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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.

The Department of Health announced today an additional $6 million to support drug and alcohol services during the pandemic, and a rapid response boost for intensive care units.

The New South Wales Government will deploy more than 180 mental health workers across the state as part of a $73 million package to boost mental health services.

In South Australia, the Government has announced it will provide rent relief for business tenants impacted by the COVID-19 restrictions, and landlords and tenants will benefit from an extra $50 million in land tax relief. The Government has also announced further protect for South Australians during the pandemic.

The Victorian Parliament has passed four Bills which enable Victoria to respond to the unprecedented challenges created by the virus on the State’s healthcare system and the economy.


24 April 2020

MEDIA STATEMENT: Additional $6 million to support drug and alcohol services during COVID-19
Department of Health

Online and phone support services for people experiencing drug and alcohol problems will receive an additional $6 million from the Australian Government during the COVID-19 pandemic.

More information here.


MEDIA STATEMENT: COVID-19: rapid response boost for Australia’s intensive care units
Department of Health

Ensuring Australian hospitals are able to respond rapidly in the event of increased patient demand during the COVID-19 health emergency is a national priority.

Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, announced the Australian Government has funded and launched the Critical Health Resource Information System (CHRIS) that will operate in all public and private hospitals with Intensive Care Units (ICU).

More information here.


MEDIA STATEMENT: $73 million to support mental wellness during COVID-19 pandemic
New South Wales Government

More than 180 mental health workers will be deployed across the state as part of a $73 million package to boost mental health services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Mental Health Bronnie Taylor today announced the NSW Government funding boost, which will help support the mental health and wellbeing of people across the state.

More information here.


MEDIA STATEMENT: State Government provides rent relief for businesses
Government of South Australia

The Marshall Government will provide rent relief for business tenants that have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 restrictions.

State Government agencies will provide full rent relief for tenants of commercial, retail, industrial and other non-residential sites that have been forced to close or are significantly impacted as a result of COVID-19.

The rent relief will provide relief to impacted tenants from the date they were forced to close their business or were significantly impacted to 30 June 2020.

More information here.


MEDIA STATEMENT: Further protections for South Australians during COVID-19 pandemic
Government of South Australia

South Australians can now access the medicines they need without ever leaving the home, with pharmacists given the go-ahead to supply prescription medicine without a hard copy paper prescription during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said the temporary change to medicines regulation allows for the use of digital image-based prescriptions, supporting safe and convenient healthcare for vulnerable patients.

More information here.


MEDIA STATEMENT: Landlords and tenants benefit from extra $50m in land tax relief
Government of South Australia

Residential and SME commercial tenants – including gyms, restaurants, cafes, beauty salons and hairdressers - suffering significantly as a result of COVID-19 restrictions will benefit from immediate rent reductions.

It comes as part of a sweeping land tax relief package for their landlords, announced today by the Marshall Liberal Government.

Under the emergency scheme, which is modelled on similar packages in New South Wales and Victoria, eligible landlords will be offered a 25% reduction on their 2019-20 land tax liability on affected properties.

More information here.


MEDIA STATEMENT: Legislation to support jobs, services and Victorians passes
Victorian Government

Emergency measures to support Victorians, save lives, protect businesses and jobs, and continue delivering vital government services during the coronavirus pandemic have passed Victorian Parliament.

The four Bills enable Victoria to respond to the unprecedented challenges created by coronavirus on our healthcare system and our economy.

The Appropriation (Interim) Bill 2020 secures $24.5 billion in emergency funding to save lives, support jobs and businesses, and set Victoria up to recover from the pandemic over the next two years.

More information here.


 

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