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JobKeeper and JobSeeker stay until March 2021 – but in a reduced two-tier scheme

- July 21, 2020 3 MIN READ

The Australian government’s lifeline to small businesses and the unemployed – JobKeeper and JobSeeker payments – will be extended past their original September cut-off date to continue to provide support during the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Prime minister Scott Morrison announced today that the wage subsidy program and unemployment benefit schemes would extend for a further… Read more »

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Hackers are targeting Australia: Scott Morrison flags ‘state-based’ attacks – and it all points to China

- June 19, 2020 2 MIN READ

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australian organisations are currently being targeted by “a sophisticated state-based cyber actor” in a media conference that appears to escalate the ongoing war of words with China. “This activity is targeting Australian organisations across a range of sectors, including all levels of government, industry, political organisations, education, health, essential service providers… Read more »

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Coronavirus update: VA slides into VA, NSW heads back to school, ABS reveals under 20s hit hardest in jobs plunge

- April 21, 2020 4 MIN READ

Virgin Australia has gone into involuntary administration with the airline expected to shed 1000s of jobs unless they can find private funding to assist, after the government refused to step in with a $1.4 billion bailout. Virgin Atlantic founder Richard Branson said the airline will need government support to keep going and suggested the collapse… Read more »

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The 3 things Scott Morrison wants to see before he’ll begin lifting shutdown restrictions in mid-May

- April 17, 2020 3 MIN READ

Prime minister Scott Morrison says it will be at least a month before governments will look at lifting current shutdown restrictions, but Australia has made real progress in the past month on getting the virus under control and getting economic support in place. “Our attention as a national cabinet is now turning to the road… Read more »

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Coronavirus update: unemployment to rise above 10%, testing expanded, the curve flattens but restrictions continue

- April 14, 2020 3 MIN READ

Australia is set to hit double-digit unemployment rates for the first time in 26 years. The Treasury reports the partial economic shutdown has put more than 700,000 Australians out of work with estimates the figure will rise to one million before the end of the June quarter. As a result, the nation’s unemployment rate is expected… Read more »

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This stimulus package website has everything you need to know about government help for small business

- April 12, 2020 < 1 MIN READ

Having trouble wrapping your head around what you’re entitled to from the coronavirus stimulus package – this new website could help. The site, has been launched by a Central Coast entrepreneur who was having difficulties navigating the support schemes set up by the federal and state government to help small businesses affected by the… Read more »

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JobKeeper won’t suit every business, but if it’s eligible here’s how it works

- April 11, 2020 3 MIN READ

“While it is a great initiative that is going to help thousands of employers keep staff on their books and potentially save their business, there is still the application process to go through first. Employers shouldn’t rush out and start spending money until they have gotten confirmation that they are eligible,” said Employsure Managing Director… Read more »

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Queensland tips $4 billion into health and economic stimulus

- March 24, 2020 3 MIN READ

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced a $4 billion economic stimulus package as the state prepares to close its borders to non-residents from midnight Wednesday. Queensland reported a further 78 cases of COVID-19 today, the majority in the state’s south-east corner. Included in the Premier’s stimulus package is $1.2 billion to ramp up the state’s… Read more »


Coronavirus shutdowns: what are your employer obligations?

- March 24, 2020 2 MIN READ

The shutdowns of non-essential services across parts of Australia may trigger conditions in the Fair Work Act that will allow employers to stand staff down without pay, according to Employsure, Australia’s leading workplace relations company. According to Ed Mallett, managing director of leading employer advice service Employsure, in a Government imposed closure of a workplace,… Read more »

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FORTRESS AUSTRALIA: PM shuts the border to foreigners

- March 19, 2020 2 MIN READ

Australia has introduced tough new border controls in an effort to curb the transmission of COVID-19. All foreign nationals will be banned from entering the country from from 9pm (AEST) on Friday March 20. The ban applies to all non-citizens and non-residents. Australians returning from overseas – Qantas and Virgin Australia cease international flights at… Read more »