Digital Automation supporting Remote Work



Remote workers and the virtual workforce rely, by and large, on digital automation to deliver effective and efficient results for businesses. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen a higher than normal need for businesses to automate their processes to support their employees who are working from home.

Working away from an office environment, employees can be assisted by and their work augmented by digital automation, particularly for those tasks not requiring human cognition or soft skills. Mundane manual and repetitive tasks can be programmed with specific software to process automatically, freeing up employees to undertake higher-value tasks that require human emotion and human intellect.

Digital automation can be easily achieved using a few software technologies. By combining Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with Artificial Intelligence (AI) such as Machine Learning (ML) and Natural Language Processing (NLP), a full Business Process Automation (BPA) can handle unstructured data and further reduce the need for human intervention.

Robotic Process Automation (RPA)

RPA is the use of software robots to process high volume, repeatable tasks by converting tasks in to automated steps, providing your business with advantageous propositions to:

  1. Improve accuracy – reduce human error;
  2. Save time – improve productivity;
  3. Standardise workflow;
  4. Provide consistent delivery of tasks;
  5. Improve compliance;
  6. Save money – reduce costs associated with manual processing.

Many industries, such as Banking, Finance, Insurance, Healthcare and Hospitality, use RPA to gain improved value from employees who are sooner freed to focus on building working relationships, developing strategies and performing customer service.

A common application of RPA is the automation of accounts payable. Where companies receive a high number of invoices from several to hundreds of suppliers, the invoices can be automatically scanned, reviewed, matched to purchase orders and approved for payment.

No longer are these tasks the job of human employees, enabling a business to consider fewer full-time employees and to reap the benefit of fewer errors. Within two to three months, RPA can automate large parts of the accounts department of a company enabling employees to focus on jobs that only human can do best.

Another example of successful implementation of RPA is in the hotel industry. Hotels typically run nightly audits – data consolidation of room occupancy, rates, customer credit checks, payments and surcharges – generating reports each morning. Increased customer satisfaction is gained from night-shift employees being able to focus on attending to the customer service of guests.

Hyperautomation

Hyperautomation, also known as Intelligent Automation (IA) is expanding the merit of RPA well beyond the limits of handling structured data, imitating human-computer interactions and performing data entry across multiple automated applications. Hyperautomation can now replace humans in tasks that require judgement and decision making.

Volumes of documents can be processed and approved, even analysed, automatically, eliminating the need for manual intervention including reading documentation, entering relevant data and copying information. Copying information is a chore, especially between different legacy systems, until such time as Hyperautomation and/or general Business Process Automation (BPA) is installed.

Spend your business’s money and your employees’ time on value-added resources, analyses and solutions to better service your customers. With your company’s insights, YML Innovation, one of Australia’s leaders in Business Process Automation (BPA), can successfully design and implement digital automation for your business. We have a team of qualified business analysts and solution architects to develop a bespoke software framework to interact with your internal computer system.

After deployment, regular monitoring and dedicated support is provided by YML Innovation, so that the benefits of digital automation can continue to be tangibly experienced by your business, your clients and your remote workforce.

How can YML help?

Talk to our YML Innovation Team today to see how YML Group can assist you with digital automation. For more for more information, view our website and contact us on (02) 8383 4400 or by using our Contact Us page on our website.

Funding to help small businesses re-open after COVID-19

If you own and run a small business, you might be eligible for a $3,000 grant to help you revive your business post the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The new support funding is available from the existing $750 million Small Business Support Fund provided by the NSW Government.

Where you have been in survival mode, the NSW Government is encouraging you to kick-start your business by offering an immediate opportunity for small businesses to get back on their feet under its Small Business Recovery Grant scheme.

To ease the pressure of re-opening or revitalising your business, you may use the $3,000 cash grant towards paying for post-1 July 2020 business costs, including:


A small business will potentially need to meet criteria. The criteria can be confirmed once the NSW Government has announced it. If you would like to know what it is, we will contact you as soon as it is available. Please click here if you are interested.

