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COVID-19 Business Continuity – 9th November

I’m here with the COVID-19 continuity update for Australian businesses on 9th November.

In today’s briefing for Australian small businesses I’m looking at:

1. Update to restrictions in Victoria

2. Competition between the states for employment

1. Update to restrictions in Victoria

Victoria continues to progress towards COVID-normal with yesterday’s announcement of further easing of restrictions. This is good not only for Victoria, but for the rest of Australia too. Borders can open, commerce can proceed and the other states have less risk of the infection breaking out of Victoria into their states.

The travel restrictions have been lifted, which means there are no longer any differences between regional Victoria and Melbourne metro. All Victorians are once again allowed to travel anywhere within the state, for any reason. Permits are not required for work or personal travel.

The directions for work are to work from home if you can. As I spoke about on 30th October, this means that if there are roles or functions in your business that need to be performed in the office, your employees can now attend your workplace. My advice on how to manage returning staff to your office is here: Tenfold briefing 27th October.

There have also been some further easings for industries that have been hit the hardest by the restrictions:

  • Indoor physical recreation facilities, including gyms and personal training facilities can now open (with restrictions);
  • Food and drink venues are open for seated service (with restrictions);
  • Playcentres and cinemas are open (with restrictions);
  • Accommodation is open (with restrictions);
  • From 23 November, real estate auctions indoor will resume (with restrictions), and the restrictions on outdoor auctions will be eased further.

The latest guidelines on Victorian restrictions can be found here: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-11/Summary-of-statewide-restrictions-8-nov-2020.pdf

I know that these changes will be welcomed by many of you either as a business owner or as someone who enjoys being able to go to the gym, go out for a meal or go away with your family.

If you’d like advice on how these changes will impact your business, speak with a Tenfold business coach.

Victoria will move into the last step when the next round of changes takes effect from 23 November, and then the state budget will be handed down on 24 November. Those two dates will be important turning points for Victoria’s recovery.

 

2. Competition between the Australian states for employment

We can see that the states are ramping up their investment in recovery, as the jostling has started for incentives to grow jobs in their states. NSW announced a new $250 million Jobs Plus Program to support companies that want to relocate their head offices to NSW, or increase their workforce in the state.

The new program, which is part of the NSW 2020-2021 budget, is intended to create or support up to 25,000 jobs over the next 2 years. NSW is offering payroll tax relief, up to a four-year period, for every new job created where a business has created at least 30 new net jobs. It also includes fast tracked planning and additional support from the government to pave the way for growth.

Considering the significant impact of the pandemic on the Victorian economy, we may see similar attractive opportunities for Victoria in the upcoming budget.

Have a great week.
Ash

 

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

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