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Regions 2030: Unlocking Opportunities in Regional Australia

The Australian Government has released a vision statement for rural, regional and remote Australia: Regions 2030: Unlocking Opportunity.

The Regions 2030 statement outlines the government’s vision for regional Australia and the key initiatives helping to achieve that 20 year vision.

There is a desire to create both careers and jobs in our communities so our children and grandchildren can lead fulfilling lives. It’s about developing ways our young people can receive an excellent education without leaving the community they grew up in, and about building the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to.

Regional development is about much more than just grants programs. It’s also about lifting the profile of regional Australia and creating awareness of the fact every Australian owes their lifestyle to regional Australia.

Regional Australia provides the water city people drink, the milk on their breakfast, the meat and vegetables for dinner, the gas to cook dinner and heat water, and the electricity which powers their households.

Investing in our regions is essential for Australia—strong regions mean a strong nation.

A ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to developing regional policy does not work. Regions 2030 focuses on working with communities to meet their economic and social needs, which will help to improve life for rural, regional and remote Australians.

This commitment is being delivered through investment and activity across five focus areas across Government:

  • Jobs and economic development;
  • Infrastructure;
  • Health;
  • Education; and
  • Communications.

Regions 2030 will continue to consider policies which take advantage of the opportunities available and tackle the challenges facing regional Australia.

To view a copy of Regions 2030: Unlocking Opportunity, visit regional.gov.au/regions2030

Nominations open for Queensland Export Awards

Queensland exporters are being encouraged to apply for the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards, recognising the success and innovation of local businesses on the international stage.

The awards are now in their 28th year highlighting the depth and strength of the export culture in Queensland.

Whether your company is large or small, by winning an export award, you gain the opportunity to significantly raise your company’s profile, gain valuable business networking opportunities, and be honoured for your hard work among the who’s who of the Queensland international trade community.

To submit a winning application, companies can make use of a special application assistance program offered by the Export Council of Australia. This is a free service teaming up university students in international business with companies to help develop the written aspect of the application.

This year’s awards included a new category –  Queensland Defence Industry Award – that will recognise outstanding export achievement in designing, manufacturing and adapting world-class products or services to meet military requirements globally.

Details about the awards and how to enter the awards can be found at: www.tiq.qld.gov.au/awards

New Infrastructure and Project Financing Agency

The Infrastructure and Project Financing Agency (IPFA) is being established as a small executive agency within the Prime Minister’s portfolio. It will assist ministers and agencies to develop and assess financing options and to broker financing arrangements for transformative infrastructure projects. By engaging early on project development and exploring all innovative funding and financing options available, the IPFA will improve project outcomes for end users and maximise the value for money for Australian tax payers.

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Small Business Week Free Webinars

Your first couple of years as a business owner are the hardest. Even when your passion for what your business is about seems unstoppable, if you’ve never run a business before or haven’t had to deal with staff, budgets, insurances, etc., the learning curve can flip you right upside down.

During 2017 Queensland Small Business Week the Queensland Government’s Office of Small Business will be hosting a series of webinars designed to boost your confidence and capability for success. You can register to attend all or just one of the sessions – whatever suits your interest and schedule!

Monday, 15 May 12:00pm William Gooderson, Crowe Horwath Business Basics REGISTER
Tuesday, 16 May 12:00pm Cathryn Warburton, Acacia Law IP for Small Business REGISTER
Wednesday, 17 May 12:00pm John Mathew, Impact Innovation Group Crowdfunding – Understand the Process REGISTER
Thursday, 18 May 12:00pm Megan Taylor, Kapow Marketing Interactive Marketing for Small Business REGISTER
Friday, 19 May 12:00pm Maree Franettovich, Central Queensland University Business Models and Testing your Ideas REGISTER

 

Supporting small business set-up

STARTING a small business in Australia is about to get even simpler, Small Business Minister Michael McCormack says, today releasing the Government’s response to the final report of the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into Business Set-up, Transfer and Closure.

The Government supported the vast majority of the report’s recommendations which were designed to address barriers to business entries and exits to drive efficiency and economic growth.

“The Productivity Commission report says it is simple to start a business in Australia and our rate of start-ups compares favourably by world standards – this is fantastic news,” Mr McCormack said.

Mr McCormack said the Government has already initiated reforms in line with the Productivity Commission’s recommendations.

“The Government understands small business and we have already acted to implement reforms to help the sector grow and create jobs,” Mr McCormack said.

“Our FinTech statement and the response to the Financial System Inquiry highlight some of the work that is already underway.

“These programmes, as well as the Government’s cuts to company tax and our small business policy agenda, show the Turnbull-Joyce Government is the Government for small business.

“We are continuing that work to back Australia’s small businesses to grow, innovate and – most importantly – create more jobs.”

In responding to this Inquiry, the Government is committed to:

  • creating the framework for entrepreneurial activity to thrive, including through reducing the stigma of business failure; and
  • fostering agile, innovative businesses by eliminating unnecessary regulation and reducing regulatory complexity.

The report is available at the Productivity Commission website.

The full response is available at the Treasury website.

You can find out more about the Government’s small business policies by searching ‘small business’ or visiting the small business webpage.

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