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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.

 

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28 June 2021: Mask up to stop the spread

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has called on Queenslanders to once again mask up to stop the spread of COVID-19.

The discovery of additional cases of community transfer in Queensland and the risk of the highly infectious Delta strain has prompted a return to increased restrictions including the use of masks.

 

 

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25 June 2021: Morrison Government backs small businesses delivering for government

The Morrison Government is delivering a big win for small businesses providing services to government. From 1 July the new Payment Times Procurement Connected Policy will improve payment times for the suppliers of government contracts. The policy’s primary aim is to improve payment times and cash flow across the Australian economy.

Under the policy, businesses with an annual income of more than $100 million that are awarded government contracts of over $4 million will be required to pay suppliers’ invoices (of up to $1 million) within 20 calendar days, or face interest penalties. 

 

 

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24 June 2021: Government Introduces Legislation to Prevent and Address Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces

The Morrison Government is strengthening national laws to better prevent and respond to sexual harassment and discrimination in Australian workplaces.

The Sex Discrimination and Fair Work (Respect at Work) Amendment Bill 2021, introduced today, will implement the Government’s response to a number of recommendations in the Sex Discrimination Commissioner’s Respect@Work Report. The Bill will strengthen Australia’s anti-discrimination and industrial relations frameworks by simplifying, clarifying, and enhancing protections against sexual harassment and other forms of sex discrimination in the workplace.

“Building a safe and respectful culture in all Australian workplaces is a priority for the Australian Government as demonstrated by the swift development and introduction of this legislation,” said the Attorney-General, Michaelia Cash.

 

 

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24 June 2021: Pilot program puts tradie safety first

Queensland’s building regulator has launched a ground-breaking pilot program to raise financial reporting and safety standards across the state.

Minister for Public Works and Procurement Mick de Brenni said the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) is offering two courses in its first pilot of Compulsory Continuing Professional Development (CCPD).

 

 

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23 June 2021: Skilling Queenslanders for Work: funding now open

Minister for Training and Skills Development Di Farmer has opened the next funding round of the now permanent Skilling Queenslanders for Work program.

The flagship program, which helps Queenslanders to gain the skills they need to join the workforce, has already helped over 36,000 people into jobs….

“Interested organisations can check their eligibility and review the program guidelines online now and have until 5pm on Thursday 19 August to submit their applications….

For further information, including program guidelines, eligibility criteria and the application portal visit www.qld.gov.au/skillingqueenslanders or call 1300 369 935.

 

 

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21 June 2021: $26 million to boost headspace services for young Australians

The Morrison Government is investing an additional $26 million in headspace services to ensure that young people can access mental health services where they need them and when they need them…

The headspace services which will receive funding through this grant opportunity are:…Queensland, Caboolture.

 

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21 June 2021: Businesses urged to get Invested in Queensland

The Palaszczuk Government will supercharge its drive to entice leading companies to set up operations in Queensland and support large scale investment projects with a new $500 million fund, Invested in Queensland….

The Treasurer said the Invested in Queensland program will prioritise major investment support through two new investment schemes:

  • The Strategic Investment Scheme will provide tailored funding support to local, interstate and international businesses looking to establish significant, job-creating projects in Queensland
  • The Investment Support Scheme will provide contestable projects with rebates on payroll tax and other state-based taxes

 

 

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21 June 2021: QLD manufacturers to reveal secrets of success

Queensland’s leading advanced manufacturers will open their doors to other local manufacturers to share the techniques and technologies which have transformed their business and made them more internationally competitive in the drive for Queensland to become Australia’s leading manufacturing state.

Minister for Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water Glenn Butcher said Inside Advanced Manufacturing, taking place across Queensland from 12–16 July, will see 20 advanced manufacturers host invited delegates on 36 behind-the-scenes tours to showcase the new design and innovative technologies, processes and practices, which are transforming the manufacturing sector.

 

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21 June 2021: Dr Jeannette Young Queensland’s New Governor

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has appointed Dr Jeannette Young Governor of Queensland.

The Premier said Dr Young’s service to the state is exemplary, having steered Queensland safely through the COVID-19 pandemic, the greatest peacetime emergency in a century.

“Queenslanders have come to know Dr Young who has stood by my side during hundreds of COVID media conferences,” the Premier said.

“The people of this state know she stood by their side too and kept us safe.

 

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20 June 2021: Economic Recovery Plan Roadmap to more eased restrictions

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced a further easing of restrictions that will allow more people into more places.

From 1am this Friday:

•    Indoor venues can grow from one person per two square metres to three people per four square metres including hostels and B and Bs, an increase of 50%
•    No limit on gatherings in homes
•    No limit on outdoor places
•    No restrictions on aged care, disability services and hospitals 
•    Self-service food is back

 

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18 June 2021: New taskforce to simplify trade

The Morrison Government is cutting red tape and simplifying border processes to help Australian exporters boost productivity and save time and money.

A new Simplified Trade System Implementation Taskforce will review international trade regulations and modernise outdated ICT systems, to assist more than 57,000 Australian exporters, and more than 380,000 importers.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan announced Mr Randall Brugeaud would lead the Taskforce, commencing on 1 July. Mr Brugeaud will leave his current role as CEO of the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) to take up the position to lead the Taskforce.

 

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18 June 2021: More Queensland women needed in leadership roles

A program of events encouraging Queensland women to pursue leadership and management roles particularly across male dominated industries and sectors will be held later this year.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the new women in leadership events in Parliament today to be held at key locations in North, West and South East Queensland.

“In our modern world, women’s voices must be heard at every level including in Governments, workplaces and communities,” the Premier said.

 

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17 June 2021: Veterans’ Health Week 2021 – funding now available

VETERANS and their families are being encouraged to get moving and increase their physical activity, with $200,000 in funding available nationally to assist community groups and ex-service organisations with planning and hosting Veterans’ Health Week events in October 2021.

This year’s theme for Veterans’ Health Week will be ‘Get moving’ and the veteran community is encouraged to plan early for their events this year.

 

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17 June 2021: New travel declaration required for entering Queensland

From 1am Saturday 19 June, anyone travelling to Queensland from New Zealand or another state or Territory within Australia will need to make an online travel declaration.

Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Yvette D’Ath said the new requirement would support contact tracing efforts.

“It’s vital that if an interstate exposure site or hotspot is declared, our health experts can quickly contact anyone who has travelled into Queensland from that area,” she said

 

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17 June 2021: Preferred satellite hospital sites identified for Bribie and Ipswich

Crown land on Bribie Island and a 2.7-hectare block in outer Ipswich have been identified as the preferred sites of two of Queensland’s seven new satellite hospitals.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today announced the two parcels of land had been pegged as ideal locations for the health hubs being delivered under Queensland’s COVID-19 economic recovery plan…

A 1.6-hectare parcel of Crown land on First Avenue, Bongaree, has been identified as the preferred site of the Bribie Island satellite hospital.

 

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17 June 2021: Getting Queenslanders Back to Work

The Palaszczuk Government will revitalise its successful Back to Work employment program to support more Queenslanders into jobs, with $140 million to be invested over the next four years.

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 eligible employers and disadvantaged jobseekers.

“Wherever you are in Queensland, you deserve the chance to get a good job,” Minister Farmer said.

“We fund these job creating initiatives not only because they provide vital career opportunities to Queenslanders, but because they help small businesses too: over 80% of employers benefiting from Back to Work are small businesses.

 

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17 June 2021: Bigger, safer park ‘n’ ride for Mango Hill Station, QLD

Planning has now been finalised on the $10 million park ‘n’ ride upgrade at Mango Hill Station, which is set to double parking capacity with an additional 280 spaces.

Federal Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP said the upgrade, which is being supported by $4 million from the Commonwealth, will relieve parking pressures resulting from the existing park ‘n’ ride being at capacity.

 

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15 June 2021: Palaszczuk Government budget continues tourism recovery

…“We’ve established a Tourism Industry Reference Panel to consult with industry and identify opportunities to improve resilience and accelerate the industry’s economic recovery,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“The Panel will release an interim action plan in the second half of this year and a final report early next year with a blueprint for the tourism industry’s future.”

Also delivered in the Budget is $29.3 million over the next two years to support preparations for a future Olympics should Queensland secure the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“The finish line is in sight with the final vote ahead of us,” the Minister said.

“We know the Games have the potential to be transformational, injecting more than $8 billion into the Queensland economy, generating up to 122,000 full-time equivalent jobs and a once-in-generation opportunity for tourism.”

 

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15 June 2021: Budget backs farmers in uncertain times

The Queensland 2021-22 State Budget will continue to provide the agriculture sector certainty in uncertain times.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner said the Palaszczuk Government has a long history of working with industry and investing in the key initiatives that the sector needs. 

“This $523 million budget is no different, with investment to strengthen and safeguard the sector from biosecurity risks, continue to support those producers and communities who are affected by the ongoing drought, while also investing in farming of the future,” Mr Furner said.

“We are backing our farmers to help deliver Queensland’s plan for economic recovery through a fourth round of Rural Economic Development (RED) Grants.

 

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15 June 2021: Investment in the arts underpins QLD’s recovery

The Palaszczuk Government is continuing to support the arts sector, with more than $90 million invested in today’s State Budget to help drive economic recovery and create jobs.

Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said the Palaszczuk Government was continuing to invest in the state’s live music industry, cultural tourism, regional arts delivery and infrastructure.

“This significant investment in the arts will ensure Queensland emerges with strength to build back better than ever before, with a recovery that is fuelled by creativity and story-telling,” Minister Enoch said.

“The arts are key to delivering our plan for economic recovery, each year contributing $8.5 billion into the state’s economy and supporting more than 92,000 jobs for Queenslanders,” Minister Enoch said.

 

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15 June 2021: Palaszczuk Government backs small business in Budget

The Palaszczuk Government is investing billions of dollars to ensure Queensland is the best place to be for small business and that they have the support they need to get growing.  

Minister for Employment and Small Business Di Farmer said backing small business was a central part of Queensland’s Economic Recovery Plan.

“The Palaszczuk Government knows small businesses are the lifeblood of communities right Queensland and employ nearly one million people: you can’t talk about jobs and recovery if you’re not talking about small business,” Minister Farmer said.

 

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14 June 2021: Mediation to reduce regulatory burden for personalised transport industry

A mediation service for disputes arising from personalised transport industry complaints will be part of changes announced following a review of the Personalised Transport Ombudsman Act 2019.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the changes would provide new avenues for complaints to be resolved that would benefit the personalised transport industry.

 

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13 June 2021: State Budget will spend big on skills, training and jobs for Queenslanders

The Palaszczuk Government’s State Budget will allocate $460 million in a big boost for job skills, training, and an assistance program for businesses to hire the unemployed.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Skilling Queenslanders for Work program has helped more than 36,000 people into jobs.

“Supporting skills training is part of Queensland’s plan for economic recovery,” the Premier said.

 

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12 June 2021: New Small Business Strategy puts focus on skilled workforce

The Palaszczuk Government’s new Small Business Strategy will focus on giving small business operators, jobseekers and workers the right skills and the right support to meet the needs of the Queensland’s small business sector.

The Strategy, which was created following direct feedback during an extensive Small Business Roadshow earlier this year, also includes plans for a Workforce Summit to help tackle state-wide labour shortages head on.

Minister for Employment and Small Business Di Farmer said the Big Plans for Small Business Strategy is designed to build a small business sector that helps drive economic recovery and employment across Queensland.

 

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10 June 2021: Funding for next year’s QLD Day events

As Queenslanders continue to celebrate Queensland Day events in 2021, community groups throughout Queensland can already start planning for next year with the launch of the 2022 Queensland Day Sponsorship Program.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has invited applications for funding of up to $15,000 for events and initiatives dedicated to celebrating Queensland’s birthday on 6 June…

For more information on the Queensland Day Sponsorship Program, download the 2022 Queensland Day Sponsorship Program guidelines at qld.gov.au/queenslandday, or phone 07 3003 9200.

Applications for the 2022 Queensland Day Sponsorship Program close 5pm Tuesday 31 August 2021.

