UPDATE 17 SEPTEMBER – Government stimulus and support packages in one place

Updated 17 September 2020

Government has recently reviewed the various financial stimulus and support packages designed to sustain the private sector and provide ongoing fiscal support to boost aggregate demand during COVID-19.

Here we will summarise what’s new, what’s changed, what the stimulus or support package is designed to achieve and where to go for more information.

Each listed alphabetically under the relative Commonwealth, State or Local Government banner.


  • JobKeeper is a payment to assist employers whose business has been affected by the coronavirus to be able to continue paying their employees.
  • The payments are administered by the Australian Taxation Office and employers must make a business monthly declaration to the ATO each month between the 1st and the 14th of the month to claim JobKeeper payments for the previous month.
  • On 21st July the government announced changes to the program including an extension of the program to 28 March 2021, turnover tests to determine eligibility and tiered payments of $1200 a fortnight for eligible full time workers and $750 for part time from 28 September 2020 onwards.

From 28 September 2020

  • Employers need to demonstrate that their actual GST turnover has fallen against a comparable period
  • Tier 1 and tier 2 JobKeeper rates apply and are generally based on average hours worked by employees.

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JobMaker Plan (ANNOUNCED 26 MAY)

According to Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s address to the National Press Club on 26th May, the Commonwealth JobMaker plan has the intention of supporting the long term recovery of the economy through the implementation of the following agenda items:

  • Tax reform and deregulation
  • Industrial relations
  • Simplifying the skills system
  • Lower energy costs
  • Investment capital and finance
  • Economic infrastructure
  • Federation reform

Infrastructure projects in or around Greater Western Sydney announced to date include:

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JobSeeker payments (CHANGES ANNOUNCED 21 JULY)

  • JobSeeker is the new name for the Newstart Allowance from 20 March 2020.
  • As with the Newstart Allowance, JobSeeker payments continue to include recipients with disabilities and parenting responsibilities that prevent them from pursuing full time work.
  • Despite its name, some recipients of JobSeeker payments are not required to search for work, in fact only around half of all Newstart Allowance recipients were classified as job seekers when the name changed in March.
  • Unlike JobKeeper, a number of JobSeeker recipients are counted in the unemployment figures the Australian Bureau of Statistics releases each month.
  • On 21st July the government announced changes to the Coronavirus Supplement which has been automatically added to JobSeeker, Youth Allowance and eight other economic support payments from 27th April. payments. The Supplement is not counted as taxable income and will reduce from the current $550 per fortnight to $250 per fortnight from 25 September to 31 December.
  • The means test for JobSeeker and Youth Allowance payments will be reintroduced from 25 September however the ‘income free area’ will increase from $106 (JobSeeker) and $143 (Youth Allowance) to $300 per fortnight for both payments. This means recipients can earn more but still get the maximum payment rates.
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JobTrainer training places for skills needs (NEW ANNOUNCEMENT 16 JULY)

  • Announced on 16 July and administered by Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE)
  • Intention is to give hundreds of thousands of Australians access to new skills by retraining and upskilling them into sectors with job opportunities, as the economy recovers from COVID-19.
  • The JobTrainer fund will provide around 340,700 additional training places to help school leavers and job seekers gain the skills needed to get a job.
  • A further $1.5 billion will be made available to expand and extend the Supporting Apprentices and Trainees wage subsidy.
  • Eligibility for the subsidy will be expanded to include medium-sized businesses with fewer than 200 employees who had an apprentice in place on 1 July 2020.
  • The wage subsidy will also be extended to 31 March 2021.
  • Further information about these changes will be made available in the coming weeks.
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COVID-19 Safety Plans, Registering as COVID Safe and Venue Check-In via ServiceNSW App (NEW)

  • COVID-19 Safety Plans help to protect your staff, customers and visitors as you get back to business.
  • It is mandatory for some businesses to complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan under public health orders coming into effect on Friday 24 July, but you can also voluntarily complete one.
  • To find out if you need to complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan, look up your industry here.
  • As a COVID Safe business, you’ll be able to show customers that you’re committed to keeping them safe. Customers will also be able to provide feedback in real-time. If you have completed your COVID-19 Safety Plan, you can now register your business as COVID Safe here.
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COVID-Safe Check In is now available via the ServiceNSW app.

You can check in to COVID Safe businesses who are using their NSW Government QR Code, using the Service NSW app. It’s easy. Your information is pre-populated, so you do not have to enter data each time you check in to a business.  

It’s also secure. No personal information is shared with the venue. Your contact details are stored securely with Service NSW and will only be used to assist NSW Health in contacting you in the event of a confirmed case. 

Here’s how it works:

  1. Download and open the Service NSW app.

  2. Scan the QR code. 

  3. Confirm your contact details.

  4. NSW Health will contact you if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 at a venue you’ve checked in to.



To download the ServiceNSW app, click on the banner

Find a COVID-19 Testing Clinic in NSW

Before you go for your test:

  • Look at the listing to see if you need to make a booking, or if there are other conditions, such as whether children are tested at the clinic, or if the clinic is a drive-through service.
  • Some clinics don’t have phone numbers. If a clinic in the list has no contact details, call your doctor.
To locate your nearest clinic, click on the banner




Financial Assistance for Business and Employers

Government grants and guarantees for loans are still available, including $3000 grants for small business, cash flow for employers payments, create NSW grants for screen, arts & cultural sectors, assistance for exporters, HomeBuilder grant, and loan guarantees.

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#SupportLocal Business Register

Council has put together a register of businesses by suburb within Fairfield Local Government Area to enable residents to see at a glance who’s open in order to support local business.

To view the #SupportLocal register, add your business or update an existing listing click on the banner

Social distancing sticker & poster downloads

Display social distancing posters or stickers on your floor to assist with enforcing safe distance between customers and workers. Download the printable posters or stickers below, available in multiple colours:

Download Posters (HERE) Download Stickers (HERE)

Business advice and FREE webinars

Fairfield City Open Libraries offer a range of online resources for local businesses to keep up with industry skills, trends and knowledge.  

The Workary is home to a range of useful webinars to assist you and your team improve your business’ technology competency. Examples of webinars include:

  • Making video content on mobile devices for business   
  • Setting up an online business and avoiding common costly mistakes 
  • 3D Scanning and printing demonstration
  • Developing a website brief
To view and register for upcoming webinars click on the banner