COVID-19 Resources: Queensland Government

The Queensland Government has announced a range of initiatives to support businesses affected by COVID-19. Over $3 billion has been committed to help support businesses of all sizes withstand the economic impacts of the pandemic and support jobs.

$950 million Payroll Tax Relief

Immediate payroll tax refunds will be provided for COVID-19 affected businesses. Eligible businesses can also apply for deferral until the end of 2020 and a payroll tax holiday for three months.

$1 billion Industry Support Package

The Industry Support Package will assist large businesses through this period to ensure they will be able to scale up and service the community when economic activity improves. The package will be focused to support businesses:

  • which make a significant contribution to Queensland
  • that employ people in Queensland at scale
  • which are significant in a regional context
  • that can make a key contribution to a rapid response by the economy as conditions improve
  • which are significantly impacted as a result of COVID-19
  • to leverage current support measures and those available from other jurisdictions

$100 million Electricity Bill Relief

Sole traders, small and medium businesses will get a $500 rebate on their power bill. Any business consuming less than 100,000 kilowatt hours will receive the rebate, which will be automatically applied on business electricity bills.

$500 million Worker Retraining and Assistance

Up to $500 million will be spent to assist workers who lose their job or income with retraining,  job-matching and other help to transition into jobs in the industries that are vital to get Queensland through this crisis – such as health care, agriculture, food production, transport, cleaning and mining. This support will have a strong focus on online training to help workers and small businesses make that transition. Businesses that need access to skilled labour to meet demand will also receive assistance under this initiative.

$500 million COVID-19 Jobs Support Loans

A loan facility of at least $500 million, interest free for the first 12 months, is being created to support Queensland businesses impacted by COVID-19 to retain employees and maintain operations. The concessional loan facility comprises low interest loans of up to $250,000 for carry on finance with an initial 12-month interest free period for businesses to retain staff. Any eligible business can apply for a loan.

Manufacturing Supply Chain Support

The Queensland Government is supporting Queensland manufacturers and businesses with resilience and recovery strategies so you can continue to operate and mitigate the impacts of COVID-19. These measures include:

  • Supply chain matching: complete the Manufacturers’ Supply Matching request form to help solve difficulties in getting vital materials and supplies
  • Supplier registration: register your business’s capability and capacity details on Queensland Government’s ICN Gateway and receive assistance with supply chain matching and support.