COVID-19 Update 2/04/2020

With new announcements by both Queensland and Commonwealth Governments, QTIC is racing to seek clarity on a number of issues:

The very welcomed JobKeeper payment is challenging for many operators who do not have the cash to make wage payments until the government refunds kick in in May. The advice in the media this morning from Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Michaelia Cash, that businesses should get an interest-free loan from their bank in the meantime, is not proving to be a viable option for many. We are seeking information from the Australian Banking Association. We are also preparing some practical accounting and HR advice for operators who are signing up to the JobKeeper payment.

There is still some confusion around the issue of accommodating international visitors, including backpackers and also people in camper vans. The basic message is categorically clear: Queensland residents cannot take a holiday. Non-resident visitors can be accommodated but have to adhere to all the relevant social distancing rules and other official health directives. So, accommodation providers cannot promote ‘self-isolation packages’ to Queenslanders.  We are seeking clear information material from the Queensland Government for international visitors (preferable in multiple languages) and for accommodation providers who are still open for non-resident visitors.

More current information that may be relevant to you:

Fair Work Changes

Sole Trader fact sheet from the Federal Government
The Government is providing vital support to sole traders to withstand the economic impacts of the Coronavirus. Take a look at this fact sheet for more information here. 

Funding boost to support Australian exporters and tourism businesses
The Commonwealth Government will inject an extra $49.8 million into the Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) program in the 2019-20 financial year, allowing exporters and tourism businesses to get additional reimbursements for costs incurred in marketing their products and services around the world. This was an important advocacy focus for QTIC for a program that has strong industry support and will be very important during the recovery.  The new announcement will deliver significant savings to operators. To read more click here. 

Grants Gateway
The unique QTIC Grants Gateway provides a curated list of available funding grants and programs across Australia that are relevant to businesses in the tourism industry in Queensland.  This facility is now more relevant than ever and can save operators time and open opportunities.  Members can access the Grants Gateway for free by logging into the website.  If you have issues logging in simply enter your registered email address in the forgot your password section to reset your password.  Non-members who wish to gain access to the Grants Gateway can email: to set up an account.

Qld National Park Closures
Closure of a number of HIGH use visitor locations in national parks, state forests and recreation areas is in effect until further notice. Check Park Alerts for more information.

Resilience in Action: Positive Tourism Stories
Businesses around the world, including in our sector are searching for opportunities to keep the wheels turning and perhaps be part of the crisis response at the same time. We are keen to hear any stories you can share to showcase our adaptive capabilities.   

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