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NBN Co helps people to avoid scams at home and work

NBN Co is continuing its efforts to educate the community from scammers who are increasingly deceiving Australians with new and variations of common nbn themed scams emerging in recent months.

nbn themed scams are one of most common scams reported to Scamwatch, with more than 2,300 reported between January and June this year with losses of $320,624.

Australians lost more than $900,000 from nbn impersonation scams in 2019 with the highest number of reports and losses coming from people aged 65 years and older.

But it is not just people at home who are at risk.

In 2019, businesses reported 5904 scams to Scamwatch with losses of over $5.3 million with business email compromise (BEC) scams causing the largest losses of any scam type ($132 million).

BEC scams affect businesses, suppliers and individuals by tricking people into paying invoices to scammers’ bank accounts instead of the legitimate account.

In fact, Scamwatch reports from businesses show that false billing scams caused the highest losses, at $2.7 million (including some business email compromise reports).

Click here to read more and for tips on how to protect your home or business.


Economic Development and Tourism in South Burnett region - South Burnett Regional Council/South Burnett Directions
Fair Work Ombudsman portal

To understand your workplace entitlements and obligations if you are affected by the outbreak of COVID-19 visit the Fair Work Ombudsman portal for information on stand downs from work, flexible work arrangements, workplace health and safety, and pay and leave entitlements.

Economic Development and Tourism in South Burnett region - South Burnett Regional Council/South Burnett Directions
Buy local activity

Have you got any ideas that you’d like to contribute to establishment of a South Burnett buy local campaign?

Your business representatives groups and Council are working together to develop a whole of region campaign and would love your input. Traditionally in our region, buy local campaigns have been industry/Council led such as Town Proud or South Burnett Rewards.

We’d love to hear about other ideas that celebrate local business. Post your ideas on Business South Burnett Facebook, comment on the Localised Buy Local Notice or send them by email to Council’s Economic Development Office or your local business representative group.

Inputs collated and reported through Council’s BEAP-BEAP newsletter in week ending 1 May 2020.

Economic Development Officer - Business South Burnett
Queensland Women in Business Awards

This month, the Women in Business Awards were held in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast, providing an opportunity to share the success stories of women in business.

Established by Karen Phillips in 2013, the Women in Business Awards program has now expanded to five regions across Queensland with support from the Queensland Government.

The 2019 winner of the Innovation & Technology Award for the Greater Brisbane region was Nicole Gibson, Director and Founder of Söka Australia. Nicole believes reducing our water footprint is crucial for a sustainable future. Her invention, the Söka Tub, is a laundry soaking system that provides a solution to the water wasted during the standard laundry process.

Nicole is just one of many women recognised as part of this year’s awards. To find out more about the winners across other categories and regions, visit Women in Business Awards.

The final awards ceremony for 2019 will be held in Toowoomba for the Downs region on 7 November 2019. All 2019 winners will be recognised at a reception with Minister Shannon Fentiman MP and Minister Di Farmer MP at Parliament House in November.

Economic Development Officer - Business South Burnett
The Small Business Digital Grants

The Small Business Digital Grants program provides small businesses with access to digital technologies and services to enable them to work smarter, engage with the global economy and make the most of online business opportunities arising from digital disruption.

Matched funding of up to $10,000 (excluding GST) may be provided to eligible businesses for the purchase of hardware, software and services (such as digital coaching). The minimum grant funding is $1,000.

The business must show how the digital technology or service purchased and adopted will enhance the digital capabilities of their business and help them to be more competitive and employ more staff.

Round 7 of this grants programs is scheduled to open 11 November and will close 10 December.

Find out more here: https://www.business.qld.gov.au/starting-business/advice-support/grants/digital-grants