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Celebrating Multicultural Queensland Grants Program

The Celebrating Multicultural Queensland Grants Program funds initiatives that celebrate and promote Queensland’s multicultural identity, increase community awareness of benefits of multiculturalism, foster community cohesion, and support equal access to opportunities by people from diverse cultural backgrounds.

The grants program has an annual budget of $1 million. Funding is allocated to diverse multicultural events and projects across Queensland through 2 separate grants rounds annually:

The 2017-18 funding round for multicultural projects to be delivered from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019, is now open.

Under this funding round, total funding of $300,000 is available for projects with the maximum grant amount of up to $25,000 available.

Multicultural projects, in alignment with the principles of the Multicultural Queensland Charter, will build community relationships to:

  • Celebrate Welcome—engage general community groups (including community associations, service clubs, and sporting groups) in connecting and welcoming migrants and refugees into a wide range of community activities and/or
  • Building Opportunity—promote opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds to participate and contribute to community projects; support communities to become more cohesive and resilient, and build their capacity to respond to local needs and/or
  • Celebrate Diversity—bring people together to celebrate our diversity and build a sense of welcome and belonging for all members of the community. 

Applications are encouraged from not-for-profit, incorporated organisations who have a registered Australian Business Number (ABN) which is not for a commercial entity or individual.

Applications are encouraged from community groups and organisations, community associations including service clubs and sporting groups, and local councils who partner with community groups.

Unincorporated organisations can seek agreement from a not-for-profit incorporated organisation to act as an auspice for the project.

Liberian Election (and what comes next)

The Liberian elections have been one of the hotly contested elections this year ending in a runoff between  Senator George Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and Vice President Joseph Boakai, of the ruling Unity Party, (UP).  Winning an election is not always a rosy affair as seen by the recent happenings in Liberia. In the previous poll, George Weah led by a small margin but unfortunately failed to hit the 50% of votes cast mark. This scenario automatically triggered off a runoff. The runoff was almost a foregone certainty as it is difficult to win 50% of the first ballots cast when there are over twenty candidates in the first round of elections. 

There has been no peaceful transfer of power from a sign president to the next in Liberian since 1944. However, 2017 will most likely see this happen as the outgoing president, Sirleaf will peacefully hand over power to either Boakai or Weah.  

We contest that this will be Weah. 

Weah enjoys broad support among people from divergent social, political and ethnic groups in Liberia. Winning an election requires a contestant to consolidate his or her support from all sections of the society. In Liberia, the support of the youth is most important. George Weah attributes a large number of his supporters from youth to the endorsement and support he received from Doe at the star of his football career. Weah is no doubt considered a football legend and god in Liberia. This fact and the huge number of youths in the country will most likely propel him towards the election win. He will, however, need a cross-party support and validation in order to fulfil the coveted 50% plus one vote requirement. 

This is shown not only by the massive number of new votes the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) has won in the first round of the election but the number of new counties that the CDC was unable to penetrate in 2011 or 2014 which it has won (and in some cases convincingly) but also since the runoff, the number of losing parties that have endorsed the CDC for the December 26 runoff election.

A review of the current happenings in Liberian indicates that CDC has all of these winning qualities. For instance, CDC enjoys support from the largest county, Montserrado. George Weah himself is a senior Senator from the largest county.  Secondly, CDC has a large youth support and is very active in youth mobilization. Between the ballot rounds, Weah has secured the endorsements of many youth wings of different political parties that did not make it to the second round. This kind of political mobilization if intensified will most likely see George Weah win the election.

A review of the Liberian election landscape reveals that a total of 15 counties are present.  The largest of these counties in terms of population is Montserrado. A party with the largest number of voters from the largest county as well as support from a significant number of the smaller ones is most likely to win the elections. Additionally, the country has 60% of its registered voters as youths.  This shows that the party that is more oriented and that will manage to mobilize the youth vote will most likely carry the day. Cross-party support will also be important since a runoff is a unique voting experience requiring vote consolidation from across the board. 

