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Managing & Surviving the Coronavirus Crisis

How can you keep your business open, staff employed, bills paid and customers spending? There’s a lot to consider. In this webinar we looked at where to find reliable information, how it affects the operation of your business, dealing with staff, suppliers, kitchen systems, customer service, landlords and creditors. Plus improving communication with customers and important sanitation and hygiene issues.


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Landlords & Leases: Understand Your Options

Are you finding it difficult to pay the rent? You’re not alone. – it’s an issue facing many hospitality operators. To help you handle negotiations with your landlord, we’ve brought together two experts, who are very used to dealing with these issues: Richard Edwards, Head of Commercial (and former hospitality lawyer) at Pragma Legal, and Paul Leach, business broker from GSE Business Consultants and director of the popular Growth, Strategy & Exit Planning Facebook Group.

We discussed what you can negotiate and how to mange the process, new legal regulations, what you need to support your case, and understanding the players involved: tenant, landlord, lawyers, centre management and brokers. Our experts also answered dozens of questions.


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COVID-19 Series: State and Federal Government resources available for business

CCIQ webinar: ‘COVID-19 series: State and Federal Government resources available for business’ – recorded on Tuesday 24 March 2020, with Jack Baxter from CCIQ and guest Minister for Employment and Small Business Shannon Fentiman.

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COVID-19 Jobs Support Loan scheme application checklist

QLD Rural and Industry Development Authority has released an easy-to-use checklist for businesses applying for the Queensland Government’s $500M COVID-19 Jobs Support Loan scheme. Following these simple steps will ensure that businesses provide the essential documents needed to help their applications be processed sooner. Watch the video here:



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nbn increases Sky Muster™ data allowances, enhances Sky Muster™ Plus

NBN Co has unveiled new measures to support increasing capacity and data demand for nbn satellite services in regional and remote Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic.

nbn™ Sky Muster™ data download limits significantly increased

Effective from 31 March for a limited period of up to three months, nbn will increase the download data limits that apply to RSPs for the standard nbn™ Sky Muster™ service, providing an additional 45GB for each standard nbn™ Sky Muster™ service at no additional cost to those RSPs.

This additional 45GB will allow RSPs, in some cases, to effectively double the average monthly download limits on retail plans offered to many of their customers.

Enhancements to nbn™ Sky Muster™ Plus

Available from 1 April on an ongoing basis, enhancements for nbn™ Sky Muster™ Plus plans will include an expansion of unmetered content. Once these enhancements take effect, all traffic on nbn™ Sky Muster Plus plans will be unmetered, except for video streaming and traffic via a VPN, both of which will continue to be metered.

For the latest updates, visit or click on the image below.

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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

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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.

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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.
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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

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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.