In the spirit of Monday’s Star Wars Day, “Well, hello there!”

I hope you are well and able to keep improving and thriving in the current climate.

After discussions with Chamber members, I raised the question through our virtual meeting of the City of Swan COVID taskforce, regarding businesses/business owners who do not meet the ATO’s set criteria or “basic test” for the Jobkeeper payment. The Small Business Development Corp informed us during the call that there is an ‘alternative test’ where the ATO can make special exemptions for certain situations.

Please read through the following information passed via the City’s Economic Team and follow the relevant link for more detail. There is additional relevant information you should keep abreast of, as everything changes pretty much every day.

JobKeeper Payments:

Most businesses should apply using the basic test to determine their GST turnover has declined by 30% or more.

In cases where the business was not operating 12 months ago or they experienced an increase in turnover, they should apply using the relevant alternative test. The Tax Commissioner has discretion to approve these applications.

There has been a change to the eligibility for 16 and 17 year olds who will no longer be eligible after this Sunday. Exemptions to this include 16 and 17 year olds who are not in full time study  or are independent – these will still remain eligible.

Employees are also required to ensure they formally notify employees of their nomination. Employers will generally be required to advise an employee they have been nominated within seven days of them being nominated. The ATO has a form employers can use. Employers do not need to provide this to the ATO but must keep as part of their records. This applies retrospectively to any employees nominated from 30 March 2020.

A timeline of changes to the JobKeeper rules and information can be found on the ATO website.

Hospitality Workplace safety

Please note that there is mandatory training for the hospitality industry in any return to work. The SBDC has an updated blog with information about a mandatory “Tier 1” hygiene course and Safe Work Australia resources for general staff. There is a Tier 2 for supervisors coming out soon. There will be an update on the SBDC site as soon as the information comes to hand.

The Tier 1 course is quick and straightforward, so please ensure you get your staff through it as soon as possible.

Online Networking

If you haven’t seen it already, you might want to sign up for our online networking being held next week. Here are the details:

Please get in touch any time with ideas or questions. We’re here to help.

Best regards,
Peter J. McLean

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