JobKeeper and Jobseeker cut back will push 740,000 Australians into poverty

- September 28, 2020 3 MIN READ

Australian National University calculations suggest JobKeeper and the boosted JobSeeker payment have saved about 2.2 million people from poverty. It’s a remarkable outcome without precedent in Australia. However, the planned cuts to the government benefit and wage subsidy schemes will have savage impacts for hundreds of thousands of Australians. JobKeeper was set at A$1,500 per… Read more »


Small Business ombudsman welcomes JobKeeper changes

- August 7, 2020 2 MIN READ

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has welcomed changes to the JobKeeper eligibility criteria, saying it will help support more businesses, particularly those in Victoria facing the impact of tighter restrictions. The changes to the eligibility test outlined by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg this morning mean businesses are only required to demonstrate a… Read more »


JobKeeper 2.0 welcomed by small business advocates

- July 22, 2020 4 MIN READ

Small business advocates have welcomed the government’s announcement of the extension of the JobKeeper scheme. Small business owners and their champions have met the announcement of JobKeeper 2.0 with appreciation, suggesting the revamped and extended scheme will allow small businesses to remain viable during the ongoing coronavirus crisis. “We know the vital role small to… Read more »


PM: JobKeeper and Jobseeker schemes to be continued at reduced rates

- July 21, 2020 2 MIN READ

The government’s lifeline to small businesses and the unemployed – the JobKeeper and JobSeeker payments – will be extended past their original September cut-off date to continue to provide support to Australians during the coronavirus crisis. The prime minister Scott Morrison announced the wage subsidy program and unemployment benefit schemes would extend for a further… Read more »


Government to extend unsecured small business loan scheme

- July 20, 2020 2 MIN READ

The Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has announced the government will extend the range of its unsecured loan scheme to allow businesses to cope with the growing COVID-19 crisis. The existing scheme has already propped up over 15,000 small businesses, guaranteeing 50 per cent of new unsecured loans. A second phase of the scheme will be rolled… Read more »