It can be difficult to keep up with all the information and assistance available for businesses affected by COVID-19. We've listed the latest information for businesses below to make life easier.
National COVID-19 Support
JobKeeper Payment: Under the JobKeeper Payment, businesses significantly impacted by the Coronavirus outbreak will be able to access a subsidy from the Government to continue paying their employees. For more information and to apply for the JobKeeper payment visit ato.gov.au.
Relief for commercial tenants: A range of measures to help renters. This includes a temporary hold on evictions and a mandatory code of conduct for commercial tenancies to support small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) affected by coronavirus.
Increasing the instant asset write-off: The Government is increasing the instant asset write-off threshold from $30,000 to $150,000. This provides cash flow benefits for businesses that will be able to immediately deduct purchases of eligible assets.
Backing business investment: A time limited 15 month investment incentive (through to 30 June 2021) to support business investment and economic growth over the short term, by accelerating depreciation deductions.
The Australian Government has set up a team of dedicated customer representatives 8am – 8pm across Australia through their Coronavirus business support service. Phone 13 28 46 or E-mail.
For more information on financial assistance, eligibility and timing for the new government support for Australian businesses, visit Business.gov.au.
State COVID-19 Support
The Queensland Government’s industry recovery package contains a range of initiatives. Please note that all of the latest updates are available on the Business Queensland website and it is suggested that you regularly visit this site to stay in touch with the most up to date information. You can download the factsheet here or click on each title in the summary below:
Payroll tax relief package includes a range of payroll tax relief measures including refunds of payroll tax and payroll tax holiday and deferrals.
Supply Chain Issues: Assisting Queensland manufacturers and businesses that are currently impacted by the ongoing coronavirus situation.
Halpin Partners have launched a website providing videos and resources for businesses.
Rural Financial Counselling Service: Any Small Business impacted by COVID19 can now contact the Small Business Financial Counselling Service - North Queensland Phone (07) 4652 5669.
Fair Work Australia: Help and advice for employers and employees with entitlements during this time.
Patrick Bluett is the tourism industry representative for the region. If you require tourism related information, assistance or advice please contact email@example.com or phone 0475 004 098.
ATEC has developed the Road to Recovery tourism tutorial series, a 12-week program designed to provide our industry with all the necessary tools to be ready to bounce back after the impacts of COVID-19. The tutorial series aims to ensure your business is equipped and will cover a range of topics, such as tools to adapt & innovate, marketing in an (even more so) digital world and bettering commercial relationships.
TTNQ is offering every member up to two hours’ of free HR advice from HR Dynamics
Tourism Tribe are offering free online workshops for post-disaster marketing.
How-to Covid-19 Action Plan for Tourism providers by Tourism e-school.
Air freight support: The Australian Government is setting up an International Freight Assistance Mechanism. This will back Australia’s agriculture and seafood export sectors.
Free Webinars - BDO and Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries webinar series for evaluating and refining your business continuity planning.
Positive Business Stories
There's a whole lot of goodness happening across the region as businesses adapt and innovate their way through the disruptions caused by the pandemic. If you know of a business doing great things, please give them a shout-out by tagging #LoveThePlaceWeLive to feature in the next edition. The Pocket Produce in El Arish recently launched their online store and have partnered with local producers. Essential food boxes containing produce, bread, eggs and milk can be delivered to your door for a small fee.
Tuskers located in South Mission Beach have launched 'tusker-roo' home delivery service after purchasing two scooters.
Butchers across the region are offering deliveries to help those who #StayHome. Check out your local butcher's facebook page.
"We bought a delivery vehicle and upgraded our website to enable us to sell direct to the public. People are starting to realise how important it is to know more about where food comes from. The story behind it. And also how important it is to support Australian family owned and operated small businesses" Chris Bolton Fishing
"Lots (of businesses) still open with modifications to their service.
It is good to see everyone is being careful and complying with all the Government guidelines. Not every business is closed and if we are careful we can keep busy with some degree of normalcy." Tully & District Chamber of Commerce.
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