COVID-19: information and resources for employers

Updated 8 April 2020, 3.00 pm.
ANCC will endeavour to update this page regularly to help keep you and your staff informed. If you have any urgent questions please call us on (02) 6046 9223.

As of 6.00 am on 8 April 2020, there have been 5,956 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia. Of these 5,956 cases, 2734 were reported in New South Wales while 1,191 were reported in Victoria.

Albury Wodonga Health has confirmed that there are multiple cases of coronavirus on the Border

For latest updates from AlburyCity, visit their website.

 

Latest information and statistics:

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has activated the Emergency Response Plan for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) which outlines further information on how the Australian Government is managing the evolving situation.

The PM also announced a number of restrictions placed on non-essential services. 

The latest updates for NSW can be found on the NSW Health website. They also have a heat map of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state.

Updates for Victoria can be found at the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services

For the latest news and information on  COVID-19 on a national level, please visit the Department of Health.

 

Economic response:

In a bid to support businesses through this challenging and unknown time, The Australian Government has released three economic stimulus packages for businesses and households.

This stimulus measures include: cash flow assistance for business support for business investmentproviding temporary financial relief for distressed businesses, a JobKeeper wage subsidy, income support for individuals, payments to support households, early access to super, support for retirees, assistance for severely affected regions as well as a number of initiatives from the Australian Tax Office. 

As the situation evolves in this unprecedented time, we strongly urge you to seek the advice and guidance of an accountant and/or financial planner. 

 

Info and resources for employers:

Please visit the NSW Govt businesses and employees page for the most accurate and up-to-date information. 

If you are an employer and are wanting more information, you can read the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s COVID-19 Employer Guide document that outlines in detail your rights and responsibilities and how to proceed going forward. This includes information on the following: employer obligations, working from home, changing or scaling down operations, business shut down and discrimination and privacy. 

Business Australia, formerly the NSW Business Chamber, has a business guide to coronavirus. They also have an employers guide that is a one-stop-shop for employers. This is a good website to visit if you need quick information on what to do if an employee is sick, what type of leave they should be taking and information on casual employees.

Alternatively, there is information and resources for non-employing businesses and soletraders. 

Please note that these guidelines are constantly changing and while ANCC is committed to making sure that we provide you with the most up-to-date information, you should always check that the information you are consuming is correct. 

If you need more immediate, tailored assistance, please seek the advice of a HR consultant or law professional.

Additionally, if you are an ANCC member you may be eligible to access Business Australia’s Workplace Advice Line. You can call on 13 26 96 open between Monday and Friday 8.30 am to 5.30 pm to access free, fast and reliable advice.