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Testing Within Government

The Testing Within Government program supports small to medium enterprises (SMEs) to improve the positioning of their ICT products to address business problems, while collaborating with the Queensland Government.

What’s important

Your product must address one of the problem statements in an innovative way.

  1. 3D capture of scale models (PDF, 448KB)
  2. Digital asset management (PDF, 133KB)
  3. Digital heritage exploration (PDF, 226KB)
  4. Heavy vehicle rest areas (PDF, 230KB) Intelligent reporting (PDF, 226KB)
  5. Interactive data visualisation (PDF, 225KB)
  6. Planning and urban design simulation (PDF, 227KB)
  7. Planning for nature (PDF, 245KB)
  8. Secure online learning access (PDF, 225KB)
  9. The patient continuum (PDF, 304KB)
  10. Vision sourcing (PDF, 224KB)

Any questions regarding this program please email


Small Grants for Rural Communities – Round 31

The Small Grants for Rural Communities program is now open to not-for-profit community organisations that have an ABN or Incorporation Certificate. 

Grants of up to $5,000 are available for projects and activities that offer clear public benefit for communities  in rural, regional or remote Australia. Priority is given to communities of 10,000 or fewer.

This funding program is collaborative (supported by various partners), which has the flexibility to address issues that make a difference to the sustainability of rural, regional and remote communities including projects that address the following:

  • Strong Leadership & Community Capacity: Investing and developing leadership, skills and capacity of individuals and organisations, enhancing inclusion and strengthening culture.
  • Sustainable Community Infrastructure: Projects focusing on improving local infrastructure, creating places which enable communities to connect and grow their identity.
  • Equitable Access to Opportunities: Ensuring equitable access to quality services and opportunities in the areas of culture, arts, education, health, wellbeing, communications, transport, food and the environment.
  • Vibrant Local Economies: Projects that enhance a sustainable economy, providing jobs, growth and wealth for the community.

Applications will be accepted any time by email, through to 5pm Friday, 31 March 2017. (Please note that the FRRR office closes at 5pm AEST). Hard copy applications must be clearly postmarked on or before Friday, 31 March 2017.

For all the details click here.

WiRE Regional Innovation Pop-up Series comes to Fitzroy and Central West

Become part of a community of women who are passionate about being entrepreneurial in rural, regional and remote settings!

WiRE’s goal is to help rural, regional and remote (RRR) women entrepreneurs create the ventures/businesses/initiatives of their dreams, around the lives they crave to live

Learn more about this awesome collaborative initiative created and delivered by The University of Southern Queensland (USQ), the Department of Industry Innovation and Science – Austrade, the Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Womens Network (QRRRWN), Start-up Toowoomba and Fire Station 101 (the Ipswich innovation hub).

What to bring: Your enthusiasm for entrepreneurial behaviour and your great ideas to develop a great support hub for WiRE!

About the facilitator: Retha Wiesner

  • Professor in Management and Entrepreneurial Behaviour
  • Program Director WiRE Program
  • Passion for self-empowering women through entrepreneurial behaviour and innovation
  • Led research and capacity building programs with a focus on small business of more than $5m
  • Co-author of 9 management and organisational behaviour books

Workshop are taking place in Rockhampton, Emerald, Longreach, Biloela, and Gladstone.

Check out this link for all the details and to register.

The Benefits of Hiring Millennials in the Workplace

The Capricorn Chamber of Commerce are holding a breakfast to look at the benefits of hiring millennials in the workplace.


  • Nicole Lee – Department Education & Training – Youth Boost
  • Sandra Large – Workplace Health & Safety QLD – Young Workers and Safety
  • Charlene McKenzie – MRAEL – School Based Training and Apprenticeships
  • Natasha Traske – Clinical Registrar – Cognitive Functioning and How to manage a young worker

Details –

Wednesday 5 April, 6:30am for a 7am start.

Korte’s Resort, Yaamba Rd, Parkhurst.

Cost – Members, $25. Non-Members, $35.

Click here to register.

Call for comment on proposed coastal shipping reforms

The Federal Government is proposing greater flexibility for coastal shipping and new training opportunities in a discussion paper aimed at boosting coastal shipping activity.

Comments are sort from ship operators, shipping companies, and other relevant stakeholders on proposed changes to ensure coastal shipping plays an increasing role in Australia’s freight transport network.

Currently, 15 per cent of Australia’s domestic freight is moved by ship, but with Australia’s extensive coastline and broad network of ports, there is the potential for shipping to play a larger role in the national freight task. However, limitations in the current regulatory system are working against that potential being realised.

The intention of the discussion paper is to elicit views about how modifying the Act could help to redress this situation, without changing the basic structure of the current coastal trading regulatory regime.

Written submissions to the discussion paper should be sent to by Friday, 28 April 2017.

To download copies of the Coastal Shipping Reforms Discussion Paper go to:

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