In this section you will find information about business licence and information services, business mentoring programs, North Burnett Regional Council and State Government assistance and information, Industry groups, such as local chambers, development groups, and other helpful resources for businesses.

Government Assistance & Information:

NBRC Licensing & Compliance

Information regarding:

  • Food Licencing
  • Personal Appearance Services
  • Flammable and Combustible Licence
NBRC Building and Planning

Information regarding:

  • Planning
  • Development Applications
  • Building Development Applications
  • Amenity and Aesthetics
  • Plumbing Applications


NBRC Natural Resource Management

Information regarding:

  • Roadside grazing
  • Noxious weed management
  • Glossy Black-Cockatoo
  • Humphry Binjour Road Project
Australian Business License and Information Service

ABLIS helps you find the government licenses, permits, approvals, registrations, codes of practice, standards and guidelines you need to know about to meet your compliance responsibilities.


Department of State Development Infrastructure and Planning (DSDIP)
  • IDAS forms and checklists
  • State planning policies and priority Economic Development areas


Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF)
QRIDA (Previously QRAA)
  • QRIDA – specialist administrator of government financial assistance programs including loans, grants, rebates and subsidies. QRAA’s strategic intent is to achieve self-sufficiency through financial leadership, service delivery excellence, business sustainability and capability. QRIDA’s core responsibility is to administer the Queensland Government’s Primary Industry Productivity Enhancement Scheme and when required, support the delivery of Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangement (NDRRA) assistance for primary producers, small businesses and non-profit organisations (jointly funded by the Queensland and Australian Governments).
Succession Planning

It is critical that Australian farmers have clear succession plans in place to ensure Australia’s agricultural sector is well positioned to capitalise on the increasingly important role of feeding Asia’s economic growth. A successful plan can achieve multiple goals:

  • Continuation and growth of the business
  • Smooth transition for employees, management, owners and family members
  • Minimisation of taxes payable
  • Facilitation of retirement for the current leadership generation
  • Ability to retain control of the process and decision making
Trade Investment Queensland (TIQ)

TIQ helps connect investors, exporters, and buyers from Queensland. Trade & Investment Queensland works with partner agencies, industry organisations and international allies to promote better access to overseas markets and decision makers for Queensland companies. If you are an exporter, they will work closely with you to develop required skills, provide you with market intelligence and business connections, and offer in-market introductions through targeted trade missions.

Industry Groups:


AgForce has been the unifying voice for Queensland’s beef, sheep and grain producers since 1999.  Our strength continues through our membership and a strategic vision to secure the productivity, profitability and sustainability of the agribusiness sector.

AgForce provides direction and solutions for our members to overcome challenges and build on opportunities, and links rural and regional Queensland with urban communities through our Every Family Needs A Farmer initiative.

Agribusiness Australia

The Agribusiness Association of Australia aims to advance agribusinesses in Australia. It was established by four university lecturers who saw the need for an agribusiness connection between the universities and industry.



Australian Food & Industry Council

Australian Food & Industry Council is an industry association which represents the manufacturers and suppliers behind Australia’s food, beverage, and grocery brands.


AUSVEG is a national peak industry body representing the interests of Australian vegetable and potato growers and is committed to securing the industry’s future.

They offer:

  • Publications & resources
  • Events & training
  • Environmental programs
  • Biosecurity information
  • Potato Industry Extension Program
  • Media Kits
  • Suppliers Guides
Burnett Catchment Care Association (BCCA)

Burnett Catchment Care Association (BCCA) helps land managers, industry and community improve sustainable catchment health for the Burnett, Kolan, Isis, Gregory, Elliott, Burrum and Baffle catchments.

Burnett Inland Economic Development Organisation (BIEDO)

Burnett Inland Economic Development Organisation (BIEDO) – Supporting Rural Business and Community

Burnett Mary Regional Group (BMRG)

Burnett Mary Regional Group (BMRG) is a community based, not for profit organisation that delivers targeted natural resource management outcomes for the Burnett Mary region. Collaborating with federal, state and local government, Industry and community groups, Traditional owners and research institutions. Engaging communities and increasing their capacity and participation in natural resource management is also a priority. BMRG is committed to creating a wider understanding of natural resource management issues and creating a balance between resource conservation and resource use and building a sustainable future for the region.

Citrus Australia

Citrus Australia Ltd is the recognised peak industry body representing the nation’s commercial citrus growers.

