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About Council

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Mayor and Councillors

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Citizenship Ceremonies

Hinchinbrook Shire Council Citizenship Ceremonies

Community Events Calendar

A place where you can find and share events that are happening in the Hinchinbrook community.


Business Resources

For information and assistance with grant and funding opportunities available for businesses, please visit our Grant and Funding Opportunities page.

Starting a business

It can be an overwhelming task to start a business which is why the Queensland Government has created a one stop shop for all you need to know to start a business. Visit the Business Queensland website for more information.

Running a Business

Running a business takes a lot of time and energy. Often there are many questions about the ins and outs of operating a business and you may not know where to find the answers. The Queensland Government has a myriad of information on everything you need to know to run your business such as finances and cash flow, marketing and sales, employing people, customer service and consumer laws, workplace health and safety and many more. Visit the Business Queensland website for more information.

Resource for Tourism Businesses

The Queensland Government have created an excellent tool specific to tourism businesses called Grow Your Tourism Business: Tools, Resources and Funding. This booklet provides links on topics from starting a tourism business to improving customer service and experience and taking advantage of events. For more information, please click here.

Fair Trading

The Office of Fair Trading aims to deliver a fair and safe marketplace for Queensland consumers and businesses. For information including complaints and investigations, licensing and registration and how to avoid unfair business practices, visit the Office of Fair Trading website.

Department of Employment, Small Business and TrainingWorkshops, Events, Programs and Services

Workshops and events

Workshops and events are extremely beneficial for business owners as they aid in skill development. Such development can result in business growth and of course job creation.

Workshops and events are also a great place to network, creating partnerships and relationships with other businesses. There are a number of organisations who host business workshops and events such as:

Small Business Solutions

Small Business Solutions is the first government subsidised initiative of its kind, giving Queensland small business access to affordable, industry leading business mentoring, training and qualifications through skills recognition. For more information, visit the Small Business Solutions website.

New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS)

If you want to start and run a new small business, you may be eligible to participate in NEIS, delivered as part of jobactive. A total of 8,600 places in NEIS are available nationally each year, delivered by a network of NEIS providers. 

NEIS can help you become a self-employed business owner. NEIS providers offer support to turn a good idea into a viable business through:

  • accredited small business training
  • income support (the NEIS Allowance—up to 39 weeks) and rental assistance (up to 26 weeks) (if eligible)
  • business mentoring from a NEIS provider in your new business’ first year

The closest NEIS provider is My Pathway in Aitkenvale, Townsville who can be contacted on 4044 1060. For more information on this program, visit the Department of Employment website.

Townsville Business Development Centre

The Townsville Business Development Centre (TBDC) is a not-for-profit organisation that provides advice and assistance to small and medium-sized businesses in Townsville and throughout North Queensland. TBDC offer the following services:

  • Low cost advisory service for new or existing businesses
  • Business incubation
  • Workshops and seminars
  • Conference and training room facilities
  • Networking for home-based businesses
  • Ongoing coaching and mentoring support

For more information, visit the Townsville Business Development Centre website.

Mentoring for Growth

Mentoring for Growth (M4G) offers eligible businesses access to a panel of up to six volunteer business experts who during a meeting of around 90 minutes, offer insights, options and suggestions on business challenges relating to growth and innovation.

If you are selected for M4G, the Queensland Government will match panelist expertise and experience with business issues you have identified as causing you concern or difficulty.

Mentor panelists are drawn from a Queensland-wide pool of around 300 active and registered mentors. All mentors have expertise and experience in coaching and developing businesses.

Panels are held in all major centres in Queensland and by videoconference. Specialised panels can be convened to assist businesses with investment readiness, export readiness, and disaster recovery.

Businesses participating in M4G must:

  • have an ABN and be registered for GST
  • be experiencing strong growth or clearly defined growth opportunities
  • have Queensland headquarters or significant Queensland operations
  • be innovative, with competitive opportunities in local or international markets

For more information, visit the Business Queensland website

Entrepreneurs’ Programme

The Entrepreneurs’ Programme gives Australian business quality advice and support to innovate and grow. It provides you with the best advice and networks to help you solve problems, grow and succeed. The Program offers practical support for businesses, including:

  • Advice from people with relevant private sector experience
  • Support to bring research and innovation into your business
  • Connection and collaboration opportunities with other businesses
  • Assistance and co-funded grants to commercialise novel products, processes and services
  • Services provided through funded incubators to assist innovative, start-up companies to succeed in international markets

The Programme offers flexible and tailored support through four elements:

  1. Accelerating Commercialisation
  2. Business Management
  3. Incubator Support
  4. Innovation Connections

For more information, visit the Business Queensland website.

Find the business licences you need

The easiest way to obtain all Queensland, local and Australian government licensing information is to visit the Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS).

Simply enter your business type and location and then answer the questions to be provided with a tailored list of business licensing requirements based on your businesses activities. Upon completion of the ABLIS business licensing questionnaire you can either:

  1. Save your licensing results into your Australian Business Account (ABA). If you don't already have one, you will need to register for one.
  2. Download your licensing information as a PDF document
  3. Email a copy of the PDF directly to your preferred email account/s
Back to work

If you put on a new staff member, you may be eligible to access payments of up to $15,000 through the Queensland Government’s $100 million Back to Work regional employment package.

The package targets employers and jobseekers outside the southeast corner and includes payments of up to $10,000 for employers who hire an unemployed worker, rising up to $15,000 for long-term unemployment.

A Back to Work Employer Officer is also available to help you find the information and support you need to employ a jobseeker.

To find out more, visit desbt.qld.gov.au or call 13 74 68. Contact your Back to Work Employer Officer for North Queensland:

Department of Employment, Small Business and Training

Megan McBaron, Back to Work Officer - North Queensland Region

Mobile: 0472 837 211

Email: Megan.McBaron@desbt.qld.gov.au

Looking to hire? 

Are you a business person thinking of hiring a young person? The Australian Government has a number of incentives to help you as an employer and young job seekers. Youth Jobs PaTH helps employers find and recruit the right young person for their business. Through Youth Jobs PaTH, you can trial a young person in your workplace. And you could receive a wage subsidy of up to $10,000 if you hire them. For more information please click here to download the factsheet or visit https://jobactive.gov.au/.

The Australian Government has a number of different wage subsidies aimed at employing more of our eligible workforce. For more information please click here to read the wage subsidies summary.

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Community Events

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