Full details of the Government's $12.1bn rescue package announced this afternoon are available here. The good news is that the rescue package covers self-employed and contractors which provides relief for the screen sector in the short term.
Included in the package is $8.7bn for business and jobs; and $5.1bn in wage subsidies which includes self employed and contractors. This is available for up to 3 months and will be re-assessed after that period. Here is the link if you would like to make an application.
* $126m allocated to leave/isolation reports: once again contractors/self-employed are covered under this payment. Workers are covered for the 14-day stand down period, or the entire period if the worker has contracted COVID-19.
* $2.8bn in business tax changes to free up cash flow; this includes a provisional tax threshold lift (to $5,000), the reinstatement
The Screen Guild is working towards coming back with recommendations for our members how best to fulfil the criteria, and successfully complete the forms.