News & Analysis

The ‘roadmap’ to lifting lockdown restrictions in Melbourne and regional Victoria by December

- September 6, 2020 < 1 MIN READ

Victorian Premier Dan Andrews and Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton on Sunday announced steps to slowly ease COVID-19 restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. There are four steps before Victoria totally opens up – a goal Andrews refers to as “COVID-normal”. Melburnians will have to wait a bit longer than regional Victorians before an… Read more »

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Victoria declares state of disaster as Melbourne goes into stage 4 lockdown with an 8pm curfew

- August 2, 2020 5 MIN READ

  Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced that metropolitan Melbourne will move to “stage 4” restrictions from 6pm Sunday, as new cases of COVID-19 continue to rise. The state recorded another 671 cases and 7 deaths on Sunday. Andrews has declared a state of disaster from 6pm on Sunday, imposing a nightly curfew on Melbourne… Read more »

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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 »

Opinion

COVIDSafe is a dud: it’s time Australia joined the international effort on contact tracing

- July 3, 2020 3 MIN READ

Australia has ruled out abandoning the government’s COVIDSafe contact tracing app in favour of the rival “Gapple” model developed by Google and Apple, which is gaining widespread support around the world. Deputy Chief Medical Officer Nick Coatsworth told The Project the COVIDSafe app was “a great platform”. When it comes down to it, is the… Read more »

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BrightSpots: How Zoho put values above revenue to deal with covid-19

- June 30, 2020 2 MIN READ

COVID-19  will continue to present extraordinary challenges to Australian businesses and startups – even this week as Victoria braces for its second lockdown as it contends with another virus outbreak. When it comes to this pandemic, nobody was entirely prepared, but there are some businesses – with deep pockets, vast expertise and contingency plans –… Read more »

Insights

Founders and execs share what they’ve learnt about running startups in the time of coronavirus

- June 12, 2020 6 MIN READ

As many businesses continue to struggle to navigate their way through the pandemic, we spoke with nine Australian startup leaders to understand what they’ve learned from the COVID-19 catastrophe and how they believe businesses can keep their heads above water in future crises. Here’s their advice   Ben Thompson CEO and co-founder, Employment Hero Taking… Read more »

Opinion

When 70% of Australians said they’d download the CovidSafe app, why did only 44% of them do it?

- May 20, 2020 4 MIN READ

In late March, we posed a hypothetical scenario to a sample of Australians, asking if they would download a contact tracing app released by the federal government; 70% responded in favour. But a more recent survey, following the release of COVIDSafe, revealed only 44% of respondents had downloaded it. The Australian government’s COVIDSafe app aims… Read more »

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BRIGHT SPOTS: Coronavirus has made financial advisors an essential service once again

- May 6, 2020 2 MIN READ

  As hundreds of thousands of Australians grapple with entering unemployment, many are turning to their accountants and financial advisors to figure out how to stay afloat, understand what benefits they can access, and how they can protect their assets. With record household debt, reduced incomes from wages and investments and the ability to access… Read more »

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Innovation Bay and KPMG are looking for startup founders to help track covid-19’s impact on the sector

- May 5, 2020 < 1 MIN READ

KPMG Australia and Innovation Bay are seeking startup founders and investors to take part in Startup Navigate, a research initiative aimed at identifying and tracking the issues Australia’s startup ecosystem through the coronavirus era.  The two organisations plan to conduct fortnightly surveys with startup founders and VCs from May to July 2020. To join the… Read more »

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Recruitment startup Weploy launched a free job app to help displaced workers find jobs

- May 1, 2020 2 MIN READ

Recruitment tech venture Weploy is the latest startup to step into the breach to help people who’ve lost their jobs find work during covid-19, launching a new platform called WeployConnect to help companies place laid-off workers in new roles and match workers with new employers. Vietnamese street food chain Roll’d joined WeployConnect as a launch… Read more »