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06 Jul 2020: More support for QLD pubs and clubs

Thousands of jobs in Queensland’s pubs and clubs will be better protected with gaming taxes from March 2020 now deferred until 2021.

… This extra deferral will help improve cash-flow for pubs and clubs emerging from coronavirus restrictions and better protect the jobs of hospitality workers.

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06 Jul 2020: Planning decision protects jobs at Narangba Innovation Precinct

The precinct is a major contributor to the Moreton Bay economy and is one of very few industrial areas in the region that caters for large-scale, hard-to-locate industries like waste handling, recycling and agricultural manufacturing.

Mr Dick said the TLPI would not increase the footprint of the precinct but will instead allow businesses to build new office or storage space on existing land within the precinct to expand their operations.

 

 

entrance sign to Narangba Innovation Precinct

02 Jul 2020: Snapper and pearl perch spawning closure

Snapper and pearl perch will be no-take species in Queensland waters for one month starting 15 July (from 12.01AM).

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said this new closure would apply to all fishers – commercial, charter and recreational.

“This seasonal closure is similar to spawning closures for barramundi and reef fin fish species, which have been critical to ensuring the sustainability of these fisheries,” Mr Furner said.

 

 

snapper at scarborough fish shop

01 Jul 2020: Inaugural report of the National Skills Commission: the Australian labour market and COVID-19

A report released today by the National Skills Commission (NSC) shows that while the impact of COVID-19 on the labour market has been significant, some data indicates early signs of stabilisation and a small increase in the number of employers looking to hire.

Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash said as we deal with COVID-19 and the impact on the economy, we need to accurately understand what is happening in the labour market, the structural shifts that will occur and the skilling and re-training needed to get people into jobs.

 

coffee shop samford

30 Jun 2020: Nations largest ever investment in cyber security

​​​The Federal Government will make the nation’s largest ever investment in cyber security, with $1.35 billion over the next decade to enhance the cyber security capabilities and assistance provided to Australians through the Australian Signals Directorate and the Australian Cyber Security Centre.

This significant investment, known as the Cyber Enhanced Situational Awareness and Response (CESAR) package, will mean that we can identify more cyber threats, disrupt more foreign cybercriminals, build more partnerships with industry and government and protect more Australians.

 

 

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30 Jun 2020: AMSA – All National Law exemptions have been extended until 30 Jun 2025

If you are currently operating under an exemption that expires on the 30 June 2020, it has now been automatically extended for 5 years, until 30 June 2025.  

You do not need to re-apply to AMSA, if your approval was in force on 30 June 2020, you can still operate under the exemption. The exemption will be automatically extended.

See the full list of exemptions extended and key changes made…

 

 

fishing boat at scarborough on the ocean

30 Jun 2020: Small Business Tax Cuts Kick in from 1 July 2020

As of tomorrow, Australia’s 3.5 million small and family businesses will be paying less tax as a result of legislated company tax cuts passed by the Morrison Government. By bringing forward tax relief, the Morrison Government is supporting small business as the engine room of our economy and the heart of local communities across Australia.

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30 Jun 2020: Restrictions eased, border plan in place

The Queensland Government today announced a further and faster easing of restrictions across Queensland from 12 noon, Friday July 3, including a clear plan to manage our borders going forward.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said anyone who had travelled from Victoria – including Queenslanders – would be prevented from entering Queensland from this Friday unless they quarantined at a hotel at their own expense for two weeks.

The state’s borders would be opened to visitors from other states from July 10.

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26 Jun 2020: EPIRB changes on the way

From 1 January 2021, the law around EPIRB carriage on domestic commercial vessels is changing.

 You can check out our downloable flowchart to figure out which type of EPIRB you need for your vessel category and area of operation.

 

 

epirb floating in the water near a liferaft in front of a sinking sailboat

26 Jun 2020: Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash – Weekly Wrap

 The National Cabinet met today to further discuss Australia’s current COVID-19 response, easing restrictions in the coming months, helping Australians prepare to go back to work in a COVID-safe environment and getting the economy moving again..

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22 Jun 2020: $415 million to unlock hundreds of infrastructure jobs in QLD

The Commonwealth and Queensland Governments will support infrastructure construction jobs across Queensland by jointly investing an additional $415 million to deliver shovel-ready infrastructure projects and urgent road safety upgrades….incl. Gateway Motorway: Flyover $12.3m, Road safety upgrades D’Aguilar Highway (Caboolture to Yarraman) $15.2m

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20 Jun 2020: $4 million helping hand as fishers reel from COVID impact

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, Agriculture Minister David Littleproud and Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries Jonno Duniam today announced $4 million in funding for Australia’s first national marketing campaign to promote Australian seafood.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the campaign would use strategic, high-impact messaging to promote Australian seafood.

The funding will deliver a national campaign led by the sector’s peak representative group, Seafood Industry Australia.

The campaign will reach Australians through every medium, from TV to print and social media and will be launched in the coming months.

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19 Jun 2020: Malicious cyber activity against Australian networks

Based on advice provided to the Government by our cyber experts, the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), Australian organisations are currently being targeted by a sophisticated state-based cyber actor.

This activity is targeting Australian organisations across a range of sectors, including all levels of government, industry, political organisations, education, health, essential service providers, and operators of other critical infrastructure.

All Australian organisations who might be concerned about their vulnerability to sophisticated cyber compromise can take three simple steps to protect themselves:

  1. Patch your internet facing devices promptly – ensuring any web or email servers are fully updated with the latest software.
  2. Ensure you use multifactor authentication to secure your internet accessible infrastructure and cloud-based platforms.
  3. Become an ACSC partner to ensure you get the latest cyber threat advice so you can take the earliest possible action to protect yourself online.

