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If businesses have issued permits with future date ranges, they do not need to reissue permitted worker permits.
Businesses can edit and add to the dates on the permitted worker permits they have currently issued to workers if required.

https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/permitted-worker-scheme-coronavirus-covid-19

MEDIA RELEASE

Master Plumbers welcomed today’s release of a roadmap for the construction industry.

The plumbing industry Association has been at the forefront of a collaborative and comprehensive industry effort to plan the return of construction activity and was reassured by the inclusion of nearly all the recommendations that industry sent to the Premier last week.

Master Plumbers, along with many in the community, is disappointed that Victoria is not able to commence a significant re-opening as hoped in mid-September but understands the Government’s caution, based on the health data.

Master Plumbers CEO, Peter Daly, said that Master Plumbers had encouraged Government to set clear and visible targets for the resumption of business and welcomed the increased transparency of conditions required to do so.

“This allows businesses to plan, the community to respond and people to have hope,” he said.

Master Plumbers has been working closely with Government Ministers and Departments to ensure the plumbing industry’s needs are known and met.

“We congratulate the Government for its collaborative approach over recent weeks and look forward to getting our industry fully back to work as soon as possible. We will further engage on how this can be done safely and responsibly over coming days,” Mr. Daly said.

Mr Daly reiterated that everyone in the building and construction industry must continue to play their part to ensure compliance with the restrictions and demonstrate zero tolerance for breaches of COVIDsafe protocols – on all sites and in the home.

“This is the only way we will get infections down, restrictions eased, and a return to something resembling normal before Christmas,” Mr. Daly said.

“The Government has now laid out the roadmap, we need to make sure we all drive it safely and to the rules.”

JobKeeper 2.0 Employer Guide Addendum

JobKeeper 2.0 Update

Following feedback to Government, the Treasurer Josh Frydenberg today officially announced the easing of the eligibility thresholds for businesses and employees to qualify for JobKeeper 2.0 which is due to run for six months from 28 September 2020 to 28 March 2021.

These announced changes are designed to provide support for businesses that may have seen some recovery in their revenues in April, May and June before the latest restrictions and border closures came into play, and therefore, may have missed out on the next phase of the JobKeeper scheme.

Today’s announcement reflects ACCI and members’ advocacy to Government for changes since the announcement of JobKeeper 2.0 just over a fortnight ago. ACCI and members identified two issues that needed to be addressed and through successful engagement with the Attorney General and the Treasurer, these necessary changes are reflected in today’s announcement. A summary of these changes is set out below.

Summary of further JobKeeper 2.0 changes announced on 7 August 2020

  • Business eligibility - change to turnover test
  • Businesses will now only need to show that their GST turnover has suffered a decline (by the relevant percentage decrease) for the September quarter, instead of the previous test which required businesses to show the relevant decline for both the June and September quarters to be eligible for the first extension of the scheme (28 September 2020 to 2 January 2021).
  • This change also applies to the second extension of JobKeeper which begins on 3 January 2021. Under the previously announced turnover test, businesses would have needed to show a decline in GST turnover for the June, September and December quarters of this year. Now businesses will only need to have experienced a turnover decline for the December quarter to qualify for the January extension of JobKeeper (from 3 January 2021 to 28 March 2021).
  • Employee eligibility - change to the turnover reference period
  • Employees will now be eligible for JobKeeper 2.0 if they were working for their employer since at least 1 July 2020, instead of the previously announced deadline of 1 March 2021. This change reflects the fact that many new employees joined the books in May and June as conditions improved before being stood down again as restrictions and border closures tightened and would therefore not have qualified under the previous 1 March 2020 deadline.
  • When determining the JobKeeper payment rate an employee is eligible for, employers also can now look to either the two fortnightly pay periods before 1 March 2020 or before 1 July 2020. This is a change from the previous announcement which only looked at the two fortnightly pay periods before 1 March 2020. Where an employee has been eligible for JobKeeper since 1 March 2020, the fortnightly period with the highest number of hours worked will be used in order to determine the payment rate.
  • The planned reductions in the JobKeeper payments will still go ahead. This means the JobKeeper rate will still drop from $1,500 to $1,200 for those working 20 hours a week or more on average, and to $750 for those working less than 20 hours a week on average, from 28 September 2020. The payments will then change to $1,000 per fortnight and $650 respectively, from 3 January 2021.

