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Inclusive Tourism Guide

Inclusive Tourism is a guide developed to assist tourist operators cater for people with a disability, ensuring that everyone can enjoy a holiday. It aims to increase the sectors knowledge about accessibility and the legal obligations around inclusiveness.

The guide was produced in partnership between the Queensland Government, QTIC, Anti-Discrimination Commission, Queensland Disability Service Council, and the Local Government Association of Queensland.

The guide can be accessed here.

 

Retail trading hours overhaul

The Queensland Government has announced the overhaul of Queensland’s retail trading hours.

The key reforms, to be introduced via legislation, include:

  • Sunday and public holiday trading to be standardised across Queensland, with those towns that currently do not have Sunday trading able to opt in through an application to the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission;
  • Easter Sunday to be an open trading day across the State (for those that have Sunday trading)
  • Exempt shops that can trade without restriction to be extended to include butcher shops, special exhibitions and trade shows
  • Provision for special trading hours’ applications for international events such as the Commonwealth Games
  • Businesses selling motor vehicles or caravans are to be the same as for all other non-exempt shops in Queensland, permitting them to trade on Sundays.
  • All hardware stores can open on Sundays from 6am;
  • All non-exempt shops must be closed on Good Friday, ANZAC Day, Labour Day and Christmas Day

To facilitate the change, there will be a five-year moratorium on further trading hours’ applications to amend the allowable trading hours for non-exempt shops with a commitment to further review prior to the end of the moratorium period.

 

Research grants boost possibility of multi-peril crop insurance

The outlook of multi-peril crop insurance has received a boost with the announcement of new research grants for projects that collect data to assess the viability of the insurance giving producers further options to protect their investments.

Grants of up to $100,000 are available for the Queensland agriculture sector.

Crop insurance and other risk management options currently have a low level of uptake in Queensland and Australia, this has been attributed to the lack of data against which insurers can assess and price risk, which makes crop insurance premiums more expense than they otherwise may be.

The research grants of up to $100,000 will support projects that collate and/or interpret agricultural production data on a regional or industry/crop specific basis. The data will then be publicly available and could be used in the assessment and development of risk management products such as crop insurance.

 

For further information on these grants, including the application process, visit https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/business-trade/development/crop-insurance-research-grants or phone 13 25 23.

$5 million Advance Queensland Biofutures Commercialisation Program

The Queensland Government has announced its ambition to become a global bio-industrial hub, by creating a $5 million Advance Queensland Biofutures Commercialisation Program (BCP).

The BCP is now open to receive expressions of interest from national and international applicants.

Funding up to $250,000 for projects at pilot scale of development, and up to $1 million for projects at the demonstration scale of development is available.

In 2014, a joint Deloitte Access Economics and Queensland University of Technology study projected that by 2035 an industrial biotechnology and bioproducts sector could contribute $1.8 billion to Queensland’s gross state products and support almost 7000 jobs in the state, particularly in regional and rural Queensland.

The Advance Queensland Biofutures Commercialisation Program is part of the Queensland Government’s Queensland Biofutures 10 Year-Roadmap and Action Plan.

Expressions of Interest open today. For more detail visit advance.qld.gov.au/bcp

Australia Post and Alibaba partner to help local businesses export to South East Asia

Australia Post and Alibaba have announced a partnership that will help Australian businesses export to South-East Asia.

The partnership will involve extending Australia Post online storefronts beyond China to Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, creating a powerful online platform for Australian businesses to sell products across the region.

The Australia Post-branded storefronts will establish the first Australian marketplace within South-East Asia’s leading eCommerce network Lazada, of which Alibaba has a majority shareholding.

Lazada provides merchants with direct access to more than 560 million consumers in six countries and features a wide product offering in categories ranging from consumer electronics and household goods to fashion and health products.

Australia Post Executive General Manager Parcels and StarTrack CEO, Bob Black said the South-East Asian expansion built on Australia Post’s strong relationship with Alibaba.

“We are committed to supporting local Australian businesses and delivering eCommerce solutions that make it easier to grow their businesses whether that be across Australia or overseas,” Mr Black said.

“International expansion can be daunting for many businesses, particularly small and medium sized enterprises. That’s why we are proud to have partnered with Alibaba to help give Australian businesses access to the booming eCommerce sector in China and now the lucrative South-East Asian market.”

Mr Black said Australia Post also planned to open storefronts on Lazada’s other sites in Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines beyond this year.

Australia Post’s relationship with Alibaba has already enabled Australian businesses to sell their products across Alibaba’s key platforms since 2014, including Tmall Global, Global TaoBao and 1688.com.

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