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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: who are hiring and want support to connect with potential candidates can also contact the Department of Education, Skills and Employment at 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: 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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31 Mar 2020: Fishing and essential boat use to continue

“There’s no reason for anyone to be taking the boat out unless it’s for essential travel to get to work, to and from your home, to local shops for provisions or catching fish for your family.

“Even then, there should be no more than two people, or immediate family members on board, and the social distancing rules everyone is being asked to follow still apply.

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31 Mar 2020: New direction for licensed armourers and licensed dealers

The latest direction from the Chief Health Officer said licensed armourers and dealers may store, modify, repair, acquire or supply weapons and ammunition to specific groups. Agriculture Minister Mark Furner said the direction provides clarity and certainty for those industries and individuals who need licensed armourers and licensed dealers to carry out their work.

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30 Mar 2020: $130 Billion Jobkeeper Payment to Keep Australians in a Job

The payment will be open to eligible businesses that receive a significant financial hit caused by the coronavirus.The payment will provide the equivalent of around 70 per cent of the national median wage. For workers in the accommodation, hospitality and retail sectors it will equate to a full median replacement wage. The payment will ensure eligible employers and employees stay connected while some businesses move into hibernation.

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30 Mar 2020: Banks to help commercial landlords who help tenants through COVID-19

Businesses with total business loan facilities of up to $10 million (up from the $3 million small business threshold) will now be able to defer repayments for loans attached to their business for six months.

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30 Mar 2020: Prime Minister update on Coronavirus Measures

We will be living with this virus for at least six months, so social distancing measures to slow the spread of this virus must be sustainable for at least that long to protect Australian lives.

We need to ensure Australia keeps functioning, to keep Australians in jobs. 

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29 Mar 2020: Prime Minister National Cabinet Statement

Commercial tenants, landlords and financial institutions are encouraged to sit down together to find a way through to ensure that businesses can survive and be there on the other side. As part of this, National Cabinet agreed to a common set of principles, endorsed by Treasurers, to underpin and govern intervention to aid commercial tenancies as follows:.

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29 Mar 2020: Prime Minister Evening Press Conference

We’re asking businesses to adapt to what is not a usual set of circumstances. They must be sustainable because they will run for, we believe, at least six months and we want to be able to get everybody through. So we are seeking their support. We will have more to say about commercial tenancies in the days ahead.

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26 Mar 2020: State Government joins forces with industry to support small business

“We are supporting CCIQ with $360,000 to run a proactive outreach to small businesses and expand the capacity of their call centre because we know businesses need support more than ever.”

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26 Mar 2020: Supporting sole traders through the effects of Coronavirus

The Morrison Government has expanded the eligibility criteria for JobSeeker Payment to support sole traders and Australians who are self-employed if their income is negatively affected by the economic impact of the Coronavirus.

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25 Mar 2020: Changes to SEQ public transport to promote better social distancing

Passengers will no longer have the option to pay cash on south east Queensland trains, trams, ferries and buses to promote better social distancing during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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24 Mar 2020: Tech sector & Government back Australian businesses during COVID-19

Australian Business Continuity—by the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) and its technology partners—provides free practical tools to support the continuity of Australia’s small-to medium businesses, including advice on how to best use teleworking services.

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24 Mar 2020: Futher assistance for Queensland arts sector

“The next round of Individuals Fund grants will be boosted to $500,000, with criteria expanded to encourage applications with a focus on building digital skills, creative development and small project activities; as well as the digital adaptation or delivery of works.

“Applications will also open to access a total of $2 million under the Queensland Arts Showcase Program (QASP), to support a range of activities including creative development, digital content creation, and digital delivery.” 

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24 Mar 2020: QLD border Control Slows Virus Spread

Measures take effect from midnight tomorrow night and include:

  • Border road closures and police checks on vehicles on major highways
  • Advice to aircraft passengers at departure point that travellers to Queensland will be required to self-isolate for 14 days
  • Travellers arriving at Queensland airports to be met by police and other officers
  • Termination of rail services

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24 Mar 2020: Palaszczuk Government unveils $4 billion package to support health, jobs, households & QLD businesses

“For small and medium businesses and large businesses specifically impacted by COVID-19, we will refund two months’ worth of payroll tax.

“Additionally, we’re giving small and medium businesses a three-month payroll tax holiday, and a further six-month payroll tax deferral for any of these Queensland businesses.

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23 Mar 2020: Helpline for businesses impacted by COVID-19

Operations at the 13 28 46 Contact Centre will increase from five days per week to seven days per week, and provide additional hours of support outside standard operating hours for the first month, answering calls from 7am to 11pm AEST.

