Recent announcements:

Border restrictions direction (No. 11) — New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory and Victoria are declared hotspots. Residents in postcodes of the Queensland-New South Wales border zone can cross the border for any purpose with a Border Zone Resident Declaration Pass.

JobKeeper adjustments to target those in need — The turnover eligibility test for JobKeeper’s extension period (28 September 2020 to 28 March 2021) will be amended and the reference date for employee eligibility changed to 1 July 2020 to support workers who started after 1 March 2020 and casuals who worked for the same employer on a regular basis for at least 12 months.

More funding for projects to help find jobs post COVID-19 – Applications open today for the next round of the Skilling Queensland for Work initiative. Community-based not-for-profit organisations can apply for funding to start projects in local communities across Queensland. Local councils and school Parents and Citizens’ and Parents and Friends’ associations are also able to apply for funding under some programs.

Take our COVID-19 business survey — Complete our two minute survey and tell us what information you need to help your business during COVID-19.

Funding breathes new life into Queensland schools creating tradies jobs bonanza — A school refurbishment program totalling $220 million across the state has been announced, in addition to $1 billion for new schools and classrooms. The refurbishments are expected to support more than 720 jobs with local businesses.

Applications open on $200 million Building Acceleration Fund — Major infrastructure projects led by developers, councils and industry have until 5pm Friday 4 September 2020 to apply to this co-investment fund. Projects must be ready to begin construction within 12 months of approval and further details are online.

Stimulus package to support or create more than 1500 jobs in SEQ — $50 million from Unite and Recover Community Stimulus Package to support 63 COVID Works for Queensland projects with 12 local councils in South East Queensland.

Queensland jumps the queue on HomeBuilder applications — Applications for the Australian Government’s HomeBuilder grants can now be submitted. Along with the Queensland Government’s First Home Owners Grant and Regional Home Building Boost the program will support the state’s construction industry.

Further support to households and small businesses during COVID-19 — Measures for energy companies to provide relief for their customers currently experiencing hardship have been extended to 31 October 2020.

Continuing to make it easier for business to operate during COVID-19 — Temporary arrangements allowing annual general meetings and other proscribed meetings to be carried out online and for electronic document execution have been extended through to 21 March 2021.

COVID-19 testing in pharmacies pilot — Pharmacists to be provided with training as COVID-19 testing pilot launched.

Preparation a priority as this year’s bushfire season officially starts — Households and businesses are encouraged to update their bushfire survival plans and carry out important checks around their properties.