COVID-19 Local Government Support Measures

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In addition to the plethora of Federal and State Government relief packages, local governments across Queensland have announced various support measures to further soften the economic impact of COVID-19 and support local businesses and community organisations.    


We have detailed a number of initiatives announced to date which are relative to the industry and will continue to update the below as further information is released. 

Brisbane City Council

  • Until 30 September 2020, Brisbane City Council are:
  1. offering free standard pre-lodgement meetings.  NB: Council will only discuss 3 potential issues at these meetings and will not provide a formal meeting record afterwards.
  2. waiving DA lodgement fees for new Dwelling houses, extensions to existing Dwelling houses (that are no minor) and home-based businesses.
  • Between 1 October 2020 – 31 December 2020, Brisbane City Council will then offer a 50% discount on the abovementioned application fees.
  • Until 31 December 2020, Brisbane City Council are waiving DA lodgement fees for charitable and not-for-profit organisations except where they are seeking approval for “commercial development”.
  • For approvals due to expire by 1 June 2021, Brisbane City Council are offering a 50% discount on the extension application fee and automatically granting a 1 year extension.
  • Until 30 June 2021, Council are reducing the minimum value for bonding uncompleted works to $25,000.

Bundaberg Regional Council

As part of their 2020/2021 Budget, Bundaberg Regional Council are offering an extensive suite of support measures to stimulate the local economy including:

  • Free pre-lodgement meetings
  • 50% – 100% discount on development fees and charges for not-for-profit organisations
  • Waiving application fees for extension applications
  • Providing a 100% discount on infrastructure charges (to a maximum of $1 million) for material change of use developments in the Bundaberg CBD and town centres of Bargara, Childers, Gin Gin, Woodgate, Moore Park and Burnett Heads (areas to be mapped); also uses defined as a “rural activity” in the Planning Scheme, including intensive horticulture, rural industries, aquaculture, winery and intensive animal industry uses
  • Providing permanent reductions to infrastructure charges for sectors including rural industries and nature-based tourism
  • Providing 50% discount on infrastructure charges (to a maximum of $1 million) for material change-of-use development for all other uses
  • Putting a moratorium on automatic increases to levied charges.

Gold Coast City Council

  • Waiving all roadside dining fees until 30 June 2021.

Ipswich City Council

  • Until 30 June 2021, Ipswich City Council are waiving all development application fees for carrying out renovations to heritage and character homes.  Specifically, they are waiving development application fees where Carrying out Building Work not associated with a Material Change of Use for the following:
    1. New and additions to Class 10 buildings and additions to an existing single residential dwelling in a Character Zone or at a Character Place
    2. Demolition/Removal/Relocation of a Heritage Place (Excluding the removal of post 1946 fabric from a Character/Heritage Place)
    3. Relocation of a pre-1946 building within an existing property where in a Character Zone or at a Character Place (excluding the removal of post 1946 fabric from a Character/Heritage Place).

Logan City Council

  • A 50% refund on all operational license fees paid since July 2019 and all new operational application fees will be waived until 31 August 2020.

Lockyer Valley Regional Council

  • A 25% discount on infrastructure charges will be applied to all material change of use approvals issued before 17 December 2020.

Mackay Regional Council

  • Providing a 50% reduction on all development application fees until 30 September 2020.
  • Waiving all footpath dining and trading fees until 30 June 2021.
  • Providing grants up to $5,000 to not-for-profit sporting and community groups who have been impacted by COVID-19.Applications close 10 July 2020.

Noosa Shire Council

Queensland Urban Utilities

  • While we note QUU is not a local government, they are offering until 25 September 2020, a one-time 50% reduction on ‘Extension of currency requests’ fees for Water Approvals due to expire in the next 12 months.

Southern Downs Regional Council

  • Offering a 50% reduction of development assessment fees for any new, extensions to existing, and operational works applications fees for 2020/21

Sunshine Coast Council

  • Offering to stage the payment of Council infrastructure charges for material change of use developments for up to 3 years (with the initial payment being deferred for 6 – 9 months).
  • Waiving fees, charges and permit fees for businesses doing it tough until 31 October 2020.


  • Reducing infrastructure charges by up to $250,000 for new projects where on ground construction has commenced by 31 December 2020, the development creates at least 4 new jobs in Townsville (upon completion) and meets all other eligibility requirements.

If you have any queries or need assistance applying for any of the above relief packages, please contact Mia at Hickey Oatley Planning & Development on 0401 349 601.

Mia Hickey

Author Mia Hickey

Mia is the Director and Principal Town Planner at Hickey Oatley Planning & Development. Mia is a passionate and driven professional, who has experience leading a wide variety of planning and development projects, establishing a key expertise in the facilitation of major development projects from inception through to delivery. With her many years’ experience, Mia has developed an in-depth knowledge of the Planning Act and the commercial realities which underpin a successful project. Mia maintains a focus to continuing professional development and is currently a participant in the Property Council of Australia’s 500 Women in Property initiative.

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