COVID-19 News & Resources

Statement from the President

During these unprecedented times the Kingaroy Chamber of Commerce urges our business community to seek as much assistance as they possibly can.

If you feel as though you are struggling during this time, don’t be too proud. Access the help available. Talk to someone because that someone may just have the answer you need.

Most importantly, SHOP LOCAL PLEASE! Support small businesses that are trading. Take the time to go to stores in the CBDs throughout the South Burnett. They are relying on you more than ever.

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COVID-19 news

News & articles relevant to you as the COVID-19 pandemic progresses.

Influenza Vaccination requirements – Aged Care

We are writing to alert you to a new requirement for entry to aged care services in Queensland. The Queensland Chief Health Officer has mandated that after 3 May 2021, anyone entering an aged care service must have an up-to-date influenza vaccination. You and your team will need to get the latest flu vaccination prior …

CCIQ COVID-19 Update – A Call for Support

Greater Brisbane is in the midst of lockdown, with an announcement on the future status of the restrictions to take place tomorrow morning. As we all navigate this current lockdown and its impact on businesses across QLD, all of us at CCIQ are working hard on our members behalf doing what we do best – …

Check in QLD app

From 1 May 2021, it will be mandatory for all hospitality businesses (such as pubs, nightclubs, restaurants, cafes and other venues that serve food and drink) to register for and utilise the free “Check In Queensland” app to meet the requirements for collecting guest contact tracing details. Have you registered to use the app yet? …

Masks and Customer Compliance

As we come to the end of the first full day of the lock down, I thought it might be necessary to relay the information regarding masks and customer compliance, so please pass on to your members, if you haven’t already done so.

CCIQ COVID-19 update

The Greater Brisbane region is now in the midst of lockdown, with a review on restrictions to take place on Wednesday night. The Queensland Government website has been updated with some additional information to reflect the current situation. New health directives have been released, with specific details regarding business activities.   Restrictions for Impacted Areas (Greater Brisbane region) Anyone in the …

Financial Counselling for Tourism Businesses

The Palaszczuk Government is delivering $2 million to support Queensland tourism businesses facing hardship with Sunday’s axing of JobKeeper by the Federal Government.  Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Tourism Business Financial Counselling Service would provide expert advice to tourism operators who need guidance on a range of matters including scaling down or pausing some parts of their business.  “It’s vital that we support as many tourism businesses …

Labour Market Information Portal

The Labour Market Information Portal has been updated with a range of new data and research insights, including information relating to the labour market impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. January 2021 Vacancy Report The January 2021 Vacancy Report and associated data files are now available from the Labour Market Information Portal: http://lmip.gov.au/default.aspx?LMIP/VacancyReport. January 2021 jobactive and …

COVID-19 Update

As COVID-19 is continuing to cause disruptions, please see below information regarding some immediate and upcoming changes which may affect your business. Digital Contact Tracing Yesterday, Premier Palaszczuk announced all businesses who collect customer information, must now use digital methods and paper-based collections will no longer be acceptable. At CCIQ, we recognise the importance of …

Give it a Go in Queensland!

Give it a Go in Queensland!

We’re after workers to give it a go… Loads of Queensland tourism and hospitality businesses are looking for staff right now. From chic cafes in Coolangatta to rainforest retreats in Cape York, we’re after workers to give it a go. The Queensland Government is working closely with the tourism industry to rebuild the sector, including the …

Skills Focus Training Hub

The Skills Focus Training Hub has lots of free training relating to job skill preparation, leadership, IT and marketing. A free online training to help COVID-19 impacted Queensland workers. Visit skillsfocus.com.au

Restarting, Transitioning and Resilience Coaching

Restarting, Transitioning and Resilience Coaching

Have you registered for our free one-on-one online coaching? Businesses from across the state have been involved and we have received some great feedback. The coaching is available through stage 2 of the Tourism Industry Business Capability Development program, which is funded by the Queensland Government and supported by the 13 Regional Tourism Organisations. Businesses can register to …

Employer incentives

The Australian and Queensland Governments are providing a range of financial incentives for employers to hire job seekers who are long-term unemployed.  Please see below for more information about these incentives and how you may be able to access them. This information is provided by Jobmatch Employment. Download full information here. Download JobMaker Hiring Credit …

We’re committed to working with you to get the best outcomes for our community.

Please reach out if there’s anything we can help you with.

Resources & links

Links to external sites relevant to your business.

Australian Government: The Treasury – Support for Businesses

Australian Government: ATO

Business Queensland

Complete the Business Impact Survey on this page to help assess what support is needed.

Moneysmart

A government website with regular updates for COVID-19 and links to lots of other resources.

Jobseeker payments: How to apply

Steps to applying for Centrelink payments.

Lost your job due to Coronavirus?

Coronavirus: How to get help if you’re a casual worker

Coronavirus (COVID-19) getting financial help in Australia

Every telco’s COVID-19 assistance package

‘BIG 4’ banks establish JobKeeper Hotline

One of the main concerns for employers wanting to enrol for the JobKeeper Scheme is that they have to make the $1,500 payments to employees before they are eligible to receive the JobKeeper Payment.  For many employers, this is simply impossible.

The Treasurer (Josh Frydenberg) spoke with the ‘Big 4’ banks and they have agreed to establish dedicated Hotlines for employers to call in relation to accessing bridging finance.

Those Hotline numbers are:
Westpac – 1300 731 073
NAB – 1800 562 533 (1800 JOBKEEPER)
CBA – 13 26 07
ANZ –  1800 571 123