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Hello Members.
2021 poses new and different COVID restrictions and updates. We are currently in a COVIDSafe Summer. As details come through from the State and Federal Governments, we will continue to update them here for you.
Most recent announcements are below. ALL other information will be in associated headings below, please scoll down. 

ROADMAP OUT OF COVID TO A COVID NORMAL (in constant review by the Premier).


INDUSTRY RESTRICTIONS-   Metro Melbourne 
INDUSTRY RESTRICTIONS-  Regional Vic
ROADMAP- Metro Melbourne 
ROADMAP- Regional Victoria  

Metro Melbourne Easing of Restrictions Document. 
(some changes in line with most up to date State Government Announcement). 

MEDIA RELEASES:
11 January 2020- Permit System To Keep Victoria COVIDSafe
31 December 2020- State Government- Statement From Acting Premier on NSW Border Closure. 
29 December 2020- State Government- Support For Victorians with Anexity
17 December 2020- State Government- Shepparton Businesess Emerge Ready to Thrive.

 

To note:
16 August 2020- State Government- State of Emergency Extended To Drive Down Virus
02 August 2020- State Government- Statement on Changes To Regional Restrictions
02 August 2020- State Government -Statement on Changes To Melbourne's Restrictions - or read the Media Release
31 July 2020 STAY at Home Directions (Restriced Areas) (no 5)

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INDUSTRY STATUS:

METRO MELBOURNE CAN OPERTE UNDER STRICT CLICK AND COLLECT GOVERNMENTS CURRENT DIRECTION STAGE 4 
REGIONAL VICTORIA from 11:59pm 16.9.2020, regional communities will progress to the Third Step of the reopening roadmap.

CURRENT INDUSTRY UPDATES:
INDUSTRY RESTRICTIONS-
   Metro Melbourne   Regional Vic
ROADMAP- Metro Melbourne ROADMAP- Regional Victoria  

NOT VALID DURING STAGE 4 LOCK DOWN (Metro Melbourne).

THIS IS A GUIDE FOR REGIONAL VICTORIA ONLY AND YOU SHOULD REFER TO THE DHHS WEBISTE FOR FULL INFORMATION. 


The Caravan Industry is OPEN with key restrictions and operating requirements, you must understand and ahere to them. HAVE YOU COMPLETED YOUR COVIDSAFE PLAN?

Caravan Industry Victoria members fall into one of the current categories. 

  • Suppliers - METRO AND REGIONAL with Strict Operating Requirements. 
  • Manufacturers -  METRO & REGIONAL OPEN  with Strict Operating Requirements inclding a COVID Safe Plan .
  • Dealers -  METRO OPEN click and collect ONLY. REGIONAL OPEN  with Strict Operating Requirements and COVID Safe Plan. Metro Estimated Re-Opening in line with Road Map- 28 Oct 2020
  • Retailers -  METRO OPEN click and collect ONLY. REGIONAL OPEN  with Strict Operating Requirements and COVID Safe Plan. Metro Estimated Re-Opening in line with Road Map- 28 Oct 2020
  • Service and Repairs -METRO AND REGIONAL OPEN  with Strict Operating Requirements.
  • Caravan Parks - METRO CLOSED. REGIONAL OPEN  with Strict Operating Requirements. TBC by DHHS and Vic Parks
  • Border Closures (Freight and Transportation of Stock) - Open with Strict Operating Requirements.

Based on the rules above and in line with the Premier and DHHS, you MUST have a COVID SAFE PLAN.
Businesses must make adjustments to their business, for example, any work on a caravan only one person can be inside at any one time. How to engage with Social Distancing

