Breaking news: An update from Senator Sarah Henderson on the $130 billion JobKeeper plan

Our government’s first duty is to protect the lives and livelihoods of Australians.

Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures.

A few hours ago, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg announced an unprecedented wage subsidy scheme – the $130 billion JobKeeper plan.

Effective today, all employees working for eligible companies impacted by the Coronavirus (ie companies with revenue falls of more than 30% or 50% for large companies) will receive a $1500 a fortnight wage subsidy for 6 months. This includes not just full-time and part-time workers but sole traders and casuals who’ve been with their employer for more than 12 months.

This is a flat wage subsidy, equivalent to 70 per cent of the median wage, and does not discriminate. The JobKeeper payment extends to employees who were on the books as at 1 March 2020 and is all about Australians keeping their jobs. It brings to $360 billion the total amount of economic support being provided at this very difficult time for our nation.

Please click here for the Prime Minister’s media release.

As you will see below, this Coronavirus Update provides an overview of the latest news as well as health advice, social distancing restrictions and details about where to seek support.

Our Government stands with you every step of the way. Together, we can get through this and out the other side.

 

 

Sarah Henderson
Liberal Senator for Victoria

NEWS

Restrictions 
Public gatherings, excluding household members, have been reduced to a maximum of two people. Check State & Territory websites for further enforcement information.

Stay home
Everyone should stay home unless you are: shopping for essentials, receiving medical care, exercising or travelling to work or education.  People aged over 70, aged over 60 with pre-existing conditions, or Indigenous people aged over 50 should stay home wherever possible for their own protection.

Renters
Evictions will be put on hold for 6 months by the States & Territories. Landlords & renters are encouraged to talk about short term agreements. More information to come this week.

    JobKeeper payment
    The Government has announced a $130 billion JobKeeper Payment to keep more Australians in jobs and support businesses affected by the Coronavirus. 

    Self isolating?
    If you are in self-isolation because you are confirmed or suspected to have Coronavirus (COVID-19), or have been in close contact with a confirmed case, use this form to help us track the spread of the virus → aus.gov.au/covid-form

    Safety net
    A safety net package of $1.1 billion has been announced by the Prime Minister to expand mental health and telehealth services, increase domestic violence services and provide more emergency food relief.

    Stay informed
    Download the official government “Coronavirus Australia” app in the Apple App Store and on Google Play. 

    Travel
    All travellers returning home from overseas will be quarantined in a hotel or designated facility for 14 days.

    Closures
    Pubs, licensed clubs and hotels (excluding accommodation), gyms, skateparks, indoor sporting venues, cinemas, beauty salons, play centres and outside playgrounds, places of worship and other public places must be closed. There are restrictions on attendance at weddings, funerals and outdoor fitness classes. Supermarkets and pharmacies remain open.  Check State & Territory Government sites for full details.

    LATEST NUMBERS

    As at 6:00am on 30 March 2020, there have been 4,093 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia. Of these cases, 284 were confirmed within 24 hours prior to this time.

    Of the 4,093 confirmed cases in Australia, 16 have died from COVID-19. More than 214,000 tests have been conducted across Australia.

    Stay home
    Australian Capital Territory – 77
    New South Wales – 1,918
    Northern Territory – 14
    Queensland – 656
    South Australia – 287
    Tasmania – 61
    Victoria – 769
    Western Australia – 311

    CHECK YOUR SYMPTOMS

    Common symptoms of COVID-19 include:
    – coughing
    – fatigue
    – fever
    – shortness of breath
    – sore throat

    Online symptom checker
    You can also use the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Symptom checker → aus.gov.au/symptom-checker

    Have symptoms?
    If you are sick & think you have symptoms, book an appointment to seek medical advice. Find your nearest health centre → aus.gov.au/health-services

    The doctor will tell you if you should be tested. They will arrange for a test if needed.

    Self isolating?
    If you are in self-isolation because you are confirmed or suspected to have Coronavirus (COVID-19), or have been in close contact with a confirmed case, use this form to help us track the spread of the virus → aus.gov.au/covid-form

    If you are having a medical emergency call 000.

    PROTECT YOURSELF & OTHERS

    Everyone MUST practice good hygiene
    It protects against infection & prevents the virus spreading.
    🤧 Cover your coughs & sneezes with your elbow or a tissue
    Put used tissues straight into the bin
    🧼 Wash your hands often with soap & water (including before & after eating & after going to the toilet)
    Use alcohol-based hand sanitisers
    Avoid touching your eyes, nose & mouth

    You MUST also practice:
    – Social distancing → aus.gov.au/social-distancing
    – Limits on public gatherings → aus.gov.au/public-gatherings
    – Self-isolation (self-quarantine) → aus.gov.au/self-isolation (where necessary)

    Cleaning
    🧹 Clean & disinfect frequently used surfaces such as benchtops, desks & doorknobs
    Clean & disinfect frequently used objects such as mobile phones, keys, wallets & work passes
    🌬 Increase fresh air available by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning

    ‍‍‍SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE & FAMILIES

    If you’re affected by coronavirus, Services Australia can help with information and services for:
    Carers →  aus.gov.au/carers
    Families →  aus.gov.au/families
    Indigenous Australians → aus.gov.au/indigenous
    Job seekers → aus.gov.au/job-seekers
    Older Australians → aus.gov.au/older-australians
    People with disability → aus.gov.au/disability
    Rural and remote residents → aus.gov.au/rural-remote
    Students and trainees → aus.gov.au/students-trainees
    If you haven’t received a payment → aus.gov.au/you-dont-receive-payment

    Mental health and other support
    Get support and advice for:
    Mental health → aus.gov.au/headtohealth
    Family and domestic violence → aus.gov.au/family-domestic-violence

    SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES

    If your business has been significantly impacted by Coronavirus find out how to access the JobKeeper payment. → aus.gov.au/jobkeeper

    If you need support for your business and employees, you can find information including financial assistance, eligibility & timing for government support by going to: aus.gov.au/support-for-business

    TRAVEL

    International
    An international travel ban is in place for all Australians.

    All travellers to Australia or Australians returning from overseas are required to quarantine for 14 days in a hotel or designated facility.

    🦘 Within Australia
    Only essential travel within Australia should occur at this time. TAS, NT, WA, QLD & SA border closures. Anyone entering these states or territories are required to self-isolate for 14 days.

    Self-isolating?
    For information on how to self-isolate (self-quarantine) go to → aus.gov.au/self-isolation

    STAY INFORMED

    For more details on restrictions in Victoria, see the Victorian Government’s website.

    Via the official Coronavirus app on your AppStore:  https://apps.apple.com/au/story/id1504899584

    Via whatsapp Download whatsapp and go to https://aus.gov.au/whatsapp