Senator Stoker Secures JobKeeper Access for Over 1400 Pub Workers

Queensland Venue Company now has access to the JobKeeper payment for their staff thanks to Queensland LNP Senator Amanda Stoker and Federal Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg.

The company was not originally eligible for the payments due to a quirk in Queensland Liquor Licensing Laws and a Joint Venture between their parent company, Australian Venue Company (AVC), and Coles.

“The Federal Treasurer has today confirmed that an exemption has been granted to allow the hard working pub staff of AVC to access the JobKeeper payment despite the peculiar Queensland Liquor laws.  I’m delighted to see these workers are getting the support they need during this difficult time,” Senator Stoker said.

Senator Stoker has been working with AVC CEO Paul Waterson and Treasurer Frydenberg to obtain the necessary exemptions to allow AVC to access the payment while maintaining compliance with the QLD Liquor Laws.

“When pub workers told me that a quirk of Queensland law would mean over  1,400 pub workers across the state would be out of work and without access to JobKeeper, I went straight to the Treasurer – and he has been relentless in working with Paul and I to ensure these hard working Queenslanders get the hand they need.” 

AVC CEO Paul Waterson said: “We want to thank the Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg and Queensland Senator Amanda Stoker for taking an active interest in the resolution of this issue.”

AVC’s joint venture with Coles is required due to a peculiar Queensland Liquor licencing regulation that requires bottle shops to be associated with licenced venues. This joint venture meant that over 1,400 staff across 81 venues did not meet the 30% revenue decline required to qualify for JobKeeper, despite pub revenue being down almost 100%.

“Thanks to the commitment of Paul and his team and the urgency that the Treasurer placed on resolving the issue, we have hopefully ensured that QVC pubs and the jobs they support will be here for the Queensland community when restrictions are lifted.”

The employees’ access to JobKeeper will be backdated to the commencement of the program. 




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