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COVID-19 Business Resources



To assist businesses during this unprecedented time, we have listed some important government resources and are sharing the expertise of our members. This web page will be updated as new information becomes available.  


Federal Government Financial Assistance






1st Stimulus Package 

12 March 2020 - The Federal Government announces a $17.6 billion economic plan focused on keeping Australians in jobs and helping small and medium sized businesses to stay in business.  

2nd Stimulus Package 

22 March 2020 - The Federal Government has released the second stage of its economic plan to cushion the economic impact of the coronavirus. 


JobKeeper Payment 

30 March 2020 - The Federal Government will provide a wage subsidy to around 6 million workers who will receive a flat payment of $1,500 per fortnight through their employer, before tax.


Register for JobKeeper 

Businesses impacted by COVID-19 will be able to claim a fortnightly payment of $1,500 per eligible employee from 30 March 2020, for a maximum period of 6 months. Click here for information for employers and to register your interest.




Financial Assistance

This site provides information on financial assistance and Federal Government support available for businesses. 


Cash Flow Assistance  

This site provides information on cash flow support and temporary measures to provide relief for financially distressed businesses.

Related: 

William Buck answer the most frequently asked questions about the JobKeeper payment scheme.

William Buck's weekly checklists provide a concise summary of the immediate actions you need to take to ensure your business can adapt and restart quickly when the crisis is over. Download Week 1  l  Week 2  l  Week 3  l  Week 4  l  Week 5  l  Week 6

NSW Government Financial Assistance






1st Health & Economic Stimulus Package  

17 March 2020 - The NSW Government announces a $2.3 billion health and economic stimulus package to support jobs, healthcare, small business and the community.

2nd Health & Economic Stimulus Package  

27 March 2020 - The NSW Government announces further measures to support jobs, businesses and our most vulnerable in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.


3rd Health & Economic Stimulus Package  

2nd April 2020 - The NSW Government announces a $750 million Small Business Support Fund. The fund will provide $10,000 grants to small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 shutdown. 

Small Business Support Grant

A Small Business Support Grant of $10,000 will be available to eligible NSW small business owners impacted by COVID-19. The application form will be available on the Service NSW website by 17 April and will remain open until 1 June 2020. 


General Information & Business Support






General Information

Click here to get the latest COVID‑19 news, updates and advice from Australian Government agencies.


Business Hotline 

The Federal Government's Business Hotline -13 28 46 - provides specialist advisers to support small and medium businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

ATO Support

This ATO site provides information and assistance for businesses impacted by COVID-19 or contact the ATO on 1800 806 218 for emergency support.


Small Business Support

This site provides information and advice on the assistance available for NSW businesses impacted by COVID-19.



Planning Tool To Help Businesses Reopen & Be COVID Safe

The National COVID-19 Coordination Commission (NCCC) has created an online planning tool to help business develop a plan to keep their workers, customers and the community safe as they reopen or increase their activities in the the weeks and months ahead. 


Workplace Entitlements, Obligations & Advice





Workplace Entitlements & Obligations

This Fair Work site provides information othe rights and obligations of employers and employees affected by COVID.


WHS Advice For Employees

This Safework Australia site helps you understand your work health and safety duties during the pandemic.

  

Privacy Obligations As An Employer

This OAIC site helps you understand your obligations when handling private health information of staff. 




Related: 

The 3 most common questions Matthews Folbigg Lawyers have been asked about workplace relations during the COVID-19 pandemic  

Matthews Folbigg Lawyers Webinar: Beyond COVID-19 - Critical Legal Issues Every Business Should Know.


WSBC Member Articles, Videos & Webinars





No Business Is Immune To COVID-19

In this article William Buck's Scott Harrington provides practical tips for your business during a global emergency. Download a PDF copy here.  


Marketing Through COVID-19

In this video, Brilliant Digital's Deb Croucher shares some Digital Marketing tips for SME's during this uncertain time. For more Digital Marketing resources click here.


The Heart of Resilient Leadership 

Deloitte have pooled the insights of their leaders in affected areas around the world to provide practical insights for chief executives and their leadership teams in taking appropriate action.


FAQs on JobKeeper Payment for Employers

William Buck answer the most frequently asked questions about the JobKeeper payment scheme. You can also access William Buck's resource centre by clicking here







COVID-19 Live & Free Webinars

Aimed at providing valuable resources to assist businesses during this time, WSBC are bringing together subject matter experts to present free webinars.  


COVID-19 & Workplace Law

Here are the 3 most common questions Matthews Folbigg Lawyers have been asked about workplace relations during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can also stay up-to-date on the changing legal landscape and the implications for you and your business via Matthews Folbigg's COVID-19 Resource Page

COVID-19 Weekly Financial Checklist

William Buck's weekly checklists provide a concise summary of the immediate actions you need to take to ensure your business can adapt and restart quickly when the crisis is over.

 Week 1  l  Week 2  l  Week 3 

Week 4  l  Week 5  l  Week 6

Critical Legal Issues That Businesses Should Know

In this webcast, Matthews Folbigg Lawyers Stephen Mullette and Peter Doughman highlight a number of the commercial and employment law issues of importance and suggest actions you could be taking right now to ensure you are not left with a pandemic legacy that could be debilitating for your business into the medium to longer term.




Small Business Roadmap for Recovery Workbook

The Small Business Roadmap for Recovery & Beyond Workbook has been designed to support business owners as they navigate through recovery. It aims to take some of the complexity out of the situation and give you the tools you need to prepare for tomorrow.  



Opportunities





COVID-19 Manufacturer Response Register

The Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre is currently taking expressions of interest from Australian based manufacturers and individuals looking to assist with supply of goods, services or knowledge in tackling the current COVID-19 outbreak in Australia.

Supply Chain Shortages Portal

ICN has established a portal as a forum for managing supply chain shortages due to COVID-19, where business with gaps in their supply chain can connect with other local businesses that can help fill these gaps.


Supply Chain Shortages Portal

ICN has established a portal as a forum for managing supply chain shortages due to COVID-19, where business with gaps in their supply chain can connect with other local businesses that can help fill these gaps.

Emergency Supplies Registration Portal

The NSW Government would like to hear from suppliers that have the capacity to provide critical supplies, raw materials or manufacturing capability to produce critical supplies during the COVID-19 crisis. This portal will be used to establish a supplier list to connect NSW government agencies and eligible buyers with suppliers capable of providing critical supplies within a range of categories.

Cleaning Stimulus Prequalification Scheme

The Emergency Cleaning Stimulus Prequalification Scheme prequalifies suppliers who can provide supplementary cleaning services to NSW Government agencies during the COVID-19 crisis. The Scheme aims to increase employment opportunities for cleaners in NSW by connecting capable cleaning businesses with government agencies who require additional cleaning services. 

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