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: 1.40pm AEST on Tuesday, 14 September 2021

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

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  • Your business or not-for-profit organisation (including non-employing sole traders) may be eligible for a grant if you're impacted by:

    • the South East Queensland or Cairns/Yarrabah lockdown in July/August 2021
    • the closure of the Queensland–New South Wales border from 14 August 2021, and you're located in the specified border business zone.

    Applications close on 16 November 2021 (employing businesses) and 30 November 2021 (non-employing sole traders).

    Last updated: 16 Sep 2021

  • Your business may be eligible for support if it's located in a specified border zone and impacted by the closure of the Queensland–New South Wales border.

    Last updated: 14 Sep 2021

  • Your tourism or hospitality business may be eligible for a one-off grant of up to $50,000 if you're facing significant financial hardship as a result of COVID-19 travel restrictions and interstate lockdowns.

    Last updated: 14 Sep 2021

  • If your business or not-for-profit organisation has been a COVID-19 exposure site you may be eligible for a rebate of up to 80% of deep cleaning costs (up to $10,000 ex GST) incurred in the 2021–22 financial year.

    This rebate includes businesses that may have undertaken cleaning aligned to the South East Queensland and Townsville lockdown that commenced on 29 June 2021.

    Last updated: 26 Aug 2021

  • Eligible tourism and hospitality businesses that lodge payroll tax returns monthly can apply to defer paying their payroll tax liability for July or August 2021 for 6 months.

    Last updated: 10 Aug 2021

  • Support is available for offsetting the berthing fees for marine tourism vessel operators at privately owned or privately operated marinas in eligible local government areas between 1 July 2021 and 30 June 2022.

    Last updated: 1 Sep 2021

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

    Last updated: 1 Oct 2020

  • Businesses that use and access the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park may be eligible for a waiver of  Permit Application Assessment Fees until 30 June 2021 and the Environmental Management Charge until 30 June 2022.

    Last updated: 19 May 2021

  • Funding is available to support exhibitions, performances, community engagement activities, touring acts and artists in residence to and from regional Queensland communities, and to assist in responding to touring challenges as a result of COVID-19.

    Quick response grants of less than $20,000 are also available through the Touring Queensland Quick Response Fund.

    Last updated: 20 May 2021

  • You may be eligible to apply for a loan of up to 50% of your total budget to deliver a new arts and entertainment production or event for a live audience.

    Last updated: 22 Mar 2021

  • You may be eligible to apply for funding to restart, re-imagine or create new cultural and creative activities including festivals, concerts, tours and events.

    Last updated: 19 May 2021

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

    Last updated: 25 Aug 2020

  • Eligible employers have until 30 June 2021 to claim wage subsidies of 50% of an apprentice's or trainee's wages paid until 31 March 2021.

    Last updated: 19 May 2021

  • Employers who commenced, or commence, an apprentice or trainee, between 5 October 2020 and 31 March 2022, may be eligible for wage subsidies paid to the apprentice or trainee for a 12 month period from date of commencement.

    Last updated: 20 May 2021

  • 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: 16 Dec 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: 22 Feb 2021

  • Two funding grants are available for aged care providers that have been directly impacted by COVID-19 – the Aged Care Support Program and Support for Aged Care Workers in COVID-19.

    Last updated: 20 May 2021

  • Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) allows exporters and tourism businesses to get additional reimbursements for costs incurred in marketing their products and services around the world.

    EMDG is changing, with changes being implemented from 1 July 2021.

    Last updated: 20 May 2021

  • 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: 14 Dec 2020

  • Apply for working capital assistance of up to $200,000 via a loan/grant package. You can also access finance assistance and specialist advice.

    Last updated: 21 Apr 2021

  • Access low-cost advice to grow your digital capabilities. Due to the impacts of COVID-19, Digital Solutions providers are also offering general business advice on topics including websites and selling online, crisis management, continuity planning, financial management and boosting cashflow.

