24 August 2020
While the Queensland Government is easing restrictions in relation to COVID-19, it’s important that we all stay safe and keep up to date with the latest information.
- Gatherings in private homes and public spaces are restricted to a maximum of 10 people. These limits do not apply to businesses operating under a COVID Safe plan.
- Residential aged care and disability accommodation facilities have restrictions on visitors and residents leaving the facility.
- Hospitals have been asked to restrict visitors as soon as possible.
- Hospital emergency departments, aged care facilities and disability accommodation facilities will use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including face masks and gloves to treat all patients and residents.
- Queenslanders are able to travel anywhere in Queensland for any purpose at any time.
- From 10 July 2020, any person can enter Queensland unless they have been in a COVID-19 declared hotspot. NSW, Victoria and ACT are currently shut to Queensland but exemptions apply. Those wishing to enter Queensland must apply for a Queensland Border Declaration Pass. More information here.
- Australia's international borders remain closed. Travel into Australia remains restricted to Australian citizens, residents and their immediate family members only. Australians are not able to travel internationally at this time.
- Tourism experiences, accommodation, restaurants, cafes, pubs, registered or licensed clubs, RSL Clubs, food courts and hotels, nightclubs, beauty therapies and casinos can all operate with required COVID Safe documentation in place. More information here.
- Concert venues, theatres and auditoriums can open, and events can be staged in line with Stage 3 restrictions.
Refer to the Queensland Government's full list of Stage 3 restrictions here.
Brisbane Economic Development Agency encourages you to follow social distancing guidelines. We recommend you contact individual event organisers or businesses for accurate information on their operations.
- National Coronavirus Helpline – call 131 450 or 1800 020 080
- If you need urgent medical assistance - call 000
- Ambulance hotline for non-emergencies – call 13 12 33
- Queensland health advice - call 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84)
- Queensland public mental health service - call 1300 MH CALL (1300 642255
Travel and Visas
Updated Event and Activities Information
Brisbane EDA recommends that you contact individual organisers or operators to get accurate information on cancellations or changes.
The Queensland and Australian Governments have dedicated customer representatives to explain the assistance available to business.
For an overview of Queensland Government support visit Business Queensland or contact the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training hotline on 1300 654 687 and [email protected].
For an overview of Australian Government support for business, including updated JobKeeper details, click here or talk over the phone, live chat or email from 8am – 8pm through the Coronavirus business support service. Phone: 13 28 46 or email Coronavirus business support.
Boosting cash flow for employers - provides up to $100,000 back to small and medium-sized businesses, with a minimum payment of $20,000 for eligible businesses. The payment will be tax free.
Support for immediate cash flow needs for SMEs – under the Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme, the Australian Government will provide a guarantee of 50% to support short-term loans.
Supporting apprentices and trainees - Eligible employers can apply for a wage subsidy of 50% of their apprentices' or trainees' wage paid during 1 January 2020 to 30 September 2020.
Worker transition scheme - For workers who may find themselves without work.
Fair Work Australia - workplace obligations and entitlements – Help and advice for employers and employees with entitlements during this time.
Tax, bill, fee and rent relief
Temporary relief for financially distressed businesses - The Australian Government is temporarily increasing the threshold at which creditors can issue a statutory demand.
Payroll tax relief package - payroll tax relief measures from Queensland Government including refunds of payroll tax and payroll tax holiday and deferrals.
Rent relief - for small businesses who rent premises from the Queensland Government.
Tourism business support
Relief for Queensland tourism businesses includes:
See the DITID website
for more details.
The Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) is offering free membership, advocacy and support.
Adapting your business model
Market diversification and resilience grants - To help develop alternative markets food and fishing exporters and critical supply chain partners
Supply chain issues - For manufacturers and businesses who are finding it difficult to obtain vital materials and supplies to remain open.
Getting ready to rebound
Business Mentoring Assistance - Mentoring for Growth - The Mentoring for Growth program has mentors ready to connect with impacted small businesses and may be able to provide tailored support including financial mentoring and business planning.
Financial Resilience Workshops - Delivered by TAFE Queensland, these workshops will provide practical tools and skills to build business resilience as well as an opportunity to connect and network with other small businesses facing similar issues.