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Employsure is helping startups apply for the government’s $130 billion JobKeeper support program

- April 21, 2020 2 MIN READ

Workplace relations company Employsure has launched a new support service, JobKeeper Help, for small and medium-sized businesses to help them apply and administer the federal government’s JobKeeper payments. The launch of the service coincides with the opening of applications with the Australian Taxation Office for the $130 billion stimulus package, which pays companies $750 a… 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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Getting paid has turned into a massive $776 billion problem for small business that’s getting worse due to covid-19

- April 20, 2020 4 MIN READ

The time taken to pay small businesses has blown out in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, leading to the SME sector to call for federal legislation to ensure they can manage their cash flow effectively. Research commissioned by financial services firm Scottish Pacific found businesses with an annual revenue of $1-10 million have been… Read more »

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The Australian government’s plan for a coronavirus contact tracing app will reveal who you hang out with

- April 16, 2020 4 MIN READ

The federal government has announced plans to introduce a contact tracing mobile app to help curb COVID-19’s spread in Australia. Read more: Explainer: what is contact tracing and how does it help limit the coronavirus spread? However, rather than collecting location data directly from mobile operators, the proposed TraceTogether app will use Bluetooth technology to… 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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FinTech Australia launched a LinkedIn talent marketplace to help displaced tech workers find new jobs

- April 14, 2020 < 1 MIN READ

FinTech Australia has launched a talent marketplace for Australian fintechs on LinkedIn, in a project backed by Tier One People. The marketplace, run through LinkedIn Groups, aims to connect candidates with prospective employers and help any talent displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic find new opportunities. Even before the project went live this week, leading Australian… Read more »

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Antler has $780,000 to invest in startups working on coronavirus solutions

- April 14, 2020 2 MIN READ

Startup accelerator and VC investor Antler is on the hunt for startups looking to tackle problems created by Covid-19, pledging to invest up to US$500,000 (AU$780,000) in up to five teams globally.  Antler, which has a Sydney program that launched last year, is looking for coronavirus-focused startups in the following areas: Mitigation (e.g. masks, contact… Read more »

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The NSW government is putting around $220 million into land tax relief on commercial properties

- April 14, 2020 2 MIN READ

Commercial tenants hit hard by COVID-19 will have more protection from eviction the NSW government says under a range of new measures in a $440 million land tax relief package announced on Sunday. The measures apply to commercial leases where coronavirus has caused a tenant is in financial distress, including shops, cafes, gyms, hairdressers, restaurants,… Read more »

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Datacom is on a massive hiring spree to help the Australian government respond to COVID-19

- April 8, 2020 2 MIN READ

Multinational professional services company Datacom will hire more than 2000 people as part of the ramp up for government support in response to coronavirus. The IT firm is looking to fill thousands of roles to work in purpose-built contact centres across Australiam for federal Government agencies providing frontline services as part of the economic support… Read more »

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How a high-end hi-fi startup began producing face shields for the coronavirus fight

- April 8, 2020 2 MIN READ

Two South Australian companies that have previously worked together to produce luxury speakers are collaborating to manufacture face shields to fill local shortages. Kyron Audio is world-renowned for producing extreme high-fidelity dipole loudspeaker systems for the luxury market and was due to exhibit its wares at Sydney’s 2020 Hi-Fi Show last weekend. But the cancellation… Read more »