We’re a powerful, persuasive and persistent voice in the ears of state and federal lawmakers.
Wherever we can press the case of Queensland business – to get your voice acknowledged and actioned – we are there.
Download the reports to read more about the submissions we’ve made to government at all levels.
31 July Transition from School to Work Submission
CCIQ provides comment to the Federal Department of Education highlighting the importance Industry has in facilitating a successful transition from school to work (Download PDF 318KB)
31 July Transitioning Regional Economies Submission
CCIQ recognizes the changing economies following the decline of the mining boom and provide recommendations to the productivity commission on how regions are best able to cope and remain viable (Download PDF 838KB).
7 July ACCC Inquiry into Retail Electricity Supply
CCIQ provides insight to the ACCC regarding the Queensland retail market advocating for greater transparency in the future(Download PDF 286KB).
5 July Electricity and Other Legislation (Batteries and Premium Feed-in Tariff) Amendment Bill 2017 Submission
Government should abolish the solar bonus scheme due to the inequitable nature of the subsidy. CCIQ welcomes the power of choice for embedded network customers(Download PDF 247KB).
6 July Government Procurement (Judicial Review) Bill 2017 submission
CCIQ is of the view that the Bill provides limited access to raise complaints regarding unfair procurement processes(Download PDF 311KB).
3 July Waste Reduction and Recycling Amendment Bill 2017 submission
Queensland business community is strongly committed to balancing environmental sustainability with economic prosperity and recognise their vital role in minimising the impact of their activities on the environment(Download 229KB).
30 June Horizontal Fiscal Equalisation review by the Productivity Commission (Download PDF 281KB).
19 June Submission on Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017
CCIQ does not believe the licensing scheme, outlined in the Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017, will achieve its purpose due to its poor drafting and unworkable provisions. CCIQ urges the government to not proceed with the duplication of legislation and increasing red tape on small businesses. (Download 417KB)
5 May submission in response to the Review of climate change policies Discussion Paper
CCIQ supports ACCI position regarding climate change policies moving forward and encourage the Federal government to engage with Regional areas and Small Businesses to develop proactive policies (Download 430KB).
5 May submission on Best Practice Review of Work, Health and Safety Queensland
CCIQ is disappointed with the informal review process and consultation for such an important issue. CCIQ opposes any initiatives which increase red tape and burden on small businesses and encourage the State Government to allow the current processes and procedures to be tried and tested before change be instigated (Download PDF 452KB).
28 April Submission to Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy House of Representatives
CCIQ urge government to consider affordability as the top priority for modernizing the electricity grid and to ensure small businesses are not left holding the bill for future costs(Download PDF 787KB).
10 April Submission to the Department of Education and Training
CCIQ recognises the importance of the VET sector in preparing workers with workplace-specific skills for a wide range of careers and industries including trade, office work, retail, hospitality and technology(Download PDF 453MB).
3 April Submission to Queensland Competition Authority on Regulate Electricity Prices Draft Determinations 2017-18
CCIQ advocate for reduced electricity fees to give relief to small businesses after another projected price rise(Download PDF 768KB).
29 March Submission to the Fair Work Commission
CCIQ recommend modest wage increase in light of the soft economy, rise in unemployment and increasing financial pressure on small businesses(Download PDF 1.1MB).
24 March Submission on the Trading (Allowable Hours) Amendment Bill 2017
CCIQ are pleased by certain positive aspects of the reform, however CCIQ remains concerned about the impact of the majors’ market dominance over small businesses and feels more reforms can be put in place to support independent businesses(Download PDF 289KB).
24 March Submission to the Fair Work Commission
CCIQ believes the decision by the Fair Work Commission to reduce Sunday penalty rates should commence without delay (1 July 2017), with the transitional arrangements to phase in the more substantive reductions of 50% over a 16-month period(Download PDF 3MB).
9 Mar Submission to the Senate Finance and Public Administration Committee
CCIQ strongly supports a move to decentralise government jobs into the regions and believes Queensland can deliver unparalleled support, opportunities and enrichment to these agricultural-based entities.(Download PDF 3MB)
Submission to Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning on Shaping SEQ: Draft South East Queensland Regional Plan
Businesses within SEQ, as well as those located throughout the State, understand the importance of managing and capitalising on growth in SEQ to encourage job creation and take advantage of all opportunities it presents in strengthening the Queensland economy. (Download PDF 402KB)
CCIQ Submission - Issues Paper: Payment Times and Practices
Queensland’s small business community has welcomed the inquiry which recognises that small business suppliers are being detrimentally impacted by the culture of late payments.(Download PDF)
22 Feb - CCIQ Submission - Positive Futures: Apprenticeships and Traineeships in Queensland
Government must begin looking at how to attract new students into the programs as well as make it easier for small businesses to employ new apprentices and trainees.(Download 586KB)
CCIQ Submission - Liquor and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017
CCIQ supports the move by Government to address and appropriately respond to the findings of the Tackling Alcohol-Fueled Violence interim evaluation report to repeal the lock out laws. However, CCIQ holds concern over future changes to the boundaries of the Safe Night Precincts and how it may affect businesses. (Download Submission)
Submission to the Productivity Commission on the Transitioning Regional Economies initial report.
