22 Sep 2020: Contract wraps up early Christmas gift for Bruce Highway pinch point
Work will start before Christmas to add lanes in each direction on the Bruce Highway between Caboolture and Beerburrum.
The $662.5 million jointly funded upgrade, which will deliver six lanes on the Bruce Highway from Caboolture Bribie Island Road to Steve Irwin Way (Exit 163), will boost the Sunshine Coast’s economic recovery, with more than 660 jobs on offer when construction ramps up.
21 Sep 2020: QLD extends sensible and safe border arrangements for agriculture
Queensland’s border arrangements for agricultural industry and workers have been extended.
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said arrangements to allow safe and appropriate movement of workers, equipment and farmers had been working well.
“Queensland’s Chief Health Officer put sensible border arrangements in place through a health direction and our feedback from industry is that they have been working very well,” Mr Furner said.
“This extended health direction once again gets the balance right, keeping Queenslanders safe from COVID-19 while ensuring Queensland’s essential agriculture industry can get on with what it does best.
19 Sep 2020: Deception Bay interchange upgrade the real deal
Works on the jointly funded $163.3 million Bruce Highway upgrade at the Deception Bay Road Interchange will start in the coming weeks after the construction contract was awarded to BMD Constructions Pty Ltd.
It comes as Moreton Bay commuters have also been given their first artist impressions of the interchange upgrade, which will create 270 jobs during construction.
The $163.3 million project is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments through an 80:20 funding arrangement and is expected to be completed in early 2023.
18 Sep 2020: Support local on National Family Business Day
The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell says family businesses have been hit hard by the COVID crisis, encouraging everyone to buy local this National Family Business Day (Friday 18 September).
The best way you can support family businesses is to spend locally – whether that’s at a mum-and-dad owned bricks and mortar store such as the town butcher or by shopping online via social media campaigns such as ‘Click for Vic,’ “Buy From the Bush,” “Empty Esky,” “Spend With Them” and “Stay with Them” – to name a few.
17 Sep 2020: Jobs for the picking across QLD
A range of seasonal agriculture jobs are up for the picking across Queensland, with working-holiday makers and Queenslanders seeking employment encouraged to work and explore their way around the state.
“It’s critical that our agribusinesses can still access the workforce they need to secure food supply and lead the state’s economic recovery.”
To see what work is available when, and in what regions, visit qld.gov.au/pickqld or call 13 25 23.
16 Sep 2020: Moratorium on commercial lease evictions extended to end of 2020
The Palaszczuk Government’s moratorium on evictions for commercial leaseholders has been extended to the end of 2020.
Attorney-General and Minister said the three-month extension, effective to 31 December 2020, was welcome news for thousands of Queensland businesses.
14 Sep 2020: QLD mobilises state’s manufacturing sector to fight COVID-19
The Premier visited Brendale healthcare manufacturer Aspen Medical today, which has received government support and is now producing two million face masks per month….
“I’m so pleased we’ve been able to back a local manufacturing company with government support under the $150 million Industry Attraction Fund,” Ms Boyd said.
14 Sep 2020: Excellence in education on show at annual awards
Queensland’s leading state schools have been honoured at the 21st annual Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools via a livestream video.
State Winners – 2020 Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools
CQUniversity Australia Showcase Award for Excellence in Inclusive Education
Winner: Caboolture State High School
Submission: Building literate futures
Department of Education Bevan Brennan ‘Every Child Needs a Champion’ Award
Winner: Caboolture East State School
Submission: HERO Program
11 Sep 2020: Restarting Australia’s Business Events Sector
Thousands of jobs across the tourism and hospitality industry will be backed through a $50 million injection to help restart Australia’s vital business events sector.
Businesses will be encouraged to attend events, trade shows and conferences within Australia through grants to help cover the costs associated with exhibiting such as the hire of exhibition spaces, the design and manufacture of displays, travel and accommodation.
Under the Business Events Exhibitor Grants program, Australian businesses exhibiting at an approved business meeting, convention, conference and incentives event in 2021 will be able to apply for upfront grants to cover up to 50 per cent of their costs ($10,000 – $250,000).
