Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates from the Australian Government

Businesses and employers


Government assistance is available to help your business withstand the impact of the coronavirus and encourage an economic recovery into the future.

The temporary assistance measures include:

  • a wage subsidy to help you retain employees
  • help to manage cash flow
  • a wage subsidy for apprentices and trainees
  • a safety net for companies facing financial distress
  • a time-limited asset investment incentive
  • and credit and loans

JobKeeper Payment

The Government’s JobKeeper Payment will help keep more Australians in jobs and support businesses affected by the significant economic impact of the coronavirus.

Under the wage subsidy scheme, workers will receive a fortnightly payment of $1,500 (before tax) through their employer.


Ensuring cash flow to pay bills and wages

Temporary cash flow payments up to $100,000 are available to keep eligible small to medium-sized businesses operating, paying your bills and retain staff.


Apprentices and trainees

The government is supporting the continued development of Australia’s skilled workforce and helping eligible businesses retain apprentices and trainees by offering a 50 per cent wage subsidy.


Financial distress

During this difficult time otherwise profitable and viable businesses face temporary financial distress.

It is important that these businesses have a safety net to make sure that when the crisis has passed they can resume normal operations.

A safety net will apply to lessen the threat of actions that could unnecessarily push your business to being wound up or forced into insolvency or bankruptcy during this time.


Investing in your business

The instant asset write-off threshold has been increased from $30,000 to $150,000 for businesses with an aggregated annual turnover of less than $500 million.

Whether you are purchasing new equipment for your warehouse or a second hand tractor, your business may benefit from the increased and expanded instant asset write-off until 30 June 2020.

Accelerated depreciation deductions will also be available for eligible businesses via a 15-month investment incentive initiative.


Credit and loans

A new Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme means you may be able to access additional loans from participating lenders to support you through the coming months.

The Government will provide a guarantee of 50 per cent to SME lenders for new unsecured loans to be used for working capital.

The Government is also providing an exemption from responsible lending obligations for lenders providing credit to existing small business customers.

This exemption is for six months and applies to any credit for business purposes, including new credit, credit limit increases and credit variations and restructures.


Supporting regions and sectors

The Government has set aside $1 billion to support communities, regions and industries most significantly affected by the Coronavirus outbreak. These funds will be available to assist during the outbreak and to help with the recovery. In addition, the Government is assisting our airline industry through a package of up to $715 million.