• Adjust font size
topimage

COVID-19 Update

MEDIA RELEASE: RDA PERTH SUPPORTING COMMUNITIES DURING COVID-19

Click Media Release for details on RDA Perth’s activities during COVID-19.

COVID-19 Update – New Support Measures 

New economic development-related information has recently been released by the Australian Government.

JobKeeper Payment

The Prime Minister announced a $130 billion JobKeeper payment on 30 April.  This will see around 6 million workers receive a flat payment of
$1,500 per fortnight through their employer, before tax. The following links include information about the payment:

Measures to Help Renters

The Prime Minister also announced new measures to help renters. Under these measures, evictions will be put on hold over the next 6 months for commercial and residential tenants in financial distress, who are unable to meet their commitments due to the impact of the coronavirus. Please refer to:

Freight Access

The Australian Government has today announced a $110 million initiative securing freight access for Australia agricultural and fisheries exporters. For more details, please refer to the following joint media release link:

NSW Emergency Supplies registration portal

In NSW, the State Government have announced a registration scheme for businesses with capacity to provide critical supplies, raw materials or manufacturing capability to produce critical supplies during theCOVID-19 crisis. The following link provides further information:

NEW COVID-19 APP

 An app is now available to access direct information on a range of features including health advice and updates on the measures that are being put in place by state and federal governments. To access this information:

  • Go to WhatsApp and type in ‘aus.gov.au/whatsapp’.
  • Apple app store: the coronavirus app.

COVID-19 – Support Measures announced on 23 March.

The links to these are below:

https://www.pm.gov.au/media/update-coronavirus-measures-220320

https://www.pm.gov.au/media/supporting-australian-workers-and-business

The Treasury has released further information about the Australian Government’s package of support measures for businesses. This includes measures relating to:

  • Boosting cash flow for employers
  • Temporary relief for financially distressed businesses
  • Increasing the instant asset write-off
  • Backing business investment
  • Supporting apprentices; and
  • Support for Coronavirus-affected regions and communities.

Further information, including a fact sheet relating to each of the above measures, can be accessed at:

https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/businesses

A number of Australian Government departments and agencies are updating their information on a range of topics. A non-exhaustive list of items that may be of interest follows:

1.   Education, Skills, Employment

https://www.employment.gov.au/supporting-apprentices-and-trainees

https://www.dese.gov.au/news/coronavirus-covid-19

2.   Treasury

https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus

3.   Business

https://business.gov.au/risk-management/emergency-management/coronavirus-information-and-support-for-business

4.   ATO

https://www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Dealing-with-disasters/In-detail/Specific-disasters/COVID-19/

You may wish to check regularly for updates of the following pages: 

Prime Minister’s media announcements

Economic Response – Treasury

business.gov.au

Australian Tax Office

Department of Education, Skills and Employment

We encourage you to stay apprised of announcements for your jurisdiction, including health information:

NSW Government NSW Health
VIC Government VIC Health
QLD Government QLD Health
SA Government SA Health
WA Government WA Health
TAS Government TAS Health
NT Government NT Health
ACT Government ACT Health