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The SAS Group will provide daily updates on the COVID-19 outbreak in Australia, including updates on Government and Department of Health announcements, travel and flight bans, and general media.

Since yesterday’s update, the Federal Government announced it will provide $453.2m for preschool funding in 2021 so students don’t miss out on education because of COVID-19.

The Queensland Government yesterday announced a new round of job vacancies being advertised on Seek, and today has called on big businesses to do the right thing and pay their small business suppliers on time.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian today announced small businesses across NSW impacted by the coronavirus shutdown will receive grants of up to $10,000 under a new assistance scheme, and a new sub-committee of the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) will drive rapid and flexible developments of training packages during the COVID-19 crisis.


3 April 2020 

MEDIA STATEMENT: $10,000 grants to provide fast relief for NSW small businesses battling COVID-19
NSW Government 

Thousands of small businesses across NSW struggling to cope with the COVID-19 shutdown will receive grants of up to $10,000 under a new assistance scheme announced today by

Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Minister for Finance and Small Business Damien Tudehope.

The NSW Government will put $750 million into the Small Business Support Fund as the centrepiece of a third wave of support measures to keep small businesses afloat.

More information here.


MEDIA STATEMENT: Fast-tracking training and skills during COVID-19
NSW Government

A new sub-committee of the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC), will drive rapid and flexible development of training packages during the COVID-19 crisis.

Skills Ministers from all States and Territories agreed to priority national action to preserve the core capability in Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) system and ensure its continued capacity to deliver critical skills, at a meeting of the COAG Skills Council today.

The Chair of the AISC, Emeritus Professor Tracey Horton AO, will immediately establish the priority COVID-19 sub-committee to enable fast-tracked adjustments to qualifications and training package requirements.

More information here.


MEDIA STATEMENT: Calls grow for big businesses to pay on time
Queensland Government

Queensland’s Minister for Employment and Small Business Shannon Fentiman is calling on big business to do the right thing and pay their small business suppliers on time.

The Minister has added her voice to that of Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell in the campaign for big business to step up.

More information here.


MEDIA STATEMENT: Preschool funding guaranteed for 2021
Federal Government

The Federal Government will provide $453.2m for preschool funding in 2021 to support almost 350,000 children to access preschool.

Minister for Education Dan Tehan said the Government wanted continuity of education so our students didn’t miss out because of COVID-19.

More information here.


2 April 2020 (NEW)

MEDIA STATEMENT: New job vacancies in Brisbane
Queensland Government

A new round of job vacancies is being advertised in Brisbane during Australia’s unprecedented COVID-19 response.

New jobs across several sectors advertised by SEEK include:

  • Businesses and government departments scaling up call centres in response to a rapid increase in customer and social needs, creating extra jobs for call centre operators, customer care staff, data entry and call centre managers
  • Aged care with roles for drivers, cooks and nurses and general medical, as well as pharmacists
  • Software development and cyber security as businesses adjust to remote working practices
  • Retail essential services in shelf stacking, supply chain managers, warehousing supervisors and logistics truck drivers
  • Food delivery drivers for cafe and restaurant takeaways 
  • Nannies and tutors for parents and carers working from home who need support with care and education

More information here.


 

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