2020 Novel Coronavirus COVID -19 Information for business

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The COVID-19 pandemic is first and foremost a global human tragedy, each of us feel disbelief when we begin to consider the heartbreak yet to unfold in families and communities across the world.

Like no other time in our recent history it is clear our region will and is already experiencing significant economic shocks across all industry sectors.

All businesses report they are responding to immediate and short term impacts from changes in consumer behaviour, supply chain weaknesses and disruption to markets.

Unsurprisingly, Livingstone Shire Businesses are responding in innovative and unique ways to ensure customers’ needs are met and

The COVID-19 pandemic is first and foremost a global human tragedy, each of us feel disbelief when we begin to consider the heartbreak yet to unfold in families and communities across the world.

Like no other time in our recent history it is clear our region will and is already experiencing significant economic shocks across all industry sectors.

All businesses report they are responding to immediate and short term impacts from changes in consumer behaviour, supply chain weaknesses and disruption to markets.

Unsurprisingly, Livingstone Shire Businesses are responding in innovative and unique ways to ensure customers’ needs are met and where possible business trading can continue.

This page is set up so you can ask questions, and get connected to any of the Commonwealth or State Government stimulus packages and information. We may not have answers to all your questions, but we will work with you to find an answer.

In the meantime, let us know about your innovation and plans to thrive through COVID-19 and we will share your business initiatives.

  • Digital Marketing Certification Course - subsided scholarships available for up to 15 local businesses/startups!

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    8 days ago

    Council & Advance Queensland are subsidising 15 scholarships for local businesses, and or startups to help them gain a Digital Marketing Certification.

    The online course will help participants master a range of skills, including content marketing, customer acquisition, email marketing, social media, testing and optimisation.

    The course costs $1,990 but Council and Advance Queensland are sponsoring $1500 towards the course and applicants will be required to pay the remaining $490 to the course provider. Payment plans can be negotiated if necessary.

    You'll need to complete up to 10 hours per module and there are 11 specialist modules https://digitalentrepreneur.biz/

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    Council & Advance Queensland are subsidising 15 scholarships for local businesses, and or startups to help them gain a Digital Marketing Certification.

    The online course will help participants master a range of skills, including content marketing, customer acquisition, email marketing, social media, testing and optimisation.

    The course costs $1,990 but Council and Advance Queensland are sponsoring $1500 towards the course and applicants will be required to pay the remaining $490 to the course provider. Payment plans can be negotiated if necessary.

    You'll need to complete up to 10 hours per module and there are 11 specialist modules https://digitalentrepreneur.biz/

    To be eligible for a subsidised scholarship, applicants will need to explain in 250 words or less, how they will transform their business through the Digital Entrepreneur program.

    For more information or to send a submission, email: economicdevelopment@livingstone.qld.gov.au

  • Small Business $10,000 grants up for grabs!

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    8 days ago

    Small business can apply for $10,000 – first in best dressed so be quick!

    Under the $100 Million Small Business Adaption Grant Program, small businesses can apply for a grant of up to $10,000.

    Grants can be used for:

    • financial, legal and other professions
    • marketing and communications activities (I am investigating this to see if we can co-ordinate a co-op together)
    • digital or technology strategy development
    • to buy specialised digital equipment or business-specific software
    • meeting business costs, including utilities, rent

    Applications are open now and will close when funding has been exhausted, so be quick!

    To apply for the grant,...

    Small business can apply for $10,000 – first in best dressed so be quick!

    Under the $100 Million Small Business Adaption Grant Program, small businesses can apply for a grant of up to $10,000.

    Grants can be used for:

    • financial, legal and other professions
    • marketing and communications activities (I am investigating this to see if we can co-ordinate a co-op together)
    • digital or technology strategy development
    • to buy specialised digital equipment or business-specific software
    • meeting business costs, including utilities, rent

    Applications are open now and will close when funding has been exhausted, so be quick!

