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 »


Brewery startups are hopping mad about falling through the cracks in the government’s $200 billion stimulus package

- April 9, 2020 3 MIN READ

While the Morrison government’s $130 billion JobKeeper package and a range of other measures to help businesses survive the coronavirus crisis have been widely welcomed, Australia’s nascent boutique brewery industry fears it’s been completely overlooked in the stimulus efforts. Parliament passed the massive wage subsidy plan on Wednesday, but the government resisted attempts to expand… Read more »


The $130 billion JobKeeper bonanza: who gets it, and how, and who misses out

- April 6, 2020 3 MIN READ

The A$130 billion $1,500-per-fortnight JobKeeper payment will benefit six million Australians for six months, with payments expected from May 1. Eligible businesses include not-for-profits and businesses with turnovers of less than $1 billion per year whose turnover is down 30%. Businesses with turnovers of more than $1 billion per year need to have lost 50%… Read more »


Working parents will get free childcare under the Morrison government’s latest coronavirus boost

- April 2, 2020 2 MIN READ

  Childcare will be free for parents working to keep society functioning through the coronavirus shutdown – as well as those who’ve taken their child out of care but want to keep the place – under new subsidies announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Around one million families in 13,000 childcare and early learning centres… Read more »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


NO MORE HOUSE AUCTIONS: Australia’s shutdown continues as government adds new bans and limits on public gatherings

- March 25, 2020 6 MIN READ

NEW LAWS FROM MIDNIGHT, MARCH 25 BANNED International travel (except for essential workers) Real estate auctions, open houses, and other auctions Food courts in shopping centres, except for takeaways (shopping centres remain open) Wellness and yoga centres, barre and spin facilities Indoor and outdoor play centres, youth centres and swimming pools Social sporting activities Spas,… Read more »


Churches, restaurants, gyms, cinemas, pubs, clubs and casinos close under tough new social distancing laws

- March 22, 2020 3 MIN READ

Pubs, gyms, restaurants, clubs, casinos and even churches will be forced to close from midday on March 23 under increased social distancing rules being implemented by the federal government. Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the national closure of a range of indoor venues following a meeting with state and territory leaders on Sunday evening. Earlier… Read more »