No new virus cases as Qld boosts support for small businesses

Queensland has recorded zero new cases of coronavirus for the third day in a row.

The state’s total remains at 1058, with just six cases still active across the state.

In some more good news, 1045 people in Queensland have now fully recovered from the illness.


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Since the pandemic began, more than 192,000 people in Queensland have been tested, with more than 4000 of those swabbed in the past 24 hours.

It comes as the State Government today announced that Queensland has become the first state to set a target to do business with more local small and medium sized companies.

Minister for Employment and Small Business Shannon Fentiman said at a press conference on Saturday that there has never been a more important time to support small business.

“Queensland is home to more than 438,000 small businesses and we want to help them to grow and succeed,” Ms Fentiman said.

“That’s why we have introduced a target of 25 per cent of all government purchases to be from Queensland small and medium sized businesses from July 1.”

It’s understood the target will then be extended to 30 per cent by 30 June 2022.

“We’re the first state to set a target which is well above the Commonwealth target of 10 per cent,” Ms Fentiman said.

“This target is expected to provide around $4.1 billion from the Queensland government to small and medium businesses from next financial year.”

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland has welcomed the move, describing it as a “positive step”.

“CCIQ has been calling for a procurement policy, including setting a small business target and today’s announcement will give businesses some confidence in the government’s commitment of doing business with them,” CCIQ’s general manager of advocacy and policy Amanda Rohan said.

“Queensland is rich with diverse and capable small businesses. However, there are barriers when competing for government contracts.

“Today’s announcement is a positive first step in removing some of those barriers.”

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