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11 Government initiatives to help you manage your business through Coronavirus – APRIL 2020

With so many Federal, State and Local Government stimulus packages, support programs, information and advice now available to assist SME’s and various industry sectors it’s become quite challenging to stay on top of new developments and assistance available.

To help you navigate what’s available and on offer we have created a “COVID-19 INFORMATION AND RESOURCES” section in Chamber’s Members Information Centre (MIC) online, which is updated as new information comes to hand.

Go to Chamber’s website and use your own unique login to the Members Centre.

Please contact one of the MC team if you need help with your login, and if you can’t remember, simply click the forgot login option and follow the instructions.

Recent additions to MIC resources and links include:

1. Australian Government – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Essential information regularly updated to give you the latest Coronavirus News, updates and advice from government agencies across Australia. Plus contacts for emergency support and government services.

2. Australian Government – The Treasury

Provides comprehensive information about the Australian Government’s Economic Response to the Coronavirus, including support for individuals and households, support for business and employers, and supporting the flow of credit, ie JobKeeper payment,  support for sole traders, support for NFP’s, support for business investment, early access to superannuation, Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme as well as printable fact sheets and links to ALL government agency websites, ie servicesaustralia, dss, dva, ato, rba, apra, health, business etc.

3. Jobkeeper Payment – Australian Tax Office

You can now ‘Register Your Interest’ in the Jobkeeper Payment directly on the ATO’s website, which has now been legislated by the Australian Government on 8 April 2020. This page is also currently being updated to deliver the latest information as it becomes available.  

4. Australian Government Department of Health

News and media, Current status and case numbers, Symptoms, what you need to know, how to protect yourself and others, advise for people at risk, advice for travellers, advice for health and aged care sector, government response, GP respiratory clinics, and resources.

5. Australian Government Business

Information, grants, services and support from across government to help your business succeed.

6. Queensland Government – Health and Wellbeing – COVID 19

Latest updates, how to take action, facts, virus self assessment quiz, QLD health response, and other programs and actions, plus lots of other useful information and resources.

7. Queensland Government – Business Queensland

Information and assistance for business and industry from the Queensland government. Includes link to essential Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for Queenslanders, plus initiatives and financial stimulus to help businesses of all sizes withstand the economic impacts of the pandemic and support jobs.

8. Coronavirus Knowledge & Support through CCIQ

One stop portal for access to advisers, available government support, webinars on demand, free software and resources, FAQ’s, and live coronavirus updates.

9. Sunshine Coast Council – Support for Business – Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) –

Links to latest news and updates, preparing your business against coronavirus, government support programs, looking after your mental health, resources, health FAQ’s and advice.

10. Sunshine Coast Council – Community Support – Council and novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information and resources for the community, including #CovidKindness, online programs and videos to keep informed, inspired and entertained during COVID-19, plus links to council services and programs, closures, support for business, support for community sport and recreation clubs, latest news, events, etc.

11. Sunshine Coast Council – Professional Advice Support Program

Funded by SCC, the professional Advice Support Program (PASP) has been designed to connect critically impacted local businesses with confidential professional advice to support them through the business impacts resulting from COVID-19.

The Program will provide “eligible” businesses with one hour of free professional advice covering three categories: Accounting and insolvency, Human resources and Legal services. 

We recommend that you check your eligibility should this program be beneficial for you at this time.

You can find the direct link to the Council’s PASP located on Chamber’s website in the MIC, in “Business Management & Professional Development Links”.

Also note that businesses across the region that provide accounting and insolvency services, human resources advice and legal advice are also welcome to express interest at becoming a supplier to Council for the PASP.

If you are interested in becoming a supplier, you are also required to address selection criteria with your expression of interest.