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  • Government announces further support for tourism sector, post JobKeeper

    Posted on March 11th, 2021 by WLF

    Today the government announced a package of measures aimed at assisting the regional tourism sector in its recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The package headlined the half-price airfares to certain regional locations (including Launceston, Devonport and Burnie) for tickets purchased between 1 April and 31 July 2021 for travel up to 30 September 2021.
    In addition to the half-price flights, there is specific support for the aviation sector. Measures include underwriting of some domestic flights, direct support to ancillary services and funding for the …

    Posted in COVID-19, News
  • JobMaker Hiring Credit – Registrations Now Open

    Posted on December 17th, 2020 by WLF

    Employers must lodge intention to participate in the scheme by 6 January 2021 if you want to claim for the period beginning 7 October 2020 and ending 6 January 2021.
    To do this you will need the following information:

    Headcount at 30 September 2020
    Payroll for the 3 months up to and including 6 October 2020

    Scheme Overview
    The Federal Government implemented a JobMaker Hiring Credit scheme which will subsidise wages for new employees. The scheme enables eligible employers to claim a payment up to $200 per week, for up to 12 months, for each eligible employee from 7 Octobe…

    Posted in COVID-19, News
  • JobKeeper 2.0 – Update 10 December 2020

    Posted on December 10th, 2020 by WLF

     
    The government has announced changes to the JobKeeper payment that will extend the scheme until 28 March 2021.
    These changes are summarised for you below along with some other important information.
     
    Extensions
    The extension to the scheme will be in two tranches:

    October to December 2020
    January to March 2021

    What will change

    Turnover tests
    The amount of the payment
    Payments to part-time workers
     Employees employed on or before 1 July 2020 will now be eligible

    What won’t change

    Other employee eligibility criteria
    Notification requirements
    Business participant …

    Posted in COVID-19, News
  • Moving forward from COVID-19: Business recovery, opportunities and readiness

    Posted on August 26th, 2020 by Alison Merridew

    2020 has been a year of significant change, to the point of upheaval – far more than any organisation would willingly impose on its people and its operations.
    When Premier Peter Gutwein recently announced that Tasmania’s borders will remain closed until 1 December 2020, there was a mixed response. Some people welcomed the news that our COVIDSafe ‘bubble’, which has allowed us to resume a degree of normality and business operations, will remain in place for a little longer. For others the continued border closures mean further delays, particularly those businesses t…

    Posted in Blog, COVID-19
  • Chart our own course

    Posted on August 6th, 2020 by WLF

    Run our own race and become a world leader with an island strategy
    Tasmania’s tough border stance in response to the COVID pandemic recently lead to the Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles questioning, “Why anyone would want to go to Tassie?”
    However, the perception of Tasmania depends largely on who is doing the perceiving.  It is fair to say that historically there has been at times a lack of optimism, almost negativity, regarding the future of our island State.
    ‘Backward’, ‘depressed’, ‘losing’, and ‘parochial,’ were often heard perceptions, often reinforced …

    Posted in COVID-19, News
  • Tasmanian State Government announces a new round of grant funding for businesses affected by COVID-19

    Posted on July 30th, 2020 by WLF

    The Tasmanian government has announced a further grant funding round for businesses that continue to be impacted by COVID-19. The COVID-19 Small Business Sustainability and Recovery Grant will open for applications on 3 August and close on 24 August.The grants are $5000 and there is a total of $15 Million available, meaning a maximum of 3000 grants will be issued. This round of funding will require applicants to meet eligibility criteria and assessment criteria.
     
    Eligibility criteria:

    Have employed fewer than 20 FTE staff at 29 February 2020, with payroll less than $1….

    Posted in COVID-19, News
  • Amendments to AGM and reporting deadlines, 2020

    Posted on June 17th, 2020 by WLF

    While we are continuing to see the COVID-19 regulations and restrictions ease, there are still very firm requirements for holding large gatherings of people. This has implications for public companies and Incorporated Associations who are due to hold their Annual General Meetings (AGM).
    The following information should assist your organisation when planning for the upcoming AGM. 
     
    IMPLICATIONS FOR PUBLIC COMPANIES
    Virtual Meetings
    A determination has been issued by the Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, amending the Corporations Act for six months from 6 May 2020. The dete…

    Posted in COVID-19, News
  • Support Local – Compete Global

    Posted on May 27th, 2020 by WLF

    The impact of the Coronavirus crisis on the Tasmanian economy will be felt for a long time to come. However, we can all contribute to the recovery starting from today by “Supporting local first”, according to the Tasmanian Small Business Council in an information paper which recommended three key areas for action, namely;

    Community awareness, and promotion of the economic benefits of buying locally made or supplied goods and services
    A policy focus on local acquisition adopted by State and Local Government
    Encouragement for Local Entrepreneurs to actively pursue oppor…

    Posted in COVID-19, News
  • Update – Monthly reporting for JobKeeper

    Posted on May 22nd, 2020 by WLF

    Under the requirements for JobKeeper, you must lodge a monthly declaration confirming employee eligibility and advise the ATO of your actual turnover for the current month and projected turnover for the next month. The deadline for this declaration has just been extended by the ATO from 7 days after month-end to 14 days after month-end. This applies for all declarations from May onwards – they will now be due on the 14th of the month following.You can find more information about the JobKeeper scheme and other COVID-19 related measures here.

    Posted in COVID-19, News
  • REMINDER – JobKeeper notification requirements

    Posted on May 14th, 2020 by WLF

    If you have enrolled in the JobKeeper scheme for your employees, you may not be aware of an additional hoop you have to jump through in order to satisfy your reporting obligations. Employers are required to give written notice to employees within 7 days of submitting their monthly JobKeeper report to the ATO. This is the report that specifies your eligible JobKeeper employees and monthly turnover amounts. You must lodge this report with the ATO in order to obtain the JobKeeper reimbursement. After submitting your monthly JobKeeper report in relation to April (the first 2…

    Posted in COVID-19, News
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