Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is impacting the world. Tasmania’s first confirmed case was reported on 2nd March.

Measures are being progressively implemented to protect the health, economy and social cohesion of Tasmania. To assist, here is a summary of support and services from Government and non-government organisations with links to find more information.

Page last updated 30 March 2020:

  • Please note information is changing quickly,
  • In some cases the details of announced measures are still to be released, where so the website for the organisation's Coronavirus page is shown until more is known

Quick links to scroll down:

  1. Tasmanian Government
  2. Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  3. Australian Government
  4. Banks and Financial Institutions
  5. Professional Business Services
  6. Economic Development Practitioners
  7. Tasmanian News and Media
  8. Coronavirus News Articles

Tasmanian Government

Information hub to connect you to all Tasmanian Government news and service information:

https://coronavirus.tas.gov.au/

Assistance for Small Business

https://www.business.tas.gov.au/coronavirus_information

Telephone: 1800 440 026

Emergency COVID-19 online form to register impact on your business

Small Business Emergency Support Grant (Seafood, Tourism and accommodation, Retail, Hospitality, Arts and entertainment, and Fitness)

Small Business Hardship Grant to be announced soon

Small Business Support Package  factsheet (26 March 2020)

Small Business Loan Package factsheet (26 March 2020)

Rapid Response: Support for retrenched and redundant workers $3,000 financial support for training

Business Continuity Grant factsheet (26 March 2020)

Business Vehicle Registration Relief Package factsheet (26 March 2020)

Cultural and Creative Industries Stimulus Package

Other measures announced:

  • Interest Free Business Loans for Small Business
  • Payroll Tax Waivers Reduction
  • Government Maintenance Program
  • Improving Small Business Cash Flows
  • Targeted Small Business Grants Program for Apprenticeships and Traineeships
  • Youth Employment Scheme
  • Human Resource and Industrial Relations Assistance

Digital Ready responding to COVID-19

Assistance for Local Government

https://www.business.tas.gov.au/coronavirus_information

Telephone: 1800 440 026

  • Interest Free Loans for Local Government

Targeted Industry Assistance: Tourism, Hospitality and Fisheries

https://www.business.tas.gov.au/coronavirus_information

Telephone: 1800 440 026

  • Supporting our Tourism Industry (a number of lease, license and parks’ entry fees for tourism operators will be waived)
  • Liquor license fees reductions and waivers
  • Fisheries Fee Waiver
  • The Tourism and Hospitality Training Fund

Households

https://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/publichealth/communicable_diseases_prevention_unit/infectious_diseases/coronavirus

  • Emergency Relief Package for community organisations to support vulnerable Tasmanians
  • Emergency Relief Payments for eligible people made to self-isolate
  • Accommodation Support for those placed in quarantine but unable to return to their regular place of residence.

More support for households is via the Australian Government's Department of Social Services (https://www.dss.gov.au/about-the-department/coronavirus-covid-19-information-and-support)

Supporting Primary Health and Mental Health Sectors

https://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/publichealth/communicable_diseases_prevention_unit/infectious_diseases/coronavirus

  • Supporting Primary Healthcare
  • Accommodation Support for frontline workers that need to stay away from home
  • Mental Health Support

Factsheets

Self assessment for risk of Coronavirus (COVID-19) (29 March 2020)

Tasmania Support and Stimulus Package

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Workers Compensation in Tasmania

Assistance for Small Business

Assistance for Households

Tasmanian border restrictions

Border restrictions exemptions - businesses (20 March 2020)

Border restrictions exemptions - compassionate (20 March 2020)

Border restriction exemption - other (20 March 2020)

Information for Fly-in Fly-out Workers (22 March 2020)

Private airstrips closed to interstate traffic (25 March 2020)

Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

TCCI Business Hotline: 1300 559 112 is a triage for all business enquiries

Workplace Relations Advice

Australian Government

Coronavirus information and support for business

Hotline for small and medium businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, 7 days a week, 7am to 11pm 13 28 46

https://business.gov.au/risk-management/emergency-management/coronavirus-information-and-support-for-business

JobKeeper payment; to support businesses to keep Australians in work, $1,500 per fortnight per eligible employee

Factsheet for JobKeeper Payment

Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise information to manage your finances and mental helath

Fairwork Ombudsman

Restrictions of Non-Essential Services

International Freight Assistance

Increasing the Instant Asset Write-Off

Backing Business Investment (BBI)

Boosting cash flow for employers

Supporting Apprentices and Trainees

Employer and business obligations

Assistance for affected regions, communities and industries

Continuing your business

Support available for Sole Traders

Support available for Employers

Support available for Companies

Increased and accelerated income support

Early access to superannuation

Supporting the flow of credit

Temporary relief for financially distressed businesses

Tax support

Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package

Support for existing government program participants and applicants

Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission

Emergency Response Plan for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

Current situation and case numbers

News and media related to COVID-19

National COVID-19 Coordination Commission (NCCC) [Media Release]

Department of Social Services

The Department is supporting individuals and families affected by Coronavirus through a range of measures:

https://www.dss.gov.au/about-the-department/coronavirus-covid-19-information-and-support

Information and services to help you if you’re affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) or looking for more details:

https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/subjects/affected-coronavirus-covid-19

Factsheets

Information for employers

Banks and Financial Institutions

ANZ: COVID-19

Commonwealth Bank of Australia: Coronavirus Support

NAB: Customer support during Coronavirus

Westpac: COVID-19 Customer Support

Bank of Us: COVID-19

Bank of Heritage Isle: Latest News

MyState: COVID-19 Information

Bendigo Bank: Coronavirus Assistance

Professional Business Services

CPA Australia: Resources for businesses managing through COVID-19

Ruddicks Chartered Accountants: COVID-19 Info Hub

Telstra: Supporting small business through COVID-19

Economic Development Practitioners

Economic Development Australia Coronavirus Recovery Hub

Cities Leadership Institute Proactive Local Actions to Solve a Global Problem – COVID 19

SEGRA Conversations for Regional Australia about COVID-19

Tasmanian News Media

ABC Radio Hobart website

The Mercury [Paywall]

The Examiner [Paywall]

The Advocate [Paywall]

Coronavirus News Articles

The Guardian "Am I eligible for Centrelink Payments? How to apply for the coronavirus supplement" (L. Henriques-Gomes 23 March 2020)