Localsearch Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Centre

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Stay up to date with the Coronavirus business news on Localsearch! We share the latest stimulus packages, restriction updates, how to stay connected with your client via video call, and so much more.

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Australian Government Stimulus Packages

Access government funding and support for your business now.

  • Eligible businesses may be able to receive a tax-free payment of between $20,000 to $100,000. This is a combination of claiming instalments from your employee PAYG withholdings and an additional matched payment.

  • Businesses with a turnover of less than $1 billion who have seen a 30% reduction (50% for businesses with a $1+ billion turnover) in business comparable to the year prior will be able to receive $1,500 per eligible employee per fortnight.

  • Eligible assets up to $150,000 purchased or installed prior to 30 June 2020 may now be instantly written off. Eligible depreciable assets may also be able to be deducted by 50%.
 And more…
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Government Support for Sole Traders Affected by COVID-19

Help and funding available for sole traders in Australia.

  • Sole traders with a turnover of less than $1 billion who have see their business drop by 30% or more (relative to this time last year) may be eligible to receive $1,500 a fortnight for up to 6 months.

  •  The individual asset write-off has been increased from $30,000 to $150,000 for each eligible asset purchased or ready to be used by 30 June 2020.

  • Those operating as a sole trader with an aggregated turnover of less than $500 million can deduct up to 50% of an eligible depreciable asset.

  •  Individuals with decreased hours or who have faced redundancy or closing their business may be eligible to gain early access to $10,000 from their superannuation in 2019–2020, and a further $10,000 in 2020–2021.

Helpful Documents for Businesses Affected by COVID-19

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Localsearch COVID-19 Savings Package

Having your business online is more important than ever before. Download our Coronavirus Savings Package for more information on how to secure your business from only $19 a week.

Queensland Border Restrictions Overview

Does your business rely on your workers traveling over the New South Wales Queensland border? You may not need to worry. Download the Australian Government fact sheet to find out more.

JobKeeper Payment Information for Employers

Find out everything you need to know about receiving the JobKeeper Payment Package from the Australian Government in the Information for Employers Guide.

Apprentice & Trainee 50% Wage Subsidy

Do you have less than 20 employees, with at least one of these an apprentice or trainee? You may be able to claim a 50% subsidy on their wages. Download the guide for more information.

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Learn exactly how to keep your business standing strong with a free, one-on-one consultation.

On this call we can:

  • Analyse your business needs.
  • Provide support, tips and advice.
  • Sign you up to the Localsearch COVID-19 Savings Package options of your needing.
  • Share the current options available via the Australian Government Coronavirus Stimulus for eligible businesses.

And more…

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How to Apply for an ABN

Having an ABN can make claiming subsidies through the Australian Government easier.

There are many reasons why you may need an ABN, however, we’ll leave that conversation for you to have with the ATO or your business accountant. However, one of the reasons is it makes it easier to track your business transactions for tax purposes. In turn, this can help make claiming some of the Australian Government’s subsidies and support options simpler.

Applying for an ABN in generally quite easy and shouldn’t take you more than 10 minutes if you have everything prepared. What you need will depend on the business structure you choose, however, at a minimum, you will need your Tax File Number, your ACN (if you have one), entity legal name and the other things listed on the Australian Business Register website.

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How to Run Free Video Consultations

Does your business rely on face-to-face client and staff meetings? Don't let social distancing regulations affect your business — use video consulting!

Our Digital Marketing Specialist, Casey Summerville, is here to show you how to get started for FREE.

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Coronavirus Australia WhatsApp Service

Receive COVID-19 updates for businesses via WhatsApp!

The Australian Government has revealed a Coronavirus Australia WhatsApp Messaging Service, which allows you to receive the COVID-19 updates you want to know about directly to your WhatsApp app. To sign up for these updates, all you need to do is:

1. Download WhatsApp via the Google Play or Apple App Store.

2. Add this Australian Government number to your WhatsApp contact list: 0400 253 787.

3. Send the contact a message via WhatsApp — anything will do!

4. Wait for the message back and reply with what information you’d like to receive as it comes available. 

Now, you’re all good to go!

Coronavirus Australia App for iOS or Android

Download the official Australian Government Coronavirus Australia app!

There are a lot of different ways to research how COVID-19 is progressing in Australia, updates to symptoms and testing, new support for individuals and businesses, news, advice and more. By downloading the Coronavirus Australia app, you’re ensuring the information you receive is coming directly from the Australian Government.

The app is entirely free to download and use, with no account creation or login is required.

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Why & How to Get a 1300 Number

1300 Numbers & Words Through Telstra

A 1300 number can help you easily expand your business, as well as command instant authority when the public sees it in your marketing. Alternatively to a number, you can enlist a 1300 word, which is a combination of 1300 and a word synonymous with your business, like 1300 EXAMPLE.

To get a 1300 number or word, simply ask how to have one added to your Telstra Business Account.

Disclaimer: The content on this page is for informational purposes only and does not replace professional counsel or advice. Localsearch is not liable for any misuse of the information provided. Please speak to your business accountant or the Australian Government for information specific to your circumstances.

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