Franchise Council of Australia

COVID-19 Resources

FCA News and Media

Covid-19 is presenting unprecedented challenges to franchise businesses, and the Franchise Council of Australia (FCA) is absolutely focussed on doing everything possible to support members through this period.

This includes:

  • Proactively engaging with government and advocating on the key issues that are affecting members.
  • Participating as a member of the Federal Department of Treasury’s Coronavirus Business Liaison Unit, which has been formed by the Government to engage with peak business groups on systemic issues relating to Coronavirus
  • Advocating for immediate cash relief and assistance for small businesses and retailers in commercial leasing arrangements.
  • Working closely with our expert partner, ER Strategies, on providing advice to our members on best practice management of staff in response to COVID-19.
  • Delivering regular updates including best practice advice and resources to assist members on a day-to-day business level

The FCA will continue to provide resources, representation and ongoing support to members during this pandemic.

Business Support and Information

JobKeeper Payment for employers and employees

Under the JobKeeper Payment, businesses impacted by the coronavirus will be able to access a subsidy from the Government to continue paying their employees. Affected employers will be able to claim a fortnightly payment of $1,500 per eligible employee from 30 March 2020, for a maximum period of 6 months. Find out more at

Federal Government support initiatives

Find financial assistance, eligibility and timing for the new Federal Government support for Australian businesses here.

State government business assistance 

For a breakdown on each state and territory’s business assistance packages and support, click here.

Support Services

Beyond Blue offers the following wellbeing advice in relation to the feelings of anxiety, distress and concern many people may be experiencing in relation to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

  1. Advice on looking after your mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak.
  2. Moderated forums: coping during the coronavirus outbreak


Government Information

Australian Government 

The Federal Government’s site provides the latest COVID‑19 news, updates and advice from Australian Government agencies.

State and Territory Governments

For information for businesses about COVID-19 provided by Australia’s State and Territory Governments, please click on the links below.

Victorian Government information

New South Wales Government information

Queensland Government information

South Australian Government information

Western Australian Government information

Tasmanian Government information

Northern Territory Government information

ACT Government information