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AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES TO HELP AUSTRALIAN BUSINESSES

May 1st, 2012


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FRASER COAST JOB & BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES FUNDED BY $100,000

March 4th, 2012

Representatives from the Hervey Bay Chamber of Commerce Executive currently sits on the Fraser Coast Opportunities working group.
The Chamber is delighted to forward you their latest information.
CLICK HERE for more details.

$150K Injection for Fraser Coast Opportunities

Also in this issue:
Alliance Airlines to fly out of Hervey Bay
Survey results are in!
DA ExpressWay
Sports, Recreation and Events Precinct
Friendly Fraser Coast
Sponsorship opportunities for Fraser Coast events
Ergon Energy Sense Workshops
Fraser Coast major projects
Business Profile: Secretary.com.au
Current opportunities for tender
Profile your business

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REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT FUNDING WORKSHOP @ THE FRASER COAST QLD

April 4th, 2011

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Dear Members and Supporters,

An invitation from Regional Development Australia

Hervey Bay / Maryborough Locations

5 April, 2011

CLICK HERE for more information and to RSVP TODAY

“Regional Development Australia Fund – Funding Workshops”

RDA Wide Bay Burnett will be conducting information workshops on the recently announced Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF) and the Project Information Data Collection Form on the 5th, 6th and 7th April.

Click on the link above for more information.

The workshop is tomorrow afternoon in Hervey Bay and Maryborough.

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AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT FUNDING OF $200M FOR SKILL SHORTAGES

February 25th, 2011

You are here: SkillsProgramsSkills and Training Programs > Critical Skills Investment Fund

The Critical Skills Investment Fund (the Fund) provides $200 million Australian Government co funding for industry partnerships to undertake projects that provide training and employment opportunities in critical industry sectors.

The goal of the Fund is to help increase the supply of skilled labour for enterprises in these sectors.  To achieve this, the Fund will support projects that train and place job seekers into available positions, or that up-skill existing workers to meet new demands. The Fund may also be used to support the recommendations of the National Resources Sector Employment Taskforce (NRSET).

The Advisory Board for the Critical Skills Investment Fund was announced on 12 November 2010 by Senator Chris Evans, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations. The Board, comprising seven external members with relevant expertise in employment, training, labour market and skills development, will be responsible for overseeing the Fund’s administration.

The Critical Skills Investment Fund Guidelines set out the funding arrangements, eligibility requirements, application process and assessment criteria for project proposals under the Fund.  The Guidelines are now available to assist organisations in understanding the program.

The first funding round will be announced soon.

Consultations on the Draft Guidelines occurred in late 2010 and all submissions were considered before finalising the guidelines.

This fact sheet provides an overview of the Critical Skills Investment Fund.

A CALL FOR THE FRASER COAST TO BECOME SMARTER.GET IBM GRANT $$$$

January 10th, 2011

IBM Pledges $50 Million to Create 100 Smarter Cities
IBM has inaugurated its Smarter Cities Challenge, a competitive grant program in which IBM will award $50 million-worth of technology and services to help 100 municipalities across the globe. Teams of IBM experts will provide city leaders with recommendations for successful growth, better delivery of municipal services, more citizen engagement, and improved efficiency. Watch the video >

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FLOOD VICTIMS IN QUEENSLAND CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THESE GOVERNMENT FINANCE ASSISTANCE PACKAGES

January 7th, 2011

FLOOD VICTIMS IN QUEENSLAND GET MONEY

Bundaberg – Fraser Coast District


Keep Australia Working Newsletter Issue No.11, January 2010
January
What a start to the year of 2011!

Our thoughts go out to everyone who has been affected by the floods in Queensland over December and January. Communities, businesses and individuals have all been affected. It takes time to recover from these unfortunate events but there is assistance available. All levels of government are working together to make sure assistance is available to those who need it. Below is a summary of the assistance that may be available to help individuals and businesses recover. This information is provided as a guide only and everyone will need to check their entitlement with the agency concerned.
DISASTER ASSISTANCE


The Australian Government Disaster Assist website:- http://www.disasterassist.gov.au/www/disasterassist/disasterassist.nsf/Page/Home
has been set up to give people access to information about recovery assistance following a disaster. Assistance is available for people adversely affected by the Queensland flooding.
Individual Support
The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) will be provided to eligible people affected by the Queensland flooding during the December 2010 – January 2011 period. The payment is to provide immediate, one-off financial assistance to eligible Australians adversely affected by the disaster. The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment rate is $1,000 per eligible adult and $400 per child.

Details on how to claim are available from the Centrelink website:-

http://www.centrelink.gov.au/internet/internet.nsf/emergency/qld_flooding_dec10_claiming.htm

or by phoning 180 22 66.

Claims for this assistance can be lodged at Centrelink until 4 July 2011 as application for the payment is available for a period of up to six months.

The Queensland Government, through the Department of Communities, also has financial assistance available.

