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The SAS Group will provide 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 Queensland Government announced today more funding for tourism and small businesses. The Palaszczuk Government also announced that the a COVID-19 Fiscal and Economic Review will be published in September this year.

Last week the Department of Health announced an additional $48.1 million to support Mental Health and Wellbeing Pandemic Response Plan.

Qantas and Jetstar have announced major changes that will impact the way passengers fly and have also updated rules around credits and refunds.

19 May 2020

MEDIA STATEMENT: Queensland tourism boost to Unite and Recover from COVID-19
Queensland Government 

The Premier has today announced an extra $50 million to help support our tourism businesses and our iconic theme and animal parks get through COVID-19.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told Parliament that her government would also deliver a domestic marketing campaign to align with the easing of restrictions to encourage Queenslanders to holiday at home.

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MEDIA STATEMENT: $100 million in small business grants and training to combat COVID-19
Queensland Government

Queensland small businesses can now apply for a up to $10,000 grant under a new $100 million package to help them counter the impact of COVID-19.

The package was announced today as part of Queensland’s Economic Recovery Strategy: Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs.

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MEDIA STATEMENT: 2020-21 Queensland Budget Timetable
Queensland Government

Queensland Treasurer Cameron Dick has announced that the Palaszczuk Government will publish a COVID-19 Fiscal and Economic Review (C19-FER) in September this year.

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Qantas, Jetstar reveal major changes to manage coronavirus risks
The Courier Mail

In a series of new measures announced by the airline giant today, they are improving cleanliness both on-board their flights and before passengers enter an aircraft.

The measures were announced this morning and include many of the safety procedures Qantas used on repatriation flights from virus hot spots including Wuhan in China.

In a move that will be enforced on Qantas and Jetstar flights it includes the following:

  • Contactless check-in can be completed online or via the app and customers are also to use self-service bag drop.
  • Hand sanitising stations at gates on departure and arrival.
  • Enhanced cleaning of seats, seatbelts, overhead lockers, air vents, kiosks and toilets.
  • Physical distancing at airports and in lounges.

More information here

15 May 2020 (NEW)

MEDIA STATEMENT: COVID-19: $48.1 million for National Mental Health and Wellbeing Pandemic Response Plan
Department of Health

The Australian Government is continuing to take action to help Australians whose mental health and wellbeing is being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic by providing an additional $48.1 million to support the Mental Health and Wellbeing Pandemic Response Plan presented to the National Cabinet this morning.

More information here


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