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18 Jun 2020: Job-boosting Rural Economic Development Grants help regions unite and recover

Applications have opened for a third round of the Palaszczuk Government’s job-creating Rural Economic Development Grants.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said businesses with a primary production background in regional and rural Queensland are invited to submit an Expression of Interest for round three of the $10 million program.

Co-contribution grants of up to $250,000 are available for food and agricultural businesses to support ‘shovel-ready’ projects that create jobs for value added primary production and provide significant economic benefits to rural and regional communities.

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18 Jun 2020: Queensland WorkCover premiums remain lowest in the country

The Palaszczuk Government will not increase the WorkCover premium rate, as businesses across the state battle to cope with the challenges of COVID-19.

The average premium will be maintained at $1.20 per $100 of wages paid for 2020-2021.

“WorkCover will also maintain the 5 per cent discount for early payment, as well as the apprentice incentive, where apprentice wages are excluded from premium calculations.

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16 Jun 2020: RDA Moreton Bay Supporting Communities During COVID-19

The Australian Government commends the outstanding work of RDA Moreton Bay in supporting the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Led by Chair Mr Shane Newcombe, RDA Moreton Bay’s engagement with their community, businesses and all levels of Government has been vital in identifying emerging issues throughout the crisis and opportunities for the recovery phase.

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16 Jun 2020: Multi-million dollar economic recovery package for QLD producers

The agribusiness and food sector will play a vital role in Queensland’s economic recovery from COVID-19, with a $12.5 million funding package from the Palaszczuk Government.

  • $5.5 million digital transformation in agribusiness – to develop integrated supply chains that improve traceability, biosecurity and food safety.
  • $5 million reinvigorated agricultural trade relationships – to support e-commerce and virtual trade facilitation in key markets and assist coordination of demand for additional regular air freighter services.
  • $2 million agribusiness diversification assistance – to build capability and explore potential diversification opportunities in agricultural businesses, including for tourism.

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family picking their own strawberries at a farm

16 Jun 2020: Small Business to help shape industrial relations reform

As Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business I have travelled across the country talking and listening to small businesses. One of the key issues that is regularly raised is the need for industrial relations reform to further unlock the dynamic potential of small businesses to create more jobs.

It is important as many small business groups as possible have their views represented in this process. If you wish to participate in presenting a submission or a proposal to a working group, I would encourage you to provide an expression of interest to the Hon Christian Porter MP, Minister for Industrial Relations, by writing to attorney@ag.gov.au.

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16 Jun 2020: Ready, set apply: another $100 million for small business recovery grants

Queensland small businesses impacted by COVID-19 are set to receive an additional $100 million in support to help them recover.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said a second round of the Small Business COVID-19 Adaption grants of up to $10,000 would be made available from next month to help more small businesses survive and maintain and grow their staffing levels.

“Small business owners, including those who had expressed interest in the first round, are encouraged to prepare the required documentation in readiness for grant applications opening on July 1,” Ms Fentiman said.

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Annastacia Palaszczuk

16 Jun 2020: $267 Building boost to benefit tradies, regions and more

“The stimulus package we’re announcing today will keep our tradies on the tools and the building supply chain moving, while supporting first home buyers and responding to homelessness impacts from COVID-19.

“Together, the measures in this package will deliver jobs for electricians, plumbers, carpenters, bricklayers, concreters and landscapers, as well as a wealth of new opportunities for local businesses that support their work.”

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12 Jun 2020: Awards to recognise leaders in
Queensland Agriculture

Passionate innovators and key influencers in the agricultural sector will once again be recognised through the Peter Kenny Medal and the Minister’s Emerging Leader Award. 

The Peter Kenny Medal, with its prize money of $3000, is for innovation leading to profitability and sustainability.

…the Minister’s Emerging Leader Award. “Influential young leaders represent the future of agriculture in Queensland. Candidates must be aged 18 to 35 to be eligible for the prize purse of $3,000, which will go towards further developing their career and leadership skills.

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12 Jun 2020: Prime Minister Update on Coronavirus measures

The National Cabinet met today to further discuss Australia’s current COVID-19 response, easing restrictions in the coming months, helping Australians prepare to go back to work in a COVID-safe environment and getting the economy moving again.

National Cabinet reconfirmed the commitment to the 3 step framework for a COVID-safe Australia to be completed in July 2020.

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10 Jun 2020: New and stronger energy laws to put Australian families and small businesses first

The Morrison Government’s new measures to deal with misconduct in the electricity sector and ensure Australian households, businesses and industries get a fair deal on energy are now in force. 

The ‘Big Stick’ legislation will ensure reductions in wholesale costs are passed on to customers, while penalties will apply for anti-competitive behaviour or moves to manipulate electricity prices.

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08 Jun 2020: A return to the Child Care Subsidy

Minister for Education Dan Tehan said the temporary Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package, introduced on 6 April, had done its job and would be turned off on 12 July.

From 13 July, the CCS will return, along with new transition measures to support the sector and parents as they move back to the subsidy. To ensure Government support is appropriately targeted, JobKeeper will cease from 20 July for employees of a CCS approved service and for sole traders operating a child care service.

In addition to the CCS, the Government will pay child care services a Transition Payment of 25 per cent of their fee revenue during the relief package reference period (17 February to 1 March) from 13 July until 27 September. Importantly, the last two payments scheduled for September will be brought forward to help with the transition and cash flow.

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07 Jun 2020: New campaign to deliver $1 billion for Queensland Tourism operators

A new tourism campaign, Queensland – You’re Good to Go – is projected to deliver a $1 billion in overnight accommodation takings for hard hit tourism operators over the next four months.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk launched the campaign today to encourage Queenslanders to go and explore their own state.

“In coming weeks, you’ll see our Queensland – You’re Good to Go campaign on television, in newspapers and across social media platforms showcasing the best of our state from Cape York to Coolangatta.”

