For individuals and households
Evictions will be put on hold for six months by state and territory governments. Landlords and renters are encouraged to talk about short term agreements. Check with your respective state or territory government for more details.
Minimum drawdown rate options for retirees
The minimum drawdown requirement for account based pensions and similar products have been reduced by 50% for 2019-20 and 2020-21 income years to help mitigate the significant losses in financial markets as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information, visit www.ato.gov.au/drawdown
The Government’s JobKeeper Payment was a temporary subsidy for businesses significantly affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).
Eligible employers, sole traders and other entities could apply to receive JobKeeper payments for their eligible employee. This was paid to the employer in arrears each month by the ATO.
For information about the JobKeeper Payment go to www.ato.gov.au/JobKeeper.
JobMaker Hiring Credit
The JobMaker Hiring Credit scheme is an incentive for businesses to employ additional young job seekers aged 16–35 years.
Eligible employers can access JobMaker Hiring Credit payments for each eligible additional employee they hire between 7 October 2020 and 6 October 2021.
See www.ato.gov.au/jobmakerhiringcredit for further information
Keeping the system safe and fair
Watch out for scams that try to trick you into paying money or giving out your personal information.
Scammers will often pretend to be from trusted organisations, like the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). If you are ever unsure whether an ATO interaction is genuine, don’t reply. You can call the ATO Scam Hotline on 1800 008 540 or visit www.ato.gov.au/scams for further information.
Government payments and services
Services Australia may be able to help you financially even if you don’t already get a Centrelink payment. You don’t need to go to a service centre. You can use our self-service options. You can also access a social worker. If you’re already a customer, there are changes to our payments and services due to coronavirus (COVID-19). For more information in a number of languages go to servicesaustralia.gov.au/covid19