10 Sep 2020: Community projects will honour QLD veterans
Thirteen community projects across the State honouring Queensland’s servicemen and women will receive funding under the final round of the Queensland Veterans’ Memorial Grants Program.
- $20,000 – Returned and Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Dayboro Sub Branch Inc to refurbish Dayboro Avenue of Honour commemorating local servicemen and women who served in the Second World War
10 Sep 2020: Backing Australian exporters to go global
The Morrison Government is backing Australian businesses to grow their exports and create jobs through reforms to the Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme, after an independent review of financial assistance for small and medium enterprise exporters.
Legislation to give effect to these changes to the EMDG scheme is scheduled for introduction into Parliament this year. The new scheme is intended to commence on 1 July 2021 once the new legislation has passed Parliament and associated rules are in place.
09 Sep 2020: Wage Theft now a crime in QLD
Employers found to be deliberately stealing from their workers will now face jail time under new laws passed in Parliament today.
Ms Grace said under the new laws, the maximum penalty for stealing by an employer will be the same as the current maximum penalty for ‘stealing as a clerk or servant’, which is 10 years’ imprisonment.
For more information head to https://www.oir.qld.gov.au/industrial-relations/wage-theft
09 Sep 2020: QLD electric vehicle super highway charges ahead with new sites
The Palaszczuk Government will add 13 new electric vehicle charging stations to Queensland’s Electric Vehicle Super Highway (QESH).
New fast-charging site locations include Springwood, Ipswich, North Lakes, Forest Glen, Gympie, Gunalda (Curra), Gin Gin, Mt Larcom, Proserpine, Ayr, Cardwell, Innisfail and Port Douglas.
09 Sep 2020: Palaszczuk Government supports QLD’s growing craft brewing industry
The Palaszczuk Government is supporting new jobs and the Queensland craft brewing and artisan distilling industry with the introduction of the Liquor (Artisan Liquor) Amendment Bill.
“Under the new licence, artisan producers will be able to operate taprooms and tasting rooms without a second licence as well as increase the ability to sell takeaway liquor.
The new ‘commercial other – artisan producer’ licence will:
- authorise the on-site sale of craft beer, spirits and wine produced under the Queensland artisan liquor licence or under the Wine Industry Act 1994
- be based on the principal activity of the business, either brewing or distilling, defined as 70 per cent of sales on an annual basis
- authorise the sale of artisan liquor produced on the premises for takeaway
- allow the licensee to apply for an enduring approval to sell samples of their product at promotional events such as a farmers’ markets
- extend the commercial public event permit authorisation to craft brewers and artisanal liquor producers to sell or supply liquor at a public event; and
- permit online sales for the licensee’s own product which is particularly beneficial for artisanal liquor producers who are currently unable to sell their products online in Queensland.
- The new licence will also remove the requirement upon distillers that restricts retail sales to 2.5 per cent of production.
09 Sep 2020: Queensland power assets continue to pay dividends
Nearly 2 million households will see another $50 taken off their electricity bills from this month thanks to Queensland’s publicly owned power assets.
The dividends come on top of the Palaszczuk Government’s COVID household relief package, which provided Queensland households with $200 off their utility bills and $500 for small business.
The $50 dividend payment dividend will go to home owners, tenants, customers who receive an electricity bill from their landlord or body corporate, and customers in communities with card-operated meters.
07 Sep 2020: Exposure Draft Export Control Rules 2020 consultation
Deputy Secretary Agricultural Trade Group, David Hazlehurst, said the consultation was another opportunity for our export industries and trading partners to provide further input into the draft rules…Draft rules on Egg and Egg Products; Fish and Fish Products; Meat and Meat Products; Organic Goods; Plant and Plant Products; and Poultry Meat and Poultry Meat Products.
The draft rules – available on the department’s Have Your Say platform – will set out the operational requirements that must be met to export goods from Australia.
