2021 COVID-19 grants for Queensland businesses
The Queensland Government has released the eligibility criteria for its 2021 COVID-19 Business Support Grants for lockdown-impacted businesses in the state.
If your business or not-for-profit (NFP) organisation’s turnover fell at least 30% because of the August 2021 lockdowns, you may be eligible for a grant.
The grants, which may be used for business expenses, are being jointly funded by the Queensland and Commonwealth governments.
Also, financial support is available for lockdown-impacted Queensland workers through the Commonwealth government’s national COVID-19 Disaster Payment.
The lockdown events and impacted areas include:
South East Queensland lockdown — 31 July to 8 August 2021
The 11 local government areas locked down were:
- Brisbane City Council
- Gold Coast City Council
- Ipswich City Council
- Lockyer Valley Regional Council
- Logan City Council
- Moreton Bay Regional Council
- Noosa Shire Council
- Redland City Council
- Scenic Rim Regional Council
- Somerset Regional Council
- Sunshine Coast Regional Council.
Cairns and Yarrabah lockdown — 8 August to 11 August 2021
The two local government areas locked down were:
- Cairns Regional Council
- Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council.
Your business doesn’t have to be located a lockdown area, but you must have experienced at least a 30% reduction in turnover as a result of a lockdown.
Who can apply?
Eligibility criteria for employing businesses
To be eligible, your business or NFP organisation must:
- employ staff (employees must be on your payroll; excludes any business owners)
- have an Australian business number (ABN) continuously held from 30 June 2021
- be registered for GST
- have Queensland headquarters (i.e. your principal place of business is located in Queensland) and have been trading in Queensland on 31 July 2021
- not be insolvent or have owners or directors that are insolvent or an undischarged bankrupt
- have an annual payroll of not more than $10 million (except for large businesses and NFP organisations operating in an identified tourism and hospitality sector) during any of the 2018–19, 2019–20 or 2020–21 financial years
- have an annual turnover of more than $75,000 during any of the 2018–19, 2019–20 or 2020–21 financial years (new businesses can provide financial records to show they will reasonably meet this turnover requirement in the 2021–22 financial year)
- demonstrate the business or NFP organisation was directly or indirectly impacted by a lockdown event
- demonstrate or declare a reduction in turnover of 30% or more during a nominated seven-day period
- this must include at least one full day of a lockdown event when comparing against turnover achieved during the same seven-day period in July or August 2019, or
- if the 2019 period does not indicate a typical weekly turnover (e.g. for a new business or one that has experienced structural changes), include another comparable period (e.g. the same period in July/August 2020).
To be eligible, large tourism and hospitality businesses and NFP organisations must be operating under the relevant (Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification, or ANZSIC, code).
Eligibility criteria for non-employing sole traders
To be eligible, you must:
- be an individual operating as a sole trader (this can include a non-employing business operating through a company, partnership or trust structure)
- not employ staff
- have a current Australian business number (ABN) continuously held since 30 June 2021
- be registered for GST
- have a principal-place-of-business address in Queensland and have been based and trading in Queensland on 31 July 2021
- not be insolvent, or have owners, directors, partners or trustees that are insolvent or an undischarged bankrupt
- have an annual turnover of more than $75,000 during any of the 2018–19, 2019–20 or 2020–21 financial years
- if you haven’t been trading for a full financial year, you can provide financial records to show you’ll reasonably meet this turnover requirement in the 2021–22 financial year
- have been required to stop operating or had limited operations because of a Queensland lockdown event — or been affected by a Queensland lockdown event — during a nominated seven-day period (this must include at least one full day of a lockdown event)
- declare a reduction in turnover of 30% or more during the nominated seven-day period
- when comparing against turnover achieved during the same 7-day period in 2019, or
- if the business was not trading during the same period in 2019 or the 2019 period does not indicate a typical weekly turnover, another comparable seven-day period can be used.
You will not be eligible for the grant if:
- your income is solely made up of any of the following:
- earnings from rental properties
- interest earned on investments
- you have received an Australian Government COVID-19 Disaster Payment
- you have received or are eligible for another COVID-19 business support grant.
How much is available?
|Business Type||Payroll Size||Available Funding|
|Small businesses and not-for-profit organisations||Less than $1.3 million||$10,000|
|Medium businesses and not-for-profit organisations||$1.3 million to $10 million||$15,000|
|Large tourism and hospitality-focused businesses and not-for-profit organisations||More than $10 million||$30,000|
|Non-employing sole traders based in Queensland||n/a||$1,000|
When can I apply?
Applications for most businesses opened on 16 August 2021 and close on 16 November 2021.
If you’re a sole trader, applications open in September; register your interest.
How do I apply?
You’ll need to apply online with supporting evidence.
Before applying, you’ll need to create a QRIDA profile login (if you don’t already have one).
For more information, visit the state government’s 2021 COVID-19 Business Support Grants for lockdown-impacted businesses in Queensland web page.
COVID-19 Disaster Payment
This payment is intended to support workers in every state and territory who lose hours due to a state government lockdown or public health order.
The weekly payment varies according to the hours of work lost, as follows:
|Work lost per week||Weekly Payment|
|20 hours or more||$750|
|8 to less than 20 hours, or a full day||$450|
For more information, visit Services Australia’s COVID-19 Disaster Payment web page.
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