TIQ, the Queensland Government and Australian Government have a range of measures in place to manage the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus).
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- Helping Queensland exporters manage the impact of COVID-19
- Other Queensland Government support
- Support for exporters at federal and state level
Helping Queensland exporters manage the impact of COVID-19
TIQ the Queensland Government and Australian Government has a range of measures in place to manage the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus).
In February the Queensland Government announced a $27.25 million package to provide immediate assistance to industry to help Queensland deal with the impact of the coronavirus COVID-19.
The package is intended to provide immediate relief to impacted businesses and help them sustain jobs while work is done to contain COVID-19. The Immediate Industry Recovery Package provides targeted financial support and advice; promotes Queensland through marketing and media activities; and provides counselling and support to businesses and students.
TIQ’s contribution is the $1.1 million Market Ready initiative, which will:
- provide tailored export advice to SMEs on leveraging opportunities in the Chinese online market with the Digital Commerce Accelerator Program
- host Export Forums online to provide practical expert advice on China market development
- continue to provide market intelligence and expert advice for exporters looking to enter new markets.
The two new programs supplement existing programs that are designed to help exporters take their world class products overseas, some of which will be held until international travel resumes.
They include the $1 million Go Global Export Program funding to assist small to medium enterprises launch products into international markets, with matched funding available from $2,500 to $25,000.
The International Business Advisory Program connects Queensland businesses with mentors in international markets and assist with export.
The Exporter Market Engagement Program gives businesses the opportunity to travel to their targeted export markets to do research to inform their export strategy and make connections.
And Export Connections workshops are rolling out around Queensland, giving exporters an opportunity to network with their peers and collaborate on shared challenges.
Study Queensland will deliver a $2 million campaign to diversify the international student market and support re-entry from Chinese students
Study Queensland, which works with international students and local universities, is liaising closely with students and other stakeholders to provide any assistance required, particularly to Chinese nationals.
Funding is available to increase student support services across Queensland to help impacted students returning to study.
This support includes providing information, advice and referrals on health care, employment, budget management, accommodation and legal service, as well as connecting students to social events and activities.
Study Queensland is also supporting Chinese students’ re-entry to Australia and will strengthen its promotion of Queensland’s international education and training sector.
Other government support
Support for small business and exporters
- A suite of initiatives will be available to support small businesses to build resilience, grow and succeed, including:
- resilience workshops in partnership with local peak bodies to build the financial resilience of small businesses
- business mentors to provide targeted advice to impacted small business
- Small business hotline (1300 654 687) to direct small businesses to support options and provide updates and advice.
Industry specific support
- $500,000 fisheries market diversification grants will provide for additional infrastructure on boats or onshore facilities to help businesses pursue new market opportunities
- The Government will extend the catch area for tropical rock lobster for three months to reduce operating costs for quota holders and enable market expansion
- The Government will temporarily waive fishing boat license fees and quota fees for tropical rock lobster and coral trout.
- There will be fees and charges relief for tourism operators and hospitality businesses including:
- waiving application fees for some variations to liquor licenses
- waiving registration fees for Inbound Tour Operators
- waiving of Daily Fees for Commercial Activity Agreements & Permits
- rebate on Marina Charges and Passenger Levies
- deferral of Tourism Lease Rent Payment.
Marketing and promotion
There will be a suite of marketing activities to target new markets and strengthen development in existing markets through:
- $7 million to align with Tourism Australia to promote Queensland to international markets
- $4.8 million targeted tourism campaign to promote travel to Tropical North Queensland and the Gold Coast, to support recovery from the sharp decline in international tourism
- The $500,000 #EatQLD campaign will encourage Queenslanders to buy local seafood and other agricultural products.
Student support and counselling
- An additional $1 million is available to increase student support services across Queensland to help impacted students returning to study. This support includes providing information, advice and referrals on health care, employment, budget management, accommodation and legal service, as well as connecting students to social events and activities.
The Queensland Government is seeking matched commitment from the Commonwealth Government to support these important industries.
Further information on these initiatives is available at www.qld.gov.au/industryrecovery or by contacting 13 QGOV (13 74 68).
Support for exporters at federal and state level