The fact that Liberians are yearning for change from the status quo implies that a majority will not vote in the current Vice President who is viewed by many as a poster child of Liberian’s arrogant elitism. Instead, they would vote in George Weah, an anti-elitist campaigner hoping to devolve power back to the people.  Perhaps one of the recent legal boost to Weah’s camp was the dismissal of Charles Brumskine’s appeal against Weah’s first-round win. The political implication of the dismissal is great since it confirms to the entire world that the appeal, which was supported by the ruling party, was defective and hence politically vindicated Weah and CDC from any wrongdoing,  

One of the most important implications of George Weah’s win is that incumbency can indeed be lodged in present-day Africa. It’s quite surprising that a candidate who lacks proper formal education like Weah enjoys a huge national following and thwarts the popularity of highly educated contenders.  This would mean that the level of democratization in Liberia has grown and liberalism is highly practiced in the nation. Perhaps the negative political implications of George Weah’s win would be the return to the national politics of Charles Taylor’s family through his wife, Jewel Taylor.  Jewel Taylor’s party National Patriotic Party (NPP) formed a coalition agreement with the George Weah’s CDC to the dismay of the international community.

George Weah will no doubt win the upcoming runoff elections due to his political machinations and posturing.  The ability of his CDC party to lure in likeminded parties to face the incumbency will no doubt play a significant role in creating a huge voting bloc that is capable of dislodging the incumbent authority. 

However, the biggest challenge for the CDC in our view is not just winning, but governing. We have seen recent examples in Europe where new parties (eg. En Marche) where they have won elections on massive margins then seen popular swings against them as they prove that they are unable to make the lofty promises and imagery of campaigning turn into the content of actual governing. 

This has seen in those countries massive falls in popularity of the new government, in a quick period of time (in France its been a record). The CDC needs to learn from this and get control of the apparatus of government quickly in order to survive. 

The governing element of a country like Liberia is something that the Sirleaf/Boakai administration has failed to accomplish. The country will need to build a budget, with new revenue sources going into a Treasury that allows the Weah agenda of economic development to come to fruition. The revenue will also need a new economic compliance and regulatory system and the development of a whole new set of public service agencies in order to implement it all. 

Our targets for them would be a multinational diverted profits tax or a ‘google tax’ in the same way that the UK and Australia have cracked down on multinational profit shifting. There have been many reports from entities such as the Tax Justice Network about Liberia “ a little-known offshore business registry that has created tens of thousands of anonymous companies and registered them to a non-existent address in Monrovia, Liberia’s capital city.

Although these companies are technically a creation of Liberian law, management of the registry is based in the United States and appears to have the support of the US government.
The companies, which can be purchased online, offer near-total anonymity to their clients, allowing them to hide assets without fear of being caught by law enforcement or revenue authorities.”

Furthermore, the use of non-resident corporations in Liberia allows billions of dollars be hid in Liberia by foreign corporations, without the Liberian Treasury seeing a cent of it in taxation. 
Finally, there is the revenue from shipping flags. During the Ebola crisis, the US$20 Million in revenue was all the Treasury was getting from these registrations which made up 6% of the total revenue intake for the government. This is despite that these companies only take the Liberian flag (and Panama flag) in order to dodge international regulations in relation to a host of things, such as the environment, labour law and the state of the ships themselves. 
In a new administration, there is no reason why the government can see this as a potential new stable revenue source for the budget.

Overseeing this, the government will also need to deliver a new, tough corruption enforcement agency. This needs to not just be for multinational companies dealing in the country but for public officials as well. New people dealing in the country need to be reassured of their legal standing in dealings and the public needs to learn as economic evolution comes to the country; that this is not being done with public officials being enriched along the way. 

Liberia will also need personal income tax reform along the way as incomes rise. For the economy to grow in the short to medium term, the emphasis should be on corporate tax revenue and allow personal and consumption taxes to be as low as possible. This can then change as economic growth comes in and incomes start to rise.

The development of the middle class should be priority one economic policy.

The country needs new foreign direct investment badly. Whether it be in the commercial space, major infrastructure or in new residential sector investment. Currently, many investors are put off by the concept as many have faced legal uncertainty, the need for ‘commissions’ or ‘bribes’ to make business happen or other unscrupulous business practices by either private sector entities or public-sector figures. 

This needs to change for Liberia to change. The challenge for the new CDC government won’t be winning this Boxing Day, it will be understanding the size of what comes next.

