Business workshops

There are a range of workshops being run in Queensland by the State and Federal Governments.

Digital Business workshops

Digital Business workshops are being held in South East Queensland.  They are designed for small-to-medium enterprises and not-for-profits to identify ways of improving their digital capability and become more competitive in today’s digital marketplace.  The workshops cover:

  • Digital trends impacting businesses today
  • How to identify digital priorities that support your business goals
  • Ways to improve your productivity with digital technology
  • Using data in decision making for your business
  • Tips for using Google Analytics to track your online performance
  • An analysis of your current website
  • How to manage your online reputation
  • Ways to use digital technology in your business to improve your customer’s experience
  • A digital skills analysis of your business
  • A step by step guide to developing a Digital action

Sessions are at:

  • Sunshine Coast (South) on 22 November
  • Logan on 23 November
  • Sunshine Coast (Mid) on 23 November
  • Noosa on 24 November
  • Ipswich on 27 November
  • Brisbane on 1 December.

Register for the workshops.

R&D Tax Incentive sessions

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science is holding practical information sessions to help businesses better understand the R&D Tax Incentive, the Australian Government’s flagship programme for encouraging business investment in R&D. Upcoming sessions are being held in:

Smart Farms Small Grants open

Smart Farms Small Grants is an open competitive grants opportunity offering up to $50 million over six years to fund short-term (up to two years) projects to support farming communities to increase awareness, knowledge, skills and capacity of adoption of best management practices.


The Australian Government invites applications for grants, the value of which range from a minimum of $5 000 to a maximum of $100 000 (GST exclusive). Projects will be considered under two tiers:

  • Tier 1 for those between $5 000 and $50 000
  • Tier 2 for those between $50 001 and $100 000.

Eligible projects

To be eligible, activities will contribute to one or more of the following:

  • soil health
  • conserving or restoring Australia’s native biodiversity
  • climate change adaptation
  • greenhouse gas emissions management and resource use efficiency
  • sustainable agriculture and natural resource management that supports any of the above.

Eligible applicants

The Australian Government is keen to support suitable projects across a wide spectrum of individuals and groups, including:

  • Farming systems groups
  • Landcare and community groups
  • Indigenous organisations such as Aboriginal Land Councils and land trusts
  • Individuals and corporate farming entities including farmers, pastoralists, farm foresters, aquaculture operators and fishers who can demonstrate the public benefits of the project.
  • Non-government organisations and their state/territory branches; peak industry groups; and/or umbrella bodies.

Other details and links

Please check out the various document on the website to find out more. Projects must be completed by 30 April 2020.

The grants close on 7 December 2017.

More information is available here.

Need help to complete an application?  Contact Indigo Gold now to discuss this further.

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.