Saturday, September 18, 2021

Business Launchpad lifts off in Cairns

The Queensland Government has launched a new online tool that makes understanding regulatory requirements of starting a residential construction or hospitality business easier to understand.

Minister for Employment and Small Business, Di Farmer said the government was delivering on the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan’s commitment to back small business.

“During my Small Business Roadshow earlier this year I spoke to thousands of businesses right across Queensland,” Minister Farmer said.

“One of the things raised with me was that making sure you’re ticking all the different regulatory boxes when starting a new business can be confusing and time consuming.

“That’s why we created the Business Launchpad: a one stop shop online tool for those wanting to start a residential construction or hospitality business to find what they need to do, instead of having to search multiple websites from a range of government agencies.”

Cairns Mayor, Bob Manning said the expansion of the Business Launchpad to include Cairns was good news for new businesses in the area.

“There’s a lot to learn when you start a new business. We’re pleased that people wanting to start a small business in Cairns will now have a tool to make that process easier,” said Mayor Manning.

“As a Small Business Friendly Council, this has been a great opportunity to build on the work that we are already doing to encourage and support small businesses in Cairns.”

Member for Cairns, Michael Healy said it was a great example of different levels of government working together to support small business.

“The Business Launchpad provides all the information people need to know about federal, state and local government regulatory requirements for Cairns to start a residential construction or food and beverage hospitality business,” Mr Healy said.

“The tool also prefills standard details, which means people don’t have to repeatedly enter the same information each time they start a different application. This saves on time and frustration!”

More than 1,700 people have accessed the existing Business Launchpads in Townsville and Logan, and launchpads were recently launched in Toowooba and on the Sunshine Coast.

The Business Launchpad project is funded through the Australian Government’s Small Business Regulatory Reform Agenda and is available from launchpad.business.qld.gov.au

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