COVID-19 Economic information & assistance for business

Published on Wed 22 April 2020 12:54pm

As at 22 April 2020

BUSINESS SUPPORT CONTACTS

– information on available stimulus packages and eligibility requirements
– advice on preparing businesses to manage impacts other resources.
– To access the service, contact 133 140 (8:30am to 4:30pm weekdays) or email info@smallbusiness.wa.gov.au

JOBKEEPER (WAGE SUBSIDY)
Please visit the ATO for further detail and clarification on any matters in this section: https://www.ato.gov.au/general/JobKeeper-Payment/

COMMERCIAL TENANCY
Please visit WA Consumer Protection for further detail and clarification on any matters in this section: https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/consumer-protection/commercial-tenancies-covid-19-response

– a 6 month moratorium on evictions due to non-payment of rent;
– a freeze on rent increases;
– restrictions on penalties for tenants who do not trade, or who have reduced their trading hours;
– prohibitions on charging interest on rent arrears;
– the introduction of a dispute resolution process; and
– an ability for government to prescribe a code of conduct.

– a short term, temporary moratorium on eviction for non-payment of rent to be applied across commercial tenancies impacted by severe rental distress due to coronavirus;
– tenants and landlords are encouraged to agree on rent relief or temporary amendments to the lease;
– the reduction or waiver of rental payment for a defined period for impacted tenants;
– the ability for tenants to terminate leases and/or seek mediation or conciliation on the grounds of financial distress;
– commercial property owners should ensure that any benefits received in respect of their properties should also benefit their tenants in proportion to the economic impact caused by coronavirus;
– landlords and tenants not significantly affected by coronavirus are expected to honour their lease and rental agreements.

BUSINESS AND SOLE TRADERS

Commonwealth Measures

Please visit the Federal Business Hub for further detail and clarification on any matters in this section: https://business.gov.au/risk-management/emergency-management/coronavirus-information-and-support-for-business

State Government Measures

Please visit the Small Business Development Corporation for further detail and clarification on any matters in this section: https://www.smallbusiness.wa.gov.au/blog/wa-coronavirus-relief-package

INDIVIDUALS
Please visit Services Australia for further detail and clarification on any matters in this section: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/job-seekers

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