Update April 2020

For the health and safety of our clients, our office in Briar Hill has temporarily closed and we are not conducting client appointments until further notice. We will try to remain fully operational to the best of our ability however we may not be able to be contacted directly at the office or via phone during these times.

Common Individuals questions answered

Local Lockdowns Business Support Program

As announced on Tuesday 30 June 2020, specific postcodes in Victoria will return to Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The return to Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions mean that businesses such as restaurants, cafes, pubs, gyms, indoor sporting venues, cinemas, live music, entertainment venues and other businesses can no longer operate as they would like.

Businesses that are operating within a postcode affected by the return to Stage 3 restrictions are eligible for a one-off, $5,000 grant to help them get through to the other side of the local lockdown.

This program closes 31 July 2020.

Businesses can register their interest now (click on the link) and applications will be up and running within days. For any questions regarding your eligibility for this grant please contact our office on 03 94347222.

https://www.business.vic.gov.au/support-for-your-business/grants-and-assistance/local-lockdowns-business-support-program

MyGov ID instructions

Attention Clients:

The Director of the company or the Sole Trader would need you to set-up their MyGov ID app and then they would have the ability to authorise other users as well online through their Relationship Manager login.

Anyone who wants access to the Business Portal will need to set-up MyGov ID on their phones (via the app) if you haven’t already.

This is the first step.

To start this process download the MyGov ID app on your phone (downloaded through your app store) and go through the proof of identity stage using two proof of identity documents each (i.e. Drivers License & Medicare Card)
Once MyGov ID is set-up on your phone you can then log into your MyGov ID via this link: https://info.authorisationmanager.gov.au/ on your PC and link your business, company or trust and proceed to the business portal (bp.ato.gov.au) to view your accounts. Once you’ve clicked the link, enter in your email address (used when you would have set-up your MyGov ID account on your phone) and enter the code generated on your PC you’re your phone. This will then take you to the stage where you can link your business to your MyGov ID and also proceed to add a user if you need to.

We also highlight that MyGov ID is how you log into the business portal (bp.ato.gov.au) and proceed to enrol into JobKeeper.

Important Worksafe update

As of 1 July 2020 there will now be new Worksafe manslaughter penalties. It may be opportune for you to review your occupational health & safety regulations and requirements via the OHS Act. The maximum penalties applied can be up to 20 years imprisonment or a maximum fine of $16.5million for body corporates. Please make sure you review your practices and worksites to mitigate any risk to injury or fatalities.

Link: https://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/victorias-new-workplace-manslaughter-offences