Coronavirus information and support for Australian business owners

May 1, 2020

Update to JobKeeper Payment rules

To ensure the integrity and the efficient operation of the JobKeeper Payment scheme, the Government is clarifying the operation of some rules. This information will be available as soon as possible.

Extension of time to enrol for the JobKeeper scheme

The Australian Commissioner of Taxation has extended the time to enrol for the initial JobKeeper periods, from 30 April 2020 until 31 May 2020. Enrol for the JobKeeper Payment now.

Changes to the Fair Work Act 

The Fair Work Act has been amended to support the implementation and operation of the JobKeeper wage subsidy scheme in Australian workplaces. These changes are temporary and will end on 28 September 2020. Learn more about the JobKeeper changes to the Fair Work Act.

IP Australia’s extensions of time

From 22 April 2020, customers impacted by COVID-19 can submit a request for free extension of time of up to three months through IP Australia’s eServices. These arrangements will be in place until at least 31 May 2020.

Tax support for small business webinars

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) are running a free 60 minute webinar to find out how the Government’s stimulus package can help your small business. Register now.

Stay up-to-date on the latest business information

Find information on your business obligations, restrictions on non-essential services, tax and mental health support and how to protect your business from scams.

Continuing your business during COVID-19

Find out how to review your finances, create a business continuity plan, run your business from home, look after your customers and help with your energy bills. 

Do you have a question?

Ask the coronavirus business support line. There is a team of dedicated customer representatives who can help you if your business has been affected by the coronavirus – available between 8am – 8pm across Australia, seven days a week.

Call 13 28 46, send an email or use webchat on the website.

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