Queensland Business Support Grants – UPDATED

(UPDATED 17 AUGUST 2021)

The Queensland Government has teamed with the Australian Government to provide an increased support package for businesses affected by the recent lockdowns.  The new tiered based support payments will start at $10,000 for eligible employing businesses, with payment levels based on the business’ payroll size.  The payments available are:

  • $10,000 one-off grant for businesses with an annual payroll in Queensland of less than $1.3m
  • $15,000 one-off grant for businesses with an annual payroll in Queensland of between $1.3m and $10m
  • $30,000 one-off grant for tourism and hospitality focussed businesses with an annual payroll in Queensland of greater than $10m.

These payments are to provide financial support to businesses that have suffered a decline of 30% or more, as a result of the recent and current lockdowns.

$1,000 Sole Traders Grant

Non-employing Sole Traders will be able to apply for a one-off $1,000 grant under the joint Queensland and Australian Government package.  To be eligible the Sole Trader must have had a decline in turnover of more than 30% due to the recent lockdowns in South-East Queensland and Cairns-Yarrabah regions.

Applications for this Grant are not available as yet – with the process still being finalised – however you can register your interest here.

Business Support Grants – for Employing Businesses

This grant package is designed to provide support to small and medium sized business who, because of the recent lockdowns, have experienced a reduction of at least 30% in turnover. It is available to businesses with:

  • a turnover of more than $75k per annum, and
  • an annual payroll in Queensland of up to $10m
  • and for businesses that are in the hospitality and tourism sectors that have a payroll over $10m

To be eligible business must also:

  • employ staff, in addition to business owners
  • have suffered a reduction in turnover of 30% or more for a 1-week period that includes at least 1 full day of the:
    • South-East Queensland lockdown commencing 31 July 2021
    • Cairns & Yarrabah lockdown commencing 8 August 2021, or
    • Any other lockdown in Queensland in August 2021
  • have a Queensland headquarters

Application Process

Applications opened midday 16 August and will close on 16 November 2021. Applications will need to be lodged online through the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority Portal.

Eligibility

To be eligible for this Business Support Grant package, your business or NFP organisation must:

  • employ staff (must be on your payroll; doesn’t include business owners)
  • be registered for GST
  • have Queensland headquarters (ie principal place of business is located in Queensland) and trading in Queensland on 31 July 2021
  • not be insolvent, or owners / directors that are insolvent or an undischarged bankrupt
  • have annual payroll less than $10m
  • have annual turnover of over $75k during the 2019FY, 2020FY or 2021FY
  • demonstrate the business was directly or indirectly impacted by a lockdown event.
  • Demonstrate or declare a reduction in turnover of 30% or more during a nominated 7-day period
    • This must include at least 1 full day of a lockdown event when comparing against turnover achieved during the same 7-day period in July or August 2019
    • If 2019 period isn’t an indication of a typical weekly turnover, then include comparable period in 2020FY

Supporting Documentation Required

Reduction in Turnover – you must be able to demonstrate that your business suffered a decline in turnover of 30% or more.

  • Direct Impact: If you are a business that was directly impacted by the lockdown (ie forced to close), you will need to complete a declaration in your application
  • Indirect Impact: If you are a business that was indirectly impacted by the lockdown, then you will need to submit:
    • sales turnover information from your business records for the relevant periods; or
    • request a letter from your Accountant.

Employ Staff – you must be able to demonstrate that your business employs staff, in addition to the business owners. Evidence may include:

  • Financial statements, or payroll records
  • Letter from your accountant

Annual Payroll up to $10 million – you must demonstrate an annual payroll up to $10m during any of the 2019, 2020, or 2021 financial years. Evidence such as:

  • Payroll records
  • Accountants Letter

Annual Turnover of over $75,000 – must be able to demonstrate annual turnover of over $75k during any of the 2019, 2020, or 2021 financial years:

  • Business Activity Statements (BAS); or
  • Accountants Letter

Trading Location – to verify your trading location, you may provide one of the following to identify your business operations:

  • Website or social media pages
  • Utility bills

Applications for this business support grant opened midday Monday 16th August and will remain open for three months – until 16th November 2021.

If you have any questions regarding these Grants, please don’t hesitate to contact our office on 3286 1322.

COVID-19 Disaster Payments – QLD

(UPDATED 16 AUGUST 2021)

The Federal Government have approved an income support scheme for people affected by the latest lockdowns, which provides:

  • $750 per week, tax free, to workers who lose 20 or more hours of work a week
  • $450 per week, tax free, to workers who lose between 8 and 20 hours a week
  • $200 per week, tax free, to those who currently receive an income support payment, and have lost more than 8 hours of work.