    To apply for the grant, please visit: https://www.business.qld.gov.au/starting-business/advice-support/grants/adaption

    To be eligible, the business must:

    • have been subject to closure or otherwise highly impacted by current shutdown restrictions announced by Queensland’s Chief Health Officer on 23 March 2020
    • demonstrate that business revenue has been significantly impacted since 23 March 2020 over a minimum 1-month period due to the onset and management of COVID-19
    • employ staff and have fewer than 20 employees at the time of applying for the grant
    • have a valid Australian Business Number (ABN) active as at 23 March 2020
    • be registered for GST
    • have a Queensland headquarters
    • have an annual turnover over $75,000 for the last financial year
    • have a payroll of less than $1.3 million
    • not be insolvent or have owners/directors that are an undischarged bankrupt.


  • LSC Small Business Support Subsidy - Covid 19

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    about 2 months ago

    Livingstone Shire Council understands many businesses are deeply impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    To support local businesses during this time, Council has assembled a range of services available to assist.

    Council is offering a subsidy of up to $750 to eligible businesses, to help you fast track your online sales, or assist in other specialist areas, for example strategy setting.

    How will Council do this?

    Council is offering local businesses an opportunity to engage a specialist to enable them to continue to trade and survive these difficult times.

    Can your business pivot towards more online sales?

    On offer is a panel of experts who can assist you with:

    • Content marketing creation – creating content for free organic traffic

    • Copywriters – for online campaigns

    • Ecommerce specialists – for example Shopify site creation and campaign building

    • Website designers

    • Video and content creation - a focus on using a smart phone

    • Professional commercial photography

    • Building capacity in online networking programs such as Zoom and Skype

    How robust is your business model?

    • Business strategy setting specialists – with a focus on providing strategic advice on how to pivot existing business models to deal with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic

    For professional services such as financial and legal guidance, Council highly recommends that businesses work with their existing providers who are familiar with their business.

    Council will be offering limited subsided services only through the panel of service providers. We are not recommending one service provider over another. The panel was established via a “call-out” through Facebook business groups such as the, Capricornia Chamber of Commerce, Capricorn Enterprise - Support Local, Buy Local and The T@ble Capricorn Coast Business Community and the Livingstone Shire Council 2020 Novel Coronavirus COVID -19 Information for business website page.

    If you are a professional services provider who would like to join this Council Panel please fill in the application form and your services will be added.

    To make the process equitable there are a few eligibility requirements.

    • Your business must be operating within the Livingstone Shire Local Government Area and have a shopfront.

    • You will be required to tell us how your business has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • Council will prioritise businesses with less than 10 people employed.

    If you are interested, please fill in the application form on Council’s information page “2020 Novel Coronavirus COVID -19 Information for business”.

    Final date for all applications is 5:00 pm Friday 1 May 2020.

    The Economy and Places team encourages businesses to ‘think-outside the box’ when looking at the services on offer.

    If you would like to talk to someone to assist you with your application and selection of services to maximise the opportunity, please do not hesitate to email us Economy and Place Team.

    Disclaimer:- There are very limited subsidised packages available. Eligibility and priority will be determined from the information contained on your application, on a case-by-case basis, at the discretion of Council.

    Livingstone Shire Council understands many businesses are deeply impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    To support local businesses during this time, Council has assembled a range of services available to assist.

    Council is offering a subsidy of up to $750 to eligible businesses, to help you fast track your online sales, or assist in other specialist areas, for example strategy setting.

    How will Council do this?

    Council is offering local businesses an opportunity to engage a specialist to enable them to continue to trade and survive these difficult times.

    Can your business pivot towards more online sales?

    On offer is a panel of experts who can assist you with:

    • Content marketing creation – creating content for free organic traffic

    • Copywriters – for online campaigns

    • Ecommerce specialists – for example Shopify site creation and campaign building

    • Website designers

    • Video and content creation - a focus on using a smart phone

    • Professional commercial photography

    • Building capacity in online networking programs such as Zoom and Skype

    How robust is your business model?

    • Business strategy setting specialists – with a focus on providing strategic advice on how to pivot existing business models to deal with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic

    For professional services such as financial and legal guidance, Council highly recommends that businesses work with their existing providers who are familiar with their business.

