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Client Stories - COVID-19 Jobs Support Loans

QRIDA is administering the Queensland Government's $1 billion COVID-19 Jobs Support Loan Scheme, which is assisting Queensland businesses to retain employees and maintain their operations.

Read the stories below to see how the scheme has helped businesses across Queensland.

More information about these loans is available on the COVID-19 Jobs Support Loan page.

COVID-19 Jobs Support Loans

  • A 40-year old indoor plant wholesale nursery business, Queensland Indoor Foliage, is able to continue providing homemakers with leafy, fashionable additions to their houses while maintaining regional employment with a COVID-19 Jobs Support Loan.
  • A commitment to 80 staff and the local community was at the forefront of Maryborough RSL President Paul Coleman’s mind during COVID-19. The country club’s usually loyal patrons were without a local destination during restrictions but a COVID-19 Jobs Support Loan meant the RSL was ready to re-open and return to its former glory.
  • Winter is peak tourism season for outback Queensland but this year COVID-19 has forced these bustling rural and remote communities and tourism businesses, like Outback Aussie Tours, into dormancy due to restrictions.
  • More than 40 staff are continuing to produce more than 60,000 curtains a year as Logan manufacturing business Vadain maintains operations with a COVID-19 Jobs Support Loan.
  • Hundreds of young construction, automotive and engineering apprentices have been able to stay on-track with their training as a COVID-19 Jobs Support Loan helps Apprenticeships Queensland doors stay open.
  • Gladstone swim school, Above and Beyond Swim School, is ready to jump back in the pool when doors re-open as COVID-19 restrictions ease with a COVID-19 Jobs Support Loan.
  • The family behind an iconic Queensland winery and among the leaders in the industry for more than 50 years, Ballandean Estate Wines, are determined to continue their legacy despite drought, bush fire and COVID-19.
  • A father and his three sons alongside the 17 employees who rely on them have been able to continue a family business’, Rod's Kitchens, 41-year legacy with a COVID-19 Jobs Support Loan.
  • Mackay multi-skilled licensed trade company Jayden Enterprises is well-placed to hire more regional tradies and apprentices as a COVID-19 Jobs Support Loan allows owner Dirk Neugebauer to secure the business’ future.
  • The Great Barrier Reef off the idyllic coast of Port Douglas is ready and waiting, along with the tourism operators that call it home, including Sailaway, for tens of thousands of international tourists to return when COVID-19 travel restrictions are lifted.

Training business able to continue supporting regional workers with COVID-19 Jobs Support Loan

  • Thousands of regional Queensland jobs seekers and workers will continue to be supported in re-training and up-skilling as Townsville business Advanced Industry Training can maintain their commitment to staff and the community with a COVID-19 Jobs Support Loan.
  • A ‘family’ of more than 60 regional workers have been able to continue in their vital employment as South Burnett business Pursers Coaches prepares for the future after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

Watchmaker will stand the test of time after COVID-19

  • A Brisbane watchmaker which has specialised in designing and assembling timepieces to suite Queensland’s harsh conditions for close to 50 years has faced their most significant challenge to date.

Iconic Brisbane hotel ready to welcome patrons back with COVID-19 Loan

  • What is typically a bustling and vibrant inner-Brisbane hotel, iconic in the city’s gay community, Sporties is ready to welcome its loyal patrons return to their ‘safe place’ when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted with a COVID-19 Jobs Support Loan.

Gold Coast coffee destination brewing again with COVID-19 Jobs Support Loan

  • The Coffee Club at Stockland Burleigh is ready to welcome loyal patrons and staff back for a cuppa when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted with a COVID-19 Jobs Support Loan.

Sunshine Coast pub owners ready for re-opening drinks with COVID-19 Jobs Support Loan

  • A Sunshine Coast community ‘busting’ to get back to their only pub in town will be able to re-join their pals at the bar as a COVID-19 Jobs Support Loan supports the Landsborough Pub owners to re-open.

Central Queensland distillery still brewing on with COVID-19 Jobs Support Loan

  • Local boutique distilled gin, rum and vodka will be back on the menu at Central Queensland Pubs and Clubs when COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed, as Saleyards Distillery in Rockhampton prepares for the future.
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COVID-19 Loan helping travel agents to remain open during restrictions

  • See how Debbie Rains has been able to support 35 staff across her six Travel Associates stores in Townsville, Mackay and Rockhampton with a COVID-19 Jobs Support Loan.
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Queensland's oldest pub ready for first drinks after COVID-19 restrictions lifted

  • Read how the operators of Queensland's oldest pub, Steve and Debbie Burns, have been able to use funds from a COVID-19 Jobs Support Loans to ensure the historic watering hole is ready for business when restrictions are lifted.
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Support for Queensland agricultural jobs during COVID-19

  • Andy and Judy Veal have been able to secure vital regional jobs on their South Burnett avocado farm thanks to a COVID-19 Jobs Support Loan.
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Crab meat business diversifying into supermarket delicacies with COVID-19 Loan support

  • Mooloolaba business, Aussie Red Crab, has been able to move into new markets and maintain their business into the future with the help of a COVID-19 Jobs Support Loan.
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COVID-19 Loans helping keep vital jobs in outback Queensland

  • Mt Isa Coaches have been able to continue supporting 10 local employees and maintain business operations with the help of a COVID-19 Jobs Support Loan.
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COVID-19 Loan helping to remote charity plan for the future

  • Read how Cloncurry's Red Door Community Services have used a COVID-19 Jobs Support Loan to continue supporting their 15 staff.
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North Queensland business confidence and staff maintained during COVID-19

  • Learn how Red Rooster Ayr have benefited from a COVID-19 Jobs Support Loan to maintain their staff and operations.
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COVID-19 Loan supporting regional Qld RSL Clubs on ANZAC day and in the future

  • Longreach RSL can continue to employ and pay its staff during the COVID-19 crisis with the help of a COVID-19 Jobs Support Loan.
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Regional communities, jobs supported by COVID-19 Jobs Support Loan

  • Goondiwindi civil engineering firm, Proterra Group, has been able to support more than 40 regional workers as well as their wider community through the help of COVID-19 Jobs Support Loans.
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100-year commitment to regional town kept with COVID-19 Jobs Support Loan

  • See how small business owners from Charters Towers, Tony and Rosie Titley, have been able to retain their staff and continue supporting their community despite the impact of COVID-19 on their business.
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COVID-19 Jobs Support Loan helping Brisbane business dependent on social gatherings

  • Read how the COVID-19 Jobs Support Loans have assisted Brisbane's iconic Clear Mountain Lodge maintain its staff and operations amidst the COVID-19 crisis.
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Brisbane business keeping state connected, supporting staff during COVID-19

  • See how Brisbane based business, Connectel, have been able to support their staff during the COVID-19 crisis.
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Brisbane business stitching plans for the future with COVID-19 Loans

  • Learn how fashion business, Orientique Australia, has been able to support their 16 staff and also make plans for the future with COVID-19 Jobs Support Loans.

Agricultural supply chain specialist company focusing on future after COVID-19

  • A Brisbane consulting services company specialising in helping agricultural supply chains to find new markets and value add their food products is already investing in projects post COVID-19 with a COVID-19 Jobs Support Loan.

COVID-19 Jobs Support Loan allows North Queensland marine specialists to maintain commitment to industry

  • A Cairns business specialising in marine life collection for display in aquaria will be able to continue operating as the nation’s largest and most prominent of its kind with a COVID-19 Jobs Support Loan.

Last updated
24 July 2020