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Commercial Arbitration Bill 2012
Arbitration is a formal dispute resolution process in which two or more parties refer their dispute to an independent third person (the arbitrator) for determination. The result of the arbitration, known as the award, is enforceable in the same manner as a court judgment. The Commercial Arbitration Act 1990 currently governs domestic commercial arbitrations in Queensland. The Act, which is one o

Qld Small Business Strategy and Action Plan 2013-15
In its first year in office, the Government has made substantial progress in getting small businesses back on track, by delivering on commitments under the ‘Blueprint for Queensland Small Business’ to lower payroll tax, reduce red tape and reform the skills and training system. The Queensland Small Business Strategy and Action Plan 2013-2015 has been developed to build on the government’s ‘Bluep

Transitioning the Government’s contract payment terms
The Government is committed to transitioning government contract payment terms to ensure all bills from suppliers to Government involving contracts up to $1 million are paid within 30 days from 1 July 2013 and to introduce a daily rate of interest payable to suppliers on any monies owed. This commitment was stated in the Queensland Small Business Strategy and Action Plan 2013-15 published in May 2

Appointments to Business Development Fund Investment Panel
The Business Development Fund (BDF) is the Queensland Government’s $40 million early stage and follow-on venture capital fund investing in growing innovative Queensland businesses. It is a key element of the Business Investment Attraction package, which is part of the Advance Queensland program. Advance Queensland will facilitate growth of Queensland’s knowledge-based economy, creating jobs and i

Proclamation under the Corporations (Commonwealth Powers) Act 2001
Under the Corporations (Commonwealth Powers) Act 2001 (the Act), the Parliament of Queensland referred to the Commonwealth Parliament the powers: to enact the Corporations Act 2001 and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 as Commonwealth legislation extending to each State; and to make laws about forming corporations, corporate regulation and financial products and service

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Business and Innovation Reference Group
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Business and Innovation Reference Group will provide strategic advice to the Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and the Minister for Small Business on business and innovation matters that impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. In particular, the Reference Group will: provide policy and strategic advice on innovat

Review of Queensland Trading (Allowable Hours) Act 1990
Queensland’s shop trading hours are regulated by the Trading (Allowable Hours) Act 1990 (the Act) and through various Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) trading hours Orders. On 31 August 2016, the Government approved the establishment of an independent reference group, chaired by Mr John Mickel and comprising of the National Retail Association, the Master Grocers Association, the

Trading (Allowable Hours) Amendment Bill 2017
In response to concerns raised by business and community that Queensland’s trading hours arrangements are difficult to navigate and may act as a disincentive to business expansion, employment and economic growth, on 31 August 2016, the Government appointed Mr John Mickel as the Chair of an independent reference group to conduct a review and report back to Government. The reference group, comprised

Government Response to Finance and Admin Committee Report No 37 - Trading Allowable Hours Act Amendment Bill 2017
The Finance and Administration Committee examined the Trading (Allowable Hours) Amendment Bill 2017 and tabled its report on 28 April 2017. The Committee recommended three amendments: that the Trading (Allowable Hours) Amendment Bill 2017 be amended to include the Cairns CBD in the defined tourist area. that the Bill be amended, as per the Queensland Treasury’s advice, to refer to an appropriate a

Non-Exempt (Large) Shop Trading Hours on Easter Saturday
Amendments to the Trading (Allowable Hours) Act 1990 allow non-exempt shops in areas without seven-day trade to open on Easter Saturday, with the normal Saturday trading times of 8am to 6pm to apply. Such an amendment would reinstate provisions that formally applied. Cabinet noted the amendments to the Trading (Allowable Hours) Act 1990 would allow non-exempt shops in areas without seven-day tradi

Queensland Small Business Procurement Commitment
The Queensland Government has made it a priority to put Queenslanders’ jobs and businesses first. The Government is achieving this by committing to supporting small businesses to access procurement opportunities and making participation in Government procurement easier. To support the objectives of the Advancing Small Business Queensland Strategy 201620, Queensland Procurement Strategy and Queens