WorkSafe has announced new temporary Occupational Health and Safety (COVID-19 Incident Notification) Regulations 2020 (OHS COVID-19 Regulations).

Previously, employers were not required to notify WorkSafe Victoria (WorkSafe) of an infectious disease in the workplace, unless immediate inpatient treatment is required or the disease is the cause (or suspected cause) of a death.

The OHS COVID-19 Regulations extends the operation of Part 5 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (OHS Act) to require duty holders to notify WorkSafe if:

  • an employer becomes aware that an employee or independent contractor engaged by the employer, and any employees of the independent contractor, has received a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, and has attended the workplace within the infectious period (being 14 days prior to receiving the confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 and until clearance from isolation has been received); or
  • a self-employed person has received a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 and has attended the workplace within the infectious period (being 14 days prior to receiving the confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 and until clearance from isolation has been received).

A penalty will apply for failing to notify WorkSafe under section 38 of the OHS Act - up to $39,652 (240 penalty units) for an individual or $198,264 (1200 penalty units) for a body corporate.

The OHS COVID-19 Regulations are temporary in nature and will expire 12 months after their making. WorkSafe will review the OHS COVID-19 Regulations during the 12-month period of operation.

Further information is available on the WorkSafe website.

The Australian Government has confirmed that current JobKeeper arrangements will operate at the current single rate of $1500 per fortnight until 28 September.  After this date and up to the end of December 2020, JobKeeper 2.0 will operate with a 2 tier payment system:

  • $1200 per fortnight for those employees who averaged in February 2020 more than 20 hours per week
  • $750 per fortnight for employees who averaged less than 20 hours per week.

In the March quarter (from end of December), these payments will become:

  • $1000 per fortnight
  • $650 per fortnight for employees who averaged less than 20 hours per week.

To be eligible for JobKeeper 2.0 in the December quarter, businesses will need to demonstrate that their revenue is 30% down for businesses less than $1 billion (50% for businesses above $1b, and 15% for charities) in both the June and September quarters.  To be eligible for JobKeeper in the March quarter, they will need to demonstrate revenue losses above the thresholds  for three quarters (June, September and December quarters). 

JobKeeper 2.0 is predicted to cost $16 billion (additional to the $70b of the existing scheme).  It is estimated to support 1.4 million in the December quarter, and 1 million workers in the March quarter. 

FACT SHEET: Extension of the JobKeeper Payment

Master Plumbers welcomes the Victorian Government’s announcement this morning about the first part of the Building Works package.

The government estimates that the package will create 3,700 direct jobs for construction workers and thousands more across supply chains.  At the centre of the Building Works package is $1.18 billion in education infrastructure projects which provides for ten new schools and refurbishment/upgrades to many more across Victoria.  It also includes half-a-billion dollars to upgrade 23,000 dwellings and build 168 new homes across the state.

The construction industry has proven its ability to work safely and has continued to deliver critical projects during the shutdown which we can all be proud of.

Plumbers are at the frontline of community health services, building and maintaining our essential services such as hospitals, medical facilities and schools as well as much-needed public housing.  This is an excellent start and we need all governments to maintain investment in community infrastructure, particularly throughout the COVID recovery.

Building Works: More Jobs For Victorians

ACIF April Update Report 2020

Thoughts and perspectives from key industry stakeholders on the uncertain situation facing and prospects for the Australian economy and construction industry in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has created a unique situation and we understand that many people are feeling concerned about its impacts. Cbus is doing everything we can to assist our members and employers during this period.

We encourage you to use our website for information about your super.

It’s regularly updated with resources and important information, including a list of FAQs and information about the Federal Government’s recent announcement to temporarily change the conditions allowing early release of superannuation.

The Government is allowing affected and eligible individuals to access up to $10,000 of their superannuation before 1 July 2020 and a further $10,000 from 1 July 2020 (members must apply before 24 September 2020).

You can also find the new Early Access to Superannuation flyer on our website.

While this payment will be helpful for many, we want members to consider all the facts before making any financial decisions.

Investment markets are at relatively low levels due to volatility created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

If a member’s super is withdrawn and their balance gets too low, it may not cover the costs of their insurance and cover will stop.