CCIQ urging the Federal Government to turn focus towards Queensland’s regional towns still facing significant challenges in transitioning to a more sustainable economic base(Download 268MB).
Submission to the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection on the Queensland Climate Adaptation Directions Statement. The Queensland business community is strongly committed to balancing environmental sustainability with economic prosperity, and recognise their vital role in minimising the impact of their activities on the environment(Download 318KB).
16 Nov - CCIQ urges the Australian Consumer Laws (ACL) to increasingly extend its protections to business-to-business dealings (Download 277KB).
Submission by MGA Independent Retailers and The Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland on Queensland Trading Hours Review (Download 1.87MB)
21 Oct - Submission to Department of Industry, Innovation and Science - R&D Tax Incentive - Considerable growth on the cash refund payable to start-ups and SMEs could in fact be viewed as a success of the program and an effective incentive strategy for R&D, rather than as threat to the program (Download PDF359KB)
30 Sept -Submission to the Finance and Administration Committee on the Industrial Relations Bill 2016 (Download 492KB)
19 Sept - The Government’s Enterprise Tax Plan represents an investment in Australia’s future prosperity and high standard of living, and is set to provide an annual growth dividend that will boost Australian small and medium business (SME) confidence, investments and jobs.(Download 317KB)
6 Sept - QTIC and CCIQ strongly urge the Federal Government not to impose unfair income tax rates on WHV holders’ earnings, and by doing so damage Australia’s hard-earned ability to remain competitive in this important tourism market (Download 971KB).
18 Aug - Ministerial Call In: West Village — West End and South Brisbane(Download 616KB)
Submission to Queensland Government, Department of Education and Training
Queensland needs a robust VET sector capable of delivering quality outcomes that meet the skills needs of industry, and boost workforce participation and social engagement(Download 336KB).
14 July - CCIQ submission to the Education, Tourism, Innovation and Small Business Committee on the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation (National Injury Insurance Scheme) Amendment Bill 2016(Download 3MB).
Submission to Australian Government - Department of Education and Training.
Improving the university system and increasing the number of tertiary educated employees is particularly important for Queensland. Aside from Tasmania, Queensland has the lowest proportion of 15-75 year olds with bachelor degrees or above. (Download 661KB)
CCIQ is committed to achieving national consistency and quality in the VET system through improved funding models, policy, research and data, starting with the redesign of VET FEE-HELP (Download 599KB)
17 May - Response to the Queensland Government’s Advancing Small Business Queensland Discussion Paper (Download 350KB)
20 April - Submission to the Queensland Competition Authority on the Draft Determination for retail electricity prices for regional Queensland for 2016-17 (Download PDF 482KB)
7 April - Submission on Inquiry into the practices of the Labour Hire Industry in Queensland (Download PDF 809KB)
5 April - Submission to the Fair Work Commission - Annual Wage Review 2015-16 (Download PDF 828KB)
31 March - Letter to Agriculture and Environment Committee on the Environmental Protection (Chain of Responsibility) Amendment Bill 2016 (Download PDF 1MB).
CCIQ wrote to the committee to express its concern with the Bill on a number of issues including:
- Lack of consultation;
- Definition of ‘related persons’;
- Unfair treatment of unrelated landowners;
- Relevant connections test; and
- Retrospective application.
22 March - Submission - Advanced Manufacturing - 10 Year Road Map Discussion Paper - Department of State Development (Download PDF 1.08MB)
16 March - Submission to Department of Immigration and Border Protection on The Entrepreneur Visa (Download 510KB)
CCIQ supports the introduction of the Entrepreneur Visa which will make it easier for people abroad to establish businesses in Australia, bringing in tax benefits, employment opportunities, a greater productive capacity, new innovative products and services, as well as a skills deepening in our workforce.
14 March - Submission to Department of Education and Training on Quality of assessment in vocational and education and training (Download 444 KB)
Industry relies heavily on the vocational education and training (VET) system to provide a skilled, job-ready workforce. Scrutiny has been placed on the assessment of the VET system but industry believes greater engagement with businesses is key.
