The National Farmers’ Federation has established a central portal (Farmhub) which holds information and links to COVID-19 information and business packages from across Government and other organisations. Keeping track of all the changes remains difficult across jurisdictions to ensure you get the latest information the FRDC will link to the Farmhub site for general updates.
Federal Government Response
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to present new challenges and the Government’s economic support continues to evolve. The 2021-22 Budget committed an additional $41 billion in direct economic support, bringing total support since the beginning of the pandemic to $291 billion as of May 2021.
Building on that support, the Government is working with states and territories to provide further financial assistance to workers and businesses affected by lockdowns and restrictions in COVID-19 hotspots. For more information and eligibility criteria please visit https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus.
For up-to-date information on the Australian Government’s response to COVID-19 visit the Australian Government’s website which provides the latest news, updates and advice from government agencies across Australia.
Since the onset of the COVID‑19 pandemic, the Government has provided direct economic support to businesses. Support is available to keep businesses in business and Australians in jobs. See https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/businesses.
International freight support measures
The Federal Government has allocated funding to support air freight of high value agricultural products. Under this initiative, the Government will coordinate flights from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth for deliveries to China, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and the UAE.
- For more information on the program visit https://haveyoursay.agriculture.gov.au/international-freight-assistance.
- Further details are available in the International Freight Assistance Mechanism Fact Sheet.
State and Stimulus Packages
All jurisdictions have announced support packages,details of all of these can be found on the National Farmers Federation Farmhub Covid-19 site.
Trade Related Information
Austrade COVID-19: Support for Australian businesses
Austrade is open for business and its staff is committed to helping you through this time. As part of ‘Team Australia’, Austrade is working closely with the network of government departments and industry agencies to help Australian businesses overcome complex and fast-evolving COVID-19–related challenges.
The Austrade site provides updates on markets and logistics, and links through to the Government’s extensive business support programs. Visit https://www.austrade.gov.au/news/news/novel-coronavirus.
Seafood Trade Advisory Group
The Seafood Trade Advisory Group (STAG) is providing updates on the impact on trade in particular the China market – the updates can be found at: https://seafoodtradeadvisory.com.