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Coronavirus (COVID-19) business assistance finder

If your business has been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, you may be eligible for financial assistance or other types of relief.

Use this tool to discover what support is available from the Queensland and Australian governments, plus Queensland local councils.

Need more guidance? Phone the Small Business Hotline on 1300 654 687 or take our business impact survey so we can link you with relevant support.

Updated: 12.01am AEST on Saturday, 18 July 2020

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Based on your selections, you may be eligible for the following coronavirus (COVID-19) relief measures.

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  • Small businesses can apply for up to $10,000 to help adapt and sustain business operations, sustain employment and build resilience. This grant reopened on 1 July 2020 for round 2 of applications. Note: Round 2 for South East Queensland has now closed. We are still accepting applications for regional Queensland.

    Last updated: 17 Jul 2020

  • You can apply to defer paying payroll tax for the 2020 calendar year.

    Last updated: 23 Jul 2020

  • Reduction in land tax liabilities by 25% for eligible properties for the 2019–20 assessment year. Commercial landlords must pass land tax relief on to eligible tenants.

    Last updated: 1 Jul 2020

  • Holders of leases, licences and permits on state land may be eligible to receive a rent waiver or deferral.

    Last updated: 13 May 2020

  • The QSBC provides information and advocacy support to small businesses, and informal resolution and mediation of COVID-19 affected small business leases.

    Last updated: 28 May 2020

  • If you hold a lease, licence or permit on state land for tourism purposes you may be eligible for a rent waiver or deferral.

    Last updated: 3 Jul 2020

  • Fees waived for applications to change your liquor licence trading hours.

    Last updated: 16 Apr 2020

  • Change of licensed area application fees will be waived from 1 February 2020 to 31 July 2020.

    Last updated: 2 Apr 2020

  • Movement of agricultural goods will continue despite the closure of the Queensland border. Find out about how to apply for an entry pass.

    Last updated: 21 Jul 2020

  • If you are finding it difficult to obtain vital materials and supplies to keep your business open, complete this form.

    Last updated: 2 Apr 2020

  • You may be eligible for funding boosts, funding extensions, changes to funding application time frames, and rent relief for tenants based in Queensland Government Arts infrastructure.

    Last updated: 16 Jul 2020

  • You may be eligible for up-front, one-off grants delivered through 3 funding streams to create new works, activate arts and cultural initiatives, and deliver social benefits across Queensland communities.

    Last updated: 16 Jul 2020

  • Support for exporters including tailored advice on leveraging opportunities in the Chinese online market, support for brand development for entering new markets, and China market development forums.

    Last updated: 2 Apr 2020

  • Eligible applicants can apply for a funding package to support licensed exhibitors with the continued care and management of authorised animals as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Last updated: 5 Aug 2020

  • Mentors are available to provide tailored support including financial mentoring and business planning.

    Last updated: 7 Apr 2020

  • Eligible employers can apply for a wage subsidy of 50% of an apprentice or trainee's wages paid until 31 March 2021.

    Last updated: 22 Jul 2020

  • Subsidies are available to any new employer who employs an eligible apprentice that was displaced by a small business employer from 1 March 2020.

    Last updated: 22 Jul 2020

  • Changed eligibility criteria for instant asset write-off. Immediately write off the costs of each asset that cost less than $150,000 (up from $30,000) for businesses with an aggregated turnover of less than $500 million (up from $50 million).

    Last updated: 23 Jun 2020

  • The Australian Government will provide a guarantee for lenders to small and medium enterprises (SME) for new unsecured loans to be used for working capital.

    Last updated: 23 Jul 2020

  • Businesses with an aggregated turnover of less than $500 million are able to accelerate their depreciation deductions on the purchase of certain new depreciable assets.

    Last updated: 4 Jun 2020

  • Affected individuals can access up to $10,000 of your superannuation in 2019–20 and a further $10,000 in 2020–21. For sole traders, you are eligible if your business was suspended or there was a reduction in your turnover of 20% or more.

    Last updated: 4 Aug 2020

  • Temporary 30% increase to the Residential and Home Care Viability Supplements and the Homeless Supplement. This includes equivalent viability funding increases for National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program providers, Multi-Purpose Services and homeless providers.

    Last updated: 9 Apr 2020

  • Access a subsidy to continue paying your employees. Affected employers will be able to claim a fortnightly payment of $1,500 per eligible employee until 27 September 2020.

    From 28 September 2020, payments will continue to be available until March 2021 with some changes to the eligibility criteria and payment amounts.

    If you are self-employed, you may also be eligible.

    Last updated: 21 Jul 2020

  • Increase in funding for the Export Market Development Grants scheme, allowing exporters and tourism businesses to get additional reimbursements for costs incurred in marketing their products and services around the world.

    Last updated: 9 Apr 2020

  • Support to keep air freight capacity open for high-value agricultural and fisheries exports, predominantly for perishable products where Australian exporters have important established customers in markets.

