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COVID-19 General Information Hub

This resource provides a summary of the support that may be accessible to the baseball community over the coming months via various government agencies.

The information provided may not be exhaustive but is current as of the date of publication (21 September 2020).

Sport and Recreation Victoria has established the following grants and programs - with grant funding across a number of streams for associations, leagues and clubs to consider.

  • Sporting Club Grants Program
  • Significant Sporting Events Program
  • Emergency Sporting Equipment Grant Program
  • Community Sport Sector Short-term Survival Package

To access the grant guidelines and application process, click HERE.

  • For up-to-date information from the Department of Health and Human Services and Victorian State Government, click HERE.
  • For updated advice on face coverings from the Victorian State Government, click HERE.
  • For a comprehensive list of mental health resources from the Department of Health and Human Services and Victorian State Government, click HERE.
    • There may be further help and resources available for our baseball community, as the Australian Government has announced additional funding for mental health organisations, including $5 million funding for Headspace, $2 million for Kids Helpline, $2.5 million for Lifeline and $2.5 million for Beyond Blue.
  • A conversation could change a life. Every day is the day to ask, “are you OK?” if someone in your world is struggling with life’s ups and downs. For more information from R U OK?, including sporting resources and coaching toolkits, click HERE.
  • For details on the Sport and Recreation Victoria Grants, click HERE.
  • For details on the VicHealth Reimagining Health Grants, click HERE.
  • For up-to-date information from VicHealth, click HERE.
  • For updates from Vicsport, click HERE.
  • Baseball Victoria’s information and updates are located HERE
  • For information from the Australian Federal Treasury, click HERE.
  • For information on ASIC - Annual General Meeting and Financial Reporting Requirements, click HERE.
  • View the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport in a COVID-19 environment HERE.
  • View the National Principles for the Resumption of Sport and Recreation Activities HERE.
  • For Australian Government COVID-19 information, click HERE.
  • For details on downloading the COVIDSafe App, click HERE.

FOR CLUBS & ASSOCIATIONS – NATIONALLY

Cash for clubs who employ staff

  • Eligibility:
    1. employ staff and withhold tax on wages
    2. businesses with a turnover of less than $50M – includes Not-For-Profits
    3. active employers prior to March 12.
  • Businesses can receive two payments of a minimum of $10,000 and a maximum of $50,000 from April 28.
  • More details can be found on the Australian Treasury website HERE.
  • Included in the above fact sheet are details about how apprentices (such as apprentice greenkeepers) can get a 50% wage subsidy for nine months, up to $21,000 in total.

Temporary relief for financially distressed businesses

  • There is a temporary increase in the threshold (from $2,000 to $20,000) at which creditors can issue a statutory demand on a business and the time companies have to respond to statutory demands they receive (from 21 days to six months).
  • There is temporary relief for directors from any personal liability for businesses trading while insolvent – this will apply for six months.
  • More details can be found HERE.

Loan guarantee scheme & relaxation of lending

  • Eligibility:
    1. Businesses with a turnover of less than $50M – includes Not-For-Profits.
    2. The government will provide a guarantee of 50% for new unsecured loans to be used for working capital.
    3. Loans of up to $250,000 for up to three years, with a pause on repayments for six months – to commence by early April.
  • More details from the Australian Treasury can be found HERE.
  • The Government is also providing an exemption from responsible lending obligations for lenders providing credit to existing small business customers. This exemption is for six months, and applies to any credit for business purposes, including new credit, credit limit increases and credit variations and restructures.

AGMs may be postponed - situations vary between state/territory jurisdictions and will depend on the incorporation of the business

  • Where Clubs/Associations are registered as Companies, ASIC has determined that AGMs can be postponed for two months where AGMs due to be held by May 31, 2020.
    1. It is expected that ASIC will provide further updates for businesses with March, April, May or June year end dates in coming months.
    2. More details can be found HERE.
  • Where Clubs/Associations are incorporated as Associations, the rules with respect to AGMs are determined by the relevant state/territory trading or consumer affairs department:
    1. VIC - Consumer Affairs Victoria - Associations can apply for an extension of time if it cannot hold its AGM within five months after the end of its financial year. This is done by lodging a form which can be found HERE.

