Government Relief Packages Quick Guide @ January 2021


Your go-to quick guide for employer and employer relief packages by the Federal Government, as provided by the Finance Broker's Association of Australia (FBAA).


JOBKEEPER: Details of the JobKeeper package can be found https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/jobkeeper


JOBKEEPER: Information for Employers: https://treasury.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-03/Fact_sheet_Info_for_Employers_0.pdf


JOBKEEPER: Information for Employees: https://treasury.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-03/Fact_sheet_Info_for_Employees_0.pdf


SUPPORTING BUSINESSES TO RETAIN JOBS: https://treasury.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-03/Fact_sheet_supporting_businesses_1.pdf


HELP FOR BUSINESSES: Full details for the Government’s support package for business (including Sole Traders) can be found below including changes to the instant asset write-off, cash flow assistance, etc. Call the Business Hotline on 13 28 46 or the Queensland State Government's Business Hotline on 1300 654 687. https://business.gov.au/risk-management/emergency-management/coronavirus-information-and-support-for-business


JOBSEEKER: The Government has temporarily expanded eligibility to income support payments and established a new, time-limited Coronavirus supplement to be paid on top of fortnightly payments. Eligibility criteria can be found at https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/subjects/affected-coronavirus-covid-19


STIMULUS PAYMENT: The $750 stimulus payment will be paid to social security and veteran income support recipients, eligible concession and health card holders, as well as recipients of family assistance and social security income support payments. Details available at https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/economic-support-payment


COMMERCIAL RENT RELIEF: States and territories will implement a mandatory Code of Conduct to impose a set of good faith leasing principles that will apply to commercial tenancies (including retail, office and industrial) between owners/operators/other landlords and tenants. Details of the code are https://www.pm.gov.au/sites/default/files/files/national-cabinet-mandatory-code-ofconduct-sme-commercial-leasing-principles.pdf. The Qld State Government is yet to release the details of how this will work in Queensland.


RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES: National Cabinet agreed to a moratorium on evictions over the next six months for residential tenancies in financial distress who are unable to meet their commitments due to the impact of Coronavirus. Residential tenancies will be dealt with by each state and territory. Information on Rental Grants for tenants who have lost their job due to the impacts of COVID-19 and who do not have access to other financial assistance is available https://www.qld.gov.au/housing/renting/rent-assistance/bond-loan/covid19-rental-grant



TEMPORARY VISA HOLDERS: Those who are unable to support themselves over the next six months, either through work, savings or access to superannuation are strongly encouraged to return home. Details available https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/



The Federal Government's website - www.australia.gov.au - should be your first source for information on the Coronavirus.


This information is current at January 2021 and may be subject to change.


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