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    Small businesses urged to apply quickly for JobKeeper

    There are reports that many small businesses may not be applying for the JobKeeper payment because they can’t pay staff by 30 April.

    The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombusman, Kate Carnell is concerned. “Small businesses that believe they are eligible to apply for JobKeeper really must do so quickly,” she says.

    “There have been reports that some small businesses, particularly in the tourism and hospitality sectors, have not applied for JobKeeper because they cannot pay $1500 for each eligible staff member per fortnight.

    “The big four banks have established JobKeeper help lines that are dedicated to this use alone. There are lines of credit that are readily available so that you can pay your staff in the lead up to the initial payment from the ATO at the start of May, which will be a month in arrears.

    “The banks are promising to fast-track these applications, so you can get the necessary funds you need to pay your staff.

    “It’s especially critical that small businesses that are struggling to pay their rent apply for the JobKeeper payment for their staff, because you are only covered by the Mandatory Commercial Tenancy Code of Conduct if you are using JobKeeper.

    “This may be essential to your business’ survival.

    “Above all, we want to see small businesses survive this difficult time, so they can thrive on the other side. JobKeeper provides the practical financial support small businesses need as we wait for this health crisis to pass,” concludes Ms Carnell.

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