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15 July 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.
Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs

More jobs for Queenslanders as we unite and recover from the global pandemic The Queensland Government has announced a $90 million package of additional measures under its economic recovery strategy: Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs. Details about all economic recovery initiatives can be found on the Unite and Recover website.

Back to Work extension in 2020–21 with $70 million available — Back to work payments are available to Queensland businesses that recruit an eligible worker who has been unemployed for at least four weeks. A new Apprentice and Trainee Boost of up to $20,000 will be available to employers who employ an eligible apprentice or trainee.

Skilling more Queenslanders for work with $10 million boost — The funding through the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative will support paid Work Skills Traineeships on construction or conservation and land management projects around the state, which will be announced later this month.

$10 million Reef Assist program to support 200 jobs — Funding will support jobs on priority environmental projects in Great Barrier Reef catchments.

Recent Announcements

New South Wales hotspots declared after outbreaks — Border restrictions have been imposed for the NSW local government areas of Liverpool and Campbelltown, which are now listed as COVID-19 hotspots. Read more about Queensland border restrictions.

Call out for tradies to join plan to Unite and Recover — Register of interest opens for the $100 million Works for Tradies boost to build 215 new homes.

New legislation to make wage theft a crime The Queensland Government is amending criminal legislation to target employers who commit serious and deliberate wage theft. More on wage theft is available at

ARM Hub to help manufacturers flex in post-COVID-19 era — Advanced Robotics Manufacturing (ARM) Hub online workshops for Townsville, Rockhampton and Brisbane aim to support manufacturers to build their resilience and improve competitiveness.

Australian Tax Office compliance measures — The ATO delivers a range of support for businesses and employers and is working to ensure this support reaches those that are impacted by COVID-19.

Key resources
Queensland Government Unite against COVID-19: Covers Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs strategy, Roadmap to easing restrictions and COVID Safe checklists and plans.Current Public Health Directions - Businesses, activities and undertakings

COVID-19 business assistance finder

Current Public Health Directions- Businesses, activities and undertakings

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.

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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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