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10 August 2021 - Queensland COVID-19 support for tourism and hospitality sector

The Palaszczuk Government has announced a support package for Queensland tourism and hospitality businesses, delivering a $47.75 million COVID-19 Lockdown Support Package to assist businesses impacted by COVID-19 lockdowns in Queensland and other states.

The measures announced for eligible tourism and hospitality businesses include:

  • a six-month deferral of payroll tax payments for eligible tourism and hospitality businesses across the state impacted by current lockdowns. Payroll tax liabilities to be paid in August can be deferred for a period of six months. Eligible business who have already made their payroll tax payments in August will be able to defer their next monthly payroll tax liability for six months;
  • waiving, refunding or deferring a range of fees and charges for eligible tourism and hospitality businesses, including 12-month fee waivers for tourism businesses operating in a national park, conservation park, recreation area or state forest, including whale watching operations; and
  • liquor licensing fee waivers and refunds.
  • 12-month deferral of state lease fees for eligible tourism operators for the period between 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022
  • 12-month fee waivers or refunds of inbound tour operator fees. This support is available for fee renewals up to 30 June 2022
  • a second round of the COVID-19 Marine Tourism Rebate in for the 2021-22 financial year to offset berthing fees for marine tourism vessels at privately owned or privately operated marinas in eligible Local Government Areas.
  • An extension of eligibility for the $5,000 COVID-19 Business Support Grants to include large tourism and hospitality businesses outside south east Queensland.

Small and medium business and not-for-profit organisations that have been listed as a confirmed COVID-19 exposure site will also be eligible for a rebate of up to 80% of professional cleaning costs incurred, capped at $10,000 (excluding GST).

Read more about the media release here: Further COVID-19 support for Queensland tourism and hospitality businesses - Ministerial Media Statements

Or visit Business Queensland for specific information relating to support packages.

Source: Queensland Government