Business Support

SUPPORT FOR IMPACTED BUSINESSES 

The Shire of Carnarvon has collated a number of resources available to local businesses who have been impacted by the COVID-19. 

Business Australia 

JobKeeper Payment for employers and employees

Under the JobKeeper Payment, businesses impacted by the coronavirus will be able to access a subsidy from the Government to continue paying their employees. Affected employers will be able to claim a fortnightly payment of $1,500 per eligible employee from 30 March 2020, for a maximum period of 6 months.

Click here for more information. Click here to register your interest. 

JobKeeper Payment for sole traders

Sole traders may be eligible to receive the JobKeeper Payment if their turnover has reduced. Following registration by the eligible business, the Government will provide $1,500 per fortnight per eligible employee for a maximum of 6 months. This will support sole traders to maintain their income and connection with employees.

Click here for more information. Click here to register your interest. 

Support available for sole traders

The Australian Government has announced measures to support businesses impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19). If you're a sole trader, learn what your business can get and where to go for help.

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Government assistance for employers

The Australian Government has announced measures to support businesses impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19). If you're an employer, learn what your business can get and where to go for help.

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Support available for companies

The Australian Government has announced measures to support businesses impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19). If you run a company, learn what your business can get and where to go for help.

Click here for more information. 

Boosting cash flow for employers

Provides up to $100,000 back to small and medium-sized businesses, with a minimum payment of $20,000 for eligible businesses. The payments will provide cash flow support to businesses with a turnover of less than $50 million and not-for-profit entities that employ staff. The payment will be tax free.

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Supporting apprentices and trainees

If you employ an apprentice or trainee you may be eligible for a wage subsidy of 50 per cent of their wage paid from 1 January 2020 to 30 September 2020. You can register for the subsidy from early April 2020.

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Temporary relief for financially distressed businesses

There is a temporary increase to the threshold at which creditors can issue a statutory demand on a company and the time companies have to respond to statutory demands they receive. This includes temporary relief for directors from any personal liability for trading while insolvent, and providing temporary flexibility in the Corporations Act 2001 to provide temporary and targeted relief from provisions of the Act.

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Tax support

Find out what tax support is available if you or your employees are affected by the coronavirus.

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Be aware of coronavirus scams

Unfortunately, scammers are taking advantage of the spread of coronavirus to exploit and play on the fears of businesses and consumers across Australia. It is very difficult at times to know what communication is official.

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Coronavirus and mental health

This is a hard time for everyone, but businesses are being particularly hurt by the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19). It’s important that you and your employees get the right emotional support.

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Continuing your business

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is having a devastating impact on businesses across Australia. Learn about the positive steps you can take to keep your business operating and where to go for help.

You can find resources and templates including: 

Small Business Development Corporation

The Small Business Development Corporation has created a COVID-19 assistance centre to provide dedicated, timely guidance on available support options, including:

  • information on available stimulus packages and eligibility requirements
  • advice on preparing businesses to manage impacts
  • other resources.

Since 12 March 2020, the Australian Government has announced several stimulus and relief packages, designed to sustain small businesses, through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and keep employees in work. The government has stated that measures are temporary, targeted and scalable. The main areas of support relevant to small businesses to date are:

  • New JobKeeper Payment (announced 30 March) – If your business has been significantly impacted by the Coronavirus you will be able to access a wages subsidy to continue paying your employees. Under the JobKeeper program, you will be able to claim a fortnightly payment of $1500 per eligible employee from 30 March 2020, for a maximum of six months. This assistance will help you keep staff and will help you restart when the crisis is over.
  • Moratorium on evictions
  • Expanded eligibility for job seeker payment for sole traders
  • Additional payments for employers to retain staff
  • Cash flow payment for employers, etc.
NEW ONLINE WORKSHOPS 

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis and subsequent changes in customer demand, our business skills building workshops are evolving.

  • Until further notice, all available workshops will be held online.
  • No in-person workshops are currently taking place.
  • All online workshops (usually $20) are now free for all WA small business owners, however registration is still essential.

More information of upcoming FREE live webinars, this can be found through - www.smallbusiness.wa.gov.au/blog/workshop-schedule 

To access the service, contact 133 140 (8:30am to 4:30pm weekdays) or email info@smallbusiness.wa.gov.au For more information visit: www.smallbusiness.wa.gov.au/coronavirus

Indigenous Business Australia

As Australia moves to respond to the emerging global COVID-19 crisis, IBA wants to assure our customers that we are doing everything we can at this time to assist you and keep our operations running as smoothly as possible. We know that many of you will be facing uncertainty and economic hardship now and in the coming months and our teams are hard at work looking for ways we can assist at this time.

For more information visit: www.iba.gov.au/2020/03/covid-19-support