Your local Industry Association is an important source of industry specific information for COVID-19 protocols at your business.
General information for business owners and employers, from the Queensland Chamber of Commerce & Industry, covering:
- Employers Guide
- Managing Staff
- Government Support
- Cutting Costs
- Remote Working
Casual worker who lose their job, or have theirs hours reduced as a result of coronavirus, may be eligible for the Federal Government's new JobSeeker payment and temporary Coronavirus supplement of $550 a fortnight. Visit Centrelink for more information. Centrelink Employment Services and Job Network Hotline - 13 74 68.
Tips on how to apply for the JobSeeker payment - some guidance for navigating Centrelink payments
Information regarding JobSeeker Eligibility - are you eligible and does your partners income affect eligibility?
You may also be able to access Early Release of Superannuation of up to $10,000 this financial year (before end June 2020) and a further $10,000 in 2020-2021. You will not need to pay tax on the amounts you withdraw and the payments will not affect Centrelink or Veterans’ Affairs payments. Apply through myGov.
Other ways to protect yourself
You can contact your lenders, utilities and providers (eg. bank, water, power, phone, insurance) and ask them about financial hardship plans like bill freezing or deferral.
Look out for alternative work in new industries, major employers such as Queensland Health, Coles and Woolworths have announced the creation of new casual roles to cope with increased demands, you should regularly monitor employment websites and Linked-In Jobs Information for opportunities.
The National Retail Association, Australian Retailers Association and the Hair and Beauty Industry Association are monitoring the COVID-19 situation and providing information and resources to support your business.
This online guide will help you control risks and provide safer environments for employees and customers. A free resource pack is available with Q&A’s, template employee handouts and pandemic policies for your business, or you can access these free COVID-19 awareness posters here for display in your workplace.
KPMG Australia - Information for Hospitality Sector outlines implications for cash flow, workforce management, reimagining your offering, communications & accessing government responses.
Safe Food Queensland - Together with the agricultural industries and Queensland Health, Safe Food Production Queensland (Safe Food) has developed a guideline for agricultural, horticultural, and meat and livestock processing businesses to help them understand the risks of COVID-19 to their workforce, and describe the measures that can be implemented when any of these risks are realised
The Queensland Hotels Association has fact sheets for industry here.
Information for growers and others in the horticulture industry. Includes information regarding social distancing for horticulture busiensses and workers; industry COVID guides and information confirming that agriculture is an essential service.