Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Queensland Government has implemented various incentives to support and provide relief for various sectors. These rescue packages are aimed primarily at health, business and bill relief but also include housing, farming, domestic and family violence and transport. The aim of these incentives is to assist these areas recover from the impacts of COVID-19.
The health sector will receive monetary assistance to continue providing to the community. $1.2 billion will be utilised to expand fever clinics, emergency department capacity, acute care services and regional aeromedical services for remote communities.
The business sector will be boosted with support for businesses and workers. The following will be available to eligible businesses and workers:
- $500 million will be directed toward job assistance for workers and business that lose their employment or income
- Income relief will be available as JobSeeker and JobKeeper payments
- Loans will be available (Jobs Support Loan) to support businesses retain Queensland employees
- Payroll tax relief in the form of payment deferrals
- Retail and Commercial tenants can apply for land tax relief and payment deferrals
Households and businesses may also be eligible to apply to receive bill relief for utilities. A $200 credit will be made available for all Queensland homes to offset water and electricity costs. Small to medium businesses may be eligible to receive a $500 electricity bill rebate. A small-medium business may be eligible if:
- The business have an active electricity account
- The business use less than 100,00 kilowatt hours of electricity per year.