New Zealand Election: Final Update

With New Zealand heading to the polls after what has been one of the more tumultuous campaigns since the advent of the MMP voting system; New Zealanders go to the polls. 

The basic tenants of tomorrow in our analysis go like this:

  1. The current governing arrangement (National - United Future - Act - Maori Party) will not be returned, despite this being Bill English's preferred option.
  2. The Labour-Green alliance under the Memorandum of Understanding is unlikely to be able to govern in its own right. 

United Future will lose its place in Parliament after Peter Dunne announced he was retiring as the MP for Ohariu and United Future not polling at the 5% threshold to get a List MP elected.

Whether or not Hone Harawira and his Mana Party can get elected in Tai Tokerau on the back of the 2 for 1 campaign he is running and whether or not the Maori Party can get 2 MPs back into Parliament will be critical in the dream scenario of the left where they can govern with a Labour-Green - Maori - Mana block. 

The fact remains: It is most likely that Winston Peters and his New Zealand First Party will become the King or Queenmaker to form the next Government of New Zealand. 

Winston Peters has governed with both National and Labour previously. He served as Deputy Prime Minister to Jim Bolger and Foreign Minister to Helen Clark in her third government. 

Winston Peters has already stated that he will not enter into a government with the Green Party. 

This means that the likely situations for the next government are:

  1. National - NZ First
  2. New Zealand First- Labour (with Greens in a Supply Agreement)
  3. Labour - Green - Maori - Mana

This is how we see the most likely scenarios, however, picking the combination from an MMP election is always difficult and predicting the results of negotiations to happen on a hypothetical equation of the Parliament is even more fraught.

Our team will be tweeting tomorrow night as the results come in 

Kenyan Elections 2017

Kenya's General Elections for President and other positions will be held on Tuesday August 8th 2017. Excitement and tension is building up towards that day, especially with regard to the Presidential election. 

The incumbent President, Uhuru Kenyatta will be vying for a second term. Mr Kenyatta was declared the winner of the 2013 elections, after his main rival at the time, Raila Odinga, disputed the results of those elections and filed a suit in the Supreme Court of Kenya. The Supreme Court upheld the declaration of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in as President a few weeks later. 

President Kenyatta is running on the recently formed Jubilee Alliance Party - a party formed out of the coalition of parties under which he vied for presidency in 2013. Mr William Ruto, the Deputy President, will be his running mate once again.

Before the 2013 elections, the current opposition formed the CORD coalition (Coalition for Reforms and Democracy). The principals of this coalition were Mr Raila Odinga, who was then Prime Minister and is the leader of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), Mr. Kalonzo Musyoka, who was then vice-president and is the leader of the Wiper Democratic Movement and Mr. Moses Wetangula, who is currently the Minority Leader in the Senate and is also the leader of the Ford Kenya party 

Mr Odinga was the presidential candidate of the CORD coalition and Mr Musyoka was his running-mate.

A few notable political leaders have now teamed up with the CORD coalition to form what they have called the National Super Alliance (NASA). 'Nasa' also means 'to seize' or 'capture' in Swahili, Kenya's national language, and the opposition has declared their determination to capture the Presidency this year. 

One of the NASA leaders is Mr. Musalia Mudavadi, 56, the leader of the Amani National Congress, who was also a presidential candidate in 2013 and came third in those polls.

A recent addition to the NASA coalition is Mr Isaac Ruto, the current governor of Bomet County, and former member of the URP party that was part of the Jubilee coalition. His entry to NASA is seen by some as a blow to Jubilee and a boost to NASA, at least in terms of perception and possibly in terms of votes as well.

The NASA coalition has publicised an agreement on positions that each principal will get if they win the Presidency and form the next government.

As many people expected, once again, the 72-year-old Raila Odinga will again be running for president this year - for the fourth time. Mr. Musyoka will once again be his running-mate.

Mr. Musyoka served as Vice-President of Kenya from 2008 to 2013. He was a presidential candidate in the 2007 elections, and after those elections, he was appointed Vice-President, even as the country was engulfed in violence as the opposition disputed the election results that declared Mr, Mwai Kibaki the winner of the Presidential race. 

This violence eventually led to the current President, Uhuru Kenyatta, and his Deputy, William Ruto, (the two being in opposite political camps at the time) being brought, with others, to the International Criminal Court on charges of crimes against humanity. The cases against them were eventually dropped due to lack of evidence. 