 

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08 June 2021: Action plan to support First Nations people applying for blue cards

First Nations Queenslanders will receive enhanced support through each stage of Queensland’s working with children check (blue card) system.

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Shannon Fentiman today released Safe children and strong communities: A strategy and action plan for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and organisations accessing the blue card system.

“The Queensland Family and Children Commission’s 2017 review of the blue card system recommended a more strategic approach to our work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples seeking to work or volunteer with children,” the Attorney-General said.

 

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08 June 2021: Palaszczuk Government launches $1.84 billion jobs fund

The Palaszczuk Government has launched a new flagship program, bringing together $1.84 billion in measures designed to turbo-charge job creation in Queensland.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Queensland Jobs Fund gives industry the support they need to establish and grow their businesses in Queensland.

“This will support new jobs across the state as we keep delivering Queensland’s plan for economic recovery from COVID-19,” she said.

“People and businesses are moving to Queensland in droves because they know it is one of the safest places in the world to live, work and raise a family.

“We have a strong track record of creating jobs, in defence with Rheinmetall, aerospace with Boeing and biomedical with the likes of Vaxxas and Anteotech.

“These funds will allow us to do much more and create even more jobs across Queensland.”

The Queensland Jobs Fund includes a new $350 million Industry Partnership Program and existing programs that support job-creating industries like renewable energy, hydrogen, resource recovery, business, manufacturing and catalytic infrastructure.

 

 

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07 June 2021: Traffic congestion heading for the (Bald) Hills thanks to new diamond interchange

Construction has started on the $30 million upgrade to the Gympie Arterial Road and Strathpine Road interchange at Bald Hills.

Federal Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said the start of works is welcome news for local motorists. 

“These works will transform the current interchange into a diverging diamond interchange to help bust congestion, improve travel times and bolster safety through the area,” Mr Fletcher said.

 

 

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06 June 2021: Funding supports a more inclusive QLD

Minister for Multicultural Affairs Leanne Linard said the long-standing Community Action for a Multicultural Society (CAMS) program is now accepting applications for grant funding.

The CAMS program will provide funding of $7.5 million over three years to help program providers in 17 local government areas support people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds,” she said.

This new round of funding will help expand the reach of the CAMS program which will see $2.5 million in funding allocated each year over three years for up to 21 providers to deliver initiatives in their area.

 

 

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04 June 2021: Survey seeks Queenslanders’ Bruce Hwy views

Queenslanders are being asked to share their views on Bruce Highway upgrade priorities.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said motorists who travelled the highway every day were best placed to share their views on the best and worst bits of the 1700km-long corridor between Brisbane and Cairns…

“The information provided by Queenslanders in this survey will be used to guide the development of the vision and action plans, and future investment in this nationally-significant highway that connects goods with markets and people to essential services.”

The survey, which takes about 10 minutes to complete, can be accessed via the BHTAC website at www.tmr.qld.gov.au/business-industry/Business-with-us/Bruce-Highway-Trust-Advisory-Council

 

 

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03 June 2021: Official handover of $2.77 million firefighting appliances for City stations

Roma Street and Windsor Fire and Rescue Stations will have greater firefighting and rescue service capability with the delivery of two new state-of-the-art appliances…

Windsor Fire and Rescue Station took delivery of a $870 000 Type 3 Compressed Air Foam System appliance at the event.

“This Type 3 appliance was manufactured by a local company at Narangba – a Queensland business supporting our firefighters and the communities we work with,” Mr Ryan said.

 

 

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03 June 2021: Gold Coast Holiday Dollars launch

The Palaszczuk Government will deliver 30,000 tourism vouchers to entice visitors to head to the Gold Coast as part of the next stage of Queensland’s successful Holiday Dollars program.

The Holiday Dollars initiative is part of the Palaszczuk Government’s economic recovery plan and is designed to support tourism businesses to recover from the impacts of COVID-19.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the government had partnered with Destination Gold Coast to deliver 30,000 vouchers worth $100 to be redeemed on the Coast.

The Premier said Queenslanders had 72 hours to enter the draw starting at midday on Monday 7 June 2021.

 

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01 June 2021: Australian Government establishes a freight data hub

Improved national freight data has taken a leap forward with the launch of the National Freight Data Hub prototype website. To fully capitalise on the value of enhanced freight data, the Australian Government announced $16.5 million in funding in the 2021-22 Budget over four years to develop the Hub further…

“The Hub will highlight important information about traffic volumes, congestion, road condition and rest area usage, to improve road safety for the nation’s freight operators,” the Deputy Prime Minister said…

More information on the Hub is available on the department’s website. The National Freight Data Hub prototype website can be found at datahub.freightaustralia.gov.au.

 

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01 June 2021: Reconciliation Awards celebrate unique partnerships and influential initiatives

Outstanding initiatives driving reconciliation have been recognised in the 2021 Queensland Reconciliation Awards presented tonight in Townsville.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said all winners and finalists had demonstrated reconciliation in action.

“This year, the Queensland Reconciliation Awards have honoured initiatives which have enhanced cultural awareness and understanding and improved the experiences of First Nations people at school, at work and in the community,” the Premier said….

“The winners of the Premier’s Reconciliation Award and joint winners in the Partnership category, the Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation and Rainforest 4 Foundation have formed a unique partnership – the only formalised, non-Government program which purchases land for conservation to be owned and managed by its Traditional Owners.

 

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01 June 2021: Nominate QLD’s next Australian of the Year

Nominations are now open for Queenslanders to be recognised and celebrated in the 2022 Australian of the Year Awards.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk invited Queenslanders to think about what’s happening in their communities and workplaces, and to nominate people who are making a positive difference.

“Nominations are in four categories—Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Local Hero,” the Premier said.

“The people you suggest could be recognised at both a State and National level—all it takes is one nomination via https://events.premiers.qld.gov.au/australiaday/aus-of-the-year.aspx

 

 

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01 June 2021: Share your story to celebrate QLD Day

Queenslanders can help celebrate this Sunday’s Queensland Day by sharing their stories of what makes them proud to live in the Sunshine State.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Queensland would commemorate 162 years since separating from New South Wales, on 6 June 1859, through the stories of the people who live here. 

