Business Links and Resources
- Advance Queensland (Queensland Government)
Advance Queensland is a comprehensive suite of programs, based on international evidence of ‘what works’, designed to create the knowledge-based jobs of the future.
- Advisor Finder (business.gov.au)
Advisor Finder finds government-funded business advisory services located in your area.
- Australian Business Account (ABA)
ABA is an online service designed to help you set up, expand and manage your business. When you use the ABA, you will be able to: create a free business account, and use this account to deal with all levels of government, in all states and territories.
- Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS)
Helps business operators and people considering starting a business. ABLIS can identify relevant state, territory, local and Australian government licences, permits, approvals, regulations and codes of practice, allowing you to obtain detailed information and manage compliance obligations.
- Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC)
ASIC is Australia’s corporate, markets and financial services regulator. ASIC provides information and guides to help to start and manage your business or company; applying for and maintaining your licence or professional registration; and general information and advice to help educate, inform and protect the rights of consumers.
- Business Consultation (business.gov.au)
The Business Consultation website connects businesses, individuals, industry associations and not for profits with Australian Government departments and agencies. It provides opportunities for them to work together to develop and improve Australian Government policies and regulations.
business.gov.au is an online government resource for the Australian business community. business.gov.au offers you simple and convenient access to all of the government information, forms and services you need. It’s a whole-of-government service providing essential information on planning, starting and growing your business.
- Invest Sunshine Coast (Sunshine Coast Council)
The Sunshine Coast is building a new economy based on a clear 20-year economic plan, which presents investors with multiple opportunities and opens new avenues for business growth, development and expansion. Whether you are starting out or looking to grow your business, Business Ezy will help you find support, offer you the latest on council regulations and provide an access point for other services you might need now or in the future. Local Business Support provides a list of products and services from council to better inform and support local business.
- Noosa Council Business Assistance Guide
To make it easier for local business to access relevant information, Noosa Council has developed a Business Assistance Guide. The guide focuses on those industry sectors and available services that can assist local businesses to prosperity and growth.
- Queensland Government Business and Industry Portal
The Business and Industry Portal provides business information and services. The portal features a range of useful interactive tools, information and support to make doing business with government faster and easier, saving you time and money.
- Australian Government Department of Communications and the Arts
The Australian Government’s pre-eminent advisor on communications. The Department of Communications develops policy, advice and initiatives that help all Australians realise the full potential of digital technologies and communication services.
- Australian Smart Communities Association (ASCA)
ASCA (formerly Broadband Today Alliance) started as a collaborative coalition of local government, RDA and Regional Organisations of Councils built on the premise of sharing information and advocating for the resources to assist the localised transition to a digital economy.
- Digital Careers
Digital Careers contributes to increasing the number and quality of ICT graduates in Australia while building a robust and sustainable ICT capability for the future digital economy.
- Digital Work Hub Project (DWH)
In December 2013, the Digital Work Hub Project published its final research report which examined the demand and supply opportunities of such centres in South East Queensland.
- Digital Sunshine Coast (DSC)
A project hosted by Regional Development Australia Sunshine Coast and Sunshine Coast Council, in partnership with a large network of organisations and individuals. DSC aims to connect people on the Sunshine Coast on the topic of digital innovation. DSC wants to connect those who are already doing great things digitally, connect those who want to do great things and also connect those who are curious.
Through GoDigitalQld, the Queensland Government is encouraging the use of digital technologies by government agencies, business and individuals, to create business opportunities, promote economic growth and improve the lives and lifestyles of Queenslanders.
- I Choose Technology (ICT)
ICT is a marketing initiative between the ICT industry, government and the education and training sectors.
- National Broadband Network (NBN)
The nbn™ network is Australia’s new landline phone and internet network. It’s designed to provide you with access to all the benefits of fast and reliable internet services, wherever you live.
- National Digital Economy Strategy (Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy)
Australia’s Tech Future details how Australia can maximise the opportunities of technological change by focusing on 4 key areas:
developing Australia’s digital skills and leaving no one behind
how government can better deliver digital services
building infrastructure and providing secure access to high-quality data
maintaining our cyber security and reviewing our regulatory systems
The strategy sets clear outcomes, identifies opportunities and areas that need further focus, and outlines government actions.
By working together we can ensure Australians can share the opportunities of a growing, globally competitive modern economy, enabled by technology.
- Your Business in the Digital Economy (Queensland Government)
The digital economy is a global network of different commercial and social activities, which are enabled by technology such as the internet and mobile devices. An overview of the digital economy discussing how the National Broadband Network (NBN) will help grow the digital economy.
- Digital Business (Australian Government)
The Digital Business website provides information that may assist you, with simple and practical tips on what your business or community organisation could be doing online and how you can do it.
A centralised publication of Australian Government business opportunities, annual procurement plans, multi-use lists and contracts awarded.
