While our QSEC office is closed at the The Capital, please know that we are working from home to advocate for you, and the social enterprise sector in Queensland and around the nation.
If you need help please don’t hesitate to contact:
QLD Government Small Business Hotline – 1300 654 687
It’s vital that we all care for our mental health during these times. If you are struggling, please check out the variety of services and resources available at www.lifeline.org.au . There’s even a text service available now too.
Social Enterprises have a unique position in the evolving marketplace. With beneficial societal outcomes, and not-for-profits, being the core driver of these enterprises, it is essential to review what stimulus support is available as the Covid-19 pandemic unfolds.
CCIQ, QSEC and Hon Shannon Fentiman will provide a summary of what support is available for social enterprises, how to access it, and what more must be done.
This is your chance to give feedback and ask questions directly to your chief industry representatives in Queensland on what more is needed to help your social enterprise survive.
How is your social enterprise impacted by the Coronavirus? www.thegoodnessgap.org
Social distancing and event cancellations are devastating social enterprises across Australia with thousands of staff and contract workers losing income to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Social enterprises may miss out on vital government support and fall into the gap between COVID-19 programs aimed at for-profit small business and the charity sector.
The social enterprise community understands the importance of reducing the spread of COVID-19, but the government must recognise the value of sustaining a thriving social enterprise community, and we need your help.
What you can do?
- The government needs to hear from you because social enterprises often fall in the gap between support for small business and charities.
- All social enterprise workers are urged to record a short message and let the government know about the impact of COVID-19 on your social enterprise.
- What does your social enterprise do? Who does it help?
- What have you lost due to COVID-19?
- Tell a story of hope: How have you adapted to the new normal? What opportunities have you discovered?
- We need the government to urgently announce an emergency support package to deal with the imminent loss of thousands of jobs, businesses closing and loss of income across the social enterprise sector.
Upload your message on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and hashtags #thegoodnessgap and #beyondbusinessasusual.
Head to thegoodnessgap.org to fill out a short survey to register the impact of COVID-19 on your Social Enterprise.
Social enterprises from across Australia met online 26 March 2020 to discuss the Covid-19 virus and the impacts, solutions and relief and recovery initiatives and why now is the perfect time for social enterprises to come together. Leaders from the social enterprise and small business sector discussed:
- the challenges and opportunities the COVD-19 outbreak presents for Social Enterprises and their communities
- relief packages from federal and state governments
- the potential benefits represented through social procurement
- initiatives and plans to support the sector
- inspiring ways to pivot your business to meet the challenges
Now more than ever we need to think beyond business as usual.
- Leanne Kemp (Office of the Chief Entrepreneur (Advance Queensland))
- Emma-Kate Rose (QSEC)
- Jack Baxter (CCIQ)
- David Brookes (Social Traders)
- Cinnamon Evans/Nick Verginis (SENVIC)
- Yasmin Grigaliunas (World’s Biggest Garage Sale)
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RESPONSE
The Federal Government ‘Economic Response to the Coronavirus’ has released a range of measures designed to assist businesses and staff employment. The package includes a variety of initiatives including the following:
Find current information from the Treasury HERE
- The Morrison Government introduced a JobKeeper Payment of $1,500 per fortnight, per eligible employee, for up to 6 months.
- The JobKeeper Payment started on 30 March 2020, with the first payment to be received by employers in the first week of May. Employers must pass this payment on to their employees.
- Eligible employers include businesses structured through companies, partnerships, trusts and sole traders. Not for profit entities, including charities, will also be eligible.
- Self-employed individuals are also eligible to receive the JobKeeper Payment.
- Employers must elect to participate in the scheme. You can do this HERE.
- To be eligible, an employee must have been on the employer’s books on 1 March 2020 and continue to be engaged by that employer.
- The JobKeeper Payment is open to full-time, part-time and long term casuals (employed on a regular basis for at least the previous 12 months) and stood down employees. Employees that are re-engaged by a business that was their employer on 1 March 2020 will also be eligible.
- Self-employed individuals will be eligible to receive the JobKeeper Payment where they have suffered or expect to suffer a 30% decline in turnover relative to a comparable prior period (of at least a month).
- Increasing the Instant Asset Write-Off
- Backing Business Investment
- Increased and accelerated business support
- Early access to superannuation
- Supporting the flow of credit
- Boosting cash flow for employers
- Supporting apprentices and trainees
- Temporary relief for financially distressed businesses
- Assistance for affected regions, communities and industries
- Support for existing program participants and applicants
Businesses impacted by COVID-19 can phone the ATO’s Emergency Support Infoline on 1800 806 218.
- JobKeeper payment: You may be eligible for an Australian Government subsidy to continue paying your employees. Sole traders may also be eligible.
- Business closures: Latest information on non-essential business closures.
- Queensland border closures: Information about Queensland state border access restrictions, including who is exempt. You can also read the Chief Health Officer directive on border closures for more information.
- Payroll tax relief package: You may be eligible for one or more of a range of payroll tax relief measures.
- Power bill relief: Your business may be eligible for a $500 rebate off energy bills (PDF, 153KB) if you consume less than 100,000kWh. This will be automatically applied on your business electricity bills.
- Business support fact sheet: Read a summary of Queensland Government support for businesses (PDF, 186KB).
- Business pandemic management guide: Read our information on pandemic risk management for business.
- Business Rent Relief: Businesses who rent state government premises may be eligible for rent relief. More information will be available soon.
- Jobs Support Loans: You may be eligible for a loan to retain employees and maintain your operations. The $500 million concessional loan facility will include low interest loans of up to $250,000 for carry on finance with an initial 12-month interest free period for businesses to retain staff. APPLY NOW through the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority or phone 1800 623 946.
- Mentoring for Growth Program – Contact 1300 654 687 or email@example.com for more information.
- Financial workshops about financial management and business planning. Contact 1300 654 687 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Market diversification and resilience grants are available for Queensland agriculture, food and fishing exporters and their critical supply chain partners, as well as industry organisations working with exporters.
Complete the Business Impact Survey to help Qld Govt understand the impact of novel coronavirus on your business and assess what support you need.
CCIQ is working around the clock to help Queensland businesses protect their operations and their staff. Access free resources, support and information here. Please share a link to this page with small business people you know and subscribe here to get important employer updates.
CCIQ are running FREE webinars to help businesses be practically prepared for the impacts of COVID-19.
- This essential booklet gives employer-centred advice and guidance on managing the key safety and employment issues surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19).Read more
- CCIQ’s GM Employer Assistance Jason Wales explains how to manage your team during the spread of coronavirus, and answers your questions.Read more
- Join the SureBridge CTO, Nathan Bradbury as he walks you through what you need to do to quickly set your employees up to work remotely.Read more
Philanthropy Australia is joining forces with other social sector peak bodies, led by the Community Council of Australia, to request Federal Government assistance for the charitable sector.
To assist with their lobbying efforts, if you are a NFP/charity and operating as a social enterprise, Philanthropy Australia are inviting your organisation to share information for case studies that highlight how the work of your organisation is impacted by COVID-19 challenges. So, if you have any information you would like to share please forward to Policy and Research Director, Sarah Wickham via email@example.com
Business Council of Co-ops and Mutuals
COVID Briefing 31 March 2020
The Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutual (BCCM) has launched the Co-operative Farming Hotline, to support Australian farmers, fishers and foresters to work together to establish and grow farm co-operatives.
The hotline service will operate Monday to Friday (9am to 5pm) on 1300 665 174.
Other Trusted Resources
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Queensland Council of Social Services (QCOSS) Pandemic Emergency Management Plan