BAC Wage Subsidy Program helping businesses with employee wages

DID YOU KNOW…  That businesses that enrol their staff in traineeships before March 2022 are eligible to receive a government...

DID YOU KNOW…  That businesses that enrol their staff in traineeships before March 2022 are eligible to receive a government wage subsidy of up $28,000 a year per employee? The incentive is a part of the BAC Wage Subsidy Program, which aims to assist in the recovery from the economic impact...

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ACT Government business support measures extended

The ACT Government will extend a range of existing support measures and introduce a 2022 funding round for the...

The ACT Government will extend a range of existing support measures and introduce a 2022 funding round for the successful Amp It Up! grant program. The measures to be extended include: the closing date of the Small Business Hardship Scheme from 31 January to 28 February the food business registration fee waiver...

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Rent relief schemes extended in Victoria and NSW

The National Retail Association is pleased to hear that the Victorian and New South Wales Governments have extended their...

The National Retail Association is pleased to hear that the Victorian and New South Wales Governments have extended their commercial tenancy support schemes to March 2022. The NRA has lobbied hard for this crucial support to be extended for struggling small business owners, and we continue to advocate for...

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Small business mental health service extended for those impacted by COVID-19 and natural disasters

Beyond Blue has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement to continue its NewAccess for Small Business Owners service to December...

Beyond Blue has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement to continue its NewAccess for Small Business Owners service to December 2022. The $4.1 million in additional funding for the service means Beyond Blue can continue supporting the mental health and wellbeing of small business owners impacted by the pandemic and natural...

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Now is the time to refocus and establish a strong financial foundation

Partner article   Now that the Christmas rush is over, it is important to refocus on your business and consider its...

Partner article   Now that the Christmas rush is over, it is important to refocus on your business and consider its liquidity and cash needs over the next two quarters. Successful businesses need a strong strategic foundation, detailed, accurate data and insights to make the right business decisions. All too often...

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Isolation exemption for workers critical to food supply

Critical workers in the food logistics and manufacturing sectors furloughed as close contacts in New South Wales will be...

Critical workers in the food logistics and manufacturing sectors furloughed as close contacts in New South Wales will be permitted to leave self isolation to attend work if they have no symptoms of COVID-19 to ensure the state has continued access to essential goods.  Workers will only be eligible to...

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Important changes for QLD essential workers

Critical Queensland workers will be able to provide essential services while they are classified contacts provided they meet strict...

Critical Queensland workers will be able to provide essential services while they are classified contacts provided they meet strict health criteria. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the move was restricted to a narrow range of industries to ensure essential services and supplies like groceries, petrol, energy, water, freight and others could...

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Trading exemption for South Australian retailers this Australia Day

The Hon Rob Lucas MLC, Treasurer, has today declared an exemption for the Australia Day public holiday - Wednesday, 26...

The Hon Rob Lucas MLC, Treasurer, has today declared an exemption for the Australia Day public holiday - Wednesday, 26 January 2022, that will enable non-exempt shops in the Metropolitan Shopping District and Glenelg Tourist Precinct (the Adelaide suburban area) to trade between the hours of 11.00 am and 5.00 pm on that day. The National Retail Association...

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Sanity prevails as Victoria updates Public Health Orders

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer has determined that from 11.59pm tonight, Victoria will update coronavirus restrictions to provide more freedoms. The...

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer has determined that from 11.59pm tonight, Victoria will update coronavirus restrictions to provide more freedoms. The National Retail Association has been extremely vocal about the need for these changes are more stories of customer violence in non-essential retail emerged. We are delighted that our advocacy has...

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Retailers reveal spend for 10-day Christmas countdown

The National Retail Association (NRA) has revealed that Australians are set to splurge over $20.5 billion in the final...

The National Retail Association (NRA) has revealed that Australians are set to splurge over $20.5 billion in the final 10 days before Christmas. With just days until Santa rides his sleigh into town consumers are set to descend on shopping centres across the country in the mad final rush before...

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SME Recover Loan Scheme extended to June 2022

The Australian Government is providing further support to small businesses and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic by extending the...

The Australian Government is providing further support to small businesses and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic by extending the SME Recover Loan Scheme by a further six months to 30 June 2022. Around 80,000 loans worth approximately $7.3 billion have been written to date since the scheme commenced in March...

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Jobs Victoria supporting your search for hospitality staff

Looking for hospitality staff? Jobs Victoria may be able to help. Sign up to the Jobs Victoria online hub to...

Looking for hospitality staff? Jobs Victoria may be able to help. Sign up to the Jobs Victoria online hub to help your business find hospitality workers with the skills and experience you need. Their dedicated online platform matches jobseekers with employers seeking a local, job-ready workforce. The Jobs Victoria Fund also...

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Changes to QLD close contacts and business arrangements from 1 January

From 1 January 2022, there will be changes to how contact with a COVID-19 case is managed. Requirements will...

From 1 January 2022, there will be changes to how contact with a COVID-19 case is managed. Requirements will ease for vaccinated people. Queensland close contact These changes are detailed in the Managing the risk for COVID-19 exposures in businesses and venues plan. This guidance will help businesses plan and manage...

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Shopfront facelifts for Bass Coast businesses

The Andrews Labor Government is backing businesses across the Bass Coast by investing in the revitalisation of their shop...

The Andrews Labor Government is backing businesses across the Bass Coast by investing in the revitalisation of their shop fronts to help welcome more visitors to the region. Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas today announced 40 businesses will receive $2,000 Shopfront Improvement Rebates in Wonthaggi’s town centre. The rebates are...

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Update to Retail Award minimum daily engagement provisions

In welcome news for retail employers, the Fair Work Commission has resolved a drafting error concerning minimum daily engagements...

In welcome news for retail employers, the Fair Work Commission has resolved a drafting error concerning minimum daily engagements for casual employees under the General Retail Industry Award 2020 (Retail Award). During the plain language redraft of the Retail Award in October 2020, the description of the minimum daily engagement...

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Free support to continue after the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme ends in Victoria

After the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme (the Scheme) ends on 15 January 2022, Victorian tenants and landlords under financial strain will still have access to the Victorian Small Business Commission’s (VSBC)...

After the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme (the Scheme) ends on 15 January 2022, Victorian tenants and landlords under financial strain will still have access to the Victorian Small Business Commission’s (VSBC) support. Although tenants will no longer be entitled to rent relief, tenants and landlords will still have the option of talking with each other about their situation and trying to negotiate and...

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