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NEW HARDSHIP PANEL TO PROVIDE MORE BUSINESSES WITH COVID-19 FINANCIAL SUPPORT

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Minister for Finance and Small Business Damien Tudehope

NEW HARDSHIP PANEL TO PROVIDE MORE BUSINESSES WITH COVID-19 FINANCIAL SUPPORT

A new Hardship Review Panel has been established to consider financial support for businesses experiencing financial hardship that do not qualify for COVID-19 business support measures.

The panel will assess on a case-by-case basis businesses which did not meet the eligibility requirements for the 2021 COVID-19 Business Grant, Micro-business Grant and JobSaver payments.

Minister for Finance and Small Business Damien Tudehope said the Review Panel would help those businesses experiencing genuine financial hardship that were previously ineligible for support payments and grants.
“COVID-19 has affected so many businesses in NSW and even though we have a number of support measures in place, there are still some businesses under severe financial strain that aren’t eligible for assistance for a number of reasons. We want to plug that gap as much as we can,” Mr Tudehope said.

The Review Panel will include representatives from Revenue NSW, NSW Treasury and Service NSW and will make recommendations on businesses’ eligibility for relevant support payments and grants.
It will consider a broad range of factors in determining whether a business has experienced financial hardship, with the Chief Commissioner of Revenue NSW to be ultimately responsible and make the final determination for applications.

“My message to small businesses is this – no matter what corner of the state you’re in, we will be there with you all the way as we navigate this global health pandemic,” Mr Tudehope said.

Factors that the hardship panel will consider include, for example, whether the business is an employer, in a highly impacted industry, in an LGA of concern or has unavoidable costs for which no other support is available.

Businesses will be back paid to the fortnight where they can demonstrate the required decline in turnover with the Panel. Hardship applications for JobSaver are now open with hardship COVID business grants and Micro-business grants to open later this month. See more here: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/campaign/covid-19-help-businesses/covid-19-business-support-hardship-review.

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ROADMAP GIVES CERTAINTY TO BUSINESS

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ROADMAP GIVES CERTAINTY TO BUSINESS

The state’s peak business organisation, Business NSW says confirmation of the three phases of reopening for NSW is a positive step that will provide much needed certainty to business.
The Government has announced rules which will determine what can and can’t happen as the population reaches 70 and 80% double vaccination rates, as well as when liberties apply to all residents, irrespective of vaccination status.
“It’s been an uncertain time for many businesses with lots of confusion about which businesses will be able to open and under what rules,” said Business NSW Regional Manager Jane Laverty.
“The release of the Public Health Orders in coming days will reconfirm that the onus will be on individuals to do the right thing and abide by the rules,” Mrs Laverty said.
“Business owners can’t be expected to also act as security guards, so long as they have a COVIDSafe plan and appropriate registration in place at their entry, they can get on with the business of being in business.
“The Premier has confirmed that 11 October is the day we will likely reopen at 70% double vaccination rate, which we are calling #backtobusiness day, because it will be a real celebration of being able to visit our favourite businesses again and to celebrate what we’ve missed over the past few months.
“A number of greater freedoms will come into place at the 80% double vaccination rate, which on current trends could be as soon as 25 October.
“Businesses will be able to operate under a one person per four square metre rule, with certain caps in place on numbers, depending on the type of industry and whether customers are gathering inside our outdoors.
“It won’t be until 1 December that vaccination status is not a factor – meaning businesses will be able to operate under a one person per 2 square metre rule, as opposed to one person per 4 square metres up until then.
“This is an important step for the business recovery in NSW, as the state looks to bounce back as quickly as possible from the ravages of the pandemic,” Mrs Laverty said.

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Training hub plan to crack youth unemployment

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Business NSW regional manager Jane Laverty

Training hub plan to crack youth unemployment

Grafton has been chosen as part of an initiative aimed at bringing down youth unemployment by forging closer links between local industry and high school students.
The Federal Government is trialling training hubs across the country that aim to connect students with job opportunities while students were Page MP Kevin Hogan said establishing industry training hubs would provide a mechanism through which students and businesses could connect.
He said Business NSW has been awarded the contract in Grafton and it has employed Kerren Law to deliver training hub services to the region.

Business NSW regional manager Jane Laverty

Business NSW regional manager Jane Laverty

He said this position would create better linkages between schools and local industry, and help focus on developing skills for occupations most relevant to the region.
Mr Hogan said that improving opportunities for young people was important for the community.
“The new training hub will help tackle youth unemployment in the Clarence Valley and Mid North Coast region by working with, and encouraging Year 11 and 12 students, to build skills and choose occupations in demand in our region,” Mr Hogan said.
“We want senior secondary school students to be well placed to find employment when they leave school.
“Importantly, this new training hub will help promote the many opportunities in the vocational education and training sector as a first-choice career option.”
As an industry training hub career facilitator Ms Law said she is excited to get started unpacking the hub and establishing its programming.
“This is a brilliant opportunity for students to expand their vision of career possibilities beyond what they see and know,” she said.
“It’s important work, our young people are tomorrow’s future business, industry and community leaders. Ideally students look at vocational education and training with fresh eyes, and weave this into their career planning pathway.”
Business NSW regional manager Jane Laverty said they were excited about what an industry training hub can achieve for both young people and employers in the region who are looking to make the most of the vocational education and training opportunity.
“Business leaders are very focused on their workforce development so this it is great timing for the hub establishment,” Ms Laverty said.
She said the Grafton Training Hub was one of 10 being trialled across the country as part of the Australian Government’s $50.6 million investment to improve opportunities for year 11 and 12 students in regions with high youth unemployment.
More details can be found at: www.dese.gov.au/industry-training-hubs

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