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Last updated: 9.07am 5 August 2021

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12.40pm 26 July 2021 - Victoria records 11 new local cases of COVID-19, 'on the right track' to exit lockdown. Read more.

12.30pm 26 July 2021 - NSW records 145 new local COVID-19 cases. Details about how NSW will proceed following the proposed July 31 lockdown end date will be provided in the next few days. Read more.

12:00pm 22 July 2021 - Queensland announces border closure to the whole of NSW following worsening of COVID-19 cases. Read more

12:00pm 2 July 2021 - National Cabinet agrees to halve international arrivals and introduce vaccination targets in an effort to contain COVID-19. Read more here.

11:30am 29 June 2021  - NZ to resume quarantine-free travel with select Australian states. Read more here.

10:00am 29 June 2021  - PM Scott Morrison announced that anyone under the age of 40 can now request the AstraZeneca Vaccine. Read more here.

10:18pm 28 June 2021 - Perth and Peel region have entered a four-day “full lockdown” to curb the fast-spreading Delta variant of COVID-19. Read more here.

9:06pm 28 June 2021 - Emergency National Cabinet meeting results in stronger measures across vaccines, testing rules and quarantine. Read more here.

10:31am 28 June 2021 – State and territory leaders set to hold an emergency National Cabinet meeting today in response to the recent COVID-19 developments. Read more here.

10:04am 28 June 2021 – New restrictions will be introduced into Queensland after the state recorded three new cases of COVID-19 overnight. Read more here.

8:42pm 27 June 2021 – Darwin region sent into snap 48 hour lockdown with five new COVID-19 cases. Read more here.

6:00pm 26 June 2021 – Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong has entered a COVID-19 lockdown for two weeks in response to a growing virus outbreak. Read more here.

5:00pm 3 June 2021 – Prime Minister Scott Morrison announces the COVID-19 Disaster Payment scheme for financial assistance when people are unable to work due to lockdown. Read more here.


4:00pm 15 July 2021 - Victoria enters 5 day snap lockdown. Read more here

5:00pm 2 June 2021 - Extra allocation up to $209.3 million. Total support for the Circuit Breaker Business Support Package now $460 million.  Read more here

1:40pm 31 May 2021 - A $250 million Circuit Breaker Business Support Package announced to support SMEs and sole traders. Read more here

12:01pm 28 May 2021 - Acting Premier James Merlino has called for a seven-day snap lockdown from 11:59pm on 27 May until 3 June. Read more here.

4:50pm 26 February 2021 – Premier Daniel Andrews has announced a range of relaxed coronavirus restrictions for the state. Read more here.

2:28pm 23 February 2021 – Around 50,000 Victorian businesses will be eligible for a new package targeting industries that were hit by the recent 'circuit breaker' lockdown. Read more here.

2:54pm 17 February 2021 – Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the state will end its five-day lockdown tonight as planned. Read more here.

1:18pm 12 February 2021 – The state of Victoria will enter stage 4 restrictions for 5 days from midnight tonight. Read more here.

10:31am 12 February 2021 – Victoria has recorded 5 new coronavirus cases promoting fears of a third lockdown. Read more here. 

2:35pm 18 January 2021 – Victoria's border restrictions have been eased for most of Greater Sydney. Read more here.

11:27am 14 January 2021 – From midnight Sunday 17 January 2021 mandatory mask rules will be eased to pre-Christmas rules. Masks will remain mandatory on public transport, supermarkets and big indoor shopping centres. Read more here

11:25am 14 January 2021 – Victoria has declared it is safe for some workers to return to their offices from next week. Read more here. 

8:26am 4 January 2021  From midnight on 1 January 2021, Victoria will close its borders to New South Wales. Click here for more information. 

1:15pm 18 December 2020 – Victoria to introduce permit system for New South Wales arrivals from midnight 18 December 2020 after Northern Beaches COVID-19 outbreak

8:30am 18 December 2020 – The Victorian Government won't rule out closing the New South Wales border amid the Northern Beaches COVID-19 outbreak. Click here for more

12:34pm 7 December 2020 – Private sector companies in Victoria will be allowed to move up to 50% of employees back into their offices from 11 January 2021. Click here for more. 

3:56pm 26 October 2020 – Premier Daniel Andrews announced hospitality and retail businesses would be allowed to open from midnight on Tuesday 27 October. Click here for more.  

8:08am 19 October 2020 – Premier Daniel Andrews announced easing Coronavirus restrictions on travel, outdoor gatherings, sport, hairdressers and auctions. Click here for more. 

8:54am 28 September 2020 – The city-wide curfew in Melbourne has been lifted as Premier Daniel Andrews announced an easy of restrictions across the state. Click here for more. 

8:06am 14 September 2020 – The Victorian Government has announced a $3 billion coronavirus business support package, including $1.1 billion in cash grants dedicated to small and medium-sized business. Click here for more. 

8:02am 7 September 2020 – Stage 4 restrictions will be extended for two weeks in metropolitan Melbourne and stage 3 restrictions will begin to ease in regional Victoria from September 14. Click here for more. 

3:29pm 31 August 2020 Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews is set to unveil a COVID-19 road map our of lockdown. Click here for more. 

5:11pm 20 August 2020 – The Victorian Coronavirus rental eviction moratorium will be extended to the end of the year, including for commercial tenants. Click here for more. 

4:34pm 13 august 2020 – Victorian businesses doing it tough will receive more help in dealing with the stress and emotional impacts of the coronavirus pandemic through a new Victorian Government wellbeing initiative. Click here

12:37pm 6 August 2020 – Stage 4 coronavirus restrictions in Melbourne could cost the economy $9 billion says Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Click here for more. 

3:15pm 3 August 2020 – The Victorian Government has outlined which businesses will be impacted by stage 4 lockdown restrictions. Click here for more. 

8:10am 3 August 2020 – Melbourne has entered stage 4 lockdown restrictions, including a curfew from 8:00pm to 5:00am each night. Click here for more information. 

1:22pm 20 July 2020 – Facemasks have been mandated in Melbourne workplaces. Exceptions do apply. Click here for more. 

1:39pm 14 July 2020 – Victoria records 270 new cases amid fears for aged care facilities. Click here for more. 

10:22am 1 April 2020 – VIC Government announced a $1.3 billion funding boost for the state’s health system: The additional funding will ensure Victoria has the resources and capacity to treat thousands. Further details here.

8:59am 30 March 2020 – Victoria moves to stage three Coronavirus restrictions: Victorians face on-the-spot fines of more than $1,600 if they breach Coronavirus restrictions that limit gatherings to just two people. Click here for further details.


9:00am 5 August 2021 – With the Royal Queensland Show Ekka being cancelled, the Ekka public holiday will be postponed for three local councils in South East Queensland. Public holidays for Brisbane (originally scheduled Wednesday 11 August) Scenic Rim and Moreton Bay Region (originally scheduled Monday 9 August) are being moved to a later date – replacement long weekend details to be announced. Read more.  

11:55am 29 June 2021 – The Queensland Government has announced parts of the state will enter a snap three-day lockdown. Read more here.

1:14pm 6 May 2021 – The Queensland Government has announced three new small business grants programs worth $25 million over two years. Read more here.

9:57am 29 March 2021 – Greater Brisbane will go into a three-day lockdown after recording 10 new cases of coronavirus. Read more here.

10:34am 11 January 2021 – Greater Brisbane's three-day lockdown will end at 6pm on Monday 11 January. Masks will be mandatory indoors until January 22. Read more here. 

11:23am 8 January 2021 – A three-day lockdown has been imposed on greater Brisbane from 6pm 8 January 2021. The impacted areas are Moreton Bay, Redland, Brisbane, Ipswitch and Logan.  Read more here.

8:35am 18 December 2020 – Queensland has imposed border restrictions for anyone who had been in Sydney's Northern Beaches since Friday 11 December. Click here for more

8:29am 2 November 2020 – Queensland is set to open to New South Wales from 3 November 2020, but will remain closed to Greater Sydney and Victoria. Click here for more

11:59am 2 October 2020 – The QLD Government plans to reopen its border to all of NSW on 1 November 2020. Click here for more.

