Australia Queensland businesses given $5000 lockdown lifeline
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struggling under 's recent lockdown have been handed a financial support lifeline in the form of $5000 grants.
Queensland Treasurer Cameron Dick today announced the $260 million support package that will be open to all businesses in the state regardless of whether they're in a lockdown location.
Mr Dick said while the grants were aimed primarily at small and medium-sized Queensland businesses, large hospitality and tourism companies had also felt COVID-19's effect.
"We've had two lockdowns in the space of one month, and that just hasn't allowed Queensland businesses to be able to recover from the impact," Mr Dick said.
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"$5000 will be grants available to Queensland businesses, not just businesses in the locked-down area.
"That will be available to all Queensland businesses."
Businesses eligible to apply for the grants will have to show they have experienced at least a 30 per cent reduction in turnover due to Queensland's lockdown.
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The Queensland Government defines small and medium businesses as having a turnover of more than $75,000 per annum and an annual payroll in Queensland of up to $10 million.
Large hospitality and tourism companies wishing to apply will have to be operating in one of the 11 government areas currently under lockdown and will be subject to further eligibility criteria.
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Online applications will become open in the coming days, with grant payments made into those businesses' accounts within two weeks of government approval.
However, questions have already been raised about how effective that two-week turnaround is for businesses already struggling.
Mr Dick defended the timeframe for payments.
"We are looking to set up the processing administrative process for this within two weeks. That will be twice as fast as New South Wales," he said.
"We will work as hard as we can.
"We will be getting the money out as quickly as we can."
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