There are also other potential financial sources and relief options that members may have available to assist.

We’re here to help

Cbus Member and Employer services are available to provide continued service and support.

Our Advice Line and Contact Centre are experiencing higher than normal call volumes so we encourage our employers and members to visit our website or members can also log into your account for regular updates and information.

Employers can contact your local Employer team representative, the Contact Centre on 1300 361 784, or email [email protected] with any questions.

This information is about Cbus. It doesn’t take into account your specific needs, so you should look at your own financial position, objectives and requirements before making any financial decisions. Read the relevant Cbus Product Disclosure Statement and related documents to decide whether Cbus is right for you. Call 1300 361 784 or visit www.cbussuper.com.au for a copy.

Cbus’ Trustee: United Super Pty Ltd ABN 46 006 261 623 AFSL 233792 Cbus ABN 75 493 363 262

The City of Melbourne will temporarily adjust the management of construction activity in the municipality in a bid to fast-track construction projects, save jobs and help limit the economic impact of COVID-19.

Lord Mayor Sally Capp said the temporary measures will allow some extensions of working hours on building sites for commercial, large residential and mixed-use developments.

“The changes will allow the construction industry to work safely and remain viable during these challenging times but they will not allow construction activity around the clock,” the Lord Mayor said.

“We understand these changes may affect residents with a potential increase in noise, however we are attempting to strike a balance between the needs of residents and the need to keep people in jobs. We recognise these extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures.”

“The necessary health and safety measures, such as social distancing are impacting the productivity of the construction industry. We’re responding by adjusting the hours available for construction work on a case-by-case basis.”

“We are doing our best to support industry and residents during these uncertain and stressful times.”

Deputy Lord Mayor Arron Wood said the temporary arrangements will be reviewed on a monthly basis to ensure the needs of both the construction industry and local residents are met.

“We’re working to balance the need to save jobs in the construction sector by allowing different ways of working and still protecting public safety and amenity,” the Deputy Lord Mayor said.

“I want to stress that these changes are temporary.”

In response to COVID-19, Federal and State Governments have acknowledged the construction industry as an essential service and determined that it should remain in operation for the time being.

Construction sites are subject to increased health and safety precautions including limiting the number of workers on site, adhering to social distancing requirements, following personal hygiene guidelines and regular cleaning of equipment.

The city’s Local Law currently allows for construction activity to occur between the hours of 7am and 7pm on weekdays and between 8am and 3pm on Saturdays. Approval is required from Council to work outside these standard hours.

Working on a case-by-case basis, the City of Melbourne proposes to allow an extra hour of work each morning and evening on weekdays. Three hours of extra work will be allowed on Saturdays and six hours on of limited activity on Sunday.

In addition, finishing trades that do not have a significant impact on residential amenity (such as painting and plastering) will be extended until 10pm.   

“More officers will be out monitoring building sites to ensure compliance with the regulations. We reserve the right to issue fines or revoke construction permits for sites that don’t follow the rules outlined in their construction permit,” the Deputy Lord Mayor said. 

“In turn, we seek commitment from the industry to ensure that everything possible will be done to preserve residential amenity and protect workers.”

For more information call 9626 9626 or visit our planning and building page.

On Saturday, 28 March 2020, the Fair Work Commission granted an application made jointly by the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Australian Industry Group to vary the Clerks-Private Sector Award 2010 (Clerks Award)(Joint Application).

The Joint Application seeks to add a new schedule; Schedule I-Award Flexibility during the COVID-19 Pandemic, to the Clerks Award.

It is proposed that the new schedule operate until 30 June 2020.

The Joint Application arose from the unique set of circumstances pertaining to the current COVID-19 pandemic and sought to include a new Schedule to provide for award flexibility on a temporary basis.

A copy of the award variation can be found here..

If you have any questions please contact Phil Eberhard, Senior Workplace Relations Adviser, Master Plumbers, on 03 9321 072 or [email protected].

From the office of Daniel Andrews

Money is in the bank accounts of small and medium businesses - supporting them and thousands of jobs through the devastating impacts of coronavirus on the state’s economy.

Premier Daniel Andrews and Treasurer Tim Pallas announced today that payroll tax refunds have now hit the bank accounts of 2,700 small businesses, putting $52 million immediately back into the pockets of business owners.

