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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 Victorian Government announced today a $260.8 million package for Victorians to learn the skills needed to get a job and assist through the coronavirus crisis. In South Australia, Legal aid is boosting its free assistance for South Australians impacted by the virus.

The Northern Territory Government yesterday announced funding to keep Territory businesses operating and Territorians working. The Department of Health published Minister for Health the Hon. Greg Hunt MP’s interview with Sunrise on COVID-19.

17 April 2020

MEDIA STATEMENT: Skilling up Victorians to get through the coronavirus crisis
Victorian Government

Victorians will continue to get the skills they need to get a job and help us through the coronavirus crisis, with emergency funding from the Victorian Government to support the state’s TAFE and training system with student numbers expected to drop.

Premier Daniel Andrews, Deputy Premier James Merlino and Minister Gayle Tierney today announced the $260.8 million package, which includes a $191.9 million guarantee to lock in funding at expected pre-COVID-19 levels and an additional $68.9 million in crisis support to ensure Victoria’s public training system can respond and recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

More information here.

MEDIA STATEMENT: COVID-19 legal assistance for South Australians
Government of South Australia

Legal aid is boosting its free assistance for South Australians hit hard by COVID-19.

Attorney-General, Vickie Chapman said it was imperative that South Australians who need legal advice can access that advice easily and free of cost.

More information here. 


The Hon. Greg Hunt MP’s interview with Sunrise
Department of Health 

 Transcript for interview with Sunrise.           

16 April 2020 (NEW)

MEDIA STATEMENT: $20 million to keep Territory businesses operating and Territorians working
Northern Territory Government

The Territory Labor Government is continuing to protect jobs and deliver support to Territory businesses as part of our Jobs Rescue and Recovery Plan.

$20 million of this fund will go towards ongoing payments to help cover operational costs, such as support to:

  • cover regular costs such as rent and utilities
  • make invoice payments
  • keeping people in work who may not be eligible for the Federal Government’s JobKeeper payment, such as some casuals, recently-employed workers, and Visa holder workers.

More information here.


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