Sunday, 5 April 2020
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$4b in relief for Queensland

The Queensland Government announced a $4 billion package to provide relief for Queenslanders.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said this was the biggest single relief package assembled by any state or territory.

“Our $300 million household relief package will give Queensland households $200 off their utility bills, building on the $50 asset dividend we have already announced,” the Premier said.

Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad said the package pumps an additional $2.5 billion into protecting Queensland jobs and businesses.

“For small and medium businesses and large businesses specifically impacted by COVID-19, we will refund two months’ worth of payroll tax,” Ms Trad said.

“Additionally, we’re giving small and medium businesses a three-month payroll tax holiday, and a further six-month payroll tax deferral for any of these Queensland businesses.

“Combined with the payroll tax deferrals we’ve already announced, it means no Queensland business impacted by COVID-19 will need to make a payroll tax payment this year.

“That $2.5 billion includes a package of up to $500 million to assist workers who lose their job or income and to help them find jobs in the industries that are vital to getting us through this crisis – health care, agriculture, food production, transport, cleaning and mining.

“We’re waiving liquor licencing fees for venues that have had to close their doors, providing rent relief for businesses who rent premises from the state government and giving sole traders, small and medium businesses a $500 rebate on their power bill for this year.

Minister for Health Steven Miles said the government is also investin an extra $1.2 billion to expand fever clinics, emergency department capacity, acute care services and regional aeromedical services for our remote communities.

The government will launch an online portal for businesses to apply for payroll tax relief which can be accessed via www.business.qld.gov.au