“For this Queensland Day, Sunday 6 June, I encourage everyone to share what they love about living here, whether it is the people, places, opportunities or lifestyle, using the hashtag #myQLDstory,” the Premier said.

 

 

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29 May 2021: An $8 million helping hand for state’s growing social enterprise sector

Queensland’s growing social enterprise sector has been given an extra $8 million to help create jobs over the next two years.

Minister for Employment and Small Business Di Farmer said the new Social Enterprise Jobs Fund will help the sector to grow, scale-up activities and create more training and employment opportunities, particularly for vulnerable and disadvantaged Queenslanders.

“This is all about creating jobs and opportunities as we continue to implement Queensland’s plan for economic recovery,” Ms Farmer said.

 

 

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27 May 2021: Patents System Review to help secure small business innovation

Industry, Science and Technology Minister Christian Porter today tabled a report into the accessibility and operation of Australia’s patent system for small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

…“SMEs make up 99 per cent of all Australian businesses, and we know the history and potential for great ideas and inventions amongst small Australian companies, so it is essential that we ensure their intellectual property can be safeguarded through patenting,” Minister Porter said….

The report is now available at industry.gov.au/patentsaccessibilityreview.

 

 

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27 May 2021: Small businesses get larger slice of government procurement

Queensland’s small to medium businesses are reaping the rewards of the Palaszczuk Government’s new procurement targets.

Procurement Minister Mick de Brenni said under the Unite & Recover plan, government agencies were required to spend at least 25 per cent of their procurement dollars with Queensland small to medium size businesses.

“We not only met that target – we smashed it,” Mr de Brenni said.

“We achieved 28.53 per cent in the last six months of 2020, putting $2.67 billion back into the pockets of Queensland small businesses.

“That’s more than 28 cents in every dollar, putting us well on track to meet the next milestone of 30 per cent in 2022.”

 

 

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26 May 2021: QLD firms Go Global with leading innovations

Queensland companies are helping put the first woman on the moon and taking a surgical world-first global thanks to Queensland Government funding to help export-ready companies break into new markets.

Gold Coast-based Opmantek has sold its software monitoring technology to NASA for use in its Artemis mission, while Brisbane-based Field Orthopaedics will commercialise the metacarpal nail which was recently used in a world-first operation in Brisbane.

Premier and Minister for Trade Annastacia Palaszczuk said 44 companies will share in total funding of nearly $930,000 from the second round of Trade and Investment Queensland’s (TIQ) grant program, which supports Queensland exporters to finalise new export deals in their target markets.

 

 

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26 May 2021: 2030 Roadmap for Australian Biosecurity

The Australian Government has today released Commonwealth Biosecurity 2030, setting the direction for Australia’s biosecurity system. 

Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud said Commonwealth Biosecurity 2030 will help the government build a stronger, smarter biosecurity system. 

“Protecting Australia’s world-class biosecurity system and our enviable status as a pest and disease-free nation is a priority for the government,” Minister Littleproud said. 

“Commonwealth Biosecurity 2030 is an important pillar in delivering the government’s Ag2030 plan to support the farm sector’s ambition of a $100 billion agriculture industry by 2030. 

“Biosecurity is essential to this goal. A strong biosecurity system is the only thing that stands between growing pest and disease risks and a productive, sustainable farm sector. 

 

 

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26 May 2021: Building trust in brand Australia

Seafood Industry Australia has been awarded a $267,000 Australian Government grant to strengthen consumer assurances in our premium seafood products.

Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud and Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries Jonathon Duniam said the investment would boost export opportunities through enhanced traceability. 

“With this funding, Seafood Industry Australia will develop a closed loop ‘trust mark’; a visually recognisable label for packaging that can be scanned with a smartphone, like a QR code,” Minister Littleproud explained.

 

 

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26 May 2021: Return of awards a celebration of Queensland exporter optimism

The Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards are back this year, aimed at celebrating the achievements of Queensland companies trading internationally.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told Parliament that after a hiatus last year due to COVID-19, the export awards will return this year for their 31st year.

“Every day I’m impressed by the optimism, perseverance and resilience our exporters show, and it will be with great pride that we can publicly acknowledge them again at this year’s awards,” the Premier said.

 

 

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23 May 2021: Food exporters pitching fresh tastes of QLD via a virtual trade fair

More than 60 Queensland companies have started pitching a wide range of Queensland food and drink products in a virtual trade fair with importers and distributers in twelve major Asian cities.

While the coronavirus pandemic has stymied overseas trade missions, the Taste of Queensland promotion this year has gone on-line with exporters and importers negotiating via online meetings.

During negotiations most buyers will be able to taste test the wide range of food and beverage products already despatched to them.

 

 

SES

21 May 2021: Workplace Health and Safety ministers focus on regulatory action to strengthen laws

The response to Marie Boland’s review of model work, health and safety laws (the Boland review), the safety of riders in the gig economy, and sexual harassment in the workplace were key topics discussed at the Work Health and Safety (WHS) ministers meeting on Thursday.

Federal Minister for Industrial Relations, Michaelia Cash was joined by the WHS ministers from each state and territory at this important meeting.

Positive and constructive discussions were held, with Ministers agreeing to a significant number of measures to improve WHS outcomes across the country.

Minister Cash said that Ministers considered the recommendations from the review of the model WHS laws undertaken by Marie Boland and agreement was reached for action on all of the 34 recommendations.

 

 

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20 May 2021: Boosting biosecurity effectiveness

  • A grant has been awarded to a project to assess biosecurity risks in the red meat and pork industries.
  • This project is one of 14 to receive funding under Round 2 of the Australian Government’s Traceability Grants Program.

ExoFlare has received a $300,000 grant to develop a real-time data driven approach to assessing biosecurity risks in the red meat and pork sectors. This is yet another commitment by the government to show the value of strong and effective biosecurity to protect Australian agriculture.

Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud said that it was vital to bolster biosecurity to protect Australia’s agricultural sector.
“When it comes to biosecurity, complacency is not an option.

 

 

SES

19 May 2021: More than half a million in grants to councils to support the SES

From Georgetown to the Gold Coast, more than $586,000 in grants have been provided by the Palaszczuk Government to councils across Queensland to help them support their local SES groups.

