Business Update – 25 August 2021

We’re thinking of everyone affected by lockdowns around the country and encourage you to reach out if you have any questions about your business during this time. Read on for assistance that may be available to you. Australia Closes One-Way Travel Bubble from NZ Australia has paused “green zone” flights from New Zealand that allow Kiwis to travel to the country without going into quarantine. All passengers on flights originating…  Read more

Business Update – 18 August 2021

We’re thinking of everyone affected by lockdowns around the country and encourage you to reach out if you have any questions about your business during this time. Read on for assistance that may be available to you. Tougher COVID-19 Restrictions in Melbourne New stricter COVID-19 restrictions came into effect in Melbourne at 11:59pm on Monday and will be in place until 2 September. As part of the new restrictions, playgrounds,…  Read more

Business Update – 11 August 2021

We’re thinking of everyone affected by lockdowns around the country and encourage you to reach out if you have any questions about your business during this time. Read on for assistance that may be available to you. NSW Expands COVID-19 Lockdown New South Wales has expanded the COVID-19 lockdown to include regional areas including Tamworth and Dubbo, and popular tourist spot Byron Bay. The rural towns and coastal region have…  Read more

Business Update – 4 August 2021

Australia’s Path to Reopening International Borders Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a four-stage plan which will determine when COVID-19 restrictions can be eased. In a nutshell, 80% of Australian adults will have to be vaccinated before international borders can open. So far, about 15.7% of adults have been fully vaccinated. While no timetable has been announced, the PM expressed that Phase B, wherein 70% of the population is fully vaccinated,…  Read more

Business Update – 28 July 2021

Greater Sydney Lockdown to Extended by 4 Weeks What began as a two-week lockdown on June 26 for the more than 5 million people living in Greater Sydney will now stretch until at least August 28, as COVID-19 daily case numbers continue to grow. Existing rules including the five reasons to leave home and the non-essential retail shutdown will remain. A new 10km travel limit for shopping is now also…  Read more

NSW and Federal Government Combined COVID-19 Support Package

This week the NSW state and Australian Federal Governments announced a combined support package to help households and businesses during the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown. The COVID-19 Disaster Payment will be expanded and increased under this agreement. The payment will increase to $600 if a person has lost 20 or more hours of work a week or $375 if a person has lost between 8 and less than 20 hours of…  Read more

Business Update – 21 July 2021

South Australia Announces Shutdown, Victoria Extends Lockdown South Australia moved to a full lockdown yesterday after the number of local COVID-19 cases grew to five. The lockdown will last for at least a week to contain the spread of the Delta variant. This article outlines the COVID-19 rules on travelling, gathering, and mask-wearing. Also, South Australia has shut its borders with NSW and Victoria as outbreaks continue. You can find…  Read more

Business Update – 14 July 2021

NSW Lockdown Extended for 2 Weeks Lockdown measures in Greater Sydney have been extended by at least another two weeks from Monday. At this stage it will last until 11:59pm on Friday July 30. We’re thinking of everyone affected and encourage you to get in touch with us if you have any questions about your business. New NSW COVID-19 Support Package Announced Under a combined NSW and Federal Government support…  Read more

Business Update – 7 July 2021

Delta Strain Leaves States on High Alert Tasmania and the ACT remain the only Australian jurisdictions with no active local COVID-19 cases as NSW continues to battle a growing cluster that originated in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. Lockdown extended for Greater Sydney Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong, and Shellharbour, will remain under strict lockdown measures until Friday 16th July. Schools will start online learning on July 13.…  Read more

Business Update – 30 June 2021

Five states in lockdowns After months of keeping the coronavirus under control, five out of eight Australian states and territories are battling the highly infectious Delta variant. In order to prevent the spread, lockdowns in three large cities have been implemented, affecting more than 20 million Australians, or about 80% of the population. From Tuesday, Queensland imposed a three-day lockdown in Brisbane and neighbouring regions as well as Townsville, while…  Read more

