COVID-19 Update 1 April 2020

Australian Government

Today the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Simon Birmingham, announced the Federal Government will inject an extra $49.8 million into the Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) program in the 2019-20 financial year, allowing exporters and tourism businesses to receive additional reimbursements for costs incurred in marketing their products and services around the world. Minister  Birmingham said this funding boost would provide much needed relief and a timely cash flow injection for exporters and tourism businesses within the scheme who were doing it tough.

The Department of Health has released a video campaign to help people stay informed on COVID-19.

The Department of Treasury’s Economic Response to the Coronavirus webpage is a useful business tool, updated as new measures are announced, and can be accessed here.


Wine Industry

There are currently no changes to trade agreements that restrict the export of Australian wine to our key markets. Wine Australia continues to support Australian wine exporters through the Regulatory Services team and by keeping the sector informed of the latest market insights.  Read Wine Australia’s Market Bulletin on the latest developments in trade and logistics for wine in the current COVID-19 environment.

For those who are still exporting or importing inputs, ports are open and operating under a number of restrictions. Read the marine information fact sheet to find out more.

Ports, airports and roads will maintain some freight movement. For companies exporting to markets around the world, business is being affected due to COVID-19 in each location. 

The Department for Trade and Investment has information for exporters and companies.


COVID-19 and Australian Workplace Laws

The Australian Workplace Ombudsman is available to help you understand your rights and responsibilities at work during the coronavirus outbreak.  Information on business closures, alternative working arrangements and health and safety during the coronavirus crisis are just some of the areas the Ombudsman can assist you with.

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