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30, March 2020

PM Announces further restrictions, but provides a nod to the hibernation of our economy

The Prime Minister has tonight updated the Australian population further following another National Cabinet Meeting this afternoon.

The main highlights include:

  • Further restrictions on Public Gatherings noting that we are now reducing gatherings outside the home to a maximum of two people.
    • You are permitted to gather with members of your household beyond two, but any non-family household gatherings outside are restricted to two people.
    • This is now enforceable at the discretion of each state.
  • The Prime Minister is now asking everyone to stay home unless for the purposes of Medical Care or Compassionate Needs; Exercise; Work/Education if you cannot do that at home; persons over the age of 70 should stay home and self-isolate for their own protection.
  • States and Territories will also be placing a moratorium on both commercial and residential tenants being evicted for the next six months.
    • The PM is encouraging businesses to start negotiations with your landlords and banks and is asking everyone to make concessions.
    • The key thing is to ensure that we still have businesses in these premises to be able to restart quickly once we get to the other side of this crisis.
    • Our Premier of Victoria will be holding a press conference tomorrow morning to provide more detail on how Victoria will be implementing these latest restrictions.

It’s our understanding that the Prime Minister will be making a further announcement mid this week about wage subsidies that may help businesses in their decisions about staff. They are asking employers to just hold on a few more days while he works with the Treasurer to shape their next economic package.

Here’s a Sydney Morning Herald article to that effect….

UK-style wage subsidy on the way in Morrison’s plan to pay workers who lose jobs

Australians who lose their jobs will be given a wage subsidy to guarantee a share of their income as the coronavirus crisis wipes out hundreds of thousands of jobs, in a government plan to be announced within days

Read more in The Sydney Morning Herald

As well as the Prime Minister’s announcements today, and further to the $1.7 billion economic survival package announced last week by our Premier, additional details regarding elements of  the $500 million Business Support Fund were announced on Saturday.

The fund will include access to $10,000 grants from this Monday 30 March to over 30,000 employers in Victoria with payroll less than $650,000. To understand whether you are eligible, and to receive more details, be sure to register your interest at Economic Survival and Jobs Package.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

To help you in seeking out information on Federal Business Support Measures, here’s a couple links that might prove really useful….

New Australian Government communication tools

  • To get updates from the Australian Government you can receive them directly via the COVID-19 WhatsApp. Ensure you have downloaded WhatsApp from the App Store, then visit www.aus.gov.au/whatsapp and follow the prompts
  • Download the new Australian Government Coronavirus app by visiting your App Store and search Coronavirus Australia.

We will be updating you further following the Premier’s press conference tomorrow morning.

Kind regards,

Felicia Mariani
Chief Executive
Victoria Tourism Industry Council

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