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MYOB says small business needs to step up on cybersecurity as people work from home

- March 31, 2020 2 MIN READ

Another threat SMEs need to deal with while focusing on the impact coronavirus is cybersecurity, especially as people work from home Tech and accountancy business MYOB says cybersecurity is a key risk smaller businesses often don’t pay attention to. MYOB Head of Product, SME, Dale Dixon says companies and their staff need clear guidelines on… Read more »

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The startup sector reacts to the Australian government’s $130bn jobs and business ‘hibernation’ strategy

- March 31, 2020 4 MIN READ

Australia’s startup sector has reacted favourably to the Morrison government’s $130 billion economic stimulus package, announced on Monday. The government will pay a $750 a week wage subsidy to businesses who retain workers over the next six months. The program also applies to sole traders. “We will pay employers to keep paying their employees, and… Read more »

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Australia’s massive $130bn stimulus package will pay businesses $750 a week for each worker they keep in a job

- March 30, 2020 3 MIN READ

  Workers will receive $1500-per-fortnight ‘JobKeeper’ wage subsidy for the next 6 months It applies to businesses losing a minimum 30% of income (50% for revenue over $1bn) The ATO will manage the scheme through Single Touch Payroll The flat rate payment applies to people employed at March 1 (provided they are reinstated if subsequently… Read more »

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Banks are upping their support for business to prevent commercial property evictions during the COVID-19 downturn

- March 30, 2020 3 MIN READ

Australian banks are expanding their program of six-month loan deferrals to larger companies, offering relief on up to $250 billion in business borrowing. The major banks are backing the Australian Banking Association’s (ABA) extended Business Support Package to 98% of all businesses with a loan from an Australian bank, increasing the existing $3 million small… Read more »

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Stimulus 3 will pay each business $3000 a month per worker to keep them in a job

- March 30, 2020 3 MIN READ

  Workers will receive $1500-per-fortnight ‘JobKeeper’ wage subsidy for the next 6 months It applies to businesses losing a minimum 30% of income (50% for revenue over $1bn) The ATO will manage the scheme through Single Touch Payroll The flat rate payment applies to people employed at March 1 (provided they are reinstated if subsequently… Read more »

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TWO IS ENOUGH: Australia ramps up isolation limits, with two-person rule in public, and stops rental evictions

- March 29, 2020 2 MIN READ

  Public gatherings will be limited to two people under new rules to deal with coronavirus in Australia, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said. The new rules means previously allowed outdoor personal training sessions are cut to one-on-one, and skate parks and playgrounds will close from Monday. “In addition, public areas – public playgrounds, outside gyms… Read more »

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A new Australian coronavirus app now has the latest information and advice for everyone

- March 29, 2020 < 1 MIN READ

The Morrison Government has launched Coronavirus Australia, a new app for official COVID-19 information, as well as a Whatsapp feature, partnering with Facebook and Atlassian to produce it. Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the launch of the app during a $1.1 billion commitment to additional telehealth, mental health, domestic violence and emergency relief services on… Read more »

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Atlassian joins coronavirus fight as $1.1 billion goes to mental health, domestic violence and emergency food

- March 29, 2020 4 MIN READ

$669m is for telehealth – online consultations with GPs and other health services $74m is for mental health amid concerns about the impact of self-isolation $150m is for domestic and family violence support following a 75% spike in online searches A new government app offers advice, the latest news and other support $200 is for… Read more »

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Australia quarantines citizens returning from overseas in hotels, sends in troops and prepares to ‘hibernate’ small business

- March 27, 2020 4 MIN READ

People arriving in Australia from midnight March 30 will be forced to quarantine in designated hotels in the capital cities The Army will be sent to assist local police in ensuring quarantine measures are observed More economic stimulus is coming, including plans to ‘hibernate’ businesses to emerge from the shutdown State and territory leaders are… Read more »

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ECONOMIC HIBERNATION: Morrison government looks at 6-month mortgage repayments holiday, rent, utilities and small business relief

- March 27, 2020 2 MIN READ

The Australian government is considering putting businesses into an economic ‘hibernation’ to ensure that they aren’t left with debts and are able to resume ‘business as usual’ as soon as the coronavirus crisis is over. Finance Minister Mathias Cormann told the ABC the government was looking for a “fair and equitable” way to share the… Read more »

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Pharmacy tech startup MedAdvisor is launching home delivery – and its shares are soaring

- March 26, 2020 2 MIN READ

 ASX-listed MedAdvisor has fast-tracked plans to launch an “Uber” for pharmacy delivery services as part of the company’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.  MedAdvisor (ASX: MDR) shares have soared more than 25% today on the news to close at 42 cents, with the company’s CEO, Robert Read, saying they’d skip a pilot phase and go… Read more »

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Two charts from an education startup that show the dramatic shift to online learning for schools

- March 26, 2020 3 MIN READ

  The parents of Australian children have ignored the pleadings of Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Chief Medical Officer and increasingly withdrew their children from school over the past week. Even before the Victorian government announced it would end its first term early and the NSW Premier urged parents to keep their kids at home… Read more »