Lockdown support for Queensland businesses

The Palaszczuk Government will provide $5,000 payments to small and medium businesses across Queensland affected by the current COVID-19 lockdown and lockdowns in other states.

Treasurer and Minister for Investment Cameron Dick said the $260 million 2021 COVID-19 Business Support Grant program would help small businesses through the current lockdown.

“We know Queensland’s health response to COVID-19 has put us in the best possible position to recover from the pandemic, with nation-leading economic, jobs and retail sales growth,” the Treasurer said.

“But the lesson we have learned from COVID-19 is that we must always act fast and decisively.

“That’s why we were the first jurisdiction to declare a public health emergency and the first jurisdiction to announce business support measures for affected businesses, including tourism businesses.

“To date, Queensland’s economy has recovered quickly from short sharp lockdowns, but we have seen the damage the delta strain is causing in other jurisdictions.

“Until now, our lockdowns have been months apart, which has given businesses time to recover.”

2021 COVID-19 Business Support Grants of $5,000 will be available to eligible small and medium businesses across all industries across the state.

“We’ll also be providing support payments to eligible impacted large businesses in the hospitality and tourism sector in the 11 local government areas currently locked down.

“I welcome the Federal Government’s declaration of a hotspot in the 11 local government areas and the assistance to individuals that declaration makes available.

“I’m also calling on all councils in the 11 affected local government areas, and across other impacted parts of Queenslanders, to implement their own assistance measures for affected businesses.

 “I’d encourage all small businesses to visit www.business.qld.gov.au/supportgrant to make sure they’re taking full advantage of the range of support available in addition to these $5,000 payments.”

Applications for grants will open from mid-August.

Small and medium businesses are defined as businesses that have a turnover of more than $75,000 per annum and have an annual payroll in Queensland of up to $10 million.

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