I’m here with the COVID-19 continuity update for Australian businesses on 28th September.
There was some loosening of the Victorian business restrictions announced in Dan Andrew’s press conference yesterday. We’re also aware of several industries that have seen their restrictions wound back over the past week.
Update to business restrictions in Victoria
In response to intense lobbying by some industries and in one case the threat of legal action, several industries have had their restrictions loosened. Here are the main ones we are aware of:
• After a lot of lobbying from the MBAV and REIV, the Victorian government has announced that real estate private house inspections can recommence. Display homes operated by volume builders are also able to open.
• The VACC have also received a dispensation for their members, with vehicle servicing (not just emergency repairs) being able to be completed. Members of the public are allowed to travel outside of their 5 km radius to get their car serviced.
• Gardeners have also been granted permission to recommence works at private residences, however they must work alone.
The one area we haven’t seen any movement on is an allowance for any type of building project or general maintenance works on a private residence where the owners are still residing in the home. Whether it is renovation builders, landscapers, pool builders, or other general trades doing general maintenance works, these have still been blocked. Many of the clients we provide business coaching services for are in these sectors so we know how challenging it is, and how important it is to keep managing your business resources and cash flow carefully during this period. Please keep in touch with your industry association as many are advocating on your behalf to find a way you can reopen or ramp up operations.
Note that trades working on new builds in the construction sector are now allowed to attend up to five sites a week.
The ‘potential’ Victorian opening date for the third step has been brought forward a week to 19th Oct. This is an ambitious target with the need to have a 14-day average of less than 5 infections and no more than 5 unknown infections over the past 14 days. Time will tell over the next 21 days whether this target is probable or possible.
See the updated roadmap for Step 2 – Melbourne Metro: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-09/Metro_Melb_Second_Step_1.pdf
Victoria: Homeschooling to end
Many of you and your employees will be glad to hear that there is an end in sight for homeschooling of Victorian primary school students. They will be phased back into classroom learning from 12th October. Childcare will also be available for all children, not just children of essential workers, and you’ll be able to travel outside your 5km radius to attend.
Just a reminder that JobKeeper ended on Sunday, and JobKeeper Extension commenced today. While many of you endeavour to find out whether this second round of JobKeeper applies to you, also keep in mind the changes to JobKeeper enabling directions that apply from today. Please refer to my client briefing from 22nd September – see here: https://tenfoldcoaching.com.au/covid-19-business-continuity-22nd-september/
It is very important you apply these correctly for employees who were stood down. If you have any questions, please call Tenfold and speak with a business coach about your situation.
Ashley Thomson B.Eng(Hons), Grad. Dip. Mgmt, MEI
Tenfold Business Coaching