Export Council of Australia (ECA)

Export Council of Australia (ECA) aims to assist in:

  • Developing international business skills
  • Building Australian business capacity
  • Conducting international market research
  • Helping to break down barriers to trade
  • Building global networks
  • Informing Australian trade policy
Food Industries Association of Queensland (FIAQ)

Food Industries Association of Queensland (FIAQ) represents food businesses in Qld and is open to businesses of all sizes as well as individuals. They have a strong relationship with Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland (CCIQ) which provides expertise in areas such as WHS, HR and environmental.   They also have a representative in Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) which is the federal lobby group for the food industry. FIAQ represents: Bakery / biscuits, Beverages, Bio-products, Brewing, Chemicals, Dairy, Eggs, Food Service, Fruit Juice, Fruit & Vegetable Processing, Grain, Ingredients, Laboratories, Logistics/Transport, Meat, Nuts, Packaging, Pig Industry, Poultry, Project Management, Regulatory / Government, Snack Foods, Sugar, Workplace Training


Growcom is the peak representative body for Queensland horticulture and strives for the long term growth and profitability of horticultural farms and the industry.

Meat & Livestock Australia

Meat & Livestock Australia – Working in collaboration with the Australian Government and wider red meat industry, MLA’s mission is to deliver value to levy payers by investing in initiatives that contribute to producer profitability, sustainability and global competitiveness.

Private Forestry Service Queensland

Private Forestry Service Queensland – Forestry services managing native and planted forests for private forest owners/growers, provision of workshops and field days to private forest owners/growers, provision of extension services. Total landscape service activities include planning, valuation, roading, harvesting, management, and regeneration or establishment. They offer:

  • Consultancy services
  • Private forestry enterprise education
  • Advise & resources
  • Industry & regional development
  • policy development assistance
Rural Financial Counselling Service

Rural Financial Counselling Service – Delivers the Rural Financial Counselling Programme to rural producers, fishers and small rural businesses in the many areas of Queensland.   “Assisting rural people to identify ways to become self-reliant and better equipped to manage change and adjustment.” Rural financial counsellors do not provide family, emotional or social counselling, financial advice or succession planning services, but, can provide referrals and information.

Other Resources:

Agricultural Resources for Secondary Schools

Agricultural Resources for Secondary Schools – UQ offers a number of events, competitions and activities each year for school groups, individual prospective students and teachers.   The School of Agriculture and Food Sciences delivers knowledge, skills and research in the areas of agricultural business; animal science; environmental science; food, nutrition and technology; and plant and soil science that help investigate solutions to unrelenting world issues, such as climate change, feeding a growing population, diminishing natural resources, biosecurity and the protection of endangered wildlife. They offer:

  • Open Days
  • Workshops & career talks (on & off campus)
  • Online resources
  • Professional development for teachers
  • Career & science posters
  • Other publications
Bugs For Bugs

Bugs For Bugs is a local business with national significance. They specialise in integrated pest management (IPM) and are one of Australia’s leading suppliers of biological control agents.

Conservation Agreement

A Conservation Agreement is an agreement between the Australian Government Environment Minister and another person for the protection and conservation of biodiversity in an area of land or sea.

Farming to Agri-Tourism

Farming to agri-tourism – The six steps from farming to agri-tourism. Information for agricultural regions looking for an economic kick-start, there is a template available to value-add to activities by moving into agri-tourism.

Nature Refuges Program

Nature Refuges Program – The Nature Refuges Program is the Queensland Government’s primary voluntary conservation covenanting program. The legacy that can be created through the perpetuity of a nature refuge agreement is often attractive to landholders who have invested significant effort in good management, particularly those with a historical or family association with their property. You do not have to choose between productivity and conservation because a nature refuge agreement can be negotiated to allow for continuing use of the land resulting in both ecological and economic sustainability. The NatureAssist program also provides funding for projects that deliver conservation outcomes for landholders interested in establishing or extending a nature refuge. There are specific areas of the state targeted by NatureAssist, selected for their predicted future conservation resilience in the landscape. Targeted landholders will be directly contacted and asked if they would like to participate.

Rural Industry News

Rural Industry News current Australian rural industry news

Rural Skills Australia

Rural Skills Australia provides advice and assistance on rural and related skills and training to the National Farmers’ Federation and its affiliated membership, Australian Apprenticeship Centres, Jobs Services Australia members, RTOs and Group Training Organisations.  Australian Apprenticeships in general agriculture and horticulture are the most popular in rural industries. However, more specialised training may be available for: Beef cattle, cotton production, goat production, turf management, grain production, milk harvesting, pig production, parks and gardens, rural merchandising, sheep and wool, sugar cane production, arboriculture, poultry production, horse breeding, dairy, nursery, floriculture, landscape, production horticulture, veterinary nursing.

The Farm Table - Connecting Australian Agriculture

The Farm Table – Connecting Australian Agriculture – is essentially a central, online toolbox — the platform connects producers, students, agribusiness professionals, and others involved or interested in the industry, to information quickly and easily in a user-friendly format.

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