Caravan and RV Manufacturers
Metro Melbourne & Regional Victoria: Caravan and RV manufacturers are now able to open with strict guides- ensure you referr to the DHHS website. However the facilitation of social distancing measures of at least 1.5 metres between persons should be applied and appropriate cleaning and hygiene practices should continue in order to limit the potential spread of the virus.
Retailers (including Caravan and RV dealers, accessories and camping equipment suppliers)
Metro Melbourne Open- Click and Collect ONLY.
Regional Victoria: Retailers such as Caravan and RV dealers, accessories and camping equipment suppliers are now able to open. However the facilitation of social distancing measures of at least 1.5 metres between persons should be applied and appropriate cleaning and hygiene practices should continue in order to limit the potential spread of the virus.
Caravan and RV Repairers
Metro Melbourne Open with strict operating procedures and requirements. 
Regional Victoria: Caravan and RV repairers are are now able to open. However the facilitation of social distancing measures of at least 1.5 metres between persons should be applied and appropriate cleaning and hygiene practices should continue in order to limit the potential spread of the virus.. However, if any repairers have an onsite cafe for staff or customers they can continue to trade but they will be limited to take-away and/or delivery. In addition, encouragement and facilitation of social distancing measures of at least 1.5 metres between persons should be applied and appropriate cleaning and hygiene practices should continue in order to limit the potential spread of the virus.
Caravan Parks
Metro Melbourne  Caravan parks can open under strict operating requirements. Click here for more information or visit vicparks.com.au.
Regional Victoria; Caravan parks can open under strict operating requirements. Click here for more information or visit vicparks.com.au.
Border Closures
Essential Guide To Borders for Freight and Heavy vehicles: Click Here

Victoria (last updated 11.01.2021)

Victoria’s border for entry from New South Wales has closed.
The State of New South Wales has been designated as a Red Zone.
Victorians visiting New South Wales cannot return to Victoria unless an exception (e.g. resident of border community) or exemption applies.
All Green Zone permits have expired.
Only commercial freight, agricultural and essential services workers or people temporarily transiting through NSW (from another State or a Territory) can apply online for a permit to enter Victoria.
Victoria’s border for entry from Queensland has been partially closed.
Victoria has closed its borders to people who have been in these Red Zone areas in Queensland on or since 2 January 2021. You will not be able to enter Victoria after 11:59pm on 8 January 2021.​ You are prohibited from entering Victoria unless you have been granted an exemption by the Victorian Chief Health Officer. 

Victoria's Border Restrictions: Click for more information

Cross Border Community? Click for more information

New South Wales (last updated 11.01.2021)
NSW has updated it's website to reflect the current changes. There is a significant breakdown on regions and requirements. Please head across to the nsw.gov.au webiste to ensure you are across alt the information the government is providing.

New South Wales Border Restrictions: Click for more information 

Australian Capital Terriorty (last updated 11.01.2021)
Currently, Victorian residents and people travelling from Victoria can travel to the ACT, but only if you haven’t been in a COVID-affected area in the last 14 days.
You do not need to get tested unless you develop COVID-19 symptoms or unless directed by officials.For example, if you were in a public location identified by the Victorian Government as having had a confirmed COVID-19 case and are now in the ACT, you may need to get tested.
If you are transiting through other states or territories to reach the ACT, you must check the advice from that state or territory.
Once in the ACT, keep up-to-date with the latest case locations in Victoria on the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services website.
If you have been in a public location at the same time as a confirmed case, please follow the Victorian Government’s advice, and call the COVID-19 Helpline on (02) 6207 7244 to notify ACT Health.If you need to return to Victoria, please visit the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services website for the latest travel advice.

ACT Border Restrictions: Click for more informtaion

Northern Territory(last updated 11.01.2021)

All arrivals to the Northern Territory (NT) must:
Fill in a Border Entry Form
Complete 14 days of mandatory supervised quarantine at your own expense*, if you have recently been in an active declared COVID-19 hot spot. This includes children returning from a hotspot.

NT Border Restrictions. Click for more information

Queensland(last updated 11.01.2021)
The restrictions mean anyone that is travelling to Queensland from 1am Sunday 20 December 2020 and has been in NSW at any time since 1am Friday 11 December will need to apply for a Queensland Border Declaration Pass before they enter Queensland.
By applying for a border pass, it does not mean you will need to go in to quarantine unless it is required by another part of the direction. For example, if you have been in a COVID-19 Hotspot in the last 14 days.

