- Last updated:
- 01 Apr 2020
There are a range of industry-specific measures to help you and your staff. We recommend you get in contact with your industry body both state and nationally to keep up to date with the specific assistance that caters to you.
The Federal Government's economic stimulus package has a fact sheet for specific COVID-19-affected regions and industries.
Rules for trading
Non-essential business closures and the 30 minute per patron restriction on barbers and hairdressers has been lifted. Liquor licensing - The Queensland Government COVID-19 economic relief package includes the waiving of 2020–21 liquor licencing fees. State campgrounds closed - All camping areas in Queensland national parks, state forests and recreation areas are closed from 26 March 2020 until further notice.
For all industries, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) is offering a free 12-month subscription if you sign up before the end of March. It also has free workplace policies and guides templates for download and you can register your interest to attend up-coming free online webinars.
Queensland Suppliers Database
A dedicated email – has been established as the point of contact for this new service. As enquiries are received from a company it will be registered, assessed and then assigned to the most appropriate area/agency to undertake some research.
An Immediate industry recovery package has been announced, with market diversification and resilience grants are available for Queensland agriculture, food and fishing exporters and their critical supply chain partners, as well as industry organisations working with exporters. Market Diversification and Resilience Grants are available to help develop alternative markets.
- Help for vital supplies - if you are finding it difficult to obtain vital materials and supplies to remain open, complete the Manufacturer’s Supply Matching Request form.
- Can you make PPE? Is your organisation equipped to supply domestic production capabilities for medical and personal protective equipment? Surgical gowns, gloves, goggles, hand sanitiser, clinical waste bags, waste bag closure devices like ties, blood and fluid spill kits, mask fit test kits, thermometers or others? The Australian Government wants to talk to you, read more on AusTender.
- The Food and Agribusiness Network (FAN) is providing members online video sessions on hot topics, a shop local campaign and much more. Get in touch today.
- Queensland primary producers will have an extra six months to lodge drought assistance claims and are being urged to apply electronically due to the impact of COVID-19 on claim processing times. Scanned claims complete with copies of the relevant tax invoices can be lodged electronically by email. This extension will apply to claims lodged from March 11 when the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic.
- The Queensland Department of Innovation and Tourism Industry Development has some great resources to help you. Take a look at their business support page for more details.
- 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.
- Tourism business and personal distress support - free 30-minute phone support with health first aider and counsellor Kayleen Allen. Call 0407 133 690.
- The Australian Tourism Export Council is offering assistance to offset cashflow crisis.
- Tourism impact survey - the Queensland Government continues to keep a close eye on the impacts of COVID-19 on Queensland’s tourism industry. Take a few minutes to complete this short survey so there is robust information about the business impacts that are being experienced.
- The Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) is offering free membership, advocacy and support.
The $1.1 million market ready initiative will provide tailored export advice to SMEs to leverage 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.
Support for fisheries - market diversification and resilience grants are available to support activities such as market evaluation studies, market visits, training, new processing equipment and boat modifications necessary to meet new market requirements. 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 contact the DAF Customer Service Centre on 13 25 23.