Federal Updates (Coronavirus)

Latest News, Updates & Advice

Obtain the latest updates including all of the latest official announcements regarding business closures, public gatherings, stimulus packages, isolation requirements and more.

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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.

>> View the fact sheet

Stimulus Packages

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

>> Find out more about the package here

>> Access the official PM Media Releases

>> View the JobKeeper fact sheet

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:

Coronavirus App

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.

The App is available on Apple and Android.

Click here to access the WhatsApp.