2:01pm 24 March 2020 – The QLD Government announced a $4 billion package, extending tax breaks for small to medium-sized businesses to prevent significant job losses. For more info click here.

7:12am 20 March 2020 - North Queensland travel and tourism industry is seeing an unprecedented drop-off in bookings. Townsville Enterprise Limited’s director of tourism and events stated that businesses are relying on government support through legislation. Click here to read more.


10:27am 1 February 2021 – Parts of Western Australia, including Perth, the Peel region and the South West region have entered a five-day lockdown. Read more here

10:29am 1 February 2021 – Wearing a face mask is now mandatory outside the home in Perth, the Peel region and the South West region. Click here for more. 

12:12pm 18 December 2020 – Western Australia has imposed blanket restrictions on all travellers from New South Wales. Click here for more information. 

8:27am 2 November 2020 – Western Australia will remove its hard border policy and move to a "controlled border" arrangement from November 14. Click here for more

10:50am 17 September 2020 – Paid pandemic leave will now be available to Western Australian workers. Click here for more information

4:31pm 31 March 2020 – WA Government has announced new relief package: The McGowan Government unveiled support for power and water bills, ensuring that no household or small to medium business will have their water or power shut off. Read more.


10:00am 29 June 2021 New border restrictions –Tasmania’s border entry conditions have been updated once again. With high-risk areas requiring quarantine. Read more here.

11:33am 8 January 2021 –Tasmania has declared Brisbane a high-risk area. Read more here

12:14pm 18 December 2020  Tasmania has classified Sydney’s Northern Beaches as a COVID-19 hotspot, meaning anyone travelling from the area will be required to quarantine for 14 days on arrival. Click here for more. 

10:56am 7 August 2020 – Paid pandemic leave is now available for workers in Tasmania. Click here for more

11:19am 19 March 2020 – TAS Government introduces state of emergency with non-essential travel being ruled out, as tourism Tasmania encourages businesses to familiarise themselves with what assistance is available. Read more to find out how this impacts you.

17 March 2020 – TAS Government supporting local businesses through waiving payroll tax, grants and backing Tasmania’s tourism industry.


12:00pm 17 July 2021 - Restrictions tightened across Greater Sydney, impacting non-essential retail, construction industry and more. Read more here

11.00am 14 July 2021 - Lockdown for Greater Sydney has been extended for two weeks. Read more here.

4.36pm 13 July 2021 - Prime Minister Scott Morrison announces further relief payments for Greater Sydney businesses affected by COVID-19. Read more here.

11.10am 12 July 2021 - NSW records 112 new infections, 34 of the new cases were in the community while infectious. Read more here.

11:30am 9 July 2021 – With NSW recording 44 new infections, tightening of the existing restrictions are announced. Read more here.

11am 7 July 2021 – NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announces extension of lockdown and existing restrictions until 11:59pm Friday July 16. Read more here.

11:48am 29 June 2021 – Financial support package announced for NSW businesses impacted by the current lockdowns. Read more here.  

1:16pm 6 May 2021 The NSW government will re-introduce restrictions for Greater Sydney after the state recorded a second new locally acquired COVID-19 case. Read more here.

9:15am 28 April 2021 – If you've been directly impacted by the NSW storms and floods, you may be eligible for a $50,000 flood disaster recovery grant. Read more here.

8:36am 30 March 2021 – People in NSW who visited Brisbane ordered into lockdown after the latest COVID outbreak. Read more here

1:59pm 25 March 2021 – From Monday 29 March, COVID-19 restrictions will continue to ease in NSW. Read more here

4:00pm 22 March 2021 – Support for those affected by the New South Wales floods in March can be found here

8:41am 18 February 2021  From March, NSW residents aged 18 and over will be eligible for 4 x $25 vouchers to spend at participating NSW business that is registered as COVID safe. Read more here

1:34pm 4 February 2021 – Businesses in the northern beaches will be able to apply for relief packages of $3,000 and $5,000 following the COVID-19 outbreak in December 2020. Read more here

1:59pm 27 January 2021 – NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced relaxed coronavirus restrictions, including mandatory mask-wearing. Read more here

2:33pm 18 January 2021 – NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian believes hospitality venues and businesses should be allowed to refuse entry to people who are not vaccinated against the coronavirus. Read more here.

11:35am 8 January 2021 – Acting NSW Premier John Barilaro announced anyone who has been in Greater Brisbane since January 2 must isolate until 7pm Monday 11 January. Read more here

11:31am 8 January 2021  The northern zone of Sydney's Northern Beaches will come out of lockdown on Sunday 10 January. Read more here

11:26am 8 January 2021 –The state governments dining vouchers set to be trialled in February have been extended to the Northern Beaches. Read more here.

8:43am 4 January 2021 – It is now mandatory to wear masks in public indoor settings in New South Wales. Fines apply. Read more here. 

8:32am 4 January 2021 – Lockdown orders have been lifted in the southern part of Sydney's Northern Beaches. Read more here

11:48am 29 December 2020 – NSW businesses must use the Service NSW QR code by January 1, or face a $5,000 fine. Click here to find out more

1:58pm 28 December 2020 – Sydney's NYE restrictions tighten and Northern Beaches lockdown extended. Click here for more.

11:19am 23 December 2020 – NSW Government reinforces 'check-in' using the Service NSW app. Click here for more.

8:14am 18 December 2020 – Northern Beaches residents have been asked to stay home as NSW Health monitor the COVID-19 outbreak in the area. Click here for more

8:30am 24 November 2020 – Recording customer information digitally is now mandatory in New South Wales. Download this information pack from the NSW Government for more details. 

12:02pm 4 November 2020 – The NSW border will open to Victoria on 23 November 2020. Click here for more. 

11:59am 2 October 2020 – The QLD Government plans to reopen its border to all of NSW on 1 November 2020. Click here for more.

9:22am 9 September 2020 – The southern border small business support grant is now open. Click here to apply

9:13am 24 August 2020 – A new $45 million grant program has been announced to manage the economic impacts of border closures in southern NSW on businesses in the region. Click here

3:01pm 17 August 2020 – The NSW Small Business Recovery Grant application deadline has been extended until 31 August 2020. Click here for more and to apply.

8:13 am 3 August 2020 – Premier Gladys Berejiklian has issued a 'strong recommendation' for masks in enclosed spaces like public transport and supermarkets. Click here for more.

9:00am 14 July 2020 – From 17 July 2020, it will be compulsory for pubs to register as a COVIDSafe Business, reduce the number of people per booking and have a dedicated COVIDSafe Hygiene Marshall monitoring social distancing. Click here for more. 

7:38pm 13 July 2020 – NSW Government reintroduces tougher restrictions for pubs following a new COVID-19 outbreak. Click here for more. 

5:31pm 20 May 2020 – From 1 June there will be no travel restrictions within NSW. 

2:18pm 16 April 2020 – NSW Government $10,000 grant for NSW businesses is now available. Click here to apply via Service NSW.

5:27pm 13 April 2020 – NSW Government has announced $440 million in relief for renters and landlords affected by Government-enforced Coronavirus restrictions. Click here for more.

9:02am 3 April 2020 – $10,000 grants to provide real and rapid relief to NSW small business. Click here.

8:04am 1 April 2020 – Locals to fill the medical supply chain: The NSW Government is calling on manufacturers around the State to help fill gaps in the global supply of medical equipment and hygiene products. Read more.

7:14am 30 March 2020 – NSW Government to start enforcing tougher Coronavirus restrictions: The introduction of legislation to reduce spread will come into place from midnight today. Read more.

5:15am 27 March 2020 – NSW Government to unveil $750 million stimulus package: The package is aimed at retaining and creating jobs as well as sustaining NSW businesses. Click here for further details.


