20-16 COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Package

Category: Circular to Councils Status: Active
Circular Details: 20-16 / 13 May 2020 / A702650 Contact: Performance Team and Council Engagement Team / 02 4428 4100 /
Previous Circular: Nil Attachments: Nil
Who should read this: General Managers and Responsible Accounting Officer Action required: Information / Council to Implement
PDF Version: Council Circular 20-16 – PDF

What’s new or changing

  • The Office of Local Government (OLG) has released three new resources that will assist councils to apply for the Council Job Retention Allowance Subsidy, a key element of the COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Package.

What this will mean for your council

Key points

  • All councils will be invited to enter into a funding agreement to benefit from the Stimulus Package.
  • The JRA Guidelines, Eligibility Criteria and FSER are available for download from the COVID-19 page on OLG’s website.
  • A council’s FSER will be its application for the JRA Subsidy.
  • The FSER should be completed and emailed to by
    22 May 2020. Late submissions will be considered but may delay payment of the JRA Subsidy.
  • Councils who do not wish to access the JRA do not need to submit a FSER.

Where to go for further information

  • Councils should contact OLG’s Performance Team about the Eligibility Criteria and the FSER, and their Council Engagement Manager about the Stimulus Package or in relation to other COVID-19 matters.

Tim Hurst

Deputy Secretary

Local Government, Planning and Policy