This support will be available to employees who have lost income due to lockdown and are in the hotspots declared by Australian Government.

Applications for the Disaster Payments will be available through your MyGov account from Saturday 7th August, and it is available to those who live in, work in, or visited one of the 11 LGAs that are in lockdown.

For people not currently receiving Centrelink benefits…

Eligibility for Covid Disaster Payments

You are eligible if you meet the criteria on only one day during the payment period. If you are a member of a couple, and you both eligible, then you can both claim this payment – you will need to make separate claims.

To get the payment, individuals need to meet all of the following eligibility rules:

  • Be An Australian resident or hold a visa that gives you the right to work in Australia
  • Be aged 17 years or older
  • Not receiving an income support payment, Education Allowance or ABSTUDY Living Allowance during the payment period.
  • Don’t get the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment, a state or territory pandemic payment or a state small business payment for the same period
  • have lost income and didn’t have any appropriate paid leave entitlements (NB: appropriate leave entitlements include pandemic leave – individuals don’t have to use their Annual Leave, Sick Leave, or Carers Leave before accessing these payments)
  • have lived in, worked from, or visited a Commonwealth-declared COVID-19 hotspot that is subject to a state restricted movement order
  • have been unable to earn your usual income of 8 hours or more, or a full day’s work because you were in the COVID-19 hotspot and were subject to restricted movement.

Relevant periods

There are two relevant periods that individuals can apply for. They are:

  • 1 August to 7 August
  • 8 August

 How much you can get 

Period date range Amount if you lost less than 20 hours work that week Amount if you lost 20 hours or more that week
1 August to 7 August $450 $750
8 August $450 $750

How to Claim

For detailed instructions on how to claim for the COVID-19 Disaster Payment, please direct clients to Services Australia Website – How to Claim COVID-19 Disaster Payments

For people currently receiving Centrelink benefits…

Currently receiving a Centrelink Payment?

If you currently receive an income support payment from Centrelink, and have lost hours, you may be eligible to receive the COVID-19 Disaster Payments.

The eligibility criteria is as follows:

  • you get an income support payment, Education Allowance or ABSTUDY Living Allowance
  • you’re 17 years or older
  • you’re not getting the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment, a state pandemic payment or a state small business payment for the same period
  • you lived in, or worked from or visited a Commonwealth-declared COVID-19 hotspot that is subject to a state restricted movement order
  • you were unable to work and earn your usual income of 8 hours or more or a full day’s work because you were in the COVID-19 hotspot and are subject to restricted movement
  • you don’t have any pandemic-related paid leave entitlements
  • you reported employment income to us at least once on or after 7 June 2021 or had declared ongoing employment income on or after 7 June 2021.

How much you can get

The COVID-19 Disaster Payment is $200 each week if you get an eligible income support payment. You’ll get this amount on top of your regular payment.

How to Claim

For detailed instructions on how to claim for the COVID-19 Disaster Payment, please direct clients to Services Australia Website – How to Claim COVID-19 Disaster Payments

Are you an eligible working visa holder?

If you are an eligible working visa holder, you will need to call the emergency information line from Monday, to claim.

Current hotspot declarations as at 2 August 2021 are:

Queensland
The City of Brisbane, Moreton Bay Region, Redland City, Logan City, City of Ipswich, Shire of Noosa, City of Gold Coast, Lockyer Valley Region, Scenic Rim Region, Somerset Region and Sunshine Coast Region LGAs

 

NSW
Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Shellharbour and Wollongong

NSW residents affected can apply now through their MyGov account.

Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment

The Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment is a lump sum payment that is available to Queenslanders who can’t earn an income because they have been ordered to self-isolate or quarantine – or care for someone with COVID.  The payment of $1,500 is available for each eligible 14-day period.

To be eligible, you must be directed to self-isolate or quarantine by a health official, including a person employed by:

  • Qld Health
  • A state or regional dept of health

You must also meet all of the following:

  • Be at least 17 years old and live in Queensland
  • An Australian resident or hold a visa that gives you the right to work in Australia
  • Unable to go to work and earn an income
  • No appropriate leave entitlements available to you, including pandemic sick leave, personal leave, or leave to care for another person

You won’t be eligible if, during your 14-day isolation period, you get:

  • Any income, earnings, or salary from paid work
  • Income support payments

How to Claim

You can claim by either: