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Coronavirus update: NSW restrictions eased, Bondi opens, Victoria waits, Treasury worries about economic shock, New Zealand relaxes

- April 28, 2020 3 MIN READ

New South Wales residents will be allowed to have up to two adult visitors in their homes from Friday, as the state relaxes its lockdown restrictions, Premier Glady Berejiklian announced on Tuesday morning. The change means friends can catch up at home and bring their children if they want to. While there are risks, Berejiklian… Read more »

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Employsure launches ‘JobKeeper Help’ to assist SMEs in applying for the government’s $130 billion employer support program

- April 20, 2020 2 MIN READ

Workplace relations company Employsure has launched a new support service, JobKeeper Help, for small and medium-sized businesses to help them apply and administer the federal government’s JobKeeper payments. The launch of the service coincides with the opening of applications with the Australian Taxation Office for the $130 billion stimulus package, which pays companies $750 a… Read more »

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NSW providing $220 million in land tax relief for commercial properties

- April 14, 2020 3 MIN READ

The NSW government has announced a raft of new measures aimed to relieve the pressure on commercial and residential property owners, with a $440 million land tax relief package announced on Sunday. The measures apply to commercial leases where coronavirus has caused a tenant is in financial distress, including shops, cafes, gyms, hairdressers, restaurants, offices,… Read more »

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90 days of solitude: Australia shut down til June 29

- April 2, 2020 3 MIN READ

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller says the state’s tough social distancing and isolation laws will remain in place for at least 90 days, taking the restrictions to June 29.  On Monday, the NSW government increased restrictions on freedom of movement in a bid to reduce the further spread of COVID-19, also ramping up the penalties… Read more »

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Banks are upping their support for business to prevent commercial property evictions during the COVID-19 downturn

- March 30, 2020 3 MIN READ

Australian banks are expanding their program of six-month loan deferrals to larger companies, offering relief on up to $250 billion in business borrowing. The major banks are backing the Australian Banking Association’s (ABA) extended Business Support Package to 98% of all businesses with a loan from an Australian bank, increasing the existing $3 million small… Read more »

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Victoria moves to stage 3 shutdowns as virus diagnoses rise

- March 30, 2020 2 MIN READ

Victoria is moving to “stage three” shutdown restrictions as the state’s coronavirus infection rate climbs past 800 cases. Premier Daniel Andrews is moving to give the state the legal framework to implement the national measures announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday night, including a limit of no more than two people gathered together out… Read more »