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13 Aug 2021: COVID-19 Business Support Grants to Open on August 16

Queensland businesses can now start preparing their applications for the Palaszczuk Government’s $5,000 2021 COVID-19 Business Support grants, which will open at midday on Monday August 16.

Minister for Employment and Small Business Di Farmer said guidelines and templates were now available for the grant program that will help small and medium businesses affected by recent lockdowns in Queensland and in other parts of Australia.

 

 

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02 Aug 2021: Lockdown support for Queensland businesses

The Palaszczuk Government will provide $5,000 payments to small and medium businesses across Queensland affected by the current COVID-19 lockdown and lockdowns in other states…

“We’ll also be providing support payments to eligible impacted large businesses in the hospitality and tourism sector in the 11 local government areas currently locked down.

 

 

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06 Aug 2021: New program to help QLD commercial fishers build resilience

The Palaszczuk Government is backing Queensland’s commercial fishers with a $59,000 investment towards a nationally-recognised resilience and wellbeing program…

“This funding from the Queensland Government will allow us to extend our industry-specific mental health pilot program, ‘Stay Afloat’ into Queensland, building on our three existing locations in New South Wales, Victoria and Darwin which are funded under the Australian Government’s Mental Health Program.”

 

 

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02 Aug 2021: Lockdown support for Queensland businesses

The Palaszczuk Government will provide $5,000 payments to small and medium businesses across Queensland affected by the current COVID-19 lockdown and lockdowns in other states…

“We’ll also be providing support payments to eligible impacted large businesses in the hospitality and tourism sector in the 11 local government areas currently locked down.

 

 

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30 July 2021: Microenterprise program enables women to start up small businesses

The Morrison Government is providing $3.5 million to Grameen Australia to establish and deliver an innovative program to create entrepreneurial opportunities for unemployed women.

The program invites participants to join small peer support groups and offers mentoring, training and access to loans and savings programs, to support them as they establish their own small business.

 

 

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15 July 2021: New $15,000 small business grants opening soon

Queensland small businesses are being urged to get ready to apply for the new Business Boost grants to help fast-track their plans to improve their efficiency and productivity.

Minister for Employment and Small Business Di Farmer said the grants of up to $15,000 each can be used for upgrades and organisational improvements for established businesses.

“These grants are part of the $25 million suite of grants under the Big Plans for Small Business Strategy. We are delivering on our commitment to back small business which is a key priority of the Palaszczuk Government’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan,” Minister Farmer said.

“Small business owners will be able to access information from today to help them prepare their applications in readiness for the opening of applications at 9am on 30 July.

 

 

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14 July 2021: Call for Small Businesses to sit on Advisory Council

The Palaszczuk Government is calling for business owners and entrepreneurs to help deliver the Big Plans for Small Business Strategy by joining the reinvigorated Queensland Small Business Advisory Council (QSBAC).

Minister for Employment and Small Business Di Farmer encouraged people running businesses in Queensland to submit an expression of interest by 5pm Tuesday 27 July 2021.

 

 

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13 July 2021: Securing our economic prosperity by strengthening cyber security

The Morrison Government is continuing to deliver on key commitments from Australia’s $1.67 billion Cyber Security Strategy 2020, releasing today a discussion paper consulting on reforms to strengthen the cyber security of Australia’s digital economy.

Reforms under consideration include stronger cyber security standards for the digital economy, more transparent information about cyber security, and stronger legal remedies for consumers.

 

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13 July 2021: Recycling to become a boom industry in Queensland

Queensland is set to scale up its waste recycling infrastructure with an $80 million combined investment that will scale up, transform, and grow the state’s waste and recycling industries.

The Australian and Queensland Governments will each invest $20 million in the $40 million Recycling Modernisation Fund (RMF). Queensland industries will match this funding, delivering a total of $80 million in new investment for Queensland.

The Federal Minister for the Environment, Sussan Ley, said that the projects funded will help protect the environment, boost the economy and create jobs in Queensland.

 

 

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09 July 2021: National Cabinet Statement

Mandatory Vaccinations for Disability Workers

National Cabinet agreed to the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee’s (AHPPC) advice encouraging residential disability support workers to have their COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible, and in August 2021, consider mandating vaccination for disability workers by 31 October 2021.

The National Cabinet:

  • strongly encourages all disability support workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect their own health and the health of the people for whom they are caring

 

 

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08 July 2021: Check In Qld app deadline looms for local businesses

To help keep Queenslanders COVID safe, businesses across the state are being urged to register for the Check In Qld app, which becomes mandatory from Friday 9 July at 1am.

Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Yvette D’Ath said since the announcement was made as part of Queensland’s Economic Recovery Plan Roadmap to more eased restrictions more than two weeks ago, an additional 77,000 businesses had already signed up for the public safety device and there had been more than 32 million check ins via the Check In Qld app.

 

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08 July 2021: Revitalised program to get Queenslanders Back to Work

The Palaszczuk Government’s revitalised $140 million Back to Work employment program that will support thousands of Queenslanders to get – and keep – jobs is now open for applications.

