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Free apprenticeships for under 21s

The Queensland Government is increasing support for young people with free apprenticeships for those under 21 years of age, allowing businesses to take on more apprentices and trainees.

The fully subsidised training will be available in 139 qualifications in areas such as electrical, plumbing and engineering as well as hospitality and early childhood.

It’s a great opportunity for businesses to consider employing an apprentice or trainee. It is all part of our Skills for Queensland strategy to deliver Queensland’s next generation of skilled workers.

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Queensland Small Business Champion report

Maree Adshead reports on the latest feedback she has heard from Queensland small businesses through her journeys across the State this month.

Check out her Twitter account or follow her on her new instagram page @smallbizchampq for the latest updates.

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Small Business Grants

The Business Growth Fund is now open for applications. Funding of up to $50,000 (excluding GST) may be provided for eligible businesses to purchase and implement highly specialised equipment to enable them to move to the next stage of growth.

A full
schedule of grants opening and closing dates is now available.

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Are you a small business operating in Central West Queensland?

There is an abundance of programs and services to assist small business to grow and becoming more competitive in today's digital marketplace. A range of agencies will be presenting across Central West Queensland throughout the month of October in a small business roadshow. Save the date and come along to hear from a range of representatives focussed on supporting you succeed in your business now and in the future.

  • AusIndustry
  • NBN Co
  • Department of Employment, Small Business and Training
  • Australian Small Business Advisory Service Digital
  • RDA Brisbane
  • Entrepreneurship Facilitators Program
  • Boosting the Local Care Workforce program
  • Community Services Industry Alliance
For more information email

Struggling with tax obligations as a result of the North Queensland Floods?

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is aware that many small businesses and farmers in the region are still doing it tough. If you are having trouble meeting your tax and super obligations, or did not meet the automatic deferred due date of 31 May 2019, the ATO can help.

Depending on individual circumstances, the ATO may:

  • give you extra time to pay your debt or lodge tax forms such as activity statements
  • re-issue income tax returns, activity statements and notices of assessment
  • help re-construct tax records that are lost or damaged
  • fast track refunds
  • set up a payment plan tailored to individual circumstances, including interest free periods
  • remit penalties or interest charged during the time you have been affected.

If you have been affected by the disaster please contact the ATO on 1800 806 218 to discuss how they can support you.

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Indigenous Business Spotlight:
Primal Sport, Gold Coast

Primal Sport have quickly established themselves as a specialist manufacturer of apparel for sporting associations, educational institutions, businesses and community ventures.

"I have been very fortunate to have spent the majority of my working life within the Community & Government sectors. However, I have always been an entrepreneur at heart.

In 2016, a couple of close friends and myself saw an opportunity to start a business in the apparel industry, we wanted to create something special utilising our experience in community.

From there, we went with the approach of building long term positive relationships, we then got to work, developed a deadly product and went out to the market.

We’ve come along way in 3 years and still have a fair way to go, thanks to our team and our partners we continue to build our small business while working within a community framework and mindset." - Kyel Dancey, Co-Founder, Primal Sport

For more information about Primal Sport you can browse their websitefacebook and instagram at @primal_sport


After some quick tips for your business?

As part of Queensland Small Business Week 2019, a suite of short videos was produced to provide small business owners with actionable takeaways.

Changing your mindset from Survival to Growth is presented by Irene D Baker. View the video

Keep an eye out on future issues of this newsletter for more video content to help your business grow.

For more information about support for women in business, please take a look at the
Advancing Women in Business Initiative.

Like this video?

Sign up for Irene's ‘Claim Your Confidence’ course. A special rate applies for bookings made before 30 September.

This training is supported by the Queensland Government, to help women address issues that can hold them back from business success.

For more information about support for women in business, please take a look at the
Advancing Women in Business Initiative.

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Safe Work Month

For the month of October, businesses big and small are taking part in hosting a Safe Work Month event, raising awareness about the importance and impact of safe work.

Want to host your own event? You can download the free event kit for a range of posters, social media tiles, digitals assets and more for your event.

Want to attend an event? Registrations are now open for a range of events across the state.

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Help support Queensland’s best training talent, including small employers, apprentices and trainees, at the Queensland Training Awards State Gala Dinner in Brisbane on Saturday 14 September.
Tickets on sale now.

Check out our new video which showcases some of the unique experiences of our Queensland small businesses, and the improvements they have made through Queensland Small Business programs and grants.

The Business Queensland events calendar is a one-stop-shop for small business events and for the first time has been expanded to non-government organisations. If you run events for Queensland small businesses, list your event today!

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