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queensland your good to go campaign on a qld beach backdrop

05 Jun 2020: Ambassadors keeping Queenslanders COVID safe

New COVID Safe Ambassadors will be out and about in the community from today to keep Queenslanders up to date with the latest information about the relaxing of COVID-19 restrictions.

Minister for Employment and Small Business Shannon Fentiman said the Queensland Government Ready Reserve COVID Safe Ambassadors will be in shopping centres, visiting local businesses and chatting with Queenslanders about staying safe and healthy, to ensure a successful Stage 2 of the roadmap to easing restrictions.

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05 Jun 2020: Tourism businesses to reopen as COVID Safe Plan approved today

Thousands of tourism businesses throughout Queensland will soon be able to reopen following confirmation that Queensland’s Chief Health Officer has today approved the Queensland Tourism and Accommodation Industry COVID Safe Plan.

Queensland Tourism Industry Council CEO Daniel Gschwind said the plan approved today would apply to thousands of Queensland businesses in the tourism and accommodation sectors.

“This is will give certainty to thousands of tourism operators throughout Queensland, another important step towards business recover,” Mr Gschwind said.

“They now have a set of guidelines to ensure they’re keeping customers safe and are able to continue operating.”

The state’s largest tourism employers – like theme parks and zoos will have to submit their own COVID safe plans for approval.

For more information or to download the Queensland Tourism and Accommodation Industry COVID Safe Plan, visit covid19.qld.gov.au/

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05 Jun 2020: Hardship Payment for QLD Workers during COVID-19

Support is now available for Queensland workers who test positive for COVID-19 and have no access to paid sick leave.

The Premier said while many Queenslanders have access to paid sick leave or pandemic leave there were still many Queenslanders who are left out, particularly those in casual employment.

“Today I am announcing a Hardship Payment to help these Queenslanders.

“This will also be available to any employee who has exhausted their sick leave or pandemic leave entitlements, and tests positive to COVID-19.

“This payment will provide affected workers with a one off $1500 payment to cover their unpaid sick leave.”

Minister Fentiman said to be eligible for this payment you must have be employed, test positive to COVID – 19 and have no access to paid sick leave or pandemic leave.

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04 Jun 2020: Subsidised infection control training fast-tracked for re-opening businesses

The Australian Government, together with state and territory governments, has established a new $80 million Infection Control Training Fund to fast-track fee free (or low cost) infection control training to support the re-opening of customer facing businesses nationwide.

To help keep Australian workers safe during COVID-19, the Australian Government has announced four national infection control skill sets endorsed by COAG Skills Council. These skill sets offer nationally recognised training to frontline workers in the retail, food handling, and transport and logistics industries and are the first national training products developed by the new Australian Industry and Skills Emergency Response Sub-Committee in response to COVID-19.

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03 Jun 2020: South-East Queensland councils benefit from COVID Works for QLD program

Communities across South-East Queensland will soon see the social, employment and economic benefits of the Palaszczuk Government’s $200 million COVID Works for Queensland program, with council allocations announced today.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said COVID Works for Queensland was designed to help councils get their communities back on their feet and into jobs….

South-East QLD councils who will receive inaugural Works for QLD funding are:

…Moreton Bay Regional Council $7,920,000

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02 Jun 2020: Largest ever current account surplus shows strength of export sector

Australia recorded a mega $19.2 billion trade surplus for the March quarter along with its highest ever current account surplus, highlighting how important our export sector will be as the Australian and global economy begins to recover from the impacts of COVID-19.

New data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed Australia registered a record $8.4 billion current account surplus for the March quarter, the highest as a percentage of GDP since June 1973…

“We’ve also taken action to keep our agricultural and fisheries exports flowing through initiatives such as our $110 million International Freight Assistance Mechanism and by continuing to open up new market opportunities for Australian farmers and businesses.

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31 May 2020: Major easing of restrictions will open Queensland for Queenslanders

Queenslanders will be able to undertake unlimited travel including overnight stays throughout the entire state from midday tomorrow (June 1) in a major easing of Covid-19 restrictions.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the easing of intrastate travel restrictions – by road, rail and air within Queensland – would come well in time for the next school holidays and would significantly kick-start the state’s tourism industry which had experienced an unprecedented downturn under strict but necessary Coronavirus restrictions.

“The only reason we are able to move forward with our planned Stage Two ahead of the original June 12 date is because Queenslanders have listened to the advice, acted on that advice and done an outstanding job of helping to smash the Covid-19 curve,” the Premier said.

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30 May 2020: Palaszczuk Government boosts support for QLD small and medium businesses

Minister for Employment and Small Business Shannon Fentiman announced today at manufacturing business Macrack in Brisbane today that the Palaszczuk Government was leading the way in backing local businesses by setting a minimum target to engage SMEs for goods and services… 

“That’s why we have introduced a target of 25 per cent of all government purchases to be from Queensland small and medium sized businesses from July 1.

“The target will be extended to 30 per cent by 30 June 2022.

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29 May 2020: New QLD study to shed light on black jewfish population

Queensland Government scientists will assess the population biology of black jewfish in a new research project to better understand stocks and manage the species.

Minister for Agricultural Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the three-year priority project would provide crucial information to help protect the sustainability of black jewfish.

“We need to know more about black jewfish on the east coast of Queensland to inform future assessments and management decisions that will lead to a long-term sustainable resource,” Mr Furner said.

“The outcomes of this research project should give fishery managers an improved understanding of the biology of black jewfish stocks to be able to set catch limits for the species.”

Mr Furner said scientists will work closely with commercial, recreational and charter fishers to collect samples and learn from their existing knowledge of black jewfish.

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28 May 2020: Small Business commissioner office now open

Queensland’s Small Business Champion, Maree Adshead, will take on the new role of Small Business Commissioner until the end of 2020 to help the sector recover from the impact of COVID-19.

Minister for Employment and Small Business Shannon Fentiman said as the Small Business Commissioner, Ms Adshead will have powers dispute resolution and will be able to provide greater support to small business during the recovery phase.

