COVID-19 Business Update – 14 April 2021

Australia Drops COVID-19 Vaccine Target Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he won’t set a new target date for Australians to get vaccinated, as concerns about the AstraZeneca vaccine and European export restrictions delay the rollout of the programme. Despite this, Australia is still ahead of some nations including Canada, France, and Japan in terms of vaccinations. About 1.2 million people out of 25.8 million have already received a first dose.…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 7 April 2021

Trans Tasman Travel Bubble to Begin 19 April Australia and New Zealand will create a quarantine and COVID-testing free travel bubble starting 19 April. However, flights to and from some Australian states may cease if there are future outbreaks. Australians made up 1.5 million or 40% of arrivals to New Zealand in 2019 before the pandemic, and it was expected that arrivals will reach 80% of that level by early…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 31 March 2021

Brisbane Looking at Easter Lockdown Extension While the decision on the lockdown extension will not be made until Wednesday night, the spread of the UK variant of the coronavirus has increased the possibility of an extended shutdown in Greater Brisbane over the Easter weekend. State border closures and disruptions to flights could continue with fears Brisbane’s lockdown could spread to the Gold Coast, a popular holiday destination around this time.…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 24 March 2021

Phase 1B of Vaccine Rollout Begins Phase 1B of Australia’s COVID-19 vaccination rollout plan started this week to further cushion the health, social, and economic impacts of the pandemic. Priority groups in Phase 1B include: elderly adults aged 80 years and over elderly adults aged 70 years and over health care workers not vaccinated in Phase 1A Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults over 55 adults with a specified medical…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 17 March 2021

Phase 1b Vaccination Roll Out to Commence on 22 March 2021 Phase 1b vaccinations will commence on 22 March 2021, and more than 1,000 general practices will join the COVID-19 vaccination program from next week to further strengthen the capacity and ensure an efficient distribution of vaccines across the country. Phase 1B includes vulnerable groups, such as older people and people with certain underlying medical conditions. Those eligible for Phase…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 10 March 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination Drive On Track, Says PM Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the vaccination drive against COVID-19 is on track to meet the target of having everyone inoculated by October, despite delays. As of 7 March 2021, the total number of people who have been vaccinated stands at 86,369. Business Confidence Hit Decade Highs The National Australia Bank’s index of business confidence reached decade highs, as it rose by four…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 3 March 2021

Government Committed to Vaccinating All Australians by October Although the vaccinations are currently behind the target set for the end of February, Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt says the government stays committed to getting all Australians inoculated by the end of October. The Australian Defence Force will also assist with the vaccine rollout. Military doctors and nurses will help administer the vaccine in aged care homes starting next week. Second…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 24 February 2021

Second Shipment of Pfizer Vaccine Arrives in Australia The second shipment with about 166,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine arrived late Monday, as Australia entered the second day of a nationwide immunisation drive. Total weekly doses will be increased to 80,000 next week, from 60,000 doses this week. When CSL Ltd. begins to produce the AstraZeneca vaccine locally, this number is expected to hit 1 million per week by…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 17 February 2021

Victoria lockdown to end Victoria’s five-day lockdown is due to end at midnight Wednesday 17th February as no new local COVID-19 cases were announced. While most restrictions will cease, some will continue. For example, face masks are required in most circumstances and five visitors are allowed to homes. Public gatherings of up to 20 people will recommence also. An overview of the remaining restrictions can be found here. Australia Receives…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 10 February 2021

Active COVID-19 Cases at Near 2-Month Low Australia only has 46 active cases of COVID-19, the lowest number in nearly two months. However, authorities warned against complacency. New South Wales, which has now gone 23 days without detecting any local cases of COVID-19, also warned of a drop-off in testing rates among the community. Vaccinations are expected to start later this month. COVID-19 Vaccination Certificates Will Be Released The Australian…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 3 February 2021

Australia Aims to Vaccinate Entire Population by End of 2021 Australia will spend more than $1.9 billion on equipping hospitals and health centres to administer COVID-19 vaccines that will see 26 million Australians vaccinated by the end of the year, according to Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Morrison said a Melbourne manufacturing plant alone should produce enough of the AstraZeneca vaccine to cover the nation. However, the Pfizer vaccine will still…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 27 January 2021

Australia Set for 10th Day of No Local COVID-19 Cases Australia is on track for its 10th consecutive day of no new local COVID-19 cases, with NSW hoping to ease restrictions this week after controlling a fast-spreading cluster. Meanwhile Victoria, which is hosting the Australian Open tennis tournament, has gone three weeks without a local case. Other states and territories which have mostly been COVID-free, some for months, are also…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 20 January 2021

Australian Consumer Confidence Clouded by COVID-19 in January Survey The Westpac-Melbourne Institute index of consumer sentiment released today fell 4.5% in January, from December, when it rose 4.1%. This is due to new outbreaks of COVID-19 in Sydney and Brisbane, though the spread has now been contained with relatively few cases and no deaths. The index is still 41% above a nadir hit back in April when COVID-19 lockdowns were…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 20 January 2021

Australian Consumer Confidence Clouded by COVID-19 in January Survey The Westpac-Melbourne Institute index of consumer sentiment released today fell 4.5% in January, from December, when it rose 4.1%. This is due to new outbreaks of COVID-19 in Sydney and Brisbane, though the spread has now been contained with relatively few cases and no deaths. The index is still 41% above a nadir hit back in April when COVID-19 lockdowns were…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 13 January 2021

Queensland Orders Hundreds to Restart Quarantine After a cluster of the new COVID variant was discovered at the Grand Chancellor quarantine hotel, all those in the hotel will have to restart their quarantine period. According to Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, the remaining 129 guests are going to be moved to other hotels and will be tested. Two hundred and fifty quarantined guests who have left the hotel since December 30…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 6 January 2021

Happy New Year! We hope you had a relaxing holiday break and are raring to go in 2021. South Australia Keeps NSW Border Shut South Australia has a hard border closure in place with New South Wales with no one from that state allowed to enter unless they are a returning resident, relocating permanently, or an essential traveller. Returning residents or people relocating will still need to quarantine for 14…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 23 December 2020

Thank you for your amazing support during this incredibly busy and challenging year. We hope you and your loved ones enjoy a safe and healthy festive season. We look forward to working with you next year! As usual, here are the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. November Retail Sales Surge Preliminary data showed Australian retail sales jumped 7% in November from the month before,…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 16 December 2020

State-by-State Guide to COVID-19 Restrictions Ahead of Holidays As Australia plans to reopen in time for Christmas and the New Year, authorities are reminding people to follow the COVID-19 restrictions that remain in place. Over the months, states and territories have continuously changed travel and social restrictions to curb the spread of the virus. You may check this guide for a state-by-state breakdown of which restrictions remain in place in…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 9 December 2020

Australia Bounces Out of Recession As Economy Grows 3.3% Australia’s economy grew by 3.3% in the third quarter as it rebounded from its first recession in nearly 30 years. This rebound in Q3 GDP reversed around 40% of the decline during the first half of the year and it is expected to return to pre-pandemic levels by mid-2021. Australia Stocks Extend Rally to 6th Day The Australian stock market finished…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 2 December 2020

South Australia Now Open to Victoria Since 12.01am on Tuesday, the border with Victoria has been reopened, allowing travel between the two states. Victorians entering South Australia are still required to fill in an online permit form, to get pre-approval. Masks are also mandatory for people in allied health and residential care, and the state is rolling out its QR code mandatory check-in system for businesses and venues. Meanwhile, Premier…  Read more

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