5676.0.55.003 - Business Indicators, Business Impacts of COVID-19, July 2020  
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Supplementary Business Survey - Business Impacts from COVID-19

1(a) Is this business currently trading?
    o Yes [Go to Question 2]
    o No [Go to Question 1b]

(b) Is the halt in business trading a result of COVID-19?
    o Yes [Go to Question 3a]
    o No [End of survey]

2Is the business currently trading under modified conditions, as a result of COVID-19?
[NOTE: Operating under modified conditions in response to COVID-19 conditions, may include, but are not limited to; changes to products and services and how they are provided to customers, workforce changes, new hygiene protocols, changes to suppliers, limiting occupancy etc]
    o Yes
    o No, business is operating as normal

3(a) Over the past month, has revenue increased, decreased or stayed the same?
    o Increased
    o Decreased
    o No change
    o Don't know

(b) And over the next month, do you expect revenue will increase, decrease or stay the same?
    o Increase
    o Decrease
    o No change
    o Don't know

(c) Over the past month, have operating expenses increased, decreased or stayed the same?
    o Increased
    o Decreased
    o No change
    o Don't know

(d) And over the next month, do you expect operating expenses will increase, decrease or stay the same?
    o Increase
    o Decrease
    o No change
    o Don't know

(e) Over the past month, have the number of employees increased, decreased or stayed the same?
    o Increased
    o Decreased
    o No change
    o Don't know

(f) And over the next month, do you expect the number of employees will increase, decrease or stay the same?
    o Increase
    o Decrease
    o No change
    o Don't know

4(a) Are you aware of the Cash flow boost for Employers measure?
    o Yes [Go to Question 4b]
    o No [Go to Question 5a]

(b) Has this business received support from the Cash flow boost for Employers measure?
    o Yes [Go to Question 4d]
    o No [Go to Question 4c]
    o Don't know [Go to Question 5a]

(c) You indicated that this business did not receive support from the Cash Flow Boost for Employers measure. Is that due to any of the following reasons? (select all that apply)
    o Business does not meet eligibility criteria (e.g. non-employer, size/turnover threshold)
    o Further eligibility checks are being undertaken by the ATO
    o Business has not yet lodged its BAS
    o Other reasons (please specify)
    [Skip to Question 5a once complete]

(d) You indicated that the business did receive support from the Cash Flow Boost for Employers measure. What have the additional funds been used for? (select all that apply)
    o To support employees (i.e. pay wages and salaries)
    o Pay fixed costs (rent etc)
    o To pay off loan/debt
    o Capital investment
    o Put into savings or cash reserves
    o Other purposes (please specify)

5(a) Is the business currently accessing available business support measures (e.g. wage subsidies, deferring loan repayments, rent/lease arrangements)?
    o Yes [Go to Question 5b]
    o No [Go to Question 6a]
    o Don't know [Go to Question 6a]

(b) Does this business expect to take any of the following actions when these support measures are no longer available? (select all that apply)
    Reduce the workforce
    Change product or service options
    Change quantity of orders of inputs (e.g. stock, raw materials)
    Change payment terms with customers or suppliers
    Increase prices
    Defer or cancel investment plans
    Seek additional funds
    Close business, business will not be viable without current support measures
    Other actions (please specify)

6(a) Does this business employ any staff?
[Note: This includes all employees on the books and not currently working]
    o Yes [Go to Question 6a]
    o No [End of survey]

(b) Is the business experiencing any difficulties in finding staff to fill job vacancies?
    o Yes
    o No
    o Not applicable
    o Don't know

(c) Is the business experiencing any difficulties in meeting sufficient staffing levels with existing employees?
[Note: This includes employees on leave and all other employees on the books]
    o Yes [Go to Question 6d]
    o No [Go to Question 6e]
    o Don't know [Go to Question 6e]

(d) What do you think are the main barriers for this business in meeting sufficient staffing levels with current employees?
(interviewer coded response)

(e) Is the business experiencing issues negotiating work arrangements with employees in relation to any of the following? (select all that apply)
    o Increasing employee hours
    o Reducing employee hours
    o Changes to rates of pay
    o Change of employee duties
    o Change of work location (e.g. staff working from home)
    o Other work arrangements (please specify)