Covid-19 updates

Keeping small business running now and in the future

Business continuity is tougher than ever. We’re here to help you understand what government support you can get, help you learn new skills, take your business online or manage working remotely. We’re also collecting inspirational stories from the world of small business. This is just the beginning, so keep checking back on what more we can do.

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Latest updates:

Here's what's new on this page

  • Ali switched her practice to telehealth overnight.
  • Lending a hand: insights into COVID loans video series.
  • Susie pivotted her kids party business online.
  • Samantha took the downtime in her business to create a new collection.
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News just in

Below, you’ll find the latest on financial relief measures and programs designed to support businesses impacted by COVID-19 here in Australia.

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COVIDSafe return to work regulations

With COVID-19 lockdown restrictions ease and a wide-spread reopening beginning, the government has proposed a detailed set of regulations to adhere to. Read more.

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Major banks open JobKeeper hotlines

The four major Australian banks, ANZ, CBA, NAB, Westpac, have launched dedicated hotlines to offer a faster way to apply for loan support.
Read more 

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Xero Payroll helps you get JobKeeper ready

The deadline for JobKeeper is approaching. Xero has you covered with these new product features.
Read more

MORE HELPFUL LINKS
STP and JobKeeper FAQs.
Read blog.

A message from Steve Vamos.
Watch video.

Unpack the JobKeeper stimulus.
Watch video.

ATO resources
COVID-19 hub
JobKeeper payments

 

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Tune in to free educational content

Running a small business has always been a rollercoaster, but this latest challenge is the biggest dip yet. We've created a range of webinars, courses and videos to help you get through these disruptions.

Resources on managing your businesses cashflow

Improve your cash flow: Options before considering lending
Explore whether lending is the right option for you, and get some practical tips to improve your cash flow and business stability.
Register for webinar

Keep track of your cash flow
Understanding cash flow is crucial for any business. We’ve created this guide of videos, courses and articles to help you navigate cash flow using Xero.
Read article

Small Business Cash Flow App Guide
To help you decide which cash flow app is right for your business, we’ve researched four relevant apps, so you can easily decide which app will best suit your needs.
Read guide

Resources for small businesses

Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme FAQs
Understanding the Australian Government's Coronavirus Small and Medium Enterprises Guarantee Scheme to provide $40 billion in support for lending to SMEs (including sole traders and not-for-profits). 
Read FAQs

Lending a hand: insights into COVID loans
We chat with leading banks and lenders on how they are providing financial support for small businesses under the Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme.
Check out video series

Applying for finance: what you need to know
In this webinar, we’ll help you get bank ready. We’ll explore your finance options, the information lenders might need, and how to apply.
Register for webinar

Resources for accountants and bookkeepers

Lending a hand: insights into COVID loans
We chat with leading banks and lenders on how they are providing financial support for small businesses under the Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme.
Tips for advisorsWatch video series 

Demystifying business finance for advisors
Over a series of courses we’ll explore topics from how to talk about business finance with your clients, to why it’s important to make sure their data in Xero is up to scratch.
Watch series

 

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Boss moves from the community

Boss moves come in all shapes and sizes. We're heroing some of the small businesses in our community who have made a pivot with their business to survive through COVID-19.

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Think about ways you can use your existing materials and skills to meet the new demands coming from remote working.

Read Jeremy's story

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If there's still demand for your service but you can't satisfy it face to face, research tools that can help you deliver it online.

Read more about Susie's story

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If you're experiencing downtime in your business, take the time to reset, get back to the drawing board and prepare to hit the ground running on the other side.

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Look at scheduling apps that you can use to book in video consultations with clients so you can continue delivering your service but in other ways.

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Mental health support

Coronavirus is changing the way we live and work, and this brings a range of emotions, including uncertainty - that's why we're a proud partner with Beyond Blue.

The Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service delivered by Beyond Blue provides everyone in Australia with mental health information and support 24/7. Visit coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au.

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Dealing with the financial impact of being out of work 

If you have lost your job recently, there are steps you can take to restructure your finances to help you to manage your funds and smooth the transition period.

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How to support employees during the coronavirus pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is presenting small business owners, senior leaders and managers with unprecedented challenges and many difficult choices.

Read article

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How business owners and managers can manage their mental health

Whether your business has closed or is still operating, here are some strategies to help you through the toughest of times.

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Not Alone with Marc Fennell

We’re proud to support Beyond Blue’s first-ever podcast series, ‘Not Alone’ where everyday Australians talk about their mental health journey to help you with yours. 

Listen to podcast

Whatever you're feeling during these challenging times you can talk to a trained mental health professional for advice and support.

Call 1800 512 348
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Business continuity hub

Visit Xero Central for tools to help your business get through unforeseen disruptions. Register for upcoming webinars, find business and mental health resources, and connect with the Xero community to share your experience. 

We'll continue to add useful resources and information so keep checking in.

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More resources for your business

We've got even more videos and articles to help you adapt and thrive in the changed working environment.

Running a small business has always been a rollercoaster, but this latest challenge is the biggest dip yet.

Let us help you navigate what comes next.

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