Under the funding partnership, the State provides grants to local councils to help them support SES groups in their area. The Queensland Government’s grants can cover up to $75,000 of the costs of upgrades and improvements to SES buildings and structures, and up to $30,000 of the costs of new and replacement SES vehicles. 

“Through this grants program, we have been able to contribute towards a shed expansion for the SES at Airlie Beach, an upgrade of SES facilities in Kuranda and replacement vehicles for SES groups in Ayr, Mossman, Tully, Moreton Bay and the Gold Coast, to name a few,” Minister Ryan said.  

 

 

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19 May 2021: Funding boost for QLD’s primary producers with $20m loan scheme extension

The Queensland Government has committed another $20 million in funding for low-interest productivity loans for Queensland’s primary producers bringing the total investment in Queensland’s agriculture through the Primary Industry Productivity Enhancement Scheme (PIPES) from $100 million to $120 million per year from 1 July.

Administered through the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA), the PIPES scheme provides First Start Loans of up to $2 million and Sustainability Loans of up to $1.3 million to Queensland’s primary producers.

 

 

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19 May 2021: Future Drought Fund investments for QLD

“The $9.85 million Regional Drought Resilience Planning program supports partnerships of regional organisations, councils, communities and farmers to develop regional drought resilience plans,” Minister Littleproud said…

“The plans will identify how to manage through droughts by finding ways to build resilience across agricultural sectors and allied industries. 

“Planning will be community-led and owned. It will bring regional knowledge and perspectives, along with the best available evidence and data. 

 “Australian farmers manage uncertainty daily and the business of farming is becoming more challenging,” Minister Littleproud said.

“The $16 million Farm Business Resilience program will give farmers access to subsidised learning and development opportunities to meet these challenges. 

 

 

mbrc divi

18 May 2021: Supporting a stronger local government sector with critical funding

Councils in every corner of the country have shared in $2.6 billion from the Federal Government over the past year to support their communities, undertake projects and boost local jobs…

“I am pleased in 2019-20, with record levels of funding in programs such as Financial Assistance Grants, Roads to Recovery, and Local Roads and Community Infrastructure, Federal Government payments to local government was more than one per cent of its available taxation revenue, and I expect this to be the case again by the end of this financial year.”…

Visit https://www.regional.gov.au/local/assistance/index.aspx for more information.
 

 

electricity pole

17 May 2021: Wholesale electricity prices at nine-year low

Australians are continuing to access low-cost energy, save money and get ahead, with yet another report confirming electricity prices keep falling.

The Australian Energy Regulator’s Wholesale Markets Quarterly Q1 2021 found average electricity prices across the National Electricity Market (NEM) are at their lowest first quarter levels since 2012.

This confirms findings in the Australian Energy Market Operator’s April report that wholesale prices had plummeted to levels not seen in nine years

This is good news, particularly for large business customers, who generally experience higher prices in the first quarter when there is greater demand on the grid over summer.

 

 

biodiversity

17 May 2021: Northside congestion busted as Everton Park Link Road opens

A new link road through Everton Park’s retail hub has opened to traffic as the Palaszczuk Government continues to roll out new projects on Brisbane’s northside.

Opened six months ahead of schedule, the Everton Park Link Road provides a direct route between Stafford Road and South Pine Road.

 

crab pots

15 May 2021: New fishery working groups hook into sustainable fisheries management

The Queensland Government is appointing new members to eleven fishery working groups to continue implementation of the Sustainable Fisheries Strategy.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said there was strong interest to join the groups, which are integral to delivering world-class fisheries management in Queensland.

“The fishery working groups are renewed every two years and this is an exciting opportunity to be part of sustainable fisheries management,” Mr Furner said.

https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/business-priorities/fisheries/sustainable/fishery-working-groups.

 

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14 May 2021: Funding boost to back Australian exporters

The Morrison Government is providing an additional $65.5 million to help Australian businesses grow internationally.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan said the Budget provided additional funding for the Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) program to support small and medium sized businesses to receive up to 50 percent of their total marketing expenses.
“The Budget delivers the next stage of our plan to grow the economy and create jobs to get Australia through COVID-19 and the recession it created,” Mr Tehan said…

For further information on the draft 2021 EMDG Guidelines and how to provide comments, go to www.austrade.gov.au/EMDG.

 

 

biodiversity

12 May 2021: $32.1 million for agriculture biodiversity stewardship

The Australian Government is delivering $32.1 million in new funding to trial new programs to increase biodiversity on farms.

Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud said this investment extends opportunities to reward farmers for biodiversity stewardship and comprises:

  • $22.3 million to deliver a pilot program to protect and manage existing high value native vegetation
  • $5.4 million to implement an Australian farm biodiversity certification scheme
  • $4.4 million to establish a Biodiversity Trading Platform.
     

 

soil

13 May 2021: $233.8 million to improve, protect soil

Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud said $233.6 million in new funding will be used to help implement the National Soil Strategy and associated measures as part of the Commonwealth Interim Action Plan. 

“Healthy soils are essential to ensuring a thriving and competitive agriculture sector,” Minister Littleproud said.

“Through our $120 million investment in the National Soil Monitoring and Incentives Pilot, we’re trialling new measures to bolster our understanding of Australia’s soil condition and improve how our soil can be better managed.  

 

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13 May 2021: Franchise Disclosure Registry to help restore confidence in sector

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) Bruce Billson has welcomed plans to establish a new mandatory Franchise Disclosure Registry, saying it will provide prospective franchisees with vital information needed prior to entering into a binding franchise agreement.

Mr Billson says the national registry, to be released next year, will require franchisors to lodge disclosure documentation about their franchise annually. These documents will be publicly available through the registry.

 

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11 May 2021: Budget 2021-22: Supporting oceans, recycling, biodiversity and climate resilience

The Morrison Government is building a more resilient and secure Australia, with $486.3 million in new environmental funding for oceans, biodiversity, recycling and waste, and climate resilience as part of the 2021-22 Budget.

Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley said the Budget is helping secure Australia’s recovery by building on the Morrison Government’s commitment to practical on-ground environmental outcomes and long term national reform.

“The Budget takes new spending on the environment to more than $2 billion since 2019,” Minister Ley said.

“It strengthens our ongoing transformation of recycling and waste, climate adaptation planning, and helps protect our native species.

 

 

factory cutting steel

11 May 2021: Securing Australia’s recovery

Our plan to secure Australia’s recovery will create more jobs, rebuild our economy and set the country up for the future.

Since the onset of the COVID‑19 pandemic, the Morrison Government has provided $291 billion in direct economic support to keep businesses in business and Australians in jobs.

Our economic recovery has beaten even the most optimistic of our expectations with more people in work than ever before. JobKeeper has done its job.

Under our plan, the unemployment rate is forecast to fall below 5 per cent by late 2022 while the economy is forecast to grow by 5¼ per cent in 2021 and 2¾ per cent in 2022 having outperformed every major advanced economy in 2020. 

 

 

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11 May 2021: Help us shape the future of Australian agriculture

We’re inviting stakeholders across all our rural industries, programs and projects to participate in our Annual Stakeholder Survey.

At AgriFutures Australia, our vision is to grow the long-term prosperity of Australian rural industries, placing people at the centre of everything we do.

That is why we truly value the feedback we receive from our diverse and varied stakeholders and invite you to participate in our Annual Stakeholder Survey.

 

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11 May 2021: Budget Delivering for Australian Women

The Morrison Government has announced a landmark package of around $3.4 billion new measures to improve outcomes for women’s safety, economic security, health and wellbeing in the 2021–22 Budget.

This includes the Government investing $1.1 billion in funding for women’s safety; $1.9 billion to support women’s economic security including $1.7 billion to improve the affordability of child care for Australian families and $351.6 million in women’s health and wellbeing measures.

 

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11 May 2021: Grants open for business to bounce back better

Queensland’s small and medium businesses can now apply for grants of up to $50,000 to help them grow and create jobs.

Minister for Employment and Small Business Di Farmer said $2.5 million of Business Growth Fund grants will help established businesses to get to the next level.

“The Business Growth Fund grants are the first in a package of $25 million of new grants unveiled as part of Queensland Small Business Month,” Ms Farmer said.

 

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10 May 2021: Applications now Open 

Applications are now open for Round Two of the National Careers Institute Partnership Grants program.

The Partnership Grants program offers funding to organisations to deliver innovative career guidance for people at all stages of their careers. Round Two provides funding for organisations such as employers, training providers, schools and community organisations.

Applications close 23 June 2021.

Grants range from $20,000 to $525,000 and will be funded for a maximum of 18 months.

 

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10 May 2021: Federal Budget supports QLD’s recovery plan

Queensland continues to benefit from the Liberal and Nationals Government’s record infrastructure investment, with funding for major new projects to be announced in this week’s 2021-22 Budget, securing Australia’s recovery.

Key projects to be funded include… $10 million for the Caboolture – Bribie Island Road (Hickey Road-King John Creek) Upgrade.

 

pyo strawberries

07 May 2021: $2 million campaign to give QLD tourists a taste of farm life

An authentic taste of farm life is on the holiday menu for Queensland tourists with the launch of a $2 million campaign to attract visitors to farms and help farmers diversify their income as part of the state’s Economic Recovery Plan.

“We know that Queensland farmers are struggling and looking to diversify their income sources to survive economic downturn due to COVID-19-induced export interruptions and labour shortages, natural disasters and drought.

“That is why we are supporting agribusinesses looking to diversify and back the Queensland Government’s agenda to support jobs, back small business, and grow our regions.

“I encourage holiday makers to taste farm life and support rural and regional communities.

“I also urge those agribusinesses looking to grow and diversify their business to embrace agritourism opportunities to make contact with the department and learn more about this initiative and the support available.”

Call 13 25 23 or visit qld.gov.au/tastefarmlife from mid-May for more information. 

 

digital economy

06 May 2021: A modern digital economy to secure Australia’s future

The Morrison Government is investing almost $1.2 billion in Australia’s digital future through the Digital Economy Strategy, as part of this year’s Federal Budget.

The strategy outlines the policies and actions the Government is taking to grow Australia’s future as a modern and leading digital economy by 2030…

The Strategy builds on the Morrison Government’s investments in infrastructure, skills, cyber security, regulations and digital trade, taking the digital economy spend to around $2 billion over the 2020-21 and 2021-22 Budgets, on top of the $1.67 billion Cyber Security Strategy 2020, $1 billion for JobTrainer and the $4.5 billion investment in NBN upgrades.

The full Digital Economy Strategy will be released on Budget night, alongside further measures that support and complement the Strategy.

For more information visit: digitaleconomy.pmc.gov.au

 

 

hf radio

05 May 2021: HF radiotelephone monitoring in Australia

From 1 January 2022, AMSA will provide 24-hour nationwide monitoring of high frequency (HF) radiotelephone distress, urgency and safety communications in Australia…

HF radiotelephone is a solution for a vessel outside VHF shore station range to send and receive distress and maritime safety information with other vessels and shore stations…

There should be minimal impact on mariners during the transition of responsibility for monitoring HF radiotelephone from the State and Northern Territory authorities to AMSA. 

 

 

beer

04 May 2021: Growing Queensland’s craft brewing and distillery scene

Since new laws were passed in March, a strong contingent of artisan distillers and craft brewers from all corners of Queensland have taken the opportunity to apply for the new artisan producer liquor licence.

The Artisan Liquor Bill, passed by Parliament on 9 March, commenced today, officially recognising the state’s artisan liquor producers in the Liquor Act 1992….

“This new licence will allow licensees to not only sell their own product as takeaway and online, they can also support other local artisan producers by selling their products on premises.

 

beer

01 May 2021: Another $25 million in grants for small business

The Palaszczuk Government has launched Queensland Small Business Month with three new grants programs worth $25 million over two years – making Queensland the place to be for small business…

“The Business Basics grants of up to $5,000 each support new and emerging businesses to increase core capabilities and adopt current best practice.

“They can use the grant for website development and upgrades, strategic marketing, training and coaching, advisory services and planning for business continuity and succession.

