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.

Queensland Small Business Hardship Appeal

Queensland Small Business Hardship Appeal

The Queensland Small Business Commissioner’s office  has partnered with GIVIT to create the Queensland Small Business Hardship Appeal. This appeal has been created to help businesses who are needing that extra bit of help because they’ve encountered hardship due to things outside of their control, such as COVID, floods or bushfires. Small businesses experiencing hardship …

Lutheran Services – COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements: Booster Dose

Dear Lutheran Services visiting health professional and contractors, (COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements) Direction (No. 4). This letter is to provide a reminder about the latest Queensland Government Direction regarding health care professionals and contractors working in aged care services. On Saturday 12 March 2022 the Queensland Chief Health Officer issued a new direction – Workers in a healthcare …

COVID restrictions to ease further

As of 1am, Thursday April 14, most venues which have been open only to vaccinated staff and patrons will be open to all! The venues include: Pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants Theme parks, casinos and cinemas Weddings Showgrounds Galleries, libraries, museums and stadiums The requirement for vaccinations will still apply to in vulnerable settings including: …

Now is the time for business vaccine mandates to be reviewed and removed

View CCIQ Media Release here. Emotionally and financially exhausted Queensland businesses have a right to know what the state’s 90% vaccine mandate review included and what it meant for rules impacting their day-to-day trade.   Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) data shows business confidence in the future of the state and national economies is …

Requirements for some businesses to use the Check In Qld app have changed

The Check In Qld app has been a key line of defence in Queensland, simplifying the check-in process for businesses and supporting the work of contact tracers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. On 8 February 2022, Queensland Health released an updated Public Health Direction outlining changes for business, activities and undertakings, including COVID-19 vaccination requirements. To confirm …

WHAT NOW: Businesses desperate to know what 90% vaccine milestone means

Queensland businesses deserve to know what the state’s impending 90% double vaccination milestone means for them and the rules they need to comply with to do business. Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) data shows one in five Queensland businesses reported a critical constraint on their ability to maintain normal operational hours or service delivery …

Information/Advice/Signage/Training for Business re COVID

Department of Employment, Small Business and Training has sent the following information through (changes as at 17/12/2021). Providing support for businesses with information and signage for the incoming restrictions etc. Please visit this site: https://www.business.qld.gov.au/running-business/covid-19-restrictions/vaccination-restrictions The signage from the site can be downloaded here.   Also on the site is a training course that TAFE …

UnitingCare COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

Dear valued supplier UnitingCare Queensland is a mission-led organisation whose core purpose is improving the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities. UnitingCare encompasses Blue Care, The Wesley Hospital, St Andrews War Memorial Hospital, Buderim Private Hospital, St Stephens Hospital, UnitingCare’s community, family and disability programs and services, Lifeline services and Lifeline retail shops …

Lutheran Services COVID requirements

This letter is to advise you of the latest Queensland Government Direction regarding visitors to aged care services. The Premier announced last week that with state borders re-opening by 17th December 2021, unvaccinated people will be unable to visit hospitals, residential aged care, disability care accommodation and prisons. What this means for you From 17th …

Queensland Small Business Commissioner Update – November 2021

Queensland Small Business Commissioner Update – November 2021

From the Commissioner Conversations with small businesses this month were dominated with questions about 17 December when the Queensland Government’s requirement commences for the mandatory vaccination of staff / customers for certain business types. Last week I wrote a special update because I wanted to share the information and resources that we use to try …

Queensland Small Business Commissioner Update

Queensland Small Business Commissioner Update

From the Commissioner As many of you would know, the Queensland Government has announced some restrictions will start to apply for certain business types and for unvaccinated people on 17 December. In short, only vaccinated staff and customers will be permitted at businesses offering non-essential leisure activities. In return, these businesses will be able to …

CCIQ Update: November 2021

CCIQ Update: November 2021

COVID Small Business support Grants – click HERE Businesses need to be supported, protected & incentivised if they choose to Enforce Vaccines (Download PDF) Vaccinations in the Workplace – click HERE for more information Free ‘Micro Credentials’ ends this month! CQU small business micro-credentials if there is any opportunity to send out this month as I believe the …

COVID-19 vaccination requirement when attending UnitingCare facilities

Dear valued supplier, UnitingCare Queensland is a mission-led organisation whose core purpose is improving the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities, encompassing Blue Care, The Wesley Hospital, St Andrews War Memorial Hospital, Buderim Private Hospital, St Stephens Hospital, UnitingCare’s many community, family and disability programs and services, and Lifeline centres and Lifeline retail …

Refusal of Service and Unvaccinated Staff

After the Premier’s press conference earlier this week when she announced the roadmap to opening (a Christmas Miracle), a couple of key points have come to light. It will be up to business to determine if they wish to serve unvaccinated people in their business – if they do, they may have restrictions put on …

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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