Business Update – 23 June 2021

NSW Records 16 New Local Cases, New Restrictions Reimposed NSW recorded 16 new cases of COVID-19 since the last time health officials spoke at 11 am on Tuesday. There’s also one mystery case where authorities still haven’t identified the source of COVID-19 detected in a nine-year-old child from Sydney’s east. Starting 4 pm on Wednesday, new measures will be imposed for people in Sydney, the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong,…  Read more

Business Update – 16 June 2021

Melbourne’s Lockdown Lifted Lockdown in Melbourne was lifted on 11 June, but restrictions remain in place including a mandate to wear face masks at all times outside the home, limiting travel to within 25 km, and preventing some businesses from operating. Although restrictions have been eased further in regional Victoria, there are still plenty of rules as the state emerges from its fourth lockdown. ABC has a summary of the…  Read more

Business Update – 9 June 2021

Melbourne’s 2-Week Lockdown to ease on 10 June with some restrictions to remain Melbourne will emerge from a two-week lockdown at 11:59 pm on 10 June, after only two new infections arose in Victoria on Tuesday. Victoria was plunged into a one-week “circuit breaker” lockdown on 27 May, but the spread of coronavirus in Melbourne led authorities to extend the lockdown of the city. This ABC article has a comprehensive…  Read more

Business Update – 2 June 2021

Melbourne to Stay in Lockdown For Another Week Melbourne’s lockdown has been extended for another seven days, but stay-at-home measures will be lifted in regional Victoria. Residents of Greater Melbourne will only have five reasons to leave home: shopping for food and supplies, authorised work and education, care and caregiving, exercise (up to 2 hours and with one other person only), and getting vaccinated. Meanwhile, the rest of Victoria will…  Read more

Business Update – 26 May 2021

VIC: Melbourne’s Lockdown Fate Hangs in the Balance Authorities are locked in emergency talks about placing Melbourne in a five-day lockdown. A fresh cluster of COVID-19 cases in Victoria has grown to 15 in three days, and the next 24 hours are particularly critical as some of the infected had visited crowded venues such as pubs, cafes, and supermarkets. One of the infected was among the 23,400 people who attended…  Read more

Business Update – 19 May 2021

JobMaker Hiring Credit’s Second Claim Period Now Open The second claim period of the JobMaker Hiring Credit is now open. So if you’ve taken on additional young employees between 7 January and 6 April 2021, you may claim the following payments: up to $10,400 over a year for each additional eligible employee aged 16 to 29 years up to $5,200 over a year for each additional eligible employee aged 30…  Read more

Business Update – 12 May 2021

Australia to Reopen Doors to India Australia will lift a ban on its citizens returning from COVID-ravaged India next week, as state officials reported that an outbreak in Sydney appeared to be contained. The Prime Minister stood by his decision to impose a biosecurity order last month barring all travel to and from India, a policy that drew heavy criticism. Travellers will need to provide a negative Covid-19 test, and…  Read more

Business Update – 5 May 2021

Perth Dodges New Lockdown West Australian Premier Mark McGowan announced on Sunday that there will be no second snap-lockdown in Perth, but COVID-19 restrictions will still be imposed after reports that a hotel quarantine security guard and two of his housemates tested positive for the virus. Nightclubs will be closed immediately until after midnight on 8 May, restrictions will still be in place, and the use of masks will be…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 28 April 2021

Flights Between NZ and Western Australia Resumes New Zealand has reopened quarantine-free travel with Western Australia from midday Wednesday. This comes after it was revealed a traveller from Perth was able to enter New Zealand despite the Australian city being locked down. Travelers who have been identified as contacts to cases across the Tasman will have to test negative and self-isolate for 14 days before they depart for NZ. Report:…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 21 April 2021

Australia- New Zealand Travel Bubble Now Open The long-anticipated travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand started on Monday, marking the first step towards the gradual reopening to the rest of the world. Since October, Australia allows New Zealanders to arrive without going into quarantine, but New Zealand has taken a more cautious approach. The start of this travel bubble comes ahead of the New Zealand ski season and is…  Read more

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