07 Sep 2020: Online tool to help producers choose best-fit traceability
Queensland-based firm Honey & Fox Pty Ltd has been awarded $45,560 in Traceability Grants Program funding. The project will help producers find the traceability system that best for them. Enhanced supply chain traceability reinforces Australia’s status as a trusted source of clean, green and safe produce.
“The seafood industry will initially benefit from this innovative and interactive resource, with the project team working with seafood producers and their supply chain partners,” Minister Littleproud said.
“However, it’s intended that all agriculture, fishing and aquaculture producers will be able to access the tool because it can be easily modified to suit the needs of their industries.
07 Sep 2020: $500 million paid to keep Australian apprentices and trainees on the job
More than $500 million has been paid to 51,200 employers to keep 89,300 apprentices in work to protect workers and businesses from the impact of COVID-19.
Eligible employers will receive a subsidy of 50 per cent of an apprentice’s or trainee’s wage—up to $7,000 per quarter—with the program also extended to March 2021.”
Further information on how to apply for the Supporting Apprentices and Trainees wage subsidy is available at https://www.employment.gov.au/supporting-apprentices-and-trainees.
07 Sep 2020: Extension of temporary relief for financially distressed businesses
The Morrison Government will continue to provide regulatory relief for businesses that have been impacted by the Coronavirus crisis by extending temporary insolvency and bankruptcy protections until 31 December 2020.
Regulations will be made to extend the temporary increase in the threshold at which creditors can issue a statutory demand on a company and the time companies have to respond to statutory demands they receive.
The changes will also extend the temporary relief for directors from any personal liability for trading while insolvent.
07 Sep 2020: Blitz on unlicensed eletrical work and bogus advertising
The Queensland Government is stepping up its blitz on unlicensed operators advertising through online marketplaces like AirTasker to do home electrical tasks illegally.
The compliance blitz came ahead of Electrical Safety Week, which begins today.
Those caught doing electrical work without a licence in Queensland will always face on the spot fines and possible prosecution.
For more information on safe electrical work, visit electricalsafety.qld.gov.au
07 Sep 2020: More jobs supported through Palaszczuk Government measures for QLD small business & councils
The Palaszczuk Government will deliver an additional $249 million from existing funding in COVID-19 related tax relief to small and medium businesses across Queensland.
The measures are:
- a two-month waiver for of payroll tax for July and August 2020 for businesses with annual Australian taxable wages up to $6.5 million;
- continuing to exempt JobKeeper subsidy payments from payroll tax – despite the Morrison government making these payments liable for income tax;
- allowing businesses to pay off existing payroll tax deferred liabilities over the course of 2021; and
- for businesses renting State Government premises and incurring a demonstrable COVID impact, extending existing rent relief to the end of calendar 2020.
04 Sep 2020: Redcliffe sets sail for maritime future
A long-term vision for the Redcliffe peninsula’s bustling northern marine precinct has been announced, with the Palaszczuk Government locking in funding for a master plan and a renewed expressions of interest process for a Moreton Island barge.
Member for Redcliffe Yvette D’Ath was joined by Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey at the Scarborough Boat Harbour alongside local boating and business groups to announce $400,000 to develop and work with the community on a master plan for the harbour and its facilities, with that planning work to start by the end of the year.
04 Sep 2020: Second round of public consultations launced on Geographic Indicators
The Morrison Government is seeking the views of Australian producers, businesses and consumers on a possible future Geographical Indications framework, as negotiations progress with the European Union (EU) to secure an ambitious and comprehensive free trade agreement.
Business and industry are invited to engage with the consultation process by the 30 November 2020, and can find out more by visiting: https://consultation.ipaustralia.gov.au/policy/geographical-indications.
04 Sep 2020: National Agricultural Workers Code
The Australian Government has today welcomed the New South Wales (NSW), Victorian, South Australian (SA), Northern Territory (NT) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) governments’ decision at National Cabinet to adopt a binding, enforceable, evidence-based National Agricultural Workers Code that will ensure Australian famers can keep feeding and clothing us while also protecting the health of all communities.
