COVID-19 Update + Free Webinar

Here at QTIC we are currently focused on two dimensions of the COVID-19 crisis. On the now hand, we are very active on your behalf with state and federal governments for a number of pressing issues that operators have raised with us: payroll tax treatment of JobKeeper allowance, WorkCover liabilities, other state charges, Land tax, trade debtors and non-payment of services, the $1 billion federal support package implementation and a few more…. We are always keen to hear your concerns and what suggestions you might have.

On the other hand, we are trying to look over the horizon and support the effort to prepare our industry and our state for the recovery. If there is a ‘silver lining’ to this catastrophe it may be that we can reset, recalibrate and refocus in way that would be difficult under business-as-usual conditions. The QTIC board had its (Zoom) meeting this week, committed the organisation to work diligently to support the industry on this mission and direct our resources towards that. We look forward to engaging with all of you. We have had many approaches from membership: operators in all sectors, educators, consultants, researchers, advisors, retired tourism ‘sages’, even students… all keen to commit their knowledge and intellectual power to the rebuilding process. We appreciate that.

And while we don’t want to crowd the ever-growing market of webinars, we will offer a short session next week (see below). Our very well know tourism advocate and media presenter Sofie Formica will host a panel of tourism professionals to talk about the likely future trade environment. The four panellists have each been supporting the Capacity Building – Trade Ready program. We hope many of you can join the session.

Daniel Gschwind
Chief Executive

QTIC Webinar: How can tourism businesses prepare for trade post-crisis?

Our QTIC webinar will include a panel of specialist domestic and international trade consultants, offering relevant and practical advice on how businesses can prepare for trade post-crisis.

The session will be facilitated by well-known tourism media identity, Sofie Formica.




This webinar is free and registration is open to a limited number of attendees Click here to register.

We encourage you to submit questions prior to the event so they can be answered during the webinar – simply email any questions to:

Queensland Government Loan scheme (administered through QRIDA)

Concerns and some misinterpretation has been circulating about the state governments very popular interest-free loan scheme.  This is the official information:

QRIDA Jobs Support Loans closed to new applications

Due to overwhelming demand, the Queensland Government’s $500 million COVID-19 Jobs Support Loans scheme has now closed to new applications. Since the scheme opened on 26 March, more than $160 million has been approved to over 1,000 businesses across the state helping to support over 15,000 Queensland jobs (as at 18 April).

Submitted applications that have already been received, will be assessed in the date order that they have been received complete with all the required information for assessment. Applications will continue to be assessed up until the $500 million funding is fully exhausted. For more information on expected processing times and next steps: 

Support for Business and Workers

The Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT) has summarised an updated list of helpful links for government information and business support programs.. Click here. 
The updated list of all government support measures is here.

Workplace and Fair Work Act update from FCB
This month, the Government introduced new legislation that not only impacts the much-anticipated JobKeeper payment scheme but also introduces various amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (Fair Work Act).

Please find attached the monthly article: an update/overview regarding the JobKeeper scheme.


Superannuation is in the spotlight both because of the COVID-19 impact on investment markets and also because of the withdrawal provisions introduced by the Federal Government.  This has resulted in a lot of uncertainty and concern in the community.  This is an informative message from our corporate partner and industry fund, HostPlus.

Hostplus: A message from their CEO

University of Qld relaunches TourismX MOOC early
A message from  Associate Professor Richard Robinson

To show solidarity with our global and local tourism communities, who are experiencing unprecedented challenges, The University of Queensland and the TourismX team are releasing the fourth course run of our Tourism and Travel Management MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) – at the bargain basement verified enrolment offer of US $5 !! Learners can also audit the course free of charge. Join a community of, to date, around 30,000 TourismX learners from over 200 countries - enrol here . TourismX was developed in partnership with Tourism Events Queensland, with support from Queensland Tourism Industry Council, and features Hon Kate Jones, Leanne Coddington, Daniel Gschwind, Shane O’Reilly, John Sharpe, Liz Ward and many of your Queensland Tourism favs…

Stay safe. Stay well.

Federal Statement’s on VET: Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry 

Whilst workplaces have been disrupted in dramatic ways, both government and industry are making significant efforts to maintain some stability for trainees, apprentices and students.  They may not be a priority for many operators now, but a reliable supply of skilled staff will be essential for the eventual recovery.  It is also important to rebuild our reputation as an industry that offers long-term career prospects.

A useful and comprehensive ACCI update on supporting apprentices and trainees wage subsidy, higher education relief package, State VET support packages and more can be found here:
Fact Sheet

Indigenous Business Australia Webinar

IBA has announced that they are running a Remote Working Webinar, designed by Relative Creative and facilitated by Dr. Tristan Schultz.

Choose from six different dates and a variety of times to suit your schedule. Each 3-hour session is limited to 30 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander participants. 

For more information and to register to attend a session, visit the eventbrite page.

Indigenous Business Australia Support Packages

IBA is also offering support packages specific to the Indigenous sector. 

You can fill out this EOI form to register for the funding.

For more information click here. 

Good News Story

A great story from one of our QTIC Indigenous Champions.

Prestige Service Training RTO ID: 31981 shares a story from a student Jahkita on how a School-Based Traineeship helped her with culture, school and her future.

Congratulations to Jahkita who is also the recipient of the 2020 25th Annual IWD Festival Gold Coast/Brisbane Youth Leadership Trainee/Apprenticeship Award.