Coronavirus

COVID-19 Financial support: 2021

by HSA Admin • July 21, 2021

With a renewed outbreak spreading across Australia, State and Federal Governments have released a number of financial support packages to help us through lockdowns and business closures. We will do our best to keep this page updated with the latest information. Here is an overview of what is available: NAME CATEGORY STATE AMOUNT ELIGIBILITY AVAILABLE […]


COVID restrictions ease in VIC

by HSA Admin • December 7, 2020

COVID-19 restrictions loosened across Victoria last night, as part of a new “COVIDSafe Summer” announced by the Government. These restrictions are set to be in place throughout the summer, and include relaxations on masks, decreased social distancing, and greater travel. Masks are only required: on public transport, in rideshare vehicles and taxis, in some retail […]


Staying safe as a barber in COVID-19

by HSA Admin • July 31, 2020

Has anyone been overloaded with info on how to operate safely, but isn’t really sure how it works on the salon floor? We spoke to Nathan, a barber and HSA Ambassador, who works in Melbourne, where restrictions have closed the industry for six weeks. Nathan wants to share his experience with barbers in Regional Victoria […]


JobKeeper extended to March 2021

by HSA Admin • July 21, 2020

The Morrison Government has announced the JobKeeper wage subsidy will be extended beyond September, but will be cut from $1500 per fortnight. There will be two rates going forward: From October 2020:$1200 per fortnight for full-time workers $750 for part-time workers (working 20 hours a week or less) From January 2021:$1000 per fortnight for full-time […]


New COVID-19 Restrictions for Metro Melbourne

by HSA Admin • July 20, 2020

The Vic Government has made wearing covering (masks) mandatory in Metro Melbourne and the Mitchell shire from this Thursday morning. HSA has reviewed the Victorian government advice and sought clarity from WorksafeVic, to provide the following COVID-19 advice.  All hair stylists, beauticians and barbers in all of Victoria should wear a mask at work at all times […]


How one salon stayed open during COVID-19

by HSA Admin • May 15, 2020

COVID-19 is without question biggest struggle the Australian hair and beauty industry has had to face. Salons in metropolitan areas, quiet suburbs, and tiny remote communities have all been affected. For HSA Ambassador and Ethical Salon owner Vanessa, the danger really hit home when two cases were confirmed in her small Queensland town. Immediately, she […]


Standing up: what to do if your rights aren’t respected

by HSA Admin • May 4, 2020

With all the different rules and restrictions, stand-downs and closures across the industry, we’re seeing a number of employers who aren’t doing the right thing and withholding pay or entitlements from their workers. If you’re concerned that you’re not receiving everything you’re owed, what can you do? HSA spoke to one of our ambassadors, Joel, […]


Staying open in COVID-19 – Pranel’s Story

by HSA Admin • April 29, 2020

After 15 years in the industry, senior stylist and sole trader Pranel has seen it all — and he’s refusing to let the COVID-19 pandemic dampen his spirits. We caught up with Pranel, who has remained open throughout the crisis, to talk about how he’s working under the current guidelines, and the impact it’s had […]


What you need to know about withdrawing superannuation early

by HSA Admin • April 17, 2020

As you may have seen, as part of the government’s stimulus package, you will be allowed to withdraw from your superannuation account if you meet one of the following criteria: You are unemployed Eligible for JobSeeker payment or other social benfits If you’ve been made redundant or have had your hours reduced by at least […]


The COVID-19 wage subsidy explained

by HSA Admin • March 31, 2020

Yesterday’s government announcement that all employees eligible under a brand-new scheme will receive a $1500 fortnightly subsidy has made massive waves. A lot of workers are asking questions, and at HSA, we want to get the facts straight. Here’s what you need to know about this new subsidy – and if you’re covered. It applies […]



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