Queensland has already got a process in place for farmers and agricultural workers from NSW until 22 September so it’s important they now provide certainty and clarity about that future arrangement.
26 Aug 2020: ACCC Perishable Agricultural Goods Inquiry
The Government will direct the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to undertake an inquiry into harmful imbalances of bargaining power between farmers, intermediaries, including processors, and retailers in the domestic supply chains of perishable agricultural goods in Australia.
The Government is focussed on ensuring the right domestic policy settings are in place, and is directing the ACCC to examine the nature of bargaining power in the supply chains for perishable agricultural goods covering meat (pork, lamb, beef), poultry (chicken meat and eggs), seafood, and horticulture goods where not already covered by a mandatory industry code.
26 Aug 2020: Mango Hill State Secondary College celebrates official opening
Students at Mango Hill State Secondary College today celebrated the official opening of their brand new $64 million school.
We recently announced that we’re proceeding with Stage 2 of Mango Hill State Secondary College and I’m excited to watch the school grow and develop, and for the students to enjoy the new facilities we’re building.
“I’m also excited for the local construction jobs that this expansion will deliver for Mango Hill, COVID19 has been devastating for our community and expansions like this out part of our ongoing plan to get Queenslanders back to work.”
24 Aug 2020: Greater local government planning transparency for every Queenslander
A new online dashboard has been developed by the Queensland Government to improve local government planning transparency in a post-COVID world.
Treasurer and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said the dashboard will provide the latest information about local government plan-making taking place under the Queensland Planning Act.
The plan-making dashboard is available via the Queensland’s Planning Framework website.
23 Aug 2020: Palaszczuk Government cracks down on scammers swindling job seekers
The Palaszczuk Government has today released a five-point plan to tackle online scammers unlawfully tricking jobseekers into training programs.
Training Minister Shannon Fentiman said she asked the Queensland Training Ombudsman to crack down on ‘bait advertising’.
“I urge anyone who believes they have been tricked into a training program to phone the Training Scammer hotline on 1800 773 048.”
21 Aug 2020: Applications open to share in million-dollar multicultural events funding
The Celebrating Multicultural Queensland program is an annual program that provides funding towards multicultural events and projects that engage people from culturally diverse backgrounds and the wider community to contribute to building an inclusive, harmonious and united Queensland.
Applications can be submitted online through SmartyGrants until 25 September 2020. For more information: www.dlgrma.qld.gov.au/cmq-grants
20 Aug 2020: COVID-19: New funding for clinical trials
The Government will provide funding for new COVID-19-specific clinical trials involving high quality research into the virus. Funding for this research will be made available through the Government’s landmark Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) under the Clinical Trials Activity initiative.
Applications for funding are now open and will close on 23 September 2020. Research will be conducted over three years and is expected to commence from early 2021.
20 Aug 2020: Nominations open for Australian Biosecurity Awards
The search is on for the next round of biosecurity champions, with nominations now open for round two of the 2020 Australian Biosecurity Awards (ABAs).
“It is important to recognise individuals and groups who support our biosecurity and are committed to safeguarding Australia from pests and diseases.
“If you know a group, individual or organisation that deserves to be recognised for their biosecurity work, nominate them today.”
Nominations close on Friday, 2 October. For more information and to put in a nomination, visit agriculture.gov.au/aba.
20 Aug 2020: $10 million in grants for smart recycling solutions
$10 million will be made available in the latest round of the Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P) grants program for projects that provide innovative solutions for the recycling and reuse of plastics, paper, glass and tyres.
The funding is part of the Australian Government’s commitment to establish a timetable with the states and territories to ban the export of plastics, paper, glass and tyres. The ban will be phased in, starting with glass on 1 January 2021.
Projects that involve other problem materials, such as building waste, will also be eligible for funding in Round 10.
CRC-Ps can run for up to three years, with grants capped at $3 million. They must have at least two Australian industry partners, including one small or medium sized business.
Further information on the CRC-Ps is available at http://www.business.gov.au/crc-p
15 Aug 2020: Recreational fishing grants doubled, opening for applications
Queensland’s popular Recreational Fishing Grants are available again in 2020, with the funding available for eligible anglers doubled to $200,000.