The Commissioner’s role will include mediation for retail leasing disputes under the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act and assistance with the implementation of the National Cabinet Mandatory Code of Conduct – SME Leasing Principles during COVID-19.

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Queensland’s Small Business Champion Maree Adshead

27 May 2020: Cross River Rail delivering more local contracts and more local jobs

Minister for State Development Kate Jones has today visited Redcliffe Peninsula business Avopiling at Clontarf, one of a growing number of Queensland businesses benefitting through the Palaszczuk Government’s investment in Cross River Rail.

Avopiling has been awarded two Cross River Rail subcontracts worth close to $6 million…

Local contracts mean local jobs – that’s what this project is all about,” Ms Jones said.

“Avopiling has been operating out of their Clontarf facility for more than 15 years. And they’ve been working on Cross River Rail since November last year.
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26 May 2020: Local companies shortlisted to build new Kallangur Community Centre

The new Kallangur Community Centre is another step closer to reality, with the Department of Communities announcing that Badge Constructions, Kane Constructions, Paynters Pty Ltd and Woollam Constructions would progress to the next stage of the tender process.

Deputy Premier and Member for Murrumba Steven Miles said he was excited that construction on the vital community asset was edging closer….

Those are local jobs that will mean the world to families in our region as we look to our post-pandemic recovery.

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26 May 2020: A Head Start for Queensland’s creative community

The Palaszczuk Government today announced a further $500,000 to support stART, a new quick turnaround grant program for Queensland’s independent creative artists, producers, designers, technicians and arts workers. 

Grant applications will open soon, and information is available at www.arts.qld.gov.au

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22 May 2020: New resources to guide volunteers and organisations with volunteers during pandemics

Volunteers and organisations with volunteers will be able to access specialised resources about working during a pandemic, which have been developed by Volunteering Queensland.

The resources – Volunteering in Response to a Pandemic: A Practical Guide for Volunteers and Responding to a Pandemic: A Guide for Volunteer Involving Organisations – have been released as part of National Volunteer Week.

These resources are timely, comprehensive and align with government health advice regarding physical distancing and other measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection,” Mrs O’Rourke said.

“The resources are interactive and user friendly, allowing volunteers and organisations to complete checklists and record ideas and information relating specifically to their needs for future reference.

The resources are available on the Volunteering Queensland website –https://volunteeringqld.org.au (external site).

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20 May 2020: Plenty of pickers available for Queensland harvest season

Growers will have no trouble sourcing labour for this season’s harvest with the Queensland Government working closely with industry and labour hire companies to ensure farm workers are readily available.

We are encouraging growers to consider their workforce needs now, advertise jobs early, and wherever they can, post their vacancies on the Harvest Trail jobs board at https://jobsearch.gov.au/harvest

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19 May $100 million in small business grants and training to combat COVID-19

Queensland small businesses can now apply for a up to $10,000 grant under a new $100 million package to help them counter the impact of COVID-19.

The package was announced today as part of Queensland’s Economic Recovery Strategy: Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the new grants program had been developed to assist those small businesses forced into hibernation, to restructure or to significantly change their business operations or move online.

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19 May Comprehensive strategy to unite and recover for QLD jobs

Many industries and sectors across Queensland have been hit hard by the pandemic, so the economic strategy also includes initiatives to support tourism, manufacturing and international education:

  • $50 million for tourism infrastructure and more funding towards a domestic tourism campaign;
  • Redirecting $50 million of industry attraction funding under the Making it for Queensland initiative to continue to expand manufacturing capacity for PPE, hand sanitiser and medical supplies to respond to COVID-19; and
  • A $10 million support package to support international students and safeguard Queensland’s global education brand.

Building on the $1 billion of job supporting business loans already announced, the Premier also committed to additional support for small business.

“We will make $100 million available to support small businesses including Small Business Adaption Grants of up to $10,000 to support businesses through the pandemic,” she said.

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18 May Queensland volunteers changing lives and making communities better

COVID-19 may be changing the way volunteers work, but Queensland volunteers continue to change lives and change communities in the face of the pandemic.

This week, Queenslanders are encouraged to say thank you to volunteers and celebrate their hard work during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as part of National Volunteer Week (18 – 24 May).

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16 May Infection control training fast-tracked for re-opening businesses

Around 80,000 workers across industries including retail, food handling, and transport and logistics will pay no fee or a small fee for training previously only widely available in the health sector. Additional training will also be available to increase infection control skill levels in sectors such as aged and disability care.

The training will be delivered through the state and territory governments and will be available by 1 July 2020.

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15 May 2020: $2.1 billion plan to bust North Brisbane congestion

The Palaszczuk Government has unveiled a $2.1 billion congestion-busting road plan for Moreton Bay and North Brisbane commuters.

The job boosting plan backs a new arterial road, informally dubbed the ‘Moreton Connector’, to be built between Dohles Rocks Road at Murrumba Downs and Anzac Avenue at Mango Hill.

It would also deliver upgrades to the Gateway Motorway, Gympie Road and the Bruce Highway, including new north facing ramps at Dohles Rocks Road.

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08 May 2020: Premier maps road to easing restrictions

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has released Queensland’s roadmap to a COVID-safe recovery allowing more travel, more activities and larger gatherings.

From 11.59pm, Friday May 15, the following will be allowed:

  • Gatherings of a maximum of 10 people together in a public space
  • Dining in at restaurants, pubs, clubs, RSLs and cafes for a maximum of 10 patrons at one time as part of a gradual re-opening (no bars or gaming)
  • Recreational travel of a radius of up to 150km from your home for day trips
  • Some beauty therapies and nail salons for up to 10 people at one time
  • Reopening of libraries. playground equipment, skate parks and  outdoor gyms (a maximum of 10 at one time)
  • Wedding guests increased to 10 people and funeral attendance  increased to 20 (30 outdoors)
  • Open homes and auctions with a maximum of 10 people at one time;
  • Re-opening public pools and lagoons (eg South Bank, Cairns, Airlie Beach) with a maximum of 10 people at a time or greater numbers with an approved plan.

