Latest News from the Department for Innovation & Skills

The Government of South Australia is committed to working alongside local businesses disadvantaged by the impacts of COVID-19.

We will keep you informed with new information and support as it becomes available.

Please regularly visit for the most recent information on South Australia’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Commonwealth’s JobKeeper Package

This afternoon, the Prime Minister announced an additional $130 billion to help employers keep businesses operating and workers in jobs. The JobKeeper payment is intended to provide wage subsidies to businesses that are significantly affected by COVID-19. Funding is expected to flow through the Australian Tax Office from 1 May, with payments backdated to today. Register your interest on the ATO website and we will update you as more information becomes available.

Restrictions for businesses

As we continue to contain and reduce the spread of COVID-19 within South Australia, it is important that businesses keep up to date with the latest restrictions. Some businesses are required to remain closed to the public until further notice – more information on businesses that are impacted is available on the SA Health website. South Australia Police will be conducting proactive random checks on venues and those businesses which have been captured by these restrictions. Click here to read the latest from SA Police.

Are you a tenant or landlord?

Landlords are encouraged to discuss short-term arrangements with tenants who may not be able to make immediate rent payments as a result of the COVID-19 business climate. The Commonwealth Government has announced that evictions due to lack of payment will be postponed for a six-month period. We will provide more detail on this initiative as it becomes available.

Advice from Restaurant & Catering Australia

The R&CA industry association has established a COVID-19 Hub, where you can access the latest news updates as well as industry-specific factsheets and templates. You’ll find information on restrictions and changes to the sector, food delivery, liquor licensing and managing staff, as well as general business and mental health advice.

Support for our creative industries

Work in Australia’s vibrant arts sector? Check out what these organisations are doing to support you through this difficult time:

Free personalised online mental health plan

Leaders at the SA Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI, or the ‘cheese grater’) have collaborated with other mental health experts to create an online mental health plan that can be tailored to your personal circumstances. Make sure you check it out and share with your staff. Let’s look after ourselves and each other.

ICYMI: Webinar on building business resilience

Last week, Business SA partnered with the SA Small Business Commissioner to present the Navigating Your Business Through The COVID-19 Pandemic webinar.
Click here to watch now.

Coronavirus Australia App

The Australian Government has unveiled an official app to keep the population updated on COVID-19 related news.
Search ‘Coronavirus Australia’ in the App Store or Google Play to download.

Baker McKenzie video conference

The French-Australian Chamber of Commerce invites you to Understanding the Corporate Insolvency Landscape under the COVID-19 Reforms on Thursday 2 April at 12.30pm.

Baker McKenzie Partners will discuss corporate insolvency regime in Australia, recent insolvency law reforms, and tips for managing the economic impact of COVID-19.

Updates to Immigration during COVID-19 The Department of Home Affairs has created a new website with updates to Australia’s immigration and border policies during the COVID-19 outbreak. This may be a useful resource if you need advice about visa conditions or support at the current time, as these are all matters being considered by the Commonwealth.

Upcoming events and webinars

Cybercrime: What are the threats?
Presented by CEDA
Tuesday 31 March, 3.00pm

Global In-Market Updates: Webinar Series
Presented by the Department for Trade and Investment Multiple dates:
beginning 31 March

Virtual Founder Panel
Presented by Innovation Bay
Wednesday 1 April, 8.00am

What’s next for me in a new world?
Presented by the Tribe Global
Wednesday 1 April, 10.00am

Coronovirus: Navigating the Disruption for Small Business
Presented by the SA Small Business Commissioner
Wednesday 1 April, 4.00pm

Understanding the Corporate Insolvency Landscape under the COVID-19 Reform
Presented by the French-Australian Chamber of Commerce
Thursday 2 April, 12.30pm

Digital Transformation for Small Business
Presented by the SA Small Business Commissioner
Wednesday 8 April, 5.15pm