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Mackay region is open for business after bushfires

The towns of Eungella and Finch Hatton in the Mackay region were just some of many towns affected by the recent bushfires, with local businesses experiencing a downturn in customers. One of those businesses; Rainforest Scuba, owned by 100 Faces of Small Business advocate Luana Royle, wants Queenslanders to know they are “open for business”. Although not physically affected by the fires, their peak season and forward bookings took a hit with many tourists cancelling.

It is a timely reminder that the best way Queenslanders can support communities to recover from natural disasters is to ‘Go Local’ - shop local, eat local and holiday local! Share your Go Local experience on social media using #GoLocalQld.

Tourism operators are encouraged to plan and prepare before a natural disaster happens to ensure that your business recovers quickly. Find a handy downloadable flyer in the link below.

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2019 Queensland Training Awards

Nominations for the 2019 Queensland Training Awards are now open. Be rewarded for your commitment to training excellence, and be recognised as an employer of choice. With award categories including Small Employer and Community Training Initiative of the Year available, now is your time to nominate!

Awards criteria, examples of past successful nominations and helpful resources that can help you plan and write that winning nomination, are available on the website.

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Buy Queensland first – serving up support for local food and beverages

The Queensland Government’s Buy Queensland approach to procurement has been extended to create greater support for Queensland’s world class food and beverages. We'll be prioritising Queensland first when purchasing food and beverages.

A new Queensland Government Food and Beverage Supplier Directory, to be released later this year, will list foo​d and beverage suppliers who are supporting Queensland jobs. Food and beverage suppliers are encouraged to register to be listed on the directory. Just complete an online application form stating that you usually grow, make or produce the majority of your goods in Queensland.

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Advancing Indigenous Business grant writing workshops in Logan and Ipswich

Through the Queensland Government's Advancing Indigenous Business Initiative, Ngiyani will be conducting two free grant writing workshops during February. 

In these workshops you will learn: 
  • an overview of the grants landscape;
  • practical grant writing tips and grant jargon;
  • types of business grants available; 
  • sourcing specific grants to match business needs; and
  • how to develop your grant writing skills.
The events are targeted toward Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander owned businesses in South-East Queensland, but are also open to non-Indigenous owned businesses.

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Accelerated depreciation for small business initiative

The Federal Government’s Accelerated Depreciation for Small Business Entities initiative is an excellent opportunity to upgrade equipment, save energy and help your small business long-term. You can choose to use the simplified depreciation rules if you have a small business with an aggregated turnover (the total normal income of your business and that of any associated businesses) of less than:

  • $10 million from 1 July 2016 onwards
  • $2 million for previous income years.

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Early bird registrations now open for Queensland's Women in Business Summit 

Join leading women from across Queensland for the inaugural Queensland's Women in Business Summit 7-8 March. Featuring an incredible line up of over 20 business icons and industry luminaries, this is a great opportunity to learn and grow your business. 

From upscaling, increasing your earning capacity and future-proofing your business, the Summit can assist you in taking your business to the next level. 


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Not-for-profits: getting started

The latest episode of the ATO’s Tax inVoice podcast features Albert Beric from the ATO's Not-for-profit risk and strategy team and Justice Connect’s Anna Lyons.

They discuss what you need to know about tax and super when starting a not-for-profit, giving plenty of handy tips and practical real life examples.

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Are you a courier or cleaner?

If you provide any cleaning or courier services you need to lodge a Taxable payments annual report (TPAR) to tell the ATO about payments you make to contractors.

There are also short videos available to provide an introduction to the taxable payments reporting system.

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Spotlight: 100 Faces of Small Business

Meet Katie O'Shea from Ninja Babies. While Ninja Babies started out by providing products for teething babies, Katie changed her business model based on customer feedback and demand. With the help of the Mentoring for Growth program, she expanded her product range to provide age and socially-appropriate designer chewable jewellery, educational tools and sensory resources for all ages.

A large portion of her customer base is now people with disabilities, and school-aged children who need sensory stimulation to reduce anxiety and stress. Check out Kate's 100 Faces of Small Business story.

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Don't miss the great events and training activities coming up! 
From networking to mentoring, seminars and podcasts there is something for every small business owner.

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The ATO has developed an A5 scam warning flyer (available in 8 languages) that can be used to inform the public about scams from the ATO, other government agencies or businesses.

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Working out motor vehicle expenses for your business can be tricky. A fact sheet has been created to help you get your motor vehicle expenses right.

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