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Industry Capability Network Supplier Information Sessions

The 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 the two aforementioned projects, ICN is looking to engage with regional Queensland suppliers to provide information and advice on how to improve their chances of supplying to these projects.

ICN is the pivotal connection between major projects and the best suppliers in the region. For more than 30 years, we have worked with local suppliers and project managers to take cost and effort out of the procurement process.

Come along to learn more about ICN and our commitment to supporting local industry participation in the delivery of these two projects

Gladstone – Wednesday 22 March, 7:30am for 8am – 10am. Leo Zussino Building, CQU, Bryan Jordan Drive, Gladstone.

Rockhampton – Thursday 23 march, 7:30am for 8am – 10am. Marquis Room, Quality Hotel Regent, 192 Bolsover St, Rockhampton

Cost:        Free. * Limited to 2 people per Company

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Small Business Digital Grant – Round Two

Today the second round of the Small Business Digital Grant was announced. The grant is designed to help small businesses boost their digital capability.

The Small Business Digital Grants can help businesses make practical improvements to help them be globally competitive in a digital economy.

Funding of up to $10,000, matched by participants, is available to eligible businesses for the purchase of hardware, software and services such as digital coaching.

If you’ve ever thought about developing an app for your business, or you’d just like to upgrade your business’s digital technology, these grants offer the opportunity to make it happen.

To be eligible Queensland businesses must show that the digital technology or service purchased and adopted will enhance the digital capabilities of their business and help them to be more competitive and employ more staff.

Further information and eligibility criteria is available at www.business.qld.gov.au/digital.

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 www.business.qld.gov.au/digitalscorecard

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 abs.gov.au.

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