6:41am 27 March 2020 – ACT Government expected to announce rental assistance package. The decision was meant to be unveiled on Tuesday, however it was delayed and is expected to be made today. Click here.

10:46am 20 March 2020 – The ACT government has announced rates rebates, suspended fees and direct funding for arts and entertainment businesses, with a focus on sectors most likely to be affected by the Coronavirus. Click here to see how this impacts your business.


5pm 21 July 2021 – South Australian government announces a $100 million support package for businesses during the state's lockdown. Click for details.

4:08pm 20 November 2020 – South Australia to end coronavirus lockdown early. Click here for more. 

8:11am 19 November 2020 – South Australia has begun the nation's toughest coronavirus lockdown. Click here for more. 

1:19pm 11 November 2020 – New round of small business cash grants as $4 billion in COVID-19 stimulus extends to sole traders. Click here to read more. 

9:15am 25 August 2020 – The South Australian Government has announced a one-off paid pandemic leave payment targeted at casual workers. Click here to read more

9:35pm 6 April 2020 – Proposed Coronavirus law to protect South Australian renters. Click here to read more.

11:01am 5 April 2020 – JobKeeper payments exempt from payroll tax. Click here to read more.

8:32am 26 March 2020 – SA Government announced $650 million rescue package aimed at saving South Australian jobs and supporting key industries. Click here for further details.

10:44am 23 March 2020 – The SA Government has restricted entry into South Australia with exemptions for “essential travel to maintain health, the food supply chain, and the state’s economic needs”. To find out what this means for your business, click here.


1:08pm 12 February 2020 – The Northern Territory has declared greater Melbourne a coronavirus hotspot. Read more here

8:26am 18 December 2020 – The Northern Territory has declared Sydney's Northern Beaches as a COVID-19 hotspot. Click here for more

8:36pm 1 April 2020 – NT Government set for an economic boost of $1 billion to buy time to keep its citizens healthy and in jobs, and businesses alive until the Coronavirus pandemic passes. Find out more.

2:36pm 24 March 2020 – The NT Government pledged $50 million to help territory businesses survive the economic impacts of Coronavirus. Click here to learn more.

7:51am 23 March 2020 – The NT Government’s new regulations impose tougher measures on those arriving in the NT from interstate or overseas. To find out what this means for businesses, click here.

Previous National News updates

8:23am 10 March 2021  The Federal Government is set to announce $1.2 billion in wage subsidies to create 70,000 apprenticeships. Read more here

5:01pm 23 February 2021  Facebook to reverse news ban on Australian sites. Read more here.

10:17am 23 February 2021 – The JobSeeker payment could be boosted by $25 a week with JobKeeper payments scheduled to end in March. Read more here

9:24am 18 February 2021 – Facebook will restrict publishers and people in Australia from sharing or viewing Australian and international news content. Read more about the restrictions here

2:54pm 17 February 2021 – Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the state will end its five-day lockdown tonight as planned. Read more here.

1:18pm 12 February 2021 – The state of Victoria will enter stage 4 restrictions for 5 days from midnight tonight. Read more here.

10:27am 1 February 2021 – Parts of Western Australia, including Perth, the Peel region and the South West region have entered a five-day lockdown. Read more here

11:23am 8 January 2021 – A three-day lockdown has been imposed on greater Brisbane from 6pm 8 January 2021. The impacted areas are Moreton Bay, Redland, Brisbane, Ipswitch and Logan. Read more here.

10:29am 4 January 2021 – The JobKeeper payment will be reduced from 4 January 2021. Find out more here

1:58pm 28 December 2020 – Restriction review date has been pushed back and Northern Beaches lockdown extended. Read more here.

11:19am 23 December 2020 – NSW Government reinforces 'check-in' using the Service NSW app. Click here for more.

10:07am 18 December 2020 – A number of states and territories have imposed new travel restrictions on those travelling from Sydney's Northern Beaches. Click here for more.  

5:55pm 7 December 2020 – Registrations for the JobMaker Hiring Credit have opened. Visit the ATO's website to register and for more information. 

