The JobKeeper program will help Australia weather an economic storm, by keeping Australians in jobs and keeping businesses in business.
Over the next six months, an estimated six million eligible workers will be supported, with payments of $1,500 per employee, per fortnight before tax, paid through their employers.
Already, around 750,000 businesses have registered for JobKeeper. By keeping this connection between employers and workers, we will help our economy bounce back.
This is in addition to a number of other measures, including increasing the JobSeeker support payment, an Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package, and over $1 billion to expand mental health, telehealth and other services.
We are just days away from Easter, which is a time that should give us hope.
This year however, the message is clear. Stay home. Don’t travel. We can’t let up now.
Going on holiday is not essential. Going to someone else’s home is not essential.
You must stay at home, except for:
- Shopping for what you need
- Getting medical care
- Travelling to work
Have this holiday apart, so we can stop the spread together.
Why social distancing works
The more space between you and others, the harder it is for coronavirus to spread – that’s why social distancing is so important.
There are three things you can do:
- Stay home as much as possible.
- Keep 1.5 metres (or two arm lengths) away from other people wherever possible.
- Practice good hygiene, like washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or using hand sanitiser.
Stay up-to-date with the latest news and advice
Get the latest information about COVID-19 through the new ‘Coronavirus Australia’ app and on the dedicated WhatsApp channel.
Thank you to the overwhelming majority of Australians who are doing the right thing. You are saving lives and saving livelihoods.
Just a couple of weeks ago, new cases of coronavirus were growing at more than 20 percent a day. In recent days, this has averaged around two percent a day.
We are flattening the curve and buying ourselves precious time. We must keep this up.
Stay safe this Easter.
Federal Member for Pearce
PS: There are many Australians working on our frontlines against coronavirus – healthcare workers, supermarket workers, cleaners and many others – record a 30-second video with your family to say thanks and submit it here!