Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus Updates

COVID-19 UPDATES

NEW COVID-19 APP WILL HELP EASE RESTRICTIONS

The Australian Government today launches the new voluntary coronavirus app, COVIDSafe, an important public health initiative to help keep you, your family and your community safe from further spread of coronavirus through early notification of possible exposure.

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$165 million for regional air routes

Thanks to a significant investment from the Federal Government of up to an initial $165 million, Qantas and Virgin will operate a minimum domestic network servicing the most critical metropolitan and regional routes in Australia, with a heavy focus on Queensland routes.

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VISA CHANGES FOR PICKERS

The Federal Liberal and Nationals Government is making temporary changes to visa arrangements to help farmers access the workforce they need to secure Australia’s food and produce supply during COVID-19.
The changes allow those within the Pacific Labour Scheme, Seasonal Worker Program and working holiday makers to continue to work in agriculture and food processing until the coronavirus crisis has passed.

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CRACKDOWN ON GREED

We have acted decisively to address concerns about the hoarding and profiteering of essential goods, such as personal protective gear, disinfectants and other medical products and have introduced tough penalties for price gouging.

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FUNDING BOOST TO SUPPORT AUSSIE EXPORTERS AND TOURISM

The Morrison Government will inject an extra $49.8 million into the Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) program in the 2019-20 financial year, allowing exporters and tourism businesses to get additional reimbursements for costs incurred in marketing their products and services around the world.

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30,000 MORE HOSPITAL BEDS

Our Government has guaranteed the viability and capacity of the private hospital sector, in an agreement that will ensure over 30,000 hospital beds, and the sector’s 105,000 skilled workforce, is available alongside the public hospital sector.

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