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19th March 2020

INDUSTRY UPDATE: COVID-19 (18 March)

18 Mar 2020

National Update

The Prime Minister today announced further measures as part of its response to manage the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Key measures currently include:

- Anyone returning from overseas travel must self-isolate for 14 days.

- An indefinite level-four travel ban is in place for the entire world. The travel advice for all Australians wanting to go overseas is "Do Not Travel".

- There is a ban on non-essential indoor gatherings of 100 people or more. Australians are still advised to stay away from non-essential outdoor gatherings of 500 or more.  These do not yet apply to workplaces. 

- Schools will stay open. This is part of the Government’s strategy to manage the spread of the virus and ensure people, particularly frontline health workers, can continue working. 

We anticipate there will be further measures introduced in the coming days.

Government Support for Business

Last week the Federal Government announced a stimulus package to support business. NECA members are likely to be eligible for some of the support. You can see more here

NECA is currently working with both Federal and State Governments to understand how members can access this support. 

Relevant Employment Legislation

The Fair Work Ombudsman has published FAQs to provide guidance to employers on various issues relating to COVID-19.  They can be seen here

We know members will do all they can to support employees in these challenging times.  It is important you are familiar with legislated requirements as this situation rapidly evolves.

NECA colleagues are on hand to support with any further enquiries members may have.

Health Update

We urge members to monitor the following official sources for the latest information, and health advice. All members should follow these guidelines alongside the guidelines in your State/ Territory:  

Department of Health

Member support

NECA staff are on hand to support members and their businesses during this difficult time.

If you have specific questions on Legal, IR and WHS matters, please contact your local NECA Chapter for advice.

Sign up for regular COVID-19 updates through your NECA Chapter.

 

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