First Stimulus Package
The Tasmanian government has released a stimulus package which includes:
- $250 payments for individuals or up to $1,000 for families for those who are required by Public Health to self-isolate as a result of the coronavirus. Eligibility includes those with a Health Care Card or a Pensioners Concession Card and those on low incomes who can demonstrate a need for financial support, including casual workers.
- $20 million in loans to small businesses in the hospitality, tourism, seafood production, and exports sectors. The loans will be available to businesses with a turnover of less than $5 million to purchase equipment or restructuring business operations and will be interest free, for three years.
- Payroll tax liabilities will be waived for hospitality, tourism and seafood industry businesses for the last four months of 2019-20. Other businesses with payrolls of up to $5 million will be able to apply, based on the impact of virus, to have their payroll tax waived for April to June 2020.
- A payroll tax rebate for one year, to businesses that employ a young person aged 24 and under, between April and December 2020.
- The targeted Small Business Grants Program provides a $5,000 grant for businesses that hire an apprentice or trainee in the tourism, hospitality, building and construction, and manufacturing industries.
- To assist with small business cash flow, the Tasmanian Government will:
- Pay bills sooner: unless otherwise required by contractual arrangements, payment terms by Government agencies will be reduced from 30 days to 14 days; and
- Give small businesses more time to pay their bills: unless otherwise required by contractual arrangements, small businesses will be provided extended payment terms to Government from 30 days to 90 days.
- Free workplace relations advice from Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) to support businesses affected by COVID-19 to manage their obligations in relation to industrial relations issues. Support may include (but not limited to):
- Advice in regards to industrial instruments - Modern Award, Enterprise Agreements etc.
- Modern Award coverage and interpretation
- Rates of pay, loadings, penalties and allowances
- Leave entitlements/accruals – annual, personal, parental and long service leave
- Obligations under the Fair Work Act 2009
- Record keeping requirements
- Support and advice to manage workforce contraction such as contract variations, stand downs, redundancies, etc.
- Development and implementation of policies and advice in relation to:
- Flexible work arrangements
- Working from home
- Stand down
- Duty of care implications
- Provision of advice on employee management including business closure and risk management
The TCCI can be contacted on their Business Hotline: 1300 599 112 or via their website.
A full list of Tasmanian government stimulus measures is available here.
Please note these measures have not yet been fully legislated.
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