More than 21,000 small businesses have been contacted about their refund, with all eligible businesses who have provided their bank details to get their money from the Victorian Government by the end of next week.

In more support for businesses impacted by the coronavirus, the first tranche of the Government’s $500 million Business Support Fund grants will flow from Monday, with $10,000 grants available for over 30,000 employers who don’t pay payroll tax.

The Government has smashed its target of $750 million in fast-tracked payments of outstanding supplier invoices, with more than $1.1 billion paid to businesses this week - putting more money into the economy to support jobs.

Cheques will be in the mail to 12,500 businesses either waiving or refunding their liquor license fees for this year and 64,000 small businesses will have their land tax deferred into the next financial year, helping them cut costs and survive through the impacts of coronavirus.

Yesterday, National Cabinet announced strict new quarantine measures to slow the spread of coronavirus and save lives. Most cases of coronavirus in Victoria right now are connected to returning overseas travellers.

Under the new measures, which come into force at 11:59pm tonight, all travellers returning from overseas to Victoria will be placed in enforced quarantine for a self-isolation period of 14 days.

The Government has already secured 5,000 hotel rooms to house newly-returned travellers - who will each receive care packages of food and other essentials - and will secure more rooms as needed to support the measures.

Victoria is in discussions with the Australian Defence Force about logistical support including transporting travelers from the airport to accommodation or distributing care packages.

With international travel and non-essential domestic travel banned and Victorians canceling their school holiday plans, our hotels and motels are struggling. But this allows us to support them, as well as enforcing the new quarantine measures.

The Government will continue to work closely with business and unions and will announce further support over the coming weeks and months, in consultation with the Commonwealth, as the impacts of the coronavirus evolve.

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has today (24/03) updated its website with essential information about tax and superannuation changes that have now become law following the passage of the Government’s Economic Support Package through the Parliament. The site is ato.gov.au/coronavirus

Commissioner of Taxation Chris Jordan acknowledged that many people are being heavily affected by the challenging economic conditions created by the outbreak of COVID-19 and that the ATO is standing by ready to help where it can.

The ATO’s Coronavirus page provides easy-to-understand and detailed information about what people need to know or do in order to get access to the tax or superannuation measures as announced by the Government as part of its economic response to COVID-19.

Measures include:

  • giving individuals early access to their superannuation
  • providing cash flow assistance for employers
  • increasing the instant asset write-off, making more businesses eligible
  • backing business investment by accelerating depreciation deductions.

Commissioner of Taxation Chris Jordan said “each of the measures have different timings, eligibility, and processes. Some will be applied automatically and others will require an application, so I recommend heading to ato.gov.au/coronavirus to understand what is possible”.

Mr Jordan also reminded the community of other options available to assist businesses impacted by COVID-19 in addition to the new measures announced by the Government.

“In these difficult and uncertain times, the ATO is doing everything it can to reduce stress from tax and super related obligations,” Mr Jordan said.

Options available to assist businesses impacted by COVID-19 include:

  • Deferring by up to six months the payment date of amounts due through the business activity statement (including PAYG instalments), income tax assessments, fringe benefits tax assessments and excise.
  • Allowing businesses on a quarterly reporting cycle to opt into monthly GST reporting in order to get quicker access to GST refunds they may be entitled to.
  • Allowing businesses to vary Pay As You Go (PAYG) instalment amounts to zero for the March 2020 quarter. Businesses that vary their PAYG instalment to zero can also claim a refund for any instalments made for the September 2019 and December 2019 quarters.
  • Remitting any interest and penalties, incurred on or after 23 January 2020, that have been applied to tax liabilities
    Working with affected businesses to help them pay their existing and ongoing tax liabilities by allowing them to enter into low interest payment plans.
  • Businesses wanting to utilise any of these options can contact us over the coming weeks. It is not necessary for businesses to contact us immediately.
  • Employers will still need to meet their ongoing super guarantee obligations for their employees.

Outside of business, the ATO will also work with individuals experiencing financial hardship, and their tax agents, and will apply appropriate tax relief measures for serious and exceptional circumstances, such as where people cannot pay for food or accommodation.

