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17 June 2020
The Department of Employment, Small Business and Training is sending this message to keep you informed of the latest assistance from the Queensland and Australian Governments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Minister's message
These are challenging times for many Queensland businesses. While we still have a long way to go, the easing of restrictions is an important step forward.

The Palaszczuk government continues to back our local businesses during these times. And just recently we have increased our support with our new procurement target of 25% for Queensland SMEs and a world first with free online training for small business through our Queensland Small Business Skills Hub.

Our plan now is to Unite and Recover. It is all about creating jobs and future proofing Queensland.

Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development
Shannon Fentiman MP

 
 
Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs
Unite and Recover for Queensland jobs – next phase of economic recovery announced — The Queensland Government has announced additional measures under its economic recovery strategy. There are a range of initiatives targeting small businesses and key industries including construction, tourism, transport and arts and culture. The full list of actions announced so far are detailed on the Unite and Recover website.

Second round of Small Business COVID-19 Adaption Grants to open on 1 July — A further $100 million has been allocated for a second round of these popular grants. Regional businesses will be prioritised in this round. Interested business owners can read the details for these grants. Businesses are encouraged to prepare their applications early in readiness for grant applications opening on 1 July.

$267 million building boost to benefit tradies, regions and more — This building stimulus package includes $106 million to introduce a new $5000 regional home building boost and to continue the first home owner grant. It also includes $100 million Works for Tradies housing construction program and $50 million for South East Queensland local councils to invest in works projects.

$15 million dollar package for interstate and intrastate flights — Further funding to secure new flights to airports across Queensland with $10 million for interstate flights when borders reopen. The second stage is on top of a previous commitment of $5 million for 16 airports to help airlines to secure intrastate flights.

$23 million Renewable Energy Training Facility gets green light to create jobs — Industry and the Queensland Government are investing in a new facility that will help train 750 apprentices per year and update the skills of thousands of licensed electricians in solar, electrical and telecommunications skills.

$23 million to unite and recover for Queensland taxi and limo operators — A package of payments to support operators and licence holders. The package will benefit operators and their clients, including seniors and people with a disability.

$22.5 million to support creative recovery plan after COVID-19 in Queensland — Funds to assist artists and other workers and support future redevelopment of our cultural sector.
 
Recent announcements
Support for Queensland small businesses — The Queensland Government On-time Payment Policy, reducing payment terms for small businesses from 30 to 20 days, will commence after 1 July 2020. Small businesses are encouraged to enter their details on the Small Business Register prior to 1 July to ensure they can be identified in payment systems.

Back to business: Unite and recover the Queensland way — The Queensland Government is encouraging the public to support reopening businesses and their staff by being patient and kind as they follow COVID safety guidelines. A range of resources are available that business can display.

Restrictions on businesses, activities and undertakings direction No. 2 — This updated direction from Queensland’s Chief Health Officer sets out information collection and records keeping requirements for restricted businesses, increases the number of people who can attend a funeral, clarifies social distancing arrangements for education institutions and retail food services can continue to provide takeaway and delivery options.

Calling Queensland online training providers — To expand the range of online training available for small businesses as they reopen and rebuild, the Queensland Government has opened an expression of interest for Queensland-based private sector providers of online training. Submissions close Monday 6 July at 2pm.

Registrations open for new tourism infrastructure projects — Applications to the $25 million Growing Tourism Infrastructure Fund are now being accepted. The aim is to fast-track projects that can commence within three months of approval to support construction jobs and then ongoing tourism activity across the state.

Extension of laws so supermarkets can continue to restock around the clock — Temporary measures to remove restrictions affecting supply chains for supermarkets have been extended to Saturday 31 October 2020.
   
Key resources
Queensland Government Unite against COVID-19Covers Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs strategy, Roadmap to easing restrictions and COVID Safe checklists and plans.

COVID-19 business assistance finder

Jobs Finder Queensland: Connecting Queenslanders looking for work with a network of recruitment and employment agencies.

Free online training: Courses available from TAFE Queensland, CQUniversity and through the Skills Focus Queensland library. Also check out the GO1 Queensland Small Business Skills Hub.

Queensland Small Business Commissioner: Leasing advice and dispute resolution
 
 

Download the COVIDSafe app from the Apple Store or Google Play.
 
Stay connected
In addition to this weekly message you can stay up-to-date with the latest assistance from the Queensland and Australian Governments through the Business Queensland website.

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