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Thursday , October , 29 2020
You are here : News  >  COVID-19

With the changing situation we find ourselves in, FESPA Australia is available to support you with information during this time. We will update this page regularly as new announcements and information is made available. We feel it is important to give you as much advice and assistance as possible to help navigate the unfamiliar territory we are currently experiencing.

Please contact us direct if you have any specific queries.

26 October 2020 - Melbourne's coronavirus restrictions ease as Victorian Premier Daniel Andres announces end to lockdown

7 October 2020 - $1.2 billion to help Australian businesses employ apprentices as part of COVID-19 recovery plan

28 September 2020 - JobKeeper Payment changes as from today

27 September 2020 - Restrictions lifting slightly in Victoria


13 September 2020

New business support package announced - The Victorian Government has announced a $3 billion package to help businesses survive and keep Victorians in jobs.

To view the full details - go to

See the Premier's media release for details External link (opens in same window).

Latest updates regarding Victoria's Permitted worker scheme

Permitted Worker Permit form - Final 10092020.docx


6 September 2020 - Victoria's lockdown extended as Premier unveils road map out of stage four. To view full road map click here

4 September 2020 - National Cabinet Media Statement to Australia's COVID-19 response.




2 September 2020 - The Victorian Government has won a six-month extension of its powers to declare the coronavirus pandemic an ongoing state of emergency.


26 August 2020 - Australian Government Resources

Please click on the link to view a collection of videos, radio and poster resources to help you stay informed and share important messages.


13 August 2020 - Mental Health Resources

It's important to look after your mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We recognise the feelings of anxiety and concern many people may be experiencing during this time. Please click on the link above which lists important and helpful advice to help you through this time.

Please also view the Government Fact Sheet - 200812 - Mental Health Support For Business Owners And Workers.pdf


7 August 2020 - JobKeeper extension

From 28 September 2020, businesses and not-for-profits seeking to claim JobKeeper Payment will be required to re-assess their eligibility for the JobKeeper extension with reference to their actual turnover in the September quarter 2020.


7 August 2020 - COVID Safe Plan For VIC Members

COVID Safe Plan
Victorian members must have a COVID Safe Plan implemented (for employers with 5 or more employees) by 11.59pm Friday 7 August

Please click on link to view the Victorian government simplified COVID Safe Plan guidance notes. Vic-COVID-Safe-Plan-guidance.docx



5 August 2020 - Worker Permits Required In Victoria 

Workers are required to have Worker Permits with them whilst travelling during the Stage 4 lockdowns across Victoria.  These come into effect Wednesday 5 August 11.59pm. Employees must carry the worker permit and should carry photo identification (this should align with the worker permit) when travelling to and from the workplace. A worker permit can be shown electronically to authorities such as a photo, or scanned copy, on a mobile device.

Click here for a copy of the Permitted-Worker-Scheme-Template.docx 


3 August 2020 - Stage 4 Restrictions In Victoria

Under the Stage 4 restrictions in Victoria, there are new requirements for businesses. Certain services and industries will be able to remain operational and will be required by law to have a COVID Safe Plan

For information on the latest restrictions and to understand if your business can open under Stage 4 restrictions, download the full list of industries affected - COVID Stage 4 Industries - Distribution (1).pdf



22 July 2020From 11.50pm Weds 22 July, face covering is now mandatory for Melbourne and Mitchell shire


21 July 2020 - JobKeeper and JobSeeker to be extended beyond September 2020

21 July 2020 - JobKeeper Fact Sheet


16 July 2020 - Federal Government unveils JobTrainer program for school leavers struggling to find work amid Corona Virus pandemic.


14 July 2020 - VIC Government to offer $5,000 grants to support businesses through the renewed restrictions in Metro Melbourne & Mitchell Shire


8 July 2020 - A Return to Stay At Home Restrictions for Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire from 8 July 2020 @ 11:59pm


7 July 2020 - NSW - Small Business Recovery Grants available from 1 July 2020 - NSW Government



30 June 2020Victoria announces lockdowns across ten suburbs - Hotspot Business Support Programs available. 

30 June 2020 - Statement from Victorian Premier


24 June 2020 - Victorians urged to get tested for COVID-19 if they have any symptoms


11 June 2020 - Changes to Stage 3 restrictions 

National Cabinet reconfirmed the commitment to the 3 step framework for a COVID-safe Australia to be completed in July 2020.


