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Export ready Queensland food businesses can now apply for grants up to $100,000

Grants of up to $100,000 are now available for Queensland food producers looking to break into new overseas markets or boost their export earnings.

These grants are part of the $1.3 million, two year Growing Queensland’s Food Exports pilot program. The first round of funding opens today with concept proposals due no later than close of business Thursday 5 October 2017. Successful applicants will then be invited to submit a full application by 1 December 2017.


Grants are available to producers already involved in international export, or those who are export-ready and looking to access overseas markets.

Queensland is Australia’s largest producer of vegetables and the second largest producer of fruit and nuts, this pilot program is focused primarily, but not exclusively, on horticulture to enable Queensland producers to capitalise on this export potential.

The program will provide matched funding of up to $100,000 (minimum of $50,000) over two years per eligible project. Applicants must co-contribute at least 50 per cent of the total funds required.

Co-contributions can include up to half the value (25 per cent of total project costs) of in-kind contributions including freight costs, product and reasonable salary costs for key personnel.

There will be a second funding round in July 2018.

A DAF Program Manager is available to discuss proposals on a one-on-one basis, and producers who would like to know more can contact 13 25 23 or email For more information, visit

Social Procurement Challenge Now Open

Applications are now open for the Eidos Social Procurement Challenge. Self-nominated teams will have until Friday the 3rd of November 2017 to submit an idea. The winner will receive a $25,000 contribution towards turning their idea into reality.

The Challenge, in partnership with the English Family Foundation, is driven by a carefully developed question – How do we build the capacity to scale on the supply side of ‘Good Procurement’ in a flexible and collaborative way?

In June this year, Eidos and the English Family Foundation brought together twenty national leaders at the Brisbane Powerhouse who tackled and framed the challenge of growing the social enterprise sector, an issue of strong interest to the English Family Foundation. Essentially asking how can social enterprises in Australia be made more capable and able to achieve higher impact?

“The English Family Foundation has been particularly focused on the growth of social enterprise in Australia for the past few years. It is clear now that we must develop the capability of the sector to explore new approaches to scaling for impact. We partnered with Eidos as their framework is an innovative way for us to open this issue up to hear national voices.” Allan English, Executive Chairman, English Family Foundation.

The Challenge will culminate with a pitch competition which will be held in Brisbane on Thursday the 7th of December. This pitch competition will see the final five entrants pitching their ideas to a selection panel and a group of industry representatives including philanthropy, impact investors, incubators and regulators. The winner of the Social Procurement Challenge will receive a $25,000 contribution towards bringing their idea into a reality.

“The challenge is about boosting social enterprise in Australia. We are hoping we can generate a whole lot of diffused, disparate ideas, some of which can be backed and made a reality” – Narelle Kennedy, Eidos Institute Board of Directors.

For registrations or further information about the Challenge please use this link.

MIT Innovation and Entrepreneurship Bootcamp – Brisbane

MIT Bootcamps returns to QUT in Brisbane in 2018 following the highly successful MIT Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp held in March 2017. The Queensland Government, through Advance Queensland, has worked with QUT to secure the bootcamp again this year.

The week includes lectures led by senior MIT lecturers focusing on innovation and entrepreneurship. The MIT Bootcamp will bring innovators from across the globe to focus on technology-enabled innovation in Queensland’s key sectors including agriculture, mining and environmental management.

A week-long intensive bootcamp for budding entrepreneurs. The week includes lectures led by senior MIT lecturers focusing on innovation and entrepreneurship.  Innovators from across the globe will focus on technology-enabled innovation in Queensland’s key sectors including agriculture, mining and environmental management.

Applications are open now and close 1:59pm (AEST) 2 November 2017.

Eligibility: Application is by competitive process open to any individual or team, with candidate selection made by MIT Bootcamps

Hosted by: QUT

When: 10-16 February 2018

Duration: One week

Location: Brisbane

Register here

Wild Dog Partnership – Queensland Government, Graziers, and Councils

The sheep and wool industry in western Queensland is bouncing back.

Over the last two years the Queensland Government had committed $31.2 million – in grants and loans – for wild dog exclusion fence construction.

The Queensland Government has committed to build up to 7500 kilometres of fences – the equivalent of four-and-a-half times the length of the Bruce Highway.

Round one of funding announced in late 2015 will support the construction of almost 5000 kilometres of fence, and are estimated more than 213,000 sheep to the region, $5.7 million in extra wages for shearing, crutching and lamb marking, and creating an extra 45 jobs.

Minister for Agriculture Bill Byrne has confirmed Round two funding will provide assistance with fencing for a further 135 properties.

In addition, the $18 million loan to Longreach Regional Council will lead to the construction of another 2,500 kilometres of fencing.

The Council estimates this will result in an extra 200,000 sheep to over five years,potential for 130 new jobs to the region, and boost population by 500 people over five years.


$33 million grant to boost the disability and aged care sector workforce now open

Selected organisations specialising in business sector growth and transition have been invited to submit applications for leading a new $33 million Australian Government investment in the disability and aged care sector workforce.

10 organisations renowned for their business expertise were shortlisted as applicants for the Boosting Local Care Workforce Opportunity, designed to create more jobs in regions that require strong jobs growth ahead of the full the NDIS roll out in 2020.

The three year package is designed to increase capacity in rural, regional and outer-metropolitan areas so NDIS participants and older Australians seeking aged care services have access to high quality services and support.”

The disability workforce is expected to more than double as the NDIS is introduced, from about 73,000 full-time equivalent workers in 2013 before the NDIS trials began, to about 162,000 full-time equivalent workers when the scheme is fully implemented in 2019-20. The aged care workforce is also growing, but over a broader time period, from 366,000 in 2016 to 980,000 workers by 2050.

The lead organisation selected through the grant process will be responsible for delivering, managing and reporting to the Australian Government on the three initiatives that make up the package:

  • $9.1 million for the Care Workforce Regional Coordinator Initiative, including engaging up to 25 skilled  Care Workforce Regional Coordinators across Australia supporting NDIS and aged care providers in regional, rural and outer metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas, and raising awareness of new employment opportunities.
  • $4.1 million for the nationally focused Specialist Coordinators Initiative, taking a national approach to disability sector market issues by establishing up to 10 Specialist Coordinators to address key focus areas
  • $19.8 million for the Sector Transition and Employer Support Initiative assisting eligible NDIS service providers with professional advice expertise and small grants to help them to prepare their businesses to become NDIS ready.

The successful applicant will have the ability to influence and engage with service providers nationally as well as in specified regions, as well as the proven ability to deliver national targeted programs or projects for government.

Applications are due by Tuesday 26 September 2017 and will be followed by a rigorous assessment process. It is expected that the successful applicant will be finalised by December 2017 and the package ready to roll out shortly thereafter.


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