Applications will be assessed based on their benefit to recreational fishing, the project need, value for money and alignment with Queensland’s strategic recreational fishing priorities.
Applications for grants close Sunday 13 September 2020.
More information is available at https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/business-priorities/fisheries/recreational/qld-recreational-fishing-grants
12 Aug 2020: Community input invited for Gateway Motorway and Bruce Highway upgrades
The community is encouraged to write or call the project team to provide their feedback.
Consultation will be ongoing through to completion of project construction. Design and construction timeframes will be confirmed as planning progresses.
To find out more about the projects, register for project updates or provide feedback, the community can:
- visit the website and complete our survey at: www.tmr.qld.gov.au/GatewayMwyBruceHwyUpgrades
- email your feedback to email@example.com
- phone the project team on 1800 607 755
12 Aug 2020: More funding for projects to help find jobs post COVID-19
Another multi-million dollar round of funding will go towards job-assisting projects for community organisations under the highly successful Skilling Queenslanders for Work program.
Applications open today to be involved in the second round of this year’s $90 million project funding pool for community-based not-for-profit organisations, local councils and school P&Cs, to provide hands on skills.
The Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative represents a significant investment of $420 million over six years to support up to 54,000 Queenslanders into work.
For further information visit www.qld.gov.au/skillingqueenslanders or call 1300 369 935.
07 Aug 2020: Wine export grants a corker of an opportunity
The Australian Government is uncorking another $1 million in funding to support smaller to medium wine producers showcase their premium drops around the world.
Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud today released guidelines for a second round of the Wine Export Grant – part of the $50 million Export and Regional Wine Support Package.
Application details and guidelines for the Wine Export Grants are available on Wine Australia’s website: wineaustralia.com/whats-happening/export-and-regional-wine-support-package/grants
06 Aug 2020: Iconic Ekka strawberry sundaes named a champion of QLD produce
The iconic ice cream that has helped raise money for medical research for more than three decades is now an official #eatqld Champion.
“Our produce is second to none. We are urging everybody to explore Queensland-grown food and when you do we ask that you take a photograph and share it online using the hashtag #eatqld,” Mr Furner said.
“By eating Queensland-produced meat, seafood, fruit, nuts and veggies you support everybody that brings that food to your table.”
To nominate somebody as an #eatqld Champion email firstname.lastname@example.org
05 Aug 2020: Queensland border closed
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced the border with New South Wales will close.
As of 1am, Saturday August 8, all visitors will be denied entry except for rare exemptions, and returning Queenslanders will have to pay for 14 days mandatory hotel quarantine.
02 Aug 2020: QLD cracking down on training providers
The Palaszczuk Government is stamping out dodgy training providers with the number of registered training providers (RTOs) receiving State Government funding decreasing significantly over the past four years.
“And this year we have commenced our new Skills Assure program, where for the first time in Queensland’s history we are proactively auditing every training provider in QLD to ensure they meet our strict standards.
“Anyone who doesn’t measure up will lose their ability to access public funding.”
31 Jul 2020: $189,000 to ensure Aussie honey is the best
B-QUAL Australia Pty Limited has been awarded $189,000 to assure the integrity of supply chains that deliver our premium honey products to markets around the world.
The ability to trace Australian honey sources will also inherently increase biosecurity benefits for the industry by way of tracking disease or pest outbreaks through biogeographical regions,” Mr Muir said.
31 Jul 2020: Applications open on $200 million Building Acceleration Fund
Applications are now open for the $200 million Building Acceleration Fund initiative to deliver multi-million-dollar infrastructure projects and create jobs throughout Queensland.
State Development Minister Kate Jones said applications for the funding would be open until 5pm on Friday 4 September 2020…
“We want to hear from developers, councils and companies with plans for major infrastructure initiatives.
29 Jul 2020: Energy prices continue to fall for more Australians
Good news for Australian households and small businesses as large energy retailers have announced lower retail prices for energy customers.