FOR EMPLOYEES & PARTICIPANTS – NATIONALLY

Payments to support households

  • Eligible pensioners, seniors, carers and student payment recipients will receive two separate $750 Economic Support payments. To be eligible, you must currently be receiving social security, veteran and other income support or are an eligible concession card holder.
  • Retirees whose savings are being affected by financial market volatility can take advantage of a temporary reduction in minimum superannuation downturn repayments. Social security deeming rates are also being reduced in recognition of low interest rates on savings.
  • More details can be found on the Australian Treasury website HERE.

Income support for individuals

  • On 21 July 2020, the Government announced an extension of the JobKeeper Payment until 28 March 2021, targeting support to those businesses and not-for-profits who continue to be significantly impacted by the Coronavirus.
  • Further changes were announced on 7 August 2020 to adjust the reference date for employee eligibility and make it easier for organisations to qualify for the JobKeeper Payment extension. In addition, the Government is extending the payment period and adjusting the amount of its temporary Coronavirus Supplement for eligible income support recipients from 25 September.
  • More details can be found on the Australian Treasury website HERE.

Early access to superannuation

  • The Government has allowed individuals affected by the Coronavirus to access up to $10,000 of their superannuation in 2019-20 and allowing them to access a further $10,000 in 2020-21.
  • Eligibility
    – you are unemployed; or
    – you are eligible to receive a JobSeeker payment, Youth Allowance for JobSeekers, parenting payment (which includes the single and partnered payments), special benefit or farm household allowance; or
    – if on or after 1 January 2020:
    1. you were made redundant; or
    2. your working hours were reduced by 20 per cent or more; or
    3. if you are a sole trader — your business was suspended or there was a reduction in your turnover of 20 per cent or more.
  • More details can be found HERE.

Temporarily reducing minimum superannuation drawdowns and social security deeming rates

  • There are temporary reductions on superannuation minimum drawdown requirements for account-based pensions and similar products by 50% for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 income years.
  • The Government is also reducing both the upper and lower social security deeming rates by a further 0.25 percentage points in addition to the 0.5 percentage point reduction to both rates announced on 12 March 2020.
  • More details can be found on the Australian Treasury website HERE.

FOR CLUBS & ASSOCIATIONS – VICTORIA

Payroll tax waived

Businesses with annual taxable wages up to $3M will have their payroll tax for the 2019-2020 financial year waived. Eligible businesses must continue to lodge returns but do not need to make further payments for this financial year. Businesses will also be eligible to defer any payroll tax liability for the first three months of the 2020-21 financial year until 1 January 2021.

Liquor licence fees waived

Businesses that have paid for a renewable liquor licence for 2020 will be reimbursed their licence fee and those yet to pay will have the fee waived.

Land tax deferral

Land-owners due to pay 2020 land tax that have at least one non-residential property and total taxable landholdings below $1M have the option of deferring their 2020 land tax payment until after 31 December 2020.

Business Support Fund - Expansion

In Victoria, to support businesses impacted by the updated restrictions for Melbourne and regional Victoria on 2 August 2020, one-off grants will be made available to eligible businesses under the Business Support Fund - Expansion program.

$10,000 for employing businesses in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire in recognition of spending longer under restrictions. $5,000 for employing businesses in regional local government areas (except Mitchell Shire).

Businesses which have already received a Business Support Fund - Expansion grant, or have applied for one, will not need to re-apply. Successful applicants will automatically receive this additional allocation.

Applications for the program will be extended until 14 September 2020.

More details can be found on the Business Victoria website HERE.

Please note that all of the advice is current as at 4 September 2020 and economic support packages from all levels of governments are expected to be expanded over the coming weeks and months.

The information on this website is presented by Baseball Victoria for the purpose of improving our members access to information related to COVID-19.

Baseball Victoria monitors the quality of the information available on this website and updates the information regularly. However, Baseball Victoria does not make any representation or warranty about the accuracy, reliability, currency or completeness of any material contained on this website or on any linked site.

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