VIC Business Resilience Package and Reopening Plan

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. We hope you and your family are safe and doing well. Read on for this week’s update. Melbourne’s Roadmap to ‘COVID Normal’ A staged plan to ease Melbourne out of tight COVID-19 restrictions has been released. Stage 4 restrictions will remain in place for another two weeks with some minor changes, and will start to ease further from 28 September. The final step should…  Read more

Extensions to Government Backed Loans & Bankruptcy Protection Rules

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. We hope you and your family are safe and doing well. Read on for this week’s update. Australia To Extend Bankruptcy Protection Rules Until End of 2020 Australia will extend its temporary insolvency and bankruptcy protection rules until the end of this year, providing businesses a lifeline to recover from the impacts of COVID-19. The rules, which were first introduced in March and originally…  Read more

VIC Restrictions Easing, Update on JobKeeper 2.0 + more…

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. We hope you and your family are safe and doing well. Read on for this week’s update. COVID-19 Cases in Victoria Fall to Seven-Week Low Victoria, the epicentre of Australia’s second wave of COVID-19 infections, has reported a significant drop in the number of new cases, reaching a near two-month low. This is good news as the total lockdown in Melbourne is set to…  Read more

Help for NSW Border Businesses + more on JobKeeper

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. We hope you and your family are safe and doing well. Read on for this week’s update. Help for NSW Border Businesses Services NSW have released information on a grant for small businesses that are impacted by the closure of the NSW and Victorian border for those businesses based in NSW. The ‘Southern border small business support grant’ is designed to provide immediate, short-term…  Read more

JobKeeper, JobKeeper, JobKeeper! Oh, plus ATO Audits!

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. We hope you and your family are doing well. Read on for this week’s update. JobKeeper Adjustments for Eligible Employees The ATO has released guidance on the changes to the timing of an eligible employee. From JobKeeper fortnights commencing 3rd August, the key date for eligible employees has changed to 1 July. In the past, an employee had to be on the books as…  Read more

Help for VIC Businesses, Prep for JobKeeper ending + more…

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. We hope you and your family are safe and doing well. Read on for this week’s update. Australia Borders Remain Shut Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that international border closures were unlikely to lift before Christmas, as the country reported a record single-day surge in COVID-19 deaths on Monday. However, drastic lockdown measures in Melbourne appear to be working, as the rate of daily…  Read more

Covid Safe Plans, Pandemic Leave Disaster Payments & Tips to Adapt your Business

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. We hope you and your family are safe and doing well. Read on for this week’s update. Covid Safe Plans – Victorian Businesses Every employer must complete their COVID Safe plan by 11.59pm on 7 August 2020 Your COVID Safe Plan must set out: Your actions to help prevent the introduction of coronavirus (COVID-19) in your workplace The level of face-covering or personal protective equipment (PPE)…  Read more

Govt Backed Loans Scheme Extended, Beware of Covid-19 Scams and More

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. We hope you and your family are safe and doing well. Read on for this week’s update. JobKeeper Changes Coming in September Last week the PM announced the JobKeeper wage subsidy scheme will be extended from September through to March next year, with some changes. Please be aware there are still plenty of “unknowns” surrounding the next steps, and these changes are yet to…  Read more

JobKeeper 2.0 & 3.0 – New Eligibility Tests

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. We hope you and your family are safe and doing well. Read on for this week’s update. JobKeeper Changes Coming in September This week the PM announced the JobKeeper wage subsidy scheme will be extended from September through to March next year, with some changes. This comes as businesses continue to struggle and as an increase in infections has been reported in the southeast.…  Read more

JobKeeper – Changes coming in September!!

The government has announced changes to the JobKeeper scheme. The Treasury’s review found that the subsidy was still “needed” but required a “test to ensure that JobKeeper is well targeted”. Be prepared This means there will be changes to your current situation and your entitlements will be affected. The details of the changes are being announced now and we will ensure our clients are fully informed as to how this…  Read more

State Based Guide to Restrictions, Post Pandemic Business + more

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. We hope you and your family are safe and doing well. Read on for this week’s update. Tightening restrictions as COVID-19 cases top 10,000 Restrictions have tightened back up in some states in an attempt to contain a fresh outbreak of COVID-19 in the country’s southeast, which pushed the total number of cases in the country beyond 10,000. While Australia has avoided the high…  Read more

VIC-NSW Border Closure & Second Round of Cashflow Boosts

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. We hope you and your family are safe and doing well. Read on for this week’s update. Next phase of JobKeeper to come after September PM Scott Morrison confirmed today that there will be a “further phase” of JobKeeper payments following this September when the scheme is due to end. No more details have been announced yet, but we will keep you updated when…  Read more

State Grants & Stay at Home Orders for Hotspots

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for this week’s update. State grants and support programs Each state and territory has announced various grants and assistance packages which you may be eligible for. You can find a roundup of these grants on the Government’s Business website. Alternatively, you can also contact us so we can discuss which options are most suitable for your business based on your eligibility and…  Read more

Cash Flow Boosts, Wage increases and more

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. We hope you and your family are safe and doing well. Read on for this week’s update. Second Round of Cash Flow Boosts If you received initial cash flow boosts, you’ll automatically receive additional cash flow boosts when you lodge your activity statements for each monthly or quarterly period from June to September 2020. The amount will be equal to the total amount of…  Read more

Claiming Work From Home Expenses

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. We hope you and your family are doing well. Read on for this week’s update. Easing restrictions Last week we mentioned the government’s state-by-state roadmaps to relaxing restrictions. Most states have started their roadmap and as a result some businesses are gearing up to reopen. If it’s still a little while away for your business – hang in there, and please don’t hesitate to…  Read more

Cashflow & Planning for 2021 FY

Hello for another week! We hope you are staying healthy and well. The big news late last week was the government’s three-step plan to relax coronavirus restrictions. It’s great news for our country and our economy – well done to everyone for playing a part in “flattening the curve!” Plans to reduce restrictions Each state will work independently to implement their own three-step plan, at their own pace. State government…  Read more

Business Recovery Plans

Business Planning for COVID-19 Recovery We know these last few months have been difficult for everyone. Some days seem dark, and other days we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. We’re guessing you didn’t factor and global pandemic and national lockdown into your 2020 business plan! It’s very wise to use this time to think about the future and what business will be like when you…  Read more

JobKeeper Monthly Declaration

In this week’s update, as well as some updates on government support for businesses, we’ve included a number of resources to help with navigating your business out of the dire situation we’ve all been in. No doubt there are still tough times ahead but there are many reasons to be hopeful and we’re here to help you through it all. JobKeeper The first JobKeeper payments are expected to flow this…  Read more

JobKeeper Alternative Tests Outlined

The ATO recently released Alternative Tests for the JobKeeper payment which expands eligibility from the initial basic test. This is good news for many businesses, particularly startups, those affected by last year’s droughts and those with variable revenues. Basic Test If you satisfy the eligibility requirements for the basic test, you can ignore the alternative tests below. The basic test is satisfied where your projected GST turnover for the period…  Read more

JobKeeper Alternative Tests & Deadline Extension

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting nearly every aspect of our lives and will be remembered as a pivotal time in history. Like any other event that impacts the world, we don’t know what the future will be like, but we do know that the other side of this will require resilience and creativity from all of us. In the spirit of resilience, we have put together some useful resources to…  Read more

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