COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information and Resources
The Australian Government have launched a new website to give you the latest Coronavirus news, updates and advice from government agencies across Australia.
The Federal Government’s website business.gov.au is a key source of information on the financial assistance, eligibility and timing for the COVID-19 related financial support available for Australian businesses. The website will be updated as further information becomes available. business.gov.au also includes a range of tools, guides and information on matters like business planning, links to ATO and other useful resources for your business.
Western Australian Government
The Western Australian Government website has the latest novel coronavirus (COVID-19) information, updates and resources sourced from all of Western Australia’s government agencies.
The Australian Government & the Western Australian Government have announced social distancing measures to protect the community from the spread of the coronavirus. More information can be found here:
Australian Government's measures can be viewed here
WA Government's restrictions can be viewed here
WA Travel Restrictions
Restrictions have been introduced to limit the movement of people into Western Australia and within the state, including border control and intrastate travel. Further information is available here.
New Directions to protect remote Aboriginal Communities
The WA Government has released a set of binding Directions to help protect the health and wellbeing of people living in remote Aboriginal communities in response to COVID-19. More information is available here
Social Distancing - This information sheet answers common questions about social distancing — including what it is, how to do it and why it's important.
JobKeeker payment - The JobKeeper Payment is designed to help businesses affected by the Coronavirus to cover the costs of their employees’ wages, so that more employees can retain their job and continue to earn an income.
Support available for Employers
The Australian Government has announced measures to support businesses impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19). If you’re an employer, refer to this website to learn what your business can get, where to go for help and what your obligations are. The website also provides useful links to the Department of Health and the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Boosting Cash Flow for Employers payments
Small and medium businesses with an aggregated annual turnover under $50 million that employ workers will be eligible for payments. Eligibility will generally be based on prior year turnover. The information here includes useful examples and scenarios to help explain these payments.
Support available for Sole Traders
The Australian Government has announced a number of measures to support sole traders impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19). If you’re a sole trader, learn what your business can get and where to go for help here.
Supporting Trainees and Apprentices
If you employ an apprentice or trainee you may be eligible for a wage subsidy of 50 per cent of their wage paid from January 2020 to September 2020. For more information, refer to the business.gov.au website.
Small business loan repayments deferred
The Australian Banking Association has announced that Australian banks will defer loan repayments for small businesses affected by COVID-19 for 6 months.
Find more information on the Australian Banking Association website.
Support available from ATO
Support is available on the ATO website for anyone experiencing difficulties with tax obligations due to COVID-19. For help tailored to your circumstances call the Emergency Support Infoline on 1800 806 218 or email COVID-19Taxissues@ato.gov.au.
If you prefer to use a language other than English, phone the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 13 14 50 for help with your call. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples can phone the Indigenous Helpline on 13 10 30.
The ATO has also released some common tax questions about COVID-19 regarding individuals, businesses, cancelled supplies and events as well as international business issues. These can be viewed on the website.
COVID-19 Health Information Line
If you require information whether you, your family or your employees could be affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) please call the Corona Virus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080. The information line is available Monday to Friday 8.00AM to 8.00PM, Saturdays from 8.00AM to 5.00PM and Sundays from 9.00AM until 5.00PM.
Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA
The Chamber of Commerce and Indusry have launched a free website covid19.cciwa.com which includes advice on areas such as managing economic impacts, protecting staff, managing travel, business continuity, working from home, communicating with staff and FAQs. The content includes practical video and written advice, as well as templates and a range of other resources with the single aim of ensuring businesses are better prepared. This is not just a resource for their members - it is a resource to guide every organisation through the process of managing their responses to COVID-19
Banks and Financial Institutions
Commonwealth Bank of Australia: Coronavirus Support
Westpac: COVID-19 Customer Support
BankWest: Coronoavirus Support
Bendigo Bank: Coronavirus Assistance
Telstra and Optus support available during COVID-19
Telstra is currently offering consumer and small business customers additional data as well as offering unlimited home phone calls to pensioners. Further information on how to take up this offer is available on the Telstra website.
Optus is supporting customers with additional data as businesses and schools across the country transition to working remotely. Information on how to access extra data is available on the Optus website.
Chamber of Minerals and Energy WA
COVID-19 latest updates from the Chamber of Minerals and Energy WA (CME) are available on the CME website
CPA Australia's website contains information on changes to CPA to events, CPA Program and Foundation exams, as well as information to support your business through this time.
Remote Working Resources
Business Australia have a great resource that can assist you and your employees to prepare for remote working on their website. It includes a Working From Home Policy, Working From Home Checklist, Ergonomics Checklist and Expence Claim Policy.