Coronavirus Updates

The links below are provided to assist local businesses responding to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

As conditions are changing quickly, you should monitor government announcements regularly for the latest advice and changes to rules for business operations.

Australian Government

NSW Government

The NSW Government has also prepared a COVID-19 Business Support Fact Sheet PDF, 141.19 KB outlining resources to support businesses.

Local information

If you are looking to start a business, alter business operations to suit the changing situation, or just need general information about business planning rules, please see our Planning Research page. You can also email Council’s Small Business Planning team for advice.

Assistance to Council’s commercial tenants

To help businesses that are negatively impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Council will consider applications for rent relief from commercial tenants of premises owned or managed by Council. See our Assistance to Council Tenants page for details.

Business response webinar series

To support our local business community during the COVID-19 pandemic, Council has partnered with the Illawarra Business Chamber to deliver a series of free webinars. This series is produced by local business experts, and focuses on adaptation.

Webinars can be viewed on Illawarra Business Chamber’s YouTube channel.

Episode 1 – Getting Online ASAP: Our first episode guides you through establishing an e-commerce presence for the first time. Learn how to:

  • Adapt your business to survive and thrive
  • Change the delivery of your product or service
  • Launch your business online, and
  • Alter your marketing communications.

Episode 2 – Social Media Marketing in the Current Climate: This episode discusses the importance of social media marketing and explains how to promote your business and build a following across your social channels. Learn about:

  • Where your audience are and where you should be showing up
  • How to integrate social media with your website and other platforms,
  • What to post and when to post it, and
  • How to quickly adapt your marketing plan.

Episode 3 – Reducing Rental Stress: This episode aims to provide guidance on arguably the most complex and ambiguous aspect of business response to the current crisis, commercial tenancies, answering the questions at the forefront of many business owners’ minds:

  • What is the national code of conduct for tenants and landlords?
  • Who does it apply to, and how does it work in practice?
  • How should I approach my landlord?

Episode 4 – Managing cash flow: This episode guides us through the three key scenarios Illawarra businesses find themselves in, and what a sensible cashflow management strategy looks like for each scenario, including:

  • The importance of cash flow in the current climate
  • Practical tips for cash flow planning
  • What your business can be doing right now and into the future.

Episode 5 – Planning the Way Forward: This episode walks through the essentials of a marketing plan to suit any cashflow position, how to take advantage of opportunities to affordably advertise and tactics to excel in a cluttered digital marketing environment.

Topics include:

  • The importance of planning and the way forward out of hibernation
  • The role of digital and PR as part of the marketing mix
  • Mainstream advertising and professional practice marketing.


BCCI’s Indian Premier League googly may stump Star India

Mumbai: After the successful completion of the Indian Premier League (IPL) during a global pandemic, the next season of the league in 2021 may reverse the fortunes of media rights holder Star India, if the Indian cricket board adds another franchise to the sporting extravaganza. The Board of Control for Cricket in India is gearing up to issue a tender document to auction one additional franchise for the league ahead of the 14th edition.

That will add one team and 16 matches to the league next year, taking the total number of matches to 76. In an unlikely case of the board deciding to add two teams, the total number of matches will go up to 94 in the current format, or 74 if the BCCI reverts to 2011 format, where there were 10 teams that played in two groups.

Addition of one team will increase Star India’s payment to the BCCI by ₹800 crore for the season. While having more matches should ideally increase Star India’s ad revenue, the need to hold more afternoon matches and the T20 World Cup next year could pose challenges in terms of ad rates.

“As per our contract with Star India, the BCCI can increase the number of teams as per its discretion and the rights holder will have to pay pro-rata basis for the extra matches,” said a senior BCCI insider with direct knowledge of the matter, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Star India had acquired the global media rights for IPL for a five-year period starting 2018, for ₹16,347.5 crore. As per information sourced from the BCCI, Star’s winning bid was a front-loaded one, with payout for the first year at ₹4,333 crore, followed by ₹3,003 crore each for the subsequent years. For the 14th edition of the IPL, Star India’s per match payout will be ₹50.05 crore. Hence, for the additional 16 matches, the broadcaster will end up doling out ₹800.8 crore extra to the BCCI. A top source in Star India confirmed that the payout would increase to over ₹3,800 crore, but added that the BCCI had not yet informed the broadcaster about its plans to add one more team.

“While the BCCI is well within its rights to add teams, it should at least inform us. So far we only know of what has been written in press,” he said.

Sony Pictures Networks India , which had the rights to the IPL for 10 years since its inception in 2008, had paid close to ₹8,200 crore in total, or around ₹820 crore annually on an average.

While Star India managed to increase ad revenues by almost 30% to ₹2,700 crore on TV this year by holding on to ad rates of ₹12-12.5 lakh per 10 seconds, the next year will bring a new challenge in form of an ICC T20 World Cup — so the advertisers will have options. “This year was unique, but advertisers will have a choice next year with the World Cup,” said Vaishali Verma, the CEO of IPG Mediabrands’ Initiative India.

Moreover, the bigger worry for Star India, market experts say, would be the scheduling of the league next year.

“2020 was an aberration and the IPL has a set window during summers. There is not enough wiggle room to expand that due to bilateral ties and ICC tournaments. That would mean more matches will be played during afternoons, which don’t attract similar viewership. It will bring down the average viewership of the entire tournament,” said a sports marketing expert, who added that the BCCI wanted to add teams now to increase its own coffers after losing over ₹200 crore in sponsorship this season.

