COVID-19 | Townsville Chamber Welcomes State Support Measures
Chambers of Commerce across Queensland have been advocating for the State Government to take immediate steps to help businesses combat the challenges of COVID-19.
The Townsville Chamber of Commerce said "This is the time for Governments to be a lifeline for businesses and the State Governments announcement that no payroll tax will be payable by small and large businesses in Queensland for the 2020 calendar year is an excellent step in the right direction".
"Many businesses are struggling and, in these challenging times, uncertainty around employment is an additional stress for many operators. In these dark times businesses are looking for a ray of light and assistance to get them through.
"Smaller businesses will need the support of larger businesses. Some businesses already have had to stand people down and put people off to keep their business viable.
"Meanwhile larger businesses need people to meet the increase in demands such as delivery services and telecommunications.
“Payroll relief is a real way that businesses can move forward with some certainty around the costs of retaining or putting on staff to keep the economy alive during these difficult times” said Townsville Chamber President Michele Falconieri.
"Congratulations to the State Government for hearing the call of business and looking to refund payroll tax and provide relief so businesses can retain staff and those that are able to, can look to employ those people that have been displaced without the additional burden of payroll tax costs" the statement concluded.