    Council will be offering limited subsided services only through the panel of service providers. We are not recommending one service provider over another. The panel was established via a “call-out” through Facebook business groups such as the, Capricornia Chamber of Commerce, Capricorn Enterprise - Support Local, Buy Local and The T@ble Capricorn Coast Business Community and the Livingstone Shire Council 2020 Novel Coronavirus COVID -19 Information for business website page.

    If you are a professional services provider who would like to join this Council Panel please fill in the application form and your services will be added.

    To make the process equitable there are a few eligibility requirements.

    • Your business must be operating within the Livingstone Shire Local Government Area and have a shopfront.

    • You will be required to tell us how your business has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • Council will prioritise businesses with less than 10 people employed.

    If you are interested, please fill in the application form on Council’s information page “2020 Novel Coronavirus COVID -19 Information for business”.

    Final date for all applications is 5:00 pm Friday 1 May 2020.

    The Economy and Places team encourages businesses to ‘think-outside the box’ when looking at the services on offer.

    If you would like to talk to someone to assist you with your application and selection of services to maximise the opportunity, please do not hesitate to email us Economy and Place Team.

    Disclaimer:- There are very limited subsidised packages available. Eligibility and priority will be determined from the information contained on your application, on a case-by-case basis, at the discretion of Council.

  • Novel Coronavirus and Food Safety

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    about 1 month ago

    Food Standards Australia have released information for food businesses. They key points are:

    • There is no evidence that COVID-19 is transmitted through food.
    • Maintaining good hygiene practices is recommended.
    • Anyone with suspected symptoms of respiratory illness should avoid preparing food for other people.
    • Businesses need to follow any social distancing requirements requested by the Australian Government.

    Food production and supply is considered an essential service in Australia and New Zealand. We are working with the Department of Health, the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, state and territory health authorities, and international counterparts to ensure the most up to date information is available on our website for consumers, those working in the food industry, and charities, groups and volunteers donating food.

    For the latest news on COVID-19 see the Australian Government Department of Health website.

    If you are in New Zealand, see the Ministry of Health for the latest news on COVID-19 and the Ministry for Primary Industries for food safety advice.

    The full details can be read here https://www.foodstandards.gov.au/consumer/safety/Pages/NOVEL-CORONAVIRUS-AND-FOOD-SAFETY.aspx

    Food Standards Australia have released information for food businesses. They key points are:

    • There is no evidence that COVID-19 is transmitted through food.
    • Maintaining good hygiene practices is recommended.
    • Anyone with suspected symptoms of respiratory illness should avoid preparing food for other people.
    • Businesses need to follow any social distancing requirements requested by the Australian Government.

    Food production and supply is considered an essential service in Australia and New Zealand. We are working with the Department of Health, the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, state and territory health authorities, and international counterparts to ensure the most up to date information is available on our website for consumers, those working in the food industry, and charities, groups and volunteers donating food.

    For the latest news on COVID-19 see the Australian Government Department of Health website.

    If you are in New Zealand, see the Ministry of Health for the latest news on COVID-19 and the Ministry for Primary Industries for food safety advice.

    The full details can be read here https://www.foodstandards.gov.au/consumer/safety/Pages/NOVEL-CORONAVIRUS-AND-FOOD-SAFETY.aspx

  • Connecting Queenslanders to New Job Opportunities - Jobs Finder Portal

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    about 1 month ago

    A new online portal is now open to connect Queenslanders who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 with new job opportunities. Any Queensland job seeker can register their details, skills and location via the Jobs Finder Queensland portal and access free online training at www.jobsfinder.qld.gov.au

    A new online portal is now open to connect Queenslanders who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 with new job opportunities. Any Queensland job seeker can register their details, skills and location via the Jobs Finder Queensland portal and access free online training at www.jobsfinder.qld.gov.au

  • Economic Impacts of COVID-19 Webinar Monday 20 April

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    about 1 month ago

    COVID 19 Webinar

    .id consulting is hosting a 30 minute webinar about the economic impacts of COVID-19, on Monday 20th April at 11am.

    Rob Hall, Head of Economic Research & Consulting, will be presenting the early findings of his current research into the effect on local economies.

