Coronavirus in Queensland: Financial help and advice
Find information on QLD stimulus packages, border closures, travel restrictions, business shutdowns and more.
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This guide contains information about coronavirus in the state of Queensland. We're updating it with the latest government announcements when possible. For more information, check out the Queensland government website.
Queensland state stimulus package
On 24 March 2020, the Premier of Queensland, Annastacia Palaszczuk, announced a $4 billion relief package. The QLD government also announced a $27.25 million Immediate Industry Recovery Package to help local businesses and government.
Here's what the stimulus package includes:
Businesses and workers
- $2.5 billion to support workers and businesses.
- Up to $500 million to help those who lose their jobs with retraining and transitions into other jobs.
- $1.1 million to help small businesses and small to medium enterprises (SMEs) gain new opportunities.
- Payroll tax refunds of $740 million and payroll tax deferrals until the end of 2020 for COVID-19 affected businesses.
- $500 million in loans to support Queensland businesses including loans up to $250,000 that are interest-free for the first 12 months.
- Grants to support the fishing industry, three-month extensions of the catch area for tropical rock lobster and a temporary waiver of fishing boat licence fees and quota fees.
- Fee relief for tourism operators including application fee waivers for eligible liquor licences, registration and fee waivers for tour operators, rebates for marina charges and referrals for tourism lease rent payments.
- New marketing campaigns with Tourism Australia to promote Queensland tourism.
On 30 March 2020 the federal government announced a national JobKeeper payment to support businesses and workers. Business owners can also apply for the government's new JobKeeper payment, which will provide the business with wage subsidies for up to six months in exchange for the business keeping staff employed. To see if you're eligible and learn how it works, read the full guide on the new JobKeeper payment.
- $300 million to support households
- $200 rebate for utility bills for all QLD households.
- $1.2 billion to strengthen the QLD health system
- Expansion of fever clinics, emergency departments, acute care services and services for our remote communities.
- $1 million to help increase student counselling and support services for students
At the start of Term 2 on Monday 20 April, all Queensland state schools reopened for on-site learning for all students.
On June 1 2020, the Queensland government commenced Stage 2 of reopening. The following business can operate, as long as they abide by public health rules and physical distancing guidelines:
- Restaurants and cafes
- Registered or licensed clubs and RSL Clubs
- Hotels and casinos (no gaming)
- Gyms, health clubs and yoga and dance studios
- Beauty salons, nail salons and spas
- Tattoo parlours
- Museums and galleries
- Places of worship
- Community sports clubs
- Zoos, amusement parks and arcades
- Theatres, arenas and concert venues
Queensland residents can travel within Queensland without restrictions.
However, anyone entering Queensland from another state must be self-quarantined in a Government-run facility or an appointed hotel for 14 days.
From 29 March 2020, all non-essential travellers from overseas arriving in QLD must be self-quarantined in a Government-run facility or an appointed hotel for 14 days.
The QLD government recommends immediate testing for anyone with any of the following symptoms:
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath
For further advice, call your GP or 13HEALTH on 13 43 25 84.
State measures for tracking COVID-19 cases
The QLD government has established a dedicated law enforcement team to help with contact-tracing and and quarantining requirements for people who have been diagnosed with coronavirus or who are known contacts.
"They will also lead the enforcement of people who have been ordered to quarantine, making sure they stay inside their homes, to protect others and slow the spread of coronavirus," Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said in a statement on 31 March 2020.
"The vast majority are doing the right thing and following the rules, but we need to ensure there's 100% compliance."
Mental health support
If you're feeling anxious or struggling with your mental health, the following organisations can help.
- Lifeline Australia (13 11 14) offers crisis support services and short-term support for those who are having difficulty coping or staying safe.
- Kids Helpline (1800 551 800) offers free and confidential counselling services for young people aged 5 to 25 years, both online and over the phone.
- QLD Mental Health Line (1300 642 255) offers confidential mental health telephone services for Queenslanders.
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If your job, business or income has been impacted by the coronavirus, check out some of our guides below:
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