Wednesday, 25 March saw some wins for small businesses and more restrictions.
From midnight last night, Queensland’s borders restrictions will kick in. This will mean anyone who arrives and is not classified as exempt they will need to self-isolate for 14-days. Measures have been put in place to provide for the continuation of essential goods and services for Queensland, but this is still likely to have an impact on many businesses. More details on the border restrictions can be found here.
There was a big reprieve for businesses who pay payroll tax yesterday, however we know small businesses and non-employing enterprises feel like they’ve been ignored. Our advocacy efforts will continue to aim at securing commercial rent relief, wage subsidies and grants for SMEs under the payroll tax threshold.
The Prime Minster announced further restrictions across a range of business involving fitness classes, beauty salons, arcades, play centres while also limiting the amount of attendees at wedding and funerals. The details on these restrictions vary, the comprehensive details can be found here.
This announcement followed the previously announced restrictions which immediately impacted thousands of businesses forcing them to make very difficult decisions. Our HR team created a ‘Stand down Toolkit’ which is a very comprehensive resource and one that could be of great value to your members. You can find it here.
Finally, I would like to end with a request and something positive. In this unprecedented time, there seems to be an abundance of challenging news. I would like to ask if you could send me one ‘good news’ story from your area about either a business who is doing well or a business who is being creative to help the community. I plan on sharing one until I get thru them.
I will start – In an effort to keep people employed as well as help the local community, yesterday the local Bribie Island RSL announced they will be using its courtesy bus to offer free delivery of coffee, morning tea & lunches from their restaurant. This has been met with tremendous support from the community and even though the venue is shut, the support has given a bit of hope and optimism to both employees and the Community.
Our goal right now is to make sure every Queensland employer has the right information about business restrictions and available government support. Go to treasury.gov.au and business.qld.gov.au for an updated list of assistance measures and how to claim them.
Please make use of these options for free direct advice:
· Queensland Government Economic Relief – 1300 654 687
· Employer Assistance (HR) Helpline (CCIQ) – 1300 731 988
· Tax and Business Performance Advice (BDO) – 07 3237 5999