EnergyAustralia has today joined AGL and Origin Energy in announcing price reductions, which mean in the coming weeks electricity prices will fall for around 2.8 million households and businesses.
29 Jul 2020: Extension to COVID fee waivers a welcome relief for tourism operators
The Palaszczuk Government is extending support for tourism operators conducting commercial activities in National Parks until September 30, under its Immediate Industry Recovery Package.
“The extension of the COVID fee waivers will assist tourism and commercial operators as they seek to re-establish their operations and share our state’s beautiful environmental assets with holiday-makers.”
28 Jul 2020: Pilot launches pathway to a highly skilled workforce
In a Queensland first, a new higher-level apprenticeship at TAFE is preparing our future workforce for advanced and emerging technology industries.
The new Higher-Level Apprenticeship qualification will continue to provide the hands-on learning of a traditional apprenticeship combined with the cutting-edge training needed for Industry 4.0.
The Palaszczuk Government invested $300,000 in this pilot and partnered with TAFE Queensland and Ai Group to develop and manage the project and find recruits.
27 Jul 2020: Australian wine secure fair trading terms
Australian wine producers are toasting successful resolution of trade restrictions that have been a long-running obstacle in our wine trade with Canada, our fourth largest wine export market.
Australian wine producers will also have more access to shelf space in Canada, including in Ontario, Canada’s most populous Province.
27 Jul 2020: Small businesses need to act fast as super amnesty deadline looms
The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell is reminding small businesses they have until September 7, 2020, to declare any errors in superannuation payments to staff, without facing harsh penalties.
23 Jul 2020: Whale watching operators supported as part of Qld’s economic recovery
The Palaszczuk Government will waive the annual commercial whale watching fee as part of a support package for operators who have been affected by the global economic headwinds of COVID-19.
We know that every little bit helps to keep businesses running and to keep Queenslanders in jobs so we’re waiving the annual commercial whale watching fee of $6,045 for local operators for the 2020 season.
22 Jul 2020: Commonwealth combating seafood fraud
The Coalition Government is backing the development of world first portable x-ray fluorescence technology that aims to easily identify Australian grown seafood and protect against food-fraud.
Australian fisheries and aquaculture production is expected to grow to $3.84 billion in 2024-25 based on continued and growing demand within Australia and the Asia region,” Minister Littleproud said.
“Unfortunately, some fraudulent parties mislabel produce as Australian, which could lead to devastating impacts on Australian seafood’s good reputation and consumption if people lose faith in our products.
“This technology will support industry efforts to provide even stronger assurances to our trading partners and consumers about the origins, safety and quality of our seafood.”
21 Jul 2020: Jobkeeper Payment and Income Support Extended
The JobKeeper Payment is currently due to finish on 27 September 2020, but will now remain available for eligible employers until 28 March 2021.
The Government will extend the payment period of the temporary Coronavirus Supplement for those on income support from 25 September 2020 to 31 December 2020 to continue to provide elevated assistance while the economy is still in its early stages of recovery.
17 Jul 2020: Bruce Trust locks in future upgrades, QLD jobs
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the formation of the Trust would take the politics out the Bruce and lock in a pipeline of jobs in traditional infrastructure industries for the Sunshine State as it bounces back from COVID-19.
There’s currently $12.6 billion in joint-funding locked in for the Bruce Highway right now helping to build major job creating, congestion busting projects like:
- $662 million Bruce Highway Caboolture to Steve Irwin Way early works – 664 jobs (for the entire project)
- $150 million Bruce Highway interchange upgrade at Deception Bay – 270 jobs
16 Jul 2020: Job-creating grants support recovery of QLD community clubs
Grants of up to $20,000 to support Queensland’s local clubs to purchase equipment and carry out capital works will open today, delivering further economic stimulus through sport clubs recovering from COVID-19 closures.
These grants will help make up the fundraising shortfall caused by isolation and help clubs return to self-sufficiency.
