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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 »

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The 3 things Scott Morrison wants to see before he’ll begin lifting shutdown restrictions in mid-May

- April 17, 2020 3 MIN READ

Prime minister Scott Morrison says it will be at least a month before governments will look at lifting current shutdown restrictions, but Australia has made real progress in the past month on getting the virus under control and getting economic support in place. “Our attention as a national cabinet is now turning to the road… Read more »

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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 »

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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 »