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09 May 2020: Queensland doubles funding for 12-month interest free business loans

The Palaszczuk Government has secured an additional $500 million in funding for its program of 12-month interest free loans for COVID19-affected businesses, doubling the initial commitment.

In accordance with the terms of the program, applications were no longer accepted after the 18th of April.  …continue reading

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07 May 2020: Ombudsman releases new mental health resource for sole traders

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has released a free online mental health webinar for sole traders, amid alarming predictions of a dramatic rise in Australian suicide rates due to the economic and social impacts of coronavirus.

Beyond Blue ambassador and sole trader Garry Mills hosts the short webinar, during which he describes his own experiences with depression and anxiety and some of the strategies that worked for him in his darkest times.   …continue reading

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07 May 2020: Payroll tax exemption on JobKeeper payments

The Palaszczuk Government has moved to ensure businesses employing Queenslanders will not pay payroll tax on the Federal Government’s Jobkeeper payments… administrative arrangements had been fast-tracked to ensure payroll tax assessments do not include JobKeeper payments, providing additional effective relief of $360 million over six months to businesses employing Queenslanders.

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05 May 2020: Making it easier for business to operate during COVID-19

The Morrison Government is today providing certainty to companies and boards about how they can meet their legal obligations over the next six months. 

The changes being announced today will allow companies to convene annual general meetings, and other meetings prescribed under the Corporations Act, entirely online rather than face-to-face. The changes will also give businesses certainty that when company officers sign a document electronically, the document has been validly executed. …continue reading

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05 May 2020: Prime Minister Update on Coronavirus

The National Cabinet met today to further discuss options for easing restrictions over the coming months, helping prepare Australians to go back to work in a COVID-19 safe environment and gett the economy back to a more sustainable level.

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05 May 2020: Delivering a win for local cafes and restaurants

The Palaszczuk government welcomes today’s announcement from Deliveroo that will assist local busineses who are doing it tough during COVID-19. 

Deliveroo will be removing commission fees for pick-up orders and offering lower commission rates for restaurants who provide their own delivery.

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05 May 2020: Free online training attracts thousands of job seekers

Thousands of Queenslanders have already taken advantage of the Palaszczuk governments free online TAFE courses.

The 15 free online courses are: Aged and disability carer; ustomer engagements; farm work including pest and weed management; food service; health support; medication assistance; mentoring and supervising; mental health & peer work; transport (driver); digital literacy; cyber security; communication technologies for business success; digital data essentials; data security essentials; and data analysis essentials.

Access to the free online training is through: https://tafeqld.edu.au/isolearn and
https://www.studyqueensland.qld.gov.au/Study/University/Central-Queensland-University

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04 May 2020: Queensland success leads sensible steps back to school

The steps to full resumption of schools are:

– May 11: Kindy, Prep, Years 1, 11 and 12 return to school

– May 15: Assess state-wide response to easing of restrictions

– May 25: Proposed re-opening to remaining students in remaining grades.

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01 May 2020: Advanced robotics hub extending helping hand to manufacturers in need

The team from Australia’s first Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Hub are offering their extensive industry expertise to help manufacturers evolve and meet supply needs during the coronavirus pandemic.

The ARM Hub is a facility for all of QLD, and I encourage manufacturers from around QLD to contact the team, take advantage or their knowledge and skills, and work together to take new products to market.

Queensland manufacturers looking for ARM Hub support can contact the hub’s Business Development Manager Peta Portelli via peta.portelli@armhub.com.au.

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01 May 2020: Continued support for truckies to keep Australia moving during COVID-19

Australian truck owners and operators will save hundreds of dollars a year following the Federal Government’s decision to freeze the Heavy Vehicle Road User Charge at current levels. 

All levels of Government are taking decisive action to support freight operators working hard to keep shelves stocked and essential goods moving during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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01 May 2020: #SupportSmall This month

May is the month to show your support even more for our State’s thousands of small businesses.  With so many of them having to change the way they do business during COVID-19, we need to help them to stay open, recover and support more local jobs.

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30 Apr 2020: Queensland Training Award to go ahead as virtual events

The annual Queensland Training Awards will go ahead in 2020, moving entirely online for the first time in the event’s 59-year history.

The seven regional awards nights planning for July and the State Galal Dinner schedued for September will be announced online and promoted through social media.

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29 Apr 2020: Queensland’s annual harvest season can go ahead safely and effectively during COVID-19

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has assured growers they can maintain a seasonal workforc while meeting their COVID-19 public health obligations….

Agricultural seasonal worker emplyers, tranporters and accommoation providers must have a health management plan in place. Employers must comply with stringent record keeping on the health status of their workforce.”

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29 Apr 2020: Supporting Australian primary producers to be more than just technology consumers

AgriFutures Australia is partnering with Farmers2Founders to turn Australian primary producers into much more than just consumers of technology. As a result, new ventures and opportunities have emerged, busineses have diversified, new products have been developed and technology capabilitie have been enhanced.

Hive Haven is building a commercial future for the Australian stingless native bee….working with Farmers2Founders means we’re getting help with a decision about product developments…it’s our opportunity to validate how best to proceed with a new product.

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28 Apr 2020: State waives $33.8M in land rent for farmers, tourism and clubs

More than 6000 farmers, businesses, tourism operators, and community and sports clubs, won’t have to pay state land rent for six months under a series of measures to protect Queensland businesses and jobs.

Lan rent relief applies to Land Act lessees, licensees or permit to occupy holders who conduct a business on state land. 

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27 Apr 2020: JobKeeper payment extension granted to assist with cash flow

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell says small businesses have been given an extension to pay their employees under the JobKeeper Program. 