16 Jul 2020: Backing business to solve key environmental challenges
The five challenges for this round are: Revolutionising agricultural spray application; Turning farm crops into a renewable hydrogen source; Counting fish using advanced technologies; Automating the detection of whales at sea; Turning office trash into energy treasure
Australian startups and small and medium businesses can submit proposals for ideas that address the challenges. Successful applicants will receive grants of up to $100,000 to further develop ideas and test feasibility over three months.
15 Jul 2020: New legislation to make wage theft a crime
Determined to tackle the issue head on, the Palaszczuk Government is amending criminal legislation to target employers who commit serious and deliberate wage theft.
Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace said wage theft takes many forms including the underpayment of wages, unpaid superannuation, unpaid penalty rates, unauthorised deductions from pays, the misuse of ABNs and sham contracting.
Employers who commit wage theft face up to 10 years jail for stealing and 14 years for fraud under amendments to the Criminal Code
15 Jul 2020: Call out for tradies to join plan to unite and recover
Queensland’s licenced builders are being called to join the Works for Tradies stimulus package as the Palaszczuk Government delivers a plan to Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs.
“That means jobs for a range of trades involved in the residential construction industry such as electricians, plumbers, carpenters, bricklayers, concreters and landscapers, as well as a wealth of new opportunities right through the supply chain.
Registrations close on 22 July 2020 and more information is available at www.hpw.qld.gov.au/about/initiatives/housing-construction-works-for-tradies.
15 Jul 2020: Brendale electronics manufacturer lighting it up through COVID-19
Palaszczuk Government funding is helping Brendale electronics manufacturer Elexon Electronics power through turbulent global economic conditions caused by COVID-19.
Member for Pine Rivers Nikki Boyd said Elexon last year received $890,325 from the $46 million Made in Queensland (MiQ) program to introduce leading-edge electronics manufacturing equipment and transform the business into an intelligent Industry 4.0 factory.
14 Jul 2020: More jobs on offer with four new schools on the way
The Palaszczuk Government is continuing its commitment to providing quality education facilities in growing communities and creating jobs, by today announcing a $346 million education package including building four new state schools.
“This funding package will also include almost $20 million to complete Stage 2 of the Lee Street Special School in Caboolture and more than $80 million towards planning and land acquisition for more 2023 and 2024 schools.”
14 Jul 2020: Tender out for Strathpine Road Diverging Diamond Interchange
Tenders to build Brisbane’s first diverging diamond interchange are now out to market.
The $30 million jointly funded project is expected to bring 65 jobs online and will transform the northside intersection.
09 Jul 2020: Turbo-charging a recycling nation
Companies face being named and shamed, and consumers could enjoy more options for recycling electronic goods under proposed changes to product stewardship legislation.
The proposals are being put forward as the Morrison Government today launches the first round of grants from its new $20 million Product Stewardship Investment Fund to ensure manufacturers, retailers and industry groups take greater responsibility for the entire lifecycle of the products they produce and sell.
Grants of up to $1 million will be available for individual applicants to expand existing schemes or develop new ones, with first round applications opening today.
09 Jul 2020: $10 million levy life-line delivered to Commonwealth fishers
The Morrison Government has delivered on its commitment to waive more than $10 million in levies for Commonwealth fishers across the country, impacted by the COVID-19 global pandemic.
To cushion the blow, the Morrison Government took action to provide targeted, temporary support to the sector, including waiving the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) levies for the remainder of 2020 for all Commonwealth fishers.
“I’m pleased to announce that AFMA has now put around $2.5 million back into the pockets of those fishers who had already paid levies, and waived a further $7.9 million in outstanding levies,” Assistant Minister Duniam said.
09 Jul 2020: TruckTraker app driving traceability innovation
An app that aims to improve animal welfare and supply chain communication by tracking livestock trucks from paddock to destination is being developed with the support of a $930,000 Australian Government grant.
Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said Direct Livestock’s ‘TruckTracker’ application is one of 16 projects to share in $4 million funding under the first round of the Traceability Grants Program.
“Initially focusing on the beef supply chain, this mobile and web app improves traceability by tracking cattle trucks and digitising the current information flow,” Minister Littleproud said.
