On 22 April, 2020 the Queensland Government passed the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act 2020 (“the Act”).
The Act provides a wide range of powers for the Queensland Government to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and its disruptions to public administration, judicial processes and small business.
The areas of the Act concerning small business deal with the implementation of the National Cabinet Mandatory Code of Conduct – SME Commercial Leasing Principles During COVID-19 (“the Code”).
In this regard, the Act provides for the following in Parts 6 and 7:
The Act provides the mechanism for the implementation of the Code, but does not implement the principles themselves contained with the Code.
The Queensland Government has previously indicated that it will consult with industry and stakeholders on the actual implementation of the principles in the Code.
This was repeated by the Queensland Government on the reading of the legislation in Parliament.
The consultation by Queensland Government with industry and stakeholders will likely be conducted through the office of the newly-created Small Business Commissioner.
You can see my previous blog about the Code at:
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