The NSW COVID Small Business Grants

The NSW Government has recently announced grants available for small businesses who have been impacted by the NSW Government Lockdowns. This is available to all businesses that can show a downturn of at least 30% for a 2 week period between 26 June 2021 and 26 July 2021 compared to the same period in 2019. Businesses that are not within the “Lockdown Zones,” will have additional requirements to meet before…  Read more

NSW and Federal Government Combined COVID-19 Support Package

This week the NSW state and Australian Federal Governments announced a combined support package to help households and businesses during the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown. The COVID-19 Disaster Payment will be expanded and increased under this agreement. The payment will increase to $600 if a person has lost 20 or more hours of work a week or $375 if a person has lost between 8 and less than 20 hours of…  Read more

Business Update – 16 June 2021

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Melbourne’s Lockdown Lifted Lockdown in Melbourne was lifted on 11 June, but restrictions remain in place including a mandate to wear face masks at all times outside the home, limiting travel to within 25 km, and preventing some businesses from operating. Although restrictions have been eased further in regional…  Read more

Business Update – 9 June 2021

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Melbourne’s 2-Week Lockdown to ease on 10 June with some restrictions to remain Melbourne will emerge from a two-week lockdown at 11:59 pm on 10 June, after only two new infections arose in Victoria on Tuesday. Victoria was plunged into a one-week “circuit breaker” lockdown on 27 May, but…  Read more

Business Update – 2 June 2021

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Melbourne to Stay in Lockdown For Another Week Melbourne’s lockdown has been extended for another seven days, but stay-at-home measures will be lifted in regional Victoria. Residents of Greater Melbourne will only have five reasons to leave home: shopping for food and supplies, authorised work and education, care and…  Read more

Business Update – 26 May 2021

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. VIC: Melbourne’s Lockdown Fate Hangs in the Balance Authorities are locked in emergency talks about placing Melbourne in a five-day lockdown. A fresh cluster of COVID-19 cases in Victoria has grown to 15 in three days, and the next 24 hours are particularly critical as some of the infected…  Read more

Business Update – 19 May 2021

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Here’s the latest: JobMaker Hiring Credit’s Second Claim Period Now Open The second claim period of the JobMaker Hiring Credit is now open. If you’ve taken on additional young employees between 7 January and 6 April 2021, you may claim the following payments: up to $10,400 over a year for each additional eligible employee aged 16 to 29 years up to $5,200 over a…  Read more

Australian Budget & Business Update – 12 May 2021

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the highlights from the Australian Federal Budget, the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Australia to Reopen Doors to India Australia will lift a ban on its citizens returning from COVID-ravaged India next week, as state officials reported that an outbreak in Sydney appeared to be contained. The Prime Minister stood by his decision to impose…  Read more

Federal Budget 2021: What it means for you

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has released the 2021 Federal Budget and confirmed Australia’s economy is performing more strongly than was expected six months ago. This article has a summary of the “Winners and Losers” of the Budget and we’ve compiled a recap of the key points below. Get in touch with us if you have any questions. A Quick Budget Overview This budget assumes our international borders won’t reopen until mid-2022.…  Read more

Business Update – 5 May 2021

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Perth Dodges New Lockdown West Australian Premier Mark McGowan announced on Sunday that there will be no second snap-lockdown in Perth. However, COVID-19 restrictions will still be imposed after reports that a hotel quarantine security guard and two of his housemates tested positive for the virus. Nightclubs will be…  Read more

5 Important tips for Newcastle’s sole traders starting a new business post-COVID

Congratulations, you have jumped into being a sole trader and left the safety net of having a regular wage each week behind.   Success in small business is as much about planning as it is about ability. If the year of Covid has taught us anything as Newcastle based business owners, it is that we need to prepare for the unexpected. It may not be another pandemic; I have seen many…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 28 April 2021

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Flights Between NZ and Western Australia Resumes New Zealand has reopened quarantine-free travel with Western Australia from midday Wednesday. This comes after it was revealed a traveller from Perth was able to enter New Zealand despite the Australian city being locked down. Travellers who have been identified as contacts…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 21 April 2021

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Australia- New Zealand Travel Bubble Now Open The long-anticipated travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand started on Monday, marking the first step towards the gradual reopening to the rest of the world. Since October, Australia allows New Zealanders to arrive without going into quarantine, but New Zealand has…  Read more

Is your business ready for hybrid working?

The Covid pandemic has changed the way we work and ushered in a new era of hybrid working. Is your business ready and able to offer this mix of on-site, off-site and remote working? When businesses were forced to close down their physical offices and workspaces, this brought technology to the fore. We’ve seen an increased use of remote working, video technologies and cloud-based business solutions. In 2021, Aussie’s are…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 14 April 2021

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Australia Drops COVID-19 Vaccine Target Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he won’t set a new target date for Australians to get vaccinated, as concerns about the AstraZeneca vaccine and European export restrictions delay the rollout of the programme. Despite this, Australia is still ahead of some nations including Canada,…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 7 April 2021

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Trans Tasman Travel Bubble to Begin 19 April Australia and New Zealand will create a quarantine and COVID-testing free travel bubble starting 19 April. However, flights to and from some Australian states may cease if there are future outbreaks. Australians made up 1.5 million or 40% of arrivals to…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 31 March 2021

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Brisbane Looking at Easter Lockdown Extension While the decision on the lockdown extension will not be made until Wednesday night, the spread of the UK variant of the coronavirus has increased the possibility of an extended shutdown in Greater Brisbane over the Easter weekend. State border closures and disruptions…  Read more

Is your business eligible for the loss carry back tax offset this financial year?

As part of the Federal Budget 2020-21, the government announced a loss carry back measure to encourage new investment and work with the temporary asset expensing measures also announced at the budget. The new law started on 1 January 2021. Eligible corporate entities that previously had an income tax liability in a relevant year, and have subsequent losses, can claim a refundable tax offset up to the amount of their…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 24 March 2021

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Phase 1B of Vaccine Rollout Begins Phase 1B of Australia’s COVID-19 vaccination rollout plan started this week to further cushion the health, social, and economic impacts of the pandemic. Priority groups in Phase 1B include: elderly adults aged 80 years and over elderly adults aged 70 years and over…  Read more

Is your business eligible for JobMaker credits?

The JobMaker Hiring Credit scheme is designed to encourage businesses to employ additional young Aussie jobseekers aged 16-35 years. The hiring credit subsidises an increase in employee headcount. Eligible employers can receive the hiring credit for up to 12 months for each eligible employee engaged between 7 October 2020 and 6 October 2021. Registration for the scheme has been open since December 2020. Employers can still register for the scheme…  Read more

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