One grant per ABN is available and applications for the $3,000 cash grant will open on Wednesday 1 July 2020 until 15 August 2020.

Now is the time to turn your small business around, welcome customers back and attract new ones. Make sure you give your business the best chance to recover and apply NOW.

YML Group has been collaboratively assisting small businesses throughout the difficult economic times of the COVID-19 pandemic. We can help you prepare and lodge your Small Business Recovery Grant application.

How can YML help?

Talk to our team today to see how YML Group can assist you. Contact us on (02) 8383 4400 or by visiting the Contact Us page on our website.

COVID-19 – Workers Compensation and JobKeeper



Workers who have been fortunate enough to continue working in their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic face the risk of contracting COVID-19 during their employment. Should this occur to an employee of yours, you may be entitled to claim Workers Compensation for the affected employee under amended legislation.

Under a new section – section 19B – in the Workers Compensation Act 1987 (NSW), it is presumed that an affected employee’s ‘prescribed employment’ is the main and substantial contributing factor of any contraction of COVID-19. Thus, there is an automatic entitlement to compensation.

The definition of ‘prescribed employment’ is broad and allows for several industries including hospitality, retail, construction, aged care and health. Take the step to check your business’s eligibility to simplify the Workers Compensation claim process should the time come that your business needs it.

Insurance and Care NSW (icare)

When the wages your business pays are reduced in the current economic climate, report actual wages paid – regardless of whether an employee receives JobKeeper – and icare may refund any unused portion of your premium. Only work undertaken and/or hours worked are used to calculate your business’s icare premium. See table under JOBKEEPER.

JOBKEEPER

Your business financial circumstances, during the COVID-19 pandemic, may be used to determine how to best help pay your employees’ wages. As a business owner, you may be eligible to access the JobKeeper Payment scheme, a temporary government subsidy, enabling businesses to pay their eligible employees $1,500 per fortnight.

Business Eligibility

Did you carry on a business in Australia and employ at least one person within the business on 1 March 2020? If yes, then your business is eligible if it meets the basic decline in turnover test.

Under the basic turnover test, a comparison is made between your business’s monthly or quarterly GST turnover compared with the same period 12 months prior.

A 30 per cent decline for businesses with a GST turnover of $1 billion or less is required to meet the test. Check your business’s eligibility using these five steps: https://www.ato.gov.au/General/JobKeeper-Payment/In-detail/JobKeeper-tests/Applying-the-turnover-test/?page=2#Basic_test

Employee Eligibility

Your employee/s is eligible to receive a JobKeeper payment if they:

A person may be ineligible for a JobKeeper payment if:

Important – Business Monthly Declaration

From June 2020, you are required to complete a business monthly declaration to keep claiming JobKeeper payments. For each reported month, confirming your eligible employees, your GST turnover and projected GST turnover for the following month will be necessary for you to continue to receive JobKeeper. This information is used only to ascertain the effect the JobKeeper Payment scheme has on your business.

Seek help from your professional financial adviser who can lodge your business monthly declaration on your behalf.

Important – Wages Declaration

Remember to declare actual wages, exclusive of any JobKeeper payments, accurately:

Scenario Worker “in hibernation” and receiving JobKeeper Allowance ($1,500) only Worker working and earning more than just the JobKeeper Allowance Worker working and earning only the JobKeeper Allowance Worker at work and earning less than the JobKeeper Allowance (but their pay is increased to $1,500 under JobKeeper)
Example Worker earns no wages Workers earns $2,000 per fortnight (including JobKeeper subsidy) Worker only earns JobKeeper Allowance Worker earns $500 per fortnight but receives $1,500 in line with the JobKeeper Allowance
What do you declare? Nil declarable as wages $2,000 declarable as wages $1,500 declarable as wages $500 declarable as wages
 

Source: We're here to support you during COVID19 and beyond.pdf

How can YML help?

