Preparing for the end of JobKeeper

Since the government announced the $70-billion JobKeeper program to support businesses and their employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, many small- and medium-sized businesses and non-profit organisations heavily relied on this scheme to stay afloat. According to a recent survey by the Australian Institute of Company Directors on the impact of COVID-19, over 40% of the respondents reported reliance on JobKeeper payments. 47% of SMEs indicated that the JobKeeper Scheme had…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 12 August 2020

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. We hope you and your family are safe and doing well. Read on for this week’s update. Australian Borders Remain Shut Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that international border closures were unlikely to lift before Christmas, as the country reported a record single-day surge in COVID-19 deaths on Monday. However, drastic lockdown measures in Melbourne appear to be working, as the rate of daily…  Read more

More JobKeeper changes expected

7 August 2020 You may have heard the news that Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has announced the government will expand the JobKeeper scheme again. This comes a few weeks after announcements of JobKeeper 2.0 to start at the end of September. Below is a roundup of what has been announced and what we expect to see, but please note that this is not legislated yet and is still subject to change.…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 6 August 2020

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. We hope you and your family are safe and doing well. Read on for this week’s update. Support for Victorian businesses As you have probably heard, the Victorian Government has announced updated restrictions for Melbourne and regional Victoria to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Stage 4 restrictions started from 6pm on Sunday 2 August for metropolitan Melbourne. Stage 3 restrictions are in place…  Read more

Questions to ask as your small business recovers from COVID-19

As small business owners look to operations after COVID-19, there are some important business questions to ask. These questions will help you determine what adaptations you want to keep, whether your business model is working, and if there are additional changes you want to make to keep your company operational through future economic downturns. It’s not always fun to do this sort of examination, but the answers to these questions…  Read more

Important Updates for JobKeeper V2

We hope that you and your family are well. On 21 July 2020, the Government announced that JobKeeper would be extended to 28 March 2021, but it will have reduced payments to employers and it will be harder to qualify to receive it. All employers wanting to claim JobKeeper payments from 28 September 2020 will need to reassess their eligibility again and prove that their turnover has declined based on…  Read more

Do you have more questions this tax time?

What a year! We don’t need to tell you that this year has been “unprecedented”. With so many stimulus packages, support programs, tax changes and business shutdowns this financial year is set to be like we’ve never seen before. First and foremost we appreciate your support and patience as we continue to wade through those programs and what they mean for business owners and individuals. Have a question? We also…  Read more

JobKeeper changes coming in September

The government has announced changes to the JobKeeper scheme. The Treasury’s review found that the subsidy was still “needed” but required a “test to ensure that JobKeeper is well targeted”. Be prepared This means there will be changes to your current situation and your entitlements will be affected. The details of the changes are being announced now and we will ensure our clients are fully informed as to how this…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 15 July 2020

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. We hope you and your family are safe and doing well. Read on for this week’s update. Tightening restrictions as COVID-19 cases top 10,000 Restrictions have tightened back up in some states in an attempt to contain a fresh outbreak of COVID-19 in the country’s southeast, which pushed the total number of cases in the country beyond 10,000. While Australia has avoided the high…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – JobKeeper, tax time and more

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. We hope you and your family are safe and doing well. Read on for this week’s update. Next phase of JobKeeper to come after September PM Scott Morrison confirmed today that there will be a “further phase” of JobKeeper payments following this September when the scheme is due to end. No more details have been announced yet, but we will keep you updated when…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 2 July 2020

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for this week’s update. State grants and support programs Each state and territory has announced various grants and assistance packages which you may be eligible for. You can find a roundup of these grants on the Government’s Business website. Alternatively, you can also contact us so we can discuss which options are most suitable for your business based on your eligibility and…  Read more

Tips for finding money within your business

Most small businesses experience cash flow problems from time to time and urgently need working capital. Many business owners immediately think of the bank or loans when they’re short of money. But there are other resources you can tap before you ask for that expensive overdraft or overdraft extension. The money you need might already be there—locked up in inventory, assets or your debtors’ book. You can often free up…  Read more

Business lessons learned during COVID-19

If you’re like many small business owners you’re probably astounded by how the world has changed in a very short time. While we can all hope that the pandemic is a once-in-a-lifetime scenario, the truth is there is a lot in life and in business that is uncertain, and there is a great deal we can learn from the response to COVID-19 to help plan for the future. Yes, your…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 22 May 2020

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. We hope you and your family are doing well. Read on for this week’s update. Easing restrictions Last week we mentioned the government’s state-by-state roadmaps to relaxing restrictions. Most states have started their roadmap and as a result some businesses are gearing up to reopen. If it’s still a little while away for your business – hang in there, and please don’t hesitate to…  Read more

How to build a cash war chest when money is tight

Your “war chest” is the financial reserve your business has built up so you can take advantage of an opportunity or cover unexpected costs or emergencies. Building a cash reserve when finances are tight, however, can be difficult. You need money to continue running your business but, if at all possible, you want to keep your reserve account healthy. Here are some ways to build—or preserve—a cash war chest during…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 13 May 2020

Hello for another week! We hope you are staying healthy and well. The big news late last week was the government’s three-step plan to relax coronavirus restrictions. It’s great news for our country and our economy – well done to everyone for playing a part in “flattening the curve!” Plans to reduce restrictions Each state will work independently to implement their own three-step plan, at their own pace. State government…  Read more

How to continue marketing on a shoestring budget

As many business owners are experiencing, the COVID-19 pandemic has created serious financial difficulties for entrepreneurs. Small businesses especially are faced with cutting their budgets so they can continue to operate—even at a smaller scale—and not have to close for good. They also have to figure out how they can market themselves so once the pandemic is over, their customers and clients come back to them. During a financial crisis,…  Read more

JobKeeper Monthly Declaration + more business updates

In this week’s update, as well as some updates on government support for businesses, we’ve included a number of resources to help with navigating your business out of the dire situation we’ve all been in. No doubt there are still tough times ahead but there are many reasons to be hopeful and we’re here to help you through it all. JobKeeper The first JobKeeper payments started to flow last week.…  Read more

We’re here to help during the COVID-19 crisis

Clearly this is an incredibly tough times for business owners. We just wanted to let you know we’re here to help. If you want to chat about your business, finances or what help is available from the government and other places, let’s make a time. We’ve also put together a page of COVID-19 resources which you may find helpful. Thanks for your continued support. The team at Westwoods BGA Contact…  Read more

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