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We understand the hardship and uncertainty around COVID-19 and its potential impact on you and your business, and we would like to keep you informed with the latest information about the much-needed financial support available so you can easily access these resources. We’re backing you to get through this difficult time.
The government released a Three-Step Plan recently, aims to gradually reopen Australia after the Coronavirus crisis and make Australia COVID-safe. States and territories may adjust according to their circumstances. The government hopes the last step could be achieved by July, and below are the details about each step:
The restrictions on connection with friends and family will be relaxed, and some businesses reopen with COVIDSafe.
Step two is very similar to step one, double the number of people allowed to a gathering, and most business reopen with COVIDSafe.
Reopening of business and community with minimal restrictions in COVIDSafe way.
Last updated 24 April
To support commercial tenants affected by coronavirus, the government announced new rental waivers and deferrals. Landlords cannot terminate leases or drawing on a tenant’s security while tenants must remain committed to the terms of your lease.
The waivers must constitute for at least 50% of the reduction and rental deferrals must be spread over the remaining time of the lease term and for at least 2 years.
The Government has announced a temporary hold on evictions and a mandatory code of conduct for commercial tenancies to support small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). These measures will be implemented by State or Territory Government.
From 3 April 2020 for the period during the JobKeeper Program remains operational
Last updated 24 April
The JobKeeper wage subsidy allows businesses impacted by COVID-19 have access to $1,500 (before tax) fortnightly payments for each full-time or part-time staff members up to 6 months so that they can retain their employees.
To ensure the integrity and the efficient operation of the JobKeeper payment, the Government has announced the operation of some rules. Find out more information about the JobKeeper Update here.
The Australian Commissioner of Taxation has extended the time to enrol for the initial JobKeeper periods, from 30 April 2020 until 31 May 2020.
Businesses are expected to receive the first payment in the first week of May 2020, however they will be backdated to 30 March 2020.
Last updated 29 April
The government is providing $20,000 to $100,000 tax-free cash flow support to eligible businesses so they can keep operating, pay their rent, electricity and other bills and retain staff. This will be done through 2 sets of cash flow boosts.
You DON’T need to apply as the payment will be automatically calculated by ATO.
The initial cash flow boosts will be delivered as credits in the activity statement system from 28th April 2020 upon employers lodging activity statements for each monthly or quarterly period from March to June 2020.
Last updated 02 April
To help small businesses retain apprentices and trainees, the government is offering a wage subsidy of 50% of their wages for 9 months from January 1 to September 30, 2020.
Businesses with less than 20 employees will be eligible to reimburse up to a maximum of $21,000 per apprentice or trainees ($7,000 per quarter).
Businesses can claim from early April 2020 and final claims must be lodged by 31 December 2020.
Contact an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider.
Last updated 25 March
The government temporarily increasing the threshold to $20,000 and more time to respond to demands from creditors. Temporary relief will also be available from directors’ personal insolvent trading liability.
You DON’T need to apply as ATO will tailor solutions for your circumstances.
These relief measures will apply for 6 months.
Last updated 02 April
To provide cash flow benefits for businesses, the government has been increased the instant asset write-off threshold from $30,000 to $150,000 and extended to businesses with turnover less than $500 million.
This applies from 12 March 2020 until 30 June 2020, for new or second-hand assets first used or installed ready for use in this timeframe.
Last updated 02 April
To support business investment and economic growth, the Government is offering a time limited 15 month investment incentive by accelerating depreciation deductions.
This applies to first used or installed ready for use assets immediately until 30 June 2021.
To help businesses access working capital and meet their cash flow needs, the Government will provide a guarantee 50% to eligible lenders of new short-term unsecured loans to SMEs.
Early April 2020 and be available for new loans made by participating lenders until 30 September 2020.
Contact your financial institution for more information. The Government is working with banks and other lenders at the moment.
The Government is providing a temporary exemption from responsible lending obligations for 6 months for lenders providing credit to existing small business customers to access to credit faster and easier.
Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) provides banks an access to at least $90 billion in funding at a fixed interest rate of 0.25% to reduce borrowing costs for households and businesses. A further easing in the cash rate to 0.25% to support the economy.
The Government is providing the Australian Office of Financial Management (AOFM) with $15 billion to invest in structured finance markets used by smaller lenders, including non-Authorised Deposit-Taking Institutions (non-ADIs) and smaller Authorised Deposit-Taking Institutions (ADIs).
This program will help smaller lenders who are not able to benefit from the RBA’s term funding facility, to maintain access to funding and support competition in the lending market. This in turn will help keep mortgages and other borrowing costs for businesses low.
The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) has announced temporary changes to its expectations regarding bank capital ratios. The changes will support banks’ lending to customers, particularly if they wish to take advantage of the new facility being offered by the RBA.
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To provide cash flow benefits for businesses, the government has been increased the instant asset write-off threshold from $30,000 to $150,000 and extended to businesses with turnover less than $500 million. This applies from 12 March 2020 until 30 June 2020, for new or second-hand assets first used or installed ready for use in this timeframe. For eligibility and more information, please refer to the Australian Government’s fact sheet Delivering support for business investment.
With the government has made offers to lenders who want to join in SMEs Guarantee Scheme, while more than 60% of the small business owners believe they won't be eligible for the loan, get enough amount of the money they need or get the cash on time.
Here at Max Funding, we understand great small businesses like yours are running out of cash flow, and the longer you wait, the more likely your business would be at risk. With Max Funding, the best SME Guarantee Scheme alternative, you can easily access funding as fast as 24 hrs. To get cash flow assistance, simply click here to apply today.