Business Support

There are many initiatives to support new and existing businesses in the Maranoa. The Shop Local Invest Local Campaign is a proactive initiative that has energised local businesses and consumers over the past three years. Shop Local invest Local has spurred on the Business Excellence Program and resurrected an annual Business Awards Program for the region. The Maranoa also has several community lead business and progress organisations advocating for local industry, more details about these groups are listed in the Tools and Resources section.

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    The annual Maranoa Business Awards is an initiative of Roma Commerce and Tourism (RCAT), intially part of their Shop Local Invest Local Campaign and now continues as part of their annual events with continued support from Santos. 

    The Maranoa usiness Awards will showcase the talents and achievements of our regional businesses and reinforces the opportunities and benefits of what supporting local brings.

    This year's gala dinner will be held on Saturday, 16 October at the Explorer's Inn Function Centre in Roma.

    Council is once again proud to be sponsering this year's Maranoa Business Awards, with a $12,000 contribution in making this event even bigger and better.

    For more information please visit the RCAT website

  • ​The Business Excellence Program (BEP) is designed to build capability and capacity in local businesses.  In order to promote sustainable development of the Maranoa Economy and its industry base, BEP has provided local businesses with the skills and knowledge required to identify and capitalise on emerging growth opportunities.

    BEP is an initiative of Council, Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning (DSDMIP), Commerce Roma, and Santos. 

    To view and register for our upcoming events by clicking Here.

    For more Information contact Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning

    Sarah Holt - 07 4624 1543

    OR contact us at info@commerceroma.com.au
     

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  • ​Commercial Enterprises
    The Queensland and Federal Governments periodically release funding programs to promote business growth, improved productivity and innovation in emerging industries.
    To find out more, and assess your eligibility for individual grant schemes, visit the Federal Government’s Business Grant Finder page.

    Not-For-Profit Entities
    If your community group or not-for-profit organisation requires funding for an upcoming project, you may be eligible for the Maranoa Regional Council Community Grants Program. Community grants are released biannually for financial support between $500 and $20,000.

    To find out more, or to assess your eligibility for the Community Grants program, visit Maranoa Regional Council’s Community Grants Page.

  • ​​The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) provides employers in regional, remote or low population growth areas of Australia with the option of permanently employing overseas skilled workers. The RSMS Visa scheme provides an alternative for employers who face difficulties in attracting and retaining skilled employees.

    Maranoa Regional Council is an authorised Regional Certifying Body (RCB) for the RSMS process. To fulfil this obligation, Council is required to assess whether the nominating employing entity is lawfully engaged in business, and the state of the local labour market. Council subsequently provides this information to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), allowing their representatives to assess each Visa application.

    Questions regarding the RSMS process can be directed to the Department Outreach Officer at qld.outreach.team@immi.gov.au or to Council's Department of Economic and Community Development on 1300 007 662.

    Please click here to view the Required Documentation for Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) Visa Applications guide.

  • An initiative of Roma Commerce and Tourism (RCAT) and Santos GLNG, the Shop Local Inveset Local Campaign, encourage the Roma and greater Maranoa region community, to reconsidering their purchasing habits for the benefit of the local economy and community. Shopping locally has many proven benefits, inlcuding increased employment, product diversity, and community wellbeing, not to mention keeping our money in our economy.

    To find out more about the campaign and the benefits of shopping locally, please visit the Shop Local Invest Local pafe on the RCAT Website

  • ​Register your interest to supply goods/services to Council:

    Maranoa Regional Council has implemented a new procurement system that provide a mechanism for businesses to register their interest to supply goods or services to Council.

    This registration process will allow Council to capture relevant business information (e.g. capabilities and willingness to provide certain goods and/or services to Council) in central databases, thereby allowing Council to notify businesses of relevant supply opportunities.

    Depending on the contract value and service or supply category, Council officers will initiate one of four procurement processes (as referenced below). 

    Method of Engagement Supply / Service Categories
    Register of Pre-Qualified Suppliers  ​Suppliers that provide the following services must be pre-qualified to receive quote requests from Council:
    • Minor Works (road construction & maintenance)
    • Wet Hire
    • Dry Hire
    • Vegetation Management
    • Water Cartage
    • Trades & Associated Services
    • Accounting Services
    • Onsite Crushing Services

    Traffic Management Services

    Public Tenders ​For complex projects, or projects with a value of greater than $200,000 exclusive of GST. 
    ​General Quotations For contracts with an estimated value of less than $200,000 ex GST

    (excluding plant hire, trade services, accounting / audit services, traffic control etc.)

    Local Buy Contracts

    Council will engage suppliers for specialist services (e.g. engineering and design services, architecture, bitumen sealing etc.) via Local Buy.

     

    These services are not covered by Council's pre-qualified supplier arrangements. 

    For more information on how to register your interest to receive notification of quote/tender requests, please click here.

    Local Purchasing Opportunities - Update 21 May 2020

    Local Buy is a procurement partner for local governments and provides panels of pre-qualified suppliers for councils to use without the need to go to public tender. Click here for further information.

    Local Buy are providing an opportunity for local suppliers to join their pre-qualified panels of suppliers for the supply of a range of goods and services, with the opportunity to respond to tenders from councils through Local Buy.

    Over the next few months, panels will be released fortnightly via tender on LG Tender Box and will provide further instructions on how suppliers can apply.

    Businesses can register with Local Buy through LG Tender Box​ to ensure they receive these notices.