11 March - Submission to QPC Draft report on electricity pricing in Queensland (Download 531KB)
Final Joint Submission to QPC Draft report on electricity pricing (Download 2MB)
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) has urged the Queensland Productivity Commission (QPC) to address network pricing to lower small business energy bills. CCIQ has also joined together with the Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) and other consumer representative organisations in providing a joint submission on the draft QPC report on electricity pricing. The joint submission addressed issues affecting productivity in the energy supply chain including networks; generation; and retail. CCIQ separately submitted to the QPC addressing issues including network prices; ownership of the network assets; deregulation of the retail market; electricity retail competition in regional Queensland; and the solar bonus scheme costs.
4 March - Submission to Department of Immigration and Border Protection regarding Evidence-based Review of the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) (Download 527KB)
The 457 Income Threshold had risen at a much faster pace than average wage rates over the past few years meaning businesses had found it difficult to access migrants to fill their vacancies where a clear skills shortage existed.
29 February - Joint submission to Finance and Administration Committee on North Stradbroke Isand Protection and Sustainability(Renewal of mining leases) Amendment Bill 2015 and North Stradbroke Island Protection and Sustainability and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2015 (Download 625KB)
The Straddie Chamber of Commerce and CCIQ support the primary objective of the Private Members Bill to extend the cessation date to 2024 and allow for rehabilitation of land in the region until the end of 2029. This objective rejects the State Government proposal to end sand mining activities in the North Stradbroke Island Region by 2019.
24 February - Submission to Treasury regarding the Tax Incentives for Early Stage Investors Policy Discussion Paper (Download 490KB)
Small businesses and start-ups will benefit from the proposed concessional tax treatment for investors. Businesses must be Australian innovation companies who are having difficulty accessing equity finance to assist with commercialisation.
19 February - Submission to the Office of Industrial Relations on Queensland Workers' Compensation Certificate of Capacity (PDF 395KB)
9 February - QTIC & CCIQ joint submission to the Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources Committee on the Queen's Wharf Brisbane Bill 2015 (PDF 522KB)
12 February - Misuse of Market Power Submission to Australian Government (Download 358MB)
8 February - Federal Budget Submission(Download 1.3MB)
4 February- Submission to the Review of the Queensland Parliamentary Committee System(Download PDF 239KB)
Submission to the Queensland Government’s 2016-17 State Budget (Download PDF 702KB)
28 January - Draft North Stradbroke Island Economic Transition Strategy (PDF 362KB)
16 January - Submission on the Corporations Amendment (Crowd-source Funding) Bill 2015 (Download PDF 514KB)
16 January - Letter to the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee regarding the Tackling Alcohol-fuelled Violence Legislation Amendment Bill 2015.(Download PDF 2MB)
10 December - Submission to Productivity Commission Draft Report - Migrant Intake into Australia (Download PDF 357KB)
23 November - Submission To The Queensland Productivity Commission Issues Paper On Solar Feed In Pricing In Queensland(Download PDF 647KB)
17 November - Submission To The Queensland Productivity Commission Issues Paper On Electricity Pricing In Queensland (Download PDF 891KB)
11 November - Submission made on the “Planning the 2016-17 Migration Programme” (Download PDF 987KB)
9 November - CCIQ Submission to the Fair Work Commission’s 4 yearly review of modern awards - Penalty rates for the retail sector (Download PDF 2MB)
29 October - Submission made on the draft State Infrastructure Plan (Download PDF 410KB)
21 October - Submission - Industrial Relations Reference Group. Industrial Relations Act 1999 (Qld) (Download PDF 1012kb)
20 October - The Introduction Of Four Year Terms In Queensland Parliament (Download PDF 709KB)
20 October - Submission The Draft Planning Bill 2015 (Download PDF 616KB).
13 October - Submission to the Education, Tourism and Small Business Committee’s Inquiry into the Jobs Queensland Bill 2015 (Download PDF 661KB)
6 October - Submission to the Finance and Administration Committee’s Inquiry into the Queensland Productivity Commission Bill 2015 (Download PDF 2.2MB)
24 September - Submission to the Finance and Administration Committee's Inquiry into the introduction of four year terms for the Queensland Parliament; the Constitution (Fixed Term Parliament) Amendment Bill 2015; and the Constitution (Fixed Term Parliament) Referendum Bill 2015 (PDF 1.8MB)
21 September - Submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry draft report into workplace relations reform (Download PDF 1MB)
15 September - Submission to the Inquiry into the Report on the Strategic Review of the Functions of the Integrity Commissioner (Download PDF 345KB)
21 September - CCIQ and QTIC submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into the Workplace Relations Framework Draft Report (Download PDF 1340KB)
10 August - CCIQ submission. Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 (Download PDF 980KB)
8 July - CCIQ submission to the Finance and Administration Committee on the Holidays and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015. (Download PDF 855KB)
3 July - Submission to the Australian Energy Regulator On The Preliminary Determinations for Ergon Energy and Energex Revenue Determination.