Small businesses that had concerns about paying their staff the $1,500 fortnightly JobKeeper payment for the first month prior to payments flowing in early May, now have until 8 May 2020 to ensure those payments have been made to their eligible employees….Businesses have until 31 May 2020 to formally enrol to claim JobKeeper payments.

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27 Apr 2020: QLD introduces big fines for coughing on essential workers

People who deliberately cough, sneeze or spit on public officials and workers including shop assistants could be fined up to $13,345 under a new COVID-19 Public Health Direction.

The Direction allows for a $1335 on the spot fine or a court ordered penalty of up to $13,345.

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26 Apr 2020: COVIDSafe: New app to slow the spread of Coronavirus

The more people who download this important public health app, the safe they and their family will be, the safe their community will be and the sooner we can safely lift restrictions and get back to business and do the things we love. …continue reading

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26 Apr 2020: COVID restrictions ease

Following encouraging signs QLD is flattening the COVID-19 curve, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced stay at home restrictions will ease.From 11.59pm Friday, May 1, QLD will be able to enjoy some relief from stay-at-home rule and: go for a drive; ride a motorbike, jetski or boat for pleasure; have a picnic; visit a national park; and shop for non-essential items

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24 Apr 2020: Prime Minister update on Coronavirus Measures

National Cabinet agreed to develop nationally-consistent, industry-specific work health and safety guidance on COVID-19, accessible via a central hub provided by Safe Work Australia.

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24 Apr 2020: Practice Guide to navigate tenancies through COVID-19

The Palaszczuk Government has today enacted National Cabinet’s moratorium on evictions, with a Practice Guide formalising the temporary requirements and protections for tenancies impacted by COVID-19

A copy of the Practice Guide can be found online at www.COVID19.qld.gov.au/the-hub

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23 Apr 2020: Australian agricultural trade continues despite uncertainty

The global spread of COVID-19 is making the short-term outlook for Australia’s agricultural sectors increasingly uncertain according to the ABARES Impacts of COVID-19 on Australian Agriculture, forestry and fisheries trade report.

While there is considerable uncertainty in the outlook with the spread of COVID-19 the underlying medium-term prospect for the agriculture sector remain strong.

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23 Apr 2020: New air freight network to boost agricultural and fisheries exports

A new network of 15 air freight service providers and freight forwarders have been established by the Morrison-McCormack Government to accelerate delivery of agriculture and fisheries exports into key overseas markets.

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23 Apr 2020: Video conferencing to facilitate legal transactions in era of social distancing

QLD legal practitioners will be able to use video conferencing technology to conduct a range of transactions that usually require face to face meetings, as coronavirus social distancing requirements remain in place.

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23 Apr 2020: Commissioner to help QLD small business recover

A QLD Small Business Commissioner will be appointed to give small businesses a single point of contact for leasing disputes during the recovery from the impact of COVID-19

The appointment of the new commissioner will be made as soon as possible and Ms Adshead will continue in the role in the interim.

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22 Apr 2020: Provenance toolkit to help rural businesses stand out from the crowd

The provenance toolkit… offers a suite of proactical resources available for download via the AgriFutures Australia website. The tookit is aimed at Australian producers who want to build an impactful provenance narrative for their food and fibre business and share it with current and prospective clients. 

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22 Apr 2020: COVID-19 data live online

Launch of a new QLD COVID-19 data website. The Premier said the website would breakdown regional data by Local Government Area, giving communities more oversight of their local cases. http://health.qld.gov.au/covid-data

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21 Apr 2020: Prime Minister update on Coronavirus Measures

Restrictions will be eased on all Category 2 and selected Category 3 Elective surgery and that dentists move to level 2 restrictions (such as fitting dentures, braces, non-high speed drill fillings and basic fillings) as of 27 April 2020.

It was also agreed and reconfirmed the Aged Care Response the priciples announced on 18 March regarding visits to aged care facilities.

National Cabinet re-emphasised that the one person per four square metres rule does not apply in school classrooms

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19 Apr 2020: Fair middle ground reached on COVID-19 guidelines for property owners and tenants

“Queensland has published a framework on the government’s new www.covid19.qld.gov.au website, setting out the process for interaction pending the development of an implementation Guideline which has been fleshed out with stakeholders this week.

“Working with industry stakeholders, a Residential Tenancies Practice Guide COVID-19 for property owners and tenants has been developed.

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19 Apr 2020: QLD declared World Economic Forum Advanced Manufacturing Hub

Queensland has been recognised as a global Advance Manufacturing Hub by the World Economic Forum (WEF), a designation that will connect the state’s manufacturing sector with a global network of advanced manufacturers.

Innovation Minister Kate Jones said manufacturing was the sixth largest employer in QLD, supporting more than 165,000 people.

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17 Apr 2020: Government appoints Agriculture Coordination Officers to COVID-19 response

A team of Agriculture Coordination Officers will supportr producers, the agriculture industry and local governments to manage COVID-19 thanks to the QLD Government.

To contact an Agriculture Coordination Officer email the Customer Service Centre at csc@daf.qld.gov.au or call 13 25 23.

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16 Apr 2020: Government continues to listen on temporary COVID-19 Tenancy measures

Housing and Public Works Minister Mick de Brenni said the underlying purpose of the moratorium is to sustain tenancies during the COVID-19 pandemic period as this is the best possible outcome for owners, property managers and tenants. The government has encouraged all parties to consider the frequently asked questions published on the covid19.qld.gov.au/the-hub website and indicated the Guidelines would be published in coming days.

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16 Apr 2020: Moves to give takeaway business relief from hefty delivery fees

A meeting of key stakeholders would be held on Monday to address the issue of hefty delivery fees. The last thing we want to see struggling businesses hit with high fees from delivery companies. 

