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The latest updates on COVID-19 State restrictions

State governments are continuing to release their next stage plans to aid in the economic recovery and ensure safe work practices. Here is an updated summary of plans announced from around Australia.

Important information for retailers on face coverings 

As COVID-19 infections rates continue to cause significant challenges in Victoria, and with new rules around face coverings in Melbourne and Mitchell shire to be extended to the rest of the state of Victoria from Sunday 2 August at 11:59pm,WorkSafe Victoria has updated its COVID-19 Regulations...

Face coverings mandatory in metro Melbourne and Mitchell Shire

Due to ongoing concern about COVID-19 outbreaks, the Premier of Victoria, the Hon Daniel Andrews MP has announced that face coverings will be mandatory in metro Melbourne and Mitchell Shire for everyone aged 12 years and older from 11:59pm on Wednesday, 22 July.

WA small businesses to receive $17,500 grant to assist during COVID-19

The McGowan Government is delivering a one-off COVID-19 support cheques for small to medium businesses. Around 7,400 Western Australian businesses are set to benefit from the more than $2.3 billion in COVID-19 support and relief measures.

Face masks recommended to help fight coronavirus in Victoria

The Victorian Government is recommending face masks are worn within metro Melbourne and Mitchell Shire to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

ATO Tax Office toolkit helps small businesses tick tax time off their to-do list

Tax Office toolkit helps small businesses tick tax time off their to-do list.The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has released a tax time toolkit designed to help small businesses and their tax advisers.

Training workers to keep Victorians safe

Workers across the state will receive free accredited training to help them manage the ongoing risk of coronavirus infection in their workplace and keep the state open for business.

Instant asset write-off extension for small businesses

The Morrison Government continues to back small business with the announcement that it will extend the $150,000 instant asset write-off for six months to 31 December 2020.

Monthly reporting for JobKeeper payments

Businesses that have enrolled for the JobKeeper Payment and identified their eligible employees will need to make a business monthly declaration to the ATO.

nbn COVID-19 small and medium business package update

To help Australians respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, nbn is providing up to $50 million to assist phone and internet providers to support small and medium businesses.

Victoria announces further easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews announces a further easing on restrictions from 11:59 pm on 31 May, which will allow beauty and personal care services like nail salons, spas, tattoo parlours to reopen with up to 20 customers per space – with customer contact details required to be kept.

Infection control training for reopening businesses

The Morrison Government and all State and Territory governments have agreed to jointly invest in a new $80 million infection control training fund. 

ATO COVID-19 scams and JobKeeper payment updates

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is aware of a significant increase in Australians being targeted with COVID-19 scams, fraud attempts and deceptive email and SMS schemes.

Free COVID-19 webinars for small businesses

Small businesses facing challenges amid COVID-19 can receive free advice on support options available from the NSW Government through a series of new webinars.

SDA shopping centre 10-point health and safety plan

As governments start to lift their COVID-19 lockdowns, retail workers in clothing, department and other stores are readying themselves to return to work as long as it is safe to do so.

Australia's roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions

Following the Prime Minister and National Cabinet's recent roadmap to a COVIDSafe Australia, states and territories have announced their plans for easing restrictions, as the economy prepares to move from crisis to recovery

Australian banks step up to support customers and the economy

More than half a million Australians have one less thing to worry about, with banks providing a six-month loan deferral on an estimated $6.8 billion of business, mortgage and other loan repayments due to the impact of COVID-19.

New toolkit to help businesses get back to work safely

As the Australian economy gradually reopens, a new online toolkit has been launched to provide detailed guidance for businesses and workers on how to stay safe from COVID-19.

nbn announces $150 million COVID-19 relief and assistance package

NBN Co announces it will establish a $150 million financial relief and assistance fund to help internet providers to support their residential and small and medium business customers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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