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Still time to apply for Facebook’s small business grant program

- September 16, 2020 < 1 MIN READ

Small business owners have until September 22 to apply for a piece of Facebook’s business grant program. As part of its commitment to helping small businesses through the pandemic, Facebook has launched USD $100 million grant program to support up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in more than 30 countries. Australia’s one of the countries… Read more »

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Is your lack of support failing your staff?

- September 14, 2020 4 MIN READ

New research finds over half of Australia’s 12 million workers received no support from their employer during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, despite having to adjust to major changes in their workplace. That number jumps to 72 per cent for people who lost their jobs during COVID-19, according to the  Gallagher COVID-19 Employee… Read more »

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No email for weeks and no answers from Telstra

- September 10, 2020 3 MIN READ

1000s of Telstra customers around the country have been impacted by an email outage that sees them unable to access their emails. The outage is proving catastrophic for many, with some small business owners claiming they have been impacted by the outage since early August. Kochie’s Business Builders was alerted to the issue by a… Read more »

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How to have difficult conversations on R U OK? Day

- September 10, 2020 2 MIN READ

This year R U OK? is encouraging Australians to learn what to say if someone in their life says they are not OK. With millions of Australians impacted by the coronavirus crisis, checking in on the mental health and well being of loved ones, friends and colleagues have never been more important. R U OK?… Read more »

Finance

Payment Time Reporting Bill step in right direction

- September 8, 2020 2 MIN READ

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has welcomed legislation passed in the Senate to implement the Payment Times Reporting Scheme, requiring big businesses to be transparent about their payment times. Prior to the coronavirus crisis, late payment times were already crippling small businesses. Independent research by East & Partners on behalf… Read more »

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COVID crisis pushing businesses to the brink

- September 8, 2020 2 MIN READ

With stage four restrictions expected to continue in Victoria until at least September 28, CPA Australia has called for urgent additional support for the state’s business owners. The CPA suggests the extended lockdown and ‘roadmap to reopening‘ will have devastating consequences for Victorian businesses. The viability of many businesses is under threat. Many have faced… Read more »

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Great news: online shopping to boom in the next year

- September 8, 2020 2 MIN READ

There are little doubts Australia’s retailers are struggling at the moment, with coronavirus having a devastating impact on the sector. However new research reveals the eCommerce sector is booming and is likely to continue to do so. The findings come from an independent survey by parcel pick-up and drop-off (PUDO) network Hubbed. Results show Australians have embraced… Read more »

Features

Your guide to COVID-19 restrictions state-by-state

- September 7, 2020 < 1 MIN READ

While COVID-19 restrictions were initially announced by the federal government and implemented across Australia in March, since then the states and territories have devised their own strategies to manage the virus. This approach acknowledges different areas will be affected in different ways and at varying times. But as a result, it can be hard to… Read more »

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Step-by-step guide to Victoria’s path out of COVID-19 lockdown

- September 7, 2020 < 1 MIN READ

Victorian Premier Dan Andrews and Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton on Sunday announced steps to slowly ease COVID-19 restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. There are four steps before Victoria totally opens up – a goal Andrews refers to as “COVID-normal”. Melburnians will have to wait a bit longer than regional Victorians before an… Read more »

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Victoria has a roadmap out of COVID-19 restrictions – NSW should too

- September 7, 2020 4 MIN READ

The COVID-19 roadmap for Victoria announced by Premier Daniel Andrews sets the state on the right path. Something like it should be emulated by New South Wales, which has not yet achieved zero new cases. Victoria’s roadmap towards what Andrews calls “COVID-normal” makes a clear distinction between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. Restrictions are marginally… Read more »

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Slow and steady exit from lockdown as Daniel Andrews plans COVID-normal Christmas

- September 6, 2020 4 MIN READ

The Victorian government today announced the eagerly anticipated roadmap out of COVID-19 lockdown. It features several steps that reflect a much slower relaxing of restrictions than last time around. While the government has provided a provisional time frame for the various steps, it is data, not dates, that will determine when restrictions are actually eased.… Read more »