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Victoria’s COVID Roadmap: what businesses should expect in 2021

The Victorian Roadmap has been developed based on expert modelling from the Burnet Institute and is set against COVID-19 thresholds including hospitalisation rates, and the vaccination targets already set out in the National Plan to transition Australia’s National COVID-19 Response. As we reach 70 per cent and 80 per cent double dose vaccination targets, the

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Recovery plans are crucial for small business certainty

On this national Family Business day, the State Small Business Commissioners and the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman have met to further our collaborative efforts within our jurisdictions, to support our nation’s vital small business community. In recognising the outstanding contributions of health professionals and clinicians throughout this pandemic, we also seek to

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Ultimate Guidebook: Small business stimulus and relief packages

The Australian Government has announced several stimulus and relief packages, designed to sustain small businesses through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and keep employees in work. The government has stated that the measures are temporary, targeted and scalable. The main areas of support currently available to small businesses are: SME Recovery Loan Scheme (updated) SMEs with a

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Free vaccination advice and other SMB employee concerns

Small businesses may be eligible for free, tailored written advice from the FairWork Ombudsman. Small businesses can apply to receive free advice on employee pay and entitlement issues, including those that relate to vaccination, through the FairWork Ombudsman’s Employer Advisory Service (EAS). The EAS can give eligible small businesses written advice about: employees’ entitlements under

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Australian night time economy report for 2019-20 released

The Council of Capital City Lord Mayors (CCCLM) has released its report ‘Measuring the Australian Night Time Economy 2019-20’ which details commissioned research into core elements of the night-time economy. This is the 10th year for the research, which focuses on food, drink and entertainment businesses and the associated economic performance. This report covers the 2019-20

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Northwest NSW small businesses cautiously optimistic

The region welcomes the COVID re-opening plan but challenges remain. We spoke to Joe Townsend, Regional Manager for Business NSW in the northwest of the State, expected to be one of the first areas to have stay-at-home orders lifted. What does the re-opening roadmap mean for small businesses in your region? The announcement makes us

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Govt. supporting landlords waiving business rent amid pandemic

The Victorian Government is supporting landlords who are waiving rent for their businesses during the pandemic, offering grants to those who are doing the right thing by their tenants. Minister for Small Business Jaala Pulford today opened the $20 million Commercial Landlord Hardship Fund to assist small landlords who are reducing and waiving rent as part of

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Hospitality down 30% since the start of the year nationally

While New South Wales, metropolitan Melbourne and the ACT remain in lockdown (regional Victoria, excluding Shepparton, will emerge from lockdown tomorrow), this week’s consumption data presents the most encouraging picture for some time. While there are clearly still major challenges, with Melbourne and Sydney to remain in lockdown until they hit vaccination targets (likely in

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