“If you’re impacted by COVID-19, and require immediate assistance contact us to request support on our Emergency Support Infoline 1800 806 218. If you do not require immediate assistance you can contact us when you’re ready, to discuss your situation”, Mr Jordan said.

From today, the Morrison Government’s Business Hotline – 13 28 46 – will be expanded to provide specialist advisers and extended hours to support small and medium businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Operations at the www.business.gov.au 13 28 46 Contact Centre will increase from five days per week to seven days per week, and provide an additional two hours a day of support outside standard operating hours for the first month, answering calls from 7.00 am to 11.00pm AEST.

The Government is rolling out comprehensive, targeted assistance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and we want businesses who are looking for information to be supported.  

• Coronavirus Supplement: $550 per fortnight payment for recipients of the JobSeeker Payment, Youth Allowance, Parenting Payment, Farm Household Allowance and Special Benefit for the next six months

• Early access to superannuation for struggling Australians

• Temporary reduction of minimum super drawdown rates

• Extra $750 for some households, including those on social security and veteran income support and eligible concession card holders

• Reduction of deeming rates by a further 0.25 percentage points

• Small and medium businesses with turnover under $50 million, along with not-for-profit charities, will be eligible for a tax-free cash payment of up to $100,000

• Support for airlines

• Temporary relief for financially distressed businesses

• Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme: Government to guarantee half a bank’s loan to a small or medium enterprise impacted by the virus

With the rapidly evolving nature of COVID-19 and its unprecedented implications on what is familiar for our people, our communities and you - our key stakeholders, I wanted to update you on the decisions and actions the Victorian Building Authority is taking to support our industry.

As Victoria’s regulator of our vital building and plumbing industries, our actions are focused on the safety and wellbeing of our people and the industries and communities that we serve.

Key updates:

  • We are focused on business continuity as the situation evolves each day. VBA staff are working hard to establish and test the improved technology capability and business processes that will be needed to maintain the essential construction services you provide during this unprecedented time. Progress over the last 12 months to digitise interfaces has put us in good stead.
  • We are putting in place the enabling IT infrastructure and technology platforms for unprecedented levels of remote access for industry, consumers and our own people. Our teams are progressively testing and adjusting expanded remote working practices.
  • Access to the systems that industry relies on, including BAMS and eToolbox, are continuing to operate as normal during this phase of response. Should you be experiencing any delays with VBA services do not hesitate to advise through normal channels.​
  • Face-to-face meetings with external stakeholders are being replaced with teleconference and video conferencing technology in line with Victorian Government advice. We thank you for adapting your engagement with us quickly.
  • The VBA’s monitoring and enforcement activities so important to the sustainability of the building and plumbing industry continue. Our teams are acting in accordance with COVID-19 protocols including social distancing and good hygiene practices. Our reception at Goods Shed North also remains open.
  • Face-to-face licencing and registration interviews are continuing where applicants want to progress their application with the new protocols outlined above.
  • The Building Appeals Board (BAB) have advised they are identifying hearings that can be conducted without parties being physically present and investigating supporting technology to enable directions and final hearings to be conducted via teleconference or video conferencing technology where appropriate.

Importantly, as a public sector entity within the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), we will continue to be guided by the advice and response of the Victorian Government and Victoria’s Chief Health Officer (CHO).

As we all grapple with the shared challenges ahead, I want to ensure you know that the VBA will play its part in supporting you and your businesses where we can. Should the need arise for short term solutions to keep your staff employed - irrespective of their back or front office, technical or field role - do not hesitate to reach out to see how we can work together to keep the dedicated, hard-working and talented people that underpin our vital industry employed.

  • States and territories are looking at how relief can be provided to rental tenants in hardship cases to maintain tenancy.
    “Relief can be provided for tenants in both commercial tenancies and residential tenancies, to ensure that in hardship conditions, there will be relief that will be available, and ensuring that tenancy legislation is protecting those tenants over the next six months at least.”
  • New crowd restrictions – maximum limit of “four square metres provided per person in an enclosed space”.
    “So for example, if you’ve got a room, if you’ve got a premises, if you’ve got a meeting room or something like that, that’s 100 square metres, then you can have 25 people in that room.”
  • Budget postponed from May to October (6th).
  • The PM has announced an additional $444.6 million in funding from the Commonwealth to support aged care facilities. This will be on top of the previous $100 million announced last week. It includes $234.9 million for a retention bonus to all staff to continue working in both residential and home care.
  • Schools to remain open
    “It is in the national interest to ensure that we keep schools open, and I want to thank all of those schools who have been putting those arrangements in place.”

