The Department of Employment, Small Business and Training has provided a summary to keep you informed of the latest assistance from the Australian and Queensland Governments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recent announcements:

The Australian Government’s $130 billion JobKeeper package offers a subsidy, up to $1500 per fortnight for each employee, to eligible businesses to keep paying their staff. Employers and sole traders can register their interest in this program with the Australian Tax Office.

State Government joins forces with industry to support small business – a partnership with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) is delivering proactive support and information to affected businesses over the coming months. Visit CCIQ’s Coronavirus page for more.

$4 billion package to support health, jobs, households and Queensland businesses – payroll tax package, $500 million to assist workers who lose their jobs, $300 million household relief package and $1.2 billion for health.

Essential supplies keep trucking into Queensland – the joint Queensland Government industry Essential Goods Supply Committee has been formed to protect and support the state’s supply chains. The Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning is also looking to support manufacturers who are struggling to obtain vital supplies and materials through a matching service.

Applications now open for Queensland COVID-19 Jobs Support Loans – Low interest loans of up to $250,000, applications can now be submitted to Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority.

The Australian Government’s Coronavirus Australia app is available from the Apple Store and Google Play. You can also join their WhatsApp channel.