Business and industry support
A suite of initiatives is available to support Queensland business and industry who are impacted by COVID-19 (coronavirus).
Support, for manufacturers and businesses seeking supply of difficult to obtain vital materials and supplies, is available through the Manufacturers’ Supply Matching Request form.
If you are a supplier able to meet the needs of businesses seeking vital materials and supplies, register with your capability and capacity on the Queensland Government’s dedicated ICN Gateway page.
Expressions of interest are now open for a $500 million loan facility to support Queensland businesses, impacted by COVID-19, to retain employees and maintain their operations.
The loan facility will comprise low interest loans of up to $250,000 for carry on finance with an initial 12-month interest free period.
Support is available for impacted small and medium businesses to build resilience, grow and succeed. This includes financial workshops in partnership with local bodies, business mentoring and a dedicated small business hotline to access information and referral to support services.
If your business has been affected by COVID-19, you may be eligible for one or more of a range of payroll tax relief measures.
- refunds of payroll tax for 2 months
- a payroll tax holiday for 3 months
- deferral of paying payroll tax for the 2020 calendar year.
Support for tourism operators and hospitality providers
Fees and charges relief for tourism operators and hospitality providers include:
- waiving application fees for some variations to liquor licences
- waiving registration renewal fees for Inbound Tour Operators
- waiving of daily fees for commercial activity agreements and permits
- rebate on Marina Charges and Passenger Levies
- deferral of Tourism Lease Rent Payments.
Market diversification and resilience grants (MDRG) are now available to support activities including, but not limited to, market evaluation studies, market visits, training, new equipment such as refrigeration or cryovac machines, and boat modifications necessary to meet new market requirements.
The MDRG program will benefit Queensland agriculture, food and fishing exporters and their critical supply chain partners, as well as industry organisations working with exporters to build resilience by diversifying into new markets (international or interstate).
Industry recovery package
The Queensland Government has released a $27.25 million immediate industry recovery package to assist local government, business and industry with resilience and recovery strategies to deal with and mitigate the impact of COVID-19.
Other fisheries support
The catch area for tropical rock lobster will be extended for three months to reduce operating costs for quota holders and enable alternative markets to be developed.
Fishing boat licence fees and quota fees for tropical rock lobster and coral trout will be temporarily waived.
For further information, fishers can contact the DAF Customer Service Centre on 13 25 23.
The $1.1 million ‘Market Ready’ initiative will provide tailored export advice to small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) on leveraging opportunities in the Chinese online market, support brand development by providing market intelligence and expert advice for exporters entering new markets and host China market development forums to provide practical export advice.