People who have been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days or since the hotspot was declared (whichever is shorter) will not be allowed to enter Queensland, except for a limited range of people who can enter for essential purposes. Currently specific parts of New South Wales are hotspots.  People who are permitted to enter Queensland who have been in a COVID-19 hotspot within the last 14 days will generally have to quarantine for 14 days at government arranged accommodation. Queensland residents who have been in a COVID-19 hotspot can return home by air and new residents can relocate to Queensland but, they will have to quarantine in government arranged accommodation at their own expense.

Queensland Border Restrictions: Click for more information

South Australia (last updated 11.01.2021)
All travellers coming to South Australia are required to complete a Cross Border Travel Registration. Cross-Border Travel Registration - SAPOL website. For families, each individual must complete a separate cross-border travel registration form.

Effective 12:01 am, 1 January 2021, anyone who has been in NSW in the preceding 14 days will be prohibited from entry into South Australia.
Exceptions to this include Essential Travellers, people escaping domestic violence, persons whom normally reside in South Australia, those relocating to South Australia and travellers who are transiting in/through NSW.
Travellers via car from the Low Community Transmission Zones are permitted to travel through NSW to enter South Australia providing they do not stop in Greater Sydney, wear a face mask for the entirety of the time they come into contact with the public and cannot maintain physical distance during their journey and use the most direct route, only stopping for respite and essential purposes (such as fuel).
Travellers via plane from a low community transmission zone are permitted to transit through Sydney Airport for no longer than 2 hours and must wear a face mask for the entirety of the time they are in transit (this includes on the plane).

SA Border Restrictions. Click for more information


Tasmania(last updated 11.11.2021)
Tasmanian Border Restrictions: Click for more information 

Western Australia(last updated 11.01.2021)
Western Australia Border Restrictions: Click for more information

More information about Australian State and Territory Border Closures can be found here: www.interstatequarantine.org.au/state-and-territory-border-closures/

FAQs

1.Can my business operate?
Business and the State of Victoria together are sworking on the Roadmap to a new COVID Normal. each sector and industry is different and each has guidelines. Metro Melbourne are required to be closed unless there is an exemption or change in the roadmap, please ensure you follow the guidance of the DHHS webiste as there are significant fines if you operate with out a valid and exempt reason. Business in Regional Victoria can operate under strict guidelines.

2. What is the state webiste for general informaiton regarding the Coronavirus?
Information and general updates regarding COVID-19 can be easily accessible via the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services: www.dhhs.vic.gov.au 

3. What does Social Distancing mean? 

One way to slow the spread of viruses is social distancing (also called physical distancing). The more space between you and others, the more difficult it is for the virus to spread. To find out more and how to practice social distancing in public click here.

4. Where can I find advice for employers dealing with COVID-19?
We highly reccomend utlising the current information provided by our partner HR Legal in their 'Advice for Employers Dealing with Coronavirus' update. Otherwise, please contact our Senior Adviser - Workplace Relations, Ron Last at rlast@ciavic.com.au who will able to assist you in employee and business advice.

Media Releases

STATE GOVERNMENT Media Releases:
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT Media Releases:

Money, Stimulus, Funding & Grants

STATE GOVERNMENT:

Commercial Tenancies Relief Scheme
The Victorian Government has announced on 15 April 2020 a commercial tenancy relief scheme to alleviate financial hardship faced by tenants and landlords as a result of coronavirus.

Coronavirus Business Support and Financial Assistance Finder
A range of assistance is available from the Australian and Victorian governments and other entities to support businesses impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19). This finder will ask you a series of questions to help you find the assistance available to you based on your circumstances.

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT:

JobKeeper
The government introduced a $130 billion JobKeeper Payment scheme to support businesses significantly affected by the coronavirus to help keep more Australians in jobs. 
UPDATE: JobKeeper payment has been extended although with reduced rates from 28 September to 3 January 2021, click here to read the full press release.

Working From Home Deductions For Employees
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO)  announced special arrangements this year due to COVID-19 to make it easier for people to claim deductions for working from home.

Boosting Cash Flow for Employers
Legislation has been enacted to provide temporary cash flow support to small and medium businesses and not-for-profit organisations that employ staff during the economic downturn associated with COVID-19.

