Queensland government


Brisbane hotel shortage opens door for start-ups

3:23AM | Tuesday, 12 March

Start-up opportunities in the hotel market appear to be blossoming in Brisbane, with a new report showing that the Queensland capital loses around 87,000 visitors and $136 million in expenditure a year due to a chronic lack of hotel rooms in the city.

THE NEWS WRAP: Rio Tinto dumps CEO amid $US14 billion of writedowns

3:10AM | Friday, 15 March

Mining giant Rio Tinto has named Sam Walsh as its new chief executive following the shock resignation of former CEO Tom Albanese, after $US14 billion of writedowns at the company.

Public service lay-offs fuel surge in franchise enquiries: Report

3:58AM | Tuesday, 12 March

Retrenched Queensland public servants have contributed to a renewed interest in franchising, according to Retail Food Group, which saw a 64% spike in inquiries between June and August.

UniQuest clean tech start-up Brisbane Materials snags $5 million

9:53AM | Tuesday, 25 September

Clean tech start-up Brisbane Materials, which has emerged from research commercialisation firm UniQuest, has closed a $5 million Series A funding round as it seeks to scale up its R&D, manufacturing and marketing both domestically and overseas.

THE NEWS WRAP: Clive Palmer to “protect democracy” from Queensland Government’s economic policies

9:19PM | Thursday, 13 September

Mining magnate Clive Palmer has hit out at the Queensland Government’s economic policies, calling himself “the last sentry at the gate to protect democracy” in the face of public service cuts and rising mining royalties.

10 top government grants for start-ups

3:14AM | Friday, 15 March

Government grants are notoriously hard to snare for start-up businesses and can involve completing a mountain of time-sapping paperwork in the application process.

Entrepreneur concern over NSW Government cutbacks prompts workshop series

8:46PM | Sunday, 19 August

Two entrepreneurs have launched a series of Sydney small business workshops amid concerns over cut-backs in SME event programs by both the NSW and Queensland state governments.

Qld business commissioner sacking slammed as “backward step”

7:37AM | Tuesday, 17 July

The Queensland Government’s decision to scrap its business commissioner role is a “backward step”, according to small business lobbyist Peter Strong, who says the role was poorly structured.

UniQuest start-up TenasiTech scores $1.4 million for its polymer technology

6:33AM | Thursday, 21 June

Materials science start-up TenasiTech will ramp up development of its polymer technology after securing $1.4 million in grants and equity capital from the Queensland Government and Uniseed.

THE NEWS WRAP: Murdoch to “hit back” over sabotage allegations

3:19PM | Thursday, 29 March

News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch has indicated he is preparing to “hit back” at what he describes as the “lies” directed towards his business.

Why redundancy can be the ideal start-up springboard

5:12AM | Wednesday, 2 May

In 2011, Sally Porteous put her hand up for a Voluntary Separation Program (VSP) redundancy from her role as a senior sponsorship and events officer with the Queensland Government.

River City Labs launches with pledge to create Brisbane start-up “ecosystem”

3:18AM | Friday, 15 March

Queensland tech entrepreneur Stephen Baxter is preparing to launch his latest project, a co-working space known as River City Labs, as he attempts to fill a gap for Brisbane tech start-ups.

Thirty-one Queensland innovators win $50k each

12:01AM | Thursday, 1 December

An artificial heart and a modular bathroom for the mining industry are among the 31 innovations to win up to $50,000 funding as part of a program titled What’s your big idea Queensland?

SME unease with Federal Government hits three-year high

11:41AM | Tuesday, 22 November

Small business owners’ ire with the Federal Government has soared to a three-year high, according to a MYOB report, with more than half of Australian SMEs now dissatisfied.

Queensland start-ups asked for their Big Ideas

8:42AM | Tuesday, 9 August

Queensland start-ups have been urged to take part in the second round of a state government funding scheme that provides up to $50,000 to implement their ideas.

THE NEWS WRAP: Queensland Government could face claims from flood-ravaged businesses

8:02AM | Tuesday, 2 August

The US could still lose its AAA credit rating, even if, as expected, Congress passes a deal struck between party leaders to avoid a debt default.

Qld employers seek wage rise deferral

3:13AM | Tuesday, 22 March

Flood and cyclone-stricken Queensland employers are pushing for a 12-month deferral of any minimum wage rise approved by Fair Work Australia.

Getting commercial with ideas

4:01AM | Friday, 27 April

Dr Rowan Gilmore is the CEO of the Australian Institute for Commercialisation, which works with entrepreneurs to develop intellectual property into thriving businesses.