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Essential information  - Updated 3.32pm on Tuesday, 19 May 2020


​Federal Governement Support Package for Business:

If you employ staff, you may be eligible for:

Temporary cash flow support

Employers will receive a payment equal to 100 per cent of their salary and wages withheld, with the maximum payment being $50,000 and the minimum payment being $10,000

An additional payment is also being introduced equal to the total of all of the Boosting Cash Flow for Employers payments received. This means that eligible busniess will receive at least $20,000 up to a total of $100,000 under both payments.​

Assitance to help pay the wages of apprentices or trainees 

Eligible employers can apply for a wage subsidy of 50 per cent of the apprentice's or trainee's wage paid during the 9 months form 1 January 2020 to 30 Septemeber 2020. Where a small business is not able to retain an apprentice, the subsidy will be available to a new employer.

Employers will be reimbursed up to a maximum of $21,000 per eligible apprentice or trainee ($7,000 per quarter)

The Increase instant asset write-off 

Under normal circumstances, individual assets less than $30,000 are eligible for the instant asset write off. The Government has lifted this threshold to $150,000 for assets that are either installed or ready for first use by 30 June 2020.

Read more about the increased instant asset write-off

Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme 

The Government will provide eligible lenders with a guarantee for loans with the following terms:

  • Maximum total size of loans of $250,00 per borrower
  • The loans will be up to three years, with an initial six months repayment holiday
  • The loans will be in the form of unsecured finance, meaning the borrowers will not have to provide an asset as security for the loan.

in Queensland express ypur interest via QRIDA (Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority):

Employer Obligations:

Health and safety

As an employer, you're required to ensure the health and safety of your workers. If an employee is at risk of infection from coronavirus, you should request the employee seek medical clearance from a doctor, work from home or not work during the risk period.

You need to provide information and procedures to all employees and contract staff. Inform staff who meet the isolation criteria that they should remain isolated in their home.


Super guarantee payments

As an employer, you still need to meet your super guarantee obligations for your employees. 

More information is available from the Australian Taxation Office.

The Australian Government's $130 Billion Jobkeeper package 

The Australian Government's $130 billion JobKeeper package offers a subsidy, up to $1500.00 per fortnight for each employee, to eligible business to keep paying their staff. Employers and sole traders can register their interest in this program with the Australian Tax Office.

Link to register is: Australian Tax Office



Support for Businesses

Information from Federal Government on grants, services and support available -

Information from State Government on grants, services and support available -

Summary of aid available, summarised by the Australian Treasury -

Jobs Support Loans from QRIDA -  and guide line fact sheet 

Tourism business and events related advice from Tourism & Events Queensland -

Evictions put on hold for next 6 months for commerical and residential tenants in financial distress due to COVID-19 -

$110 million initiative backig agricultural and fisheries sector by helping them export into key overseas markets -

JobKeeper Payment -


Assistance and free extra data from Telstra

Free 25GB for post-paid and 10GB for pre-paid -

Assistance and increased data for NBN Including Sky Muster services - Click Here 

Access audiobooks and eBooks from your home for free 

Use your Rural Libraries Queensland membership to access BorrowBox. More information how to download the app here -

The Residential Rental Hub - 




Tambo Regional Council - Regional Economic Development Strategy 


The Queensland State Government's Building our Regions program supports local government infrastructure projects in regional communities that create flow-on economic development opptunties and jobs. The programs focuses on delivering more enduring economic outcomes for regional communities, targeting funding towards job-creating infrastructure that will improve ecomomic conditions and liveability. Blakcall-Tambo Regional Council has successfully secured BOR funding for a range of projects that have stimulated the local economy. The Department has prepared a case study on two of our region's projects. 

  • Blackall's Pathway to Health was funded under the round 2 - supplementary program and delivered a 2 kilometre asphalt pathway from the camp grounds on the Barcoo River to the Blackall Hospital. The pathway includes eight exercise stations, shade structures, seating and solar bollard lighting, and connects to the town's exisiting network of pathways.


  • The upgrade to the Tambo Sawmill was funded under the first round of the BOR program and assisted Council to re-commission the Tambo Sawmill by overhauling the machinery and equipment which enabled commerical operations to commence. Re-opening the Sawmill has significantly stimulated the local ecomomy of Tambo, the Sawmill has created fifteen new jobs. Families has relocated to Tambo and the flow on effects are felt throughout the town with the local business houses all benefitting through increased expenditure, the rental market booming and nineteen new students at the school.