Resources for Business - MARCH 2021
The current directive from the Queensland Government is that Anzac Day commemorations, including marches, parades, dawn services and other remembrance services can take place on 25 April 2021.
However, activities commemorating this special day of remembrance should be planned for and undertaken in a COVID Safe way. Which means that events should comply with Public Health Directions and the COVID Safe Events Framework.
The Queensland Health ANZAC Day Commemoration Events Guide, issued on 19th February 2021, is available via the link below.
The Australian Government's $1.2 billion Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy will support businesses and Group Training Organisations to take on new apprentices and trainees, offering a subsidy of 50% of wages.
Through the subsidy, any business or Group Training Organisation that engages an Australian Apprentice between 5 October 2020 and 30 September 2021 may be eligible for a subsidy of 50 per cent of wages paid to a new or recommencing apprentice or trainee for a 12-month period from the date of commencement, to a maximum of $7,000 per quarter. There is no cap on the number of eligible trainees/ apprentices.
The assistance, in supporting apprentices and trainees across Australia, is in addition to the Supporting Apprentices and Trainees wage subsidy which has helped small and medium businesses to keep their apprentices and trainees in work and training.
As a business you can now trade, exchange or sell your unwanted waste with the ASPIRE program, reducing waste disposal costs and the amount of waste sent to landfill.
Developed by CSIRO and Data 61, under licence by the Sunshine Coast Council, ASPIRE is a free online business to business tool for businesses with up to 100 staff who need to list unwanted waste streams and be connected to businesses who can use this input as a reuse.
ASPIRE connects potential matches for your waste based on your profile. Apart from the extensive multiple waste streams that be exchanged, traded or sold the ASPIRE platform, it has smart algorithms that assists connecting what people are looking for and who has been listing that kind of input.
Being a digital platform, Sunshine Coast businesses registered on the platform can find a solution locally but are not geographically restrained and other councils and businesses in Queensland now coming on board to enable greater geographical and resource opportunities for an expanded marketplace and opportunities.
Planning is underway by Sunshine Coast Council to seek community and stakeholder input into the Options Analysis for mass transit.
In early 2021, Sunshine Coast Council is undertaking comprehensive engagement on the Sunshine Coast Mass Transit Options Analysis and land use options for managing growth in the coastal corridor through the 'Connecting our Coastal Corridor' Program.
The engagement will also seek inputs on the local land use planning opportunities. This will help council to understand the community’s views for accommodating growth in the coastal corridor.
With 99.8% of business in Australia being small-to-medium businesses, employing 7.3 million people, small businesses are a large contributor to Australia’s prosperity. It is important that Australia’s small and medium businesses understand their cyber security risks, and what they can do to protect themselves, their customers and their suppliers.
The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is a comprehensive online portal that provides a wealth of trusted and relevant information on how Australia’s small and medium businesses can protect themselves from the most common cyber security threats.
A cyber security incident that impacts a small business can be devastating, however, cyber security doesn’t have to be difficult. The new step-by-step guides are a quick and easy read, and help demystify the common pitfalls.
Check out the latest ACSC cyber security advice, specifically tailored for small businesses via the link below.