COVID-19: Find information about the JobKeeper Payment and other support for business on our coronavirus page. If your business is based in Victoria, you can find information about business restrictions on Business Victoria’s website. ×

If you run a company you're eligible for:

JobKeeper Payment


You may be eligible to receive the JobKeeper Payment if your turnover has been reduced because of the coronavirus.

The JobKeeper Payment, which was originally due to run until 27 September 2020, will now continue to be available to eligible businesses (including the self-employed) and not-for-profits until 28 March 2021.

Following registration by the eligible business, the Government will provide $1,500 per fortnight per eligible employee until 27 September 2020.

The payment rate of $1,500 per fortnight for eligible employees and business participants will be reduced to $1,200 per fortnight from 28 September 2020 and to $1,000 per fortnight from 4 January 2021. From 28 September 2020, lower payment rates will apply for employees and business participants that worked fewer than 20 hours per week.

The intent of the JobKeeper Payment is to enable any eligible self-employed person get a wage subsidy regardless of what business structure they use, where:

  • the business operates through a sole trader structure – one owner can be nominated to receive the JobKeeper Payment
  • the business operates through a partnership – one partner can be nominated to receive the JobKeeper Payment
  • the business operates through a company – one director can be nominated to receive the JobKeeper Payment
  • the business has shareholders who provide labour to the company and receive dividends in lieu of wages – one such shareholder can be nominated to receive the JobKeeper Payment
  • the business operates through a trust – one individual beneficiary (that is, not a corporate beneficiary) can be nominated to receive the JobKeeper Payment

Learn more about the JobKeeper Payment.

Temporary relief for financially distressed businesses


The Government is temporarily increasing in the threshold at which creditors can issue a statutory demand on a company and the time companies have to respond to statutory demands they receive.

The package also includes temporary relief for directors from any personal liability for trading while insolvent, and providing temporary flexibility in the Corporations Act 2001 to provide temporary and targeted relief for companies from provisions of the Act to deal with unforeseen events that arise as a result of the coronavirus health crisis.

Learn more about temporary relief for financially distressed businesses.

The increased instant asset write-off


Under normal circumstances, individual assets less than $30,000 are eligible for the instant asset write off. The Government has lifted this threshold to $150,000 for assets that are either installed or ready for first use by 31 December 2020.

Read more about the increased instant asset write-off.

Accelerated depreciation deduction arrangements


A time limited 15 month investment incentive (through to 30 June 2021) to support business investment and economic growth over the short term, by accelerating depreciation deductions. Businesses with a turnover of less than $500 million will be able to deduct 50 per cent of the cost of an eligible asset on installation, with existing depreciation rules applying to the balance of the asset’s cost.

Learn more about accelerated depreciation deduction.

Increased and accelerated income support


The Government is temporarily expanding eligibility to income support payments and establishing a new, time-limited Coronavirus supplement to be paid at a rate of $550 per fortnight until 24 September 2020. From 25 September 2020 to 31 December 2020, the Supplement amount will be $250 per fortnight. 

This supplement will be paid to both existing and new recipients of the eligible payment categories. 

Read more about the increased and accelerated income support.

Assistance for affected regions, communities and industries


The Government has created an initial $1 billion support fund to provide assistance to industries and regions severely affected by the economic impacts of the coronavirus.

Find out more about the assistance for affected regions, communities and industries.

Tax support


If you're having difficulty meeting your tax and super obligations because of COVID-19, the Australian Tax Office (ATO) can provide relief for some tax obligations on a case-by-case basis. Contact the ATO’s Emergency Support Infoline for businesses on 1800 806 218 or speak with a trusted tax advisor.

Learn more about the relief for some tax obligations for businesses affected by the coronavirus.

SME Guarantee Scheme


This will provide businesses with funding to meet immediate cash flow needs, by further enhancing lenders’ willingness and ability to provide credit. Businesses with a turnover of up to $50 million will be eligible to receive these loans.

Read more about the coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme.