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Victorian disability service providers must have a COVID Safe Plan in place by 11:59pm, 7 August, for every workplace continuing to operate during Stage 4 restrictions.
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New stimulus package includes payment for not-for-profits

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Small businesses – including not-for-profit organisations - with a turnover of up to $50 million, will receive a cash payment of up to $100,000 as part of the Government’s second economic stimulus package. 

The payment will be worth 100 per cent of the tax these small businesses withhold from their employee’s salary and wages, with a minimum payment of $20,000. It will be paid in the form of cash payments equivalent to 100 per cent of the withholding tax reported by a business over two quarters, beginning in late April. 

By linking the payments to business to staff wage tax withholdings, the Government hopes businesses will be encouraged to hold on to more of their workers. The payments are tax free and will not require new forms to be completed.

Many disability service providers are concerned about their ability to continue to retain all their workforce and how those workers will fair without employment. To assist people on payments, the eligibility to income support payments will be temporarily expanded and a new, time-limited Coronavirus supplement of $550 per fortnight will be available for the next 6 months. It will be paid to both existing and new recipients of the JobSeeker Payment, Youth Allowance, Parenting Payment, Farm Household Allowance and Special Benefit.

In addition to the $750 stimulus payment announced earlier this month, the Government will provide a further $750 payment to social security and veteran income support recipients and eligible concession card holders (but not to those who are eligible to receive the Coronavirus supplement). This will be paid from mid-July (the first payment will be made from the end of March).

Also announced, is a partnership with the banks and other lenders to increase lending to businesses with a turnover of less than $50 million. Unsecured loans of up to $250,000, for up to three years, will be available, with no repayments required for the first six months. NDS will clarify whether these loans will be available to the not-for-profit sector.

NDS will keep you informed as further information becomes available.
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