Peak industry association Fitness Australia applauds the government for their response to the COVID-19 pandemic with support to industries and the Australian people but shows concern that it does not address the critical issue of cash flow support for sole traders.
While the Economic Stimulus Package offers a tax free payment to boost cash flow for small to medium-sized businesses, this has not been extended to sole traders despite them also facing the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I urge the Prime Minister and Treasurer to extend the cash flow support offered to businesses to the nation’s sole traders,” says Barrie Elvish, CEO of Fitness Australia.
“Registered trainers and instructors are a valuable public health resource and an essential component in helping more Australians move, more often. With over 10,000 of Fitness Australia’s registered trainers and instructors being sole traders and ABN holders, it is crucial that they are financially supported to remain in business and continue to support the physical health and wellbeing of their communities.”
“It’s critical now more than ever that Australians have access to a professional and diverse workforce to support a healthy lifestyle,” adds Elvish.
For fitness industry information on COVID-19 go to fitness.org.au/COVID19
For further support, members and industry are encouraged to contact Fitness Australia on 1300 211 311 or visit fitness.org.au
 2019 IHRSA global report
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