Resources for restaurant owners and staff to navigate COVID-19

As the restaurant industry faces an unprecedented crisis in the wake of COVID-19, countless restaurant owners and staff are seeking immediate solutions. Below is a list of resources related to unemployment and small-business financial relief for restaurant owners and staff. We will be updating the list with new resources on a regular basis. (Note: these resources were last updated April 22, 2020.)

Featured resources


What the stimulus package means for Australian Restaurants
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Industry Series live webcasts (COVID-19 edition)
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Running a restaurant in uncertain times

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Financial information

  •  See how the Australian Treasury may help support your business to help manage cash flow challenges and retain employees.
  •  The Australian Government Services has details about existing payments, requesting a payment if you or your family are affected, and access to services.
  •  The Australian Government Services is also providing the latest news for all individuals.
  •  If you’re a sole trader, the Australian Government is offering various levels of financial support.
  •  For businesses and employers, the Australian Tax Office has several support options including boosting cash flow, instant asset write-off, and the backing business incentive; and for individuals and employees, it provides support such as early release of superannuation and minimum drawdown rate options.
  •  Check out the recording of the webcast and find out more about the ATO’s guide to the JobKeeper scheme.
  • For businesses in Victoria, see information about the economic survival package, support fund applications, and recovery plans.
  • For New South Wales, get information about employee rights and workplace responsibilities related to SafeWork guidance as well as information based on your industry.
  • For Queensland businesses, view initiatives such as supply chain matching and support, jobs support loans, and business support.
  • For employers in South Australia, see business information and support for COVID-19, including economic response package, supporting staff, exports and imports, and practical advice.
  • For Northern Territory businesses, see support and advice, programs and initiatives, and information for staff.
  • For businesses in Western Australia, view business and industry advice including details about the economic and health relief package, and the latest news from the government.

Unemployment and Mental health resources

  •  FairWork provides information about workplace entitlements and obligations for those impacted by COVID-19.
  •  For mental health support, Lifeline offers a crisis support chat and text messages option.
  •  Head to to explore the information, advice and strategies prepared to help people manage their mental wellbeing and support.
  •  Check out the recording of the webcast and find out more about mental health in the hospitality industry during COVID-19.