The Queensland Government’s 2021 COVID-19 Business Support Grant (funding of $5,000) is now available for eligible businesses.

Applications for the grant opened on Monday, 16 August. All applications must be submitted by the impacted business (not their representative or adviser).

Information for applicants

1. Eligible Queensland businesses and not-for-profits

Employing Queensland small and medium businesses and not-for-profit (NFP) organisations can apply if:

  • they turnover more than $75,000 per annum and have an annual payroll of not more than $10 million; and
  • the business or NFP has been impacted by restrictions to limit or stop operating or has been otherwise affected by a relevant lockdown event detailed in the link below.

Note, the grant is not restricted to lockdown areas.

2. Employing Queensland large tourism and hospitality businesses and NFPs

  • businesses and NFPs in the tourism and hospitality sector that have the relevant ANZSIC Codes; and
  • the business or NFP has been impacted by restrictions to limit or stop operating or has been otherwise affected by a relevant lockdown event detailed in the link below.

Eligibility criteria

  1. Employ staff in addition to business owners.
  2. Have an ABN continuously held since 30 June 2021.
  3. Be registered for GST.
  4. Have a QLD headquarters (principal place of business in QLD) and the impacted business was based and trading in QLD on 31 July 2021.
  5. Not be insolvent or have owners/directors that are insolvent or an undischarged bankrupt.
  6. Annual payroll of not more than $10 million (except large tourism and hospitality business (relevant ANZSIC codes) during any of the 2018-19, 2019-20 or 2020-21 financial years).
  7. Annual turnover of over $75,000 during those same financial years applicable at point 6 (note that for recently started businesses, they have to provide financial records to indicate this will reasonably be met in the 2021-22 financial year).
  8. Demonstrate the business was directly or indirectly affected by a lockdown event.
  9. Demonstrate or declare a reduction in turnover of 30% or more (see further detail below).

As such, non-employing businesses/NFPs and those for which the only source of income is made up of rents, dividends or interest are ineligible.

Reduction in turnover of 30% or more

The 30% or more reduction must have occurred during a nominated 7-day period which must include one full day of a lockdown event when compared against turnover achieved by the entity during the same 7-day period in 2019 (or if that 2019 period is not indicative of the entity’s typical weekly turnover, a comparable 7-day period). For comparison, this period should be against either:

  • the same period in July or August 2019; or
  • where the 2019 comparison period is not indicative of the entity’s typical weekly turnover (e.g. a recently started business or a business that has experienced structural changes), another comparable period can be nominated, for example, the same period in July/August 2020.

What is the difference between ‘direct impact’ and ‘indirect impact?

  • Direct impact – businesses instructed to not operate in the lockdown events can self-declare the impact on their turnover in the application form.
  • Indirect impact – businesses that are able to operate for a limited purpose during the lockdown events, or whose activities are not specified in the health directions for the lockdown events but are impacted by lockdown events, or are located outside the lockdown areas must provide evidence to show a reduction in turnover or more than 30%.

For indirectly impacted businesses, you may require supporting evidence which may include a letter dated on letterhead issued by a member of CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand or the Institute of Public Accountants, registered tax agent or registered BAS agent.

Further Details of the Online Application, Lockdown Events, Lockdown Areas, ANZSIC Codes and relevant Steps can be found here: