Support for Queensland border zone businesses

Mental health and wellbeing support available

Fully-funded mental health and wellbeing support is available for small business owners, their families, and employees living within the Queensland border community who are experiencing distress and deterioration in wellbeing from coronavirus (COVID-19).

Read more about the COVID Recovery (Border Communities) Service.

Grant applications closed

Applications for the COVID-19 Business Support Grants and the COVID-19 Border Business Zone Hardship Grants have now closed.

Employing businesses and not-for-profit organisations can track the status of their existing submitted applications by visiting the QRIDA portal.

Extra support was available to Queensland businesses in border zones affected by the closure of the Queensland–New South Wales border. This was in recognition of the close connection between border communities and the extended border closure that was necessary to manage the pandemic.

Areas that were eligible for border business zone support are represented in the map below and include:

  • Coolangatta, Currumbin–Tugun, and Currumbin Waters
  • border towns of Wallangarra, Goondiwindi and Mungindi (Queensland).

Read about the COVID-19 Border Business Zone Hardship Grants.

Map of eligible areas

Use this COVID-19 Business Support Grants – Border areas mapping tool for more detail on eligible areas.

This map finalised as of 13 September 2021.

COVID-19 Border Business Zone Hardship Grants

The COVID-19 Border Business Zone Hardship Grant for non-employing sole traders is now closed.

Read the administrative direction on hardship support for sole traders.

The COVID-19 Border Business Zone Hardship Grants for employing businesses and not-for-profit organisations have now closed.

You can track your existing application by visiting the QRIDA portal.

Other COVID-19 border business zone support

Funding will also be provided for:

  • mental health support for affected business owners and their families
  • a $1 million boost to the Play Money campaign run by the City of Gold Coast Council and Destination Gold Coast, to help Gold Coast residents support local businesses
  • financial support for marketing campaigns such as 'Essentially Cooly'.

Other support

Local businesses can request a visit from a Department of Employment, Small Business and Training officer by phoning the Small Business Hotline on 1300 654 687.

Use our COVID-19 business assistance finder to see what other support your business may be eligible for.

For more information on COVID-19 business support, phone the Small Business Hotline on 1300 654 687.

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