Mr. Odinga, who believes he was the actual winner of the 2007 elections, was appointed Prime Minister in April 2008 in a power-sharing deal with Mwai Kibaki. Mr. Odinga was Prime Minister until 2013.

The fact that Mr. Odinga and Mr. Musyoka were in government between 2008 and 2013 is often cited by Jubilee and their supporters when pointing out perceived failures of the administration of that time, and by extension, the failures of the two, though these supporters often don’t also point out that their own leaders were also in the same government.

Officially, there are 18 people in total who have registered with the IEBC as presidential candidates. Only a few are comparatively well known such as Dr. Ekuru Aukot, former member of the Committee of Experts on Constitution Review that worked on Kenya's 2010 Constitution and Mr Peter Ondeng’, who is expected to get at least some votes from evangelical Christians. The effect of these less prominent candidates on the presidential vote and if they might cause a run-off is yet to be seen.

Kenyan politics, to a significant extent, is based on tribal affiliations. Presidential candidates usually get major support from the areas largely inhabited by their ethnic communities. It is likely that tribal arithmetic – the number of voters from each tribe and their turnout at the polls - will play a significant part in the 2017 elections, but there are also emerging voices of opposition to this approach. A number of people in their forties and younger, are declaring that supporting a candidate based on tribe does not benefit them in their personal lives, and they would rather vote in competent leaders from whichever tribes. 

For example, there was a strike by doctors serving in public hospitals, which resulted in their union leaders being jailed for a few days (for failing to call off the strike). The fact that the doctors come from various ethnic backgrounds and they stood together for their cause may be seen by some as an indication that the tribal mindset may be weakening, at least among the younger generation.

Corruption in government will certainly be among the top issues harped upon by the opposition. USAID recently withdrew funding for government health projects citing corruption and the opposition will likely point this out as an example of government corruption being visible even to outsiders.

The current rising food prices will also likely be raised and the opposition will probably cite this as an example of failure by the government and probably also state that this failure was deliberately orchestrated to allow well-connected cartels to sell food to the public at exorbitant prices.

The Jubilee response to these accusations seems to be that the food shortage is caused by drought and that is beyond the government’s control. Some supporters also say that there was a similar hike in food prices when many of the opposition leaders were in government, so food shortage and high prices are not something new.

The opposition has often said that the Jubilee government has recklessly borrowed money, especially from China, and indebted the country beyond reasonable levels. They have also claimed that a lot of this money is then misdirected to individuals after it is received. 

The incumbent side usually responds by saying that the borrowed money has been used to start long-term projects that will lay the foundation for the country’s future growth and prosperity. The Standard-Gauge Railway (SGR) project is one of the main projects that the Jubilee administration proudly takes credit for. It is supposed to ease transport of goods and services between the port town of Mombasa and the interior of Kenya and has created jobs for those working on the project. 

However, some claim that the cost of the SGR project was inflated and that it did not yield good value for money, when compared to a similar project in neighbouring Ethiopia, for example.

Apart from the polls themselves, IEBC, the body mandated to manage the elections, has been under criticism about its preparedness. In 2013, the polls faced challenges of failure of its machines and officials were later accused of negligence in procuring equipment. The commissioners of that time were compelled to resign following pressure by the opposition and new commissioners were selected and sworn into office. The IEBC recently admitted that it had as many as 128,000 records with shared details in its voter register. This register is currently undergoing audit by an independent audit firm.

In elections like Kenya, predicting elections isn't a straight forward business; but we will be keeping our eyes on the campaign and the results and the opportunities that can come from it it to engage with this part of Africa.

The need for quality 'oppo'

The need for quality opposition research for entities tendering for government contracts, engaging in new markets and analysing competitors and those going into politics. 

Opposition Research (or oppo as its known); is the formal practice of gathering information that can be used to beat your opposition. Knowing your opposition is critical to engaging in any government, business or political endeavour. In order to get the win you need, Gravis Risk is the solution.

Yes, the old adage is true, knowledge is power.. You can't trounce your recruiting, tendering or political enemy until you thoroughly know everything possible about how your enemy operates. 