Christmas Eve Part Day Public Holiday Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement
Observing Christmas Eve as a part-day public holiday would activate public holiday provisions under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cwth), the Industrial Relations Act 2016 and industrial instruments. This would entitle employees who work between 6pm and 12 midnight on Christmas Eve to receive public holiday penalty rates. A part-day public holiday on Christmas Eve would provide respite for workers follo

Small Business Procurement Commitment and On time Payment Policy
The Queensland Government has made it a priority to put Queenslanders’ jobs and businesses first. Government is achieving this by committing to: supporting small businesses to access procurement opportunities; making participation in Government procurement easier; and paying small business suppliers faster. To support the objectives of the Advancing Small Business Queensland Strategy 201620, Qu

Queensland Social Enterprise Strategy
Social enterprises are businesses that exist to benefit the public and community rather than just shareholders and owners. They fulfil a range of objectives and serve a wide variety of beneficiaries. They develop new solutions to social, cultural, economic or environmental problems. The social enterprise sector in Queensland is small but gaining momentum and there is an opportunity for government

2018 Better Regulation Taskforce Report-Queensland Government Response and Action Plan
The Better Regulation Taskforce (BRT) was established as a sub-committee of the Queensland Small Business Advisory Council to provide advice and an annual report to the Queensland Government on improving regulation on regulatory areas of concern to small business. The 2018 report, the BRT’s second report, reviews the environment for regulation in a digitally disrupted economy, with new business m

Queensland Small Business Strategy Discussion Paper
Small businesses operate across a diverse range of Queensland industries, including construction, agriculture and tourism. They are fundamental to supporting the economic prosperity of Queensland’s regions; providing access to goods and services, local employment opportunities and strengthening the social fabric of local communities. In 2016, the Advancing Small Business Queensland Strategy 2016-2

Holidays and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019
In August 2019, the Queensland Government announced a proposal to declare Christmas Eve (24 December) as a part-day public holiday from 6pm to 12 midnight commencing in 2019; and the public release of a Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) seeking stakeholder comment on the proposal. A total of 1779 submissions were received in response to the Consultation RIS, of which 1271 submissions

Government Response to Better Regulation Taskforce Report
In 2015, the Government established the Red Tape Reduction Advisory Council (RTRAC) to provide an annual report on regulatory areas of concern to small business. The 2016 RTRAC report made a range of recommendations including the development of an enhanced regulatory framework with a greater focus on risk based regulation and a requirement for regulators to report annually against relevant perform

Co-operatives National Law Bill 2020
The Co-operatives National Law Bill 2020 (Bill) repeals the Cooperatives Act 1997 (Qld) and applies the Co-operatives National Law (CNL) as the law of Queensland, with certain modifications set out in the Bill. The Bill also applies the Co-operatives National Regulations (CNR) as the law of Queensland, and provides for the making of local regulations, which will allow for Queensland-specific juris

Consultation RIS for licensing pharmacy business ownership
The Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee (Committee) tabled Report No. 12, 56th Parliament – Inquiry into the establishment of a pharmacy council and transfer of pharmacy ownership in Queensland (Committee Report) in October 2018. One key recommendation was that the Pharmacy Business Ownership Act 2001 (Act) be amended to enable Queensland

Extension of COVID-19 related commercial leasing measures
On 7 April 2020, the National Cabinet agreed to a Mandatory Code of Conduct – SME Commercial Leasing Principles During COVID-19 (National Code) which provides for good faith leasing principles for negotiations between landlords and tenants to support small and medium enterprises (SMEs) which are impacted by social distancing measures and business closures in response to the COVID-19 public health

Appointment of Queensland Small Business Commissioner
The complexity of the operating environment for small businesses increased considerably following the impact of measures introduced to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). On 22 April 2020, the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act 2020 (the Act) was passed by the Legislative Assembly. The Act received assent on 23 April 2020. The Act includes provisions to establish a temporary Q