    Building on .id’s 2019 economic data, forecast modelling for each local economy in Australia is now underway. It will provide estimates on the impacts on GRP, jobs, hours, and industries for every LGA over the next 8 quarters.

    Before launching that data, .id will share what it has learned so far to assist everyone setting a baseline for further analysis. Other sessions will be made available once the estimates, and subsequent updates, are released.

    This session will cover;

    • Economic conditions in the lead up to COVID-19
    • Unique Characteristic of the current ‘Shock’
    • The role of Response & Recovery efforts
    • Early insights on the spatial impacts
    • Estimating the outlook for the next 24 months

    This is an open session with everyone welcome to attend.

    Please register here - Click HERE to register for .id's Impacts of COVID webinar

    COVID 19 Webinar

    .id consulting is hosting a 30 minute webinar about the economic impacts of COVID-19, on Monday 20th April at 11am.

    Rob Hall, Head of Economic Research & Consulting, will be presenting the early findings of his current research into the effect on local economies.

    Building on .id’s 2019 economic data, forecast modelling for each local economy in Australia is now underway. It will provide estimates on the impacts on GRP, jobs, hours, and industries for every LGA over the next 8 quarters.

    Before launching that data, .id will share what it has learned so far to assist everyone setting a baseline for further analysis. Other sessions will be made available once the estimates, and subsequent updates, are released.

    This session will cover;

    • Economic conditions in the lead up to COVID-19
    • Unique Characteristic of the current ‘Shock’
    • The role of Response & Recovery efforts
    • Early insights on the spatial impacts
    • Estimating the outlook for the next 24 months

    This is an open session with everyone welcome to attend.

    Please register here - Click HERE to register for .id's Impacts of COVID webinar

  • Queensland Manufacturer Register - COVID-19

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    about 2 months ago

    Update on COVID-19 Manufacturer Response Register

    There continues to be an overwhelming desire from our manufacturing industry to get stuck in and offer help. Since our last communiqué, the number of firms that have registered has increased to over 1,700.

    Thank you all for coming forward with your ideas to help. This will assist in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic today, and it will make a lasting positive change in Australia’s manufacturing landscape. The team at AMGC is committed to make it stick.

    As mentioned in our last piece, we are working in the background with this Register to help match demand with supply. For example, a southern-NSW candle manufacturer is now linked to a metro-NSW distillery and both are working with a QLD-based bottle manufacturer. These three seemingly disparate manufacturers are collaborating on hand sanitizers. A similar example exists for hospital beds and mattresses with many manufacturers triaging on a nation-wide solution.

    This brings forward an opportunity to update on ventilators and ventilator consumables as we have received several enquiries on how to offer support for this intensive care medical device.

    I am pleased to share the latest from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) on Ventilator for COVID-19 use in Australia. This link outlines specifications of its minimum acceptable performance and desired features. I urge those who are working in this area, or able to contribute, to please consult these standards for guidance.

    We will continue to provide frequent updates on the Register’s activities and thank everyone for their ongoing support.

    For those who would like to learn more about the portal or to register, please click here

    Update on COVID-19 Manufacturer Response Register

    There continues to be an overwhelming desire from our manufacturing industry to get stuck in and offer help. Since our last communiqué, the number of firms that have registered has increased to over 1,700.

    Thank you all for coming forward with your ideas to help. This will assist in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic today, and it will make a lasting positive change in Australia’s manufacturing landscape. The team at AMGC is committed to make it stick.

    As mentioned in our last piece, we are working in the background with this Register to help match demand with supply. For example, a southern-NSW candle manufacturer is now linked to a metro-NSW distillery and both are working with a QLD-based bottle manufacturer. These three seemingly disparate manufacturers are collaborating on hand sanitizers. A similar example exists for hospital beds and mattresses with many manufacturers triaging on a nation-wide solution.

    This brings forward an opportunity to update on ventilators and ventilator consumables as we have received several enquiries on how to offer support for this intensive care medical device.