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23 Mar 2020: Business closures and restrictions

To slow the spread of Coronavirus, some businesses are required to close or limit their operations...effective from 12pm, Monday 23 March 2020

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22 Mar 2020: Supporting Australian Workers and Business

Our economic support package includes:

  • Support for households including casuals, sole-traders, retirees and those on income support
  • Assistance for businesses to keep people in a job
  • Regulatory protection and financial support for businesses to stay in business

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22 Mar 2020: Update on Coronavirus measures

We will be living with this virus for at least six months, so social distancing measures to slow this virus down must be sustainable for at least that long to protect Australian lives, allow Australia to keep functioning and keep Australians in jobs. 

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22 Mar 2020: Further Assistance Available to Businesses

The Government will today announce a second stage of measures to keep businesses in business and to keep workers in jobs. This stage of measures is squarely focused on getting businesses and their workers through to the other side of this crisis. 

The measures include:

  • A wage subsidy for small and medium businesses to save jobs; and
  • A guarantee on loans to small and medium businesses so they can keep in business.

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21 Mar 2020: More COVID-19 assistance for Queensland manufacturers

The Queensland Government is ramping up its assistance to the state’s manufacturing sector to make it more resilient to the impacts of COVID-19. 

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19 Mar 2020: RBA Monetary Policy Decision

The Reserve Bank will provide a three-year funding facility to authorised deposit-taking institutions (ADIs) at a fixed rate of 0.25 per cent. ADIs will be able to obtain initial funding of up to 3 per cent of their existing outstanding credit. They will have access to additional funding if they increase lending to business, especially to small and medium-sized businesses. This facility is for at least $90 billion.

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19 Mar 2020: Queensland braces for COVID-19 impacts

“Now, we’ve extended our six-month payroll tax deferral to all Queensland business, no matter their size and we’re also supporting businesses with loans of up to $250,000, interest free for 12 months.”

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19 Mar 2020: PM Press Conference

The Australian Government, together with the Reserve Bank, have injected more than $100 billion into Australia’s financial system. It reflects our collective determination to do what it takes to support Australian jobs and Australian businesses. And acting in concert with the prudential regulator APRA, we are not only supporting Australian jobs and businesses, but we are doing what we can to lower the cost of credit and to increase the flow of credit.

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18 Mar 2020: New laws to slow down the spread of COVID-19

Under this new legislation, the Chief Health Officer will be issuing public health directions to ban non-essential gatherings in outdoor areas of more than 500 people, and non-essential gatherings of 100 people indoors.

This will affect entertainment venues, function centres, pubs and clubs and large restaurants. 

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18 Mar 2020: Queensland Government to assist arts sector through COVID-19 crisis

To provide certainty for the sector, companies that are current recipients of the 2017-2020 Organisations Fund, will be guaranteed a further twelve months’ funding at current levels to December 2021. And in addition, Arts Queensland is also suspending applications for the next four-year funding round, in order to take pressure off organisations to do long-term planning.” Ms Enoch said.

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18 Mar 2020: National Cabinet Update – The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

Last night the National Cabinet met and I want to keep Queenslanders informed about those critical decisions that were made at the meeting.

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17 Mar 2020: Palaszczuk Government offers $500m in loans to support workers in businesses affected by coronavirus

Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad said the $500 million concessional loan facility would comprise loans of up to $250,000 with an initial 12-month interest free period for businesses to retain staff…..

But we are seeing this outbreak is having a devastating impact on all Queensland companies, large and small, so now we will extend the offer of a six-month payroll tax deferral to all affected businesses across the state.

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12 Mar 2020: Economic Stimulus Package

The Morrison Government has today announced a $17.6 billion economic plan to keep Australians in jobs, keep businesses in business and support households and the Australian economy as the world deals with the significant challenges posed by the spread of the coronavirus.

The package has four parts:

  • Supporting business investment
  • Providing cash flow assistance to help small and medium sized business to stay in business and keep their employees in jobs
  • Targeted support for the most severely affected sectors, regions and communities;
  • Household stimulus payments that will benefit the wider economy

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12 Mar 2020: New grants for queensland exporters hit by coronavirus

“Grants will be available to support agriculture, food and fishing exporters, their critical supply chain partners and industry organisations to build resilience by diversifying into new markets. “They can be used to assist with purchasing new equipment including refrigerators, freezers or filleting machines and for larger projects such as market evaluation studies, market visits and staff training.

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11 Mar 2020: New grants tackle impact of domestic violence on multicultural communities

Organisations from across Queensland are being encouraged to apply for their share of $50,000 in grants for projects to raise awareness and provide better support for victims of domestic and family violence in culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.

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11 Mar 2020: Million-dollar boost for state’s striving neighbourhood centres

Queensland’s network of thriving neighbourhood and community centres have the chance to share in $1 million to buy vital equipment and host events and activities, thanks to the Thriving Queensland Communities grants – Round three.

