Update: Latest 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 the country.

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.

JobKeeper payment extension to help business cashflow

The Australian Taxation Office is extending the time available for businesses to pay their employees, and still be able to claim back the first JobKeeper payments.

$14 million boost to continue to assist small businesses across NSW

Businesses across the state doing it tough during the COVID-19 pandemic are encouraged to register for the NSW Government’s small business advisory program.

Retailers granted authorisation to collectively negotiate with landlords

The ACCC has granted interim authorisation allowing retailers to collectively bargain with landlords about rent relief during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kellogg support food relief charities to help vulnerable communities effected by COVID-19

In an effort to help combat increasing food insecurity through the COVID-19 crisis, Kelloggs Australia and New Zealand has announced that it will extend its support of Australia’s two largest food relief charities, OzHarvest and FoodBank -committing to increase food donations by 1 tonne per...

New website helps people find local businesses still operating during COVID-19

New website STILL OPEN FOR BUSINESS has launched, allowing Australian’s to search a database of local businesses across the country who are still in operation during the COVID-19 crisis.

Beyond Blue welcomes funding for new COVID-19 support service

Beyond Blue welcomes the Australian Government’s $1.1 billion immediate investment in more telehealth, mental health and family supports for those affected by the Coronavirus outbreak.

Woolworths plans for a safe and happy Easter for customers and team

From Monday Woolworths’ Pick Up service will be switched back on for its Priority Assistance customers in more than 100 Pick up Drive thru stores and 600 in-store service desk locations.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and nbn: working from home tips and FAQs

NBN Co is responding to a shift in Australia’s internet usage patterns that will occur as more people choose to work, study, shop and stream more content at home as the nation responds to the impact of COVID-19 (the Coronavirus). During this period, digital connectivity will also be a primary...

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