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Welcome to our December issue

What a year 2020 has been! As the year comes to an end, Noosa businesses are preparing for a bumper tourist season as state borders reopen. We wish all our local business owners and operators a safe and joyful festive season and remember to stay Covid-safe over this busy period. May you have a Merry Christmas and we look forward to supporting you to stay connected and informed in 2021 through our Noosa Connects Facebook page and e-newsletter. 

Best wishes, 

Economic Development Team  

fast five video

We caught up with Megan D'Elton from Noosa Care to learn what the future holds for providing aged care support in Noosa. Noosa Care is a residential care service, in one of Noosa’s priority industries – Health and Wellness – which contributed $81.6M to the local economy in 2018-19. Noosa Care employ over 350 staff, and are an incorporated association with a board of local directors, providing specialist dementia aged care services to our community.   Watch Fast Five with Noosa Care

business news

Second Business Resilience Survey Results 

The results of the Second Business Resilience Survey are out now.  The Survey is tracking the impact of COVID on our local businesses. 

support local business

Support our local businesses this holiday season

Supporting our local businesses during the holiday season is a great way to know that the gifts you give to your loved ones are also helping local families.   Or if you're new to town, join your local Business Association to connect with other local businesses. 
Business Grants

JobMaker Hiring Credit

Looking to hire new staff? Take advantage of the Australian Government's JobMaker Hiring Credit where employers can receive payments for hiring new eligible employees aged 16–35 years, between 7 October 2020 and 6 October 2021. Learn more  

JobTrainer Courses Fund

The Australian Government's JobTrainer Fund provides access to free and low-fee training for over 150 accredited courses and qualifications to Queensland job seekers, school leavers and young people. Learn more

JobTrainer Apprentice & Trainee Subsidy

Now is a great time to hire an apprentice or trainee with the launch of the Australian Business Growth Fund. Any sized business who takes on a new apprentice could be eligible to receive a 50% subsidy of the apprentice’s wages until 30 September 2021. JobTrainer is available Jan 2021

Business Grants

Manufacturing Modernisation Fund

Round 2 of the Manufacturing Modernisation Fund supports transformation in small and medium manufacturing businesses. It provides co-funded grants to transform manufacturing and to support job growth and a more highly skilled workforce. Available until 2023. Applications close 21 Jan 2020

Australian Business Growth Fund 

This Fund will allow businesses to apply for long term equity capital investments to enable them to grow and expandStay updated.   

Building Better Regions Fund - Round 5 Announced 

The $841.6M BBRF supports the Australian Government's commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future, opens in January 2021. The fund invests in Infrastructure Projects and Community Programs. Program details .  See events below  for webinar information session

More grants will be launched next year so make sure you register with Noosa's Grant Guru, to keep on top of all upcoming opportunities!

Council update

Be ready for the next disaster

Council has prepared an Emergency Action Guide which has everything you need to know as a household and business  to prepare, respond and recover from disaster events.  Pages 50–51 include specific information about business continuity and emergency planning for business. Download the Emergency Guide

Go Noosa

Council has an expanded Go Noosa program this festive season. In addition to free buses, Noosa Ferries has come on board to offer an alternative option to get around town - via the Noosa River - at a discounted rate. There’s also drop and go zones, all of which will add to making sure getting around Noosa these holidays will be a fun and hassle-free experience. Learn more
Events Workshops

RDA Brisbane are hosting a range of business webinars over the coming months. 

Growing your business using social media (18 Dec)

View other RDA Webinars 

RDA Sunshine Coast are hosting an Information Webinar on the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) Round 5 (18 Dec)

Business Queensland have a range of virtual and in person business workshops available.  

Winning Government Business (7 Jan)

ATO Webinars for Small Business

Introduction to Payroll tax in Queensland (12 January) 

View  other Business Queensland workshops 


Cyber Security

The Australian Cyber Security Centre provides information on how SMEs can protect themselves from common threats.  

Looking to Hire?

Use the Australian Government’s new Hiring Checklist to help you meet your legal obligations.


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