Tourism Talk 12 March 2020

Coronavirus tax relief

Queensland's small and medium businesses impacted by coronavirus can defer their payroll tax payment for six months, backdated to when the travel ban started on 1 February 2020, under a new relief measure from the Queensland Government.

This enables eligible businesses with an annual Australian wage bill of up to $6.5 million to self-assess whether their economic indicators like turnover, bookings, contracts or profit have been impacted by business conditions associated with coronavirus. FIND OUT MORE HERE.

Help through Qld Govt Coronavirus package

The Queensland Government announced a $27.25 million package to provide immediate assistance to industry to help Queensland deal with the impact of Coronavirus COVID-19.

The package is intended to provide immediate relief to impacted businesses and help them sustain jobs while work is done to contain the virus. The Immediate Industry Recovery Package provides targeted financial support and advice; promotes Queensland through marketing and media activities; and provides counselling and support to businesses and students.

A suite of initiatives will be available to support small businesses to build resilience, grow and succeed, including:

  • Resilience workshops in partnership with local peak bodies to build the financial resilience of small businesses
  • Business mentors to provide targeted advice to impacted small business
  • Small business hotline (1300 654 687) to direct small businesses to support options and provide updates and advice.


Go Global:

The Go Global Export Program provides grants to eligible SMEs via Trade and Investment Qld to enter new export markets – there’s help for export-related costs including accreditation, advice, trial logistics and more. Grants available from $2,500 to $25,000. Apply now.

Accor Indigenous Careers Program

Applications for the Accor Indigenous Careers Program are open and successful applicants will be invited to attend sessions on the Sunshine Coast from 24-27 March. Applications close Tuesday 17 March. See the application form and Candidate Pack, or find out more here.

Queensland event funding

Round 16 of the Queensland Destination Events Program (QDEP), delivered by Tourism and Events Queensland, is now open to events taking place from January 2021 to January 2022. Apply here before 10 June.

The QDEP offers two types of funding options for regional events:

  • Destination event funding – single year funding for developing events seeking growth ($10,000 - $25,000 per year)
  • Significant event funding – single year or up to three years of funding for events that can demonstrate a strong track record of growth or growth potential ($25,000 - $100,000 per year)

Funding can be used for a variety of purposes including marketing costs, strategic plan development, hiring short-term staff and temporary event infrastructure.