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Rockhampton Regional Outlook Conference

Registrations are now open for the Rockhampton Regional Outlook conference on 25 July.

Join delegates from around the region as we examine the key issues for agriculture at sessions focussed onCreating value in an increasingly connected world; Creating value in the beef industry and Cropping in a changing environment. The opening address is provided by Michelle Landry MP, federal Member for Capricornia.

As well as the ABARES speakers examining the big picture issues affecting Queensland and the key commodities outlook and issues, delegates will also hear from Rohan Rainbow, AgTech Centric on digital agriculture; Peter Stone, Bureau of Meteorology on weather and climate information; Matthew Barnes, Australian Soil Planners; Ray Vella from Bald Hills as well as other speakers.

The Rockhampton Regional Outlook conference is on Wednesday 25 July at the Rockhampton Leagues Club, Cambridge Street in Rockhampton. Registration is complimentary but pre-event registration is required prior to the day. Registration opens at 8.30am and the conference starts at 9am. For enquiries or further information email Conferences.

Click here for the full program. 

Queensland Small Business Procurement Commitment

The Queensland Government is committed to supporting small businesses to start, grow and employ.   As part of this commitment they want to make sure small businesses can share in the investment made in our people and our growing economy.  The government’s multi-billion-dollar investment in goods and services must benefit as many Queensland businesses and workers as possible. Supporting small businesses to access government investment in goods and services through procurement recognises the contribution they make to our communities across Queensland.

To start the conversation we have released a consultation paper for a Queensland Small Business Procurement Commitment (PDF).  It has our ideas on how small business can be supported to access opportunities however, we need your feedback on how we can make government procurement opportunities easier.

Answer an online survey

Written submissions

Be involved by answering the survey questions or by emailing your response to

Small Business Innovation Research for Defence – Call for Applications

The Small Business Innovation Research for Defence (SBIRD) program provides an opportunity for Australia’s Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to undertake research projects which have potential for future Defence application.

A Defence innovation initiative, the SBIRD program is managed through the Next Generation Technologies Fund. The program seeks to encourage a new generation of innovators in developing breakthrough technologies for the Australian Defence Force.

Defence is currently seeking proposals from Australian small businesses to contribute to the development of adaptive camouflage for uninhabited aerial systems.

Specifically, novel solutions are sought that can:

  • adapt to changing conditions to reduce the visual detectability against a sky background; and/or
  • reduce/change the acoustic signature of these small aircrafts to make them less acoustically detectable in different environmental conditions.

Defence is encouraging research and development in this field with a view to producing signature management solutions that can later be developed and applied to larger, more detectable platforms.

For more information click here. 

Business Evaluation, including up to 12 months mentoring

Business Evaluations are one of the services provided under the Business Management element of the Federal Government’s Entrepreneurs’ Programme.

Independent and skilled Business Advisers undertake an impartial Business Evaluation. It is tailored to the applicant’s business to provide strategies for business growth and business improvement.

A skilled and experienced Business Adviser will:

  • come to your business premises to gather information about your business;
  • undertake further research and analyse the information off-site; and
  • prepare a tailored Business Evaluation Action Plan outlining strategies your business can take to become more competitive, improve and grow.

When you are ready to apply the strategies, the Business Adviser will coach and mentor you for up to twelve months.

You may be eligible for a Business Growth Grant to fund the strategies outlined in your Business Evaluation Action Plan. Refer to Business Growth Grants to learn more.

Or click here for more information. 

Mentoring for Growth Program

Mentoring for Growth (M4G) offers eligible businesses access to volunteer business experts who provide insights, options and suggestions relating to challenges and opportunities you are experiencing in your business.

The M4G program assists Queensland businesses to grow and succeed in the current business environment.

The M4G program includes:

  • Mentoring for Growth
  • Mentoring for Investment
  • Mentoring for Pitch
  • Mentoring for Export
  • Mentoring for Recovery
  • Mentor Chats

When you participate in the M4G program, the Queensland Government matches its mentors’ expertise and experience with the particular business challenge or opportunity you have identified.

Mentors are drawn from a Queensland-wide pool of more than 500 active and registered mentors. All mentors have expertise and experience in coaching and developing businesses.

Advice is delivered through both panel and chat formats and can be conducted via face-to-face and online meetings. The program is delivered in all major centres in Queensland, including at Office of Small Business events.

Click here for further information.

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