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.

  • Ensuring your business has Industry COVID Safe Plans if you want to have more than 20 guests!

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    26 days ago

    Queensland’s Roadmap to Easing Restrictions outlines which businesses can operate at which stage, and what customer limits apply on premises. All businesses will need to undertake some planning to ensure they keep their business, their staff and their customers safe.

    For businesses that the Chief Health Officer has identified as having a high risk of transmission, a mandatory COVID Safe Checklist has been developed, and there will be mandatory COVID Safe training. High risk businesses include restaurants, cafés, beauty therapists and nail salons from Stage 1, and now extends to tattooists, tanning and spas from Stage 2 easing of restrictions.

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    Queensland’s Roadmap to Easing Restrictions outlines which businesses can operate at which stage, and what customer limits apply on premises. All businesses will need to undertake some planning to ensure they keep their business, their staff and their customers safe.

    For businesses that the Chief Health Officer has identified as having a high risk of transmission, a mandatory COVID Safe Checklist has been developed, and there will be mandatory COVID Safe training. High risk businesses include restaurants, cafés, beauty therapists and nail salons from Stage 1, and now extends to tattooists, tanning and spas from Stage 2 easing of restrictions.

    If a high-risk business chooses to operate in line with an approved Industry COVID Safe Plan, then the checklist is not required. More information on Industry COVID Safe Plans and Checklists below.

    If you are unsure what applies to your business, check out this decision tree and frequently asked questions to better understand the COVID Safe Businesses framework.

    For more information on record keeping obligations and collecting personal information under the public health directions please refer to the Factsheet for storing and collecting information.

    All businesses should use the framework to be COVID safe.

    COVID Safe checklists and factsheets

    From Stage 1 easing of restrictions, COVID Safe checklists have been required for businesses that provide dining-in for customers, such as restaurants, cafes, pubs, RSLs, clubs, and hotels (food courts remain closed) and beauty therapy services. From Stage 2 easing of restrictions, this now extends to tattooists, tanning and spas:

    If you do not offer these services, you do not need to complete a checklist. All businesses should, however, be following the work health and safety guidelines.

  • Queensland is open for business and leisure!

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    about 1 month ago

    Queensland is open for business from midday today!

    From midday today Monday 1st June 2020, Stage Two of the Roadmap to easing restrictions will allow:

    • Unlimited travel and overnight stays for Queenslanders across all of Queensland (no km limit).
    • Recreational travel, camping and accommodation including caravan parks.
    • Tourism experiences for 20 people - more if following the approved Industry COVID Safe Plan (Tourism and Events decision tree attached).
    • Dining in or seated drinks in restaurants, cafes, pubs, registered or licensed clubs, RSL Clubs, hotels and casinos (no gaming) for up to 20 patrons per room or defined...

    Queensland is open for business from midday today!

    From midday today Monday 1st June 2020, Stage Two of the Roadmap to easing restrictions will allow:

    • Unlimited travel and overnight stays for Queenslanders across all of Queensland (no km limit).
    • Recreational travel, camping and accommodation including caravan parks.
    • Tourism experiences for 20 people - more if following the approved Industry COVID Safe Plan (Tourism and Events decision tree attached).
    • Dining in or seated drinks in restaurants, cafes, pubs, registered or licensed clubs, RSL Clubs, hotels and casinos (no gaming) for up to 20 patrons per room or defined area.


    Restaurants/Cafes as well as Beauty Therapists/Nail Salons must complete and publicly display their Covid safe Checklist to operate:


    Please note that Tourism businesses do not require a COVID safe plan in place to open today and accept up to 20 patrons, subject to the 1 person per 4 square metre rule based on usable floor space.

    The Department of State Development, Tourism and Innovation (DSDTI) has developed this simple Tourism Events Decision Tree to understand when you can operate, with how many patrons, and what documentation you need to have in place.

    If a business wishes to have more than 20 patrons they will need their own COVID safe plan in place – you do not need to write your own from scratch – you can implement the relevant industry plan/template, which will be approved by Queensland Health by this Friday 5th June.

    There will be three main industry Covid safe plans for:

    • Accommodation and Experiences (CLICK HERE to see the draft industry plan developed by QTIC)

    Thank you to Capricorn Enterprise for collating this information.

    • Pubs and Clubs
    • Restaurants/cafes
  • COVID Safe Businesses Re-Opening FAQs

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    about 1 month ago

    New information is available here to help businesses plan to re-open safely.

    A decision tree and FAQs are available to help businesses identify if they need a plan.

    Businesses have three key decisions to make:

    1. High risk businesses, such as cafes and restaurants, will need a check list in place, regardless of the number of patrons.
    2. If your business is wanting to have up to 20 patrons in Stage 2 of the Roadmap, you do not need to prepare a COVID Safe Plan for your business; you just need a current Work Health and Safety Plan that has COVID Safe strategies in place. This plan does not need to be submitted for approval and should be made available if requested.
    3. If your business wants to have more than 20 patrons (maximum 50) in Stage 2 you need a COVID-Safe plan in place for your business. These plans are being developed by industry groups and provided to Queensland Government for approval.

    These documents will help organisations and businesses in that industry to develop a plan for their business:

    When complete and ready for approval, submit the plan by emailing:

    COVID-19.Industryplans@health.qld.gov.au


    Need more information? Call 134 COVID.

    New information is available here to help businesses plan to re-open safely.

    A decision tree and FAQs are available to help businesses identify if they need a plan.

    Businesses have three key decisions to make:

    1. High risk businesses, such as cafes and restaurants, will need a check list in place, regardless of the number of patrons.
    2. If your business is wanting to have up to 20 patrons in Stage 2 of the Roadmap, you do not need to prepare a COVID Safe Plan for your business; you just need a current Work Health and Safety Plan that has COVID Safe strategies in place. This plan does not need to be submitted for approval and should be made available if requested.
    3. If your business wants to have more than 20 patrons (maximum 50) in Stage 2 you need a COVID-Safe plan in place for your business. These plans are being developed by industry groups and provided to Queensland Government for approval.

    These documents will help organisations and businesses in that industry to develop a plan for their business:

    When complete and ready for approval, submit the plan by emailing:

    COVID-19.Industryplans@health.qld.gov.au


    Need more information? Call 134 COVID.

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

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    about 2 months 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/

    To be...

    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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    about 2 months 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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    3 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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    2 months 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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    3 months 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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    3 months 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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    3 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