09 Jul 2020: ARM Hub to help manufacturers flex in post-COVID-19 era
The Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Hub workshops are a great first step to better equip businesses to adopt advanced manufacturing in their operations.
The ARM Hub’s mission is to support Queensland manufacturers to identify innovative opportunities and solutions that will enable them to successfully compete in a post-COVID-19 world.
Dates for the workshops… Brisbane – Thursday 30 July 2020, 10 am to 12 pm
More information on the Advanced Manufacturing 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan is available online.
08 Jul 2020: Supporting Your Crew
Ensuring good mental health is not merely a matter for the individual. It’s your responsibility to protect the mental health and wellbeing of your crew.
By looking after your crew’s wellbeing, your operation will run more effectively, and you will retain happier, productive and more dedicated employees.
You can now view a full range of mental health resources and support services on our website. We encourage you to share these resources with your crew and help them to recognise the signs that someone is not okay.
08 Jul 2020: Workplace health and safety laws on domestic commercial vessels
If you work in the maritime industry you should be familiar with the work health and safety (WHS) laws of the state or territory that you are working in.
Some work activities on board your vessel may need to comply with the various WHS laws and codes of practice.
Meeting AMSA’s requirements does not automatically mean that your operation is compliant with WHS laws, and vice versa.
Your local WHS regulator can be contacted for further information about the requirements of the WHS laws on your vessel.
08 Jul 2020: Ombudsman welcomes banks’ decision to extend loan deferrals
The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell says thousands of COVID-impacted small businesses will be relieved by the Australian Banking Association’s (ABA) loan deferral extension announced today.
The ABA says banks will extend deferred loans for small businesses that are still struggling for an extra four months, potentially helping as many as 800,000 borrowers with deferred loans worth an estimated $260 billion.
08 Jul 2020: Have your say on reducing planning red tape for COVID economic recovery
The Palaszczuk Government’s ongoing rollout of its economic recovery plan, Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs, will be boosted by more planning red tape reduction measures.
The proposed changes will benefit businesses, industry and communities by simplifying or removing a number of current planning approvals, including:
- If a business tenancy changes within an existing building, such as a hairdresser replacing a café in a local town centre
- Where a business is starting up or relocating to a location where the use is well suited and expected in that particular zone
- Making minor expansions to allow businesses to accommodate social distancing requirements
- Providing flexibility for home businesses in residential areas and farm stays in rural areas
- For temporary events such as school fetes or farmer’s markets
The consultation period will run until Friday 7 August.
Have your say on the Queensland Government’s proposed planning red tape reduction measures: qld.gov.au/planningsupportmeasures
07 Jul 2020: Ag supply chain traceability boost to keep us ahead
Australia’s status as one of the world’s most trusted sources of clean, green and safe produce will be enhanced even further through a $4 million agricultural supply chain traceability boost.
The Traceability Grants Program is part of the Modernising Agricultural Trade agenda announced by the Australian Government to support the target of a $100 billion agricultural sector by 2030.
The $7 million program will run over a minimum of two rounds from now until June 2023.
07 Jul 2020: Taskforce targets more QLD maritime jobs
The Palaszczuk Government will seek to reinvigorate shipping along Queensland’s coastline to create new maritime jobs and expand transport operations in the state.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey established a Maritime Jobs Taskforce, which met for the first time today, to work with industry and maritime unions to remove barriers and identify practical ideas and opportunities that will grow the industry.
“A parliamentary committee that looked at intrastate shipping in Queensland last year found a decline in training, employment and competition,” Mr Bailey said.
Mr Bailey said the taskforce will discuss the issues with industry and present its findings in a final report to the Minister by 28 September 2020.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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..
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
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.
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:
- Patch your internet facing devices promptly – ensuring any web or email servers are fully updated with the latest software.
- Ensure you use multifactor authentication to secure your internet accessible infrastructure and cloud-based platforms.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.”
12 Jun 2020: Awards to recognise leaders in
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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/
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.
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.
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
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.