We hope that this guide helps you to access Workers Compensation and JobKeeper Payment scheme independently if that is your preference. Alternatively, please talk to our Accountants today if you would like to engage YML Chartered Accountants to manage the these processes on your behalf. Contact us on (02) 8383 4400 or by visiting the Contact Us page on our website.

COVID-19 – Travel Bans and Exemptions



In March 2020, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Australia’s international border was closed. A blanket travel ban was sanctioned and only those people – whether non-citizens, citizens or others – with permission to travel either in or out of Australia have been allowed to do so.

First, travel bans are in place. How do they affect you?

Entering Australia – Travel Ban – Australian Citizens and Residents

If you are an Australian citizen or a permanent resident (or a family member of either) or if you are a New Zealand citizen whose usual residence is in Australia, you may enter Australia from overseas.

            Who is deemed to be a ‘family member’?

            An immediate family member is a spouse, a de-facto partner, a dependent child or a legal guardian of a child.

Upon arrival in Australia, all travellers must spend 14 days in a designated place (such us a port-of-arrival hotel) under quarantine.

Entering Australia – Travel Ban – Non-citizens

If you are a non-citizen of Australia, over recent months you have been encouraged to leave Australia and return to your place of residence overseas.

Overseas travellers who wish to apply for an Australian visa to come to Australia are urged to reconsider at this time, but any online visa applications will be processed in due course, with consideration first being given to those persons requiring urgent travel. Currently, eligible persons with travel exemptions are being prioritised to receive visas.

            Application Processing Delay

            Generally, applications might require more time for lodgement and processing. Medical testing, English-language testing and             paper lodgements are just some of the services disrupted by the pandemic. YML Migration can help you prepare your             application.

Partner (subclasses 100, 309, 801, 820) and Child (subclasses 101, 102, 445) visa holders may enter Australia without requesting an exemption.

Currently, Prospective Marriage (subclass 300) visa holders are not permitted to enter Australia.

Leaving Australia – Travel Ban – Australian Citizens and Residents

If you are an Australian citizen or a permanent resident, you may not leave Australia unless you have an exemption.

Some of the reasons you may leave Australia include:

These reasons are carefully scrutinised and assessed on an individual basis. A high number of requests for travel exemptions have been denied despite what might seem to be compelling and/or compassionate factors.

In support of your online application for an exemption, you must compile evidence that you have reasonable cause for you to travel outside of Australia during the pandemic.

YML Migration can assist you with your collation of the necessary evidence. All supporting documentation must be in English and you should apply at least one week prior to your need to leave Australia.

How can YML help?

Talk to our Migration Agents today to see how YML Migration can assist you with your travel visa requirements. Contact us on (02) 8383 4400 or by visiting the Contact Us page on our website.

Economic Stimulus Package – Small Business Grants

To be eligible, businesses will need to:

If you would like YML to manage the Business Grant process for you, please do the following urgently:
  1. Click on the link below to engage us and provide us with your bank account details
https://app.hellosign.com/s/Ec6LMXZA

If you require further information, please see the link below.

https://www.business.gov.au/Grants-and-Programs/Small-Business-COVID19-Support-Grant-NSW

How can YML help?

By completing the link provided above you are assured that YML will manage the process.  If you have any questions please contact YML Group today on (02) 8383 4400, or by visiting the Contact Us page on our website.

SMSF – Would it suit you?



Managing one’s own private superannuation fund (SMSF) may appeal to those individuals with at least $200,000 in superannuation, who have the know-how to make investment decisions and who wish to be more directly involved with investing their life savings. A SMSF differs from a professionally managed industry fund because you, as trustee, are responsible for making all the investment decisions.

There are benefits to having control over your own retirement finances, including being able to understand your investments, choosing a wider range of investments that are accessible to SMSFs, maximising your SMSF’s tax position and reducing costs to manage your SMSF.