There is a easy temptation to consider 'opposition research' as a straight mudslinging enterprise, however, the corporate and government concept is not a crude 'dirt gathering' exercise. Rather, not unlike your typical audit, it is a due diligence measure. Indeed, companies do 'competitor research' regularly as part of their standard business operations.

Simply put, information is the key to ensuring that you are planning to win. The process is quite standard for a political fight, an accurate merger/acquisition strategy or a successful tender.

This is also where counterintelligence to restrict your competitors from learning about your firm is also important. Whether it is shielding your Intellectual Property (IP), your recruiting methods, data programs, strategic or tendering direction. Our Gravis Risk counterintelligence solution uses cutting-edge methods to identify the information in an organisation that is valuable and where an organisation is vulnerable to attack. 

Competitive and business intelligence has become a critical function in all major corporations. But for many, the need to develop a process to formerly gather the intelligence has somehow been either forgotten or sidestepped by corporate leaders.

With experienced competitor researchers with global experience we stand ready to deliver on this vital component of any winning strategy. 

Future for RTOs in Australia

Are you running a Registered Training Organization (RTO) in Australia? Then it will be highly rewarding that you are well aware of a couple of things that will help you survive the stiff competition in your niche. These could be the fact that: your trainers have to be up to date in terms of being equipped with the latest skills, understanding all that is involved in terms of having your business fully registered and ensuring that it complies fully with all government regulations.
You may be one of those business persons who really want to get ahead of their competitors but don’t know how. You are at the right place as you will soon be discovering some of the right information required to make you cling to a healthy spot amongst other RTOs.

In other for your business to really stand the test of time, you must realize that your understanding concerning how the world is evolving has a great role to play in determining its rate of success. The RTOs are not an exception to this fact. The business of running a training firm has suddenly become a lucrative one and you can only imagine that it will attract the interests of more investors. As such, you want to get the best skills that are available at your disposal so that you can be ahead of the pack. 

This is not something you want to keep informal as you need all the professional help you can get in ensuring that your training organization is being manned by trainers who are always up to date in terms of their knowledge base. There are organizations you can consult in this regards as they have what it takes to help equip your trainers with all the necessary tools and techniques that will make them the best in their respective fields.

When it comes to running any kind of business in developed countries, you want to make sure your business registration fully complies with all the rules and regulations put in place by the appropriate authority. Getting all the necessary approval from such authority will only help you in adapting to different client needs. This is so because the more accreditation you get, the more services you will be considered qualified to render.

The world has gone global and as such, your business will be highly limited when you are restricted to just running trainings for local folks. This is where the need for being a CRICOS accredited organization comes into play. With such an accreditation, you are regarded as one of the licensed organizations by the Australian authority that is authorized and qualified to offer trainings for oversea students. Your organization will be recognized as an approved information provider in this regards.

This is where the Gravis Government team comes in. We are here to guide you through the process of CRICOS accreditation to ensure that your RTO can grow to a sustainable point and then be looking towards future growth strategies. In a crowded marketplace, you need to have an edge; we can deliver. For more information please click here


Multicultural Affairs Queensland: Multicultural Projects Funding

Before Christmas, Multicultural Affairs Queensland has released Multicultural Projects Funding which closes on 3 February 2017. This means that groups that are intending to apply for this funding need to start getting their funding applications together. 

This round is not a round that is about double dipping from the events round that was decided just before Christmas. We were proud as GIA to get 5/7 applications submitted in that round received some level of funding. This funding is about projects that are going to meet the terms and conditions outlined in the MAQ funding paper (click here for the paper).

Multicultural projects, in alignment with the principles of the Multicultural Queensland Charter, will build community relationships to foster welcome, inclusion and participation of migrants and refugees in a range of activities across Queensland.

  • Community groups, including diverse cultural groups, community-based organisations, local councils and non-government incorporated organisations will develop practical strategies to:
  • promote community participation and intercultural connections among diverse cultural groups, and between diverse cultural groups and the wider community
  • engage general community groups (such as sporting groups, local clubs, school communities) in connecting and welcoming migrants and refugees into a wide range of community activities. 

If you would like our professional help in putting together your application, fill in the form below and we will be in touch.

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BCC Building Stronger Communities Grants

The Brisbane City Council Building Stronger Communities Grants Program are grants that we believe at GIA are suitable to many community organisations that need some basic funding for building their organisations. 

