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COVID-19 Business Continuity – 7th September

I’m here with the COVID-19 continuity update for Australian businesses on 7th September.

As we heard yesterday, the Vic Government has laid out the plans for the roadmap to recovery.

I have to say, having read every step and every industry since the roadmap was released last night and reviewed it again this morning, the plan is very conservative. This roadmap will see businesses opening up a lot slower than they would have expected. In fact, if this plan were applied to Sydney and NSW, we would see significant parts of the NSW economy shut down based on their average daily infection rate of 10 over the last 7 days.

 

How to read the roadmap and interpret it for your business and your industry

This is a complex issue and I know that the rules and conditions will be confusing for many people, so I’m going to step you through it.

I also want you to know that your coaches and I are speaking about this frequently and we’re fielding questions from Tenfold clients across many sectors, so if you have a question, please ask us as we’ve probably answered it for someone else.

The first thing I recommend you do is read the document called “Victoria’s roadmap for reopening – How we work in Metropolitan Melbourne.”

I have attached the link here: https://www.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-09/How-we-work-Metro-Melbourne_0.pdf

The roadmap document will give you an overview of the restriction levels over the coming months for your industry. As you read this document, think about the restrictions currently applied to your sector, and start to predict how your business will operate in the next “Step” of the roadmap.

There are different restriction requirements for each industry at the various “Steps” so you’ll need to be aware of what applies to you. Here’s the link to all the industry restrictions: https://www.vic.gov.au/industry-restrictions-roadmap-metro-melbourne

Please note that there are different restrictions for Melbourne metro and regional Victoria. I’ve attached the regional restrictions as well.

As a guide, I’ll take you through how to interpret the restrictions and changes, using the small-scale construction sector in Melbourne metro as a demonstration.

 

Demonstration: How to interpret the roadmap (small-scale construction in Melb metro)

1. Look at the Roadmap: “Victoria’s roadmap for reopening – How we work in Metropolitan Melbourne.”

Look at the restriction level for each “Step” on the roadmap for the Construction sector (copy of document is attached to this email).

2. Go to the document for the industry restrictions for small scale construction: “INDUSTRY RESTRICTION LEVELS Construction: Small-scale construction” (copy of document is attached to this email).

Read the details for the industry specific requirements for the restriction level for the respective Step of the roadmap. This will provide you with clear advice on what’s permitted at that time.

Roadmap and industry restrictions small-scale construction

First Step commences at 11:59om on Sunday 13th September.
In the First Step, the construction sector will remain “Heavily restricted.” There will be no changes for the construction sector while we’re in First Step.

Second Step commences on the later of 28th September 2020 and the threshold being met. The threshold is an average daily case rate in Metro Melbourne of 30-50 cases over a 14-day period with public health advice regarding transmission source.

In the Second Step, the construction sector will move to “Restricted”. For small-scale construction, a notable change in “Restricted” is that specialist contractors will be allowed to visit 5 sites per week (up from 3 sites per week during “Heavily restricted”.)

Third Step: the move from Second Step to Third Step will happen if we reach <5 new cases (state-wide average over last 14 days) and <5 cases with unknown source (state-wide total last 14 days) or 26th October:

For small-scale construction, in Third Step the sector restrictions will be “Open with a COVIDSafe Plan”. Some of the important changes to note in Third Step for small-scale construction are:
• Office based activities can resume
• Construction will be permitted outside at owner occupied sites, and inside where the owners can vacate the premises for the duration of the works
• There be no limit to the number of sites that can be attended per week or day

Again, the above demonstration is for small-scale construction businesses in Melbourne Metro.

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Roadmap Restrictions for Offices and Professional Services

For “Offices and Professional Services”, the restriction level is to remain as “Closed” in First Step and Second Step.

In Third Step of the roadmap, “Offices and Professional Services” will change to “Restricted”, which says employees must work from home or a single site where reasonably practicable.

This change will be important for some Victorian businesses who are struggling to run their business with a fully remote workforce.

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Everyone is going to be looking at this closely, so we’re likely to hear different interpretations.

As always, your Tenfold business coach is here for you with practical advice for your business. We’re monitoring the roadmap updates very closely so reach out to us with any questions.

Ash

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Reference material

Roadmap – Metro Melbourne: https://www.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-09/How-we-work-Metro-Melbourne_0.pdf

Roadmap – Regional Victoria: https://www.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-09/How-we-work-Regional-Victoria.pdf

Industry restrictions – Melbourne Metro: https://www.vic.gov.au/industry-restrictions-roadmap-metro-melbourne

Construction – early stage land development – Industry restriction levels: https://www.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-09/Construction-Early-stage-land-development-Industry-restriction-level.docx

Construction – large-scale construction – Industry restriction levels: https://www.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-09/Construction-Large-scale-construction-Industry-restriction-level.docx

Construction – small-scale construction – Industry restriction levels: https://www.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-09/Construction-Small-scale%20construction-Industry-restriction-level.docx

 

Ash

Ashley Thomson B.Eng(Hons), Grad. Dip. Mgmt, MEI
Managing Director
Tenfold Business Coaching

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