Some business operations are restricted under state or territory government public health directions. If you want to know what restrictions on business operations apply to your workplace, go to your state or territory government website.
You can also go to our Public health directions and COVIDSafe plans page for links to enforceable government directions.
Businesses must only operate to the extent permissible in each state and territory. The information provided below outlines measures which cover all aspects of services offered by the industry – depending on what is permissible in your jurisdiction, some sections may not be currently relevant to your business. You should check any relevant advice from your state or territory regarding working from home in response to COVID-19.
Safe Work Australia does not regulate or enforce WHS laws or COVID-19 restrictions on business operations. If you want to know how WHS laws apply to you or need help with what to do at your workplace, contact the WHS regulator in your jurisdiction.
Australia.gov.au has the latest information from the Australian Government.
Business.gov.au provides general COVID-19 information and support for businesses.
Support for sole traders provides information on assistance sole traders affected by the coronavirus may be eligible for.
My Business Health provides help to small business owners and sole traders, including mental health support.
Ahead for business provides help for small business owners and those that support them.
Australian Taxation Office support for businesses and employers, including information on JobKeeper payment, boosting cash flow, backing business investment.
Wage subsidy for apprentices and trainees has information and registration for the Australian Government’s small business wage subsidy to retain apprentices and trainees.
Loan repayment deferrals has information about deferral of loan repayments for small businesses affected by COVID-19.
Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme has information on the Government’s guarantee scheme.
Download the Australian Government Coronavirus app (Apple App Store, Google Play).
Fair Work Ombudsman
Other useful resources
Mental health support services
WHS regulator and workers’ compensation authority contacts
General state and territory COVID-19 information