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.

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 …

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 …

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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