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CORONAVIRUS LATEST: ‘Do Not Travel Abroad’ – Australia bans international travel, gatherings of more than 100 people

- March 18, 2020 6 MIN READ

Hello, it’s March 18. We’re publishing this daily update to keep the startup/tech community informed about the global coronavirus pandemic. Take a look at the image above. The red is where the government says you shouldn’t head. We’ve split our daily update into six sections: Response, Business, Global, Cancellations, Advice and, And also, to help… Read more »

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Australia’s leading tech companies pledge to #StopTheSpread

- March 17, 2020 4 MIN READ

The leaders of some of Australia’s biggest tech companies, including Canva, Atlassian, Livetiles, Safety Culture and Deputy, have released a manifesto on how business should respond to novel coronavirus as the world faces a potentially massive health and economic crisis. Inspired by the “Leading Boldly” campaign, which launched in the US on the weekend and… Read more »

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CORONAVIRUS LATEST: Here’s what you need to know on Monday

- March 16, 2020 7 MIN READ

    Hello and welcome to March 16. As Australia grapples with the growing global coronavirus pandemic, we’re publishing this new daily update to keep the startup/tech community informed. Kochie’s Business Builders editor Cec Busby is also helping with the coverage. We’ve split things into five sections: Advice, Business, Cancellations, Global, Response to help you… Read more »


The coronavirus plan you need to make now

- March 16, 2020 4 MIN READ

It’s looking increasingly likely that some childcare centres and schools will shut down over the next few weeks following incidents like this where staff tested positive for Coronavirus at Banksia Cottage at Macquarie University. Some workplaces have already enforced a ‘work from home’ policy for employees who have travelled overseas in the past month, and the next… Read more »

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CORONAVIRUS: Australia moves towards lockdown

- March 15, 2020 4 MIN READ

People arriving in Australia from overseas from midnight, March 15, must self-isolate for 14 days Prime Minister says if you go to work instead “you’re committing an offence” He promised to stop shaking hands, saying everyone should do the same The local cruise industry has been shut down for 30 days Schools will remain open… Read more »

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The Australian government advises people to avoid mass gatherings ‘from Monday’

- March 14, 2020 3 MIN READ

Prime minister Scott Morrison says the government will advise against mass gatherings of 500 or more people in an effort to stem the transmission of coronavirus, with the advice coming into effect from Monday. Morrison announced the policy following a meeting of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in Western Sydney on Friday. Earlier in… Read more »

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CABIN FEVER: How to prepare for the social and psychological impacts of a coronavirus lockdown

- March 13, 2020 4 MIN READ

As the COVID-19 outbreak intensifies, we’re seeing mass isolation in virus epicentres, with about 500 million people in China “under varying degrees of quarantine”, and all of Italy in lockdown. In Australia, self-isolation is being advised for those who have been in close contact with a confirmed coronavirus case, or have travelled from a country… Read more »

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How to work from home

- March 13, 2020 3 MIN READ

Working from home is already so common it has its own acronym, and it’s about to get even more common still. Companies like Apple, Amazon and Microsoft are now advising employees to “WFH” to avoid exposure to the novel coronavirus. But working from home can be a real challenge for employees who find themselves doing… Read more »

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Here’s what business needs to know about the government’s coronavirus stimulus package

- March 12, 2020 2 MIN READ

It’s the news small business owners have been waiting for. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has finally announced a $17.6 billion stimulus package in response to the economic uncertainty around the coronavirus. Businesses will be eligible for up to $25,000 and instant tax relief while members of the community on Centrelink benefits will get one-off cash payments.… Read more »


How to deal with coronavirus and your team if it hits your workplace

- March 12, 2020 4 MIN READ

Covid-19 is here, and it’s affecting our communities in different ways. Businesses throughout Asia have been experiencing significant challenges that are only now appearing in Australia, Europe and America. With events being canceled, staff shifting suddenly to remote work and normal operating procedures being disrupted, there are new challenges for companies to face. While the… Read more »


A coronavirus winter is coming for Australian startups

- March 11, 2020 6 MIN READ

In a briefing to portfolio companies, A-List venture capital investor Sequioa Capital calls COVID-19 a black swan event — something rare, of significant global impact, and difficult to predict except in retrospect. Uncertain times always come with new opportunities for those in a position to identify and exploit them, but most black swan events are bad news for… Read more »

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Zoho makes its remote working productivity suite free to help businesses tackle coronavirus

- March 10, 2020 2 MIN READ

With remote work options becoming likely for many businesses in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic, online business solution Zoho is offering small business owners access to its Remotely suite of programs for free until July 1. Remotely is a virtual collaboration and productivity platform that includes 11 apps: Cliq, Meeting, Office Suite (Writer, Sheets,… Read more »