Cashflow Support

If you are in business, employ staff or are a sole trader in the Moreton Bay Region, learn what funding, incentives and support is available for you.

For Businesses

  If you run a business, you may be eligible for:  

Jobs support loans

Low interest loans (initial 12-month interest free period) of up to $250,000 are open for Expressions of Interest for Queensland businesses impacted by COVI-19. The aim of the loans will be to retain employees and maintain operations.


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SME Guarantee

Businesses with a turnover of up to $50 million will be eligible for loans that will assist in meeting immediate cash flow needs, by further enhancing lenders’ willingness and ability to provide credit.

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Backing Business Investment (BBI) / Accelerated depreciation deduction arrangements  

Through until 30 June 2021, businesses with a turnover of less than $500 million will be able to deduct 50% of the costs of an eligible asset on installation, with existing deprecation rules applying to the balance of the asset’s cost.

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Increased instant asset write-off

The Government has lifted the individual asset write off threshold to $150,000 (normally $30,000) for assts that are either installed or ready for first use by 30 June 2020.

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Rent relief for businesses renting government premises  

More information coming soon

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Power bill relief

$500 rebate on electricity bills for all Queensland small and medium sized businesses that consume less than 100,000 kilowatt hours. This will automatically be applied to electricity bills.

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Temporary relief for financially distressed businesses

The Government is temporarily increasing the threshold at which creditors can issue a statutory demand on a company and the time companies have to respond.

The package also includes temporary relief for directors from any personal liability for trading while insolvent and providing temporary flexibility of the Corporations Act 2001 to provide temporary and targeted relief for companies from provision of the Act to deal with unforseen events that arise.

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Payroll tax relief

Businesses may be eligible for a number of payroll tax relief measures. These include:

  • Refunds of payroll tax for 2 months
  • Payroll tax holiday for 3 months
  • Deferral of paying payroll tax for 2020 calendar year

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Temporary cash flow assistance  

Eligible businesses (including not-for-profit organisations) may be eligible for a cash flow boosts of between $20,000 and $100,000. The cash flow boost provides a tax -free payment to employers and is automatically calculated by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). There are no new forms required.

 

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Facebook Small Business Grants Program

Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses

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For Employers

If you employ staff, you may be eligible for:  

Jobs support loans

Low interest loans (initial 12-month interest free period) of up to $250,000 are open for Expressions of Interest for Queensland businesses impacted by COVI-19. The aim of the loans will be to retain employees and maintain operations.

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Payroll tax relief 

Businesses may be eligible for a number of payroll tax relief measures. These include:

  • Refunds of payroll tax for 2 months
  • Payroll tax holiday for 3 months
  • Deferral of paying payroll tax for 2020 calendar year

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Assistance to help pay the wages of apprentices and/or trainees  

Eligible employers can apply for a wage subsidy of 50% of the apprentice’s or trainee’s wage paid during 1 January 2020 to 30 September 2020 (maximum of $21,000 per eligible apprentice or trainee).

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Temporary cash flow assistance

Eligible businesses (including not-for-profit organisations) may be eligible for a cash flow boosts of between $20,000 and $100,000. The cash flow boost provides a tax -free payment to employers and is automatically calculated by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). There are no new forms required.

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For Sole Traders

If you’re a sole trader and do not employ any staff, you are eligible for:  

Power bill relief  

$500 rebate on electricity bills for all Queensland small and medium sized businesses that consume less than 100,000 kilowatt hours. This will automatically be applied to electricity bills.

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Tax support  

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) is providing relief for some tax obligations for businesses affected, on a case-by-case basis.

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SME Guarantee

Businesses with a turnover of up to $50 million will be eligible for loans that will assist in meeting immediate cash flow needs, by further enhancing lenders’ willingness and ability to provide credit.

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Increased asset write-off  

The threshold has been lifted to $150,000 for individuals assets that can be instantly written off, installed or ready for first use by 30 June 2020).

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Backing Business Investment (BBI) / Accelerated depreciation deduction arrangements  

Through until 30 June 2021, businesses with a turnover of less than $x500 million will be able to deduct 50% of the costs of an eligible asset on installation, with existing deprecation rules applying to the balance of the asset’s cost.

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Early access to superannuation

Access up to $10,000 of your superannuation in 2019-20 a further $10,000 in 2020-21. Apply for early release is available from mid-April 2020.

 

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Facebook Small Business Grants Program

Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses

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Industry Support



Agriculture, Food & Fishing Exporters

Commercial fishing industry assistance

The Queensland Government is funding a $3.66 million commercial fishing industry assistance package, including:

  • Tropical rock lobster and coral trout quota fees waived for the first six months of 2020
  • Fishing boat licence fee waivers for those affected by COVID-19, such as mud crab
  • Expanding the tropical rock lobster fishery area for three months. This will reduce operating costs for quota holders and allow fishers to sell product into other markets while maintaining crew and jobs in the short term

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Market diversification and resilience (MDRF) grants

MDRF grants of up to $50,000 are available to support activities including, but not limited to:

  • market evaluation studies
  • market visits
  • training
  • new processing equipment such as refrigeration or vacuum packaging machines
  • boat modifications necessary to meet new market requirements.

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The Arts & Entertainment Industry

Queensland Arts Showcase Program (QASP)  

  • Increased funding of $2 million
  • Expended criteria to include digital content creation, creative development, digital delivery
  • Funding caps increased to $80,000 for QASP Arts Ignite and Arts Impact
  • Funding cap increased to $120,000 for QASP Arts Illuminate
  • New streamlined application process

All approved QASP grants will remain available and recipients have the opportunity to postpone or reframe activity to accommodate changed circumstances

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Organisations Fund - Arts Queensland

Queensland arts companies that are current recipients of the 2017-2020 Organisations Fund will receive a further 12 months’ funding at current levels to December 2021.

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Individual Funds - Arts Queensland

  • The current round of Individuals Fund grants will be boosted to $500,000
  • Expanded criteria to include building digital skill, creative development, small project activities, digital delivery of works
  • Extended closing date: Now 21 April 2020

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Tourism & Hospitality Industry

Council licensing fees refunded

For food businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19, Moreton Bay Regional Council will refund licensing fees.

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Liquor licence fees waived 

From 1 February to 31 July 2020, fees will be waived for applications to change trading hours and temporarily or permanently change a licensed area.

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Tourism lease rent payment deferral  

For businesses that hold a leaser or licence for tourism purposes and receive rental invoices quarterly, you can apply for a land rent deferral. If approved, rental invoices due between 1 February 2020 and 31 July 2020 will instead be payable by 1 January 2021 and no penalty interest will accrue on overdue balances for this period.

If you have already paid your rent for the first quarter of 2020, you will receive a refund.

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Commercial activity agreements and permits daily fees waived  

Tourism operators in Queensland that conduct business in a national park, conservation park, recreation area or state forest will have their commercial activities agreement or permit daily site fees waived for activities conducted between 1 February 2020 and 31 July 2020.

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Inbound Tour Operators registrations renewal fees waived  

Renewal fees for Queensland registered inbound tour operators which fall due between 1 February 2020 and 31 July 2020 will be waived for 12 months. Three-year renewals will also receive a 12-month waiver.

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Not For Profits



​ Grants package for community groups

 Moreton Bay Regional Council will offer a $5 million grants package to support community groups. More information available soon

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Cashflow Support

If you are in business, employ staff or are a sole trader in the Moreton Bay Region, learn what funding, incentives and support is available for you.

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For Employees

If you’re an employee, or have recently had your employment terminated, learn what support and financial assistance is available to you.

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Last updated 30-Mar-2020