Business and COVID-19
COVID Support Programs
COVID 19 Business Supports Grants for lockdown impacted businesses - Businesses my be eligible to receive a grant of between $10,000 - $30,000 depending on the size of business. Applications are now open and can be submitted at www.business.qld.gov.au/supportgrants. Noosa Council is offering free grant writing support for businesses. Please see details below, under Noosa Council Support for Business.
COVID 19 Disaster Payment - A lump-sum payment for people who lost work and income due to the lockdown. If you are a sole trader, you may be eligible for this payment.
Small Business Financial Counselling Program - Free service offering a confidential service for those sufffering financial hardship due to COVID-19. Call 1300 732 777
- commercial tenants and landlords can continue to access dispute assistance and free mediation until 30 September 2021
- small businesses can continue to lodge small business tenancy disputes
- the response period or extension period have not changed for affected lease disputes.
Tourism & Hospitality Industry Lockdown Support - from the State Govt. Hospitality or tourism businesses may be eligible for rebate, fee and payroll tax relief measures.
COVID-19 Cleaning Rebate - supports small & medium businesses that have been listed as an exposure site by QLD Health
Handy Business Checklist - This checklist provides a summary of key areas to consider the response to the COVID-19 lockdowns and associated impacts, potential risks and opportunities.
Noosa Council Support for Business
Cash Flow Relief
Noosa Council has introduced measures to provide cash flow relief to lockdown impacted local businesses. This includes an extension of the rates discount period, deferring of the payment of outstanding Health Licence renewals and Footpath Dining permits until december 31. Read more
COVID 19 Grant writing
Should you need any support in preparing your QLD Government COVID 19 Business Support Grant application, Council is providing a free grant writing support for eligible local business*. Please contact Scott at Biz Whiz Business Solutions on 5391 9300 or email to discuss. Given the financial nature of the grant application process, we do encourage businesses to consult their own accountants in the first instance, if required.
* Businesses must have an ABN with a registered business address in the Noosa Shire. Limited numbers apply
Business Mentoring Noosa
Business Mentoring Noosa currently has mentors ready to connect with impacted small businesses and 10 available spots are available at a subsidised price of $95*. Please email BMN for more information. * Available until October 2021 or all spots have been filled.
Business Support Panel
Our panel of Business Specialists are available to support local businesses with up to two hours of free advice. Whether you need to pivot, go online or just chat to someone about your current business challenges, there'll be someone to support you. Includes specialists in Crisis Communications, Marketing, Business Strategy, HR and the Arts.
If you are in need of immediate financial counselling or support, please call Scott at Biz Whiz Business Solutions - 5391-9300 or Email Scott here. This is a fully subsidised service offered by Noosa Council.
Please keep up to date with all the latest COVID information at the Department of Health Website.
Current COVID Testing Facilities
Current COVID testing centres and opening hours in the Noosa LGA are listed here and below. Due to increased demand, private testing and respiratory clinics will not require a GP referral until midnight Friday 6 August 2021.
Sunny Street has relocated the COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination centre. This location at the corner of Pelican St and Poinciana St in Tewantin.
Sullivan Nicolaides in 16/91 Poinciana Ave, Tewantin, 101/90 Goodchap St, Noosaville; and 2/2 Heron St, Peregian Beach.
4Cyte Pathology, 22B Doonella St, Tewantin.
- For other sites, visit Queensland Health's clickable map of testing locations: https://bit.ly/3ndKFL0
- Please bring a mask to wear whilst waiting in line.
- Book a vaccination appointment here
- Vaccine Eligibility Checker here
- Safe Work Australia has resources for employers, small businesses and workers on the COVID-19 vaccines Read more
COVID Safe Businesses
Requirements for COVID Safe businesses are:
- Follow the public health directions
- Physical Distancing of staff and customers
- Hand Hygiene
- Respiratory Hygiene
- Frequent environmental cleaning and disinfection
- Please use the Check in QLD app for collecting contact details of patrons
- Don't allow staff or customers showing any COVID-19 symptoms to enter your premises
- Please ensure you have your COVID Safe Plan.
- Get tested if you have any symptoms
Queensland Government has launched the new "Check in Qld" app, developed to help Queensland Health with contact tracing and easy to implement for businesses. This covers a range of businesses including cafes, bars, hairdressers and others. Please make sure you are compliant. Read more here
For Health Directives related to Business Activities, visit QLD Health
To stay up to date on the latest information, visit QLD Government's COVID-19 webpage.
Roadmap to Easing Business Restrictions
The Queensland Government has developed a Roadmap to Easing Restrictions which outlines the step down approach to easing of restrictions to ensure businesses can reopen in a way that increases business activity but does not compromise the health of customers, staff and the community. Find out what this means at Easing Business Restrictions.
For guidance see the Framework for COVID Safe Businesses.
The following resources/posters may be helpful for you in complying with the COVID Safe requirements:
For display at a prominent location for your customers
For display internally for your staff
- COVID-19 Cleaning Checklist
- COVID-19 At Your Workplace : Unwell staff
- COVID-19 Physical Distancing Checklist
Information and Resources
Looking after your own health is paramount during such times, especially your mental health. Programs below offer mental health support.
Small Business Mental Health - Support services and resources that offer business and mental health advice and assistance.
B Well and Prosper Program - A website to discover Wellbeing & Mental Health tools, resources, programs and information to support Sunshine Coast small business owners and employees. Visit B_Well & Prosper for more information.
Beyond Blue provides immediate mental health services. Talk through any anxiety you may be experiencing with a trained mental health professional. Call 1 300 224 636.
Workout videos - Look after your mental health by participating in these exercise videos brought to you by the Noosa Aquatic Centre & Leisure Centre, including Yoga, Fitbarre and Pilates.
Boost Your Healthy - The Queensland Government has launched Boost Your Healthy, a series of online videos and tips turning backyards into gyms and using Queensland’s sporting greats as personal trainers and motivators.
Looking to refresh and re-open? Not sure how your business will look or operate in the post COVID economy?
Noosa Council has engaged local professional service providers to support and advise businesses as COVID-19 restrictions ease and businesses start to re-open. Businesses wishing to review and/or refresh their operations as we enter a post COVID economy, are encouraged to take up the below offers.
Subsidised by Council, business operators and owners can arrange a one on one (virtual) appointment to receive advice on specific issues. Offers are described below and are wholly subsidised by Council.
The areas of expertise on offer are:
- Business Support
- Human Resources/Employee
- Communications and Marketing
- Innovation and Business Models
- Moving to an Online Retailing Model
For more information, visit Subsidised Business Support Services
The Australian Government has released a Continuing your business guide, created in acknowledgement of the devastating effects on business from the recent Australian bushfires and coronavirus. It provides information on positive steps to help keep a business operating, including reaching out to customers and protecting a business.