COVID-19 Additional Support

Last Updated on 12 August 2020 at 5:00pm AEST


BUSINESS SUPPORT

Please join the ESSA Business Network and log in to visit the COVID-19 support page for information on business grants, government support and HR advice.

EMPLOYMENT

Useful Resource: Understanding Your Employment Contract (Recording of Webinar)

Presented by ESSA’s HR partner, Strawberry Seed Consulting, this chat covers:

  • What should and should not be included in your employment contract
  • How your employment contract fits with the industry award
  • Understanding common clauses such as restrictive covenant
  • Answering common questions 

Click here to listen to the recording and here for the presentation slides.

Employment Help

Need to talk to an expert? ESSA’s HR Partner, Strawberry Seed Consulting, can help you understand your employment rights. If you would like to speak to a human resources expert, you can book an appointment by visiting the Members Lounge and navigating to the Employment tab. This is a member benefit and is provided to you for free as part of your membership fee.

Workplace Entitlements: Fair Work Commission

Click here for information on your workplace entitlements and obligations if your employment has been affected by COVID-19, including information about stand downs from work, working arrangements impacted by school closures, as well as pay and sick leave entitlements.

Government Allowances: Extensions to JobKeeper and JobSeeker Schemes

The Australian Government recently announced extensions to both schemes. Please see below for further details.

JobKeeper Extension

Current JobKeeper Payments

28 September 2020 to 3 January 2021

4 January 2021 to 28 March 2021

$1,500 per fortnight for all eligible employees and business participants

$1,200 per fortnight for all eligible employees and business participants working for or actively engaged in a business for more than 20 hours per week on average in the 4 weeks prior to 1 March 2020

$1,000 per fortnight for all eligible employees and business participants working for or actively engaged in a business for more than 20 hours per week on average in the 4 weeks prior to 1 March 2020

No part-time payment

$750 per fortnight for employees and business participants working for less than 20 hours per week on average

$650 per fortnight for employees and business participants working for less than 20 hours per week on average

If you meet the eligibility criteria, you can still register for JobKeeper here.

JobSeeker Extension

 

Current

25 September 2020 to 31 December 2020

$565.70 per fortnight for base JobSeeker payment (single, no children)

$565.70 per fortnight for base JobSeeker payment (single, no children)

$550 per fortnight for Coronavirus Supplement*

$250 per fortnight for Coronavirus Supplement*

$1,115.70 per fortnight in total

$815.70 per fortnight in total


*The Coronavirus Supplement will be extended until 31 December 2020 for JobSeeker and other eligible income support payment recipients. Click here for more information.