Mark Goodsell, NSW-Head of the national employer association Ai Group, said today: "Extra health funding is very important in the front-line fight against the COVID-19 virus. The support for business and jobs is equally vital. Payroll tax relief will feed straight into business cashflow over the next three months as will waiving a range of fees and charges for some small businesses.
"$250 million to employ additional cleaners of public infrastructure will add important job opportunities for many whose incomes are most immediately threatened.
"$750 million to bring forward minor capital works and maintenance on public assets can also be a quick release stimulus.
"The Government should consider making further moves to boost the capacity of firms to keep open and employing. These include:
- More rapid payment for work done under government contracts;
- Relaxation of penalties relating to delayed contractual performance by private sector firms;
- Realigning existing grant program guidelines so that they can be applied in cases of immediate job retention not just new job creation," Mr Goodsell said.
Media contact: Mark Goodsell 0418 408 871