So, you have decided to manage your own SMSF…

You have choices. You either engage a financial adviser and work with them to decide what investments your SMSF should hold or you make all the decisions on your own. An adviser may help you articulate your financial goals and assist in formulating an appropriate investment strategy for your funds. Once invested, your portfolio needs ongoing management and reviewing to ensure it remains relevant to market conditions and to your goals. For a SMSF to be compliant, you will be required to keep records of all transactions and accounting matters.

Investments

You have a wider choice of investments under a SMSF. For example, you might invest in areas you already know well, such as direct shares and personal assets, such as artworks and property. Property is a key investment consideration for SMSF trustees because business owners may invest in their premises through their SMSFs, enabling them to lease those premises back to their businesses and thereby generate income and release capital at the same time.

Compared with a traditional industry fund, a SMSF may also borrow money to invest, giving you more flexibility. Rules allowing the borrowing of money by SMSFs mean more diversity of investments – earlier in a lifetime or greater in initial value – is possible with a SMSF.

Taxation

You could benefit from a material impact on your total retirement finances by exploring and taking advantage of a myriad of tax strategies specific to SMSFs.

You, with your financial adviser, can design your SMSF to benefit from tax efficiencies, such as interest deductions from borrowing money; tax-free thresholds in the SMSF Pension Phase; asset segregation inside and outside of your SMSF for a balance that gives you possible access to benefits like the Commonwealth Seniors Healthcare Card or even some Aged Pension.

Costs

Having your own SMSF means you can cut investment costs, especially when transitioning from Accumulation Phase to Pension Phase because you will not need to sell down your assets which invariably incur selling fees and/or taxes. Instead, you may more simply retain your investments upon retirement and enter a Transition to Retirement Income Stream (TRIS).

There might, however, be costs associated with managing your SMSF, such as costs for appropriate insurances, accounting, auditing and financial advice. Your accounting and administration teams will also play a key role in ensuring compliance and legal requirements of an SMSF are met.

Benefits of a SMSF…

Now, you can see the possible benefits of managing your own SMSF are more:

It is important to know that you, as trustee, are solely liable for the outcomes of your financial decisions for your SMSF. There is a risk that your investment strategy will not deliver the returns on investment that you planned or hoped, so it is highly advisable that you seek advice from a certified professional finance advisor.

How can YML help?

Talk to our YML Super Solutions Team today to see how YML Group can assist you with your SMSF. Contact us on (02) 8383 4400, or by visiting the Contact Us page on our website.

MyGov – What is it and how do you apply?



MyGov is an online application that provides a simple and secure link to the Australian Government’s services. You will need only one login and one password to access numerous government services including Centrelink and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

During the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, many business owners, employers and employees are finding themselves in an unprecedented predicament of fewer or no customers, temporary closure of a business or without a job at all.

If you are one of these people and are seeking to obtain critical funding from the Government’s COVID-19 stimulus packages, you will need to create a MyGov account.

Opening a MyGov account

First, open the MyGov webpage – www.my.gov.au – and press Create Account. After reading and agreeing to Terms of use, enter your email address. MyGov will send a code to your email address. Enter the code, enter your mobile phone number and, finally, create a password and three personal security questions and answers.

How to open a MyGov account
   1.      Press Create Account    
   2.      Read Terms of use    Agree to Terms of use
   3.      Enter an email    Enter your email address
   4.      Enter code    Enter code sent to your email
   5.      Enter your mobile    Enter your mobile number
   6.      Create password    Create a password
   7.      Create secret questions 1-3    Create secret questions and answers


Your MyGov account is now ready for you to link government services that you will use.

Already have a MyGov account?

If you already have a MyGov account, check that you also have a Centrelink Customer Reference Number (CRN), so that payments can be made to you.