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15 Apr 2020: Access to credit critical to small business survival: Ombudsman

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has welcomed the federal government’s decision to provide some non-bank lenders with access to the COVID-19 SME Guarantee Scheme.

The scheme provides eligible small businesses with access to up to $250,000 in unsecured funding, including a six-month repayment holiday with interest accrued to be amortised over the course of the loan.

“The inclusion of five non-bank lenders in the scheme, means there is a greater chance of credit flowing to viable small businesses that need it,” Ms Carnell says.

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15 Apr 2020: Financial support to help Australian exporters bounce back

Australian exporters impacted by the COVID-19 crisis will now have access to business-saving loans between $250k and $50 million under a new $500 million capital facility to be administered by Export Finance Australia.

The new COVID-19 Export Capital Facility will target loans to established and previously profitable exporters who, due to COVID-19 are unable to gain finance from commercial sources.

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14 Apr 2020: The States and Territories to implement National Cabinet workforce principles

The State, Territory and Federal Agriculture Ministers discussed the issue of agricultural visa workers at a ministerial meeting today and reported how they will meet the principles set by the National Cabinet last week.

“The agriculture worker visa extension during the COVID-19 crisis will mean the fruit gets picked, the food gets processed and Australia’s food supply chain continues.”

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14 Apr 2020: Boost for grassroots health care provider groups hampered by COVID-19 impact in Queensland

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced a $28 million fund to support Queensland’s community-based health service groups as part of the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

For more information about eligibility and how to apply, call 07 3006 2815 or email CSFB_RFO@health.qld.gov.au

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13 Apr 2020: Initial Term 2 school arrangements for Queensland announced

Ms Palaszczuk said the move to the home-based learning model would start at the scheduled commencement of Term 2 on Monday 20 April and be in place until at least Friday 22 May.

“School staff, unless they are vulnerable due to medical conditions, will continue to teach from the classroom to ensure continuity of learning for students.

“And children of essential workers and vulnerable children can continue to attend school.

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11 Apr 2020: Supplier registrations surge in response to COVID-19

Queensland manufacturers across the state are registering their willingness to assist and supply materials and equipment to help in the fight against COVID-19. We currently have 16 work packages promoting Queensland supply opportunities directly to manufacturers via the ICN Gateway. 

The following services will remain open for registrations until further notice.

Suppliers able to help fill supply gaps can register at the ICN Gateway here www.qldcovid19.icn.org.au (external site)

Manufacturers or businesses having difficulties accessing supplies please visit www.qld.gov.au/qld-supplies

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12 Apr 2020: $17 million relief package enables free community kindergarten for term 2

The package will assist: 

  • 465 community kindergartens to remain operational throughout term 2, including 128 in regional Queensland, often in locations with no other service nearby
  • 2,754 early childhood teachers and educators to continue to be employed
  • More than 22 000 children who will continue to enjoy a kindergarten program (including options for learning at home)
  • and provide certainty for families and children including children with a disability.

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09 Apr 2020: Prime Minister update on coronavirus measures

The Commonwealth is already taking action across the energy and telecommunications sectors to scale-up hardship support provided by those industries.

The National Cabinet noted the approach to implementing measures to support the agricultural workforce needed to secure Australia food supplies.

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09 Apr 2020: Palaszczuk Government moves to protect retail and commercial tenants

A landowner can apply for land tax relief if they meet criteria including:

  •         the landowner rents all or part of a property to a tenant/s OR all or part of a property is currently available for lease; AND
  •         at least one tenant’s ability to pay their normal rent OR the landowner’s ability to secure a tenant is affected by the COVID-19 pandemic; AND
  •         the landowner provides rent relief to an affected tenant/s commensurate with the amount of the land tax rebate OR if the property is unable to be leased, the landowner requires land tax relief to meet their financial obligations (such as debt repayments); AND
  •         the landowner complies with new leasing requirements, even if the relevant lease is not regulated.

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09 Apr 2020: Special COVID-19 Protections for residential tenants and owners

We will not allow anyone to be evicted because they can’t pay their rent as a result of this crisis

The Palaszczuk Government has launched an online rental hub at www.covid19.qld.gov.au/the-hub to provide all of the information and resources to support discussions between property owners and renters.

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09 Apr 2020: JobKeeper to help small businesses survive Coronavirus crisis

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has welcomed legislation passed by the federal government overnight, that will see thousands of small businesses receive the JobKeeper payment from early May.

The flat payment of $1,500 per fortnight per eligible employee will be delivered by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), assisting small businesses pay their staff that continue to work as well as staff that have been stood down since 1 March, 2020

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08 Apr 2020: COVID-19 survival tips help thousands of Queensland small businesses

Queensland small businesses are being reminded that state government help is available, Employment and Small Business Minister Shannon Fentiman said today.

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08 Apr 2020: Support your local commercial fisher this Easter

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is encouraging Australians to support their local commercial fishers in buying freshly caught and sustainable seafood this Easter.

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07 Apr 2020: Mandatory commercial tenancy code opens door to rent negotiation

Small businesses are eligible to negotiate under the Code if: They are experiencing financial distress; They are eligible to receive support from the JobKeeper program; and they have a turnover of $50 million or less  …continue reading

Select here to read the National Cabinet Mandatory Code of Conduct – SME Commercial Leasing Principles during COVID-19

07 Apr 2020: Update on Coronavirus Measures

Commercial Tenancy: The purpose of the Code is to impose a set of good faith leasing principles for application to commercial tenancies (including retail, office and industrial) between owners/operators/other landlords and tenants, in circumstances where the tenant is a small-medium sized business (annual turnover of up to $50 million) and is an eligible business for the purpose of the Commonwealth Government’s JobKeeper programme.

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07 Apr 2020: PPE supply chain boosted by industry and community

“We will keep on working to find manufacturing solutions to address shortages now and into the future. If you’re a manufacturer or producer who can offer further assistance to secure or enhance the supply chain, I encourage you to contact the Department of State Development. We stand ready to help,” he said.

