Assistance available for small business, general health and travel advice and public gatherings
As has been seen over the last 12 hours, both State and Federal Governments are rolling out further assistance, and there will be more in the coming days including addressing concerns we have taken forward on behalf of Noosa industries and residents. A summary of business assistance currently available is below:
- Qld government $27.25 million Immediate Industry Recovery Package which includes payroll tax return deferral and Support for Tourism operation and Hospitality Providers. https://www.qld.gov.au/about/industry-recovery
- As of next week, the Qld Rural and Industry Development Authority will be offering concessional loans up to $250,000 to businesses to retain staff. www.qrida.qld.gov.au
- Small Business Support – https://www.business.qld.gov.au/starting-business/advice-support/support/novel-coronavirus
- Federal government $17.6 billion stimulus package includes: increasing the Instants Asset Write-Off; Backing Business Investment; Boosting cash flow for employers; Supporting apprentices and trainees; and Assistance for affected regions, communities and industries. https://www.business.gov.au/risk-management/emergency-management/coronavirus-information-and-support-for-business
- Support for Sole Traders – https://www.business.gov.au/risk-management/emergency-management/coronavirus-information-and-support-for-business/what-support-is-available-to-your-business
GENERAL HEALTH ADVICE
Please stay up to date via the Qld Health website www.health.qld.gov.au/coronavirus or contact 13 HEALTH (13 432584) for the most recent advice, and be mindful of Facebook shares from unknown sources.
There are currently travel bans and self-quarantine measures in place. For the latest information please head to https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-travellers or if you are feeling unwell, call the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.
To reduce the risk of coronavirus virus spreading, the new restrictions for indoor and outdoor gatherings are:
- indoor gatherings to fewer than 100 people
- outdoor gatherings to fewer than 500 people
- meetings or conferences for critical workforce members, such as healthcare professionals and emergency services
A number of businesses are advising of lengthened wait times including Telstra, who will be posting updates as available via https://exchange.telstra.com.au/coronavirus/