Advance Queensland support

We will regularly update this page with current support and information about the Advance Queensland initiative and programs.

We know there are many challenges for our innovation ecosystem resulting from COVID-19. We are committed to supporting you as we all navigate the new ways we live, interact, connect and work.

We have provided some immediate support including businesses and industry recovery packages as well as opportunities for you to connect with each other.

Our programs are pivoting to not only help address the impacts of COVID-19 but to also find new opportunities and build a new approach to collaborate with government and the broader innovation ecosystem.

We will keep working hard to deliver support for our innovation ecosystem.

Support updates

Open for Business
3 June  2020, 8:56am

COVID-19 is having a significant impact on our global communities and economies, especially our Indigenous community and its business and innovation sector. We have introduced Open for Business - Indigenous Business to Business Support Service to support Indigenous businesses and innovators to communicate and connect during COVID-19.

28 May 2020, 9:09am

Advance Queensland has launched #CommunityAQ – a place in the Twitter sphere to share your innovation insights, opportunities and even challenges. We encourage you to follow our Advance Queensland Twitter account and tag #CommunityAQ to engage with us and the broader innovation community.

Digital Desk
7 April 2020, 3:51pm

Join Advance Queensland each Tuesday at 3pm via MS Teams to connect and have your questions answered by our innovation engagement team.

The Forum

7 April 2020, 3:51pm

Join The Forum Facebook Group, a peer-to-peer platform managed by the Office of the Queensland Chief Entreprenuer that aims to support the ecosystem, from all corners of Queensland.

Toolbox Talks

7 April 2020, 3:51pm

Hear from Queensland innovation ecosystem leaders, experts and peers as they discuss a specific topic related to startups. Join the livestream each Monday and Friday at 11am. Register via the Office of the Queensland Chief Entreprenuer Facebook page.

Town Hall Talks with Leanne Kemp

7 April 2020, 3:51pm

Hear from Queensland Chief Entrepreneur, Leanne Kemp each Wednesday. Register for the livestream via the OQCE Facebook page.

Rental relief at The Precinct

8 October 2020, 10:30am

Advance Queensland has supported startups located at The Precinct with nine months free rent to help them survive the economic downturn caused by COVID-19. For more info or to secure an office space, email

JobKeeper Payment

7 April 2020, 3:51pm

We have joined forces with innovation leaders from across Australia to lobby for a better deal for startups. This has led to the Australian Government relaxing the eligibility criteria for the recently announced JobKeeper Payment, allowing startups to access this wage subsidy.

Changes to bankruptcy laws

7 April 2020, 3:51pm

The Australian Government have introduced changes to the Commonwealth bankruptcy law to provide immediate relief to people facing financial difficulty due to the economic impacts of COVID-19 following lobbying from Advance Queensland.

Supporting incubation infrastructure and innovation hubs

7 April 2020, 3:51pm

We are continuing to work with innovation leaders across Queensland and Australia to push the Australian Government to further support incubation infrastructure and innovation hubs.

Connecting Government

7 April 2020, 3:51pm

Advance Queensland is playing a key role in connecting ideas from Queensland’s innovative startups and scaleups with government. More than 100 proposals have already been received with a diverse range of ideas to potentially assist in the current environment created by COVID-19. The department is working across government to assess these proposals in a nimble way and to be a 'connector' within government to ensure that good ideas get to the right place. 



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