If you’re one of the 800,000 Australian businesses interested in JobKeeper, be aware the window to enrol for the subsidy payments from end-March is closing soon. April 30 is your last chance. We’ve built new tools in Xero that make it simple for you to check your eligibility for relief, pay employees a wage subsidy, and file required reports to the tax office.

Our developers have worked around the clock for the past two weeks to build these tools in close consultation with the ATO. The features are designed to streamline the process of applying for and processing government relief. It’s just the start of our efforts at Xero to make accessing government help easier, so stay tuned for further updates.

Here’s a brief overview of the steps to take, from getting started to processing JobKeeper payments to your employees.

1. Check whether your business is eligible with our

This article was published on 22 April 2020. As the COVID-19 situation continues to develop, you can find the information you need on government support at the ATO’s dedicated page. Now more than ever, it’s an excellent time to reach out to an accountant or bookkeeper to help navigate the subtleties of your setup.

Every business and every person in Australia has been affected in some way by COVID-19. As we navigate our way through this challenging economic environment, the government is providing critical financial support for eligible small businesses and their employees through the JobKeeper stimulus package.

Directed at those significantly affected by the coronavirus pandemic, JobKeeper has been designed to help keep more Australians in work. Open to eligible employers, it is designed to allow business owners to continue to pay their staff so that they can return to normal as soon as possible when the crisis is

On Monday 20th April the NZ Government announced we will move to alert level 3 next week. This means many more food businesses will soon be able to operate, but under strict circumstances. 

As we move into alert level 3, cafe and restaurant businesses will be able to operate as long as they can take orders online and ensure contactless delivery to customers. Restaurants, bars and cafes can sell prepared food and non-alcoholic beverages by contactless delivery.

If you’re not set up online to take orders and payment, we’ve put together a few tips to help you get up and running quickly. If you can’t get online, make sure to register on the SOS Business directory. Customers can buy vouchers for their favourite local businesses to redeem in the future. This means you’ll have some cash coming in to cover you while you get set up online or until you’re