rural Economic Development Grant Program

The deadline for applications for the job-creating Rural Economic Development Grants program has been extended so bushfire and drought-ravaged applicants don’t miss out …continue reading

15 Jan 2020: National Work Experience Programme (NWEP) Opportunities for job seekers and employers

There are also many incentives to trial a job seeker via an NWEP placement and the Dept of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business provides insurance to cover to job seeker …continue reading

14 Jan 2020 – Land Restoration Fund Supports New Revenue Stream for Qld Landholders

Queenslanders are urged to nominate the many marvellous women who have played their part in shaping and developing the state.. Nominations close 5pm, Friday 31 January 2020. …continue reading

13 Jan 2020: Palaszczuk Goverment announces SE Qld Tourism Strategy

“In this Year of Indigenous Tourism, we are placing a stronger focus on Queensland’s culture and heritage …continue reading

13 Jan 2020: Small business delivers big with digital

“Many companies don’t realise they are losing money on administration activities because they’re too busy with operations. Going digital changes that,” . …continue reading

08 Jan 2020: 2020 Queensland Reconciliation Awards

Nominations are encouraged across four categories—business, community, education and partnership. Nominations close 5pm, Monday 24 February 2020. …continue reading

06 Jan 2020: Entries open for 59th annual Training Awards

For a full list of award categories, nomination details and eligibility criteria visit www.qta.qld.gov.au. Applications are open until March 31 2020 …continue reading

28 Dec 2019: $100 million announced for Land Restoration Fund

Applications for this round of funding for the Land Restoration Fund will open on 28 January, 2020 …continue reading

20 Dec 2019: Electrical safety on your vessel

From 1 Jan 2020, there is a new standard for electrical requirements on domestic commercial vessels …continue reading

20 Dec 2019: How to keep chickens cool and save water

…the research team worked with growers to install and trial a commercially available low-pressure sprinkler system in two farms in south-eastern Queensland …continue reading

18 Dec 2019: More Grants Available to Build Thriving Communities

The second round of an innovative grants program to build thriving communities is now open and Chris Whiting wants community grouns in Deception Bay and North Lakes to get their share …continue reading

18 Dec 2019: Claiming back Australian Made for complementary medicines

…safe-guarding its export markets, with eligible products to again be able to be sold as ‘Made in Australia’ and with the ‘Australian Made’ logo. …continue reading

18 Dec 2019: New insights on the effects of drought and climate variability on Australian farms

…hotter and drier conditions over the period 2000 to 2019, relative to the period 1950 to 1999, has had a negative effect on the profits of Australian cropping and livestock farms...continue reading

16 Dec 2019: Strengthening Australia’s environment partnerships

The Morrison Government’s commitment to cleaner, healthier oceans, the protection of World Heritage Areas and to practical solutions addressing global waste and recycling ...continue reading 

16 Dec 2019: We are making changes to Marine order 504 to improve passenger safety on domestic commercial vessels

The main changes include new requirements for: operators of certain vessels to count all passengers on board …continue reading

15 Dec 2019: Backing Australia’s recycling industry

More plastic, paper, glass and tyres will be recycled thanks to a new fund set up by the Coalition Government...continue reading

10 Dec 2019: Impact of drought becoming more pronounced

The effects of the continuing drought are becoming more pronounced with falling production and high input costs presenting serious challenges in many region ...continue reading 

10 Dec 2019: South East QLD councils added to drought declarations

The drought has closed in on South East Queensland with eight councils drought-declared…areas declared are: Moreton Regional Council …continue reading

09 Dec 2019: $6 million boost for our Marine Parks

The Morrison Government is furthering its commitment to healthy and cleaner oceans today by announcing the opening of the second round of the Our Marine Parks Grants program..continue reading

09 Dec 2019: Commercial Passenger safety sticker available

Passengers have a responsibility to behave safely while on board. You can get our new passenger safety decal for your vessel ..continue reading 

09 Dec 2019: New data shows tourism’s a driving force of QLD’s economy

Tourism remains a driving force in regions across Queensland, with new data showing the industry employs more than 235,000 people and pumps more than $27 billion into the state’s economycontinue reading

05 Dec 2019: Protecting Queensland’s environment the focus of roundtable meeting

Conservation groups have come together today to highlight important environment matters facing Queensland ..continue reading

05 Dec 2019: Drought takes toll, but agriculture remains key economic pillar

Years of relentless drought are taking a toll on Qld’s agriculture sector, with the 2019–20 total value for primary industry commodities forecast to be $17.8b ...continue reading 

05 Dec 2019: Best practice biodiversity management front and centre

National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) was looking at the positive environmental contributions in the agriculture supply chain under the $4 mil Aust Farm Biodiversity Certification Scheme Trialcontinue reading

04 Dec 2019: Ensuring export legislation moves with the times. 

The draft Export Control Bill 2019 reaffirms the Liberal and Nationals Government’s commitment to strengthening the competitiveness & productivity of Australian agriculture...continue reading

04 Dec 2019: Countdown to low sulphur fuel cap

From 1 January 2020, the sulphur content in marine fuel will decrease from 3.50 per cent m/m to 0.50 per cent m/m.  ...cont. 

04 Dec 2019: Populous named national exporter of the year

Queensland-based global design firm Populous has been named 2019 Australian Exporter of the Year.…continue reading

04 Dec 2019: $1.9 million a safe investment in farmers. 

The Liberal and Nationals Government is delivering on an election commitment to invest in awareness and education campaigns to help prevent farm accidents...continue

03 Dec 2019: World’s first International Year of Plant Health

‘Protecting plants, protecting life’ underlining the need for everyone to understand and take seriously their role in protecting Australia’s biosecurity. ...continue reading

03 Dec 2019: No cookie cutter solution for baked goods business

In 2018, Melanie and Richard Smit started their baked goods business in Tasmania with assistance from the New Business Assistance with NEIS.continue reading

03 Dec 2019: Vessel Traffic Services award: nominations now open

The winner will be a VTS or an employee/s of a VTS that has acted beyond their normal operational scope to make a significant difference..continue reading

03 Dec 2019: African research sheds light on Queensland weed issue 

A Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) research trip to Africa has unearthed possible biocontrol solutions to an aggressive weed ...cont. 

02 Dec 2019: Hungry Jacks founder Jack Cowin says farmers can capitalise on new diets

Our objective is to produce these plant-based proteins in Australia and export to other marketscontinue reading

02 Dec 2019: Preparing Australian agriculture for a digital future

Australia stands at the precipice of improved agricultural output through the adoption of digital agriculture..continue reading

27 Nov 2019: Indonesia, Hong Kong and Peru trade deals to open new doors for Australian Exporters

Australian businesses and farmers would soon be able to access new export opportunities in the Indo-Pacific region ....continue reading

29 Nov 2019: World-class fishing experience not a passing FAD. 

Queensland fishers are set to reel in a great catch with the installation of 10 new fish attracting devices (FADs) off the southeast Queensland this week…continue reading

27 Nov 2019: Christmas Eve part-day public holiday becomes a reality

The Palaszczuk Government has passed legislation to establish a part-day public holiday on Christmas Eve, starting this year...continue reading

22 Nov 2019: Have your say on the evolution of agricultural levies legislation. 

The Dept of Agriculture is streamlining and modernising the legislation underpinning Aust’s agricultural levy system...continue