The Federal Government has passed the Stimulus Package to help communities and business as we face the outbreak of the Coronavirus.
The package includes measures to eligible recipients and criteria to support businesses including:
There are additional measures available of interest to members including:
The legislation was passed by Parliament on 23 March 2020.
For more information:
A summary of the current assistance available is outlined here:
The assistance under the package will be available from 27 April 2020.
Finance Minister Mathias Cormann advised the Senate that people on Youth Allowance, Austudy or Abstudy will now be included in the supplement package, giving them an additional $550 per fortnight.
This assistance will be made available from April 2020.
The Federal Government announced on 23 March 2020 that the Government will expand access to Medicare-funded ‘telehealth’ facilities.
This will allow all vulnerable GPs and other vulnerable health practitioners who are currently authorised to use telehealth item numbers, to use telehealth for all consultations with their patients.
Telehealth services use information and communications technologies to deliver health services and transmit health information over both long and short distances. It is about transmitting voice, data, images and information rather than moving care recipients, health professionals or educators.
This is expected to be made available from early April 2020.
NECA is calling for state governments to give businesses a ‘hand up, not a hand out’ by abolishing payroll tax for all small and medium businesses to help combat the continued economic turmoil caused by COVID-19.