More COVID-19 assistance for Queensland manufacturers

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The Queensland Government is ramping up its assistance to the state’s manufacturing sector to make it more resilient to the impacts of COVID-19.

Minister for Manufacturing Cameron Dick said more measures are now in place to maintain business and support employees and customers from the effects of virus.

“We have a strong plan in place to keep manufacturers in business, protect jobs and the keep the wheels of industry turning during this turbulent time,” Mr Dick said.

“If you are a manufacturer finding it difficult to access vital materials or supplies, we want to hear from you so we can assist.

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“The Government is focussed on providing the support needed to get our manufacturers through this crisis and keep their employees in jobs.”

To seek help and find a solution, manufacturers can complete a short form at qld.gov.au/qld-supplies

Shay Chalmers the Executive Director of QMI Solutions said Queensland manufacturers are agile, innovative and here to support our community through these challenging times.

“Now is the time for our manufacturing community to band together,” she said.

“We are actively retooling capabilities and activating our local capacity to get products to where they are most needed.

“Government and industry are working closely together to increase the supply of critical items and ensure continuity of supplies for our community.

“This is local manufacturing’s time to shine, we will stand together and manufacture products to support our community.”

Mr Dick said business to business collaboration is taking place across Queensland with government working with the Australian Industry (Ai) Group to engage with industry.

Rebecca Andrews, head of the Ai Group in Queensland said Ai Group welcomed the ongoing communication and collaboration, and commended the Queensland Government on listening to industry and taking action.

“Together we need to ensure local businesses survive the economic headwinds brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and can continue to not only supply goods and services to customers, but support staff and their families,” Ms Andrews said.

Mr Dick said the Palaszczuk Government had acted swiftly to implement measures to make business more resilient to the effects of the virus.

“There are a range of support measures available for business such as a job support loan package, interest free loans for the first 12 months, payroll tax deferment and a $27.25 million coronavirus recovery package,” he said.

“Importantly, this week we also introduced amendments to free up restrictions to allow trucks to deliver stocks to supermarkets 24 hours a day.”

More information on business assistance packages is available at business.qld.gov.au.