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Extension of the JobKeeper Payment
The Government is extending the JobKeeper Payment by a further six months to March 2021. Support will be targeted to businesses and not-for-profits that continue to be significantly impacted by the Coronavirus. The payment rate will be reduced and a lower payment rate will be introduced for those who work fewer hours. Other eligibility rules remain unchanged.
The Government is acting decisively in the national interest to support households and businesses and address the significant economic consequences of the Coronavirus.
The spread of the virus worldwide has broadened, and is expected to be more prolonged. Governments, both international and domestic, have announced stricter mitigation measures to slow the spread of the virus, which are having significant economic impacts.
The Federal Government has announced numerous economic responses which, combined total $189 billion across the forward estimates. These actions provide timely support to affected workers, businesses and the broader community.
The Government’s economic response targets three areas:
- Supporting individuals & households
- Support for businesses
- Supporting the flow of credit
Who to contact for advice about the Government’s stimulus package
A business wanting more advice about the government’s stimulus package can call 13 28 46 and immediately be put in contact with a dedicated COVID-19 team. The Contact Centre is available 7 days per week from 7am to 9pm.
Further information on the COVID-19 stimulus measure can be found on the www.business.gov.au including:
- Increased and accelerated income support
- Supporting the flow of credit
- Temporary relief for financially distressed businesses
- Boosting cash flow for employers
- What support is available to your business?
- Continuing your business
The Australian Government has rolled out a new Coronavirus Australia app on iOS and Android, as well as a WhatsApp information service.
The app provides information and advice about the coronavirus pandemic, from social distancing measures to the symptoms you should look out for.
Click here to access the WhatsApp.
COVID-19 Government Support for Charities & Not-For-Profits
Since the onset of COVID-19, Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments have been announcing measures designed to relieve the
burden and maintain cash flow for organisations as they respond to challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
There has been a steady stream of announcements, so it can be difficult to keep up. This guide outlines the most material announcements
for not-for-profits and charities, with a focus on Commonwealth Government measures that apply broadly across the not-for-profit sector. It
captures new announcements from the Commonwealth made on 21 July 2020. It includes eligibility criteria relevant for many of SVA and
Paul Ramsay Foundation’s partners. It also provides links to additional resources that highlight available supports at the State and