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10 Mar 2020: Queensland women making it in manufacturing

Mr Dick said manufacturing contributes around $20 billion each year to the Queensland economy and is a major employer with around 1 in 4 being women.

“We want to continue to build on this and encourage females to pursue careers in manufacturing, because attracting and retaining more women is important to a stronger manufacturing sector.”

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09 Mar 2020: Minister opens USC Moreton Bay’s foundation building

USC Moreton Bay had its official opening on Monday, 9 March. Over 400 invited guests attended, including federal, state and local government members, building partners and suppliers, and members from the business community.
It was a great event giving recognition to all those involved in bringing USC Moreton Bay to life!

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03 Mar 2020: Expanding FADs program reeling in fish and fishers

A project to boost the world-class fishing experience in southeast Queensland waters has been expanded with the installation of 15 new fish attracting devices (FADs) off the coast this week.

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03 Mar 2020: New Queensland Veterans’ Memorial Grants announced

The final round is now open and include funding of up to $40,000 per project and additional funding of up to $10,000 for conservation management plans. Applications close 1 May 2020 

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02 Mar 2020: National Plastics Summit signals changes for plastic recycling

Prime Minister Scott Morrison opened the Summit, telling major retailers, recyclers, industry groups researchers and students that Australia needs to take responsibility for its plastic waste and has foreshadowed further budget announcements to encourage demand for recycled products and to expand industry capability.

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02 Mar 2020: $500 million from Pact Group to kickstart circular economy

I am delighted to announce that Pact Group will partner with government and industry to invest in existing and new facilities for sustainable packaging, reuse and recycling initiatives over the next five years as well as investing further in innovation, technology and research to use more recycled content.

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02 Mar 2020: Aussie investors betting on new ideas

“We took decisive action to incentivise venture capital, including through our $100 million investment in the CSIRO Innovation Fund and the $500 million Biomedical Translation Fund.”

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02 Mar 2020: Palaszczuk Government steps in to help small businesses affected by coronavirus

Small and medium Queensland businesses impacted by the coronavirus outbreak will be able to defer their payroll tax payment for six months under a new relief measure announced today

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28 February 2020: Australian Made logo grant to help our exporters

“This grant will allow the trade mark to be registered and promoted in key export markets like the European Union, the United Kingdom and Canada.

“There will also be an effort to crack down on misuse of the logo by strengthening its legal position in key export markets.”

The money will be provided over four years to the Australian Made Campaign Limited (AMCL), which administers the logo.

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27 Feb 2020: More skills for more industries

In the State Budget we committed $5.5 million for micro-credentialing pilots to fill some of the critical gaps in skills and training that are important to Queensland businesses.

“Micro-credentials will aim to improve employability of workers by providing skills in demand from industry and increasing the labour productivity of enterprises through investment in technical, digital and soft skills.”

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27 Feb 2020: Celebrating World NGO Day

Non-government organisations (NGOs) across Queensland are being feted today (27 Feb) on World NGO Day for their work protecting some of the youngest and most vulnerable Queenslanders.

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27 Feb 2020: Contract call out for next job-boosting Bruce upgrade between Brisbane and Sunshine Coast

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the $662.5 million upgrade between Caboolture-Bribie Island Road and Steve Irwin Way (Exit 163) would widen the highway from four to six lanes

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26 Feb 2020: Australian brands get more exposure in India

Australian brands will now have exposure to hundreds of millions of extra potential customers with the launch of the Australian online store on Amazon India

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26 Feb 2020: Queenslanders kicking goals thanks to Skilling Queenslanders for Work

Applications are now open for the latest round of Skilling Queenslanders for Work. Almost $24 million was allocated in the last round to support over 3200 Queenslanders to gain job ready skills and training under the State Government’s successful skills and jobs program.

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31 Jan 2020: Councils to receive funds to fight illegal dumping

The Palaszczuk Government is providing over $5 million in funding to local councils across Queensland to help crack down on illegal dumping. …continue reading 

30 Jan 2020: Community Benefit Fund keeps delivery for Queensland not-for profits

Community organisations are being encouraged to apply for funding in the latest round of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF) grants program.. …continue reading

28 Jan 2020: $100 million Land Restoration Fund applications now open

Carbon farming helps to capture, hold and store carbon in trees, mangroves and soils rather than being released into the atmosphere, helping our state to meet its commitments on climate change. Applications for the first intake of the Land Restoration Fund 2020 Investment Round close on 28 February 2020. …continue reading

28 Jan 2020: Research hub to transform Australia’s blue economy

The work of this CRC will drive positive long-term outcomes, with seafood production alone projected to increase to more than $5 billion by 2050. This is the beginning of what will be a decade-long exploration of uncharted waters in marine renewable energy and seafood research. …continue reading

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