Federal Budget 2020-21 update

Released at 7:30pm on 6 October 2020, the Federal Budget 2020-21 was delayed as a result of Australia’s – indeed the world’s – attention being diverted to managing the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a result, the Budget is all about stimulus an support. Read more

JobKeeper extension

The JobKeeper scheme has been extended from 28 September 2020 until 28 March 2021. The extension applies over two separate extension periods:

  • Extension 1: from 28 September 2020 to 3 January 2021
  • Extension 2: from 4 January 2021 to 28 March 2021

For each extension period, an additional actual decline in turnover test applies and the rate of the JobKeeper payment is different.

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Important Updates to Job Keeper 1.0 & 2.0

Changes to JobKeeper eligibility rules, announced on 14th August, mean we now need to revisit JobKeeper 1.0 to ensure your business stays eligible and to maximise your JobKeeper entitlements. Indeed, the changes may result in increased JobKeeper 1.0 payments for some businesses.

The government has also announced a relaxation of eligibility criteria for JobKeeper 2.0.

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COVID-19 Important Updates

As we continue to adapt to life with the coronavirus, the one certainty is how rapidly things can change, and predicting how the next six months unfolds would be anyone’s guess. Despite the uncertainty, both Federal and State governments continue to do all they can to assist businesses and the economy to respond accordingly.

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Important JobKeeper Updates

The ATO continues to roll out much-needed details about JobKeeper Payments, allowing us to advise clients with increasing clarity. Recent information has served to broaden eligibility for some businesses and extend deadlines, opening pathways for more businesses to potentially benefit from the subsidy.

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JobKeeper – Important Updates

The roll-out of the JobKeeper program continues at a rapid pace. Is your business ready for the JobKeeper Subsidy?

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Investment Markets and Economic Updates

We have now updated our COVID-19 Updates and Resources page to include some key insights into investment markets and economic conditions. This will be particularly relevant to our investor and financial planning clients.

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COVID-19 JobKeeper Payment update

The JobKeeper Payment, at $130B, is the single biggest economic support measure in Australia’s history. The more we hear and read, the more confident we are that this measure has definitely hit the mark and will be the saviour for many businesses and thousands of jobs.

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COVID-19 JobKeeper Payments

The third and largest COVID-19 (coronavirus) support package to date is a $130 billion economic injection designed to save jobs for the next 6 months. In this package, businesses may be entitled to receive a fortnightly wage subsidy of $1,500 per employee.

The so-called JobKeeper Payment is designed to keep people in work and the Government expects up to 6 million people will benefit from the subsidy.

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COVID-19 Stimulus & Support Update

The federal government continues to release a range of measures to support both business and individuals as a result of COVID-19.

This update primarily focuses on the government’s second round of stimulus measures. We also outline key concessions announced to date by major banks and provide a brief update on state government announcements.

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