Latest Census statistics will be available soon

If you need current statistics to justify need or impact in your writing, the second data release is just a few days away.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is providing a free 2016 Census Data Seminar on 24 October.  This follows the second release of Census data on 23 October 2017.

Presenters from the ABS will discuss a wide range of topics.  This will include:

  • Employment data such as occupations, employment industries, status in employment and hours of work
  • Higher education qualifications
  • Internal migration
  • Journey to work – method of travel.

If you can’t make the seminar (it’s in Canberra), you can live stream the event from your computer.

This type of detail can be really important when explaining the need for programs and services in your region.  Statistics are also useful to justify value when talking about your services in web content, Capability Statements and flyers.

Once the new data is out, it will be great to be able to run updated Regional Profiles via the OESR website.  Give us a call if you need help doing this.

Grant open to discover the ‘next big thing’ in Queensland’s North West

The Queensland Government’s $3.6 million Collaborative Exploration Initiative (CEI) is designed to stimulate investment in under-explored parts of north-west Queensland, and test innovative exploration using a broad range of techniques.

The CEI will encompass drilling and non-drilling activities including seismic, airborne and ground geophysics, and geochemical surveys. Eligible activities added to drilling include mobilisation, pad preparation, and selected downhole analysis.

$1.2 million of first round grant funding is available. Eligible applicants can apply for a grant to meet half their direct activity costs, to a maximum of $200,000 for an approved project.

An incentive of up to an additional $100,000 applies to Round 1 if the project is completed by 10 August 2018.

Applications close 29 September 2017

Grant open: We Are Queensland Grants Program

This grants program is designed to assist Queensland-based not-for-profit organisations, eligible community groups and local councils to undertake community-led initiatives during 2017–18 to build social cohesion in Queensland communities.


Grants of between $5,000 and $20,000 (GST exclusive) are on offer to contribute to eligible project costs for projects in two categories:

Linking families—designed for projects undertaken by organisations that connect Queensland families with other families and build linkages into the broader Queensland community.

Connecting neighbours and communities—aimed at supporting community-based activities that bring individuals, families and groups together to build connections and increase bonds between people from different backgrounds.


The following organisations are eligible to apply:

  • incorporated associations or bodies
  • corporations operating on a not-for-profit basis
  • parents and citizens or parents and friends associations
  • councils.

All applicant organisations must be operating on a not-for-profit basis with a valid Australian Business Number (ABN).

Types of projects

The We are Queensland grants program will provide funding for projects that contribute to the objectives of the two program categories. Eligible organisations may apply for funding for projects under either or both categories. Projects must:

  • be undertaken within Queensland and specify the local government area and location the project will take place
  • clearly identify which category the project supports
  • provide a detailed budget
  • be completed within 12 months of receipt of the grant.

Closing date

11 August 2017

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