Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

 

Current Queensland Government COVID-19 update

Current Queensland Government COVID Safe Roadmap

Vaccinations

Financial Counselling Services for Queensland Tourism Operators

The Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport (DTIS) has launched the Queensland Tourism Business Financial Counselling Service to support tourism businesses with valuable financial counselling services as they navigate through the impacts of COVID-19. This program will run from March 2021 to June 2022 and is led by DTIS in partnership with the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC).

The new $2 million service will provide micro to medium-sized tourism businesses with free financial counselling to help them resize or change their business model, and will offer a rebate for businesses needing additional expert advice.

Businesses interested in accessing the Queensland Tourism Business Financial Counselling Service need to first complete the free Tourism Business Health Check. This will enable tourism businesses to quickly assess any areas of risk or financial distress and will provide a personalised and confidential report with recommended resources and actions.

 

COVID-19 Business Support Grants

2021 COVID-19 Business Support Grants – employing business and not-for-profits
Open now, you may be eligible to receive a grant of between $10,000 and $30,000 (excluding GST) depending on the size of your business. This grant may be used for business expenses. Applications close 16 November 2021.

2021 COVID-19 Business Support Grants – non-employing sole traders
A $1,000 grant is available to non-employing sole traders affected by Queensland COVID-19 lockdowns in August 2021.
Applications will open in September and you’ll have to apply by 30 November 2021.

For details on eligibility and how to apply please see the website.

Disaster payments
You may be eligible for a disaster payment from the Commonwealth Government if your income has been affected by the Queensland lockdowns.
Register your interest here.

The Industry Plan has been updated with the new checklist and details to guide tourism experience operators on how to comply with this new option.

Queensland Government’s COVID Hotline:  134 COVID
Businesses and the community can call the Queensland Government’s COVID hotline with any questions about the public health directions or COVID safe planning. You are encouraged to use the hotline first, as the hotline will provide a more immediate response to many questions.

COVID Safe preparation

Approved industry COVID-safe plans
QTIC Qld Tourism and Accommodation COVID-safe plan
COVID-Safe Industry Plan vs COVID CLEAN
FAQ’s
COVID safe preparation page
Safe Work Australia provides guidance material on operating in a COVID-19 safe manner.

The Australian Government’s 3-step framework infographic outlines the new ways of living and working to create a COVIDSafe society.

 

Chief Health Officer public health directions

  • Federal Government COVID-19 App is available for download to assist with timely updates on decisions around COVID-19.
  • Download the COVIDSafe App to help health officials quickly contact people who may have been exposed to COVID-19.
  • Queensland Government COVID-19 website.

Federal stimulus package for businesses and households.

Business support

For an overview of Queensland Government support visit Business Queensland and contact the Department of Employment, Small
Business and Training
hotline on 1300 654 687 and
[email protected].

Job support loans – Qld Rural and Industry Development Authority
(QRIDA) has confirmed they are processing loans as quickly as possible. Applicants can track progress through the online portal, while a
decision is being made, and once the loan has been approved and documentation completed funds will be received within five
business days. Track your application status online

ACCC COVID-19 information for small business

Alternative work arrangements during coronavirus

Payroll tax relief

Loans for export businesses

 

Employee support

Worker Transition Scheme

Fair Work Ombudsman

Farm jobs – Email FNQ Farmers with personal details and
they will forward to various farmers.

Backpackers & seasonal workers – Register at Harvest Trail

 

Personal support

Services Australia – Businesses & individuals

ACCC guidance for consumers during the COVID-19 pandemic

Sole trader support

Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) helplines – banking,
business and personal distress support, general insurance and
HR advice.

Tourism and Events Queensland helplines

 

HR advice

HR advice from Phoebe Kitto, HR Dynamics

Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) helplines for financial, distress, insurance and HR advice

Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ)

ATEC resources (Australian Tourism Export council)

 

How to strengthen your business

Tourism e-school advice on innovating in a crisis

Tourism Tribe’s recovery advice

Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) business advice

Austrade’s Guide to assist tourism businesses to prepare, respond and recover from a crisis

Pandemic risk management

Business mentoring assistance for growth

 

Mental health support services

If you are struggling at this challenging time, these online resources may help:

Life in Mind Australia – COVID-19 Mental Health Support

Beyond Blue – looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak

Lifeline or call 13 11 14.

National COVID-19 Coordination Commission (NCCC)

The Prime Minister announced the establishment of the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission on 25 March 2020. The Commission has two key roles: to help minimise and mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 on jobs and businesses and to facilitate the fastest recovery possible once the virus has passed.

#ExploreTNQ

Around here, palm trees are your frond 🌴😉 If ever the statement “so much to do, so little time” rang true of a destination, #Cairns would be the place 🙌 With the @gbrmarinepark in our front yard & the @wettropicsworldheritage rainforest out the back, the best thing you could bring to your @tropicalnorthqueensland holiday is time ⏰🐠

Click the bio link to find out how you can spend your time in Cairns 👆
​
​📸 @kate_duffy #exploreTNQ #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #explorecairnsGBR
Beachy keen for this island paradise ☀️🌊 @fitzroyisland packs far more than meets the eye into it’s 399 hectares 🙌✨ With a resort, two restaurants, a national park & a whole lot of island activities to keep the family busy 🌅🏝 Here you'll be exploring the @gbrmarinepark from every angle 💫 Dive into snorkelling from the beach 🤿 Glide over the reef with a kayak, SUP or glass bottom boat 🚤 But don't spend all your time in the water! Grab your hiking boots or kick back on the beach 🐚
​
📸 @allards.across.oz #explorecairnsGBR #seeaustralia #exploreTNQ #thisisqueensland
Like most good adventures, this one is 90% preparation & 10% perspiration (seriously, it gets hot up here 🔥) – so you’ll want to do PhD-levels of research before you make tracks up the peninsula 🚙 ​We might be coming towards the end of the cape season for this year, but that means it's the perfect time to start planning for next year! 🙌 If you're anything like @oneway___oranother one night at #AlauBeach might just turn into 5 🏕 ​But don't just take it from us, point your compass north & explore #CapeYork for yourself next season! ​
​
 #seeaustralia #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland
Imagine this ☁️... You're on a wild, uninhabited island, something like what you'd see in a Jurassic Park movie 🦖🌴 For a full 24 hours you're living off the island (or whatever snacks you brought along in your bag 😉) 🌿 You're camping on a secluded beach, right by the crystal clear waters, with mountains towering around you ⛺️🌊 This is all a reality on #HinchinbrookIsland (we hope you like hiking) 🌅
​
Is this island adventure going on your travel bucket list? ✨
​
📸 @schmidtdogg_  #seeaustralia #exploreTNQ #thisisqueensland #explorecairnsGBR