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March 27, 2020

RE: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

TO: All regions, clubs and leagues (specifically those that currently employ staff)

FOR: URGENT DISTRIBUTION

This MEMO includes an update on information previously distributed specifically relating to the QRL operational response to COVID-19 pandemic.

Below is a summary of the government stimulus packages which are most applicable to rugby league clubs. 

Please review these documents and ensure your club applies to most relevant package so that your club gains the maximum benefit the government is offering in these stimulus packages.

As this crisis continues there are likely to be new or changes to the assistance provided by government so please monitor these sites closely to ensure that your clubs can benefit the most out of these initiatives. 

The QRL will continue to update all affiliates as new information becomes available.   This will include updated information on future government stimulus packages (including regional council programs) that specifically apply to community organisations. 

Yours sincerely,

Glenn Ottaway

Regional general manager

Queensland Rugby League

Federal Government

Funding scheme Cash flow assistance for businesses
Amount Maximum amount: $50,000 Minimum amount: $10,000
Eligibility Small businesses registered for GST
Fact sheet Cash flow assistance
Payment method Payments will be made via credits from future BAS returns and PAYG remittances
Funding scheme Increasing the instant asset write-off
Amount  Threshold increased from $30,000 to $150,000
Eligibility Purchases of plant and equipment such mowers, lights, irrigation systems
Fact sheet Delivering support for business investment 
Payment method On successful approval of application
   

Queensland Government

Funding scheme Coronavirus payroll tax relief
Amount Refund of paid payroll tax
Eligibility An employer (or part of a group of employers) who pays $6.5 million or less 
Fact sheet https://www.business.qld.gov.au/running-business/employing/payroll-tax/lodging/coronavirus-tax-relief 
Payment method

You may receive an email about:

  • refund of your payroll tax for two months
  • payroll tax holiday (i.e. no payroll tax to be paid) for three months
Fair Play vouchers The State Government have advised that they won’t be seeking reimbursement from the clubs in relation to any of their participants that have used these vouchers to register for this season. Consistent with the terms and conditions, these vouchers are not refundable to individual participants and will in turn support  ongoing expenses for clubs while rugby league is suspended.

Local Government

Funding scheme Brisbane City Council has waived permit fees for venues (please refer to your local council’s website to determine if your club can benefit from any initiatives provided in your region)
Amount Applicable to each permit provided by Council
Eligibility Users of Council spaces
Fact sheet link https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/community-and-safety/community-safety/disasters-and-emergencies/coronavirus-council-updates-and-impacts/lord-mayor-announces-council-business-fee-waiver
Payment method Waiving of fees

Other Federal funding programs which have been provided, but are  less likely to be of assistance to clubs are listed:

Fact sheet - supporting the flow of credit

Fact sheet - assistance for severely affected regions and sectors

Fact sheet - providing temporary relief for financially distressed businesses 

Fact sheet - providing support for retiree to manage market volatility 

Fact sheet - early access to super