11:26am 3 December 2020 – The ATO has made adjustments to JobKeeper deadlines to account for the Christmas and New Year period. Click here for more.

2:38pm 20 October 2020 – The Federal Government recently introduced personal income tax cuts as part of the 2020–21 budget. These tax cuts bring forward legislated personal income tax cuts from 1 July 2022 to 1 July 2020. Click here for more. 

2:17pm 20 October 2020 – The minimum wage in 2020-21 will increase by 1.75% as of 1 November 2020. Click here for more.

8:08am 19 October 2020 – Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced easing Coronavirus restrictions on travel, outdoor gatherings, sport, hairdressers and auctions. Click here for more. 

10:53am 14 October 2020 – Confirmed cases: There are now 38,006,121 confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) worldwide, with at least 27,317 confirmed cases in Australia. We monitor these numbers daily and update accordingly.

8:07am 7 October 2020 – Treasurer Josh Frydenberg announced the 2020 Federal Budget, defined heavily by the coronavirus pandemic. Click here for a break down of the winners and losers.

8:02am 7 September 2020 – Stage 4 restrictions will be extended for two weeks in metropolitan Melbourne and stage 3 restrictions will begin to ease in regional Victoria from September 14. Click here for more. 

3:29pm 31 August 2020 – Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews is set to unveil a COVID-19 road map our of lockdown. Click here for more. 

12:57pm 28 August 2020 – Paid pandemic leave has been introduced to those who live in New South Wales and South Australia but work in Victoria. Click here for more. 

3:10pm 7 August 2020 – Employers will gain easier access to the JobKeeper wage subsidy from the end of September to deal with the economic damage from sweeping Victorian shutdowns. Click here for more. 

12:37pm 6 August 2020 – Stage 4 coronavirus restrictions in Melbourne could cost the economy $9 billion says Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Click here for more. 

9:13am 4 August 2020 – Paid pandemic leave has been introduced in Victoria: The Federal Government will introduce a $1,500 payment for workers who are required to self-isolate because of COVID-19 but do not have leave entitlements. Click here for more.

11:49am 21 July 2020 – The JobKeeper wage subsidy will be reduced to $1,200 per fortnight for full-time employees and $750 per fortnight for part-time employees from October. Click here for more details. 

10:44am 21 July 2020 – The JobKeeper wage subsidy will be extended until March 2021, however the Federal Government has confirmed the value of the payment from the first week of October 2020. Click here for more. 

10:01am 20 July 2020 – Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has announced an extension of the Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme: The next phase will help businesses move out of hibernation, successfully adapt to the new COVID-safe economy and invest for the future. Click here for more. 

11:23 16 July 2020 – Billion dollar JobTrainer program announced: The Federal Government has unveiled a new program for school leavers struggling to find work amid coronavirus pandemic. Click here for more. 

9:00am 13 July 2020 – JobKeeper end confirmed for September: Finance Minister Mathias Cormann confirms JobKeeper payment will end in September 2020. Further support will be based on "assessed need". Click here for more.

8:33am 21 May 2020 – Federal court on top of casual double-dipping: The Full Federal Court has today reconfirmed that casual employees working regular and systematic hours with “predictable periods of working time” are likely to be considered permanent employees, regardless of what their contract says and regardless of the payment of casual loading. 

1:16pm 8 May 2020 – Restaurants, cafes allowed to reopen under the first stage of eased coronavirus restrictions: Timings of changes will be up to the individual states and territories.

4:26pm 5 May 2020 – COVID-19 planning toolkit: A toolkit has been developed to help businesses in each industry to prepare and plan for a return to work. Also further easing of restriction is expected to be announced Friday, the decision will be made state by state.

10:01am 27 April 2020 – JobKeeper enrolment has been extended: The Commissioner has extended the enrolment for JobKeeper from 30 April 2020 to 31 May 2020. 