Requesting a Centrelink CRN

First, sign in to your MyGov account, then select I need a CRN. You will be asked to enter your identity details – from any, or all, of the following: passport, birth certificate, Australian citizenship certificate, Australian visa, driver’s licence and/or other documents. You will be asked to enter your Medicare details and other personal information.

Once you receive a CRN, the Centrelink online service will then be linked directly to your MyGov account.

Jobseeker Payment (formerly Newstart Allowance)

If you find yourself without work or your work hours have been reduced during the COVID-19 pandemic, then using your MyGov online account is the easiest way to apply for the Jobseeker Payment.

Log in to your MyGov online account, go to Centrelink, select Payments and Claims, then Claims and then Make a Claim – Get Started.

You will need a letter from your employer confirming that you have reduced working hours if this is the case. Otherwise, you will be asked to provide supporting documents during the Jobseeker Payment claim process. These supporting documents will vary depending on your personal unemployment circumstances, but they can be efficiently uploaded to Centrelink via your MyGov online account.

Lastly, a phone appointment will be made with Centrelink and when Centrelink calls you – from a private number, you will be able to finalise your claim.

If your claim is approved, reporting your work activity and any earnings to Centrelink every two weeks via your MyGov online account may be required.

There are many people during this crisis who will access Centrelink via MyGov for the first time in their lives. It can be frustrating, but with some guidance here and YML Group able to help you navigate your way, helping your business and/or your employees to survive this difficult time is achievable.

How can YML help?

We hope that this guide helps you to access the government incentives independently if that is your preference.  Alternatively, please talk to our Accountants today if you would like to engage YML Chartered Accountants to manage the government incentive processes on your behalf. Contact us on (02) 8383 4400 or by visiting the Contact Us page on our website.

COVID-19 – Rent Moratorium + Financial Support



For a period of six months from 15 April 2020, the NSW Government has introduced an interim moratorium on evictions of tenants by landlords who are looking to evict due to rental arrears. Conversely, in support of landlords, the NSW Government is offering some financial relief as outlined in new legislation.

The COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) Act 2020 contains the interim laws which apply for six months from 29 March 2020. Combined with the Residential Tenancies Act 1997, landlords and tenants are obliged to comply with and work within new parameters designed to brace the rental market during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Residential Landlords – Financial Support Package

The NSW Government has devised financial support for eligible residential landlords who are experiencing financial hardship.

A Land Tax concession is part of the NSW Government’s financial support package. A Land Tax waiver or a rebate of up to 25% of land tax (Jan – Dec 2020 year) is available to eligible landlords and if these savings are then passed on to those tenants experiencing financial hardship of at least 25% income loss.

If you would like YML Group to manage the Land Tax reduction application process for you, please do the following:

Click on the link below to engage us and provide us with your bank account details: https://app.hellosign.com/s/16cLMkVc

Last month, the NSW Upper House proposed an amendment that would see landlords receive up to $2500 per tenancy. This funding would be required to be passed on to tenants as rent reductions.

To be eligible for the $2500 funding, a landlord would need to provide evidence that a tenant has lost at least 25% of their income, has no more than $5000 in savings and pays at least 30% of their income towards rent.

Moratorium on Evictions

Landlords are temporarily banned from terminating a lease or applying for eviction orders due to rental arrears if their tenants are struggling financially to pay rent for reasons relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The moratorium is for 60 days from 15 April 2020, during which time a landlord is required to negotiate – in good faith – a rent relief agreement with a tenant. If, after 60 days, a tenant is still unable to meet his/her rent obligation, then a landlord may choose to issue a termination notice or seek an eviction order from the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Rent Negotiations in Good Faith

A moratorium on evictions allows time for tenants to receive any government financial support they may be entitled to receive, as well as helping to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus by enabling tenants to remain in place. Therefore, NSW Fair Trading has increased funding to facilitate mediation between landlords and tenants, where needed, at no cost to either party.

