Dear Members and Partners,

This morning’s news is heartening for all our members but particularly for those in the Cairns and Yarrabah LGAs that were closed during lockdown.
As most of you will have seen yesterday, the QHA have been constantly working to ensure that members have some cashflow or to reduce costs whilst our industry faces these economic headwinds.
Below, we outline the rebate or waiver of licensing fees for members across the state and the other grants and deferrals available. Whilst this will never replace open trading, we hope that it helps in some way.

As always, the QHA team are at your disposal so please get in contact with us if you are unsure of trading conditions, restrictions or any staffing issues.



The following trading restrictions will be in place until 4pm Sunday 22 August:

  • Venue capacity at 1 person per 4 square meters (1:4) or 50% for ticketed and allocated seating.
  • Face mask wearing will continue to apply.
  • Masks must be worn in venues but may be removed when eating and drinking. Service staff should wear a mask.
  • Patrons should be seated when eating and drinking.
  • No dancing is allowed except for 20 max people at weddings.

The ROADMAP TO EASING RESTRICTIONS for all trading conditions across Queensland is available,CLICK HERE
Note this will be updated by government to reflect the current changes.


The Queensland Government announced a $47.75 million Hospitality & Tourism Industry Lockdown Support Package to assist businesses impacted by COVID-19 lockdowns in Queensland.

The package is providing a range of rebates, fee and payroll tax relief measures to provide immediate support for tourism and hospitality businesses impacted by the recent COVID-19 lockdowns.

The $47.75 million package includes:

  • Liquor licensing fees waived for 2021-22
    Tourism and hospitality businesses can have their licensing fees for 2021–22 waived or refunded if they were licensed under the Liquor Act or Wine Industry Acts as at 30 June 2021. Find out more.
  • Payroll tax deferral
    Eligible tourism and hospitality businesses that lodge payroll tax returns monthly can apply to defer paying their payroll tax liability due in August 2021 for 6 months. Find out more.
  • 12-month state land rent deferral for tourism operators
    Rent deferral is available for eligible tourism operators on state land for the period 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022. More information coming soon.


2021 COVID-19 Business Support Grants expanded to include large tourism and hospitality businesses state-wide
Large tourism and hospitality businesses state-wide are now included in the 2021 COVID-19 Business Support Grants of $5,000. Find out more.

Businesses under financial stress are also encouraged to contact one of the Queensland Government funded Tourism Business Financial Counsellors or COVID-19 Small Business Counsellors who can assist with identifying potential sources of funding and business support.