(Download PDF 865 KB)
6 July - CCIQ correspondence to the Fair Work Commission the 4 Yearly Review of Modern Awards (Download PDF 444KB)
3 July - CCIQ response to Productivity Commission Business Set-up, Transfer and Closure Draft Report (Download PDF 1.46 MB)
June - State Budget Submission (Download 654KB)
26 June - 4 Yearly Review of Modern Awards - Penalty Rates (Download PDF 1.6 MB)
19 June - Correspondence to Queensland and Independent Senators regarding the Comcare Scheme on behalf of CCIQ, the Australian Lawyers’ Alliance, and the Queensland Council of Unions (Download PDF 361KB)
9 June - Feedback on the Work Health and Safety and other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 (Download PDF 773 KB)
CCIQ Response to Tax Reform Discussion Paper
1 June - CCIQ Submission Re:think Tax Discussion Paper. (Download PDF 755KB)
18 May - Submission to The Research Director Finance and Administration Committee on the Industrial Relations (Restoring Fairness) and Other Legislastion Amendment Bill 2015 (PDF 820KB).
23 April - Submission to Finance and Administration Committee - Payroll Tax Rebate, Revenue and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 (731KB)
27 March - Submission - 2014-15 Annual Wage Review(640KB)
13 March - Submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Workplace Relations
20 Feb - Submission on the PC Inquiry into Business Set-up, Transfer and Closure in Australia(PDF 396KB)
30 Jan - CCIQ Submission - Letter to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection on Skilled Visa Review and Deregulation Taskforce (744KB)
12 Dec - CCIQ Submission - Agriculture Competitiveness Green Paper (815KB)
25 Nov - CCIQ Correspondence to the Queensland Labor Party Opposition Leader (PDF 1.45 MB) and State Secretary (PDF 1.43 MB) in response to the Queensland Labor Policy Platform
17 Nov - CCIQ Submission - Harper Panel Report (PDF1.6MB)
18 Nov - CCIQ Submission - Queensland Competition Authority on Draft Catalogue of Assistance Measures and Interim Report (PDF 658KB)
17 Oct - CCIQ Submission - Department of Immigration and Border Protection Discussion Paper (PDF 861KB) - Reviewing the Skilled Migration and 400 Series Visa Programs
30 Sept - CCIQ Submission - Letter to Queensland Accord project team (PDF 650KB)
30 Sept - CCIQ Submission - Workplace Gender Equality Reporting (PDF524KB)
22 Sept - CCIQ Submission - Letter to Office of Deregulation (PDF417KB) Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
15 Sept - CCIQ Submission - Strong Choices Investment Program (917KB)
28 August - CCIQ response to the Financial System Inquiry Interim Report (812 KB) on improving access to finance for small business.
1 August - CCIQ submission (1.65MB) on the Issues Paper and Consultation Regulation Impact Statement for improving the model Work Health and Safety laws
30 July - CCIQ letter to Director-General (664KB .pdf) Dept of Environment and Heritage Protection regarding support for the proposed Environmental Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014
25 July - CCIQ submission on the Statutory Review(561KB .pdf) of the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (the Act)
11 July - CCIQ Submission to the Productivity Commission’s Relative Costs of Doing Business in Australia: Retail Trade(2MB)
11 July CCIQ Letter(618KB) regarding CCIQ Submission to the Productivity Commission’s Relative Costs of Doing Business in Australia: Retail Trade
10 June - CCIQ Submission (1.7MB) to the Harper Review Panel as part of the National Competition Policy Review
30 May - CCIQ Submission (920KB) to the Queensland Competition Authority Inquiry on Industry Assistance
26 May - CCIQ Submission (806KB) to Independent Review of Integrity on the Subclass 457 Visa Programme
26 May - CCIQ Letter to Independant Panel of the Subclass 457 Visa Programme Review (365KB) regarding the suite of reforms introduced in July 2013
23 May - CCIQ Submission to the Board of Taxation (619KB) regarding the review of impediments facing Small Business
20 May - CCIQ Submission to Department of Energy and Water Supply: Letter to The Hon Mark McArdle MP (268 KB) regarding National Energy Retail Law (Queensland) Bill 2014 and the Electricity Competition and Protection Legislation Amendment Bill 2014
16 May - CCIQ Submission to the Treasurer: Letter to the Treasurer regarding StrongChoices (856KB,PDF)
16 May - CCIQ Submission to the Treasurer: Survey results for Queensland Small Business views on Asset Privatisation (397KB,PDF)
15 May - CCIQ Submission to Fair Work Commission on Annual Wage Review 2013/14 (1.1MB)
24 April - CCIQ Submission: Inquiry into the Fair Work Amendment Bill 2014(Cth) (137KB,DOC)
28 March - CCIQ Submission to Fair Work Commission: 2013/14 Annual Wage Review (1MB)
5 March - CCIQ Submission: The Queensland Plan: a 30-year vision for Queensland (69KB, DOC) or Read Details >>
5 March - CCIQ Submission: Review of Queensland's Development Assessment Fees (400KB, PDF)
27 September - CCIQ Letter to Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee regarding proposed implementation of a public holiday in November during the G20 summit, and attached ABS Australia Business Count data
30 August - CCIQ Submission to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) discussion paper with respect to the subclass 457 visa program, 'Implementation of labour market testing in the standard temporary work visa program'.