A rent relief agreement between a landlord and a tenant may be made upon a tenant first providing evidence of a loss of at least 25% of their income due to COVID-19 factors, such as a job termination or reduced hours of work.

Rent Relief Agreement

A rent relief agreement should be made in writing and signed by both the landlord and the tenant. Any temporary agreement made between a landlord and a tenant may consider: Landlords also experiencing financial hardship with mortgage repayments should negotiate with their mortgage lenders for a reduction or a waiver of their repayments, thus better enabling landlords to provide rent relief for their tenants.

Tenancy Terminations

If, or when, the time comes that a landlord finds that themselves in a position to seek termination of a lease, there are numerous reasons to do so. These can be seen on a flowchart provided by NSW Fair Trading

To view the various types of tenancy termination, go to:

https://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/818802/Flowchart-for-landlords-termination-of-tenancy-options.pdf

Next Steps

It is important to obtain accurate information about the COVID-19 rental property changes in relation to your individual mortgage and rental property circumstances. We at YML Group – at the forefront of the latest related news and regulations – can help assess your mortgages and put you in an optimum financial position during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How can YML help?

Talk to our team today to see how YML Group can assist you. Contact us on (02) 8383 4400 or by visiting the Contact Us page on our website.

Economic Stimulus Package Updates

1. Small Business Grant Applications

    To be eligible, businesses will need to:

Applications for a small business grant of up to $10,000 are now available through Service NSW and will remain open until 1 June 2020.

If you would like YML to manage the Business Grant application process for you, please do the following urgently:

Click on the link below to engage us and provide us with your bank account details

https://app.hellosign.com/s/Ec6LMXZA

2. JobKeeper Extended Dates

The ATO has extended the time to enrol for the initial JobKeeper periods, from 30 April 2020 until 31 May 2020.

If you enrol by 31 May 2020, you will still be able to claim for the JobKeeper fortnights ending in April and May, provided you meet all the eligibility requirements for each for those fortnights. This includes having paid your employees by the appropriate date for each fortnight.

For the first two fortnights (30 March – 12 April, 13 April – 26 April), the ATO will accept the minimum $1,500 payment for each fortnight has been paid by you even if it has been paid late, provided it is paid by 8 May 2020. If you do not pay your staff by this date, you will not be able to claim JobKeeper for the first two fortnights.

If you would like YML to manage the JobKeeper Incentive process for you, please do the following urgently:

  1. Click on the link below to engage us and provide us with your bank account details

  2. https://app.hellosign.com/s/JTYX1jRe

  1. Click the link below if you are a business owner (and not an employee) in order for you to receive JobKeeper

  2. https://app.hellosign.com/s/Hu4BQXtt

  1. Provide the link below to your employees so that we can collate the employee information required for you to receive JobKeeper (you will also need to provide your employees with your ABN)

  2. https://app.hellosign.com/s/JhE06wTy

3. Land Tax Support Package

The NSW Government is introducing measures to help commercial and residential landlords manage their rental properties.

The support package includes a reduction of up to 25% of the land tax payable on a parcel of land in the 2020 land tax year. It is available when: Financial distress is considered to be: To be eligible for the land tax support package, you must have a land tax liability in 2020.

You must also meet the requirements outlined in the support package, namely:
How to apply:

Revenue NSW are currently streamlining the application process which will soon be available on the Revenue NSW website.

Supporting documents may include BAS statements, or a letter from an accountant.

Eligible landowners will be able to apply for a land tax reduction via refund. The amount of refund provided will be up to 25 per cent of a landlord’s 2020 land tax liability.

If you would like YML to manage the Land Tax reduction application process for you, please do the following:

Click on the link below to engage us and provide us with your bank account details

https://app.hellosign.com/s/16cLMkVc

4. Superannuation Minimum Pension Requirements

For many retirees, the significant losses in financial markets as a result of the COVID-19 crisis are having a negative effect on the account balance of their superannuation pension or annuity.

