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Economic Development Officer - Business South Burnett
Support for businesses impacted by novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Queensland and Australian Governments are providing a range of measures to support small businesses and employees, including apprentices and trainees, to manage the impacts of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

A range of Queensland Government support is available for impacted small and medium businesses including mentoring sessions, financial workshops, small business hotline (1300 654 687), industry support and payroll tax relief. To find out more visit the Business Queensland website.

The Australian Government is supporting businesses to manage cash flow challenges and retain employees during the coronavirus health crisis. A range of assistance is available to support business investment, assist cash flow, keep employees including apprentices and trainees in jobs, and assist severely affected regions. Find out more about coronavirus business support available from the Australian Government.

To access the latest health information visit the Queensland Health website or the Australian Department of Health website

Economic Development Officer - Business South Burnett
Show your support by buying local and supporting small businesses

Recently Queenslanders have been doing in tough. It only seems like yesterday when we were facing bushfires and floods. And now COVID-19.

However, it’s during these tough and trying times that the true Queensland spirit shines through. And battling Coronavirus should be no different. Queenslanders need to stick together and support one another.

The Queensland Government is regularly updating its Business Queensland website to keep small businesses up-to-date with the latest news and support available, and others can help too.

We want to make sure all Queenslanders show their support for small businesses throughout Queensland by doing any one or more of the following:

  • Shop local
  • Engage with small businesses on social media
  • Call in an order
  • Shop small online
  • Think of small before big
  • Buy a gift card for later
  • Postpone don’t cancel

And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and use the hashtag #supportsmall.

Together we can make a difference.

Economic Development Officer - Business South Burnett
Supporting Agriculture – Continuity planning & managing supply chain disruption
  • BDO’s Business Continuity Planning Partner, Mark Cushing, and Food & Agribusiness Executive Director, Margaux Beauchamp, outline guidance measures the Agriculture industry needs to consider in response to COVID-19, and discuss vital measures to prepare and protect the supply chain now, and overtime.The session covers:
  • Business continuity planning measures and action items for consideration (including impacts on sustainability, supply chain, health and safety and technology)
  • Insights and updates from within the industry’s supply chain working groups
  • Discuss strategies for supply chain protection as COVID-19 restrictions are put in place
  • Live Q&A time to answer specific questions you have or share issues you are facing.
Economic Development Officer - Business South Burnett
Looking for farm workers?

You’re a producer, COVID-19 may impact your ability to source harvesting and production workers. Many businesses have relied on a regular pattern of seasonal workers and a stable, permanent workforce for many seasons, but there are other ways to recruit:

– Use the Harvest Trail online facility at

– Lodge vacancies directly onto or register your business on the Jobactive website to post positions for free…

– Contact a licensed Labour Hire service provider

If you need additional advice on these services, you can contact your local agriculture workforce officer here

Economic Development Officer - Business South Burnett
South Burnett Regional Council to close front counter services

South Burnett Regional Council takes the health and safety of our staff and community members very seriously. Following the latest Australian Government restrictions, we wish to advise that all South Burnett Regional Council Customer Service Centres and Administration Offices will be closed to the public as of close of business this afternoon, Monday 30 March 2020 to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19.

Community members are urged to contact Council via phone or email for general business or payments. Council’s Customer Service team is available for support via phone on 1300 789 279 / 4189 9100 or online via or Council’s website Face to face meetings will be conducted by appointment only. In addition, Council will provide secure document drop-off points by arrangement through one of our customer service representatives. Council staff will continue to work within a risk management framework to provide services.

Economic Development Officer - Business South Burnett
Upcoming webinars to support businesses during the COIVD-19 outbreak

27 March – Austrade International Health Webinar: Impact of COVID-19 in China

27 March – Conquer the Crisis™ – Business Experts Unite to Fight Covid-19 (Facebook live stream)

1 April – Reducing your operation costs during uncertain times

COVID-19 Series – Reducing your operating costs during uncertain times


Economic Development Officer - Business South Burnett
Energy Support Packages

We recognise the challenges some regional businesses face with the Queensland Competition Authority phasing out obsolete electricity tariffs by 2021.

To support regional businesses through the transition, a $10 million Regional Business Support Package has been designed in response to Queensland Productivity Commission (QPC) recommendations.

This package aims to help business customers better understand their electricity use, minimise their electricity costs and make informed choices about future tariff options.