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Is your Small Business COVID-19 Adaption Grant application ready?

Round 2 of the Small Business COVID-19 Adaption Grant program opens tomorrow – Wednesday 1 July 2020.

A total funding pool of up to $100 million is on offer this time around with up to $50 million earmarked for regional small businesses. Eligible small businesses can apply for grants of up to $10,000 to help pay for a range of activities.

We anticipate a high level of interest in the grants and applications will close as soon as funds are anticipated to be exhausted. Before submitting your application check the
guidelines and use the online eligibility tool to help verify that your business and activity meet the eligibility criteria. Also make sure you have all required supporting documents ready to upload in the application portal.

For more information about the program including guidelines, eligibility criteria, FAQs and application tips visit
business.qld.gov.au/adaption-grant

Queensland Small Business Commissioner report

Maree Adshead unpacks the first months activities for the Office of the Queensland Small Business Commissioner and provides key tips for small business, including financial counselling, negotiating leases and securing agreements. 

The Office of the Queensland Small Business Commissioner can be contacted on 1300 312 344 or visit
business.qld.gov.au/qsbc.

For the latest updates, follow Maree on
Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Now's the time to #SupportSmall 

The Queensland Government, together with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) is providing a range of support to help small businesses keep afloat and recover when the restrictions are completely lifted.

Shannon Hawkes Artisan Florals in Central Queensland had to close their doors for five weeks but the team have used the resources on the Business Queensland website, applied for a payroll tax relief refund and attended resilience webinars delivered by TAFE Queensland to increase their digital presence and manage their sales and deliveries online.

With support from their local community, Shannon and her team are experiencing an increase in daily flower sales which has made up for more than six months of postponed weddings. The team have also had success working with their local council to develop their social media strategy and improve their digital marketing skills.

Visit the
Business Queensland website and the CCIQ #supportsmall website for more information.

Nomination time for top training and skill-building employers!

There’s still time to finalise your nomination-in-progress for the 2020 Queensland Training Awards, which close at the end of the month.

Across 14 categories, the awards showcase the success stories of great apprentices, trainees, VET students and trainers, as well as employers, training providers and community-based organisations.

Queensland businesses that employ apprentices or trainees, or actively support training in the workforce generally, may be eligible for Small, Medium or Large Employer of the Year
award categories.

If you are in the process of nominating, we’ve compiled handy
support resources to help you get cracking, unstuck and officially nominated!

Nominations close at midnight on Tuesday 30 June 2020. For more information visit
qta.qld.gov.au.
 

New portal for Queensland job hunters

The Queensland Government recently launched the Jobs Finder Queensland portal.

The online portal represents a partnership with the Recruitment, Consulting and Staffing Association (RCSA) to provide a streamlined way for unemployed Queenslanders to register their details, location and skills and be matched with suitable job opportunities by professional recruitment agencies.

Visitors to the portal can also access a range of free online training options to help with job readiness. Free online training options are also available for Queensland small business owners, operators and their employees.

If you’re a business with job openings, you can be matched quickly with the skilled and work-ready Queenslanders on the portal by contacting the
RCSA.

Find out more at
jobsfinder.qld.gov.au

GO1 Queensland Small Business Skills Hub

Queensland small businesses and their employees now have access to a free online training library thanks to a new partnership between the Queensland Government and globally successful, local online training company, GO1.com.

The Hub allows you to connect with a library of around 400 online courses in topic areas such as Leading a Successful Business, Digital Skills, Connecting Businesses and Customers and Foundation Business Skills.

Business owners and operators can launch a customised training portal for their workplace to allow their employees to access professional development in areas such as soft skills and IT.

The Hub is available to Queensland small businesses with an ABN and less than 20 staff. Access is free but registration is required.

For more information, visit
business.qld.gov.au/onlinetraining.

Changes to fire ant biosecurity zones and requirements

Changes to the Biosecurity Regulation 2016 for fire ants came into effect on Wednesday 27 May 2020. These changes provide extra protection to areas that have undergone the National Red Imported Fire Ant Eradication Program's eradication activities, and reduce the chance of the pest spreading by the movement of infested material such as soil, gravel, mulch and hay.

The key changes are:

Find out more on the website or join the conversation on the fire ant zones engagement hub.

New online tool to report racism

Media reports and anecdotal evidence suggest the COVID-19 pandemic has led to increased incidents of racism and vilification around Australia, particularly directed towards the Chinese and Asian communities.  

As a result, the 
Queensland Human Rights Commission (QHRC) has launched a new online tool to help people report incidence of racial abuse, discrimination and vilification.  

If you've been targeted by racial abuse or vilification 
formal complaints can be lodged at the Commission, or with the police in the case of threats of physical harm.  

However, if you don't want to make a formal complaint, or you have witnessed racial abuse, report it by using the 
new online tool.  

If you’re unsure of whether or not you’re able to lodge a complaint, or who with, you can contact the QHRC team on 1300 130 670.

Tax tips to help small business

Tax time is just around the corner. To help you when it’s time to lodge your tax return:

  • Check ato.gov.au/concessionsataglance now to see if your business can take advantage of any tax concessions, such as immediate deductions for prepaid expenses, the Instant asset write-off, accelerated depreciation for primary producers or simplified rules for trading stock
  • Remember to report all income, including cash, coupons and online payments
  • Keep track of your expenses - you can only claim the business portion of expenses as business deductions
  • Keep records and make a backup (you can use the myDeductions tool on the ATO app if you're a sole trader).
Visit ato.gov.au/SBsupport for a range of ATO tools and services to help you with your tax and super, or see a registered tax professional.

Instant asset write-off expansion

The instant asset write-off was expanded in March to support businesses through COVID-19. From 12 March 2020 until 30 June 2020, the instant asset write-off:

  • Threshold for each asset increased to $150,000 (up from $30,000)
  • Eligibility has been expanded to cover businesses with an aggregated turnover of less than $500 million (up from $50 million).
Businesses can claim an immediate deduction (business portion only) for multiple assets, new or second hand, provided each asset costs less than $150,000. Assets must be first used or installed ready for use between 12 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 to claim the expanded threshold.

For more information about the instant asset write-off, visit ato.gov.au/instantassetwriteoff

The 2020 Recovery Business and Jobs Expos are a place to connect with local businesses, support recovery and discover employment opportunities.

Subsidised expo stands are available for eligible businesses. For further details including upcoming dates and venues, 
visit the website.   

Queensland, you're Good to Go

Tourism businesses can get involved with Tourism and Event Queensland's new campaign to drive interstate tourism. The campaign is built on the premise that Queensland's tourism industry is open, ready to welcome visitors and is following COVID Safe practices.

The Business Queensland events calendar is a one-stop-shop for all small business events, including online webinars and workshops.

If you run events for Queensland small businesses, list your event today
!


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