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.
- COVIDSafe app released — Supports contact tracing efforts to allow for quick responses to new cases. Download the app from the Apple Store or Google Play.
- State waives $33.8M in land rent — a range of farmers, businesses, tourism operators, and community and sports clubs won’t have to pay state land rent for six months under a series of measures to protect Queensland businesses and jobs.
- Chief Health Officer updates non-essential business activity and undertaking closure direction (No. 7) — Now in effect it adds exceptions for short term rentals and accommodation businesses to operate. Exceptions for qualified massage therapists were added on 21 April. You can submit questions or request an exemption about any public health directions online.
- Home confinement, movement and gathering direction (No. 2) comes into effect on Saturday 2 May — People will be allowed to shop for non-essential items at stores permitted to open and enjoy other leisure activities.
- $54 million to keep Queensland moving during COVID-19 — Funding to keep air, bus and ferry services operating, extend licence terms and waive some fees.
- New COVID-19 package to anchor FNQ port related businesses — Extra $2.3 million to support tourism, resources and seafood sectors through rent relief measures.
- The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland has a schedule of upcoming webinars as well as recordings of past sessions available for businesses responding to COVID-19 issues.