Important Government information and assistance.
As the COVID-19 situation unfolds, it is important to have access to the most up to date government announcements, facts and resources.
$130 billion JobKeeper payment passes Federal Parliament
Under the JobKeeper Payment, businesses impacted by the coronavirus will be able to access a subsidy from the Government to continue paying their employees. Affected employers will be able to claim a fortnightly payment of $1,500 per eligible employee from 30 March 2020, for a maximum period of six months. The payment is available to full-time and part-time workers, sole traders and casuals who have been with their employer for 12 months or more.
JobKeeper payment for 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 $1,500 per fortnight per eligible employee for a maximum of six months. This will support sole traders to maintain their income and connection with employees.
Cash flow support for small and medium businesses
The Government is providing temporary cash flow support of up to $100,000 for eligible small and medium-sized businesses, and not-for-profits (NFPs) that employ staff to help with their cash flow so they can keep operating, pay their rent, electricity and other bills and retain staff.
Small Business Support Fund
The NSW Government is providing grants of up to $10,000 to small businesses struggling to cope with the COVID-19 shutdown.
The Government has announced a mandatory code of conduct for commercial tenancies to support small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).
For further information on Coronavirus and the Federal Government’s response, please visit: www.treasury.gov.au/coronavirus or www.australia.gov.au. Alternatively you can contact the business.gov.au support line at 13 28 46.
The NSW Government has a handy portal with the latest advice and information for the community and businesses, including information about COVID-19 symptoms, case numbers, testing and social distancing and what you can and can’t do under the current rules.
The NSW legislation website has a section for all NSW COVID-related legislation regardless of whether it’s gazetted, assented to or notified.
Remote IT phone support
A phone line support service is now available for members of the Law Society experiencing IT issues whilst working remotely during the pandemic. A third-party IT engineer will be available for resolution or support for technical or cyber security issues. 24-hour call back will also be available. The service will operate from 8:30am – 5pm AEST. The number is 1800 996 613. The use of this service is subject to this disclaimer.