A financial support package to help individuals affected by COVID-19 restrictions.
Eligible recipients will receive up to $500 per week for losing 20 hours or more of work and $325 per week for losing under 20 hours. One payment will be received for each period of lockdown, and the payment is taxable.
Individuals are eligible if they:
What do I do?
Eligible recipients can claim this payment using their Centrelink Online account through myGov from 8 June 2021.
What is it?
The JobMaker Hiring Credit will give businesses an incentive to take on additional young job seekers. This will be available to employers for each new job they create over the next 12 months for which they hire an eligible young person, aged 16 to 35 years old.
From 7 October, eligible employers will be able to claim $200 a week for each additional eligible employee they hire aged 16 to 29 years old; and $100 a week for each additional eligible employee ages 30 to 35 years old.
New jobs created until 6 October 2021 will attract the JobMaker Hiring Credit for up to 12 months from the date the new position is created.
Who is eligible?
What do I do?
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is increasing the deduction rate to allow people to claim 80 cents per hour for all their working from home running expenses, rather than needing to calculate costs for specific running expenses.
This method will be available from 1 March to 30 June 2021.
If you choose to use this shortcut method, all you need to do is keep a record of the hours you worked from home as evidence of your claim.
Multiple people living in the same house will each be able to claim at the new rate.
The requirement to have a dedicated work-from-home area has been removed.
The new arrangement does not prohibit people from making a working-from-home claim under existing arrangements, where you calculate your running expenses on a pro rata basis of actual expenses incurred.
The NDIA is introducing a number of changes to assist providers, including:
Registered NDIS providers. To be eligible for the one-off advance payment, registered providers must have received a payment in February 2020 and at least one other payment in December 2019 or January 2020.
This program provides funding to eligible exhibiting zoos and aquariums whose revenue from tourism has been impacted by the travel and social distancing restrictions to reduce the spread of COVID19.
Austrade is working with the Zoo and Aquarium Association (ZAA) and state and territory tourism organisations to identify businesses that will be eligible for this assistance. These businesses will be exhibiting animal attractions that are important at a national, state or regional level as they contribute to conservation and presentation of animals and drive interstate and international visitation. This program does not provide assistance to animal refuges and rescue organisations.
Eligible exhibiting zoos and aquariums will have access to a grant that contributes towards up to six months of its animal welfare costs.
Eligible zoos and aquariums will be provided a link via email to the application form for payment 4 of the grant in early January 2021.
Applications for Payment 4 open 11 January 2021 and close 5 February 2021 and will be received within 10 days of entering into the grant agreement.
The Australia Government is providing support for organisations in the cultural and creative sector including:
The Australian Government Department of Health has announced a number of funding initiatives for residential care and home providers including:
The temporary additional funding and increase to supplements will be administered through an uplift to subsidies paid through the Aged Care Funding Instrument with effect from 1 March 2020. to 31 August 2020. Funding will start to flow to providers from April 2020.
CHSP providers must complete and submit an application form to access the in home provider funding
ASIC has provided relief for companies having difficulty holding Annual General Meetings:
ASIC is also granting temporary relief for directors of financially distressed companies regarding the directors’ duty to prevent insolvent trading related to eligible debt.
What is it?
The Australian Charities and Not-forprofits Commission (ACNC) is providing:
The ACNC has also issued guidance:
The Fair Work Ombudsman has provided information on their website to help employers and employees understand their rights and responsibilities at work during the coronavirus outbreak.
On 8 April 2020, the Fair Work Commission made determinations varying 99 awards. The determinations inserted a temporary new schedule into these awards and apply from an employee’s first full pay period on or after 8 April 2020 until 30 June 2020. The schedule provides employees with:
Fair Work Act JobKeeper provisions allowing for JobKeeper enabling stand down direction
JobKeeper Extension: ‘Legacy employers’
The Fair Work Act JobKeeper provisions have been extended for employers who are considered to be ‘legacy’ employers. Where employers meet the 10% decline in turnover test and obtain the required certificate, they will have access to modified flexibility measures.
A one-off payment will be made to eligible individuals as an economic stimulus measure and to provide support to individuals on low incomes as a result of COVID-19. There are 2 more Economic Support Payments of $250, to be paid to eligible individuals in December 2020 and March 2021.
If you meet one of the following criteria the payment will be made automatically.
You are eligible if you receive one of the following payments:
You’ll also get the payment if you have one of the following concession cards:
You’ll also get the payment if you receive one of the following Department of Veterans’ Affairs payments:
The additional payment will be made automatically if you are eligible.
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