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Members, below are the most recent links / announcements regarding COVID-19. 
All other links are below in their associated areas please scroll down.

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

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

Metro Melbourne Easing of Restrictions Document. 

26 October 2020, State Government- Statement From The Premier
15 October 2020 State Government - Free Mentoring Prepares Business For Covid Normal
11 October 2020- CIV- Members Alert- Clarification on Click and Collect Sales of Caravans
11 October 2020- State Government -Extra Testing Requirements As We Move To Covid Normal
08 October 2020- State Government - Stepping Up Targeted Testing For Regional Victoria
06 October 2020- State Government- Getting Victorians Ready To Travel Again
30 September 2020- State Government- Surveillance Testing To Keep Our Community Safe
30 September 2020- State Government - Fairness Extended For Commercial Tenants, Landlosrs.
27 September 2020- State Government- Statement from the Premier.
27 September 2020- CIV Manufacturers and Suppliers to OPEN.
21 September 2020- CIV- Message from the CEO
n.d September 2020- Business Victoria- Sole Trader Support Fund
21 September 2020- Business Victoria- Business Resillance Packages (Support Fun 3)
18 September 2020- Business Victoria- Business Support Funds
17 Sepember 2020 -CIV- Member Alert- Service and Repair Update



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 Closed:
Regional Victoria; Caravan parks can open under strict operating requirements. Click here for more information or visit vicparks.com.au.
Border Closures (Freight and Transportation of Stock)
Essential Guide To Borders for Freight and Heavy vehicles: Click Here


Victoria (last updated 12.10.2020)
Right now there is no closure or restrictions on Victoria’s borders. Non-essential domestic travel is restricted.Key services, like health, freight and logistics – including those that travel across state’s borders, will continue. If there are concerns about potential variation in state decisions that may impact what is open on one side of the borders and what may be on the other, people should visit www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/travel-restrictions-coronavirus, where they can find regularly-updated information about what is restricted in Victoria.

New South Wales (last updated 12.10.2020)
NSW has temporarily imposed border restrictions with Victoria to contain the spread of COVID-19. Only persons authorised under the public health order may enter NSW. Click to find out more.Anyone who has been in Victoria in the past 14 days (an “affected person”) must not enter NSW unless: They hold a current entry permit, and/or they are authorised to enter under the Border Control Order.
People entering NSW generally will have to obtain a NSW border entry permit and comply with the conditions on the permit or specific conditions in the Border Control Order (e.g. returning NSW residents have to self-isolate).
More Information: 
New South Wales Government: NSW-Victoria border restrictions
New South Wales Government & Service NSW: Border zone address check
New South Wales Health: NSW Health Self-Isolation Guidelines

Australian Capital Terriorty (last updated 12.10.2020)
Under a Public Health Direction, anyone (other than ACT residents) travelling into the ACT from Victoria will be denied entry to the ACTunless they are granted an exemption by ACT Health.
You should apply for an exemption as early as possible, and at least 72 hours before your intended travel date, wherever possible.
ACT residents will be able to return home from Victoria, but they will be required to enter quarantine until 14 days after leaving Victoria, and must notify ACT Health of their intention to return.During your quarantine period, you must closely monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 and get tested if symptoms develop, no matter how mild.
More information >>here<<

Northern Territory(last updated 12.10.2020)
Northern Territory Travel Restrictions are if you are intending to travel to the NT from an identified coronavirus hotspot you are strongly urged to reconsider your plans; likewise if you a Territorian intending to travel to a hotspot you are advised not to.Anyone arriving into the NT from a hotspot must do 14 days mandatory supervised quarantine at their own cost. 
More information >>here<<

Queensland(last updated 12.10.2020)
From noon, July 10, visitors from Victoria will no longer gain access or be able to quarantine in Queensland.
There are exemptions from quarantine for essential specialist workers, as well as for health, legal or compassionate grounds. Queensland’s Chief Health Officer can also grant exemptions in exceptional circumstances. Very few exemptions will be granted. Truck drivers carrying freight will require a border pass renewed every seven days. It is strongly recommended that Queenslanders do not travel to Victoria. Queensland residents returning from Victoria will gain access, but they must quarantine in a hotel for 14 days at their expense.
Queensland Border Restrictions: Click for more information

South Australia (last updated 12.10.2020)
South Australia Border Restrictions: Click for more information
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development: COVID-19 and primary industries

Tasmania(last updated 12.10.2020)
Tasmanian Border Restrictions: Click for more information 

Western Australia(last updated 12.10.2020)
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: 

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

06 August 2020- CIV- 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