Coronavirus: Support for Brisbane businesses
Brisbane City Council is doing more to support local business and protect local jobs as we face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.
To keep serving the community, including local businesses, Council has a strong business continuity plan prepared.
Find what you need
You can book a one on one session with Council’s Small Business Liaison Officers to hear about the resources and programs that are available to support your business. Email the team or phone Council on 07 3403 8888 to book a one-on-one session.
Council will waive all charges, rents, levies and permit fees effective immediately for all businesses, as they face economic hardship caused by coronavirus impacts.
The $7.9 million business relief package will apply to businesses and Council lessees who will have a range of fees and charges waived to at least 30 June 2020. Businesses that have paid these fees since 1 March will have them refunded.
- Council waived fees for Brisbane businesses and Council lessees
- Federal Government: financial assistance for businesses
- Queensland Government: small business support
- Other support for local businesses
Council is offering rates relief to businesses and residents that experiencing hardship because of the economic impacts of Coronavirus. The assistance will apply to all ratepayers, including owner occupiers, non-owner occupiers and businesses.
Payment plans or deferred payment arrangements will be offered for up to 9 months and interest would not be applied to any outstanding amounts. In addition, all rating recovery processing will cease until further notice.
For more information phone Council on 07 3403 8888.
Access a suite of resources and advice to assist in preparation for the impacts of coronavirus.
- Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ):
- CCIQ Coronavirus Business Knowledge and Support Hub
- CCIQ is offering free 12 month membership to access advice and support.
Queensland Government support
The Queensland Government's Business Queensland website is a single location for information for small business support including information on job support loans, mentoring sessions, financial workshops and recovery packages.
Job support loans – The Queensland Government is providing loan facilities up to $250,000 for businesses, that will be interest free for the first 12 months to support Queensland businesses impacted by coronavirus, to allow them to retain employees and maintain their operations.
To help the Government understand the impact of coronavirus upon business and assess what support you need, the Queensland Government is undertaking a survey of businesses. If you wish to be involved, you can fill in the online survey.
Financial workshops will be delivered to support a place-based approach for the local small business community. Register your interest by phoning 1300 654 687 or emailing email@example.com
Fees and charges relief for tourism operators and hospitality providers include:
- waiving application fees for some variations to liquor licences
- waiving registration renewal fees for inbound tour operators
- waiving of daily fees for commercial activity agreements and permits
- rebate on marina charges and passenger levies, deferral of Tourism Lease Rent Payments.
Federal Government support
- Cashflow boost
- Business grants
- Accelerating depreciation deductions
- Instant asset write-off increased
- Support for apprentice or trainee
- Australian Government business portal: essential information on planning and growing your business
Other business support and resources
- Facebook Small Business Grants Program
- BDO: Suite of information to help businesses respond.
- Clayton Utz: Briefing document covering legal issues to consider.
- Gartner: Advice on how business can respond.
- PWC: Information on how to respond to business impacts.
- Fair Work Ombudsman: Information on Coronavirus and Australian workplace laws.