Date posted: 20/03/2018

Queensland regional update March 2018

All the local news from the Queensland office.

In Brief

  • Update from Queensland Regional Chair
  • Upcoming events in the Queensland region

Regional Update

It is a privilege to be your Queensland Regional Chair for 2018 and I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the significant contribution of outgoing Chair Troy Popham … particularly in terms of his tireless advocacy on matters most important to members throughout regional Queensland. Thank you Troy.

The year is off to a flying start with a range of activities around the State including events in Cairns and Rockhampton, and our annual meeting for Queensland Group Chairs at which we discussed a range of member issues, as well as reflecting on the future outlook for the Queensland economy, and the particular challenges faced by the businesses our members serve throughout the diverse communities in our state.

Another key event has been last week’s CA Certificate presentation ceremony in Brisbane at which we welcomed into membership approximately ninety of our latest CA’s, and also recognised a large number of merit award recipients and Certificate of Public Practice holders. Ten Queensland members were also inducted as new Fellows in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the Profession. It was a truly inspiring evening.

The year ahead is a highly significant one for CAANZ as the organisation executes on the key strategic initiatives endorsed by the Board, and highlighted in Rick Ellis’s recent communication to members. At the regional chairs meeting held in Sydney in late February, I was impressed by the commitment of the Board and executive to involve and inform members as the roll-out of the strategy continues. The Queensland Regional Council has an important role to play in this communication chain for you, the Queensland members. We are planning to put in place a number of update sessions for Queensland regional group and interest group chairs as part of our commitment to fulfil this role.

One of the key areas of focus is the future of the CA Program both in terms of more flexible entry pathways, and content and delivery. Additional consultation with member representatives is planned over the next few months and I believe this is an important area for the voice of Queensland members to be heard, particularly given some of our unique challenges in terms of geography and distance. If this is an area in which you would like to contribute your ideas, please do not hesitate to reach out via either your regional groups or through Penny and the team in the Brisbane office.

I look forward to meeting many members throughout the state, and bringing you further updates during the year.

Richard Wanstall FCA
2018 Queensland Regional Chair

Richard at the Brisbane Certificate Presentation Ceremony March 2018

Richard at the Brisbane Certificate Presentation Ceremony March 2018

Upcoming in 2018

Key Events for April 2018

Tue 10

Sharing Knowledge Breakfast

Tues 10

Financial Advice Workshop with Bronny Speed CA

Tue 10

Southside Breakfast Seminar

Wed 11

Business Valuations Breakfast

Tue 17

Northside Discussion Group

Wed 18

Gold Coast Members Group

Wed 18

Sunshine Coast Members Group

Wed 18 & Thu 19

Public Practice Program

Thu 19

Members in Business

Thu 19

YCA - Networking Event (Brisbane)

Want to know more?

Don't hesitate to contact the Brisbane office for more information on any of these events.

Email here

Opportunities and Updates

Regional Growth Fund - Applications Open

Initial Applications are open until 5pm AEST on 27 April 2018. The Hon Dr John McVeigh MP, Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government, has announced the opening for Initial Applications to the $272.2 million Australian Government Regional Growth Fund.

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Advancing Small Business Queensland

The Small Business Digital Grants provide up to $10,000 in matched funding to eligible businesses to enhance digital capabilities such as website optimisation, receiving online payments or creating a social media plan. The minimum grant funding amount is $1,000. The Queensland Government has allocated $6 million over three years to the Small Business Digital Grants program as one of the key drivers of the Advancing Small Business Queensland Strategy 2016-20 which will strengthen small business and help them meet the challenges of a changing economy.

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ATO Disaster Assist

The ATO has updated their Disaster Assist website to respond to recent flooding in the North of the State.

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