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Award flexibility during coronavirus - Proposed new pandemic leave

  Workers may soon have access to unpaid pandemic leave and extended annual leave at reduced rates to help keep them in their jobs through the coronavirus crisis. On 1 April 2020, the Fair Work Commission (the Commission) issued a Statement outlining its intention to update 103 awards during the coronavirus pandemic. The proposed...

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Supporting apprentices and trainees

  The Government is encouraging and supporting businesses to retain apprentices and trainees to ensure continuity of skilled workers across our trade industries. Eligible employers can apply for a wage subsidy of 50% of the apprentice's or trainee's wage paid from 1 January 2020 to 30 September 2020. Where a small busines...

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Commercial tenancies rent relief package

  On April 7, the Government announced new commercial rental waivers and deferrals for tenants that have been severely impacted by the coronavirus crisis. The draft Code of Conduct is to impose a set of 'good faith leasing principles' and intended for landlords and tenants to share a proportionate financial risk and cashf...

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Boost to mental health services, domestic violence support and Medicare assistance

  The Government released further funding on March 29 to support the secondary effects of the health and economic impact of the coronavirus. This package is designed to provide care and help to the many who are facing hardship as a result of this crisis. Medicare support at home
The $669 expansion of Medicare-subsidised telehea...

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Early childhood education and care subsidy

  Child care and early childhood education is critical for families who rely on it so they can continue to work throughout this ongoing crisis, particularly those who are working in critical areas. Under the care subsidy, the government will calculate what a centre's revenue was in the fortnight to March 2, based on enrolment...

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