Business guide to coronavirus

Last updated: 6:36am 2 April 2020

We have created a dedicated destination for businesses around Australia to stay updated with the latest news related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and to help understand what this means for their business and employees.

6:36am 2 April 2020 - Confirmed cases: There are now 924,663 confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) worldwide, with at least 4,864 confirmed cases in Australia. We will continue to provide advice as developments arise.

8:08am 30 March 2020 – Government to unveil Coronavirus wage subsidy for businesses workers: Businesses are expected to be paid a wage subsidy of up to $1,500 per employee, under a Federal Government plan to keep Australians in work. Click here for more.

6:54pm 29 March 2020 - PM addresses nation: Scott Morrison asks landlords and tenants, both residential and commercial, to work together as the government work through the next phase of economic support.

9:48pm 24 March 2020 - Australia moves into Stage 2: The Federal government announced a further crackdown on social gathering, and has expanded the shutdown of nonessential services

Through thick and thin, we're in this together

What is coronavirus?

From January 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared an outbreak of a new coronavirus disease in Hubei Province, China. The 2019 coronavirus (COVID-19) has now spread to other countries around the world. The virus is already having significant business and operational impact on Australian companies. It is therefore critical that businesses have a clear plan and lines of communications with employees, as well as clients and third-party entities.

People can catch COVID-19 by touching contaminated surfaces or objects and then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. If they are standing within one metre of a person with COVID-19, they can catch it by breathing in droplets coughed out or exhaled by the infected person. In other words, COVID-19 spreads in a similar way to the flu.

Most persons infected with COVID-19 experience mild symptoms and recover. However, some go on to experience more severe illness and may require hospital care. The risk of serious illness rises with age: people over 40 seem to be more vulnerable than those under 40. People with weakened immune systems and people with conditions such as diabetes and heart and lung disease are also more susceptible to serious illness.

In Australia, the people most at risk of getting the virus are those who have recently travelled overseas, or have been in close contact with someone who is a confirmed case of coronavirus

How can we help?

Business Australia has a range of resources on how to prepare yourself and your business during this time.

Our Workplace Advice Line is on standby to take your call, Monday to Friday between 8:30am - 5:30pm 

If you are new to Business Australia, sign up to become a free member and receive one free call to the Workplace Advice Line.

If you’re an existing Business NSW member, you may have calls to the Workplace Advice Line included as part of your membership and you may also be able to add more calls if required.