 

 

Today the Australian Banking Association announced Australian banks will defer loan repayments for small businesses affected by COVID-19 for six months.  
 
The assistance will apply to more than $100bn of existing small business loans.
 
Today’s announcement will make a big difference for the hundreds of thousands of businesses we represent and the people whose jobs depend on them. 
 
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-20/coronavirus-banks-customers-small-business-loan-deferral/12073930

Master Plumber’s first priority is the health and wellbeing of all staff and students, and as such we are providing you advice about how the school is managing the unfolding situation with COVID-19.

We want to reassure you that the school is well-prepared for the impact of COVID-19 and we are monitoring the latest advice from state and federal health departments.

Currently the RTO is operating as normal and being vigilant by following the recommended good hygiene practices and asking staff and students to self-exclude from school if they have:

  • Visited any of the identified high-risk countries within the past 14 days
  • Following exposure to any confirmed cases
  • Have signs or symptoms such as cough, fever, sore throat or difficulty breathing until such time as they can visit a medical practitioner.

If a student develops symptoms as mentioned above whilst attending trade school, their employer will be contacted, and they will be asked to seek medical advice and keep the RTO advised of their condition.

PICAC have also issued the following details for students attending classes at PICAC facilities:

  • PICAC now requires all new students and visitors to read and follow the conditions of entry to campus. These have been posted at all entrances to the facility
  • Social distancing has been implemented on campus. This means limiting direct and close contact. For further information about social distancing, please see this fact sheet
  • In the theory classrooms, desks will be rearranged where possible to create more space between students
  • Morning tea and lunch breaks will be staggered where possible to avoid having large groups of students using the lunchroom facilities at the same time. We suggest taking lunch outside where feasible.
  • Hand sanitiser is available throughout PICAC campuses. Everyone is encouraged to use the hand sanitiser in addition to regular hand-washing, in particular before and after eating or visiting the bathroom
  • If you start to feel unwell or develop any symptoms, go home and seek appropriate medical care and keep us informed of the outcome.
  • If you are otherwise concerned call the Coronavirus Health Information Line 1800 020 080

 

This 30-minute online training module is for health care workers in all settings. It covers the fundamentals of infection prevention and control for COVID-19.

https://www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/covid-19-infection-control-training

The ATO understands this year has been difficult for a number of small businesses, with a number of recent events leading to economic and personal challenges. If you are experiencing financial difficulties with your tax and super obligations because of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), phone the ATO Emergency Support Infoline on 1800 806 218 for help tailored to your circumstances.

The Government also recently announced on 12 March 2020 its economic response to COVID-19. Subject to passage of legislation, the ATO will implement a series of administrative measures to further assist you.

For more information view www.ato.gov.au/coronavirus

Social Media:

Facebook – https://business.facebook.com/atogovau/?business_id=1008462902507689
Twitter – https://twitter.com/ato_gov_au/status/1240069181027934209
LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6644118959379619840 

ATO events/workshops:

In the interest of your wellbeing and in response to the Australian Government’s announcement advising against holding non-essential gatherings, our face-to-face workshops are currently on hold. We will update this information as soon as practicable; in the meantime, you can register for an online webinar.

PM Scott Morrison fronted the press in Canberra yesterday with Chief Medical Officer - Dr Brendan Murphy to discuss the Government’s latest recommendations on managing the coronavirus crisis in Australia.

The following recommendations were handed down:

  • Schools should remain open (PM saying that his children will remain in school)
  • There are no plans for a nationwide lockdown
  • Non-essential gatherings:
    • Indoor limitation of 100
    • External limitation of 500
    • Exemptions include parliaments, hospitals, schools, unis, offices, airports, supermarkets, places of custody (correctional facilities), factories, building sites
  • Unprecedented warning not to go abroad
  • Warning people against false information online and to seek official direction from health.gov.au and other government sites
  • Encouraging social distancing of 1.5m and increased hand hygiene
  • Government is currently working on round two of a financial stimulus package