State land rent relief – COVID-19 assistance
In response to the impact of COVID-19, the Queensland Government is providing rent relief for holders of leases, licences and permits on state land.
Depending on your rental category, you may be eligible to receive a rent waiver.
Under the Land (Covid-19 Emergency Response – Waiver and Deferral of Rents and Instalments) Regulation 2020, rent can be waived or deferred.
Other support for industry and small business under Queensland’s Economic recovery plan is also available.
Rent for eligible state land lessees, licensees and permit holders was waived for the period 1 April 2020 to 30 September 2020.
The following categories of leases, licences or permits are now eligible for a rent waiver for the period of 1 October 2020 to 31 December 2020:
- Category 11 (primary production)
- Category 13 (business)
- Category 14.2 (sporting and recreational clubs with over 2,000 members).
The following tenure types are not eligible for a rent waiver:
- Category 13 leases, licences or permits held by a communications provider or an entity that owns communication infrastructure
- Category 13 tourism use tenures that are undeveloped and/or not operating
- Leases, licences and permits held by a federal, state or local government entity, a statutory authority or a government-owned corporation
- Leases, licences or permits on minimum rent.
If you hold a lease, licence or permit for tourism use, you may be eligible for a specific waiver or other hardship assistance for small business.
Lessees who receive a waiver and have tenants who are operating a commercial business must commit to pass on an appropriate amount of land rent savings to these tenants, otherwise the rent waiver may be removed.
How the rent waiver works
If you receive rental invoices quarterly, we have waived the payment of rental invoices due for the period 1 October 2020 to 31 December 2020.
If you receive rental invoices annually, the annual rent invoice for the 2020-21 billing period will be adjusted to remove the rental amount due from 1 October 2020 to 31 December 2020. This rent invoice will be sent on 1 February 2021 and payment will be due on 1 March 2021.
If the calculated refund or adjustment results in your rental payment being lower than the minimum rent payable for your rental category, you will only receive an adjustment down to the minimum rent.
IMPORTANT: You do not need to take any action to receive the rent waiver. We will automatically waive your rent.
If you are not eligible for a rent waiver and are suffering hardship, you may still apply for a deferral in rent or instalment.
Call 1800 841 397 to speak to a member of our rental team.
Learn more about assistance available for tourism lease, licence and permit holders.