When times change, it is important to stay informed. Here is the latest from our PM and his JobMaking Plan.
We are now starting to see progress as we move into the three-stage approach to a COVID-Safe Economy.
C4EM are still working hard to keep you informed and help you access support in the most streamlined way possible.
This is a list of business-related information from reliable sources from a Federal, State (NSW & Vic) and local level further to the announcement by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on 30 March 2020, considered Stage 3 of restrictions.
This information is current as at Tuesday 28 May 2020 at 2pm.
For business owners and NFP’s: The Job Keeper Payment is a subsidy which will keep more Australians in jobs through the course of the coronavirus outbreak, and is well underway.
- The payment will be paid to employers, for up to six months, for each eligible employee that was on their books on 1 March 2020 and is retained or continues to be engaged by that employer.
- Employers will receive a payment of $1,500 per fortnight per eligible employee. Every eligible employee must receive at least $1,500 per fortnight from this business, before tax.
- Self-employed individuals are also eligible to receive the JobKeeper Payment.
- Read the Fact Sheet and register your interest online via ato.gov.au
- Enrolment for April and May closes on 31 May 2020, see other JobKeeper key dates
- Need a planning tool to help your businesses reopen and be COVIDSafe? Visit here
- Safe Work Australia has a resource kit with great tools that are designed to suit specific industries. Visit here:
- The JobSeeker Payment is available to those people that are not eligible for Job Keeper via their employer.
- Working from home? Here is the info you will need to claim via the ATO
- Need access to your Super? Read more here
- Trying to work out how your government payments will be taxed? Read more here:
- Commercial: The Government has announced a range of measures to help commercial tenancies Read more here: This should be read in conjunction with state laws in NSW and Victoria
- Private: The Federal Government has announced information to support people in NSW and Victoria.
- Eligible commercial landlords can apply for a land tax concession. Read more here for Victoria or NSW
Other things to note:
- Restrictions on activity still apply. You should read this in conjunction with state regulations about how this takes effect in NSW and Victoria.
- While restrictions continue to ease, people should still continue to work from home where this is practical. Mr. Andrews says at least until the end of June
- business.gov.au can provide general information via their contact Centre. Phone: 13 28 46 from 7 am to 9 pm daily.
- Services Australia (Centrelink) can be contacted via one of their self-service options, or you can phone them on 13 24 68, but expect long wait times. Do not attend the local office.
- The ATO can help with hardship arrangements or deferral of payments. You can phone them on Ph: 1800 806 218, read more or email them.
- Note: ATO does not apply relief automatically, so get in contact with them and your accountant to better understand how it all works.
- Read the ‘FAQ’ section for specific information about individuals and business.
- Fair Work Australia is now providing updates on employee/employer rights here including flexible work, using leave, standing down employees and ending employment.
- Information for Job Service Providers
- Are you a manufacturer? The AMGC has a new matching platform for Business to business connection now available on COVID-19 Manufacturer Response Register that allows the industry to connect directly with suppliers and customers.
- Work in the arts & need support? The Australia Council has info and support here
- Need information about Visas? Visit here:
NSW Government Information and Support:
- General information from the NSW Government
- Confused about who can stay open, closed or restricted? Here is a list:
- Support for small business. You can call the NSW Business Concierge 24/7 on 13 77 88 for personalised advice on financial and business support.
- The NSW Small Business Commissioner has some very handy information on things like your employer obligations, and advice for financial hardship
- Border Closures exist elsewhere, but not in Echuca Moama. Have other Cross-Border issues? Phone: 02 6926 8620 or Email to find more info.
- This is the latest update from the Victorian Premier-Stage 3 is now in place.
- Business Victoria can help with financial support and advice.
- The Business Support Fund is now open, but closing very soon. Ring them on Ph: 13 22 15 or click through to register.
- The Victorian Government Job matching service is now open: Register here
- This is a one-stop-shop of info from the Victorian Government (DHHS) There are useful downloadable resources for your workplace in various languages for your workplace.
- The Victorian Hospitality guidelines have just been released here
- Murray River Council has a Rates Hardship Policy and Form that may help you down the track, or read their latest update here:
- Campaspe Shire Council update on COVID-19 can be found here. They have just released a new online form for Rate Hardship here:
Other resources that will help:
Need to ask for payment extensions?
A big range of letter templates are here:
Need Help with from your bank?
Australian banks will now defer loan repayments for 98% of all businesses affected by COVID-19 for six months.
Visit here for a comprehensive list of contact details and current information that will help, including support for commercial landlords.
This Fact Sheet from the Australian Banking Association can help start the conversation and options you might consider to ‘take the pressure off’ with your bank.
Victoria Chamber of Commerce:
They have a very useful guide about a range of things like making sure your staff are safe when working from home, and a handy COVID-19 Employer Guide.
Free landline calls for pensioners, free data to home and small business customers, and no late fees. Register via the Telstra 24/7 App. It is quick and easy. Read more here:
Keeping up to date, and taking action:
- Read or watch the ABC live update here. Do not rely on social media as a primary source of information. When in doubt, always refer to the primary government source. If in doubt, ring us and we can help find the right info.
- The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman have some handy videos you can watch such as explaining how the Job Keeper support works.
- Having dramas with your landlord or anything else? Contact them here
and in closing…..
A BIG note of gratitude to the wonderful staff and board of Echuca Regional Health. We are in good hands!
A MASSIVE high five to Moama Bowling Club for stepping up during very trying circumstances of their own.
Please stay in contact with us. Tell us you are going. We will keep sending out these updates as fresh information comes to hand.
Email me here or sometimes a yarn will help too: 0409 804 415
Nina O’Brien on behalf of the C4EM Board
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