The Community RecoveryWebsite:-
http://www.communityservices.qld.gov.au/community/community-recovery/about.html

has information on the personal Hardship Assistance grant, which is non-means tested. This grant is to help people meet immediate and unexpected basic costs such as food, clothing, medical or accommodation costs associated with the disaster.
For those without house and contents insurance some means-tested assistance may also be available.

Phone 1800 173 349

for more information on assistance from the Department of Communities.
Business Assistance
The Queensland Rural Adjustment Authority:-

http://www.qraa.qld.gov.au

has grants of up to $25,000 for primary producers and businesses which have suffered direct damage as a result of the flooding. The grants are to help with direct costs of repair after the flooding. In our region, businesses in the local government areas of South Burnett, North Burnett, Cherbourg and Bundaberg are eligible.

Phone the QRAA on 1800 623 946 for details.
Concessional interest rate loans of up to $250,000 as well as freight subsidies of up to $5,000 are available for small business operators and primary producers across these Local Government Areas.

Call the QRAA on 1800 623 943 to discuss your situation.

Don’t forget that during times of natural disaster take
time to look after yourself as well as others. Some tips
on disaster resilience from the Disaster Assist website include:
Adjust your lifestyle to your needs.

Don’t just do things out of habit or because you planned them some time ago.
Avoid making important life decisions until you can be objective. Make as many small decisions on a day to day basis as you like to ensure you have control over your life.
Make time to practise relaxation or absorb yourself in a relaxing activity such as listening to music – this helps your body and nervous system to settle and readjust.
Above all, be kind to yourself.
Regards

Jason Millward | Local Employment Coordinator |

Phone 0412 772 307

Email — Jason.millward@deewr.gov.au

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CENTRELINK EXPO FREE FOR EMPLOYERS AND PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYEES

November 6th, 2010

A message from Centrelink


I would like to take this opportunity to extend an invitation for your company to attend an upcoming Centrelink Jobs and Skills Expo.  The event is 100% free and details about the Expo can be found below.

Centrelink is holding a series of Expos across Australia as part of the Australian Government’s Nation Building Economic Stimulus Plan.  The Centrelink Jobs and Skills Expos support the ‘Keep Australia Working’ initiative, an Australia wide federal government strategy supporting Australian jobs and industry.

The Centrelink Jobs and Skills Expo is intended to provide a vehicle for employers, industry groups, recruitment and training providers, and other key stakeholders, to participate in a local community event that provides people with access to job vacancies, information about options that enhance employability, training opportunities, as well as information about other related local support services.

This will be a great opportunity for employers to promote and effectively fill job vacancies for all job types – a real ‘Jobs Marketplace’.

The event will be extensively publicised, and all local job seekers will be issued with a personal invitation to attend. Centrelink is working with the Local News to maximise public awareness of the Keep Australia Working Jobs and Skills Expos.  Sales representatives of local news may contact you to offer advertising space in a special Jobs Expo supplement which Centrelink will be supplying with editorial information about the expo. It is important to note that you are under no obligation to purchase advertising in this supplement.

To date Centrelink has coordinated 30 Expos around Australia with over 130,000 Job Seekers and well over 2000 Exhibitors attending.

The schedule for southern Queensland is:
·         Fraser Coast – Friday 19 November – Wide Bay Institute of TAFE 45 – 97 Urraween Road, Pialba
·         Gympie – Wednesday 24 November – The Pavilion, Gympie Showgrounds, Gympie
·         Caboolture – Friday 10 December – Morayfield Park Leisure Centre, 298 Morayfield Road

As an Exhibitor you’ll be provided with free display space, including table, chairs, signage, and a light lunch.

Please CLICK HERE to download a Registration Form for the Expo to be held on the Fraser Coast on 19 November 2010.  Please complete and return the form as soon as possible.  If you are interested in attending other Expos, please indicate which one/s in your response.

You can also find additional information about the Expos at www.centrelink.gov.au Regards,

Jayne Ross,
Manager,
Hervey Bay
Centrelink
Ph:  4125 9030

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FRASER COAST BUSINESSES CAN FORM CLIMATE SMART CLUSTERS

October 12th, 2010

ClimateSmart Business Clusters –

Expressions of Interest Close 17 November


The ClimateSmart Business Cluster Program helps Queensland small and medium business lower greenhouse gas emissions, save on energy, water, materials and waste, and reduce business costs.

Since the program commenced in 2009, 60 Clusters consisting of over 1000 businesses from Brisbane to Cairns and out to Longreach, have participated. Business Clusters provide a forum for business groups to work together, grow and conduct business in cleaner ways. A Cluster Leader will motivate, improve knowledge and assist participants to reduce business costs by improving eco-efficiency.

Funding of $10,000 is available for approved clusters. If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a Cluster Leader read the fact sheet or email the Clusters team at business.clusters@derm.qld.gov.au

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