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Tourism and hospitality sector support

The Queensland Government has today announced further relief packages for tourism and hospitality businesses impacted by the recent COVID-19 lockdowns in South East Queensland and Cairns.

Payroll Tax Deferral

Eligible tourism and hospitality businesses that lodge payroll tax returns monthly can apply to defer paying their payroll tax liability due in August 2021 for 6 months. If they have already paid the liability due in August, they can apply to defer their next month’s payroll tax liability.

12-Month State Land Rent Deferral for Tourism Operators

Rent deferral is available for eligible tourism operators on state land for the period 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022. More information coming soon.

Fee Waiver and Refunds for Commercial Tourism Daily Passenger Fees

Tourism businesses that operate in a national park, conservation park, recreation area or state forest, including whale watching operations, may have fees waived or refunded between 1 July 2021 and 30 June 2022. More information coming soon.

12 Month Fee Waiver or Refund of Inbound Tour Operator Fees

This support is available to inbound tour operators for fee renewals up until 30 June 2022.

COVID-19 Marine Tourism Rebate

This support is available for offsetting the berthing fees for marine tourism vessel operators at privately owned or privately operated marinas in eligible local government areas between 1 July 2021 and 30 June 2022.

Liquor Licensing Fees Waived for 2021-22

Tourism and hospitality businesses can have their licensing fees for 2021–22 waived, or refunded, if they were licensed under the Liquor Act or Wine Industry Acts as at 30 June 2021. More information coming soon.

Queensland COVID-19 Cleaning Rebate

Small, medium and not-for-profit businesses will be able to apply for a rebate of up to 80% of the cost of professional cleaning (up to $10,000 ex GST), if the business is a confirmed COVID-19 exposure site.

We are awaiting more details in relation to how to claim and the specific eligibility criteria for the packages above.

If you would like to discuss any of the above matters, or require assistance navigating through the rest of this year, please do not hesitate to contact the Halpin Partners team on 07 4052 0800.