COVID-19 Latest Business Update - 11 May 2020

COVID-19 Latest Business Update

The below information is courtesy of Regional Development Australia Moreton Bay

Payroll tax exemption on JobKeeper Payments

Administrative arrangements had been fast-tracked to ensure payroll tax assessments do not include JobKeeper payments, providing an additional effective relief of $360 million over six months to businesses employing Queenslanders. Read More

Additional $500 million in funding for Jobs Support Loans

Due to unprecedented demand, the Queensland Government has announced an additional $500 million in funding for the COVID-19 Jobs Support Loan scheme taking total scheme funding to $1 billion.

This additional funding is available, until fully committed, to businesses that have already lodged their application for assistance and have not yet been processed. No new applications will be received. Read More

Current list of Essential and Non-Essential Business classifications

Are you wondering if your can now open your business, or what you need to do to abide by the QLD Health directions? View the information in table form on the QLD Health Website via the button below. Read More

QLD Premiers Roadmap to easing restrictions

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has released Queensland’s roadmap to a COVID-safe recovery allowing more travel, more activities and larger gatherings.

From 11.59pm, Friday May 15, the following will be allowed:

  • Gatherings of a maximum of 10 people together in a public space
  • Dining in at restaurants, pubs, clubs, RSLs and cafes for a maximum of 10 patrons at one time as part of a gradual re-opening (no bars or gaming)
  • Recreational travel of a radius of up to 150km from your home for day trips
  • Some beauty therapies and nail salons for up to 10 people at one time
  • Reopening of libraries. playground equipment, skate parks and outdoor gyms (a maximum of 10 at one time)
  • Wedding guests increased to 10 people and funeral attendance increased to 20 (30 outdoors)
  • Open homes and auctions with a maximum of 10 people at one time;
  • Re-opening public pools and lagoons (eg South Bank, Cairns, Airlie Beach) with a maximum of 10 people at a time or greater numbers with an approved plan

View Details for Outback, Stage 2 and Stage 3 information

New mental health resources for Sole Traders

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has released a free online mental health webinar for sole traders, amid alarming predictions of a dramatic rise in Australian suicide rates due to the economic and social impacts of coronavirus. View Webinar

Companies and Boards can convene meetings entirely online

Changes have been announced that will allow companies to convene annual general meetings, and other meetings prescribed under the Corporations Act, entirely online rather than face-to-face. The changes will also give businesses certainty that when company officers sign a document electronically, the document has been validly executed. Read More

Find Safe Work information for your workplace

Are you unsure what you need to do to keep yourself and your employees safe during this time? Safe Work Australia has the relevant information for your industry. View the website via the button below and select your industry to see what you need to do. Note: you need to select your industry, then select each light grey section under your industry name to view the details. Read More


CHOICE has launced the Shiny Awards to celebrate those businesses who have done the right thing by consumers during the COVID-19 crisis. Nominate a business that you know whose simple kindness, care and consideration has made a difference during these tough times. Read More

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