Latest advice

The latest coronavirus news, updates and advice from government agencies across Australia is available at www.australia.gov.au.

 

Business support guide

We have created a useful guide that pulls together information on COVID-19 related policies, stimulus packages, measures and assistance. You can find the resource here (updated 1 May 2020).

 

Roadmap to recovery

National Cabinet has released a three-step roadmap to re-open the economy.

This is an important milestone in our journey to recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the three stages will give the community and business confidence while also respecting the important advice from our health professionals.

You can see the three-step plan here and a more detailed framework for different sectors of the economy, available here.

Easing of restrictions will be guided by state and territory leaders to suit their local circumstances with the goal to move through all the steps and achieve a COVIDSafe economy by July.

 

 

JobKeeper payment

JobKeeper has been extended in a modified form until March 2021, at an estimated cost of around $16 billion.

Treasury estimates 1.4 million workers will continue to be supported by JobKeeper in the December quarter 2020, and 1 million workers will continue to be supported in March 2021.

Businesses must retest their eligibility for the December and March quarter payments (with the same turnover test: 30% drop for companies under $1 billion; 50% drop for over $1 billion).

To be eligible for the December quarter 2020, companies must demonstrate they met the eligibility test in the June and September quarters.

  • To be eligible for the March quarter 2021, companies must demonstrate they met the eligibility tests in the June, September and December quarters.

For the December quarter 2020, there will be two tiers of payment for eligible employees:

  • $1,200 for employees working more than an average 20 hours a week in February 2020.
  • $750 for employees working less than an average 20 hours a week in February 2020.
  • People on the lower payment may also be eligible for JobSeeker.

For the March quarter 2021, there will be two tiers of payment for eligible employees:

  • $1,000 for employees working more than an average 20 hours a week in February 2020.
  • $650 for employees working less than an average 20 hours a week in February 2020.

There were around 960,000 businesses on JobKeeper, employing around 3.5 million people at the end of June. It is supporting around 30 per cent of the pre-COVID workforce.

The current JobKeeper program is running to the end of September 2020. It provides $1,500 per fortnight for eligible employees in eligible businesses where turnover has fallen by more than 30% or 50%. Once business eligibility has been determined, businesses remain eligible until the end of September 2020.

Businesses can find further information from the ATO here.

Fact sheets with additional information can also be found here.

 

Useful government and health resources

Australia.gov.au

The Australian Government has established a dedicated website to COVID-19 which is being regularly updated with the latest news, updates and advice from government agencies across Australia. To view the website click here.

The Australian Government Department of Health

For the latest information and advice about coronavirus including daily case and situation updates, click here

Alternatively, if you are concerned, you can call the National Coronavirus Helpline which operated 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 1800 020 080.

COVIDSafe app

The app is part of the Health Department's work to slow the spread of the virus. The more Australians connect to the COVIDSafe app, the quicker the virus can be traced and the chances it will be passed on to other is reduced. For more information click here.

Fair Work Ombudsman

The Fair Work Ombudsman has set up a hotline on the coronavirus at 13 13 94. Please select the prompt for the coronavirus hotline.

The Ombudsman has also updated information on their website on specific workplace-related issues including employer obligations. Click here to visit the website

SafeWork Australia

For information about health and safety in the workplace, including legal obligations of employers and employees, click here.

SafeWork Australia has also developed 10 principles for industry and other resources to help businesses with their COVIDSafe return to work plans.

SafeWork Australia has developed a business resource kit includes a range of resources for business to download and display in their workplaces, including checklists, infographics, fact sheets for industry and posters on handwashing, hygiene and physical distancing. It also includes a useful infographic for employers when dealing with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the workplace.

Business support for employers

The Australian Government has announced measures to support businesses impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19). If you're an employer, learn what your business can get and where to go for help by clicking here.

State and Territory Government information

For local coronavirus response activities and advice:

Australia Capital Territory

Queensland

New South Wales

Northern Territory

South Australia

Tasmania

Victoria

Western Australia

Comcare

Visit Comcare for Australian Government employees and for employees of organisations which self-insure under the scheme.

Department of Home Affairs

For the latest information on travel restrictions and visas, click here.

Cyber security essentials

The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) has listed consideration incorporating proactive strategies for workplaces to take to ensure sound cyber security practices. For more information click here.