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07 Apr 2020: EOI open for local companies to build new Kallangur Community Centre

Minister for Communities Coralee O’Rourke encouraged pre-registered local building contractors to put themselves forward for the EOI, which has opened. Construction of this centre will be truly local – built by local construction companies, supporting local workers and boosting the local economy. The EOI will close on Monday April 20.

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06 Apr 2020: $50 million in tax relief for Queensland pubs and clubs

The Palaszczuk Government has announced extra tax relief worth $50 million for Queensland pubs and clubs grappling with the effects of coronavirus.

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath said from April, the State’s 1,100 pubs and clubs would get a three-month deferral on gaming machine taxes.

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05 Apr 2020: Australian seafarers get extension for certificate renewals during COVID-19 pandemic

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is providing Australian seafarers impacted by COVID-19 with an automatic six-month extension on their qualifications.

“AMSA can also issue specific exemptions to help operators and crew continue to operate in exceptional circumstances.”

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05 Apr 2020: Mighty manufacturers #MakingItForQLD

Queensland manufacturers who are mobilising and repurposing to support the state during the COVID-19 crisis are being asked to share their inspiring stories as part of the #MakingItForQLD campaign.

Mr Dick said the Queensland Government is also reaching out to manufacturers, suppliers and producers to identify supply chain gaps, to help keep production lines flowing and protect jobs.

Manufacturers or businesses having difficulties accessing supplies please go to: qld.gov.au/qld-supplies

Suppliers able to help fill supply gaps register at the ICN Gateway here: qldcovid19.icn.org.au

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04 Apr 2020: Supporting the agriculture workforce during COVID-19

The Federal Liberal and Nationals Government is making temporary changes to visa arrangements to help farmers access the workforce they need to secure Australia’s food and produce supply during COVID-19. 

The changes allow those within the Pacific Labour Scheme, Seasonal Worker Program and working holiday makers to continue to work in agriculture and food processing until the coronavirus crisis has passed.

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03 Apr 2020: Calls grow for big business to pay on time

Queensland’s Minister for Employment and Small Business Shannon Fentiman is calling on big business to do the right thing and pay their small business suppliers on time.

From 1 July 2020 businesses will be paid within 20 days if they register on the Business Queensland website www.business.qld.gov.au/starting-business/advice-support/support/small-business/on-time-payment-policy/on-time-policy

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03 Apr 2020: Update on Coronavirus measures

National Cabinet made further progress on the issue of commercial tenancies. They have agreed that a mandatory code of conduct guided by certain principles will be developed and subsequently legislated by State and Territory Governments to apply for tenancies where the tenant is eligible for the Commonwealth Government’s JobKeeper assistance and is a small- or medium-sized enterprise (less than $50 million turnover).

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02 Apr 2020: New Jobs Hub highlighting job opportunities for Australians

An up to date list of a selection of businesses and organisations that are currently hiring, and how to contact them, can be found at: www.dese.gov.au/covid-19/jobs-hubEmployers who are hiring and want support to connect with potential candidates can also contact the Department of Education, Skills and Employment at workforce@dese.gov.au to be connected directly with businesses reducing their workforces; and the employment services network to source suitable candidates. 

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02 Apr 2020: More assistance for businesses and those looking for work through new online Jobs Hub

In this rapidly changing jobs market the Australian Government has launched a new Jobs Hub to support businesses and those Australians looking for work. Jobs Hub provides information on current employment opportunities, what’s happening in our labour market, and jobs that are in demand.

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02 Apr 2020: Early childhood education and care relief package

The Government will pay 50 per cent of the sector’s fee revenue up to the existing hourly rate cap based on a point in time before parents started withdrawing their children in large numbers, but only so long as services remain open and do not charge families for care. 

The new system will see payments start flowing at the end of next week. The system will be reviewed after one month, with an extension to be considered after three months. The payments will be paid in lieu of the Child Care (CCS) and Additional Child Care Subsidy payments.

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02 Apr 2020: Extra time to lodge applications for drought assistance

 I’m extending access to emergency bee feed sugar from Hive and Wellness’ Richlands headquarters for beekeepers from one month’s supply at a time to two months to help limit the frequency of visits to the facility.

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01 Apr 2020: New Enterprise Incentive Scheme participants able to access Coronavirus supplement

New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) participants can now choose to access the Coronavirus Supplement if they are in receipt of an eligible income support payment. This option will be available to both existing and new NEIS participants.

NEIS supports people to create their own job by starting a small business. In particular, NEIS assists people to develop a range of new business skills and maximise new opportunities in areas that have demand for goods and services during these changing economic times.

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01 Apr 2020: Securing freight access for Australian agricultural and fisheries exporters

A new $110 million initiative will back Australia’s agricultural and fisheries sector by helping them export their high-quality produce into key overseas markets, with return flights bringing back vital medical supplies, medicines and equipment.

In addition, around $10 million in Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) levies will also be waived for all Commonwealth fishers, ensuring they do not have to pay Commonwealth levies for the remainder of 2020.

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01 Apr 2020: Funding boost to support Australian exporters and tourism businesses

The Morrison Government will inject an extra $49.8 million into the Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) program in the 2019-20 financial year, allowing exporters and tourism businesses to get additional reimbursements for costs incurred in marketing their products and services around the world.

Federal Trade and Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham said today’s funding boost would provide much needed relief and a timely cash flow injection for exporters and tourism businesses within the scheme who were doing it tough.

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01 Apr 2020: From racing cars to ventilators… Queensland ingenuity at its best

In another demonstration of Queensland manufacturing ingenuity, Triple Eight Race Engineering has developed a low-cost ventilator prototype in an effort to help fight the global coronavirus pandemic.

Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said the local race car company had been working around the clock for the past two weeks to develop the prototype.

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