4 June 2020 - Stay COVID Free Do the Three


15 May 2020 - The Prime Minister has announced $48.1 million in funding for the National Mental Health and Wellbeing Pandemic Response Plan. The plan will support services available in homes, workplaces, aged care, schools and other community sites with a specific focus on vulnerable groups. 


11 May 2020 – Restaurants, cafes allowed to reopen under the first stage of eased coronavirus restrictions. 

Timings of changes will be up to the individual states and territories.  

A detailed plan of the steps (PDF 174 KB), as well as a summary (PDF 175 KB), is attached.


5 May 2020 - Rules to create COVID-19- safe workplaces released.

New workplace safety protocols to guide businesses out of the coronavirus pandemic have been released.

Click here to download workplace checklist

Click here to view Safe Work Australia guidelines


27 April 2020 – JobKeeper enrolment has been extended: The Commissioner has extended the enrolment for JobKeeper from 30 April 2020 to 31 May 2020. 

Click here for more information


14 April 2020 - JobKeeper Payment - Supporting Businesses to Maintain Jobs

Click here to download the Fact Sheet


11 April 2020 - JobKeeper Payment - Information For Employers

If your business has been significantly impacted by the Coronavirus you will be able to access a wages subsidy to continue paying your employees. Under the JobKeeper program, you will be able to claim a fortnightly payment of $1,500 per eligible employee from 30 March 2020. This assistance will help you keep staff and restart when the crisis is over.

Click here to download the Fact Sheet

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions


9 April 2020 - Rent Relief Package Announced

The Federal Government has announced further details of the rent relief package for commercial tenants affected by COVID-19. Under the scheme, landlords will be instructed to reduce their commercial tenant's rent in proportion to the tenants lost revenue due to the impact of COVID-19.

Click here for more information


9 April 2020 - Changes To Fair Work Act

The Federal Government has changed the Fair Work Act for employers and employees who have accessed the JobKeeper wage subsidy.

Click here for more information

7 April 2020 - Insurance Payments

Insurers to offer deferred payments, refunds under small business relief package. Insurance companies and brokers will be able to work together to implement COVID-19 relief measures for certain small businesses following the ACCC’s granting of interim authorisation today.

Click here to read more

2 April 2020 -  Electricity & Gas Relief

Relief is on the way for Australians experiencing COVID-19-related hardship following the announcement of an electricity and gas network relief package. The package is targeted at small business and residential customers.

To find out more - click here.

2 April 2020 - Proposed Two weeks of Unpaid leave

The Fair Work Commission has issued a statement outlining its intention to update 103 awards during the coronavirus pandemic. The proposed updates would provide:

  • an entitlement to 2 weeks unpaid pandemic leave if an employee is required to self isolate
  • flexibility to take annual leave at half pay.

2 April  - Free Childcare for Parents of Essential Workers

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced that child care will become free for parents who continue working during the coronavirus pandemic. The new childcare system, which will begin on Sunday 5 April 2020, will see children continue at their current providers with additional support from the government paid directly to the childcare centre.

Click here fore more information

31 March 2020 - JobKeeper - Federal Government Economic Response 


The Federal Government will provide a wage subsidy to around 6 million workers who will receive a flat payment of $1,500 per fortnight through their employer, before tax. Click on links below for more information

JobKeeper payment

Australian Government - Supporting Businesses Factsheet


24 March 2020 - Business Information 


It is recommended that employers become familiar with the information around the virus - particularly how it is spread and how it can be prevented. Businesses should implement procedures to mitigate the risks to their employees being exposed while performing work.

There is a lot of support information for businesses - here are a few links to assist you.

Australian Government

Australian Banking Association

Government Business Assistance

Australian Tax Office

Australian Securities and Investment

Fair Work Commission


Business Australia

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