“The Business Boost grants of up to $15,000 will help small businesses to improve their efficiency and productivity through organisational development and upgrades through automated software and CRM systems.

“While the $50,000 Business Growth Fund grants will allow businesses to buy highly specialised equipment to seize and accelerate growth opportunities.

 

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30 Apr 2021: Extraordinary assistance for QLD’s disaster-impacted primary producers

Primary producers across Queensland hit by recent floods and cyclones can now access Extraordinary Disaster Assistance Grants of up to $75,000 to support their recovery journey…

“The floods in Southern Queensland in late March hit farmers hard when they were already vulnerable following several years of drought,” Minister Littleproud said…

Information on disaster assistance can be found on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at www.disasterassist.gov.au and the Queensland Reconstruction Authority’s website at www.qra.qld.gov.au.

 

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30 Apr 2021: Lowest fees and charges rise for more than a decade

Queensland Treasurer Cameron Dick has again announced the lowest increase to fees and charges for more than a decade.

The Treasurer said the annual increase of 1.7 per cent will apply from 1 July 2021.

 

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30 Apr 2021: Secure, reliable supply a priority for Queensland’s energy future

The Palaszczuk Government has welcomed public consultation on proposed reforms to the National Electricity Market, which will help shape the future of Queensland’s energy supply…

“I am keen to hear what energy sector participants have to say on these important proposals, which will be considered by the Energy National Cabinet Reform Committee in coming months…

For more information, visit https://energyministers.gov.au/publications/post-2025-market-design-options-%E2%80%93-consultation.

 

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29 Apr 2021: Don’t wait to get your float-free EPIRB

It’s been four months since the float-free EPIRB regulations came into effect. There are no more excuses for not having a float-free EPIRB installed on certain types of domestic commercial vessels.

We now expect vessels to meet this potentially lifesaving requirement. It takes time for a beacon to be delivered and properly installed. If your vessel is required to have a float-free EPIRB and you are yet to install one, contact your local supplier now. Remember, all EPIRBs must be registered with AMSA.

Penalties will apply

 

storey bridge climb

29 Apr 2021: Queensland Resources Industry Development Plan to set strong vision

More growth, jobs and investment in our state’s coal, minerals and gas industries will be a key focus of an industry-wide blueprint being developed by the Palaszczuk Government as Queensland continues to deliver its plan for economic recovery.

Speaking at the launch of the Queensland Resources Industry Development Plan (QRIDP) today, Resources Minister Scott Stewart said the strategy was about working with industry, the regions and communities to set a shared vision for the future of the sector.

“Supporting the resources sector was a key part of Queensland’s plan for economic recovery from the global coronavirus pandemic,” the Minister said.

 

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28 Apr 2021: Your Future, Your Super reforms

The Morrison Government has today released for consultation exposure draft regulations underpinning Treasury Laws Amendment (Your Future, Your Super) Bill 2021.

The Your Future, Your Super reforms will ensure the superannuation system works harder for all Australians by reducing waste, holding underperforming funds to account and strengthening protections around the retirement savings of millions of Australians…

Consultation will be for four weeks and close on 25 May 2021. Further information is available at the Treasury website.

 

electricity pole

27 Apr 2021: Energy bills continue to fall

Hundreds of thousands of Australian families and small businesses will pay less for their energy bills from 1 July, 2021. …

Small business customers will save an additional $272 in South Australia, $243 in south-east Queensland, and up to $441 in New South Wales. 

 

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27 Apr 2021: $6.9M cyber security assistance boost for businesses

Almost 600,000 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across Australia will soon have access to free advice and assistance to upgrade their cyber security. 

The Cyber Security Business Connect and Protect Program is providing $6.9 million in funding to 14 trusted organisations that will work directly with businesses to identify security risks and help them take active steps to secure their systems.

 

storey bridge climb

22 Apr 2021: Brisbane Holiday Dollars tourism vouchers soon up for grabs

The Palaszczuk Government, in partnership with Brisbane City Council, will extend the state’s popular Holiday Dollars program to Brisbane, offering 30,000 travel vouchers for Queenslanders to explore their capital city.

Queenslanders will have three days – 72 hours – to enter the draw for the $100 Brisbane Holiday Dollars vouchers which will allow them to book accommodation and tourism experiences across the city and surrounds.

The Premier said registrations for the Brisbane vouchers would open at midday on April 27, giving Queenslanders 72 hours to enter the draw.

For more information, visit Queensland.com/brisbaneholidaydollars

 

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22 Apr 2021: Business Launchpad to set small businesses up for success

A new digital tool released by the Palaszczuk Government is making it easier to start a small business, helping deliver Queensland’s plan for economic recovery and setting up Queensland for our future.  

Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development Di Farmer said The Business Launchpad is an exciting new tool to help small businesses reduce the red tape and access the licences, permits and regulatory information to start their small business, all in a one-stop shop.

The Business Launchpad will initially be rolled out in Townsville and Logan.

To access the Business Launchpad visit www.business.qld.gov.au/launchpad

 

manufacturing

21 Apr 2021: Bounce Back Better the focus of Small Business Month

Small businesses throughout the state are set to ‘Bounce Back Better’ during Queensland’s Small Business Month 2021, with a calendar of events that focuses on economic recovery across the state.

Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development Di Farmer said our plan for economic recovery is underway and Queensland is leading the way when it comes to job creation.

“This month-long celebration in May will focus on ways to assist the small business sector’s economic recovery from COVID-19, creating employment across the state,” Minister Farmer said.

 

manufacturing

21 Apr 2021: Brisbane & SEQ manufacturing to share in $15.5 million shot in the arm

The Queensland economy’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic continues with the Queensland Government unveiling a fourth round of the highly successful Made in Queensland grants program.

Minister for Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water Glenn Butcher said the program, now totalling $61.5 million, was helping small and medium manufacturers transform their businesses and create jobs in the state’s rebounding economy.