5:48pm 23 April 2020 – Retailers have been granted authorisation by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission to collectively negotiate with landlords about rent relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

5:42pm 21 April 2020 – Australian Bureau of Statistics: Accommodation and food services (-25.6%), arts and recreation (-18.7%) and mining (-8.4%) lead the way on job losses. Unsurprisingly, accommodation and food services, and arts and recreation services also lead the way on pay cuts - down 30.1% and 15.7% respectively. 

7:33am 9 April 2020  The Federal Government has changed the Fair Work Act for employers and employees who have accessed the JobKeeper wage subsidy. Read more.

4:43pm 8 April 2020 – NT Government announces $180 million Coronavirus rescue package. Read more.

5:40pm 7 April 2020 – Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced new rental waivers and deferrals for commercial tents hit by the impact of the Coronavirus crisis. Click here to read more.

12:03pm 7 April 2020 – The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is introducing a new method which will allow people to claim 80 cents per hour for all their running expenses, rather than needing to calculate costs for specific running expenses. Click here for more.

2:20pm 3 April 2020 – Prime Minister Scott Morrison has foreshadowed a mandatory Coronavirus industry code of practice would be imposed on commercial and retail tenants. For further details, click here.

1:31pm 2 April 2020 – Proposed pandemic leave: The Fair Work Commission has issued a statement outlining its intention to update 103 awards during the coronavirus pandemic. Read more at Award flexibility during coronavirus.

1:20pm 2 April 2020 – Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced free child care will available for parents who still need it. Read more.

2:35pm 1 April 2020 – Australia Government announced measures to help secure freight access for Australian exporters: A new $110 million initiative will back Australia’s agricultural and fisheries sector, as well as increased funding for the Export Market Development Grant. Read more.

4:13pm 30 March 2020 – Government unveils Coronavirus wage subsidy for businesses workers: Businesses are expected to be paid a wage subsidy of $1,500 per employee, under the Federal Government Jobkeeper payment plan to keep Australians in work. Click here for more.

2:40pm 27 March 2020 – The Federal Government has announced an economic hibernation: Policies are being developed to help businesses emerge after the Coronavirus crisis without crippling debts. For more details click here.

6:34am 27 March 2020 – Australia backs $7.5 trillion plan to kickstart global economy: Australia and other G20 nations have committed to co-ordinate efforts to tackle the Coronavirus pandemic. To read more about the virtual summit, click here.

1:22pm 25 March 2020 – Increased and accelerated income support: Expanded eligibility to income support payments and a new time-limited Coronavirus supplement. Click here.

8:52am 25 March 2020 – Access to Superannuation: The Government is allowing individuals affected by Coronavirus to access their superannuation. Click here.

9:48pm 24 March 2020 - Australia moves into Stage 2: The Federal government announced a further crackdown on social gathering, and has expanded the shutdown of non-essential services

12:00pm 24 March 2020 – Relief to directors on insolvent trading laws: The Government has given six month relief to directors for any personal liability from trading while insolvent as part of its Covid-19 response package. The regulatory relief comes alongside further stimulus that bring the total announced so far by the government to 9.7 per cent of GDP or $189bn over the forward estimates. To learn more, click here.

9:30pm 22 March 2020 – PM shuts down of 'non-essential' services: Pubs, Clubs and Casinos will be shut down from midday 23rd March. Restaurants and cafes will be restricted to takeaway only. Schools will remain open.

11:45am 22 March 2020 –  The Federal Government is providing up to $100,000 to eligible small and medium sized businesses, and not-for-profits (including charities) that employ people, with a minimum payment of $20,000. Click here to read more.

10:20am 22 March 2020 – $66 billion second stimulus package: The Federal government is set to unveil new measures including up to $100,000 for small businesses to keep their staff employed during the coronavirus crisis, and Commonwealth guarantee of unsecured loans of up to $250,000.

2:36pm 20 March 2020 – PM, Scott Morrison’s Coronavirus update: Federal budget postponed from May to October. Small and medium-sized businesses including sole traders, will be the focus for the second stimulus package.

11:08am 20 March 2020 – ABA relief for small business: The Australian Banking Association announced all small businesses who are impacted by Coronavirus will be entitled to a six-month deferral on all business loans.


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