NEWS:
COVID-19 Business Resources


This is a difficult time for most businesses across Australia, with the health crisis that is unfolding across the globe being unpredictable. RDA Orana wants to continue to support our great local businesses and their employees and we want to work with you to ensure continued operation and future growth.

Government Support

Business hotline:  13 28 46. Open 7 am to 11pm.  7 Days per week.
www.business.gov.au

1. Temporary cash flow support

Employers will receive a payment equal to 100 per cent of their salary and wages withheld (up from 50 per cent), with the maximum payment being increased from $25,000 to $50,000 and the minimum payment increased from $2,000 to $10,000. Learn more about Boosting cash flow for employers.

2. Assistance to help pay the wages of apprentices or trainees

Eligible employers can apply for a wage subsidy of 50 per cent of the apprentice’s or trainee’s wage paid during the 9 months from 1 January 2020 to 30 September 2020. Employers will be reimbursed up to a maximum of $21,000 per eligible apprentice or trainee ($7,000 per quarter). Read more about the assistance to help pay for the wages of your apprentices or trainees.

3. Casual employees

If you employ a casual employee and they can’t work because they become sick or need to self-isolate, or their income has been otherwise impacted by the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus, they may be eligible for income support payments. Information on income support is available on the Services Australia website.

Federal Support for Sole Traders / Small Business 

If you are a sole trader without employees, the following support measures are available: 

1. Assistance for affected regions, communities and industries

The Government has created an initial $1 billion support fund to provide assistance to industries and regions severely affected by the economic impacts of Coronavirus. Read more about the assistance for affected regions, communities and industries.

2. Backing Business Investment (BBI)

A time-limited 15 month investment incentive (through to 30 June 2021) to support business investment and economic growth over the short term, by accelerating depreciation deductions. Learn more about Backing Business Investment.

3. Increased and accelerated income support

The Government is temporarily expanding eligibility to income support payments and establishing a new, time-limited Coronavirus supplement to be paid at a rate of $550 per fortnight. These changes will apply for the next six months. Find out about the increased and accelerated income support.

5. SME Guarantee Scheme

Businesses with a turnover of up to $50 million will be eligible to receive these loans. Learn more about the Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme.

6. Tax support

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) is providing relief for some tax obligations for businesses affected by the outbreak, on a case-by-case basis. Contact the ATO’s Emergency Support Infoline for businesses on 1800 806 218 for more information or to request this help.

Business Support 

Business Australia (formally the NSW Business Chamber) have put out some terrific guides. If you are a member of your local chamber (like we are), you should be able to download:

Employer Guide – https://www.businessaustralia.com/how-we-help/be-a-better-employer/getting-legal-advice/employer-guide-to-coronavirus

Coronavirus – Employer Obligations (17 March) – https://www.ablawyers.com.au/Resources/Coronavirus-Employer-Update

Coronavirus and contractual consequences – https://www.ablawyers.com.au/Resources/Coronavirus-and-contractual-consequence

Landlord/Tenancy letter –  https://www.businessaustralia.com/how-we-help/be-a-better-employer/getting-legal-advice/employer-guide-to-coronavirus/letter-to-your-landlord–downloadable-template

Latest Information Updates:

Federal Government: https://www.health.gov.au and https://www.business.gov.au

State Government information https://preview.nsw.gov.au/covid-19

Biosecurity update https://www.agriculture.gov.au

NSW business support https://www.nsw.gov.au/services/services-by-need/small-business/financial-support/

Some grants and assistance….

Infrastructure Grants Disaster Readiness and Community Infrastructure

Closing: 6 April 2020

Value: $10,000-$200,000

Description: Funds the development and enhancement of emergency relief facilities across New South Wales.

Link: https://www.responsiblegambling.nsw.gov.au/funding-opportunities/infrastructure-grants 

1000 Jobs Package Grant Funding Round

Closing: 30 April 2020

Value: Up to $56,000

Description: Supports the creation of 1,000 new jobs for Community Development Program (CDP) participants across remote Australia. Employers will be eligible to receive financial support of up to $56,000 over two years, including retention bonuses to help them hire new staff in ongoing positions. 

Link: https://www.grants.gov.au/?event=public.GO.show&GOUUID=156490D8-ADBE-EF76-3EF103EFE89750B2

General advice

NSW Health updates https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/coronavirus

Community child care assistance https://www.education.gov.au/community-child-care-fund-cccf-special-circumstances-covid-19-bushfire-and-drought-support 

Travel advice https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-travellers  

Protecting yourself from Coronavirus https://kfor.com/health/coronavirus/renowned-doctor-shares-essential-coronavirus-facts/ 

Coronavirus health resources https://www.health.gov.au/resources/collections/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-resources

Coronavirus information for employers https://www.health.gov.au/resources/collections/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-resources

RDA Orana Update

Orana@Work on May 21

For the moment, we have put direct communications on hold, with a view to planning a webinar for this event. We want to assure the community that this will be a viable and informative option and opportunity to connect while maintaining the health and wellbeing of everyone.

Workforce survey

While there is a level of uncertainty in the community at the moment, our focus is to continue reaching out to business and serve their needs, now and in the future. Our Workforce Survey remains open and available for comment by using the link: https://www.rdaorana.org.au/workforce/workforce-survey/

Stay safe and look after one another.