- Australian Tenders
Find new tenders and save time and resources in the process. Search tenders by keyword, location, and category.
- Government Contracts & Tenders
Provides information for business about government contract and tender opportunities.
- ICN Gateway
ICN helps bring Australian suppliers and project owners together by giving exclusive access to our powerful online database and our extensive network of Business Growth consultants.
- LG Tender Box
The online tendering portal of choice for many Queensland local governments, statutory bodies and other public sector entities. LG tender box streamlines the Queensland public sector procurement process by providing an easy to use electronic system for organisations wishing to respond to public sector tenders.
- Noosa Council VendorPanel Marketplace
VendorPanel Marketplace is an online quoting and purchasing tool that Council purchasing staff use to request and obtain quotes from businesses/suppliers online.
- Noosa Council tenders
Noosa Council tenders will be publicised on the Council website and tender documents will be available for download from LG tender box website.
Upcoming, current or closed tendering opportunities with the Queensland Government. Register to receive email updates about new tender opportunities.
- Queensland Government Tendering Opportunities and Support Resources
Search current Queensland Government tendering opportunities, and tendering support resources for businesses.
- Sunshine Coast Business Gateway
Connects local businesses to projects and procurement opportunities on the Sunshine Coast.
- Sunshine Coast Council tenders
Sunshine Coast Council tenders must be accessed and lodged electronically via the Queensland Government QTenders website.
- Business Mentoring Noosa (BMN)
BMN is a voluntary organisation that helps small businesses address new opportunities, help resolve business issues or address skills issues through the one to one mentoring of business owners.
- Sunshine Coast Chamber Alliance
The Sunshine Coast Chamber Alliance is committed to providing a platform of unity, a central focus and united voice for regional benefit, in alignment with the needs and goals of Chambers of Commerce, Industry bodies and community organisations. We work together to make the Sunshine Coast a better place to do business and look to support you in reaching your business success goals.
Sunshine Coast Business Mentoring
The Business Mentoring Program is a not-for-profit program
to benefit small and medium-sized businesses on the Sunshine Coast to fulfil their true potential.
- Sunshine Coast Business Council (SCBC)
SCBC is the leading advocacy group representing business on the Sunshine Coast.
- Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Network
Through a number of programs and initiatives the Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Network contribute to the personal and professional development of women on the Sunshine Coast.
- Sunshine Coast Economic Futures Board
Provides expert advice to guide the implementation of the Regional Economic Development Strategy 2013-2033 and to help ensure the region achieves the strong economic goals that have been set in the strategy.
- Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland (CCIQ)
CCIQ is a not-for-profit organisation run by business owners, for business owners. They help members with business tools, events and advice which make a difference to their life and their bottom line.
- Industry Capability Network (ICN)
ICN aims to contribute to business and employment growth and foster innovation by identifying procurement opportunities for local industry.
- Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ)
The peak body for local government in Queensland. LGAQ is a not-for-profit association setup solely to serve the state’s councils and their individual needs.
- Queensland Government
Resources for Queenslanders, and Business and industry.
- Queensland Government Department of State Development
The Department of State Development exists to deliver Queensland’s economic prosperity by championing the interests of business and industry.
- Queensland Office of Fair Trading
The Office of Fair Trading aims to deliver a fair and safe marketplace for Queensland consumers and businesses.
- Australian Local Government Association (ALGA)
ALGA is the national voice of local government, representing 560 councils across the country.
- Committee for Economic Development Australia (CEDA)
CEDA provides thought leadership and policy perspectives on the economic and social issues affecting Australia.
- Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development (DIRD)
DIRD provides economic analysis, research and statistics on infrastructure, transport and regional development issues to inform both Australian Government policy development and wider community understanding.
- Economic Development Australia (EDA)
EDA is the national professional body for economic development practitioners.
- Event Finder (business.gov.au)
Find government-funded events, seminars, training courses and workshops for business held around Australia, using our Event Finder.
- Regional Australia Institute (RAI)
RAI’s mission is to help regions understand and capitalise on their potential, and to share with Australia the fact that our regions are vibrant, adaptable and integral to our future.
- Regional Development Australia (RDA)
RDA is an Australian Government initiative that brings together all levels of government to enhance the development of Australia’s regions.
- Noosa Shire Local Economic Plan
Aims to broaden the economic structure of the local economy by achieving growth in ‘smart’ industry sectors that offer high economic value and low environmental impact.
- Sunshine Coast Business Confidence Survey
In partnership with major business, industry and government groups –provides accurate and important information about trading conditions on the Sunshine Coast.
- Regional Economic Development Strategy 2013 – 2033 (Sunshine Coast Council)
This strategy provides a 20-year vision and blueprint for sustainable economic growth. It will help to ensure the region actively participates in the global economy and deliver the lifestyle and opportunities for local residents and businesses alike.
