Cashflow Support

For Businesses

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

Easing of Queensland business restrictions for coronavirus (COVID-19)
The Queensland Government has developed a plan to ease coronavirus (COVID-19) business restrictions to ensure businesses can reopen in a way that increases business activity but does not compromise the health of customers, staff and the community.
View
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Business Assistance Finder
You business may be eligible for financial assistance or other types of relief. Use this tool to discover what support is available from the Queensland Government.
View
Telstra unlimited data at home for small business customers
From Thursday 19 March until 30 June 2020, Telstra will be providing unlimited data for small business customers with home broadband plans (ADSL, nbn and cable).
View
OPTUS supporting those experiencing financial hardship
If you’re facing hardship, OPTUS will do their best to help. Until 30 April 2020, you can ask OPTUS to suspend your postpaid mobile services for up to 90 days to help you, and they will waive late payment fees until this date too. Device repayments and extras will continue to be charged.
View
Australian Banking Association COVID-19: Business Relief FAQs
FAQs from the Australian Banking Association about what businesses need to know about COVID-19 small business relief.
View
$130 billion 'JobKeeper' Wage Subsidies Announced
Affected employers will be able to claim a fortnightly payment of $1,500 per eligible employee from 30 March 2020.
View
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.
View
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.
View
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.
View
Relief for commercial tenants
The Government has announced a mandatory code of conduct for commercial tenancies to support small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) affected by the coronavirus.
View
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.
View
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.
View
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
View
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.
View

For Employers

Resources for employers:

Moreton Bay Jobs
Moreton Bay Jobs is a free platform for employers to post job vacancies for job seekers.
View
$130 billion 'JobKeeper' Wage Subsidies Announced
Affected employers will be able to claim a fortnightly payment of $1,500 per eligible employee from 30 March 2020.
View
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.
View
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
View
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).
View
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.
View

For Sole Traders

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

Sole Trader Eligibility for JobKeeper Payment
The Government is providing vital support to sole traders to withstand the economic impacts of the Coronavirus. View this online PDF for specific information on Eligibility for JobKeeper Payment.
View
Summary of Federal Government Support for Sole Traders
The Australian Government has announced measures to support businesses impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19). If you're a sole trader, learn what your business can get and where to go for help.
View
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.
View
Tax support
The Australian Tax Office (ATO) is providing relief for some tax obligations for businesses affected, on a case-by-case basis.
View
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.
View
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).
View
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.
View
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.
View

Industry Support

Trade & Investment Queensland
TIQ, the Queensland Government and Australian Government have a range of measures in place to manage the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus) on exporters.
View

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
View
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.
View

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
View
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.
View
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
View

Not For Profits

Grants package for community groups
Moreton Bay Regional Council is offering a $5 million grants package to support community groups – applications are now open.
View

Tourism & Hospitality

Free COVID-19 Business Recovery Planning Tool
The QTIC and the Australian Tourism Industry Council (ATIC) have launched an online tool to help businesses develop their own COVID-19 Business Recovery Plan. The new module is free to access for all QLD tourism businesses and can be accessed via the Quality Tourism Australia accreditation portal.
View
Council licensing fees refunded
For food businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19, Moreton Bay Regional Council will refund licensing fees.
View
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.
View
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.
View
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.
View

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.

Weekly Business Updates

Direct to your Inbox

Subscribe