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JobKeeper Payment for Employers and Employees Grant Value: Up to $1,500 per employee Run By: Australian Taxation Office Further Information: https://www.ato.gov.au/general/jobkeeper-payment/

Under the JobKeeper Payment, businesses significantly impacted by the coronavirus outbreak will be able to access a subsidy from the Government to continue paying their employees. This assistance will help businesses to keep people in their jobs and re-start when the crisis is over. For employees, this means they can keep their job and earn an income – even if their hours have been cut.

There has been changes to the JobKeeper program (known as JobKeeper Extension) as of the 28th of September, including changes to the amount per fortnight, reassessment of eligibility for the extension period and potential eligibility through to the 28th of March 2021.

Last Updated: 2nd of November 2020
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JobKeeper Payment for Sole Traders Grant Value: Up to $1,500 per employee Run By: Australian Taxation Office Further Information: https://www.ato.gov.au/general/jobkeeper-payment/sole-traders/

Sole traders may be eligible to receive the JobKeeper Payment if their turnover has reduced. Following registration by the eligible business, the Government will provide a fortnightly subsidy per eligible employee This will support sole traders to maintain their income and connection with employees. 

There has been changes to the JobKeeper program (known as JobKeeper Extension) as of the 28th of September, including changes to the amount per fortnight, reasessment of eligibility for the extension period and potential eligibility through to the 28th of March 2021.

Last Updated: 2nd of November 2020
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Increased Asset Write-Off Threshold Grant Further Information: https://business.gov.au/risk-management/emergency-management/coronavirus-information-and-support-for-business/increasing-the-instant-asset-write-off

The higher Instant Asset Write-Off (IAWO) threshold provides cash flow benefits for businesses that will be able to immediately deduct purchases of eligible assets each costing less than $150,000. The threshold applies on a per asset basis, so eligible businesses can immediately write‑off multiple assets.

The criteria have changed over time so make sure you check whether your business is eligible.

From 1 July 2020 the instant asset write-off will only be available for small businesses with a turnover of less than $10 million and the threshold will be $1,000.

Businesses with a turnover of $500 million or more are not eligible to use instant asset write-off.

Last Updated: 2nd of November 2020
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Boosting Cash Flow for Employers Grant Run By: Australian Taxation Office Further Information: https://business.gov.au/risk-management/emergency-management/coronavirus-information-and-support-for-business/boosting-cash-flow-for-employers

Provides up to $100,000 back to small and medium-sized businesses, with a minimum payment of $20,000 for eligible businesses. The payments will provide cash flow support to businesses with a turnover of less than $50 million and not-for-profit entities that employ staff.  The payment will be tax free.

Last Updated: 2nd of November 2020
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Backing Business Investment (BBI) Grant Run By: Australian Taxation Office Further Information: https://business.gov.au/risk-management/emergency-management/coronavirus-information-and-support-for-business/backing-business-investment-bbi

A time limited 15 month investment incentive to support business investment and economic growth over the short term, by accelerating depreciation deductions. This applies to eligible assets acquired from 12 March 2020 and first used or installed by 30 June 2021. Businesses with a turnover of less than $500 million will be able to deduct 50 per cent of the cost of an eligible asset on installation, with existing depreciation rules applying to the balance of the asset cost.

Last Updated: 2nd of November 2020
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Supporting Apprentices and Trainees Grant Run By: Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Further Information: https://business.gov.au/risk-management/emergency-management/coronavirus-information-and-support-for-business/supporting-apprentices-and-trainees

If you employ an apprentice or trainee you may be eligible for a wage subsidy of 50 per cent of their wage paid from 1 January 2020 to 30 September 2020. You can register for the subsidy from early April 2020.

Last Updated: 2nd of November 2020
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Payroll Tax Payment Deferral and Reduction Grant Run By: NSW Goverment Department of Revenue Further Information: https://www.revenue.nsw.gov.au/news-media-releases/covid-19-tax-relief-measures/covid-19-coronavirus-and-payroll-tax

From Tuesday 7th of April 2020 the NSW Government has deferred payroll tax payments for all businesses for six months in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Businesses with payrolls of $10 million or less will also be eligible for a 25 per cent reduction in their annual liabilities for 2019-20, when they complete their annual reconciliation.

Last Updated: 2nd of November 2020
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SME Guarantee Scheme Program Run By: Australian Government Further Information: https://business.gov.au/Risk-management/Emergency-management/Coronavirus-information-and-support-for-business/Coronavirus-SME-Guarantee-Scheme

This will provide businesses with funding to meet immediate cash flow needs, by further enhancing lenders’ willingness and ability to provide credit. Businesses with a turnover of up to $50 million will be eligible to receive these loans.

Last Updated: 2nd of November 2020
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ATO Support Program Run By: Australian Taxation Office Further Information: https://www.ato.gov.au/General/COVID-19/Additional-support-during-COVID-19/

The ATO are also offering tailored support for your needs and circumstances on a case-by-case basis. They do not apply these additional relief options automatically, so you need to contact the ATO. Assistance includes:

  • Payment deferrals
  • Changing your GST reporting cycle
  • Vary pay as you go instalments
  • Remitting interest and penalties
  • Low interest payment plans
Last Updated: 2nd of November 2020
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Providing Temporary Relief for Financially Distressed Businesses Program Run By: Australian Government Further Information: https://business.gov.au/Risk-management/Emergency-management/Coronavirus-information-and-support-for-business/Temporary-relief-for-financially-distressed-businesses

The Australian Government is temporarily increasing the threshold at which creditors can issue a statutory demand on a company and the time companies have to respond to statutory demands they receive. The package also includes temporary relief for directors from any personal liability for trading while insolvent.  The Corporations Act 2001 will be amended to provide temporary and targeted relief for companies to deal with unforeseen events that arise as a result of the Coronavirus.

Last Updated: 2nd of November 2020
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Business Connect Program Run By: NSW Government Further Information: https://www.business.nsw.gov.au/support-for-business/businessconnect

Business Connect is a dedicated and personalised NSW Government program that provides trusted advice to help you start or grow your small business and are running a series of specialised free webinars to provide additional support.

Last Updated: 2nd of November 2020
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International Freight Assistance Mechanism Grant Closes: 30th of June 2021 Run By: Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment Further Information: https://business.gov.au/Risk-management/Emergency-management/Coronavirus-information-and-support-for-business/International-Freight-Assistance-Mechanism

$110 million will help exporters get their high-quality produce into key overseas markets. Return flights will bring back items critical to the ongoing health response. This includes vital medical supplies, medicines and equipment.

The target is high-value agricultural and fisheries exports, predominantly for perishable products where Australian exporters have important established customers in markets.

Eligible products may include:

  • seafood, including lobsters
  • premium red meat, including beef and pork
  • dairy, including fresh milk and yoghurt
  • horticulture, including premium fruits and packaged salad or vegetables.
Last Updated: 2nd of November 2020
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Higher Education Relief Package Program Run By: Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment Further Information: https://www.dese.gov.au/covid-19/higher-education

The higher education relief package will support workers displaced by the COVID-19 crisis to upskill or retrain, and support universities and other higher education providers to continue teaching.

Last Updated: 2nd of November 2020
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