Export Market Development Grants​
Funding boost to support Australian exporters and tourism businesses. Austrade has announced increased funding for the Export Market Development Grant (EMDG). Funding for the scheme will increase by $49.8 million.

Increasing the Instant Asset Write-Off
The instant asset write-off threshold has been increased from $30,000 to $150,000 and expanded access to include businesses with aggregated annual turnover of less than $500 million (up from $50 million). This applies from 12 March 2020 until 30 June 2020, for new or second‑hand assets first used or installed ready for use in this timeframe.

CPA Australia 
CPA Australia have collated a number of resources including check lists, potential actions, auditing information and summaries on the Government Stimulus Measures. Follow the link and scroll to the 'Resources for Business' section. 
https://www.cpaaustralia.com.au/training-and-events/coronavirus-impact

Business Resources & Support

STATE GOVERNMENT:
TEMPLATES
COVID Code of Practice Template
Workplace attendance register template
COVID Safety Plan Template
Worker Permit Form

Risk Management Plan
A step by step guide to key things to think about when creating your risk management plan. Template can be found at the bottom of the page.
 
OTHER RESOURCES: 
Business Victoria- Sole Trader Support Fund
Business Victoria- Business Resillance Packages (Support Fun 3)
Business Victoria- Business Support Funds

Safe Work Australia
Information and resources on COVID-19 and work health and safety

Temporary Business Closure Checklist
A comprehensive checklist of risk control measures and other considerations to be checked and considered prior to closure.

ACCC Guidance for Small Businesses Affected by COVID-19
Small business guidance about refunds and cancellations due to COVID-19.

Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Resources for business including finacial, business closures, workplace impacts and more.

Australian Banking Association
Australian banks have hardship teams ready to help. If you’re dealing with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are practical ways your bank can help. The type of assistance will depend on individual circumstances.

Fact Sheet for Employers
This information sheet should be read in conjunction with other ‘What you need to know’, ‘Social distancing’ content on health.gov.au and the ‘Information about routine environmental cleaning and disinfection in the community’ information sheet found here.

The Coronavirus Mobile App
You can use the Australian Government Coronavirus app to:
- Stay up to date with the official information and advice
- Important health advice to help stop the spread and stay healthy
- Get a quick snapshot of the current official status within Australia
Download for Apple   |   Download for Android 

Key Links & Websites

STATE GOVERNMENT - Victoria, Daniel Andrews - Premier
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT - National, Scott Morrison - Prime Minister
  • Website - Australian Government Website
  • Media Releases - Media Releases from the Prime Minister
  • Health Page - This has the latest medical health and safety advice and resources.
  • Fair Work Ombudsmen - Provide the latest obligations and rights of employees, including information about pay, leave, ending employment, and employee entitlements.
  • Business Page - This page provides business assistance including a variety of funding and grants.
  • Business COVID-19 Page - Has funding packages and information.

Print at Work / Home Resources

Caravan Industry Victoria Office Posters:
  • Know the Signs - A4 & A3
  • ​Stop the Spread - A4 & A3
  • Wash your Hands - A4 & A3
If you would like these posters printed and delivered free of charge, please email our printing partner Commerce Press at t.p.m@commercepress.com.au.
 
Posters: 
Videos:

Partners

Matthews Steer - Accounting and Advisory Services
HR Legal
  • HR Legal has been providing members with live webinars chats, covering a range of topics via our member webinar platform (Member Meet-Ups). 
  • Find out more about HR Legal here
Parable Productions / What’s Up Downunder
Hrkac Group

Past EDMs & Member Meet-Ups

Member Alert

11 October 2020-- Members Alert- Clarification on Click and Collect Sales of Caravans
27 September 2020- Manufacturers and Suppliers to OPEN.
21 September 2020- Message from the CEO

