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Meet & Greet - 31st July 2017
Tuesday, 22 August 2017 14:16

This Meet & Greet was hosted by Deb Frecklington MP and attended by over 50 people.

Please follow the link to SB Online for more information

http://southburnett.com.au/news2/2017/08/mp-says-power-prices-out-of-control/

 
Meet & Greet - 19th June 2017 - Southern Cross Austereo
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 17:02

Thank to our hosts Southern Cross Austereo, it was a hugh success with over 40 attending

Please follow the link to SB Online for more information.

http://southburnett.com.au/news2/2017/06/new-tv-news-service-coming-soon/

 
Back to Work Regional Employment Package
Tuesday, 06 June 2017 15:18

State Development are now approaching the first anniversary of the Queensland Government’s Back to Work regional employment package.

The package has been highly successful in providing employment opportunities for over 4000 new employees across the state. In the Wide Bay Burnett this number is in excess of 800 jobs, with some 500 employers across the region receiving financial support.

While many of your members have taken advantage of the package I feel it is appropriate to re-visit the package and encourage your members to assess if the package is something to aid their business by getting an extra pair of hands to help grow of the business. Skills packages are available to fine tune the new employee to suit the enterprise needs.

The Back to Work regional employment package provides up to $20,000 to an employer who takes on a new employee who has been unemployed.

The link to all the detailed information is https://backtowork.initiatives.qld.gov.au/ and/or I would be happy to discuss specific questions with your members on 07 4122 0401.

Members may also access information on the Youth Boost component of Back to Work on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1prc0vBF6Y

For further information please contact Bob Hockey.

Bob Hockey
Back to Work – Employer Officer
Regional Services – Wide Bay Burnett
Department of State Development

P 07 4122 0401  M 0413 337 703

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Level 1, 319 Kent Street Maryborough 4650

www.statedevelopment.qld.gov.au

 
Back to Work - Youth Boost Payment
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 16:29

The Back to Work - Regional Employment Package (Back to Work) is a two year $100 million package giving businesses the confidence to employ jobseekers in Queensland’s regions and providing an economic boost to regions facing challenging times.

Click here for more details

 
Business urged to view electricity prices with caution
Monday, 27 February 2017 11:22

The Queensland Electricity Users Network (QEUN) is urging all businesses in regional Queensland to view the Draft 2017-18 retail electricity prices announced by the Queensland Competition Authority with extreme caution.

Click here for media release

 
$130 million Jobs & Regional Growth
Monday, 27 February 2017 08:14

The fund is part of the Government's plan to create jobs, especially in regional Queensland, and is available to support business and projects that will generate economic development and employment opportunities.

The $130 million Jobs and Regional Growth Fund is part of the government’s broader $200M Jobs and Regional Growth Package, targeted at growing regional economies and jobs for Queenslanders.

The fund will help facilitate private sector projects which create employment and economic growth opportunities in regional areas outside South East Queensland facing significant economic and employment challenges.

Financial assistance ranging from $100,000 to over $10 million is available for proponents to apply directly. Applications will be assessed under an appropriate set of criteria and the type and level of assistance will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Applications will be considered across a broad range of medium to large businesses, for both new projects and expansion of projects in Queensland that maximise benefits for regional employment and economic growth.

How to apply

Applications for financial assistance are invited directly from proponents. For more information on how to apply contact us:

  • Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Phone: 1300 785 106

More information

To find out if your project might be eligible for support and for further information on the fund, view the jobs and regional growth brochure (PDF icon 231 KB).

 
Office of Small Business: Entrepreneur Grants
Monday, 27 February 2017 07:50

Have you heard about our Small Business Entrepreneur Grants Program?

The program is providing matched funds to newly started small businesses so they can access professional planning, coaching and training. Such advice is critical in the early phases of establishing a business. As you know, having the right structure and processes in place from the start can often give a business the platform it needs to survive those first tough five years.

Eligible businesses can apply for matched funding up to $5 000 to engage a consultant, advisor or business coach to assist in their initial planning stages.

The advice must fall under one or more of the following areas:

  • professional business, tax, computing, legal or financial (accounting) advice
  • mentoring/coaching
  • business and strategic planning
  • market research and marketing strategies, including branding strategies and social media/digital strategies.

To be eligible the business must:

  • have a business name registered within the last four years
  • have fewer than 20 employees at the time of applying for the grant
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be registered for GST
  • be based in Queensland
  • declare if any owners or directors of the business are an undischarged bankrupt or insolvent.

Applications are now open and full details, including application forms, are available here. If you are aware of small businesses that are eligible for this grant you are welcome to share this with them.

If you’d more information please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Policy Officer, Office of Small Business, on (07) 3333 524

 
Up to $20K available for small businesses to employ for 'Back to Work'
Sunday, 05 February 2017 17:17

This could provide up to $20,000 to employers (even for apprenticeships). There is a small amount of criteria and I would stress that this is an opportunity for businesses to seriously consider a new employee whether through apprenticeship or full-time/part-time work.

We hope that this helps encourage business operators to hire their apprentice/trainee at the completion of school.

There has been great success with this grant in all small business including farms/producers/factories and retail.

BACK TO WORK GRANTS FOR EMPLOYERS

https://backtowork.initiatives.qld.gov.au

Direct Employer incentives:

  • $10,000 to businesses who took on an unemployed worker
  • $15,000 when they hired a long-term unemployed worker (out of work for 12 months or more).
  • $20,000 incentive for regional businesses who hire unemployed youths (15 – 24)

The Back to Work regional employment package includes:

  • $80 million for support payments for employers to take on regional jobseekers, including long-term unemployed. Read the factsheet on Employer Support Payments.
  • $10 million for additional training for eligible jobseekers to ensure they have the skills they need for work through the Back to Work Certificate 3 Guarantee Boost. Read the factsheet on the Back to Work Certificate 3 Guarantee Boost.
  • $10 million for Back to Work Teams to work with local employers and jobseekers and build regional employment solutions. Officers will also help create the capacity needed to meet emerging needs through networks and other innovative ideas. Read the factsheet on Back to Work Teams.

Visit the website for full terms and conditions or even better, make direct personal contact with someone in the department who is waiting to help you.

Best contact who can assist with applications in Back to Work:

Bob Hockey
Back to Work – Employer Officer
Regional Services – Wide Bay Burnett
Department of State Development

P 07 4122 0401  M 0413 337 703

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
www.statedevelopment.qld.gov.au

 
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