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.
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
Together we can make a difference.
Supporting Agriculture – Continuity planning & managing supply chain disruption
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 https://jobsearch.gov.au/harvest
– Lodge vacancies directly onto jobsearch.gov.au or register your business on the Jobactive website to post positions for free https://jobsearch.…gov.au/employers/registration…
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 email@example.com or Council’s website www.southburnett.qld.gov.au. 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.
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
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.