    I am pleased to share the latest from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) on Ventilator for COVID-19 use in Australia. This link outlines specifications of its minimum acceptable performance and desired features. I urge those who are working in this area, or able to contribute, to please consult these standards for guidance.

    We will continue to provide frequent updates on the Register’s activities and thank everyone for their ongoing support.

    For those who would like to learn more about the portal or to register, please click here

  • Laing O'Rouke is seeking local suppliers for works at Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area -

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    about 2 months ago

    Laing O’Rourke is continuing to deliver the ASMTI project at Shoalwater Bay. In the current environment they have recognised that local suppliers are going to become more important to the project. As such, they are very keen to hear from any businesses that are able and interested in supplying to the project.

    In the current round of tenders they are seeking expressions of interest from businesses that can provide the following services:

    • Construction Works - General Civil
    • Construction Works - HV Infrastructure
    • Construction Works - Corridors
    • Construction Works - Electrical Services
    • Construction Works - Communication Services
    • Trade Prelims - Scaffolding
    • ...

    Laing O’Rourke is continuing to deliver the ASMTI project at Shoalwater Bay. In the current environment they have recognised that local suppliers are going to become more important to the project. As such, they are very keen to hear from any businesses that are able and interested in supplying to the project.

    In the current round of tenders they are seeking expressions of interest from businesses that can provide the following services:

    • Construction Works - General Civil
    • Construction Works - HV Infrastructure
    • Construction Works - Corridors
    • Construction Works - Electrical Services
    • Construction Works - Communication Services
    • Trade Prelims - Scaffolding
    • Construction Works - Precast Supply & Install
    • Trade Prelims - Weed Management
    • Construction Works - Hydraulic Services
    • Construction Works - Structural Steel Supply & Install
    • Construction Works - Reinforcement Supply
    • Trade Prelims - Precinct A - Civil site set up and access
    • Construction Works - Formwork/Reinforcement/Concrete (FRP) (Eastern)
    • Construction Works - Metalwork & Balustrading
    • Construction Works - Roof Fall Arrest Systems
    • Trade Prelims - Mobile Crane Package
    • Construction Works - Door Frame Supply
    • Construction Works - Door Supply & Install & Hardware Install
    • Construction Works - Hardware Supply

    If you are interested in any of these packages then please complete the attached prequalification questionnaire and send it back, directly to Laing O’Rourke as per the instructions. If you have any questions, then please contact Dominique McGregor DMcGregor@laingorourke.com.au.

    Whilst for the majority of packages the questionnaire is not due back until 8th April, 2020 they would appreciate that those interested in WP.10006 and WP.10009 make every attempt to have the spreadsheet returned by 1st April.

    If you have already submitted a pre-qualification questionnaire and there have been no changes in your business’ operations please notify this email address that you would like your pre-qual to be used for the new packages AND identify which package numbers you are interested in. This is also the opportunity to submit a new pre-qual with more current information.

  • Fantastic News - Facebook Adds Gift Card Discovery Tool & Service Impact Listings to Help Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

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    about 2 months ago

    Credit: Social Media Today , Author Published 3 April 2020

    Facebook is rolling out some new measures to assist businesses dealing with the impacts of the COVID-19 shutdowns, including more specific detail on its $100 million small business grant program, and new tools that will enable people to support local providers.

    "In the US, we are committing $40 million to support 10,000 small businesses in 34 locations where our employees live and work. Those local businesses can go to facebook.com/grantsforbusiness to see the eligibility for applications, which will start in the US next week."

    Facebook is working with...

    Credit: Social Media Today , Author Published 3 April 2020

    Facebook is rolling out some new measures to assist businesses dealing with the impacts of the COVID-19 shutdowns, including more specific detail on its $100 million small business grant program, and new tools that will enable people to support local providers.

    "In the US, we are committing $40 million to support 10,000 small businesses in 34 locations where our employees live and work. Those local businesses can go to facebook.com/grantsforbusiness to see the eligibility for applications, which will start in the US next week."

    Facebook is working with small business support platform Ureeka to facilitate the grants in the US, while the remaining $60 million will be allocated via the next stage of the program, which is yet to be announced.

