COVID-19 Quick Q and A

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Q. What is the difference between JobKeeper and JobSeeker? Which should I apply for?

A. JobKeeper is administered by the ATO and paid to employers who then pay their employees. JobSeeker is administered by Centrelink and is a form of social security for those looking for work. 

Q. My business only started three months ago or had experienced growth over the past year and won’t show a 30% write-down in turnover - am I eligible to apply for JobSeeker? 

A. Where a business was not in operation a year earlier, or where their turnover a year earlier was not representative of their usual or average turnover, the Tax Commissioner will have discretion to consider additional information that the business can provide to establish that they have been adversely affected by the impacts of the Coronavirus

Q. What happens if my employer wants me to remain stood down?

A. You are entitled to the JobKeeper payment if you remain stood down. The JobKeeper payment applies so long as you are still employed by the business.

Q. What happens if my employer wants me to return to work?

A. If the employer has useful work for you to perform, the stand down period would end and you would resume performing your regular duties and receiving you regular pay. You must be paid the greater of the JobKeeper payment, or the amount legally payable for the work performed.

Q. Can my employer make me take leave during this period?

A. Your employer can request than an employee agrees to take paid annual leave provided that the employee retains a balance of at least two weeks. You must consider the request and must not unreasonably refuse the request.

Q. Where can I travel?

From Friday 15 May, the following is allowed:

  • public gatherings of up to 10 people;
  • food and drink premises can open, but only to seat a maximum of 10 customers at any one time – this includes cafes and restaurants, a restaurant within a registered club or pub, or a cellar door that serves food;
  • up to 5 visitors may visit another household at any one time;
  • weddings can have up to 10 guests plus the people conducting or assisting in the conduct of the service, a photographer, a videographer, and the couple;
  • indoor funerals and memorial services can have up to 20 mourners and outdoor funerals up to 30 mourners;
  • religious gatherings and places of worship can have up to 10 worshippers;
  • outdoor playground and exercise equipment can be used with caution; and
  • outdoor pools can open with restrictions.

Read FAQs on what has changed.
*Hunter (NSW) information only

What has changed?

31 July 2020

Under the amended public health order for gatherings and movement

Find out how many people can

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For a full list of closures and restricted venues visit the NSW Government's COVID-19 website.

The NSW Government will closely monitor COVID-19 rates, especially community transmissions, and use this to guide the further easing of restrictions.

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Information is being regularly updated on the NSW Government's COVID-19 website as well as on NSW Health's website

Visiting family and friends at home

  • Up to 20 visitors may visit another household at any one time. The total number of visitors includes adults and children.
  • There is no daily limit to visitors to your home, so long as you don’t have more than 20 visitors at any one time.
  • If you are over 70 or have a pre-existing medical condition, you should limit the number of visitors and take care at all times.  
  • You can have guests from any household so long as it does not exceed 20 visitors in total. 
  • An overnight stay as part of a visit to someone’s house is allowed.
  • Some people who need to attend your home will not be counted as visitors if they are at your home to 
    • provide a service, care or assistance or for compassionate reasons 

    • fulfil contact arrangements between parents and children under the age of 18 or between siblings 

    • help a member of the household to move in or out of the home 

    • avoid an injury or illness or to escape a risk of harm 

    • assist in an emergency situation.  

As the home is a high transmission area, the NSW Chief Health Officer strongly recommends a COVID-Safe precautionary approach of having no more than 10 visitors at a time. 

People who are at higher risk of COVID-19 infection include:

  • people aged 70 years and over
  • people aged 65 years and over with chronic medical conditions
  • people with a compromised immune system
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples 50 years and older with one or more chronic medical conditions.

If you are in one of these groups, follow the guidance for vulnerable people.

Holiday homes and holiday rentals

  • There are no limitations on people who live in NSW travelling within NSW. 
  • Up to 20 people may stay in a holiday home or holiday rental. More than 20 people can stay in a holiday home or holiday rental if they are all members of the same household.

  • If you are visiting a national park camping ground you must book ahead.

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Outdoor public gatherings

  • No more than 20 people are allowed to gather outside in a public place.