CCIQ response to the Interdepartmental Committee on Electricity Sector Reform and the State Government’s response
CCIQ Submission on the Outdoor Advertising Review
CCIQ response to the State Government's Draft State Planning Policy
26 April - CCIQ submission on the Inquiry into the Current Framework and Operation of 457 Visas, Enterprise Migration Agreements, and Regional Migration Agreements
18 April - CCIQ submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Education and Employment: Inquiry into role of the TAFE system and its operation
15 April - CCIQ letter to the Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committees on the Fair Work Amendment Bill
28 March - CCIQ submission to the Fair Work Commission - 2012/13 Annual Wage Review
18 March - CCIQ submission to the Productivity Commission on Regulator Engagement with Small and Medium Businesses
15 March - CCIQ response to the State Government's Liquor and Gaming Red Tape Reform Proposals
2 March - CCIQ submission to the Queensland Competition Authority: Regulated Retail Electricity Prices 2013-14
1 March - Joint Chambers - Modern Award Submission: Apprentices, Trainees and Juniors
31 January - Submission to the Australian Government's 2013-14 Federal Budget
23 January - CCIQ letter to Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts on the Queensland Science and Innovation Action Plan
14 January - CCIQ submission on The 30 Year Electricity Strategy: Queensland State Government Directions Paper
7 January - CCIQ submission to the QCA consultation paper "Regulated Retail Electricity Prices 2013-14: Cost Components and Other Issues"
4 January - CCIQ submission to the Federal Government on Restaurant and Cafe Menu Surcharges
28 November - CCIQ response to the Draft Queensland Drive Tourism Strategy
12 November - CCIQ response to the Queensland Government's Small Business Strategy and Action Plan
12 November - CCIQ submission on the State Procurement Policy Review 2012
31 October - CCIQ submission to the Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services Inquiry into Family Business in Australia 2012
10 October - CCIQ submission on the Draft National Productivity Compact
8 October - CCIQ submission to the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection on proposed amendments to the Environmental Protection Act
3 October - CCIQ submission to Trade and Investment Queensland
25 September - CCIQ submission to the Coalition Discussion Paper on Foreign Investment in Australian Agricultural Land and Agribusiness
20 September - CCIQ submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
10 September - CCIQ submission to the Queensland Skills and Training Taskforce
6 September - CCIQ submission to LACSC on Holidays and Other Legislative Amendment Bill 2012
3 September - CCIQ submission on the operation of the Queensland Workers' Compensation Scheme
19 June - CCIQ letter to the Prime Minister on the Clean Energy Legislation and Carbon Pricing Scheme
4 June - CCIQ letter to the Minister for Energy and Water Supply on Electricity Market Contracts
1 June - CCIQ letter of support for the Environmental Protection (Greentape Reduction) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2012
22 May - CCIQ Safe Work Australia Submission
17 May - CCIQ input to the Skills Australia 2012 Annual Report on the Resource Sector's Skill Needs
11 May - CCIQ correspondence to Fair Work Australia on Federal Budget
10 May - CCIQ response to the National Anti-Racism Partnership and Strategy Discussion Paper
7 December - CCIQ submission to the Skills Australia Annual Review of the Skilled Occupations List (SOL) for Independent Skilled Migration
7 December - CCIQ submission to Queensland Competition Authority on Draft Methodology Paper for Regulated Retail Electricity Prices
7 December - CCIQ submission on measures to extend Australian Industry Participation