For more information on Made in Queensland and to make an initial application, visit www.rdmw.qld.gov.au

 

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19 Apr 2021: Hospitality businesses rush the Check In Qld app before May 1st deadline

While the response has been great, I remind those hospitality businesses that haven’t already signed up to do so now. From May 1 it will be compulsory for all involved in this sector to be using the Qld Check In app…

“This is a safe and simple way for customers and staff to record their contact details and support businesses to comply with public health directions, keeping everyone safe.

“One of the best features of the app is that you only need to enter your details once and the app remembers them for future check ins, including details of any dependents…

Businesses can register at https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/check-in-qld/check-in-qld-registration-form

 

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17 Apr 2021: HomeBuilder extended to support more jobs

The Morrison Government is extending the construction commencement requirement for the successful HomeBuilder program from six months to 18 months for all existing applicants, bringing the total level of expected Government support for the construction sector under the program to $2.5 billion…

The extension will only apply to existing applicants and provide an additional 12 months to commence construction from the date that the building contract was signed. All applicants who signed contracts during the HomeBuilder eligibility period between 4 June 2020 and 31 March 2021 will have this extension applied to them

 

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16 Apr 2021: Qld’s labour hire scheme stamps out rogues

On the third anniversary of Queensland’s nation-leading labour hire licensing laws, the state’s Industrial Relations Minister has once again called for national action to protect workers.

“Our nation-leading scheme continues to protect workers by clamping down on the rogue operators, as well as providing our 3350 legitimate operators the level playing field they sought.

Additionally, the scheme has meant our inspectors can work with agencies like the Australian Tax Office, Australian Border Force, the Fair Work Ombudsman and other Commonwealth, state and local government regulators, sharing intelligence and resources to tackle criminal activity and serious offences, such as wage theft and tax evasion.

Queensland introduced Australia’s first labour hire licensing scheme three years ago. Since then:

  • 255 licences have been suspended for non-compliance.
  • 83 licences have been cancelled for non-compliance
  • 251 licence applications have been refused or withdrawn
  • 61 licences have been granted with conditions

As well 10 businesses and five company directors have been successfully prosecuted, with courts issuing a total of $820,000 in fines.

 

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15 Apr 2021: $10M Challenge to slash business compliance burden

Under the Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII), Australian start-ups and small and medium businesses can submit proposals for ideas that address regulatory challenges. Successful applicants will then receive grants of up to $100,000 to develop their ideas and test feasibility over three months.

“With this $10 million round, we’re looking for innovative regulatory technologies to reduce that burden in four key areas, while keeping Australian standards at world’s best levels.”

The four key challenge areas are:

  • Using technology to identify and assess potential poor disclosure by listed companies.
  • Using technology for remote and automated monitoring of export livestock health and welfare.
  • Using technology for a streamlined path to marine autonomous systems assurance.
  • Using technology for real-time and accurate asbestos testing.

“Applications for this grant round close on 3 June 2021 and I would encourage anyone with a good idea to apply in order to see whether it’s worthy of funding and can potentially be turned into a highly useful tool for Australian businesses.” 

To find out more information, including how to apply for a grant, visit www.business.gov.au/BRII.  

 

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14 Apr 2021: Nominations open for Multicultural QLD Awards

Nominations are now open for this year’s Multicultural Queensland Awards.

The annual awards recognise the outstanding contributions by organisations or individuals helping to build an inclusive Queensland…

Nominations close at 5pm on Monday 10 May and winners will be announced during Multicultural Queensland Month in August.

For more information, to nominate online or to download the nomination form visit  www.qld.gov.au/MQA

 

 

lady shopping

14 Apr 2021: The great outdoors beckon as QLD relaxes restrictions

From 6am, Thursday, 15 April 2021:

• Face masks will only be mandatory in airports and on planes. Masks will no longer be required in indoor spaces such as shopping centres, supermarkets, retail outlets or public transport or outdoors when you can’t physically distance, however masks will still be required in high risk settings such as hospitals and aged care facilities.

 

 

algae growing in pods

13 Apr 2021: Heavy vehicle health check to kick off in May

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is urging heavy vehicle operators to use their Daily Safety Checklist, ahead of the second major health check of Australia’s heavy vehicle fleet…

“From next month the NHVR will undertake the second National Roadworthiness Survey, which will check the mechanical health of Australia’s heavy vehicle fleet,” Assistant Minister Buchholz said.

 

 

algae growing in pods

12 Apr 2021: Online window to Aussie agricultural innovation opens

A game-changing online digital platform connecting the world to Australian agricultural innovation will drive investment, commercialisation and make research and development outcomes transparent for levy payers and the community.

Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud said growAG will showcase success stories, research projects and commercial opportunities in one centralised location…

GrowAG was developed by Agrifutures Australia with the support of the 14 other Research and Development Corporations through a $2 million Australian Government grant.

Visit growag.com to explore Australia’s innovation system in one location.  

 

 

selfie of seniors on a beach

07 Apr 2021: October to be a month-long celebration of QLD’s seniors

For the first time, the State’s annual Seniors Week will become a month-long celebration of our state’s seniors with $100,000 provided by the Palaszczuk Government to schools, community groups, non-government organisations and local councils to host events and activities.

“This year, with grants of up to $1000 available, we’re gearing up for a month of celebration – under the theme of Social Connections — imagine how many events we could have registered for a whole month of seniors celebrations?”

 

 

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01 Apr 2021: Greater Brisbane lockdown ends; some restrictions remain to keep QLD safe

From 12 noon Thursday 1 April to 12 noon Thursday 15 April 2021 all Queenslanders will be required to adhere to the following restrictions to protect against the ongoing threat of COVID19:

1. Queenslanders must carry a face mask at all times when you leave home, unless you have a lawful reason not to. You must wear a mask in all indoor spaces, such as:

  • shopping centres and supermarkets
  • hospitality venues eg clubs, pubs etc
  • hospitals and aged care facilities
  • indoor workplaces (where safe to wear a mask and you can’t physically distance)
  • public transport, taxis and rideshare, and waiting places or queues for this transport
  • airports and travelling on planes.

2. Businesses will need to adhere to the one person per two square metre rule

3. Restaurants, cafés, bars and nightclubs are able to open for indoor eating and drinking whilst seated and outdoor eating and drinking whilst standing. Outdoor dancing is permitted.