    In addition to the grants, Facebook is also rolling out some new tools to help impacted SMBs connect with their customers via Facebook.

    The main addition is a new gift cards listing, where people will be able to find digital gift cards for their favorite local restaurants and businesses.

    First off, on grants - last month, Facebook announced a $100 million grants program with the aim of assisting 30,000 SMBs in 30 nations. Facebook has now provided more detail on how the grants program will work - as per Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg:

    As you can see here, the new gift card registry will be available via special News Feed prompts, while users will also be able to access the listing via the function menu.

    The process will make it easier for people to show their support for impacted stores by buying gift cards, even if the store itself is unable to open. That could help to prop these businesses up in the weeks ahead, as they push to meet financial obligations as a result of lost business.

    The gift card registry is being rolled out to selected users in the US from today, and will be available broadly across the US within the coming weeks. Facebook notes that Instagram is also working on a similar registry, which was spotted in testing by reverse engineering expert Jane Manchun Wong last week.

  • Queensland COVID-19 $500 million Jobs Support Loan Scheme - Applications Open

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    about 2 months ago

    Applications are now open for the Queensland Government’s $500 million COVID-19 Jobs Support Loan scheme. This scheme is for Queensland businesses and non-profit organisations financially affected by COVID-19 to retain employees and maintain their operations.

    Low interest loans of up to $250,000 are available to assist with carry-on expenses such as employee wages, rent and rates and other related expenditure. Eligible business types include sole traders, partnerships, private and public companies and Trusts.

    All COVID-19 Jobs Support Loans will be provided for a term of 10 years, with no repayments or interest charged for the first year, followed by two...

    Applications are now open for the Queensland Government’s $500 million COVID-19 Jobs Support Loan scheme. This scheme is for Queensland businesses and non-profit organisations financially affected by COVID-19 to retain employees and maintain their operations.

    Low interest loans of up to $250,000 are available to assist with carry-on expenses such as employee wages, rent and rates and other related expenditure. Eligible business types include sole traders, partnerships, private and public companies and Trusts.

    All COVID-19 Jobs Support Loans will be provided for a term of 10 years, with no repayments or interest charged for the first year, followed by two years of interest only payments. Principal and interest repayments will commence after the third year for the remainder of the loan term.

    Loan features

    • $500 million loan scheme
    • Maximum loan up to $250,000
    • No repayments or interest charged for the first year
    • Plus two years interest only
    • 2.5% fixed interest rate
    • 10-year term of loan
    • Open until 25 September 2020 or until funding is fully committed.

    To successfully apply online, have ready your

    • Business Financial Statements for 2017-18 and 2018-19
      • Including Profit and Loss Statement, Balance Sheet and depreciation schedules
      • Financials must be provided for the applicant entity
    • Personal Taxation Returns for 2017-18 and 2018-19
      • Returns for all associated individuals as prepared by your accountant
    • Bank Account Information
      • Please provide account balances for all business loan and credit accounts. This may be copies of your most recent bank statements or information obtained from your internet banking platform.
    • Australian Tax Office (ATO) Integrated Client Account Statement
      • Copy of the ATO Integrated Client Account Statement (for 12 months to the date of application) for the applicant/each member and all associated entities.
    • Aged list of debtors and creditors at time of application
    • Applicant Identification
      • QRIDA is required to adequately identify loan applicants. Please include copies of at least two of the following
      • identification documents: Australian Driver’s Licence, Australian or international Passport, Medicare Card.
    • Organisation Constitution or Rules of Association and Certificate of Incorporation (if applying as a non-profit organisation)
    • Trust Deed (if applying as a trust).

    Helpful hints

    • For optimal performance use the Google Chrome browser
    • An individual file that can be uploaded is 50 MB
    • Total size of all files for an application cannot exceed 100 MB
    • Yes, you can come back and resume filling in the form at any time. Your information should be saved up until the last page you entered and saved.

    Have a question?

    See our frequently asked questions for more information.

    If you require assistance with your application, please contact QRIDA on Freecall 1800 623 946.

    In completing your application, you are encouraged to speak with your lender and financial or business advisors.