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Recovery Assistance for Producers

Following Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie, Category B assistance for primary producers has been activated. This assistance means eligible producers can receive freight subsidies of up to $5,000 and have access to concessional loans of up to $250,000 for direct damage and up to $100,000 for essential working capital at a rate of just 1.16%.

The loans, available under joint Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA), can now be accessed by producers in the Central Highlands, Gladstone, Whitsunday, Mackay, Gold Coast, Isaac, Logan, Lockyer Valley and the Scenic Rim regional council areas.

Currently there are more than 80 staff directly involved in the response and specialist teams carrying out detailed on-property assessments to gather the evidence the Federal Government requires to activate higher levels of assistance,” he said.

For further information on Category B assistance or recovery tips visit or call 13 25 23.

Consultation on reef regulations extended

Queenslanders have another two weeks to provide their thoughts on the proposal to broaden and enhance existing reef protection regulations. 

Minister for the Great Barrier Reef Steven Miles said submissions on the Enhancing regulations to ensure clean water for a healthy Great Barrier Reef and a prosperous Queensland discussion paper would now close on Friday 21 April 2017. 

Minister Miles said the consultation period had been extended by two weeks due to the extreme weather events in Queensland. 

All comments on how to best accelerate progress towards our reef water quality targets for a healthy reef and a prosperous Queensland. 

For more information, visit 

2017 Queensland Small Business Week – event hosts

Are you a Queensland small business owner, manager or advocate who wants to make a difference to other businesses? If so, the Queensland Government would love you to host an event during 2017 Queensland Small Business Week (2017 QSBW) held between 15 to 20 May.

Last year, more than 5,000 people participated in the week-long, state-wide event, which champions Queensland’s 414,000 small businesses.

This year 2017 Queensland Small Business Week will highlight the importance of technology, promote a culture of entrepreneurship and stimulate small business ideas.

Before you register your 2017 QSBW event, here are some things to consider:

  • What format will your event be? Options include: forum, conference, webinar, corporate breakfast, trade show and expo.
  • What is your event topic?
  • When and where will you host your event?
  • Will you have a presenter or guest speaker?
  • How many people could you have attend?
  • Will your event be ticketed or free?
  • How will you promote your event? The 2017 QSBW team will help you too.

More information on 2017 Queensland Small Business Week is available here.

Succession Planning Grants for Queensland Producers

Queensland producers now have access to grants of up to $2500 to help develop family business and succession planning, through Farm Management Grants..

Producers can seek up to a 50% rebate on seeking professional advice in relation to succession planning, or a family member wanting to acquire an interest in the family business. With a maximum of $2500 per applicant, per financial year. Advice must come from a suitably qualified professional adviser such as an accountant, financial planner or solicitor.

Eligible applicants who received eligible professional advice can apply for a rebate on fees paid for the service through

For further information on the Farm Management Grants including criteria visit or freecall 1800 623 946.

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


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