Newman Government acts to help small business

6 Jun 2013 12:08 PMJann Stuckey

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

One million people have found better ways to do business in Queensland by logging on to the Newman Government’s whole-of-government Business and Industry Portal.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey said the number of people logging on to the one-stop-shop website had trebled over the previous 12-month period.

“Queensland businesses appreciate the way the Government is making it easier for them to operate, grow and create jobs,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The number of unique visitors to the portal reached one million this week, retaining a steady customer satisfaction rate of 83 per cent.  This indicates businesses are able to easily find what they are looking for.

“We are building on that with a total of $7 million in the 2013-14 Budget to deliver Business to Government services.

“We are going to prioritise the expansion of the Business and Industry Portal, which delivered $155 million in time and money savings to Queensland businesses last financial year according to a comprehensive phone survey of business customers.

“It was also pleasing that a recent Queensland Audit Office performance audit report on Online Service Delivery confirmed the Department has been ‘successfully managing the whole-of-government business and industry website’.”

The portal integrates with Local, State and Commonwealth Government services to deliver forms and other transactional services online, reducing the regulatory burden on businesses and making it easier for them to find information and obtain licences, registrations and permits.

Initiatives to directly assist small, micro and non-employing businesses include online webinars and the continued expansion of the portal to help small businesses gain a share of Government procurement opportunities.

Ms Stuckey said the Queensland Small Business Strategy and Action Plan 2013-2015, released last month would further build on the Government’s election blueprint.

“This is the first time a Queensland Government has delivered a Strategy and Action Plan specifically for small business that genuinely prioritises government investment, policy development and service delivery,” she said.

“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 and reform the skills and training system.”

Ms Stuckey welcomed the input of the small business sector in shaping the action plan, in particular the strong partnership with Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ).

The Government will extend the successful Mentoring for Growth program to help small businesses overcome challenges and capitalise on opportunities to be more productive and create jobs for Queenslanders.

Treasurer Tim Nicholls said the Newman Government was unashamedly pro-growth and small business was vital to the State’s continued economic progress.

“We recognise the value of small business and remain committed to maintaining Queensland’s tax-competitive status,” Mr Nicholls said.

“In Queensland we have the highest payroll tax threshold of any mainland Australian state and the lowest rate of tax across the country.”

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

[ENDS] 4 June 2013