Minister for Employment and Small Business Di Farmer said the refreshed program, unveiled in this year’s State Budget, will provide greater access to on-the-ground support for employers and disadvantaged jobseekers.

 

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06 July 2021: Grant to help Heal Country

The Palaszczuk Government has announced funding to help Indigenous communities across Queensland care for Country, building on the success of similar funding last year which saw 25 jobs created as part of Queensland’s COVID-19 economic recovery plan.

Making the announcement during NAIDOC Week, Environment Minister Meaghan Scanlon said applications are open for the Looking after Country program, with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations able to share in up to $500,000 for programs aimed at conserving and restoring land and sea.

 

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05 July 2021: Consultation on the patent box

As part of our economic plan to secure Australia’s recovery the Morrison Government announced a new patent box as a part of the 2021-22 Budget.

Today, the Government is releasing a discussion paper on the design of the patent box which will start on 1 July 2022.

Under the patent box, income earned from new patents that have been developed in Australia will be taxed at a concessional rate of 17 per cent.

Initially, the patent box will apply to the medical and biotech sectors.

 

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05 July 2021: Board of Taxation to review the application of GST on low value imported goods

The Government is delivering on its commitment to provide a fairer playing field for Australian businesses by asking the Board of Taxation to review the collection of Goods and Services Tax (GST) on low value imported goods and ensure the system is operating as intended.

The GST on Low Value Imported Goods was introduced on 1 July 2018 removing the unfair advantage foreign businesses had prior to that.

Before this date, goods imported directly by consumers costing $1,000 or less did not attract GST and only high value goods with a customs value over $1,000 were assessed and charged GST at the border.

 

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05 July 2021: Grants round open for Queensland Government Disability Advocacy funding

Queensland disability advocacy organisations are invited to apply for a share in $5.9 million of Queensland Government grants to deliver disability advocacy support services across the state from 1 January 2022 through to 30 June 2023.

Minister for Seniors and Disability Services and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Craig Crawford announced the opening of Disability Advocacy grants program on 5 July 2021, which will continue delivery of vital support to people living with disability.

 

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05 July 2021: Arts funding helps deliver 25 new projects throughout Queensland

A 20-episode podcast, a two-woman comedy show and an outdoor audio-visual experience that illuminates First Nations stories are amongst the 25 new arts and cultural projects that will share in more than $925,000 in funding from the Palaszczuk Government…

Recipients of Queensland Arts Showcase Program:…

  • Ms Danielle Latta – $9,279 to develop Tawny Trails, an interactive digital map of rural art galleries, open studios and local businesses, showcasing arts in the local area year-round as an all-immersive arts experience. Utilising a promotional website, promo video, art workshops, demonstrations and launch events. (Woodford, Ocean View, King Scrub, Dayboro, Clear Mountain, Samford)…
  • Briefs Factory International – $29,000 to develop and deliver the next stage of BRED, a new First Nations focused physical theatre production. (Woodford)

 

 

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02 July 2021: National Plan to transition Australia’s National COVID Response

National Cabinet agreed to formulate a National Plan to transition Australia’s National COVID Response from its current pre vaccination settings, focussing on continued suppression of community transmission, to post vaccination settings focussed on prevention of serious illness, hospitalisation and fatality, and the public health management of other infectious diseases.

National Cabinet agreed in-principle that the plan consists of the following phases, each triggered by the achievement of vaccination thresholds expressed as a percentage of the eligible population (16+), based on the scientific modelling currently being conducted for the COVID-19 Risk Analysis and Response Task Force.

 

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02 July 2021: Report shows 28 per cent increase in Australia’s ocean economy 

Australia’s marine industry contributes more than $80 billion annually to the national economy, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS).

The AIMS Index of Marine Industry is a biannual update of the value the marine sector provides to Australia’s wealth by Deloitte Access Economics, commissioned by the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS)…

The report found that the total income of the marine industry increased substantially in the two years (by almost 28%), driven by growth in offshore natural gas production (up 79%), shipbuilding and repair (up 57%), and marine tourism (up 11%).

 

 

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02 July 2021: Honey Bees are here for keepers

The Australian Government has announced a $600,000 grant for honey bee bushfire recovery research and development.

Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, David Littleproud said the grant would help the Australian honey bee industry to build resilience and bounce back. 

“This funding is great news for our beekeepers and will help them get their buzz back and build resilience for future disasters,” Minister Littleproud said.

“The grant will help the Australian honey bee industry undertake key research about how to help rebuild hives after bushfires.

 

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02 July 2021: Key measures take effect to lower taxes and create jobs

The Morrison Government is continuing to secure Australia’s recovery from COVID-19 with key measures taking effect on 1 July 2021 to create more jobs, rebuild our economy and set Australia up for the future.

These measures will provide tax relief to millions of hard-working Australians, incentivise businesses to invest and ensure our superannuation system works harder for you. 

 

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01 July 2021: World-first ban on waste plastic exports

The Morrison Government’s agenda to protect our environment and create jobs reaches another key milestone today with the introduction of a ban on the export of mixed plastic waste exports.

Industry leaders have confirmed they are ready for the next step of a staged series of export bans that will see a transformation of Australia’s recycling industry and contribute to 10,000 new jobs over the next ten years.