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R & D Tax Incentive Session

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science’s Central Queensland office is holding a practical information session to help businesses better understand the R&D Tax Incentive, the Australian Government’s flagship programme for encouraging business investment in R&D.

Learn about your compliance obligations and see from case studies how the Incentive has helped other businesses maximise innovation and maintain competitiveness.


  • Recap key elements of programme
  • Workshop – group discussion
  • Self assessment
  • Registration
  • Eligible Activities – Core and Supporting
  • Excluded Activities
  • Compliance and Record Keeping
  • Case Studies

Workshop Details

Thursday 23rd November 2017
10.30am – 12.00pm

Department of State Development, Level 2, 209 Bolsover Street, Rockhampton QLD 4700

12.00pm, Wednesday 22nd November 2017

AusIndustry Central Queensland Office,
Phone: 07 4151 0660

Building Better Regions Round 2 – Now Open

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Acting Minister for Regional Development and Acting Minister for Local Government and Territories, the Hon Darren Chester MP has announced the opening of Round Two of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).

BBRF is a competitive, merit based grant program, which supports regional areas through infrastructure projects under the Infrastructure Projects stream and community strengthening projects under the Community Investments stream. Please ensure guidelines are read thoroughly as changes have been made.

The Infrastructure Projects Stream supports projects which involve the construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure that provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas.

The Community Investments Stream funds the following community activities, new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, and leadership and capability strengthening activities These projects will deliver economic and social benefits to regional and remote communities. Infrastructure activities are not eligible for the Community Investments Stream.

Applications open: 7 November 2017 12:00 pm AEDT  (Daylight savings time)
Applications close: 19 December 2017 5:00 pm AEDT (Daylight savings time)

Please contact the RDA Office for assistance with your application.

Export Market Development Grants – For Exporters

The Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme is a key Australian Government financial assistance program for aspiring and current exporters. Administered by Austrade, the scheme supports a wide range of industries.

The EMDG scheme:

  • encourages small- and medium-sized Australian businesses to develop export markets
  • reimburses up to 50 per cent of eligible export promotion expenses above $5,000 provided that the total expenses are at least $15,000
  • provides up to eight grants to each eligible applicant.

See EMDG at a glance (PDF) for an overview of the scheme.

For full details and to register click here. 

Connellan Airways Trust – Outback Grants

The Connellan Airways Trust is a national not-for-profit organisation assisting residents of Outback Australia with financial support for any worthwhile project, particularly involving education, health, communication and transport needs.

These grants were established in 1991 to assist organisations which provide expertise or otherwise serve or assist people in Outback Australia in the areas of endeavour, service or need.

Schools of the Air/Schools of Distance Education Grants
The Trust provides funds to a number of SOTA/SDE to assist parents with the cost of accommodation whilst attending school events. Parents should apply directly to their School to access this funding.

Volunteers for Isolated Students (VISE) Grants
The Trust provides funding to the VISE Organisation to assist with the travel expenses of VISE Tutors to families in Outback Australia.  Parents should apply to VISE to access this funding.

There are 4 closing dates for grant applications:
15 November 2017
17 February 2018
15 May 2018
15 August 2018

National Landcare Program – Small Farms Small Grant

There are pressures on Australia’s natural resources that can limit the viability and productivity of Australia’s farming, fishery, aquaculture and forestry industries. These industries are looking to trial and implement new and innovative technologies and tools which will reduce these pressures while increasing their productivity and profitability.

In response to these needs the Australian Government established the Smart Farms Small Grants program under the Smart Farms initiative, an agriculture component of the National Landcare Program (NLP).

Grants will be available to support local on-ground projects across Australia that increase the knowledge and capacity of farmers and fishers and facilitate the adoption of tools, technologies and improved land management practices to effectively, sustainably and productively manage Australia’s natural resources and adapt to significant changes in climate, weather and markets.

Estimated Grant Value – $5,000 to $100,000.

Application Close – 2pm on 7 December 2017.

For all the details click here.

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