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Digital Readiness Scorecard

Queensland small businesses can now check their digital readiness with an online Digital Scorecard.

The Digital Scorecard is designed to help businesses identify ways to improve their digital capability and be more competitive in a global digital economy.

Small to medium enterprises and not-for-profits can use the scorecard to find out just how digitally aware and capable they are compared with others in the industry.

The Digital Scorecard was developed by the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation in collaboration with Regional Development Australia (RDA) Sunshine Coast.

RDA Sunshine Coast Chief Executive Officer Darrell Edwards describes the scorecard as a “great enabler for regional business” in Queensland.

“It will help owners take stock of their technology adoption and application, and help them improve their productivity and profitability through technology,” he said.

“The Digital Scorecard is an end to end service, helping regional businesses move into the digital age with confidence. I’m excited about the opportunities this will open up for regional businesses to transform and evolve, and become nationally and globally competitive.”

Businesses who complete a digital assessment will be invited to targeted workshops, to be held in coming months, to improve their digital readiness in areas including website development, social media, and the use of mobile and other new technologies.

Businesses can access the Digital Scorecard on the Business Queensland website at

2016 Census data release schedule

The first round of 2016 Census information will be released on Tuesday, 11 April 2017 providing a preview of results and giving insight into what makes the ‘typical’ Australian at the national and state/territory level.

These insights will set the scene for the official release of 2016 Census data on Tuesday, 27 June 2017. This comprehensive dataset will include national, state/territory and capital city data for selected key person, family and dwelling characteristics, including age, sex, religion, language and income.

Community level Census data, including information on small population groups and for small geographic areas such as suburbs and Local Government Areas will also be available.

These statistics will be released through QuickStats, Community Profiles, analytical articles and infographs in June. TableBuilder and Datapacks will be available from July.

Rebased Estimated Resident Population and results of the Post Enumeration Survey (PES) will also be released on 27 June 2017, providing a comprehensive package of Census and related information.

Detailed Census data on employment, qualifications and population mobility (journey to work and previous address) will be released in October 2017.

The release schedule ensures the Independent Assurance Panel has adequate time to review the Census results and provide their report before Census data is released to the community.

The Independent Assurance Panel, established following the MacGibbon Review, is undertaking an independent review of 2016 Census data to provide extra assurance and ensure transparency of the Census data quality assurance process. Its report to the Australian Statistician will also be released on 27 June 2017.

From July 2017, Census data seminars will be held in major locations across Australia to provide information on Census data, training in Census products, and assist with data requests. To register interest in attending these seminars, please enter your details here.

For further information on the 2016 Census data release schedule and topics, please visit

Queensland on track to set new Queensland export record.

Queensland is on track to post another record trade result with a massive boost in export sales for the January 2017 quarter, according to the Queensland Government.

Queensland posted a record $52 billion in exports last year. The result for the January 2017 quarter (November and December last year and January this year) is so strong, that it is on track to break that record. 

The value of Queensland goods exported in January this was $5.3 billion higher – an increase of 45% – compared to January 2016.

Key gains were in the value of coking coal, LNG, crops including chickpeas.

A Queensland Government trade mission would seek to make deeper in-roads into key markets India (4th largest export market) and Singapore (8th).



$20,000 Youth Boost Extended

The Queensland Government has extended its offer of $20,000 for employers hiring staff aged between 15 and 24 years in regional Queensland for another eight months.

The $20,000 Youth Boost employer support payment was provided under the Government’s $100 million Back to Work has helped more than 1800 people back into the workforce in regional Queensland. There are more than 780 applications pending approval.

To date the $100 million Back to Work program has supported 875 businesses to employ 1805 workers in regional Queensland, with the majority of applications have come from small business – 367 have come from businesses with one to four employees, while another 610 applications were from businesses with staff of five to 19.

The Back to Work Youth Boost has been extended until 31 October 2017.

For more detail about the program:

ICN Information Session

Supplier Information Session will provide local businesses with an overview of Industry Capability Network (ICN) services and how they are utilised by suppliers and major projects, including the North Queensland Stadium and Adani’s Carmichael Mine Project.

With the recent announcement of these projects, this session will provide you with information to help position your business to win work.

ICN is a pivotal connection between major projects and the best suppliers in the region. For more than 30 years, we have worked with local suppliers and projects managers to support local industry participation.

Come along to learn about how to access regional projects and raise your profile with major buyers.

 Location: Gladstone  Rockhampton
 Date:  Wednesday, 22 March
Registration: 7:30am
Presentation: 8:00 – 10:00am
 Thursday, 23 March
Registration: 11:30am
Presentation: 12:00 – 2:00pm
 Where:  Leo Zussino Building
CQ University,
Bryan Jordan Drive
 Marquis Room
Quality Hotel Regent
192 Bolsover Street
Cost:   Free  

As places are strictly limited to 2 people per organisation, please Register your Interest to attend one of these sessions by Friday, 17 March 2017.

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