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.

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: 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 …

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, …

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.


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