- Sunshine Coast Business Council (SCBC) – research
Sunshine Coast Business Council conducts and supports fact-based research to support its leadership and discussion on critical regional economic issues. SCBC works with business leaders, academic institutions and governments to promote and contribute to regional discussion.
- State of the Regions Report (SOR)
Prepared by National Economics and published annually by the Australian Local Government Association. It is officially launched at the Regional Cooperation and Development Forum, held each June in Canberra.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)
The ABS is Australia’s national statistical agency, providing trusted official statistics on a wide range of economic, social, population and environmental matters of importance to Australia.
- Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE)
BITRE provides economic analysis, research and statistics on infrastructure, transport and regional development issues to inform both Australian Government policy development and wider community understanding.
- [In]sight Australia’s Regional Competitiveness Index (Regional Australia Institute (RAI) [In]sight Regional Competitiveness index snapshots the competitiveness of Australia’s Local Government Areas (LGAs) and Regional Development Australia (RDA) regions by highlighting data and rankings for 10 themes and 68 indicators. This information captures the competitive position of each region and reveals what elements can be improved so that each region can reach its full potential.
- National Economic Indicators for Local Government Areas (economy.id)
The National Economic Indicators Series is a set of key economic measures for every Local Government Area (LGA) in Australia. The series is drawn from National Economics (NIEIR) modelling and other relevant data sources and is updated annually.
- Queensland Globe
Queensland Globe is a free plug-in developed by the Queensland Government. It allows you to view a wide range of spatial data through Google Earth, including: addresses, localities and boundaries, road and rail networks, land parcels and tenure, areas affected by flood, and topographical maps.
- Queensland Government Data
Browse, learn about and download thousands of datasets.
- Queensland Government Statistician’s Office (QGSO)
QGSO provides a wide range of demographic, economic and social data relating to the State of Queensland, as well as information about using statistics and the services they provide. The Queensland Regional Profiles are informative statistical reports on a range of Queensland community types (e.g. local government areas). These reports are generated automatically using the latest demographic, social and economic data available.
- Real Estate Institute Queensland (REIQ)
REIQ provides residential sales statistics based upon official sales records as held by the Department of Natural Resources and Mines in their Queensland Valuation and Sales (QVAS) database as well as recent agents sales advice.
- Small Area Labour Markets publication (Department of Employment)
Small Area Labour Markets publication presents regional estimates of unemployment and the unemployment rate at two small area levels: for approximately 2,100 Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) Statistical Area Level 2s (SA2s), on a State/Territory and Metropolitan/Non-metropolitan basis. For the States, estimates for the Capital City and the Balance of each State are also provided; and for each of Australia’s 550 Local Government Areas (LGAs).
- Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA)
SEIFA is a product developed by the ABS that ranks areas in Australia according to relative socio-economic advantage and disadvantage. The indexes are based on information from the five-yearly Census.
- Sunshine Coast Community Profile (economy.id)
Sunshine Coast Community Profile provides demographic analysis based on results from the Census. Results include population, age structure, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, income, qualifications, occupations, employment, unemployment, disability, disadvantage, volunteering, childcare, family structure, household structure, housing tenure, mortgage and rental payments, and the size and type of the dwellings people live in.
- Sunshine Coast’s Economic Profile (economy.id)
Sunshine Coast’s economic profile presents economic information that enables you to describe the area’s role within the broader economy, explore options for economic development and promote the area’s strengths. The information presented here is derived from official sources of information (Australian Bureau of Statistics) as well as Australia’s leading economic modellers, NIEIR.
- Sunshine Coast Social Atlas (atlas.id)
Sunshine Coast Social Atlas presents Census data in its most compelling form – as a series of thematic maps that show how particular population groups are distributed across Sunshine Coast. There are over 90 individual maps, each representing a community of interest, such as young children, or the elderly. The maps are shaded to show where there are concentrations of these communities of interest, which enables planners to accurately assess the demand for the provision of services and facilities to target populations.
- Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ)
TEQ is a statutory body of the Queensland Government and its lead marketing, destination and experience development and major events agency. The website features a wealth of tourism and events news, research and information, making it a central point for the industry, media, governments, special interest groups and anyone interested in the business of tourism and events.
- Visit Noosa (Tourism Noosa)
Tourism Noosa is the official tourism organisation for the Noosa Council region on the Sunshine Coast including Noosa Heads and Noosaville south to Sunshine and Peregian Beach, and from Tewantin to the Noosa hinterland towns of Boreen Point, Cooroy, Pomona, Cooran and Kin Kin.
- Visit Sunshine Coast
Visit Sunshine Coast provides comprehensive information to members, travel trade, industry representatives and the general public. Featuring the latest accommodation, deals, events, and information for planning your next trip to the Sunshine Coast.
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