The Federal Government is moving to provide subsidies to Australian businesses to keep the nation’s workers employed.
David Littleproud, Agriculture Minister, said this job keeper payment will protect lives and livelihoods at a time of crisis.
“In particular, it will give great comfort to those in regional and rural Australia where businesses have been hit hard and their workers are worried about their future,” Mr Littleproud said.
“Those that earn their crust in the agricultural sector will have security in knowing that the Government has their employers’ back.
“Local ag supply stores that have experienced a 30 per cent business downturn will be eligible for the wage subsidy.
“Wineries that have lost out because of the big tourism drop-off will be able to keep their workers on.
“We will emerge from this crisis unified and stronger as a result of the security this announcement will give employees and employers.
“The $130 billion package spread over the next 6 months is being committed to keep Australian businesses ticking over and keep money in their workers’ wallets.
“Those eligible businesses can back date their claims to March 1, 2020.
“The Federal Government will remain calm in this COVID-19 crisis and continue to build that bridge to recovery,” Mr Littleproud said.
To register: https://www.ato.gov.au/general/gen/JobKeeper-payment/?fbclid=IwAR1wTlerObzNh0fVd4js8bUEmjbdnc6eeHW3bZ5Cl0GYGiZk0zPYiPGbMT0