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.

Tourism Industry News – Spring 2021 edition

Tourism Industry News – Spring 2021 edition

The COVID-19 lockdowns across the country continue to have an enormous impact on our tourism and events industry. We are working across the Queensland Government and with our industry partners to to support Queensland’s tourism industry, and share some good news along the way. Applications for the $10,000, $15,000 and $30,000 2021 COVID-19 Business Support Grants are now …

Refusal of Service and Mandatory Vaccinations

Of late businesses and Chambers across the state have been asking for clarity regarding two issues: What rights does a business have with regards to mandating vaccinations for staff? Can a business refuse service to a person who hasn’t been vaccinated? Both issues are complicated and emotive and until State or Federal governments bring in …

Wide Bay Burnett freight and logistics operators

Please find below important information on freight and logistics requirements and the Queensland Freight Protocol, impacting on movements across the border between NSW and Queensland. This information is provided by Queensland Health, and we are distributing it on their behalf. Please share with anyone in your industry who may be impacted. If you have any …

Tourism Industry Update

The Queensland Government has announced a $47.75 million Tourism and Hospitality Sector COVID-19 Lockdown Support Package to assist businesses impacted by COVID-19 lockdowns in Queensland and other states. The package is providing a range of rebates, fee and payroll tax relief measures to provide immediate support for tourism and hospitality businesses impacted by the recent COVID-19 lockdowns. …

COVID-19 Business Support grants to open on August 16

Queensland Government Media Release Queensland businesses can now start preparing their applications for the Palaszczuk Government’s $5,000 2021 COVID-19 Business Support grants, which will open at midday on Monday August 16. Minister for Employment and Small Business Di Farmer said guidelines and templates were now available for the grant program that will help small and …

2021 COVID-19 Business Support Grants for lockdown-impacted businesses in Queensland

Your business may be eligible for financial support through the 2021 COVID-19 Business Support Grants. $5,000 grants will be made available to small and medium businesses across Queensland affected by the COVID-19 lockdown that commenced on Saturday 31 July 2021 and lockdowns in other states. The Queensland Government recognises the short interval between lockdowns in South East Queensland, …

Letter from Public Health – Check In Queensland App

See below a link to a letter from the Environmental Health Wide Bay Public Health Unit to help your business understand the new obligations and important information about the Check in Queensland requirements that were recently announced and actions needed if appropriate. The Queensland app will be mandatory for all businesses soon for visitors entering …

CCIQ message: COVID-19 Hotspot Recovery package

CCIQ message: COVID-19 Hotspot Recovery package

You are probably now aware of the announced three-day lockdown for SE Qld and nominated areas across Queensland. CCIQ and the Policy & Advocacy team have been and continue to work advocating for business in Queensland regarding the impact of COVID-19. CCIQ is advocating for Qld Government to support Queensland businesses and has developed a …

Check In QLD COVID app list of industry sectors expanded

Check In QLD COVID app list of industry sectors expanded

In addition to the hospitality sector, from 1am Friday 9 July, the Check In Qld app will be mandatory for a number of new sectors, including: venues that attract large crowds, such as stadiums, convention centres, theme parks, concert venues and cinemas shopping centres and supermarkets beauty and personal care service, such as hairdressing, beauty …

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.

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