There is up to $7500 for 'Organisational Development' which allows for groups to get funding for a variety of projects that will be good for organisations that are clients of GIA. For example: professional services to develop a strategic plan, conduct governance and committee training, undertake an organisational review and succession planning, and develop policies and procedures, marketing and membership development, deliver volunteer and coaching programs, conduct referee recruitment and education, website and database development.

So, if you are in the BCC area and you need funding for projects like this, get in touch with the GIA team and we will get your application rolling today!

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We can speak to BCC on your behalf if you haven't


    Empowering YOUth Initiatives Round 2 Grants Funding – Applications now open

    The Department of Employment is seeking applications for Round 2 of Empowering YOUth Initiatives. Funding of up to $5 million per proposal is available for not-for-profit and non-government organisations to deliver new and different approaches to help vulnerable young people with the skills they need on their pathway to employment.

    Applications close 5 pm (Canberra time) Friday 28 October 2016.
    Applications for Round 2 will be conducted in two stages:

    Stage 1—Expression of Interest submission
    Successful proposals will be shortlisted and applicants will be provided feedback and invited to attend a meeting.

    Stage 2—Initiative Proposal submission (shortlisted applicants only)

    Questions and Answers

    Questions and Answers can be found in Q&As: Empowering YOUth Initiatives Round 2.

    Further information on Department of Employment programs and services to support young Australians and help them to move from welfare to work is available at:

    To have the Gravis Government team help you to apply, get in touch today.

    Event Funding

    One of the most common questions our team at Gravis Government get asked is how to get funding for events. Now, this funding normally comes out in smaller lots and are spread around local, state and federal funding pools. 

    This means that you need to have your event details laid down firmly before proceeding into a grant search/application process with our team. 

    So whether the event is cultural, tourism, community focused, arts focused or anything else - fill in the checklist and the team will be in touch with you to get the grant underway.

    Are you incorporated in Queensland? *
    If you are not incorporated, you will be ineligible
    Location/Proposed location of event *
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    Skilling Queenslanders into Work Applications - Open until 20 October

    The Queensland Government's Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative represents a significant investment of $240 million over four years to support up to 32,000 Queenslanders into work.

    Skilling Queenslanders for Work provides training to people who are under-utilised or under-employed in the labour market, as well as building the skills of young people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, mature-age job seekers, women re-entering the workforce, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

    Targeted programsfocused on skills develment will be delivered by community-based organisations, local councils and school Parents and Citizens' and Parents and Friends' associations. Local community ownership of projects is a cornerstone of the initiative's past success and will help to ensure future projects meet local skills needs and deliver positive skills development and employment outcomes for participants.

    Skilling Queenslanders for Work is supported by a statewide regional network, working closely and forming partnerships with community organisations and local employers to determine local skills and entry-level industry and labour needs.

    Funding is available to provide direct assistance to those Queenslanders that need support to gain the qualifications and skills needed to enter and stay in the workforce.

    Community-based not-for-profit organisations can apply for funding to start projects in local communities across Queensland. Local councils and school Parents and Citizens' and Parents and Friends' associations are also able to apply for funding under some programs.

    There are two regular funding rounds each financial year, taking applications for five of the initiative's seven programs.

    The second round of funding for 2016-17 opened on 30 August 2016 and will close at 5pm (AEST) Thursday 20 October 2016.

    The Queensland Destination Events Program (QDEP)

    About the Queensland Destination Events Program
    Events play a key role in fostering regional tourism and economic development. Tourism is an essential industry to many rural and regional centres, ensuring economic stability, and events can be a cost-effective way of promoting a region and its attractions – as an event grows, it attracts tourists in its own right.

    The positive economic impact and interest in a community that a successful regional event can provide not only helps to build a sense of local pride but can also foster confidence and strengthen the community as a whole.

    The Queensland Destination Events Program (QDEP), formerly the Regional Development Program (RDP), seeks to leverage the crucial link between events and the destinations in which they are staged, extending the flow of the economic, marketing and social benefits of events throughout metropolitan and regional Queensland.