    Last updated: 6 Aug 2020

  • Arrangements for temporary work visa holders have changed to provide more workers for critical industries. This includes relaxing work limits and the ability to extend some work visas. Some changes may be automatically applied for your employees.

    Last updated: 30 Jul 2020

  • Apply for working capital assistance of up to $100,000 via a loan/grant package. You can also access finance assistance and specialist advice.

    Last updated: 17 Apr 2020

  • Support includes business mentoring and services to assist with grant applications.

    Last updated: 3 Jun 2020

  • Support including rates deferments for non-essential businesses.

    Last updated: 2 May 2020

  • Support includes payment relief options for rent and lease, fees and charges, and rates, as well as waivers and reductions of some fees and charges for businesses, capped interest on overdue rates, and support for several targeted industry areas.

    Last updated: 1 Jul 2020

  • Support includes council partnership with Advance QLD to sponsor $1500 towards professional learning cost of Digital marketing Certification.

    Last updated: 3 Jun 2020

  • Support includes automatic extension of some business service licences and commercial permits, refund of cancelled booking fees, rate extensions until 30 June (subject to conditions), and the Business Lifeline Program offering free one-on-one business advice.

    Last updated: 18 Jun 2020

  • The Australian Banking Association has information on how your bank can provide support. You may be eligible for loan repayment deferrals, fee and charge waivers, interest free periods or debt consolidation.

    Last updated: 8 Jul 2020

  • Your insurance company may offer financial relief if your business has been affected by COVID-19. Visit the Insurance Council of Australia, or talk to your insurer, for more advice.

    Last updated: 15 Jul 2020

  • Your energy or water provider may offer financial relief if your business has been affected by COVID-19. Visit the Energy and Water Ombudsman Queensland, or talk to your provider, for more advice.

    Last updated: 29 Jul 2020

  • Your phone or internet provider may offer financial relief if your business has been affected by COVID-19. Find out what support Telstra and Optus are providing, or visit the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman for more advice.

    Last updated: 29 Apr 2020

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  • Your business may be eligible for a $500 rebate off energy bills if you consume less than 100,000kWh. This will be automatically applied on your business electricity bills.

    Last updated: 1 May 2020

  • A waiver of the 2% land tax foreign surcharge for foreign entities for the 2019–20 assessment year. Commercial landlords must pass land tax relief on to eligible tenants.

    Last updated: 1 Jul 2020

  • A 3 month deferral of land tax liabilities for the 2020–21 assessment year. Commercial landlords must pass land tax relief on to eligible tenants.

    Last updated: 1 Jul 2020

  • Renewal fees for Queensland registered inbound tour operators which fall due between 1 February 2020 and 31 July 2020 will be waived for 12 months.

    Last updated: 2 Apr 2020

  • Tourism operators may be eligible for fee waivers for activities conducted between 1 February 2020 and 31 July 2020 in a national park, conservation park, recreation area or state forest under a commercial activity agreement or permit.

    Last updated: 29 Jul 2020

  • Fee rebates available for marina charges, passenger levies and rents through Ports North for retail tenants and operators in Far North Queensland ports.

    Last updated: 7 May 2020

  • Measures to assist commercial fishers include quota fee waivers and expansion of fishery areas.

    Last updated: 2 Jul 2020

  • Tax-free cash flow boosts of between $20,000 and $100,000 when you lodge your activity statements, helping you to retain employees.

    Last updated: 2 Jul 2020

  • The threshold at which creditors can issue a statutory demand has increased from $2,000 to $20,000, and the time companies have to respond will be increased from 21 days to 6 months.

    Last updated: 29 Jun 2020

  • Additional support and flexibility for Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) service providers delivering care to older Australians at home and in communities.

    Last updated: 18 Jun 2020

  • Commercial fishers do not have to pay remaining Commonwealth fishing levies for 2020 and will be refunded on levies already paid for 2019-20.

    Last updated: 15 Apr 2020

  • The Australian Government has established a $1 billion COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund which will provide funding to exhibiting zoos and aquariums.

    Last updated: 1 May 2020

  • Support includes rates relief, waivers on a range of business charges, rents and permit fees, local procurement policy, 7-day payment terms for businesses with less than 20 employees, and a range of small business events and workshops to help start, run and grow a business.

    Last updated: 22 Jul 2020

  • Support includes rent relief for council-owned commercial premises (until 30 September 2020), reduction in infrastructure charges for rural and nature-based tourism industries, and extensions on some licences and permits for regulated premises.

    Last updated: 27 Jul 2020

  • Support includes extensions on a range of business related fees, charges and rates payments, including a waiver of outdoor dining fees and rental payments for lessees of Council owned or managed facilities.

    Last updated: 27 Jul 2020

  • Support includes automatic rates, licence and permit extensions for regulated businesses and financial hardship consideration (via application).

