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18 November 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.

Recent announcements

Stage 5 restrictions now in place — The latest step in easing restrictions took effect from 4pm on 17 November. Indoor premises can have one person per 2m2, indoor seated events can have 100% capacity with patrons wearing masks on entry and exit, outdoor events can have up to 1500 attendees with a COVID Safe Plan, open air stadiums can have 100% capacity and weddings and funerals can have 200 guests. Read more about the Business, Activities and Undertakings Direction (No. 9).

Round 2 – Small Business COVID-19 Adaption Grant program — We are still accepting applications from regional small businesses in Queensland for grants of up to $10,000. Check the eligibility criteria and submit an application online.

COVID-19 International Tourism Adaption Grant — Offers between $2,000 and $10,000 to support regional Queensland tourism businesses that have suffered losses due to international tourism restrictions. Businesses must primarily operate outside South East Queensland and can’t have received a COVID-19 Small Business Adaption Grant. So far more than 35 per cent of the funding pool has been requested.

Positive Action with Every Transaction — The Queensland Social Enterprise Council’s new campaign highlights the value of supporting social enterprises and has been supported by the Queensland Government.

Australian Government’s Economic Recovery Plan released — Summaries of the range of support for individuals, households, businesses and employers, including the JobMaker Hiring Credit.

Local Recovery Fund proposals close on 30 November for five Queensland regions — Stakeholder proposals for grants of between $10,000 and $200,000 that meet the priorities of the Cairns, Wide Bay/Sunshine Coast, Townsville, Wivenhoe or Gold Coast regions’ Local Jobs Plans must be lodged by 2pm Queensland time (3pm AEDT) on Monday 30 November.

Insolvency reforms to support small business introduced to Parliament — The Corporations Amendment (Corporate Insolvency Reforms) Bill 2020 is expected to take effect from 1 January 2021 once the current temporary measures expire at the end of this year.

Australian Business Growth Fund launched — With an initial investment pool of $540 million the fund will soon engage with small and medium enterprises (SME) with annual revenue between $2 million and $100 million and a track record of growth and profitability. It will offer long-term equity capital investments between $5 million and $15 million to support innovation, expansion and new job opportunities in the SME sector.

Holiday Here This Year campaign — Tourism Australia is encouraging everyone to explore the many options available across the country and support local operators and communities to recover.


Key resources

Queensland Government COVID-19 website: Includes COVID Safe checklists and plans.

COVID-19 business assistance finder

Current Public Health Directions

Queensland Small Business Commissioner: Leasing advice and dispute resolution


Download the COVIDSafe app from the Apple Store or Google Play.
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