    Within this context, the aims and objectives of the QDEP are as follows:

    • Generate local economic activity and development in the host destination
    • Attract external visitation to the destination
    • Drive social and community outcomes for the host destination, noting the important link between community outcomes and economic benefits
    • Enhance the profile and appeal of the host destination

    Type of funding available to events
    The QDEP offers two funding options for regional events:


    • Destination Event funding – single year funding for developing events seeking growth ($10,000 - $25,000 per year)
    • Significant Event funding – single year or up to three years of funding for events that can demonstrate a strong track record of growth or growth potential ($25,000 - $100,000 per year)

    How the funding can be used

    • Marketing costs
    • Strategic plan development
    • Engagement of short-term specialised personnel
    • Hire of temporary infrastructure
    • Eligibility criteria
    • To be eligible to apply for funding through the QDEP, an event must meet the following key objectives:

    Destination event funding

    • The event must take place wholly within Queensland
    • The applicant must be able to demonstrate the historical size of the event in terms of:
    • Audience
    • Spectator numbers
    • Participant numbers, and/or
    • Media profile
    • The applicant must be able to demonstrate the event's capacity to grow against the baseline
    • Significant event funding

    In addition to the criteria for Destination Event funding, events seeking Significant Event funding must meet the following criteria:

    The event must have received a minimum of one year of support under the Destination Event program and have met all the requirements as outlined in the contract.

    The event must provide a recent report showing evidence of the total number of event attendees (including participants and spectators), specifically detailing the breakdown and number of visitors from outside the region; this information must be independently gathered and reported, or independently verified. 

    The event must present a strong opportunity for Queensland and demonstrate extensive recognition outside the region in which it is held in terms of visitation and/or media profile
    For more information on eligibility, funding uses, funding conditions, and the application process please click the following link: QDEP Funding Guidelines.

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    Number of participants/support staff coming from interstate and overseas
    This is a Tourism Grant. You need to be able to prove that people will come to the region for the event in the grant. Need data on numbers, time staying and projected amount spent.



    IAS Community Led Programs Grants - open now!

    The revised IAS Grant Guidelines include a new Community Led grants process that will enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and service providers to seek grant funding to address emerging needs and/or opportunities that they have identified as priorities.

    The local PM&C Regional Network office may invite applicants to provide a short initial proposal which outlines the project. Based on the information provided, the Department may then provide advice to the organisation.

    •Community Led Grants Initial Proposal Form -  PDF 115 KB

    The Department has prepared an Application Kit and an online Application Form to support this funding process:

    •Community Led Grants Application Kit - PDF 260 KB
    •Community Led Grants Application Form - PDF 705 KB

     .If you would like the GravisPolitics team to write these grants for your business or community organisation, please get in touch with the team and we will give you a quote. 

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    LNP Queensland Preselection Campaigns

    As Queensland moves into another state election, the LNP has opened its preselection process in a number of seats. 

    The list of seats open for pre-selection are:

    • Algester
    • Ashgrove
    • Barron River
    • Brisbane Central
    • Bulimba
    • Bundaberg
    • Cairns
    • Cook
    • Ferny Grove
    • Greenslopes
    • Ipswich
    • Ipswich West
    • Keppel
    • Maryborough
    • Mirani
    • Mt Coot-tha
    • Mulgrave
    • Mundingburra
    • Nicklin
    • Rockhampton
    • Springwood
    • Stretton
    • Sunnybank
    • Townsville
    • Thuringowa

    If you are thinking of running for preselection in one of these seats, get in touch with the GravisPolitics team today.

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    Advance Queensland Community Digital Champions

    The Advance Queensland Community Digital Champions program is helping to enable Queensland to thrive in the global digital economy.

    We showcase the stories of community champions—positive role models who want to give back to their communities by encouraging others to be digitally savvy.

    How to nominate a champion

    We are calling for nominations from around the state to be Community Digital Champions.

    We want outstanding individuals who will inspire Queenslanders to improve their digital literacy and adoption.

    We are looking for:

    • inspiring individuals of any age or demographic
    • Queenslanders representing any industry or community group
    • champions who are keen to educate others to embrace digital technologies
    • people who will share their digital stories, experience and knowledge with Queenslanders and other champions.

    To find out more about how to nominate you can:

    Read the guidelines (PDF, 163KB)
    Read the rules (PDF, 159KB)
    And when you’re prepared – nominate a champion.