Coronavirus Support

The Australian Government has acted to support households and businesses to address the significant economic impact of the spread of the Coronavirus.

Please see RDA WBB Important Information Regarding Coronavirus for the latest restrictions and a breakdown of the Federal Government Economic Stimulus Package.
 
Business.gov.au support line: 13 28 46
 
Statements from the Prime Minister

Media Statement by the Prime Minister 25 March 2020
- Ban on oversease travel and additional business closures

Media Statement by the Prime Minister 25 March 2020
- Suspension of elective surgery 

Media Statement by the Prime Minister 25 March 2020
- Establishment of a National COVID-19 Coordination Commission

Media statement by the Prime Minister 22 March 2020
- Social gathering and schools

Media statement by the Prime Minister 22 March 2020 
- Second stage of stimulus including support for households and assistance for businesses including regulatory protection and financial support

Media statement by the Prime Minister 30 March 2020                                                                                      

-Prime Minister announces $130 Billion Job Keeper payment to help keep workers employed

Media statement by the Prime Minister 02 April 2020

- Prime Minister announces ECE relief package for both ECE centres and parents/caregivers during COVID-19 outbreak

 

Media statement by the Prime Minister 09 April 2020

- Prime Minister announces implementation of visa arrangements in the agricultural sector

 

Media statement by the Prime Minister 26 April 2020

-Federal Government launches COVIDSafe app

 

For business, here is a list of sites that could be helpful:

Financial Assistance and Grants Available 

Federal Government - Economic Response to the Coronavirus - The Government’s economic response

Federal Government subsidies to help cash flow - support for businesses to manage cash flow challenges and help retain their employees 

Federal Government assistance to businesses - information and support for business

State Government support - Queensland small business support

Market diversification and resilience grants - for Queensland agriculture, food and fishing exporters and their critical supply chain partners

Equipment purchase grants - for new equipment purchases to support agriculture, food and fisheries directly impacted

Queensland COVID-19 Jobs Support Loans - QRIDA provide a new $500 million loan facility

ECE Relief Package - Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package

Measures to help renters - New measures announced to help ease pressure on renters during COVID-19

Freight Access -The Australian Government has today announced a $110 million initiative securing freight access for Australia agricultural and fisheries exporters.

Hardship provisions for energy, water and rates- Information regarding assistance with energy rates

Telecommunications relief package- NBN Co will provide $150 million in financial relief to internet providers to assist families and businesses to stay connected through the agreement of telecommunication hardship principles. Telecommunications Hardship principles for COVID-19.

Higher Education Relief Package- To support workers displaced by the pandemic to upskill or retrain, while also supporting universities and other providers of higher education to continue teaching.

Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package – Exceptional Circumstances Supplementary Payment is available to providers / services needing a ‘top up’ on the Early Childhood Education and Care Package payment in order to remain viable.

Support for regional and small publishers- 2020 round of the Regional and Small Publishers Innovation Fund

Aviation industry support- Federal Government guarantees domestic aviation network 

Additional air freight support- Air freight capacity available on repatriation international passenger services to key destinations. 

Rural COVID-19 aeromedical retrievals- A $52.8 million aeromedical retrieval package to support rural and remote communities during the COVID-19 health emergency

Funding for zoos and aquariums- The Australian Government has announced a $94.6 million support package to help Australia’s zoo’s and aquariums during the COVID-19 crises. 

Support for journalism in regional Australia- Funding of $5 million is available which has been fast tracked by the Australian Government to assist regional news publishers with the significant challenges being faced during the COVID-19 crisis.

Job Seeker/Job Keeper Payments

Job Keeper payment - Fact sheet for employers and employees

Update to Job Keeper Payment rules - Extension of time to enrol for the JobKeeper scheme - The Australian Commissioner of Taxation has extended the time to enrol for the initial JobKeeper periods.

General Advice

Queensland Health Information - current health status and advice for Queenslanders

Advice for travellers - restrictions for overseas travel

Great video on how to protect from Coronavirus - renowned doctor shares essential facts

Coronavirus health resources - a collection of resources for the general public and industry 

Coronavirus information for employers - information for employers 

What Australia's $189bn coronavirus economic rescue package means for you - Understanding the packages

Translation Support -Translation Support measures for non-English speaking workers

COVIDSafe App- Information on the COVIDSafe app

Download COVIDSafe for iPhone- Link to Apple apps

Download COVIDSafe for Android- Link to Google Play store

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