    Last updated: 1 Jul 2020

  • Support includes rates and service charges frozen at 2019–20 levels for the majority of ratepayers, time extensions for existing permits for regulated uses and premises, and expansion of the provisions of Council’s Rating Financial Hardship Policy.

    Last updated: 29 Jul 2020

  • Support includes some waivers and refunds for fees and charges (until 30 September 2020), and a Small Business Funding program available via application for local businesses.

    Last updated: 23 Jul 2020

  • Support includes grants for small to medium businesses located and operating in the Isaac region and is inclusive of sole traders and partnerships.

    Last updated: 27 Jul 2020

  • Support includes an interest free period for rates and charges, shorter payments to contractors, and discounts and waivers on business-related fees and licences.

    Last updated: 23 Jul 2020

  • Support includes waivers and reductions for business fees and charges, refunds for event cancellations and rates deferrals.

    Last updated: 17 Apr 2020

  • Support includes refunds on food licencing fees and accelerated asset maintenance work to keep providing work for local businesses.

    Last updated: 17 Apr 2020

  • Support includes subsidised and free professional services panel to advise on business continuity, innovation, recovery and adaptation, 7-day payments for local suppliers, temporary expansions of footpath dining, temporary fees and charges reductions (by application), and upskilling programs.

    Last updated: 1 Jul 2020

  • Support includes rate payment extensions and fast-tracking of supplier payments and infrastructure works.

    Last updated: 16 Jun 2020

  • Support includes extension of business licences to June 2021, no interest on outstanding rates, and rent relief for council tenants.

    Last updated: 1 Jul 2020

  • Support includes accelerated payments to suppliers and a hold on legal rate recovery actions of less than $100,000 until January 2021.

    Last updated: 23 Jul 2020

  • Support includes various assessment, licence and permit fee waivers or reductions, and fast-tracking payment of invoices to Council.

    Last updated: 21 May 2020

  • Support includes a professional advice support program, rent waivers for tenants of council properties, prioritisation of capital works projects to support local businesses, and relief for business fees.

    Last updated: 6 Jul 2020

  • Support includes a 6-month general rates freeze, 3 months free commercial rent in council-owned properties, 14-day payment terms, support for business initiatives that stimulate new development and provide jobs, and fees and charges waivers for CBD development projects.

    Last updated: 15 Jul 2020

  • Support includes the Business Support Initiatives Program focusing on business recovery planning, enabling e-commerce and a Buy Local campaign. Applications for the program's Business Recovery Planning Initiative are now open.

    Last updated: 5 Aug 2020

Advice and other business support

  • Assistance is available for commercial tenants to help manage lease and rental obligations.

    Last updated: 22 Jul 2020

  • Assistance is available for commercial landlords to help manage leasing arrangements with tenants.

    Last updated: 22 Jul 2020

  • Stage 3 COVID Safe planning resources for tourism businesses, including a planning for tourism and events decision tree, frequently asked questions about COVID Safe plans and COVID Safe planning for tourism factsheet.

    Last updated: 5 Aug 2020

  • Understand the changing requirements for operating your licensed venue.

    Last updated: 3 Jul 2020

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) may impact your ability to source harvesting and production workers. Find advice on sourcing workers and other support.

    Last updated: 9 Jun 2020

  • Animal welfare advice during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

    Last updated: 10 Jun 2020

  • The Office of Fair Trading provides information and assistance about your rights and obligations related to issues that arise during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Last updated: 1 Jul 2020

  • Essential cleaning and hygiene posters, and operational business signage, posters, tools and fact sheets.

    Last updated: 27 Jul 2020

  • Free webinar recordings and resources to help you identify risks, build financial skills and plan to mitigate impacts on your business.

    Last updated: 27 Jul 2020

  • Fill out our survey to help us understand how your business has been impacted and to assess what support you need.

    Last updated: 7 Apr 2020

  • Payments for aged care workers in both residential and home care to ensure continuity of the workforce

    Last updated: 9 Apr 2020

  • Free independent and confidential financial advice, step-by-step guides, and information to help you manage your debts or negotiate with creditors.

    Last updated: 6 Jul 2020

  • A 6 month exemption from responsible lending obligations for lenders providing credit to existing small business customers. This reform will help small businesses access credit quickly and efficiently.

    Last updated: 7 Aug 2020

  • Refunds and waivers for a range of charges including aviation fuel excise, Airservices charges on domestic airline operations and domestic and regional aviation security charges.

    Last updated: 5 Aug 2020

  • Contact the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to discuss additional relief options to help you meet your tax obligations. Additional relief options are not applied automatically, so approach the ATO for assistance.

    Last updated: 31 Jul 2020

  • Before buildings are reoccupied (as COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed), water quality should be checked to ensure the safety of building water systems.

    Last updated: 28 May 2020