I’m here with the COVID-19 continuity update for Australian businesses on 30th October.
I’ve done a bit more research beyond the headline announcements for the easing of Victorian restrictions for businesses, and I’ve identified some more changes that will have a positive impact for Victorian business owners:
- Tradespeople are allowed to carry out repairs in home. Previously this was restricted to only emergency repairs but is now unrestricted to the nature of repairs. (Cleaners are also now permitted for domestic cleaning services.)
- External residential construction is permitted, with no limit to the number of workers on site.
- Internal residential construction such as a home renovation is permitted if the home is vacated or if a physical barrier can be put in place between the workers and residents. Again, no limit to the number of workers on site.
Here are the links to the guidelines on the Vic government website for your reference:
I also have more clarification on the changes to guidelines for working from home. Previously under the Second Step, the restrictions mandated that all activities that could be done at home must be, and anything that couldn’t be done from home was not to be done at all. Now that we have moved into the Third Step the restriction has been relaxed to, “All activities that can be done at home, should be.” This means that activities that had to be put on hold because they couldn’t be done at home can now be done in the office, at clients’ sites, in the warehouse, etc.
The guidelines for critical and essential services that can be completed in the office are:
- Collecting and scanning documents, processing payments and other essential activities that enable the business to operate through working from home
- Limited access allowed to site only for essential specialised technical equipment or systems that cannot be accessed remotely
- Workers can travel to client sites that are operating under lower restrictions in order to deliver services that a client requires
A copy of the guidelines for professional services (i.e. office work) can be found here: Professional Services Restrictions.pdf
To help you plan how to reintroduce your team back into the workplace, refer to the briefing I wrote on 27th October. The mentors at Tenfold have been speaking about what has been working well across our coaching clients in different industries. Your Tenfold business coach will be able to support you with this process of returning your team to your business workplace.
Ashley Thomson B.Eng(Hons), Grad. Dip. Mgmt, MEI
Tenfold Business Coaching