Good afternoon Members and Partners,
Firstly, can I commend you all for the outstanding dedication you have all had to ensuring our industry is ready to rebound when South East Queensland gets out of lockdown. We hope that will be this Sunday and our whole State can resume trading under the restrictions that have kept our communities safe throughout the pandemic. Obviously, as soon as we hear any news on Sunday, the QHA will send another bulletin to give members and partners the most up to date information.
At present, we are in conversation with the Queensland Government on several issues apart from restrictions, such as consideration for quarantine hotels in keeping staff, waiving gaming taxes and in the event of a prolonged lockdown, further assistance for businesses as the current $5000 will simply not be enough. Also on our radar are the issues relating to business leasing and the need for flexibility in our award to keep staff connected to their workplace. As you can see, much of this is a “work in progress” and hopefully it will be unnecessary if our industry can re-open on Sunday.
We realise it is frustrating for you all and, as always, we will attempt to give you the very best information when it comes to hand. Thank you for your understanding and if you require anything feel free to contact QHA staff members.
COVID-19 DISASTER PAYMENT FOR EMPLOYEES – APPLICATIONS OPEN TOMORROW (SATURDAY 7 AUGUST)
The Australian Government has announced extra support for people affected by Queensland COVID-19 hotspots and restrictions. This is a lump sum payment to help workers unable to earn income due to a COVID-19 state public health order.
Queenslanders in the 11 LGAs will be eligible to receive $750 per week if they lose 20 hours or more of work as a result of the lockdown. For those who lose between 8 and 20 hours, $450 will be handed out.
Applicants will need their employers ABN number and a myGov account linked to Centrelink.
** Take Paid Leave Requirement - Clarification
The Services Australia website states that an individual must use any appropriate paid leave before they can access the COVID-19 Disaster Payment.
While this is suggesting that an individual must take leave accruals first, the following types of leave are excluded from this requirement:
- Annual leave
- Unpaid leave
- Personal/Carer’s Leave
- Long Service Leave
- Compassionate Leave (when the individual has been stood down without pay).
To clarify any confusion arising from this, there is no requirement for an individual to exhaust the above types of leave to be eligible for the COVID-19 Disaster Payment.
QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT BUSINESS SUPPORT PACKAGES
The Queensland Government has announced a $260 million COVID Business Support Package: The 2021 COVID-19 Business Support Grants for lockdown-impacted businesses in Queensland.
You may be eligible to receive a grant of $5,000 (excluding GST). This grant may be used for business expenses.
The grant provides support to employing small and medium businesses across Queensland impacted by the South East Queensland lockdown that commenced on 31 July 2021. Your business doesn't have to be located in South East Queensland, but you must have experienced at least a 30% reduction in turnover as a result of the lockdown.
Grants are also available for large businesses in the hospitality and tourism sector operating in the 11 local government areas in the lockdown, subject to meeting eligibility criteria.
Small and medium businesses are defined as having:
- a turnover of more than $75,000 per annum
- an annual payroll in Queensland of up to $10 million.
How to apply
More information on eligibility criteria will be available in the coming days. You will need to apply online with supporting evidence. Grants will be processed in the order government receives them. You will be paid the grant funds within 2 weeks of being notified that your application has been approved.
CLICK HERE for more information on how to apply, including the opening date for applications, will be available in the coming days: