**Restriction updates **
Elective surgery will recommence as of 27 April 2020 for category 2 and some important category 3 procedures across the public and private hospital sectors. Learn More.
Dental restrictions have been relaxed down to Level 2. If you require further details about what procedures this covers, please review the ADA site here.
The impact of the new coronavirus disease, COVID-19, is being felt all over the world across all industries. With lots of information being rolled out, it’s important to receive and share accurate information, so that you can take the necessary steps to keep yourself, the business and those around you safe. Maia Financial have gathered some useful resources so you can be guided with the most up to date and latest information in one space.
Government health updates
The COVIDSafe App has been launched within Australia. The more Australians that connect to the app, the faster they can track the virus, and slow down the spread. The new COVIDSafe app is completely voluntary. Downloading the app is something you can do today to protect you, your family, and friends and save the lives of other Australians.
Read more around the app and FAQs here.
Apple App Store, click here
Googleplay, click here
A specific Whatsapp group has been set up by the Australian Government to send you specific information around COVID-19 as required by you. Be it information around health, business benefits and protecting you and your family. Simply send a blank message via Whatsapp to phone number 0400 253 787 and follow the prompts.
If you don’t have a Whatsapp account, head to your app store within your smart phone or click here and download for free.
|NSW Government of health||NSW Government - Health|
|VIC Government of health||Victorian Government – Health and Human Services|
|QLD Government of health||Queensland Government - Health|
|WA Government of health||WA Government Department of Health|
|SA Government of health||SA Government - Health|
|TAS Government of health||TAS Government Department of Health|
|NT Government of health||NT Government Department of Health|
|ACT Government of health||ACT Government - Health|
New Zealand Government updates can be found here.
For up to date information from the World Health Organisation, click here.
As important news comes to hand around COVID-19, our Prime Minister, Scott Morrison will update the Nation. Click here for updates on essential/non-essential Business closures and stimulus package announcements.
Stimulus Package and Government assistance
Navigating the Stimulus Package options to suit you and your business can be an overwhelming and, potentially, stressful exercise. Below are a few handy hits we’ve compiled to assist you in guiding you through. We’re only a call away, please do reach out if you need to talk through any of your concerns.
The Australian Government is supporting Australian businesses to manage cash flow challenges and retain employees. Assistance includes cash flow support to businesses and temporary measures to provide relief for financially distressed businesses. Read Here.
The Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme will provide small and medium sized business with timely access to working capital to help them get through the impact of the Coronavirus. Visit Australian Department – The Treasury webpage to learn more.
With a third round of economic stimulus to support employers that have experienced a 30% drop in income due to COVID-19 was announced on 30 March 2020. It’s important to be on the front foot with Job Keeper Payments and what this means to you as an individual and your business and how to receive the fortnightly payment of $1500 per employee. Register Here.
On 2 April 2020, the Australian Government announced the new Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package, for further information on the announcement, please visit here.
As at 30 March 2020 the total value of the allocated Stimulus Package is at $320 Billion, representing 16.4% of our annual GDP. Complete overview is located here.
Business Owners and Individuals
Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) have recognised businesses may be faced with troubling situations, review their 'Employer Guide' to Managing the workplace in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak. See here.
Australian Tax Office (ATO) has built a dedicated COVID-19 resource page where you can find up to date information on how to prepare for tax time for individuals and businesses through this outbreak. See here. Find out about your workplace entitlements and obligations if you or your teams are affected by the outbreak of COVID-19, including information about stand-downs from work, working arrangements impacted by school closures, and pay and sick leave entitlements.
The Australian Government is providing financial assistance to Australians. This assistance includes income support payments, payments to support households and temporary early releases of superannuation. Learn More.
Fair Work Australia have pulled together a resource on your rights and responsibilities at work during the Coronavirus outbreak. See here.
The New Zealand Government is providing assistance and support to their economy, workers and businesses. See the latest updates here.
Working from home is the new norm for many of us, the ATO have pulled together a brief overview of tax benefits, deductions and expenses you need to be aware of when speaking to your accountant. Read More.
Are you protected?
Planning for the future has never been more pertinent. It’s important to ensure you have your affairs in order such as estate planning and a power of attorney as well as speaking with your insurance provider to ensure all your policies are up to date. If you need any assistance finding a specialist lawyer, accountant or insurer, please reach out to one of our team.
We also recommend keeping an eye on the Reserve Bank of Australia and Reserve Bank New Zealand for moving cash rates
Tenants and Landlords
For information around updated regulations to protect tenants and landlords please visit your state. Your local Tenants' Advice and Advocacy services can be found below:
|Tenants Union of NSW||https://www.tenants.org.au/blog/renting-and-covid-19-information|
|Darwin Community Legal Service||https://www.dcls.org.au/tenants-advice/|
|Tenants’ Union of Tasmania||http://tutas.org.au/|
|Legal Aid ACT||http://www.legalaidact.org.au/tasact|
|SYC - Tenants' Information and Advisory Service - SA||https://www.syc.net.au/home/housing-support/tias/|
For landlords, managing tenancy agreements can be stressful - please visit the Property Investor Council of Australia as they shed some light on the topic. See Here.
Additional resources to help get you through COVID-19:
We believe we are better when we work together through this ever changing and unprecedented environment. For some additional resources to help you get through this tough time and stay sane, check out the below links:
Keeping connected during isolation sounds ironic, but if implemented can offset the negative mental health impacts of ‘cabin fever’. Get creative, have virtual face to face sessions with your team, share dinner with your family and friends over webcam, or practice your yoga all in the privacy and safety of your own home. No sanitiser required!
Here are a few of our favourites pieces of free video tech to get you connected:
Staying Healthy and Wise
As tempting as it may be to stay in your comfy pyjamas all day, maintaining a lifestyle routine similar to ‘pre corona’ will help you stay focussed, healthy and ‘office’ ready when the boss calls on Zoom! The Credabl team have pulled together a few trusted providers of health, fitness, diet and music platforms to help you on your journey.
Fitness and healthy eating https://centr.com/join-us
Workouts and healthy eating https://www.fitnessblender.com/
Healthy and easy recipes https://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/
Workouts with Pamela Reif https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChVRfsT_ASBZk10o0An7Ucg
Music and podcasts https://www.spotify.com
Audio Books https://www.audible.com.au/
Family fitness – The Body Coach, PE with Joe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sX05HHni9Wk
ABC ME Educational Program expanded to support students and caregivers at home, from 10am to 3pm each weekday during Term 2. Learn More.
Emerging Minds, National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health, has compiled resources to assist parents and carers with their role in how to communicate and support children throughout these stressful times. Read Here.
Health isn’t just about the body, it’s important to also keep your mental state healthy and calm. ‘Head to Health’ provides practical and psychological skills to help you and your loved ones cope with anxiety around infectious diseases. See Here.
Lifeline have compiled some mental health and wellbeing tips and strategies to continue looking after ourselves and each other. Read Here.
Phone: 13 11 14 (24 hours/7 days)
Text: 0477 13 11 14 (6pm-midnight AEDT, 7 nights)
Chat online: https://www.lifeline.org.au/crisis-chat (7pm-midnight, 7 nights)
The outbreak has impacted people across the world in various ways. From feeling isolated, worried for family and friends, anxious over their business and overwhelmed by the ever-changing world.
At Maia, we will continue to support our team, clients and their communities.
We’re here for you, day and night. Reach out whenever you need to see a familiar face, to share your wins or a voice to keep you connected. We’re here.