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.

  • Queensland Manufacturer Register - COVID-19

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    4 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

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

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    4 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
    • 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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    4 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 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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    4 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 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.

  • COVID-19: Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package - from Monday 6 April additional support for Early Childhood Education and Child Care Services and their families

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    4 months ago

    On 2 April 2020, the Australian Government announced the new Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package. From Monday 6 April 2020 weekly payments will be made directly to early childhood education and care services in lieu of the Child Care Subsidy and the Additional Child Care Subsidy, to help them keep their doors open and employees in their jobs.

    Payments will be made until the end of the 2019-20 financial year and families will not be charged fees during this time. These payments will complement the JobKeeper Payment announced by the Prime Minister on 30 March 2020.

    Early childhood education and child care services do not need to apply for the payments, they will be paid automatically.

    In addition, up to and including 5 April 2020, services can now waive gap fees for families due to the impact of COVID-19. This can go back as far as 23 March 2020 and is in addition to changes already announced.

    For more information, visit the COVID-19 page.

  • Australian Government creates a "Jobs Hub" to help those who's jobs have been impacted connect with businesses where there is increased demand!

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    4 months ago

    In this rapidly changing jobs market the Australian Government is supporting businesses and those Australians looking for work.

    While many businesses have been adversely affected by COVID-19 and are reducing their workforces, there are some areas of the economy which have an increased demand for workers.

    This includes jobs in health and care sectors, transport and logistics, some areas of retail, mining and mining services, manufacturing, agriculture and government sectors, among others.

    The Jobs Hub helps you find advertised vacancies.

    They offer connections to employers with multiple opportunities, search jobs by location, Australian Government Jobs.

  • Calling all local experts in online services, diversification strategies, finance, law and logistics please list your services with us!

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    4 months ago

    The Economy and Places team at Livingstone Shire Council are looking to build a resource list of local providers of the following suite of services, if you can help please fill in the application form .

    1. 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

    2. Content marketing creation – creating content for free organic traffic

    3. Copywriters – for online campaigns

    4. Ecommerce specialists – shopify site creation and campaign building

    5. Website design/creators

    6. Bookkeeping – cashflow projections/budgeting/advice

    7. Video and content creation with a focus on using a smart phone to tell your business’s story

    8. Financial advice (expertise in directing businesses how to utilise government COVID-19 stimulus packages would be highly regarded)

    9. Logistics advice (how to get products to market during COVID-19 pandemic)

    10. Commercial photographers


  • Australian Government announces $130 Billion “JobKeeper” package - up to $1500 a fortnight per employee to keep staff employed

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    4 months ago

    For businesses who have suffered a 30% decline or more in revenue, you are eligible to receive a $1,500 payment per employee per fortnight to keep your staff employed, regardless if you are open or closed – back dated to 1st March and for a 6 month period – lodge your details with the ATO.

  • COVID-19 Industry Support Resources (Queensland and Australian Government)

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    4 months ago

    This link provides a collated list of Industry Support Resources from the Queensland and Australian governments.

  • New income support for Sole Traders and Self-Employed

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    4 months ago

    The Australian Government has measures to support sole traders and self-employed. If you are a sole trader and do not employ staff you are eligible for: Increased and accelerated income support . Expanding eligibility to income support payments and establishing a new Coronavirus supplement. These changes will apply for the next six months and will not be income tested.