    For more information please call the hotline available to all interested suppliers - 1800 LB HELP (1800 524 357) or visit the Local Buy website

    Online Induction:

    As a person conducting a business or undertaking under Work Health and Safety law, Maranoa Regional Council has several duties in relation to ensuring the health and safety of workers and others. To assist in meeting these duties, Council requires all contractors to be registered through our Contractor Management System (Beakon) before they can commence work.

    Council will use the Beakon platform to provide efficiencies in its induction and compliance management processes with the goal of minimising duplication of contractor information requests.

    In the initial implementation of the system, businesses will not be required to upload compliance information (e.g. licences, insurance details etc.). The first implementation phase will focus on the delivery of the online induction.

    To find out how to register you can either read the Beakon Overview​  or Online Induction – Contractor User Guide, or view the quick tutorial video by clicking below.

    Online Induction Video

    Ready to go?

    Click on the ‘Register Now’ button to start the registration process.

    Please note - once the self-registration form is submitted you will receive a confirmation email from Beakon. If you did not receive the email, please check your Junk Email folder. Your submission will be reviewed for approval by Council’s Procurement Team during normal business hours. Please allow up to 2 Business days for review and approval. Once approved, you will be able to proceed with the induction process.

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  • The question asked of local governments everywhere is…. What are Councils doing to assist local business?   

    From the perspective of Maranoa Regional Council, we have developed a list of actions where Council can contribute to the economic development of the region, and also provide practical assistance to individual local businesses where there is a public benefit in doing so – in this way doing what we can to remove impediments and giving businesses the best chance of success.

    Through the My Maranoa Business initiative, our priorities are to provide:

    • greater insight into Council's purchasing processes, and why we need to do some things in certain ways;
    • opening up Council's purchasing so that businesses have the opportunity to bid for the supply of goods and/or services;
    • marketing and promotion opportunities for the region's businesses;
    • new ways of keeping the business community up to date with Council's decisions and directions;
    • reduced administration for businesses where possible, while still meeting Council's legislative obligations;
    • practical support to the business community where it counts the most.

    For more information, please click here to view the Commitment Statement​.

     

    My Maranoa Business Registration & Local Star Rating

    Council introduced the My Maranoa Business program in 2015 as part of a suite of initiatives related to local business and Council's procurement processes. One component of the program is the Local Business Star Rating System.

    Suppliers are assigned a Local Business Star Rating, either as a result of the My Maranoa Business registration process or responding to Council's requests for quotation or tender.

    Council is currently distributing decals (based on the below logo) for display on shopfronts, or vehicles, allowing businesses to promote their local status and the economic benefit that is obtained through the circulation of company profits and wages locally. ​

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    Council considers a business's local presence, ownership/directorship, and employment when assigning Local Business Star Ratings: 

    Star Rating - Local Content Criteria to be met (all in each category)

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    • ​100% ownership (or Directors) live in  the Maranoa region 
    • 90% employees residents of the Maranoa region    
    • Head office is in the Maranoa region 

    For Major Construction Projects (in addition to above):

    • ​Commitment to greater than 75% of subcontractors and procurement from within the region.
    • Buy local acquittal at end of project / contract – non-compliance will impact rating for subsequent tenders. 

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    • ​> 75% ownership (or Directors) live in  the Maranoa region    
    • > 75% employees residents of the Maranoa region    
    • Head office is in the Maranoa region      

    ​For Major Construction Projects (in addition to above):

    • Commitment to greater than 75% of subcontractors and procurement from within the region.
    • ​Buy local acquittal at end of project / contract – non-compliance will impact rating for subsequent tenders. 

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    • ​​1 or more owners/ Directors live in the Maranoa region.
    • > 25% employees are residents of the Maranoa region 
    • Office/Branch in the Maranoa region     

    For Major Construction Projects (in addition to above):

    • Commitment to greater than 50% of subcontractors and procurement from within the region.
    • ​Buy local acquittal at end of project / contract – non-compliance will impact rating for subsequent tenders. 

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    • ​The business/entity is a ratepayer in the Maranoa region (e.g. commercial, industrial, rural ratepayer for a period of 2+years)
    • Employs residents of the Maranoa region 
    • Office in the Maranoa region      ​

    For Major Construction Projects (in addition to above):

    • Commitment to greater than 50% of subcontractors and procurement from within the region.
    • Buy local acquittal at end of project / contract – non-compliance will impact rating for subsequent tenders. 

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    • ​​The business/entity is a ratepayer in the Maranoa region (e.g. commercial, industrial, rural ratepayer or commercial lessee (<2 years) in the Maranoa region (incl. start-up businesses)
    • Employs residents of the Maranoa region
    • Office in the Maranoa region

    For Major Construction Projects (in addition to above):

    • Commitment to greater than 50% of subcontractors and procurement from within the region.
    • ​Buy local acquittal at end of project / contract – non-compliance will impact rating for subsequent tenders. ​

    Benefit of Registration

    When evaluating its quote and tender responses, Council will provide a 5 star local business with a scoring benefit to help them compete with out of town businesses or those with less local content (e.g. 1, 2, 3, 4 stars). The 'helping hand' will be a maximum of:

    ​Tenders or Quotations for Complex Projects / Acquisitions – 15 point scoring premium for a 5 star local business

    ​Quotations for Standardised Goods / Services - 10% price premium for a 5 star local business

     

    Registration is not restricted to Council suppliers, all regional businesses can register for a Local Business Star Rating in order to advertise their local status to potential clients.

    Registered businesses will also be promoted via the business directory on Council's website and My Maranoa mobile application.

    How to Register

    Please click here to complete the registration process.

     

  • Maranoa's Economic Profile is available online. 

    The information in this resource is freely available to the public. 

    Click here to vist the regions Economic Profile