    Last updated: 21 May 2021

  • 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: 24 May 2021

  • Support includes access to the Well HQ portal – a wellbeing space for small businesses and employees to discover wellbeing and mental health tools, resources, programs and information.

    Last updated: 8 Feb 2021

  • The Logan Office of Economic Development continues to manage the impacts of COVID-19 on the Logan community, with assistance and support available to local businesses.

    Last updated: 21 May 2021

  • 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: 18 Aug 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: 24 Mar 2021

  • Your phone or internet provider may offer financial relief if your business has been affected by COVID-19. Visit the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman for more advice.

    Last updated: 19 May 2021

  • Eligible employers can access the JobMaker Hiring Credit for each additional employee (aged 16-35 years) they hire between 7 October 2020 and 6 October 2021.

    Last updated: 17 Jun 2021

  • Indoor live music venues may be eligible to apply for grant funding to help offset revenue losses, stabilise business operations and support employment of venue staff, technical crew and artists.

    Last updated: 19 Jul 2021

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  • Inbound tour operators may have fees waived or refunded from fee renewals due between 1 July 2021 and 30 June 2022.

    Last updated: 10 Aug 2021

  • Rent deferral is available for eligible tourism operators on state land for the period 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022.

    Last updated: 11 Aug 2021

  • Fee relief has been extended for reef fleet operators at the Cairns Marlin Marina until 30 June 2022. Contact Ports North for more information.

    Last updated: 24 May 2021

  • Current liquor and wine licensees will have their 2021-22 fees waived (or refunded if already paid).

    Application fees associated with changes to trading hours or licensed areas will also be waived until 30 June 2022.

    Last updated: 10 Aug 2021

  • Tourism businesses that operate in a national park, conservation park, recreation area or state forest, including whale watching operations, may have fees waived or refunded between 1 July 2021 and 30 June 2022.

    Last updated: 10 Aug 2021

  • The Australian Taxation Office is assisting businesses and employers during this time by boosting cash flow, increasing asset write offs, and accelerating depreciation deductions.

    Last updated: 17 Jun 2021

  • Additional support and flexibility for Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) service providers delivering care to older Australians at home and in communities. Flexibility is time-limited until 30 June 2021.

    Last updated: 26 May 2021

  • Support includes a buy local procurement policy, 7-day payment terms, subsidised/discounted fees and charges for small 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: 8 Feb 2021

  • Support includes professional advice consultations and workshops for business owners, access to the Level Up digital upskilling program and B-Well + Prosper mental health and well-being portal, and funding and grants.

    Last updated: 26 May 2021

Advice and other business support

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

    Last updated: 3 Mar 2021

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

    Last updated: 3 Mar 2021

  • Information on financial support and resources for tourism operators.

    Last updated: 25 Sep 2020

  • Understand the changing requirements for operating your licensed venue.

    Last updated: 1 Apr 2021

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

    Last updated: 14 Oct 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: 8 Apr 2021

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

    Last updated: 15 Apr 2021

  • 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

  • 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

  • Free financial counselling for Northern Queensland small businesses to help you better understand your financial position, identify recovery options, implement plans to improve your business viability, and connect with government programs and assistance schemes.

    Last updated: 10 Aug 2021

  • Free financial counselling for  Southern Queensland small businesses to help you better understand your financial position, identify recovery options, implement plans to improve your business viability, and connect with government programs and assistance schemes.

    Last updated: 9 Aug 2021

  • Free financial counselling is available to tourism operators who have been impacted by COVID-19. Support includes analysing your business’s financial position, assisting with negotiation and mediation, and identifying a range of possible options, strategies and plans so you can make the best decisions about your future sustainability.

    Last updated: 9 Aug 2021

  • 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: 25 Feb 2021

  • 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: 15 Mar 2021

  • The Australian Banking Association's Financial Assistance Hub has information to help you understand your options if you are struggling financially.

    Last updated: 21 May 2021