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The Queensland Government has outlined a staged approach to giving Queenslanders more freedom to travel and participate in more activities and social gatherings.

The Roadmap to Easing Restrictions provides sensible and gradual steps to a COVID-19 recovery that will reconnect communities and keep the economy moving by supporting business, industry and Queensland jobs.

The economic recovery strategy outlines the guiding principles for how Queenslanders will get back to work, with three immediate priorities in stage one.

To read the full overview of Queensland’s economic recovery strategy visit here.

The following facts sheets are also available for download:

Planning tool to help businesses reopen and be COVIDSafe

The National COVID-19 Coordination Commission has created an online tool to help businesses develop a plan to keep workers, customers and the community safe as they reopen or increase their activities in the weeks and months ahead.

The toolkit:

  • will help to work out what resources are available and where to go for support
  • will help to develop a clear plan for trading through and after the COVID-19 pandemic
  • takes about 30 minutes to complete.

For more information regarding the National COVID-19 safe workplace principles visit here, to access the planning tool visit here.

Small business

The government’s first round of small business grants were snapped up within days.  The government will now allocate an additional $100 million for these grants to help sustain small businesses so they can respond quickly post COVID-19.

Treasurer Cameron Dick said while small business, tourism, hospitality and retail sectors had been among the hardest hit, mining and agriculture industries had continued to deliver dividends for Queensland.

“In our diversified economy, these regionally based industries are among the foundations of our economy and support a huge number of Queensland jobs. They have been critical in building the Queensland of today,” the Treasurer said.

“Queensland’s Economic Recovery Strategy is focussed on measures which will ensure the resource and agriculture industries can continue to power on and take advantage of new opportunities, while also providing more support to the tourism, construction and small business sectors which we know face a long and difficult recovery.

“The next steps in our economic recovery strategy will save and create jobs and help to rebuild a stronger and more resilient Queensland economy.”

Construction

The Government is re-affirming its commitment to the $15,000 first home-owner grants program for any Queensland first home buyers purchasing a new home valued at less than $750,000.

And further, the government will provide an additional $5,000 grant for people building a new home in a regional location, helping to encourage people to move to regional Queensland.

Additionally, the government has committed to a further $100M Housing Construction Works for Tradies program – with new social housing to be built across Queensland.

Councils in South-East Queensland will receive an additional $50M for a Unite and Recover Community Stimulus Program to support minor works and projects that create local jobs in our most impacted areas.

Many seniors and people with a disability have used the Home Assist program which provides support for tradies and handymen to come to their house and do small jobs.

A Seniors Accessibility and Renovation Assistance boost to Home Assist will be provided to around 2,000 seniors and people will a disability who will receive additional subsidies of up to $5,000 to help them stay safely in their own homes, such as security upgrades, repairs and maintenance.

This will provide a $10 million boost with more work for local tradies and handymen.

Stay up to date

To keep you up to date with all the latest information for Queensland industry and business, keep an eye out for the regional office e-lert and subscribe to the Small Business Connect newsletter.

You can also call 1300 654 687 if you’d like to talk about small business support.