He said while the BCCI had maintained that it had been receiving a lot of requests from prospective team owners, the timing was curious.

Industry watchers said the Adani Group, Sanjiv Goenka-owned RPSG and media veteran Ronnie Screwvala have shown interest in teams.

BCCI’s IPL Googly may Stump Star India


New Tasmanian coronavirus case confirmed as young woman returning from Victoria

Tasmania’s 65-day run of being coronavirus free has ended with a new case confirmed by authorities.

Key points:

  • There is a suspected case of coronavirus in a quarantine hotel in Tasmania’s south, the Premier says
  • Tasmania has not had a new coronavirus case in 65 days and has not had an active case since June 12
  • No information on where the suspected case was from has been released

On Monday, Dr Scott McKeown, acting director of Public Health, Public Health Services, confirmed the case was a “young woman” who had been in hotel quarantine after returning to Tasmania from Victoria.

“The woman is currently receiving treatment at the Royal Hobart Hospital, and Public Health Services are conducting contact tracing,” Dr McKeown said in a statement.

The new case brings the state’s total to 227 cases.

Further information about the case would be provided tomorrow, Dr McKeown said.

On June 12, Tasmanian health authorities declared the island as having no active cases.

Earlier, Premier Peter Gutwein said he did not have information about where the woman had travelled from.

“I’ve said to Tasmanians on many occasions [that] we will see positive cases,” Mr Gutwein said.

“Importantly, this one has been picked up in our hotel quarantine.”

Mr Gutwein said there were about 600 people in hotel quarantine in the state, and a further 1,000 in home quarantine.

Catch up on the main COVID-19 news from November 29 with our coronavirus blog.The report found some Tasmanians had expressed interest in becoming self-sufficient by learning how to hunt food.(Supplied: Guy Ellis)

Pandemic sees interest in learning how to grow, catch or hunt food

The Premier made the announcement as the state’s Economic and Social Recovery Advisory Council handed down its first report into the pandemic.

The council, chaired by former Treasury boss Don Challen, made 64 recommendations to help Tasmania recover from the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

It called for cuts to red tape, clearer messaging from the Government and a focus on lifting Tasmanians out of disadvantage.

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More than 19,000 Tasmanians lost their jobs between March and May this year, with the underlying unemployment rate reaching an estimated 12 per cent.

Community service providers have told the council 67 per cent of Tasmanians seeking support for psychological distress are new clients.

“Some Tasmanians have reported that the pandemic has changed them as a person … others have indicated it has changed their life priorities,” the report said.

“We do not yet know where this will lead but there are some interesting early hints.

“For example, some Tasmanians have reported that they have started to grow their own food and many are interested in learning how to grow, catch or hunt their own food.”

Recommendations for Tasmania’s recovery include that the State Government should be clear about how it will handle future outbreaks of coronavirus to help ease community concerns.

Suggested economic measures include urging councils to prioritise dealing with development applications and planning approvals.

Catch up on the main COVID-19 news from November 29 with our coronavirus blog.

Another is that the State Government take “a much more active” approach to engaging with the private sector to facilitate major projects in Tasmania.

“As we move into the recovery phase of COVID-19, the urgency and priority applied to major project attraction and facilitation simply cannot return to that which existed in early 2020,” the report said.

“Projects face tight capital markets, globally suppressed economic conditions and increased competitive tension between jurisdictions to attract mobile capital.

“In this environment, the willingness of the State Government to actively engage with project proponents to find paths to bring projects to reality becomes doubly important.”

One of several social measures recommended is ensuring Tasmanians in need have access to free devices to work and learn from home.

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According to the report, 17 per cent of Tasmanian households do not have access to the internet. In some regions that skyrockets to almost one-third of homes.

It was also suggested that the State Government transition from providing emergency food relief to more community-based and school-based food options.

A University of Tasmania study found the number of Tasmanians experiencing food insecurity rose to 26 per cent — up 20 percentage points — during the pandemic.

Mr Gutwein was handed the report late on Monday and said he was still considering its recommendations.

More than 100 submissions were made to the Economic and Social Recovery Advisory Council, which will report to the Premier again next year.

No AFL deal yet

Mr Gutwein said a deal had yet to be struck that would allow AFL fixtures to be played in Tasmania this season.

Media reports suggested an agreement had been reached between the State Government, Cricket Tasmania and the AFL, which would see North Melbourne play four games at Bellerive Oval from early August through until mid September.

But Mr Gutwein said no decision on fixtures would be made on games in Tasmania until the Government knew when the states borders would reopen.

“We haven’t agreed on a final outcome with the AFL. We are in positive discussions with them,” he said.

“Until there’s been a decision on our borders, we won’t be letting anybody in under special exemptions to play football.”

The report suggested North Melbourne would base itself in Hobart for three weeks, following a three-week stint in Queensland due to end this weekend.

It is understood Cricket Tasmania is yet to sign off on an agreement but has blocked out a four-week window in which Bellerive Oval will able to be utilised for AFL matches.

There is also no indication as to whether Hawthorn will play games in Launceston this season.

The Hawks will be based in Perth from the end of July until late August and could make their way to Tasmania after that fixture block.

An announcement on the next block of AFL fixtures is expected on Tuesday.


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