17 Sepember 2020 Member Alert- Service and Repair Update
06 August 2020- Member Alert: Important Update on teh Status of Industry and Lobbying Activities 
05 August 2020 - Industry Status Update
23 July 2020 JobKeeper Payment extended with changes
Member's Alert #24: JobKeeper Payment extended with changesMember's Alert #23: Face Coverings Now Mandatory in Melbourne and Mitchell Shire
Member's Alert #22: We Are Open For Business Clarification
Message from the CEO: Update State-Wide Restrictions
Member's Alert #21: Temporary Border Closure Between NSW-Victoria and New Postcodes Added to the Lockdown Locations
Member's Alert #20: Victorian Government Announces Local Lockdown
Message from the CEO: Caravan Parks Re-Open, AGM Postponed, Marketing Campaign Commencement & Updates to Awards for Industry
Member Update: State of the Industry
Message from the Acting CEO: 27 May - Further Update to the Changes to lockdown restrictions
Message from the Acting CEO: 26 May - Changes to Lockdown and Restrictions
Message from the CEO: 18 May 2020
Member's Alert #19: Victoria's Next Stage of Restrictions Announced
Message from the CEO: Follow Up 8 May 2020
Message from the CEO: 7 May 2020
Member's Alert 18: Association, Industry and JobKeeper Update
Message from the CEO: 30 April 2020
Member's Alert 17: Have You Started JobKeeper Yet?
Member's Alert 16: JobKeeper Information and Update to Modern Awards
Member's Alert 15: State of Emergency Extended and Updates on Requirements
Member's Alert 14: Legislation Updates, Leasing Principles, Work at Home
Member's Alert 13: Further Clarification on Advice Regarding Customers Travelling to Member's Premises
Member's Alert 12: Dealing with Customers and New Travel Restrictions
Member's Alert 11: Your 10 Step Guide 
Member's Alert 10: Critical Financial Considerations
Member's Alert 9: March 30 Latest Annoucements
Member's Alert 8: Important Employment Law Issues with Coronavirus
Member's Alert 7: Your New Information Hub
Member's Alert 6: Government Announcement Update
Member's Alert 5: Caravan Industry Remains Open for Business
Member's Alert 3: An Important Message About Your Business
Member's Alert 2: Important Questions and Answers- COVID- 19

UPCOMING: 
JobKeeper Extension Update with Matthews Steer

On 21 July, the Government announced it is extending the JobKeeper Payment. There will be a number of changes to the JobKeeper in which we wish to inform our members. Join us for this week's Member Meet-Up to hear more. We understand that it can be overwhelming trying to navigate the information coming through to us all, so we will be breaking down the changes in detail and allowing members to ask any questions you have.

This Meet-Up will be held in conjunction with Adrian Misiano from Matthews Steer. Adrian will cover the following topics:

  • JobKeeper Extension
    • The new changes to come into effect and when
    • When the JobKeeper program will end
    • Current Reporting obligations under the JobKeeper payment
    • Updated Reporting obligations under the JobKeeper payment
    • Who do the changes affect
    • JobKeeper payment rates and any changes
    • Requirements update

Date: Thursday 30 July 2020
Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Location: Online via Zoom
Cost: Free

Register Now

Post registration - you will receive a zoom link and access code. This is the only way you can access the meetup.

PAST: 

Member Meet-Up #10: Launch of The Victorian Caravan & Camping Virtual Show - 24 June 2020
Member Meet-Up #9: Matthews Steer - 10 June 2020
Member Meet-Up #8: Energy Safe Victoria - 11 June 2020
Member Meet-Up #7 - HR Legal - 18 May 2020
Member Meet-Up #6 - 'It's Time To Travel' Marketing Campaign - 13 May 2020
Member Meet-Up #5 - With Customer Culture - 6 May 2020
Member Meet-Up #4 - With Matthews Steer & Bank of Queensland - 28 April 2020
Member Meet-Up #3 - With Zynet - 20 April 2020
Member Meet-Up #2 - With Matthews Steer - 14 April 2020
Member Meet-Up #1 - With HR Legal - 7 April 2020

See Resources and Full Sessions Here

Contact

Senior Advisor - Workplace Relations

Ron Last
E: rlast@ciavic.com.au
M: 0438 336 782
P: 03 9372 5388


Membership Services Coordinator

Luke Sheen
E: lsheen@ciavic.com.au
M: 0406 726 624
P: 03 9372 5388