To assist retirees, the Government has reduced the minimum annual payment required for account-based pensions and annuities, allocated pensions and annuities and market-linked pensions and annuities by 50 per cent in the 2019-20 and the 2020-21 financial years.

Superannuation and annuity providers calculate the minimum annual payment required at 1 July each year, based on the account balance of the member or annuitant. The 50 per cent reduction will apply to the calculated minimum annual payment.

Example

Robert is 67 years of age. At 1 July 2019, Robert’s account based pension balance was $480,000. Robert’s minimum annual payment was calculated at

5% (the percentage applicable to his age) of his pension balance, which is $24,000. Following the law change, Robert’s required annual minimum pension payment for 2019-20 is $12,000.

Please note that If Robert has already withdrawn more than $12,000 for 2019-20, he is not able to put the amount above $12,000 back into his superannuation account unless he’s eligible to make superannuation contributions and subject to any other rules or limits such as contribution caps.

How can YML help?

By completing the links provided above you are assured that YML will manage the process.  If you have question please contact YML Group today on (02) 8383 4400, or by visiting the Contact Us page on our website.

NEW Visa Subclass 408 during COVID-19 plus EXTENDED Work Hours

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to concern about temporary visa holders in Australia.

There is concern that current temporary visa holders be able to continue to support themselves whilst onshore. There is also much-needed demand for current temporary visa holders to be employed in critical sectors during the crisis and thus contribute to supporting Australia’s ongoing essential services.

At this trying time for everyone the Government is making a number of changes to temporary visa holder arrangements during the coronavirus crisis in order to protect the health and livelihoods of Australians, support critical industries, and assist with the rapid recovery post the virus.

These measures include: and NEW Visa Subclass 408 Pathway

COVID-19 Pandemic Event visa eligibility:

The purpose of declaring the COVID-19 pandemic as a government-endorsed event is to implement a measure to respond to workforce shortages in relation to areas including, but not limited to, agriculture, aged care and public health and provide a pathway for certain former and current holders of temporary visas to lawfully remain in Australia who would otherwise be required to depart Australia.

A visa to remain in Australia for those who:


COVID-19 Pandemic Event - Key Criteria and conditions include but not limited to:


Condition CHANGES for Current Temporary Visa Holders

Working Holiday Makers

Limited flexibility has been approved for Working Holiday Maker (WHM) visa holders during the COVID-19 pandemic, namely:

WHM visa holders who are employed in critical sectors including healthcare, disability and aged care, childcare and agriculture are exempt from the six (6) month work limitation of only one employer. WHM visa holders who have completed three or six months of specified work may be eligible for a second or third working holiday maker visa.

If you have not undertaken the required period of specified work AND your visa is due to expire withing 28 days and you are employed in a critical sector you may be eligible to apply for the 408 visa under the COVID-19 government-endorsed event.

International Students

The Government is taking a flexible approach in relation to student visa conditions where COVID-19 restrictions have prevented conditions being met, such as attendance at class or use of online learning.

Under normal circumstances, most International Student (IS) visa holders may work up to 40 hours per fortnight whilst their course is in session.

In light of these exceptional circumstances and the need to ensure continuity of the supply of critical services, the Department of Home Affairs and the Australia Border Force will exercise discretion in relation to student visa holders working beyond their usual work limitations in specified industry sectors.

Certain student visa holders are temporarily permitted to work more than 40 hours per fortnight to support the supply of essential goods and services for Australians if they are:


Note: On 7 March 2020, the Government decided to temporarily relax the 40-hour work limit for student visa holders working in supermarkets. This temporary measure ceased on 1 May 2020 for supermarkets.

How can YML help?

Talk to our Migration Agents today to see how YML Migration can assist you with your employment visa requirements. Contact us on (02) 8383 4400 or by visiting the Contact Us page on our website.