Useful Resources for COVID-19

Burwood Council understands that this is a difficult and unprecedented time for our business community. We are committed to supporting our local businesses affected by the COVID-19 virus (Coronavirus). 

This page contains useful information including links and contact numbers for various government and community support programs and services.

Federal Government Support and Information

State Government Support and Information

Burwood Council Support and Information

Other Useful Resources and Support

 

Federal Government Support and Information

 

The Federal Government has announced an economic response totalling $189 billion to protect the economy by maintaining confidence, supporting investment and keeping people in jobs. The package includes a total of $39 billion to support businesses, $125 billion to support the flow of credit and $25 billion to support individuals and households.

These include:

  • Temporary cashflow support for employers providing a minimum payment of $20,000 and up to $100,000 to eligible businesses.
  • An increase to the instant asset write-off from $30,000 to $150,000.
  • Backing business investment by providing a 50%deduction on the cost of an asset on installation.
  • Support for retaining trainees and apprentices with a wage subsidy of 50%.
  • Quick and efficient access to credit for small business.

Find out more: treasury.gov.au/coronavirus

 

State Government Support and Information

 

The State Government is supporting jobs, healthcare, small business and the community through a $2.3 billion stimulus package in response to COVID-19. This is provided through extra funding and tax cuts.

These include:

  • $450 million for the waiver of payroll tax for businesses with payrolls of up to $10 million for three months (the rest of 2019-20). This means these businesses will save a quarter of their annual payroll tax bill in 2019-20.
  • $56 million to bring forward the next round of payroll tax cuts by raising the threshold limit to$1 million in 2020-21.
  • $80 million to waive a range of fees and charges for small businesses including bars, cafes, restaurants and tradies.
  • $250 million to employ additional cleaners of public infrastructure such as transport assets, schools and other public buildings.
  • More than $250 million to bring forward maintenance on public assets including social housing and crown land fencing.
  • $500 million to bring forward capital works and maintenance.

Find out more: www.treasury.nsw.gov.au/health-and-economic-stimulus-package 

 

Burwood Council Support and Information

 

Council has implemented a wide range of initiatives to support our local businesses during these challenging times.

These include:

  • Introducing the Burwood Cares program to help local community and businesses by facilitating what’s happening in the area; sharing information and helpful tips, updates on Council services and links to other agency programs and services.
  • Waiving all mandatory health inspection fees for the next six months, including the increase of the grace period for ticketed and timed parking to 15 minutes, and concentrating on situations that present a health or safety risk.
  • Conducting a comprehensive review of all fees and charges to determine those that could be adjusted during the next six months and report to the next Council meeting.
  • Continuing its increased program of cleansing and booked clean-ups.
  • Reviewing its Rates and Charges Hardship Assistance Policy to ensure the most equitable assessment is performed in the event of unpaid rates by residents and businesses.
  • Adopting a flexible and pragmatic approach to enforcement and compliance action for the next six months.
  • Providing a 3-month credit to all businesses who have paid a licence for outdoor dining for 2019/20, once business returns to normal.
  • Implementing an appropriate rent relief package for cafés, sporting facilities and childcare centres for which Council is the landlord, with further assessment and implementation on relief measures as needed.
  • Developing a targeted section on Council’s website dedicated to information and resources for businesses, including links to the Federal Government’s stimulus package and any support package provided by the NSW Government.
  • Developing a targeted section on Council’s website dedicated for restaurants and cafes to promote what they offer so locals can support them.
  • Increasing Council’s processing and payment of invoices to suppliers to a weekly basis, to guarantee cash flow for our business partners.
  • Writing to the Minister for Local Government, the Premier of NSW, the Federal Member for Reid and the State Member for Strathfield to urge consideration of financial support for NSW councils in the delivery of these much needed essential services.

Find out more click here.

 

Other Useful Resources and Support

 

Government Agency Support

Australian Government
Find financial assistance, eligibility and timing for the new government support for Australian businesses.
http://www.business.gov.au

NSW Small Business Commissioner
Information including employer obligations, business continuity, financial support, cashflow problems, consumer rights.
https://www.smallbusiness.nsw.gov.au

NSW Health
Resources for employers, such as advice (health-related), posters and general updates.
https://www.health.nsw.gov.au

NSW Department of Fair Trading
Advice on your consumer rights and business obligations in relation to cancelled events, refunds, delayed orders.
https://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au 

SafeWork NSW
SafeWork NSW has prepared advice to assist persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) to comply with their obligations under the Work Health and 
Safety Act 2011 in relation to management of the global COVD-19 pandemic.
https://www.safework.nsw.gov.au/

 

Community Support  

Broadsheet  
Broadsheet has a Live List of restaurants and cafés that are available for takeaways and home delivery. Get in touch at directory@broadsheet.com.au if you are interested.
https://www.broadsheet.com.au

The Daily Telegraph and News Local
The Daily Telegraph and News Local is offering all businesses the opportunity to let readers know that you are still operating and how you are coping in these challenging times suburb by suburb. You can submit your business details here:
https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal

Time In
Time Out has introduced Time In, a hub for every way people can engage with the city from the comfort of their own home. If your venue is offering an initiative, we’d like to know about it. Email us at matthew.hirsch@timeout.com 

Urban List 
Tell Urban List about your fabulous food and what you are doing as they are updating a list of restaurants, cafes and bars doing home delivery, takeaways and gift cards. 
If you are a business or know of a business that has a special offer, please contact the editorial team at editorsyd@theurbanlist.com 

New Impressions (Chinese)
New Impressions is a Chinese media outlet that is supportive of Burwood local businesses. If you would like to reach out to your Chinese customers, their WeChat channel can help you connect. Contact hello@newimpressions.com.au