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Queensland Small Business Week 2019

Registrations are now open to host an event during Queensland Small Business Week (QSBW) 2019, being held from 27–31 May. 

With more than 438,000 small businesses in Queensland, the week is a celebration of the state’s diverse small businesses and provides them with the opportunity to discover support programs that can deliver real and positive impact for their business. 

There is no limit to what your event or activity could be – we are open to conferences, seminars, workshops, webinars, podcasts, networking and professional development activities.

Event hosts receive an events listing on the Business Queensland website, marketing and promotional support from the department, access to an event host community group and supporting guides and templates.

Get involved today and support small businesses and local operators in your region while building your organisational profile.

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Townsville Small Business Recovery Centre

The Small Business Recovery Centre in Townsville has been established to provide financial assistance and support services to local small businesses who have been impacted by the widespread flooding across the city. Businesses experiencing hardship are encouraged to use this resource to assist with the recovery process.

Contact the Business Recovery Centre on 0459 873 781 or 1300 654 687.

If your small business suffered direct damage, grants are available from the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority to assist your small business pay for costs of clean-up and reinstatement. For more information contact QRIDA on 1800 623 946.

This project is a partnership with the Queensland Government, Townsville City Council, Townsville Enterprise, the Townsville Business Development Centre and the Townsville Chamber of Commerce.

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Get Ready Queensland

Did you know that when local businesses bounce back quickly following a natural disaster, the community as a whole benefits? 

Preparing your business and staff for Queensland’s unpredictable weather can help minimise losses and reduce recovery time during and after a disaster. 

Ensure your business is prepared by storing a first-aid kit, battery-powered radio, torch, batteries, camera (handy for insurance claims), personal protective equipment, and a USB with important documents in your emergency kit.

Remember to keep your emergency kit in a shared location for all staff to access if needed.

For more handy tips on how to make your business more resilient, check-out the factsheet or visit the Get Ready Queensland website.

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Fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work

The Queensland Government is determined to address wage theft to make sure workers receive their full entitlements and level the playing field for businesses doing the right thing.

A recent inquiry into wage theft reported that around one in four Queensland workers are affected by wage theft, costing $1.2 billion annually.

Check out the Queensland Government’s response to the recommendations of the inquiry and keep an eye out for opportunities to be involved in consultation.


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Electronic Sales Suppression Tools

Electronic sales suppression tools (ESSTs), which can be used to facilitate tax evasion by manipulating records and under‑reporting income, were banned by the Australian government last October.

A six-month transitional period was put in place to allow those who just possess an ESST to potentially avoid committing an offence or becoming liable to an administrative penalty if they let the ATO know and provide them with all the information they need. This includes:

  • their details, including business name (both legal and trading name), business address and Australian business number.
  • the name of the point of sale system and ESST
  • the date they acquired the ESST or when they first became aware of it.
  • their contact details (telephone number and email) and the way they prefer us to contact them.

The transitional period is now nearly over. Any businesses that think they may have an ESST should contact their point of sale (POS) system provider. If the provider advises that their POS version contains an ESST, they should ask them to remove the tool and then let us know.

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Don’t be a bunny - check your obligations

With the Easter and public holidays just around the corner, it's time for your business to check out your obligations; including trading hours and the latest penalty and public holiday pay rates. 

Read more to find out information on Easter and Anzac Day trading hours and public holidays
. For information about pay rates including penalty and public holiday rates visit

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Small Business Champion reports

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

Read about Gympie's small business connection to Lady Gaga and tasty and tested Jazz Apples out of Coopers Plains.

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

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Spotlight: 100 Faces of Small Business

Meet Susan Davis and Annabel Sullivan from Strategic Social Profiles, which provides social media profiles and coaching for busy professionals and small business owners.

Using a unique consultancy model which sets them apart from competitors, the business empowers and upskills their clients' ability to manage their own social media, ensuring authenticity and nimble engagement with their customers.

In keeping with this model, Strategic Social Profiles has developed an innovative offering, Social It Yourself (SIY), which allows business owners to navigate the strategic steps and activate their own social media plan at their convenience.

Check out their 100 Faces of Small Business story.

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Everyone can make Australia more resilient. Could your story inspire someone else? If you or someone you know has made your community more resilient against disaster, it’s time to nominate for the 2019 Resilient Australia Awards!

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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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The ATO recognises that a range of circumstances can make it difficult for small businesses to meet their tax and super obligations. For information about how the ATO can help you through difficult circumstances download our Flyer.

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