The Department of Employment, Small Business and Training has sent out updated information on the latest assistance from the Australian and Queensland Governments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recent announcements:

Jobs Finder Queensland launches — The Queensland Government has launched a new online portal to connect Queenslanders whose employment has been impacted due to COVID-19 with recruiters who can match them with new job opportunities. Read the media release.

TAFE Queensland and CQ Uni offer free online courses — Free online skill sets and micro-credentialing courses are being offer by TAFE Queensland and CQ University. Courses are in areas including in food service, community care, health support, customer engagement, digital literacy and cyber security. Find out more through the Jobs Finder Queensland online portal.

JobKeeper enrolments now open — Additional information for employers, employees, sole traders and other entities and tax and BAS agents is available on this scheme.

$150 million relief and assistance package from NBN Co — includes $50 million for internet service providers to provide discounted access for small and medium businesses.

Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman may support retail lease disputes — Complete the online form and a case management officer will assess your options.

New updates to COVID-19 business assistance finder — Queensland local government support for businesses impacted by COVID-19 have been added to Business Queensland’s online business assistance finder tool.

Jobs Support Loans closed to new applications — The Queensland Government’s $500 million COVID-19 Jobs Support Loan scheme is now closed to new applications following overwhelming demand. The Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority is processing submitted applications in the order they were received and will assess them until the $500 million allocation has been exhausted.