AHA(WA) CEO Bradley Woods said the announced extension and revision of the wage subsidy scheme responded to industry requests for additional assistance to help the accommodation and hospitality industry navigate the challenges presented by COVID-19.
“This is very positive news for the many thousands of businesses across WA and their workers who required ongoing assistance through JobKeeper beyond the original September cut-off date,” Mr Woods said.
“The AHA has been working closely with key policy makers in the Federal Government to secure an outcome that will ensure businesses stay open, trade continues and staff remain gainfully employed – today’s announcement delivers on this objective.”
“There are encouraging signs that WA is continuing to successfully contain COVID-19 however there is considerable uncertainty over the coming months, with the situation in Victoria showing no signs of abating and WA businesses still having to recover from a long period of forced closures and border restrictions.
”Today’s announced extension to JobKeeper follows the recent release of AHA industry survey results which demonstrated the need for an extended wage subsidy beyond September to avoid widespread job losses across WA’s accommodation and hospitality industry.