03.08.21- (QLD)Support Measures Available to Small Businesses

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Support Measures Available to Small Businesses

Given the extension of the lockdown,  please note below the most recent support measures available to small businesses.   If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at any time.

State government lockdown support

Please note below the latest link to the Queensland state government lockdown assistance.   As this is FIRST IN BEST DRESSED you need to move immediately after the opening date is announced.  The eligibility criteria will be detailed more in the coming days.

https://www.business.qld.gov.au/starting-business/advice-support/grants/covid19-support-grants

Employee payments for reduced hours. 

There is also some relief for your staff if they have been cut in hours between 8 and 20 hours a week.  They can claim this through myGov and this should be mentioned if you are considering reduced hours.   This is claimed by the employees through their myGov accounts.

Increased financial support for hundreds of thousands of workers in New South Wales will be available from next week as part of the Commonwealth Government’s expanded national COVID-19 Disaster Payment.

Payments will continue to support workers in every state and territory who lose hours due to a state government lockdown or public health order.

Eligible workers will receive $750 per week if they lose 20 hours or more of work while those that lose between 8 and less than 20 hours, or a full day of work, will receive a payment of $450 per week.

This new level of payment recognises the significant impact that the new COVID-19 Delta strain is having on communities, businesses, and workers.

The Commonwealth Government will provide financial support to those in a declared Commonwealth Hotspot. The provision of financial support outside of these areas will be provided where requested at the cost of state or territory governments.

The new national payment rate will commence for payments processed week commencing 2 August and will be automatically updated for those already in the Services Australia system.

It will be available from day one of any potential lockdown in the future, with claims made from day eight in arrears for the previous seven days. A weekly payment will then be made for the duration of the hotspot declaration.

There will be no liquid assets test applied to eligibility for these payments and an individual does not need to run down personal annual leave.

Financial assistance – Commonwealth government

Pandemic leave disaster payment

You may be eligible for a $1,500 pandemic leave disaster payment from the Australian Government if you contract COVID-19 and face financial hardship due to enforced isolation or quarantine order issued on or after 7 October 2020.

Read more about the pandemic leave disaster payment.

This list is not exhaustive and should be investigated further if you are suffering financially as a result of this present lockdown.  NSW clients also have a $15,000 support payment available at this time.

Check out the link at www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/financial-support

The  Victorian state government link is www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/financial-and-other-support-coronavirus-covid-19

We will be providing further updates.