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Rockhampton and Emerald Free Trade Agreement Seminars

The Australian Government is running seminars around the country to help businesses explore the opportunities created by the North Asia Free Trade Agreements (FTAs). Whether you are an experienced or potential exporter come along to one of these seminars in Queensland to hear from:

  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Austrade
  • AusIndustry
  • Local business case study.

These seminars equip you with information to help you realise the benefits created by the China, Japan and Korea FTAs, including FAQs about tariffs, grants and other assistance.

Rockhampton – Thursday 16 November, 8.30am – 11.30am – Empire Apartment Hotel, Conference Room 1, 5 East St, Rockhampton

Emerald – Friday 17 November, 8.30am – 11.30am – Western Gateway Motel, Cnr Hospital Rd & Theresa Sts, Emerald.

Don’t miss out, register now.

Have your say on home, content and strata insurance in Northern Queensland

The Australian Government has asked the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to investigate home, contents and strata insurance in northern Australia. The inquiry will help to address concerns about insurance affordability, promote more informed and more competitive insurance markets and make a difference for consumers in northern Australia.

The law gives the ACCC power to get information from insurers that other reviews have not been able to get. We will also look more closely at the level of competition between insurers than other reviews have been able to. If you live in northern Australia, we want to hear your views about:

  • what is important in your decisions about insurance,
  • how you get information and how easy the information is to understand,
  • whether you have switched insurers (and why you have or have not), and
  • whether you have taken action to reduce your risks.

Your views are important even if you don’t have insurance. There is a full issues paper on the website covering all the issues being investigated. There are 18 questions. The questions are a guide and you can tell us anything that you think might be important. You do not have to respond to all questions. If you prefer, you can read this paper and then go online and reply directly to an online questionnaire on the ACCC’s Consultation Hub Here.

If you would like more detail, please read our full issues paper here.  This inquiry is a public process, so responses will be published on the ACCC website as submissions to the inquiry. You need to clearly identify if you do not want your name published. We will not publish your responses to Question 18, as we will treat your response to this question as background information only. Further information about the confidentiality arrangements for the inquiry can be found in the full issues paper. Please email or post us your response by 21 December 2017. Email: Post: ACCC Northern Australia Insurance Inquiry, GPO Box 520, Melbourne, VIC 3001.


Subcontractor and Suppliers Industry Briefing

CPB Contractors has been selected by Queensland Corrective Services as the managing contractor for the $200 million expansion of the Capricornia Correctional Centre in Etna Creek.

An Industry Briefing will be held on Tuesday 24 October 2017, at the Yeppoon Town Hall, 25 Normanby Street, Yeppoon, at 1:00pm – for any potential suppliers and subcontractors for the following packages:

  1. Civil
  2. Hydraulics
  3. FRP concrete
  4. Reo and concrete supply
  5. Structural steel
  6. Block work supply and install
  7. Roofing and wall cladding
  8. Joinery
  9. Carpentry
  10. Secure doors and frames
  11. Floor finishes
  12. Painting
  13. Cleaning
  14. Landscaping
  15. Secure fencing
  16. Secure windows
  17. Door hardware
  18. Security
  19. Electrical services
  20. Mechanical services.

To attend the briefing, please RSVP to by no later than Monday 23 October.

To express your interest in being involved in this project please visit

Queensland Code for Building and Construction Industry applies.

Safer Communities Fund – Now Open

The Safer Communities Fund provides grants of up to $1 million to community organisations and local governments for local crime prevention and security infrastructure activities and to protect community organisations that may be facing security risks associated with racial and /or religious intolerance. Project activities can include:

  • installation of fixed or mobile CCTV cameras
  • installation of security lighting
  • installation of bollards
  • crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) including the removal of environmental characteristics, such as a lack of lighting or poor natural surveillance, that can facilitate street crime and violence.

Grants of up to $1 million will be available to fund up to 100 per cent of eligible project costs. Projects must be completed by 30 June 2020.

To be eligible you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • and be one of the following entities:
  • an entity incorporated in Australia
  • an incorporated not for profit organisation
  • a local government agency or body
  • an Australian state or territory government entity.

If your organisation is an unincorporated entity or does not have an ABN you can either:

  • become an incorporated entity and obtain an ABN; or
  • partner with an entity that is eligible as outlined above, to undertake the project, (see part 8.2 – Joint Applications in the Programme Guidelines)

You are not eligible to apply if you are:

  • a government or non-government school or preschool that is registered as an educational establishment with a state or territory registration authority.

To be competitive you must score at least 50% against each merit criterion

  • The extent that your project will contribute to improved community safety (50 points)
  • The impact of grant funding on your project (20 points)
  • Your capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project (30 points)

To apply click here. Applications close 14 November 2017 at 5pm.

Capricorn Region Tourism Workforce Plan

The Queensland Tourism Workforce Plan 2017–20, was launched on 20 July 2017 by the Minister for Training and Skills. The Plan outlines strategies to meet the opportunities of a growing tourism sector in Queensland. During initial consultation, industry was clear about what it wanted – ‘do-able’, realistic recommendations that could be owned by industry in partnership with government and actioned at a local level, as well as state-wide. Building on previous consultation, the draft Capricorn Region Tourism Workforce Plan has been developed to address region-specific themes. Jobs Queensland are visiting Rockhampton to ensure agreement on key priorities and actions. This is your opportunity to contribute to the Capricorn plan and confirm regional activities for the years to come.

Event details are as follows:

Date: Friday 3 November 2017

Time: 12.30pm—2.30pm (light lunch provided)

Venue: The Capricorn Motel and Conference Centre 703-751 Yaamba Rd Parkhurst QLD 4702

RSVP: Monday 30 October to

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