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.

CCIQ Update – JobKeeper 2.0 Just Announced

CCIQ Update – JobKeeper 2.0 Just Announced

Today, the Prime Minister confirmed that JobKeeper will continue on in its current form as initially planned until 27 September.  Beyond September, the scheme will continue, with some modifications, until March 2021. After this date and up to the end of December 2020, JobKeeper 2.0 will operate with a 2 tier payment system: $1200 per …

COVID Safe Checklist

COVID Safe Checklist

There are a number of COVID checklists, and like almost everything the govt has put out, there is a bit of ‘grey’ out there as to which one to use. For those businesses not required to use a ‘specific’ form, CLICK HERE for the one which CCIQ has been informed will work.

CCIQ June Quarter 2020 Pulse Survey

The CCIQ Suncorp Pulse Survey of business conditions for the June 2020 quarter is now open. We need your feedback about what’s impacting your business today, and what will influence your decision-making over the next three months. The COVID-19 outbreak has undoubtedly had a substantial effect on the majority of businesses worldwide. The hot topic questions throughout the survey aim to …

RDA acknowledged for COVID leadership and support

RDA acknowledged for COVID leadership and support

The Commonwealth Government has commended the leadership of Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett (RDA WBB) in supporting the economic and community response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories Nola Marino said that RDA Wide Bay Burnett’s engagement with their community, business and all levels of government had been vital …

Request for assistance: Entrepreneurs’ wellbeing and coping during COVID-19

My name’s Hayley, I’m a Research Assistant from Curtin University’s Future of Work Institute. I’m contacting Australian business and industry groups to try to connect with Australian entrepreneurs who might be interested in taking part in a study by the Centre for Transformative Work Design. This study is researching entrepreneurs’ work design, wellbeing, and coping during …

Advocacy update: A second round of grants available

This morning Queensland’s Minister for Small Business Shannon Fentiman announced an additional $100 million to fund a second round of grants for small business, with half of the funds allocated for even distributed to small businesses across regional Queensland. Since the first round was exhausted within days, we have been advocating and working with the …

Tax support for small business

For small business financially affected by COVID-19 A series of one hour sessions to discuss the stimulus package and how it can help small business. Summary of topics: Cash flow boost JobKeeper Instant asset write-off Accelerated depreciation Temporary relief for financially distressed businesses Register here.

Queensland’s roadmap to easing restrictions

Queensland’s roadmap to easing restrictions

Queensland’s Roadmap to Easing Restrictions outlines which businesses can operate at which stage, and what customer limits apply on premises. All businesses will need to do some planning to ensure they keep their business, staff and their customers safe. The new Department of State Development, Tourism and Innovation (DSDTI) will  continue to work to support Queenslanders …

Local Buy Opportunities for Small and Regional Businesses

Information sent via email from Local Buy We are excited to advise that Local Buy (http://www.localbuy.net.au/) is undertaking a number of initiatives to actively help local businesses struggling under COVID-19 conditions and set them up to access opportunities (public and private) as our local economy is kickstarted. Firstly Local Buy has committed to a mass refresh …

Supply chain issues: Hand sanitiser available in Wide Bay Burnett

A number of businesses across the Wide Bay Burnett region are pivoting to supply essential items during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are pleased to support our local manufacturers and businesses who are #MakingItForQLD. If you are experiencing supply chain issues, click here.   Bundaberg Brewed Drinks has formulated hand sanitiser for exclusive sale to …

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