Thursday 16 May 2013

New strategic plan to lift Queensland's small businesses


New strategic plan to lift Queensland's small businesses

Small business in Queensland will find it easier to operate and capitalise on jobs and growth opportunities, after the Newman Government released a strategic plan on 16 May.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey said the Queensland Small Business Strategy and Action Plan 2013-2015 will build on the Government’s Blueprint for Queensland small business.

“This is the first time the Queensland Government has delivered a Strategy and Action Plan specifically for small business that prioritises government investment, policy development and service delivery,” Ms Stuckey said.
“Our vision is for the state's 412,000 small businesses to be profitable, innovative and resilient.

“The Newman Government understands the importance of small businesses to every town and city.

“We are strongly focused on creating an environment for business success and getting government ‘out of the way’, so operators can get on with running their enterprise.

“Substantial progress has already been made in getting the sector back on track by delivering on our commitments to reduce red tape, reform the skills and training system and lower payroll tax.

“This Strategy and Action Plan will build on these efforts and help us work towards our goal of four per cent unemployment by 2018.

“We are cutting red tape by 20 per cent across government agencies to simplify how business is done.

“The deletion of 20 green tape thresholds means that more than 9,000 small business operators are no longer required to hold a licence, saving an estimated $6.18 million in annual fees.”

Ms Stuckey said in its first year, the Newman Government had increased the payroll tax exemption threshold from $1 million to $1.1 million, with 90 per cent of Queensland employers now exempt from paying the tax.

As part of the Government’s skills and training system reforms, $86 million will be allocated to create 10,000 additional apprenticeship places over six years.

The Newman Government has also identified more than $1 million in funding for initiatives to directly assist small, micro and non-employing businesses. 

“This funding will strengthen our online business service delivery, improve awareness of the government’s business services, and help small business get its fair share of procurement opportunities,” Ms Stuckey said.

Ms Stuckey welcomed the input of the small business sector in shaping the Queensland Small Business Strategy and Action Plan 2013-2015, in particular Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ).

The small business sector represents more than 96 per cent of businesses state-wide, employing about half of all private sector workers.

Copies of the Queensland Small Business Strategy and Action Plan 2013-2015 are available online from the Queensland Business and Industry Portal at www.business.qld.gov.au


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