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75% of NSW has downloaded the state’s COVID check-in app

The NSW Government’s Service NSW app has been downloaded more than four million times, approximately 75% of NSW’s adult population. The app has been used by patrons across the state for more than 117 million COVID Safe check-ins. Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the technology has been a game changer for businesses and customers during the pandemic,

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Queensland launches simple wage-recovery system

Ripped-off Queensland workers will have an easier, cheaper way to recover the wages and other entitlements they’re owed. Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace said a new quick, simple and low-cost wages recovery system would be in place from Monday (1 March). “The new streamlined process means all Queensland workers who’ve been underpaid can recover what

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New ‘Check In Qld’ app makes life easier for small businesses

A new, free, check-in app which makes it much easier for Queensland’s hospitality businesses and their customers to stay COVID safe rolls out statewide from today. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Check In Qld app has been extensively trialled over the last few weeks and has come out tops. “It simplifies compliance with Public Health Directions for

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Small businesses can share again online after Facebook news ban to ends

Facebook’s hostage standoff with Australian government and media will end in the next few days after the company struck a deal with the Morrison government over its controversial News Media Bargaining Code. Intense negotiations with the government in the wake of Facebook blocking hundreds of media sites on its platform last Thursday, saw the warring sides reach

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Businesses can continue to sign and send electronic documents and virtual AGMs

As part of its economic plan, the Morrison Government will introduce legislation into Parliament to extend the application of temporary relief measures introduced at the height of the coronavirus crisis relating to virtual AGMs and signing and sending electronic documents. Specifically, the Treasury Laws Amendment (2021 Measures No. 1) Bill will extend from 21 March 2021 to 15 September 2021 the

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Building cyber security skills in Aussie businesses

The Morrison Government is getting more Aussies into jobs and lifting the nation’s cyber security capability, with a $26.5 million program opening today. The Cyber Security Skills Partnership Innovation Fund will provide grants of between $250,000 and $3 million to improve the quality and availability of cyber security professionals through training. Minister for Industry, Science

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Additional WA businesses required to contact trace from 2 February

The information will only be used for the purpose of COVID-19 contact tracing by the Department of Health WA, and records will be destroyed after 28 days. Their purpose is to allow health officials to quickly identify and assist anyone that may have been exposed to COVID-19. Businesses and venues required to keep a contact

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JobTrainer ready to sign up Queensland job seekers

Queensland job seekers are set to benefit from the new $200 million JobTrainer Fund to train people for high demand occupations.  Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said investing in skills was a key part of Queensland’s plan for economic recovery.  “We were re-elected to deliver that plan and that’s what we’re delivering,” the Premier said.  “This is all about giving Queenslanders

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Austrade Approved Business Events
AVAILABLE NOW APPLY BEFORE 30th MARCH 2021 (Condition apply)

  • ABF Events are approved and listed below have been certified by Austrade on the Schedule of Approved Business Events.
  • This allows exhibitors, sponsors, delegates and partners to participate in the Business Events Grant Program. Note event bookings need to be confirmed ASAP to participate in the grant program
  • The program provides 50% rebate (based on a minimum spend of $20k) for approved items including ABF event-media packages, exhibition stands, corporate function tables, delegate registrations.
  • Govt Grant applications are now open until the 30 March. Please contact ABF to discuss how we can assist, we have experts to assist grant applications.
  • Grant funding will cover up to 50% of eligible expenditure incurred in participating at pre-approved business-to-business events as buyers or sellers during the 2021 calendar year.  All grant applications must be submitted for approval via the following link: https://business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/business-events-grants
  • For further information please see this fact sheet.